Governing Board Members

The Governing Board is made up of students, faculty, staff, parents/family & community members. The current members of the LCPCS Governing Board are:

Pam Elders, Chair
Bethany Morrison, Vice Chair
Jill Doying, Secretary
Don Bryan, Treasurer

Families: Bethany Morrison
Community: Don Bryan
Staff: Jill Doying
Faculty: Kaulana Smith

Pam Elders
Alfred Kent
Trevor Gloor
Student: Gabriel Navalta


Romeo Garcia

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Governing Board Member bios

Pam Elders, Chair, was a Head Start Director for 25 years, and before retiring in 2008 worked as Operations Director in a large non-profit human services agency. She was  a founding member of the alliance to convert LCPCS to a charter school and wrote the Federal grant which brought $450,000 to the planning and implementation effort. She looks forward to working with the community, families and staff to fulfill the school's vision of graduating successful learners who are job, school and life-ready.

Bethany Morrison, Vice Chair, is a LCPCS parent, a long-range Planner for the County of Hawai'i and member of the Ocean Resources Management Program Working Group. She has experience in collaborating with different levels of government and agencies as well as grant proposal writing and fiscal matters.

Don Bryan is a forester, an entrepreneur, and a grandpa. In addition to the LCPCS Governing Board, he currently serves on the board of Hui Kāko`o O Laupāhoehoe and the Hawai`i Forest Industry Association, and is a board member and forester with Hāmākua Tropical Woods. His hobbies include managing the LCPCS wood and auto shops.

Kaulana Smith, M.Ed., joined the LCPCS faculty two years ago. She started in the Hawai'i DOE and later worked in the start-up of a Hawaiian-based public charter school on Kaua'i. Kaulana's professional teaching experience includes educational, cultural, and administrative coordination of school programs and services. She coordinated LCPCS's leadership team in its self-study for WASC Re-accreditation in April 2017. Originally from Oahu, Kaulana resides in Hilo Paliku, birthplace of her great-grandfather. 

Jill Doying is the Administrative Support Specialist at LCPCS. She served on the Friends of the Environment Board for 10 years as Recording Secretary in Ontario, Canada, on the Chamber of Commerce as Vice-Chairman, as the Founder and Chair of the Multi-disciplinary Task Force, and as the Secretary and then Chair of the Board of Community Guardians in Malad, Idaho. She was a long-time banker in the Canadian Banking System, Crisis Advocate for victims of domestic violence, suicide and child abuse in Malad, Idaho. Also, an owner/operator of a 5-star Bed and Breakfast.  

Alfred Kent is a retired engineer and has lived in Papa'aloa since 2011. In addition to serving on the LCPCS Governing Board, he is a Volunteer Assistant Coach for the County Novice Swim Team at Laupahoehoe Pool. For 4 years, he was a member of the Board of 
COM Aquatics in Texas, served as Chair for 2 years, and taught International Business to 6th Graders for Junior Achievement. Alfred graduated from Iolani School in Honolulu and took an advanced degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rice University. He worked in the International Oil and Gas Industry for over 32 years and raised 3 boys.

Trevor Gloor is a retired public school teacher, after 17 years with Hawaii's DOE. Assignments throughout the years include 4th and 5th grade classrooms, middle and high school Art, Social Studies and implementation of the 2nd-9th grade gifted and talented program. Trevor has built several homes in Washington State and Hawaii. He is currently Choice Theory/Reality Therapy certified, a psychology of internal control and positive choice, with Dr. William Glasser Institute. He lives with his wife, Laurel, in Papa'aloa, and celebrates being a grandpa and great-grandpa.

Gabriel Navalta, Student Representative, is a Senior at LCPCS Class of 2018 and has been attending LHES/LCPCS since Kindergarten. He is a member on the Interact Club, Senior Class Representative in LCPCS' Student Body Government, and is a presiding Leader of the LEO Club. Gabriel was a part of the Inaugural Class of the prestigious Nalukai Academy in 2016 and was chosen as an Islander Scholar in 2017. Creating and conceptualizing digital media content, playing volleyball and going out in the field ministry are a few of the activities he likes to do in his free time.