Notable Alumni

Our alumni go far! Here you can read about inspiring Sea Warriors who used their time and education received at HPU to reach their goals. Alumni, contact us if you want to share your success story or would like to update us on what’s new with you.

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Named in honor of one of Hawai'i Pacific University's founders, the Paul C.T. Loo Distinguished Alumni Awards are given to alumni for career excellence. 

2010 Paul C.T. Loo Distinguished Alumni Awardee Profiles

Sharon Gavin, Alumni Service Award

Meet Sharon Gavin, winner of the Alumni Service Award

Bachelor of Arts in Human Services, 1990

In 1980, Gavin joined the U.S. Navy. Recently, she was the internal communications manager with Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), but left her position this year to spend a year fighting poverty with AmeriCorps Volunteers in Service to America.

She participates in the University matching gift program, provided media outreach for Earth Day activities in California, and organized employees from PG&E to assist with the Habitat for Humanity “Home in a Box” project for victims of Hurricane Katrina.

“My experiences at HPU inspire me to serve others and give me the courage to question the status quo and head out into, oftentimes the not-so-great unknown, where I continue to learn every day.”

To view Sharon's complete profile, click here.


Gail Lerch, Professional Achievement Award

Gail Lerch wins Professional AchieMaster of Business Administration, 1988

Lerch is executive vice president of Human Resources and Organizational Effectiveness for Hawai`i Pacific Health. She oversees more than 5,500 employees on three islands, a corporate office of 400, four hospitals, and 16 clinics.

“Gail has been a consistent friend to HPU,” said Dr. Randy Caine, dean of HPU College of Nursing and Health Sciences. “She demonstrates outstanding leadership in advancing health care and nursing in Hawai`i.”

Lerch is a member of the HPU President’s Fund, the Statewide Nursing Capacity Taskforce, and various other human resources and healthcare organizations.

To view Gail's complete profile, click here.


Naomi Hazelton Giambrone, Young Alumni Award

Naomi Hazelton Giambrone wins the Young alumniWaMaster of Arts in Communication, 2005

Giambrone is the co-owner of Element Media, Inc. She credits her education and the mentorship from HPU for the confidence to launch Pacific Edge magazine. Giambrone returns to the classroom often to lecture and mentor students.

She is a board member of the Hawai`i Publishers Association, and a partner in the Business of Networking. She is active in the Chamber of Commerce of Hawai`i, the Kaua`i Chamber of Commerce, and many other organizations.

“There are some who talk about ‘giving back to their community,’ while others, like Naomi, do it,” said Krista Sherkey, president of Streamline6 Communications.

To view Naomi's complete profile, click here.


To view 2011 Awardees, please click here.
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