30 for 30 Alumni Profiles

In honor of our 30 years of brotherhood on August 22, 2019, Lambda Psi held a “30 for 30” social media campaign to showcase the various life achievements of alumni members, and highlight some of our graduating seniors as well.

Click on the images of our Brothers below to learn more about them!

30 for 30 graduating senior Profiles


Miles Power

Initiated 2000 | Graduated 2002
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What have you been up to post commencement?

After leaving UHH I moved to Anaheim and worked for Walgreens. After a few years working there, I moved to NYC to attend St. John’s University to get a double MBA in Decision Science and Computer Science. I took a short internship in Brazil before finally moving to Denver where I met my wife, had a daughter, and started my business. The business has now became international company and has over 200 employees. We continue to grow and it makes me proud that I was apart of UHH before beginning this business journey.

How has joining DSP affected your personal and professional life?

I still have friends from DSP and stay in contact even years later. I feel it was a great place to connect with people and to learn about business in groups. When I pledged we all really cared about helping each other.

What is your favorite memory from DSP or university?

My favorite memory was all of the rain. It is the biggest thing I miss from Hilo. I biked to campus the 4 years I was there and all of my books have water stains.

One word to describe your alumni experience would be?

Gratifying

 

Cortney Oshiro

Initiated Fall 2014 | Graduated Fall 2017
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What have you been up to post commencement?

Since graduation I have had the opportunity of being a Department Manager for Old Navy in Hilo and have had some free time to start traveling.

How has joining DSP affected your personal and professional life?

Being a part of Delta Sigma Pi helped me to learn and focus on managing time and priorities. The opportunities provided by DSP have been a strong learning experience throughout and after college. I encourage everyone to take every opportunity to reflect and learn in their personal and professional life.

What is your favorite memory from DSP or university?

Everyone made the fraternity pretty memorable :) but the Relay for Life events were always the best

 

Tehani-Jenae Palolo

Initiated Fall 2014 | Graduated Fall 2015
Offices Held:  Fall 2015 VP Pledge Education

Offices Held: Fall 2015 VP Pledge Education

What have you been up to post commencement?

Tehani currently works as an Accountant at Pulama Lānaʻi, a company whose mission it is to build a sustainable future for Lānaʻi. She had worked for 3 years as a Volunteer Income Tax Assistant (VITA) volunteer filing income taxes for low to moderate income families for free and has recently moved to Oahu for work.

How has joining DSP affected your personal and professional life?

DSP definitely brought me out of my comfort zone. I met some of the best people, who became my brothers and whom I still keep in touch with to this day. My brothers continuously motivated and encouraged me to keep striving to do my best.

What is your favorite memory from DSP or university?

There are just so many to choose from! One that stands out is when we celebrated Founders day at Hapuna, driving across the island and spending a day at the beach with some of the best people.

One word to describe your alumni experience would be?

Fulfilling

 

Mike Abraham

Initiated Spring 2014 | Graduated Spring 2015
Mike Abraham   Pledged: Spring 2013 | Graduated: Spring 2015

What have you been up to post commencement?

I am currently an Account Executive at Pacific Media Group. As for community involvement I am part of the Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce and participate with the Economic and Development team, where we discuss pressing economic issues and upcoming economic changes. I do have a family, I am married with a six year old daughter and a two year old son.Besides the craziness of the business life I was able to fit canoe paddling in where my team and I won a state championship. It was quite a victory.

How has joining DSP affected your personal and professional life?

DSP has affected my life by teaching me structure. Having an agenda gives you direction. Things don’t always go as planned, but having an idea of where you want to be helps a lot on any path you may be on. DSP had also showed me the power of working as a team. Those finals, projects, and assignments would have been much harder if it wasn’t for the brotherhood. Mahalo nui loa!

What is your favorite memory from DSP or university?

2013 Relay for Life

One word to describe your alumni experience would be?

One word to describe my experience would be SUBLIME!

 

Juvette Kamaka'ala Kahawaii

Initiated Fall 2015 | Graduated Spring 2018
Offices Held:  Spring 2016 VP Social Activities, Fall 2016-Spring 2018 Chancellor

Offices Held: Spring 2016 VP Social Activities, Fall 2016-Spring 2018 Chancellor

What have you been up to post commencement?

Currently I’m employed at Taketa, Iwata, Hara & Associates as part of their Tax Staff. They are one of the largest tax firms on the island. I’ve also worked as a VITA volunteer for two years alongside fellow alumni brothers (Tehani & Jhoanne).

How has joining DSP affected your personal and professional life?

