• Advisory Council


    Advisory Council Spotlight: Dr. Amy Mass

    Photo: Dr. Amy Mass

    Dr. Amy Mass is Professor Emerita at Whittier College, where she taught for 25 years. She was born and raised in Los Angeles, except for the years she spent in Heart Mountain from age seven to ten, when she lived with her family in 1-9-B.

    She has been a social worker for over 50 years and is the recipient of numerous awards and honors including a Fulbright Teaching Award, Irvine Foundation Grant, Institute of American Cultures Fellowships and Phi Beta Kappa from U.C. Berkeley, where she received her Bachelor of Arts Degree.

    Amy also holds a Master of Social Work from the University of Southern California, and a Doctor of Social Work from UCLA. She has made numerous presentations and published many articles about the psychological impact of the concentration camp experience on Japanese Americans, including “At Home in 1-9-B,” in the Nikkei Heritage, Spring 2004 and “Psychological Effects of Internment” in A matter of Conscience: Essays on World War II Draft Resistance Movement, 2002.

    The time in Heart Mountain was a pivotal experience for her, and she is honored to be able to help educate the public about the injustice of race-based detention through her service on the HMWF Advisory Committee.


    Dr. William Higuchi

    Photo: William Higuchi PhD

    William Higuchi, Ph.D joined the HMWF Advisory Council in 1998, as one of its first members.

    Dr. Higuchi and his wife, the late Setsuko Saito Higuchi, actively supported the Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation in its early stages and helped the Foundation acquire the land on which the Interpretive Center is now built.

    When Setsuko passed away in 2005, the HMWF Board honored her memory by creating a Walking Tour of the site and dedicating it in her name.

    Dr. Higuchi has continually encouraged us and guides our mission to create an institution devoted to education, policy and research around the Japanese American World War II experience.

    Dr. Higuchi is a Distinguished Professor of Pharmaceutics in the Department of Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Chemistry at the University of Utah. For over 50 years, Prof. Higuchi has been globally recognized for establishing the scope and significance of pharmaceutics in academia, industry, and therapeutics.

    During World War II, he and his family were sent to Heart Mountain internment camp. While attending grade school in the camp, he met Setsuko. He was also classmates with Raymond Uno, a fellow Advisory Council member who went on to become Utah's first minority judge.

    After the war, Dr. Higuchi pursued his education. He received a B.A. from San Jose University and Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of California at Berkeley. He was reunited with Setsuko during a chance meeting at Berkeley. They married shortly thereafter and had four children.

    William became a pharmaceutical chemistry professor at the University of Michigan and in 1982 was recruited to become Chairman of the Department of Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Chemistry at the University of Utah.

    Along with graduating over 100 Ph.D. students, he has authored more than 400 peer- reviewed papers in the area of pharmaceutics and is a world- renowned leader in the field of drug delivery.

    In 2000, Dr. Higuchi founded Aciont Inc., working to advance the treatment of age- associated eye disease. He also co-founded Lipocine Inc., a lipid-based drug delivery company and TheraTech, Inc.

    Dr. Higuchi has had over 40 years of experience in the research and development of non-invasive therapeutics and medical devices, including over 15 years pioneering iontophoretic theories.

    In February 2008, a special issue of the Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences was devoted to Dr. Higuchi in recognition of his exceptional contributions to the pharmaceutical sciences. The Journal celebrated the work of this outstanding scientist, teacher, and mentor. His contributions are diverse and include mass transfer, solubilization, equilibria, and colloid and surface chemistry applied to pharmaceutics and biopharmaceutics.

    Prof. Higuchi’s achievements have significantly elevated the field of pharmaceutics. He has left behind not only an impressive body of scientific work but also a lasting legacy of training resulting in the success of numerous students and post-doctoral scientists.


    Simpson and Mineta: Time Honored Friendship

    Photo: Simpson and Mineta our advisory council

    Our Advisory Council provides guidance to the Foundation and is comprised of experts in a wide range of areas, including education, science, communications, marketing, and public service.

