Meet Our SSSP Staff

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Please click a name below to learn more about each of our staff. Come in to see any one of the friendly staff members and let them help you achieve your goals.

Leonard Woods, MA
Director, UH Hilo TRiO Student Success Programs

SSC Room-E221
932-7474 / 932-7518,

Leonard Woods, Director UHH TRiO Student Success Programs Leonard Woods has been directing education equity programs since 1973 and with the UH Hilo Student Support Services Program since 2010. He looks forward to meeting and assisting you as you pursue your educational goals en route to a fulfilling career and life. SSSP personnel are committed to assisting you.

Janis Shirai, MA
Academic Coordinator, UH Hilo SSSP

SSC Room E-220

Janis Shirai, SSSP Academic CoordinatorJanis has been with the Student Support Services Program since 1994. She will be glad to assist you with academic advising, financial aid counseling, and any general questions you may have about the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo.


Norine Hisashima, Office Assistant

SSC Room E-213

Norine Hisashima, Office Assistant Norine has been with the University since 1989, providing clerical support, the majority of it with the Student Support Services Program. She'll be happy to help you schedule appointments with either the staff or tutors, answer general questions or assist you with using the student computers.

Desha Staley-Raatior, MA
Educational Specialist, UH Hilo Pacific Islander Student Center (PISC)

932-7474, 932-7718 (PISC),

Desha Staley Raatior, Educational Specialist PISCDesha has been at UH Hilo since Spring 2012 and collaboratively works with SSSP and the Pacific Islander Student Center by providing various support services for Pacific Islander students. She has had the privilege of living in Chuuk, FSM and has traveled throughout the region. She can help you with your transition into the university, academic advising, financial aid counseling, and any general questions you may have about the university and its services.

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