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. 

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Catherine Payne |
Chairperson, At Large

Catherine Payne is a retired educator whose career has spanned over 35 years. She most recently came out of retirement to temporarily fill in as the Interim Farrington-Kaiser-Kalani Complex Area Superintendent. Prior to retiring, Board Chairperson Payne served as the principal of Farrington High School. Board Chairperson Payne was the recipient of the National Milken Educator Award. She also won the Principal of the Year Award from the National Association of Secondary School Principals for her work with incarcerated students at the alternative Olomana School. Board Chairperson Payne has served on numerous education boards, including the Hawaii Teacher Standards Board, Education Institute of Hawaii, Adult Friends for Youth, and the State Public Charter School Commission as chairperson. She received her Bachelor of Education degree in Secondary English and her Master of Education degree in Educational Administration from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Board Chairperson Payne's term runs from July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2021.


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, 2017 through June 30, 2020.



Kaimana Barcarse | Member, Hawaiʻi County

Damien “Kaimana” Barcarse currently serves as the West Hawaiʻi regional director for Kamehameha Schools and is also a DJ and program producer of Alana I Kai Hikina, a radio show which broadcasts entirely in ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi on KWXX-FM. He has over 18 years of experience in education, including formerly serving as a Hawaiian cultural-based education department director for Kamehameha Schools, an ʻāina-based education department coordinator for Kamehameha Schools, and staff lecturer of ethno-zoology and voyaging & navigation for Ka Haka ʻUla o Keʻelikōlani, College of Hawaiian Language at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo. His experience also includes serving as the director of the exploration sciences and voyaging department at ʻAha Pūnana Leo, apprentice navigator on the Hōkūleʻa, captain on Hōkūalakaʻi, member of the Polynesian Voyaging Society, and providing financial planning and consulting services at Primerica Financial Services. Board Member Barcarse has developed and instructed culture-based photography and video production classes, produced international and multi-lingual radio programming, and worked to develop the Indigenous Rights Radio program with the non-profit organization Cultural Survival. Board Member Barcarse received a Bachelor of Arts in Hawaiian Studies and a Master of Arts in Hawaiian Language and Literature from the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo. Board Member Barcarse’s term runs from July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2022.

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, 2018 through June 30, 2021.

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 term runs from July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2020.
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.
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Dwight Takeno | Member, City and County of Honolulu

Dwight Takeno is currently employed by the University of Hawaii System's Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation as its Director of Administrative Services. He formerly served as the Interim Executive Director and Chief Negotiator for the Hawaii State Teachers Association and the Director of Research and Legislation for the United Public Workers. Board Member Takeno has also served on a number of State boards, including serving as the chair of the State of Hawaii Merit Appeals Board (2017-2018), chair of the State Department of Education's Merit Appeals Board (2010-2017), and a former member of the governing board of the University Laboratory School (2010-2018). Board Member Takeno received his Bachelor of Education and Professional Diploma in Education from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Board Member Takeno's term runs from July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2021. 

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 current term runs from July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2022.

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 current term runs from July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2022.

Daniella White | Student Representative (2019-2020) Member

Daniella is a senior from Campbell High School in Ewa Beach on the island of Oahu.  She is passionate about service to her school and community and has been a part of student leadership since the 5th grade.  She is also the student voice on her School Community Council where she takes an active role in partnering with fellow members to improve the student experience.  Her academic interests include media and writing and she hopes to one day pursue a career in communications and journalism.  Daniella is motivated by her belief in the value of youth input and is dedicated to doing her best to represent the students of Hawaiʻi.

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Navy Captain Lyn Yatko | Military Liaison

Captain Lyn Yatko graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and a Minor in Russian language. In June 1999 she earned a Masters of Science Degree in Management from the University of Maryland University College. She has been a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources by the Human Resources Certification Institute since 2004. 

Her professional military education includes the Defense Language Institute, where she graduated with proficiency in the Italian language, the Italian Joint War College, earning a dual Master's degree from this war college and from the University of Milan in International Military Strategic Studies, as well as Joint Military Professional Education Phase I. 

In June 2009 she graduated from Joint Forces Staff College, earning JPME Phase II from the Joint and Combined Warfighting School. She earned the Joint Qualified Officer (JQO) designation in 2009. 

Military Representative Captain Yatko's first duty assignment was Naval Station Pearl Harbor, where she served as the first OIC of Transient Personnel Unit Pearl Harbor. After returning to the U.S. Naval Academy in 1995 to serve as an Admissions Officer, she was then assigned to Afloat Training Group Middle Pacific, Pearl Harbor, HI, as the Training Support Department Head. She then reported to Navy Personnel Command, Millington, TN, where she worked in Pers-4, Navy Personnel Distribution, as the HR Placement Officer, responsible for officer placement for over 150 commands. 

In 2006, during her studies in Rome, Italy, Captain Yatko was selected for HR LCDR Milestone and subsequently transferred to the Joint Staff, Washington, DC, in the J1 Manpower and Personnel Directorate. While there she worked in the Joint Officer Management Branch and then as Executive Assistant and Executive Officer for Director, J1. Having screened for HR Commander Milestone in 2008, she then served from 2009 to 2011 as Officer in Charge of the Navy Mobilization Processing Site Norfolk, VA, during which she was responsible for the care and processing of over 11,000 IA/GSA naval personnel in a deploying and redeploying status. In 2011 she transferred to Naples, Italy, serving as Chief of Protocol to Commander, Allied Joint Force Command Naples. In 2013 she became the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) Program Manager for the U.S. Naval Academy. Screening for HR CAPT Milestone in 2015, she transferred in March 2016 to serve as the Deputy Director, Total Fleet Force Manpower and Personnel (N1) at U.S. Pacific Fleet Command. In June 2018, she assumed her current position as Director, Manpower, and Personnel (J1), U.S. Indo-Pacific Command.