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Gilbert M. Nishimura was admitted to the California State Bar in December 1973 and has been admitted to the United States District Court, Central District, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He has also appeared pro hac vice in the states of Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, and Tennessee. Mr. Nishimura is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles and received his Juris Doctorate at Loyola University School of Law.

From 1973 to 1976, Mr. Nishimura was a member of the Law Firm of West & Girardi and its successor, the Law Firm of Girardi and Keese. While there he gained valuable experience in personal injury litigation, including medical malpractice and products liability.

Mr. Nishimura formed the law firm of Senzaki, Osajima & Nishimura in 1976 with offices in Los Angeles and Orange County. This was an all-service law firm for which Mr. Nishimura handled the business and personal injury litigation matters and defended the Los Angeles County Healthcare System in medical malpractice cases.

In 1989, Mr. Nishimura joined the firm of Roquemore, Pringle & Moore, Inc. With his litigation experience, he became the partner supervising the litigation, personal injury, and workers’ compensation departments.

In 2005, he helped form Seki, Nishimura & Watase and became its initial Managing Partner. Mr. Nishimura currently supervises the firm’s civil litigation practice, as well as its general practice, including general business, transactional matters, and estate planning.

His practice area has included representing various government entities, such as the County of Los Angeles and its Sheriff’s Department, Healthcare System, Coroner’s Office, District Attorney’s Office and Public Defender’s Office; City of Bellflower; City of Bell Gardens; City of West Covina; Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; Pacific Bell Telephone Company; AT&T Services, Inc., Southern California Edison Company and United States Bankruptcy Trustees. He has also appeared and successfully argued in front of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Mr. Nishimura is a former referee of the State Bar of California and Judge Pro Tem of the Los Angeles Municipal Court. He has been a member of the Judicial Review Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and on the Judicial Evaluations Committee and Board of Governors of the Japanese American Bar Association of Greater Los Angeles, of which he is a founding member. Moreover, Mr. Nishimura has been a panelist speaker for the Public Utilities Commission, the State Bar of California Annual Convention and the Judiciary College in Berkeley, California.

In addition to his professional affiliations, Mr. Nishimura believes in giving back to the community and has been involved with the Japanese American National Museum, Go For Broke National Education Center, Twin Counties Optimist Club (founding member), Bell Gardens Rotary Club, Southeast Youth Organization, Orange County Buddhist Church (Board of Directors), City of Cerritos Beautification Program, Little Tokyo Service Center (Board of Governors), a sponsor of the Little Tokyo Historical Society Sei Fujii Lantern Project, and the Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic (founding Board of Director).

 

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.

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.

Gilbert M. Nishimura was admitted to the California State Bar in December 1973 and has been admitted to the United States District Court, Central District, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He has also appeared pro hac vice in the states of Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, and Tennessee. Mr. Nishimura is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles and received his Juris Doctorate at Loyola University School of Law.

From 1973 to 1976, Mr. Nishimura was a member of the Law Firm of West & Girardi and its successor, the Law Firm of Girardi and Keese. While there he gained valuable experience in personal injury litigation, including medical malpractice and products liability.

Mr. Nishimura formed the law firm of Senzaki, Osajima & Nishimura in 1976 with offices in Los Angeles and Orange County. This was an all-service law firm for which Mr. Nishimura handled the business and personal injury litigation matters and defended the Los Angeles County Healthcare System in medical malpractice cases.

In 1989, Mr. Nishimura joined the firm of Roquemore, Pringle & Moore, Inc. With his litigation experience, he became the partner supervising the litigation, personal injury, and workers’ compensation departments.

In 2005, he helped form Seki, Nishimura & Watase and became its initial Managing Partner. Mr. Nishimura currently supervises the firm’s civil litigation practice, as well as its general practice, including general business, transactional matters, and estate planning.

His practice area has included representing various government entities, such as the County of Los Angeles and its Sheriff’s Department, Healthcare System, Coroner’s Office, District Attorney’s Office and Public Defender’s Office; City of Bellflower; City of Bell Gardens; City of West Covina; Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; Pacific Bell Telephone Company; AT&T Services, Inc., Southern California Edison Company and United States Bankruptcy Trustees. He has also appeared and successfully argued in front of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Mr. Nishimura is a former referee of the State Bar of California and Judge Pro Tem of the Los Angeles Municipal Court. He has been a member of the Judicial Review Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and on the Judicial Evaluations Committee and Board of Governors of the Japanese American Bar Association of Greater Los Angeles, of which he is a founding member. Moreover, Mr. Nishimura has been a panelist speaker for the Public Utilities Commission, the State Bar of California Annual Convention and the Judiciary College in Berkeley, California.

In addition to his professional affiliations, Mr. Nishimura believes in giving back to the community and has been involved with the Japanese American National Museum, Go For Broke National Education Center, Twin Counties Optimist Club (founding member), Bell Gardens Rotary Club, Southeast Youth Organization, Orange County Buddhist Church (Board of Directors), City of Cerritos Beautification Program, Little Tokyo Service Center (Board of Governors), a sponsor of the Little Tokyo Historical Society Sei Fujii Lantern Project, and the Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic (founding Board of Director).

 

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.

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.

Gilbert M. Nishimura was admitted to the California State Bar in December 1973 and has been admitted to the United States District Court, Central District, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He has also appeared pro hac vice in the states of Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, and Tennessee. Mr. Nishimura is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles and received his Juris Doctorate at Loyola University School of Law.

From 1973 to 1976, Mr. Nishimura was a member of the Law Firm of West & Girardi and its successor, the Law Firm of Girardi and Keese. While there he gained valuable experience in personal injury litigation, including medical malpractice and products liability.

Mr. Nishimura formed the law firm of Senzaki, Osajima & Nishimura in 1976 with offices in Los Angeles and Orange County. This was an all-service law firm for which Mr. Nishimura handled the business and personal injury litigation matters and defended the Los Angeles County Healthcare System in medical malpractice cases.

In 1989, Mr. Nishimura joined the firm of Roquemore, Pringle & Moore, Inc. With his litigation experience, he became the partner supervising the litigation, personal injury, and workers’ compensation departments.

In 2005, he helped form Seki, Nishimura & Watase and became its initial Managing Partner. Mr. Nishimura currently supervises the firm’s civil litigation practice, as well as its general practice, including general business, transactional matters, and estate planning.

His practice area has included representing various government entities, such as the County of Los Angeles and its Sheriff’s Department, Healthcare System, Coroner’s Office, District Attorney’s Office and Public Defender’s Office; City of Bellflower; City of Bell Gardens; City of West Covina; Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; Pacific Bell Telephone Company; AT&T Services, Inc., Southern California Edison Company and United States Bankruptcy Trustees. He has also appeared and successfully argued in front of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Mr. Nishimura is a former referee of the State Bar of California and Judge Pro Tem of the Los Angeles Municipal Court. He has been a member of the Judicial Review Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and on the Judicial Evaluations Committee and Board of Governors of the Japanese American Bar Association of Greater Los Angeles, of which he is a founding member. Moreover, Mr. Nishimura has been a panelist speaker for the Public Utilities Commission, the State Bar of California Annual Convention and the Judiciary College in Berkeley, California.

In addition to his professional affiliations, Mr. Nishimura believes in giving back to the community and has been involved with the Japanese American National Museum, Go For Broke National Education Center, Twin Counties Optimist Club (founding member), Bell Gardens Rotary Club, Southeast Youth Organization, Orange County Buddhist Church (Board of Directors), City of Cerritos Beautification Program, Little Tokyo Service Center (Board of Governors), a sponsor of the Little Tokyo Historical Society Sei Fujii Lantern Project, and the Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic (founding Board of Director).

 

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.

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.

Gilbert M. Nishimura was admitted to the California State Bar in December 1973 and has been admitted to the United States District Court, Central District, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He has also appeared pro hac vice in the states of Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, and Tennessee. Mr. Nishimura is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles and received his Juris Doctorate at Loyola University School of Law.

From 1973 to 1976, Mr. Nishimura was a member of the Law Firm of West & Girardi and its successor, the Law Firm of Girardi and Keese. While there he gained valuable experience in personal injury litigation, including medical malpractice and products liability.

Mr. Nishimura formed the law firm of Senzaki, Osajima & Nishimura in 1976 with offices in Los Angeles and Orange County. This was an all-service law firm for which Mr. Nishimura handled the business and personal injury litigation matters and defended the Los Angeles County Healthcare System in medical malpractice cases.

In 1989, Mr. Nishimura joined the firm of Roquemore, Pringle & Moore, Inc. With his litigation experience, he became the partner supervising the litigation, personal injury, and workers’ compensation departments.

In 2005, he helped form Seki, Nishimura & Watase and became its initial Managing Partner. Mr. Nishimura currently supervises the firm’s civil litigation practice, as well as its general practice, including general business, transactional matters, and estate planning.

His practice area has included representing various government entities, such as the County of Los Angeles and its Sheriff’s Department, Healthcare System, Coroner’s Office, District Attorney’s Office and Public Defender’s Office; City of Bellflower; City of Bell Gardens; City of West Covina; Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; Pacific Bell Telephone Company; AT&T Services, Inc., Southern California Edison Company and United States Bankruptcy Trustees. He has also appeared and successfully argued in front of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Mr. Nishimura is a former referee of the State Bar of California and Judge Pro Tem of the Los Angeles Municipal Court. He has been a member of the Judicial Review Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and on the Judicial Evaluations Committee and Board of Governors of the Japanese American Bar Association of Greater Los Angeles, of which he is a founding member. Moreover, Mr. Nishimura has been a panelist speaker for the Public Utilities Commission, the State Bar of California Annual Convention and the Judiciary College in Berkeley, California.

In addition to his professional affiliations, Mr. Nishimura believes in giving back to the community and has been involved with the Japanese American National Museum, Go For Broke National Education Center, Twin Counties Optimist Club (founding member), Bell Gardens Rotary Club, Southeast Youth Organization, Orange County Buddhist Church (Board of Directors), City of Cerritos Beautification Program, Little Tokyo Service Center (Board of Governors), a sponsor of the Little Tokyo Historical Society Sei Fujii Lantern Project, and the Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic (founding Board of Director).

 

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.

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.

Gilbert M. Nishimura was admitted to the California State Bar in December 1973 and has been admitted to the United States District Court, Central District, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He has also appeared pro hac vice in the states of Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, and Tennessee. Mr. Nishimura is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles and received his Juris Doctorate at Loyola University School of Law.

From 1973 to 1976, Mr. Nishimura was a member of the Law Firm of West & Girardi and its successor, the Law Firm of Girardi and Keese. While there he gained valuable experience in personal injury litigation, including medical malpractice and products liability.

Mr. Nishimura formed the law firm of Senzaki, Osajima & Nishimura in 1976 with offices in Los Angeles and Orange County. This was an all-service law firm for which Mr. Nishimura handled the business and personal injury litigation matters and defended the Los Angeles County Healthcare System in medical malpractice cases.

In 1989, Mr. Nishimura joined the firm of Roquemore, Pringle & Moore, Inc. With his litigation experience, he became the partner supervising the litigation, personal injury, and workers’ compensation departments.

In 2005, he helped form Seki, Nishimura & Watase and became its initial Managing Partner. Mr. Nishimura currently supervises the firm’s civil litigation practice, as well as its general practice, including general business, transactional matters, and estate planning.

His practice area has included representing various government entities, such as the County of Los Angeles and its Sheriff’s Department, Healthcare System, Coroner’s Office, District Attorney’s Office and Public Defender’s Office; City of Bellflower; City of Bell Gardens; City of West Covina; Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; Pacific Bell Telephone Company; AT&T Services, Inc., Southern California Edison Company and United States Bankruptcy Trustees. He has also appeared and successfully argued in front of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Mr. Nishimura is a former referee of the State Bar of California and Judge Pro Tem of the Los Angeles Municipal Court. He has been a member of the Judicial Review Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and on the Judicial Evaluations Committee and Board of Governors of the Japanese American Bar Association of Greater Los Angeles, of which he is a founding member. Moreover, Mr. Nishimura has been a panelist speaker for the Public Utilities Commission, the State Bar of California Annual Convention and the Judiciary College in Berkeley, California.

In addition to his professional affiliations, Mr. Nishimura believes in giving back to the community and has been involved with the Japanese American National Museum, Go For Broke National Education Center, Twin Counties Optimist Club (founding member), Bell Gardens Rotary Club, Southeast Youth Organization, Orange County Buddhist Church (Board of Directors), City of Cerritos Beautification Program, Little Tokyo Service Center (Board of Governors), a sponsor of the Little Tokyo Historical Society Sei Fujii Lantern Project, and the Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic (founding Board of Director).

 

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.

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.

Gilbert M. Nishimura was admitted to the California State Bar in December 1973 and has been admitted to the United States District Court, Central District, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He has also appeared pro hac vice in the states of Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, and Tennessee. Mr. Nishimura is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles and received his Juris Doctorate at Loyola University School of Law.

From 1973 to 1976, Mr. Nishimura was a member of the Law Firm of West & Girardi and its successor, the Law Firm of Girardi and Keese. While there he gained valuable experience in personal injury litigation, including medical malpractice and products liability.

Mr. Nishimura formed the law firm of Senzaki, Osajima & Nishimura in 1976 with offices in Los Angeles and Orange County. This was an all-service law firm for which Mr. Nishimura handled the business and personal injury litigation matters and defended the Los Angeles County Healthcare System in medical malpractice cases.

In 1989, Mr. Nishimura joined the firm of Roquemore, Pringle & Moore, Inc. With his litigation experience, he became the partner supervising the litigation, personal injury, and workers’ compensation departments.

In 2005, he helped form Seki, Nishimura & Watase and became its initial Managing Partner. Mr. Nishimura currently supervises the firm’s civil litigation practice, as well as its general practice, including general business, transactional matters, and estate planning.

His practice area has included representing various government entities, such as the County of Los Angeles and its Sheriff’s Department, Healthcare System, Coroner’s Office, District Attorney’s Office and Public Defender’s Office; City of Bellflower; City of Bell Gardens; City of West Covina; Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; Pacific Bell Telephone Company; AT&T Services, Inc., Southern California Edison Company and United States Bankruptcy Trustees. He has also appeared and successfully argued in front of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Mr. Nishimura is a former referee of the State Bar of California and Judge Pro Tem of the Los Angeles Municipal Court. He has been a member of the Judicial Review Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and on the Judicial Evaluations Committee and Board of Governors of the Japanese American Bar Association of Greater Los Angeles, of which he is a founding member. Moreover, Mr. Nishimura has been a panelist speaker for the Public Utilities Commission, the State Bar of California Annual Convention and the Judiciary College in Berkeley, California.

In addition to his professional affiliations, Mr. Nishimura believes in giving back to the community and has been involved with the Japanese American National Museum, Go For Broke National Education Center, Twin Counties Optimist Club (founding member), Bell Gardens Rotary Club, Southeast Youth Organization, Orange County Buddhist Church (Board of Directors), City of Cerritos Beautification Program, Little Tokyo Service Center (Board of Governors), a sponsor of the Little Tokyo Historical Society Sei Fujii Lantern Project, and the Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic (founding Board of Director).

 

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.

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.

Gilbert M. Nishimura was admitted to the California State Bar in December 1973 and has been admitted to the United States District Court, Central District, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He has also appeared pro hac vice in the states of Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, and Tennessee. Mr. Nishimura is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles and received his Juris Doctorate at Loyola University School of Law.

From 1973 to 1976, Mr. Nishimura was a member of the Law Firm of West & Girardi and its successor, the Law Firm of Girardi and Keese. While there he gained valuable experience in personal injury litigation, including medical malpractice and products liability.

Mr. Nishimura formed the law firm of Senzaki, Osajima & Nishimura in 1976 with offices in Los Angeles and Orange County. This was an all-service law firm for which Mr. Nishimura handled the business and personal injury litigation matters and defended the Los Angeles County Healthcare System in medical malpractice cases.

In 1989, Mr. Nishimura joined the firm of Roquemore, Pringle & Moore, Inc. With his litigation experience, he became the partner supervising the litigation, personal injury, and workers’ compensation departments.

In 2005, he helped form Seki, Nishimura & Watase and became its initial Managing Partner. Mr. Nishimura currently supervises the firm’s civil litigation practice, as well as its general practice, including general business, transactional matters, and estate planning.

His practice area has included representing various government entities, such as the County of Los Angeles and its Sheriff’s Department, Healthcare System, Coroner’s Office, District Attorney’s Office and Public Defender’s Office; City of Bellflower; City of Bell Gardens; City of West Covina; Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; Pacific Bell Telephone Company; AT&T Services, Inc., Southern California Edison Company and United States Bankruptcy Trustees. He has also appeared and successfully argued in front of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Mr. Nishimura is a former referee of the State Bar of California and Judge Pro Tem of the Los Angeles Municipal Court. He has been a member of the Judicial Review Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and on the Judicial Evaluations Committee and Board of Governors of the Japanese American Bar Association of Greater Los Angeles, of which he is a founding member. Moreover, Mr. Nishimura has been a panelist speaker for the Public Utilities Commission, the State Bar of California Annual Convention and the Judiciary College in Berkeley, California.

In addition to his professional affiliations, Mr. Nishimura believes in giving back to the community and has been involved with the Japanese American National Museum, Go For Broke National Education Center, Twin Counties Optimist Club (founding member), Bell Gardens Rotary Club, Southeast Youth Organization, Orange County Buddhist Church (Board of Directors), City of Cerritos Beautification Program, Little Tokyo Service Center (Board of Governors), a sponsor of the Little Tokyo Historical Society Sei Fujii Lantern Project, and the Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic (founding Board of Director).

 

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.

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.

Gilbert M. Nishimura was admitted to the California State Bar in December 1973 and has been admitted to the United States District Court, Central District, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He has also appeared pro hac vice in the states of Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, and Tennessee. Mr. Nishimura is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles and received his Juris Doctorate at Loyola University School of Law.

From 1973 to 1976, Mr. Nishimura was a member of the Law Firm of West & Girardi and its successor, the Law Firm of Girardi and Keese. While there he gained valuable experience in personal injury litigation, including medical malpractice and products liability.

Mr. Nishimura formed the law firm of Senzaki, Osajima & Nishimura in 1976 with offices in Los Angeles and Orange County. This was an all-service law firm for which Mr. Nishimura handled the business and personal injury litigation matters and defended the Los Angeles County Healthcare System in medical malpractice cases.

In 1989, Mr. Nishimura joined the firm of Roquemore, Pringle & Moore, Inc. With his litigation experience, he became the partner supervising the litigation, personal injury, and workers’ compensation departments.

In 2005, he helped form Seki, Nishimura & Watase and became its initial Managing Partner. Mr. Nishimura currently supervises the firm’s civil litigation practice, as well as its general practice, including general business, transactional matters, and estate planning.

His practice area has included representing various government entities, such as the County of Los Angeles and its Sheriff’s Department, Healthcare System, Coroner’s Office, District Attorney’s Office and Public Defender’s Office; City of Bellflower; City of Bell Gardens; City of West Covina; Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; Pacific Bell Telephone Company; AT&T Services, Inc., Southern California Edison Company and United States Bankruptcy Trustees. He has also appeared and successfully argued in front of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Mr. Nishimura is a former referee of the State Bar of California and Judge Pro Tem of the Los Angeles Municipal Court. He has been a member of the Judicial Review Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and on the Judicial Evaluations Committee and Board of Governors of the Japanese American Bar Association of Greater Los Angeles, of which he is a founding member. Moreover, Mr. Nishimura has been a panelist speaker for the Public Utilities Commission, the State Bar of California Annual Convention and the Judiciary College in Berkeley, California.

In addition to his professional affiliations, Mr. Nishimura believes in giving back to the community and has been involved with the Japanese American National Museum, Go For Broke National Education Center, Twin Counties Optimist Club (founding member), Bell Gardens Rotary Club, Southeast Youth Organization, Orange County Buddhist Church (Board of Directors), City of Cerritos Beautification Program, Little Tokyo Service Center (Board of Governors), a sponsor of the Little Tokyo Historical Society Sei Fujii Lantern Project, and the Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic (founding Board of Director).

 

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.

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.

Gilbert M. Nishimura was admitted to the California State Bar in December 1973 and has been admitted to the United States District Court, Central District, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He has also appeared pro hac vice in the states of Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, and Tennessee. Mr. Nishimura is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles and received his Juris Doctorate at Loyola University School of Law.

From 1973 to 1976, Mr. Nishimura was a member of the Law Firm of West & Girardi and its successor, the Law Firm of Girardi and Keese. While there he gained valuable experience in personal injury litigation, including medical malpractice and products liability.

Mr. Nishimura formed the law firm of Senzaki, Osajima & Nishimura in 1976 with offices in Los Angeles and Orange County. This was an all-service law firm for which Mr. Nishimura handled the business and personal injury litigation matters and defended the Los Angeles County Healthcare System in medical malpractice cases.

In 1989, Mr. Nishimura joined the firm of Roquemore, Pringle & Moore, Inc. With his litigation experience, he became the partner supervising the litigation, personal injury, and workers’ compensation departments.

In 2005, he helped form Seki, Nishimura & Watase and became its initial Managing Partner. Mr. Nishimura currently supervises the firm’s civil litigation practice, as well as its general practice, including general business, transactional matters, and estate planning.

His practice area has included representing various government entities, such as the County of Los Angeles and its Sheriff’s Department, Healthcare System, Coroner’s Office, District Attorney’s Office and Public Defender’s Office; City of Bellflower; City of Bell Gardens; City of West Covina; Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; Pacific Bell Telephone Company; AT&T Services, Inc., Southern California Edison Company and United States Bankruptcy Trustees. He has also appeared and successfully argued in front of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Mr. Nishimura is a former referee of the State Bar of California and Judge Pro Tem of the Los Angeles Municipal Court. He has been a member of the Judicial Review Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and on the Judicial Evaluations Committee and Board of Governors of the Japanese American Bar Association of Greater Los Angeles, of which he is a founding member. Moreover, Mr. Nishimura has been a panelist speaker for the Public Utilities Commission, the State Bar of California Annual Convention and the Judiciary College in Berkeley, California.

In addition to his professional affiliations, Mr. Nishimura believes in giving back to the community and has been involved with the Japanese American National Museum, Go For Broke National Education Center, Twin Counties Optimist Club (founding member), Bell Gardens Rotary Club, Southeast Youth Organization, Orange County Buddhist Church (Board of Directors), City of Cerritos Beautification Program, Little Tokyo Service Center (Board of Governors), a sponsor of the Little Tokyo Historical Society Sei Fujii Lantern Project, and the Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic (founding Board of Director).

 

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.

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.

Gilbert M. Nishimura was admitted to the California State Bar in December 1973 and has been admitted to the United States District Court, Central District, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He has also appeared pro hac vice in the states of Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, and Tennessee. Mr. Nishimura is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles and received his Juris Doctorate at Loyola University School of Law.

From 1973 to 1976, Mr. Nishimura was a member of the Law Firm of West & Girardi and its successor, the Law Firm of Girardi and Keese. While there he gained valuable experience in personal injury litigation, including medical malpractice and products liability.

Mr. Nishimura formed the law firm of Senzaki, Osajima & Nishimura in 1976 with offices in Los Angeles and Orange County. This was an all-service law firm for which Mr. Nishimura handled the business and personal injury litigation matters and defended the Los Angeles County Healthcare System in medical malpractice cases.

In 1989, Mr. Nishimura joined the firm of Roquemore, Pringle & Moore, Inc. With his litigation experience, he became the partner supervising the litigation, personal injury, and workers’ compensation departments.

In 2005, he helped form Seki, Nishimura & Watase and became its initial Managing Partner. Mr. Nishimura currently supervises the firm’s civil litigation practice, as well as its general practice, including general business, transactional matters, and estate planning.

His practice area has included representing various government entities, such as the County of Los Angeles and its Sheriff’s Department, Healthcare System, Coroner’s Office, District Attorney’s Office and Public Defender’s Office; City of Bellflower; City of Bell Gardens; City of West Covina; Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; Pacific Bell Telephone Company; AT&T Services, Inc., Southern California Edison Company and United States Bankruptcy Trustees. He has also appeared and successfully argued in front of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Mr. Nishimura is a former referee of the State Bar of California and Judge Pro Tem of the Los Angeles Municipal Court. He has been a member of the Judicial Review Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and on the Judicial Evaluations Committee and Board of Governors of the Japanese American Bar Association of Greater Los Angeles, of which he is a founding member. Moreover, Mr. Nishimura has been a panelist speaker for the Public Utilities Commission, the State Bar of California Annual Convention and the Judiciary College in Berkeley, California.

In addition to his professional affiliations, Mr. Nishimura believes in giving back to the community and has been involved with the Japanese American National Museum, Go For Broke National Education Center, Twin Counties Optimist Club (founding member), Bell Gardens Rotary Club, Southeast Youth Organization, Orange County Buddhist Church (Board of Directors), City of Cerritos Beautification Program, Little Tokyo Service Center (Board of Governors), a sponsor of the Little Tokyo Historical Society Sei Fujii Lantern Project, and the Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic (founding Board of Director).

 

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.

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.

Gilbert M. Nishimura was admitted to the California State Bar in December 1973 and has been admitted to the United States District Court, Central District, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He has also appeared pro hac vice in the states of Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, and Tennessee. Mr. Nishimura is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles and received his Juris Doctorate at Loyola University School of Law.

