CNHA Adds Executive Services Manager

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
May 4, 2010

Hawaiian Nonprofit Adds Executive Services Manager

HONOLULU, HI – The Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement (CNHA), a Hawaii nonprofit, has added staff to its Honolulu office. Blaine Fergerstrom has joined CNHA as Executive Services Manager, reporting to CNHA President and CEO Robin Puanani Danner.

“Blaine is a welcome addition to our staff,” said Danner. “He has the energy and experience to help advance our programs and to communicate to the world the good things that we are doing.”

Fergerstrom will manage CNHA’s Hawaiian Way Fund; the Cultural Connections program with Princess Cruises; Bishop Museum ECHO program; manage the Next Generation Leadership Program, overseeing and coordinating interns, fellows and AmeriCorps/VISTA volunteers.

He will also work on the agency’s external communications, including media releases, newsletters, announcements, printed collateral materials, and web presence, and will provide event and convention logistics and support.

“I am thrilled to be a part of the CNHA,” Fergerstrom said. “I love working with the Hawaiian community and this position enables me to continue my contributions to that community.”

Fergerstrom brings a wealth of experience in the communications field to CNHA. He served as a Communications Specialist for Sen. Brickwood Galuteria in the just-concluded Hawaii State Legislature. He previously was the Webmaster and Media Production Specialist for the Communications Division of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, and is widely known as a staff photographer and writer for their Ka Wai Ola newspaper. Fergerstrom has also previously worked at Kamehameha Schools as Education Webmaster and was the original Webmaster for Hawaii’s first daily online newspaper, Starbulletin.com, of the Honolulu Star-Bulletin.

CNHA is a national network of Native Hawaiian Organizations, providing assistance in accessing capital and technical resources, and is a policy voice on issues important to Native Hawaiian communities. Its mission is to enhance the well-being of Hawaii through the cultural, economic, and community development of Native Hawaiians. For more information about CNHA please contact us at 808.596.8155, toll-free at 1.800.709.2642, by e-mail at info@hawaiiancouncil.org, or visit our website at www.hawaiiancouncil.org.

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