Born on Kauai, raised on the Big Island, Kona received a Regents Scholarship to attend UH Manoa in 1993, and was a walk-on member of the UH Manoa men’s basketball team for 1 year where he didn’t play a single minute, but got to experience life on a college team going to the NCAA tournament! Graduated in 1998, moved to California and worked in real estate finance, then received his M.B.A. from San Diego State University in 2002. Started his own mortgage business in California before moving back home to Hilo in 2005 to work with his father Kelly Moran at family owned company (Hilo Brokers, Ltd.). Currently working as a lecturer at University of Hawaii at Hilo in Real Estate Finance. Loves the college experience!
Ed Torrison Born in Montgomery, Alabama and raised in Spokane, Washington; Ed moved to Kaua`i in 1980, and finally settled in Hilo in 1986. After High School, he was trained as a Carpenter in the Army National Guard, and had enjoyed the next several decades in the construction and remodeling business. In 1990 Ed became a Real Estate agent, and acquired his Broker’s designation in 2004. He had set up and ran his own brokerage for several years, and is currently the Principal Broker at Hilo Brokers Ltd. . In 1995, he set up and managed for 7 years, Kurtistown Nursery, a certified export Palm & Dracaena Nursery. Community service: * AYSO Soccer Coach and Referee. * Kiwanis Club of E. Hawaii: President, Vice Pres., Secretary, and Board of Directors. In 2001 he designed and oversaw the construction of the Children’s Petting Zoo at the Panaewa Rainforest Zoo, earning his club the State of Hawai`i Governor’s “Kilohana Award” for community service. * Makule Co-ed Adult Soccer League: President. * Hilo Community Players: Actor, Director, Playwright, Vice President, and Board of Directors. An avid deep sea fisherman and Soccer player, Ed is married to Cheryl (Matsuda) and they have 2 sons: Eddie and Chris.
Lincoln S. T. Ashida LINCOLN S. T. ASHIDA was appointed Corporation Counsel for the County of Hawai`i in December of 2000. He graduated from Hilo High School in 1980, and received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan in 1984, and his Juris Doctorate from Creighton University School of Law in 1987. Mr. Ashida is a former deputy prosecuting attorney for the County of Hawai`i, who successfully prosecuted many high-profile cases. He is licensed to practice law in Hawaii and is also admitted to appear before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the United States District Court for the District of Hawaii. Mr. Ashida is a former president of the Hawai`i County Bar Association and is a current member of the Hawai`i State Bar Association and the Hawai`i County Bar Association. In addition to serving as legal advisor to the University of Hawai`i at Hilo Vulcan Athletic Club, he is currently involved with the Hawai`i Island Chamber of Commerce, the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Hawai`i, the Portuguese Chamber of Commerce, the Kalanianaole School Foundation, the Kamehameha Schools Parent-Teacher Ohana, the Boy Scouts of America, and Volunteer Legal Service Hawai’i. Mr. Ashida also contributes his time in judging high school mock trial and other competitions and speaking at various community forums. Mr. Ashida is currently an instructor in the Political Science Division at the University of Hawai`i at Hilo.
Kelly Moran (A very humble guy whose authored bio is extremely modest! Inserted by the editor!) Kelly is a real estate broker who created Hilo Brokers, Ltd. in 1992. He has lived in Hawaii for 30 years. Kelly is a graduate of the University of Hawaii at Hilo (UHH) with degrees in Tropical Agriculture and Political Science. Kelly teaches Real Estate Finance at UH-Hilo’s College of Business. He is a dedicated tennis enthusiast and community volunteer who shares his time between the towns of Hilo and Kamuela, where his young sons attend school.
Gordon, known as “Mr. Soccer” around town, was called upon to start the Vulcans Men’s and Women’s soccer programs in March of 2006. With no budget, no players, and no other coaches, Gordon was able to assemble both and field teams in the Fall of 2006. Gordon coached the men’s program for two years, stayed on as an Interim Associate Athletic Director for another when he left to return to focus on the family businesses in 2009. Gordon’s sees himself as a real “People Person”! A product of Hilo High School where he lettered in football, Gordon earned an appointment to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, New York. Gordon lettered in football and baseball and graduated from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy with a degree in Engineering and started his professional career at American President Lines in San Francisco. His rapid rise to the position of Chief Engineer is attributed to his sensitivity and ability to connect with people as well as his technical abilities. It was only natural for Gordon to expand his horizons by matriculating at St. Mary’s College where he earned an MBA while working full time and raising a family. His experience gained by being on successful sports teams has driven his desire to create and be part of a dynamic and successful business “team”. Today, Gordon continued on his quest while also passing on his experiences to young athletes by his continued commitment to youth soccer and Vulcan Athletics. In addition to serving on the VAC Board, Gordon also serves as Treasurer and board member of the Big Island Youth Soccer Association and the Hawaii Youth Soccer Association. “Anything worth doing should be done passionately! Winning takes care of itself if you do your job right and with a passion for what you are doing!”
Faith Nance Like many fellow board members, Faith is a product of the public schools in Hilo and received her BS from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and her MS from Loma Linda University in California. She is currently a SpeechLanguage Pathologist with the Department of Education in the Ka’uKea’auPahoa complex. She lists her greatest achievement as raising her three sons as a single mother. Faith was a frustrated runner in high school who was unable to participate in high school sports. Her involvement in crosscountry and track and field has progressed from being a team parent and cookie maker on her youngest son’s teams at Waiakea High School, to being a certified volunteer BIIF Track & Field official and assisting with the Big Island International Marathon. The progression to higher education has surprised her, as she thought her goal in life would eventually be to emulate the ladies who give leis to all of the UH Manoa volleyball players at the end of their matches. She would like to think that her higher calling to be Secretary of the VAC was based on superb verbal and organizational skills, but gender and typing skills were the prevailing requirements. Faith is honored to be able to serve the University and the Athletic Department in helping their studentathletes reach their goals through maximizing their potential in sports. (Editors comment: The Board would not function without Faith’s support and involvement!)
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