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Board of Regents Welcomes New Members

Posted on | July 2, 2011 | Comments Off on Board of Regents Welcomes New Members

Saedene Ota, Coralie Matayoshi and Jan Sullivan headshots

From left, Saedene Ota, Coralie Matayoshi and Jan Sullivan

The Board of Regents gained three new members—Saedene Ota fills a Maui County seat, and Coralie Matayoshi and Jan Sullivan fill seats for the City and County of Honolulu. Ota began serving immediately upon her appointment in May for a term that expires in 2015. Matayoshi and Sullivan begin serving on July 1, 2011, both for terms that expire in 2016.

Ota is owner and creative director of Sae Design, a six-person graphics firm that focuses on strategic marketing and communication graphics. She is also the owner of Maui Thing, a lifestyle retail apparel company located in Wailuku, Maui. In addition to supervising overall operations of the company, Ota oversees brand messaging, social marketing and community events. Read more about her.

Matayoshi is an attorney who has served as CEO of the American Red Cross, Hawaiʻi State Chapter since 2003. She oversees the statewide delivery of humanitarian services to fulfill the Red Cross mission of saving lives and giving hope to those in need. Her prior experience in leading statewide nonprofit organizations includes serving as executive director of both the Hawaiʻi State Bar Association and Hawai‘i Institute for Continuing Legal Education. Read more about her.

Sullivan is the chief operating officer of Oceanit, a local engineering and technology company that is comprised of 160 engineers, scientists and support staff whose mission is to build a thriving tech sector in Hawaiʻi. She has been involved in the management and oversight of early stage research and development, start-up company formation and capitalization, and later stage financing challenges. She developed a novel, competitive early stage innovation fund and has helped to initiate and launch multiple spin-out companies. Read more about her.

“We’re delighted to add three such talented and respected members of the community to our Board of Regents,” says President M.R.C. Greenwood. “Each is extremely skilled and experienced in her own field of expertise. We welcome their knowledge and wisdom in helping us move the university forward in challenging times.”

Read the news release.