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  • 1. Leina’ala Ahu Isa Queen Emma Street Honolulu, HI 96813 Lahuisa@hpu.edu www.leiahuisa.com Education: Graceland University, Lamoni, Iowa: AS 1963 University of Hawaii Manoa: BS 1972 University of Hawaii Manoa: MEd 1983 University of Hawaii Manoa: Ph.D. 1991 Dissertation: “Personality Characteristics and Behavioral Patterns of Outstanding Teachers In Hawaii’s Public School Systems By Grade Level and Ethnicity”. University of Virginia’s Dardon Graduate School of Business Administration: Certificate in Management Leadership, 2001 Work Experience: Hawaii State Board of Education (Elected 2004-2012): Develops and writes administrative policies and regulations relating to the management of statewide systems of 285 public schools/Charter schools, including creation of job specs, hiring, training, hiring of the State Superintendent, all Assistant Superintendents for Human Resources, Facilities and Maintenance, Food Service, Curriculum and Instruction, Fiscal/Business Office, as well as hiring the Chief Financial Officer for the Department‘s $2.5 Billion budget; Develops and writes policy, provides direction and review for the Hawaii State strategic plans for the statewide educational system, including Wellness Programs (Physical Education/Obesity, Nutrition, Vending Machines) Adopts student performance standards and assessment models, standards based curriculum; Appoints and delegates administrative authority to the Superintendent of Education to administer programs of public education in accordance with state policies, rules, regulations, and financial plans; Appoints members of the Charter School Advisory Panel; Negotiates for the State Department of Education in collective bargaining, land leases or use of state lands with the Department of Land and Natural resources or other owners of land where schools are situated; Annually reviews and evaluates the performance of the Superintendent of Education, the Executive Director of Charter Schools and the State Librarian in meeting the Board’s expectations and priority goals. Hawaii Pacific University - Assistant Professor of Management: 1998-present Program Chair – 2008; Board Member of HPU’s Entrepreneurial Center. Hilton Grand Vacations Club - Hilton Hawaiian Village - Principal Broker: 1999- present - Responsible for 192 sales agents, approximately $400M in sales, compliance to real estate laws and timeshare regulations. Lei Ahu Isa Page 2
  • 2. University of Hawaii KCC - Adjunct Professor of Marketing: 2002 to Spr. 2004 State Representative-27th District - 1996 - 2002 Chairperson: Economic Development and Business Concerns Committee: Handled all bills affecting Hawaii’s economy and small businesses. Responsible for passing the bill that established the Small Business Task Force in the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs during my tenure at the Legislature. American Movers Inc. -Vice Pres. Marketing and Public Relations:1994 - 1995 During my tenure, I started a subsidiary called the File Connection which bar- coded, stored and delivered files to small businesses such as law offices, doctors, dentists, etc. Pannell Kerr Forester Hawaii CPA LLC: Managing Director of the Center for Professional Development, a subsidiary of Pannell Kerr Forester in London. June, 1991-1993: In charge of top level conferences and conventions for international resort industry; responsible for real estate Laws and Ethics classes for Real Estate Commission; also certified and administered Personality Profile Tests to potential managerial hires for multinational companies such as General Motors, Raytheon, and many other clients in aiding them with overseas job placements. University of Hawaii at Manoa: Director of Small Business Management Programs 1985 to May, 1991. Directed and managed the non-credit Small Business Program which consisted of a budget totaling $550,000 in special funds. This program was totally funded by generation of revenue through tuition and fees. Responsible for planning, marketing, and budgeting with classes ranging from Motivational, Marketing classes to Certifying Appraisers, Real Estate Salespersons Pre-licensing classes, and setting up consulting services to accommodate small business owners. University of Hawaii Systemwide Office: Director of Disbursements and Payroll - July, 1982-1985: Responsible for disbursement, contract, pre- audit and payroll activities for entire UH System. Job required extensive travel to the various statewide campuses in order to conduct workshops for financial compliance. Managed a large staff consisting of five supervisors, 35 pre-audit clerks and 55 student helpers. Under the direction of the Vice President of Administrative Services in the President’s office. Lei Ahu Isa Page 3 University of Hawaii Manoa: Instructor of Real Estate/ Management 1978- June, 1985
  • 3. Professional Organizations: Pi Lambda Theta International Honor Society National Organization of Women Leaders -Wash. D.C. American Resort and Development Association Hawaii Association of Realtors Organization of Women Leaders Community and Service Organizations Small Business Hawaii - Member Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii Chinese Chamber of Commerce Hong Kong Chamber of Commerce Association of Chinese University Women Organization of Women Leaders - Past Director Organization of Chinese American Women - Current President Office of Hawaiian Affairs Native Hawaiian Revolving Fund for Entrepreneurs Palama Settlement – Former Member of Board of Trustees Ahahui Ka’ahumanu Society Kamehameha Lions Club U.S. China Friendship Association Hawaii Chinese Civic Club Guandong Lin Yee Hui Benevolent Society- Past President United Chinese Society - Trustee University of Hawaii Distinguished Alumni Committee - 1995 Committee YWCA Annual Leader Luncheon - 1995 Vice Chair/Facilitator Publications and Professional Activities: “Personality Profiles of Successful Teachers: A study in basic personality profiles of Christian-valued teachers”, Herald Quarterly, Herald House, Jan. 1992. “Personality Profiles and Behavior Patterns of Outstanding Teachers in Hawaii’s Public School System by Grade Level and Ethnicity”, Herald Quarterly, March, 1992. “Timeshares In the House and Its Effect on Hawaii‘s Economy”, Dec. 2001, Development magazine, published by ARDA. Guest Speaker at Hawaii Venture Capital Association general membership meeting, 2002. Guest speaker - Small Business Hawaii Breakfast Seminar, 2002. Lei Ahu Isa Pg. 4 Grants and Awards: 1) Awarded a Fellowship to the University of Virginia’s Darden Graduate School
  • 4. of Business Administration for Political Leaders. I was selected from a field of 180 candidates from all 50 states, 2001. 2) Nominated and Selected to the International Bibliography of Outstanding Women, 2000. 3) National Honor Roll of Legislative Women 2002 3) Small Business Advocate Award, Small Business Hawaii, 1996. 4) Outstanding Chinese Citizen Award by Guandong Honolulu Lin Yee Hui, 1999. 5) Outstanding Chinese Citizen Award by Chinatown Merchants Association, 2000. Current Projects: 1) Creation/Implementation of a scholarship fund for CBA’s School of Tourism, Industry Management with Mr. Steve Hirano and former Dean Rod Romig. ARDA’s (American Resort Development Association) annual golf tournaments will continue to fund this initiative with the first installment of $25,000 being presented to HPU’s College of Business Administration-TIM Program this year. 2) Coordinator of visiting Small Businessmen from Asia (Taiwan/China) to take seminars on Management and Marketing at HPU: Working with the Chinese Chamber and the United Chinese Societies. 3) Mentoring program for HPU’s MBA students by involving Hawaii’s business community. I will continue to explore the opportunities with business leaders who might be willing to sit on advisory boards. The mentoring program was off to a good start, but was left out on a limb due to unforeseen circumstances. 4) Creating a clarifying Board of Education Policy for Charter Schools. Working with the Charter School Advisory Panel to clarify their roles/structure with that of the Hawaii State Department of Education.

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