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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

Leonard Woods, Director UHH TRiO Student Success Programs
Len Woods

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

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

Janis Shirai, SSSP Academic Coordinator
Janis Shirai

Academic Coordinator, UH Hilo SSSP

SSC Room E-220

Janis 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

Norine Hisashima, Office Assistant
Norine M. Hisashima

Office Assistant

SSC Room E-213

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

Desha Staley Raatior, Educational Specialist PISC
Desha Staley-Raatior

Educational Specialist, UH Hilo Pacific Islander Student Center (PISC)

SSC Room E-221
932-7474, 932-7718 (PISC),

Desha 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.

Jeanne Batallones, MS

Jeanne Batallones

Academic Counselor, UH Hilo SSSP

SSC Room E-222

Jeanne has worked in higher education, since 2004 and started working at UH Hilo in 2016. Her background and interest are in social justice and equity in education. As a Counselor for the SSSP program, she hopes to empower students to take an active role in their education and to support their academic, personal, and professional development.

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