Meet Our Team

Senior Vocationists​

Our Senior Vocationists are highly recognized taiko pioneers who brought the art form to North America and nurtured it for over 50 years. They have been hired by TaikoVentures to document their personal histories and work on projects to preserve their legacies.

Sponsored Vocationists

Our Sponsored Vocationists are at various stages in their taiko careers. They have allowed TaikoVentures to study their current business practices and experiment with ways to improve them. Through blog posts and public programs, they will be sharing their experiences and contributing to the body of knowledge that will ultimately improve the industry for all.

Staff

This team of individuals are working in various capacities to support the vocationists and their projects. Led by TaikoVentures Founder Sue Kanagawa Yuen, the staff includes highly skilled individuals with specialities in areas such as HR, finance, technology, communications, and program administration.

Sue Kanagawa Yuen

Sue Kanagawa Yuen

Lindsay Brown-Gruis

Lindsay Brown-Gruis

Yumi Ishihara

Yumi Ishihara

Arthur Mok

Arthur Mok

Yumi Myoraku

Yumi Myoraku

Jade Ogoshi

Jade Ogoshi

Abena Oteng-Agipong

Abena Oteng-Agipong

Heidi Varian

Heidi Varian