Keiko "Kayco" Ishii

Advanced Planning Advisor

Office Phone: (310) 521-4459
FAX: (310) 521-4434

Born in Kyoto and raised in Chiba, Japan, Keiko moved to the United States in 1985 settling in Rancho Palos Verdes. She attended Otsuma Women's High School, Marymount Palos Verdes College and received her degree from Cal State University Long Beach. Keiko recalls wonderful memories of her youth in Japan, most especially her daily walks near Kokyo (Imperial Palace) and the spring time when the cherry blossom trees were in full bloom.

After 20 years in the HR and Recruiting field, Keiko recently took a leap of faith in accepting a position with Green Hills. Some of her additional career experience includes being a Life & Career Counselor and translating materials from Japanese to English.

Keiko and her husband, college sweetheart, have two high school age children. Their son remains active between playing the oboe and training for marathons while their daughter enjoys her cheerleading and volunteering for the YMCA.

Living nearby, Keiko has been driving by Green Hills regularly since 1993 observing how so many gather to pay respect to their loved ones. She finds the park to be peaceful and understands why one might chose it as their final resting place. As one of the newest team members, she quickly found value in the ability to assist families with their unique wishes and needs.

One of her first experiences working at Green Hills was the Let it Snow event. Keiko was inspired by how well the event was attended and enjoyed the interaction with so many families. From Santa photos to the lighting of the Memorial Tree, she knew this was a place she could feel proud of.

Keiko volunteers at OLLI at California State University Long Beach as an instructor offering a seven week course "Guided Meditation for Rejuvenation and Transformation". The course is programmed specifically towards senior audiences to better understand lifelong personal potential. She attributes this methodology to helping herself overcome physically and emotionally difficult times.

Performing as part of a "Senior" Jazz Dance Team and participating in Karaoke contests with her daughter are wonderful opportunities to enjoy life. She hopes one day to convince her husband to join her in taking Swing Dance lessons.

Keiko plans to one day visit Narashino Park which is across the street from the home she grew up. A perfect scenario would be to once again walk under the Yaezakura Trees in bloom during the month of April.