Meet Cara

Cara has been married to her best friend for the past 17 years and they have been blessed with 3 children together who all attend Maui public schools (elementary, middle and high school). Being a part of our wonderful Maui community is such a great honor and joy. Maui is full of some amazing people.

Cara began living independently (without parental support) at age 16 and took custody of one of her younger siblings at age 18. Realizing the importance of secure housing Cara was very motivated to try and purchase her first home at age 18. She also put herself through college. Cara graduated with an Engineering degree from the University of North Texas after taking a very rigorous course load (while simultaneously working many hours). Through a lot of struggle, and life experience, Cara has learned, that what many people who are struggling need is a lot of grace, compassion, encouragement and opportunity. People need hope for a better future and many times that begins with kindness and opportunity. Cara has relied on the kindness and goodness of community members many times in her own life and that is part of what motivates her to serve others. Cara believes in “being the change you want to see in the world” and has witnessed many times that it truly works.

Cara Cares about our community

Professional

Founder of HALE Hawai’i a local community advocacy organization

Realtor – licensed real estate sales person currently and for the past 15 years (especially love helping first time homebuyers)

Federal Aviation Administration system specialist 2001-2007

University of North Texas BS-EET (Electronic Engineering)

Motorola Semiconductor Manufacturing Technician 1999-2001

Also was a server at many different restaurants

Past Community Involvement and Volunteer Work

Led the Toastmasters Youth Leadership Program – A free program for teenagers interested in developing their leadership and public speaking skills

Resource Caregiver for foster youth in Maui County

MOMSNEXT coordinator – led a local ministry that created a supportive community among mothers of school aged children (outreach ministry open to all moms)

MOPS coordinator – led a group for mothers of preschoolers, included childcare with a curriculum, breakfast and a lesson (outreach ministry open to all moms)

President of the Kihei Toastmaster Club . Provide leadership training, help develop public speaking skill and interpersonal skills

Making Home Affordable program – worked as a contractor helping families keep their homes during the housing market collapse

C3 Ministries youth leader – encouraged and mentored middle and high school students

Big Brothers Big Sister – volunteered as a Mentor for 7 years and still keep in touch

Volunteered with local non-profit teaching English language learners to read while in college