DSP has affected me immensely. Professionally, it has helped me prepare for internship and job opportunities by having events with local businesses. More importantly, it has influenced my personal life. I’ve created many lifelong friendships. The main people I turn to for support and encouragement are brothers that I consistently keep in touch with. The phrase “brother for life” has proven to be truer than anything else.

What is your favorite memory from DSP or university?

I think one of my favorite memories was attending LEAD School in Sacramento alongside Brother Ota, Magana Ledesma, and Fernandez. It was my first event that made me recognize where our chapter fit in the grander scheme of things. It was an opportunity to learn about how big our brotherhood was outside our island and what it would take to be an ideal member and make our chapter better.

One word to describe your alumni experience would be?

Flexible

 

Jazzle Paraiso

Initiated Spring 2016 | Graduated Fall 2017
Jazzle Paraiso   Pledged Spring 2016 | Graduated Fall 2017

What have you been up to post commencement?

Since graduating, I started working at Sherwin-Williams in Hilo in January of 2018. Started out with their MT program and moved into the assistant manager position about a month and a half later after starting. I have been able to travel to New Assistant Manager training in California after completing the MT program with the company where I got to network and meet other assistant managers working for Sherwin Williams who also went through the MT program. Company also flies you out to district meetings in Oahu when there is a scheduled meeting for assistant managers. I am currently working at the Sherwin Williams in Hilo as an assistant manager for over a year and the company and culture is similar to the culture of Delta Sigma Pi. It’s definitely a company that values their employees and gives them tools and training to be able to succeed at your job. I also have moved out to Waikoloa Village where I spend most of my time off from work at the beach to relax.

How has joining DSP affected your personal and professional life?

As a transfer student from Washington, DSP helped me make new friends at a new school since I struggled to make friends when I started at UH. DSP has also affected my personal life by growing my networking skills especially since I value networking and it helps me get more comfortable with being able to step out of my own shell sometimes, since I can be very introverted. It also helped me develop the skills needed to develop relationships for my contractors at my job. As a professional, all the skills I have gained from DSP from learning how to successfully go through the interview process and how to conduct yourself professionally through that process is what helped me get the job I was looking for after graduating from UH Hilo.

What is your favorite memory from DSP or university?

One of my favorite memories was when they held a Lead school in Seattle and I was able to go home to surprise my mom for her birthday along with realizing that when I went to Lead school that DSP has a lot of opportunities to offer whether it’s for your personal or professional growth. I was able to meet a lot of brothers from different schools and was able to learn about how some chapters operated and share that knowledge to our chapter. It was eye opening to see all the opportunities that DSP offers. We always say to each other that the effort you put into it is what you get out of it and it’s true. DSP has definitely helped me get into a job that I enjoy and to conduct myself in a professional manner to be able to climb up the career ladder at Sherwin Williams.

One word to describe your alumni experience would be?
One word to describe my alumni experience: nostalgic. But I am also looking forward to be able to attend GCC in Atlanta this summer!

 

Clayton Chong

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Clayton established the Lambda Psi chapter, the first chapter in the State of Hawaii, and also helped establish the Rho Chi chapter at Manoa. He has held multiple positions, including being an insurance agent, legislative assistant, and real estate salesman and currently works as an attorney in private practice at Chong & Chong, Attorneys at Law. He’s a well traveled Brother who has visited all 50 states in the US, on top of 30 other countries. He has coordinated many educational programs at UH Hilo and has consistently been registered in classes to further hone his various skills.

 

Lorena dela Cruz

Initiated Fall 2014 | Graduated Fall 2016
Lorena dela Cruz   Pledged Fall 2014 | Graduated Fall 2017

What have you been up to post commencement?

I have been in public accounting since January 2012. Currently employed at Egdamin, Hu CPA Inc. Right after graduation, I was promoted to Senior Accountant. I supervised the bookkeeping department, and assisting in Quickbooks training in the firm. While working full time, I was also working on passing the Uniform CPA Examination. In January this year, I finally passed all of them. My application for CPA license is now being processed by the Hawaii State Board of Accountancy. As I await for my license to come in, I got promoted to Staff Manager. This allows me to supervise all the departments in the firm. I am excited to be able to finally do what I love. As for my family, my son will be graduating from high school this coming May. I am also very excited to have more time for family, friends, and the fraternity.

How has joining DSP affected your personal and professional life?

DSP has significantly affected my personal and professional life. Personally, I have met great people who I can call brothers for life. We shared many memories. The fraternity allowed me see the beauty of other people I have met in the brotherhood. DSP made me feel like I am a part of something so big, that no matter where I go, I have someone I can count on. Professionally, DSP positively pushed me to be a leader. I have expanded my knowledge in networking and creating business relationships within the community. The fraternity encouraged me to be the best version of me. Each event has been a learning experience.

