Sen. Maile Shimabukuro’s 2013 Staff

Senator Maile Shimabukuro, Senate District 21

Senator Maile Shimabukuro, Senate District 21

MAILE’S 2013 STAFF

Heather Calderwood, Colleen (Young) Teramae (office manager), Geanine (Gomes) McIntosh, Sandra Morimoto-Ching.

Legislative Asst. Heather Calderwood, Office Manager Colleen Teramae, Legislative Aide/Community Liaison Geanine McIntosh & Community Liaison Sandie Morimoto-Ching. Not pictured: Volunteer Kapua Keliikoa-Kamai, DOE Intern Nohealani Benicarlo, International Exchange Student Intern Ana Grozdev.

Colleen (Young) Teramae, Legislative Office Manager

Colleen (Young) Teramae, Legislative Office Manager

Colleen has a BA degree in Human Resources Management and a BBA in Management Information Systems. Prior to working at the Hawaii State Capitol, she had nine years of private sector experience in human resources (primarily in the areas of recruitment, training and employee development) and three years experience in office management. She has been my Legislative Office Manager since my election to the Legislature in 2003. Email address: young@capitol.hawaii.gov

Geanine (Gomes) McIntosh, Legislative Assistant/District Relations

Geanine (Gomes) McIntosh, Legislative Assistant/District Relations

Geanine has a Masters in Education (M.Ed.) and worked for the Department of Education for 16 years. She has also worked as a community counselor for a nonprofit organization. She is a long time Nänäkuli Hawaiian homestead resident and is currently attending the UH William S. Richardson School of Law. Geanine handles district, community and constituent concerns. She was featured in a UH ad in Nov. 2011. Email address: g.mcintosh@ capitol.hawaii.gov

Sandra Morimoto-Ching, Community Liaison

Sandra Morimoto-Ching, Community Liaison

Sandie holds a BA degree in Human Services with a concentration in nonprofit organization management and hopes to earn a master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling. She previously worked on our staff in the State House as a Committee Clerk and Community Liaison, and served as a volunteer from 2004-2011. Sandie has worked at Wai`anae Coast Comprehensive Health Center, INPEACE-Ka Lama Education Academy, and currently serves as Registrar at the Wai`anae Health Academy.

Heather Calderwood, Legislative Assistant

Heather Calderwood

Heather Calderwood was born on the island of Saipan in the Northern Marianas Islands. At the age of fourteen she entered into a film program where she had the opportunity to interview Colonel Tibbits, the man who dropped the Atomic bomb on Nagasaki and Hiroshima, as well as other surviving veterans from WWII. Her interest in politics grew as she challenged the voting system in Saipan, calling for an open ballot voting system which would allow for greater representation. The voting system was later adopted. In 2006 she was invited on the first honorary exchange with Seisa Gakuen high school in Japan. After interning at the local news station as a reporter she went on the University of Manoa in Hawaii where she earned her BA in Political Science. In 2012 she worked under Representative Marilyn Lee at the state capitol and continued to volunteer her time with her office until the 2013 session.

Kapua Keli`ikoa-Kama`i, Senate Volunteer

Kapua Keli`ikoa-Kama`i, Senate Volunteer

Kapua is a proud graduate of Wai`anae High and is a passionate advocate for culture-based education, natural resource preservation, and Hawaiian rights. She is a devoted wife and mother to two daughters who attend Hawaiian language immersion schools, and lives in the Wai`anae Valley Hawaiian Homestead.

Nohealani Benicarlo

Nohealani Benicarlo

Nohealani Benicarlo will learn about the legislative process this session at the capitol as part of the DOE Legislative Internship Pilot Program. (Sen. Shimabukuro is one of 22 legislators participating in the program.) Nohealani will have more direct learning experiences of the legislature. She is a junior in Nanakuli High and Intermediate School. She is an active member of JROTC, National Honor Society, Interact Club, Design it Build it Launch it GHS program and cheerleading. We first met on January 16 when it was the Legislature opening day. Suggested assignments for the interns include: viewing training videos; watching hearings and floor sessions; tracking bills; reading testimony, bill-related news stories, and other materials; shadowing their legislator; maintaining a portfolio; attending 3 internship meetings; and writing bill briefs, testimony, and report on what they learned.

Ana Grozdev

Ana Grozdev

Ana Grozdev will learn about the legislative process this session at the capitol. She is an intenational exchange student from Macedonia. Ana is currently a student at Nānākuli High School. Read her brief bio.

ARCHIVES

2012 Staff
2011 Staff (Including former community liaisons, Art Frank and Chasid Sapolu; and former volunteers Gerald Kita and Maria Knyazeva)

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