Leadership

Updated on 3/5/2015

Board of Directors:

Anne Workman – Chairman

Anne Chase Workman is a graduate of Laie Elementary School and a member of the proud Red Raider Class of 1988.  She was born to two educators and followed in their footsteps when she graduated from Brigham Young University-Hawaii, first with a bachelors degree in English, and after an additional year, with a secondary education teaching certificate.  She has taught several courses at the university level as well as for a private school in Japan.  After her fourth child was born, she decided it was time to be a full-time Mom.  She and her husband Eric now have 7 children and 1 grandchild.  They have lived most of their lives in Hawaii, but also spent time in Japan, Utah and Michigan.

In addition to being a Mom, Anne has spent much of her time over the past several years as the director of a summer camp for teenage girls, teaching Jazzercise, instructing an early-morning scripture study class for high school students, and acting as a community organizer.  She volunteers with the Red Raider Marching Band, with the Mormon Pacific Historical Society, with Boy Scouts of America, and has served as the secretary of KEAC.

Anne is motivated by her love for Ko’olauloa, and an expectation that the abundant resources of our community can be aligned to better prepare ALL the young people of the area to lead happy, productive lives beyond high school.  She wants to ensure that 1) young people can build careers to provide for their families by becoming masters in their fields, and 2) ensure that they can become financial, political and social advocates for themselves in a complex society.

Anne likes to be useful and enjoys spending time with family, talking to people, admiring nature, learning, exercising, and thinking about gardening.

Carol Feinga – Vice-Chairman

Pauline MasaniaiVice-Chairman – Kahuku High and Intermediate Principal

Uila VendiolaBoard member – Kahuku High and Intermediate School Vice-Principal 

Uila Vendiola is best known as “Coach Uila” to most students and this is her 10th year at Kahuku High & Intermediate School. She was born and raised in Laie and graduated from Kahuku in 1993. her husband, Kawika, is also a Kahuku graduate and works at BYU-Hawaii. She lives in Laie and enjoys spending her time with her large extended family!

For the past 10 years she has taught AVID, an Academic Elective class which focuses on preparing students for college, and mainly works with Juniors and Seniors. Last year, she graduated 21 AVID Seniors. All but 4 of them will be in college this year, while the rest will join them after serving a church mission. The AVID Class of 2014 earned over $325,000 in scholarships which made her very proud.  She has also been the AVID Coordinator since the program first began at KHIS in 2004. There nearly 170 students in grades 7-12 in our school’s AVID program.

In addition to AVID, she has taught various subjects including AP US Government & Politics, Participation in Democracy, and recently Environmental Resource Management which focuses on Sustainability. In addition to learning about various types of energy and sustainability concepts, students in this class are a part of our Green School Initiative and assist with our Cafeteria Compost, Campus Recycling, and Aquaponics projects. As the Sustainability Coordinator, she is helping the school become a more sustainable and earth friendly campus and works with community partners such as the Kokua Hawaii Foundation and First Wind to accomplish this.

She enjoys teaching and especially helping students reach their potential. She loves to see the fire in students when they are engaged in learning and motivated to achieve their goals. She feels it’s very important to give students opportunities to learn outside of the classroom and encourages them to give meaningful service whenever possible.  Uila is currently on a temporary assignment as the Vice Principal over 9th grade and she is part of a talented leadership team under the direction of Principal Pauline Masaniai.  She is a proud Red Raider for Life (RR4L)! GO BIG RED!!!

