Category Archives: Member Profiles

Member Spotlight: Sharon Joy Estioca

My name is Sharon Joy Estioca, 39, single mother and born and raised in the Philippines. I am a native Western Subanon in the Southern Philippines. Our language is in danger of disappearing.

I was an elementary school teacher in the Philippines before I came to the US in the Fall of 2014 to start my graduate studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. I came to the US to obtain a Ph.D. in linguistics so that I can also serve my country not only by teaching but also by helping to document the undocumented indigenous languages, particularly on my island, Mindanao, Philippines.

I am in my third year of my Ph.D. program and will be finished with my coursework this semester. As a non-native speaker of English, it is my aim is to write my own, and I hope to complete my studies here at UHM in the Spring of 2020.

Member Spotlight: Younghee Overly

Younghee was five years old when she realized she would be discriminated against because she is a girl.

At the age of 14, Younghee immigrated to the United States. She moved to North Carolina and attended Duke University where she volunteered at a women’s center and rape hotline in her twenties. Angered by the wrongs done to women and girls around the world, Younghee founded the North Carolina Chapter of US National Committee for UN Women in 2008.

She’s learned the global women’s movement is not about saving women but about empowering women to save the world. Younghee feels honored to be part of this cause and grateful for the kinship she has with others who advocate for women’s rights.

Finding a position with IBM upon graduation from Duke, she recently retired from IBM in 2013 after 30 years of service in product development, sales, marketing and management. She managed teams in China, Japan, South Korea, India, Australia, Brazil and Russia.

A former president of North Carolina chapter and on the national board for USNC for UN Women from 2008-2015, Younghee is serving on the Private Sector Development Committee for Plan International USA. She graduated from North Carolina State University in May 2016 with a master’s degree to improve her advocacy for gender equality.  She agrees with UN Women’s Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, that gender equality is “not mission impossible, it is the mission of our life time.”

She has been married to her husband Andy for 28 years and they have a 19 year old son, Adrian. They are in the process of relocating to Hawaii.

Member Spotlight: Dr. Virginia Hinshaw

Dr. Hinshaw is Chancellor Emeritus of UH Mānoa (2007-2012) and Professor in the John A. Burns School of Medicine. She previously served as Provost/Executive Vice Chancellor at University of California Davis and Dean of the Graduate School/ Vice Chancellor of Research at University of Wisconsin Madison. As a virologist, she conducted research at the Medical College of Virginia, University of California Berkeley, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Harvard Medical School and University of Wisconsin Madison. Her research for over 20 years focused on influenza viruses in humans, lower mammals and birds, especially epidemiology, pathogenicity, immunology and vaccines.

In addition to teaching students and public groups, she established the JABSOM Mini-Medical School on Healthy Aging (MMSHA) for the public, in collaboration with the UH Foundation in 2014. The goal of the MMSHA is to provide Hawaii’s citizens with information on the best way to maintain health and well-being as they age.

She has also collaborated with Oceanic Time Warner and Core Group One in developing an on-demand channel (342/1342) called iAGE. Her innovative teaching style and her continual advocacy for research and education, including opportunities for underrepresented groups, have earned her international recognition and enabled her to establish many productive collaborations around the world.

She currently serves as Director of the MMSHA, provides mentoring to numerous colleagues and students, helps develop philanthropic opportunities and teaches topics related to viruses, speaking and leadership.

Jean A. Evans

Jean Evans retired as Executive Director of Palama Settlement in 2013 with more than 30 years’ management experience in non-profit health, education and social service agencies in Hawaii. Prior to her service with Palama Settlement she held the position of Executive Director with the American Lung Association in Hawaii.

Jean worked at ALU LIKE, Inc., the service organization that assists Native Hawaiians achieve social and economic self-sufficiency, for nine years. There she was the Director of ALU LIKE’s Ho`okahua Early Childhood Department and previously was administrator of its Pulama I Na Keiki Project, which became part of the larger department.

She was affiliated with Kapiolani Health for 12 years and departed in 1997 as Manager of Community and Outreach Education. She previously headed the Central/Leeward Unit of the American Cancer Society.

Jean was awarded two degrees from the University of Hawaii – a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Public Health, concentrating on Health Services Administration and Maternal and Child Health.

