Madeline Adams, CEO
Madeline Adams joined JAST in April 2022 from Homework Hotline, a Nashville-based, statewide nonprofit that provides free tutoring to Tennessee students. Her career history includes developing and managing youth and family education programs for notable nonprofit institutions including the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, the Birmingham Museum of Art, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. She holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and a MFA from The American University. Madeline’s interest in Japan began when she taught with the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program in Fukushima Prefecture for two years. Since being in Nashville, Madeline has volunteered with JAST and through the Nashville Cherry Blossom Festival Committee since 2014, moderated an online panel discussion in 2021, and has recently served as MC for both the Nashville Cherry Blossom Festival and the Memphis Japan Festival.
Ginger Byrn, Executive Administrator, Director of Programs & Membership Development
Ginger Byrn is a native Nashvillian and a graduate of Vanderbilt University. Following graduation, Ginger accepted a part-time, temporary summer job with American Airlines. At the end of the summer, she was offered a full-time position which led to a more than 35-year career with American Airlines. Ginger joined JAST as Director of Programs and Membership Development in 2012. She also serves as Festival Director of the Nashville Cherry Blossom Festival and the Memphis Japan Festival.
Peyton Goodman, Operations & Program Coordinator
Peyton Goodman joined JAST in 2019 after two years as an Assistant Language Teacher with the JET Program in Oita Prefecture. Before joining JET, Peyton graduated from Centre College, KY with a degree in International Studies focusing on the Indo-Pacific. Peyton’s interest in Japan started as a child when her father would tell her stories about his time in Okinawa with the Air Force.
Reina Lyons, Manager, Japanese Community Outreach & Support Services
Reina Lyons joined JAST in January, 2022. Originally from Shiga Prefecture in Japan, she received a MA in Mathematics at Villanova University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and worked in Novi, Michigan. She then moved with her husband to his home state of Tennessee in 2013. Reina has taught Japanese elementary and secondary school students for over 10 years at a Japanese private school in Michigan and the Japanese Saturday Supplementary School in Middle Tennessee.