From 1973 to 1976, Mr. Nishimura was a member of the Law Firm of West & Girardi and its successor, the Law Firm of Girardi and Keese. While there he gained valuable experience in personal injury litigation, including medical malpractice and products liability.

Mr. Nishimura formed the law firm of Senzaki, Osajima & Nishimura in 1976 with offices in Los Angeles and Orange County. This was an all-service law firm for which Mr. Nishimura handled the business and personal injury litigation matters and defended the Los Angeles County Healthcare System in medical malpractice cases.

In 1989, Mr. Nishimura joined the firm of Roquemore, Pringle & Moore, Inc. With his litigation experience, he became the partner supervising the litigation, personal injury, and workers’ compensation departments.

In 2005, he helped form Seki, Nishimura & Watase and became its initial Managing Partner. Mr. Nishimura currently supervises the firm’s civil litigation practice, as well as its general practice, including general business, transactional matters, and estate planning.

His practice area has included representing various government entities, such as the County of Los Angeles and its Sheriff’s Department, Healthcare System, Coroner’s Office, District Attorney’s Office and Public Defender’s Office; City of Bellflower; City of Bell Gardens; City of West Covina; Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; Pacific Bell Telephone Company; AT&T Services, Inc., Southern California Edison Company and United States Bankruptcy Trustees. He has also appeared and successfully argued in front of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Mr. Nishimura is a former referee of the State Bar of California and Judge Pro Tem of the Los Angeles Municipal Court. He has been a member of the Judicial Review Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and on the Judicial Evaluations Committee and Board of Governors of the Japanese American Bar Association of Greater Los Angeles, of which he is a founding member. Moreover, Mr. Nishimura has been a panelist speaker for the Public Utilities Commission, the State Bar of California Annual Convention and the Judiciary College in Berkeley, California.

In addition to his professional affiliations, Mr. Nishimura believes in giving back to the community and has been involved with the Japanese American National Museum, Go For Broke National Education Center, Twin Counties Optimist Club (founding member), Bell Gardens Rotary Club, Southeast Youth Organization, Orange County Buddhist Church (Board of Directors), City of Cerritos Beautification Program, Little Tokyo Service Center (Board of Governors), a sponsor of the Little Tokyo Historical Society Sei Fujii Lantern Project, and the Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic (founding Board of Director).

 

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.

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.

Gilbert M. Nishimura was admitted to the California State Bar in December 1973 and has been admitted to the United States District Court, Central District, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He has also appeared pro hac vice in the states of Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, and Tennessee. Mr. Nishimura is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles and received his Juris Doctorate at Loyola University School of Law.

From 1973 to 1976, Mr. Nishimura was a member of the Law Firm of West & Girardi and its successor, the Law Firm of Girardi and Keese. While there he gained valuable experience in personal injury litigation, including medical malpractice and products liability.

Mr. Nishimura formed the law firm of Senzaki, Osajima & Nishimura in 1976 with offices in Los Angeles and Orange County. This was an all-service law firm for which Mr. Nishimura handled the business and personal injury litigation matters and defended the Los Angeles County Healthcare System in medical malpractice cases.

In 1989, Mr. Nishimura joined the firm of Roquemore, Pringle & Moore, Inc. With his litigation experience, he became the partner supervising the litigation, personal injury, and workers’ compensation departments.

In 2005, he helped form Seki, Nishimura & Watase and became its initial Managing Partner. Mr. Nishimura currently supervises the firm’s civil litigation practice, as well as its general practice, including general business, transactional matters, and estate planning.

His practice area has included representing various government entities, such as the County of Los Angeles and its Sheriff’s Department, Healthcare System, Coroner’s Office, District Attorney’s Office and Public Defender’s Office; City of Bellflower; City of Bell Gardens; City of West Covina; Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; Pacific Bell Telephone Company; AT&T Services, Inc., Southern California Edison Company and United States Bankruptcy Trustees. He has also appeared and successfully argued in front of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Mr. Nishimura is a former referee of the State Bar of California and Judge Pro Tem of the Los Angeles Municipal Court. He has been a member of the Judicial Review Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and on the Judicial Evaluations Committee and Board of Governors of the Japanese American Bar Association of Greater Los Angeles, of which he is a founding member. Moreover, Mr. Nishimura has been a panelist speaker for the Public Utilities Commission, the State Bar of California Annual Convention and the Judiciary College in Berkeley, California.

In addition to his professional affiliations, Mr. Nishimura believes in giving back to the community and has been involved with the Japanese American National Museum, Go For Broke National Education Center, Twin Counties Optimist Club (founding member), Bell Gardens Rotary Club, Southeast Youth Organization, Orange County Buddhist Church (Board of Directors), City of Cerritos Beautification Program, Little Tokyo Service Center (Board of Governors), a sponsor of the Little Tokyo Historical Society Sei Fujii Lantern Project, and the Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic (founding Board of Director).

 

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.

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.

Gilbert M. Nishimura was admitted to the California State Bar in December 1973 and has been admitted to the United States District Court, Central District, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He has also appeared pro hac vice in the states of Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, and Tennessee. Mr. Nishimura is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles and received his Juris Doctorate at Loyola University School of Law.

From 1973 to 1976, Mr. Nishimura was a member of the Law Firm of West & Girardi and its successor, the Law Firm of Girardi and Keese. While there he gained valuable experience in personal injury litigation, including medical malpractice and products liability.

Mr. Nishimura formed the law firm of Senzaki, Osajima & Nishimura in 1976 with offices in Los Angeles and Orange County. This was an all-service law firm for which Mr. Nishimura handled the business and personal injury litigation matters and defended the Los Angeles County Healthcare System in medical malpractice cases.

In 1989, Mr. Nishimura joined the firm of Roquemore, Pringle & Moore, Inc. With his litigation experience, he became the partner supervising the litigation, personal injury, and workers’ compensation departments.

In 2005, he helped form Seki, Nishimura & Watase and became its initial Managing Partner. Mr. Nishimura currently supervises the firm’s civil litigation practice, as well as its general practice, including general business, transactional matters, and estate planning.

His practice area has included representing various government entities, such as the County of Los Angeles and its Sheriff’s Department, Healthcare System, Coroner’s Office, District Attorney’s Office and Public Defender’s Office; City of Bellflower; City of Bell Gardens; City of West Covina; Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; Pacific Bell Telephone Company; AT&T Services, Inc., Southern California Edison Company and United States Bankruptcy Trustees. He has also appeared and successfully argued in front of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Mr. Nishimura is a former referee of the State Bar of California and Judge Pro Tem of the Los Angeles Municipal Court. He has been a member of the Judicial Review Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and on the Judicial Evaluations Committee and Board of Governors of the Japanese American Bar Association of Greater Los Angeles, of which he is a founding member. Moreover, Mr. Nishimura has been a panelist speaker for the Public Utilities Commission, the State Bar of California Annual Convention and the Judiciary College in Berkeley, California.

In addition to his professional affiliations, Mr. Nishimura believes in giving back to the community and has been involved with the Japanese American National Museum, Go For Broke National Education Center, Twin Counties Optimist Club (founding member), Bell Gardens Rotary Club, Southeast Youth Organization, Orange County Buddhist Church (Board of Directors), City of Cerritos Beautification Program, Little Tokyo Service Center (Board of Governors), a sponsor of the Little Tokyo Historical Society Sei Fujii Lantern Project, and the Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic (founding Board of Director).

 

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.

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.

Gilbert M. Nishimura was admitted to the California State Bar in December 1973 and has been admitted to the United States District Court, Central District, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He has also appeared pro hac vice in the states of Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, and Tennessee. Mr. Nishimura is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles and received his Juris Doctorate at Loyola University School of Law.

From 1973 to 1976, Mr. Nishimura was a member of the Law Firm of West & Girardi and its successor, the Law Firm of Girardi and Keese. While there he gained valuable experience in personal injury litigation, including medical malpractice and products liability.

Mr. Nishimura formed the law firm of Senzaki, Osajima & Nishimura in 1976 with offices in Los Angeles and Orange County. This was an all-service law firm for which Mr. Nishimura handled the business and personal injury litigation matters and defended the Los Angeles County Healthcare System in medical malpractice cases.

In 1989, Mr. Nishimura joined the firm of Roquemore, Pringle & Moore, Inc. With his litigation experience, he became the partner supervising the litigation, personal injury, and workers’ compensation departments.

In 2005, he helped form Seki, Nishimura & Watase and became its initial Managing Partner. Mr. Nishimura currently supervises the firm’s civil litigation practice, as well as its general practice, including general business, transactional matters, and estate planning.

His practice area has included representing various government entities, such as the County of Los Angeles and its Sheriff’s Department, Healthcare System, Coroner’s Office, District Attorney’s Office and Public Defender’s Office; City of Bellflower; City of Bell Gardens; City of West Covina; Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; Pacific Bell Telephone Company; AT&T Services, Inc., Southern California Edison Company and United States Bankruptcy Trustees. He has also appeared and successfully argued in front of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Mr. Nishimura is a former referee of the State Bar of California and Judge Pro Tem of the Los Angeles Municipal Court. He has been a member of the Judicial Review Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and on the Judicial Evaluations Committee and Board of Governors of the Japanese American Bar Association of Greater Los Angeles, of which he is a founding member. Moreover, Mr. Nishimura has been a panelist speaker for the Public Utilities Commission, the State Bar of California Annual Convention and the Judiciary College in Berkeley, California.

In addition to his professional affiliations, Mr. Nishimura believes in giving back to the community and has been involved with the Japanese American National Museum, Go For Broke National Education Center, Twin Counties Optimist Club (founding member), Bell Gardens Rotary Club, Southeast Youth Organization, Orange County Buddhist Church (Board of Directors), City of Cerritos Beautification Program, Little Tokyo Service Center (Board of Governors), a sponsor of the Little Tokyo Historical Society Sei Fujii Lantern Project, and the Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic (founding Board of Director).

 

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.

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.

Gilbert M. Nishimura was admitted to the California State Bar in December 1973 and has been admitted to the United States District Court, Central District, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He has also appeared pro hac vice in the states of Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, and Tennessee. Mr. Nishimura is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles and received his Juris Doctorate at Loyola University School of Law.

From 1973 to 1976, Mr. Nishimura was a member of the Law Firm of West & Girardi and its successor, the Law Firm of Girardi and Keese. While there he gained valuable experience in personal injury litigation, including medical malpractice and products liability.

Mr. Nishimura formed the law firm of Senzaki, Osajima & Nishimura in 1976 with offices in Los Angeles and Orange County. This was an all-service law firm for which Mr. Nishimura handled the business and personal injury litigation matters and defended the Los Angeles County Healthcare System in medical malpractice cases.

In 1989, Mr. Nishimura joined the firm of Roquemore, Pringle & Moore, Inc. With his litigation experience, he became the partner supervising the litigation, personal injury, and workers’ compensation departments.

In 2005, he helped form Seki, Nishimura & Watase and became its initial Managing Partner. Mr. Nishimura currently supervises the firm’s civil litigation practice, as well as its general practice, including general business, transactional matters, and estate planning.

His practice area has included representing various government entities, such as the County of Los Angeles and its Sheriff’s Department, Healthcare System, Coroner’s Office, District Attorney’s Office and Public Defender’s Office; City of Bellflower; City of Bell Gardens; City of West Covina; Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; Pacific Bell Telephone Company; AT&T Services, Inc., Southern California Edison Company and United States Bankruptcy Trustees. He has also appeared and successfully argued in front of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Mr. Nishimura is a former referee of the State Bar of California and Judge Pro Tem of the Los Angeles Municipal Court. He has been a member of the Judicial Review Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and on the Judicial Evaluations Committee and Board of Governors of the Japanese American Bar Association of Greater Los Angeles, of which he is a founding member. Moreover, Mr. Nishimura has been a panelist speaker for the Public Utilities Commission, the State Bar of California Annual Convention and the Judiciary College in Berkeley, California.

In addition to his professional affiliations, Mr. Nishimura believes in giving back to the community and has been involved with the Japanese American National Museum, Go For Broke National Education Center, Twin Counties Optimist Club (founding member), Bell Gardens Rotary Club, Southeast Youth Organization, Orange County Buddhist Church (Board of Directors), City of Cerritos Beautification Program, Little Tokyo Service Center (Board of Governors), a sponsor of the Little Tokyo Historical Society Sei Fujii Lantern Project, and the Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic (founding Board of Director).

 

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.

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.

Gilbert M. Nishimura was admitted to the California State Bar in December 1973 and has been admitted to the United States District Court, Central District, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He has also appeared pro hac vice in the states of Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, and Tennessee. Mr. Nishimura is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles and received his Juris Doctorate at Loyola University School of Law.

From 1973 to 1976, Mr. Nishimura was a member of the Law Firm of West & Girardi and its successor, the Law Firm of Girardi and Keese. While there he gained valuable experience in personal injury litigation, including medical malpractice and products liability.

Mr. Nishimura formed the law firm of Senzaki, Osajima & Nishimura in 1976 with offices in Los Angeles and Orange County. This was an all-service law firm for which Mr. Nishimura handled the business and personal injury litigation matters and defended the Los Angeles County Healthcare System in medical malpractice cases.

In 1989, Mr. Nishimura joined the firm of Roquemore, Pringle & Moore, Inc. With his litigation experience, he became the partner supervising the litigation, personal injury, and workers’ compensation departments.

In 2005, he helped form Seki, Nishimura & Watase and became its initial Managing Partner. Mr. Nishimura currently supervises the firm’s civil litigation practice, as well as its general practice, including general business, transactional matters, and estate planning.

His practice area has included representing various government entities, such as the County of Los Angeles and its Sheriff’s Department, Healthcare System, Coroner’s Office, District Attorney’s Office and Public Defender’s Office; City of Bellflower; City of Bell Gardens; City of West Covina; Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; Pacific Bell Telephone Company; AT&T Services, Inc., Southern California Edison Company and United States Bankruptcy Trustees. He has also appeared and successfully argued in front of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Mr. Nishimura is a former referee of the State Bar of California and Judge Pro Tem of the Los Angeles Municipal Court. He has been a member of the Judicial Review Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and on the Judicial Evaluations Committee and Board of Governors of the Japanese American Bar Association of Greater Los Angeles, of which he is a founding member. Moreover, Mr. Nishimura has been a panelist speaker for the Public Utilities Commission, the State Bar of California Annual Convention and the Judiciary College in Berkeley, California.

In addition to his professional affiliations, Mr. Nishimura believes in giving back to the community and has been involved with the Japanese American National Museum, Go For Broke National Education Center, Twin Counties Optimist Club (founding member), Bell Gardens Rotary Club, Southeast Youth Organization, Orange County Buddhist Church (Board of Directors), City of Cerritos Beautification Program, Little Tokyo Service Center (Board of Governors), a sponsor of the Little Tokyo Historical Society Sei Fujii Lantern Project, and the Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic (founding Board of Director).

 

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.

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.

Gilbert M. Nishimura was admitted to the California State Bar in December 1973 and has been admitted to the United States District Court, Central District, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He has also appeared pro hac vice in the states of Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, and Tennessee. Mr. Nishimura is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles and received his Juris Doctorate at Loyola University School of Law.

From 1973 to 1976, Mr. Nishimura was a member of the Law Firm of West & Girardi and its successor, the Law Firm of Girardi and Keese. While there he gained valuable experience in personal injury litigation, including medical malpractice and products liability.

Mr. Nishimura formed the law firm of Senzaki, Osajima & Nishimura in 1976 with offices in Los Angeles and Orange County. This was an all-service law firm for which Mr. Nishimura handled the business and personal injury litigation matters and defended the Los Angeles County Healthcare System in medical malpractice cases.

In 1989, Mr. Nishimura joined the firm of Roquemore, Pringle & Moore, Inc. With his litigation experience, he became the partner supervising the litigation, personal injury, and workers’ compensation departments.

In 2005, he helped form Seki, Nishimura & Watase and became its initial Managing Partner. Mr. Nishimura currently supervises the firm’s civil litigation practice, as well as its general practice, including general business, transactional matters, and estate planning.

His practice area has included representing various government entities, such as the County of Los Angeles and its Sheriff’s Department, Healthcare System, Coroner’s Office, District Attorney’s Office and Public Defender’s Office; City of Bellflower; City of Bell Gardens; City of West Covina; Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; Pacific Bell Telephone Company; AT&T Services, Inc., Southern California Edison Company and United States Bankruptcy Trustees. He has also appeared and successfully argued in front of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Mr. Nishimura is a former referee of the State Bar of California and Judge Pro Tem of the Los Angeles Municipal Court. He has been a member of the Judicial Review Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and on the Judicial Evaluations Committee and Board of Governors of the Japanese American Bar Association of Greater Los Angeles, of which he is a founding member. Moreover, Mr. Nishimura has been a panelist speaker for the Public Utilities Commission, the State Bar of California Annual Convention and the Judiciary College in Berkeley, California.

In addition to his professional affiliations, Mr. Nishimura believes in giving back to the community and has been involved with the Japanese American National Museum, Go For Broke National Education Center, Twin Counties Optimist Club (founding member), Bell Gardens Rotary Club, Southeast Youth Organization, Orange County Buddhist Church (Board of Directors), City of Cerritos Beautification Program, Little Tokyo Service Center (Board of Governors), a sponsor of the Little Tokyo Historical Society Sei Fujii Lantern Project, and the Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic (founding Board of Director).

 

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.

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.

Gilbert M. Nishimura was admitted to the California State Bar in December 1973 and has been admitted to the United States District Court, Central District, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He has also appeared pro hac vice in the states of Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, and Tennessee. Mr. Nishimura is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles and received his Juris Doctorate at Loyola University School of Law.

From 1973 to 1976, Mr. Nishimura was a member of the Law Firm of West & Girardi and its successor, the Law Firm of Girardi and Keese. While there he gained valuable experience in personal injury litigation, including medical malpractice and products liability.

Mr. Nishimura formed the law firm of Senzaki, Osajima & Nishimura in 1976 with offices in Los Angeles and Orange County. This was an all-service law firm for which Mr. Nishimura handled the business and personal injury litigation matters and defended the Los Angeles County Healthcare System in medical malpractice cases.

In 1989, Mr. Nishimura joined the firm of Roquemore, Pringle & Moore, Inc. With his litigation experience, he became the partner supervising the litigation, personal injury, and workers’ compensation departments.

In 2005, he helped form Seki, Nishimura & Watase and became its initial Managing Partner. Mr. Nishimura currently supervises the firm’s civil litigation practice, as well as its general practice, including general business, transactional matters, and estate planning.

His practice area has included representing various government entities, such as the County of Los Angeles and its Sheriff’s Department, Healthcare System, Coroner’s Office, District Attorney’s Office and Public Defender’s Office; City of Bellflower; City of Bell Gardens; City of West Covina; Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; Pacific Bell Telephone Company; AT&T Services, Inc., Southern California Edison Company and United States Bankruptcy Trustees. He has also appeared and successfully argued in front of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Mr. Nishimura is a former referee of the State Bar of California and Judge Pro Tem of the Los Angeles Municipal Court. He has been a member of the Judicial Review Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and on the Judicial Evaluations Committee and Board of Governors of the Japanese American Bar Association of Greater Los Angeles, of which he is a founding member. Moreover, Mr. Nishimura has been a panelist speaker for the Public Utilities Commission, the State Bar of California Annual Convention and the Judiciary College in Berkeley, California.

In addition to his professional affiliations, Mr. Nishimura believes in giving back to the community and has been involved with the Japanese American National Museum, Go For Broke National Education Center, Twin Counties Optimist Club (founding member), Bell Gardens Rotary Club, Southeast Youth Organization, Orange County Buddhist Church (Board of Directors), City of Cerritos Beautification Program, Little Tokyo Service Center (Board of Governors), a sponsor of the Little Tokyo Historical Society Sei Fujii Lantern Project, and the Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic (founding Board of Director).

 

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.

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.

Gilbert M. Nishimura was admitted to the California State Bar in December 1973 and has been admitted to the United States District Court, Central District, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He has also appeared pro hac vice in the states of Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, and Tennessee. Mr. Nishimura is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles and received his Juris Doctorate at Loyola University School of Law.

From 1973 to 1976, Mr. Nishimura was a member of the Law Firm of West & Girardi and its successor, the Law Firm of Girardi and Keese. While there he gained valuable experience in personal injury litigation, including medical malpractice and products liability.

Mr. Nishimura formed the law firm of Senzaki, Osajima & Nishimura in 1976 with offices in Los Angeles and Orange County. This was an all-service law firm for which Mr. Nishimura handled the business and personal injury litigation matters and defended the Los Angeles County Healthcare System in medical malpractice cases.

In 1989, Mr. Nishimura joined the firm of Roquemore, Pringle & Moore, Inc. With his litigation experience, he became the partner supervising the litigation, personal injury, and workers’ compensation departments.

In 2005, he helped form Seki, Nishimura & Watase and became its initial Managing Partner. Mr. Nishimura currently supervises the firm’s civil litigation practice, as well as its general practice, including general business, transactional matters, and estate planning.

His practice area has included representing various government entities, such as the County of Los Angeles and its Sheriff’s Department, Healthcare System, Coroner’s Office, District Attorney’s Office and Public Defender’s Office; City of Bellflower; City of Bell Gardens; City of West Covina; Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; Pacific Bell Telephone Company; AT&T Services, Inc., Southern California Edison Company and United States Bankruptcy Trustees. He has also appeared and successfully argued in front of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Mr. Nishimura is a former referee of the State Bar of California and Judge Pro Tem of the Los Angeles Municipal Court. He has been a member of the Judicial Review Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and on the Judicial Evaluations Committee and Board of Governors of the Japanese American Bar Association of Greater Los Angeles, of which he is a founding member. Moreover, Mr. Nishimura has been a panelist speaker for the Public Utilities Commission, the State Bar of California Annual Convention and the Judiciary College in Berkeley, California.

In addition to his professional affiliations, Mr. Nishimura believes in giving back to the community and has been involved with the Japanese American National Museum, Go For Broke National Education Center, Twin Counties Optimist Club (founding member), Bell Gardens Rotary Club, Southeast Youth Organization, Orange County Buddhist Church (Board of Directors), City of Cerritos Beautification Program, Little Tokyo Service Center (Board of Governors), a sponsor of the Little Tokyo Historical Society Sei Fujii Lantern Project, and the Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic (founding Board of Director).

 

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.

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.

Gilbert M. Nishimura was admitted to the California State Bar in December 1973 and has been admitted to the United States District Court, Central District, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He has also appeared pro hac vice in the states of Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, and Tennessee. Mr. Nishimura is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles and received his Juris Doctorate at Loyola University School of Law.

From 1973 to 1976, Mr. Nishimura was a member of the Law Firm of West & Girardi and its successor, the Law Firm of Girardi and Keese. While there he gained valuable experience in personal injury litigation, including medical malpractice and products liability.

Mr. Nishimura formed the law firm of Senzaki, Osajima & Nishimura in 1976 with offices in Los Angeles and Orange County. This was an all-service law firm for which Mr. Nishimura handled the business and personal injury litigation matters and defended the Los Angeles County Healthcare System in medical malpractice cases.

In 1989, Mr. Nishimura joined the firm of Roquemore, Pringle & Moore, Inc. With his litigation experience, he became the partner supervising the litigation, personal injury, and workers’ compensation departments.

In 2005, he helped form Seki, Nishimura & Watase and became its initial Managing Partner. Mr. Nishimura currently supervises the firm’s civil litigation practice, as well as its general practice, including general business, transactional matters, and estate planning.

His practice area has included representing various government entities, such as the County of Los Angeles and its Sheriff’s Department, Healthcare System, Coroner’s Office, District Attorney’s Office and Public Defender’s Office; City of Bellflower; City of Bell Gardens; City of West Covina; Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; Pacific Bell Telephone Company; AT&T Services, Inc., Southern California Edison Company and United States Bankruptcy Trustees. He has also appeared and successfully argued in front of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Mr. Nishimura is a former referee of the State Bar of California and Judge Pro Tem of the Los Angeles Municipal Court. He has been a member of the Judicial Review Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and on the Judicial Evaluations Committee and Board of Governors of the Japanese American Bar Association of Greater Los Angeles, of which he is a founding member. Moreover, Mr. Nishimura has been a panelist speaker for the Public Utilities Commission, the State Bar of California Annual Convention and the Judiciary College in Berkeley, California.

In addition to his professional affiliations, Mr. Nishimura believes in giving back to the community and has been involved with the Japanese American National Museum, Go For Broke National Education Center, Twin Counties Optimist Club (founding member), Bell Gardens Rotary Club, Southeast Youth Organization, Orange County Buddhist Church (Board of Directors), City of Cerritos Beautification Program, Little Tokyo Service Center (Board of Governors), a sponsor of the Little Tokyo Historical Society Sei Fujii Lantern Project, and the Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic (founding Board of Director).

 

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.

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.

Gilbert M. Nishimura was admitted to the California State Bar in December 1973 and has been admitted to the United States District Court, Central District, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He has also appeared pro hac vice in the states of Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, and Tennessee. Mr. Nishimura is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles and received his Juris Doctorate at Loyola University School of Law.

From 1973 to 1976, Mr. Nishimura was a member of the Law Firm of West & Girardi and its successor, the Law Firm of Girardi and Keese. While there he gained valuable experience in personal injury litigation, including medical malpractice and products liability.

Mr. Nishimura formed the law firm of Senzaki, Osajima & Nishimura in 1976 with offices in Los Angeles and Orange County. This was an all-service law firm for which Mr. Nishimura handled the business and personal injury litigation matters and defended the Los Angeles County Healthcare System in medical malpractice cases.