    Best known among our distinguished advisors are two men who have dedicated their lives to public service and whose names are associated with Wyoming leadership and Japanese American history. They are Alan K. Simpson and Norman Y. Mineta. The two met during World War II as Boy Scouts from opposite sides of the barbed wire fence surrounding Heart Mountain.

    Their friendship defied wartime uncertainty and has lasted for more than 65 years. Coincidentally, both entered public service and found themselves serving in Congress at the same time--Simpson as the U.S. Senator representing Wyoming (1979-97)and Mineta as a Congressman from California. (1975-95). Mineta was subsequently appointed U.S. Secretary of Commerce by President Bill Clinton and then became U.S. Secretary of Transportation under President George W. Bush.

    Today, Sen. Simpson serves as Co-Chair of the White House Commission on Deficit Reduction. Mineta is Vice Chairman of the Washington, D.C.-based international public relations firm, Hill and Knowlton.

    Photo: Simpson & Mineta at dedication of Heart Mountain as a National Historical Landmark.Simpson & Mineta at dedication of Heart Mountain as a National Historical Landmark.


    Photo: The Setsuko Saito Higuchi Walking Tour was dedicated 
in 2005.The Setsuko Saito Higuchi Walking Tour was dedicated in 2005.


    Photo: Judge Raymond Uno (ret), who helped form the Advisory Council, addresses the Progress Celebration in Cody, WY. Judge Raymond Uno (ret), who helped form the Advisory Council, addresses the Progress Celebration in Cody, WY.


    Photo: Former Heart Mountain internees and their families gather for the unveiling of the plaque dedicated to fellow internee Norman Mineta during the site's designation as a National Historic Landmark.Former Heart Mountain internees and their families gather for the unveiling of the plaque dedicated to fellow internee Norman Mineta during the site's designation as a National Historic Landmark.

    — Photo by BACON SAKATANI


    Photo: Advisory Council membersAdvisory Council member Bacon Sakatani (left) congratulates Toshi Ito on publication of her memoirs. James Ito (right) played a key role in developing the agricultural system that helped provide Heart Mountain with fresh produce during the war. Both Toshi and James were interned at the camp.

    — Photo by ELLEN ENDO


    Photo:  U.S. Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta prepares to unveil the plaque dedicated in his honor.U.S. Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta prepares to unveil the plaque dedicated in his honor.

    — Photo by BACON SAKATANI

    Advisory Council member Carolyn Takeshita addresses the education conference,
    "Removal, Redress, Reflection" held at the Japanese American National Museum in fall 2010.

    Click photo to read more about the event, which was presented by HMWF, JANM and the UCLA George & Sakaye Aratani Japanese American Studies Department.
    — RAFU SHIMPO Photo by MARIO REYES


    ADVISORY COUNCIL

    HONORARY CO-CHAIRS

    NORMAN Y. MINETA - Washington, D.C.

    U.S. Senator

    ALAN K. SIMPSON (retired) - Cody, WY


    MEMBERS

    DR. AMY MASS - Whittier, CA

    CAROLYN TAKESHITA - Denver, CO

    COL. HENRY AJIMA (ret) - Cypress, CA

    NANCY ARAKI - Los Angeles, CA

    WILLIAM I. HIGUCHI, PhD - Salt Lake City, UT

    LANE RYO HIRABAYASHI - Los Angeles, CA

    JOANNE KUMAMOTO - Los Angeles, CA

    JIM McILWAIN - Los Angeles, CA

    COL. NOBORU MASUOKA - Sunnyvale, CA

    MARIKO TERASAKI MILLER: HONORARY CONSUL OF JAPAN- Casper, WY

    JEANETTE MITARAI MISAKA, PhD - Salt Lake City, UT

    BACON SAKATANI - West Covina, CA

    WILLIAM J. THOMSON - Cheyenne, WY

    JUDGE RAYMOND S. UNO (retired) - Salt Lake City, UT




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