Staff and Board2020-08-30T01:32:45+00:00

Meet The Staff & Board

Alice Kaahanui: Executive Director

Since 2017-Present

Alice was born and raised on Molokai, and earned her BA in Communications and English from Chaminade University of Honolulu. She has worked for Molokai General Hospital, Hawaii Department of Education, and USDA-Rural Development Program. Alice also has valuable experience from her work at Saint Andrew’s Priory as the Principal’s Assistant, Teacher, and Alumni Relations and Special Events Coordinator. She was the Office Administrator/Manager for Kamaka Hawaii, Inc, Hawaii’s legendary ukulele crafters from 2008-17 where she organized events including Ukulele Festivals and the annual NAMM Show, and maintained the historical archive. Her community service includes being a Core Group Member of the Hawaii Statewide Filipino STD/HV/AIDS Prevention Project, a three term President of the Molokai Little League, and an Advisor to the Molokai Fil-Am Youth Organization. Recently she has worked as a Committee Consultant for the Molokai Hawaiian Homelands Kūpuna, is a member of the Hoolehua Agricultural Homestead Association and Hawaii Tropical Fruit Growers, and a participant in the Ahupua’a O Molokai Hānai Ā Ulu Garden to Farm Program.

April Maddela

Studio Manager 2017-Present

April was a part of the first group of Molokai Community College students to take ceramics classes at MAC in 2013. Later as an AmeriCorps volunteer for MAC, she learned in-depth about the art of ceramics and how to operate a studio. She received an AA degree in Liberal Arts from Maui Community College: Molokai Education Center. She has taken nurse’s aide courses and is also an Attendant Care/Care Giver for Ohana Health.

Kanoelani Dudoit: Assistant Executive Director

2019-Present

Kanoelani has an Associate’s Degree (AA) in both Liberal Arts and Hawaiian Studies from the University of Hawaii Maui College (2018). She served as MAC’s Volunteer Coordinator from 2017-19. She started as an AmeriCorps volunteer at the Molokai Arts Center to obtain hands on experience with professionals in the field and plans on pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in fine arts to become an art teacher.

Joyce Haase: President

Served as board member since 2015

Joyce has a Masters degree in Teaching and a BA in Natural Resource Management/Water Resources, both from The Evergreen State College, Olympia, Washington. She is a National Board Certified Teacher and Hawaii State Teachers Association/HSTA Union Representative. Since 2014, she has taught sixth grade at the Kaunakakai School. She has also worked as a NASA Celestial Islands Project Teacher for the Bishop Museum in Honolulu and has taught at the Kualapu’u Public Conversion Charter School and the Aka’ula School. She has worked as an organic gardener, cook, and nutritionist and is the soup cook for the annual MAC Soup-r-Bowl annual fundraising event.

Vice President: vacant

Ed Epperson: Treasurer

Served since 2020-Present

Ed Epperson grew up in central California and attended the University of the Pacific where he obtained a Bachelors and Doctorate in Pharmacology. He practiced hospital clinical pharmacy for 20 years, and then worked in hospital administration, completing an MBA from the University of San Francisco. In 2018 he retired as the President and CEO of Carson Tahoe Health and received a Lifetime Achievement Award as part of Nevada Business Magazine’s 2017 ‘Healthcare Heroes’. Ed, his wife and their son became full time Molokai residents in early 2019.

Paula Scott: Secretary

Served since 2016

Paula was born and raised on Molokai and received a BA in Psychology from San Diego State University (1978) and completed a second Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts from the University of New Mexico in 2007. She works in several photography-based mediums: acrylic, encaustic, mixed media collage and hand pulled printmaking (primarily intaglio and monotypes). Paula served two terms as an Art Commissioner for the City of Rio Rancho, New Mexico and was a board member and chair of communications for the Rio Rancho Art Association. Paula has also served as a board member for the Hawaii Craftsmen Association since 2017.

Dan Bennett

Served since 2010

With over 40 years experience as a studio potter, Dan is a founding member of Molokai Arts Center and the owner of Bennett Pottery. Dan is a retired school teacher with over 40 years of teaching experience. He continues to lecture part time for Molokai Education Center, Maui College, and University of Hawaii as well as teaching adult pottery classes at Molokai Arts Center. He comes to us with a strong history of community service on the island of Molokai serving on the Nature Conservancy Earth Day Committee, as a judge for the Molokai Keiki surf meets, an announcer at Molokai High School athletic events and a member of Hui No‘eau. Dan is also a member of the Hawaii State Teachers Association.

Elizabeth Johnson

Served since 2013-Present

Elizabeth was born and raised in Canada and holds a BS in Zoology from the University of Western Ontario and received her PhD in Horticulture from the University of Hawaii. She moved to Molokai in 1969 and has worked for Ciba Seeds, Molokai Research Station and Molokai Seed Service. She currently works for the EPIC Foundation’s Surrogate Parent Program that advocates for children with special needs. She is a member of the Molokai Community Children’s Council, the Molokai 4-H, Friends of the Library and the Hawaii Farm Bureau (Molokai).

Judy Mertens

Served  since 2020-Present

In 1965 Judy and Bill Mertens arrived on Molokai to work for the Libby plantation before leaving to grow pineapples in Asia. While in Hong Kong, Judy started a successful coffee kiosk business with ten employees. In 1994, the Mertens leased 12.5 acres in upcountry Maui and established Anuhea Flowers, becoming a major supplier of protea. Judy developed the retail portion of the business, designing arrangements to be shipped all over the US. She also opened Anuhea Flowers which featured upcountry artists and sold their work. In 2014 she helped found the Makawao History Museum as both Vice President and a board member, and also served on the Makawao Community Association Board.

Instructors at Molokai Arts Center:

Dan Bennett, Master Potter, Adult Ceramics

Kanoelani Dudoit, Adult Ceramics, Kupuna Painting, Keiki Mixed Media

Lil MacMillan, Adult Ceramics

April Maddela, Keiki Ceramics & Mixed Media

Kim Markham, Adult Ceramics

Misty Mollena, Keiki Ceramics & Mixed Media

Kalani Pruet, Kupuna Watercolor

Betty West, Kupuna Ceramics 

Madison Zeller, Adult & Youth Ceramics

Dan Bennett, Kim Markham, and Lil MacMillan volunteer their professional services.

Hawaiian Arts Program Coordinator: vacant