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Keynote Speakers

Puanani Burgess - Keynote Speaker | Wednesday 1:30pm - 3:00pm
A mediator, community organizer, cultural translator, and Zen priest, Burgess consults and does her work One-Peace-At-A-Time. She is noted for her experience in community, family and values-based economic development, mediation, and storytelling processes as part of conflict transformation, and developing community-based organizations. In September, Burgess was recognized by the Pacific Buddhist Academy as a 2013 Lighting Our Way Honoree, citing her ability to recognize the gifts of others — those traits that best represent us and the purposes we bring to the world — to “pierce through the walls” that separate individuals. She uses this ability to facilitate processes in creating and reshaping relationships between people. In 2009, Burgess was among five people named as Hawaii’s Living Treasures. She has been a lecturer with the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Hawaii, where she was the first “Community Scholar in Residence.” She sits on the Board of Directors for the Positive Futures Network, the publisher of YES! Magazine, and was the Miles and Zilphia Horton Chairholder for Highlander Research and Education Center in New Market, Tennessee. As part of her Hawaii-based work, Burgess helped develop several community-based organizations including Kaala Farm, Inc. (taro and aina-based cultural learning center in Waianae); HoaAina O Makaha (aina-based cultural and agricultural learning center in Makaha); Hale Naau Pono (Waianae Coast Community Mental Health Center); Puʻa Foundation (the only Native Hawaiian foundation in Hawaii); Legal Services for Children (focusing on assuring children in Waianae receive free and appropriate educational services); and Waianae Coast Community Alternative Development Corporation (developed community and cultural-based aquaculture program with Native Hawaiian families). Her work takes her all across the United States, the Pacific, and other parts of the world. Burgess says that it is fostering the connection — with self, with place, with community — that is the key to her success in bringing people together.

Robert Franco - Keynote Speaker | Thursday 8:30am - 9:30am
An ecological anthropologist, Dr. Robert Franco has published scholarly and policy research on the changing meaning of work, service, schooling, housing, and leadership for Samoans at home and abroad; health disparities confronting Samoan, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander populations in the United States; the meaning and management of water in ancient Hawai’i; and sociocultural factors affecting fisheries in Samoa and the Northern Marianas. In 2009, he was lead editor in the publication of American Samoa’s first written history. At Kapi’olani Community College, University of Hawai’i, he has chaired the Faculty Senate and the Social Science Department, and led planning, grants, and accreditation efforts. As Director of Institutional Effectiveness, he bridges the cultures of faculty, staff, students, administration, and community partners to shape an innovative ecology of learning. With institutional commitment and support from federal and foundation sources, the college has emerged as a leader in service-learning for improved student engagement, learning and achievement. He is a senior consultant and trainer for national Campus Compact. He assisted in the development of the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification, and was named one of 20 national “Beacons of Vision, Hope, and Action” by the Community College National Center for Community Engagement. Dr. Franco is also the newly appointed national program lead for the 3-year Teagle Foundation grant to develop OUR commitment to civic and moral responsibility for diverse, equitable, healthy, and sustainable communities.

Sonali Sangeeta Balajee - Keynote Speaker | Friday 8:15am - 9:15am
Sonali Sangeeta Balajee is the Senior Policy Advisor for the Equity and Empowerment Lens (racial justice focused) for the Office of Diversity and Equity within Multnomah County government in Oregon.  She is also the former Program Manager for the Health Equity Initiative in the Multnomah County Health Department. Her graduate work is in Education and Reform (specializing in Elementary and minoring in Spanish),  and she has a BA in Business (specializing in Marketing, Management, and International Studies).  She has been working in areas of social justice, community engagement of diverse populations, and policy development in Portland since 2000.  Her work in Portland includes: grassroots organizing with communities of color, prevention and counseling efforts at Cascade AIDS Project, and policy development / community engagement at both Multnomah County and the City of Portland (Mayor’s Office). Sonali is the lead author of the Equity and Empowerment Lens, and currently applies the Lens, a set of equity and racial justice-based questions and concepts, to policies, programs, and practices, with outcomes that lead to eliminating the root causes of inequities.   Her portfolio includes conducting in-depth case studies, examining and reporting on structural arrangements and unjust processes / conditions that lead to inequities, conducting trainings, strengthening alliances, and promoting this work as a new field.

