The University of Hawai‘i Foundation, the nonprofit organization that raises private funds to support students, programs and research on all 10 UH campuses, is happy to announce that Audrey Hirayama, Lynne Wooddell and Meredith (Brynteson) Yoro have joined its fundraising team. As development directors, they will partner with donors and UH leadership to secure philanthropic gifts.
Audrey Hirayama is the director of development for the UH Mānoa College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources and Lyon Arboretum. Most recently, Hirayama was the catering sales manager for Pōmaikaʻi Ballrooms. She gained non-profit fundraising experience as the owner of SOLID Planning where she assisted non-profits with fundraising efforts including a capital campaign. Earlier in her career she served for 10 years as the executive director of the Muscular Dystrophy Association. She is a Kamehameha Schools graduate and a proud UH Mānoa alumna with a bachelor’s degree in journalism/public relations.
Lynne Wooddell is the director of development for the UH Cancer Center. Wooddell joins the team after serving as Assets School’s Capital Campaign Executive Director where she managed and completed phase one of their multi-phase campaign. Before joining Assets, she spent a decade working as a principal gifts officer for Hawai‘i Pacific Health and was the lead fundraiser for Kapiʻolani Medical Center’s $34M capital campaign. Wooddell earned her Bachelor of Arts from Hawai‘i Pacific University and the University of Oregon. She also did a semester at UH Mānoa and has very fond memories of her Hawaiian 101 classes.
Meredith (Brynteson) Yoro
Meredith (Brynteson) Yoro is the director of development for the College of Engineering, School of Architecture and School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology. Meredith has almost 12 years of fundraising experience, including most recently serving as the director of development at Saint Louis School. Before moving to Hawai‘i, she was the director of development for the California Polytechnic State University College of Engineering. She has a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington and earned her Bachelors of Arts at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon.
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The University of Hawai‘i Foundation, a nonprofit organization, raises private funds to support the University of Hawai‘i System. The mission of the University of Hawai‘i Foundation is to unite donors’ passions with the University of Hawai‘i’s aspirations by raising philanthropic support and managing private investments to benefit UH, the people of Hawai‘i and our future generations. www.uhfoundation.org