Topaz Museum Welcomes New Board Members


DELTA, Utah – The Topaz Museum Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the appointment of four new members: Kiley Chase, Sherrie Hayashi, Ned Isokawa and Patricia Wakida.

Their terms began in January.

Kiley Chase resides in Delta and works at Intermountain Power Service Corp. He grew up in Leamington, Utah, about 18 miles from Delta, and returned to the area after graduating from Utah State University. He is currently a member of the Delta City Council and has served as a liaison with the Delta City Library Board, Public Works Department, and Planning and Zoning Commission. He has a history of public service and is a past president of the Delta Area Chamber of Commerce.

Sherrie Hayashi is a descendant of the Fujii family, who was incarcerated in Topaz during World War II. She currently works at the University of Utah, where she earned her Juris Doctor, and is the Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity and Title IX Coordinator. She is a former commissioner of the Utah Labor Commission and served as a cabinet member of former Utah governors. Jon M. Huntsman and Gary Herbert. Hayashi is active in the Japanese American community and is a longtime board member of the Salt Lake Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens’ League, as well as a past president. Following in the footsteps of her grandparents and parents, she resides in Salt Lake City.

Ned Nobuo Isokawa was born in Topaz. His family moved back to his hometown of Oakland, California after the war ended and he has lived in the East Bay ever since. After attending Oakland public schools, he enrolled at UC Berkeley and earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and a JD degree from UC Berkeley School of Law. A retired lawyer, he was a partner in the Oakland and San Francisco offices of major international law firms. From 2011 to 2019, he served as Chairman of the Board of J-Sei, a non-profit senior services organization serving the Japanese-American community in East Bay.

In 1993, he served as Chairman of the Board of the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area. He is a member of the Leadership Council of Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus.

Patricia Wakida is a fourth-generation Japanese-American living in Oakland. She has

has devoted much of his career to researching, writing, and creating artwork that reflects his culture and history. She is currently an editor for Discover Nikkei, an associate editor and editor for the Densho Encyclopedia Project, and a contributing editor for the Nichibei times. She has also served as associate curator of history at the Japanese American National Museum, senior editor of the National Japanese American Historical Society’s exhibit on the military intelligence service, senior exhibit editor for the Topaz Museum, and co-editor/researcher /editor for “Only What We Could Carry: The Japanese American Experience of Internment.

Wakida’s public art installations include a “Remembrance Day” mandala with the Yonsei Memorial Project at the Fresno Fairgrounds and “I Am American Family #25344” at the Fresno Housing Authority. She is currently working on a Japanese-American public artwork that will be installed in Hayward, California in 2022.

The new board members join Lance Atkinson, Scott Bassett, Lorelei Draper, Mark Nelson, Rick Okabe, Hisashi Bill Sugaya, Teresa Thompson and board chair Jane Beckwith.

The new Topaz Museum building opened in 2015 and is located in Delta, 25 km from the historic Topaz Concentration Camp site. The museum board owns 639 acres of the area where people of Japanese ancestry were incarcerated during World War II. More than 10,000 people, including many students, visit it every year. More information can be found

at http://topazmuseum.org.

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