Our Members

Board Members are volunteers, who serve without pay and are appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the senate.  A public high school student serves as a non-voting student representative and the senior military commander appoints a non-voting military representative. 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lance A. Mizumoto |
Chairperson, At Large

Lance A. Mizumoto has more than 26 years of banking experience, entirely in the state of Hawaii. He is executive vice president and commercial banking group manager at First Hawaiian Bank and he serves on the board of directors of the Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii and the board of regents at Chaminade University. Board Chairperson Mizumoto is a graduate of Pearl City High School. He received his Bachelor of Business Administration in Management from the Shidler College of Business at the University of Hawaii and his MBA from Chaminade University. Board Chairperson Mizumoto's term runs from July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2018.
 

 

Brian J. De Lima | Vice Chairperson, At Large

Brian J. De Lima is an attorney in private practice. He is a former Hawai'i County Council member. DeLima is a graduate of Hilo High School and in 1972 he served as the first Board of Education student member. His daughter, who has special needs, attends Hilo High School. Board Vice Chairperson De Lima's current term runs from July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017.

 

 

Patricia Bergin | Member, Hawaii County

Patricia Bergin, a former teacher and administrator with the Department of Education, has been a member of Hawaii's education community for more than 40 years.  She was the District Superintendent for Hawaii Island for five years before ending her career with the Department as a Migrant Education Program specialist.  She is currently the coordinator for leadership teams of Ka HULI Mua, a consortium of preschool programs on three islands.  She also serves as an adjunct professor at Chaminade University.  Board Member Bergin's current term runs from July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2019.

 

Maggie Cox | Member, Kauai County

Maggie Cox is a retired Department of Education science teacher and principal who was previously was elected to the Board of Education for two terms. As a board member, she was part of the negotiation team dealing with the management of Hawaii State Teachers Association and Hawaii Government Employees Association.  She earned a BA from North Texas State University.  Board Member Cox's term runs from July 1, 2015 through June 20, 2018.

Nolan Kawano | Member, City and County of Honolulu
Nolan Kawano is president and treasurer of IC International and also serves as the chief financial officer for its parent company, Island Holdings. He formerly served in executive management positions, including chief financial officer and treasurer, at Island Insurance Company, First Insurance Company of Hawaii, and HIH America. His experience also includes serving as executive director of the Hawaii Hurricane Relief Fund, Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, and audit manager at KPMG. Board Member Kawano currently serves as a trustee and past president of the Public Schools of Hawaii Foundation and is on the board of Hawaii 3Rs. Board Member Kawano is a public school graduate and received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a focus on finance from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Board Member Kawano’s current term runs through June 30, 2017. His second term will run from July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2020.
Hubert Minn | Member, City and County of Honolulu

Hubert P. Minn is a retired administrator for the Department of Education ("Department"). He was a mentor for the Department’s Central District Mentor Program, and is currently Chairman of Ring Officials for the World Boxing Council and North American Boxing Federation. Board Member Minn previously served in various capacities with the former elected board of education including serving as its chairperson in 1978-1979.  He was also deputy director for the City and County of Honolulu, Department of Enterprise Services (2007–2009); received the Hawaii Teacher of the Year Award (1993) and Outstanding Teacher for the Cliff Bailey Quality Award, Hawaii Quality Schools Network (2002). Board Member Minn holds a BA from California State University, Northridge. Board Member Minn's term runs from July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2018.

 

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Christine “Kili” Namauʻu | Member, County of Maui
Christine “Kili” Namauʻu has been the director of Pūnana Leo o Maui for the past 24 years. She has extensive experience fostering community partnerships with a wide variety of organizations such as Nā Pua Noʻeau, Maui Fair, Nā Leo Kākoʻo o Maui, University of Hawaiʻi Maui College, XTERRA World Championships, and National Geographic. Ms. Namauʻu is also a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (“NAEYC”), the Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce, and the Hawaiian Agencies and Organizations of Maui (“HAO”). She received her Bachelor of Arts in Economics, and her Masters of Education, with an emphasis on early education, from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Board Member Namauʻu’s term runs from July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2020.

