Austin J. Shelton III

Austin Shelton serves as the President of the `Ilima SACNAS Chapter.  He is also a student member on the SACNAS Board of Directors.  Austin is a PhD candidate at the University of Hawaii at Manoa Kewalo Marine Lab. As part of his disertation research, Austin leads a community effort in his home island of Guam dedicated to reviving watersheds, coral reefs, and fisheries. Website:

Vice President

Narrissa Spies

Narrissa Spies is the Vice President of the `Ilima SACNAS Chapter.  She is a Zoology PhD student at the University of Hawaii at Manoa Kewalo Marine Lab.  She is interested in the development of molecular biomarkers to detect sub-lethal stress in corals and characterization of the reproductive cycle and settlement behaviors of Leptastrea purpurea.



Daniel Inafuku

Daniel Inafuku is a physics and math double-major at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa.  He is the treasurer for the ‘Ilima SACNAS Chapter. Daniel appreciates the numerous opportunities SACNAS provides, including the abilities to network with a close community of scientific professionals and to present at conferences and symposia on both the local and national levels.  He plans to graduate in Spring 2015 and start a Physics PhD program this upcoming fall.


James Murphy

James Murphy is the SACNAS Secretary and a graduate student in the Molecular Biosciences and Bioengineering Program at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. 

Born and raised in New Jersey, James' passion for Marine Biology and Native Hawaiian ancestry brought him to Hawaii to complete his Bachelors of Science in Marine Biology, also at the UHM. His current studies include analyzing the effects of oxidative stress and environmental stressors on the health of corals through the Pacific Biosciences Research Center, at Kewalo Marine Laboratory. With SACNAS members, he has partnered with Na Pua No'eau, the Native Hawaiian Engineering and Mentorship Program, Kewalo Marine Laboratory, NOAA, and the US Fish and Wildlife Service through many environmental conservation and education outreach events to teach Native Pacific Islanders scientific principals and conservation techniques. In the near future, he plans on finishing his PhD and going on to work in the field of marine conservation and molecular biology.

National Liaison 

Robinson Bucaneg

Robinson Bucaneg is the National Liaison for the `Ilima SACNAS Chapter.  His role is to communicate with the national SACNAS office.  He is a Mechanical Engineering major graduating in Spring 2015.  Robinson plans to start a Molecular Biosciences and Bioengineering Master's of Science program in Fall 2015.

Chapter Historian

Domenick Barbo

Domenick Barbo is the Chapter Historian for the ‘Ilima SACNAS Chapter.  His role is to assist in documenting events and producing multimedia content. 

 Domenick is an Interdisciplinary Studies Major with a focus in the social and biological determinants of health and disease prevention.  Through SACNAS opportunities, he has been fortunate to present undergraduate research investigating horticulture of Native Hawaiian medicinal herbs and attend two SACNAS National Conferences.  In 2014, as a member of the Minority Health International Research Training Program (MHIRT), Domenick traveled to the west sub-saharan country of Cameroon, interning as biomedical research assistant in vector-borne illness.  His plans are to apply to Master’s programs in Public health, Fall 2015.  Website.

UH Manoa
Campus Liaison

Aleka Lyman

UH West Oahu
Campus Liaison

Jerry Adams

Jerry Adams was born and raised in Salt Lake neighborhood of Oahu.  He is currently a Computer Networking/Information Assurance double major at UH West Oahu.  He plans get a PhD in Computer Science focusing on networking and cloud computing, eventually working as a research scientist. In his spare time he enjoys tinkering with electronics, going to the beach and spending time with family.


Kapiolani Community College Campus Liaison

Geneva Diaz