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2016 Board of Directors

(Top L-R): Wanda Kau-Shibata, Karissa Jonas, Beryl Blaich, Jennifer Luck. (Bottom L-R): Owen Moe, Norma Doctor Sparks, Peter Kea, Debra deLuis, Mark Hubbard

Mark Hubbard, Chair
Lawai International Center

Mark Hubbard was raised in Hawai`i and has been a resident of Kaua`i for past 34 years. Married for 40 years, he and his wife Barbara have three sons and three grandchildren. A consultant in the field of Human Resources with 30 years experience and 10 years experience in property management, real estate sales and leasing, Mark has worked for the U.S. Navy, Amfac Sugar-Hawai`i, and Grove Farm Company, Inc. Mark has a BA in biology from Stanford University and an MBA from U.H. Mark volunteers with many nonprofit and community groups such as Rotary, Hale `Opio, Leadership Kaua`i, Kaua`i Community College, Puako Homeowners’ Association, Blood Bank of Hawai`i, Lawai International Center, Kaua`i Hospice, Friends of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Kaua`i, as well as Kaua`i Planning & Action Alliance.

Jennifer Luck, Vice Chair
Hawaiian Islands Land Trust (HILT)

Jennifer Luck is a graduate of the University of Oregon where she received a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. Born and raised in Los Angeles, she previously worked for the United Farm-workers Union as Communications and Events Director for Peace Over Violence and as Executive Director of the Institute of Real Estate Management. Jennifer and her husband Jason moved to Kaua`i in 2007 when Jennifer was offered a position as the Executive Director of the Kaua`i Public Land Trust. In that position, she oversaw the acquisition of more than $20 million of real estate on Kaua`i. Currently she serves as the Kaua`i Island Director of the recently formed Hawaiian Islands Land Trust. She works on Kaua`i and across the state to protect the “places that sustain us for present and future generations.” Jennifer enjoys spending her free time with her 3 year old daughter Midge and husband Jason, running, paddling and volunteering her time and skills to support other non-profit organizations on Kaua`i.

Karissa Jonas, Treasurer
Kaua`i Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC)

Karissa Jonas is the Financial Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Kaua`i Island Utility Cooperative. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Arizona, earning a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree by completing two majors, Accounting and Finance. Karissa is a licensed Certified Public Accountant, having worked for Ernst & Young, LLP as an auditor. In addition, Karissa is a Chartered Global Management Accountant. Karissa and her husband Paul moved to Kaua`i in February 2003 from the San Francisco Bay Area and reside in Koloa. They have a son, Coleman, and a daughter, Sierra, who are both teenagers. Karissa has been a hula haumana with Ka Waikahe Lani Malie halau, under Kumu La`amea Almeida, since March 2009 and the halau’s Treasurer since June 2012. She served as PTSA Treasurer for Kalaheo Elementary School for two years and helped with the Drama Club productions for three years.

Debra deLuis, Secretary
Catholic Charities Hawai‘i-Kaua‘i Community Office

Debra deLuis serves as the Kaua‘i Community Director of Catholic Charities of Hawai‘i, helping people in need to help themselves, regardless of their faith.  She has over 20 years of non-profit experience with low-income populations, assisting in the areas of financial education, employment counseling, contract/grant performance management, awareness and fund raising, and program design and assessment. A strong believer in collaboration and cooperation, Debra believes in compassionate, respectful service delivery, transparency in operations, serving as a coach rather than a boss, and the power of metrics to document services and support the development of scalable, replicable programs.  She is inspired by helping people succeed in their journey and achieve their goals.  Prior to her work in human services, Debra had a career as an IT professional and still has an appreciation of technical tools that assist in measuring, documenting, and assessing services.   Debra is an active member of Kaua‘i Community Alliance, Kaua‘i United Way, Kaua‘i Planning & Action Alliance and VOAD.  In addition, she represents Kaua‘i on the statewide Continuum of Care.