What is your favorite memory from DSP or university?

My favorite memory from DSP was initiation day. It was nerve-racking and exciting at the same time. That day, I was sworn in as an official brother. That's when the other fun started.

One word to describe your alumni experience would be?

UNITED! As an alumni, it is important to me to feel that I am still part of a great brotherhood. Therefore, ongoing communication between collegiate and alumni is very important. I want to feel welcomed, because I would love to always be a part of this great organization.

Lara Hughes

Initiated Fall 2015 | Graduated Spring 2017
Lara Hughes   Pledged Fall 2015 | Graduated Spring 2017

What have you been up to post commencement?

I work at First Hawaiian Bank as a Commercial Banker. I also have a second career as a freelance writer and photographer. Some current articles I’ve written have been published in Ke Ola Magazine. I serve on the Big Island Press Club Board of Directors as the Immediate Past President and Governance & advocacy Committee Chair. I also serve on the Hilo Rotary Club Foundation Board as the Treasurer. I am a member of the Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce, the Friends of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, the Japanese Chamber of Commerce, and of the Friends of Amy Greenwell Botanical Garden. I recently traveled to Italy and Croatia and ran a quarter marathon.

How has joining DSP affected your personal and professional life?

DSP was really the springboard into my career. The Fraternity helped me build a professional wardrobe and gain executive board experience. Things like volunteering, fundraising, and recognition awards through the Fraternity also helped me build my resume. I was introduced to local business owners and community organizations. I later volunteered on my own time for some of these clubs. Upon graduation, the Executive Director of one such organization recommended me to one of the Vice Presidents at First Hawaiian Bank and I was called in for an interview.

What is your favorite memory from DSP or university?

My favorite memory from DSP was when I got to go to one of the LEAD Schools in Syracuse, NY with two of my brothers, Faith Siba and Jerome Gemine. We had an amazing time attending workshops and meeting other brothers. We even got to go to Niagara Falls for our down-time. It will always be an amazing memory, especially since Brother Jerome Gemine passed away shortly thereafter.

One word to describe your alumni experience would be?

Enlightening

 

Joe O'brien

Initiated Spring 1995 | Graduated Spring 1997
Offices Held:  VPPE 95-96, VPCO 96-97, South Pacific RVP 01-02, DD Cal-State Northridge, DD Cal-Poly Pomona Colony, DD Univ. of Southern California, DD Univ. of California - Santa Barbara, Numerous Committees, projects, and LEAD presenter   GCC Attended:  99-Houston, 01-Niagra Falls, 03-Palm Springs, 05-Orlando, 07-Orlando, 09-Washington, DC, 11-Louisville, 13-Seattle, 15-Chicago, 17-New Orleans

Offices Held: VPPE 95-96, VPCO 96-97, South Pacific RVP 01-02, DD Cal-State Northridge, DD Cal-Poly Pomona Colony, DD Univ. of Southern California, DD Univ. of California - Santa Barbara, Numerous Committees, projects, and LEAD presenter

GCC Attended: 99-Houston, 01-Niagra Falls, 03-Palm Springs, 05-Orlando, 07-Orlando, 09-Washington, DC, 11-Louisville, 13-Seattle, 15-Chicago, 17-New Orleans

What have you been up to post commencement?

Currently I work as the Senior Accountant for OrthoScan, Inc., a manufacturer of C-Arm X-Ray machines in Scottsdale, AZ. I’ve been working in the field of accounting for a couple of years now and my career has had some ups and downs. After graduation I worked on the Independence interisland cruise ship. It was when I was ready to move on to bigger and better things that my time and effort in the Fraternity really paid off. I had become good friends with our Regional Director (what is not called Regional Vice President) Mike Woolson, who had offered to let me stay with him in L.A. When I was flying out, wearing one of my Fraternity shirts, I ran into a brother in Honolulu who was flying home who knew Mike. One of the job fairs I went to (that did hire me) I ran into a brother whom I had met a year prior and a regional conference – now I had a friend in new hire training. A few months later, while wearing a chapter shirt, one of my managers read the letters. As I was trying to explain what it was she said “I know, I’m a brother”. Turns out she was from USC and Mike was her DD. The Fraternity has just made the world such a smaller place. The VP of International Sales at my current company is a brother as well.

I had worked in Sales for a majority of the time I lived in California. I decided to get my MBA during this time but due to the economic times around my graduation in 2008, it was not a great time to be changing career paths. I ended up working mortgage processing for a few years getting ready to move. When I left California in 2014 I knew I wanted to get into accounting and was lucky to get a job with an online university that allowed me to get a Masters in Accounting.

What is your favorite memory from DSP or University?

