• SUSIE HIGGINS was named account manager for Tsunami Marketing of Kalaheo.
“Susie brings extensive experience in strategic brand development and implementation of marketing campaigns and materials,” said Tsunami’s co-owner and vice president, Valerie Rekward.
Higgins’ background includes working for companies in the San Francisco Bay Area and San Diego, where she has managed client accounts for a wide range of organizations. Clients included Fortune 500 corporations such as Chevron, Hewlett-Packard and Wells Fargo, along with start-up technology and consumer packaged goods companies. Most recently, she implemented a complete re-branding and marketing program for the grand re-opening of a boutique resort in Samoa. In addition to her substantial knowledge in business development and client relationships, Susie’s educational background focuses on graphic design and marketing.
• KELLY THOMPSON, a 2000 graduate of Kauai CommunityCollege School of Nursing, has accepted a professorship at Seattle University in Washington state. With a master’s degree in psychiatric nursing, Thompson will share her knowledgeand clinical experience with nursing students during their psychiatric/mental health rotation.
Kelly, the 1992 class valediction of Kaua‘i High School, went on to graduate with a BA in social/cultural history from Colorado State University. In 2000 she was graduated from KCC’s nursing program and moved to O‘ahu to work at the Psychiatric Emergency Room at the Queen’s Medical Center.
After a year, Thompson moved to the Mainland to work for the Veterans Administration.
While living in Los Angeles, Thompson completed her master’s of science in nursing degree and spent a year teaching nursing students at Mount Saint Mary’s College.
Kelly moved to Seattle last year and is excited about her position with Seattle University.