In 1989, Mr. Nishimura joined the firm of Roquemore, Pringle & Moore, Inc. With his litigation experience, he became the partner supervising the litigation, personal injury, and workers’ compensation departments.

In 2005, he helped form Seki, Nishimura & Watase and became its initial Managing Partner. Mr. Nishimura currently supervises the firm’s civil litigation practice, as well as its general practice, including general business, transactional matters, and estate planning.

His practice area has included representing various government entities, such as the County of Los Angeles and its Sheriff’s Department, Healthcare System, Coroner’s Office, District Attorney’s Office and Public Defender’s Office; City of Bellflower; City of Bell Gardens; City of West Covina; Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; Pacific Bell Telephone Company; AT&T Services, Inc., Southern California Edison Company and United States Bankruptcy Trustees. He has also appeared and successfully argued in front of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Mr. Nishimura is a former referee of the State Bar of California and Judge Pro Tem of the Los Angeles Municipal Court. He has been a member of the Judicial Review Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and on the Judicial Evaluations Committee and Board of Governors of the Japanese American Bar Association of Greater Los Angeles, of which he is a founding member. Moreover, Mr. Nishimura has been a panelist speaker for the Public Utilities Commission, the State Bar of California Annual Convention and the Judiciary College in Berkeley, California.

In addition to his professional affiliations, Mr. Nishimura believes in giving back to the community and has been involved with the Japanese American National Museum, Go For Broke National Education Center, Twin Counties Optimist Club (founding member), Bell Gardens Rotary Club, Southeast Youth Organization, Orange County Buddhist Church (Board of Directors), City of Cerritos Beautification Program, Little Tokyo Service Center (Board of Governors), a sponsor of the Little Tokyo Historical Society Sei Fujii Lantern Project, and the Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic (founding Board of Director).

 

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.

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.

Gilbert M. Nishimura was admitted to the California State Bar in December 1973 and has been admitted to the United States District Court, Central District, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He has also appeared pro hac vice in the states of Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, and Tennessee. Mr. Nishimura is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles and received his Juris Doctorate at Loyola University School of Law.

From 1973 to 1976, Mr. Nishimura was a member of the Law Firm of West & Girardi and its successor, the Law Firm of Girardi and Keese. While there he gained valuable experience in personal injury litigation, including medical malpractice and products liability.

Mr. Nishimura formed the law firm of Senzaki, Osajima & Nishimura in 1976 with offices in Los Angeles and Orange County. This was an all-service law firm for which Mr. Nishimura handled the business and personal injury litigation matters and defended the Los Angeles County Healthcare System in medical malpractice cases.

In 1989, Mr. Nishimura joined the firm of Roquemore, Pringle & Moore, Inc. With his litigation experience, he became the partner supervising the litigation, personal injury, and workers’ compensation departments.

In 2005, he helped form Seki, Nishimura & Watase and became its initial Managing Partner. Mr. Nishimura currently supervises the firm’s civil litigation practice, as well as its general practice, including general business, transactional matters, and estate planning.

His practice area has included representing various government entities, such as the County of Los Angeles and its Sheriff’s Department, Healthcare System, Coroner’s Office, District Attorney’s Office and Public Defender’s Office; City of Bellflower; City of Bell Gardens; City of West Covina; Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; Pacific Bell Telephone Company; AT&T Services, Inc., Southern California Edison Company and United States Bankruptcy Trustees. He has also appeared and successfully argued in front of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Mr. Nishimura is a former referee of the State Bar of California and Judge Pro Tem of the Los Angeles Municipal Court. He has been a member of the Judicial Review Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and on the Judicial Evaluations Committee and Board of Governors of the Japanese American Bar Association of Greater Los Angeles, of which he is a founding member. Moreover, Mr. Nishimura has been a panelist speaker for the Public Utilities Commission, the State Bar of California Annual Convention and the Judiciary College in Berkeley, California.

In addition to his professional affiliations, Mr. Nishimura believes in giving back to the community and has been involved with the Japanese American National Museum, Go For Broke National Education Center, Twin Counties Optimist Club (founding member), Bell Gardens Rotary Club, Southeast Youth Organization, Orange County Buddhist Church (Board of Directors), City of Cerritos Beautification Program, Little Tokyo Service Center (Board of Governors), a sponsor of the Little Tokyo Historical Society Sei Fujii Lantern Project, and the Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic (founding Board of Director).

 

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.

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.

Gilbert M. Nishimura was admitted to the California State Bar in December 1973 and has been admitted to the United States District Court, Central District, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He has also appeared pro hac vice in the states of Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, and Tennessee. Mr. Nishimura is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles and received his Juris Doctorate at Loyola University School of Law.

From 1973 to 1976, Mr. Nishimura was a member of the Law Firm of West & Girardi and its successor, the Law Firm of Girardi and Keese. While there he gained valuable experience in personal injury litigation, including medical malpractice and products liability.

Mr. Nishimura formed the law firm of Senzaki, Osajima & Nishimura in 1976 with offices in Los Angeles and Orange County. This was an all-service law firm for which Mr. Nishimura handled the business and personal injury litigation matters and defended the Los Angeles County Healthcare System in medical malpractice cases.

In 1989, Mr. Nishimura joined the firm of Roquemore, Pringle & Moore, Inc. With his litigation experience, he became the partner supervising the litigation, personal injury, and workers’ compensation departments.

In 2005, he helped form Seki, Nishimura & Watase and became its initial Managing Partner. Mr. Nishimura currently supervises the firm’s civil litigation practice, as well as its general practice, including general business, transactional matters, and estate planning.

His practice area has included representing various government entities, such as the County of Los Angeles and its Sheriff’s Department, Healthcare System, Coroner’s Office, District Attorney’s Office and Public Defender’s Office; City of Bellflower; City of Bell Gardens; City of West Covina; Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; Pacific Bell Telephone Company; AT&T Services, Inc., Southern California Edison Company and United States Bankruptcy Trustees. He has also appeared and successfully argued in front of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Mr. Nishimura is a former referee of the State Bar of California and Judge Pro Tem of the Los Angeles Municipal Court. He has been a member of the Judicial Review Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and on the Judicial Evaluations Committee and Board of Governors of the Japanese American Bar Association of Greater Los Angeles, of which he is a founding member. Moreover, Mr. Nishimura has been a panelist speaker for the Public Utilities Commission, the State Bar of California Annual Convention and the Judiciary College in Berkeley, California.

In addition to his professional affiliations, Mr. Nishimura believes in giving back to the community and has been involved with the Japanese American National Museum, Go For Broke National Education Center, Twin Counties Optimist Club (founding member), Bell Gardens Rotary Club, Southeast Youth Organization, Orange County Buddhist Church (Board of Directors), City of Cerritos Beautification Program, Little Tokyo Service Center (Board of Governors), a sponsor of the Little Tokyo Historical Society Sei Fujii Lantern Project, and the Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic (founding Board of Director).

 

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.

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.

Gilbert M. Nishimura was admitted to the California State Bar in December 1973 and has been admitted to the United States District Court, Central District, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He has also appeared pro hac vice in the states of Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, and Tennessee. Mr. Nishimura is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles and received his Juris Doctorate at Loyola University School of Law.

From 1973 to 1976, Mr. Nishimura was a member of the Law Firm of West & Girardi and its successor, the Law Firm of Girardi and Keese. While there he gained valuable experience in personal injury litigation, including medical malpractice and products liability.

Mr. Nishimura formed the law firm of Senzaki, Osajima & Nishimura in 1976 with offices in Los Angeles and Orange County. This was an all-service law firm for which Mr. Nishimura handled the business and personal injury litigation matters and defended the Los Angeles County Healthcare System in medical malpractice cases.

In 1989, Mr. Nishimura joined the firm of Roquemore, Pringle & Moore, Inc. With his litigation experience, he became the partner supervising the litigation, personal injury, and workers’ compensation departments.

In 2005, he helped form Seki, Nishimura & Watase and became its initial Managing Partner. Mr. Nishimura currently supervises the firm’s civil litigation practice, as well as its general practice, including general business, transactional matters, and estate planning.

His practice area has included representing various government entities, such as the County of Los Angeles and its Sheriff’s Department, Healthcare System, Coroner’s Office, District Attorney’s Office and Public Defender’s Office; City of Bellflower; City of Bell Gardens; City of West Covina; Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; Pacific Bell Telephone Company; AT&T Services, Inc., Southern California Edison Company and United States Bankruptcy Trustees. He has also appeared and successfully argued in front of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Mr. Nishimura is a former referee of the State Bar of California and Judge Pro Tem of the Los Angeles Municipal Court. He has been a member of the Judicial Review Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and on the Judicial Evaluations Committee and Board of Governors of the Japanese American Bar Association of Greater Los Angeles, of which he is a founding member. Moreover, Mr. Nishimura has been a panelist speaker for the Public Utilities Commission, the State Bar of California Annual Convention and the Judiciary College in Berkeley, California.

In addition to his professional affiliations, Mr. Nishimura believes in giving back to the community and has been involved with the Japanese American National Museum, Go For Broke National Education Center, Twin Counties Optimist Club (founding member), Bell Gardens Rotary Club, Southeast Youth Organization, Orange County Buddhist Church (Board of Directors), City of Cerritos Beautification Program, Little Tokyo Service Center (Board of Governors), a sponsor of the Little Tokyo Historical Society Sei Fujii Lantern Project, and the Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic (founding Board of Director).

 

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.

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.

Gilbert M. Nishimura was admitted to the California State Bar in December 1973 and has been admitted to the United States District Court, Central District, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He has also appeared pro hac vice in the states of Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, and Tennessee. Mr. Nishimura is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles and received his Juris Doctorate at Loyola University School of Law.

From 1973 to 1976, Mr. Nishimura was a member of the Law Firm of West & Girardi and its successor, the Law Firm of Girardi and Keese. While there he gained valuable experience in personal injury litigation, including medical malpractice and products liability.

Mr. Nishimura formed the law firm of Senzaki, Osajima & Nishimura in 1976 with offices in Los Angeles and Orange County. This was an all-service law firm for which Mr. Nishimura handled the business and personal injury litigation matters and defended the Los Angeles County Healthcare System in medical malpractice cases.

In 1989, Mr. Nishimura joined the firm of Roquemore, Pringle & Moore, Inc. With his litigation experience, he became the partner supervising the litigation, personal injury, and workers’ compensation departments.

In 2005, he helped form Seki, Nishimura & Watase and became its initial Managing Partner. Mr. Nishimura currently supervises the firm’s civil litigation practice, as well as its general practice, including general business, transactional matters, and estate planning.

His practice area has included representing various government entities, such as the County of Los Angeles and its Sheriff’s Department, Healthcare System, Coroner’s Office, District Attorney’s Office and Public Defender’s Office; City of Bellflower; City of Bell Gardens; City of West Covina; Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; Pacific Bell Telephone Company; AT&T Services, Inc., Southern California Edison Company and United States Bankruptcy Trustees. He has also appeared and successfully argued in front of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Mr. Nishimura is a former referee of the State Bar of California and Judge Pro Tem of the Los Angeles Municipal Court. He has been a member of the Judicial Review Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and on the Judicial Evaluations Committee and Board of Governors of the Japanese American Bar Association of Greater Los Angeles, of which he is a founding member. Moreover, Mr. Nishimura has been a panelist speaker for the Public Utilities Commission, the State Bar of California Annual Convention and the Judiciary College in Berkeley, California.

In addition to his professional affiliations, Mr. Nishimura believes in giving back to the community and has been involved with the Japanese American National Museum, Go For Broke National Education Center, Twin Counties Optimist Club (founding member), Bell Gardens Rotary Club, Southeast Youth Organization, Orange County Buddhist Church (Board of Directors), City of Cerritos Beautification Program, Little Tokyo Service Center (Board of Governors), a sponsor of the Little Tokyo Historical Society Sei Fujii Lantern Project, and the Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic (founding Board of Director).

 

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.

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.

Gilbert M. Nishimura was admitted to the California State Bar in December 1973 and has been admitted to the United States District Court, Central District, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He has also appeared pro hac vice in the states of Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, and Tennessee. Mr. Nishimura is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles and received his Juris Doctorate at Loyola University School of Law.

From 1973 to 1976, Mr. Nishimura was a member of the Law Firm of West & Girardi and its successor, the Law Firm of Girardi and Keese. While there he gained valuable experience in personal injury litigation, including medical malpractice and products liability.

Mr. Nishimura formed the law firm of Senzaki, Osajima & Nishimura in 1976 with offices in Los Angeles and Orange County. This was an all-service law firm for which Mr. Nishimura handled the business and personal injury litigation matters and defended the Los Angeles County Healthcare System in medical malpractice cases.

In 1989, Mr. Nishimura joined the firm of Roquemore, Pringle & Moore, Inc. With his litigation experience, he became the partner supervising the litigation, personal injury, and workers’ compensation departments.

In 2005, he helped form Seki, Nishimura & Watase and became its initial Managing Partner. Mr. Nishimura currently supervises the firm’s civil litigation practice, as well as its general practice, including general business, transactional matters, and estate planning.

His practice area has included representing various government entities, such as the County of Los Angeles and its Sheriff’s Department, Healthcare System, Coroner’s Office, District Attorney’s Office and Public Defender’s Office; City of Bellflower; City of Bell Gardens; City of West Covina; Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; Pacific Bell Telephone Company; AT&T Services, Inc., Southern California Edison Company and United States Bankruptcy Trustees. He has also appeared and successfully argued in front of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Mr. Nishimura is a former referee of the State Bar of California and Judge Pro Tem of the Los Angeles Municipal Court. He has been a member of the Judicial Review Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and on the Judicial Evaluations Committee and Board of Governors of the Japanese American Bar Association of Greater Los Angeles, of which he is a founding member. Moreover, Mr. Nishimura has been a panelist speaker for the Public Utilities Commission, the State Bar of California Annual Convention and the Judiciary College in Berkeley, California.

In addition to his professional affiliations, Mr. Nishimura believes in giving back to the community and has been involved with the Japanese American National Museum, Go For Broke National Education Center, Twin Counties Optimist Club (founding member), Bell Gardens Rotary Club, Southeast Youth Organization, Orange County Buddhist Church (Board of Directors), City of Cerritos Beautification Program, Little Tokyo Service Center (Board of Governors), a sponsor of the Little Tokyo Historical Society Sei Fujii Lantern Project, and the Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic (founding Board of Director).

 

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.

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.

Gilbert M. Nishimura was admitted to the California State Bar in December 1973 and has been admitted to the United States District Court, Central District, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He has also appeared pro hac vice in the states of Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, and Tennessee. Mr. Nishimura is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles and received his Juris Doctorate at Loyola University School of Law.

From 1973 to 1976, Mr. Nishimura was a member of the Law Firm of West & Girardi and its successor, the Law Firm of Girardi and Keese. While there he gained valuable experience in personal injury litigation, including medical malpractice and products liability.

Mr. Nishimura formed the law firm of Senzaki, Osajima & Nishimura in 1976 with offices in Los Angeles and Orange County. This was an all-service law firm for which Mr. Nishimura handled the business and personal injury litigation matters and defended the Los Angeles County Healthcare System in medical malpractice cases.

In 1989, Mr. Nishimura joined the firm of Roquemore, Pringle & Moore, Inc. With his litigation experience, he became the partner supervising the litigation, personal injury, and workers’ compensation departments.

In 2005, he helped form Seki, Nishimura & Watase and became its initial Managing Partner. Mr. Nishimura currently supervises the firm’s civil litigation practice, as well as its general practice, including general business, transactional matters, and estate planning.

His practice area has included representing various government entities, such as the County of Los Angeles and its Sheriff’s Department, Healthcare System, Coroner’s Office, District Attorney’s Office and Public Defender’s Office; City of Bellflower; City of Bell Gardens; City of West Covina; Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; Pacific Bell Telephone Company; AT&T Services, Inc., Southern California Edison Company and United States Bankruptcy Trustees. He has also appeared and successfully argued in front of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Mr. Nishimura is a former referee of the State Bar of California and Judge Pro Tem of the Los Angeles Municipal Court. He has been a member of the Judicial Review Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and on the Judicial Evaluations Committee and Board of Governors of the Japanese American Bar Association of Greater Los Angeles, of which he is a founding member. Moreover, Mr. Nishimura has been a panelist speaker for the Public Utilities Commission, the State Bar of California Annual Convention and the Judiciary College in Berkeley, California.

In addition to his professional affiliations, Mr. Nishimura believes in giving back to the community and has been involved with the Japanese American National Museum, Go For Broke National Education Center, Twin Counties Optimist Club (founding member), Bell Gardens Rotary Club, Southeast Youth Organization, Orange County Buddhist Church (Board of Directors), City of Cerritos Beautification Program, Little Tokyo Service Center (Board of Governors), a sponsor of the Little Tokyo Historical Society Sei Fujii Lantern Project, and the Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic (founding Board of Director).

 

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.

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.

Gilbert M. Nishimura was admitted to the California State Bar in December 1973 and has been admitted to the United States District Court, Central District, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He has also appeared pro hac vice in the states of Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, and Tennessee. Mr. Nishimura is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles and received his Juris Doctorate at Loyola University School of Law.

From 1973 to 1976, Mr. Nishimura was a member of the Law Firm of West & Girardi and its successor, the Law Firm of Girardi and Keese. While there he gained valuable experience in personal injury litigation, including medical malpractice and products liability.

Mr. Nishimura formed the law firm of Senzaki, Osajima & Nishimura in 1976 with offices in Los Angeles and Orange County. This was an all-service law firm for which Mr. Nishimura handled the business and personal injury litigation matters and defended the Los Angeles County Healthcare System in medical malpractice cases.

In 1989, Mr. Nishimura joined the firm of Roquemore, Pringle & Moore, Inc. With his litigation experience, he became the partner supervising the litigation, personal injury, and workers’ compensation departments.

In 2005, he helped form Seki, Nishimura & Watase and became its initial Managing Partner. Mr. Nishimura currently supervises the firm’s civil litigation practice, as well as its general practice, including general business, transactional matters, and estate planning.

His practice area has included representing various government entities, such as the County of Los Angeles and its Sheriff’s Department, Healthcare System, Coroner’s Office, District Attorney’s Office and Public Defender’s Office; City of Bellflower; City of Bell Gardens; City of West Covina; Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; Pacific Bell Telephone Company; AT&T Services, Inc., Southern California Edison Company and United States Bankruptcy Trustees. He has also appeared and successfully argued in front of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Mr. Nishimura is a former referee of the State Bar of California and Judge Pro Tem of the Los Angeles Municipal Court. He has been a member of the Judicial Review Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and on the Judicial Evaluations Committee and Board of Governors of the Japanese American Bar Association of Greater Los Angeles, of which he is a founding member. Moreover, Mr. Nishimura has been a panelist speaker for the Public Utilities Commission, the State Bar of California Annual Convention and the Judiciary College in Berkeley, California.

In addition to his professional affiliations, Mr. Nishimura believes in giving back to the community and has been involved with the Japanese American National Museum, Go For Broke National Education Center, Twin Counties Optimist Club (founding member), Bell Gardens Rotary Club, Southeast Youth Organization, Orange County Buddhist Church (Board of Directors), City of Cerritos Beautification Program, Little Tokyo Service Center (Board of Governors), a sponsor of the Little Tokyo Historical Society Sei Fujii Lantern Project, and the Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic (founding Board of Director).

 

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.

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.

Gilbert M. Nishimura was admitted to the California State Bar in December 1973 and has been admitted to the United States District Court, Central District, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He has also appeared pro hac vice in the states of Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, and Tennessee. Mr. Nishimura is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles and received his Juris Doctorate at Loyola University School of Law.

From 1973 to 1976, Mr. Nishimura was a member of the Law Firm of West & Girardi and its successor, the Law Firm of Girardi and Keese. While there he gained valuable experience in personal injury litigation, including medical malpractice and products liability.

Mr. Nishimura formed the law firm of Senzaki, Osajima & Nishimura in 1976 with offices in Los Angeles and Orange County. This was an all-service law firm for which Mr. Nishimura handled the business and personal injury litigation matters and defended the Los Angeles County Healthcare System in medical malpractice cases.

In 1989, Mr. Nishimura joined the firm of Roquemore, Pringle & Moore, Inc. With his litigation experience, he became the partner supervising the litigation, personal injury, and workers’ compensation departments.

In 2005, he helped form Seki, Nishimura & Watase and became its initial Managing Partner. Mr. Nishimura currently supervises the firm’s civil litigation practice, as well as its general practice, including general business, transactional matters, and estate planning.

His practice area has included representing various government entities, such as the County of Los Angeles and its Sheriff’s Department, Healthcare System, Coroner’s Office, District Attorney’s Office and Public Defender’s Office; City of Bellflower; City of Bell Gardens; City of West Covina; Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; Pacific Bell Telephone Company; AT&T Services, Inc., Southern California Edison Company and United States Bankruptcy Trustees. He has also appeared and successfully argued in front of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Mr. Nishimura is a former referee of the State Bar of California and Judge Pro Tem of the Los Angeles Municipal Court. He has been a member of the Judicial Review Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and on the Judicial Evaluations Committee and Board of Governors of the Japanese American Bar Association of Greater Los Angeles, of which he is a founding member. Moreover, Mr. Nishimura has been a panelist speaker for the Public Utilities Commission, the State Bar of California Annual Convention and the Judiciary College in Berkeley, California.

In addition to his professional affiliations, Mr. Nishimura believes in giving back to the community and has been involved with the Japanese American National Museum, Go For Broke National Education Center, Twin Counties Optimist Club (founding member), Bell Gardens Rotary Club, Southeast Youth Organization, Orange County Buddhist Church (Board of Directors), City of Cerritos Beautification Program, Little Tokyo Service Center (Board of Governors), a sponsor of the Little Tokyo Historical Society Sei Fujii Lantern Project, and the Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic (founding Board of Director).

 

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.

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.

Gilbert M. Nishimura was admitted to the California State Bar in December 1973 and has been admitted to the United States District Court, Central District, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He has also appeared pro hac vice in the states of Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, and Tennessee. Mr. Nishimura is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles and received his Juris Doctorate at Loyola University School of Law.

From 1973 to 1976, Mr. Nishimura was a member of the Law Firm of West & Girardi and its successor, the Law Firm of Girardi and Keese. While there he gained valuable experience in personal injury litigation, including medical malpractice and products liability.

Mr. Nishimura formed the law firm of Senzaki, Osajima & Nishimura in 1976 with offices in Los Angeles and Orange County. This was an all-service law firm for which Mr. Nishimura handled the business and personal injury litigation matters and defended the Los Angeles County Healthcare System in medical malpractice cases.

In 1989, Mr. Nishimura joined the firm of Roquemore, Pringle & Moore, Inc. With his litigation experience, he became the partner supervising the litigation, personal injury, and workers’ compensation departments.

In 2005, he helped form Seki, Nishimura & Watase and became its initial Managing Partner. Mr. Nishimura currently supervises the firm’s civil litigation practice, as well as its general practice, including general business, transactional matters, and estate planning.

His practice area has included representing various government entities, such as the County of Los Angeles and its Sheriff’s Department, Healthcare System, Coroner’s Office, District Attorney’s Office and Public Defender’s Office; City of Bellflower; City of Bell Gardens; City of West Covina; Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; Pacific Bell Telephone Company; AT&T Services, Inc., Southern California Edison Company and United States Bankruptcy Trustees. He has also appeared and successfully argued in front of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Mr. Nishimura is a former referee of the State Bar of California and Judge Pro Tem of the Los Angeles Municipal Court. He has been a member of the Judicial Review Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and on the Judicial Evaluations Committee and Board of Governors of the Japanese American Bar Association of Greater Los Angeles, of which he is a founding member. Moreover, Mr. Nishimura has been a panelist speaker for the Public Utilities Commission, the State Bar of California Annual Convention and the Judiciary College in Berkeley, California.

In addition to his professional affiliations, Mr. Nishimura believes in giving back to the community and has been involved with the Japanese American National Museum, Go For Broke National Education Center, Twin Counties Optimist Club (founding member), Bell Gardens Rotary Club, Southeast Youth Organization, Orange County Buddhist Church (Board of Directors), City of Cerritos Beautification Program, Little Tokyo Service Center (Board of Governors), a sponsor of the Little Tokyo Historical Society Sei Fujii Lantern Project, and the Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic (founding Board of Director).

 

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.

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.

Gilbert M. Nishimura was admitted to the California State Bar in December 1973 and has been admitted to the United States District Court, Central District, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He has also appeared pro hac vice in the states of Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, and Tennessee. Mr. Nishimura is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles and received his Juris Doctorate at Loyola University School of Law.

From 1973 to 1976, Mr. Nishimura was a member of the Law Firm of West & Girardi and its successor, the Law Firm of Girardi and Keese. While there he gained valuable experience in personal injury litigation, including medical malpractice and products liability.

Mr. Nishimura formed the law firm of Senzaki, Osajima & Nishimura in 1976 with offices in Los Angeles and Orange County. This was an all-service law firm for which Mr. Nishimura handled the business and personal injury litigation matters and defended the Los Angeles County Healthcare System in medical malpractice cases.

In 1989, Mr. Nishimura joined the firm of Roquemore, Pringle & Moore, Inc. With his litigation experience, he became the partner supervising the litigation, personal injury, and workers’ compensation departments.

