A Community Planning & Development Corporation
The Wai`anae Economic Development Council is governed by a Board of Directors who volunteer and bring a wealth of experience and expertise in community economic development. The members of the board are also active members of the community and bring a broad perspective to the planning and implementation of the organization’s larger goals. These members include:
Joseph Lapilio, President and CEO of the Wai`anae Economic Development Council, has worked on the Wai`anae Coast for more than forty years. Joe is a community and organizational development consultant. He was the executive director of the Wai`anae Coast Coalition for eleven years and coordinated community projects focused on economic development. Joseph is active in the community including the Wai`anae Coast Rotary Club, the Lualualei Hawaiian Civic Club and the Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce, among others.
Rocky Naeole is the Vice President of the Wai`anae Economic Development Council. He is a graduate of Wai`anae High School and a distinguished Veteran of the US Army. Rocky is the past President of the Wai`anae Coast Rotary Club and holds a number of leadership positions in the community including President of the Wai`anae Military-
Frances Ah Nee is the Secretary of the Wai`anae Economic Development Council. She is the branch manager for Bank of Hawaii in Wai`anae and is active in the community as a member of the Wai`anae Coast Rotary Club. Frances assists with business development classes and other support activities to current and local businesses.
Gail Gomes is the Treasurer of the Wai`anae Economic Development Council. Gail is the editor of Westside Stories, the community’s monthly newspaper and is known for her knowledge of the community. Gail has served on the Wai`anae Coast Neighborhood Board, the Neighborhood Board Commission, and is a current member of the Wai`anae Coast Rotary Club.
Annie Loving Ferreira graduated from Wai`anae High School and comes from a family of active community members. She sees herself following in her father’s footsteps, leaving a legacy of community development initiatives that will benefit the Wai`anae coast for years to come. Annie started her community work in Wai`anae with Model Cities and worked in a succession of jobs serving the community. She has served for ten years in the USDA Rural Development Housing Program. Her passion is in creating affordable housing opportunities for Wai`anae Coast residents.
Cheryl Dela Cruz is a member of the Board of Directors. Cheryl and her husband run the family business, Just 4Kidz Party Rentals. She is a resident of Wai`anae and the President of the Ke Aka Ho`ona Homeowners’ Association, a self-
Dan Gomes is a member of the Board of Directors. He is the President and CEO of Ulu Mau Development LLC, a firm specializing in business development benefiting the Wai`anae Coast. Dan was a consultant at Wai`anae High School involved with the business management aspects of the school facility, and is retired from Pitney Bowes where he was the Honolulu District Manager. He is a member of the board of directors of the Wai`anae Coast Comprehensive Health Center, the Wai`anae Boys and Girls Club, and also serves on the Wai`anae High School Community Council.
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