President: Richard Rose
Vice President: Juanette Baysa
Secretary: Gretchen Klungness
Treasurer: Jeanette Baysa
Our Board of Directors…
Richard Rose (President): Richard was born and raised in San Francisco, California and began his career with Pacific Telephone at 16 years old. He retired from Alcatel-Lucent at the age of 43, with almost 27 years of service as a second level manager. After retiring, he worked for ten years at F.M.C. / United Defense before retiring from his second career. Lastly, he worked for five years with Safeway Grocery Stores and retired for the third time.
Richard then moved to Pahoa five years ago, and shortly after arriving here visited Hilo Coffee Mill and signed up to help the Carousel of Aloha. Four years later the Carousel called him to see if he was interested in helping build the carving tables and the rest is history. He decided he not only wanted to help build tables, but fell in love with the idea of carving a Carousel for Hawai’i. Since then he has been one of our most dedicated carvers working on the project.
Richard is the father of two and the happy and fortunate grandfather of quadruplets. He was married last December to a wonderful woman named Kiana, who is also very active and supportive with the Carousel of Aloha.
Katherine Patton (Past President): Currently, co-founder and President of Maka’ala Hawai’i, Inc. dba Hilo Coffee Mill, located in Mountain View, Hawai’i. Hilo Coffee Mill is a 24 acre coffee farm, visitors center and farmers’ market, bringing residents and visitors together in a beautiful, educational setting. Katherine worked for Bank of America for 30 years until retiring as a Vice President in Interstate Banking. She moved to Mountain View, Hawai’i in 1998. Prior to co-founding Hilo Coffee Mill, Katherine co-founded an espresso bar and cafe in Hilo, Hawai’i, which quickly became Hilo’s favorite gathering place. She is very active in working toward making East Hawaii a destination for visitors and improving the quality of life for its residents.
Juanette Baysa (Vice President): Founder of Paradise Ponies, Inc. and co-founder of Maka’ala Hawai’i, Inc., Juanette is a graphic design artist who has always been interested in and had a passion for carousels. She has studied carousel carving from master carousel carver Ken Means for over 12 years. She is part owner and currently works at Hilo Coffee Mill in Mountain View, Hawai’i. Juanette holds her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from California State University at Fresno.
Gretchen Klungness (Secretary): A recently retired legal assistant to an attorney in Hilo, Hawai’i and the Treasurer for The Friends of the Pana’ewa Zoo, Gretchen moved to Hawai’i in 1999 and holds her Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature from the University of Washington.
Jeanette Baysa (Treasurer): Currently, co-founder and Secretary/Treasurer of Maka’ala, Hawai’i, Inc. dba Hilo Coffee Mill, located in Mountain View, Hawai’i. Jeanette co-founded an espresso bar and cafe in Hilo, Hawai’i prior to co-founding Hilo Coffee Mill. She worked for Bank of America for over 23 years and moved to Hawai’i in 1998. She holds her Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.
Michael Klungness: MS International Agriculture Development U. C. Davis; owner MICROenvironmental; retired from USDA-Agricultural Research Service and Univ. of Hawaiʻi. Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Kenya 1969-70).
Kiana Rose: Born in Raleigh, North Carolina with the name of Dianne Pergerson (see name change later), she grew up on a tobacco farm near the small town of Franklinton. After graduating from high school in 1963, she attended Louisburg Junior College for two years and received an Associate in Arts degree.
She applied for a position at IBM Corporation in Raleigh. While waiting for a response, she worked as the secretary in the office of Johnson Cotton Company, a furniture store in Louisburg, NC, as well as working in a clerical position in the office of Athey Products in Wake Forest, NC.
She was hired by IBM Corporation in November, 1965. She held several secretarial/administrative positions during the next 26 years. She accepted an offer of early retirement in August, 1991.
In January, 1992, she became the office manager of her family-owned hardwood flooring business as well as being the Secretary on the Board of Directors. Due to the death of the President in June, 2003, she became Vice-President in addition to her secretarial duties. She retired in April, 2004.
She moved to Pahoa, Hawaii on June 6, 2007 and met a wonderful man, Richard Rose in 2010, and they were married in December, 2012. She officially changed her name through the Hawaii Lt. Governor’s office and became Kiana Dianne Rose.
She is very supportive of Richard and the Carousel of Aloha where he is now the President and she is now on the Board of Directors. She is very committed to help wherever she is needed.
Galyn Williams: Galyn Williams was a Colorado native who ran a successful media consulting business, and then switched gears to build a construction/remodel company that served Western Colorado and Southern Utah for over 20 years.
The Williams ‘ohana’, which included his wife and three children, moved to Hawaii over 10 years ago. After moving to Hawaii, Galyn opened a construction concierge service here on the Big Island and then became a licensed Realtor/Salesperson as well.
