Meet The Shidler Global Leaders

Shidler Global Leaders

JJ Bernardo

JJ Bernardo

Majors: Human Resource Management, Marketing, & International Business

Born on the Big Island and raised in an agricultural business environment, Jeryll John "J.J." learned early on the importance of striving for stewardship, diligence, and excellence. Now a Junior at the Shidler College of Business, J.J. currently serves as Vice President of the Business Executive Society of Tomorrow and is a brother of the Rho Chi Chapter of Delta Sigma Pi. J.J. plans to study abroad at Korea University Business School in Fall 2021 to further his understanding of the arena of global business and to appreciate new cultural perspectives. As a Shidler Global Leader, J.J. hopes to grow immensely both personally and professionally and to represent the Shidler community to the best of his ability. He aspires to positively impact the lives of others in the field of talent development and/or talent acquisition.
Justina Bui

Justina Bui

Majors: Finance, Human Resource Management, International Business, & Management Information Systems

Xin Chào, this is Justina Bui, who was born in Honolulu, Hawaii but raised in the Kalihi community. She is first-generation and is currently an undergraduate student in the Shidler College of Business at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. As a lifelong learner, she is studying for a B.B.A. degree in Finance, Human Resources, International Business, and Management Information Systems. She serves as the President of the Golden Key International Honour Society and Co-Membership Chairperson for Mortar Board National Honor Society: Hui Po’okela Chapter, which are both prestigious organizations that value scholarship, leadership, and service. With a deep interest in diverse cultures and global issues, she plans to study abroad at the University of Roehampton in London, England next year. Overall, she aspires to become a CFP, become a role model for fellow youth in her town, and make a difference with her role as a Shidler Global Leader.
Kelli Chinen

Kelli Chinen

Majors: Finance, Human Resouce Management, & International Business

From a young age, Kelli has been internationally driven. She was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, and raised in several countries in Asia before returning back home to the islands at eleven years old. Her childhood has inspired her interest academically, where she is currently pursuing a degree in Finance, Human Resource Management, and International Business. She recently studied abroad at the National University of Singapore, where she had the opportunity to not only explore the melting pot of cultures in Singapore but also network with Shidler alumni, further sparking her interest in starting her career there. Kelli strives to continue her involvement in the Shidler community, where she is currently serving as the President for the Business Executive Society of Tomorrow. Her previous leadership experiences in several positions within student organizations at Shidler have further allowed her to grow professionally and motivate her to give back to the community. Kelli is truly honored for the opportunity to be a Shidler Global Leader and hopes to serve as a role model for future students!
Ila Ferris

Ila Ferris

Majors: Marketing & International Business

Through her persistence and optimism, Ila aspires to make the most out of every opportunity, while learning along the way. Her childhood spent in Seattle, Washington, taught her the importance of activism, diversity, and community. Growing up in a melting pot of ethnicities, religions, and cultures, her love for volunteer work in her neighborhood began. She is an active member of the Business Executive Society of Tomorrow and currently serves as the Director of Student Development for the Inter-Business Council. Outside of the classroom, she gains enlightening experience interning at TLC Public Relations and Kinetic-Her, a non-profit/national women’s career mentorship program. She is currently on track to fulfill her dream of studying abroad in Tokyo, Japan during the Spring 2021 semester. Ila is extremely grateful for this opportunity and is excited to represent the Shidler College, give back to the community, and work with a driven group of students.
Natalie Kwon

Natalie Kwon

Majors: Marketing, Human Resource Management, Management, & International Business

Texas-born and Oahu-raised, Natalie is a creative business professional seeking a degree in Marketing, Human Resource Management, and International Business. She plans to study abroad in Japan in Spring 2021 to explore topics of international business and Japanese culture. She is currently the Director of Marketing for the Business Executive Society of Tomorrow, a student- led general business organization at the Shidler College of Business. One of Natalie's proudest recent achievements include becoming a published illustrator of an anthology. She plans to continue pursuing artistic outlets while applying such creativity to a career in Marketing, with recent interests in UX and product design. Most of all, Natalie is thankful for the endless support and growth opportunities the Shidler College of Business provides that continue to propel her into an exciting and fulfilling career.
Alyssa Mencel