Beryl Blaich
Malama Maha`ulepu

Beryl Leolani Bailey Blaich is the Executive Director of Malama Maha`ulepu.  Born and raised in Honolulu, she graduated from Punahou School, Vassar College and the University of Hawai`i (Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning).  Beryl and husband Gary moved to Kilauea, Kaua`i in 1979 where, with other Bailey family, they raised daughters Mehana and Maleana and many citrus trees.  Beryl is a member of the Kaua`i Island Council of the Hawaiian Islands Land Trust and on the board of the Manoa Heritage Center and the Kuali`i Foundation.  For Beryl, recharge comes from working with other volunteers on diverse community initiatives and being with her grandchildren.

Norma Doctor Sparks
Families First Hawaii Services, Inc.

Born and raised on Kauai, Norma Doctor Sparks is a social worker and attorney. In 2007, Norma was recognized as one of the top 100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the United States. She is President of Families First Hawaii Services Inc., which she co-founded with her husband, Steve. They have two adult sons who live on the mainland. Norma served as Administrator of the State of Hawaii’s child welfare services; Director of Santa Clara County’s (Silicon Valley in California) child welfare services; Deputy Director of Los Angeles County’s child welfare services; and Assistant Director for Los Angeles County’s public social services. Previously, she was a Hawaii Deputy Attorney General after working for Hawaii’s Intermediate Court of Appeals; Administrator of the State of Hawaii’s Child Support Enforcement Agency; and Administrator of Family Crisis Services of First Circuit Family Court. She also was a Principal for an international business and information technology firm. She serves on the Boards of the Kauai High School Foundation and the Kauai Filipino Chamber of Commerce.

Wanda Kau-Shibata
Advantage Webco Dodge Hawai`i

A long-time resident of Kapa`a, Wanda served as Governor Abercrombie’s Representative on Kaua`i during his term. She is the Kaua`i Sales Representative for Distribution & Brokerage for Advantage Webco Dodge Hawai`i. She is active in the community and currently she serves as a board member of Big Brothers, Big Sisters-Kaua`i and Kaua`i Housing Development Corporation-Low Income/Middle Income Housing. She is a community advisory board member for Young Brothers/Hawai`i Tug & Barge, American Cancer Society and KIDS School. She is a member of the Kaua`i Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce, Kaua`i Filipino Chamber of Commerce, Kaua`i Chamber of Commerce, Lihu`e Business Association and Hui Alu Okinawan Club.

Gilbert Peter Kea
Royal Order of Kamehameha I, Chapter 3

Peter is involved in a number of community projects. Presently, he serves on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Resource Conservation and Development Councils and is the Vice President of Garden Island Resource Conservation and Development, Inc. He is an Ali`i and Kakaolelo of the Royal Order of Kamehameha I, Chapter 3, “Kaumuali`i”.  He is a founding member of KPAA and has served as a member of its Board of Directors since 2003.

Owen Moe
Garden Island Resource Conservation & Development, Inc.

Owen came to Kaua’i in 1961 and lives in Kekaha. He holds a B.A. degree from Ambassador College, an A.S. Degree in Welding Technology from Kaua’i Community College and a B.A. Degree in Business Administration from University of Hawai’i-West Oahu. He was Engineering Supervisor at Kekaha Sugar Company, where he worked for over 20 years, until he started a consulting business in 1997. In 2000, he worked for Kaua’i Electric as its Customer Service Projects Administrator. He was the Industrial Engineer at Gay & Robinson, Inc. from 2002 until its sugar operations were closed down in 2009. Owen is president of Kekaha Federal Credit Union and Vice President of Garden Island Resource Conservation & Development, Inc. He has also served on the County Cost Control Commission, General Plan Citizens Advisory Committee, West Kaua’i Soil & Water Conservation District and as a member of KPAA’s first Advisory Board of Directors.

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