Lloyd Hitt (Retired), Chairman
Nancy Oda, President
Kanji Sahara, Vice President
Donna Sugimoto, Secretary
Kay Oda, Treasurer
Nancy Takayama, Assistant Treasurer
Denise Tanaka, SFVJACC Representative
TCDS Board of Directors
Lloyd Hitt (Retired), Chairman
Board of Directors
June Aochi Berk
Volunteer Japanese American National Museum, Sakura Gardens Retirement Home, and Koreisha Nutrition Service. Board member: Tuna Canyon Detention Station Coalition;
Chair: Santa Anita Assembly Center Committee; Co-chair: Minoru Yasui Civil Rights Committee; Former Executive Assistant to Irene Hirano-Inouye, former CEO/President JANM
J.D., Loyola Law School
Attorney working in the areas of land use law, environmental law, airport law, and all other areas of municipal law.
Hans W. Eberhard
German American Community Leader
Past President, German American Business Association (GABA) over 25 years
State Chairman, California Republican Heritage Groups Council and
Board member of NRHGC. Nominated as Reagan Associate Member.
Recipient of the Knight’s Cross of the Federal Republic of Germany.
Co-Founder and Chairman of the Tricentennial Foundation.
Ph.D., Sociology, University of Washington
Retired professor of sociology and Asian American studies, University of Colorado; descendant of Tuna Canyon detainee.
B.A., Japanese, University of California, Los Angeles
A. A. Fashion Design, Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising
Classic Japanese dancer: choreographs, performs, and teaches
Graphic and web developer. Former computer lab instructor for Torrance Unified School District.
Kay Susumu Oda
San Fernando Valley Japanese American Community Center President
Member of the SFVJACC Future Planning Committee
Active as basketball coach since 1975
Attended UCR and Cal Poly Pomona
Retired Manager of Keyes Motors Body Shop
M.A., Education Administration, California State University, Los Angeles.
Former President San Fernando Valley Japanese American Community Center; current President Tuna Canyon Detention Station Coalition; retired teacher and principal, Los Angeles Unified School District; born in Tule Lake Segregation Center.
M.S. Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles
Board Member of: Asian American Architects and Engineers Association of Southern California, Little Tokyo Community Council, and Nisei Week Foundation.
Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, Northwestern University.
Santa Anita Assembly Center and Jerome and Rohwer WRA camp survivor;
Member NCRR and Manzanar Committee; Japanese American National Museum docent.
M.A. English, San Diego State University
Photo archivist for the Little Landers Historical Society; curating a collection of over 30,000 images in the Society’s photographic collection.
M. S., Counseling, California State University Los Angeles
Retired Dean of Students, Glendale Community College; Glendale resident and community activist.
Descendant of Tuna Canyon
Family historian, preserving Sugimoto family artifacts in permanent collections and exhibitions of national museums and educational non-profits.
Co-author, YA novel The Gate; focused on young teens overcoming racial prejudice.
Owner, SOLSISS; creating designs to inspire world harmony.
Planning committee, Annual West Coast 5K SCADaddle; raising awareness and funds for Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection research.
Business and Development Manager, JACL, Pacific-Southwest District.
Project Director, San Fernando Valley Japanese American Community Center
Past President: San Fernando Valley Japanese American Citizens League (SFV JACL). Current Board Member: Grateful Crane Ensemble, Little Tokyo Business Association, Little Tokyo Towers, Pacoima Historical Society, SFV JACL Historical Preservation Chair.
Sigrid Banzhaf Toye
Ph.D., Clinical Psychology: Pacifica Graduate Institute
Educational & Behavior Therapist, private practice. Former Special Education teacher, LAUSD. Board member of the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, The Cecilia Fund, and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art Women’s Board. Formerly Harvard-Westlake and Viewpoint School trustee and USC’s Coordinating Council. Only child of a Tuna Canyon detainee.
Gregory Culling, J.D.
Jean Paul DeGuzman, Pd.D.
Tomo Hattori, Pd.D.
Ernie Nishii, J.D.
Grace Shimizu, J.D.
Honorary Board Members
Sharlene and Glenn Miyagishima
Terry Takeda and Lou Slimp
Past Board Members
M.A., Cinema, University of Southern California
Writer, journalist, documentary filmmaker; City of Glendale Representative to the Advisory Committee, Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy.
Ph.D., University of Southern California.
Retired Pharmacist for over forty years in Sunland-Tujunga; Past President of Little Landers Historical Society (Bolton Hall Museum) in Tujunga for over ten years; active in preservation of seven local historic properties as LA Historic Cultural Monuments and the Stonehurst Community of rock homes as an LA Historic Preservation Overlay Zone community.