Personnel & Volunteers

Personnel


Executive Director/CEO - Lon Saavedra

Event Office - Candyce O'Malley, Florence O. Koga, Sarah J. Moody, Nancy Tat, Jacquie Heffner
Bookkeeper Chiharu Yabe

Gift Store - Chiharu Yabe, Wilson Cai, Veronica Gunawan, Cherri Gross

Japanese Garden Specialist - Jacob Kellner
Assistant Gardener - Jesus Chiprez

Maintenance & Cleaning - Sandra Velaquez

Event Staff -  Jason McCullough, Marissa Silva ), Richard Ngo , Veronica Gunawan, Brian Scott, Jose Chiprez, Theresa Mason, Josh Pruneda, Christen Fernandez, Sherri Gross, Katie Peck, Faith O'Malley, Sandra Velasquez, Glenn Libby, Wilson Cai, Stephen Heffner


Volunteers


Many volunteers assist as Docents, providing tours of the gardens for visitors. Others help in the Gardens, the Gift Shop, or the office. Many special projects also benefit from volunteer assistance. For example, in the Gardens, various wood and bamboo substructures such as the bridges, the wooden lamp posts around the pond, the well, the main gate, and the fences that lead up to the gardens have been restored with the help of volunteers like Bruce Heister and Jim Sugai.


Japan Supporting Committee:  Hiro Matsunami, Miki Shimabe, Dr. Marty Matsuo, Keiichi Fujii, Yuki Hashimoto, Kohei Hirano, Masa Hokari, Chiharu Matsunami, Tazu Matsuo, Kouraku Mikami, Tomomi Motoyama, Sakura Nakajima, Kaori Nakayama, Nobuko Self, Mitsutaka Shimabe, Takao Shimabe, Mimi Sueyoshi Myles, Mima Suwa, Akemi Yoshitake


Cultural programs: Kathy Toy, John Larissou, Marty Matsuo, John Tauchi, Elaine Salter, Miki Shimabe


Marketing Committee: Yuki Hashimoto, Shinka Umezaki


Docents:  John Tauchi, Don Morgan, Michiko Kelly, Deborah Lecover, and June Kanazawa.


Gardens: Bruce Heister, Jim Sugai, Arnold Cornez and others