Lisa Groulx, Executive Director
Lisa Groulx currently works as the Executive Director of PARENTS, Inc. and has over 25 years of experience in business management. She has been a Weinberg Fellow since 2011 and is involved in many child abuse and neglect prevention coalitions, including Hawai’i Children’s Trust Fund and the Child Abuse Prevention Planning Council through Prevent Child Abuse Hawai’i. She is also a Certified Master Trainer for the Fatherhood Development Curriculum through the National Partnership for Community Leadership and a Certified Scream Free Parenting Leader through the Scream Free Institute. Lisa came to PARENTS, Inc. in 2002 as a parent striving to be the best that she could be by seeking out education to broaden her parenting knowledge. She was inspired to become more involved after taking our Family Life Skills Education Class and joined our Board of Directors, volunteering from 2003-2008. Lisa then became the Executive Director of PARENTS, Inc. in 2008. She has two daughters and believes that prevention is truly the key to eradicating child abuse and neglect in our society.
To connect with Lisa, please feel free to email her at email@example.com, or call her at (808) 223-4541.
Micaela Jacob, Assistant Director
Micaela Jacob joined PARENTS, Inc. in November 2016 after relocating to Hawai’i from Jacksonville, FL due to her husband’s military service. Micaela brings approximately 10 years of business management experience to this position, including a vast background in business administration, human resources, accounting and financial planning. Given her corporate background, she has discovered that human resources and business administration in the non-profit sector is her passion. Micaela’s personal mission statement is “to use my gifts of intelligence, wit, and generosity while promoting growth for individuals and businesses around me.” An interesting fact about Micaela is that she was born in Montevideo, Uruguay and emigrated to the United States in 1998 with her family with their hopes of achieving the American dream; which is Micaela’s driving force to achieve every day. When Micaela is not at work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, expanding her education, and spending time outdoors exploring all Hawai’i has to offer.
To connect with Micaela, please feel free to email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at (808) 347-5573.
Cheryl Jackson, Hawai’i Island Program Director
Cheryl L. Jackson started out as the VCM Clinical Supervisor in 2014. Thereafter, she became the Hawai’i Island Program Director in 2016. She is a licensed social worker in the State of Hawai’i. Cheryl has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Oregon State University, and a Masters of Social Work from Portland State University. Cheryl has over 10 years of experience working for Child Welfare in the State of Oregon and also worked for 2 years at the Portland State University Child Welfare Partnership where she trained Child Welfare workers across Oregon. Upon moving to Hawai’i in 2006, Cheryl worked in Early Intervention for 8 years before joining PARENTS, Inc. and returning to her roots of working in the arena of child abuse & neglect. Cheryl enjoys the outdoors and volunteering in the community. Some of her volunteering includes work with the Friends of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, the annual ocean count with the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale Sanctuary, and (when available) Hawaiian Monk Seal Response with the Hilo Marine Mammal Response Network.
To connect with Cheryl, please feel free to email her at email@example.com, or call her at (808) 294-7784.
Michael K. Moore, O’ahu Program Director
Michael K. Moore joined the PARENTS Inc. team as the Oahu-Program Director on August 18, 2017. He comes to us following a successful tenure as Executive Director for another local parent education and advocacy agency. With 36 years of service provision, program development and/or agency leadership experience in areas of education, mental health and disabilities, he is well versed in the variety of needs PARENTS, Inc., strives to meet for its parents and families. Mr. Moore is dedicated to ensuring best-practices programming and education to meet the needs of parents served by the agency. He values partnerships and is an innovative thinker. He has been sought after for participation in boards, advisory committees and task groups locally, regionally and nationally that contribute to meeting the special needs of parents and children. Mr. Moore is the 2014 recipient of the U.H. Manoa-Center on Disability Studies award for “Outstanding Community Contribution to Persons with Disabilities,” and is a Weinberg Fellow. His work and personal experience contribute to his passion to help families who are struggling and is committed to education and services that improve the lives of children.
To connect with Michael, please feel free to email him at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call him at (808) 223-5940.
David P. Lunceford, CCSS – IHBS Supervisor, East Hawai’i
David P. Lunceford joined PARENTS, Inc. in October 2017. He is a native to the north shore of Oahu and grew up in Kahuku. David first started his career in human services working at a homeless shelter as a shelter assistant and diligently worked his way up through the ranks as case manager and then to program manager. David has learned many clinical tools throughout his career working with at risk families and he has gained invaluable experience in a variety of areas including mental health, substance abuse, homelessness, and child abuse and neglect. He received his Bachelors of Science in Human Services while working full time and being a single father. David believes in continuing education and appreciates all the great mentors that have enhanced his career over the last 10 years. He is certified in Crisis Prevention Intervention (C.P.I.) and utilizes this in his supervision. Having been a foster child, David has a passion for strengthening families from within and to promote family stability. His hobbies include playing on softball leagues and volunteering in the community.
To connect with David, please feel free to email him at email@example.com, or call him at (808) 430-4840.
Flora Ho’okano, VCM Clinical Supervisor, East Hawai’i
Flora Ho’okano grew up in Kaimuki on the Island of Oahu. She moved to Hilo with her children and attended the University of Hawaii at Hilo and obtained a BA in Sociology. She then moved back to Oahu to obtain a Masters in Social Work with an emphasis on mental health and Native Hawaiians, at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Her internships include St. Jude’s Ranch for Children, Kaneohe State Hospital and Waianae Coast Community Mental Health Center. She was the Clinical Supervisor for the ACT team at Waianae Coast Community Mental Health Center where she developed the Native Hawaiian Women’s Group and Native Hawaiian Men’s Group. She then moved to the Department of Public Safety State of Hawaii as a Parole Officer for 10 years specializing in working with Native Hawaiian offenders and their families. She has two grown children and four grandchildren. She spends most of her free time at the beach with her grandson, swimming and fishing or just reading a book. She believes that through education and training we can teach families to strengthen their (Hale) homes.
‘O Ka Makua Ke Ko’o o ka Hale
“The parent is the support that holds the household together.” – Mary Kawena Pukui, 1983
To connect with Flora, please feel free to email her at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call her at (808)430-4737.
Position Vacant, PSSF Supervisor, Ka’u