The Hawaii Asia-Pacific Affairs Leadership Program 2015-2016 Cohort:
Kristian BUCHANAN is majoring in Diplomacy and Military Studies, with a focus in international relations and politics at Hawaii Pacific University. Previously, she attended Tennessee Temple University. Kristian has a background in community outreach, including hospital volunteer work in Jackson County, Alabama. She plans to go into the military and pursue a career in diplomacy, focusing on bilateral military relations.
Brenden BURK is an MPA candidate at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, where he also received his BA in Political Science. He was a senator of the College of Arts and Sciences at the Associated Students of the University of Hawai‘i (ASUH) and a student legislative fellow for the Office of the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs. Previously, he was a committee clerk to Representative Sam S. Kong in the Hawai‘i House of Representatives and a legal clerk for Jay Lawrence Friedheim, Attorney at Law. Brenden is a graduate of Kamehameha Schools Maui.
David Adam COLDREN is pursuing an MA in Asian Studies with a specialization in Japan at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. His current research is about the collective memory of World War II in Japan, specifically on how the Yasukuni Shrine and the Hiroshima Peace Memorial are designed to elicit memory, how these sites have been politically mobilized, and the impact they have had on foreign relations. He is also a graduate assistant in the Asian Studies Department and is responsible for organizing the 2016 School of Pacific and Asian Studies (SPAS) Graduate Conference.
David holds a BA in both History and Asian Studies from Bowling Green State University (BGSU) and also studied abroad at Nanzan University in Nagoya, Japan for one year. In 2014, he was published in Bowling Green State University's undergraduate International Researchscape online journal. He was president of the BGSU Self-Defense/Martial Arts Club, as well as the Assistant Outreach Chair for the Vanguard male mentoring organization. He plans to pursue a doctorate in History and obtain a professorship, although his deep interest in foreign affairs within the Asia-Pacific region has motivated him to also consider a career in that field.
Allison COOKE is pursuing a BA in Political Science and a minor in Japanese at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. She is the Student Delegate for the Academic Procedures Committee of the Associated Students of the University of Hawai‘i (ASUH), the undergraduate student government. This fall, Allison is participating in Model United Nations. She holds two part-time jobs: one with the UH KOKUA Program as an in-class note-taker for students with documented disabilities and the other as a cashier for Ezogiku Ramen. She is a graduate of Moanalua High School.
Misty Leilani CORDEIRO is an MA candidate and Graduate Assistant in the Department of Communications at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, where she assists in introductory and undergraduate media classes. She is finishing her thesis research on intercultural communications and completed data collection this past summer while participating in a volunteer-based archaeological program in Peru.
This past summer, Misty was a Mosaic Taiwan Fellow and spent three weeks in Taiwan discussing the current political situation and relationship with the US. Last summer, Misty participated in the Washington Internship for Native Students (WINS) Program in Washington D.C. She also interned for a Honolulu public relations agency and the US Department of Agriculture. She received her BFA in film and television from the Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia.
Misty is particularly interested in working in international affairs or with the US Department of State. More generally, she is interested in diplomacy and facilitating the communication necessary to address our world's problems.
Jeremy HESKETH currently serves in the US Army as a Strategic Debriefer at Fort Shafter, Hawai‘i and has been in the Army since 2013. He is responsible for working with US Army Pacific (USARPAC) Staff to develop national-level policy to support foreign relations. He also serves as a team leader and company armorer. As part of his military training, Jeremy is a graduate of the US Army Intelligence Center of Excellence and the Defense Strategic Debriefer Course, both located at Fort Huachuca, Arizona.
Jeremy holds a BA in Spanish with minors in International Studies and History from Kutztown University in Pennsylvania. As an undergraduate, Jeremy served as the President of the Organization for Latino Awareness and the National Collegiate Hispanic Honors Society, Sigma Delta Pi. He plans on continuing his education at George Washington University through the US Army Green to Gold Program to obtain an MA in Strategic Policy Studies while earning a Commission in the US Army. Following his post-graduate studies, Jeremy plans to continue his service in the US Army.
Ms. Shayla HIXSON is a Consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton currently supporting the US Pacific Command (USPACOM). As part of a Joint Training Development Team she is an Instructional Systems Designer providing training development and communication strategies for the command. Shayla also volunteers on the Communications Leadership Team for the Booz Allen Workforce Leadership Council where she handles outreach for volunteer events.
Shayla received a Bachelors of Business Administration from the University of Hawai‘i's Shidler College of Business and served as the Director of Evening Programs for Shidler Business Night. She was an NCAA volleyball athlete at Long Island University and a member of the Wahine volleyball team where she earned a scholar-athlete award. Shayla is originally from Honolulu and graduated from La Pietra - Hawai‘i School for Girls. Through her enduring commitment to Hawai‘i's growth she hopes to form partnerships, enhance collaboration, and create solutions to major issues in the Asia-Pacific.
Mr. Kyung Moo KIM is a senior at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and is pursuing a degree in Economics and minors in English and Classical Studies. During his undergraduate career, he interned at the State of Hawai‘i Department of Health TB Control, where he built a tuberculosis incentive tracking application. He was a curatorial intern at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History, where he focused on the Asian Pacific American Business Collection and the history of electroencephalography. He performed research on biomarkers of tropical fevers in Cameroon in collaboration with the John A. Burns School of Medicine and the Centre de Biotechnologié at the University of Yaoundé. His previous research work included utilization of community-based participatory methodologies to design and implement drug abuse prevention programs among Native Hawaiian youths, as well as studying the feasibility of community educators to increase colorectal cancer screening among the Filipino community in Hawaii.
Kyung Moo has also previously worked as an editorial intern at MANOA: A Pacific Journal of International Writing, and is a voting student member on the Student Media Board. He is a recipient of the UH Department of Economics Achievement Scholarship. After graduation, he is planning to pursue medicine and investigate the intersections of health and economics. His career interests include development and healthcare in minority communities.
Kelli LYMAN is a student at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, pursuing a degree in US History. She also works as a student assistant to the professors of the Financial Economics and Institutions Department and has volunteered at the Hawaii State Judiciary District Court. She is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and the Mānoa Pre-Law Association. Previously, Kelli has been a summer school teacher's assistant at her alma mater, Mid-Pacific Institute, where she graduated with honors. She is an accomplished musician who has played cello in the Hawai‘i Youth Symphony. Kelli aspires to attend the William S. Richardson School of Law and earn a JD.
Ms. Aisha PRICE is a Senior Advisory Associate for Ambient, a professional services consultancy under the ‘ike family of companies. Ambient works with companies to integrate and articulate purpose into their strategic initiatives. Prior to joining Ambient, Aisha worked as a consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers in Los Angeles, where she managed the implementation of a digital imaging platform. She has also interned at Bank of Hawaii and Le Royal Meridien Shanghai.
Aisha holds a BA from Harvard in East Asian Studies with an emphasis in Mandarin language, which she speaks fluently. In addition to her studies, Aisha played varsity soccer and water polo. Aisha was born and raised in Hawaii and attended Punahou School.