Alyssa Mencel

Majors: Marketing & Management Information Systems

Growing up in Minnesota, Alyssa was taught the value of education and hard work. Since then she has strived to be a life-long learner. Moving to Hawaii during her junior year of high school, she has been blessed to experience different cultures and develop an appreciation for the environment and pursue sustainability. This past summer she completed a virtual internship for Bank of Hawaii in the Application Operations department which has advanced her information technology abilities. Throughout college she has been involved in the Business Executive Society of Tomorrow (BEST) and the Information Technology Management Association (ITMA). Both clubs have helped her grow both personally and professionally. During the fall 2020 semester she will be serving for the second time as BEST’s Director of Corporate Relations. As Director of Corporate Relations, she looks forward to planning BEST’s biggest professional event and being a liaison between BEST and the business community. In previous years she also served as BEST’s Director of Human Resources, where she focused on helping members give back to the community and develop personally. Alyssa intends to study abroad in Spring 2021 in Copenhagen, Denmark where she hopes to broaden her perspective as a global citizen.
Mark Ushiroda

Mark Ushiroda

Majors: Finance, Marketing, & Management Information Systems

From a young age, Mark has always had an entrepreneurial mindset. At the age of 6, he started selling pre-packaged snacks to family members and auctioning off his mother’s jewelry to his friends at school. Mark is currently a Junior studying Finance, Marketing and Management Information Systems at the Shidler College of Business. He considers himself a “Lifelong Learner” and loves to take on opportunities to learn new skills! This past summer, Mark interned with Hawaii Business Magazine in the digital marketing department and is now interning with First Insurance Company of Hawaii to learn more about the insurance industry. Mark considers himself lucky to be born and raised among the beautiful beaches, mountains, and amazing people of Hawaii. He hopes to become a business leader who strives to “Keep Hawaii Hawaii”.
Kylie Butts

Kylie Butts

Majors: Marketing & International Business

Kylie is a Senior majoring in Marketing and International Business, with a minor in Dance and Spanish. Her time at the University of Hawai’i has been filled with lots of amazing memories and some of the best have come from her decision to join Delta Sigma Pi, a student club at the Shidler College of Business. Her time in DSP has allowed her to get out of her comfort zone, grow in her professional development, and make life-long friends. For the 2020-2021 SY she will be serving as the Vice President of Chapter Operations for Delta Sigma Pi. In the spring she studied abroad in Seville, Spain and was able to work on her spanish fluency. Although her time in Spain was cut short due to COVID-19, she learned so much about the culture and herself, and one day hopes to return to experience even more that the country has to offer. After graduation she hopes to start her career working in the marketing field. She is very passionate about sustainability and hopes to find a career that allows her to contribute to solving our global issues.
Lexy Dennis

Lexy Dennis

SGL Cohort Coordinator

Majors: Management, International Business, & Management Information Systems

Lexy was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. Having grown up surrounded by the forest, and now learning alongside the beach, she has developed a love for the environment and hopes to carry this passion into her professional career. She currently works as the Project Coordinator Lead & Data Analyst for a start-up solar company in Mānoa: Mālama Solar. She is in the process of applying for graduate degree programs in Data Science to combine her analytical and interpersonal skills to promote sustainable practices and benefit the planet. She hopes to join the Peace Corps shortly after graduating with her master’s degree, and eventually, embark on her professional career where she hopes to analyze different communities—searching for solutions to our world’s environmental dilemmas.
Bel Feldmann