In 2005, he helped form Seki, Nishimura & Watase and became its initial Managing Partner. Mr. Nishimura currently supervises the firm’s civil litigation practice, as well as its general practice, including general business, transactional matters, and estate planning.

His practice area has included representing various government entities, such as the County of Los Angeles and its Sheriff’s Department, Healthcare System, Coroner’s Office, District Attorney’s Office and Public Defender’s Office; City of Bellflower; City of Bell Gardens; City of West Covina; Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; Pacific Bell Telephone Company; AT&T Services, Inc., Southern California Edison Company and United States Bankruptcy Trustees. He has also appeared and successfully argued in front of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Mr. Nishimura is a former referee of the State Bar of California and Judge Pro Tem of the Los Angeles Municipal Court. He has been a member of the Judicial Review Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and on the Judicial Evaluations Committee and Board of Governors of the Japanese American Bar Association of Greater Los Angeles, of which he is a founding member. Moreover, Mr. Nishimura has been a panelist speaker for the Public Utilities Commission, the State Bar of California Annual Convention and the Judiciary College in Berkeley, California.

In addition to his professional affiliations, Mr. Nishimura believes in giving back to the community and has been involved with the Japanese American National Museum, Go For Broke National Education Center, Twin Counties Optimist Club (founding member), Bell Gardens Rotary Club, Southeast Youth Organization, Orange County Buddhist Church (Board of Directors), City of Cerritos Beautification Program, Little Tokyo Service Center (Board of Governors), a sponsor of the Little Tokyo Historical Society Sei Fujii Lantern Project, and the Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic (founding Board of Director).

 

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.

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.

Gilbert M. Nishimura was admitted to the California State Bar in December 1973 and has been admitted to the United States District Court, Central District, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He has also appeared pro hac vice in the states of Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, and Tennessee. Mr. Nishimura is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles and received his Juris Doctorate at Loyola University School of Law.

From 1973 to 1976, Mr. Nishimura was a member of the Law Firm of West & Girardi and its successor, the Law Firm of Girardi and Keese. While there he gained valuable experience in personal injury litigation, including medical malpractice and products liability.

Mr. Nishimura formed the law firm of Senzaki, Osajima & Nishimura in 1976 with offices in Los Angeles and Orange County. This was an all-service law firm for which Mr. Nishimura handled the business and personal injury litigation matters and defended the Los Angeles County Healthcare System in medical malpractice cases.

In 1989, Mr. Nishimura joined the firm of Roquemore, Pringle & Moore, Inc. With his litigation experience, he became the partner supervising the litigation, personal injury, and workers’ compensation departments.

In 2005, he helped form Seki, Nishimura & Watase and became its initial Managing Partner. Mr. Nishimura currently supervises the firm’s civil litigation practice, as well as its general practice, including general business, transactional matters, and estate planning.

His practice area has included representing various government entities, such as the County of Los Angeles and its Sheriff’s Department, Healthcare System, Coroner’s Office, District Attorney’s Office and Public Defender’s Office; City of Bellflower; City of Bell Gardens; City of West Covina; Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; Pacific Bell Telephone Company; AT&T Services, Inc., Southern California Edison Company and United States Bankruptcy Trustees. He has also appeared and successfully argued in front of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Mr. Nishimura is a former referee of the State Bar of California and Judge Pro Tem of the Los Angeles Municipal Court. He has been a member of the Judicial Review Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and on the Judicial Evaluations Committee and Board of Governors of the Japanese American Bar Association of Greater Los Angeles, of which he is a founding member. Moreover, Mr. Nishimura has been a panelist speaker for the Public Utilities Commission, the State Bar of California Annual Convention and the Judiciary College in Berkeley, California.

In addition to his professional affiliations, Mr. Nishimura believes in giving back to the community and has been involved with the Japanese American National Museum, Go For Broke National Education Center, Twin Counties Optimist Club (founding member), Bell Gardens Rotary Club, Southeast Youth Organization, Orange County Buddhist Church (Board of Directors), City of Cerritos Beautification Program, Little Tokyo Service Center (Board of Governors), a sponsor of the Little Tokyo Historical Society Sei Fujii Lantern Project, and the Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic (founding Board of Director).

 

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.

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.

Gilbert M. Nishimura was admitted to the California State Bar in December 1973 and has been admitted to the United States District Court, Central District, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He has also appeared pro hac vice in the states of Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, and Tennessee. Mr. Nishimura is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles and received his Juris Doctorate at Loyola University School of Law.

From 1973 to 1976, Mr. Nishimura was a member of the Law Firm of West & Girardi and its successor, the Law Firm of Girardi and Keese. While there he gained valuable experience in personal injury litigation, including medical malpractice and products liability.

Mr. Nishimura formed the law firm of Senzaki, Osajima & Nishimura in 1976 with offices in Los Angeles and Orange County. This was an all-service law firm for which Mr. Nishimura handled the business and personal injury litigation matters and defended the Los Angeles County Healthcare System in medical malpractice cases.

In 1989, Mr. Nishimura joined the firm of Roquemore, Pringle & Moore, Inc. With his litigation experience, he became the partner supervising the litigation, personal injury, and workers’ compensation departments.

In 2005, he helped form Seki, Nishimura & Watase and became its initial Managing Partner. Mr. Nishimura currently supervises the firm’s civil litigation practice, as well as its general practice, including general business, transactional matters, and estate planning.

His practice area has included representing various government entities, such as the County of Los Angeles and its Sheriff’s Department, Healthcare System, Coroner’s Office, District Attorney’s Office and Public Defender’s Office; City of Bellflower; City of Bell Gardens; City of West Covina; Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; Pacific Bell Telephone Company; AT&T Services, Inc., Southern California Edison Company and United States Bankruptcy Trustees. He has also appeared and successfully argued in front of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Mr. Nishimura is a former referee of the State Bar of California and Judge Pro Tem of the Los Angeles Municipal Court. He has been a member of the Judicial Review Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and on the Judicial Evaluations Committee and Board of Governors of the Japanese American Bar Association of Greater Los Angeles, of which he is a founding member. Moreover, Mr. Nishimura has been a panelist speaker for the Public Utilities Commission, the State Bar of California Annual Convention and the Judiciary College in Berkeley, California.

In addition to his professional affiliations, Mr. Nishimura believes in giving back to the community and has been involved with the Japanese American National Museum, Go For Broke National Education Center, Twin Counties Optimist Club (founding member), Bell Gardens Rotary Club, Southeast Youth Organization, Orange County Buddhist Church (Board of Directors), City of Cerritos Beautification Program, Little Tokyo Service Center (Board of Governors), a sponsor of the Little Tokyo Historical Society Sei Fujii Lantern Project, and the Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic (founding Board of Director).

 

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.

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.

Gilbert M. Nishimura was admitted to the California State Bar in December 1973 and has been admitted to the United States District Court, Central District, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He has also appeared pro hac vice in the states of Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, and Tennessee. Mr. Nishimura is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles and received his Juris Doctorate at Loyola University School of Law.

From 1973 to 1976, Mr. Nishimura was a member of the Law Firm of West & Girardi and its successor, the Law Firm of Girardi and Keese. While there he gained valuable experience in personal injury litigation, including medical malpractice and products liability.

Mr. Nishimura formed the law firm of Senzaki, Osajima & Nishimura in 1976 with offices in Los Angeles and Orange County. This was an all-service law firm for which Mr. Nishimura handled the business and personal injury litigation matters and defended the Los Angeles County Healthcare System in medical malpractice cases.

In 1989, Mr. Nishimura joined the firm of Roquemore, Pringle & Moore, Inc. With his litigation experience, he became the partner supervising the litigation, personal injury, and workers’ compensation departments.

In 2005, he helped form Seki, Nishimura & Watase and became its initial Managing Partner. Mr. Nishimura currently supervises the firm’s civil litigation practice, as well as its general practice, including general business, transactional matters, and estate planning.

His practice area has included representing various government entities, such as the County of Los Angeles and its Sheriff’s Department, Healthcare System, Coroner’s Office, District Attorney’s Office and Public Defender’s Office; City of Bellflower; City of Bell Gardens; City of West Covina; Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; Pacific Bell Telephone Company; AT&T Services, Inc., Southern California Edison Company and United States Bankruptcy Trustees. He has also appeared and successfully argued in front of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Mr. Nishimura is a former referee of the State Bar of California and Judge Pro Tem of the Los Angeles Municipal Court. He has been a member of the Judicial Review Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and on the Judicial Evaluations Committee and Board of Governors of the Japanese American Bar Association of Greater Los Angeles, of which he is a founding member. Moreover, Mr. Nishimura has been a panelist speaker for the Public Utilities Commission, the State Bar of California Annual Convention and the Judiciary College in Berkeley, California.

In addition to his professional affiliations, Mr. Nishimura believes in giving back to the community and has been involved with the Japanese American National Museum, Go For Broke National Education Center, Twin Counties Optimist Club (founding member), Bell Gardens Rotary Club, Southeast Youth Organization, Orange County Buddhist Church (Board of Directors), City of Cerritos Beautification Program, Little Tokyo Service Center (Board of Governors), a sponsor of the Little Tokyo Historical Society Sei Fujii Lantern Project, and the Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic (founding Board of Director).

 

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.

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.

Gilbert M. Nishimura was admitted to the California State Bar in December 1973 and has been admitted to the United States District Court, Central District, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He has also appeared pro hac vice in the states of Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, and Tennessee. Mr. Nishimura is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles and received his Juris Doctorate at Loyola University School of Law.

From 1973 to 1976, Mr. Nishimura was a member of the Law Firm of West & Girardi and its successor, the Law Firm of Girardi and Keese. While there he gained valuable experience in personal injury litigation, including medical malpractice and products liability.

Mr. Nishimura formed the law firm of Senzaki, Osajima & Nishimura in 1976 with offices in Los Angeles and Orange County. This was an all-service law firm for which Mr. Nishimura handled the business and personal injury litigation matters and defended the Los Angeles County Healthcare System in medical malpractice cases.

In 1989, Mr. Nishimura joined the firm of Roquemore, Pringle & Moore, Inc. With his litigation experience, he became the partner supervising the litigation, personal injury, and workers’ compensation departments.

In 2005, he helped form Seki, Nishimura & Watase and became its initial Managing Partner. Mr. Nishimura currently supervises the firm’s civil litigation practice, as well as its general practice, including general business, transactional matters, and estate planning.

His practice area has included representing various government entities, such as the County of Los Angeles and its Sheriff’s Department, Healthcare System, Coroner’s Office, District Attorney’s Office and Public Defender’s Office; City of Bellflower; City of Bell Gardens; City of West Covina; Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; Pacific Bell Telephone Company; AT&T Services, Inc., Southern California Edison Company and United States Bankruptcy Trustees. He has also appeared and successfully argued in front of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Mr. Nishimura is a former referee of the State Bar of California and Judge Pro Tem of the Los Angeles Municipal Court. He has been a member of the Judicial Review Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and on the Judicial Evaluations Committee and Board of Governors of the Japanese American Bar Association of Greater Los Angeles, of which he is a founding member. Moreover, Mr. Nishimura has been a panelist speaker for the Public Utilities Commission, the State Bar of California Annual Convention and the Judiciary College in Berkeley, California.

In addition to his professional affiliations, Mr. Nishimura believes in giving back to the community and has been involved with the Japanese American National Museum, Go For Broke National Education Center, Twin Counties Optimist Club (founding member), Bell Gardens Rotary Club, Southeast Youth Organization, Orange County Buddhist Church (Board of Directors), City of Cerritos Beautification Program, Little Tokyo Service Center (Board of Governors), a sponsor of the Little Tokyo Historical Society Sei Fujii Lantern Project, and the Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic (founding Board of Director).

 

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.

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.

Gilbert M. Nishimura was admitted to the California State Bar in December 1973 and has been admitted to the United States District Court, Central District, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He has also appeared pro hac vice in the states of Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, and Tennessee. Mr. Nishimura is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles and received his Juris Doctorate at Loyola University School of Law.

From 1973 to 1976, Mr. Nishimura was a member of the Law Firm of West & Girardi and its successor, the Law Firm of Girardi and Keese. While there he gained valuable experience in personal injury litigation, including medical malpractice and products liability.

Mr. Nishimura formed the law firm of Senzaki, Osajima & Nishimura in 1976 with offices in Los Angeles and Orange County. This was an all-service law firm for which Mr. Nishimura handled the business and personal injury litigation matters and defended the Los Angeles County Healthcare System in medical malpractice cases.

In 1989, Mr. Nishimura joined the firm of Roquemore, Pringle & Moore, Inc. With his litigation experience, he became the partner supervising the litigation, personal injury, and workers’ compensation departments.

In 2005, he helped form Seki, Nishimura & Watase and became its initial Managing Partner. Mr. Nishimura currently supervises the firm’s civil litigation practice, as well as its general practice, including general business, transactional matters, and estate planning.

His practice area has included representing various government entities, such as the County of Los Angeles and its Sheriff’s Department, Healthcare System, Coroner’s Office, District Attorney’s Office and Public Defender’s Office; City of Bellflower; City of Bell Gardens; City of West Covina; Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; Pacific Bell Telephone Company; AT&T Services, Inc., Southern California Edison Company and United States Bankruptcy Trustees. He has also appeared and successfully argued in front of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Mr. Nishimura is a former referee of the State Bar of California and Judge Pro Tem of the Los Angeles Municipal Court. He has been a member of the Judicial Review Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and on the Judicial Evaluations Committee and Board of Governors of the Japanese American Bar Association of Greater Los Angeles, of which he is a founding member. Moreover, Mr. Nishimura has been a panelist speaker for the Public Utilities Commission, the State Bar of California Annual Convention and the Judiciary College in Berkeley, California.

In addition to his professional affiliations, Mr. Nishimura believes in giving back to the community and has been involved with the Japanese American National Museum, Go For Broke National Education Center, Twin Counties Optimist Club (founding member), Bell Gardens Rotary Club, Southeast Youth Organization, Orange County Buddhist Church (Board of Directors), City of Cerritos Beautification Program, Little Tokyo Service Center (Board of Governors), a sponsor of the Little Tokyo Historical Society Sei Fujii Lantern Project, and the Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic (founding Board of Director).

 

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.

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.

Gilbert M. Nishimura was admitted to the California State Bar in December 1973 and has been admitted to the United States District Court, Central District, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He has also appeared pro hac vice in the states of Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, and Tennessee. Mr. Nishimura is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles and received his Juris Doctorate at Loyola University School of Law.

From 1973 to 1976, Mr. Nishimura was a member of the Law Firm of West & Girardi and its successor, the Law Firm of Girardi and Keese. While there he gained valuable experience in personal injury litigation, including medical malpractice and products liability.

Mr. Nishimura formed the law firm of Senzaki, Osajima & Nishimura in 1976 with offices in Los Angeles and Orange County. This was an all-service law firm for which Mr. Nishimura handled the business and personal injury litigation matters and defended the Los Angeles County Healthcare System in medical malpractice cases.

In 1989, Mr. Nishimura joined the firm of Roquemore, Pringle & Moore, Inc. With his litigation experience, he became the partner supervising the litigation, personal injury, and workers’ compensation departments.

In 2005, he helped form Seki, Nishimura & Watase and became its initial Managing Partner. Mr. Nishimura currently supervises the firm’s civil litigation practice, as well as its general practice, including general business, transactional matters, and estate planning.

His practice area has included representing various government entities, such as the County of Los Angeles and its Sheriff’s Department, Healthcare System, Coroner’s Office, District Attorney’s Office and Public Defender’s Office; City of Bellflower; City of Bell Gardens; City of West Covina; Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; Pacific Bell Telephone Company; AT&T Services, Inc., Southern California Edison Company and United States Bankruptcy Trustees. He has also appeared and successfully argued in front of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Mr. Nishimura is a former referee of the State Bar of California and Judge Pro Tem of the Los Angeles Municipal Court. He has been a member of the Judicial Review Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and on the Judicial Evaluations Committee and Board of Governors of the Japanese American Bar Association of Greater Los Angeles, of which he is a founding member. Moreover, Mr. Nishimura has been a panelist speaker for the Public Utilities Commission, the State Bar of California Annual Convention and the Judiciary College in Berkeley, California.

In addition to his professional affiliations, Mr. Nishimura believes in giving back to the community and has been involved with the Japanese American National Museum, Go For Broke National Education Center, Twin Counties Optimist Club (founding member), Bell Gardens Rotary Club, Southeast Youth Organization, Orange County Buddhist Church (Board of Directors), City of Cerritos Beautification Program, Little Tokyo Service Center (Board of Governors), a sponsor of the Little Tokyo Historical Society Sei Fujii Lantern Project, and the Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic (founding Board of Director).

 

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.

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.

Gilbert M. Nishimura was admitted to the California State Bar in December 1973 and has been admitted to the United States District Court, Central District, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He has also appeared pro hac vice in the states of Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, and Tennessee. Mr. Nishimura is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles and received his Juris Doctorate at Loyola University School of Law.

From 1973 to 1976, Mr. Nishimura was a member of the Law Firm of West & Girardi and its successor, the Law Firm of Girardi and Keese. While there he gained valuable experience in personal injury litigation, including medical malpractice and products liability.

Mr. Nishimura formed the law firm of Senzaki, Osajima & Nishimura in 1976 with offices in Los Angeles and Orange County. This was an all-service law firm for which Mr. Nishimura handled the business and personal injury litigation matters and defended the Los Angeles County Healthcare System in medical malpractice cases.

In 1989, Mr. Nishimura joined the firm of Roquemore, Pringle & Moore, Inc. With his litigation experience, he became the partner supervising the litigation, personal injury, and workers’ compensation departments.

In 2005, he helped form Seki, Nishimura & Watase and became its initial Managing Partner. Mr. Nishimura currently supervises the firm’s civil litigation practice, as well as its general practice, including general business, transactional matters, and estate planning.

His practice area has included representing various government entities, such as the County of Los Angeles and its Sheriff’s Department, Healthcare System, Coroner’s Office, District Attorney’s Office and Public Defender’s Office; City of Bellflower; City of Bell Gardens; City of West Covina; Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; Pacific Bell Telephone Company; AT&T Services, Inc., Southern California Edison Company and United States Bankruptcy Trustees. He has also appeared and successfully argued in front of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Mr. Nishimura is a former referee of the State Bar of California and Judge Pro Tem of the Los Angeles Municipal Court. He has been a member of the Judicial Review Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and on the Judicial Evaluations Committee and Board of Governors of the Japanese American Bar Association of Greater Los Angeles, of which he is a founding member. Moreover, Mr. Nishimura has been a panelist speaker for the Public Utilities Commission, the State Bar of California Annual Convention and the Judiciary College in Berkeley, California.

In addition to his professional affiliations, Mr. Nishimura believes in giving back to the community and has been involved with the Japanese American National Museum, Go For Broke National Education Center, Twin Counties Optimist Club (founding member), Bell Gardens Rotary Club, Southeast Youth Organization, Orange County Buddhist Church (Board of Directors), City of Cerritos Beautification Program, Little Tokyo Service Center (Board of Governors), a sponsor of the Little Tokyo Historical Society Sei Fujii Lantern Project, and the Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic (founding Board of Director).

 

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.

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.

Gilbert M. Nishimura was admitted to the California State Bar in December 1973 and has been admitted to the United States District Court, Central District, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He has also appeared pro hac vice in the states of Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, and Tennessee. Mr. Nishimura is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles and received his Juris Doctorate at Loyola University School of Law.

From 1973 to 1976, Mr. Nishimura was a member of the Law Firm of West & Girardi and its successor, the Law Firm of Girardi and Keese. While there he gained valuable experience in personal injury litigation, including medical malpractice and products liability.

Mr. Nishimura formed the law firm of Senzaki, Osajima & Nishimura in 1976 with offices in Los Angeles and Orange County. This was an all-service law firm for which Mr. Nishimura handled the business and personal injury litigation matters and defended the Los Angeles County Healthcare System in medical malpractice cases.

In 1989, Mr. Nishimura joined the firm of Roquemore, Pringle & Moore, Inc. With his litigation experience, he became the partner supervising the litigation, personal injury, and workers’ compensation departments.

In 2005, he helped form Seki, Nishimura & Watase and became its initial Managing Partner. Mr. Nishimura currently supervises the firm’s civil litigation practice, as well as its general practice, including general business, transactional matters, and estate planning.

His practice area has included representing various government entities, such as the County of Los Angeles and its Sheriff’s Department, Healthcare System, Coroner’s Office, District Attorney’s Office and Public Defender’s Office; City of Bellflower; City of Bell Gardens; City of West Covina; Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; Pacific Bell Telephone Company; AT&T Services, Inc., Southern California Edison Company and United States Bankruptcy Trustees. He has also appeared and successfully argued in front of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Mr. Nishimura is a former referee of the State Bar of California and Judge Pro Tem of the Los Angeles Municipal Court. He has been a member of the Judicial Review Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and on the Judicial Evaluations Committee and Board of Governors of the Japanese American Bar Association of Greater Los Angeles, of which he is a founding member. Moreover, Mr. Nishimura has been a panelist speaker for the Public Utilities Commission, the State Bar of California Annual Convention and the Judiciary College in Berkeley, California.

In addition to his professional affiliations, Mr. Nishimura believes in giving back to the community and has been involved with the Japanese American National Museum, Go For Broke National Education Center, Twin Counties Optimist Club (founding member), Bell Gardens Rotary Club, Southeast Youth Organization, Orange County Buddhist Church (Board of Directors), City of Cerritos Beautification Program, Little Tokyo Service Center (Board of Governors), a sponsor of the Little Tokyo Historical Society Sei Fujii Lantern Project, and the Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic (founding Board of Director).

 

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.

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.

Gilbert M. Nishimura was admitted to the California State Bar in December 1973 and has been admitted to the United States District Court, Central District, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He has also appeared pro hac vice in the states of Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, and Tennessee. Mr. Nishimura is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles and received his Juris Doctorate at Loyola University School of Law.

From 1973 to 1976, Mr. Nishimura was a member of the Law Firm of West & Girardi and its successor, the Law Firm of Girardi and Keese. While there he gained valuable experience in personal injury litigation, including medical malpractice and products liability.

Mr. Nishimura formed the law firm of Senzaki, Osajima & Nishimura in 1976 with offices in Los Angeles and Orange County. This was an all-service law firm for which Mr. Nishimura handled the business and personal injury litigation matters and defended the Los Angeles County Healthcare System in medical malpractice cases.

In 1989, Mr. Nishimura joined the firm of Roquemore, Pringle & Moore, Inc. With his litigation experience, he became the partner supervising the litigation, personal injury, and workers’ compensation departments.

In 2005, he helped form Seki, Nishimura & Watase and became its initial Managing Partner. Mr. Nishimura currently supervises the firm’s civil litigation practice, as well as its general practice, including general business, transactional matters, and estate planning.

His practice area has included representing various government entities, such as the County of Los Angeles and its Sheriff’s Department, Healthcare System, Coroner’s Office, District Attorney’s Office and Public Defender’s Office; City of Bellflower; City of Bell Gardens; City of West Covina; Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; Pacific Bell Telephone Company; AT&T Services, Inc., Southern California Edison Company and United States Bankruptcy Trustees. He has also appeared and successfully argued in front of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Mr. Nishimura is a former referee of the State Bar of California and Judge Pro Tem of the Los Angeles Municipal Court. He has been a member of the Judicial Review Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and on the Judicial Evaluations Committee and Board of Governors of the Japanese American Bar Association of Greater Los Angeles, of which he is a founding member. Moreover, Mr. Nishimura has been a panelist speaker for the Public Utilities Commission, the State Bar of California Annual Convention and the Judiciary College in Berkeley, California.

In addition to his professional affiliations, Mr. Nishimura believes in giving back to the community and has been involved with the Japanese American National Museum, Go For Broke National Education Center, Twin Counties Optimist Club (founding member), Bell Gardens Rotary Club, Southeast Youth Organization, Orange County Buddhist Church (Board of Directors), City of Cerritos Beautification Program, Little Tokyo Service Center (Board of Governors), a sponsor of the Little Tokyo Historical Society Sei Fujii Lantern Project, and the Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic (founding Board of Director).

 

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.

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.

Gilbert M. Nishimura was admitted to the California State Bar in December 1973 and has been admitted to the United States District Court, Central District, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He has also appeared pro hac vice in the states of Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, and Tennessee. Mr. Nishimura is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles and received his Juris Doctorate at Loyola University School of Law.

From 1973 to 1976, Mr. Nishimura was a member of the Law Firm of West & Girardi and its successor, the Law Firm of Girardi and Keese. While there he gained valuable experience in personal injury litigation, including medical malpractice and products liability.

Mr. Nishimura formed the law firm of Senzaki, Osajima & Nishimura in 1976 with offices in Los Angeles and Orange County. This was an all-service law firm for which Mr. Nishimura handled the business and personal injury litigation matters and defended the Los Angeles County Healthcare System in medical malpractice cases.

In 1989, Mr. Nishimura joined the firm of Roquemore, Pringle & Moore, Inc. With his litigation experience, he became the partner supervising the litigation, personal injury, and workers’ compensation departments.

In 2005, he helped form Seki, Nishimura & Watase and became its initial Managing Partner. Mr. Nishimura currently supervises the firm’s civil litigation practice, as well as its general practice, including general business, transactional matters, and estate planning.

