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National Program Planning for 1994-1996
Hawaii State Ethics Commission Welcomes its Newest Member
Marion Saunders Honored
Nominations for Officers & Directors for 1994
Council Town Meeting "Land Use Planning..." (Astrid Monson)
Competition for Water: Citizens' Roles and the Public Trust
Vote Count

Nominations for Officers & Directors for 1994

The nominating committee is pleased to submit an outstanding group of nominees for the 1994 Board of Directors. Following is the slate with a short biography of each nominee:


Suzanne Meisenzahl2 years


Jean Aoki 2 years


Grace Furukawa 2 years


Pearl Johnson 1 year


Nancy Marker 2 years


Jacqueline Parnell 2 years


Pamela Ferguson-Brey 1 year

1995 Nominating committee:
Anita Benfatti Helen Griffin Robin Loomis

1994 Nominating Committee:
Astrid Monson
Evelin Bender
Anna Hoover
Annie Kim
Grace Furukawa


League member since 1956. Retired Public Health Nurse & Physician's Office Manager. Recent activities in the League include Secretary for the Board, Membership Recruitment Committee Honolulu League, member Health Reform Committee State League. Inactive in League while raising children during which time extremely active at school, District and State promoting needs of public education and education and education for gifted and talented children.


After graduating from the University of Hawaii in 1957, she worked on the mainland for 20 years. She was in Washington, D.C. during the turbulent 60's and served on the Board of the Washington Americans for Democratic Action (A.D.A.)

In 1977 she returned to Hawaii with her husband and 2 sons and resumed working for the Federal government as a computer programmer. She retired in July 1993.


Nancy was a Vista Volunteer in 1978 for the Ka Po'e Project of the LWV Education Fund which monitored and encouraged citizen participation in the 1978 State Constitutional Convention. She served as a LWV Honolulu Board member in 1979 and chaired a study committee on the effectiveness of Oahu's Neighborhood Boards in 1984-85. Her work in the areas of citizen participation, research, and planning has continued, including eight years at Moiliili Community Center as a neighborhood worker. She is employed by U.H. - Manoa's Center for Youth Research as an Educational Specialist. Her work interests are violence and youth, school improvement, program development and evaluation and information services. She serves on the McCully-Moiliili Neighborhood Board and its Planning and Traffic Committee.


Ms. Parnell is an environmental planning consultant in Honolulu. She started the first women-owned planning firm in Hawaii in 1983, after serving 11 years' with the federal EPA, the State Department of Health, and as the Director of the State Office of Environmental Quality Control. She has been a League member for over 40 years, presently serving on the Planning & Zoning Committee.


Activities in League:
Voter Registration
Vote Count Assistance

Special Education Teacher Department of Education, State of Hawaii

Community Activities:
Former Chair Waikiki Neighborhood Board
Member of City Administration's Waikiki master planning Committee
Member of Waikiki 2020 Master planning Committee
Member of City Charter Commission '91-'92
Current Waikiki Neighborhood Board Member
Current Alternate Director Hawaii State Teacher Association.


She has been a member of League since 1977. Her main contribution has been to volunteer for vote counting activities when time permitted and got to. know quite a few members. For the past 16 years she has been employed at the East-West Center, currently as Administrative Officer in the Program on Population. She was elected to the Kaimuki Neighborhood Board for 6 years and have served for many years on advisory committees for Kapiolani Community College and the Queen Liliuokalani Children's Center.


A single parent of three grown children, Suzanne has worked in Hawaii's tourism industry since 1969 owning her own business since 1981. A member of the League for twelve years she currently sits on the Honolulu Board as the treasurer. Most recently Suzanne was active in the Windward Spouse Abuse Coalition that purchased and opened a spouse abuse shelter now serving the Windward side. Though inactive for three years Suzanne was a 12 year student of Aikido attaining the rank of 1st degree black belt.


Pamela Ferguson-Brey is the Executive Director of the Hawaii State Commission on the Status of Women. Pamela previously served as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for the City and County of Honolulu for four years concentrating on legislative issues and family court cases. Before that she served as a Deputy Attorney General for the State of Hawaii child protective services division.

She is currently a member of the following organizations: Youth Outreach Project Advisory Council; Sex Abuse Treatment Center - External Committee; Hawaii Firearms Coalition; coordinator of the Parental Abduction Law Committee; Domestic Violence Coordinating Council; and Hawaii Bar Foundation Committee on Equal Access to Justice.

She graduated with her B.S. degree from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and her J.D. degree from the William S. Richardson School of Law.

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