The MAJET Committee

MAJET events are organized by the magically eclectic group of volunteers listed below.

From developing resources to organizing events and connecting people with opportunities, we’re working hard to make your time in Miyazaki the best it can be! MAJET’s purpose is to serve the community, so don’t hesitate to get in touch with any of us if you have questions, feedback, or suggestions you’d like to share.

Executive Team

All MAJET volunteers are equally important, but someone had to be formally in charge, so here we are!

President: Cooper Henckel

3rd year ALT
Hometown: Rhinelander, Wisconsin, USA
Current town: Miyazaki City
Pronouns: he/him/his

I’m Cooper, a salty sailor of magical origins. I  come from outer space and have been living as a human for twenty-six years. I don’t like leaving my apartment unless it’s necessary or there’s good food involved. I enjoy bad memes, long conversations about dead people’s books, and organizing everything except my own messes. Exploring grocery stores is really fun, and watching people shop is way more fascinating than you think. Sometimes (most of the time), I write things and play nerdy games, but other times, I like wandering around museums and visiting shrines. Wanna talk about the historical dynamics of gender politics in Japan? Me too! Wanna sit in the same room on our computers and not talk except to show memes or rant about news articles? Cool, let’s be best friends! I’m a picky eater with adventurous appetites, and I write self-introductions like they’re bad tinder profiles.

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Image may contain: Tahirah Newkirk, smilingVice-President: Tahirah Newkirk 

2nd year ALT
Hometown: Centreville, Virginia, USA
Current town: Hyuga
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Oh hi. I’m Tahirah, like “to hear a” sound. That’s how you pronounce my name. Got it? Cool. I’m aware that I’m pretty tall, so you don’t have to remind me. Ask me about how much I love Venus and Serena Williams. I dare you. Hobbies include most logic puzzle and hate-reading novels that have melodramatic plots. Major bucket list items include going to all four major tennis tournaments and riding at least one roller coaster in every country I visit. My personality is fire like my mix tape (and most signs in my birth chart). I’m much nicer in person than the vibe I’m putting out in this bio. Please be my friend.  Supporting people is actually my jam. That’s why I joined MAJET.

Image may contain: 1 person, outdoorTreasurer: James Robertson

2nd year ALT
Hometown: Phillips, Wisconsin, USA
Current town: Miyakonojo
Pronouns: he/him/his

Name’s James, and I’m a second year ALT in Miyakonojo. I’m from the backwoods of Wisconsin in the States, so if you need to talk whiskey or start a fire in the dead of winter, I’m your guy. Been living as a fifty-year-old man since I was 10, so if your plans start after 9:00, I’m busy. In my free time, I watch way too much Twitch, spend way too much on good liquor, and do way too little at the gym. Looking forward to meeting all the new JETs and making this year on MAJET great (or at least well-organized).

Secretary: Mathew Borisoff 

3rd year ALT
Hometown: Los Angeles, California, USA
Current town: Miyazaki City
Pronouns: he/him/his

Yo! I’m from California, and I lived in the Los Angeles area before coming to Miyazaki. It’s my second year as a member of MAJET! MAJET events seem like a great way to get out, meet other people, and experience new things about Miyazaki, so I decided to help out! I like manga, anime, games, and all that other nerdy stuff. In my free time I dream that I’ll get off my butt and start grinding Japanese again, but we’ll see where that goes. If you happen to see me around, say hello!

 

General Volunteers:

Who needs labels anyway? As stated above, these folks are just as important when it comes to making MAJET function.

Displaying 1533273297280.jpgJC Orolfo

4th year ALT
Hometown: Reno, Nevada, USA
Current town: Miyakonojo
Pronouns: he/him/his

Hello friends~  My name is Jan Chris, but please call me JC.  As someone who spent most of my life on the West Coast (Best Coast) of America, I’ve always loved laid back lifestyles with plenty of sun, so coming here to the relaxing sunshine capital of Japan has been an absolute pleasure.  Looking over the past three years, I feel that I owe a lot to MAJET . Through it, I’ve built new bonds with people I would have never met, experienced events I would never have known about, and even met the love of my life.  Now on my 4th year, I’m hoping to use my skills and experiences to help develop MAJET just as it helped develop me.