It is really hard to narrow down my favorite DSP memory as there are so many that come to mind. There is the joy of my day of initiation, the pride I felt watching two classes of pledges get initiated, and helping to lead the chapter as VPCO (back in the days when it was much more involved). Being a part of the initiation team for Univ of Redlands after I moved to L.A. where I met so many brothers in California that introduced me to others at GCC who have become some of my best friends over the past 20 yrs.

The weddings of brothers that I’ve been in or been able to attend all over the country. The traveling to different areas and seeing the sights – Ellis Island, Statue of Liberty, D.C. monuments, Space Needle, Wrigley Field, and the Bahamas to name a few.

With GCC coming up here in a few months I’m really looking forward to seeing my friends from all over that show up. One word that I think best describes being a Brother in Delta Sigma Pi is Belonging. You have a sense of purpose and familiarity with people you have never met. A random joke to a person who shows up at a conference ends up making a connection that spans years and miles and never fades.

After all of this, it might seem that I’ve done a lot in the 24 yrs since my initiation but the Fraternity has given me back so much more in the way of friends, family, opportunity, and personal growth. We all walk through the door to an info night thinking about what we can get out of the Fraternity. We all keep coming back as we try to give back as we’ve gotten so much more than expected.

 

Neil Nakaza

Initiated Fall 1994 | Graduated Spring 1998
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Neil has been with KTA Superstores for 17 years now and currently works as a courtesy clerk at their Downtown Hilo location. He has been very active as an alumni, attending many chapter events throughout the years, and supporting both new and older brothers DSP has allowed him to meet many people and create lifetime connections with friends and professionals.

A great memory he has of Delta Sigma Pi was when he first joined; his initiation.

One word to describe your alumni experience would be?

Rewarding.

 

Fred Fao

Initiated Spring 2006 | Graduated Summer 2012
Fred Fao   Pledged Spring 2006 | Graduated Summer 2012

What have you been up to post commencement?

2012 - 2013: Traveled and resided in the state of Washington, Texas, and Oklahoma

2014 - Present: Moved to Utah and started work as an accountant; pursuing graduate degree in Accounting

Involvements & Achievements: Senior Accountant for a mortgage servicing company, attended GCC 2017 and several LEAD schools, featured in Nov. 2018 The Deltasig magazine for my children’s book project, involved in Pacific Islander nonprofit organization in Utah that promotes Pacific Islander welfare and awareness in the state.

How has joining DSP affected your personal and professional life?

Since joining DSP, I’ve gained a greater appreciation for a higher standard of conduct, both in my personal and professional lives. Service of others was always something I valued greatly and delta sigs live and breathe service. Most importantly, becoming a deltasig taught me that I can “mix business with pleasure.” Indeed, delta sigs do it best.

What is your favorite memory from DSP or university?
DSP - My first GCC was 2007 in Orlando, FL. I was under 21 and kept my group of newly befriended brothers from entering certain establishments. A decade later in 2017 I went to my second GCC in New Orleans and discovered that the bond of brotherhood does not fade with time.

UHH - It was a Thursday before a three-day Holiday weekend and I gave a speech at a scholarship banquet about my experience as a scholarship recipient. Seated next to Dr. Alec Keith, I was able to personally relay my thanks for his generosity to mine and countless others’ education. As if that wasn’t enough, early the following Monday a guest in the audience was among the firsts to show up at the Financial Aid office; he came in to see how he could become a benefactor because my story inspired him.

One word to describe your alumni experience would be?

Inspired

 

Faith Siba

Initiated Fall 2014 | Graduated Spring 2017
Faith Siba   Pledged Fall 2014 | Graduated Spring 2017

What have you been up to post commencement?

What company do you work with? Dept. of Environment, Climate Change & Emergency Management, FSM(Federated States of Micronesia) National Government; Housed at the Kosrae Conservation and Safety Organization (Non-Government Organization) in Kosrae, FSM

What is your position? National Project Manager for the Regional Ridge-to-Reef (International Waters) Project piloted in Kosrae, FSM;

I’m an active member of the Lelu Youth Endeavors (Treasure - Group 3), Board Member for Kosrae Women Association, member of Lelu Leadership Committee, and member of Lele Charter Committee.

Upon graduating from UH Hilo, the Sansrik Elementary School (where I attended grade school) had me as their Keynote Speaker for the 8th grade graduation (June 2017), Taught English Reading at Kosrae High School for 4 months (Aug. 2017 - Nov. 2017), Not exactly a success, but I’m currently enrolled in a post-graduate certificate program (Ridge-to-Reef Sustainable Development) with James Cook University through the Pacific Ridge to Reef Programme)

How has joining DSP affected your personal and professional life?

