May 2013 Elections now open!

NEJETAA elections are now open for Vice President, Treasurer, and Social Chair. There were no platforms received for Webmaster/Communications Coordinator although members can submit a write-in candidate to webmaster at nejetaa dot com.


Please cast your votes ONLINE here on our website: by 6pm Tuesday May 21st. The voting section will appear on the right side of the page after you login with your username and password. 

To vote, you need to be a registered user on our site (just takes a minute to sign up!). See end of the message for details on how to register and vote online.

 If you prefer to vote in person you can join us at our General Meeting Tuesday May 21st, 6pm. RSVP to Katie at social at nejetaa dot com by Sunday May 19th if you’d like to attend! NEJETAA will be providing complimentary snacks from Wing Works!


Click here for the meeting agenda

Where: Eastern Bank Community Room, 647 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139, Central Square T stop on Red Line (map)
When: Tues. May 21st, 6pm.

Why: Vote and discuss upcoming events (JET Orientation, Japanese language/culture classes, Membership update, and more fun summer events!) 



Jeffrey Kennedy for Vice President


Hi NEJETAA, my name is Jeffrey Vales Kennedy and I am running to become your next Vice President. I was an ALT in Okayama-ken from 2011 to 2012. Since returning from Japan in September last year, I’ve been an active participant in the NEJETAA community and would love to have the opportunity to give back.

My number one goal as Vice President is to increase participation in NEJETAA. One way of doing this is in assisting the rest of the council to plan enticing events like nihongo dake dinners and industry networking nights. Another important area of exploration is in reaching out to former JETs living outside of the Boston area.

I appreciate you taking the time to consider my ballot and I hope to see all of your smiling faces at upcoming events this year.

Thank you,

Jeffrey Vales Kennedy


Patricia Frisoli for Treasurer 


My name is Patricia Frisoli, and I hope to serve as your Treasurer for NEJETAA for the coming year.  I was an ALT in Taka-chou, Hyougo-ken from 2005 to 2008. For the past couple years I have been an avid member of NEJETAA, and have been your treasurer this past year.  I love to have the opportunity to give back.  I really enjoy being involved in NEJETAA’s many events throughout the year and connecting with Boston’s Japanese community.

My goals for this year include:

– balance budgetary concerns so we may continue to connect members with activities they are interested in

– provide logistical support to officers & events

– strengthen partnerships with other local Japan-affiliated organizations 

Like many of you, JET was an amazing time of my life, and I have made incredibly rewarding relationships with like minded people through NEJETAA.

I would be proud to represent the New England JETAA chapter.

Thank you for your vote!




Katie Mulroy for Social Chair


Hi NEJETAA Members,

My name is Katie Mulroy, and I’m running for re-election to the position of Social Chair. I was an ALT in Aomori Prefecture from 2008-2011.

I have been involved with NEJETAA since my return to the US in 2011, originally helping plan social events such as karaoke parties and later taking a more active role as Social Chair. During the past 6 months on the NEJETAA Board, I organized several successful events including the Nihongo Dake dinners, Shinenkai, Hanami, and our happy hours. I’ve really enjoyed working with NEJETAA members and officers when planning these activities, and I hope to continue to do so in the future. When running events, I’ve tried to be as organized as possible in order to make everything run smoothly and I try to attend almost all of our social gatherings.

My goals for the next year include further connecting returned JETs with each other through Nihongo Dake dinners, happy hours, and other activities. With your assistance, I would like to continue to make our events a success by involving the Japanese community and other friends of NEJETAA. I also hope to integrate our new returnees into NEJETAA, thereby helping them continue the strong connection with Japan that they gained on the JET Program. As always, I would be happy to make anyone’s suggestions for specific activities a reality, and if elected, would love to have a social committee.   

Thank you for your consideration.


Katie Mulroy



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Annual Membership update 2013

After a long and snowy winter, spring is finally upon us! Since spring is the harbinger of good things to come — Hanami, BBQ, Hanabi — we have decided it is the best time for the annual membership survey. How is a membership survey good? Using your answers, we can plan the events our members want, where our members live, with the money we are funded. With your help, we can continue to improve NEJETAA!
As a thank you for your time, we’ll have a drawing to give out FIVE $10 Amazon gift cards to five members who complete the survey! Please note the information from the survey will only be shared with NEJETAA officers and the Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR).  
You’ll have almost 2 weeks to get your answers in. The survey will close on Wednesday, May 15.
If you experience any technical difficulties with the survey please email Brian at membership at nejetaa dot com.
Here’s to a great year of NEJETAA events! Thanks for your input and we look forward to hearing from you.
Your NEJETAA Board

Nov. 2012 Elections results

Congratulations to Katie Mulroy as our new Social Chair, Stephanie Simpson-White re-elected as President, and Brian Peckrill re-elected as Membership Coordinator, and Christina Omori re-elected as Communications Coordinator/Webmaster!
Also thank you to Kasey Doran for her service as Social Chair! 
Thank you all for voting and welcome to the new board members!

Sub-Chapter events: Hosting outside of Boston

The NEJETAA Board would like to take the opportunity to remind all of the members across New England about hosting your own Sub-Chapter Events. While we do our best to organize fun events for as many people as possible, we understand that accommodating all of our members from six states is a bit challenging.
For those of you who want to be very active in the JET Alumni Community, but find yourselves a bit far from the Boston home-base, we encourage you to reach out to each other and organize great events. NEJETAA can help advertise and support these events with our network and budget. 
If you wish to plan and host an event for your fellow alumni please contact either Kasey, Social Chair (social at nejetaa dot com) or Jay, VP (vicepres at nejetaa dot com).

May 2012 Election results

Congratulations to Jason Currier as our new Vice President, Patricia Frisoli as Treasurer, and Kasey Doran as Social Chair!
Also thank you to Anita Brewer for your service as Vice President! 
Jenny Cheng has offered her support as Social Committee and to support the planning and announcing of social events where needed.
Thank you all for voting and welcome to the new board members!
Minutes from the May General Meeting and Elections are available on our site here. Thanks to Anita for taking the minutes.