Membership and Programs Manager
Kathryn (Katie) grew in in Olympia and began studying Japanese at Olympia High School. During high school, she participated in the Sister City Exchange program and traveled to Japan for the first time. She majored in Japanese Studies at Willamette University and spent one year at Tokyo International University in Kawagoe, Saitama. She remains close to her host family and thinks of them as her second family. After graduation, Katie went on to get her Master’s in Japanese Language and Linguistics at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. Upon completing her Master’s, she moved to Japan to teach English, first in Chiba, then Tokyo for 5 years. Katie is excited to work at JASSW so she can continue to share her passion for community, international education and travel. She also loves board games, tap dancing and photography.