Meet Our Team

OSAL Staff 2017

OSAL Staff (left to right descending): Mitch Steffey, Pisila Tukia, Bo Diego, Sariah Ijima, Ryan “Kawena” Phillips, Jenny Rose Anacan, Natalie Burton, Jemima “Sia” Nafatali, Pohaikealoha Artates, Nonglak “Kip” Kapileo, and Rebecca Canaday

Mitch Steffey

Director
Email: mitchell.steffey@chaminade.edu

Biography

Originally from Ligonier, Pennsylvania but more recently Goffstown, New Hampshire where he served as the Assistant Director of Student Activities and Leadership Programs at Saint Anselm College. His professional passion involves non-traditional forms of student development and experiential education in all forms but specifically, in outdoor education. He enjoys connecting himself to the land, speaking on sustainability topics, basketball, hiking, backpacking, and traveling. He tries his best to live by his life motto, “live simply so others may simply live.” He and his wife Megan, an elementary school teacher, live in harmony with their 10-pound ferocious dog named Chewy.

Academic Degrees

  • B.A. History, University of Hawaii at Hilo
  • M.A. Student Affairs in Higher Education, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Pisilia Tukia

Activities Coordinator
Email: pisilia.tukia@chaminade.edu

Biography

Born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. Attended Chaminade University on an academic and volleyball scholarship. Aside from being a student athlete, participated in campus ministry retreats, served as President of the Tongan Club, and Co-President of the Micronesian club, and was a student worker for Student Activities & Leadership (OSAL). Looks forward to being a part of the OSAL team and sharing her experiences with students and staff. Go Swords!

Academic Degrees

  • B.S. Criminal Justice, Chaminade University of Honolulu
  • M.Ed. Instructional Leadership, Chaminade University of Honolulu

OSAL Student Coordinators

Name: Bo Diego
From: Guam
Class Year: Senior
Interesting fact: I once ate 21 tacos in one sitting
Involved in: Campus Ministry, TFC, CUH 100 peer mentor, Orientation Leader

Name Sariah Ijima
From: Wailua Homesteads, Kauai, HI
Class Year: Junior
Interesting fact: In love with Chris Hemsworth.
Involved in: Scrubs Club, History Department

Name: Ryan “Kawena” Phillips
From: Ewa Beach, O’ahu, Hawai’i
Class year: Sophomore
Interesting fact: I’ve been surfing since I was 5. Lived in Saudi Arabia and went to Boarding school.
Involved in: OSAL student coordinator! (Surprise!), Sophmore Senator, Hawaiian club, Filipino club

Name: Jenny Rose Anacan
From: Born in Quezon City, Manila, Philippines. Grew up in/from Makakilo (Hillside of Kapolei)
Class Year: Senior
Interesting fact: If you say my first name “Jenny Rose” in a Filipino accent you can hear the word generous.
Involved in: Campus Ministry, Catholic Relief Services Student Ambassador, Chair of Chaminade Student Programming Board, Chaminade Student Government Association, The Filipino Club President

Name: Natalie Burton
From: Los Angeles, California
Class Year: Sophomore
Interesting fact: I love backpacking and rock climbing
Involved in: Adventure Club, Photography Club, Scrubs Club, Ohana Club, Marianist Leadership Scholar, and Make-A-Wish

Name: Jemima “Sia” Nafatali
From: American Samoa
Class: Freshman
Interesting Fact: I travel every year.
Involved In: OSAL only.

Name Pohaikealoha Artates
From: Kula, Maui, Hawaii
Class Year: Sophomore
Interesting fact: Im the youngest of a family of 10!
Involved in: Tahitian Club, Malama Honua – Environment Club, I am a Scientist Volunteer Work, Malama ʻAina kine things.

Name: Nonglak Kapileo (Kip)
From: Thailand, Bangkok & Saipan
Class Year: Senior
Interesting fact: I love to eat spicy food
Involved in: A member of Hogan Entrepreneur and Tahitian Club

Name: Rebecca Canaday
From: Anza, CA
Class year: Sophomore
Interesting fact: I love travel. Once, while traveling in Beijing, someone tried to sell me fake watches saying “lollex, ten dalla, you my fren!” It was a good trip.
Involved in: Impact Church, Forensic Science club, foreign language study.