Education Committee Members

 

Lorraine Mull, 
Education Chairperson

Lorri is a board member of the Kauai North Shore Community Foundation and serves as Chair of its Education Committee. A graduate of Louisiana State University with a Bachelor’s degree in History and a Juris Doctor from Tulane University School of Law, Lorri was a law clerk to the Chief Justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court and thereafter served as Dean of Admissions of Tulane Law School. She then engaged in a full-time law practice for over thirty years and was licensed in state and federal courts. Prior to moving to Kauai in 1992 she served on the board of the Women’s Health Foundation in Louisiana and was named as an “Outstanding Young Woman of America”. Lorri was actively involved as a board member for the Hanalei and Kula PTSAs for many years and served on the accreditation teams for each school. She presently serves on the Advisory Board for Kauai Community College and serves as a board member of Bolinger Minerals LLC, the Choctaw Trust Agency, the Lift Lodge Association in Park City Utah, and the Sunset Drive Community Association HOA.
Passionate about education, Lorri is actively involved in the effort to bring a tuition-free public charter school to the North Shore of Kauai. She has been married to her husband Tom for 37 years and has two grown children, Jeff and Katie.

 

Mary Paterson, 
Coordinator

Originally from Henley-on-Thames, England, Mary has made the North Shore of Kauai her home for over 30 years. Now a proud US Citizen, she continues to contribute to the community she loves.  In the 80’s, Mary was the Activities Director and Promotions Manager for Princeville Corporation, but after Hurricane Iniki devastated the Island, she formed her own company that specialized in coordinating care and concierge services for multi-million dollar North Shore properties. For 25 years, Custom Care Company included a home makeover division and property management of Hale Makana, a vacation rental in Princeville.  Mary enjoyed helping visitors find the perfect rental situation for their budget and style.

Civic work has included being a board member of the Kauai Humane Society, Treasurer of a small non-profit, and proud volunteer for the Hanalei Bay Rotary club.  Mary is a founding and current director of the Kaua`i North Shore Community Foundation and is an active member of its Education, Marketing & Finance Committees.


Nance Overton

Nance and her husband, Al, have owned their home on Kauai snce 1999.  She has been involved in education and learning since college, where she tutored ESL students. An avid writer, she was a technical writer for both aerospace and software companies where she created a mentoring program.  Nance served as Education Director for the Sacramento Chapter of the Society for Technical Communication and created their technical writing competition for high schoolers.

Nance served as Secretary for Papa Laua`e o Makana (hula halau), and currently is on the Boards of Directors for Kauai North Shore Community Foundation and Growing Our Own Teachers on Kauai.

 

 

Rosemary Vali

Rosemary is a web developer, PHP programmer, and user experience designer. She has been involved in three open-source software projects: Campus Commons lead developer, Moodle – a learning management system and Drupal – a content management system. A longtime education advocate, serving on a Hawaii charter school board, worked with the Hawaii State Charter School Administrative Office, a member to the Hawaii Public Charter School Network and serving on the Hanalei Elementary School’s 2016 SCC Board.  She is currently working with the local schools on the Farm to Table initiative and lives in Ha`ena.

 

 

Jonathan McRoberts

Jonathan received his Bachelor’s degree in psychology in 1971 from Brown University before joining the Peace Corps and serving in Nepal for two years.  After returning to the U.S. in 1973, Jonathan graduated from Stanford University with a Masters degree in education and taught social studies at Aragon High School in San Mateo, CA.  From 1975 to 1977 he taught middle and high school students school at the Escuela Americana in San Salvador, El Salvador, and then returned to Nepal to teach middle school at the Lincoln School in Kathmandu.  He moved to Oahu in 1979 and became a financial advisor. He was ranked the number 1 retail financial advisor in Hawaii by the Hawaii Business magazine in 2008. He moved to Kauai in 1998 and is currently semi-retired.

Presently a Life Member of the Kamehameha Lions Club on Oahu and the Rotary Club of Hanalei Bay, Jonathan was also Vice President of “Growing our Own Teachers” from its inception until 12/31/17. He is a Founding member of Aloha Angels, in addition to having been a director of the Trust for Public Lands.  He is a Founders Circle Member of the North Shore Community Foundation and currently serves on the Education Committee.  He is also on the board of the Anaina Hou Community Park.  Jonathan recently participated in a Rotary mission to Myanmar & Taiwan, focusing on Education for young children. He has three grown children and ten grandchildren.  Four of the grandchildren live on Kaua`i, with two enrolled at Kilauea Elementary and the other two will be attending Kilauea Elementary in a few years. For that reason, he is focusing his volunteer time and charitable contributions on improving the educational options on the North Shore.

