Mae Mendelson MSW, PhD ~ serves on the International Advisory Board for the World Youth Congress. She is former Director and Professor in Residence of the Intergenerational Center at Chaminade University and President, Travel&Learn, LLC, an intergenerational study tour company. Her previous volunteer activities included serving on the National Board of AARP, Chair of the national AARP Foundation, and President, AARP-Hawaii, (2004-2012). In 2004, she received a Resolution and Commendation from the House of Representatives, State of Hawaii for contributions to international affairs, culture, education and trade on behalf of Hawaii.
Herb Lee Jr. ~ is the Executive Director of the Pacific American Foundation. He is a Native Hawaiian and has led multiple and highly successful gifted and talented youth leadership programs, career planning and development, STEM education and culture-based curriculum projects including the award winning “Kahea Loko and the Aloha ‘Āina” projects. He has 29 years of experience as a community involvement specialist and has been a recording artist, Hawaiian musician, and a cultural practitioner for 39 years. He is one of the founders of the Waikalua Loko Fishpond Preservation Society in Kaneohe, O’ahu. He serves on numerous Boards and community groups and in 2011 was selected to the National Environmental Justice Advisory Committee Indigenous People Working Group.
Teresita G. Bernales, PhD ~ serves as Language Services Consultant for the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and consultant to the International Visitor Leadership Program of the U.S. Department of State. She has also served as coordinator for the Global Youth Center in Hawaii.
Mary Tori Keegan ~ is president of the Pan Pacific and Southeast Asian Women's Association- Hawaii (PPSEAWA). This peace organization was founded in Honolulu in 1928. The local chapter offers annual scholarships to young women and since 2012 has been supporting a school in Cambodia that has enrolled nearly 800 students since its opening.
Frank Haas ~ is currently a principal of Marketing Management Inc. He has been Vice President of tourism marketing for the Hawaii Tourism Authority and Dean of Hospitality, Business and Legal Education at Kapiolani Community College. He was Vice President of Marketing for the Ohana Foundation and Managing Director of Olgivy & Mather Hawaii among other posts. He was national chairman of the 40,000 member American Marketing association from 1999-2000. He received the 2015 lifetime achievement award from the American Marketing Association 's Hawaii chapter.
Laura M. Steelquist ~ is President, Treasurer, and Director of Durable Medical Equipment companies. She is an active member of the Rotary Club of East Honolulu and served as District 5000 Governor in 2014.
Betty Buck, PhD ~ was the East-West Center Co-director of the Asian Studies Development Program from its inception in 1991 until her retirement in 2013. She served as theCenter's Director of Education from 1999 to 2003. Her publications include Paradise Remade: The Politics of History and Culture in Hawaii and "A History of Hawaiian Music Production"in Whose Master’s Voice. Currently, in addition to being Senior Advisor to ASDP, she travels, audits classes at UH (this semester on The Politics of the Middle East), and leads tours of Doris Duke's extensive collection of Islamic art at Shangri-la, the home Duke built in the 1930's on the slopes of Diamond Head.