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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.  

Honolulu Civil Beat: Too Few Women Get To Invent – That’s A Problem For Women’s Health

NCCWSL 2019 Participants Look Back on the Transformative Leadership Conference!

AAUW Honolulu’s contingent of NCCWSL scholarship awardees returned from the leadership conference held in Maryland and had this to say:

Autumn-Raine Hesia, Windward Community College Upward Bound Residential Advisor, reflected: “The conference was significant because it was my first chance that I had to fellowship with women from all over the world that had dreams and goals similar to mine. It was refreshing to see these young women inspire, encourage, and advocate for one another in an effortless way. To be in workshops and in key note speeches where inspiring testimony was shared. I am thankful for NCCWSL giving me the opportunity to learn, engage, and feel the change that is up and coming.”

“As a woman and minority in STEM, I had my fair share of hardships and successes since my big move to Hawaii,” Lean Teodoro, who holds a Bachelor of Science in geology and geophysics, shared. “Coming from a small island called Saipan, and leaving to pursue grander ambitions, I was automatically put on a pedestal. While you do have a great supportive network in front of you, you also realize that there are a few out there waiting for you to fail. Hearing from all the amazing, inspiring, and empowering boss babes at the NCCWSL made me feel more confident about my own story, my personal values, and my vision for the future. It has motivated to build more resilience in this time in my life. Above all, it has made me realize that it’s not about your personal successes in life, it’s about how you have applied your success for a greater good.”

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: Serena Del Mundo

Born on Guam, Serena Del Mundo was raised by her relatives in their family home.
She left to attend school in California, where she attended San Jose State University and majored in psychology. Serena discovered a passion for community engagement through leadership roles in many women’s organizations and research projects in health literacy and intimate partner violence at the university.
Through these experiences she realized the fundamental importance of access to quality healthcare.
This core belief led her to pursue a medical degree at the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine. Her time at Mayo was key in defining her as a physician.
Serena now works at Kaiser Permanente Moanalua as a hospitalist. She has the honor of caring for patients during a very difficult and often emotional time in their lives.