 

Teresa Young

Teresa has resided on the North Shore of Kauai since 2012, after many years of part time residence. Prior to her retirement, she was a Tax Partner at Deloitte and led the West Coast not-for-profit practice for the firm, specializing in serving foundations and other tax-exempt organizations. Teresa has served on numerous boards and committees for many public charities including the UCSD Foundation and the San Diego Foundation. In addition to serving as a founding board member and Treasurer for KNSCF, she is a Trustee Emeritus of the UCSD Foundation and also currently serves on the audit and finance committee for the Hawaiian Islands Land Trust (HILT) and the audit committee for the UCSD Foundation.  She graduated from UCSD with a BS in Chemistry and from SDSU with a Masters in Accounting.  Teresa is licensed as a CPA by the state of California.

 

Gayle Naylor

Gayle is a Canadian citizen who has enjoyed spending the majority of her time in Kaua`i for the past 35 years.  Her education & background was in multi-media production and communication but when she and her husband moved to Kaua`i in 1988 her focus became developing sales training manual for her husband’s sales-oriented company. Gayle was involved not only with the writing of the sales programs but also with the hands-on training sessions both with new salespeople and eventually with the sales training professionals in their Train the Trainer program.   In 1995 she & her husband moved to Florida where she volunteered with the Gainesville Hospice to help organize and coordinate their various fundraising events and has volunteered and supported many other programs that involve children in Canada, Africa, and the US. Her particular favorite being the BackPack Brigade Guild in Kaua`i and in Vancouver.  Gayle & her husband returned to Kaua`i in 2005 and is on the Advisory Council of the Kaua`i North Shore Community Foundation, as well as on the Marketing and Education committees.

 

Jennifer Luck

Jennifer is a graduate of the University of Oregon where she received a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. Born and raised in Los Angeles, she previously worked for the United Farm-workers Union, as Communications and Events Director for Peace Over Violence and as Executive Director of the Institute of Real Estate Management. Jennifer and her husband Jason moved to Kaua`i in 2007 when Jennifer was offered a position as the Executive Director of the Kaua`i Public Land Trust (KPLT). In that position, she oversaw the acquisition of more than $20 million of real estate on Kaua`i. In 2011 KPLT merged with other land trusts around the state becoming the Hawaiian Islands Land Trust. Jennifer served as Kauai Island Director of HILT until 2015 when she joined the Porter Trust as Managing Director, overseeing the Trust’s real estate assets and philanthropic giving on Kaua`i.  Jennifer sits on the boards of the Hawaiian Islands Land Trust (HILT), Anaina Hou Community Park (AHCP) and Kaua`i Planning and Action Alliance (KPAA).

 

KipuKai Kuali`i

A Kauai native and a passionate community organizer dedicated to helping others, KipuKai is the director of operations at the YWCA of Kauai and has nearly thirty years’ experience in government, labor, and non-profit administration. Previously on the Kauai County Council, KipuKai served as Economic Development & Intergovernmental Relations Chair, Housing & Transportation Vice Chair and Budget & Finance Vice Chair. He has also represented Hawaii on the National Association of Counties board.

KipuKai worked with other community leaders, Kauai Community College, and the Kauai Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC) to bring an enterprise center to the Kekaha Hawaiian homestead and a certified kitchen, youth and cultural campground, and solar farm to the Anahola Hawaiian homestead. KipuKai is the president of the Anahola Hawaiian Homes Association, and also currently serves on boards for the Homestead Community Development Corporation, the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement, Pride At Work Hawaii, AFL-CIO Kauai Sub-Chapter, Kauai PFLAG Chapter of Hawaii, Lamda Aloha Kauai, the Association of Hawaiians for Homestead Lands, and Hawaiian Community Assets.

 

Devin Kamealoha Forrest

Devin Kamealoha Forrest grew up in Haleleʻa (North Shore of Kauaʻi) and was raised by his maternal grandparents Francis and Kapeka Chandler, who taught him that nothing should be done unless done well, instilling in him the importance of hard work and diligence, which has served him well both personally and professionally. Having been raised in a Hawaiian household gave him an understanding of the culture that cannot be obtained by schooling alone. Devin grew up around lawaiʻa, mahiʻai, haʻimoʻolelo and of course kumu hula, who instilled in him the importance of every aspect of our culture. Eventually, he also went through the process of ʻūniki under kumu hula Lehua Matsumoto attaining the rank of kumu hula. Along with his cultural training, he has also completed an M.A. in Indigenous Language Revitalization/Hawaiian Language and Literature, from Ka Haka ʻUla ʻo Keʻelikōlani College of Hawaiian Language at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo, giving him the academic training to both teach and expand his understanding of Hawaiʻis language and culture.