His practice area has included representing various government entities, such as the County of Los Angeles and its Sheriff’s Department, Healthcare System, Coroner’s Office, District Attorney’s Office and Public Defender’s Office; City of Bellflower; City of Bell Gardens; City of West Covina; Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; Pacific Bell Telephone Company; AT&T Services, Inc., Southern California Edison Company and United States Bankruptcy Trustees. He has also appeared and successfully argued in front of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Mr. Nishimura is a former referee of the State Bar of California and Judge Pro Tem of the Los Angeles Municipal Court. He has been a member of the Judicial Review Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and on the Judicial Evaluations Committee and Board of Governors of the Japanese American Bar Association of Greater Los Angeles, of which he is a founding member. Moreover, Mr. Nishimura has been a panelist speaker for the Public Utilities Commission, the State Bar of California Annual Convention and the Judiciary College in Berkeley, California.

In addition to his professional affiliations, Mr. Nishimura believes in giving back to the community and has been involved with the Japanese American National Museum, Go For Broke National Education Center, Twin Counties Optimist Club (founding member), Bell Gardens Rotary Club, Southeast Youth Organization, Orange County Buddhist Church (Board of Directors), City of Cerritos Beautification Program, Little Tokyo Service Center (Board of Governors), a sponsor of the Little Tokyo Historical Society Sei Fujii Lantern Project, and the Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic (founding Board of Director).

 

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.

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.

Gilbert M. Nishimura was admitted to the California State Bar in December 1973 and has been admitted to the United States District Court, Central District, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He has also appeared pro hac vice in the states of Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, and Tennessee. Mr. Nishimura is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles and received his Juris Doctorate at Loyola University School of Law.

From 1973 to 1976, Mr. Nishimura was a member of the Law Firm of West & Girardi and its successor, the Law Firm of Girardi and Keese. While there he gained valuable experience in personal injury litigation, including medical malpractice and products liability.

Mr. Nishimura formed the law firm of Senzaki, Osajima & Nishimura in 1976 with offices in Los Angeles and Orange County. This was an all-service law firm for which Mr. Nishimura handled the business and personal injury litigation matters and defended the Los Angeles County Healthcare System in medical malpractice cases.

In 1989, Mr. Nishimura joined the firm of Roquemore, Pringle & Moore, Inc. With his litigation experience, he became the partner supervising the litigation, personal injury, and workers’ compensation departments.

In 2005, he helped form Seki, Nishimura & Watase and became its initial Managing Partner. Mr. Nishimura currently supervises the firm’s civil litigation practice, as well as its general practice, including general business, transactional matters, and estate planning.

His practice area has included representing various government entities, such as the County of Los Angeles and its Sheriff’s Department, Healthcare System, Coroner’s Office, District Attorney’s Office and Public Defender’s Office; City of Bellflower; City of Bell Gardens; City of West Covina; Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; Pacific Bell Telephone Company; AT&T Services, Inc., Southern California Edison Company and United States Bankruptcy Trustees. He has also appeared and successfully argued in front of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Mr. Nishimura is a former referee of the State Bar of California and Judge Pro Tem of the Los Angeles Municipal Court. He has been a member of the Judicial Review Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and on the Judicial Evaluations Committee and Board of Governors of the Japanese American Bar Association of Greater Los Angeles, of which he is a founding member. Moreover, Mr. Nishimura has been a panelist speaker for the Public Utilities Commission, the State Bar of California Annual Convention and the Judiciary College in Berkeley, California.

In addition to his professional affiliations, Mr. Nishimura believes in giving back to the community and has been involved with the Japanese American National Museum, Go For Broke National Education Center, Twin Counties Optimist Club (founding member), Bell Gardens Rotary Club, Southeast Youth Organization, Orange County Buddhist Church (Board of Directors), City of Cerritos Beautification Program, Little Tokyo Service Center (Board of Governors), a sponsor of the Little Tokyo Historical Society Sei Fujii Lantern Project, and the Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic (founding Board of Director).

 

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.

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.

Gilbert M. Nishimura was admitted to the California State Bar in December 1973 and has been admitted to the United States District Court, Central District, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He has also appeared pro hac vice in the states of Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, and Tennessee. Mr. Nishimura is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles and received his Juris Doctorate at Loyola University School of Law.

From 1973 to 1976, Mr. Nishimura was a member of the Law Firm of West & Girardi and its successor, the Law Firm of Girardi and Keese. While there he gained valuable experience in personal injury litigation, including medical malpractice and products liability.

Mr. Nishimura formed the law firm of Senzaki, Osajima & Nishimura in 1976 with offices in Los Angeles and Orange County. This was an all-service law firm for which Mr. Nishimura handled the business and personal injury litigation matters and defended the Los Angeles County Healthcare System in medical malpractice cases.

In 1989, Mr. Nishimura joined the firm of Roquemore, Pringle & Moore, Inc. With his litigation experience, he became the partner supervising the litigation, personal injury, and workers’ compensation departments.

In 2005, he helped form Seki, Nishimura & Watase and became its initial Managing Partner. Mr. Nishimura currently supervises the firm’s civil litigation practice, as well as its general practice, including general business, transactional matters, and estate planning.

His practice area has included representing various government entities, such as the County of Los Angeles and its Sheriff’s Department, Healthcare System, Coroner’s Office, District Attorney’s Office and Public Defender’s Office; City of Bellflower; City of Bell Gardens; City of West Covina; Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; Pacific Bell Telephone Company; AT&T Services, Inc., Southern California Edison Company and United States Bankruptcy Trustees. He has also appeared and successfully argued in front of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Mr. Nishimura is a former referee of the State Bar of California and Judge Pro Tem of the Los Angeles Municipal Court. He has been a member of the Judicial Review Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and on the Judicial Evaluations Committee and Board of Governors of the Japanese American Bar Association of Greater Los Angeles, of which he is a founding member. Moreover, Mr. Nishimura has been a panelist speaker for the Public Utilities Commission, the State Bar of California Annual Convention and the Judiciary College in Berkeley, California.

In addition to his professional affiliations, Mr. Nishimura believes in giving back to the community and has been involved with the Japanese American National Museum, Go For Broke National Education Center, Twin Counties Optimist Club (founding member), Bell Gardens Rotary Club, Southeast Youth Organization, Orange County Buddhist Church (Board of Directors), City of Cerritos Beautification Program, Little Tokyo Service Center (Board of Governors), a sponsor of the Little Tokyo Historical Society Sei Fujii Lantern Project, and the Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic (founding Board of Director).

 

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.

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.

Gilbert M. Nishimura was admitted to the California State Bar in December 1973 and has been admitted to the United States District Court, Central District, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He has also appeared pro hac vice in the states of Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, and Tennessee. Mr. Nishimura is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles and received his Juris Doctorate at Loyola University School of Law.

From 1973 to 1976, Mr. Nishimura was a member of the Law Firm of West & Girardi and its successor, the Law Firm of Girardi and Keese. While there he gained valuable experience in personal injury litigation, including medical malpractice and products liability.

Mr. Nishimura formed the law firm of Senzaki, Osajima & Nishimura in 1976 with offices in Los Angeles and Orange County. This was an all-service law firm for which Mr. Nishimura handled the business and personal injury litigation matters and defended the Los Angeles County Healthcare System in medical malpractice cases.

In 1989, Mr. Nishimura joined the firm of Roquemore, Pringle & Moore, Inc. With his litigation experience, he became the partner supervising the litigation, personal injury, and workers’ compensation departments.

In 2005, he helped form Seki, Nishimura & Watase and became its initial Managing Partner. Mr. Nishimura currently supervises the firm’s civil litigation practice, as well as its general practice, including general business, transactional matters, and estate planning.

His practice area has included representing various government entities, such as the County of Los Angeles and its Sheriff’s Department, Healthcare System, Coroner’s Office, District Attorney’s Office and Public Defender’s Office; City of Bellflower; City of Bell Gardens; City of West Covina; Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; Pacific Bell Telephone Company; AT&T Services, Inc., Southern California Edison Company and United States Bankruptcy Trustees. He has also appeared and successfully argued in front of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Mr. Nishimura is a former referee of the State Bar of California and Judge Pro Tem of the Los Angeles Municipal Court. He has been a member of the Judicial Review Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and on the Judicial Evaluations Committee and Board of Governors of the Japanese American Bar Association of Greater Los Angeles, of which he is a founding member. Moreover, Mr. Nishimura has been a panelist speaker for the Public Utilities Commission, the State Bar of California Annual Convention and the Judiciary College in Berkeley, California.

In addition to his professional affiliations, Mr. Nishimura believes in giving back to the community and has been involved with the Japanese American National Museum, Go For Broke National Education Center, Twin Counties Optimist Club (founding member), Bell Gardens Rotary Club, Southeast Youth Organization, Orange County Buddhist Church (Board of Directors), City of Cerritos Beautification Program, Little Tokyo Service Center (Board of Governors), a sponsor of the Little Tokyo Historical Society Sei Fujii Lantern Project, and the Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic (founding Board of Director).

 

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.

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.

Gilbert M. Nishimura was admitted to the California State Bar in December 1973 and has been admitted to the United States District Court, Central District, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He has also appeared pro hac vice in the states of Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, and Tennessee. Mr. Nishimura is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles and received his Juris Doctorate at Loyola University School of Law.

From 1973 to 1976, Mr. Nishimura was a member of the Law Firm of West & Girardi and its successor, the Law Firm of Girardi and Keese. While there he gained valuable experience in personal injury litigation, including medical malpractice and products liability.

Mr. Nishimura formed the law firm of Senzaki, Osajima & Nishimura in 1976 with offices in Los Angeles and Orange County. This was an all-service law firm for which Mr. Nishimura handled the business and personal injury litigation matters and defended the Los Angeles County Healthcare System in medical malpractice cases.

In 1989, Mr. Nishimura joined the firm of Roquemore, Pringle & Moore, Inc. With his litigation experience, he became the partner supervising the litigation, personal injury, and workers’ compensation departments.

In 2005, he helped form Seki, Nishimura & Watase and became its initial Managing Partner. Mr. Nishimura currently supervises the firm’s civil litigation practice, as well as its general practice, including general business, transactional matters, and estate planning.

His practice area has included representing various government entities, such as the County of Los Angeles and its Sheriff’s Department, Healthcare System, Coroner’s Office, District Attorney’s Office and Public Defender’s Office; City of Bellflower; City of Bell Gardens; City of West Covina; Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; Pacific Bell Telephone Company; AT&T Services, Inc., Southern California Edison Company and United States Bankruptcy Trustees. He has also appeared and successfully argued in front of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Mr. Nishimura is a former referee of the State Bar of California and Judge Pro Tem of the Los Angeles Municipal Court. He has been a member of the Judicial Review Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and on the Judicial Evaluations Committee and Board of Governors of the Japanese American Bar Association of Greater Los Angeles, of which he is a founding member. Moreover, Mr. Nishimura has been a panelist speaker for the Public Utilities Commission, the State Bar of California Annual Convention and the Judiciary College in Berkeley, California.

In addition to his professional affiliations, Mr. Nishimura believes in giving back to the community and has been involved with the Japanese American National Museum, Go For Broke National Education Center, Twin Counties Optimist Club (founding member), Bell Gardens Rotary Club, Southeast Youth Organization, Orange County Buddhist Church (Board of Directors), City of Cerritos Beautification Program, Little Tokyo Service Center (Board of Governors), a sponsor of the Little Tokyo Historical Society Sei Fujii Lantern Project, and the Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic (founding Board of Director).

 

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.

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.

Gilbert M. Nishimura was admitted to the California State Bar in December 1973 and has been admitted to the United States District Court, Central District, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He has also appeared pro hac vice in the states of Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, and Tennessee. Mr. Nishimura is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles and received his Juris Doctorate at Loyola University School of Law.

From 1973 to 1976, Mr. Nishimura was a member of the Law Firm of West & Girardi and its successor, the Law Firm of Girardi and Keese. While there he gained valuable experience in personal injury litigation, including medical malpractice and products liability.

Mr. Nishimura formed the law firm of Senzaki, Osajima & Nishimura in 1976 with offices in Los Angeles and Orange County. This was an all-service law firm for which Mr. Nishimura handled the business and personal injury litigation matters and defended the Los Angeles County Healthcare System in medical malpractice cases.

In 1989, Mr. Nishimura joined the firm of Roquemore, Pringle & Moore, Inc. With his litigation experience, he became the partner supervising the litigation, personal injury, and workers’ compensation departments.

In 2005, he helped form Seki, Nishimura & Watase and became its initial Managing Partner. Mr. Nishimura currently supervises the firm’s civil litigation practice, as well as its general practice, including general business, transactional matters, and estate planning.

His practice area has included representing various government entities, such as the County of Los Angeles and its Sheriff’s Department, Healthcare System, Coroner’s Office, District Attorney’s Office and Public Defender’s Office; City of Bellflower; City of Bell Gardens; City of West Covina; Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; Pacific Bell Telephone Company; AT&T Services, Inc., Southern California Edison Company and United States Bankruptcy Trustees. He has also appeared and successfully argued in front of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Mr. Nishimura is a former referee of the State Bar of California and Judge Pro Tem of the Los Angeles Municipal Court. He has been a member of the Judicial Review Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and on the Judicial Evaluations Committee and Board of Governors of the Japanese American Bar Association of Greater Los Angeles, of which he is a founding member. Moreover, Mr. Nishimura has been a panelist speaker for the Public Utilities Commission, the State Bar of California Annual Convention and the Judiciary College in Berkeley, California.

In addition to his professional affiliations, Mr. Nishimura believes in giving back to the community and has been involved with the Japanese American National Museum, Go For Broke National Education Center, Twin Counties Optimist Club (founding member), Bell Gardens Rotary Club, Southeast Youth Organization, Orange County Buddhist Church (Board of Directors), City of Cerritos Beautification Program, Little Tokyo Service Center (Board of Governors), a sponsor of the Little Tokyo Historical Society Sei Fujii Lantern Project, and the Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic (founding Board of Director).

 

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.

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.

Gilbert M. Nishimura was admitted to the California State Bar in December 1973 and has been admitted to the United States District Court, Central District, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He has also appeared pro hac vice in the states of Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, and Tennessee. Mr. Nishimura is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles and received his Juris Doctorate at Loyola University School of Law.

From 1973 to 1976, Mr. Nishimura was a member of the Law Firm of West & Girardi and its successor, the Law Firm of Girardi and Keese. While there he gained valuable experience in personal injury litigation, including medical malpractice and products liability.

Mr. Nishimura formed the law firm of Senzaki, Osajima & Nishimura in 1976 with offices in Los Angeles and Orange County. This was an all-service law firm for which Mr. Nishimura handled the business and personal injury litigation matters and defended the Los Angeles County Healthcare System in medical malpractice cases.

In 1989, Mr. Nishimura joined the firm of Roquemore, Pringle & Moore, Inc. With his litigation experience, he became the partner supervising the litigation, personal injury, and workers’ compensation departments.

In 2005, he helped form Seki, Nishimura & Watase and became its initial Managing Partner. Mr. Nishimura currently supervises the firm’s civil litigation practice, as well as its general practice, including general business, transactional matters, and estate planning.

His practice area has included representing various government entities, such as the County of Los Angeles and its Sheriff’s Department, Healthcare System, Coroner’s Office, District Attorney’s Office and Public Defender’s Office; City of Bellflower; City of Bell Gardens; City of West Covina; Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; Pacific Bell Telephone Company; AT&T Services, Inc., Southern California Edison Company and United States Bankruptcy Trustees. He has also appeared and successfully argued in front of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Mr. Nishimura is a former referee of the State Bar of California and Judge Pro Tem of the Los Angeles Municipal Court. He has been a member of the Judicial Review Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and on the Judicial Evaluations Committee and Board of Governors of the Japanese American Bar Association of Greater Los Angeles, of which he is a founding member. Moreover, Mr. Nishimura has been a panelist speaker for the Public Utilities Commission, the State Bar of California Annual Convention and the Judiciary College in Berkeley, California.

In addition to his professional affiliations, Mr. Nishimura believes in giving back to the community and has been involved with the Japanese American National Museum, Go For Broke National Education Center, Twin Counties Optimist Club (founding member), Bell Gardens Rotary Club, Southeast Youth Organization, Orange County Buddhist Church (Board of Directors), City of Cerritos Beautification Program, Little Tokyo Service Center (Board of Governors), a sponsor of the Little Tokyo Historical Society Sei Fujii Lantern Project, and the Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic (founding Board of Director).

 

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.

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.

Gilbert M. Nishimura was admitted to the California State Bar in December 1973 and has been admitted to the United States District Court, Central District, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He has also appeared pro hac vice in the states of Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, and Tennessee. Mr. Nishimura is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles and received his Juris Doctorate at Loyola University School of Law.

From 1973 to 1976, Mr. Nishimura was a member of the Law Firm of West & Girardi and its successor, the Law Firm of Girardi and Keese. While there he gained valuable experience in personal injury litigation, including medical malpractice and products liability.

Mr. Nishimura formed the law firm of Senzaki, Osajima & Nishimura in 1976 with offices in Los Angeles and Orange County. This was an all-service law firm for which Mr. Nishimura handled the business and personal injury litigation matters and defended the Los Angeles County Healthcare System in medical malpractice cases.

In 1989, Mr. Nishimura joined the firm of Roquemore, Pringle & Moore, Inc. With his litigation experience, he became the partner supervising the litigation, personal injury, and workers’ compensation departments.

In 2005, he helped form Seki, Nishimura & Watase and became its initial Managing Partner. Mr. Nishimura currently supervises the firm’s civil litigation practice, as well as its general practice, including general business, transactional matters, and estate planning.

His practice area has included representing various government entities, such as the County of Los Angeles and its Sheriff’s Department, Healthcare System, Coroner’s Office, District Attorney’s Office and Public Defender’s Office; City of Bellflower; City of Bell Gardens; City of West Covina; Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; Pacific Bell Telephone Company; AT&T Services, Inc., Southern California Edison Company and United States Bankruptcy Trustees. He has also appeared and successfully argued in front of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Mr. Nishimura is a former referee of the State Bar of California and Judge Pro Tem of the Los Angeles Municipal Court. He has been a member of the Judicial Review Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and on the Judicial Evaluations Committee and Board of Governors of the Japanese American Bar Association of Greater Los Angeles, of which he is a founding member. Moreover, Mr. Nishimura has been a panelist speaker for the Public Utilities Commission, the State Bar of California Annual Convention and the Judiciary College in Berkeley, California.

In addition to his professional affiliations, Mr. Nishimura believes in giving back to the community and has been involved with the Japanese American National Museum, Go For Broke National Education Center, Twin Counties Optimist Club (founding member), Bell Gardens Rotary Club, Southeast Youth Organization, Orange County Buddhist Church (Board of Directors), City of Cerritos Beautification Program, Little Tokyo Service Center (Board of Governors), a sponsor of the Little Tokyo Historical Society Sei Fujii Lantern Project, and the Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic (founding Board of Director).

 

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.

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.

Gilbert M. Nishimura was admitted to the California State Bar in December 1973 and has been admitted to the United States District Court, Central District, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He has also appeared pro hac vice in the states of Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, and Tennessee. Mr. Nishimura is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles and received his Juris Doctorate at Loyola University School of Law.

From 1973 to 1976, Mr. Nishimura was a member of the Law Firm of West & Girardi and its successor, the Law Firm of Girardi and Keese. While there he gained valuable experience in personal injury litigation, including medical malpractice and products liability.

Mr. Nishimura formed the law firm of Senzaki, Osajima & Nishimura in 1976 with offices in Los Angeles and Orange County. This was an all-service law firm for which Mr. Nishimura handled the business and personal injury litigation matters and defended the Los Angeles County Healthcare System in medical malpractice cases.

In 1989, Mr. Nishimura joined the firm of Roquemore, Pringle & Moore, Inc. With his litigation experience, he became the partner supervising the litigation, personal injury, and workers’ compensation departments.

In 2005, he helped form Seki, Nishimura & Watase and became its initial Managing Partner. Mr. Nishimura currently supervises the firm’s civil litigation practice, as well as its general practice, including general business, transactional matters, and estate planning.

His practice area has included representing various government entities, such as the County of Los Angeles and its Sheriff’s Department, Healthcare System, Coroner’s Office, District Attorney’s Office and Public Defender’s Office; City of Bellflower; City of Bell Gardens; City of West Covina; Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; Pacific Bell Telephone Company; AT&T Services, Inc., Southern California Edison Company and United States Bankruptcy Trustees. He has also appeared and successfully argued in front of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Mr. Nishimura is a former referee of the State Bar of California and Judge Pro Tem of the Los Angeles Municipal Court. He has been a member of the Judicial Review Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and on the Judicial Evaluations Committee and Board of Governors of the Japanese American Bar Association of Greater Los Angeles, of which he is a founding member. Moreover, Mr. Nishimura has been a panelist speaker for the Public Utilities Commission, the State Bar of California Annual Convention and the Judiciary College in Berkeley, California.

In addition to his professional affiliations, Mr. Nishimura believes in giving back to the community and has been involved with the Japanese American National Museum, Go For Broke National Education Center, Twin Counties Optimist Club (founding member), Bell Gardens Rotary Club, Southeast Youth Organization, Orange County Buddhist Church (Board of Directors), City of Cerritos Beautification Program, Little Tokyo Service Center (Board of Governors), a sponsor of the Little Tokyo Historical Society Sei Fujii Lantern Project, and the Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic (founding Board of Director).

 

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.

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.

Gilbert M. Nishimura was admitted to the California State Bar in December 1973 and has been admitted to the United States District Court, Central District, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He has also appeared pro hac vice in the states of Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, and Tennessee. Mr. Nishimura is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles and received his Juris Doctorate at Loyola University School of Law.

From 1973 to 1976, Mr. Nishimura was a member of the Law Firm of West & Girardi and its successor, the Law Firm of Girardi and Keese. While there he gained valuable experience in personal injury litigation, including medical malpractice and products liability.

Mr. Nishimura formed the law firm of Senzaki, Osajima & Nishimura in 1976 with offices in Los Angeles and Orange County. This was an all-service law firm for which Mr. Nishimura handled the business and personal injury litigation matters and defended the Los Angeles County Healthcare System in medical malpractice cases.

In 1989, Mr. Nishimura joined the firm of Roquemore, Pringle & Moore, Inc. With his litigation experience, he became the partner supervising the litigation, personal injury, and workers’ compensation departments.

In 2005, he helped form Seki, Nishimura & Watase and became its initial Managing Partner. Mr. Nishimura currently supervises the firm’s civil litigation practice, as well as its general practice, including general business, transactional matters, and estate planning.

His practice area has included representing various government entities, such as the County of Los Angeles and its Sheriff’s Department, Healthcare System, Coroner’s Office, District Attorney’s Office and Public Defender’s Office; City of Bellflower; City of Bell Gardens; City of West Covina; Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; Pacific Bell Telephone Company; AT&T Services, Inc., Southern California Edison Company and United States Bankruptcy Trustees. He has also appeared and successfully argued in front of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Mr. Nishimura is a former referee of the State Bar of California and Judge Pro Tem of the Los Angeles Municipal Court. He has been a member of the Judicial Review Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and on the Judicial Evaluations Committee and Board of Governors of the Japanese American Bar Association of Greater Los Angeles, of which he is a founding member. Moreover, Mr. Nishimura has been a panelist speaker for the Public Utilities Commission, the State Bar of California Annual Convention and the Judiciary College in Berkeley, California.

In addition to his professional affiliations, Mr. Nishimura believes in giving back to the community and has been involved with the Japanese American National Museum, Go For Broke National Education Center, Twin Counties Optimist Club (founding member), Bell Gardens Rotary Club, Southeast Youth Organization, Orange County Buddhist Church (Board of Directors), City of Cerritos Beautification Program, Little Tokyo Service Center (Board of Governors), a sponsor of the Little Tokyo Historical Society Sei Fujii Lantern Project, and the Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic (founding Board of Director).

 

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.

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.

Gilbert M. Nishimura was admitted to the California State Bar in December 1973 and has been admitted to the United States District Court, Central District, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He has also appeared pro hac vice in the states of Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, and Tennessee. Mr. Nishimura is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles and received his Juris Doctorate at Loyola University School of Law.

From 1973 to 1976, Mr. Nishimura was a member of the Law Firm of West & Girardi and its successor, the Law Firm of Girardi and Keese. While there he gained valuable experience in personal injury litigation, including medical malpractice and products liability.

Mr. Nishimura formed the law firm of Senzaki, Osajima & Nishimura in 1976 with offices in Los Angeles and Orange County. This was an all-service law firm for which Mr. Nishimura handled the business and personal injury litigation matters and defended the Los Angeles County Healthcare System in medical malpractice cases.

In 1989, Mr. Nishimura joined the firm of Roquemore, Pringle & Moore, Inc. With his litigation experience, he became the partner supervising the litigation, personal injury, and workers’ compensation departments.

In 2005, he helped form Seki, Nishimura & Watase and became its initial Managing Partner. Mr. Nishimura currently supervises the firm’s civil litigation practice, as well as its general practice, including general business, transactional matters, and estate planning.

