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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!

GENERAL MEETING INFO  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

Voting instructions below:

VOTING INSTRUCTIONS: for registered members

Visit and login on the bottom left corner. Click “Forgot login?” if you can’t remember your username or password and it will be resent to you. After you’ve logged in, on the right side you will see the voting/polling area. Please select the candidate(s) you wish to vote for. 

VOTING INSTRUCTIONS: for unregistered members

Visit and click “Register” in the bottom left corner and fill out the registration profile. You’ll receive a confirmation email and then after confirming you can return to the site and login. You’ll see the on the right side the voting/polling area. Please select the candidate(s) you wish to vote for.

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