Holly Ka’akimaka, President
Holly Ka’akimaka is the Human Resources Director at Hilo Medical Group and has extensive experience in for-profit and nonprofit HR work. She has worked in this field with Maui Land and Pine and with the Institute for Human Services on Oahu. Holly resides in Mountain View and has volunteered for various projects in the Park. She looks forward to being involved with the Friends in supporting the Park.
Paul Field, Vice President
Paul Field is a recently-retired history professor from Windward Community College. Prior to that, he was retail sales manager for a marine supply business, manager of a financial planning firm, and president of an electrical supply company that specialized in energy saving lighting. He was State Coordinator for History Day in Hawaii for grades 6-12 for 20 years, and sang in the Honolulu Symphony Chorus for five years. In January 2012, he and his wife Jane moved to a house in Volcano that they have owned for 24 years. He is a member of the Volcano Rotary Club and a coqui control volunteer, as well as an interpretive volunteer for Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park.
Pōhai Montague-Mullins, Secretary
Pohai Montague-Mullins hails from the “long-gone” sugar cane plantations of Pa’auhau and Hakalau. A Hilo High School graduate, she earned her B.A. in Speech Communications (with a minor in Hawaiian Language) from the University of Hawai’i at Hilo while raising five children and working full-time. She went on to earn an M.A. in Education and a Teaching Certification from Central Michigan University. Fluent in Hawaiian, Pohai has taught at Ke Kula ‘O Nawahiokalani’opu’u since 1995. For a decade, she was a KISS, KAPA, and KHBC radio personality and has been a regular on “Living in Paradise,” a nightly cable TV show. Pohai lives in Volcano and loves when her seven grandchildren visit. “I strive to be an example for them by being of service to others,” she says.
Scott Brand, Treasurer
Scott has been working for American Savings Bank since 2006 and is currently the Branch Manager of the Hilo Branch. He moved to Hawaii in 1993 from California – started working for Bank of America on Oahu, and has worked for several different banks in Hawaii (Bank of America, City Bank, Central Pacific Bank and American Savings Bank.) Scott has over 30 years of banking experience and really enjoys working with customers to help make their dreams come true. Scott currently is a Board member of the DIA (Hilo Downtown Improvement Association). “I love the strong sense of community that all the Downtown Hilo businesses have. I really like helping Hawai‘i Island be a place for residents and visitors to enjoy”.
In 2006 Scott made the decision to move to the Big Island to enjoy all the outdoor activities it has to offer. Scott lives in Hawaiian Paradise Park with his 3 dogs. He grew up near the Sierra Mountains in California and has always been a camper and hiker. “I found the Hawaii Volcano National Park and love hiking all the trails just to get away from all the craziness of banking. I’m so excited to be part of the Friends of the Hawaii Volcano National Park Board”.
David L. Eyre
David L. Eyre raised on O‘ahu & Hawai‘i island, has five children and eight grandchildren. With two Master’s degree, he taught pre-school (Pūnana Leo) to college levels, and was a Hawaiian language kumu ‘olelo for 23 years at Kamehameha School, Kapālama. Author of 14 books, including award-winning “By Wind By Wave”, a natural history of Hawai‘i, and A biography of Kamehameha: “The Rise of a King”. Served on boards of Honolulu Waldorf School, ‘Ahahui ‘Olelo Hawai’i, Alliance Française, Nexatl, Kamehameha Press Editorial Board. Other interests include growing food, bee-keeping and paddling.
Cheryl Gansecki is a volcanologist with a Ph.D. in Geology from Stanford University and a B.A. in Earth Science and Archaeology from Wesleyan University. Her research includes volcanoes in Hawai’i, Greece, and Yellowstone National Park. She has worked as a geologist at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory mapping lava flows on Mauna Loa; a lecturer at the University of Hawai’i at Hilo; and an independent tour guide and lecturer for groups visiting Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. Cheryl is co-owner and president of Volcano Video Productions, where she films and produces the ongoing “Eruption Update,” seen daily in the Kilauea Visitor Center. Cheryl and her husband, Ken Hon, live in Hilo with their two daughters.
Fia Mattice was born and educated in Sweden, and learned early to appreciate untouched nature. She has a BA in Journalism and a BS in Social Work from the University of Stockholm. She has lived in Volcano for more than 25 years, where she and her husband David had a cut flower farm for 15 years and now grow vegetables and native plants mostly for their own pleasure. They enjoy camping and kayaking. She was Gallery Manager at the Volcano Art Center for 10 years. Fia served as secretary for the Cooper Center Council for 5 years, and is one of the founders of the Volcano School of Arts and Sciences. Her grown son Daniel lives in Seattle, and son Lukas is a senior at UH-Manoa .
Mary Grace Orr
Mary graduated Barnard College, Columbia University, NYC with a B.A. in Art History, received her M.A. in Marriage and Family Counseling from the University of Santa Clara, California, is the founding teacher of Insight Santa Cruz, is a Senior Teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, where she teaches many meditation retreats from a few days to a month in length. She also taught at many other centers throughout the country and abroad. Mary currently is an interpretive volunteer for Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. Mary lives in Volcano with her husband Russell Atkinson, has two grown daughters and two grandsons.
“Obviously, I don’t believe in retirement!”
Linda Schubert worked for over a decade in museum education and exhibits at The International Museum of Surgical Science, Orlando Science Center and John G. Shedd Aquarium, and was the business manager of The Neo-Futurists Theater Company in Chicago. In 2004, Linda came to volunteer for only three months at Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, but her stay was eventually extended. She worked in HAVO in interpretation and on the eruption crew, ran beach clean-ups for Hawaii Wildlife fund and also worked part time in the office for Friends. She took a position at Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument’s museum in Hilo. Currently, she is working for The Nature Conservancy in the Na’alehu office.