DSP is one of the greatest things I’ve been blessed with. DSP as helped me become confident and comfortable with networking. Additionally, I’ve developed so many beautiful friendships with the Brothers from Lambda Psi Chapter. The brotherhood supported me academically, professionally, and personally and I am proud to be a part of it.

What is your favorite memory from DSP or university?

Pledge journey and ( :D ) Attending LEAD School in Syracuse, NY with Brother Lara Hughes and late Brother Jerome Gemine

One word to describe your alumni experience would be?

SUPPORTED

 

Michael Severino

Initiated 2013 | Graduated 2015
Michael Severino   Pledged in 2013 | Graduated 2015

What have you been up to post commencement?

I work for a tech company called Yext based in New York City and I am a Deal Desk Analyst meaning the company brings me in to help our sales team price, structure, and negotiate enterprise level deals. In the coming months I’ll be transitioning to a temporary assignment in Geneva, Switzerland to help build out a team in the EMEA region. Prior to relocating from Honolulu, I was on the board of directors for the Gregory House Programs, a non-profit helping those affected by HIV/AIDS to find permanent housing and gain access to specialized services.

How has joining DSP affected your personal and professional life?

Through DSP, I’ve met a number of lifelong friends. We’ve attended each other’s weddings, watched as we had kids and became parents, and support each other in our lives. That’s what is so special about the brotherhood: whether you talk religiously or you pick the relationship up again later on in life, they’re family and family will always be there.

What is your favorite memory from DSP or university?

My favorite memory...or many memories is after a DSP event, having a number of brothers come up to my place in Kaumana and hang out, talk, laugh and, most importantly, eat! We had great times and I remember feeling happy to have a group of such inclusive, kind, and caring brothers around me.

One word to describe your alumni experience would be?

Fulfilled

 

Krystle De Los Santos

Initiated Fall 2014 | Graduated Spring 2018
Krystle De Los Santos   Pledged Fall 2014 | Graduate Spring 2018

What have you been up to post commencement?

I was promoted from HR Assistant to HR Generalist just after graduation. I started my Masters program in HR Management in August at UH Manoa and currently District Director for Rho Chi.

How has joining DSP affected your personal and professional life?

Delta Sigma Pi gave me so much throughout my undergraduate career. I've gained a family, a support system, and a lifetime of friendship. It has also helped prepare me for my current role academically and professionally. The experiences I've gained include time-management, becoming a leader or knowing how to take charge.

What is your favorite memory from DSP or university?

Best memories were the ones I made at GCC and LEAD.

One word to describe your alumni experience would be?

Fulfilling

 

Tiana Wai

Initiated Fall 2009 | Graduated Fall 2014
Tiana Wai   Pledged Fall 2009 | Graduated Fall 2014

Tiana currently works at Enterprise as a Sr. Truck Account Specialist in the Truck Rental Division. She takes pride in the fact that she currently holds a management position, though she switched over from Business-Management to a Communications Major in her final semester of University.

As a student she was very active and participated in the UH Radio, Samoan Club and of course Delta Sigma Pi amongst other activities.

Her fondest memories as a member of Lambda Psi and throughout university was her opportunity to build relationships.

A personal tip she shared was “have fun, no fear.” Someone once told her that everything you want is on the other side of fear.

 

Jake Llaguno

Initiated Spring 2016 | Graduated Spring 2017

What have you been up to post commencement?

I worked at the Hilton for 1 year in Recreations and as a Front Desk Agent. I am now currently residing in Los Angeles working as an assistant writer for filmtoolkit.com and pursuing social media/online marketing with my own website for musicians and other social media platforms within a certain niche.

How has joining DSP affected your personal and professional life?
It has made me more excited to meet new people and to always pursue my goals.

What is your favorite memory from DSP or university?
Definitely the people that I have met. They truly made my university experience one I’ll never forget.

One word to describe your alumni experience would be?
Spontaneous

 

Aysia Kaaumoana

Initiated Fall 2015 | Graduated Spring 2016
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What have you been up to post commencement?

I am currently working at HFS Federal Credit Union in Hilo, HI as a supervisor in their Lending Department. Through HFS Federal Credit Union, I’ve had the opportunity to volunteer with their Kid’s Club Deposit Days, teach an elementary Junior Achievement class, and serve on their scholarship committee.

How has joining DSP affected your personal and professional life?

Personally, DSP taught me to be more outgoing and be comfortable with sharing my skills and talents with other. Professionally, DSP helped me to develop my time management, problem solving, and most importantly my leadership skills. Through DSP, I was exposed to leadership and teamwork opportunities that I couldn’t find in the classroom. I’m grateful to have been a brother as DSP had given me a taste of the business world and helped prepare my professional skills for the career I have now.

