Knowledge, skills, and persistent action ensure success

IMAG Academy has been designed and supported by a team of professionals within our community.  Their diligence and desire to make IMAG Academy a reality is how we have endured the application process over the last 4 years.  As with everything in life...persistence is the key to success. 

Shirley Ames
Facilities identification and contract negotiation
Shirley’s property management experience will be used in facility identification and lease negotiations. Her real estate knowledge and contacts in the Waipahu/Waikele area will be invaluable.

 Thelma Alane

Financial processes, policies, and contract management
As an investment consultant and systems analyst, Thelma’s board financial expertise will aid our school in looking at our concerns with an open mind.  She will help us to see the opportunities for improvement and build the processes to help sustain it. 

Deborah Bond-Upson

Educational leadership, curriculum development and assessment
We will look to Deborah to bring the same level of logic and persistence she offers her clients, guiding us to sound and beneficial decisions.  Her extensive work experience over many years within the educational industry will give us an operational advantage, especially during this startup phase. 

 Sheila Buyukacar

Educational and organizational processes, policies and professional development
Sheila’s career in the USAF and her most recent experiences as a non-profit executive director brings a wide range of experience; strategic planning, policy, program and process development, non-profit operations and governance, and fundraising and events management.

 Andrew Hata

Legal and Contractual Concerns and Affairs
As a multi-state licensed attorney with a finance background, Andrew has the ability to analyze situations from multiple lenses.  He also brings with him experience and expertise in commercial property investment.  

Melissa Hawkins

Professional development and curriculum development
As an educator, Melissa’s background will help us tremendously with our professional development and teacher support systems within the school. Her current membership on another charter school’s board will provide us with insight about charter school concerns and opportunities.  

Michael Nakata

Fundraising and marketing
Michael brings extensive experience in marketing and successful fundraiser events.  His knowledge and connections will be important in building awareness about our school and enrollment efforts. 


Randall Shiraishi
Policymaking and board development
Randall’s foundation is built on expertise working within programs dealing with our youth. His extensive work and time helping to re-build Halau Lokahi’s operational viability required policy, process and procedures developed in record time.  He is always willing to step in to get things done.


Jessica Wong-Sumida
Legal, Strategic Planning, Contracts, Policy Making
Jessica’s administrative experience as a non-profit executive director will be helpful in contract negotiation and fundraising.  Her deep understanding of the Hawaii state departments of Education and Developmental Disabilities will be valuable in assisting with school accountability.  

IMAG Advisory Board
 If you'd like to be more involved with the school and its development, please consider joining our Advisory Board.  We invite your ideas, insights and participation.  Let us know by calling or adding your intentions via our contact form.  Mahalo nui loa!

IMAG Academy - a proposed public charter school