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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Dr. Philip J. Bossert

Community at Large

Dr. Philip Bossert currently serves as the Director of the Institute for 21st Century Teaching & Learning for the Hawaii Association of Independent Schools; and teaches as an adjunct faculty member in the Education Division of Chaminade University of Honolulu. He is also Co-Founder of and Senior Consultant with OrienTech, an education technology company focusing primarily upon Internet-delivered learning resources.

 

Dr. Bossert has served as President of Hawaii Loa College, Assistant Superintendent for Information & Telecommunication Services for the Hawaii State Department of Education, Director of Long-Range Planning for Chaminade University, and Project Director for the Hawaii Education & Research Network at the University of Hawaii. He was also Executive Director & CEO of the Hawaii State High Technology Development Corporation, Deputy Director of the Hawaii State Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism, Strategic Information Systems Manager for GTE Hawaiian Tel, and President & CEO of Strategic Information Solutions.

 

Dr. Bossert has been a Fulbright-Hayes Scholar, Woodrow Wilson Fellow, and National Endowment for the Humanities Grantee. He studied philosophy at the University of Freiburg in Germany and at Louvain University in Belgium. He holds a B.A. in Economics & Philosophy from Rockhurst College in Kansas City and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy from Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Bossert has published five books and more than thirty articles and reviews in the areas of information science, technology & education, and philosophy. He wrote a monthly column on "Telecommunication Services" for Information Time s magazine and was the host for more than five years of various monthly cable television programs focusing on educational technology and media literacy. He has worked as a consultant for numerous corporations and non-profit organizations in the US and Asia, and has served on wide variety of civic and community boards.

Email: phil@orientech.us

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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Jerelyn Watanabe, Andrew Deutscher and Chris Sumiye

Staff, Staff and Faculty Reprentative, respectively

Mrs. Watanabe, Mr. Deutscher and Mr. Sumiye are the staff and faculty representatives on the Governing Board.

Email: mswatanabe@ethompson.org, mrdeutscher@ethompson.org, mrsumiye@ethompson.org, respectively

Mrs. Daphne Izu

Parent Representative

Email: dizus@hotmail.com

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Kealaka'imaiokeakua Binz

Student Representative

Email: binz969@ethompson.org