What is your favorite memory from DSP or university?

My favorite memory of DSP was initiation. It was such a great feeling to see the work of my pledge class come to fruition and be welcomed as brothers.

One word to describe your alumni experience would be?

Exciting! Post-graduation was definitely a fearful unknown, but once you get there, the path is yours to mold. I encourage everyone to cast heir nets wide and take every opportunity life presents both personally and professionally. You never know what a chance you take can lead to.

 

Christine Presiados

Initiated Spring 2016 | Graduated Spring 2017
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What have you been up to post commencement?

I’m the Wedding Coordinator at the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai. I joined the company shortly after graduation. Since I’ve started in Special Events I’ve been able to use my creativity while exercising meticulous event planning. When I’m not busy with weddings, I like to travel. I’ve traveled to 5 cities, 1 out of the country, 3 cities I’ve never been to, and 1 city twice. And I have plans to travel to another country in the summer.

How has joining DSP affected your personal and professional life?

Professional DSP has helped me network and gain mentor support. Personally, it helped me gain confidence and truly know my worth.

What is your favorite memory from DSP or university?

Building relationships with like-minded people, and serving one another and the community. I’m grateful for the people and experience I had at UHH. Now, I love my job, the company, and the opportunities it has to offer me. This is truly a fulfilling and rewarding experience.

 

Wyatt Nelson

Initiated Fall 2016 | Graduated Spring 2018
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What have you been up to post commencement?

Got hired at Kawahara & Hu CPA’s, an accounting firm one month after graduating. For the last year I’ve been very busy learning the ropes of the professional field of accounting and making sense of the new tax policy.

How has joining DSP affected your personal and professional life?

DSP equipped me with the tools to not only become more familiar with practices in the professional world, from writing resumes to conducting interviews; but also how to effectively lead.

What is your favorite memory from DSP or university?

Working together with my brothers at Lambda Psi to organize and run our big earner fundraisers was a lot of fun.

One word to describe your alumni experience would be?

Busy. Once you get fully immersed in a full tie position you’ll see how quickly time foes by once you’re dealing with your never-ending workload while continuously learning all the facets of your career/position.

 

Darcy Gaylord

Initiated Spring 2017 | Graduated Fall 2018
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What have you been up to post commencement?

I just started working for HELCO at their Engineering Baseyard in an administrative position and so far I’m really enjoying it. It has taken me a while to get into the swing of things at my new job, but I’m gaining valuable experience and professional insight. My goal within the next few years is to start preparing for the master’s program at UH Manoa.

How has joining DSP affected your personal and professional life?

Joining DSP has definitely improved both my personal and professional life. Te fraternity has helped me gain confidence, leadership skills, networking ability, and a real sense of community and belonging. Experiences such as being both VP of Pledge Education and Alumni Relations provided me with the opportunity to be a lead and to take charge. Being a Brother gave me a truer sense of purpose during my college career that I would not have had otherwise.

What is your favorite memory from DSP or university?

My favorite memory from DSP is probably seeing my first and only pledge class become Brothers at their initiation. That was also my first time having a role in the initiation ritual, so I was as nervous as my pledges. Being VP of Pledge Education was a difficult but extremely rewarding experience for me and I felt incredible amounts of pride watching my pledges finally completing their program.

One word to describe your alumni experience would be?

Bittersweet, I’m enjoying post-grad life but I’m missing the level of community and campus involvement I had when I was a collegiate member.

 

Gaylen Wilfred Ku`uipo Kalipi

Initiated Fall 2011 | Graduated Spring 2013
Offices Held:  Chancellor Spring 2012, Chapter President 2012 - 2013, District Director 2013 - Present.

Offices Held: Chancellor Spring 2012, Chapter President 2012 - 2013, District Director 2013 - Present.

What have you been up to post commencement?

Since graduating spring of 2013, I became the District Director for the Lambda Psi Chapter of Delta Sigma Pi. I became a permanent employee at `Imiloa Astronomy Center, transitioning from the Finance/Accounting intern to the Finance & IT Associate. I joined the Accounting Advisory Board for Hawaii Community College and I am now a certified youth soccer coach and referee for AYSO and the Hawaii Youth Soccer Association. I co-founded a youth fast-pitch softball club for girls 9 – 14 years old.

How has joining DSP affected your personal and professional life?

