Our advisors work as our staff's mentors. They do not have any fiscal responsibility of the organization nor do they participate in the daily operations of JA Living Legacy. Each advisor has a number of years as a professional within his or her respective field. They work with the board of directors and staff to guide JA Living Legacy's mission.

Wendy Elliott-Scheinberg, Ph.D.
President, Federation of Genealogical Societies
Lecturer, Oral History
California State University, Fullerton
Arthur A. Hansen, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus, Oral History and Asian American Studies
California State University, Fullerton
Lane Hirabayashi, Ph.D.
Professor, Asian American Studies
University of California, Los Angeles
James McIlwain, M.D.
Professor Emeritus, Psychology / Neuroscience
Brown University
Walter Ozawa
Hawaii Deputy Administrative Director of the Courts (Retired)
Roger Shimomura, MFA
Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Art
University of Kansas
Calvin Ninomiya (In Memoriam)
Legal Advisor, Government Debt Issuance and Management
Office of Technical Assistance
U.S. Department of the Treasury

In Memoriam

John Hix
Author and Researcher of Japanese American World War II Experience
Charlene Riggins
Lecturer, Afro-Ethnic Studies and Oral Historian
California State University, Fullerton
Russell K. Shoho
Electrical Engineer (Retired), Community Member at Large
Jim J. Yamashita
Educational Project Manager, Americans of Japanese Ancestry World War II Memorial Alliance
Gordon M. Bakken, Ph.D.
Professor, History of Military and California Law
California State University, Fullerton


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