Category Archives: New Member Spotlight

Raven Sevilleja

Funny enough, I am pretty busy with my caseload and the shortage of prosecutors we have, but I do my best to make volunteering in my community for various passions of mine a top priority. There is only so much time, and so much more to do. 

A lot of what I do in my career gives me a sense of purpose, but I find that giving back in areas where I have been passionate and excited about in the past really puts things into a healthy perspective for me. Feminism and awareness of women’s issues, mental health and wellness advocacy, and representation as a Filipina-American (and all the dimensions that come with that, like being a daughter of immigrants and first in my generation to make it through university and law school) are just a few areas of my life that I consistently want to improve upon, grow, and learn to be better, overall. That requires an investment of time and resources that I’m more than willing to give. I was taught to always pay homage to one’s roots, and I would not have the joy of living the life I have today if it weren’t for the people that stepped up in my life so that I could have a platform that I too could stand on. In short, volunteering my time to a cause (or causes) alongside like-minded people is the absolute least I can do. I thoroughly enjoy my career in public service, and that dedication to our community extends to my private life beyond being a prosecutor. I truly want to be of service, and I’m hopeful my unique experiences and skills can be useful to someone, somewhere! I’m very enthusiastic about your goals and vision for AAUW, and I’d love to learn from others on how we can make your ideas a reality. 

I can’t wait to meet the AAUW members!

Raven Sevilleja is a new member of AAUW Honolulu.  She serves as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for the City and County of Honolulu and is a graduate of UH Manoa.  

New Member Profile: Deborah Nakashima

Debbie has over 35 years of providing educational services focused on college and career planning, and not-for-profit operations.

After spending 30 years in higher education in a career that focused providing student services, she currently manages a program for the Hawaii National Guard that provides career counseling to Guardmembers and their families, and works with economically disadvantaged women at the YWCA O’ahu. She has expertise in formulating, implementing and managing service-providing programs, especially in the not-for-profit area.

Debbie volunteers her time as a board member for the Boys and Girls Club Honolulu Spalding Clubhouse, chaired the 2019 YWCA Oahu Leader Luncheon and stays active in the community volunteering mainly with programs that empower women and young people in the community. From 2016 to 2018 she served as the Board Chair for Women United, an affinity group for Aloha United Way and was instrumental in getting the program reinvigorated, recognized and officially approved in 2018.

In addition to AAUW, she is a member of the National Association of College Admission Counselors (NACAC), the Global Community for Academic Advising (NACADA), and the National Career Development Association (NCDA).

New Member Profile: Diane Radcliffe

Diane Radcliffe has been a member of AAUW for 45 years, joining in 1973 after she graduated from the University of Illinois, Chicago.

She joined AAUW a little after moving to South Bend, In, on her graduation day. When she moved to Hawaii, she joined AAUW Honolulu and was an active member for many years.

Diane was a founding member of AAUW’s Diamond Head/Koko Head branch. She’s held several different positions for that group, including President on several occasions.

New Member Spotlight: Charlotte Manly

Charlotte Manly was raised in Wahiawa, graduated from the University Laboratory School, and has a bachelor’s degree in engineering and applied sciences from the California Institute of Technology and a doctorate in cognitive science from Brown University. She returned to Hawaii in 2003.

She is interested in human factors in software systems and currently does software development remotely for a radiology vendor. She has led service trips to Haleakala National Park with Sierra Club as well as shorter hikes on Oahu. She attended AAUW’s Work Smart workshop earlier this year and hopes to get involved with STEM activities.

New Member Spotlight: Paula Gill

Paula Gill, is an educator who’s worked in Florida and Wisconsin. She received a BS at the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse for elementary education and minors in social studies and physical education. She then received an MS degree in counseling and guidance.

She’s worked with at-risk students and handicapped adults, and currently volunteers at Kaiser High School. She’s been a member of AAUW’s Wisconsin, Hartford and Lake County branches, but is now one of AAUW Honolulu’s newest members and calls Hawaii home.

New Member Spotlight: Katherine Mueller

Katherine Mueller is originally from Maine and moved to Honolulu in 2016. She has a BA in Dance from Connecticut College, a Master of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Connecticut and a Master of Arts in Dance Anthropology from Roehampton University in London, UK.

She has also completed graduate certificates in Feminist Studies and Human Rights. Currently a doctoral candidate in Anthropology at the University of Connecticut, Katherine’s research focuses on intercultural collaborations in the performing arts in London as an entry point for thinking about issues surrounding identity, representation, and belonging in a highly diverse metropolitan center.

New Member Spotlight: Linda Mayeda

While she’s a new member to AAUW Honolulu, Linda Mayeda has a long history with the organization.

A past president of AAUW Irvine from 1982 to 1983, Linda’s lived in five states and has been in involved with the Orange County Philharmonic Society, the U.S. Navy League, the Assistance League of Newport Beach, Calif., The Boy Scouts of America, and the Irvine Parent-Teachers Association.

Linda has two grown sons and has been married for 48 years to her husband, Dr. Samuel Mayeda. They met when she taught at Iolani School in 1968, while he was a medical student and she was a first grade teacher. Since then, she’s lived in Wisconsin, Massachuets, and Illinois (where her husband served as a Naval physician), then California where she worked with her husband as a bookkeeper at his private practice.

Linda and her husband split their time between Irvine, Calif. and Hawaii Kai, with frequent visits to New Zealand and Texas to visit their sons and their families.

Member Spotlight: Merissa B. Brown, Ed.D.

Although raised as a farm girl in landlocked southern Illinois, Merissa has spent most of her adult life on various Pacific islands including Guam, Maui, and most recently, Oahu.

Merissa teaches speech and writing for several colleges and holds an Ed.D. in leadership and technology, a master’s in communication, and bachelor’s in speech communication. She is building a consulting business offering editing, technical writing, and instructional design services.

In her free time, Merissa enjoys running, hiking, stand up paddling, cooking, and assisting in conservation efforts.

Member Spotlight: Deborah Hornsby, Ed.D.

Deborah Hornsby, Ed.D., is the director of academic affairs at the University of Phoenix, Hawaii campus and has been at the University since 2006. She holds a Hawaii State Teaching License in secondary English and earned graduate degrees in education administration, English Language Learning, and Curriculum and Instruction. She earned a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership in 2010. She is a former professional triathlete and has completed five Hawaii Ironman triathlons.

Jessica Yaple

jessica YapleAAUW Honolulu welcomes Jessica Yaple, an AAUW Scholarship awardee!  Jessica is majoring in Social Work at Hawaii Pacific University and expects to graduate in May 2016.  Receiving the AAUW scholarship has allowed Jessica to gain greater financial stability both now and in the future.  For Jessica, “[t]his scholarship has empowered me to focus more fully on my studies, become involved in other activities within the AAUW (such as legislative advocacy), and learn the value of pursuing every benefit that we are eligible for. These lessons of hard work, persistence, advocacy, community involvement, and networking are valuable lessons that I hope to carry with me in all of my personal and professional endeavors.  As a future social worker, I hope to guide other colleagues and clients in developing these same qualities. I feel so blessed and grateful to have received such a prestigious award while also partnering with passionate, intelligent, and motivated women in promoting positive social change for women.”