His practice area has included representing various government entities, such as the County of Los Angeles and its Sheriff’s Department, Healthcare System, Coroner’s Office, District Attorney’s Office and Public Defender’s Office; City of Bellflower; City of Bell Gardens; City of West Covina; Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; Pacific Bell Telephone Company; AT&T Services, Inc., Southern California Edison Company and United States Bankruptcy Trustees. He has also appeared and successfully argued in front of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Mr. Nishimura is a former referee of the State Bar of California and Judge Pro Tem of the Los Angeles Municipal Court. He has been a member of the Judicial Review Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and on the Judicial Evaluations Committee and Board of Governors of the Japanese American Bar Association of Greater Los Angeles, of which he is a founding member. Moreover, Mr. Nishimura has been a panelist speaker for the Public Utilities Commission, the State Bar of California Annual Convention and the Judiciary College in Berkeley, California.

In addition to his professional affiliations, Mr. Nishimura believes in giving back to the community and has been involved with the Japanese American National Museum, Go For Broke National Education Center, Twin Counties Optimist Club (founding member), Bell Gardens Rotary Club, Southeast Youth Organization, Orange County Buddhist Church (Board of Directors), City of Cerritos Beautification Program, Little Tokyo Service Center (Board of Governors), a sponsor of the Little Tokyo Historical Society Sei Fujii Lantern Project, and the Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic (founding Board of Director).

 

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.

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.

Gilbert M. Nishimura was admitted to the California State Bar in December 1973 and has been admitted to the United States District Court, Central District, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He has also appeared pro hac vice in the states of Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, and Tennessee. Mr. Nishimura is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles and received his Juris Doctorate at Loyola University School of Law.

From 1973 to 1976, Mr. Nishimura was a member of the Law Firm of West & Girardi and its successor, the Law Firm of Girardi and Keese. While there he gained valuable experience in personal injury litigation, including medical malpractice and products liability.

Mr. Nishimura formed the law firm of Senzaki, Osajima & Nishimura in 1976 with offices in Los Angeles and Orange County. This was an all-service law firm for which Mr. Nishimura handled the business and personal injury litigation matters and defended the Los Angeles County Healthcare System in medical malpractice cases.

In 1989, Mr. Nishimura joined the firm of Roquemore, Pringle & Moore, Inc. With his litigation experience, he became the partner supervising the litigation, personal injury, and workers’ compensation departments.

In 2005, he helped form Seki, Nishimura & Watase and became its initial Managing Partner. Mr. Nishimura currently supervises the firm’s civil litigation practice, as well as its general practice, including general business, transactional matters, and estate planning.

His practice area has included representing various government entities, such as the County of Los Angeles and its Sheriff’s Department, Healthcare System, Coroner’s Office, District Attorney’s Office and Public Defender’s Office; City of Bellflower; City of Bell Gardens; City of West Covina; Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; Pacific Bell Telephone Company; AT&T Services, Inc., Southern California Edison Company and United States Bankruptcy Trustees. He has also appeared and successfully argued in front of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Mr. Nishimura is a former referee of the State Bar of California and Judge Pro Tem of the Los Angeles Municipal Court. He has been a member of the Judicial Review Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and on the Judicial Evaluations Committee and Board of Governors of the Japanese American Bar Association of Greater Los Angeles, of which he is a founding member. Moreover, Mr. Nishimura has been a panelist speaker for the Public Utilities Commission, the State Bar of California Annual Convention and the Judiciary College in Berkeley, California.

In addition to his professional affiliations, Mr. Nishimura believes in giving back to the community and has been involved with the Japanese American National Museum, Go For Broke National Education Center, Twin Counties Optimist Club (founding member), Bell Gardens Rotary Club, Southeast Youth Organization, Orange County Buddhist Church (Board of Directors), City of Cerritos Beautification Program, Little Tokyo Service Center (Board of Governors), a sponsor of the Little Tokyo Historical Society Sei Fujii Lantern Project, and the Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic (founding Board of Director).

 

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.

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.

Gilbert M. Nishimura was admitted to the California State Bar in December 1973 and has been admitted to the United States District Court, Central District, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He has also appeared pro hac vice in the states of Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, and Tennessee. Mr. Nishimura is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles and received his Juris Doctorate at Loyola University School of Law.

From 1973 to 1976, Mr. Nishimura was a member of the Law Firm of West & Girardi and its successor, the Law Firm of Girardi and Keese. While there he gained valuable experience in personal injury litigation, including medical malpractice and products liability.

Mr. Nishimura formed the law firm of Senzaki, Osajima & Nishimura in 1976 with offices in Los Angeles and Orange County. This was an all-service law firm for which Mr. Nishimura handled the business and personal injury litigation matters and defended the Los Angeles County Healthcare System in medical malpractice cases.

In 1989, Mr. Nishimura joined the firm of Roquemore, Pringle & Moore, Inc. With his litigation experience, he became the partner supervising the litigation, personal injury, and workers’ compensation departments.

In 2005, he helped form Seki, Nishimura & Watase and became its initial Managing Partner. Mr. Nishimura currently supervises the firm’s civil litigation practice, as well as its general practice, including general business, transactional matters, and estate planning.

His practice area has included representing various government entities, such as the County of Los Angeles and its Sheriff’s Department, Healthcare System, Coroner’s Office, District Attorney’s Office and Public Defender’s Office; City of Bellflower; City of Bell Gardens; City of West Covina; Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; Pacific Bell Telephone Company; AT&T Services, Inc., Southern California Edison Company and United States Bankruptcy Trustees. He has also appeared and successfully argued in front of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Mr. Nishimura is a former referee of the State Bar of California and Judge Pro Tem of the Los Angeles Municipal Court. He has been a member of the Judicial Review Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and on the Judicial Evaluations Committee and Board of Governors of the Japanese American Bar Association of Greater Los Angeles, of which he is a founding member. Moreover, Mr. Nishimura has been a panelist speaker for the Public Utilities Commission, the State Bar of California Annual Convention and the Judiciary College in Berkeley, California.

In addition to his professional affiliations, Mr. Nishimura believes in giving back to the community and has been involved with the Japanese American National Museum, Go For Broke National Education Center, Twin Counties Optimist Club (founding member), Bell Gardens Rotary Club, Southeast Youth Organization, Orange County Buddhist Church (Board of Directors), City of Cerritos Beautification Program, Little Tokyo Service Center (Board of Governors), a sponsor of the Little Tokyo Historical Society Sei Fujii Lantern Project, and the Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic (founding Board of Director).

 

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.

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.

Gilbert M. Nishimura was admitted to the California State Bar in December 1973 and has been admitted to the United States District Court, Central District, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He has also appeared pro hac vice in the states of Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, and Tennessee. Mr. Nishimura is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles and received his Juris Doctorate at Loyola University School of Law.

From 1973 to 1976, Mr. Nishimura was a member of the Law Firm of West & Girardi and its successor, the Law Firm of Girardi and Keese. While there he gained valuable experience in personal injury litigation, including medical malpractice and products liability.

Mr. Nishimura formed the law firm of Senzaki, Osajima & Nishimura in 1976 with offices in Los Angeles and Orange County. This was an all-service law firm for which Mr. Nishimura handled the business and personal injury litigation matters and defended the Los Angeles County Healthcare System in medical malpractice cases.

In 1989, Mr. Nishimura joined the firm of Roquemore, Pringle & Moore, Inc. With his litigation experience, he became the partner supervising the litigation, personal injury, and workers’ compensation departments.

In 2005, he helped form Seki, Nishimura & Watase and became its initial Managing Partner. Mr. Nishimura currently supervises the firm’s civil litigation practice, as well as its general practice, including general business, transactional matters, and estate planning.

His practice area has included representing various government entities, such as the County of Los Angeles and its Sheriff’s Department, Healthcare System, Coroner’s Office, District Attorney’s Office and Public Defender’s Office; City of Bellflower; City of Bell Gardens; City of West Covina; Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; Pacific Bell Telephone Company; AT&T Services, Inc., Southern California Edison Company and United States Bankruptcy Trustees. He has also appeared and successfully argued in front of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Mr. Nishimura is a former referee of the State Bar of California and Judge Pro Tem of the Los Angeles Municipal Court. He has been a member of the Judicial Review Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and on the Judicial Evaluations Committee and Board of Governors of the Japanese American Bar Association of Greater Los Angeles, of which he is a founding member. Moreover, Mr. Nishimura has been a panelist speaker for the Public Utilities Commission, the State Bar of California Annual Convention and the Judiciary College in Berkeley, California.

In addition to his professional affiliations, Mr. Nishimura believes in giving back to the community and has been involved with the Japanese American National Museum, Go For Broke National Education Center, Twin Counties Optimist Club (founding member), Bell Gardens Rotary Club, Southeast Youth Organization, Orange County Buddhist Church (Board of Directors), City of Cerritos Beautification Program, Little Tokyo Service Center (Board of Governors), a sponsor of the Little Tokyo Historical Society Sei Fujii Lantern Project, and the Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic (founding Board of Director).

 

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.

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.

Gilbert M. Nishimura was admitted to the California State Bar in December 1973 and has been admitted to the United States District Court, Central District, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He has also appeared pro hac vice in the states of Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, and Tennessee. Mr. Nishimura is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles and received his Juris Doctorate at Loyola University School of Law.

From 1973 to 1976, Mr. Nishimura was a member of the Law Firm of West & Girardi and its successor, the Law Firm of Girardi and Keese. While there he gained valuable experience in personal injury litigation, including medical malpractice and products liability.

Mr. Nishimura formed the law firm of Senzaki, Osajima & Nishimura in 1976 with offices in Los Angeles and Orange County. This was an all-service law firm for which Mr. Nishimura handled the business and personal injury litigation matters and defended the Los Angeles County Healthcare System in medical malpractice cases.

In 1989, Mr. Nishimura joined the firm of Roquemore, Pringle & Moore, Inc. With his litigation experience, he became the partner supervising the litigation, personal injury, and workers’ compensation departments.

In 2005, he helped form Seki, Nishimura & Watase and became its initial Managing Partner. Mr. Nishimura currently supervises the firm’s civil litigation practice, as well as its general practice, including general business, transactional matters, and estate planning.

His practice area has included representing various government entities, such as the County of Los Angeles and its Sheriff’s Department, Healthcare System, Coroner’s Office, District Attorney’s Office and Public Defender’s Office; City of Bellflower; City of Bell Gardens; City of West Covina; Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; Pacific Bell Telephone Company; AT&T Services, Inc., Southern California Edison Company and United States Bankruptcy Trustees. He has also appeared and successfully argued in front of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Mr. Nishimura is a former referee of the State Bar of California and Judge Pro Tem of the Los Angeles Municipal Court. He has been a member of the Judicial Review Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and on the Judicial Evaluations Committee and Board of Governors of the Japanese American Bar Association of Greater Los Angeles, of which he is a founding member. Moreover, Mr. Nishimura has been a panelist speaker for the Public Utilities Commission, the State Bar of California Annual Convention and the Judiciary College in Berkeley, California.

In addition to his professional affiliations, Mr. Nishimura believes in giving back to the community and has been involved with the Japanese American National Museum, Go For Broke National Education Center, Twin Counties Optimist Club (founding member), Bell Gardens Rotary Club, Southeast Youth Organization, Orange County Buddhist Church (Board of Directors), City of Cerritos Beautification Program, Little Tokyo Service Center (Board of Governors), a sponsor of the Little Tokyo Historical Society Sei Fujii Lantern Project, and the Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic (founding Board of Director).

 

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.

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.

Gilbert M. Nishimura was admitted to the California State Bar in December 1973 and has been admitted to the United States District Court, Central District, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He has also appeared pro hac vice in the states of Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, and Tennessee. Mr. Nishimura is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles and received his Juris Doctorate at Loyola University School of Law.

From 1973 to 1976, Mr. Nishimura was a member of the Law Firm of West & Girardi and its successor, the Law Firm of Girardi and Keese. While there he gained valuable experience in personal injury litigation, including medical malpractice and products liability.

Mr. Nishimura formed the law firm of Senzaki, Osajima & Nishimura in 1976 with offices in Los Angeles and Orange County. This was an all-service law firm for which Mr. Nishimura handled the business and personal injury litigation matters and defended the Los Angeles County Healthcare System in medical malpractice cases.

In 1989, Mr. Nishimura joined the firm of Roquemore, Pringle & Moore, Inc. With his litigation experience, he became the partner supervising the litigation, personal injury, and workers’ compensation departments.

In 2005, he helped form Seki, Nishimura & Watase and became its initial Managing Partner. Mr. Nishimura currently supervises the firm’s civil litigation practice, as well as its general practice, including general business, transactional matters, and estate planning.

His practice area has included representing various government entities, such as the County of Los Angeles and its Sheriff’s Department, Healthcare System, Coroner’s Office, District Attorney’s Office and Public Defender’s Office; City of Bellflower; City of Bell Gardens; City of West Covina; Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; Pacific Bell Telephone Company; AT&T Services, Inc., Southern California Edison Company and United States Bankruptcy Trustees. He has also appeared and successfully argued in front of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Mr. Nishimura is a former referee of the State Bar of California and Judge Pro Tem of the Los Angeles Municipal Court. He has been a member of the Judicial Review Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and on the Judicial Evaluations Committee and Board of Governors of the Japanese American Bar Association of Greater Los Angeles, of which he is a founding member. Moreover, Mr. Nishimura has been a panelist speaker for the Public Utilities Commission, the State Bar of California Annual Convention and the Judiciary College in Berkeley, California.

In addition to his professional affiliations, Mr. Nishimura believes in giving back to the community and has been involved with the Japanese American National Museum, Go For Broke National Education Center, Twin Counties Optimist Club (founding member), Bell Gardens Rotary Club, Southeast Youth Organization, Orange County Buddhist Church (Board of Directors), City of Cerritos Beautification Program, Little Tokyo Service Center (Board of Governors), a sponsor of the Little Tokyo Historical Society Sei Fujii Lantern Project, and the Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic (founding Board of Director).

 

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.

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.

Gilbert M. Nishimura was admitted to the California State Bar in December 1973 and has been admitted to the United States District Court, Central District, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He has also appeared pro hac vice in the states of Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, and Tennessee. Mr. Nishimura is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles and received his Juris Doctorate at Loyola University School of Law.

From 1973 to 1976, Mr. Nishimura was a member of the Law Firm of West & Girardi and its successor, the Law Firm of Girardi and Keese. While there he gained valuable experience in personal injury litigation, including medical malpractice and products liability.

Mr. Nishimura formed the law firm of Senzaki, Osajima & Nishimura in 1976 with offices in Los Angeles and Orange County. This was an all-service law firm for which Mr. Nishimura handled the business and personal injury litigation matters and defended the Los Angeles County Healthcare System in medical malpractice cases.

In 1989, Mr. Nishimura joined the firm of Roquemore, Pringle & Moore, Inc. With his litigation experience, he became the partner supervising the litigation, personal injury, and workers’ compensation departments.

In 2005, he helped form Seki, Nishimura & Watase and became its initial Managing Partner. Mr. Nishimura currently supervises the firm’s civil litigation practice, as well as its general practice, including general business, transactional matters, and estate planning.

His practice area has included representing various government entities, such as the County of Los Angeles and its Sheriff’s Department, Healthcare System, Coroner’s Office, District Attorney’s Office and Public Defender’s Office; City of Bellflower; City of Bell Gardens; City of West Covina; Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; Pacific Bell Telephone Company; AT&T Services, Inc., Southern California Edison Company and United States Bankruptcy Trustees. He has also appeared and successfully argued in front of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Mr. Nishimura is a former referee of the State Bar of California and Judge Pro Tem of the Los Angeles Municipal Court. He has been a member of the Judicial Review Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and on the Judicial Evaluations Committee and Board of Governors of the Japanese American Bar Association of Greater Los Angeles, of which he is a founding member. Moreover, Mr. Nishimura has been a panelist speaker for the Public Utilities Commission, the State Bar of California Annual Convention and the Judiciary College in Berkeley, California.

In addition to his professional affiliations, Mr. Nishimura believes in giving back to the community and has been involved with the Japanese American National Museum, Go For Broke National Education Center, Twin Counties Optimist Club (founding member), Bell Gardens Rotary Club, Southeast Youth Organization, Orange County Buddhist Church (Board of Directors), City of Cerritos Beautification Program, Little Tokyo Service Center (Board of Governors), a sponsor of the Little Tokyo Historical Society Sei Fujii Lantern Project, and the Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic (founding Board of Director).

 

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.

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.

Gilbert M. Nishimura was admitted to the California State Bar in December 1973 and has been admitted to the United States District Court, Central District, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He has also appeared pro hac vice in the states of Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, and Tennessee. Mr. Nishimura is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles and received his Juris Doctorate at Loyola University School of Law.

From 1973 to 1976, Mr. Nishimura was a member of the Law Firm of West & Girardi and its successor, the Law Firm of Girardi and Keese. While there he gained valuable experience in personal injury litigation, including medical malpractice and products liability.

Mr. Nishimura formed the law firm of Senzaki, Osajima & Nishimura in 1976 with offices in Los Angeles and Orange County. This was an all-service law firm for which Mr. Nishimura handled the business and personal injury litigation matters and defended the Los Angeles County Healthcare System in medical malpractice cases.

In 1989, Mr. Nishimura joined the firm of Roquemore, Pringle & Moore, Inc. With his litigation experience, he became the partner supervising the litigation, personal injury, and workers’ compensation departments.

In 2005, he helped form Seki, Nishimura & Watase and became its initial Managing Partner. Mr. Nishimura currently supervises the firm’s civil litigation practice, as well as its general practice, including general business, transactional matters, and estate planning.

His practice area has included representing various government entities, such as the County of Los Angeles and its Sheriff’s Department, Healthcare System, Coroner’s Office, District Attorney’s Office and Public Defender’s Office; City of Bellflower; City of Bell Gardens; City of West Covina; Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; Pacific Bell Telephone Company; AT&T Services, Inc., Southern California Edison Company and United States Bankruptcy Trustees. He has also appeared and successfully argued in front of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Mr. Nishimura is a former referee of the State Bar of California and Judge Pro Tem of the Los Angeles Municipal Court. He has been a member of the Judicial Review Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and on the Judicial Evaluations Committee and Board of Governors of the Japanese American Bar Association of Greater Los Angeles, of which he is a founding member. Moreover, Mr. Nishimura has been a panelist speaker for the Public Utilities Commission, the State Bar of California Annual Convention and the Judiciary College in Berkeley, California.

In addition to his professional affiliations, Mr. Nishimura believes in giving back to the community and has been involved with the Japanese American National Museum, Go For Broke National Education Center, Twin Counties Optimist Club (founding member), Bell Gardens Rotary Club, Southeast Youth Organization, Orange County Buddhist Church (Board of Directors), City of Cerritos Beautification Program, Little Tokyo Service Center (Board of Governors), a sponsor of the Little Tokyo Historical Society Sei Fujii Lantern Project, and the Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic (founding Board of Director).

 

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.

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.

Gilbert M. Nishimura was admitted to the California State Bar in December 1973 and has been admitted to the United States District Court, Central District, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He has also appeared pro hac vice in the states of Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, and Tennessee. Mr. Nishimura is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles and received his Juris Doctorate at Loyola University School of Law.

From 1973 to 1976, Mr. Nishimura was a member of the Law Firm of West & Girardi and its successor, the Law Firm of Girardi and Keese. While there he gained valuable experience in personal injury litigation, including medical malpractice and products liability.

Mr. Nishimura formed the law firm of Senzaki, Osajima & Nishimura in 1976 with offices in Los Angeles and Orange County. This was an all-service law firm for which Mr. Nishimura handled the business and personal injury litigation matters and defended the Los Angeles County Healthcare System in medical malpractice cases.

In 1989, Mr. Nishimura joined the firm of Roquemore, Pringle & Moore, Inc. With his litigation experience, he became the partner supervising the litigation, personal injury, and workers’ compensation departments.

In 2005, he helped form Seki, Nishimura & Watase and became its initial Managing Partner. Mr. Nishimura currently supervises the firm’s civil litigation practice, as well as its general practice, including general business, transactional matters, and estate planning.

His practice area has included representing various government entities, such as the County of Los Angeles and its Sheriff’s Department, Healthcare System, Coroner’s Office, District Attorney’s Office and Public Defender’s Office; City of Bellflower; City of Bell Gardens; City of West Covina; Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; Pacific Bell Telephone Company; AT&T Services, Inc., Southern California Edison Company and United States Bankruptcy Trustees. He has also appeared and successfully argued in front of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Mr. Nishimura is a former referee of the State Bar of California and Judge Pro Tem of the Los Angeles Municipal Court. He has been a member of the Judicial Review Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and on the Judicial Evaluations Committee and Board of Governors of the Japanese American Bar Association of Greater Los Angeles, of which he is a founding member. Moreover, Mr. Nishimura has been a panelist speaker for the Public Utilities Commission, the State Bar of California Annual Convention and the Judiciary College in Berkeley, California.

In addition to his professional affiliations, Mr. Nishimura believes in giving back to the community and has been involved with the Japanese American National Museum, Go For Broke National Education Center, Twin Counties Optimist Club (founding member), Bell Gardens Rotary Club, Southeast Youth Organization, Orange County Buddhist Church (Board of Directors), City of Cerritos Beautification Program, Little Tokyo Service Center (Board of Governors), a sponsor of the Little Tokyo Historical Society Sei Fujii Lantern Project, and the Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic (founding Board of Director).

 

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.

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.

Gilbert M. Nishimura was admitted to the California State Bar in December 1973 and has been admitted to the United States District Court, Central District, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He has also appeared pro hac vice in the states of Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, and Tennessee. Mr. Nishimura is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles and received his Juris Doctorate at Loyola University School of Law.

From 1973 to 1976, Mr. Nishimura was a member of the Law Firm of West & Girardi and its successor, the Law Firm of Girardi and Keese. While there he gained valuable experience in personal injury litigation, including medical malpractice and products liability.

Mr. Nishimura formed the law firm of Senzaki, Osajima & Nishimura in 1976 with offices in Los Angeles and Orange County. This was an all-service law firm for which Mr. Nishimura handled the business and personal injury litigation matters and defended the Los Angeles County Healthcare System in medical malpractice cases.

In 1989, Mr. Nishimura joined the firm of Roquemore, Pringle & Moore, Inc. With his litigation experience, he became the partner supervising the litigation, personal injury, and workers’ compensation departments.

In 2005, he helped form Seki, Nishimura & Watase and became its initial Managing Partner. Mr. Nishimura currently supervises the firm’s civil litigation practice, as well as its general practice, including general business, transactional matters, and estate planning.

His practice area has included representing various government entities, such as the County of Los Angeles and its Sheriff’s Department, Healthcare System, Coroner’s Office, District Attorney’s Office and Public Defender’s Office; City of Bellflower; City of Bell Gardens; City of West Covina; Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; Pacific Bell Telephone Company; AT&T Services, Inc., Southern California Edison Company and United States Bankruptcy Trustees. He has also appeared and successfully argued in front of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Mr. Nishimura is a former referee of the State Bar of California and Judge Pro Tem of the Los Angeles Municipal Court. He has been a member of the Judicial Review Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and on the Judicial Evaluations Committee and Board of Governors of the Japanese American Bar Association of Greater Los Angeles, of which he is a founding member. Moreover, Mr. Nishimura has been a panelist speaker for the Public Utilities Commission, the State Bar of California Annual Convention and the Judiciary College in Berkeley, California.

In addition to his professional affiliations, Mr. Nishimura believes in giving back to the community and has been involved with the Japanese American National Museum, Go For Broke National Education Center, Twin Counties Optimist Club (founding member), Bell Gardens Rotary Club, Southeast Youth Organization, Orange County Buddhist Church (Board of Directors), City of Cerritos Beautification Program, Little Tokyo Service Center (Board of Governors), a sponsor of the Little Tokyo Historical Society Sei Fujii Lantern Project, and the Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic (founding Board of Director).

 

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.

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.

Gilbert M. Nishimura was admitted to the California State Bar in December 1973 and has been admitted to the United States District Court, Central District, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He has also appeared pro hac vice in the states of Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, and Tennessee. Mr. Nishimura is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles and received his Juris Doctorate at Loyola University School of Law.

From 1973 to 1976, Mr. Nishimura was a member of the Law Firm of West & Girardi and its successor, the Law Firm of Girardi and Keese. While there he gained valuable experience in personal injury litigation, including medical malpractice and products liability.

Mr. Nishimura formed the law firm of Senzaki, Osajima & Nishimura in 1976 with offices in Los Angeles and Orange County. This was an all-service law firm for which Mr. Nishimura handled the business and personal injury litigation matters and defended the Los Angeles County Healthcare System in medical malpractice cases.

In 1989, Mr. Nishimura joined the firm of Roquemore, Pringle & Moore, Inc. With his litigation experience, he became the partner supervising the litigation, personal injury, and workers’ compensation departments.

In 2005, he helped form Seki, Nishimura & Watase and became its initial Managing Partner. Mr. Nishimura currently supervises the firm’s civil litigation practice, as well as its general practice, including general business, transactional matters, and estate planning.

His practice area has included representing various government entities, such as the County of Los Angeles and its Sheriff’s Department, Healthcare System, Coroner’s Office, District Attorney’s Office and Public Defender’s Office; City of Bellflower; City of Bell Gardens; City of West Covina; Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; Pacific Bell Telephone Company; AT&T Services, Inc., Southern California Edison Company and United States Bankruptcy Trustees. He has also appeared and successfully argued in front of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Mr. Nishimura is a former referee of the State Bar of California and Judge Pro Tem of the Los Angeles Municipal Court. He has been a member of the Judicial Review Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and on the Judicial Evaluations Committee and Board of Governors of the Japanese American Bar Association of Greater Los Angeles, of which he is a founding member. Moreover, Mr. Nishimura has been a panelist speaker for the Public Utilities Commission, the State Bar of California Annual Convention and the Judiciary College in Berkeley, California.