Devin’s personal vision is not only to perpetuate and preserve native Hawaiian culture for the betterment of our Hawaiian community, but to help establish a standard by which we can use our collective past to bring forward an expanded vitality to our present and future, one that is firmly grounded in the wisdom and knowledge of our lesser known ancient customs and practices.

 

Happy Parks

Happy grew up in Southern California where she earned her Master’s Degree in Education, taught in a junior high school for over 33 years, and was voted as Teacher of the Year. Locally, Happy worked many years as a substitute teacher at the Kilauea and Hanalei Schools and has been an active member and supporter of the Hanalei Civic Canoe Club. She and her husband built their first home in Hanalei 47 years ago, and they have seen many changes. Happy is passionate about preserving the unique beauty of the North Shore, improving health services and education for our community, protecting our land and ocean, and promoting the appreciation of Hawaiian dance, music, and culture.

 

 

Polly Philips

Polly moved to Kaua`i in 1985 after earning a Bachelor’s degree in Botany and a Master’s degree in Education at the University of Florida.  She taught science at Kapa`a High and Intermediate School for eight years and served as department chair for five of those years.  She then taught at Hanalei School for one year before moving back to secondary education.  At Kula High and Intermediate, Polly taught science for thirteen years, provided college counseling for nine of those years, and served as principal for one year.  Having experienced both the public and private sectors of education, she then moved to a charter school, Hawaii Tech Academy, where she taught for two years with the blended curriculum model, which included face-to-face and on-line instruction.

Polly then switched gears in serving her community by working as a legislative researcher for District 14 for five years at the Hawaii State Capitol.  Most recently she works with her husband at Solar Plus Kauai and tutors privately.  Polly is a member of the Hanalei School Community Council, a board member of the Na Keiki O Halelea Foundation and the Hanalei to Haena Community Association, and is a CERT team member. She and her husband have lived in Wainiha for over thirty years where they raised their two children.

 

Stacy Sproat-Beck

Stacy grew up in Kalihiwai, Kaua`i, a small coastal community in Kaua`i’s Halele`a district (along the north shore), part of a family that practiced subsistence and commercial fishing and farming. A graduate of Kamehameha Schools, and with a BS from the University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business, Stacy moved home to work with her `ohana and community in 1992. Over the next 20-plus years, Stacy led the growth of the Waipā Foundation from a small, entirely volunteer organization to a thriving nonprofit with 17 staff, and more than 25 weekly volunteers. Waipā manages the resources of the 1,600-acre Waipā watershed, while implementing a full range of eco-cultural programming and activities to various groups and schools, year round, serving thousands both from within and outside the local community. In addition to her role as executive director of the Waipā Foundation, Stacy has participated on numerous boards and committees for both nonprofits and government. She has presented as a speaker at conferences and gatherings, both island and statewide. An avid gardener for almost her entire adult life, Stacy grows kalo and produce, both for Waipā and personally, for subsistence and commercial sale. She has also recently become addicted to snowboarding. Stacy is married to David Beck and has two girls, Māhie-age (15) and Melela`i (11).

 

Robyn Apisa-Matie

Robyn was born and raised in Hawaii.  She attended Hanalei Elementary and Kapa`a Middle School, before moving to Oahu to attend high school.  She is a graduate of the University of Nevada at Las Vegas and Michigan State University College of Law.  Robyn practiced law briefly in Michigan, before returning to MSU to help organize and implement their trial advocacy programs.  She moved back to Kaua`i in 2006.  She is the Vice President of Rentals at Oceanfront Realty.  She also passed the Hawaii Bar in 2017.  She is married and the proud mother of three children: Luke, Jason, and Brooke.

 

 

RyanAlsabagh

Ryan is an experienced economist and business owner. He lives with his wife and three sons on the North Shore of Kaua`i, where he owns two small businesses. Prior to moving to Hawaii, he served over a decade as an economic analyst in Washington, DC, with a focus on in-depth analysis and strategic planning. Ryan is passionate about education, having previously volunteered as Board President of a major federal government daycare center. He holds an MA from the University of Texas at Austin and a BA from the University of California San Diego.