Kenneth Uemura  | Member, City and County of Honolulu 

Kenneth Uemura is a certified public accountant with more than 40 years of experience in business and financial management and was named the 2010 Chief Financial Officer of the Year by Pacific Business News as the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Hawaii Pacific University. He has also held positions as Treasurer and Executive Vice President of Finance at RESCO, INC./Prudential Locations; CFO, Corporate Treasurer, and Secretary at Pomare, Ltd. (Hilo Hattie); Senior Vice President and Controller at C. Brewer and Company, Ltd; executive positions with Jas.W. Glover Holding Co., Ltd. and Persis Corporation; and was a Senior Audit Manager with Deloitte Haskins & Sells. Board Member Uemura has served on the board of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Honolulu and was a member of Aloha United Way’s Finance and Investment Committee. He currently serves as a Commissioner on the City and County of Honolulu’s Grants In Aid Commission and is self-employed as a business consultant, providing expertise in corporate turnaround and restructuring, debt restructuring, and business plan execution. He is a public school graduate and received his Bachelor in Business Administration from the University of Hawaii. He is also a Vietnam Veteran. Board Member Uemura's term runs from July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2019.

Bruce Voss  | Member, At Large

Bruce Voss is a partner with the law firm of Bays Lung Rose & Holma, specializing in business, real estate, and employment law and litigation.  He previously worked as a news reporter for Pacific Business News and KHON2 News. He is a graduate of Kalaheo High School and the Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawaii. Board Member Voss's term runs from July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2019.

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Maya Gee | Student Representative (2017-2018) Member

Maya Gee is a senior at Kealakehe High School and the public high school student representative for the 2017-2018 school year. She served on the Hawaii State Student Council for the past year, the National Honors Society, and the Swim Team and leadership at Kealakehe High School. She also serves as team captain for the Model United Nations club at Kealakehe High School. Gee has attended public school, private school, charter school, and has been home schooled. Student Representative Gee will serve a one year term. 

 

Colonel Peter P. Santa Ana | Military Liaison

Colonel Peter P. Santa Ana is currently the Director for Manpower and Personnel at Headquarters, U.S. Pacific Command, Camp Smith, Hawaii.  He supports the 378,000 personnel serving throughout the command’s vast area of responsibility, which includes 36 countries, by leading a diverse team of civilians and both active duty and reserve personnel in executing personnel planning, quality of life programs, and personnel support for ongoing operations and exercises throughout the Pacific region.

Colonel Santa Ana received his commission through the ROTC program at the University of Texas at Austin in 1990.  A career Force Support officer, he has also served as a senior leader Executive Officer three separate times and at two major command staffs to include the Commander Pacific Air Forces, Commander’s Action Group.  Colonel Santa Ana has deployed to Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan supporting Operations DESERT STORM and ENDURING FREEDOM.  He commanded the 5th Mission Support Squadron at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota to the 2005 Best Mission Support Squadron in the USAF.  He served on the Joint Staff as a Strategic Planner in the J-5 and developed Strategic Engagement Plans for the Chairman and Vice Chairman.  Colonel Santa Ana deployed to Afghanistan a second time to author Afghan War assessment reports for the ISAF Commander to inform the President, Congress, NATO, and other heads of state of troop contributing nations about war progress.  The colonel served on the Air Staff working Personnel Readiness systems analysis and writing evaluations, promotions and fitness policy for the Air Force.  Prior to his current assignment at United States Pacific Command, Colonel Santa Ana served as the commander, 6th Mission Support Group, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, where he commanded more than 2,200 people assigned to six squadrons, and supports U.S. Special Operations Command, U.S. Central Command, and 36 other mission partners.