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TCA Committees

COMMITTEES

All of TCA’s programs and operations are developed and executed by volunteers.  Individuals across the globe meet regularly to discuss issues, organize events and programs, secure funding, and move our organization forward. The main functions of TCA are overseen and run by the committees listed below.

BOARD DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

The purpose of the Board Development Committee (BDC) is to steward interest from prospective board members year-round. The BDC cultivates relationships with potential board members, outlines and supervise planning of annual board member nominations and elections, monitors board member committee involvement to meet bylaw requirements and provides development opportunities to current TCA board members.

Current Members
Akemi Imai  (Chair) – Los Angeles, CA
Wisa Uemura – San Jose, CA
Rome Hamner – San Jose, CA

COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE

The Communications Committee’s primary goal is to adhere to TCA Core Value of Communicating with Transparency. It’s purpose is to communicate decision-making processes in advance whenever possible, create and distribute update emails/newsletters to membership on a monthly or quarterly basis, create, maintain, and update website and social media, post Board Meeting notices, agendas, minutes, and work closely with all other Working Committees in order to communicate progress on all levels to membership

Current Members
Ben Pachter (Co-Chair) – Dublin, OH
Carley Okamura (Co-Chair) – Edmonton, Alberta
Jen Caballero – Las Vegas, NV
Sarah Gilbert – Long Island, NY
Robie La – Los Angeles, CA

FUNDRAISING COMMITTEE

The Fundraising Committee’s main goal is to raise funds to support TCA operations, initiatives, NATC, and other TCA projects primarily through individual donations/pledges, without knowingly hindering other taiko artists/group/organizations. Its purpose is to monitor, report, and acknowledge individual donors/pledges, and work closely with other related committees.

Current Members
Kelly Kuwabara (Chair)
Derek Oye – Los Angeles, CA
Sue Yuen – San Jose, CA
Paul Sakamoto – Hilo, HI
Tyler Moriguchi – Seattle, WA
Cathy Tio – Atlanta, GA
Rome Hamner (on call) – San Jose, CA

MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE

The Membership Committee’s main objective is to evaluate membership levels, fees, and benefits. Its purpose is to monitor, collect, and acknowledge membership dues, and work closely with other related committees.

Current Members
Tamiko Ooka (Chair) – New York City, NY
Margaret McKenty – Winnipeg, Manitoba
Toni Yagami – Denver, CO
Yuri Kanamaru – Los Angeles, CA
Anne Kessing – Bowling Green, OH
Lisa Shiota – Washington, DC
Keiko Yamamoto – Somerset, NJ
Kelly Kuwabara – Newport, NJ
Danny Hayman – Seattle, WA

NATC COMMITTEE

The NATC Committee assumes the role previously service by the NATC Advisory Board. Its duties include: outline and supervise planning for NATC, assist Local Planning Group (associated with site logistics) and NATC Coordinator in planning, oversee content for plenary/closing/discussion sessions (including the Summer Institute), and work closely with other related committees.

NATC 2019 Members
Toni Yagami (Co-Chair)
Terry Nguyen (Co-Chair, Conference Coordinator)
Derek Oye – Los Angeles, CA
Alan Okada – New York City,  NY
Mark H. Rooney – Washington, DC
Stan Shikuma – Seattle, WA
Stuart Paton – Burlington, VT
Dan Kubo – Turlock, CA
Heidi Varian – San Francisco, CA
Jen Caballero – Las Vegas, NV
Yui Kamiya – Sado, Niigata, Japan
Kathy Fuller – San Diego, CA
Ben Pachter – Dublin, OH

PROGRAM COMMITTEE

The Program Committee’s purpose is to employ TCA’s existing tech, financial, and human resources to provide meaningful and enriching programs for the taiko community such as TCA Grants, educational and professional development webinars, the Collegiate Taiko Advisory Group (CTAG), the TCA online calendar, and work closely with other related committees.

Current Members
Rome Hamner (Co-Chair) – San Jose, CA
Margaret McKenty (Co-Chair) – Winnipeg, MB
Tamiko Ooka – New York City, NY
Ben Pachter – Dublin, OH
Carley Okamura – Edmonton, Alberta

Collegiate Taiko Advisory Group
Alan Okada – New York City, NY
Jane Lin – Santa Clara, CA
Sarah Gilbert – Long Island, NY
Steve Sano – Palo Alto, CA
Linda Uyechi – Palo Alto, CA

TECH COMMITTEE

The Tech Committee oversees the infrastructure for TCA-associated websites, SalesForce database, and other on-line tools. The Tech Committee supports the tech needs of other TCA committees, and provides teams of designers and developers to support TCA projects with tech needs.

Current Members
Linda Uyechi (Chair) – Palo Alto, CA
Danny Hayman (Shadow Chair) – Seattle, WA
Paul Sakamoto – Hilo, HI
Peter Spangler – Mt. View, CA
Sue Yuen – San Jose, CA
Kate Walker – Vienna, Austria
Abena Oteng-Agipong – Washington, DC
Sarah Gilbert – Long Island, NY
Steve La – Los Angeles, CA
Josh Yoon – East Palo Alto, CA
Gloria Kum – Los Angeles, CA