AHA Board of Directors
Leilani Dawson, President
Leilani Dawson serves as the Manuscript Collections Archivist at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Library. Leilani holds an MSI from the University of Michigan with dual specializations in Archives & Records Management and Library & Information Services, a certificate in Museum Studies (also from the University of Michigan), an MA in Performance Studies from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and SAA’s Digital Archives Specialist Certificate. Past positions have included working as an archivist at the Brooklyn Historical Society and at the Bronx Zoo, as well as a stint volunteering at the Franklin Furnace Archives of performance art.
Gailyn Bopp, President-Elect, 2020-2021
Gailyn Bopp is the Associate Archivist at the Brigham Young University Hawaiʻi Archives and Assistant Professor in the BYU- Hawaiʻi Faculty of Culture, Language & Performing Arts. She has formally served on the Association of Hawaiʻi Archivists board as a Director and as the Annual Meeting Chair (2019). Other prior service engagements include serving on the board of the Hawaiʻi Library Association, Society of American Archivists Graduate Archival Education committee member, and on the board of the student-led Na Hawaiʻi Imi Loa. Gailyn graduated with her MLISc degree from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa in 2016 with emphasis in Archives and is a member of Beta Phi Mu.
Mary Campany, Director, 2020-2021
Mary Campany is the collections librarian at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaiʻi. She manages the organization’s Resource Center and preserves its collection of books, archival material, historic photographs, and oral history interviews. She earned a MLISc from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa in 2017. She also holds a BA in English with a minor in Japanese.
Stuart Ching, Director, 2020-2022
Stuart Ching is the archivist for the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts, a missionary congregation that brought Catholicism to Hawaiʻi in 1827. Having worked in several institutions in Hawaiʻi, Stuart has a broad range of experience working with different types of collections and the historical perspectives they represent. Former positions he has held include: collections manager of art and archivist at Bishop Museum; curator/registrar and interim executive director at Mission Houses Museum; research associate, education coordinator, and curator at ʻIolani Palace. He currently serves as appointed diocesan historiographer of the Episcopal Church in Hawaiʻi. Stuart is a graduate of Kenyon College in Ohio.
Cynthia Engle, Director, 2020-2021
Cynthia Engle is the Curator of the National Historic Landmark, Washington Place. She oversees the care and preservation of the home and its collections including: archival collections, works on paper, furniture, and other decorative arts. Originally from the Big Island, Cynthia obtained her dual degrees in Anthropology and Art History from Ithaca College and a MLISc from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa where she became a member of Phi Beta Mu. With over 10 years of professional experience, Cynthia has held numerous positions in academic and special libraries, archives, and records management in state, federal, and private institutions.
Jenny Leung, Director – Treasurer, 2019-2021
Jenny Leung is the Cultural Site Manager for the Mānoa Heritage Center, a site that consists of Kūkaʻōʻō Heiau, a garden of Native and Polynesian-introduced plants, and Kūaliʻi, an historic home with a collection of art and rare books. Her responsibilities include collections management of historical assets and living collections; public programming, communications and outreach; facilities operations; technology infrastructure; collaborating on community partnerships. She was previously the Collections Manager for Mānoa Heritage Center, and has worked as a Collections Assistant at the Honolulu Museum of Art. She holds a B.A. in English, an M.A. in American Studies, and a graduate certificate in Historic Preservation.
Jenn Magdaloyo, Director – Secretary, 2020-2022
Jenn Magdaloyo left the islands in 2017 for a two-year adventure on the mainland after completing her MLISc with a focus in Archival Studies from the University of Hawaiʻi. She spent time in Seattle and San Diego. While serving as a volunteer at the San Diego History Center she helped process donor collections, re-house and label archival folders. During her time as a graduate student, Jenn held internships at Bishop Museum, Kapiolani Community College, and Desktop Network Services in Hamilton Library. There, she focused on digitization, scanning, and making collections available. Additionally, she served as the Treasurer for the Student Chapter of Society of American Archivists and Secretary for the Student Chapter of the Special Libraries Association. Upon her return to the islands, Jenn is eager to get back into the archival world and hopes to serve at one of the many institutions dedicated to preserving Hawaii’s culture, history and artifacts. In addition to her LIS degree, Jenn also holds a Master’s Degree in American Studies, graduate certificate in Museum Studies and a graduate certificate in Archival Studies.
Elizabeth (Ellie) Seaton, Director, 2019-2021
Ellie Seaton is the librarian of the Hawaiian Historical Society and an archivist at Hamilton Library’s Hawaiian and Pacific Collection. At the Historical Society, she stewards archival collections and rare books. She is currently (and ecstatically) cataloging a collection of late 19th-century Hawaiian Language publications. She holds a B.A. in Art History and a M.S. in Library & Information Science with a concentration in Archival Studies.