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.
Cori Hallock has managed the Society’s programs and events since November 2014. Before joining the staff, she operated her own family law practice. She also taught English in Hokkaido, Japan, through the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program. Cori received her J.D. from Notre Dame Law School and graduated summa cum laude from Seton Hall University with bachelor’s degrees in Spanish and Asian Area Studies. Cori is a member of Fort Worth Dondoko Taiko and sits on the Board of the Fort Worth Japanese Society.
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.
Naomi Arai started working for the Society in December of 2016. Previously, she worked as an office manager at the Carrollton location of a Japanese corporation. She was born in Nara, Japan, and she moved to Texas in 1989 to earn an associate degree in marketing and business at Weatherford Junior College. She has lived and worked in Dallas/Fort Worth ever since.
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 Stasia Capital Texas, LLC.