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.
Programs and Events Manager
Madoka Leonetti joined the staff in November 2017 as Programs and Events Manager, a role which also includes marketing and membership responsibilities. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in marketing at Chukyo University in Nagoya, Japan, Madoka moved to Australia and worked as Marketing Coordinator at an event management company for 6 years. Before moving to the Dallas area, she worked at a relocation company in Nagoya and provided relocation services to non-Japanese expatriates for 3 years.
Marketing and Membership Manager
Adam Stein joined the staff in December 2017 as the Marketing and Membership Manager. He has lived and worked in Japan and spent the past seven years teaching English to international students at UT Arlington. Adam holds undergraduate degrees in advertising and French from UT Austin and a master’s degree in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from UT Arlington.
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 MUFG 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., dba Plano Property Management.