Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities Board of Directors Elects New Members and Officers

HONOLULU—The Hawaiʻi Council for the Humanities (HCH) Board of Directors elected two new members at its December 10, 2016 meeting. The new members are Todd Sammons and Karla Silva-Park. Each member will serve a three-year term, renewable once, for a potential six years of service. The following are their individual biographies:

  • Todd Sammons (O‘ahu) is an associate professor of English at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. He is also the director of Children’s Literature Hawai‘i, and has served as a volunteer judge for Hawai‘i History Day, HCH’s signature educational program, for over a decade.
  • Karla Silva-Park (O‘ahu) is a mental health counselor at Windward Community College. She is active in outreach programs for veterans at the college.

The HCH has also appointed the following members to be its officers for 2017:

  • Paul Field (retired professor of history from Windward Community College), chair;
  • Mitch Yamasaki (professor of history at Chaminade University of Honolulu), vice-chair;
  • Tessa Munekiyo Ng (manager at the Honolulu office of Munekiyo & Hiraga, Inc.), secretary-treasurer.

For more information about the Hawaiʻi Council for the Humanities, please visit hihumanities.org.

The Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to connect people with ideas that broaden perspectives, enrich lives and strengthen communities. In addition to its grants program and collaborative projects, HCH conducts educational programs, including Hawai‘i History Day and Motheread/Fatheread® Hawaiʻi.