Royanne Doi

Royanne Doi brings a wealth of experience to TELL including for-profit, non-profit, start-up, and academic work experience. Along with recently assuming the position as an independent non-executive director of a global Japan-based asset management company, she is also an outside director of Gojo & Company, a social impact start-up company investing in micro-finance banks in […]

Yoshimi Araki, MS, LMHC

Yoshimi is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor through the State of Hawai’i.  She earned her Master of Science degree in Counseling Psychology, with an emphasis on mental health counseling, from the Chaminade University of Honolulu, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. She completed her postgraduate training […]


Sue is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (California, U.S.), a board-certified Art Therapist, and Certified Public Psychologist (公認心理師) in Japan.  Sue strives to provide clients with safe and positive experiences with an eclectic approach including AEDP, Art Therapy, and other psychological theories. Sue served as a volunteer chaplain at the local hospice and later […]

Cherie Adams

Cherie Adams is a Licensed Master Social Worker from Texas. Cherie has been a social worker for 14 years and is working towards her next level of licensure, the Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Cherie has a master’s degree in social work from the University of Southern California and a bachelor’s degree in social science. Cherie […]

Saya Tanahara

Saya was born and raised in Okinawa, she has lived in the USA for over 6 years and came back to Okinawa in 2019.  She mainly focused on working with children’s language education for the past 5 years. TELL is her first role as an Outreach Coordinator. Saya voluntarily organized children’s story time monthly for […]

Wakako Minamoto-Wood, MA

Born and grew up in Okinawa (Native) Lived in the US (California, Hawaii, and Georgia) for over 25 years and just returned in December of 2021 to take care of her elderly parents. In the past, I served Community Base counseling to meet the clients at their locations (home and the school setting) and served […]

Kazumi Sato

Kazumi was born and raised in Osaka, lived in WA, U.S., and moved to Tokyo. Prior to joining TELL, she worked at an American investment bank, then, at an International credit card company as a financing and accounting professional. Kazumi graduated from Central Washington University with a bachelor of science degree in Finance. She enjoys […]

Emily Embers, MSW

Emily is the Intake Coordinator for Okinawa and processes all of the referrals from our local and military community. Emily is a southern California native currently residing in Okinawa Japan. Emily started her social work career as an advocate for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault with the Center for Community Solutions in San […]