Delta Sigma Pi helped me become a better all-around person.  Serving as an officer helped me to develop key leadership skills and gave me lots of experience in working to resolve a number of complex challenges. It also helped me to better understand how to successfully navigate diverse perspectives and backgrounds to create collaborative solutions. A true leader has to lead by example and to be willing to do whatever it takes to get things done. A team that trusts its leader and works collaboratively for the collective good accomplishes great things and bring pride to the Chapter. The lessons I learned as President have helped me to be a better subordinate in other situations. I now have more patience and empathy for the challenges leaders face and better understand how to be contribute more as a team member to get things done, even when it’s not part of my job.

What is your favorite memory from DSP or university?

My favorite memories are of all of the Deltasig Brothers I’ve met and established long-term relationships with - especially the ones I’ve met at the Grand Chapter Congresses in Seattle, Chicago & New Orleans.

But, if I had to pick the most memorable moment, it has to be when I was the Chapter President of Lambda Psi.  I had the pleasure of working closely with then Grand President Mark Chiacchiari, He helped improve our chapters membership, financial status and our chapter morale and he also invited me to be a part of the installation team of the Rho Chi Chapter at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

I am looking forward to all of the memories that are yet to be created with current and future Brothers of Delta Sigma Pi.

One word to describe your alumni experience would be?

Unforgettable!

 

Curtis Chong

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Since graduating Curtis has held multiple positions and is a very active member of the Hilo community. He’s the Assistant Coach for the Hilo High School Girls Soccer Team and coach and referee for AYSO. Curtis also serves as the President of the Aloha Exchange Club of East Hawaii, Vice-President, Director of Hawaii AJA Memorial Baseball League, and Vice-President of the Delta Theta Phi Legal Fraternity. Other activities of his include being a sports announcer for Hilo High School’s Varsity Sports, a member of the Hilo Badminton Club, and member of the C-Flite golf club.

 

Laurie Reuney

Initiated 2003 | Graduated 2005
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What have you been up to post commencement?

Worked at Walmart for 9 years and was Supervisor. I resigned and started working with Hawaii Island Workforce and Economic Development as a Program Coordinator. Got pregnant with my prince Makyle Amato and was out from work for a whole year and 8 months. Now I am back to work just this year at Goodwill Hawaii Employment Services as an Employment Counselor. Have two handsome boys one is 11 and one just turned 1.

Community involvement is a big thing in my life. I’ve been with the Micronesian United Big Island Organization since and I was a secretary to that organization. When I had my baby boy, I had to resigned from that to focus on my family especially my baby boy. I got involved in the Relay for Life, Convoy of Hope, Big Hula Festival, Merrie Monarch and more.

How has joining DSP affected your personal and professional life?

I would say my success in life is the stable jobs I had, the positions. Joining DSP helped me to be confident in whatever I’m passionate about professionally. My passion is to make a difference in the community!

One word to describe your alumni experience would be?

One word to describe my alumni experience is be professional and be confident.

 

Mitchell Echavez

Initiated Fall 2015 | Graduated Spring 2018
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What have you been up to post commencement?

I worked for Sherwin Williams through their Management Trainee Program, and became an Assistant Manager for a little bit at their Kaneohe, Oahu store before moving back home to the Big Island. I’m currently working as the Food and Beverage Coordinator at the Hilton Waikoloa. I assist with the restaurants at the hotel, work with reservations of private dining and large groups, among usual office operations.

How has joining DSP affected your personal and professional life?

DSP allowed me to dive more into the business side of everything while I was still in school. I got to work on my leadership skills and professional ethics while being able to make lifelong friends.

What is your favorite your memory from DSP or university?

Meeting a bunch of new people, making new friends that have become “family.” I also enjoyed working with the other Executive Members to help the chapter thrive and grow.

One word to describe your alumni experience would be?

Bittersweet

 

Bertha Lotte

Initiated Fall 2015
Hometown: Born in Marshall Island; raised in Kosrae, Micronesia
Business Admin. Major - Finance Concentration
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How has your experience at UH Hilo, and with DSP, helped you grow personally and professionally?

Transferring to UH Hilo was actually a skeptical decision I made but everything turned out well in the end for me actually. At UH Hilo, I was able to experience how diverse it was and also glad to participate in some great activities. As for DSP, I am able to grow on how to manage my time between classes, DSP and of course other activities.

What has been your favorite memory from DSP or University?

Favorite memory from DSP: Initiating with my Fall 2015 brothers, helping out with community services, Fundraising, Social Events and of course meeting up with brothers during chapter meetings.

UH HILO: being able to help the "Pacific Islander Student Center" with one of their big event known as "PAC YES", where we chat with high school students about cultural things from our island. Preparing for International Nights/performing. Other workshops provided by UH HILO Clubs.

 What are your post-graduation plans?

I haven't thought of where I am going to next. Probably, stay here on the Big Island for a while. Try to look for a job where I can be able to help support my Mom and siblings back home on the island. After all that I will see where that path will take me. I am willing to try out new things.

