Board of Directors


Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization governed by a Board of Directors. The Board of Directors is an integral part of the organization - performance of maintenance, funding, and program development of the Garden.

Board Officers

Kiyoko Toyama


Business Executive

Norio Tsuchiya

Vice President

Regional Design Director

Tim Lott Jr.  


Restaurant GM

Connie Lords


Accounting & Organizational Management

Mark Lamm


Michael Whiting


General Manager, Sun City West

Reiko Yasui Reavis

Executive Director

Japanese Friendship Garden

Board Members

Joyce Baker, Ph.D.

Information Security Management

Beth Cole

Past President
Event Planner & Non-Profit Consultant

Mary Murphy-Bessler

Executive Director 

Downtown Chandler Community Partnership

Paula West

Retired CEO, Phoenix Sister Cities

Pamela Godsil

Branch Manager

Jeremy Crews

IT Specialist

Ilene Takiguchi

Past President, Ex-Officio

Accountant Consultant

Camille King

Phoenix Sister City, Himeji Committee Chair- Liaison

Beverly Washichek
Liaison-Executive Director, Japan Business Assoc. of AZ