Tokyo English Lifeline (TELL) announced today the appointment of Royanne Doi as Executive Director, effective immediately. Having volunteered her time and expertise as a strategic advisor to the Board and Management team of TELL since August 2022, the Board approved Ms. Doi’s appointment to officially lead the organization to its next stage of development and growth.
TELL, which is recognized as the leading provider of world-class mental health services for the international community in Japan, has experienced a growing wave of demand for the provision of more mental health services across diverse communities as they struggle with the residual impacts caused by lifestyle changes and pressures brought on by the global pandemic and the challenging economic environment.
Commenting on the leadership appointment, Board Chair Alexander Dimitrenko said, “TELL’s unique mission in Japan has always been critical to the communities we serve, but it has never been more acutely or urgently needed than it is today. To fully support TELL’s hardworking and dedicated team of Lifeline volunteers, clinicians, and staff members, we are excited to welcome Royanne to the organization.
The Board and I are looking forward to working closely with Royanne and her management team to strengthen TELL’s capacity and capability to meet our current demands, as well as to build the critical foundations for our future. I also want to thank Giles Duke for his service to TELL and wish him all the best regarding his future endeavors, which will hopefully include volunteering and otherwise continuing his support for TELL. We also wish all our friends, colleagues, and the community at large a festive holiday season, and please remember, You Are Not Alone!”
“I am honored to serve as TELL’s Executive Director,” said Ms. Doi in assuming the position. “After supporting the organization as a strategy volunteer, I’m excited for the opportunities to celebrate and thank our supporters for the last 50 years, and to strengthen, stabilize and grow TELL for the next 50 years.”
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 emerging markets.
In addition to her most recent role as Representative Director and Chairman of the Board of the U.S.-Japan Council (a Japan NPO koeki zaidan hojin), Ms. Doi has served on various volunteer boards in Japan including as treasurer and member of the board of directors of the Japan-United States Education Commission (“Fulbright Japan”). She was an adjunct professor at Hitotsubashi University School of Business and is a California licensed attorney.