Peter Goldsbury

Chair, Board of Trustees / Board of Directors

Peter Goldsbury, born in the UK, came to Japan in 1980 and has been living in Hiroshima ever since. He has a Ph.D. in Ancient Greek from University College London, but until retiring has taught mainly comparative culture and cross-cultural rhetoric at Hiroshima University. Peter began his association with Hiroshima International School around 1990 (as far as he can remember, without checking school records). At this time he was editor of a local magazine, Hiroshima Signpost, which was published by the school, and was eventually elected to membership of both boards. He has done several stints as Chair of the Board of Trustees and also as Director General and in fact has worked with six different Principals of HIS. Now retired from full-time university teaching, he has resumed his association with the school after a five-year break. He looks forward to working for the continued development of HIS as a major educational institution in Hiroshima.

Peter M. Skaer

Board of Directors / Board of Trustees


Mika Kiriake

Board of Trustees

Mika Kiriake, a native of Hiroshima studied in Boston, Massachusetts and has received a Master of Arts in Teaching Foreign Languages. She began her teaching career at Phillips Exeter Academy, New Hampshire. After she returned to Hiroshima, she taught English and Japanese as a foreign language and also taught a Japanese Language Teacher Training course at universities in Hiroshima as an adjunct lecturer. Currently Mika teaches Japanese throughout the school at HIS and her son has been a student at HIS since he was three. She also became a Diploma Program Workshop Leader in 2012 and started giving a workshop in 2013. Mika looks forward to working with members of BoT to make HIS students’ life and their community keep improving and better.

Roger L. Reinoos

Board of Trustees

Roger L. Reinoos has studied and worked in Hiroshima since arriving in Japan in 1987. He has been a lecturer at Hiroshima University of Economics for 23 years teaching international relations, social science, and English. In a previous life in the United States he was a kindergarten and elementary school teacher, and a software engineer. He has been a member of the Board of Trustees since ???? and looks forward to working with other board members, staff, and community as HIS continues to grow and develop.


Takao Kamibeppu

Board of Directors / Board of Trustees

Takao Kamibeppu is a bureaucrat-turned researcher in comparative and international education. Originally from Miyazaki, he is currently a professor of international cooperation at Fukuyama City University. Previously, he worked at the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science & Technology (MEXT) in Tokyo and UNESCO in Bangkok, and taught at Tokyo Jogakkan College among other schools. His current area of research is the internationalization and harmonization of higher education in Asia and Europe. He is an advisor to the Hiroshima Innovative School Project and to the Kumon Kokusai Gakuen Super Global High School Project. He earned an MA (intercultural management) from the School for International Training (Vermont, USA) and a Ph.D. (education policy) from the University of Maryland, College Park. He joined the Board of Trustees in February 2016 and the Board of Directors in June 2016.


Fuyuko Takita Ruetenik

Board of Directors / Board of Trustees

Fuyuko Takita Ruetenik was born and raised in Hiroshima. She holds a Master of Science in Japanese Business Studies, a MBA in International Management, and a PhD in International Studies (Sociolinguistics). She is a full-time assistant professor at Hiroshima University, teaching students and undertaking research on intercultural communication. Fuyuko has been involved in international conferences relating to peace in Hiroshima Prefecture. She helped in the organization of the Hiroshima International Peace Summit 2006, where she worked as a professional interpreter and coordinator for three Nobel Peace Laureates: The Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu and Betty Williams. She was also involved in workshops on intercultural understanding and communication for international students from 17 different countries at the APEC Junior Conference in 2009, organized by Hiroshima Prefectural Government. Fuyuko has a strong desire to work closely with other board members to make Hiroshima International School the best in the prefecture for the promotion of global peace and intercultural understanding through its international curriculum.


Matt Jungblut

Board of Trustees

Matt Jungblut has over fifteen years experience as an educator in the United States, as well as Japan.  Originally from New York, he has been connected to Japan since the 1980s, and has traveled through every prefecture, whether by train, car, kayak or hitchhiking. His great passions are barbecue, baseball, books, boating, music, and family, but not necessarily in that order.  He holds a BA in History and an MS in Elementary Education. Not letting his degrees hold him back, he has also worked in business in the UK and US, as a submarine pilot in Hawaii, and as a writer and a DJ around the world. Matt hopes to contribute to the HIS community in as many ways as possible, whether reading with students, helping the PTA organize events, or aiding the BoT in the decisions that will best serve our children for the future.

Takako Tokunaga

Board of Trustees

HIS Music specialist teaching the Primary Years Program through Diploma Program. Holds Bachelor of Music in Musicology with Teacher’s Certificate from Elisabeth University of Music (Hiroshima), Master of Music in Piano Performance from Ithaca College School of Music (New York). Originally from Hiroshima and HIS staff since 1994. She is also a member of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Educators Network since 2012 serving as the workshop leader training to facilitate the professional development of the teachers in schools implementing the IB programs in Japan and in Asia Pacific Region.

Annie Levasseur

Board of Trustees

I am originally from Montreal, Canada and have been teaching internationally since 2008. This is my second year at HIS. Outside of work, I enjoy learning languages, traveling, photography, reading, playing music and cooking. My teaching experience has brought me to engage with all three IB programs and I have been an examiner for DP history since 2013. I am a big supporter of the IB’s educational philosophy and am happy to be contributing to its development at HIS.

Edward (Jamie) Hardisty

Board of Trustees

I am originally from the UK though I moved around Europe a lot as a child due to my father’s job. I have been a teacher for 17 years, 7 in the UK and the last 10 in Hong Kong. In this time I have taught all of the sciences with an emphasis on biology and environmental science. In my spare time, I am rather keen on photography especially wildlife and action as well as watching sports, with a special interest in ice hockey and rugby. I am looking forward to my time in Japan as it is a country I have visited several times from Hong Kong and I love the culture and beauty of the country.

Berin McKenzie

Board of Trustees

Berin McKenzie graduated with a B.A. degree in Japanese from New Zealand’s Canterbury University in 1998, and a B.A. (Hons.) and M.A. in International Relations from the Department of Political Studies at Auckland University. His M.A. Thesis examined multilateral initiatives as pursued by Japan in regards to its policy towards the People’s Republic of China. Mr. McKenzie was employed in a Japanese local government role prior to joining UNITAR in August 2008. Berin manages programme development and implementation, as well as monitoring and evaluation at the UNITAR Hiroshima Office and has also acted as a Mentor to participants in the UNITAR Fellowship for Afghanistan programme, as well as being an American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) Accredited Master Trainer. He looks forward to working with the Board, Staff, Students, and the HIS community to help develop a new generation of international citizens.