AAJA National Staff
Kathy has more than 10 years experience in program development and nonprofit management. Prior to AAJA, Kathy was the Director of Hands On Sacramento, a California volunteer action center that served three counties. Kathy also worked for 6 years as a public affairs representative for The Sacramento Bee, where she was in charge of The Bee’s employee volunteer program, charitable contributions, special projects and developed client relations with Asian, Hispanic, Black and Metro Chambers. Kathy also consulted with companies such as VSP and lead workshops on multicultural marketing. Kathy is certified by the Newspaper Association of America as a Diversity Facilitator, and has served on the advisory council for the National Corporate Volunteer Council and the National Hands On Schools Council for Hands On Network & Points of Light Institute.
Justin has over eight years of experience in communications, education, youth development and customer service. In 2012, he returned from the Dominican Republic where he served as a Peace Corps Volunteer for two and a half years and worked with teachers and youth on a variety of educational and development projects. Prior to AAJA, Justin was an editorial intern at UC Berkeley’s California Magazine. Originally from Arkansas, Justin graduated from Benedictine College in Atchison, KS with a degree in mass communications and history.
Daniel recently returned from a tour as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Republic of Moldova, where he served in the education and community development sectors. He has a wealth of educational and customer service experience ranging from studying and teaching abroad in France to volunteering and working for the Orange County Registrar. Previously, Daniel has worked in the public relations field, where he honed both his managerial and organizational skills. Daniel attended California State University, Long Beach where he received degrees in French and Francophone Studies and International Studies.
Patricia is a recent graduate of the University of California, Berkeley where she studied media theory and film. Originally from the suburbs of the Bay Area, she holds experience in music journalism, independent radio broadcasting and community organization from throughout her educational career. Prior to AAJA, Patricia interned with the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) in the Communications and Development departments and served as the Promotions Director for the community radio station KALX 90.7FM in Berkeley, CA.
National Convention Consultant
Derrick is a Washington, D.C.-based communications director, as well as an experienced graphic designer, event planner, social media and marketing consultant. He has dedicated his career to working with non-profit organizations in a variety of capacities, concentrating on marketing, membership development and public relations. In addition to his work with AAJA, he is a designer and event producer for the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA).
GLENN E. K. SUGIHARA
Glenn has been AAJA’s accountant for almost 25 years. He is responsible for all accounting functions of the organization and works with the treasurers from all 21 chapters. Glenn’s accounting background includes working with corporate firms as well as non-profit organizations. Glenn received his B.S. in accounting from Loma Linda University. He is an owner and partner of several businesses.
KAREN A. SUGIHARA
Karen started at AAJA over 16 years ago to cover for Glenn while he was recuperating from surgery, and she has been with AAJA ever since. Karen helps with online payment processing, payroll and accounting support. After working with CPA firms, Karen started her own firm to be able to spend time raising her three daughters. She has a B.S. in accounting from Loma Linda University. Glenn and Karen are proud grandparents to four grandkids: two granddaughters and two grandsons.