TLC Staff & Board


Staff

Bettina Mok, M.A., Executive Director

Bettina comes to The Legal Clinic with over 20 years of non-profit management work experience, most recently as a development consultant for other non-profit organizations in Honolulu and the Bay Area. The daughter of two first-generation immigrant parents (Chinese and German), Bettina was born in Bangkok, Thailand and came to the US at the age of six. She has worked for youth-serving organizations, workforce development initiatives, environmental conservation groups, cross-cultural training initiatives, foundations, and international exchange programs. She is inspired by the power of collective action in the pursuit of justice for all. 

Kara Teng, Esq., Staff Attorney

Kara received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (’12), and her law degree from William S. Richardson School of Law (’17), where she was Technical Editor for the University of Hawai‘i Law Review, President of Lawyers Against Sexual Violence, Vice President of Advocates for Public Interest Law, a member of the Filipino Law Student Association, and received the CALI Excellence for the Future Award for the highest grades in Feminist Legal Theory and Civil Rights. She also externed at Hawai‘i Immigrant Justice Center, the Honolulu Immigration Court, and was a research assistant for Professor Mari Matsuda. As part of Professor Matsuda’s Organizing for Social Change class, Kara helped re-establish the law school’s Refugee and Immigration Law Clinic. Prior to joining TLC, she worked as a law clerk for the Honorable Rhonda I. L. Loo of the Second Circuit Court of the Hawai‘i State Judiciary, and as an Attorney Advisor for the San Francisco Immigration Court. She has advised immigration judges on complex matters involving asylum, cancellation of removal, waivers of inadmissibility, and adjustment of status. As a passionate defender of immigrants’ rights, she is thrilled to bring her experience in immigration law to TLC.

Lia Nakao, Legal Assistant

Lia was thrilled to start her career in the legal field at The Legal Clinic. Before working at TLC, she graduated with a B.A. in History from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and worked as a Group Service Specialist for the Hawaiʻi Medical Service Association (HMSA) for four years. While Lia was working at HMSA, she completed the Legal Education Certificate Program at Kapiolani Community College where she received a Certificate of Achievement – Paralegal. Lia was born in Los Angeles, California, and was raised in Hawaiʻi. Like many people, Lia has been surrounded by immigration stories. Her mother’s side of the family emigrated to the United States from the Philippines her father’s side emigrated from Japan. She feels privileged to work for an organization that strives to provide others with the same opportunities she has had all her life.

Madeline Svengsouk (she/her), Engagement Coordinator

Madeline started as The Legal Clinic’s Engagement Coordinator in April 2022. She designs content for TLC’s social and digital media outreach, collaboratively plans and executes fundraising events and campaigns, and engages TLC’s supporters. Before joining TLC, Madeline graduated with a B.A. in public health and psychology from Bryn Mawr College, where she studied transgenerational trauma, resilience, and identity formation among Lao Americans. Madeline is deeply passionate about social justice and equity for immigrants and refugees, partly due to her family’s migration history from Laos, Vietnam, The Philippines, China, and Italy. She is happy to be in Hawaiʻi, where she spent many summers listening to her grandparents’ tall tales about their journey to America, and she is excited to be part of an organization that allows other immigrant families to share their stories.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Corey Park, JD (President)
Retired Attorney

Lowell Chun-Hoon, Esq (Vice President)
Attorney-at-law
King Nakamura & Chun-Hoon

Kelley D. Settles (Treasurer)
Certified Non-Profit Accountant

Roman Leverenz (Secretary)
Retired Social Worker

Amy Agbayani, PhD
Emeritus Vice Chancellor for Student Diversity
University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Shanty Asher, JD
Community Liaison
City & County of Honolulu

Dr. Ismail Elshikh
Imam
Muslim Association of Hawai‘i

Clare Hanusz, Esq.
Immigration Attorney / Founder
Aloha Immigration

Susan A. Li, JD
Retired Attorney 

Agnes Malate, PhD
Director of Health Careers Opportunity Program
University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Shingayi Masiya
Government Relations Director Laborers’ International Union of North America – Local 368

Rev. Amy Wake
Senior Pastor
Trinity United Methodist Church

Susan Chong Wong, JD
Retired Attorney

(On leave in 2022: Liza Ryan Gill, MA, Co-Coordinator, Hawaiʻi Coalition for Immigrant Rights)

ADVISORY BOARD

Rev. Thomas Choi, Senior Pastor, First United Methodist Church of Honolulu

John Robert Egan, Esq. Immigration Attorney; Director of the Refugee & Immigration Law Clinic-Univ. of Hawai’i  at Manoa William S. Richardson School of Law