Key PARENTS, Inc. Staff


Lisa Groulx, Executive Director

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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, or call her at (808) 223-4541.

Micaela Jacob, Assistant Director

Micaela Jacob Key Staff Photo 150x225Micaela 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, sarcasm, 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 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 or call her at (808) 347-5573.


Program Directors

Cheryl Jackson, Hawai’i Island Program Director

Cheryl Jackson Key Staff Photo 150x184Cheryl L. Jackson has been the Hawai’i Island Program Director since September 2014. 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 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, or call her at (808) 294-7784.

Tara Buckley, O’ahu Program Director

Tara Buckley Key Staff Photo 150x200Tara Buckley has been the O’ahu Program Director since February 2012. She is a licensed social worker in the State of Hawai’i and has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. She’s also currently pursuing her Juris Doctor from William S. Richardson, School of Law. With the exception of one position with the National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Tara has worked exclusively in the child abuse and neglect arena. She currently works as the O’ahu Program Director for PARENTS, Inc., as well as an External Field Instructor for the University of Southern California and the Volunteer Coordinator for the CASA Program at the State of Hawai’i Judiciary. Tara also serves as the Secretary of the Friends of CASA Hawaii, Board of Directors and is one of the organizers of TEDxHonolulu.  She’s a Certified Master Trainer for the Fatherhood Development Curriculum and works with many local agencies and coalitions, including the State Commission on Fatherhood, Prevent Child Abuse Hawaii, the 96744 Coalition, the National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence, the IVAT Training Summit Planning Committee and Hawaii Children’s Trust Fund. Her interests and expertise focus on child abuse & neglect, domestic violence, substance abuse, trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder, sexual abuse and working with military soldiers and their families.

To connect with Tara, please feel free to email her at, or call her at (808) 223-5940.


Clinical Supervisors

Caryn Clayton, IHBS Clinical Supervisor, East Hawai’i

Caryn Clayton Key Staff Photo 150x154Caryn Clayton grew up on Kauai and in Laie, Oahu. She graduated with a BA from Boise State University in Boise, Idaho and an MA in Marriage and Family Therapy from Argosy University. She has worked as an elementary school teacher in Idaho; Melbourne, Australia; and in East Hawai’i. She returned to school to earn an MA degree and changed careers after finding her true love, counseling. She has worked as a supervisor for mental health services, worked in substance abuse treatment and for the past 7 years has been a therapist for families involved with Child Welfare Services. She very much enjoys her position as Clinical Supervisor for the Intensive Home-Based Services Program!

To connect with Caryn, please feel free to email her at, or call her at (808) 430-4840.

Flora Ho’okano – VCM Clinical Supervisor, East Hawai’i

Flora Hookano 150x209Flora 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

Marvin St. Clair, PSSF Clinical Supervisor, Ka’u

Marvin St. Clair Key Staff Photo 150x135Marvin is a native of Boston, Massachusetts and a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and the Boston University School of Social Work. He holds a B.A in English and a Master of Social Work degree and is a Hawai’i Licensed Clinical Social Worker. He has lived on the Big Island for the past fifteen years. During his career he has accumulated experience in virtually every aspect of behavioral health services, beginning with serving as a child protective services worker, an internship at Children’ Hospital in Boston with the Developmental Disabilities Clinic, a private practice clinical social worker, the director of a community-based psychiatric emergency service, a clinical director of a state psychiatric hospital, twice the director of state psychiatric hospitals (Massachusetts and Hawai’i), the director of a brain injury rehabilitation center in California, the Administrator for the Territory of Guam Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, the clinical director of behavioral health organization in Phoenix which included oversight of a methadone clinic,and most recently as the Big Island Clinical Director with an organization providing services to children and youth. He is delighted to find his career has come full circle.

To connect with Marvin, please feel free to email him at, or call him at (808) 829-0479.


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