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 environment, Jeryll John "JJ" learned early on the importance of striving for stewardship, diligence, and excellence. Now a senior, JJ actively participates in Shidler’s student body, holding leadership positions for the Business Executive Society of Tomorrow (BEST) and membership in the Aloha Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). In pursuit of career development, he has previously interned in the Human Resource departments at the Honolulu Police Department and American Savings Bank. During the Fall 2021 semester, JJ is currently studying abroad at Korea University Business School to further understand himself as a global citizen and to appreciate new cultural perspectives. By integrating his majors in Human Resource Management, Marketing, and International Business, he aspires to positively impact and empower the lives of others by finding a meaningful career at the crossroads of talent management, corporate education, and organizational development. As a Shidler Global Leader, JJ hopes to grow immensely, both personally and professionally, and to well represent the ideals of Shidler to the best of his ability.
Justina Bui

Justina Bui

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

Driven by motivation, Justina Bui is a first-generation undergraduate student in the Shidler College of Business at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. She was born in Honolulu, Hawaii but raised in a Vietnamese household in the Kalihi community. Throughout her life, she has overcome many adversities like living in low-income housing, grasping how to balance languages, and having the responsibility of different tasks to perform. As a lifelong learner, she is a senior studying for a quadruple B.B.A. degree in Finance, Human Resources, International Business, and Management Information Systems. Previously, Justina has served as the President of the Golden Key International Honour Society, interned with the City and County of Honolulu at the Managing’s Director Office, and was presented the Special Senior in Human Resource Management award. With a deep interest in diverse cultures and global issues, she is currently studying abroad at the Ewha Womans University in Seoul, South Korea in Fall 2021. Overall, she aspires to become a leading businesswoman, a role model for fellow youth in her hometown,and make a difference with her role as 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 determination 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 community and volunteer work. Growing up in a melting pot of ethnicities and cultures, her passion for service began in her neighborhood. She now is an active member of the Business Executive Society of Tomorrow (BEST) and has served several leadership positions for BEST and the Inter-Business Council including the Director of Student Development (Fall 2020) and Vice President (Spring 2021). Outside of the classroom, Ila enjoys gaining experience in the healthcare field, where she combines her business studies and passion for serving the community. Interning for the Queen’s Health Systems in their administrative department was a once-in-a-lifetime experience where she was able to witness the strategic processes of tackling various issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic. She is thrilled to be fulfilling her dream of studying abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark for the Fall 2021 semester. Ila is extremely grateful to be a Shidler Global Leader and is excited to represent the Shidler College of Business, while working with a similarly driven and passionate group of students.
Natalie Kwon

Natalie Kwon

Majors: Marketing, Human Resource Management, & International Business

With an optimistic and open outlook on the future, Natalie eagerly pursues a professional degree in Marketing, Human Resource Management, and International Business to launch her career in Marketing and Product Management. Despite the challenges onset by COVID-19, she has learned the values in flexibility and gratitude for the close community supporting her. She will be residing in Seoul, South Korea for the Fall 2021 semester to study at Yonsei University, while returning to Hawaii as Director of Business Night in Spring 2022. With opportunities for international experience and constant professional development, Natalie is thankful for the Shidler College of Business and the many faces behind it that make these new chapters in her life possible.
Alyssa Mencel

Alyssa Mencel

SGL Cohort Coordinator

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”.
Jacob Graham

Jacob Graham

Majors: Management Information Systems & History

Jacob is an undergraduate student at the University of Hawaii at Manoa currently pursuing a BBA in Management Information Systems, a BA in History, and a certificate in French. As a lifelong learner and leader, he has dedicated countless hours of his time to leadership roles, community service projects, and other events through organizations such as the Boy Scouts of America. Jacob hopes to continue this tradition of service through his position as the Inter-Business Council Senator for the Information Technology Management Association in the upcoming Fall 2021 semester. He is incredibly grateful for the opportunities provided to him by the Shidler Global Leaders Program and hopes to further hone his leadership, communication, and networking skills. Jacob is committed to being an ambassador of the Shidler College of Business and a positive role model for students.
Lydia Jun

Lydia Jun

Majors: Finance & Management Information Systems

Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, Lydia has witnessed the impacts of paramount issues on her beautiful home and is passionate about becoming a business leader who can address such issues. She is an active member of Delta Sigma Pi, at which she has served as the Director of Corporate Relations and Vice President of Pledge Operations. Lydia’s recent summer internships at the Odo Scholarship Foundation and the State of Hawaii Office of Enterprise Technology Services enabled her to develop her problem-solving skills and apply her knowledge to real issues outside the classroom. She aims to study at Yonsei University in Fall 2022 and hopes that through her study abroad experience, she can further understand the implications of global issues and perspectives on business. Lydia is thrilled for the opportunity to become a Shidler Global Leader and knows that the program will equip her with the skills necessary to become a conscientious leader who is sensitive to the voices and needs of her community.
Sydni Kim