Conference Facilitator

Wayne M. Tanna, JD, LL.M - Conference Facilitator
Wayne M. Tanna is a professor of accounting at Chaminade University in Honolulu, Hawaii and serves as the coordinating pre-law student advisor. Wayne is a Sam Walton Fellow, a faculty advisor to Chaminade's Business Ethics Student case study competition team, and the advisor to the Samoan Club. Wayne has received numerous awards including: the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching at the University of Hawaii - West Oahu; the Chaminade Award (presented to faculty or administrator who exhibits a continued commitment to Marianist values in education); the Student Association Award for Outstanding Faculty and also the Outstanding Tenured Faculty at Chaminade University; the William Reese Smith, Jr. Special Services to Pro Bono Award; and The President’s Volunteer Service Award, presented by the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation. Wayne continues to volunteer extensively in his community and provides pro bono legal and accounting services to individuals and community based nonprofit community organizations. Mr. Tanna received both an A.A. and an A.S. from Kapiolani Community College, a bachelor’s degree from the University of Hawaii - West Oahu, a J.D. from Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College, and a LL.M. in taxation from McGeorge School of Law at the University of the Pacific. 

Pre-Conference Presenters/Facilitators

Christopher Nayve
Chris Nayve is the Director for the Center for Community Service-Learning at the University of San Diego. Chris has been at USD since 1996 and his service-learning, community development, and social responsibility background includes developing civil rights and social justice education, facilitating diversity and inclusion training, corporate social responsibility, microfinance, and fair trade. His community development background includes working with the United Nations in Bosnia and managing a Community Outreach Partnership Center grant funded by the US Department for Housing and Urban Development. His degrees include a Bachelors of Arts in History, a Juris Doctorate from the School of Law at USD, and a Masters in Business Administration from the School of Business at USD.

Ilana Lopez
IIlana Sabban Lopez is the Assistant Director for the Center for Community Service Learning at the University of San Diego (USD), where she encourages reflective student engagement in the K-12 education community through USD’s work-study program, which includes over 80 USD students. She also co-creates K-12 programs with community partners, which serve low-income youth. While finishing her M.Ed. in Literacy, Culture, and TESOL at USD, Ilana was awarded the Francis Parker Fellowship where she took on the role of an Associate Teacher in three second-grade classrooms. She also ran an after school program focused on literacy development for English language learners for Title 1 students at Bayside Community Center.

Chris Fiorentino
Chris Fiorentino is the director of the Jan & Bud Richter Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning, California State University, Fresno, which is recognized as one of the most outstanding programs of its type in the nation. Among other recognitions, Mr. Fiorentino has been awarded the Richard E. Cone Award for Excellence and Leadership in Cultivating Community Partnerships in Higher Education (2000, California Campus Compact) and the President’s Award for Excellence (2013, University Advisory Board). He obtained his undergraduate and graduate degrees at California State University, Fresno. 

Linnea Broker
Linnea Broker works at Washington Campus Compact (WACC) as a Grant Manager for Community Engagement Programs. Linnea has extensive experience working with students and volunteers both nationally and internationally. Previous to her work at WACC, Linnea was Regional Volunteer Director for the American Red Cross. Her work also includes consulting for international NGOs in Asia and Africa and as a delegate for the International Committee of the Red Cross.


Terry Kinzel
Terry Kinzel, M.Ed. serves at the Director of Title V Grants at Big Bend Community College in Moses Lake, WA.  where she has authored more than sixteen grants totaling $17.25 million, creating partnerships with community agencies, colleges and universities, bringing higher education to every corner of the service district, supporting the evolution of online learning, building technology infrastructure, remodeling campus buildings, establishing campus childcare, supporting faculty development, centralizing student services, creating five new college programs and transforming developmental math.


Christine Cress
Christine M. Cress, Ph.D. is professor of educational leadership, policy, and service-learning at Portland State University. She was a Fulbright Scholar to Middle East Technical University in Turkey and has conducted trainings on civic engagement in North America, Europe, Japan, and India. She directs a Master's degree and on-line Graduate Certificate in civic engagement and annually takes students to Lady Doak College in Madurai, India, for international service-learning. She is the lead author of "Learning through Serving: A Student Guidebook for Service-Learning and Civic Engagement across Academic Disciplines and Cultural Communities."