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 truly amazing people.
Cara began living independently (without parental support) as a teenager and took custody of one of her younger sibling at age 18. Realizing the importance of secure housing Cara was very motivated to try and purchase her first home at age 18. She worked hard to put herself through college and 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 access to 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 this truly works.
Past and Current Community Involvement and Volunteer Work
Volunteer with local non-profit that serves the unsheltered in Maui County.
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
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