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New Member Profiles

Please join us in welcoming our newest members to the Organization of Women Leaders.

Co Vavul  is currently, Director of Marketing, Online Travel for Marriott International – Hawaii. Co celebrated 20 years with the company this year, and has held a variety of roles including Regional Loyalty and Partnership Marketing, Director of Sales and Director of Catering and Convention Services. Additionally, she juggles motherhood and volunteer work with the hope of instilling profound passion for community work and harvesting an attitude of gratitude to her two children.

Co Vavul is currently, Director of Marketing, Online Travel for Marriott International – Hawaii. Co celebrated 20 years with the company this year, and has held a variety of roles including Regional Loyalty and Partnership Marketing, Director of Sales and Director of Catering and Convention Services. Additionally, she juggles motherhood and volunteer work with the hope of instilling profound passion for community work and harvesting an attitude of gratitude to her two children.

Alice Kim  is the founder of Hanalei Beauty Company and Elizabeth Mott Cosmetics. She started Elizabeth Mott from 1 product in 2010. Hanalei Beauty Company was founded shortly after in 2016. Both companies now have a combined total of over 70 beauty products, and a team of 18 employees in Hawaii and Asia. Today, Elizabeth Mott Cosmetics is one of the best-selling products on Amazon.com, with over 3,000 reviews with 5-star ratings. Alice graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design, and Parsons School of Design.

Alice Kim is the founder of Hanalei Beauty Company and Elizabeth Mott Cosmetics. She started Elizabeth Mott from 1 product in 2010. Hanalei Beauty Company was founded shortly after in 2016. Both companies now have a combined total of over 70 beauty products, and a team of 18 employees in Hawaii and Asia. Today, Elizabeth Mott Cosmetics is one of the best-selling products on Amazon.com, with over 3,000 reviews with 5-star ratings. Alice graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design, and Parsons School of Design.

Kendra Oishi  is a lifelong Hawaii resident whose academic, professional, and personal activities have centered around community and public service. She currently serves as the Executive Administrator and Secretary of the University of Hawaii Board of Regents and has over 20 years of public service experience in policy and budget development, public administration, and government relations. Kendra is a member of the YWCA Oahu Board of Directors and has served in various capacities with the Democratic Party of Hawaii. A proud product of Hawaii’s public schools, Kendra is a graduate of the University of Hawaii West Oahu and earned a Master of Public Administration from the University of San Francisco. Kendra enjoys traveling, reading, dining with friends, and Marie Kondo-ing her apartment, and recently took up yoga.

Kendra Oishi is a lifelong Hawaii resident whose academic, professional, and personal activities have centered around community and public service. She currently serves as the Executive Administrator and Secretary of the University of Hawaii Board of Regents and has over 20 years of public service experience in policy and budget development, public administration, and government relations. Kendra is a member of the YWCA Oahu Board of Directors and has served in various capacities with the Democratic Party of Hawaii. A proud product of Hawaii’s public schools, Kendra is a graduate of the University of Hawaii West Oahu and earned a Master of Public Administration from the University of San Francisco. Kendra enjoys traveling, reading, dining with friends, and Marie Kondo-ing her apartment, and recently took up yoga.

Stephanie Shipton  is a policy wonk, systems thinking nerd, and innovation explorer who is passionate about education as liberation and connecting policies and systems with people and communities. As the director of early engagement and strategic initiatives at Teach For America Hawai`i, she is responsible for curating and cultivating leadership development opportunities for high school students and serving on the organization's leadership teams. Her career journey includes co-founding Education Incubator (a local non-profit), roles in the Superintendent’s Office of the Hawai`i State Department of Education and experiences in federal education policy work through roles at the National Governors Association and Alliance for Excellent Education. Stephanie has a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master's degree in political management from The George Washington University.

Stephanie Shipton is a policy wonk, systems thinking nerd, and innovation explorer who is passionate about education as liberation and connecting policies and systems with people and communities. As the director of early engagement and strategic initiatives at Teach For America Hawai`i, she is responsible for curating and cultivating leadership development opportunities for high school students and serving on the organization's leadership teams. Her career journey includes co-founding Education Incubator (a local non-profit), roles in the Superintendent’s Office of the Hawai`i State Department of Education and experiences in federal education policy work through roles at the National Governors Association and Alliance for Excellent Education. Stephanie has a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master's degree in political management from The George Washington University.

