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Custom-Designed Programs for Groups
Custom Program Staff


Michiko Seki Kahmann, Interim Director





Phone: (808) 956-3416; Fax: (808) 956-3421; Email:michikos@hawaii.edu


Michiko Seki Kahmann, Custom Programs Manager
Master of Arts (MA) in English as a second language, University of Hawai‘i at Manoa; Bachelor of Arts (BA) in English and American literature from Rikkyo Univ., Tokyo, Japan; Certificate in Teaching English, Tokyo Metropolitan Board of Education; Certificate in English/Japanese-Japanese/English Interpretation and Translation, UH Manoa

Michiko has worked as Custom Programs Manager since 1996 and works with sponsoring organizations on customized programs for groups coming to UH for English programs and seminars. Prior to joining our staff, Michiko taught English, Japanese, and interpretation courses at universities in Honolulu and at private schools in Japan. She also worked as an interpreter/translator in Honolulu and program coordinator in Tokyo. Her academic interests include language acquisition, bilingual education, and program planning and development. Michiko enjoys meeting and working with people from all over the world and creating opportunities for people to learn and grow. She hasn't had much free time to herself since becoming a mother in 2000 but enjoys reading, going to movies, and spending time with her children and husband whenever she gets a chance.

Phone: (808) 956-3416; Fax: (808) 956-3421; Email: michikos@hawaii.edu
NOTE: Contact Michiko to arrange a Special English Program or Seminar


Laura Ranney, Interchange Coordinator/Academic Support Specialist
Bachelor of Education (BEd), San Diego State University;
Teaching Credential in Elementary Education, California State San Marcos;
CELTA Certificate (Certificate of English Language Teaching Adults), Cambridge University, England; ESL Certificate, San Diego State University

Laura has worked at International Programs since 2003. She works behind the scenes hiring and scheduling university students to meet with NICE and SEP students as conversation partners in our popular interchange program. She also arranges for classrooms, receptions, and graduations for our Special English Programs, and she makes sure teachers and interchangers get paid! Before coming to NICE, Laura lived in Japan for seven years, working as an English teacher for Japanese students of all ages. (She tells us entertaining stories about her experiences during lunch!) She's also taught Elementary school age children in San Diego, California. In addition to living in Japan, she has also lived in Italy and Australia as well as traveled extensively around the world. Laura loves being the catalyst who arranges meetings among American and foreign students for conversation and friendship. She likes to help make students' time in Hawai‘i and at the University of Hawai‘i as enjoyable as possible.

Phone: (808) 956-6824; Fax: (808) 956-3752; Email: lranney@hawaii.edu

Lea Nohara, Custom Programs Assistant
Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Japanese, Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Finance and International Business, University of Hawai‘i at Manoa

Lea joined International Programs in 2013 and assists in the coordination of the Special English Programs and Seminars. Prior to Custom Programs she has had experience in fiscal and student services at the University of Hawaii. As an undergraduate student, she studied abroad in Japan for a semester. She also enjoys music, exercise, and learning new things.

Phone: (808) 956-3406; Fax: (808) 956-3752; Email: noharal@hawaii.edu

Suzanne Mitri

Suzanne Mitri, Custom Programs Coordinator
Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language (MATESL), University of Washington; Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Anthropology, University of Washington

Suzanne works with the team at International Programs to hire teachers and plan and prepare custom programs for groups coming to UH. Suzanne especially enjoys working with the teachers and looking for creative new ideas for the classroom. Besides coordinating programs, Suzanne has written teaching materials, developed a teacher training course, and taught ESL in many different settings - from preschools to universities. Suzanne loves traveling and learning about new cultures, and lived and taught in France, Japan, and Egypt in addition to Seattle and Boston before settling with her family in beautiful Hawaii in 2006. When she's not at work, Suzanne likes going to the beach, the movies, and the theatre. She also enjoys photography and just hanging out with her kids and husband.

Phone: (808) 956-3650; Fax: (808) 956-3752; Email: smitri@hawaii.edu

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