Meet HIDA’s New Officers and Directors

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Congratulations to the new Officers and Directors who were elected to a 3-year term at HIDA’s Annual Membership Meeting held on February 22, 2018 in Honolulu. They join HIDA’s currently serving Directors and other committee members in fulfilling HIDA’s mission throughout our state. Mahalo to all these wonderful volunteers for their service to HIDA and our community!

Natalie Haggerty, M.Ed.

Mrs. Haggerty is an Instructor at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Department of Special Education. She is a Cohort Coordinator for the Exceptional Students Elementary Education (ESEE) program, and is passionate about pre-service teacher preparation. She is also a doctoral student in the UH-Mānoa College of Education, Ph.D. in Education program, Exceptionalities specialization. Her research interests include evidence-based practices for children with high incidence disabilities, and literacy instruction for students with mild to moderate disabilities. Mrs. Haggerty is the Fundraising Committee Co-Chair for HIDA and a member of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC). She previously served as a Middle School Dean, Curriculum Specialist, Summer Program Director, and Teacher at Assets School. She is the parent of a child who is dyslexic.

MurakamiMark Murakami

Mr. Murakami is Vice President – Private Banking Division at First Hawaiian Bank. He has a son with dyslexia who graduated from Assets School in May 2016.  Mr. Murakami feels fortunate that their family was able to get assistance for their son and would welcome the opportunity to assist others in dealing with dyslexia.

Kathleen Hassler, M.Ed.

Kathleen Hassler is the preschool-5th grade learning specialist at Mid-Pacific Institute (MPI) on Oahu. She is originally from New York where she taught special education in New York public schools. With over 20 years of teaching experience, she works to establish positive relationships between students, teachers, parents, and administration, counselors, and others to ensure a collaborative effort while creating support plans and strategies that promote a higher chance of academic success for all learners. Kathy has recently completed training through the Institute for Multi-Sensory Education in the Orton-Gillingham approach for the treatment of dyslexia. She believes strongly in HIDA’s mission and focusing on a child’s unique gifts and strengths.

Kimble McCann, Ph.D.

Kimble McCann is an educator with a huge passion for supporting all stakeholders in learning. He holds a Ph.D. in Learning Design and Technology from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Dr. McCann’s research interests and professional expertise include Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and technological-pedagogical-and-content knowledge (TPACK). He has served as a special education teacher, instructional designer, senior instructional technology specialist and educational consultant and is currently an IT project manager for Kamehameha Schools. Dr. McCann’s personal connection with dyslexia stems from growing up with a dyslexic father.

M’Liss Moore

M’Liss Moore has a unique connection to HIDA; she and her immediate family were very close to Cal Sakata, a longtime HIDA volunteer and Board Member. Ms. Moore has an impressive array of credentials, and she is hoping to bring her talents to HIDA where she can continue to honor her special friend and hānai family member, Cal Sakata. Ms. Moore is currently the Managing Director of Kamehameha Schools’ Financial Asset Division, where she oversees marketable and real asset strategies for KS’ asset portfolio. She has served as a Senior VP and Co-Director of Equity at Bishop Street Capital Management. Ms. Moore has also been very involved with bringing economics and finance opportunities for Hawaiʻi’s youth in order to broaden their educational opportunities.

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