Minority Access & Achievement Program

Meet 2017- 2018 MAAP Staff

MAAP Office staff group photo

Office Staff

  • Ginger Hamilton - Program Director
  • Gayleen Roldan - Office Assistant
  • Joshua Parep - Communication Data Specialist

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Peer Mentors

Carlton Ruley

Carlton Ruley

Carlton's Bio Video.

Major
Social Work

Hello everyone, my name is Carlton Ruley. I am a graduate student at The Myron B. Thompson Graduate School of Social Work. I am a part of the graduate school’s distance education program, meaning I take the majority of my classes online. I am originally from Philadelphia Pennsylvania, and I received my undergraduate degree from West Chester University of Pennsylvania. I moved to Hilo in 2014 with my wife of 21 years and 2 children. In my spare time I enjoy watching sports (Eagles, 76ers, Phillies, and Flyers) walking, cooking, watching movies, playing video games,doing crossword puzzles and spending time with my family relaxing under a shady tree.

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Chariya Terlep-Cabatbat

Chariya Terlep-Cabatbat

Chariya's Bio Video.

Major
Sociology and Administration of Justice
Minor
Gender & Women Studies

Aloha!

My name is Chariya. I was born on the island of Oʻahu and raised on Moku o Keawe better known as Hawaiʻi island. I am currently a Junior at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo. My previous major was Marine Science due to the mere fact that I love the ocean and nature! Nature is my favorite color. Recently I decided to double major in Sociology and Administration of Justice with a minor in Gender & Women Studies. I look forward to spontaneous adventures and making new friends along the way! On a side note, dogs make the world go round... at least for me.

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Kawika Cardus

Kawika Cardus
M ajor
Agricultural Science

Aloha Students, My name is Kawika Cardus and I am a transfer student from the beautiful state of Oregon. I am currently majoring in Agricultural Science, but specializing in Aquaculture. I got my AA, AS, and AS in business from Chemeketa Community College, in Salem Oregon prior to moving out here. This is technically my second year here at UH Hilo and I have a few more to go. I am passionate about the outdoors and feel that a good little hike is the best remedy stress. When I’m not at school working on assignments or projects, my Pug (Koa) and I are usually adventuring the Big Island of Hawai’i. We both enjoy hiking as much as we do camping. But word of mouth is the best way to go when looking for a new place to go. And when things get hard, and you feel like you’re on the edge. Just remember, “You learn more from failure than from success. Don’t let it stop you. Failure builds character.”

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Onosaʻi Vaʻa

Onosaʻi Vaa

Onosaʻi's Bio Video.

Major
Accounting

Major: Accounting

Aloha and Talofa! My name is Onosaʻi Vaʻa, better known as OJ. I am from the beautiful islands of American Samoa and I am currently a sophomore in UH Hilo, majoring in Accounting. On my free time, I love to play music, dance, workout and spend precious time with family and friends. What else can I say? Just work hard and have fun, but not too much fun! An old man once said, "There are stars during daytime, but you cannot see it. You have to go through the dark to see the stars." Keep going no matter what! You Will Get There!

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Sheilla Felipe

Sheilla Felipe
Major
Nursing

Mabuhay, Aloha, and Hello!

My name is Sheilla Felipe and I am a Filipino who is from Kaʻu; the southernmost part of the Big Island. I am currently a sophomore attending the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo and I’m also pursuing my Bachelors of Science Degree in Nursing. My career goal is to either specialize in Prenatal or Pain management. In my spare time, I like to go on hikes, do yoga, watch Korean Dramas, and spend time with my family and friends. As a peer mentor, I hope to help first-year students adjust to UHHilo academically and socially. My advice is to never be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. By stepping out of your comfort zone, not only will you meet new people but you will also develop your own sense of being. As well as discovering your own passions and aspirations.

P.S. Another advice is to purchase a planner! This is honestly the best way for you to practice managing your time and a perfect way to stay organized.

Paalam, Mahalo, and Goodbye! I hope to meet you soon!

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Iris Seaton

Iris Seaton

Iris' Bio Video.

Major
Psychology

Aloha, everyone! I am from Honokaʻa, which is an hour from Hilo going north. I'm currently a senior, graduating with my degree in Psychology by the end of this semester. Some of my hobbies include photography, driving to different parts of the island, and playing copious amounts of piano. However, what I enjoy the most is making people happy.

Food for thought: Throughout my life, I've been judged and looked down for having 'odd' views and attitudes towards life. In my perception, I believe disagreements are severely underrated in our society. If there were no disagreements, there would be a lack of individuality. There are reasons why everyone comprehend stuff the way they do. Understanding that helps in creating an open mind to all walks of life.

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Kayela Santiago

Kayela Santiago

Kayela's Bio Video.

Major
Kinesiology

Hi everyone, my name is Kayela Santiago and I was born and raised on the island of Maui. I'm a student athlete, and I'm apart of the women's soccer team here at the University. I'm a senior looking to graduate in May, and hoping to become an Occupational therapist in the future. Being apart of a team, I've learned to be a team player and creating new friendships with people is something that I enjoy. Having a positive mindset is what gets me through the toughest of times, and I encourage everyone to always work hard and never give up. As a peer assistant, I'm looking forward to contributing anything that I can to those who need help. On my free time I love to go to the beach, and spending time with family and friends. I am more than grateful for this opportunity, and I can't wait to see what this semester has in store for all of us.

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Savannah Directo

Savannah Directo

Savannah's Bio Video.

Major
English

I am a sophomore here at UH Hilo and extremely excited about everything I get to learn as a peer mentor this year. I was born in Hilo, raised in Puna. I am majoring in English because I aspire to become a published author, or possibly an English Literature teacher if I feel ambitious. I cope with (or escape) life's inevitable challenges by writing, doodling, crafting and talking. Don't worry, though. I won't talk your ear off---I'm here to listen.

You share your colorful blobs of thought with me and I'll gladly share mine with you.

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Kody "Kahiau" Bermoy

Kahiau Bermoy

Kody's Bio Video

Major
Hawaiian Studies

Aloha mai kakou! My name is Kody Bermoy but I go by Kahiau. I am from the island of O’ahu, born and raised on the Leeward side from Ewa beach to Wai’anae. I am currently a Sophomore here at the University of Hawai’i at Hilo pursuing my Bachelors of Arts degree in Hawaiian Studies. I enjoy cruzin with my family and friends, listening to music, dancing and going to the beach, and hiking!

“O ke kahua ma mua, ma hope ke kūkulu”

  • First the foundation, then the structure

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Veronica Coston

Veronica Coston

Veronica's Bio Video.

Major
Geology

Aloha, I'm Veronica from the island of Maui, and I am a transfer student from University of Hawaiʻi Maui Campus where I received my associates degree.

Currently I am a senior, and majoring in geology, recently switched my minor to geography, and certificate in environmental studies. I love animals, and wrestling. My best friend is my dog, and I volunteer as a wrestling coach. I enjoy school, and helping others but that is all I can give in a nut shell. I am here to help, so what do you need?

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