Faculty Specialists


Aloha!  My name is Melissa Jones, Ka'ie'ie Transfer Specialist for Leeward Community College and UH-Mānoa MTCC.  I am passionate about higher education and helping students find their personal path towards success and reaching their educational goals.  I am here to guide and encourage you throughout your transfer journey to UH-Mānoa!

I earned my BA in Education- Family and Human Services from the University of Oregon and then went on to complete my Masters in Educational Administration from UH-Mānoa.  My years of experience in higher education include experience in Academic Advising from the Community College level through the Graduate level and College Admissions.  

During my free time I enjoy spending time with my family- our young son definitely keeps us busy with all of his adventures!  I am also striving towards a green thumb, although it's a work in progress! 

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Aloha!  My name is Lauren Prepose-Forsen and I am committed to helping students achieve their educational goals!  I am dedicated to higher education and promoting student success in all areas of life.  I believe education is a catalyst for future opportunities in life and encourage life-long learning.  As a member of an educational community, I do my best to promote equity, accountability, and integrity.

I received my BA in Psychology, MA in Counseling, and EdD in Education.  I've been very blessed in my career and have had the opportunity to hold several different positions as a High School Dean and Counselor, Academic Advisor with UH Manoa, Project Manager for UH Hilo, Veteran Student Counselor/Coordinator for Honolulu Community College, and currently as a Transfer Specialist with UH Manoa.

When I am not working I enjoy spending time with my family, hiking, and making memories through new experiences.

I look forward to meeting you!


Aloha!  My name is Jennifer Brown.  I love working with college students as they work to meet their educational and professional goals.  I am here to help you navigate the transfer pathway to UH Mānoa.   

I received my BA in Political Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara.  After working as an advising assistant for a few years I decided to return to school and enrich my professional practice.  I earned my M.Ed. in Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs and my EdD in Educational Leadership from the University of Southern California.  I have been advising students at various college campuses for the last 15 years. 

In my free time I enjoy the beach and being outdoors, and spending time with friends and family.

Welina me ke aloha!  I'm Kēhau Newhouse, Coordinator for the UH Mānoa Outreach College on Maui and Ka'ie'ie Transfer Specialist. I provide academic guidance and support for students in Maui Nui (Maui, Moloka'i, and Lana'i) who are interested in completing a bachelor's degree at UH Mānoa either via distance learning or in person at the Mānoa campus. My favorite part of the day is working with students to activate strengths and experiences in overcoming challenges, fulfilling individual potential, and making a difference in the world. I take a holistic approach to advising and enjoy getting to know my students and their goals so we can work towards them together.

I completed my AA in Liberal Arts from UH Maui College, then transferred to Mānoa for my BBA in Business Administration. After returning to Maui, I earned a Master of Human Resource Management through distance education with the University Center-Maui. With over ten years of service to the UH community, I have a wide range of experience incorporating the student perspective, professional support, instruction and advising so we will always find a way to connect the dots. I look forward to helping you realize your goals and bring pride to your 'ohana through a quality college education, right here at home. 

Aloha! My name is Shauna Sibonga. My favorite thing to do is to provide academic support to college students by way of Academic Coaching-- note-taking, time and task management, study skills, and helping you as a student and person realize your academic, professional, and personal objectives. Iʻve worked as an Academic Tutor in human anatomy and physiology, an Education Technologist for the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, as a Program Assistant for Undergraduate Education, and now as part of the MTCC Team! I currently assist students from Kauaʻi Community College, UH Maui College, and Honolulu Community (Fall 19 only).

I earned both a BA in Biology and an M.Ed. in Learning Design & Technology from the College of Education right here at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.

In my free time I love to propagate and cultivate succulents! My next endeavor is to germinate directly from seeds. Wish me luck!

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