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.

Sheena Choy, Fellows Program & Marketing Coordinator

CTL Team since 2019

Sheena Choy was born and raised in Honolulu and is a graduate of Mid-Pacific Institute. She received her Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Pepperdine University and holds an undergraduate Certificate in Conflict Management from the Straus Institute for Dispute Studies Resolution. She is passionate about connecting cultures, and has explored Asia as a student,
intern, homestay participant, and teacher. As a proud alumna of the 2012 Fellows class, she is excited to come full circle to grow with Hawaii’s rising generation of young leaders.

Trisha Ramelb, Student Leadership Facilitator & Vanguard Support

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 she is currently pursuing 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 a recent participant in the Summer in Hawaiʻi internship program. Her experience in peer advising exploratory freshmen at UH Mānoa fuels her interest in helping students identify their passion, and providing support to students as they navigate higher education. Trisha is excited to help build stronger and deeper connections with CTLʻs bright Vanguard network!

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!

Grace Leon, Student Leadership Facilitator

CTL Team since 2021

Grace Leon was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. She is a graduate of President William McKinley High School, and has been a part of both CTL’s Ambassadors and Fellows programs. Grace has a huge heart for the next generation inside of CTL and outside. She has been serving as a youth leader at Christ Centered Community Church for 5 years, and is excited to see the next generation grow as leaders.

Hoang Yen Le, Special Initiatives

CTL Team since 2021

Hoang Yen Le was born in Vietnam but raised in Hawaii since the age of 6. She graduated from McKinley High School and received her Bachelor’s of Science in Chemistry and Minor in Asian History from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Hoang Yen is excited to be a part of CTL and to see the students’ growth in leadership.

Jen May Pastores, Storyteller & Media Specialist

CTL Team since 2015

Jen May Pastores was born in Guam and grew up living in different countries before moving to O'ahu where she attended Moanalua High School. She studied at UH Mānoa and California State University, Northridge where she received her Bachelor of Arts in journalism and creative writing. She taught in the Los Angeles Unified School District, and later served as Director of Leadership Development for an after school program in Central California where she was recognized for her innovative work in youth engagement. She is also a local documentary photographer and writer, and enjoys storytelling for CTL.