Board of Directors

Board of DirectorsThe Board of Directors is the governing body of the Center for Japanese Mental Health and is comprised of dedicated professionals who have passion, experience, and influence to furter our mission. CJMH is seeking additional board members, please contact Chi Yu to start a conversation.

 

Miwa Hitsumoto, PhD, LMFT

Executive Director

Dr Miwa Hitsumoto is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. In private practice since 2004, Dr Hitsumoto’s practice provides individual, couples, and family counseling to patients who are primarily Japanese speakers or to multi-cultural or multi-ethnic couples and families. She has extensive experience and expertise in applying cognitive behavioral modification and the treatment of PTSD, substance abuse, domestic violence, and mood disorders. From 2005-2008, she published a monthly column in a regional Japanese magazine discussing issues related to counseling and psychotherapy. Prior to practicing clinical psychology as a psychotherapist, Dr Hitsumoto worked in Japan as a software engineer for IBM Japan and a marketing manager for Borland Japan. Dr Hitsumoto earned her PhD in Theology, Christian Counseling from Prodee University and her Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology and Master of Science in Applied Computer Science from Azusa Pacific University.

As President, she chairs the meetings of the board of directors and has responsibility and oversight for the organization’s day-to-day activities. As Executive Director she has responsibility for activities including fundraising, program development, and activities requiring Japanese language proficiency, expertise in Japanese culture, and expertise in clinical psychology or psychotherapy.

Yoshiyuki Taki

Director

Yoshiyuki Taki is an attorney practicing immigration law for the past 17 years, helping Japanese people and companies to relocate to the United States. He was admitted to the State Bar of Arizona in 1996 and earned Bachelor of Law from Niigata University, Niigata, Japan, a Master of Comparative Law from Indiana University School of Law, a Master of Arts in Ministry from Hope International University, and a Master of Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary. He serves a predominantly Japanese clientele and cares deeply for the Japanese community. Mr. Taki is an active member of the American Bar Association, American Immigration Lawyers Association, and Japan Business Association.

As Treasurer and Secretary, he ensures that the financial books and records of the organization are accurate and up to date. He is responsible for the organization’s tax filings.

Natalie Profant Komuro has 27 years experience in homeless services, including 17 years in nonprofit management. Since 2007, she has been executive director of Ascencia, a nonprofit homeless service agency that offers on-site psychiatry and trauma therapy, including EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) methods to assist homeless clients. She teaches marketing for nonprofit organization as an adjunct professor at California State University, Los Angeles. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from Pomona College and her Master of Arts from UCLA.

Helen Chen, MD

Director

Dr Helen Chen, is a board certified radiation oncologist and trained at UC Irvine and the City of Hope Medical Center. She has practiced radiation oncology in Southern California for 20 years. She currently practices as the Medical Director of the Department of Radiation Oncology at the City of Hope/South Pasadena. Dr. Chen grew up in Monterey Park, California, in a family that has been dedicated to public service. Her mother has a Masters in social work. Dr. Chen received her bachelor’s degree with distinction from Stanford University and attended UC San Francisco Medical School. She has been on the board of various Asian American physician organizations. Her spouse and in-laws are of Japanese descent, and she has been an active member of the Japanese American Medical Association, most recently on their Scholarship Committee. Dr. Chen is highly interested in the mental health aspects of all patients, and in particular Asian American and Japanese American patients who often do not have adequate access to psychological services due to lack of education, insurance resources, language barriers, and cultural beliefs.