Anna McFarland has served as the Executive Director of the Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth since 1997. In 2015, she was awarded the Foreign Minister’s Commendation on the Occasion of the 70th Anniversary of the End of the War by Japan’s Foreign Ministry in recognition of her achievements in promoting friendship between Japan and the United States. Previously, she was Deputy Director of the festival Sun & Star 1996 and Exhibitions Coordinator at the Dallas Museum of Art. She holds a B.F.A. from Southern Methodist University and a Master’s degree in the history of Asian art from the University of Michigan. Anna is the daughter of JASDFW founders Dr. H. Neill and June McFarland.
Special Projects Manager
Adam Black joined the JASDFW staff in February 2015. His areas of responsibility include membership, marketing, and information technology. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in East Asian Studies at Wesleyan University, Adam spent three years teaching English in Tokushima, Japan, in the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program. Adam has been studying Japanese since third grade, and he spent his sophomore year of high school studying abroad in Osaka, Japan.
Education Program Coordinator
A native of Nagasaki, Mihoko Ishikawa joined the staff in 2008. She enjoys sharing her love of Japan through Japan-in-a-Suitcase presentations and at Japan-America Society events and community festivals throughout the year. In Japan, Mihoko worked as a hotel concierge, and she holds an associate degree in English from Sophia University in Tokyo.
Noriko Danh has been a member of the staff since January 2017. After moving from Japan to the United States, earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Oklahoma. She has since worked for a number of major companies, most recently Union Bank, N.A. In addition to her role at the Japan-America Society, Noriko works as a real estate agent with Schuller Properties, Inc..