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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 is a parent of two daughters enrolled in the University Laboratory School.
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. Venenciano has served on the School’s Board since 2010. She has worked in education for over 20 years, first as a public school teacher, then as a teacher-researcher at ULS, and currently as an Associate Professor with the Curriculum Research & Development Group. Linda contributed to the development of innovative mathematics curricula, some of which continue to be used at ULS. She teaches for the College of Education, designs and conducts professional development for mathematics teachers, and works to recruit and retain mathematics teachers in Hawai‘i schools. Linda also has a child attending the University Laboratory School.
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 25 years of experience with the University, Karyn 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. Karyn graduated with a Bachelors’ in Personnel Administration & a Masters’ in Public Administration. She has served 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 Leahi Soccer Club. Karyn is a parent of 2 daughters; both attended the University Laboratory School (Class of 2016 and Class of 2017).
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.
Mr. Aquino is a 1992 graduate of the University Laboratory School and previously served as a board member and president for the University Laboratory School Alumni Association. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in English and Political Science and a Juris Doctor from Northeastern University School of Law. For almost 18 years, Edward has been employed as deputy for the State of Hawaii – Office of the Public Defender where he currently serve as a senior felony trial attorney.
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.
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.
Mr. Levine joined the ULS Governing Board in 2017. He is an Assistant Specialist in the Institute for Teacher Education, College of Education at the University of Hawaii at Manoa where he serves as the Partnership and Placement Coordinator for the department’s teacher education programs. He has worked in the field of education for over 23 years in both public and private institutions at the elementary, middle, and post-secondary levels. Aaron has a child who attends 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.
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.
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.
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. This 2017-2018 school year, Dwight’s son Duke will be an 12th grader.