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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.

Aimee Doud

Aimee is currently the Waikiki Branch Manager at American Savings Bank. She previously worked in the same capacity for Citizens Bank in Rochester, New York. Aimee earned her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Industrial Design with studies in business and marketing from the Rochester Institute of Technology. She is actively involved with American Savings Bank’s community reinvestment efforts which focus on improving education, strengthening families and promotion of economic vitality through their key programs such as Bank for Education and Seeds of Service.

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.

Laurie Lum

Laurie Lum is Kaewai Elementary School’s Student Services Coordinator. She has been with the Department of Education for over 23 years and has held many jobs but always at the same school. She is dedicated to supporting all students and advocates deeply for equality and equity for inner city schools. Her passion is students and she is willing to do whatever it takes to make them be successful and to provide opportunities for them. In her tenure for the DOE she has also been a teacher and a curriculum coach. Her newest position now allows her to work with all students to help move them forward. She knows first hand the great job that Ohana Komputer has done since Kaewai has been blessed to have the Steps to Success program on their campus.

Natalie Mun-Takata

Mun-Takata is presently a vice-principal of Kalakaua Middle School.  She enjoys the excitement of working with others to create an exemplary school.  Building partnerships between the school and the community has enriched the learning environment and has promoted student achievement at Kalakaua School.  She has been employed by the Hawaii Department of Education for more than twenty years, having previously served as principal at Linapuni Elementary School and Kalihi Elementary School.

Raya Salter

Raya Salter is the principal attorney with Image Power, LLC, a practice focusing on clean energy advocacy with a focus on climate and energy justice. Raya was a senior attorney at the Natural Resources Defense Council where she focused on the development of new utility business models.  She also worked to increase the deployment of clean and renewable energy in urban environments with a focus on the low income sector. Raya is an adjunct professor of law at Fordham Law School.

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 Certfied Group Fitness Instructor.

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