Board Members

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Myron K. Thompson, Governing Board Chair

Community at Large

Local businessman and eldest son of Myron B. Thompson, Myron K. Thompson has continued to provide insight into relevant Hawaiian cultural and environmental issues that will impact our future generation of students. He founded Smart Energy Hawai’i in order to form a company that delivers superior renewable energy and green building products and consultation services to its clients. He received his Bachelors in Business Administration in 1975 from Denver University and Management Consulting Certification from the Hubbard College of Administration in 2000. Myron’s interest in renewable energy stems from his careers in both the computer industry and solar industry during their early formative years. As President of Smart Energy Hawai’i, Myron is dedicated to ensuring that their products always work toward the greater good. Smart Energy Hawai’i is one facet of his many avocations and involvement in socially responsible business and community development.

Email: myron@smartenergyhawaii.com

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Maili Simmons

Community at Large

Mrs. Simmons is an executive secretary in the Honolulu Fire Department has served as the chairperson of the Governing Board’s financial and human resource committees. Her love for the school and its students is evident in the time she has spent frequenting the activities and doing committee oversight at the school.

Email: mssimmons@ethompson.org

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Dr. Sanford Friedman

Community at Large

Dr. Friedman holds BAs in Finance and Education from the University of Michigan, a masters degree in Marketing from the University of Hawaii, and a Doctorate degree in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix. He is a professor of Management at the University of Phoenix-Online division and has extensive experience with international business and finance.He is also well versed in international education and is the current Executive Director of the Global Education Trust. Dr. Friedman is the past CEO/President of International Cosmetics and Pharmaceutical Labs (International Cosmetics and Pharmaceutical Labs) and Kuan, Inc. (Distributor of Honda, BMW, and Vespa motor products in Hawaii) and has spent several years working for Merrill Lynch. As an entrepreneurial veteran, Dr. Friedman brings experience as well as a keen interest in alternative energy.

Email: friedman@lava.net

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Dr. Mona Chang

Community at Large

A veteran school, district and state administrator, Dr. Chang has been instrumental in moving major initiatives in the Hawaii Department of Educator where she last served as an educational specialist. Dr. Vierra received her Ph.D. from the University of Southern California, published a Cantonese cookbook , ran a gift shop — ‘N’ Everything Nice — on King Street for eight years and is currently the co-owner of the Grand Café Restaurant.


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Matthew Liao-Troth, PhD

Community at Large

Dr. Matthew Liao-Troth is senior vice president and provost at Hawai‘i Pacific University. In this role he supervises academic affairs and student affairs, to ensure student success and academic integrity in fulfillment of HPU's mission. The university has been recognized as a top regional university and both graduate nursing and social work have been nationally ranked by US News and World Reports. The university has also been recognized as the most diverse private university in the USA by the Chronicle of Higher Education.

 

Prior to this appointment Dr. Liao-Troth served as interim provost and vice president for academic affairs, and as Dean of the J. Whitney Bunting College of Business, at Georgia College & State University, the designated public liberal arts university of Georgia. He was recruited into the dean position at Georgia College from Western Washington University, where he served as management department chair, MBA programs director and graduate programs director in the College of Business and Economics, and as Faculty Senate President for the university. He was also on the faculty of DePaul University in Chicago and Washington University in St. Louis before earning tenure, full professor, and emeritus at Western Washington University. Dr. Liao-Troth served as Chair of the Public and Nonprofit Division of the Academy of Management from 2005-2006.

 

Dr. Liao-Troth earned his PhD in Management and his MS in Management & Policy from the University of Arizona, his MBA from San Diego State University, and his BA in American Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz. His scholarship focuses on the relationship between individuals and organizations; he has authored over three dozen published articles and edited the book Challenges in Volunteer Management, a volume widely used in graduate non-profit management degree programs.

 

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Patsy Izumo

Community at Large

Email: izumo@ethompson.org

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James Shigeo Dixon

Community at Large

Jim Dixon concentrates his practice in the areas of insurance and health law, in which he has advised clients and advocated on their behalf on financial services and healthcare reform issues before federal and state agencies, and real estate and insurance licensees before state agencies. Outside of the practice of law Mr. Dixon is committed to promoting justice and strengthening the rule of law. Previously he has served on the Boards of the Honolulu Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League, the Friends of the Judiciary History Center, The Hawaii State Bar Association-Young Lawyers Division, and the Building Industry Association Hawaii, where he also served as chair of the BIAʻs Government Affairs Committee. Mr. Dixon currently also serves on the Board of Directors of the Hawaii Council for Economics Education.

Email: jshigeodixon@hotmail.com

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Jesse Smith

Community at Large

Jesse Smith’s practice focuses primarily on complex commercial litigation matters.

 

Born and raised in the snowy Northeast, Mr. Smith obtained his B.A. with honors from Hamilton College, where he mastered in East Asian Studies and wrote an award winning paper on the Bakumatsu period of Japanese history.

 

Prior to moving to Hawaii, Mr. Smith lived and worked in Japan for four years, and was a participant on the Japan Exchange Teaching Programme, earning certificates in both Japanese language interpretation and translation.

 

Mr. Smith obtained his law degree, cum laude, from the University of Hawaii’s William S. Richardson School of Law. While in law school, Mr. Smith served as an Editor-in-Chief of the Asian-Pacific Law and Policy Journal, co-authored a published translation of a leading Japanese constitutional law article, and was an award-winning member of the Native American Moot Court team.

 

Prior to joining McCorriston Miller Mukai MacKinnon LLP in 2011, Mr. Smith clerked for the Honorable Lisa M. Ginoza of the Intermediate Court of Appeals, State of Hawaii.

 

Mr. Smith is a member of the Hawaii State Bar Association and the American Bar Association. He is admitted to practice before all Hawaii courts as well as the United States District Court for the District of Hawaii.

Email: jsmithipa@gmail.com

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Andrew Deutscher

Staff Reprentative

Mr. Deutscher is the staff representative on the Governing Board.

Email: mrdeutscher@ethompson.org

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Jerelyn Watanabe

Staff Reprentative

Ms. Watanabe is the staff representative on the Governing Board.

Email: mswatanabe@ethompson.org

Marlys Lee

Faculty Representative

Mrs. Lee is the faculty representative on the Governing Board.

Email: mslee@ethompson.org

Rona Lee

Faculty Representative

Mrs. Lee is the faculty representative on the Governing Board.

Email: rlee@ethompson.org

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Kevin J. Speyer RN, BSN

Parent Representative

Originally from Detroit Michigan, I received my RN degree from Henry Ford Hospital School of Nursing in 1996. I went on to receive my Bachelors of Science in Nursing in 2012. I moved to Hawai’i in 1999 and worked at Pali Momi Medical Center as an ICU nurse, and later as an Ambulatory Surgery Manager, until 2013. I currently work for Hawaii Pacific Health as a Clinical Surgical Reviewer. I have two children at MBTA, Ethan in 8th Grade and Malia in 5th Grade. I have been very impressed with the academic quality and rigor here at MBTA, and I am proud to serve as am member of the Board of Governors.

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Gabriela Hutter

Student Representative

Hello! My full name is Gabriela Hutter, I usually go by Gabby though, I’m 15 going on 16 and I’m a pretty happy person. I’m very grateful to be able to go to school, and I’ve been at MBTA for about 2 years now. Since I can’t pick only one favorite subject, I’ll just say I especially enjoy English, Science and Art. But putting school aside, when I’m not doing homework, you can find me at Diamond Head Theatre or at Ballet Hawaii taking dance classes and improving my performance skills. I love reading, singing, watching TV, going to the beach, re-enacting a whole musical by myself and etc. But I also love meeting and talking to new people! I hope I get to know you all better this year.

Email: hutter308@ethompson.org