JASGC Team

Anne Golden

Anne Golden

Executive Director

Anne joined the JASGC as Executive Director in March, 2016 after spending 18 years as a faculty member and program director at Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio. She has an M. Ed in Student Development in Higher Education from the University of Maine (Orono, Maine) and a BA in Sociology from Bates College (Lewiston, Maine). Before coming to Cincinnati, Anne spent three years in Kumamoto Prefecture as part of the JET (Japan Exchange & Teaching) Programme.

Anna Thorner

Anna Thorner

Digital Media & Communications

With bachelor’s degrees in International Studies and Japanese, Anna studied abroad at Gifu University her junior year, and after graduating lived in Okazaki and Gifu for three years. While she was living in Okazaki, she worked for the Board of Education, creating an English curriculum for 5th and 6th year students in elementary school. She has been studying Japanese language and culture for many years. She has passed the level 3 Japanese Language Proficiency Test and is studying to take the level 2 test in December 2021.

Shoko Konuma

Shoko Konuma

Part Time Translator

Originally from Tokyo, Japan, Shoko moved to Cincinnati with her husband Kaz in 2009 when she started to be involved in Gifu-Cincinnati Sister City relationship. She worked as a translator/interpreter in medical, automotive, and public school settings, and as a Japanese speaking guide for inbound travelers including business and leisure visitors to this region. She was appointed by Gifu City in 2018 as a Sister City representative in Cincinnati. She is excited to join the JASGC team.

Teruko Nesbitt

Teruko Nesbitt

Cultural Program Coordinator

Teruko Nesbitt was born and raised in Japan and has been living in Cincinnati since 1997. She currently represents the Cincinnati area for Japan Intercultural Consulting, headquartered in Chicago. Ms. Nesbitt received a BA in English and American Literature from Kobe Kaisei College, an MBA in International Business from the Williams College of Business of Xavier University, and a Post- Baccalaureate Paralegal Certificate from the University of Cincinnati.
In addition to her degrees, Ms. Nesbitt has also studied at Simul Academy International in Osaka, at the Monterey Institute of International Studies, the Simultaneous Interpreter Short Program in Monterey, CA, at the Inter Osaka Language School Interpreting Course in Japan, and at the School for International Training, Vermont, USA.

She holds licenses as a Sogetsu Ikebana (Japanese Flower Arrangement) Certified Instructor, and as a Japanese Calligraphy Kana 2-Dan instructor. In addition, she received a Urasenke Tea Ceremony Beginner Accreditation in 2018.

Eiji Maruishi

Eiji Maruishi

Intern

Eiji Maruishi is a Marketing major at the University of Cincinnati. He has been involved yearly with JASGC events and strives to help bridge American and Japanese societies. He has helped several Japanese families acclimate to the American environment. Eiji is eager to get started!