The Advising Center Team

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Academic Advisors

Ruth O. Bingham, PhD
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 Hamada
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 Miles
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 Terlaje
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.

Manoa Peer Advisors (MPA's)

Learn more about our Peer Advisors on the Peer Advising Page.
AmandaPeer Advisor
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!

ChristianPeer Advisor
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.

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.
HeatherOperations Manager
Heather was born and raised on Oahu. She received her AA in Liberal Arts from Kapiolani Community College and her BA in American Studies from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Growing up on the Windward side of Oahu, Heather developed an admiration for country living which includes a love of animals and being surrounded by lots of greenery. Her future aspirations are to go back to school to pursue her Masters Degree and to do more traveling.

Her quote of inspiration: Cat ladies are not crazy, they are ingenious fanatics.

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

RyanStudent Assistant
Ryan is from the Big Island and was raised in Hilo for most of his life. He graduated from Hilo High School before attending the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He is currently seeking an undergraduate bachelor’s degree in finance. In the near future, Ryan plans on going to law school as well as getting his master’s in business administration.

Ryan’s hobbies include lifting weights, spearfishing, swimming and really any activity around the water.

NoeauStudent Assistant
No’eau was born and raised on Oahu and has lived in beautiful Kaneohe his entire life. He graduated from Kamehameha Schools Kapalama, and is currently an undergraduate student at UH Manoa pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Global Environmental Science. After graduating, he plans to pursue a career in the field of environmental conversation in Hawaii.

No’eau’s hobbies include surfing, skating, and long naps.

AbigailStudent Assistant
Abigail was born and raised in San Diego, CA and graduated from Eastlake High School. She is attending UH Manoa in order to receive her BA in Second Language Studies. Her future goal is to teach English in Japan, South Korea, and Thailand. She would like to be able to visit every country in East Asia at least once. Her hobbies include hanging out with friends, bowling, and listening to music.

Abigail loves Mexican food and knows how to make her own Carne Asada burritos.

An Advisor Wears Many Hats, Fall 2010 Ke Kumu Ike article – see page 2 (pdf)

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Student Advisors Win National Award, Fall 2005 Ke Kumu Ike article – see page 14 (pdf)

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