Since retiring, Jean has done some consulting work for the Hawaii State Department of health and non-profit organizations. She lives with her husband Don in Aiea Heights and enjoys reading, watching old movies and traveling.

Member Profile: Beverly Munson

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Beverly (Bev) Munson is returning to AAUW after a 30 year “break” required to meet career demands. Growing up in Fresno, California, Bev moved to the San Francisco Bay area following her graduation from Fresno State University. She completed her Master’s Degree at San Francisco State University. Bev is a retired V.P. of Human Resources whose career spanned a variety of industries including the software and internet industries during their infancy.

She owned a human resources consulting practice for nine years with a specialty in start-up companies, legal compliance, and litigation consulting/expert witness work. As a consultant she authored 12 technical references on employment law compliance subjects, and conducted training programs for approximately 1,000 HR professionals annually.

Working with Lee, her husband of 43 years, Bev co-developed and launched the HR program at Santa Rosa Jr. College in California.

Bev moved to Hawaii 12 years ago when she and her husband retired. They live in Ko Olina. Bev and Lee’s daughter Brooke followed them into the HR profession and is currently the President of the Northwest Louisiana Chapter of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) in Shreveport where her husband is stationed with the U.S. Air Force. Bev and Lee have three grandchildren who also reside in Louisiana.

Member Profile: Dr. Krystyna Aune, University of Hawai`i at Mānoa Dean of Graduate Education

Dr. Krystyna Aune has been at the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa since 1991 and has been serving as Dean of Graduate Education since 2014. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Aune served as Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and as Associate Dean of the College of Arts & Humanities. She was Chair of the Department of Communicology as well as Director of Graduate Studies. Dr. Aune was awarded the Board of Regents Medal for Teaching Excellence in 2004.

Dr. Aune’s research examines emotion experience and expression in relationships.  Her research is published in the premiere journals of the communication discipline, as well as social psychology and personal relationships journals, and in several edited books as a contributor. She serves on several Editorial Boards and has been elected to offices in the International Communication and the National Communication Association. Dr. Aune has presented over 50 competitively selected papers at these conferences. She has served as a consultant to review Communication programs for the University of Central Florida and the University of Arizona. She has been interviewed for segments on local and syndicated television and radio programs regarding relationship and family topics.

One of Dr. Aune’s main administrative initiatives is professional development. She developed a workshop series for academic department and graduate chairs called “Leadership Matters”. Her overriding goal as an administrator is to facilitate student, faculty, and staff engagement, development, and success.

Member Spotlight: Shauna Tonkin

AAUW Honolulu turns its member spotlight on a lifelong academic, curator and educator — Shauna Tonkin, Ph.D.

An active member of the Honolulu Branch, Tonkin is education director at the Pearl Harbor Pacific Aviation Museum. She oversees the museum’s education efforts, as well as curatorial activities. She emphasizes creative, engaging, and relevant experiences for visitors of all ages. Tonkin’s programs, which include a number of historical and science, technology, engineering and mathematics-focused exhibits, emphasizes creative, engaging, and relevant experiences for all the museum’s visitors.

A strong advocate of STEM education for girls and young women, Tonkin directed successful international and local programs. In addition, she’s consulted for leadership and organizational development for non-profits.

Tonkin holds a Ph.D. and Ed.S. in Leadership, Policy, and Planning from the College of William and Mary in Virginia, an MA in Educational Leadership from Regent University and B.Ed. from the University of Hawaii-Manoa. She’s also been a Smithsonian Visiting Professional, and a Fulbright Specialist to Ukraine.

Mary Ann Vasaturo

AAUW Honolulu welcomes Mary Ann Vasaturo! Mary Ann joined Kapi`olani  Community College as a Disability Support Services Counselor after nearly 14 years of service as a School Psychologist with the State of Hawaii Department of Education. In these roles, Mary Ann pursues her passion for helping individuals overcome psycho-educational barriers to success by providing services such as counseling, assessment, consultation, and assistance with adaptive technologies to school teams, students, and their families. She earned an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from the Rosemead School of Psychology at Biola University in La Mirada, California. Before moving to Hawaii, Mary Ann also served as a School Psychologist with United Cerebral Palsy of New York City, the Brooklyn Children’s Program. Additionally, Mary Ann graduated with honors from the M.B.A. program at St. John’s University in New York, also earning a B.S. in Finance.