MEET THE OSAY BOARD

We are honored to serve as your OSAY Board for 2021-2022. We are excited to bring a new year of events and opportunities to you as you navigate the waters of life here in Yokosuka!

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SUSAN BANG

President

Hi!  I’m Susan Bang (some people also know me as Susan Kim).  My husband David and I have been married for 13 years, and we have a 10 year old son, Hunter and an 8 year old daughter, River.  We have been living in Yokosuka for a year now and what a crazy year it has been!  We PCS’d here at the start of the pandemic, when the world was put on pause, and it has been like living out some sci-fi movie ever since.  I am eager to get back to a “normal life” and really see the rest of Japan.  While living here, I have developed a love for bathing in Onsens and snowboarding…Miracles really do happen!  I have been eating and shopping my way through Japan and enjoying every minute of it.    

 

I am Korean American and originally from the NY/ NJ area where I worked as a Fashion Designer for 13 years, before I met my husband.  I am a shopaholic, and home decor fanatic.  And anyone who truly knows me will tell you that my karaoke mic is my best friend!!  And when I’m not singing, I’m taking photos of the beautiful scenery in Japan.  David is currently stationed on the Reagan so he’s never home, but thankfully, I’ve made some great friends who have been keeping me busy.  I hope that OSAY can be a place where new spouses can connect and feel welcomed and we can all work together to build community and long lasting friendships.  I am looking forward to meeting new faces, having fun, and exploring Japan with you all!

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CHELSEA JUAREZ

Secretary

I’m from Bellevue, Nebraska. I grew up down the road from my husband, but didn’t meet him until his Senior year of high school. We have been together for 15 years and have 3 amazing kids. We have enjoyed the Navy life for the last 8 years, and are mostly excited for many more. Before the Navy started moving us around the world, I worked in Corporate Relocation and Family Support Work helping other people change their world. Since then, I have been an off and on homeschool mom, a little bit of everything with our Family Readiness Groups and jump at any opportunity to volunteer in each community we have lived in. We are starting year 3 here in Japan, and are learning to love our little house off base. I am so excited to get to know you this year!

MEGAN MULLINAX

Treasurer

Hello! My name is Megan and I’m originally from Nebraska (Go Big Red!).  I met my husband in 2010 while living in San Diego when I was attending graduate school and he was in residency.  We have three wonderful boys who keep me busy.  I'm a full time mom now, but before this I had the opportunity to do strategic human capital work across industries such as big tech, transportation, manufacturing, and the government.  In my spare time I enjoy cooking, hiking, and spending time with friends. 

 

My family and I have been in Japan since 2019 and have one year left in this amazing country.  We love living here because the people are so friendly and there is so much to do and see. I have met so many amazing people through OSAY. It has been a highlight of my time in Yokosuka.  I’m looking forward to meeting you and having a lot of fun this year!

ABBY BORREGO

Membership

Hi, I’m Abby Borrego.  I grew up in Bloomington, Indiana (cornfields, everywhere!), and met my husband while attending college in the DC area.  I’ve worked primarily in HR and non-profits in the 10 years since I’ve been a Navy spouse, but my true dream is to head back to school to become a social worker (it’ll happen, someday; maybe retirement, where all things are possible?!).  Since we’ve moved here, I teach some English and ‘Mom’ my 5 year old daughter, which has been really enjoyable. 

This is our second time in Yokosuka, and I’m so thankful to have found OSAY this time around.  There couldn’t be a more supportive, active, and fun group to be a part of.  I’m looking forward to more fun this year.

SARAH PETERSON

Communications

Glad to you stopped by! I'm Sarah. We've had the pleasure of living in Yokosuka for a year - and it's flown by! Before Japan, we lived in Italy for 3 years and all over the States before that. I've been married for 16 years and we have two sweet kiddos (10 yrs & 9 yrs).   

Before moving overseas, I was a Pharmaceutical Specialty Sales Consultant and worked in the corporate wold. Balancing kids and deployments while working full time became tricky. I decided it is time to embrace and become a SAHM and I haven't looked back! I've always been obsessed with photography and wanted to take better pictures of my kids. My hobby became my passion. After years of studying and learning from the best - I launched my successful photography business. 

Not only am I passionate about photography but I also love exploring, learning, and helping to build community!

 

I can't wait to meet you! 

ALOHA OSAY! 

I’m Austin and I am so glad to be here creating memories and getting to experience the culture Japan has to offer with you all! 

 

I spent my entire life in Hawai’i so moving here was definitely a big change. When you’re on a small island you sometimes forget how HUGE this world really is. 

 

I met my husband 5 years ago and we have two adorable fur babies, Taiyo and Yue. Taiyo is a gorgeous bengal cat and Yue is a sassy shiba inu. It was definitely love at first sight for all three of them. 

 

Living here in Yokosuka and being apart of OSAY I have met so many amazing and unforgettable people. I’ve also got to experience so much in the short time we’ve been here. I’m hoping this following year allows us to go on more adventures and have an enjoyable time here in Japan.

