June's professional life began as an art teacher in public schools in Kansas and Pennsylvania. The influences of the civil rights movement of the 60's and 70's led to a professional change to social work and social change. She worked in the field of gerontology for over 30 years in advocating for the rights of elderly and creating equitable social services.
June is a Japanese American with her upbringing in both Japan and US. Her mother is a Nisei from Seattle, WA, and her father was a Japanese national. During WWII, June's family was separated on two sides of countries at war. June, her mother and sister were in Japan while her maternal grandparents and aunts were in the United States. The family was re-united 1953.