Our Board of Directors:
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 15 years, and currently teaches carousel carving in Hawaiʻi. 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, Hawaiʻi and the Treasurer for The Friends of the Panaʻewa Zoo, Gretchen moved to Hawaiʻi 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).
Terry McLean: Retired from police work after 33 years, and with my wife moved to Puna to be closer to her brother. I inherited most of my carving tools from my father-in-law and my great grandfather. I began to take lessons through the Carousel to learn how to use them. I have taken carving classes through the Carousel, and Wood Working and Carving classes at the Marc Adams School of Woodworking in Franklin, Indiana. I have also been a co-instructor for carving (through the Carousel) at the Hawaii Academy of Arts and Sciences. I am looking forward to helping bring the carousel to fruition.
Glenn Spencer: loves art, wood, and construction, which all comes together in the carousel. He likes the sense of community in a collaborative project. He took his first carving class in 2012, and has been an avid member ever since. He also has taken workshops with master carver Ken Banks.
Bill Tilton has 12 years at General Dynamics as a computer graphic designer and supervisor. He drafts the blueprints and patterns for the carousel animals, assuring the proportions and dimensions are accurate. In addition, he creates the powerpoint files used in Carouse of Aloha presentations and instruction. He has over 20 years of experience in instruction and in various art mediums which he now uses in the classes taught by Carousel of Aloha.
Kathy Tilton is a professional librarian with a Masters in Library Science and is collecting all of the materials relevant to the Carousel project to create a Lei Wili Aloha – Carousel of Aloha reference library along with doing research. She worked for years in the education environment which is an asset as we develop courses of instruction.
Galyn Williams is 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 three children and their mother, moved to Hawaii over 13 years ago. After moving to Hawaii, Galyn opened a construction concierge service here on the Hawaiʻi 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.
Leilehua Yuen: is a Hawaiian Cultural Practitioner, providing Hawaiian cultural expertise to the Carousel of Aloha – “Lei Wili Aloha.”
Ken Means: is a master carousel carver, and Juanette’s mentor.