Dr. Summer Van Pelt  is the Campus Director for the University of Phoenix, Hawaii Campus. Recently moved from the Bay Area in Northern California, where Dr. Van Pelt was the Campus Director for the University of Phoenix. Dr. Van Pelt has been in the Higher Education field for over 15 years and is a strong proponent of education. Prior to leading the Hawaii and Bay Area Campus, Dr. Van Pelt spent 11 years is Asia, where she helped establish the Overseas Military Campus for the University of Phoenix and served in a variety of roles from Campus Director and Area Director, Enrollment. The learning centers were located on military bases in Okinawa, Mainland, Japan, Korea, and Guam. The campus served our military members who were stationed in the Asia/Pacific region. In addition to her administrative position with the University of Phoenix, Dr. Van Pelt also serves as an Associate Faculty member for the University of Phoenix, where she teaches classes in Critical Thinking and Organizational Leadership. Dr. Van Pelt earned her Doctorate in Management in 2009, her dissertation focused on and is entitled, “The Complexities of Leading Virtual Teams”. Dr. Van Pelt has served as the President for the Board of Directors for the Girl Scouts Overseas, President of the Bay Area Diversity Council and also served on the Board of Directors for the Joint Venture Silicon Valley. Having a black belt in a martial art, she has served as a volunteer instructor for women’s self-defense, this is a cause Dr. Van Pelt is passionate about. In her spare time, Dr. Van Pelt, enjoys spending time with family and friends, as well as traveling, and running marathons.

Dr. Summer Van Pelt is the Campus Director for the University of Phoenix, Hawaii Campus. Recently moved from the Bay Area in Northern California, where Dr. Van Pelt was the Campus Director for the University of Phoenix. Dr. Van Pelt has been in the Higher Education field for over 15 years and is a strong proponent of education. Prior to leading the Hawaii and Bay Area Campus, Dr. Van Pelt spent 11 years is Asia, where she helped establish the Overseas Military Campus for the University of Phoenix and served in a variety of roles from Campus Director and Area Director, Enrollment. The learning centers were located on military bases in Okinawa, Mainland, Japan, Korea, and Guam. The campus served our military members who were stationed in the Asia/Pacific region. In addition to her administrative position with the University of Phoenix, Dr. Van Pelt also serves as an Associate Faculty member for the University of Phoenix, where she teaches classes in Critical Thinking and Organizational Leadership. Dr. Van Pelt earned her Doctorate in Management in 2009, her dissertation focused on and is entitled, “The Complexities of Leading Virtual Teams”. Dr. Van Pelt has served as the President for the Board of Directors for the Girl Scouts Overseas, President of the Bay Area Diversity Council and also served on the Board of Directors for the Joint Venture Silicon Valley. Having a black belt in a martial art, she has served as a volunteer instructor for women’s self-defense, this is a cause Dr. Van Pelt is passionate about. In her spare time, Dr. Van Pelt, enjoys spending time with family and friends, as well as traveling, and running marathons.

Cat Gelman  is the corporate relations director for Hawai‘i Public Radio. She oversees a team that works with government, non-profit organizations and the private sector to create a presence for them on public radio, identifying them as community partners and educating listeners about their organizations. With a degree in public administration, Cat had originally planned to become mayor of a small town. Instead, she became a pioneer in developing family and children’s programs for hotels, something we take for granted now, but at one time didn’t exist. She started her own business, consulted international hotel chains on family-friendly programs, created a line of prepackaged activity kits for children and became a first time publisher of a family travel guide. Cat moved to Hawai‘i in 1994 and decided to focus on publishing and media and work for a national publication. This lead her to Pacific Business News where she worked in advertising, winning multiple national sales awards, while helping Hawai‘i’s business grow through effective advertising strategies. Cat then went back to school to become a personal and business coach working with all sectors of the community helping individuals and organizations create the changes they desired. It was in this consulting role that Cat was introduced to Hawai‘i Public Radio, where she decided to make the leap into the non-profit world full-time. She has been there for more than a decade, achieving 300% growth for the station in program sponsorship and receiving national recognition. Her one-person department has grown to a department of four and she is very excited about what the future holds. Cat is delighted to be back in OWL after some time away and loves seeing all the OWL sisters. She was a director at large for many years, book-club member, and a past recipient of OWL’s Outstanding Woman of the Year.

Cat Gelman is the corporate relations director for Hawai‘i Public Radio. She oversees a team that works with government, non-profit organizations and the private sector to create a presence for them on public radio, identifying them as community partners and educating listeners about their organizations. With a degree in public administration, Cat had originally planned to become mayor of a small town. Instead, she became a pioneer in developing family and children’s programs for hotels, something we take for granted now, but at one time didn’t exist. She started her own business, consulted international hotel chains on family-friendly programs, created a line of prepackaged activity kits for children and became a first time publisher of a family travel guide. Cat moved to Hawai‘i in 1994 and decided to focus on publishing and media and work for a national publication. This lead her to Pacific Business News where she worked in advertising, winning multiple national sales awards, while helping Hawai‘i’s business grow through effective advertising strategies. Cat then went back to school to become a personal and business coach working with all sectors of the community helping individuals and organizations create the changes they desired. It was in this consulting role that Cat was introduced to Hawai‘i Public Radio, where she decided to make the leap into the non-profit world full-time. She has been there for more than a decade, achieving 300% growth for the station in program sponsorship and receiving national recognition. Her one-person department has grown to a department of four and she is very excited about what the future holds. Cat is delighted to be back in OWL after some time away and loves seeing all the OWL sisters. She was a director at large for many years, book-club member, and a past recipient of OWL’s Outstanding Woman of the Year.