Board of Directors
Scott joined the Board of Keiro Northwest in December 2021. He’s passionate about preserving Keiro’s focus on respect for elders, and promoting Keiro’s history of service to underserved communities in Seattle. Scott serves as chair of the Governance and Nominating committee, and also serves as a member of the Community Engagement and Outreach committee, and Strategic Planning committee.
Scott’s background includes service with for-profit and not for-profit organizations, in private sector, community, military, and government institutions. He enjoys working with entrepreneurs in the technology industry, was an early hire at McCaw Cellular and a founding member at VoiceStream Wireless. Scott worked for Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, where he was responsible for managing Vulcan’s telecommunications investment portfolio, and promoted US government policy overseas with USAID. Scott was commissioned as a US Navy officer prior to his business career.
Scott serves on the Board of IntelliSpeX and served on the Boards of Sharewave and Broadstorm Communications. He volunteers as a mentor and judge at the University of Washington Buerk School of Entrepreneurship. Scott has a B.S. in Engineering from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, and a MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL.
Scott is third generation Japanese American and has lived in Seattle over 25 years. He and his wife care for his mother at home, and Momo, a miniature golden doodle.
Mara Makie Kage
Board Vice-Chair, Chair of Outreach and Engagement Committee
Mara Makie Kage joined the Board of Keiro Northwest in May 2021.
She is a sansei immigrant from Brazil and has been living in the Seattle area for the past 20 years. Growing up in Sao Paulo, the epicenter of the largest Nikkei community in the world, she has been deeply influenced by her family’s involvement with the local Japanese community and broadly serving the community.
A graduate from the University of Washington in sociology and law, Mara has been involved with the local low-income immigrant and refugee communities through various community-based organizations.
At Keiro Northwest, she identifies with the mission and vision of the organization and is excited about this new opportunity to serve the seniors of our JA community.
Ann Miyahira Hajnosz
Board Member, Chair of Philanthropy Committee
Ann Hajnosz joined the Board in August 2021. She is a Senior Director with Harris & Associates. Her key roles include Program Committee member for the firm’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) committee and Resource Manager for the Consulting Division.
Ann has worked closely with water, wastewater, electric, and solid waste utilities for 35 years in the areas of financial planning, rates, best practices, and general utility planning and operations. She regularly works with utility staff, senior management, and utility stakeholders, including utility boards, city councils, and large customers. Ann has spent a majority of her career working out of the Seattle area for public agencies in the Western US, Hawaii and Guam. She is a member of the class of 2016 Seattle Leadership Tomorrow program.
Ann is a graduate of the University of Hawaii at Manoa where she earned her Civil Engineering degree and Indiana University at Bloomington where she earned an MBA in Finance. She grew up in Honolulu and lives with her husband and two children in Bellevue.
Manami Honda is a board certified Adult Nurse Practitioner, having received both her Doctorate of Nursing Practice and her Master in Nursing from the University of Washington, Seattle. Manami also holds a Bachelor degree in Science from Oregon State University, Corvallis, where the focus of her studies was in Health Promotion and Education.
Manami is actively involved in volunteering for Japanese community to promote their health and wellness. She is currently a board member of JIA Foundation and the president of “Heart no WA.”
Manami is fluent in reading, writing, and speaking in Japanese. Manami is originally from Yamagata-ken.
Naomi Yanagishita joined the Keiro NW board in November of 2021.
Originally from Hawaii, Naomi has lived in Washington State for almost 20 years and is active in the healthcare and senior communities. Currently, she is a program manager for a provider owned healthcare organization offering traditional health insurance, health benefit administration and traditional PPO program. She holds a bachelors from the University of Hawaii and a Master’s in Health Administration from the University of Washington, School of Public Health.
Naomi is also bi-lingual and speaks Japanese with fluency.
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Lee Field has served Keiro Northwest as an advisor and non-voting member of the Board of Directors since September 2020.
As founder of Senior Services of America, Lee Field’s experience with senior housing encompasses over 30 years in marketing and operations, acquisition, development and finance of senior housing and care service alternatives for the elderly.
