The Prefectural Council

The prefectural council, or PC for short, is the group of elected volunteers that help our organization function. Elections happen annually, so you are more than welcome to apply after reading our constitution. If you have questions for any of us, feel free to reach out!

Catrina Caira : Southwest Representative

Catrina Caira

Southwest Representative

My name is Catrina and I’m your Southwestern Rep for this year. I was a JET ALT in Higashikawa for 5 year, an ALT in Sendai for 2 years and am now the International Relations Advisor for Imakane. My hobbies include traveling, tea ceremony, reading, cycling, and mountain climbing. I also like yosakoi and taiko. My love of traveling has led me to complete the Hokkaido Michi no eki stamp rally twice, the Hokkaido 13 temple and 88 temple pilgrimages and to visit every Japanese prefecture. I love talking about travel, teaching and food. If you know a local gem I probably haven’t been to let me know! Hope to talk to you soon in person or online.

Thea Loo : Central Representative

Thea Loo

Central Representative

Howzit! I am your new HAJET Central Representative,Thea. I'm a fun-loving first year JET from the warm waters of Hawai‘i (həˈvɐjʔi). Before coming to Japan, I studied Linguistics and Japanese Studies. Passionate for adventure, nature, SNOW, and wildlife, Hokkaido is my ideal placement. I additionally enjoy Asian pop-culture, cooking, drawing, learning other cultures and languages, and videogames. I reside in Mukawa-cho (town-neighbors with Collin), where it’s famous for the rare tasty Shishamo "Smeltfish". As central representative, I want to provide everyone with assistance when needed and share the fun. Also, if you know a beach that you can swim in and want to do a BBQ somewhere during the warmer months, hit me up!

Kyle Poleman-Biittner : Elections Coordinator

Kyle Poleman-Biittner

Elections Coordinator

Hello! My name is Kyle, and I'm the elections coordinator for HAJET. I'm a high school ALT in a very small town in the deep southwest of Hokkaido called Kaminokuni. I'm twenty-nine years old and have been teaching ESL since graduating from college. I spent two years in Korea as a new teacher who had no idea how to do anything. Then, I returned to the states to tutor high school students and immigrants, after some training. I've really enjoyed returning to foreign language teaching in public schools. I look forward to meeting everyone!

Kelia Murata : Bookseller

Kelia Murata


Greets my fallow Hokkaidans! Believe it or not, I am still your purveyor of all things book. In case you don’t know, my name is Kelia and I am located in the lovely southwestern town of Yakumo. We are known for touching both the Sea of Japan and the Pacific Ocean, carved wooden bears, and, of course, being cloudy eight days a week. (Get it? Eight clouds - 八雲? ) Aside from the cloud cover and the ocean views, the beautiful mountainous, snowy nature of Hokkaido really speaks to my Coloradan roots and makes me feel right at home; so if you ever want a hiking buddy, I’m your girl. My other hobbies also include cooking, video games, and reading! (Shocking, I know)

I am currently teaching at twelve schools while still running my extracurricular children’s classes, English clubs, and Eikaiwa so I keep plenty busy. But if you ever want to discuss books, video games, recipes, or how stunning this prefecture still is, I always have time to chat with a friend.

Kyle Willits : Webmaster

Kyle Willits


Hi friends! I’m Kyle from the tiny, tiny, tiny town of Utashinai. We likely have more deer than people in my neighborhood. Before coming on the great JET adventure I was a web developer at a few different businesses, so this isn’t my first rodeo! I figured I’d put my skills to good use and help all of you. The past year has been a blur of finishing my Master’s, learning Japanese, working full time, and teaching; it still feels like I’m unable to slow down. I’m a big believer in black coffee and green tea.

Besides studying Japanese, this year I’ve started learning Kyuudo and have been teaching myself how to roast and brew coffee. I also enjoy photography and I try to explore Japan as much as possible in order to document how beautiful it is.

If you want to learn about web development for some post-JET career assistance, or just need a friend to talk to, don’t hesitate to let me know!