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Board of Directors









Cynthia Sunahara, President

Ms. Sunahara is principal of Linapuni Elementary School. Prior to this she served as the School Renewal Specialist for the Kaiser Complex School’s.   From 1999-2004, she served as Principal of Pu`uhale Elementary School.  She began her teaching career at Farrington High School as a Title I Reading teacher.  She served as Vice Principal at Farrington High School for seven years and at Kaimiloa Elementary School for two years.  She is a member of the Collaborative Action for Public Education, a Principals’ Leadership Academy and the Kalihi Business Association.

Joseph Passantino, Secretary

Joe is the principal at Ali’iolani Elementary School and was previously the Vice Principal at Kaewai Elementary School for the past 4 years. Before Kaewai Joe was the Vice Principal at Kalakaua Middle School for 4 years and previously to that he taught special education at the middle and high school levels both in Hawaii and in Las Vegas. He believes in positive relationships between students, parents, teachers, and the community to always move a school forward. His belief to always work with others ties into his coaching philosophy of nothing great is accomplished alone.

Shingai Masiya

Shingai Masiya is originally from Harare, Zimbabwe and moved to the United States when he was 13 years old. He attended Hawaii Pacific University where is studied Political Science. He currently works for the United States House of Representatives, serves on the Executive Committee of Oahu Young Democrats and is the Co-founder of Aloha Dream Team, which is an Immigration Rights organization here in Hawaii.

Wendy Taylor

Wendy is a Register Pharmacist. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from Drake University. She has practiced pharmacy since that time and has been a resident of Hawaii since 2010.

Wendy specializes in Community Pharmacy. She is currently the Pharmacy Manager at Walmart Pharmacy, Downtown Honolulu and has been employed with the company for over 18 years. Wendy is also certified to immunize patients.

With a passion to see all youth excel, Wendy maintains a Substitute Teachers Certification granted through the State of Hawaii (2013). She is an advocate of youth services and serves as a role model exposing children to STEAM projects, science, math, computer training and the arts.

Wendy is active in her community where she has served on the board of the Women’s Campus Club and Intelligent One. She is currently a member of the Hawaii Pharmacist Association, Illinois Pharmacist Association, National Pharmacist Association, Hawaii Public Health Association, The Junior League of Honolulu, The Links, Incorporated and The Elks Club. She has volunteered with The American Heart Association, Voyager Charter School, University Laboratory School, One Love Ministries, Girls on the Run,  amongst other organizations.

Wendy maintains an active lifestyle. She is a Certified Personal Trainer and a Certified Group Fitness Instructor.

Wendy is the mother of three children, Otto (16), Ostin (13) and Olive (9).