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Pacific Century Fellows selects members for 17th program

HONOLULU - The Pacific Century Fellows (PCF) Program announces the selection of its 17th class of Fellows, comprised of 35 people. PCF, modeled after the prestigious White House Fellows program, is the signature activity of the nonprofit organization the Fund for the Pacific Century.

Founded in 1996 by former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann, PCF is known as one of Hawaii’s landmark leadership training programs. It encourages and enhances civic participation by bringing together a diverse group of individuals who, through the course of the program, build lasting networks and learn about the issues and challenges facing our community. This year, the 35 early and mid-stage career leaders come from government, business, the arts, non-profit, and corporations. Hannemann, a former White House Fellow from 1983 to 1984, said, “With our 17th class of Fellows, we continue to build on the cadre of nearly 475 bright and energetic alumni who will make contributions to the betterment of Hawaii and the Pacific region in the years to come... During the ensuing nine months, fellows will be connected with senior policy-makers and community leaders, and engage in discussions that cultivate an open exchange of ideas and knowledge."

PCF fellows will also interact with other emerging leaders in the Pacific through a working relationship with the East-West Center and the alliance with PCF's Marianas Chapter. The fellows are: Nicole Altman (38) Senior Counsel, Litigation, Kamehameha Schools Brad Anderson (38) Senior Property Manager, Brookfield Properties Emi Au (36) Senior Vice President, American Savings Bank Jennifer Awakuni (32) Senior Manager of Community Integration, Hawaii Medical Services Association (HMSA) Tracy Camuso (39) Associate and Senior Planner, G70 Ben Dookchitra (40) Senior Vice President, Eagle Point Hotel Partners Andy Downes (40) Senior Vice President, Bank of Hawaii LtCol Bryon Edwards (41) Operations Officer, United States Marine Corps Michael Foumai (31) Composer & Instructor, University of Hawaii at Manoa Butch Alika Galdeira (37) Franchise Manager (Dunkin’ Donuts/Subway), Aloha Petroleum Jolyn Garidan-Prieto (33) Labor and Government Relations Specialist, Hawaii Fire Fighters Association, Local 1463 Chris Goodin (37) Partner, Cades Schutte LLP Kelii Gouveia (41) General Manager, Duke’s Waikiki Jared Higashi (32) Senior Director of Government and Community Affairs, Hawaii Lodging & Tourism Association Jamila Jarmon (36) In-House Counsel, Elemental Excelerator Landon Kaneshiro (29) Vice President of Administration and Finance, Oahu Waste Services, Inc. Dawn Kurisu (37) Vice President of Strategy and Innovation, Parents and Children Together Alexandra Langley (37) Deputy Chief, SE Asia Policy Division, US Indo-Pacific Command Jenny Lemaota (38) Senior Vice President and Assistant General Manager, Oahu Transit Services, Inc. Christine Loui (38) Staff Development Coordinator, Sutter Health Kahi Mohala Del Mochizuki (32) Controller, UHA Health Insurance Drew Monahan (35) Vice President, First Hawaiian Bank Jason Morgan (36) General Manager, Kahala Sportswear/Tori Richard Lisa Nillos (43) Community Development Manager, Central Pacific Bank Valerie Okimoto (43) Representative and Minority Whip, House of Representatives, State of Hawaii Gaison Ontai (32) Director, Physician Contracts and Corporate Counsel, The Queen’s Health Systems Janice Pak (38) Chief Financial Officer, KUPU Cayenne Pe`a (36) Principal and Co-founder, Alaka`i Development Emalia Pietsch (34) Vice President, Colliers International Raymond Sebastian (39) Supervisor of Case Resolution and Member Advocacy, Hawaii Medical Services Association (HMSA) Michael Shibata (36) Director of Real Estate, Lili`uokalani Trust Wilson Unga (35) Deputy Prosecutor, Department of the Prosecuting Attorney, City and County of Honolulu Agatha Viernes (39) Vice President, Bank of Hawaii Dane Wicker (36) Chief of Staff & Committee Clerk, Ways and Means, Hawaii State Senate Michael Young (36) Vice President, Albert C. Kobayashi, Inc. The program will begin with a two-day retreat on September 13 to 14, featuring a series of seminars and discussions. During the year, fellows will take part in at least one day-long session each month to investigate critical issues facing Hawaii in such areas as crime, education, environment, the military and the economy. More at

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