South Pacific Islander Organization

2019-20 Advisory Council


We are grateful for our strong and diverse network of advisors.

We are looking for seasoned professionals to advise our Governance, Finance, Executive and Development committees. Join our growing Advisory Council.

Frank Asi Talatini | Consul, Consulate General of Canada

Jazmine Anastacio | Educational Equity Consultant

Jazmine was breathed into life on Ohlone land, nurtured with inafa'maolek in Saipan, and is rooted by Oceanic ancestry in Belau. As a passionate advocate for youth, she has served various non-profits and schools by developing and sustaining culturally responsive and trauma informed programs. Though focused primarily in STEAM, she is committed to restoring and centering Indigenous knowledge and practices in all curriculum and policies. In addition to the SPIO Advisory Council, she is a member of the Research Advisory Board for Alliance for Girls, and TechEquity Collaborative.

Aukeem Ballard | Assistant Principal at Summit Tamalpais Public School

Dane Carlson | Portfolio Manager

Dane Carlson | 2019-20 SPIO Mentorship Advisor

Dane Carlson | 2019-20 SPIO Mentorship Advisor

Born and raised in Kāneʻohe, Hawaiʻi, Dane is committed to serving his beloved island community. As a graduate of Kamehameha schools, Dane aspires to fulfill the vision of its founder--Bernice Pauahi Bishop--to create opportunity through educational equity. It is a kuleana (responsibility) that has segued into a journey from middle school teacher to program specialist developing culture-based education PD for Hawaiʻi educators; and most recently, serving as the current Portfolio Manager of educational planning and reporting for a local, non-profit school.

In addition to serving on the SPIO Advisory Council, Dane also serves on the Native Alliance Initiative Advisory Council, Voyager Charter School Board and the Child & Family Services Social Guild.

Anita Kiteau-Tuiaki | NCU Doctoral Candidate


Anita was raised in Tonga by her mother and maternal grandparents. From a young age, she was taught the importance of having faith in God, serving her family and getting an education. She migrated to the US at 15 in the pursuit of a better life or the “American Dream.” During her senior year in college, she created the Education First Mentoring Program (EFMP) at East high school in Salt Lake City, UT. As a Bill Gates scholar, she served as a mentor and ambassador for new scholars. She is a member of the Asian and Pacific Islander Association (APIA), the National Student Affairs Professionals in Higher Education (NASPA) and the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA). She is now pursuing her Doctor of Education (Ed.D) at Northcentral University emphasizing in Higher Education Leadership. Her research is on the retention of Pacific Islander college students. She hopes to give back to her Pacific Islander communities as a transparent leader through service and sharing her experiences, particularly promoting the importance of getting a higher education.

Sereana Naepi | Pasifika Higher Education Researcher

Terri Register | Grants Manager

Terri Register | 2019-20 SPIO Development Advisor

Terri Register | 2019-20 SPIO Development Advisor

Terri is a native of North Carolina and has been serving multicultural communities alongside her parents since childhood. She has a plethora of Grant experience from Grant Writing, Grant Reporting, Grant Management, and Grantmaking. She has been a Grant Reviewer for the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), Grant Facilitator for the Office of Justice Programs (OJP), and recently joined the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Grants Team. She has a Bachelor's Degree in the field of Sociology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG). She has served in the nonprofit sector for 12 years. Her strengths are Capacity Building, Strategic Planning, and Cultural Sensitivity. Her passion is serving grassroots organizations that have a heart for underserved communities;, particularly minority, immigrant, and indigenous/tribal populations. She has a passion for various languages and is conversational in Spanish and French. She has done missionary work in Trinidad and Tobago and St. Vincent & the Grenadines. Her hobbies are music, visual art, cinematography, architecture, archeology, and meteorology.

June Siaosi | Coordinator at Degrees of Change

Karla Blessing Savaliolefilemu Thomas | USC Master of Public Health Candidate

Karla Blessing Savaliolefilemu Thomas | 2019-20 SPIO Mentorship Advisor

Karla Blessing Savaliolefilemu Thomas | 2019-20 SPIO Mentorship Advisor

Karla Blessing Savaliolefilemu Thomas was born in Santa Ana, CA and raised in San Bernardino, CA. She is the eldest child of 3 to a Samoan mother and Aymara-Bolivian father. She is a 2019 graduate from the University of California Los Angeles where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology. Karla is now a first year graduate student at the University of Southern California pursuing her Masters of Public Health. As an undergraduate, Karla served as President of UCLA's Pacific Islands' Student Association (PISA) from 2016 to 2019, where she engaged in student activism, initiating the Protect Mauna Kea movement at UCLA and hosting workshops and presentations on P.I. issues at national conferences. Karla was also a member of the eleventh cohort of the Pacific Islander Leaders of Tomorrow (PILOT) Summer Institute. She is passionate about increasing matriculation rates for Pacific Islanders in higher education and addressing mental/physical health issues in the Pacific Islander community.