As we get to know you through the application process to study abroad, it’s only fair that you know a bit about us too! Read on to learn more about the programs team behind all the emails and phone calls and our in-country staff who you will get to know during your time in Japan. And, of course, feel free to contact us anytime if you have questions!

Program Managers

Photo of TEAN staff Trisha Turner

Trisha Turner

Senior Program Manager

China and Japan

Trisha’s first opportunity to travel outside the U.S. was after graduating from Indiana University, when she was able to pursue her dream of living abroad by working at a resort in Bavaria, Germany. She spent two years traveling extensively across Europe and North Africa, solidifying her passion for experiencing other cultures and seeing more of the world. After returning to the U.S., Trisha joined TEAN to help students get overseas so they can have their own adventures. Trisha has since traveled with TEAN to Australia, South Korea, China, Japan, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. Her favorite part about working for TEAN is knowing that the work we do truly changes lives.

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Japan Staff

Niaya Harper Igarashi

Niaya Harper Igarashi

Resident Director - Japan

Originally from the United States, but living in Japan for more than a decade, Niaya has been helping study abroad students in Tokyo since 2014. She graduated from Xavier University of Louisiana with a BA in History and Spanish and completed an MA in International Business at Webster University’s London campus, during which she completely fell in love with discovering travel and different cultures. Before moving to Tokyo, she worked in international business development and marketing in London, Houston, and New York. Niaya enjoys hiking and volunteering, and considers herself a lifelong learner – something she shares with students by sharing her love of Japan helping students realize the value of studying abroad both during their journey and afterward!