Gary Pacarro ’74, the founding director of Pacific University's Hawai'i Office, is a long-time advocate for Pacific students.
As a student in the early 1970s, Pacarro played basketball and developed a love of music while earning his bachelor's degree. He went on to a robust career in financial planning, coaching and teaching. He taught and coached basketball at the prestigious Punahou School, which he attended as a youth.
He has remained closely involved with Pacific University, helping to plan alumni, student recruitment and parent events on the islands and building the university relationships with local people and businesses.
Most recently, Gary has served as a member of the Pacific University Board of Trustees, and he was a strong proponent of the effort to establish a formal university presence in Hawai'i.
Cherylin Lee ’05 studied sociology and psychology at Pacific University. She enjoyed working at the Service Center, participating in the Hawai'i Club's Luau, and her most memorable experience was taking the Navajo Service Learning Winter III course. Pacific University has always remained her home away from home.
She was born and raised on the windward side of Oahu, Kailua. She resides there with her husband, Michael Lee ’05, and their two sons, Angel, age 4, and Phoenix, age 2. She loves being a mom, and in her spare time she works as a District Coordinator for the Hawai'i Department of Education's Windward District After-School Programs. Cherylin is very passionate about being involved with her family, community and Boxer ‘Ohana.