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Team Members

Kimberly Forsythe, President

Kimberly Forsythe

Kimberly Forsythe

1987 B.A. Mathematics, University of Virginia – College of Arts and Sciences -Charlottesville, VA, USA
1989 M.S. Systems Engineering, University of Virginia – School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
1990 – based in Japan:

  • Narrator, on-camera presenter, voice actress, DJ for TV news programs, corporate PR videos, TV and radio commercials, video games, animations, educational videos and CDs
  • Author for university-level English texts and corresponding tape/video scripts for Sanshusha Publishing
  • Author/interviewer for educational publications including ALC Press, TOEIC Friends, and NHK
  • Co-Author and performer for children’s musical play “Let’s Go Eigo”, an interactive, educational play for Japanese elementary and junior high students
2006 Co-founded the Tyler Foundation with husband, Mark Ferris

 

Dr. Jyunichi Hara, Vice President

Dr. Junichi Hara

Dr. Jyunichi Hara

1980 Graduated from Osaka University, School of Medicine
1980 Resident at Osaka University Hospital, Pediatrics
1981 Osaka Kaisei Hospital, Pediatrics
1983 Osaka University Hospital, Pediatrics
1986 Fellow of Immunology Department at Toronto Children’s Hospital, Canada
1988 Osaka University Hospital, Pediatrics
1996 Suita Municipal Hospital, Pediatrics (Chief of Division)
1999 Osaka University, Pediatrics (Instructor, Associate professor)
2005 Osaka City General Hospital, Division of Hematology/Pediatric Oncology (Chief of Division)
2008 Osaka City General Hospital (Deputy Director) / Osaka University, School of Medicine (Clinical Professor)

 

Mariko Kodera, Advisor

Mariko Kodera

Mariko Kodera

1995 A.A. Bunkyo Gakuin University, Tokyo, Japan
2006 –
2009 March
Student Counselor at an English Language School in Los Angeles, CA
2009 Employed by Tyler Foundation as a sponsorship assistant
2010 Assigned as Program Leader for the Beads of Courage® Program
2012 Assigned as General Manager for Shine On! Kids
2015 Assigned as Advisor for Shine On! Kids

 

Miho Neely, General Manager

Miho Neely

Miho Neely

1991 Graduated Senshu University
1993 TV Tokyo—research and analysis
1996 TV Tokyo Hong Kong— reporting/producing
1998 NHK BS-1 Business Frontline—producing
2005 Kroll International—media analysis
2007 Disney Channel—executive producing
2009 Independent TV producer
Produced charity events for Shine On! Kids, American School in Japan
2015 Assigned as General Manager for Shine On! Kids

 

Dr. Tatsuo Kuroda, Director

Prof. Tatsuo Kuroda photo

Dr. Tatsuo Kuroda

1982 Graduated from Keio University, School of Medicine (Major in Pediatric Surgery)
1988 Fellow at Department of Pediatric Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School (USA)
1990 Assistant at Department of Surgery, School of Medicine, Keio University
1992 Attending staff at Department of Surgery, National Children Hospital
2000 Chief at Department of Surgery, National Children Hospital
2002 Chief at Department of Surgery, National Center for Child Health and Development
2010 Chief at Department of Surgery 1, National Center for Child Health and Development
2011 – Professor of Pediatric Surgery, School of Medicine, Keio University
 [ Affiliated Academic Society ]
– Advising doctor, medical specialist and councilor of The Japanese Society of Pediatric Surgeons
– Pre vice-president at Japanese Society of Pediatric Oncology

 

Prof. Tamaki Kumagai, Medical Advisor

1982 Graduated from Chiba University (Faculty of Education)
1982 – 1987 Pediatric Oncology Nurse at National Children’s Medical Center
1987 – 1990 Assistant at Tokai University Medical Technology Junior College Division of Nursing Science
2001 Masters of Health Science – Division of Health Sciences and Nursing, Graduate School of Medicine, University of Tokyo.
2004 Doctoral Course of the Division of Health Sciences and Nursing, Graduate School of Medicine, University of Tokyo
2005 – Assistant profession at Keio University – Faculty of Nursing and Medical Care
2007 – Assistant Professor at School of Nursing and Rehabilitation Science Showa University
2008 – Associate Professor at Juntendo University School of Health and Nursing

 

Naomasa Nakagawa, Legal Adviser

2000 Received an LL.B. from the University of Tokyo Faculty of Law
2001 Admitted to Bar (Daini Tokyo Bar Association)
Mitsui, Yasuda, Wani & Maeda, Tokyo, Japan
2004 Orrick Tokyo Law Offices
2008 Received an LL.M. from Northwestern University School of Law
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, San Francisco
2009 Admitted to New York Bar
2009 – Hibiya Park Law Offices

 

Yuko Morita, Facility Dog Handler

Yuko Morita

Yuko Morita

2004 Graduated from Shizuoka University, Nursing Sciences Department
2004 Employed as nurse at National Center for Child Health and Development (NCCD), Tokyo
2009 Employed by Tyler Foundation as Facility Dog Handler
2010 Started working at Shizuoka Childrens’ Hospital with our Facility Dog “Bailey”
2012 Reassigned to Kanagawa Children’s Medical Center

 

Bailey photo

Bailey
(Golden Retriever, male)

 

Keiko Suzuki, Facility Dog Handler

Keiko Suzuki

Keiko Suzuki

1985 Graduated from Fuchu Nursing School in Tokyo
1985 Employed as nurse at Tokyo Teishin Hospital
1987 Employed as nurse at Showa University Hospital
1989 Employed as industrial nurse at a major consumer electronics manufacturer in Japan
2015 Employed by Shine On! Kids as Facility Dog Handler. Started working at Shizuoka Childrens’ Hospital with our Facility Dog “Yogi”.

 

Yogi photo

Yogi
(Golden Retriever, male)