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
Rachel Real
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.

Rachel Real is a hospice nurse, mother of two Seasiders, and has served on the LCPCS Governing Board since 2014. This year she became chair of the Development Committee, and is currently working to help build Hui Makua, a parent group for LCPCS.

Tenille AhChoy is a fourth generation community member and 1999 alumnus of Laupāhoehoe High School. She holds a bachelors degree in Travel Industry Management from the University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa. Her background includes Finance and Human Resources management in the luxury resort sector. She is also an LCPCS parent. 

Juliet Higgins is a parent of two LCPCS students. She has a Masters Degree in Health Science from the University of Hawai`i at Hilo. She has been on the Governing Board since 2013 and she strives for independence/self sufficiency through education and cultural competency. She lives on her family farm in Hakalau. 

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.