Board of Directors

Sandy Ryan

Sandy Ryan

Sandy Ryan, President

Sandy Ryan is a 25-year Maui resident, who serves as program director with Maui Economic Development Board. Sandy is a seasoned member of MEDB’s conference and events management team, which have provided the forums for the organization’s most significant public outreach; among them, the Focus Maui Nui community visioning process, and the annual AMOS Conference. Ms. Ryan joined MEDB in 1989. Sandy is a 20-year advocate for education. Her community leadership includes 12 years of service in parent teacher associations, with two terms as president of the board of directors for Na Leo Kako‘o O Maui, the nonprofit support organization for Kula Kaiapuni, Maui’s Hawaiian language immersion school and as a member of the School Community Council of Kalama Intermediate School. She was drawn to Hui Malama through her children, and recognizes the importance of providing educational alternatives to our residents. Sandy joined Hui Malama’s board in November 2007. She serves as President and also chairs the Board Development Committee.


Dave Gorman

Dave Gorman

Dave Gorman, Vice President

David Gorman was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, attended Punahou School and earned his BA in Economics from the University of Hawai’i. In 2000, he moved to New York City to pursue a career in the financial services industry. At Pequot Capital, he served as an investment analyst focussing enterprise software and wireless venture capital investments. In 2003, he joined Capital IQ, a growing software company that provided research and analytic services to investment and advisory firms. Capital IQ was later acquired by Standard and Poor’s, and in 2008, he moved to Maui and joined Morgan Stanley Smith Barney. Succumbing to a growing interest in renewable energy, in 2009, he consulted with Maui based Rising Sun Solar. He is currently the Vice President of Franchise Development at Revolusun.


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Vanessa DeLima, Treasurer

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Derek Snyder

Derek Snyder

Derek Snyder, Secretary

Derek teaches in the English Department at the University of Hawai’i Maui College, as well as in the Second Language Studies Department at the University Center, Maui. He also serves as the dual credit English instructor at Kamehameha Schools Maui. Derek’s professional passions include: curriculum development, teacher training and development, online education, and educational technology. When not in the classroom, he enjoys spending time with his family. A life-long learner, Derek passionately believes in education as the catalyst for positive change, and he seeks to make a positive impact on Maui by creating better educational opportunities for others.


Scott Obley

Scott Obley

Scott Obley

Raised in Kansas City, Scott attended the University of Colorado before moving to Maui in 1984. He has been a permanent resident since 1996 and a hospitality professional for the past 18 years. He lives in Pukalani with his wife, Gwen, and 11 year old son, Miles.Scott is the Director of Group Sales at the Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa and Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort and Spa on Hawaii Island. He has served on the Maui County Commission on Culture and the Arts, and is currently on the Maui Visitors Bureau Marketing Steering Committee. Scott comes from a family of educators with strong beliefs about facilitating the advancement of our youth, which is a core reason he is engaged in the mission and vision of Hui Malama.


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Alix Buchter

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Peter Niess

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Ex-Officio and Honorary Board Members

Alan Arakawa

Alan Arakawa

Alan Arakawa, Ex-Officio Board Member

The current and former Mayor of Maui County joined the Hui Malama Board of Directors in 2004. Alan Arakawa was born and raised on Maui and worked at the family farm in Kula with his parents. He first learned about Hui Malama when his mother, after raising her family, came to get her GED. Alan worked for the County Wastewater Division for ten years and served three terms on the Maui County Council before being elected as Mayor. He is the owner of Arakawa Consultants LLC.


Kelly King

Kelly King

Kelly King, Ex-Officio Board Member

Kelly King, Vice President and Director of Marketing and Communications for Pacific Biodiesel, co-founded the company in 1996 with her husband, Bob. A winner of numerous awards, Pacific Biodiesel was the first commercial retail biodiesel company in the United States. After being elected and serving as the Maui District representative on the Hawaii State Board of Education for four years, Kelly was recruited to join the Hui Malama Board of Directors in 1999. Currently a member of the Fund Development/Public Relations Committee, Kelly has served Hui Malama in many capacities. In 2001, King left the Board to serve the Agency in another capacity, working on the State-wide Needs Assessment Survey. Kelly returned to the Board once the project was complete, and served two consecutive terms as President of the Board. A Maui resident for 27 years, King is also co-founder of the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance, and has held many volunteer positions in community organizations including the Maui County Council of Boy Scouts, the Decisions Maui Implementation Steering Committee, the Mayor’s Blue Ribbon Committee, Girl Scouts, and Montessori of Maui.


Philip Lowenthal

Philip Lowenthal

Philip Lowenthal, Ex-Officio Board Member

Philip Lowenthal is a 35+-year resident of Haiku, Maui. A law graduate of University of California, Berkley, he is licensed to practice law in Hawaii and California. Prior to establishing his private practice in 1980, Philip was the first supervising Public Defender for Maui County. He instructs a course on the Rules of Evidence for MCC, practicing attorneys and law enforcement officers. His community service commitments have included director of Legal Aid Society of Hawaii and Mental Health Association of Maui. In addition to his current federal and state law practice, Philip is a member of the Maui Drug Court Program, the Hawaii Supreme Court Committee on Evidence, and the Hawaii State Bar Association Disciplinary Board. Philip and his wife, Caroline, have four sons. Ben, a 1999 graduate of Baldwin High School has joined Philip in the law firm.


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Beth Mathias, Ex-Officio Board Member

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Brad MacArthur

Brad MacArthur

Brad MacArthur, Ex-Officio Board Member

Born on Oahu and raised on Maui, Brad MacArthur joined the Hui Malama Board of Directors in 2001. A graduate of St. Anthony High School and Colorado State University with a Business Management Degree, MacArthur is Broker in Charge at Wailea Realty Corporation. Married with three children, he believes that Hui Malama provides an answer for many kids who are searching for solutions in today’s complex world. Whether participating as a soccer coach in youth soccer, coaching for Kihei Little League baseball, serving as a den leader for Cub Scouts of America Pac 49 Wailuku District, or as a member of Hui Malama’s Board, Brad MacArthur’s commitment to Maui’s youth is evident.


Mark Kibbee

Mark Kibbee

Mark Kibbee, Ex-Officio Board Member

Mark Kibbee was a 30-year resident of Maui who worked in the insurance business for 15 years as an independent broker. A father of four, Mark found Hui Malama the solution to his daughter’s educational needs. He joined the Board in 1995 and proudly participated in his daughter’s graduation from the Agency in 1999. Subsequently, two other members of his family have received educational services at Hui Malama. Mark served multiple terms as both Vice-President and President of the Board and for 12 years contributed to every agency fundraiser until his passing in 2013.


Diane Ho

Diane Ho

Diane Ho, Honorary Board Member

Founder of Maui Hui Malama

In 1973, Maui Hui Malama was established to help pregnant girls, who were not allowed to continue attending public school, to complete their high school education. Thanks to the vision of Diane Ho, Hui Malama has continued to meet the challenge of strengthening our community by providing unique learning opportunities for Maui’s youth and adults for more than three decades.