The Center for Tomorrow's Leaders, under the primary direction of Katie Chang, is led by an outstanding network of professionals, educators and volunteers.
Katie Chang, Executive Director
Katie Chang is the Executive Director of the Center for Tomorrow’s Leaders, an organization dedicated to empowering a new generation of leaders in Hawaii. Katie is a proud alumnus of the very first class of CTL Fellows. Since her appointment in 2011, Katie has expanded the CTL from its flagship Fellows program to include the innovative Schools program which offers leadership development directly to Hawaii’s high schools. She is a certified presenter of the nationally-acclaimed Student Leadership Challenge which is the foundation of the program. Prior to joining the CTL, Katie worked as an advisor for the US/UK Fulbright Commission in London, UK. She also served as an intern in the Hawaii State Legislature and Governor’s Office. She is a summa cum laude graduate of Pepperdine University.
April Nakamura, Head of Training
April Nakamura is the Student Activities Coordinator at William McKinley High School and the volunteer Head of Training for the Center for Tomorrow’s Leaders. Born and raised in Kaneohe, she graduated from Castle High School and received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She began her career at McKinley High School where she taught various subjects in Social Studies. She was also actively involved in extra-curricular activities, including class advisor and head coach for the Cheerleading Team. She also chaired McKinley High School’s 150th Anniversary Committee. In her volunteer role at CTL, she trains and mentors CTL staff, spearheads the development of curriculum and advises the Executive Director.
Jen May Pastores, Student Leadership Facilitator, Honolulu
Jen May Pastores grew up in a military family and lived in different countries before moving to O'ahu where she attended Moanalua High School. She studied journalism at the University of Hawaii and California State University of Northridge where she received her B.A. in Journalism. After graduation she taught in the Los Angeles Unified School District and later helped developed a high school after-school program as Director of Leadership Development in Visalia, California where she was recognized for her innovative work in youth engagement. She is also a documentary photographer and freelance writer and is happy to be back in Hawai'i where she calls home.
Lahela Manning, Student Leadership Facilitator, Leeward
Lahela Manning was born and raised in Honolulu and is a graduate of Kamehameha Schools. She moved to the mainland in 2007 for voluntary church service and decided to return to work towards her bachelors degree. She attended UNLV for a year and then transferred to Dixie State University in Saint George, Utah, where she earned a Bachelors of Art in Psychology. After graduating, Lahela continued on as an event and academic advisor for DSU’s Multicultural/Diversity center leadership program. She has also had the opportunity to work in mental health with at risk youth in the Washington County area of Southern Utah. Lahela has been fortunate to work with several students that came from Hawai’i to the mainland for college and she is excited to work with our youth here at home and help them envision and see their potential in cultivating success here in their own communities.
Joy Matsuura, Student Leadership Facilitator, Big Island
Joy Matsuura was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii. She is a graduate of Hilo High School and has three children. She is excited to work with the Center For Tomorrow's Leaders, because of her love and passion to see Hawaii's keiki to strive and accomplish educational and life goals that will bring our 'aina to a brighter future.
Lisa Talaro, Special Events and Fellows Coordinator
Lisa Talaro graduated from Hawaii Pacific University with a degree in Business Administration. Lisa's background includes various administrative support roles at The Learning Coalition, McREL, Kamehameha Schools, and Hawaii Pacific University.
A big mahalo to our wonderful intern team!
Our staff is accompanied by a team of talented interns that help us throughout the year. From helping with our marketing efforts to coordinating special events, they contribute to the Center For Tomorrow's Leaders from beyond the classroom.