I’m tired, always tired, the back pain is never ending due to the fact that I am constantly bending over picking up socks, dog toys and random objects that apparently belong to both no one and someone at the same time. My favorite hobbies include going on long hikes while learning about the Japanese temples, trails, and greenery, peddling my bike for miles with no real destination, trying to figure out if I can duplicate a craft, wall hanging or cute shirts I found on Etsy and waiting till the last minute to figure out dinner.

 

On a serious note: I am truly honored to be a stay-at-home mamma; parenting, nurturing, and guiding my 4 incredible mini humans is fun, exciting, and draining, but loving every opportunity to both teach them and learn from them. Married my sexy beer belly yielding hubby almost 20 years ago, most years have been incredible some have been a wash and a few have been a real struggle, but let me tell you, this shore duty is proving to be my favorite with him, he cooks, cleans and I have yet to ask him to take the garbage out.

 

Life is good. God is good, friends are good.

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ASHLEY HOFFMAN

Vice President

I’m Ashley Hoffman, the new VP of OSAY!  I’m so excited for this upcoming year, especially after we’ve all been so apart for so long.  I’ve lived in Japan for seven years so far.  Five in Atsugi and I’ve just finished my second here in Yokosuka. 

My passions are tea ceremony, which I’ve been studying since 2013, cooking, traveling and finding new adventures. I have a five year old daughter and a three year old daughter that keep me super busy. They both attend off base preschools.  

I can’t wait to see our continuing members again and to meet all of the new members this year!

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AUSTIN HERRERA

Events

I’m Austin and I am so glad to be here creating memories and getting to experience the culture Japan has to offer with you all! 

 

I spent my entire life in Hawai’i so moving here was definitely a big change. When you’re on a small island you sometimes forget how HUGE this world really is. 

 

I met my husband 5 years ago and we have two adorable fur babies, Taiyo and Yue. Taiyo is a gorgeous bengal cat and Yue is a sassy shiba inu. It was definitely love at first sight for all three of them. 

 

Living here in Yokosuka and being apart of OSAY I have met so many amazing and unforgettable people. I’ve also got to experience so much in the short time we’ve been here. I’m hoping this following year allows us to go on more adventures and have an enjoyable time here in Japan.

ILCE ALLEN

Events

I’m tired, always tired, the back pain is never ending due to the fact that I am constantly bending over picking up socks, dog toys and random objects that apparently belong to both no one and someone at the same time. My favorite hobbies include going on long hikes while learning about the Japanese temples, trails, and greenery, peddling my bike for miles with no real destination, trying to figure out if I can duplicate a craft, wall hanging or cute shirts I found on Etsy and waiting till the last minute to figure out dinner.

 

On a serious note: I am truly honored to be a stay-at-home mamma; parenting, nurturing, and guiding my 4 incredible mini humans is fun, exciting, and draining, but loving every opportunity to both teach them and learn from them. Married my sexy beer belly yielding hubby almost 20 years ago, most years have been incredible some have been a wash and a few have been a real struggle, but let me tell you, this shore duty is proving to be my favorite with him, he cooks, cleans and I have yet to ask him to take the garbage out.

 

Life is good. God is good, friends are good.

SARA PAGANO

Events

Hi there,  my name is Sara Pagano. I'm a veteran,  mom to our three crazy kids,  and navy wife of 16 years to my SWO, Geoff.  The Navy has been a part of my life since I was born.  We've lived all over from Norfolk to Japan. We've been here since early 2020 and are enjoying Japan greatly,  despite the current pandemic.  

      As a family, we love to hike,  camp,  and explore.  I am an active volunteer around base,  and in my personal time I love baking, sewing and crafting. Oh,  and please,  invite me to do all the things foodie related. I can't wait to get to know all of you this year!

KARI DeLONGPRE

Events

Hi Everyone!!!  I’m Kari, wife to my SWO husband Jeff, mom to 3 girls, professional volunteer, lover of the outdoors and an avid mental health advocate!

 

My husband and I met at the University of Minnesota while he was in NROTC and have been married 15 years (6 of those months while we were still in college and he was a Midshipman, eeek).  Since then we have moved many times, experienced both coasts and this is our first time OCONUS!  We have been in Yokosuka for a year and enjoy exploring our host nation, learning about the culture and trying new foods.  Our 3 girls (10, 7, 3.5) keep us busy and on our toes and we deeply miss our 14-year-old German Shepherd who stayed back in Minnesota with family.

 

I am a professional volunteer (ha), volunteering for a mental health nonprofit in the States (Still I Run), American Red Cross Yokosuka, a religious education teacher for Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Community, a run coach for Child and Youth Programs and our command’s Ombudsman. I have a passion for social media and communications and love the connections it allows people to create across the world.  When I’m not volunteering, I enjoy exploring our host nation’s hiking trails, having a good sweat session on my Peloton and reading a good book.  I am looking forward to being part of the OSAY board this year and getting to know everyone!  Here’s to a great OSAY year!