NAJGA Board & Staff




Board President

Executive Director Japanese Friendship Garden Society San Diego, CA Luanne Kanzawa is Executive Director of the Japanese Friendship Garden Society of San Diego.  Luanne’s extensive background in nonprofit leadership and management provides direction and support for the Japanese Friendship Garden Board and staff. With a passion for working with nonprofit organizations, and her enthusiasm for serving the community, Luanne currently serves on the board of Balboa Park Cultural Partnership, Balboa Park Committee and California Association of Museums. Luanne holds degree in  B.S. in Psychology, certification in Professional Grant Writing, and a Masters in Nonprofit Leadership and Management from University of San Diego.



Vice President

President Kelly Sutherlin McLeod Architecture, Inc. Long Beach, CA Kelly Sutherlin McLeod, FAIA, founded her Long Beach-based architectural firm, Kelly Sutherlin McLeod Architecture, Inc. (KSMA), in 1988. KSMA served as the Project Architect for the internationally-recognized restoration of the Japanese house located at the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens and the conservation of the Gamble House. A leader in the professional architecture preservation community, Kelly serves as co-chair of the APTi’s Technical Committee on Modern Heritage. KSMA projects have been recognized by Docomomo, Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design, the AIA and LA Conservancy.



Past President

Executive Director Shofuso Japanese House & Garden Philadelphia, PA Kim Andrews is Executive Director of the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia and Shofuso Japanese House and Garden, where she oversees comprehensive strategic planning, board development and training.

Kim served as the 2017 president of the North American Japanese Garden Association.




Larry Rosensweig is president of LFR Consulting whose mission is building capacity for museums, gardens and other nonprofits. He was the founding Director of the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach, Florida, growing the organization from a startup to a $4 million annual budget, accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, and a $5 million endowment. As the Norton Museum of Art’s Director of Advancement, he raised $4-$6 million a year for operations and personally solicited and closed gifts from $100,000 to $3.5 million. Larry earned his BA and MA in East Asian Studies from Harvard and University of Michigan, respectively, and lived in Japan for two years. He periodically organizes and leads study tours of Japan.



Secretary and Journal Editor

Professor Emeritus (Asian Studies), Langara College, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Brian has studied traditional and contemporary Japanese architecture, garden theory and practice in Kyoto and Tokyo, and is an ongoing speaker at seminars and conferences on historical and contemporary gardens and architecture. He is a member of the Nitobe Memorial Japanese Garden Advisory Committee and a former member of the Dr. Sun Yatsen Classical Chinese Garden Board of Trustees in Vancouver, British Columbia. He has also been a faculty member at Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia teaching courses on Japanese and Chinese Gardens, Aesthetics, Historical and Contemporary Society, and International Relations.




Membership & Communications Officer   (503) 222-1194

Christina Zakimi is the Private Events Coordinator for the Japanese Friendship Garden Society of San Diego and received her BA in Multimedia Art and Japanese Language from San Diego State University. Christina spent a year in Japan studying art at Osaka University of Arts and teaching conversational English.

Christina loves both the traditional and popular culture of Japan and loves to garden at home.  She worked as Art Show staff for the Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation planning and running the art show for their annual convention in Orange County.


K.T. Cannon-Eger
President, Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens
Keaau HI

Bonnie Clark
Assoc. Prof. of Archeology University of Denver
Denver CO

Junko Liesfeld
Garden Designer, SE Region

Don Meiners
Grand Prairie, TX

Steven Pitsenbarger
Golden Gate Park Japanese Tea Garden
San Franscisco CA

Ayse Pogue
Senior Horticulturist, Malott Japanese Garden
Chicago Botanic Garden, Chicago IL

John Powell
Landscape Artist, specializing in Japanese-style gardens, Weatherford TX

Louis Rinfret
Senior Horticulturist, Departement d’Horticulture
Montreal Botanical Garden

Keith Stevens
Garden Curator, The Dawes Arboretum
Newark OH

Karen Szyjka
Operations Support Manager, Chicago Parks District Department of Natural Resources

Daryl Toby
Principal – AguaFina Gardens International
Sylvan Lake MI

Sadafumi Uchiyama
Garden Curator, Portland Japanese Garden
Portland OR


ABQ BioPark Rio Grande Botanic Garden, Albuquerque, NM
Admiral Nimitz Foundation, Fredericksburg, TX
Anderson Japanese Gardens, Rockford, IL
Aesthetic Pruners Association, Oakland, CA
Bellingrath Gardens and Home, Mobile, AL
Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Birmingham, AL
Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn, NY
Carleton College (Garden of Quiet Listening), Northfield, MN
Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art, Nashville, TN
Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe, IL
Chicago Park District, Chicago, IL
City of Houston Parks and Recreation Department, Houston, TX
Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research, Bloomfield Hills, MI
Denver Botanic Gardens, Denver, CO
Descanso Gardens, La Canada Flintridge, CA
Devonian Botanic Garden, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB
Dumbarton Oaks Research Library, Washington, DC
Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden, Long Beach,CA
Four Rivers Cultural Center and Museum, Ontario, OR
Fort Worth Botanic Garden, Fort Worth, TX
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids Charter Township, MI
Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens, HI
Ganna Walska Lotusland, Santa Barbara, CA
Garden of the Phoenix Foundation, Chicago, IL
Gresham Sister City Association/Tsuru Island, OR
Hakone Estate & Gardens, Saratoga, CA
Japanese Gardening Organization, Intl., San Antonio, TX
Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ
Jardin Botanique de Montréal, Montréal, QC
John P. Humes Japanese Stroll Garden, Mill Neck, NY
Lauritzen Gardens, Omaha, NE
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Richmond, VA
Manzanar National Historic Site, Reward Rd, CA
Marjorie McNeely Conservatory, St. Paul, MN
Memphis Botanic Garden, Memphis, TN
Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO
Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, Delray Beach, FL
Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden, Lethbridge, AB
Norfolk Botanical Garden, Norfolk, VA
Rockefeller Brothers Fund (Kykuit Garden), New York, NY
Portland Japanese Garden, Portland, OR
Rosecrance, Rockford, IL
Rotary Botanical Gardens, Janesville, WI
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, Santa Barbara, CA
Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham, NC
Seattle Japanese Garden Society, Seattle, WA
Shinzen Friendship Garden, Fresno, CA
Shofuso Japanese House & Garden, Philadelphia, PA
SMG / Salt Palace Convention Center, Salt Lake City, UT
Storrier-Stearns Japanese Garden, Pasadena, CA
The Bloedel Reserve, Bainbridge Island, WA
The Dawes Arboretum, Newark, OH
The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, San Marino, CA
The Japanese Friendship Garden Society of San Diego, San Diego, CA
The Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden, Springfield, MO
UBC Botanical Garden, Vancouver, BC
Vancouver Japanese Gardeners Association, Barnaby, BC
Yume Japanese Gardens of Tucson, Tucson, AZ