MNHCoC Board of Directors Election: July 2018 to June 2020 Term Ballot

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Here is the ballot that will be presented for General Membership voting on Tuesday, June 12, 2018. The meeting will be held at the Maui Tropical Plantation in Waikapu starting at 5:30pm. There are seven candidates for seven open spots on the Board.

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Teri Freitas Gorman

MNHCoC President Teri Freitas GormanA Maui native, Teri is a seasoned communications and community engagement professional with more than two decades of executive level experience in Hawai‘i and overseas. She was recently named Director of Community & Patient Relations for Maui Grown Therapies, a physician-led medical cannabis provider. She also teaches communication skills for the First Nations Futures Fellowship Program at Stanford University and is a regular guest lecturer for the Janklow Arts Leadership Graduate Program at Syracuse University. A graduate of UCLA, she served as Maui’s commissioner to the Hawai‛i State Foundation on Culture & the Arts from 2007 to 2012. The Ōmaʻopio resident is a partner in E Ola Pono, LLC and an active member of WINTA-World Indigenous Tourism Alliance.

Doreen Napua Canto

MNHCoC Past President Doreen Pua CantoBorn and raised on Maui, “Pua” is known throughout the island for her generous volunteer spirit. The Central Maui Hawaiian Civic Club recently honored her with a Kupamakaʻāinana Award for community service. She is president of the Kula Community Association and serves the State of Hawai‘i as a Hawaiian Homes commissioner and the County of Maui as a commissioner for the Department of Fire and Public Safety. She recently served on the Special Committee on County Governance. A graduate of Phoenix University, the Kula resident is currently employed by Pelekana Permits.

Shirley Kaiahua Blackburn

MNHCoC Treasurer Shirley Kaiahua BlackburnCo-owner and Office Manager of Maui Land Broker & Property Management, Inc., providing financial services and real estate management for six six Residential Community Associations and two Condo AOAO with over a thousand homeowners. Her career includes management experience in the hospitality, health and real estate sectors and distinguished awards such as multiple Maui Mayor's Small Business Awards and inclusion in Pacific Business News' List of Fastest Growing Small Business. While enjoying making friends and giving back to the local community, Shirley's number one passion is God! "Five years ago a friend invited us to attend church with them since then both Joe and I have been so blessed. We have our health, our children, grandchildren, family, friends and our business." A native of O‘ahu, she now lives in Wailuku.

Sharron Joseph

MNHCoC Board Secretary Sharron JosephA Maui resident since 1969, Sharron has 25 years of work experience in various sectors. She currently serves as the Purchasing Assistant for Hale Makua Health Services in Wailuku. A gifted hula dancer, she also serves as vice president for the board of directors of the renowned Hālau Kealaokamaile. Sharron lives in Kula.

Cory Vicens

MNHCoC Board Member Cory VicensCory is self-employed as a digital food and brand marketing consultant. Born and raised on Oʻahu and an alumnus of Punahou School, she returned to Hawaiʻi in 2013 after 35 years on the mainland to be closer to her family. Since her return, she has worked with the Living Pono Project, Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce, Secretary-Maui Memorial Medical Center Foundation Board, and the UH Maui College, Maui Food Innovation Center Advisory Group. The Pāʻia resident holds a degree in professional culinary arts from Le Cordon Bleu® Culinary Arts Institute in London, and extensive education in hotel and restaurant business management.

Wayne Wong

MNHCoC Board Member Wayne  WongWayne is the Maui Center Director of the Hawaiʻi Small Business Development Center Network (SBDC), providing no-cost business counseling and training to small businesses. He has three decades of information technology experience including several executive positions during the “dot.com” era. He is also a four-time Grammy Award recipient as “Best Hawaiian Music Album” producer. His motivation for serving on the MNHCoC board is to acknowledge his Hawaiian heritage while helping to perpetuate and integrate the culture with western commerce constructs. Wayne has a BS from the University of Washington and an MBA from the University of Puget Sound. He lives in ʻIao Valley.

Kai Pelayo

MNHCoC Board Member Kai PelayoRaised in Lahaina, Maui, Kai currently serves as Community Affairs Manager for Monsanto Maui. He comes to that role with more than three decades of management experience in the hospitality industry. His most recent executive role was operations director for the Grand Wailea, a position he held for eleven years. He is a former MNHCoC president, having served from 2013 to 2016. Kai attended Transylvania University in Kentucky and successfully completed the Preferred Institute/Washington State Leadership Development Program. In 2011, the US Small Business Administration awarded Kai with Small Business Advocate of the Year Award for the County of Maui. He lives in Lahaina.

The actual ballot on June 12 will look like: