SLATE OF CANDIDATES
BOARD OF TRUSTEES, 2017-2020
MAENETTE AH NEE BENHAM
University of Hawai‘i West O‘ahu
Maenette Benham began her position as chancellor of UH West O‘ahu on January 1. Previously, she was the inaugural dean of the Hawai‘inuiakea School of Hawaiian Knowledge at University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. She earned her doctoral degree in Educational Administration from UH-Mānoa. She is also a graduate of San Francisco State University (MA and BA degrees) and Kamehameha Schools. Dr. Benham has been dedicated to community service working extensively with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation on youth, education and community collective leadership initiatives. She serves on community boards that include the Mānoa Heritage Center and Kualiʻi Foundation, The Hawaiian Legacy Foundation, the Queen’s Health Systems and Queen’s Medical Center, the North Hawaiʻi Community Hospital and the Kohala Center. She has served on Historic Hawai‘i Foundation’s Kama‘āina of the Year Committee since 2015, including a year as co-chair. She was appointed to a vacancy on the Board in January 2017 and is nominated for a first term.
‘Awa Kele LLC
Gregory C. Chun is president of ‘Awa Kele LLC, a consulting firm specializing in community engagement, sustainable land/resource/economic development, and organizational improvement. He is also an Associate Specialist at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa where his work focuses on training and applied research in community-engagement processes, particularly as it relates to bridging complex scientific research, land development, resource management and policy with culture and community. He is a member of the Hui ‘Āina Momona cluster, a group of faculty responsible for developing cross-disciplinary scholarship. He is working on projects in the areas of water resources, historic preservation and land use policy. Previously, he served as President and General Manager of Keauhou Resort. He has also served as Executive Vice President of Parker Ranch, Inc. Prior to that he founded ‘Iulu Consulting Group, specializing in organizational development, and also served as director of organizational development for Hawaiian Electric Company. Dr. Chun’s community service includes the Board of Directors of Hawai‘i Community Foundation’s West Hawai‘i Fund, Neighborhood Place of Kona, Kona Kohala Chamber of Commerce, Hāmākua Health Center and the Kalihi Pālama Health Center. Born and raised on O‘ahu, Greg is a graduate of Kamehameha Schools, University of Hawai‘i at Hilo (BA), and the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (MA and Ph.D.) with his formal training being in Clinical Psychology. Dr. Chun serves on HHF’s Honor Awards Selection Committee and is nominated to a first term after a hiatus following previous terms.
MidPacific Assets Advisors, LLC
Will Crowley is a Director of MidPacific Assets Advisors, LLC, a real estate investment advisory firm. He is responsible for investment strategy, acquisitions, dispositions and financing for his clients’ real estate holdings. He previously worked as a senior consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Honolulu, where he performed real estate, business valuation and strategic advisory services. He holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from Boston College and a MBA with a certificate in Real Estate from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. Other community service includes the Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific. He is nominated to a first term on the board.
PAT L. GRIFFIN
Pat Griffin is an historian, planner and preservationist. She is the past Chair of the Kaua‘i Historic Preservation Review Commission, and has assisted the County of Kaua‘i with numerous preservation projects. She has direct, hands-on experience with researching and writing nominations for historic properties to be listed on the Hawai‘i Register of Historic Places, successfully nominating the ‘Ōpaeka‘a and Pu‘uopae Bridges. She was appointed to the Hawai‘i Historic Places Review Board in 2016. As President of the Līhu‘e Business Association, Ms. Griffin works with community members, businesses and government officials on land use, urban design, transportation and economic development policies and plans, and ensures that the identification and preservation of historically and culturally significant properties are included at all levels of planning. She is the award-winning author of Līhu‘e: Root and Branch of a Hawai‘i Town (University of Hawai‘i Press), as well as Wilcox Memorial Hospital in the Twentieth Century, a contributor to Pōhaku: The Art & Architecture of Stonework in Hawai‘i, and The Folklore of American Holidays. Ms. Griffin assists with numerous public education seminars and workshops with Historic Hawai‘i Foundation, and has served on the Preservation Honor Awards Committee since 2008. She was appointed to a vacancy on the Board in July 2016 and is nominated for a first term.
