The OCG Governance Structure
Since becoming independent in 2010, Orange Coast Gakuen has been administered by a three-part Board that includes representatives of our teachers, parents (the Parents Association), and elected Trustees.
We have no Principal or single decision maker. Rather, the Board takes into account the interests of all school members when making its decisions. The Board has remained focused on its mission of creating a curriculum and school environment that encourages the study of Japanese.
In order to keep our administrative expenses low, OCG relies on its elected Trustees and PA officers serving on a voluntary basis.
Orange Coast Gakuen was established some forty five years ago by Japanese immigrants and their descendants as a place where their children could learn about the Japanese language and culture. Our school has changed since then just as the world has changed: today our 170 plus students come from varied backgrounds, nationalities, and ethnicities. Our students and their families are united in their desire to learn the Japanese language.
OCG is run and operated by an active Parents Association (PA). The PA organizes various events and engages in fundraising activities.
The OCG Board is ultimately responsible for all decisions related to financial matters, personnel, and anything that affects the school. The Board consists of representatives of the Parents Association (PA President and Treasurer) and the Teachers (Chief Instructor and Assistant Chief Instructor), plus six elected OCG Trustees.
The six OCG Trustees are chosen by the OCG parents to serve two-year terms. Nominees are identified in the Spring and the vote is held at our Annual General Meeting in June. Anyone who has served as a past PA officer at OCG is eligible to run for the Board.
OCG’s success depends on the active participation of all of our parents. All families are therefore expected to participate in one of our committees. These committees manage everything from registering new students and communicating about OCG’s activities, to coordinating cultural events or ensuring the safety of our students during school hours. Learn more about our committees on our Committee Descriptions page.
Current PA Officers
Naoko Fu, PA President
Lisa Yamagata, PA Officer (Registration)
David Fujii, PA Officer (Events)
Nagisa Aoki-Kilgore, PA Officer (Curriculum)
Stacy Brinkman, PA Officer (Fundraising)
Karen Motodera, PA Officer (Hospitality)
Gavin Nishioka, PA Officer (Marketing)
Nana Suzumura, PA Officer (Translation)
Scott Uyehara, PA Officer (Safety)
Danny Fukumoto, OCG Administrator
Board of Trustees and Other Officers
Bob Uriu, Board Chair
Jeff Paxton, Board Member
Shoko Araki, Board Member
Alex Takagi, Board Member
Alan Sasaki, Board Member
Danny Fukumoto, Board Member
Hiromi Kishimizu, Board Member/Chief Instructor
Miyoko Foutch, Board Member/Assistant Chief Instructor
Naoko Fu, Board Member/PA President
Linda Sugiura, OCG Treasurer
Rie Strong, OCG Treasurer