Board Members and Staff
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Eugene Imai, Chairman Pasadena
Aside from his many administrative duties as National Director of Shumei America, Eugene Imai works with the Miho Museum in Japan. He has played a vital part in setting up many of its projects and programs, including those involved in the museum's creation. He continues to assist both the Miho Museum and Shumei in their public relations efforts as well as their many other programs.
Jane Imai, Vice Chairman Pasadena
Jane Imai is one of the founders of the Shumei Arts Council of America. Her education and background is in the visual arts. She graduated from Saga Arts College in Kyoto, Japan, majoring in textile. Her textile designs have been featured in a variety of exhibitions, including a solo exhibition in Kyoto, Japan. She has promoted all events (Musical concerts, Children's Concerts, Arts exhibitions and Lectures), that Shumei Arts Council has presented since its establishment in 1998, including presenting the piano recital of Earl Wild, one of the 20th century's greatest pianists, which was held after an 11 year absence from the Los Angeles area.
Don Riedel, Secretary Hollywood
Don Riedel has a lifetime career in the Entertainment world, as a Film Editor, Location Scout, Location Manager, Children's Album Producer of Teddy Ruxpin stories and songs. He is a Documentary Film Producer/Director and was a teacher of Film Editing at The Art Center College of Design. Currently, he involves himself in Production of Spiritual films as well as being the "Still" Photographer for the Shumei Media Group. He is active in Rotary, an International Service organization as well.
Harriett Lyle, Treasurer Sierra Madre
Harriett Lyle studied science at the University of Missouri and did biological research many years at Stanford University and the California Institute of Technology. Later on she taught science in Pasadena. She worked with her late husband John Lyle, the Founder of the John T. Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies at Cal Poly, Pomona, on many of his projects on design and the environment. She currently works with Kiwanis in Sierra Madre and the Pasadena Area Liberal Arts Center.
Ron Helgesen, Alhambra
As a multi-tasker, Ron Helgesen is instrumental in virtually all facets of event support including audio and video recording, photography, archiving, event setup and coordination. He is responsible for printed programs, handout materials, general repairs and maintenance of Shumei Hall. Ron has technical background in both the U.S. Navy and the private sector in servicing and maintaining computer systems, printers, scanners, display equipment, and associated peripherals.
George Bedell, a writer with an extensive background in advertising and the visual arts.
Prakriti Thompson, Flutist and music educator
Jane Imai, Executive Director
Jane Imai is one of the founders of the Shumei Arts Council of America. Her education and background is in the visual arts. She graduated from Saga Arts College in Kyoto, Japan, majoring in textile. Her textile designs have been featured in a variety of exhibitions, including a solo exhibition in Kyoto, Japan.
Roy Gibbon, Stage Manager
Keiko Imai , Public Relations
Akemi Imai, Grant Writer
Aki Imai, Graphic Assistant
Yumiko Ikeda, Graphic Coordinator
Tokiko Jinta, Graphic Designer
Mickie Matsuzaki, Events Coordinator
Shingo Murayama, Photo & Video
Matthew Prescott, Video
Sandy Traverso, Accountant
Aiyana Welsh, MC