Gathering in Portland this year, the TCA board retreat and annual meeting spanned two days: one day before the start of NATC 2019 and the day after the conference closed. The board filled the days with a packed agenda. Alan and Wisa, longest standing members of TCA on the board, recapped the story of TCA from its launch to the present, setting the stage for the annual review of the strategic framework as well as exciting new work. On one front, Sue Yuen led a design thinking exercise that challenged each board member to question, listen, and build empathy with NATC participants as they gathered input for an initiative to review and improve NATC. In another area, board members engaged in a lesson on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI), part of their work in 2019 to deepen understanding of those topics, how it affects board work, and how to ensure that TCA programming reflects those concepts. These activities and other work set the stage for new initiatives the board is excited to share in 2020.
Board transitions were also noted at the annual meeting. New board members, Kelly Kuwabara, Paul Sakamoto, Danny Hayman, Carley Okamura, and Ben Pachter were welcomed and Tamiko Ooka was recognized for starting a second term. The board held annual elections for positions in the Executive Committee: Derek Oye will remain as Chair of the Board; Tamiko Ooka was elected Vice Chair, Wisa Uemura will return as Treasurer, and Paul Sakamoto and Margaret McKenty were welcomed as Co-Secretaries. Akemi Imai was also serve on the Executive Committee. Alan Okada, Toni Yagami, and Elise Fujimoto were showered with gratitude for their service on the board.
After two days of discussions, interactions, and exercises, the TCA Board was reconstituted, refreshed, and looking forward continuing their support for taiko in 2020!