Ruth O. Bingham, PhDDepartment Chair & Faculty Specialist
Raised in Kailua, Ruth lived in South America, Europe and the mainland before returning to Hawai’i to raise a family. She has five degrees (2 BAs, 2 MAs, and a PhD) in musicology and German, from UH-Manoa and Cornell University in New York.
She loves working in higher ed and helping students!
Kay HamadaFaculty Specialist
Kay grew up on the island of Hawaiʻi. She earned her BA in Journalism and Mass Communication from Drake University in Iowa. After teaching English in China for a year, Kay returned to the Midwest to earn her MA in English from Western Illinois University. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Communication and Information Sciences with a focus in Social Informatics at UH Manoa.
In her spare time Kay likes to go on walks (#Fitbit) and swim at Magic Island. She is also a SuperWhoLock fan.
Nanette MilesJunior Specialist
Nanette was born and raised in Hawai’i, with the exception of attending Kindergarten in Maryland. She has completed her AA in Liberal Arts from Kapi’olani Community College and transferred to UH Manoa to complete her BA in Psychology with a Certificate in Ethnic Studies and then to Chaminade University to earn a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology degree.
Nanette likes to travel and has been on a road trip from West Virginia to California; San Francisco; Holland and Germany.
Julie TerlajeJunior Specialist
Julie is a first-generation Filipina-American and grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She earned degrees from University of Wisconsin-Madison (B.A.) and Marquette University (M.Ed.). As an advisor, she enjoys seeing students grow personally and intellectually throughout their time as undergraduates. Outside of work, she attempts body boarding, frequents restaurants to avoid washing dishes, and cheers on the Rainbow Wahine and Warriors.
A proud Badger alumna and former Wisconsinite, she is a dedicated fan of the Wisconsin Badgers and Green Bay Packers.
Sheana was born in Honolulu, Hawai’i. She and her family lived in many different areas of Oahu, but she currently resides in Kaimuki. Sheana graduated from Moanalua High School, and is now attending UH Mānoa as a candidate for BA in Psychology, Communicology, and a minor in Music. She hopes to become a news caster and/or an academic advisor; something that will keep her on her toes.
When Sheana was little, she wanted to be a firefighter.
On Saturdays she frequently goes on binges on Netflix or attempts to get a tan at the beach.
Kat was born and raised on the Big Island of Hawai‘i and is a graduate Kamehameha Schools Hawai‘i (Imua E Nā Poki’i!). She then went on to earn her BA in Biochemistry from Occidental College in California. After working various jobs in the fields of Education and Heath, Kat decided to go back to school for Public Health. She is currently pursuing her MPH specializing in Epidemiology at UH Mānoa. She hopes that her future career will help those in need.
In her free time, Kat loves to hang out with her friends and have fun!
Amanda is from Ewa Beach, Hawaii and a graduate from McKinley High School. She transferred from Leeward Community College and is now pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in Family Resources with a minor in Japanese at UH Manoa. She plans on working on a master’s degree in Educational Administration after graduation. In the future she hopes to return to Leeward as a counselor or International Coordinator. Her hobbies include doing manicures, shopping, playing with makeup, and going on food adventures.
She loves anything and everything Kate!
Candice was born and raised in China. She came to Hawaii with her parents when she was 14. She is a graduate of Kaimuki High School. Currently, she is a senior majoring in Computer Science and minoring in Economics. She plans to attend business school and pursue a career in management in the technology related field. Her hobbies are playing guitar and piano, learning new languages, watching Japanese dramas, drawing, and traveling.
She loves playing with her dogs!!!
Christian was born in Waipahu, Hawai’i but now resides in Aiea. A graduate from Radford High School, Christian is now attending UH Mānoa studying Mathematics with a minor in Art. His future goal is to attend graduate school hoping to become a web designer or online educator. His hobbies include adventuring with friends, singing, drawing, and playing video games.
In his free time, Christian likes to take selfies with his little sister.
Rona was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. She is currently a student at the Richardson School of Law and hopes to become an attorney specializing in either Family or Immigration law. Her interests include learning new languages, singing, and going out with friends. She hopes to travel the world in the future and help those in need.
Rona left her heart in Paris!
Yi-hui graduated from Roosevelt high school. She completed her A.A degree in liberal art at Kapi‘olani Community College and transferred to University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa to completed her BA in Second Language Studies and Psychology. She is currently pursuing a Master’s in Education in Educational Administration in higher education.
She enjoys learning new language and hopes to learn American Sign Language and Japanese for the future.
Advising Center Support Staff
Carolina was born, raised and educated on the Island of O’ahu. She is an alumnus of both Hawai’i Loa College and Hawai’i Pacific University and earned her BA in Liberal Arts. Her past careers have been in customer service in the hotel and travel tourism industry; private corporate administration; and military service in the US Navy and US Coast Guard.
Carolina loves traveling and hopes to visit those places still on her dream list-to-see.
Megan was born and raised in Honolulu, Oahu. She is a graduate of Maryknoll High School and Leeward Community College where she received her AA Degree in Liberal Arts. Megan now attends UH Manoa where she is pursuing a BA degree in Information and Computer Science. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, playing video games, putting on makeup, and wrestling.
In her family, she is known as “Auntie Butter Mochi” because she bakes butter mochi for every family party.
DavidInformation Technology Specialist
David was born and raised in Hawaii and graduated with a BA in Business Administration from Seattle University. Since graduating, he has worked in both the IT and financial accounting industries.
David enjoys watching sports and is a fantasy football guru, consistently placing in the top 12 of his fantasy leagues.
Welcome Desk Student Assistants
BiancaStudent Assistant Coordinator
Bianca was born in Newark, New Jersey but was raised in Hawaii since she was a baby. She is a graduate of Nanakuli High and Intermediate School and Leeward Community College where she received her A.A. Degree in Liberal Arts. Bianca is currently working on her BA in Journalism and hopes to become the Editor-In-Chief of her own magazine or newspaper one day.
In her free time, Bianca enjoys spending time with her family, watching Hulu and listening to music.
Caroline was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawai`i and graduated from Sacred Hearts Academy in 2014. She is in the process of receiving her BA in American Studies and plans to minor in history. Caroline hopes to attend law school following her graduation from UH Manoa. She spends her weekends catching up on sleep and procrastinating about her schoolwork.
Caroline survives on black iced coffee and listens to an eclectic mix of music that ranges from K-pop to Frank Sinatra.
Michelle was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawai’i and is currently working on her BA in Theatre and English. She enjoys attending sporting events, going on shopping sprees, and watching all sorts of movies. As a lover of the arts, one of her favorite things to do is to go to different museums around the world.
She plans on building a vinyl collection and creating a small library filled with her favorite novels and stories.
Robi was born and raised here on Oahu and graduated from Saint Francis High School in Manoa. She has received her A.A. in Hawaiian Studies from Kapi`olani Community College. After her first semester at UH Mānoa she changed her major to pursue a Bachelors degree in Pacific Cultural Studies. As a half Hawaiian she believes it is important to empower the youth of Hawaii to maintain their connections to their ancestors and to their cultural beliefs. Fun fact: Robi’s full name is Robi kahulaliokaehukaiikala Akina and actually goes by the name of Kaehu because it is what her family and friends call her.
An Advisor Wears Many Hats, Fall 2010 Ke Kumu Ike article – see page 2 (pdf)