CTL Team

Our Leadership Team

The CTL team works every day in classrooms across the state to engage, equip, and empower young leaders for Hawaiʻi.

Katie Chang, Executive Director

CTL Team since 2011

Katie Chang is the Executive Director of the Center for Tomorrow’s Leaders, and 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 Ambassadors program which offers leadership development directly to Hawaiʻi’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 Hawaiʻi State Legislature and Governor’s Office. She is a summa cum laude graduate of Pepperdine University.

April Nakamura, Associate Director

CTL Team since 2012

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 UH Mānoa. 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.

Joy Yoshida, High School Programs Coordinator

CTL Team since 2019

Joy Yoshida was born and raised in Kaneohe and is a graduate of Hawaii Baptist Academy. After earning her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, she returned home to Hawaii where she taught the 4th grade at Windward Nazarene Academy for 15 years. She is actively involved in her church as the Elder for the Middle School and High School ministries as well as a vocalist on the worship team. Joy has a heart to see the youth of Hawaii step into their roles as the leaders of tomorrow by becoming passionate and educated about leading today.

Trisha Ramelb, Student Leadership Facilitator & Marketing Coordinator

CTL Team since 2020

Trisha Ramelb was born and raised in Honolulu to Filipino immigrant parents. She is a graduate of McKinley High School, and received her Bachelor’s degree in History at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Trisha is an alumnus of the CTL Ambassadors program, Fellows program, and Summer in Hawaiʻi internship program. Her experience in peer advising exploratory freshmen at UH Mānoa fuels her interest in helping students identify their purpose, and providing support to students as they navigate higher education. Trisha is excited to help build stronger and deeper connections with Hawaiʻi's young leaders.

Chaz Mihara, Student Leadership Facilitator

CTL Team since 2021

Chaz Mihara was born in Honolulu, Hawai'i. He was raised in Pearl City and is a proud graduate of Pearl City High School. He received his Bachelor's degree in Journalism from the University of Hawai'i at Manoa. He is passionate about sports and is continuing to chase his dream of becoming a Sports Broadcaster. He also volunteers his time coaching Boys and Girls volleyball at Pearl City High School. As a CTL alumnus of the 2012 Fellows class, he is grateful to be a part of CTL and give back in such a way to inspire and touch the lives of the next great leaders of Hawai'i!

Shannon Kim, Student Leadership Facilitator

CTL Team since 2022

Shannon Kim was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi. She graduated from the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa with a Bachelor's degree in Education and has taught 2nd grade for the past 6 years in the Department of Education. After working as a high school health teacher for a summer, she found an interest in working with young adults to guide them toward higher education and is really excited to now be a part of CTL. She loves giving back to her community and looking forward to getting the opportunity to continue to work with students in a variety of schools to find what they are passionate about and reach their true potential as future leaders.

Charisma Fojas, Student Leadership Facilitator

CTL Team since 2022

Charisma Fojas was born and raised on Oʻahu, Hawaiʻi. She is a graduate of Maryknoll High School and received her Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Hawaiʻi Pacific University. She received her Masters degree in governmental accounting from Rutgers University. Prior to CTL, Charisma worked for the City & County of Honolulu as a performance auditor. She is currently a Masters student at Pacific Rim Christian University and is actively involved with high school outreach and a member of the worship team at her church. Part of Charisma’s heart to work with the youth of Hawaiʻi comes from her upbringing as a shy and quiet teenager wanting a mentor to help her discover her leadership potential. Her experiences of working with local high school students over the past several years has also led her to invest and give back to the youth of Hawaiʻi.

Sue Yoshida, Office Manager

CTL Team since 2022

Sue has lived in Kaneʻohe for most of her life. She is a proud graduate of Castle High School and attended Kapiʻolani Community College. Prior to coming to CTL, she worked at Hawaii Baptist Academy as the Admissions Secretary (Grades 7-12) for 22 years. She attends church at Salt and Light Hawaiʻi and is currently serving on the Greeters Team. Sue is a blessed mom of three children who are educators in their chosen fields, and a proud grandmother of three amazing grandkids.