Regional Representatives

Want more JETAA involvement in your area? Contact your local Regional Representative! Florida’s JET alumni are split into different regions with a volunteer Regional Representative in charge of each location. The Regional Representatives aid with organizing local gatherings and encouraging JET alumni to keep their connections with Japan and the JET Program alive. Occasionally, they may also help arrange carpooling for statewide and cross-regional events.

Jacksonville Regional Representative: Lisa Poston
Orlando Regional Representative:
Tampa Regional Representative: Gabriela Cuevas
Treasure Coast Regional Representative: Evan Darrow
South Florida Regional Representative: Wendy Lo
Ft Myers Regional Representative: Michelle Daenzer

Open Positions: Pensacola, Tallahassee, Gainesville, and The Keys

Representative Bios

Jacksonville Regional Representative: Lisa Poston

A native of Miami FL, I majored in Multinational Business Operations at FSU. Upon graduation, I returned to Miami where I began my professional career working at Mitsui & Co., and lastly with a healthcare organization before being accepted to the JET Program. Having a multi-cultural background, it was my dream to someday live and work in Japan. Participating in the JET Program proved to be the perfect opportunity to accomplish this dream.

I was a Prefectual ALT at a base high school in Ageo City in Saitama Prefecture from 1999-2002. I had an amazing cross-cultural experience at my school, as the faculty, staff and students provided a wonderful educational environment for us all to learn. Within AJET, I was a contributor to Saitama’s JET/OSET Bi-Monthly Newsletter; USA Coordinator for the JET/OSET booth at the SAI NO KUNI Saitama International Fair; and JET Journal 2001-2002 contributor.  Additionally, I served as the HFH SIG Treasurer 2000-2002; quarterly newsletter contributor; Tokyo Orientation booth facilitator; HFHI Asian Pacific Focus Quarterly Newsletter contributor; and participated in several Global Village Projects, including Co-Team Leader to Nepal. Within the Ageo Community, I served as the Co-Chairperson and USA Coordinator for the Ageo World Fair; Hello Corner Newsletter proofreader for the Division of Ageo City’s Promotional Section; USA Coordinator for the AGA Junior Summer Camp in Chichibu; and Ageo Natsumatsuri omokoshi team member.

Upon my return to the USA in 2002, I lived in Boston MA where I joined the New England JETAA chapter, and served as Treasurer. Additionally, I participated in the “Showa Friendship Circle” program at the Showa Boston Institute for Language and Culture by hosting students from Showa Women’s University in Tokyo. Moving to Jacksonville FL, I rejoined this chapter as the Jacksonville Regional Representative. Today, I’m utilizing my experiences from JET by educating students with special needs in my community.  For alumni and friends in this area, please be sure to join the FL JETAA FB page for updates on events.

Orlando Regional Representative: 

Tampa Regional Representative: Gabriela Cuevas

Hello! I was born in Puerto Rico and moved to Tampa in 2012. I graduated from USF with a Bachelors in International Studies. I came back from Japan August 2018 after spending a year in Niigata. I taught at two nursery schools, four elementary schools and one junior high schools. I loved every minute I spent in Japan. I enjoyed going every Thursday to tea ceremony(茶道, sadou) classes with the local ladies in my small town. I miss the students and the teachers back in Japan so much that I send them gifts occasionally. I currently work for USF World in their international risk and security department. I enjoy watching movies, reading books and my Nintendo switch. I’m also a big Disney enthusiast.

I’m happy to be your Tampa region representative and I’m excited to work together with fellow JET Alumni.

evan-darrowTreasure Coast Regional Representative: Evan Darrow

Hello everyone.  I just returned from Japan and am now living in West Palm Beach.  I’m from Boca Raton, Florida.  After graduating from New College of Florida in Sarasota, I lived in Kyoto, Japan for three years on the JET Program.  While in Japan, I grew to love the culture and language, and I hope to continue practicing my Japanese.  I look forward to meeting everyone in the area for Japanese practice or other cultural events!

South Florida Regional Representative: Wendy Lo

My name is Wendy Lo the South Florida Reigional Rep. I was a JET in Toyama Prefecture from 2002-2005, where I taught elementary and junior high. I currently work as the Curator of Education at the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens and living out my passion of educating others about Japanese culture. I became involved with Florida JETAA when I returned and for two years was the VP of FLJETAA. I have been a Regional Rep since 2007 and there are a variety of activities I have organized over the years: Tanabata party, Natsukashii party, volunteer activities, archery, and our annual Bounenkai. I hope to plan more activities and that more JETAA will participate or be a co-organizer. Please contact me if you have any ideas for activities.

Ft Myers Regional Representative: Michelle Daenzer

I was a JET in Nagano Prefecture from 2001-2004, where I taught high school students and worked as the Prefectural Advisor. After JET, I moved to Southwest Florida and fell in love with the area.

Regional Representatives Open Positions

Currently there are five Florida regions that are in need of a Regional Representatives: Tampa, Pensacola, Tallahassee, Gainesville and the Keys. If the position appeals to you, or if you know someone perfectly suited for the job, please send in a nomination to the JETAA President at president@floridajetaa.org.

Regional Representatives/chapters are required to organize a minimum of one (1) event per calendar year in order to be considered active (if possible in your local region). Regional representatives must report the event attendance to the Board of Directors.

This position is appointed and does not have a term limit.