Any experience, honors, awards or words of advice you’d like to share? 

Co-Leader for UH Pacific Islander Student Center's Pac YES program; participating with DSP in relay for life Spring 2016; Preparation for United Nation Day Hosted by the International Student Association along with International Nights every Spring. DSP Community services, Fundraisers event, Professional events.

I am grateful for the experience I had throughout my school year here at UH HILO. I will forever miss all the great things I've experience at the University and of course with Lambda Psi Chapter - Delta Sigma Pi.

 

Calvin Uemura

Initiated Fall 2015
Hometown: Hilo, HI
Business Admin. Major - Finance & Management Concentration

How has your experience at UH Hilo, and with DSP, helped you grow personally and professionally?

My experience was life changing, DSP gave me the tools to truly lead an organization.

What has been your favorite memory from DSP or University?

Definitely LEAD schools were my favorite experiences.

 What are your post-graduation plans?

I plan to get an MBA at Point Loma Nazarene University.

Any experience, honors, awards or words of advice you’d like to share? 

Beta Gamma Sigma, Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Recipient.

 

Melanie Ebreo

Initiated Fall 2015
Hometown: Honoka'a, HI
Business Admin. Major - Marketing Concentration
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How has your experience at UH Hilo, and with DSP, helped you grow personally and professionally?

Though a small campus in comparison to other Universities, UH Hilo offers so many opportunities for their students. Through UH Hilo I’ve been able to secure multiple internships through their fairs, study abroad to South Korea, and meet people from all over the world. With DSP I’ve also been able to attend conferences, hone my leadership and professional skills, and work with various community members.

What has been your favorite memory from DSP or University?

My favorite memories are working with my fellow brothers at fundraisers. Other than our socials, it’s always been a great way for us to get together and grow closer together while fundraising. I also enjoyed my time on the Executive Committee for almost every semester since I've been initiated in the chapter. During my run as President I found it fulfilling to help lead my Executive team and chapter to success, while still serving and working beside them as a member. My undergraduate career would definitely have been different had it not been for DSP.

 What are your post-graduation plans?

I’ll be finishing up my internship with HFS Federal Credit Union this summer and will take a short vacation to visit my mom up in Oregon. It’ll be the first time in about 4 years that all my sisters and I will be together with my mom.

Any experience, honors, awards or words of advice you’d like to share? 

I’ve been working at HFS as a Marketing Specialist Intern for the last year and a half and recently our Marketing team won a CUNA Diamond Award for the “Complete Campaign” category. Working in the marketing department and assisting with their promotions and events has already been a great experience in itself, but to be a part of that has also been special.

 

Caesar Mendoza

Initiated Spring 2018
Hometown: Orange County, CA
Philosophy Major & Econ Minor
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How has your experience at UH Hilo, and with DSP, helped you grow personally and professionally?

Uh Hilo is such a diverse campus to begin with and with the help of DSP I was able to make life long connections that have already began to bear fruit!

What has been your favorite memory from DSP or University?

My favorite memory in DSP is without a doubt going back to my hometown for lead and showing my brothers what my world is like!

 What are your post-graduation plans?

After graduation I will start working for Target as an Executive Team Leader, however I also plan to continue schooling by getting my MA in Philosophy.

Any experience, honors, awards or words of advice you’d like to share? 

I’d also like to say, in the words of Michael Scott whoever says business isn't personal is wrong, "Business is the most personal thing in the world."

 

Alicia Rodriguez

Initiated Spring 2018
Hometown: Kailua-Kona, HI
Business Admin. Major - Management Concentration
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How has your experience at UH Hilo, and with DSP, helped you grow personally and professionally?

My experience with DSP has helped me grow professionally by being able to network with other people in our community. As the VP of Community Service, I was able to organize service projects and let our brothers see the good in helping others through active participation.

What has been your favorite memory from DSP or University?

My favorite memory of DSP was our very first Annual DSP Olympics because although my team lost, I never felt such a sense of teamwork! My team was so supportive. We bonded so well while we cheered each other and laughed! I made great friends and we became a family. 

 What are your post-graduation plans?

After graduation I plan to take a well deserved vacation! I’m probably going to Las Vegas or Atlanta Georgia to see my family. As August approaches, I will be headed of to San Francisco with my best friend where I will be pursuing my Masters Degree in International Business. 

Any experience, honors or awards you’d like to share? 

A very special award that I am proud of is my Enterprise Rent-A-Car Scholarship award! I ranked 1st place in the 2018 summer management trainee internship program in the state of Hawai’i. It showed me that I am able to conquer anything that I set my mind to because hard work pays off!