Teach For America–Hawai'i Welcomes Executives From Cades Schutte, Nordic PCL Construction, and The Queen's Health Systems to Regional Advisory Board

Lisa Ayabe, Glen Kaneshige, and Sharlene Tsuda Bring Deep Leadership Experience from Legal, Business, and Health Care Sectors

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Honolulu, August 22, 2016—Teach For America–Hawai‘i announced today that it has welcomed three Hawai‘i executives to its regional advisory board: Lisa Ayabe (Partner, Cades Schutte LLP), Glen Kaneshige (President, Nordic PCL Construction), and Sharlene Tsuda (Vice President of Community Development, The Queen’s Health Systems).

The leaders will guide the nonprofit organization as it recruits and develops a diverse corps of outstanding college graduates and professionals to teach for at least two years in high-need schools and become lifelong leaders in the movement to end educational inequity.

“Teach For America–Hawai‘i is privileged to welcome these outstanding community leaders to our regional advisory board,” said Jill Baldemor, executive director of Teach For America–Hawai‘i. “Lisa, Glen, and Sharlene bring diverse voices and a wealth of experience and knowledge to our board. We are grateful for their guidance as we continue to work with teachers, public and private sector leaders, and communities to end educational inequity.”

Lisa Ayabe is a partner in the Finance, Real Estate and Corporate Department of Cades Schutte. Her practice focuses on leasing, acquisitions and dispositions of real property, land use, and development financing. Prior to joining Cades, she served as a law clerk to then-Associate Justice Mark E. Recktenwald of the Supreme Court of Hawaii. Read Lisa’s full bio here.

“Education is crucial to the overall development of an individual and the community as a whole,” said Lisa Ayabe. “It’s exciting to hear students speak of the positive impacts Teach For America corps members are having on them and to learn that many of those corps members returned home to educate the next generation of leaders in our community. It is a privilege to be a part of an organization aimed at improving Hawaii’s future.”

Glen Kaneshige is President of Nordic PCL Construction, Inc.  Glen was President and CEO of Nordic Construction, Ltd. from 1999 until it became part of the PCL family of companies April 2008. As President of Nordic PCL Construction, Glen sets the strategic direction for the company in Hawaii while remaining involved in the company’s operations.  He has served as President of the General Contractors Association (GCA) of Hawaii in 2006 and is currently one of four Associated General Contractors Governors for Hawaii. Read Glen’s full bio here.

"Education is the fundamental means for an individual to improve their socioeconomic status,” said Glen Kaneshige. “I'm pleased to help Teach For America in their efforts to help transform the lives of individuals who may otherwise have headed down a different life path.  Better education will help make Hawaii a better place to live, and Teach For America helps to create that opportunity."

As Vice President of Community Development of The Queen’s Health Systems (QHS), Sharlene Tsuda provides oversight for corporate governance, fund development, the Native Hawaiian Health Program, corporate communications, community building, and the volunteer program. She is also the Corporate Secretary of three entities within the QHS family of companies. Read Sharlene’s full bio here.

“I believe that a good education is the foundation upon which we can build fulfilling lives and healthy and vibrant communities,” said Sharlene Tsuda. “Hearing students talk about the impact Teach For America teachers have made on them is so inspiring.  I am honored for the opportunity to be part of an organization that makes a difference for our keiki and our island home.”

Teach For America-Hawai‘i Regional Advisory Board

H. Mitchell D’Olier—Chairman, Harold K. L. Castle Foundation

Jeff Arce — Partner and CFO, The MacNaughton Group

Trever Asam — Partner, Cades Schutte LLP

Lisa Ayabe — Partner, Cades Schutte LLP

Christine Bean — Program Manager, Roberts Foundation

Sharon Shiroma Brown — Senior Vice President, First Hawaiian Bank; President, First Hawaiian Bank Foundation

Glen Kaneshige — President, Nordic Construction PCL

Paul Kosasa — President and CEO, ABC Stores

Ritchie Mudd — Founder & Former CEO, RSI Roofing and Building

Sissie Pittullo — Child advocate, Attorney, and Educator

Candy Suiso — Executive Director, Searider Productions

Sharlene Tsuda — Vice President of Community Development, The Queen’s Health Systems

About Teach For America–Hawai‘i

Teach For America–Hawai‘i works in partnership with communities to expand educational opportunity for children facing the challenges of poverty. Founded in 2006 on O‘ahu and 2009 on Hawai‘i Island, Teach For America–Hawai‘i recruits and develops a diverse corps of outstanding college graduates and professionals to make an initial two-year commitment to teach in high-need schools and become lifelong leaders in the movement to end educational inequity. Our broader mission is to enlist, develop, and mobilize as many as possible of our nation’s most promising future leaders to grow and strengthen the movement for educational equity and excellence. As Teach For America–Hawai‘i marks its 10th anniversary, the organization has had a profound impact in the islands by recruiting and developing more than 650 teachers over the last decade, many of whom are working across career sectors—including education, law, business, medicine, and government—to improve the opportunities of young people and fight for educational equity. For more information, visit our home page and follow us on Facebook and Twitter

About Teach For America

Teach For America works in partnership with communities to expand educational opportunity for children facing the challenges of poverty. Founded in 1990, Teach For America recruits and develops a diverse corps of outstanding college graduates and professionals to make an initial two-year commitment to teach in high-need schools and become lifelong leaders in the effort to end educational inequity. Today, 8,600 corps members are teaching in 53 urban and rural regions across the country while more than 42,000 alumni work across sectors to ensure that all children have access to an excellent education. Teach For America is a proud member of the AmeriCorps national service network. For more information, visit www.teachforamerica.org and follow us on Facebook and Twitter

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