St. Michael's International School

SMIS Council Members

Members of the Board plus:
Chair of the Council: Mr. Geoff Rupp. Founder & Chairman at Language Resources Ltd.

Geoff came to Japan in 1971. He has a B.A. in Russian and German, an M.A. in Applied Linguistics… and a black belt in Shotokan Karate. He worked as Director of Studies and Director in the Osaka and Tokyo branches of the UK’s largest international language school before establishing his own company, Language Resources Ltd., in Kobe in 1981, specialising in corporate language training, teacher training (Cambridge CELTA etc.), translation and interpreting. Professional interests include language testing and teacher development. Personal interests include travel, photography, playing the drums… and karate.  




Mr. Satoru Hamada. English instructor

Satoru has the longest connection to SMIS, having entered as a student in 1949, soon after the School was founded, and graduated in 1958. He was appointed by Miss Lea to serve on the Council when it was established in 1970 and joined the Board on its establishment in 2008. He is a founding member of The Breeze alumni publication (1969).  Satoru served as Chair of the Board for nine years and now serves on the Council as President of the SMA (alumni)  Satoru previously worked as an international trader, college instructor, and STEP One interviewer.


Mr. Raj Shah. Director at Pearl International Co. Ltd.

Raj joined the Council in 2011 and serves on the Building & Maintenance Committee. A current parent, he graduated from St Michael's in 1986.




Masako Okada.

Masako joined the council in 2016 and serves on the Education and Governance Committee. Parent to an alumni, Masako has maintained a good association with the Parents Of St Michael's (POSM)



Anita Aden.

Anita joined the Council in 2017 but she has been acquainted with St. Michael's since her arrival in Japan in 2009.  She is an English instructor at Mukogawa Women's University and their branch campus in Spokane, Washington.  Anita has 19 years experience of teaching English in the U.S., Canada, South Korea and Japan.



Ex officio:

Mr. Jonathan Bunch. English Language Section Coordinator
Originally from the USA, Jonathan received his J.D. and CDR from Willamette University College of Law, and was a practicing business lawyer for over five years.  Jonathan has lived and worked in Japan for over fourteen years and before joining St. Michael’s he worked for a shipping company in Ehime as an English teacher and contract manager. Jonathan also holds a TESL and Teaching Business English Certificate. 

Ms.Sarah Reynolds.  Deputy Head at SMIS
Sarah has taught at SMIS since 2012 and was appointed as a member of the Senior Management Team. She joined the School Council on appointment as Deputy Head in August 2014. Sarah serves on the Education and Governance Committee and acts as secretary during the School Board meetings.


Mr. Steven Lewington. Year 4 Class Teacher and Librarian


Steven joined the Council as the nominated teacher representative in August 2014. He serves on the Education and Governance Committee and is the official Minutes Taker for the Council.




Auditor to the Board and Council

Mr. Jun Yamaguchi. Certified Public Accountant

Jun joined the Board and Council as auditor in September 2012. He is a graduate of SMIS from the Class of 1983 and also a current parent. Jun is the Chair of the Finance and Marketing Committee.


Auditor to the Board and Council

Kiichiro Goto. CEO of GKOT Inc.

Kiichiro joined the Council in September 2017.  He serves on the Finance and Marketing Committee.


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