JASGC Staff

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.

Ryoko Reita

Ryoko Reita

Outreach Coordinator

Ryoko is a native of Fukuoka City, Japan and joined our staff in October 2018. Her position is sponsored by The Japan Foundation and The Laurasian Institution and her program is known as  Grassroots Exchange Network-Japan (GEN-J). The program is designed to provide cultural outreach in various regions of the U.S. 

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.