Officers & Board Members

JASM Officers

Marc Blehert


Marc Blehert is an Account Manager with Mocon, Inc, a global leader in the supply of instruments, test and consulting services for gas detection, measurement and analysis.  Marc is responsible for sales of Mocon’s quality assurance solutions
to the food and pharmaceutical packaging industry.  He spent his junior year of college abroad as an exchange student at Kansai Gaidai University in Osaka, Japan. Then, upon graduating from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Marc worked
for the Tennant Company Japan Branch in Kawasaki, Japan from 1996 through 1999. Marc has worked closely supporting Japanese customers throughout his career, has traveled extensively throughout Japan and has been a JASM member since 1995.


Elizabeth Fehrmann
Vice President

Elizabeth Fehrmann is a Principal Research & Development Engineer in the Neuromodulation division at Medtronic, plc. She has spent the past 10 years at Medtronic prototyping next-generation implantable device algorithms and developing sensor data management and processing infrastructure. In addition to her engineering work, she volunteered her time as a member of the Asian Impact at Medtronic (AIM, formerly the “Medtronic Asian Resource Group”) leadership team for four years—two years as secretary, and two years as co-chair—where she supported efforts to raise the visibility of Asian employees and cultures and to foster a workplace that recognizes and appreciates Asian diversity and talent. Outside of work, Elizabeth most often spends her time working on her house or immersing herself in one of several hobbies, including kyudo (Japanese archery). She has visited Japan a number of times and always looks for opportunities to go back!


Shannon Meyer

Shannon Meyer is a certified public accountant with over 13 years of experience in tax compliance and consulting services and has a general background in US corporate, partnership, individual (domestic and international), trust, estate, and gift taxation. He is currently with Deloitte Tax and specializes in serving international assignment programs and high net worth individuals in personal income tax compliance and planning. He started his career in January 1999 in the Omaha, Nebraska office. He served three months on a large engagement in Georgia during 2003 and has completed two short-term rotations to Deloitte’s Hyderabad, India office. From Jan. 2008-Dec. 2011, Shannon performed an expatriate assignment leading the US Global Employer Services team based in Brussels, Belgium. Since that time he has relocated to Minneapolis, Minnesota.


Richiko Kamata



Board Members

Tom Whaley






Hiroko Shade







Michiko Smith






William Paterson





Ron Leonhardt







Chris Armacost







 2.Masako Yoshida






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