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Mr. Oride has served on the School’s Board for the past six years; the first three as its Treasurer, the last three as its Chair. David has been a Fiscal Administrator within the University of Hawai‘i system for the past 29 years. During this span, he was the Fiscal Administrator for the Curriculum Research & Development Group (the research unit formerly responsible for the Laboratory School) for ten years. Being a former employee of the school, he has historical knowledge and an understanding of the unique obstacles that face the Laboratory School. David was part of the transition team that coordinated the change in employment status of our Laboratory School employees when they were transitioned from University employees to employees of the (then) Local School Board. As a Fiscal Administrator, his primary responsibilities cover the areas of fiscal management, human resources, and organizational management. David is a graduate of the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, earning a Bachelors and a Masters degree in Business Administration.
Dr. Yoshimori-Yamamoto is the Director of Community Colleges Facilities and Environmental Health. She holds both a Doctorate and Bachelor degree in Architecture from the University of Hawai‘i, School of Architecture, and is a licensed architect in the state of Hawai‘i and Nevada. She is a member of the AIA (American Institute of Architects), NCARB (National Council of Architectural Registration Boards), and is LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified. She was selected as a member of the CCLC (Community College Leadership Champions) and PELP (President’s Emerging Leaders Program) at the University of Hawai‘i. Denise has a daughter enrolled in the University Laboratory School as a first grader.
Ms. Yoshioka is currently the Payroll Supervisor for the University of Hawai‘i System. In the past, she has served as the Fiscal Officer at CRDG and also served as a Personnel Officer for the John A Burns School of Medicine. Based on her 22 years of experience with the University, Karen brings to the ULS Board a great understanding of the uniqueness of the Lab School as well as its relationship to the University of Hawai‘i. Karen has served in the past as a parent representative for the University Laboratory Local School Board, and has been Treasurer for the Board since January 2012. She is also Treasurer for the Pac-5 Organization. Karen is a parent of 2 daughters; both attend the University Laboratory School (an 11th grader & a 10th grader).
Ms. Ishihara is a mathematics teacher at the University Laboratory School for 20 years. She joined the lab school family in 1989 as a student help for the Curriculum Research and Development Group. Through her work with CRDG, she has participated in the development of some of the mathematics programs taught at ULS. In 2011, Ms. Ishihara served on the Board. She is also a proud parent of a ULS graduate.
Mrs. Alensonorin brings to our ULS Governing Board over thirty years of experience in Human Resources as an individual contributor, member of senior management and as a Management Consultant. Mislyn has held numerous leadership roles in not-for -profit, government and civic organizations, including serving as a two-term chair for the Kanoelani Elementary School Community Council and President of the Kanoelani Elementary PTA. Mislyn also has prior experience in the education field; she worked for the State Department of Education in Payroll, Certificated and Classified Personnel Offices; worked for and assisted with the Accreditation process for Marimed Foundation; and assisted with the establishment of the Human Resources Department for Tokai University and Central Baptist Church Pre-school, as well as provided HR Management consulting services to Hawai‘i Baptist Academy. Her daughter is a current high school student at the University Laboratory School.
For the past 13 years, Dr. Claybaugh has been the President and Chief Executive Officer for Marimed Foundation, a Hawai‘i-based 501(c)3, that provides ocean and land-based education and treatment services for Hawai‘i youth and families. During his 20+ years with the Foundation, Matt has acted as Director of Education, Program Director, and VP of Programs. He has helped design programs, write grants and fundraise as well as steer the organization through its initial accreditation (COA in 2002) and three subsequent reaccreditations. Prior to his years in the non-profit field Matt taught and coached in middle and high school in the Hawai‘i State Department of Education. He is currently a member of the Fundraising and Human Resources Committees of the ULS Governing Board. His eldest son is a 2014 graduate of the University Laboratory School, where he attended since 6th grade. This school year, Matt’s youngest son is entering his second year at ULS as a 6th grader.
Mrs. Hobus is a practicing attorney who brings with her a working understanding of non-profits and the challenges they face, through her experiences as a past Board Member of the Hawai‘i branch of the International Dyslexia Association and the University of San Francisco School of Law Board of Governors. She is also a founding member of the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence in San Francisco. Both of Michelle’s sons currently attend ULS.
