Personnel & Volunteers


Executive Director - Shozo Kagoshima

Event Coordinator - Tony Barbatti
Bookkeeper/Accountant - Safdar Ighanian

Gift Shop, Membership, Volunteers, Teachers, Neighbors - Chiharu Yabe

Gift Shop Staff - Wilson Cai, Cheri Gross, James Libby

Head Japanese Garden Specialist - Jacob Kellner

Garden Specialist -

Assistant Gardener - Jesus Chiprez

Maintenance & Cleaning - Sandra Velaquez

Event Staff -  Brian Scott, Cheri Gross, Christan Fernandez, Glenn Libby, Jason McCullough, Jose Chiprez, Faith O'Malley, Marissa Angelina Silva, Richard Ngo, Sandra Velasquez, Veronica Gunawan, Wilson Cai


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.

Hakone appreciates long time Hakone volunteers.

Cultural programs: Elaine Salter, John Larissou, Kathy Toy

Docents:  John Tauchi, June Kanazawa, Michiko Kelly, and Patricia Avery.

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

Hakone also wishes to appreciate all its volunteers who continue to help in so many ways.  If you are interested in volunteering, please complete the volunteer application form.

Volunteer Application Form