Prior to the formation of Senior Services of America in 1999, Lee served as an executive officer of Alterra Healthcare Corporation and held a succession of executive positions including Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Crossings Corporation until the Crossings Corporation merger with Alterra. As Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Lee was instrumental in the company’s growth and recognition as an early leader in the assisted living industry. Lee held the position of Vice President of Operations, held managerial positions in Marketing and Market Feasibility upon joining the company. Crossings Corporation was a developer, owner and operator of senior housings and assisted living projects with 1,500 units located throughout the Western United States.
A recognized advocate for the senior housing and elderly care service industries, Lee has been an industry speaker and has successfully lobbied for state legislation in support of the industry. He currently serves on the Board of the National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL), as well as the Board of Washington Health Care Association (WHCA). He also serves as Chair of the Washington Center for Assisted Living Reimbursement Committee. Lee has previously served as the President of the Northwest Assisted Living Facilities Association (NorALFA), served on the Board of the American Senior Housing Association (ASHA) and held the position of Co-Chairman for the organization. Lee served as a member of the National Advisory Committee for (CARF) the Rehabilitation Accreditation Commission and as a member of the assisted living task force for the American Health Care Association (AHCA).
Lee has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Eastern Washington University and has continued studies in Geriatric Mental Health through the University of Washington.
Carol E. Kessler
Ex officio Board Member
Carol E. Kessler joined the Board of Keiro Northwest in March 2020 and serves as the President. As the President, she is also an ex officio member of each board committee.
Carol is a dementia coach for LGBTQ couples under a research program at the University of Washington. She is also a certified Home Care Aide. She received a Master of Science in Gerontology in 2017. Prior to this, she had a 30-year career in the U.S. government as an international relations specialist on nuclear energy and nonproliferation issues. In this career, she worked closely with Japan in the G-7 as the U.S. head of G-7 negotiations to close the Chernobyl reactor in Ukraine from 1994-2000. She was the Deputy Director General of the Nuclear Energy Agency in Paris, France from 2001-2003 and teamed with a senior Japanese diplomat who was also in the NEA’s leadership. She has traveled to Japan several times beginning in 1984 and most recently in 2017.
Carol previously served on the Boards of the Pacific Science Center, the Foundation for Russian American Economic Cooperation and Uplift International, an international advocate for health and human rights. Carol has lived in Seattle since 2003 and shares her home with her husband Chris and their two dogs.
Originally from Hawaii, Tracy relocated and has worked in Washington state for over 30 years. She holds a BA in Communications and Art from the University of Hawaii, Manoa, as well as an MS in Human Resources from Marquette University.
Tracy’s professional experience is concentrated in medicine and healthcare. Medical College of Wisconsin, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center and UW Medicine are a few prior non-profit organizations she has held HR positions. More recently she worked at Wesley Homes, a senior living community (assisted living/independent living/home health services) as its corporate recruiter.
As a third generation American-Japanese and semi-retired from work, Tracy has a strong interest to support Nikkei Manor’s success within the ID community.
Born in Japan and raised in Seattle, Jessica is a Division Director of Community Engagement with Avamere Living, a senior care company. She was born in Tokyo, Japan and lived there as a child before coming to the United States where she grew up on one of the largest koi farms in the nation. Being of half Japanese descent, Jessica understands both cultures and how important engaging multi-cultural communities is. She hosted the kingyo-sui booth at the annual Aki Matsuri Festival and continues to support her family’s koi business.
Jessica has over 15 years of healthcare experience working at both regional and national level. She’s focused on various health reform projects under the Affordable Care Act. Other efforts include the Partnership for Patients Initiative, Outreach and Enrollment Program, Health Literacy Campaign and quality improvement projects for the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services. Much of her work has focused on increasing access to care. She is a recognized subject matter expert on health literacy, rural health, and equity issues in care and is as member of the National Diversity Executive Leadership Program.
Currently, she directs community and provider engagement and leads diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging efforts in post-acute care. Part of her work is focused on improving business development for senior communities. Jessica holds a BS in Health Administration and an MBA.
We’re Seeking a Board Treasurer
The Board seeks to have a cadre of members with diversity in age, gender and backgrounds. First and foremost, we are looking for individuals who care deeply about issues related to caring for the aging population and are familiar with Keiro Northwest/Nikkei Concerns’ legacy. Subject matter expertise in financial literacy and corporate governance are desirable.
If you or a friend or colleague are interested in being considered for this strategic board, please indicate your interest to:
Chair, Keiro Northwest Board of Directors Chair
Nominating and Governance Committee Keiro Northwest