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With experience in commercial banking, financial management, and as a CPA, Tsuneko Nakatani is passionate about advising individuals and businesses with financial planning, income protection, and wealth accumulation/distribution. She serves as a Financial Services Professional* for New York Life from 2012. She currently specializes in long-term care and retirement/estate planning.

Mikiko Amagai was Managing Editor of the Post from 2001 to 2005. Of her tenure, Mikiko feels that the most memorable articles she wrote were her interviews of the Seattle Nisei veterans—all but one now deceased. She obtained their stories by “just letting them talk.” She published the accounts in both English and Japanese. On November 1, Mikiko returned to Tokyo after 44 years in Seattle.

Geraldine Shu worked in immunology research labs for 38 years. She is the daughter of Drs. Evan & Ruby Inouye Shu.

Elaine Ikoma Ko is the former Executive Director of the Hokubei Hochi Foundation, a nonprofit that helps The North American Post with projects and events. She is a member of the U.S.-Japan Council, an alumnus of the Japanese American Leadership Delegation (JALD) to Japan, and leads spring and autumn group tours to Japan.

Tamiko Nimura is a Sansei/Pinay writer, originally from Northern California and now living in the Pacific Northwest. Her writing has appeared or will appear in The San Francisco Chronicle, Kartika Review, The Seattle Star, Seattlest.com, the International Examiner (Seattle), and The Rafu Shimpo. She blogs at Kikugirl.net, and is working on a book project that responds to her father's unpublished manuscript about his Tule Lake incarceration during World War II.

Mary Tanaka Abo is a former resident of Juneau, Alaska. She and her family were incarcerated at Puyallup Assembly Center and the Minidoka WRA in Idaho. She and her husband, Joe, are longtime members of the Omoide writing group.

Akiko Kusunose was born in Fukuoka Prefecture, Kyushu, and graduated from the Kyushu University Department of Law. She served as editor-in-chief of the NAP for 11 years from 1988 to 1999. She received an Excellent Article Award from the Overseas Japanese Newspaper Association in 1993. She wrote the booklet, "History of Nikkei in Washington State" (Consulate-General of Japan in Seattle, 2000).