Valerie Ossipoff (PHOTO COURTESY OF THE KOHALA CENTER FOR NHN)
The Kohala Center recently named Valerie Ossipoff of Honolulu to its board of directors.
Ossipoff, the executive director and former president of the Oahu Choral Society, and past member of the former Honolulu Symphony Society board of directors, joined The Center’s board of directors in February.
Born and raised in Honolulu, Ossipoff graduated from Punahou School before earning a bachelor’s degree from Wells College, a master’s in health and medical sciences from University of California, Berkeley, and a second master’s in clinical psychology from the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology in Palo Alto, Calif.. She resided in the San Francisco Bay Area for 35 years, raising a family and building a career as a vocational rehabilitation counselor and a psychotherapist, before returning to Hawaii in 2000. She is the daughter of legendary Honolulu architect Vladimir Ossipoff.
Ossipoff’s local roots and passionate commitment to supporting cultural and environmental endeavors make her an asset to the organization’s board. In addition to her philanthropic work with Honolulu arts organizations, Ossipoff also volunteered for the Nature Conservancy and Sierra Club in California, and sponsored two teenagers in the California Conservation Corps.