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[ Director ]

When I was growing up in New Jersey and thought that Asian food consisted solely of Chow Mein, I would have never guessed that I would be spending some of the best years of my life in a rough fishing city along the coast of eastern Japan. My life started in Zimbabwe, Africa, with seasons in New Jersey, Indiana, Washington D.C. and California. But I’ve now lived the longest period of time in Japan, the past five years here in Ishinomaki.

I met Eric while we were both studying at Fuller Seminary, thankfully finding a wonderful man willing to join our visions together forever. Along the way we’ve adopted four amazing children – two by accident! – and have loved sharing our home with friends from all over. Somehow between Los Angeles and Japan I managed to finish my PhD in Intercultural/Leadership studies, but it’s in real life with my family and at the Nozomi Project where I need – and learn! - the most wisdom. Starting the Nozomi Project with a wonderful team has been one of the hardest and most exhilarating challenges of my life. I love making unique cakes for family birthdays; outings on the beautiful Miyagi coast; traveling with family and friends, and learning how to cook Asian recipes that taste a whole lot better than canned Chow Mein.

When I think about the last four or five years since we started the Nozomi Project, it has been amazing to see how God has brought people with a variety of experiences to meet the needs we have had at the Nozomi Project. So many volunteers from all over have helped in so many ways like gathering broken pottery, creating a website and computer programs, teaching our staff how to design and make jewelry, and advising on camera equipment. We appreciate how so many have stepped forward to help us create a thriving and beautiful business. I'm thankful for my husband Eric who lends his wisdom and does so many behind-the-scene crucial things to help us keep going. And I remain amazed at the courage and beauty of these remarkable Nozomi women, who daily model hope and dignity as we walk and grow together.