On March 7, 2019, the board and membership of the UH West O‘ahu Alumni Association voted to change the name of the organization to the UH West O‘ahu Alumni ‘Ohana.
The name UH West O‘ahu Alumni ‘Ohana more clearly and effectively communicates the mission to support UH West O‘ahu by increasing awareness of and facilitating participation between alumni, students and community.
The ‘Ohana strives to respond to developments of the campus and most importantly, make students and alumni feel they are part of the campus family. Moreover, the ‘Ohana has adopted a no-membership fee policy making it easy and stress-free for alumni to get involved and stay connected.
“We are at a crucial and exciting time for our growing alma mater,” says Shannon Takai (West O‘ahu, BA ’14), president of the UH West O‘ahu Alumni ‘Ohana. “As our programs are established and forge new ground in engaging with alumni, students and community members, it is increasingly important to communicate a definitive identity about who we are and what we do.”
On March 7, 2019, two new members of the UH West O‘ahu Alumni ‘Ohana joined the board of directors. David Dinh (Kapi‘olani, AS ’12; West O‘ahu, BA ’13) joins the board as vice president and Jennifer Senatore (West O‘ahu, BA ’15) as treasurer.
David has already been hard at work and has coordinated distribution of veteran cords to this spring’s graduating class. Jennifer’s personal project is to promote the Distance Education program and recruitment of alumni to be Distance Education ambassadors. We look forward to your leadership!
About David Dinh
David is an instructor within the Business Division at UH West O‘ahu where he teaches courses covering marketing, global management, and business ethics. He has been teaching at the university since the fall 2016 semester and is a proud graduate of UH West O‘ahu.
He values the success of his students, creating relationships with local businesses, and making an impact in the community. He is also a strong supporter of student veterans continuing their education and has helped many achieve their educational goals.
Prior to teaching at UH West O‘ahu, David was a graduate admissions counselor at Chaminade University, where he was responsible for the administrative, marketing, and recruiting aspects of all the graduate programs.
He is also a veteran, having served nine years with the Army National Guard as a non-commissioned officer with the 487th “Hiki No” Field Artillery Battalion.
David holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Chaminade University, a Bachelor of Arts - Business Administration degree from UH West O‘ahu, and an Associate of Science degree from Kapi‘olani Community College.
David’s hobby is collecting nostalgic items from his childhood years (the 90s). If you visit his office, you will find collectibles of airplane models, Power Rangers, and Star Wars. One of the most valuable items on display in his office is the Millennium Falcon Lego set comprising 7,541 Lego pieces.
About Jennifer Senatore
Jennifer Thurman Senatore is a 30-year resident of O‘ahu’s North Shore and works in Honolulu as Project Accountant for the engineering firm HDR and as a notary public. When she is not working on accounts and spreadsheets, Jennifer enjoys a variety of outdoor activities, including kayaking, collecting old bottles, and raising free-range chickens. She also enjoys taking classes online, or reading a good sci-fi/fantasy novel from her collection of several hundred books.
Jennifer attended Leeward Community College, where she received an associate’s degree in liberal arts in 2006. She went on to work for the international property developer Lendlease, as a contract administrator and a finance analyst while attending UH West O‘ahu. She graduated with honors in 2015 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.
Jennifer is passionate about learning and wants to encourage others to pursue higher education. “When I started at UH West O‘ahu as a student, I found a place where I belonged. The new campus encourages a connection to culture and a fresh start to a promising future. It is a very inspiring and motivating atmosphere, but it was also daunting, and I wouldn’t have finished my degree without support and resources provided by the university. Community members, administrators, and professors all strive to enrich the learning experience and provide future opportunities for a diverse group of students attending day, evening, weekend and online classes. I’m thrilled to support their efforts through volunteering with the UH West O‘ahu Alumni ‘Ohana.