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Klaizle Gochioco

2nd year ALT
Hometown: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Current town: Kobayashi
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Hey! I’m from Toronto City, and this will be my second year on JET and first year on MAJET. In my free time, I enjoy playing video games, traveling, and playing instruments. I’ve participated in some MAJET events previously, and I think that MAJET plays an important role in supporting the JET community. So to experience new things and help the community, I decided to join up.

So nice to meet you all! Let’s make this year a great and memorable one! 😀

Displaying 95f0064a-637d-4ac8-88ab-f3ec7ef4b3d8.jpgMiena Roux

5th year ALT
Hometown: Parys, Free State, South Africa
Current town: Kobayashi
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Hi! I’m Miena, a 5th year ALT from South Africa. I’m from a small town no bigger than Kobayashi City in the central part of South Africa. I joined MAJET because I wanted to help everyone feel connected to each other and informed about all things Miyazaki! I believe that MAJET is an important part of life here, and as this is my last year in Japan, I’m looking forward to this year’s events and new friendships.

Displaying 1535334964407.jpgSusannah (Suzu) Arnhart

3rd year ALT
Hometown: Seattle, Washington, USA
Current town: Morotsuka
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Before coming to Japan, I was living in an earthen house I built on a commune in the mountains of Washington. Now, I live in the mountains of Miyazaki, and it’s a pretty sweet life. I like learning about different sustainability practices, homesteading, herbs, and textile arts. Let’s hang out and go camping, or road trip to a music festival or historical site. Alternatively, we could stay in and make vegetarian food and do crafts. I will go out of my way for dance parties, and I’m a great designated driver.

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1st year ALT
Hometown: Columbus, Ohio, USA
Current town: Nobeoka
Pronouns: she/her/hers

こんにちは! My name is Em Hammett, and I’m from Ohio in the United States. I completed my undergraduate degree at Sarah Lawrence College near New York City. I wish I had majored in Japanese, but instead, I studied mostly creative writing and English (it’s only a matter of time before I ask Tahirah if I can write a blog post). I love Nobeoka City very much, and I look forward to exploring more places in Miyazaki, Kyushu, Japan, and beyond. I am a first year ALT, and I joined MAJET to get involved in a community right away. I was a resident advisor in college, so I love connecting with others, event planning, and, well, fun things! I also love social media a little too much.  よろしくおねがいします.

Displaying IMG_3371.JPGKelan Chang 

2nd year ALT
Hometown: Afton, Minnesota, USA
Current town: Saito
Pronouns: he/him/his

I’m Kelan. I joined MAJET and came to Japan because I love supporting and working with international students. Before I came to Japan, I spent a year in Americorps supporting low-income students as they persevered through university. Following my time on JET, I hope to continue my education in student affairs and one day become an international student advisor in higher education. If I’m not at school being asked if I have a girlfriend, I enjoy bouldering in Kijo, day trips around Miyazaki, catching a film at AEON mall, or a night out in the city.

If you see me around the ‘zak, say hello!


Past MAJET Teams

2016-2017: Jodi Dobinsky, Makaya Moore, Cassie Conrad, Manu Somerville, Peter Bagley, Aurian Eghbalian, Jon Moore, Tam Gibbs, Kyle Spencer

2015-2016: Cassie Conrad, Joanna Gwinnett, Jodi Dobinsky, Manu Somerville, Bethany Harven, Marla Kallstrom

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2014-2015: Julian Novales Flamarique, Annica Curtis, Alissa Berdahl, Larissa Milo-Dale, Jodi Dobinsky, Manu Somerville, and Cassie Conrad (Not pictured: Toshiyuki Aochi)