SEEQS's Governing Board
The SEEQS Governing Board is a committed and experienced group of educators, professionals, and community members who bring a range of skills and knowledge to meet the diverse needs of charter school governance.
More information about the Governing Board, including its roles and responsibilities, as well as agenda, minutes, and policies, can be found on the Board Information page.
Aaron Levine – Governing Board Chair
Aaron Levine is an Assistant Specialist in the Institute for Teacher Education, College of Education at the University of Hawaii at Manoa where he serves as the Partnership and Placement Coordinator for the department’s teacher education programs. He has worked in the field of education for over 23 years in both public and private institutions at the elementary, middle, and post-secondary levels.
Marvin Heskett – Governing Board Vice Chair
Marvin Heskett was raised with sustainability at the heart of family life. He is currently a practicing environmental consultant and an environmental chemist. Marvin received a B.S. in biochemistry from California Polytechnic San Luis Obispo and has worked as a mass spec. chemist, quality assurance officer, and laboratory director prior to taking on the role of a consultant. As a consultant he has worked with the State of Hawaii Department of Health in innovating novel approaches to solving environmental problems throughout the Pacific Region. He is the father of a SEEQer and has enjoyed observing his son grow with SEEQS's progressive approach. Marvin is an active member of the Honolulu community, having served on the Palolo Neighborhood Board and as the chairperson for the Surfrider Foundation Oahu Chapter. He also helped found the Surfrider Spirit Sessions and is an avid surfer and bodysurfer.
Dabney Gough – Governing Board Secretary
Dabney Gough is Director of Marketing & Communications at Hawaiʻi Public Radio, and has more than 15 years of experience marketing sustainability-minded companies and organizations. Prior to her role at HPR, Gough spent five years at Whole Foods Market, where she oversaw marketing and community engagement for their Hawai‘i stores. Outside of work, Dabney enjoys seeing the world by bike, and volunteers for Hawaii Bicycling League.
Sean Kettley – Governing Board Treasurer
Sean Kettley is a Senior Associate with Commercial Asset Advisors, a commercial real estate firm in Honolulu. He primarily focuses on office leasing and sales and has been involved with SEEQS throughout the process of identifying a long-term campus location (prior to relocating to Kaimuki High School). Sean has been an active member of the finance committee since 2016 and joined the board in 2019. Prior to embarking on a career in commercial real estate, Sean spent over 15 years working with internet startups and educational companies to develop and execute their marketing programs. Aside from work, Sean coaches soccer and spends his free time driving to and from the various activities of his two children. Being a parent of a middle and high-schooler provides Sean with a unique perspective of what kids and parents are looking for in an education.
Leigh Dooley – Governing Board member
Leigh Dooley is currently serving as the Interim Distance Education Coordinator at Kapi‘olani Community College, and has taught composition, literature, and creative writing at the college for 25 years. She has also been involved in designing and implementing professional development programming at Kapi‘olani and at the University of Hawai‘i Community College System level for over 15 years. Before joining the SEEQS Governing Board, she served on another public charter school governing board for 5 years. She is also a SEEQS parent: her son was in the first cohort of SEEQS students and her daughter is currently benefitting from SEEQS's educational innovation and phenomenal teaching.
Daniel Kinzer – Governing Board member
An avid traveler and adventurer, Daniel Kinzer spent a decade living, working, and learning in international schools, non-profits, and social enterprises across more than 60 countries on 7 continents. Since graduating from Vanderbilt University with a degree in Psychology and Neuroscience, he has focused on nurturing explorers and change-makers by growing a learning ecosystem that can inspire and empower them. From 2016-2019, Daniel served as the Director of the Luke Center for Public Service at Punahou School in Honolulu, and as a Teacher Fellow for National Geographic and Ecology Project International. He is currently completing a master's degree in the field of biomimicry where he's concentrated on marine ecology and innovative solutions to climate change and ocean-related challenges, as well as applying biomimicry to complex social issues, especially reimagining education. As of 2019, Daniel is launching and co-creating Pacific Blue Studios: a Pacific network of community and place-based, youth-led, design and impact studios leveraging biomimicry, indigenous perspective and cutting-edge technologies as vehicles to help realize a sustainable, resilient, regenerative and inclusive future in Hawai'i, across the Pacific, and around our Blue Planet.
Benjamin Lukey – Governing Board Member
Benjamin Lukey received his doctorate in comparative philosophy from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. His interests in philosophy of disability, comparative philosophy, and philosophy for children (p4c) have developed from his broader goal of including more voices in philosophical discourse. Since 2007, he has been part the p4c Hawai‘i initiative at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, piloting and developing a Philosopher in Residence project at Hawaii public high schools. Dr. Lukey continues to support p4c Hawaii teachers and students at Waimanalo Elementary & Intermediate School, Kailua High School, Waikiki Elementary, Ka’elepulu Elementary, and the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. He is currently Associate Director for the UH Uehiro Academy for Philosophy and Ethics in Education.
Elyse Takashige – Governing Board Member
Elyse Takashige is currently a project architect with WhiteSpace Architects where she works primarily on educational projects. After receiving her Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Southern California in 2012, she moved back to Hawai'i and worked for G70 for four years. Elyse also serves co-chair of the planning committee for AIA Honolulu’s Canstruction® competition and canned-food drive.
Sterling Yee – Governing Board member
Sterling Yee is the Chief Operating Officer at La Pietra Hawaii School for Girls, and served for years prior to this on their Board of Trustees. From 1998 to 2012, Sterling worked as an Information Technology Specialist and Auditor. He served for nine years as senior manager in charge of management consulting at Grant Thorton. He then worked as Director of Information Technology at Ernst and Young in Honolulu, Auditor for Hawaiian Electric Industries, Sarbanes-Oxley compliance officer for Resources Global Professionals, and as an Assistant Auditor for the State of Hawaii. Sterling has also served as strategic business development consultant for SynCADD (on contract to the U.S. Army). Sterling recently worked at the State of Hawai’i Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs. Sterling has a BS in Business Administration in Marketing from the University of Denver, and a Masters of Business Administration in Finance and Economics from the University of Denver. He was recently appointed to the State of Hawaii, Information Technology Steering Committee by the current state legislature.
Amy Yamashiro – Governing Board member
Amy Yamashiro teaches Human Anatomy and Physiology at Kapiolani Community College and is currently serving as the chair of the Math and Sciences department. She is also highly involved in the college's STEM program and has led initiatives for National Science Foundation grants at the college. Amy's interest in sustainability started as a child when her family participated in the clean up effort of a nearby river, was fueled by rich learning experiences in environmental science courses in college, and ultimately led to a short career as a park ranger in New Mexico and on Maui. She is a perennial advocate for active learning experiences for students of all ages.