Mrs. Nakao brings to our ULS Board a diverse skill set gathered through 38 years of employment with Hawai‘i National Bank, where her duties ranged from planning and conducting training for employees, branch support, and customer servicing, to the planning and facilitating of various public and private events, including the bank’s ABA “Teach Children to Save” program to public elementary school students, as well as coordinating events like the island wide to employee appreciation week. Melvina served for four years on the ULS Alumni Association Board, helping to plan the annual alumni events and fundraisers. Melvina’s eldest granddaughter, is also an alumnus of the University Laboratory School, class of 2010 having attended since kindergarten. Melvina herself is a 1969 graduate of the Lab School having attended since age 4, then known as University High School.
Mr. Nishimura is a partner at Element 8, a full-service advertising and marketing agency in downtown Honolulu. He has over 15 years of industry experience and assist clients with everything from TV spots, radio commercials and print ads to websites and e-blasts. Wade’s daughter will be a 6th grader at ULS this fall. Wade is a 1990 graduate from the Lab School, and a member of the ULS Alumni Association.
Mr. Ohta joined the ULS Governing Board in 2016. He also serves as the Co-Chair for the ULS Alumni Committee and is the 2nd Vice President for the ULS Foundation. A 2001 graduate of the Lab School, Everett holds bachelor’s degrees from the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa in Global Environmental Science and Economics and holds a juris doctor from the William S. Richardson School of Law at UH Mānoa, with a certificate in environmental law. Everett is an attorney for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs and works as its Counsel for Environmental Law, Native Rights, and Legal Services. Everett previously served as the President of the William S. Richardson School of Law Alumni Association.
Ms. Ogami joined the University Lab School governing board in 2009 and the University Lab School Foundation board in 2013. A 13-year alumna of the Lab School, she graduated in 1976 and holds a bachelors degree in Asian Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a law degree from Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco. After 18 years in private practice focusing on family law, Carrie served as assistant director in the Office of Gift Planning at the University of California, Berkeley and director of development at the William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawai‘i. Currently, she is the Director of Gift Planning at Punahou School where she is responsible for cultivating, soliciting and stewarding planned giving donors; marketing and communications for the Office of Gift Planning at Punahou; and events to educate and thank planned giving donors. Carrie’s son is a member of the ULS Class of 2016.
Dr. Pottenger was born in California in 1928 into a family of medical researchers and early learned the ways of the laboratory. He graduated in 1950 from Otterbein College in Westerville, Ohio, with degrees in chemistry and biology. Through the GI Bill, he earned a teaching license and a Master’s degree in counseling at Xavier University in Cincinnati. Returning to California, Frank taught chemistry, physics, and biology at Whittier High School; during this time, he also completed a Master’s in Natural Science at New Mexico Highland University and a PhD program at Claremont Graduate School in 1968. He became a test writer for the CHEM Study program and helped to develop Scott Foresman’s Foundations in Chemistry curriculum. In 1966, Frank joined Art King and John Brownell, as head of the science section of a new curriculum center at the University of Hawai‘i, which later became the Curriculum Research and Development Group. Forty-eight years later, Frank is still with CRDG and ULS, working with his editor-wife building science, health, and social studies curricula for the state, mainland, Pacific Islands, Pacific Rim nations, and Russia, funded by the state, NFS, NIE, NIH, USDA, and the US State Department, and Sea Grant. Frank has been a member of the ULS Board since its inception.
Mr. Takeno is currently the chair of the ULS Governing Board Human Resources Committee. He is currently employed by the University of Hawai‘i and holds the position of Director of Administrative Services for the Vice President of Research and Innovation. Prior to UH, Dwight served as the Chief Negotiator and Interim Executive Director for the Hawai‘i State Teachers Association and the Director of Research and Legislation for the United Public Workers Union. Dwight also currently assists the UH in negotiations for Unit 7 Faculty and the Unit 8 APT UH employees wherein he serves as the UH’s spokesperson. This 2016-2017 school year, Dwight’s son will be an 11th grader.
Dr. Venenciano has served on the School’s Board since 2010. She has worked in education for over 20 years, as a public school teacher, a teacher-researcher at ULS, and currently as an Assistant Professor with the Curriculum Research & Development Group, a research unit under the College of Education at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. She earned her Bachelor’s in economics and Master’s in teaching from Pacific University in Oregon, and her Doctorate in educational psychology from the University of Hawai‘i. Linda has contributed to the development of several innovative mathematics curricula, some of which are currently being used at ULS. Linda teaches for the Institute for Teacher Education’s Secondary Education program and is co-founder of the Math Teachers’ Circle of Hawai‘i, a professional learning community for educators.