The Inaugural Cohort 2007–2008


Participant Campus
Harriet Y. Abe Mānoa
Elena Alexander Maui
Blake M. Araki Mānoa
Kainoa Ariola Hilo
Krystyna S. Aune Mānoa
Ruth O. Bingham Mānoa
Brenda Cartwright Mānoa
Diane Caulfield Honolulu
David N. Chin Mānoa
Malia Davidson Maui
Kenoalani Dela Cruz Hawai‘i
Brian Furuto Honolulu
Jonathan Goss Mānoa
Kelli Goya Kapi‘olani
Mary F. Heller West O‘ahu
Debra Ann C. Ishii Mānoa
Richard T. Kasuya Mānoa
Cara A. Kawano System
Erika Lacro Honolulu
Adrienne S. Lee Mānoa
Barbara J.B. Leonard Hilo
Kealalokahi Losch Kapi‘olani
Laura E. Lyons Mānoa
Jason E. Maddock Mānoa
Patricia McGrath Kaua‘i
Aulii-Ann Ross Leeward
Barbara Ross Kapi‘olani
Linda Saiki Leeward
Wendy H. T. Sora Mānoa
Karyn Yoshioka System


"The Emerging Leaders program provided me with a much broader perspective of the University of Hawai'i's important role of helping shape Hawai'i through higher education, far beyond my own kuleana at UH Hilo. It was a privilege to have been provided insight to what senior administrators grapple with in terms of how to address UH's new and ongoing challenges as well as its commitment to its constituents." – Kainoa Ariola

"When I applied, I thought the biggest benefit of PELP would be a better understanding of the University System and my career path within it. After completing PELP, I realized that the biggest benefit of the program was that it helped me become passionate about the University, its mission, and the people within it." - Aulii Silva Ross

"The President's Emerging Leaders Program is a transforming expeience, as it opens your mind to broader perspectives and new ideas. I'd highly recommend the program to anyone who wants to learn more about higher education and academic leadership. The program faculty and staff are outstanding, and the quality and diversity of peers is both humbling and inspiring." - Richard Kasuya

"I have thoroughly enjoyed the Emerging Leaders program: meeting people from other units and campuses; learning about issues that changed my perspective and how I work; and developing a deeper understanding about how the UH system works. The program has inspired me to develop programs I hope will improve UH and has provided opportunities to connect with those interested in pursuing the same goals. This year has been invaluable, and I highly recommend it to everyone interested in improving higher education in Hawai'i." - Ruth Bingham