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Introducing Our New Administrative and Fiscal Support Specialist

Earlier this semester, SSRI hired a new Administrative and Fiscal Support Specialist to fill a position vacated by Candace Shinzato. We were very fortunate to be able to hire Laura Ann ("Lea") Nohara, whose most recent job was as a graduation and transfer credit specialist at Kapiolani Community College. She also worked at the Shidler College of Business as a student assistant advisor. Lea has a BBA in Finance & International Business from UH Manoa.


Her work philosophy is to "Do what you can, while you can, when you can." She hopes to make a difference in the College by providing excellent and timely service to the various departments. She likes the people she works with, stating that "Everyone here is so nice, helpful, and has made me feel so welcome." She has no explicit career goal, other than to learn as much as she can and to experience new things. During her "down time", Lea enjoys the outdoors, especially hiking and going to the beach. Please come by to introduce yourself to Lea - she is actually more outgoing and talkative than she appears!


SSRI's New Grants and Contracts Facilitator

The College of Social Sciences Research Council, with the concurrence and support of Dean Richard Dubanoski and the Council of Chairs and Directors, initiated a pilot program to provide grants and contract support to Principal Investigators in the College. An RCUH position was created with overhead (indirect funds) generated by grants and contracts to PIs in the College. The SSRI Grants and Contracts Facilitator will be responsible for providing post-award and pre-award administrative and fiscal support to PIs who require this support. Some of the post-award tasks include generating travel requests, advances, and completions; procuring supplies and equipment; creating and managing "shadow" budgets; initiating sub-contracts; and other similar tasks. Pre-award activities include helping PIs complete the Form 5, reviewing budgets and contracts, arranging for the necessary proposal attachments, and so on.


Alfonso ("Fonz") Villareal was selected for this position by a committee comprised of faculty PIs and SSRI administrative staff. Fonz began work in mid-February and has already worked with a number of faculty in the College. His prior work experience includes working at the Cancer Research Center of Hawaii as a Research Associate and Administration/Fiscal Support, and for the Blue Bison Corporation as a Sales Specialist and Manager. Fonz has a BA in Economics from Hawaii Pacific University, with two Masters degrees pending - an MA in Global Leadership and Sustainable Development from Hawaii Pacific University, pending May 2010, and an MA in Organizational Change from Hawaii Pacific University, pending Summer 2010. And, as you might guess from his work history and educational background, his ultimate career goal is to start his own business.


When asked, Fonz shared that his philosophy about work is to "Work hard to do it right the first time." He says that, thus far, working at SSRI has been great - he likes the atmosphere and the people are friendly. He also enjoys the outdoors, collecting comic books, and playing the saxophone. Please join us in welcoming Fonz to the SSRI team.


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