Kasilita Katoa (Pakola) graduated from Oregon State University with her Bachelor of Science in finance. While enrolled at OSU, Kasilita was the treasurer for Oregon State University’s Pacific Islander Club and worked two years as a Student Success Peer Facilitator for the Asian & Pacific Cultural Center on campus. Kasilita’s passion for promoting diversity and equality, is what led to her position with the Diversity and Cultural Engagement (APCC) at OSU and what inspired her to apply and accept the internship opportunity with NeighborWorks Umpqua via CCRH.
Kasilita hopes to apply all she learns from NeighborWorks Umpqua to her long-term goals of providing affordable healthcare worldwide, homes, and to someday own a resort at the Pacific Islands. Kasilita is the eldest of four children and the daughter of two immigrants. Although she was born and raised in California, Kasilita is residing in Oregon with her husband, Thor.