He now balances his time between real estate and helping non-profits with their marketing/social media and sharing the Aloha of Hawaii.
Our Advisory Board of Directors
Carol Alina: Recently retired from the Hilo Police Department, Carol was born on Oahu and moved to Hilo over 38 years ago. She has worked for Don’s Grill, First Hawaiian Bank and Hawaiian Telcom and is very well known around East Hawaii.
Emily Catey: Emily is Volcano Art Center’s current Gallery Manager. She comes with years of experience coordinating groups, art programs, and exhibits.
From 2004 to 2009, Emily resided on O’ahu where her involvement with various civic, business, and state organizations helped revitalize Chinatown as Honolulu’s Arts District. She served as both president (2008) and vice-president (2007 and 2009) of the Hale’iwa Arts Festival, enhancing public awareness, education, and appreciation for the arts.
With a B.F.A. from Ohio State University, Emily’s formal education in fine art paved the way for Emily Catey Photography, LLC, which she ran successfully in Hale’iwa until moving to Hawai’i Island in 2009.
Emily joined Volcano Art Center in 2009 as Program Director. “Every day offers new experiences and opportunities to learn while expanding on our unique location and culture, sharing these with visitors and of course the artists themselves is what I find most rewarding”, states Emily.
Jessica Ferracane: Jessica Ferracane, whose last name means “iron dog” in Italian, was raised in Hawai’i and has 18 years experience as a journalist and public relations executive. She has always offered a personal level of attention and dedication unmatched by larger agencies.
Jessica worked for three years as the Public Relations Director at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai’i at Mauna Lani Resort before launching Irondog Communications. She worked as the PR Specialist for the Big Island Visitors Bureau from 2007 until 2011. Jessica is currently the Public Relations Specialist for Volcanoes National Park.
Marlene Hapai: Dr. Marlene Hapai brings educational, agricultural and small business expertise to our organization. A native of Honokaa, with degrees in biology, insect ecology and insect physiology, her career has included science teaching, curriculum writing, research, administration and the building of the Imiloa Astronomy Center. She is Professor and Regent Emeritus of the University of Hawaii and has served as Associate Dean of UH Manoa’s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources.
Presently Marlene is Business Manager of The Andrade Building, LLC in Honokaa, a building built by her grandparents in 1924 and is refurbishing it to maintain the small town tradition of the area. She is also very active in the Hilo and Puna communities serving on nine boards with leadership roles in four of them. She sees volunteering as a means of understanding community problems and leading as a way of solving them.
Shawndra Holmberg: Shawndra moved to Hilo, Hawai’i in 2002 and opened Dhucks in 2005. She is a Professional Organizer and Productivity Coach dedicated to helping others create the life they love by focusing on what matters most, taming the clutter in their lives and dumping the insanity in their schedules.
Shawndra has been a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) since 2005. Shawndra is also a member of the Institute for Challenging Disorganization and holds Level I – Certificates of Study in Chronic Disorganization & Basic ADD from the Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD). She passed her Level II examination in chronic disorganization this April and will be pursuing her Level III certification (CPO-CD©) with the next class.
Nancy Kramer: Nancy has an accounting practice in Pahoa providing tax, accounting and valuation services. She is licensed with both the Hawai’i & California Boards of Accountancy, as well as the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts. She received an MBA from Santa Clara University, California. Her professional memberships include the Hawai’i Society of Certified Public Accountants (HSCPA), and the Hawai’i Association of Public Accountants (HAPA).
Nancy believes strongly in giving back to her community. In her practice in Pahoa, and in California where she was an audit manager for non-profit organizations and a tax manager for high net worth clients, she has been generous with her time for community and public benefit work. She is active with Carousel of Aloha, the Puna Lions Club, Puna Community Medical Center, and Puna Men’s Chorus. In California, she was involved with KMVT Community Television, Stanford University Hospital, American Cancer Society, Santa Clara University. She served the Mountain View California Chamber of Commerce as a chair of the Women in Business group and was the Art and Wine Festival chair for several years.
Patrick Naughton: Pat, after traveling much of his life, has settled in Mountain View, Hawaii. He has a BA from the University of Hawaii, an MSc from the University of Alberta in Canada, a PhD from the University of the West Indies in Jamaica, and an MEd from the University of Toronto in Canada. He served as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Army in Vietnam from 1968-1970.
Pat has been a high school teacher, Professor of Education, the Assistant Dean at the College of Tropical Agriculture at UH Manoa, Development Director at St. Joseph School in Hilo, the Executive Director for Hilo Rite Care (for dyslexic children) and most recently, retired in 2010. He is still working hard at volunteer efforts.
Currently Pat is the President of the Waiakea Lions Club, serves on the Board of Directors for St. Joseph School Alumni & Friends, and is the current President of the Friends of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.