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Senator Will Espero

Senator Will Espero represents the 19th Senate District, which encompasses ‘Ewa Beach, Ocean Pointe, ‘Ewa by Gentry, Iroquois Point, and a portion of ‘Ewa Villages. He currently serves as the Vice President of the Hawai‘i State Senate and Vice Chair of the Committee on Public Safety, Intergovernmental and Military Affairs. He sits as a member of the Committee on Commerce, Consumer Protection, and Health and the Committee on Economic Development, Environment, and Technology.

In Hawai‘i, Senator Espero is a member of the Oahu Metropolitan Planning Organization Policy Board, which coordinates federally funded transportation projects for O‘ahu. He also serves as a member of the State Council for Interstate Adult Offender Supervision, Corrections Population Management Commission, Juvenile Justice Oversight Advisory Council, and the State Capitol Management Committee.

On the National level, Senator Espero is a member of the National Conference of State Legislatures Standing Committee, which encompasses Law, Criminal Justice, and Public Safety, and The Council of State Governments Public Safety Committee.

Senator Espero has served in the Hawai‘i State Legislature for 16 years which included 3 years in the House of Representatives. He also worked for 8 years in the City and County of Honolulu as an appointee of Mayor Frank Fasi.

Allison Paynter, Ph.D

Associate Professor of English, Allison E. Paynter, served as chair of the English department from 2006-2009, and was instrumental in re-formulating the curriculum. Gender, ethnicity, poetry and dance are recurring themes in her various guest lectures and published articles. As an engaged professor, Dr. Francis teaches the craft of writing to undergraduates every year in her classes. She fosters a sense of why good writing is important, through classes that are designed to be both fun and challenging. Dr. Paynter notes, "My students say I’m strict, but never boring," because she expects them to develop respect for the writing process, and to always do their best. Since Dr. Paynter believes the spoken word is as important as the written word, she is a performance poet who performs at many venues in the state. She also is the facilitator for Aulama, the Chaminade student literary journal. Her chapter on black female writers in the 19th century marketplace will appear in the upcoming literary anthology, Imag(in)ing America: The Black Body in Literature.

  • Haitian Studies Association (HSA)
  • Modern Language Association (MLA)
  • National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA)
  • Pacific Ancient & Modern Language Association (PAMLA)
Academic Degrees
Ph.D., Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri, Thesis: "When The 'Unprotected' Body Speaks: The Narratives of Nineteenth Century Black Females in the Caribbean and the United States"
M.A., Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri
B. A., University of California, Berkeley in English Literature