EDUCATION
2014 – Renewable Energy Education Certificate
2007 – Brigham Young University of Hawaii, Alternative Licensing Program
2001 – Oklahoma City University School of Law, Juris Doctorate
1997 – Chaminade University of Honolulu, B.A. History & Political Science

WORK EXPERIENCE
2005 – Present: Vice-Principal, Kahuku High & Intermediate School
2013 – Present: Board Member, Ko’olauloa Educational Alliance Corporation (KEAC)
2013 – 2014: Resource Coordinator, Kahuku Elderly Hauoli Hale
2007 – 2010: Girls Volleyball Head Coach, Kahuku High & Intermediate School
2007: Special Instructor, Brigham Young University-Hawaii
2004 – 2005: Program Coordinator, Education-1st Hawaii
2002 – 2004: Law Clerk, State of Hawaii – Family Court of the First Circuit

Umi JensonBoard member – Delta Airlines

Umi Jensen has a passion to help individuals and organizations develop and implement innovative ideas that create positive change in our communities. She is building her consulting career by working with local individuals, nonprofits, and schools to write grants, facilitate planning and evaluation, and assist with research and reporting. Umi has a background in educational research, evaluation, and ethnic studies and focuses on indigenous education, cultural perpetuation, and stewardship of natural and cultural resources. As part of the Research and Evaluation Division at Kamehameha for 3 years, she honed her research skills to be better able to assist schools and community groups now. She holds both a BA and MA from Stanford University and is a Kamehameha Schools and Hauula Elementary alumni. She is a resident of Hauula where her family has resided for generations.

A life-long learner, Umi is currently exploring social business and entrepreneurship while taking entrepreneurship courses at BYU-Hawaii. In her spare time, she serves on several nonprofit boards including Koolauloa Educational Alliance Corporation, Koolauloa Hawaiian Civic Club, and Hualani Foundation, on which she is an Executive Co-Chair. Current personal projects include creating a website repository of cultural, historical and archaeological knowledge in Koolauloa and an initiative to rally community to be better stewards of their land and oceans by monitoring reefs and replanting limu (seaweed). Other jobs she juggles includes Delta Air Lines, Kualoa Ranch, and her consulting gigs. She enjoys traveling, snorkeling, singing, and dancing.

She works as a consultant in education and evaluation with a focus on indigenous education. She assists individuals and organizations in developing ideas to make positive change in their communities and assists in grant writing and evaluation. Umi loves to travel and spend time outdoors. She also strives to promote learning cultural practices and responsible stewardship of our aina and kai. She studied Ethnic Studies and Education at Stanford University and hopes to get her PhD soon!

Jonathon Pantenburg – Board member – CFO Kahuku Hospital

Christian Wilson – Board member – Kahuku High and Intermediate

Born in North Hollywood and raised in Mexico, Brazil, New York, Idaho, Utah, Tahiti and Hawaii. He attended Brigham Young University Idaho and BYU Hawaii where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Christian spent the last 30 years in business, computers and marketing – primarily as a computer programmer, market research analyst, retail manager and as a SEO/SEM consultant for the Hawaii tourism industry. He currently assists Kahuku High and Intermediate with their green initiatives, composting, aquaponics, square foot gardens, worm farms, garden towers, off-grid living systems, greenhouse, permaculture, school website and computer recycling programs.

Education:

2014 Renewable Energy Education Certificate – Island Energy Inquiry
2011 Hawaii Department of Education – Substitute Teaching Certificate
1984 Brigham Young University-Hawaii, Business Management B.A.
1980 Brigham Young University-Idaho, Computer Science A.S.

Work Experience:

Kahuku High and Intermediate – Part-Time Teacher, Substitute Teacher, Technology, Computer Repair Club, Webmaster (2010-)
Kahuku High and Intermediate – Green Ribbon team member (2010-)
Board member of Ko’olauloa Educational Alliance Corporation (2004-)
Board member of Brigham Young University-Hawaii Alumni Association (2004-2009)
Polynesian Cultural Center, Hawaii – MIS/Retail/Marketing (1986-2011)
Brigham Young University Hawaii – Management Information Systems (1982-1986)
LDS Church, French Polynesia – Volunteer Church Representative (1978-1980)
Harris Seeds, New York – Computer Operator (1977-1978)

