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Speakers

This year the Ohana Meeting will be on Thursday, August 27 at 9:00 am. All non-student employees are invited to participate in this meeting.

BYU–Hawaii President John S.K. Kauwe III will address employees along with Sister Bonnie H. Cordon, Young Women General President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Photo of Bonnie H. Cordon

About Bonnie H. Cordon

Young Women General President

Sister Bonnie H. Cordon was named the Young Women general president on March 31, 2018. At the time of her call, Sister Cordon was serving as the first counselor in the Primary general presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Sister Cordon was born to Harold and Carol Hillam and was the third of seven children. She learned her work ethic growing up on the family’s 80-acre farm in Idaho Falls, Idaho.

Sister Cordon met her husband, Derek, while they were both students at Brigham Young University. They were married in the Salt Lake Temple in April 1986 and are the parents of four children and have four grandsons. She loves spending time with her little grandsons.

Sister Cordon received a bachelor’s degree in education from BYU. She worked in management in the software industry.

Sister Cordon was a working mother until she was expecting her third child and she and her husband relocated to Indiana. After a move to Boise, Idaho, she returned to the business world, starting her own business. She was a school volunteer in Idaho and Utah, serving in PTA, the classroom and community council.

Sister Cordon’s faith has carried her through her life. She served a full-time mission in the Portugal Lisbon Mission. Her Portuguese language skills came in handy when she served with her husband, Derek, as he presided over the Brazil Curitiba Mission from 2010 to 2013. She has also served in her ward (local congregation) and stake (diocese) Primary, Young Women and Relief Society organizations. Sister Cordon also taught early-morning seminary.

She loves the outdoors, enjoying jogging, scuba diving, hiking and skiing. She enjoys being with her family and traveling. “I love people,” she said. “We are children of Heavenly Father. He loves us.”

Source: churchofjesuschrist.org/learn/bonnie-h-cordon?lang=eng

Portrait of President John Keoni Kauwe

About John S.K. Kauwe III

University President

John S.K. Kauwe III is the eleventh president of Brigham Young University–Hawaii. He assumed the presidency in July 2020. He is a professor of Biology at Brigham Young University (BYU) in Provo where he served previously as the chair of the Biology Department and as Dean of Graduate Studies.   

President Kauwe earned a bachelor’s degree in molecular biology (1999) and a master’s degree in population genetics (2003) at BYU. From 1999-2001, he served as a full-time missionary in the Japan Fukuoka Mission. He received a Ph.D. in evolution, ecology, and population biology in 2007 from Washington University in St. Louis where he also completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Alzheimer’s disease genetics at the Washington University School of Medicine in 2008.  

President Kauwe’s professional focus has been primarily on solving the genetic basis of risk for Alzheimer’s disease. His work, which includes more than 100 peer-reviewed published papers in the past decade, has contributed in unique ways to our understanding of Alzheimer’s disease risk and resilience. He also conducts research on the genetic basis of other human traits and is engaged in ongoing work on genomics and population genetics in Indo-Pacific fish species.  

President Kauwe is of Hawaiian, Chinese, Portuguese, Maori, and Northern European ancestry. He was raised in Orem, Utah and various parts of Hawaii and is a graduate of Molokai High and Intermediate School (’96). He is the fourth great-grandson of Kaleohano, one of the first converts to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Hawaii.  

President Kauwe and his wife Monica are the parents of five children, ages 2 to 13.