Category Archives: Member Prolies

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.

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-bangalore-2010Younghee 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

Virginia Hinshaw

Virginia S. Hinshaw Ph.D.

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-evansJean 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 CAMERABeverly (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.