Theresa A. Kulczak, Executive Director
Theresa Kulczak has served at the Japan-America Society of Indiana (JASI) since 1988 as one of its founding staff and as Executive Director since 1990. She has worked with the Japanese for almost thirty years and maintains a wide network of contacts in Indiana, the United States, and Japan.
Theresa lived in Japan for six years (1981-1987), for three years as an account executive with an Osaka advertising agency supervising the Middle East accounts for Sanyo Electric Trading Co., and for three years as an English instructor in Niigata Prefecture through the Catholic Church. She also helped establish the Far East Office of Converse, Inc., in Osaka. In 2009, she was appointed by Governor Tomikazu Fukuda of Tochigi Prefecture as an “Ambassador for Global Friendship.” She was selected as the only Midwest representative to Japan's Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda's Roundtable in 2007, and in 2004, the Japanese Government awarded her the Commendation of the 150th Anniversary of the U.S.-Japan Relationship. She is the only non-Japanese director on the Board of the Indiana Japan Chamber. In 2012, she received The Sagamore of the Wabash award from Governor Mitch Daniels, one of Indiana's highest honors conferred by the governor to worthy citizens in recognition of their significant contributions to the state.
Theresa graduated from Purdue University with a degree in Public Relations. She speaks Japanese and has studied French and Polish. Theresa serves as the 2011 Skipper of the Hoosier Canoe and Kayak Club and is a member of the Central Indiana Wilderness Club.
JASI is a not-for-profit cultural, educational, and business association offering the largest network of American and Japanese companies and communities in Indiana. The Society sponsors corporate training seminars, cultural programs, and social activities. The JASI office serves the region as an information clearinghouse and provides bilingual assistance to members.
Tamayo Fukumoto, Community Coordinator
Tamayo Fukumoto brings a bright personality, a strong business background, and excellent communication skills to the Japan-America Society of Indiana. In the position of Japanese Community Coordinator, Tamayo facilitates the Society's communications with the Japanese community, administers JASI's seminars in Japanese and coordinates the Society's volunteers and Japanese cultural events. She serves as an information resource for inquiries in both Japanese and English.
Tamayo arrived in Indiana from Tokyo in the summer of 2005. Her prior work experience in Japan included over ten years' Public Relations and Sales Promotional responsibilities with two Tokyo-based multi-national companies: NCR Japan, LTD, and Nippon Ericsson. Tamayo earned her bachelor's degree in Policy Management from Keio University. In her free time Tamayo enjoys reading, traveling, and Flamenco music and dance.
Jeremiah Maxwell, Executive Assistant
Having worked previously in the hospitality industry, Jeremiah brings a bright attitude and strong customer service experience and administrative skills to the Japan-America Society of Indiana. He is a graduate of Indiana University-Purdue University of Indianapolis with degrees in English and Philosophy. A month-long stay in Japan in 2008 inspired Jeremiah to learn more about working with and living in other cultures. In his free time, he is an avid musician and writer.