In addition to his professional affiliations, Mr. Nishimura believes in giving back to the community and has been involved with the Japanese American National Museum, Go For Broke National Education Center, Twin Counties Optimist Club (founding member), Bell Gardens Rotary Club, Southeast Youth Organization, Orange County Buddhist Church (Board of Directors), City of Cerritos Beautification Program, Little Tokyo Service Center (Board of Governors), a sponsor of the Little Tokyo Historical Society Sei Fujii Lantern Project, and the Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic (founding Board of Director).

 

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.

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.

Gilbert M. Nishimura was admitted to the California State Bar in December 1973 and has been admitted to the United States District Court, Central District, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He has also appeared pro hac vice in the states of Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, and Tennessee. Mr. Nishimura is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles and received his Juris Doctorate at Loyola University School of Law.

From 1973 to 1976, Mr. Nishimura was a member of the Law Firm of West & Girardi and its successor, the Law Firm of Girardi and Keese. While there he gained valuable experience in personal injury litigation, including medical malpractice and products liability.

Mr. Nishimura formed the law firm of Senzaki, Osajima & Nishimura in 1976 with offices in Los Angeles and Orange County. This was an all-service law firm for which Mr. Nishimura handled the business and personal injury litigation matters and defended the Los Angeles County Healthcare System in medical malpractice cases.

In 1989, Mr. Nishimura joined the firm of Roquemore, Pringle & Moore, Inc. With his litigation experience, he became the partner supervising the litigation, personal injury, and workers’ compensation departments.

In 2005, he helped form Seki, Nishimura & Watase and became its initial Managing Partner. Mr. Nishimura currently supervises the firm’s civil litigation practice, as well as its general practice, including general business, transactional matters, and estate planning.

His practice area has included representing various government entities, such as the County of Los Angeles and its Sheriff’s Department, Healthcare System, Coroner’s Office, District Attorney’s Office and Public Defender’s Office; City of Bellflower; City of Bell Gardens; City of West Covina; Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; Pacific Bell Telephone Company; AT&T Services, Inc., Southern California Edison Company and United States Bankruptcy Trustees. He has also appeared and successfully argued in front of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Mr. Nishimura is a former referee of the State Bar of California and Judge Pro Tem of the Los Angeles Municipal Court. He has been a member of the Judicial Review Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and on the Judicial Evaluations Committee and Board of Governors of the Japanese American Bar Association of Greater Los Angeles, of which he is a founding member. Moreover, Mr. Nishimura has been a panelist speaker for the Public Utilities Commission, the State Bar of California Annual Convention and the Judiciary College in Berkeley, California.

In addition to his professional affiliations, Mr. Nishimura believes in giving back to the community and has been involved with the Japanese American National Museum, Go For Broke National Education Center, Twin Counties Optimist Club (founding member), Bell Gardens Rotary Club, Southeast Youth Organization, Orange County Buddhist Church (Board of Directors), City of Cerritos Beautification Program, Little Tokyo Service Center (Board of Governors), a sponsor of the Little Tokyo Historical Society Sei Fujii Lantern Project, and the Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic (founding Board of Director).

 

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.

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.

Gilbert M. Nishimura was admitted to the California State Bar in December 1973 and has been admitted to the United States District Court, Central District, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He has also appeared pro hac vice in the states of Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, and Tennessee. Mr. Nishimura is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles and received his Juris Doctorate at Loyola University School of Law.

From 1973 to 1976, Mr. Nishimura was a member of the Law Firm of West & Girardi and its successor, the Law Firm of Girardi and Keese. While there he gained valuable experience in personal injury litigation, including medical malpractice and products liability.

Mr. Nishimura formed the law firm of Senzaki, Osajima & Nishimura in 1976 with offices in Los Angeles and Orange County. This was an all-service law firm for which Mr. Nishimura handled the business and personal injury litigation matters and defended the Los Angeles County Healthcare System in medical malpractice cases.

In 1989, Mr. Nishimura joined the firm of Roquemore, Pringle & Moore, Inc. With his litigation experience, he became the partner supervising the litigation, personal injury, and workers’ compensation departments.

In 2005, he helped form Seki, Nishimura & Watase and became its initial Managing Partner. Mr. Nishimura currently supervises the firm’s civil litigation practice, as well as its general practice, including general business, transactional matters, and estate planning.

His practice area has included representing various government entities, such as the County of Los Angeles and its Sheriff’s Department, Healthcare System, Coroner’s Office, District Attorney’s Office and Public Defender’s Office; City of Bellflower; City of Bell Gardens; City of West Covina; Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; Pacific Bell Telephone Company; AT&T Services, Inc., Southern California Edison Company and United States Bankruptcy Trustees. He has also appeared and successfully argued in front of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Mr. Nishimura is a former referee of the State Bar of California and Judge Pro Tem of the Los Angeles Municipal Court. He has been a member of the Judicial Review Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and on the Judicial Evaluations Committee and Board of Governors of the Japanese American Bar Association of Greater Los Angeles, of which he is a founding member. Moreover, Mr. Nishimura has been a panelist speaker for the Public Utilities Commission, the State Bar of California Annual Convention and the Judiciary College in Berkeley, California.

In addition to his professional affiliations, Mr. Nishimura believes in giving back to the community and has been involved with the Japanese American National Museum, Go For Broke National Education Center, Twin Counties Optimist Club (founding member), Bell Gardens Rotary Club, Southeast Youth Organization, Orange County Buddhist Church (Board of Directors), City of Cerritos Beautification Program, Little Tokyo Service Center (Board of Governors), a sponsor of the Little Tokyo Historical Society Sei Fujii Lantern Project, and the Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic (founding Board of Director).

 

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.

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.

Gilbert M. Nishimura was admitted to the California State Bar in December 1973 and has been admitted to the United States District Court, Central District, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He has also appeared pro hac vice in the states of Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, and Tennessee. Mr. Nishimura is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles and received his Juris Doctorate at Loyola University School of Law.

From 1973 to 1976, Mr. Nishimura was a member of the Law Firm of West & Girardi and its successor, the Law Firm of Girardi and Keese. While there he gained valuable experience in personal injury litigation, including medical malpractice and products liability.

Mr. Nishimura formed the law firm of Senzaki, Osajima & Nishimura in 1976 with offices in Los Angeles and Orange County. This was an all-service law firm for which Mr. Nishimura handled the business and personal injury litigation matters and defended the Los Angeles County Healthcare System in medical malpractice cases.

In 1989, Mr. Nishimura joined the firm of Roquemore, Pringle & Moore, Inc. With his litigation experience, he became the partner supervising the litigation, personal injury, and workers’ compensation departments.

In 2005, he helped form Seki, Nishimura & Watase and became its initial Managing Partner. Mr. Nishimura currently supervises the firm’s civil litigation practice, as well as its general practice, including general business, transactional matters, and estate planning.

His practice area has included representing various government entities, such as the County of Los Angeles and its Sheriff’s Department, Healthcare System, Coroner’s Office, District Attorney’s Office and Public Defender’s Office; City of Bellflower; City of Bell Gardens; City of West Covina; Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; Pacific Bell Telephone Company; AT&T Services, Inc., Southern California Edison Company and United States Bankruptcy Trustees. He has also appeared and successfully argued in front of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Mr. Nishimura is a former referee of the State Bar of California and Judge Pro Tem of the Los Angeles Municipal Court. He has been a member of the Judicial Review Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and on the Judicial Evaluations Committee and Board of Governors of the Japanese American Bar Association of Greater Los Angeles, of which he is a founding member. Moreover, Mr. Nishimura has been a panelist speaker for the Public Utilities Commission, the State Bar of California Annual Convention and the Judiciary College in Berkeley, California.

In addition to his professional affiliations, Mr. Nishimura believes in giving back to the community and has been involved with the Japanese American National Museum, Go For Broke National Education Center, Twin Counties Optimist Club (founding member), Bell Gardens Rotary Club, Southeast Youth Organization, Orange County Buddhist Church (Board of Directors), City of Cerritos Beautification Program, Little Tokyo Service Center (Board of Governors), a sponsor of the Little Tokyo Historical Society Sei Fujii Lantern Project, and the Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic (founding Board of Director).

 

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.

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.

Gilbert M. Nishimura was admitted to the California State Bar in December 1973 and has been admitted to the United States District Court, Central District, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He has also appeared pro hac vice in the states of Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, and Tennessee. Mr. Nishimura is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles and received his Juris Doctorate at Loyola University School of Law.

From 1973 to 1976, Mr. Nishimura was a member of the Law Firm of West & Girardi and its successor, the Law Firm of Girardi and Keese. While there he gained valuable experience in personal injury litigation, including medical malpractice and products liability.

Mr. Nishimura formed the law firm of Senzaki, Osajima & Nishimura in 1976 with offices in Los Angeles and Orange County. This was an all-service law firm for which Mr. Nishimura handled the business and personal injury litigation matters and defended the Los Angeles County Healthcare System in medical malpractice cases.

In 1989, Mr. Nishimura joined the firm of Roquemore, Pringle & Moore, Inc. With his litigation experience, he became the partner supervising the litigation, personal injury, and workers’ compensation departments.

In 2005, he helped form Seki, Nishimura & Watase and became its initial Managing Partner. Mr. Nishimura currently supervises the firm’s civil litigation practice, as well as its general practice, including general business, transactional matters, and estate planning.

His practice area has included representing various government entities, such as the County of Los Angeles and its Sheriff’s Department, Healthcare System, Coroner’s Office, District Attorney’s Office and Public Defender’s Office; City of Bellflower; City of Bell Gardens; City of West Covina; Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; Pacific Bell Telephone Company; AT&T Services, Inc., Southern California Edison Company and United States Bankruptcy Trustees. He has also appeared and successfully argued in front of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Mr. Nishimura is a former referee of the State Bar of California and Judge Pro Tem of the Los Angeles Municipal Court. He has been a member of the Judicial Review Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and on the Judicial Evaluations Committee and Board of Governors of the Japanese American Bar Association of Greater Los Angeles, of which he is a founding member. Moreover, Mr. Nishimura has been a panelist speaker for the Public Utilities Commission, the State Bar of California Annual Convention and the Judiciary College in Berkeley, California.

In addition to his professional affiliations, Mr. Nishimura believes in giving back to the community and has been involved with the Japanese American National Museum, Go For Broke National Education Center, Twin Counties Optimist Club (founding member), Bell Gardens Rotary Club, Southeast Youth Organization, Orange County Buddhist Church (Board of Directors), City of Cerritos Beautification Program, Little Tokyo Service Center (Board of Governors), a sponsor of the Little Tokyo Historical Society Sei Fujii Lantern Project, and the Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic (founding Board of Director).

 

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.

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.

Gilbert M. Nishimura was admitted to the California State Bar in December 1973 and has been admitted to the United States District Court, Central District, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He has also appeared pro hac vice in the states of Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, and Tennessee. Mr. Nishimura is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles and received his Juris Doctorate at Loyola University School of Law.

From 1973 to 1976, Mr. Nishimura was a member of the Law Firm of West & Girardi and its successor, the Law Firm of Girardi and Keese. While there he gained valuable experience in personal injury litigation, including medical malpractice and products liability.

Mr. Nishimura formed the law firm of Senzaki, Osajima & Nishimura in 1976 with offices in Los Angeles and Orange County. This was an all-service law firm for which Mr. Nishimura handled the business and personal injury litigation matters and defended the Los Angeles County Healthcare System in medical malpractice cases.

In 1989, Mr. Nishimura joined the firm of Roquemore, Pringle & Moore, Inc. With his litigation experience, he became the partner supervising the litigation, personal injury, and workers’ compensation departments.

In 2005, he helped form Seki, Nishimura & Watase and became its initial Managing Partner. Mr. Nishimura currently supervises the firm’s civil litigation practice, as well as its general practice, including general business, transactional matters, and estate planning.

His practice area has included representing various government entities, such as the County of Los Angeles and its Sheriff’s Department, Healthcare System, Coroner’s Office, District Attorney’s Office and Public Defender’s Office; City of Bellflower; City of Bell Gardens; City of West Covina; Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; Pacific Bell Telephone Company; AT&T Services, Inc., Southern California Edison Company and United States Bankruptcy Trustees. He has also appeared and successfully argued in front of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Mr. Nishimura is a former referee of the State Bar of California and Judge Pro Tem of the Los Angeles Municipal Court. He has been a member of the Judicial Review Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and on the Judicial Evaluations Committee and Board of Governors of the Japanese American Bar Association of Greater Los Angeles, of which he is a founding member. Moreover, Mr. Nishimura has been a panelist speaker for the Public Utilities Commission, the State Bar of California Annual Convention and the Judiciary College in Berkeley, California.

In addition to his professional affiliations, Mr. Nishimura believes in giving back to the community and has been involved with the Japanese American National Museum, Go For Broke National Education Center, Twin Counties Optimist Club (founding member), Bell Gardens Rotary Club, Southeast Youth Organization, Orange County Buddhist Church (Board of Directors), City of Cerritos Beautification Program, Little Tokyo Service Center (Board of Governors), a sponsor of the Little Tokyo Historical Society Sei Fujii Lantern Project, and the Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic (founding Board of Director).

 

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.

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.

Gilbert M. Nishimura was admitted to the California State Bar in December 1973 and has been admitted to the United States District Court, Central District, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He has also appeared pro hac vice in the states of Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, and Tennessee. Mr. Nishimura is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles and received his Juris Doctorate at Loyola University School of Law.

From 1973 to 1976, Mr. Nishimura was a member of the Law Firm of West & Girardi and its successor, the Law Firm of Girardi and Keese. While there he gained valuable experience in personal injury litigation, including medical malpractice and products liability.

Mr. Nishimura formed the law firm of Senzaki, Osajima & Nishimura in 1976 with offices in Los Angeles and Orange County. This was an all-service law firm for which Mr. Nishimura handled the business and personal injury litigation matters and defended the Los Angeles County Healthcare System in medical malpractice cases.

In 1989, Mr. Nishimura joined the firm of Roquemore, Pringle & Moore, Inc. With his litigation experience, he became the partner supervising the litigation, personal injury, and workers’ compensation departments.

In 2005, he helped form Seki, Nishimura & Watase and became its initial Managing Partner. Mr. Nishimura currently supervises the firm’s civil litigation practice, as well as its general practice, including general business, transactional matters, and estate planning.

His practice area has included representing various government entities, such as the County of Los Angeles and its Sheriff’s Department, Healthcare System, Coroner’s Office, District Attorney’s Office and Public Defender’s Office; City of Bellflower; City of Bell Gardens; City of West Covina; Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; Pacific Bell Telephone Company; AT&T Services, Inc., Southern California Edison Company and United States Bankruptcy Trustees. He has also appeared and successfully argued in front of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Mr. Nishimura is a former referee of the State Bar of California and Judge Pro Tem of the Los Angeles Municipal Court. He has been a member of the Judicial Review Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and on the Judicial Evaluations Committee and Board of Governors of the Japanese American Bar Association of Greater Los Angeles, of which he is a founding member. Moreover, Mr. Nishimura has been a panelist speaker for the Public Utilities Commission, the State Bar of California Annual Convention and the Judiciary College in Berkeley, California.

In addition to his professional affiliations, Mr. Nishimura believes in giving back to the community and has been involved with the Japanese American National Museum, Go For Broke National Education Center, Twin Counties Optimist Club (founding member), Bell Gardens Rotary Club, Southeast Youth Organization, Orange County Buddhist Church (Board of Directors), City of Cerritos Beautification Program, Little Tokyo Service Center (Board of Governors), a sponsor of the Little Tokyo Historical Society Sei Fujii Lantern Project, and the Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic (founding Board of Director).

 

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.

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.

Gilbert M. Nishimura was admitted to the California State Bar in December 1973 and has been admitted to the United States District Court, Central District, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He has also appeared pro hac vice in the states of Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, and Tennessee. Mr. Nishimura is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles and received his Juris Doctorate at Loyola University School of Law.

From 1973 to 1976, Mr. Nishimura was a member of the Law Firm of West & Girardi and its successor, the Law Firm of Girardi and Keese. While there he gained valuable experience in personal injury litigation, including medical malpractice and products liability.

Mr. Nishimura formed the law firm of Senzaki, Osajima & Nishimura in 1976 with offices in Los Angeles and Orange County. This was an all-service law firm for which Mr. Nishimura handled the business and personal injury litigation matters and defended the Los Angeles County Healthcare System in medical malpractice cases.

In 1989, Mr. Nishimura joined the firm of Roquemore, Pringle & Moore, Inc. With his litigation experience, he became the partner supervising the litigation, personal injury, and workers’ compensation departments.

In 2005, he helped form Seki, Nishimura & Watase and became its initial Managing Partner. Mr. Nishimura currently supervises the firm’s civil litigation practice, as well as its general practice, including general business, transactional matters, and estate planning.

His practice area has included representing various government entities, such as the County of Los Angeles and its Sheriff’s Department, Healthcare System, Coroner’s Office, District Attorney’s Office and Public Defender’s Office; City of Bellflower; City of Bell Gardens; City of West Covina; Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; Pacific Bell Telephone Company; AT&T Services, Inc., Southern California Edison Company and United States Bankruptcy Trustees. He has also appeared and successfully argued in front of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Mr. Nishimura is a former referee of the State Bar of California and Judge Pro Tem of the Los Angeles Municipal Court. He has been a member of the Judicial Review Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and on the Judicial Evaluations Committee and Board of Governors of the Japanese American Bar Association of Greater Los Angeles, of which he is a founding member. Moreover, Mr. Nishimura has been a panelist speaker for the Public Utilities Commission, the State Bar of California Annual Convention and the Judiciary College in Berkeley, California.

In addition to his professional affiliations, Mr. Nishimura believes in giving back to the community and has been involved with the Japanese American National Museum, Go For Broke National Education Center, Twin Counties Optimist Club (founding member), Bell Gardens Rotary Club, Southeast Youth Organization, Orange County Buddhist Church (Board of Directors), City of Cerritos Beautification Program, Little Tokyo Service Center (Board of Governors), a sponsor of the Little Tokyo Historical Society Sei Fujii Lantern Project, and the Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic (founding Board of Director).

 

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.

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.

Gilbert M. Nishimura was admitted to the California State Bar in December 1973 and has been admitted to the United States District Court, Central District, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He has also appeared pro hac vice in the states of Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, and Tennessee. Mr. Nishimura is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles and received his Juris Doctorate at Loyola University School of Law.

From 1973 to 1976, Mr. Nishimura was a member of the Law Firm of West & Girardi and its successor, the Law Firm of Girardi and Keese. While there he gained valuable experience in personal injury litigation, including medical malpractice and products liability.

Mr. Nishimura formed the law firm of Senzaki, Osajima & Nishimura in 1976 with offices in Los Angeles and Orange County. This was an all-service law firm for which Mr. Nishimura handled the business and personal injury litigation matters and defended the Los Angeles County Healthcare System in medical malpractice cases.

In 1989, Mr. Nishimura joined the firm of Roquemore, Pringle & Moore, Inc. With his litigation experience, he became the partner supervising the litigation, personal injury, and workers’ compensation departments.

In 2005, he helped form Seki, Nishimura & Watase and became its initial Managing Partner. Mr. Nishimura currently supervises the firm’s civil litigation practice, as well as its general practice, including general business, transactional matters, and estate planning.

His practice area has included representing various government entities, such as the County of Los Angeles and its Sheriff’s Department, Healthcare System, Coroner’s Office, District Attorney’s Office and Public Defender’s Office; City of Bellflower; City of Bell Gardens; City of West Covina; Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; Pacific Bell Telephone Company; AT&T Services, Inc., Southern California Edison Company and United States Bankruptcy Trustees. He has also appeared and successfully argued in front of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Mr. Nishimura is a former referee of the State Bar of California and Judge Pro Tem of the Los Angeles Municipal Court. He has been a member of the Judicial Review Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and on the Judicial Evaluations Committee and Board of Governors of the Japanese American Bar Association of Greater Los Angeles, of which he is a founding member. Moreover, Mr. Nishimura has been a panelist speaker for the Public Utilities Commission, the State Bar of California Annual Convention and the Judiciary College in Berkeley, California.

In addition to his professional affiliations, Mr. Nishimura believes in giving back to the community and has been involved with the Japanese American National Museum, Go For Broke National Education Center, Twin Counties Optimist Club (founding member), Bell Gardens Rotary Club, Southeast Youth Organization, Orange County Buddhist Church (Board of Directors), City of Cerritos Beautification Program, Little Tokyo Service Center (Board of Governors), a sponsor of the Little Tokyo Historical Society Sei Fujii Lantern Project, and the Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic (founding Board of Director).

 

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.

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.

Gilbert M. Nishimura was admitted to the California State Bar in December 1973 and has been admitted to the United States District Court, Central District, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He has also appeared pro hac vice in the states of Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, and Tennessee. Mr. Nishimura is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles and received his Juris Doctorate at Loyola University School of Law.

From 1973 to 1976, Mr. Nishimura was a member of the Law Firm of West & Girardi and its successor, the Law Firm of Girardi and Keese. While there he gained valuable experience in personal injury litigation, including medical malpractice and products liability.

Mr. Nishimura formed the law firm of Senzaki, Osajima & Nishimura in 1976 with offices in Los Angeles and Orange County. This was an all-service law firm for which Mr. Nishimura handled the business and personal injury litigation matters and defended the Los Angeles County Healthcare System in medical malpractice cases.

In 1989, Mr. Nishimura joined the firm of Roquemore, Pringle & Moore, Inc. With his litigation experience, he became the partner supervising the litigation, personal injury, and workers’ compensation departments.

In 2005, he helped form Seki, Nishimura & Watase and became its initial Managing Partner. Mr. Nishimura currently supervises the firm’s civil litigation practice, as well as its general practice, including general business, transactional matters, and estate planning.

His practice area has included representing various government entities, such as the County of Los Angeles and its Sheriff’s Department, Healthcare System, Coroner’s Office, District Attorney’s Office and Public Defender’s Office; City of Bellflower; City of Bell Gardens; City of West Covina; Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; Pacific Bell Telephone Company; AT&T Services, Inc., Southern California Edison Company and United States Bankruptcy Trustees. He has also appeared and successfully argued in front of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Mr. Nishimura is a former referee of the State Bar of California and Judge Pro Tem of the Los Angeles Municipal Court. He has been a member of the Judicial Review Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and on the Judicial Evaluations Committee and Board of Governors of the Japanese American Bar Association of Greater Los Angeles, of which he is a founding member. Moreover, Mr. Nishimura has been a panelist speaker for the Public Utilities Commission, the State Bar of California Annual Convention and the Judiciary College in Berkeley, California.

In addition to his professional affiliations, Mr. Nishimura believes in giving back to the community and has been involved with the Japanese American National Museum, Go For Broke National Education Center, Twin Counties Optimist Club (founding member), Bell Gardens Rotary Club, Southeast Youth Organization, Orange County Buddhist Church (Board of Directors), City of Cerritos Beautification Program, Little Tokyo Service Center (Board of Governors), a sponsor of the Little Tokyo Historical Society Sei Fujii Lantern Project, and the Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic (founding Board of Director).

 

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.

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.

Gilbert M. Nishimura was admitted to the California State Bar in December 1973 and has been admitted to the United States District Court, Central District, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He has also appeared pro hac vice in the states of Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, and Tennessee. Mr. Nishimura is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles and received his Juris Doctorate at Loyola University School of Law.

From 1973 to 1976, Mr. Nishimura was a member of the Law Firm of West & Girardi and its successor, the Law Firm of Girardi and Keese. While there he gained valuable experience in personal injury litigation, including medical malpractice and products liability.

Mr. Nishimura formed the law firm of Senzaki, Osajima & Nishimura in 1976 with offices in Los Angeles and Orange County. This was an all-service law firm for which Mr. Nishimura handled the business and personal injury litigation matters and defended the Los Angeles County Healthcare System in medical malpractice cases.

In 1989, Mr. Nishimura joined the firm of Roquemore, Pringle & Moore, Inc. With his litigation experience, he became the partner supervising the litigation, personal injury, and workers’ compensation departments.

In 2005, he helped form Seki, Nishimura & Watase and became its initial Managing Partner. Mr. Nishimura currently supervises the firm’s civil litigation practice, as well as its general practice, including general business, transactional matters, and estate planning.

His practice area has included representing various government entities, such as the County of Los Angeles and its Sheriff’s Department, Healthcare System, Coroner’s Office, District Attorney’s Office and Public Defender’s Office; City of Bellflower; City of Bell Gardens; City of West Covina; Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; Pacific Bell Telephone Company; AT&T Services, Inc., Southern California Edison Company and United States Bankruptcy Trustees. He has also appeared and successfully argued in front of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Mr. Nishimura is a former referee of the State Bar of California and Judge Pro Tem of the Los Angeles Municipal Court. He has been a member of the Judicial Review Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and on the Judicial Evaluations Committee and Board of Governors of the Japanese American Bar Association of Greater Los Angeles, of which he is a founding member. Moreover, Mr. Nishimura has been a panelist speaker for the Public Utilities Commission, the State Bar of California Annual Convention and the Judiciary College in Berkeley, California.

