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The OCG Governance Structure

Since becoming independent in 2010, Orange Coast Gakuen has been administered by a three-part Board that includes representatives of our teachers, parents (the Parents Association), and elected Trustees.

We have no Principal or single decision maker.  Rather, the Board takes into account the interests of all school members when making its decisions.  The Board has remained focused on its mission of creating a curriculum and school environment that encourages the study of Japanese.

In order to keep our administrative expenses low, OCG relies on its elected Trustees and PA officers serving on a voluntary basis.


The Parents Association

Orange Coast Gakuen was established some thirty five years ago by Japanese immigrants and their descendants as a place where their children could learn about the Japanese language and culture. Our school has changed since then just as the world has changed: today our 100 plus students come from varied backgrounds, nationalities, and ethnicities. Our students and their families are united in their desire to learn the Japanese language.

OCG is run and operated by an active Parents Association (PA). The PA organizes various events and engages in fundraising activities, including participating in the annual Orange International Street Fair. The money that we earn is used to pay for the school’s monthly rent and other expenses.

We invite anyone who is interested in learning Japanese to visit us at our school!

Current PA Officers

Linda Sugiura, PA President

Danny Fukumoto, Vice President and Treasurer

Eduardo Higuchi, Vice President

Alan Sasaki, Vice President


Miho Arao, Secretary

June Chung, Treasurer



Hiromi Kishimizu
Senior Instructor


Joel Minamide

The Board of Trustees

The OCG Board is ultimately responsible for all decisions related to financial matters, personnel, and anything that affects the school. The Board consists of representatives of the Parents Association (PA President and Treasurer) and the Teachers (Chief Instructor and Assistant Chief Instructor), plus six elected OCG Trustees.

The six OCG Trustees are chosen by the OCG parents to serve two-year terms.  Nominees are identified in the Spring and the vote is held at our Annual General Meeting in June.  Anyone who has served as a past PA officer at OCG is eligible to run for the Board.

Members of the Board of Trustees

Robert Uriu, Board Chair

Alice Tsuji, Board Vice Chair

Shoko Araki, Secretary

Dianne Yamamoto, Treasurer

Rie Strong

Bill Tajima

Linda Sugiura
PA President

Danny Fukumoto
PA Treasurer

Miyoko Foutch
Assistant Senior Instructor


Our Board Advisors

Takako Scott

Setsuko Takeuchi



Past Board Candidate Statements

Shoko Araki

Three years ago, I was asked to serve on the Board of Trustees for OCG. Since then, I have continued to be committed and dedicated to the success of OCG in offering the best Japanese language and cultural education experience we can offer to our students. My personal goal as an active Board member is to provide strong leadership and work together with the Board to ensure a great future for OCG. I appreciate your support.

Miho Favela

I have been sending my kids to Orange Coast Gakuen, starting with Chuo Gakuen about 16 years ago. However, I have become involved more about 10 years ago when I saw all of OCG's former parents giving so much and selflessly trying to keep the school operating smoothly. I have seen many changes in those years, and I believe the school has a tremendous potential to thrive and become an even finer school with its good curriculum and passion from all the OCG famiies (this is a very unique school that is run solely by parents/families). My second daughter will be graduating this summer, however, I am very blessed to have been a part of the school's growth, and I would be proud to continue to witness and be a small part of its future growth.

Bob Uriu

When OCG went independent two years ago the Board members all made a promise that we would remain involved with the school until it was stable and thriving. With all of the work that you all have put in, we have made a lot of progress over the past two years. But there is still more to do. I would love the opportunity to serve the school for two more years.

2013 Board Candidate Statements

Diane Yamamoto

My children started OCG with the goal to learn Japanese language but came away with much more and they are still realizing these benefits even as young adults. I personally was drawn to OCG by the passion and energy that flows through our teachers and parents and have served as Treasurer for the past several years. I would love to serve OCG to help it thrive for future generations to experience.

Rie Strong

It is very difficult for Japanese living in America to teach our children the Japanese language and culture, but it is also a very important thing. OCG has created a nearly ideal Japanese language school, based on a stable curricular approach and built on the efforts of its teachers and parents. I would like to continue to help the school prosper in the future.





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