Gabe Johnson & Elizabeth Dela Cruz join MEO Board

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December 15, 2022

Maui County Council Member Gabe Johnson and the chairperson of the Head Start Policy Council, Elizabeth Dela Cruz, have joined the Maui Economic Opportunity Board of Directors.

Johnson, who holds the Lana‘i residency seat on the council, will represent The Lana‘i Kupuna Council on the MEO Board. His three-year term was approved by the board on Dec. 5, and he replaces Cindy Figuerres.

A resident of Lana‘i for more than 15 years and an organic farmer, Johnson was re-elected to his seat in November for a second term.

Dela Cruz has a child in the Wailuku A Head Start preschool program at Ka Hale A Ke Ola Homeless Resource Center and had another child in the program last school year. She currently is attending UH-Maui College and served for 12 years in the U.S. Coast Guard.

Dela Cruz was elected chairperson of the MEO Head Start Policy Council, which consists of parent representatives from Head Start sites, on Oct. 25. As chairperson, she claimed the Head Start Policy Council seat on the board and replaces outgoing member Maria Nachuo. Her term is for one year.

The MEO tripartite Board of Directors consists of 21 members representing the government, resident and private sectors. The board sets policy for the 57-year-old Community Action Partnership nonprofit agency.

Maui County Council Member Gabe Johnson has joined the Maui Economic Opportunity Board of Directors as The Lana‘i Kupuna Council representative.

Elizabeth Dela Cruz is a new member of the MEO Board of Directors. She is the Head Start Policy Council representative.

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