Lori earned a BS in Exercise Science in 2005 and a Master of Public Health in 2008 from Brigham Young University. She has done evaluation and public health work internationally in Guyana and Tonga. Lori is an evaluation consultant and proud mother of two boys. She has participated as a board member with the Queen Center on and off since 2010.
Noelani was born and raised in Samoa. She attended Snow College and earned her Associates of Science degree and then went on to attend Utah State University, earning a Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics Teaching with a minor in Biology. In 2011, she earned a Masters Degree of Science in Mathematics with an emphasis on Secondary Teaching.
Noelani teaches Mathematics at Bingham High School and is also our faculty advisor for the Island Teens Advocate Team at Bingham HS.
She believes that every student has the ability to learn and be successful, some may have to work harder than others, but if they show up consistently, participate, and put in the work they will do well.
Our youth are such an integral part of our PI community, Noelani is a great example and advocate for education and health in the Pacific Islander community.
Jacob Fitisemanu, Jr.
Jacob was born in New Zealand and raised in Honolulu and Salt Lake City. He earned a Master's of Public Health from Westminster College and is an active community advocate for integrative and preventive health. He serves on the United States Census Bureau's National Advisory Committee and serves as Chair of the Utah Pacific Islander Health Coalition and board member of newly formed MANA Academy for Pacific Islander students. He was recently appointed as one of the commissioners for the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Congratulations Jake!
Timaima "Tima" Clawson
Tima was born and raised in Fiji, then migrated to the U.S. at the age of ten. She has been a Steering Committee member since 2016. She overseas the organization's website and ITAT's Newsletter. Tima has a great interest in educating and researching health-related issues targeting our Pacific Islander community. She enjoys spending time with her family and playing volleyball.
Mika was born in Laie, Hawaii. He is Samoan-Caucasian. He is a BYU grad in public health and has been married for a year. He is our ITAT leader for Westlake High School. Apart from that, he works at Western Governors University. And enjoys longboarding, Brazilian-Jiu-Jitsu and is a Pokemon Master.