Sydni Kim

Majors: Accounting & Finance

Over the past four years, Sydni has worked in ten different McDonald’s restaurants and been to stores internationally in Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and China. Her years spent working at McDonald’s, alongside her love for traveling, have developed her into a driven individual eager to explore the world. She is spending the Fall 2021 semester at Seoul National University to continue her accounting and finance education and expand her cultural perspectives. Her prior internships at Hawaiian Isles Coffee Company and Hawaii Five Stars on the Big Island have further supported her interests in an analytical role in the food and beverage industry. Sydni values giving back to the organizations that have helped her grow as an individual; she serves as the Vice President of the International Business Organization, as well as assists with her high school judo team. She is thankful for the support and mentorship received throughout the years and hopes to apply what she has learned to make ethical business decisions that create a positive impact in the local community.
Marcus Mau

Marcus Mau

Majors: Finance & International Business

Oahu born and raised, Marcus is currently pursuing a degree in Finance and International Business, as well as a minor in Economics. He grew up learning the value of community and family, as well as the importance of giving back. Through Shidler College of Business clubs like the Business Executive Society of Tomorrow and Delta Sigma Pi, he has been able to learn from his peers and develop as a professional, resulting in internships with the First Insurance Company of Hawaii and the Bank of Hawaii. This inspired him to take leadership roles in both clubs in order to give back, so others can have similar positive growth experiences. Marcus plans on studying abroad in the Spring of 2022, hopefully in Australia at Monash University in Melbourne. He is excited, honored, and humbled to have been selected as a Shidler Global Leader, and hopes to both represent and give back to the Shidler College of Business and its students, as well as cultivate himself as an emerging professional alongside the rest of the cohort.
Kaylee Miki

Kaylee Miki

Major: Finance & International Business

Kaylee is a Junior studying Finance and International Business. Growing up on Oahu, she has gained an appreciation for the environment and hopes to pursue a career in real estate development and investment, focusing on affordable housing and fostering sustainable communities in Hawaii. This interest has been shaped by her internship at Central Pacific Bank’s Commercial Real Estate Lending Division and assistant housing research with the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at UH Mānoa. She is now interning with the Select Commercial Opportunities Real Estate Portfolio, a private equity fund focused on real estate investment opportunities in the U.S, where she is involved in various aspects of portfolio management. Currently, she serves as the President of the International Business Organization and sits on the Senate of the Mānoa Scholars Club. During Fall 2022, she plans to study abroad at the University of Roehampton in London, England. Outside of college, she enjoys coaching high school cheerleading. The Shidler College of Business has made possible so many opportunities, and Kaylee is grateful for this chance to give back to the community as a Shidler Global Leader.
Jenna Muraoka

Jenna Muraoka

Majors: Accounting & Finance

Jenna was born in China, but grew up keiki o ka `aina in South Kona on Hawai`i Island. She is working toward a BA in Accounting and Finance, with a minor in Economics, and is an active member of the Business Executive Society of Tomorrow (BEST). Most recently, she completed an internship with Bank of Hawaii in the Controller's Division. Her educational background is a varied mix starting with a hands-on elementary public charter school where she participated in community service and animal rescue work; a STEM academy in grades 6-10 where she worked on robotics, marine biology and aquaculture; and graduated summa cum laude from Konawaena High School, while also earning a Hawaii Life Styles ASC via Hawaii Community College at Palamanui. Her upbringing included earning a black belt in MMA, and summers on Molokai, hiking, swimming and fishing with her extended `ohana. These varied experiences provide a broad underpinning of flexible thinking, cultural awareness, adaptability, stick-to-it-ivness, personal drive, and teamwork focused on positive outcomes. For her SGL exchange, she will attend Waseda University in 2022, and feels deeply honored, grateful, and enthusiastic to serve as a representative of the Shidler College of Business, the University of Hawai`i, our state and nation.
Stefani Sakamoto

Stefani Sakamoto

Majors: Accounting & Human Resource Management

Living in Mānoa, Stefani has been fortunate to be surrounded by the beautiful lush green valley, developing her appreciation for nature, various cultures, and the spirit of Aloha. She is very grateful for the support of her family, as well as the University of Mānoa Shidler College of Business ohana. Her internships at Territorial Savings Bank, New York Life, Jordan and Cara Odo Foundation, Spire Hawaii LLP, and Punahou School, allowed her to experience the immense value of business experience. Business Executive Society of Tomorrow (BEST) Director of Human Resources (’20) and President (‘21-’22), Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Director of Corporate Relations (‘20-’21), Delta Sigma Pi (DSP), Beta Beta Gamma Sorority (BBΓ) Community Service Chair (‘20-’21), various honor societies, ABWA (American Business Women’s Association-student member), and international case competitions developed her leadership skills. As the President of BEST and a member of a variety of organizations, she looks forward to helping her peers grow both professionally and personally. Stefani enjoys being a Mānoa Peer Advisor and Student Coordinator at the Mānoa Advising Center. She assists students with their classes, guides major selection, and provides information about UHM. Community service has always been a passion, from her first Girl Scouts cookie sales to earning her gold award. Stefani likes to find ways to improve the lives of the people of Hawaii. As a Shidler Global Leader, Stefani hopes to develop a mentorship program for students to excel as future business leaders.