Nainoa Logan – Board member – Accountant

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Keoki Wallace – Advisor

Keoki Wallace was born and raised on the mainland but has very strong ties to Hawaii since the arrival of his great, great grandfather on the islands in 1850. Mr. Wallace was a Sterling Scholar at Olympus High School in Music, graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Finance and attended law school at La Salle University and the William Howard Taft School of Law, graduating with a Juris Doctor Degree.
Mr. Wallace worked for the Federal Home Loan Bank Board and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation during most of the 1980s, leaving the federal government to become the partner in a multistate law firm in 1990. In 2002 he moved to the La’ie area and after a brief stint with some local banks, he accepted the position of Manager of Public Relations at Turtle Bay Resort in 2006. In 2007 Mr. Wallace was asked to serve on the Board of Directors of the Ko’olauloa Educational Alliance Corporation and in 2009 he was elected to serve as President and Chairman of the Board. Mr. Wallace is a member of the California Bar Association and the Public Relations Society of America, where he is currently working on his APR designation.

Lea Domingo – Volunteer/Community Partner – Kahuku Librarian

MaryAnne Long – Most Faithful Volunteer and Founder of KEAC

Project Managers:
Kahuku.org – Sariah Howard
Sariah is an interest gypsy with a passion to learn, grow, and make a positive difference in whatever corner of the world she finds herself. She was born in a rural Wyoming town (500 people strong) and is the oldest of 9 (5 boys 3 girls). She grew up watching and helping her father in his own business building log cabins, chopping firewood, and helping on an electric array of projects in the yard which instilled an eye for seeing the world through a creative lens (my fathers is one of the most creative, resourceful individuals I know!) The time spent with her mother in the garden and around the house taught her to work hard and fill each moment with something good. Perhaps the most important thing her parents taught her tho was to love the Lord, serve others, and have faith that everything will work out for our good in the end.

Sariah’s interest gypsy ways sent her traveling to Hawaii in 2006 where she graduated from BYUH with a Bachelors in Interdisciplinary studies. She made her own major, asking the question “How could media be used to invite positive change?” While there she worked with the TV Studio on campus learning how to produce and tell stories through videos. During and after graduating Sariah found opportunities to learn skills in marketing, public relations, graphic design, website development, project management, and further her love for video production by starting her own consulting business. Soon after Sariah went on to pursue a masters degree in Entertainment Business online (combining the creative and strategic worlds) which she completed in one year at the top of her class.

June of 2014 brought her wondering gypsy feet to the doors of Kahuku.org. Where as the program manager she has encountered incredible stories. Her hope that is through the electric array of experiences she has been given she will be able to make a solvent business that will truly be a great learning lab for all students who cross its path.

If you can’t find her at Kahuku.org you will probably find her looking up at the sky searching for clouds in the sky as she pursues writing her first book.

Current Guiding Quotes:
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. ~ Mark Twain
and
“Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.” ― Mary Anne Radmacher.

Dr. Don Sand – Kahuku Film Club

Support:
Gillian Yamagata – Sports Director

Raynae Fonoimoana – Scholarships, Career Fairs, Job Shadowing

 

One Response to Leadership

  1. Helene Tom says:

    Hi KEAC,

    Great news! The Kahuku Complex 21st Century Community Learning Center (CCLC) grant proposal was approved and will be funded up to $1.4 million for 2015-2020. The principals at Kahuku High-Intermediate, Kahuku Elementary, Hauula Elementary and Kaaawa Elementary are excited about having the resources to support student learning during non-school hours.

    A complex area team will be attending a 21st CCLC grantee’s meeting on Friday, February 26. We will keep you informed and touch bases with you as we plan and organize for implementation.

    Mahalo for partnering with us and being the “Advisory Council” for this grant. Please let Anne Workman know that her valuable input helped to make the RFP a viable grant proposal.
    Helene Tom
    Castle Complex 21st Century Grant Consultant
    808-542-3327

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