Category Archives: Member Profiles

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.

New Member Spotlight: Caroline Kunitake

Born in Kona on the island of Hawaii, Caroline Michiko Kunitake graduated from Konawaena High School in 1993. Graduating from the University of Hawaii – Manoa in 1999, she has a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies – public health. She also received a master’s degree in Health Information Systems from Loma Linda University in California in 2002.
Caroline was an Americorps National Civilian Community Corps from 1999 to 2000 in the Southeastern US. She’s now employed at the HawaiiUSA Federal Credit Union as a business continuity planner. In addition to AAUW Honolulu, she’s also active with Toastmasters.
“I’m eager to empower women and hope to make a meaningful contribution to this organization,” she said.

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.