Lehua Ka‘uhane currently serves as the VP of Planning at DTL, Hawai‘i – a Hawaiian strategies firm she joined at its inception in 2015. With a background in Hawaiian studies, law, and urban planning, Lehua is responsible for overseeing the community engagement and planning efforts at DTL and is recognized for her thoughtful and culturally sensitive approach. Prior to joining DTL, she served as a Post-J.D. Fellow at Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law, where she explored the tensions and opportunities of energy development in indigenous communities. Lehua has a Juris Doctorate degree and Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Hawaiʻi Mānoa. She is a member of the Hawaiʻi State Bar Association and currently serves as a board member of the Urban Land Institute’s Young Leaders Executive Committee and the Native Hawaiian Bar Association. Lehua was raised in Waimea on Hawaiʻi Island and currently lives in Nuʻuanu.
NATALIA K. LAGMAY
Hawaiian Electric Co.
Ms. Lagmay is an analyst at HECO. She was formerly a financial analyst at Young Brothers Ltd. and was responsible for the company’s strategic planning and government affairs. She also managed Hawai‘i Region Giving and work with non-profit organizations for parent company Saltchuk. A native of Russia, Ms. Lagmay has lived in Hawai‘i for over a decade. She holds a Masters of Business Administration from the Shidler College of Business at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, and a Bachelor of Science in Water Transport Economics & Management from the State Academy of Water Transport Engineers in Russia. Her other community service includes board service with the Shidler College of Business Alumni Association and the Women in Transportation Hawai‘i Chapter. Natalia serves on the Executive, Fundraising and Kama‘āina of the Year committees. She is nominated to a second term on the Board of Trustees.
Wendie McAllaster, ASLA, is a registered landscape architect and land use/environmental planner with over 30 years of experience in Hawai‘i. As a Principal with HHF Planners, she specializes in historic preservation planning and landscape architecture, with an emphasis on cultural landscapes. Wendie was the project manager and primary author for the award-winning Pearl Harbor Integrated Cultural Resources Management Plan, for seven Cultural Landscape Assessments for historic neighborhoods at Pearl Harbor, and the Rural Historic Landscape Assessment for the Robinson Family Homestead on Kaua‘i. She contributed to Cultural Landscape Reports for all Navy installations in Hawai‘i. Wendie received her Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Michigan State University and Graduate Certificates in Historic Preservation and Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Hawai‘i. Active in the community, Wendie is a past-president of the Junior League of Honolulu and has served on the local boards of ASLA and APA. Wendie serves on the Programs, Fundraising and Nominating Committees. She is nominated to a first term on the board after a short hiatus following previous terms.
Queen’s Health Systems
Roy Murai is Director of Investments for Queen’s Health Systems providing essential leadership in managing QHS’ diversified financial asset and pension portfolios. He has 20 years of experience in the financial services industry, including former positions with Tsukazaki & Associates and Origin Financial Group. He has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and is a graduate of Kamehameha Schools. Roy has served on HHF’s Finance Committee for two years. He is nominated to a first term on the board.
JOANNA KAWAMOTO OSHIRO
Ms. Oshiro serves as the audit managing director in audit enterprise and risk service for the accounting firm Deloitte & Touche. She also is the talent recruiting leader in the firm’s Honolulu practice. Ms. Oshiro is a graduate of Punahou School and the University of Washington. She spent a few years in the Deloitte Seattle practice and then made her way home to the Hawai‘i practice. She has served on the Board of Trustees since 2012 and was the Treasurer for two years and is currently serving as President. She serves on the Executive, Finance, Kama‘āina of the Year, Nominating and Strategic Planning committees. She is nominated to a second term.
CANDIDATE FOR AN APPOINTED POSITION
Partial Term 2017-2018
JENNIFER LEILANI ZELKO-SCHLEUETER
Hawai‘i Electric Light
Ms. Zelko-Schleuter is the Director of Government, Community and Media Relations at Hawaii Electric Light Company. Prior to joining Hawaii Electric Light, she was an attorney at the law firm Torkildson, Katz, Moore, Hetherington & Harris, AAL, ALC. She first began her law career with the law firm Carlsmith Ball, LLP. She earned a Bachelors of Arts from the University of Hawaii at Hilo in Psychology and her Juris Doctorate from Gonzaga University’s School of Law. She serves on numerous boards including: Hawaii Health Systems Corporations East Hawaii Region, University of Hawaii at Hilo Alumni & Friends, Na Leo ‘O Hawaii, and the HFS Federal Credit Union. She is also a member of the Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce, Hawaii County Bar Association and Hawaii State Bar Association. Jennifer was born and raised in Hilo. She was appointed to a vacancy on the board in July 2016, for ratification by the HHF members at the next annual meeting.
CANDIDATE FOR PRESIDENT
2017 – 2018
JOANNA KAWAMOTO OSHIRO
Ms. Oshiro is nominated to a second term as president.