In addition to his professional affiliations, Mr. Nishimura believes in giving back to the community and has been involved with the Japanese American National Museum, Go For Broke National Education Center, Twin Counties Optimist Club (founding member), Bell Gardens Rotary Club, Southeast Youth Organization, Orange County Buddhist Church (Board of Directors), City of Cerritos Beautification Program, Little Tokyo Service Center (Board of Governors), a sponsor of the Little Tokyo Historical Society Sei Fujii Lantern Project, and the Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic (founding Board of Director).

 

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.

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.

Gilbert M. Nishimura was admitted to the California State Bar in December 1973 and has been admitted to the United States District Court, Central District, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He has also appeared pro hac vice in the states of Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, and Tennessee. Mr. Nishimura is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles and received his Juris Doctorate at Loyola University School of Law.

From 1973 to 1976, Mr. Nishimura was a member of the Law Firm of West & Girardi and its successor, the Law Firm of Girardi and Keese. While there he gained valuable experience in personal injury litigation, including medical malpractice and products liability.

Mr. Nishimura formed the law firm of Senzaki, Osajima & Nishimura in 1976 with offices in Los Angeles and Orange County. This was an all-service law firm for which Mr. Nishimura handled the business and personal injury litigation matters and defended the Los Angeles County Healthcare System in medical malpractice cases.

In 1989, Mr. Nishimura joined the firm of Roquemore, Pringle & Moore, Inc. With his litigation experience, he became the partner supervising the litigation, personal injury, and workers’ compensation departments.

In 2005, he helped form Seki, Nishimura & Watase and became its initial Managing Partner. Mr. Nishimura currently supervises the firm’s civil litigation practice, as well as its general practice, including general business, transactional matters, and estate planning.

His practice area has included representing various government entities, such as the County of Los Angeles and its Sheriff’s Department, Healthcare System, Coroner’s Office, District Attorney’s Office and Public Defender’s Office; City of Bellflower; City of Bell Gardens; City of West Covina; Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; Pacific Bell Telephone Company; AT&T Services, Inc., Southern California Edison Company and United States Bankruptcy Trustees. He has also appeared and successfully argued in front of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Mr. Nishimura is a former referee of the State Bar of California and Judge Pro Tem of the Los Angeles Municipal Court. He has been a member of the Judicial Review Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and on the Judicial Evaluations Committee and Board of Governors of the Japanese American Bar Association of Greater Los Angeles, of which he is a founding member. Moreover, Mr. Nishimura has been a panelist speaker for the Public Utilities Commission, the State Bar of California Annual Convention and the Judiciary College in Berkeley, California.

In addition to his professional affiliations, Mr. Nishimura believes in giving back to the community and has been involved with the Japanese American National Museum, Go For Broke National Education Center, Twin Counties Optimist Club (founding member), Bell Gardens Rotary Club, Southeast Youth Organization, Orange County Buddhist Church (Board of Directors), City of Cerritos Beautification Program, Little Tokyo Service Center (Board of Governors), a sponsor of the Little Tokyo Historical Society Sei Fujii Lantern Project, and the Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic (founding Board of Director).

 

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.

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.

Gilbert M. Nishimura was admitted to the California State Bar in December 1973 and has been admitted to the United States District Court, Central District, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He has also appeared pro hac vice in the states of Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, and Tennessee. Mr. Nishimura is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles and received his Juris Doctorate at Loyola University School of Law.

From 1973 to 1976, Mr. Nishimura was a member of the Law Firm of West & Girardi and its successor, the Law Firm of Girardi and Keese. While there he gained valuable experience in personal injury litigation, including medical malpractice and products liability.

Mr. Nishimura formed the law firm of Senzaki, Osajima & Nishimura in 1976 with offices in Los Angeles and Orange County. This was an all-service law firm for which Mr. Nishimura handled the business and personal injury litigation matters and defended the Los Angeles County Healthcare System in medical malpractice cases.

In 1989, Mr. Nishimura joined the firm of Roquemore, Pringle & Moore, Inc. With his litigation experience, he became the partner supervising the litigation, personal injury, and workers’ compensation departments.

In 2005, he helped form Seki, Nishimura & Watase and became its initial Managing Partner. Mr. Nishimura currently supervises the firm’s civil litigation practice, as well as its general practice, including general business, transactional matters, and estate planning.

His practice area has included representing various government entities, such as the County of Los Angeles and its Sheriff’s Department, Healthcare System, Coroner’s Office, District Attorney’s Office and Public Defender’s Office; City of Bellflower; City of Bell Gardens; City of West Covina; Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; Pacific Bell Telephone Company; AT&T Services, Inc., Southern California Edison Company and United States Bankruptcy Trustees. He has also appeared and successfully argued in front of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Mr. Nishimura is a former referee of the State Bar of California and Judge Pro Tem of the Los Angeles Municipal Court. He has been a member of the Judicial Review Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and on the Judicial Evaluations Committee and Board of Governors of the Japanese American Bar Association of Greater Los Angeles, of which he is a founding member. Moreover, Mr. Nishimura has been a panelist speaker for the Public Utilities Commission, the State Bar of California Annual Convention and the Judiciary College in Berkeley, California.

In addition to his professional affiliations, Mr. Nishimura believes in giving back to the community and has been involved with the Japanese American National Museum, Go For Broke National Education Center, Twin Counties Optimist Club (founding member), Bell Gardens Rotary Club, Southeast Youth Organization, Orange County Buddhist Church (Board of Directors), City of Cerritos Beautification Program, Little Tokyo Service Center (Board of Governors), a sponsor of the Little Tokyo Historical Society Sei Fujii Lantern Project, and the Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic (founding Board of Director).

 

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.

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.

Gilbert M. Nishimura was admitted to the California State Bar in December 1973 and has been admitted to the United States District Court, Central District, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He has also appeared pro hac vice in the states of Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, and Tennessee. Mr. Nishimura is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles and received his Juris Doctorate at Loyola University School of Law.

From 1973 to 1976, Mr. Nishimura was a member of the Law Firm of West & Girardi and its successor, the Law Firm of Girardi and Keese. While there he gained valuable experience in personal injury litigation, including medical malpractice and products liability.

Mr. Nishimura formed the law firm of Senzaki, Osajima & Nishimura in 1976 with offices in Los Angeles and Orange County. This was an all-service law firm for which Mr. Nishimura handled the business and personal injury litigation matters and defended the Los Angeles County Healthcare System in medical malpractice cases.

In 1989, Mr. Nishimura joined the firm of Roquemore, Pringle & Moore, Inc. With his litigation experience, he became the partner supervising the litigation, personal injury, and workers’ compensation departments.

In 2005, he helped form Seki, Nishimura & Watase and became its initial Managing Partner. Mr. Nishimura currently supervises the firm’s civil litigation practice, as well as its general practice, including general business, transactional matters, and estate planning.

His practice area has included representing various government entities, such as the County of Los Angeles and its Sheriff’s Department, Healthcare System, Coroner’s Office, District Attorney’s Office and Public Defender’s Office; City of Bellflower; City of Bell Gardens; City of West Covina; Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; Pacific Bell Telephone Company; AT&T Services, Inc., Southern California Edison Company and United States Bankruptcy Trustees. He has also appeared and successfully argued in front of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Mr. Nishimura is a former referee of the State Bar of California and Judge Pro Tem of the Los Angeles Municipal Court. He has been a member of the Judicial Review Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and on the Judicial Evaluations Committee and Board of Governors of the Japanese American Bar Association of Greater Los Angeles, of which he is a founding member. Moreover, Mr. Nishimura has been a panelist speaker for the Public Utilities Commission, the State Bar of California Annual Convention and the Judiciary College in Berkeley, California.

In addition to his professional affiliations, Mr. Nishimura believes in giving back to the community and has been involved with the Japanese American National Museum, Go For Broke National Education Center, Twin Counties Optimist Club (founding member), Bell Gardens Rotary Club, Southeast Youth Organization, Orange County Buddhist Church (Board of Directors), City of Cerritos Beautification Program, Little Tokyo Service Center (Board of Governors), a sponsor of the Little Tokyo Historical Society Sei Fujii Lantern Project, and the Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic (founding Board of Director).

 

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.

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.

Gilbert M. Nishimura was admitted to the California State Bar in December 1973 and has been admitted to the United States District Court, Central District, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He has also appeared pro hac vice in the states of Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, and Tennessee. Mr. Nishimura is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles and received his Juris Doctorate at Loyola University School of Law.

From 1973 to 1976, Mr. Nishimura was a member of the Law Firm of West & Girardi and its successor, the Law Firm of Girardi and Keese. While there he gained valuable experience in personal injury litigation, including medical malpractice and products liability.

Mr. Nishimura formed the law firm of Senzaki, Osajima & Nishimura in 1976 with offices in Los Angeles and Orange County. This was an all-service law firm for which Mr. Nishimura handled the business and personal injury litigation matters and defended the Los Angeles County Healthcare System in medical malpractice cases.

In 1989, Mr. Nishimura joined the firm of Roquemore, Pringle & Moore, Inc. With his litigation experience, he became the partner supervising the litigation, personal injury, and workers’ compensation departments.

In 2005, he helped form Seki, Nishimura & Watase and became its initial Managing Partner. Mr. Nishimura currently supervises the firm’s civil litigation practice, as well as its general practice, including general business, transactional matters, and estate planning.

His practice area has included representing various government entities, such as the County of Los Angeles and its Sheriff’s Department, Healthcare System, Coroner’s Office, District Attorney’s Office and Public Defender’s Office; City of Bellflower; City of Bell Gardens; City of West Covina; Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; Pacific Bell Telephone Company; AT&T Services, Inc., Southern California Edison Company and United States Bankruptcy Trustees. He has also appeared and successfully argued in front of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Mr. Nishimura is a former referee of the State Bar of California and Judge Pro Tem of the Los Angeles Municipal Court. He has been a member of the Judicial Review Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and on the Judicial Evaluations Committee and Board of Governors of the Japanese American Bar Association of Greater Los Angeles, of which he is a founding member. Moreover, Mr. Nishimura has been a panelist speaker for the Public Utilities Commission, the State Bar of California Annual Convention and the Judiciary College in Berkeley, California.

In addition to his professional affiliations, Mr. Nishimura believes in giving back to the community and has been involved with the Japanese American National Museum, Go For Broke National Education Center, Twin Counties Optimist Club (founding member), Bell Gardens Rotary Club, Southeast Youth Organization, Orange County Buddhist Church (Board of Directors), City of Cerritos Beautification Program, Little Tokyo Service Center (Board of Governors), a sponsor of the Little Tokyo Historical Society Sei Fujii Lantern Project, and the Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic (founding Board of Director).

 

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.

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.

Gilbert M. Nishimura was admitted to the California State Bar in December 1973 and has been admitted to the United States District Court, Central District, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He has also appeared pro hac vice in the states of Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, and Tennessee. Mr. Nishimura is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles and received his Juris Doctorate at Loyola University School of Law.

From 1973 to 1976, Mr. Nishimura was a member of the Law Firm of West & Girardi and its successor, the Law Firm of Girardi and Keese. While there he gained valuable experience in personal injury litigation, including medical malpractice and products liability.

Mr. Nishimura formed the law firm of Senzaki, Osajima & Nishimura in 1976 with offices in Los Angeles and Orange County. This was an all-service law firm for which Mr. Nishimura handled the business and personal injury litigation matters and defended the Los Angeles County Healthcare System in medical malpractice cases.

In 1989, Mr. Nishimura joined the firm of Roquemore, Pringle & Moore, Inc. With his litigation experience, he became the partner supervising the litigation, personal injury, and workers’ compensation departments.

In 2005, he helped form Seki, Nishimura & Watase and became its initial Managing Partner. Mr. Nishimura currently supervises the firm’s civil litigation practice, as well as its general practice, including general business, transactional matters, and estate planning.

His practice area has included representing various government entities, such as the County of Los Angeles and its Sheriff’s Department, Healthcare System, Coroner’s Office, District Attorney’s Office and Public Defender’s Office; City of Bellflower; City of Bell Gardens; City of West Covina; Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; Pacific Bell Telephone Company; AT&T Services, Inc., Southern California Edison Company and United States Bankruptcy Trustees. He has also appeared and successfully argued in front of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Mr. Nishimura is a former referee of the State Bar of California and Judge Pro Tem of the Los Angeles Municipal Court. He has been a member of the Judicial Review Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and on the Judicial Evaluations Committee and Board of Governors of the Japanese American Bar Association of Greater Los Angeles, of which he is a founding member. Moreover, Mr. Nishimura has been a panelist speaker for the Public Utilities Commission, the State Bar of California Annual Convention and the Judiciary College in Berkeley, California.

In addition to his professional affiliations, Mr. Nishimura believes in giving back to the community and has been involved with the Japanese American National Museum, Go For Broke National Education Center, Twin Counties Optimist Club (founding member), Bell Gardens Rotary Club, Southeast Youth Organization, Orange County Buddhist Church (Board of Directors), City of Cerritos Beautification Program, Little Tokyo Service Center (Board of Governors), a sponsor of the Little Tokyo Historical Society Sei Fujii Lantern Project, and the Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic (founding Board of Director).

 

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.

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.

Gilbert M. Nishimura was admitted to the California State Bar in December 1973 and has been admitted to the United States District Court, Central District, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He has also appeared pro hac vice in the states of Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, and Tennessee. Mr. Nishimura is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles and received his Juris Doctorate at Loyola University School of Law.

From 1973 to 1976, Mr. Nishimura was a member of the Law Firm of West & Girardi and its successor, the Law Firm of Girardi and Keese. While there he gained valuable experience in personal injury litigation, including medical malpractice and products liability.

Mr. Nishimura formed the law firm of Senzaki, Osajima & Nishimura in 1976 with offices in Los Angeles and Orange County. This was an all-service law firm for which Mr. Nishimura handled the business and personal injury litigation matters and defended the Los Angeles County Healthcare System in medical malpractice cases.

In 1989, Mr. Nishimura joined the firm of Roquemore, Pringle & Moore, Inc. With his litigation experience, he became the partner supervising the litigation, personal injury, and workers’ compensation departments.

In 2005, he helped form Seki, Nishimura & Watase and became its initial Managing Partner. Mr. Nishimura currently supervises the firm’s civil litigation practice, as well as its general practice, including general business, transactional matters, and estate planning.

His practice area has included representing various government entities, such as the County of Los Angeles and its Sheriff’s Department, Healthcare System, Coroner’s Office, District Attorney’s Office and Public Defender’s Office; City of Bellflower; City of Bell Gardens; City of West Covina; Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; Pacific Bell Telephone Company; AT&T Services, Inc., Southern California Edison Company and United States Bankruptcy Trustees. He has also appeared and successfully argued in front of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Mr. Nishimura is a former referee of the State Bar of California and Judge Pro Tem of the Los Angeles Municipal Court. He has been a member of the Judicial Review Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and on the Judicial Evaluations Committee and Board of Governors of the Japanese American Bar Association of Greater Los Angeles, of which he is a founding member. Moreover, Mr. Nishimura has been a panelist speaker for the Public Utilities Commission, the State Bar of California Annual Convention and the Judiciary College in Berkeley, California.

In addition to his professional affiliations, Mr. Nishimura believes in giving back to the community and has been involved with the Japanese American National Museum, Go For Broke National Education Center, Twin Counties Optimist Club (founding member), Bell Gardens Rotary Club, Southeast Youth Organization, Orange County Buddhist Church (Board of Directors), City of Cerritos Beautification Program, Little Tokyo Service Center (Board of Governors), a sponsor of the Little Tokyo Historical Society Sei Fujii Lantern Project, and the Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic (founding Board of Director).

 

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.

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.

Gilbert M. Nishimura was admitted to the California State Bar in December 1973 and has been admitted to the United States District Court, Central District, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He has also appeared pro hac vice in the states of Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, and Tennessee. Mr. Nishimura is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles and received his Juris Doctorate at Loyola University School of Law.

From 1973 to 1976, Mr. Nishimura was a member of the Law Firm of West & Girardi and its successor, the Law Firm of Girardi and Keese. While there he gained valuable experience in personal injury litigation, including medical malpractice and products liability.

Mr. Nishimura formed the law firm of Senzaki, Osajima & Nishimura in 1976 with offices in Los Angeles and Orange County. This was an all-service law firm for which Mr. Nishimura handled the business and personal injury litigation matters and defended the Los Angeles County Healthcare System in medical malpractice cases.

In 1989, Mr. Nishimura joined the firm of Roquemore, Pringle & Moore, Inc. With his litigation experience, he became the partner supervising the litigation, personal injury, and workers’ compensation departments.

In 2005, he helped form Seki, Nishimura & Watase and became its initial Managing Partner. Mr. Nishimura currently supervises the firm’s civil litigation practice, as well as its general practice, including general business, transactional matters, and estate planning.

His practice area has included representing various government entities, such as the County of Los Angeles and its Sheriff’s Department, Healthcare System, Coroner’s Office, District Attorney’s Office and Public Defender’s Office; City of Bellflower; City of Bell Gardens; City of West Covina; Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; Pacific Bell Telephone Company; AT&T Services, Inc., Southern California Edison Company and United States Bankruptcy Trustees. He has also appeared and successfully argued in front of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Mr. Nishimura is a former referee of the State Bar of California and Judge Pro Tem of the Los Angeles Municipal Court. He has been a member of the Judicial Review Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and on the Judicial Evaluations Committee and Board of Governors of the Japanese American Bar Association of Greater Los Angeles, of which he is a founding member. Moreover, Mr. Nishimura has been a panelist speaker for the Public Utilities Commission, the State Bar of California Annual Convention and the Judiciary College in Berkeley, California.

In addition to his professional affiliations, Mr. Nishimura believes in giving back to the community and has been involved with the Japanese American National Museum, Go For Broke National Education Center, Twin Counties Optimist Club (founding member), Bell Gardens Rotary Club, Southeast Youth Organization, Orange County Buddhist Church (Board of Directors), City of Cerritos Beautification Program, Little Tokyo Service Center (Board of Governors), a sponsor of the Little Tokyo Historical Society Sei Fujii Lantern Project, and the Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic (founding Board of Director).

 

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.

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.

Gilbert M. Nishimura was admitted to the California State Bar in December 1973 and has been admitted to the United States District Court, Central District, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He has also appeared pro hac vice in the states of Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, and Tennessee. Mr. Nishimura is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles and received his Juris Doctorate at Loyola University School of Law.

From 1973 to 1976, Mr. Nishimura was a member of the Law Firm of West & Girardi and its successor, the Law Firm of Girardi and Keese. While there he gained valuable experience in personal injury litigation, including medical malpractice and products liability.

Mr. Nishimura formed the law firm of Senzaki, Osajima & Nishimura in 1976 with offices in Los Angeles and Orange County. This was an all-service law firm for which Mr. Nishimura handled the business and personal injury litigation matters and defended the Los Angeles County Healthcare System in medical malpractice cases.

In 1989, Mr. Nishimura joined the firm of Roquemore, Pringle & Moore, Inc. With his litigation experience, he became the partner supervising the litigation, personal injury, and workers’ compensation departments.

In 2005, he helped form Seki, Nishimura & Watase and became its initial Managing Partner. Mr. Nishimura currently supervises the firm’s civil litigation practice, as well as its general practice, including general business, transactional matters, and estate planning.

His practice area has included representing various government entities, such as the County of Los Angeles and its Sheriff’s Department, Healthcare System, Coroner’s Office, District Attorney’s Office and Public Defender’s Office; City of Bellflower; City of Bell Gardens; City of West Covina; Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; Pacific Bell Telephone Company; AT&T Services, Inc., Southern California Edison Company and United States Bankruptcy Trustees. He has also appeared and successfully argued in front of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Mr. Nishimura is a former referee of the State Bar of California and Judge Pro Tem of the Los Angeles Municipal Court. He has been a member of the Judicial Review Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and on the Judicial Evaluations Committee and Board of Governors of the Japanese American Bar Association of Greater Los Angeles, of which he is a founding member. Moreover, Mr. Nishimura has been a panelist speaker for the Public Utilities Commission, the State Bar of California Annual Convention and the Judiciary College in Berkeley, California.

In addition to his professional affiliations, Mr. Nishimura believes in giving back to the community and has been involved with the Japanese American National Museum, Go For Broke National Education Center, Twin Counties Optimist Club (founding member), Bell Gardens Rotary Club, Southeast Youth Organization, Orange County Buddhist Church (Board of Directors), City of Cerritos Beautification Program, Little Tokyo Service Center (Board of Governors), a sponsor of the Little Tokyo Historical Society Sei Fujii Lantern Project, and the Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic (founding Board of Director).

 

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.

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.

Gilbert M. Nishimura was admitted to the California State Bar in December 1973 and has been admitted to the United States District Court, Central District, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He has also appeared pro hac vice in the states of Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, and Tennessee. Mr. Nishimura is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles and received his Juris Doctorate at Loyola University School of Law.

From 1973 to 1976, Mr. Nishimura was a member of the Law Firm of West & Girardi and its successor, the Law Firm of Girardi and Keese. While there he gained valuable experience in personal injury litigation, including medical malpractice and products liability.

Mr. Nishimura formed the law firm of Senzaki, Osajima & Nishimura in 1976 with offices in Los Angeles and Orange County. This was an all-service law firm for which Mr. Nishimura handled the business and personal injury litigation matters and defended the Los Angeles County Healthcare System in medical malpractice cases.

In 1989, Mr. Nishimura joined the firm of Roquemore, Pringle & Moore, Inc. With his litigation experience, he became the partner supervising the litigation, personal injury, and workers’ compensation departments.

In 2005, he helped form Seki, Nishimura & Watase and became its initial Managing Partner. Mr. Nishimura currently supervises the firm’s civil litigation practice, as well as its general practice, including general business, transactional matters, and estate planning.

His practice area has included representing various government entities, such as the County of Los Angeles and its Sheriff’s Department, Healthcare System, Coroner’s Office, District Attorney’s Office and Public Defender’s Office; City of Bellflower; City of Bell Gardens; City of West Covina; Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; Pacific Bell Telephone Company; AT&T Services, Inc., Southern California Edison Company and United States Bankruptcy Trustees. He has also appeared and successfully argued in front of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Mr. Nishimura is a former referee of the State Bar of California and Judge Pro Tem of the Los Angeles Municipal Court. He has been a member of the Judicial Review Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and on the Judicial Evaluations Committee and Board of Governors of the Japanese American Bar Association of Greater Los Angeles, of which he is a founding member. Moreover, Mr. Nishimura has been a panelist speaker for the Public Utilities Commission, the State Bar of California Annual Convention and the Judiciary College in Berkeley, California.

In addition to his professional affiliations, Mr. Nishimura believes in giving back to the community and has been involved with the Japanese American National Museum, Go For Broke National Education Center, Twin Counties Optimist Club (founding member), Bell Gardens Rotary Club, Southeast Youth Organization, Orange County Buddhist Church (Board of Directors), City of Cerritos Beautification Program, Little Tokyo Service Center (Board of Governors), a sponsor of the Little Tokyo Historical Society Sei Fujii Lantern Project, and the Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic (founding Board of Director).

 

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.

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.

Gilbert M. Nishimura was admitted to the California State Bar in December 1973 and has been admitted to the United States District Court, Central District, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He has also appeared pro hac vice in the states of Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, and Tennessee. Mr. Nishimura is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles and received his Juris Doctorate at Loyola University School of Law.

From 1973 to 1976, Mr. Nishimura was a member of the Law Firm of West & Girardi and its successor, the Law Firm of Girardi and Keese. While there he gained valuable experience in personal injury litigation, including medical malpractice and products liability.

Mr. Nishimura formed the law firm of Senzaki, Osajima & Nishimura in 1976 with offices in Los Angeles and Orange County. This was an all-service law firm for which Mr. Nishimura handled the business and personal injury litigation matters and defended the Los Angeles County Healthcare System in medical malpractice cases.

In 1989, Mr. Nishimura joined the firm of Roquemore, Pringle & Moore, Inc. With his litigation experience, he became the partner supervising the litigation, personal injury, and workers’ compensation departments.

In 2005, he helped form Seki, Nishimura & Watase and became its initial Managing Partner. Mr. Nishimura currently supervises the firm’s civil litigation practice, as well as its general practice, including general business, transactional matters, and estate planning.

His practice area has included representing various government entities, such as the County of Los Angeles and its Sheriff’s Department, Healthcare System, Coroner’s Office, District Attorney’s Office and Public Defender’s Office; City of Bellflower; City of Bell Gardens; City of West Covina; Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; Pacific Bell Telephone Company; AT&T Services, Inc., Southern California Edison Company and United States Bankruptcy Trustees. He has also appeared and successfully argued in front of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Mr. Nishimura is a former referee of the State Bar of California and Judge Pro Tem of the Los Angeles Municipal Court. He has been a member of the Judicial Review Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and on the Judicial Evaluations Committee and Board of Governors of the Japanese American Bar Association of Greater Los Angeles, of which he is a founding member. Moreover, Mr. Nishimura has been a panelist speaker for the Public Utilities Commission, the State Bar of California Annual Convention and the Judiciary College in Berkeley, California.

In addition to his professional affiliations, Mr. Nishimura believes in giving back to the community and has been involved with the Japanese American National Museum, Go For Broke National Education Center, Twin Counties Optimist Club (founding member), Bell Gardens Rotary Club, Southeast Youth Organization, Orange County Buddhist Church (Board of Directors), City of Cerritos Beautification Program, Little Tokyo Service Center (Board of Governors), a sponsor of the Little Tokyo Historical Society Sei Fujii Lantern Project, and the Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic (founding Board of Director).

 

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.

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.