I noticed that one of the consultants that is working on the H-130 Project has been selected as a UH Hilo Distinguished Alumni:
Distinguished Alumni Awardees for 2009 are environmental, planning and land use consultant Dr. Ron Terry, real estate broker Carol Ginoza-Arikawa, and Kumu Lehua Veincent, a noted teacher and school administrator. The husband and wife duo of Margaret Ushijima and the late State Senator John Ushijima and State Representative Clift Tsuji are the Distinguished Service Awardees.
Dr. Ron Terry earned his BA in geography at UH Hilo in 1980, and went on to earn a PhD in 1988 from Louisiana State University. He was an associate professor at UH Hilo from 1989-1992, developing a reputation for excellence as a teacher in geography and environmental sciences.
In 1991, Terry started a successful independent consulting firm, Geometrician Associates. Despite his busy schedule as a successful CEO, Terry has managed to teach a course a year at UH Hilo in Environmental Impact Assessment and has also provided frequent guest lectures for other Geography courses.
Terry served several years as education chair of the Hawaiʻi Island Economic Development Board. In 2000, then-Governor Ben Cayetano appointed Terry to the State’s Marine and Coastal Zone Advocacy Council (MCZAC), a public advisory body that addresses coastal issues and advocates for the State’s Coastal Zone Management Program initiatives. He has provided his environmental expertise pro bono to a number of community initiatives, including forest stewardship, Hawaiian farming rights, cultural learning and community facilities. Geometrician Associates supports the arts as a long-term corporate sponsor of the Hawai‘i Concert Society.
In June 2008, Terry established the Geography Founders Scholarship, naming the $25,000 endowed scholarship after UH Hilo Geography Department founders Drs. Jim and Sonya Juvik, Jim Kelly and Jack Healy, who all inspired and encouraged him to continue his education after earning his degree at UH Hilo.