Bel Feldmann

Majors: Management & International Business

Bel grew up in a small ski town in Colorado called Steamboat Springs where she was homeschooled. She is passionate about traveling, having visited 21 countries and all 50 states. Her passion for travel has encouraged her to participate in two study abroad programs in New Zealand and Spain. Bel is currently a Senior at the Shidler College of Business, double majoring in Management and International Business. Currently, Bel strives to continue her professional and personal growth through her devotion to her studies, leadership position of Vice President of Community Service for Delta Sigma Pi, and dedication to improving the community through her volunteer work at PAU Violence. Bel aspires to remain a strong leader, role model, and source of inspiration for her peers. She looks forward to the possibilities and opportunities available to her upon graduation and can’t wait to find out what the future holds!
Francesco Forti

Francesco Forti

Majors: Finance & Marketing

Raised on the island of Oahu, Francesco has learned to appreciate the ocean and the aloha spirit. He is currently a Senior and will graduate with a double major in finance and marketing at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Motivated by his family-owned clothing company and fellow peers, he has taken the entrepreneurial route and has founded a company at the beginning of 2020. In an effort to develop his entrepreneurial skills, he holds a board position on Shidler’s own Hawaii Student Entrepreneurs Club as the Director of Finance. Applying his knowledge of business and Hawaii’s waters, he proudly owns and operates his tour boat business in Waikiki. Apart from school and work, Francesco enjoys many ocean sports such as foiling, spear-fishing, paddling, and sailing. Passionate about learning and inspired by others, he looks forward to building his life after graduation.
Brannon Kusumoto

Brannon Kusumoto

Major: Finance, Human Resource Management, & International Business

Brannon was born and raised in Aiea, Hawai’i, and is currently entering his Senior year at the Shidler College of Business. He recently studied abroad in Florence, Italy where he had the opportunity to immerse himself in many different cultures from Europe and Africa. Although his second study abroad to Korea was cancelled, he plans on utilizing his extra time in Hawai’i by continuing his internship at Hawai’i Pacific Health. Being so outgoing, Brannon has taken on numerous leadership roles in Shidler clubs. He was the Vice President of Student Relations, Inter-Business Council Senator, Director of Corporate Relations, and the Vice President of Pledge Operations for Delta Sigma Pi, as well as the Director of International Affairs for the International Business Organization. His international experience and love for community service inspired his interest in becoming a Peace Corps Volunteer upon graduation. This will be contingent on how safe it is to travel after the pandemic.
Noah Okamoto

Noah Okamoto

Majors: Finance & Management Information Systems

Born and raised on the island of Maui, Noah learned to appreciate the diverse cultures and traditions of his community. He represents the first generation in his family to pursue a four-year degree and is working towards taking the Chartered Financial Analyst examination after his graduation in Spring 2021. Noah is an active member of Delta Sigma Pi and the American Marketing Association, which sprouts further growth in both his professional and personal life. He is excited and honored to continue making positive impacts on the local community through the Shidler Global Leaders Program. Apart from school, Noah enjoys participating in intramural sports, staying active, and working at the Four Seasons Maui over school breaks..
Melissa Yago

Melissa Yago

Majors: Accounting, Finance, & Management Information Systems

Melissa is a Senior pursuing her undergraduate studies at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa in Accounting, Finance, & Management Information Systems. Throughout her college life, she has had the opportunity to study abroad at Sophia University in Japan to improve her Japanese, while also studying a semester at the University of Auckland in New Zealand. Those experiences have allowed her to foster her global mindset which she now uses to fulfill her role as a Shidler Global Leader and as President for the International Business Organization at the Shidler College of Business. Her prior professional experiences include her brief stint with the Coast Guard, working at Starts International as a tax intern, and working at the Lyon Arboretum as a fiscal/office assistant. She now works part-time with the Honolulu Police Department assisting in their Finance Division in accounting. In addition, she has been accepted into the Hawaii Asia Pacific Affairs Leadership Program that provides the opportunity to learn about international affairs specific to the Asia Pacific region. With her diverse background, knowledge, and experiences, she hopes to make a difference to the community and to the government on both a local and global level.