Caluya Foundation Board

Fran Acoba, Psy.D., M.Div.

Fran Acoba is a licensed psychologist in Idaho. She works at Pearl Health Clinic in trauma, family systems, grief and loss, and eating disorders. She was trained at the Hawaii School of Professional Psychology; and completed her doctoral internship at the Sioux Falls Veterans Affairs Health Care System.

Dr. Acoba served as a minister/chaplain for 14 years in inner-city Chicago, its suburbs, & Hawaii.

She has worked with refugees since 1998, and advocates for the human rights of all individuals. She co-founded the Khemaras Cambodian Center in Honolulu. Since 2000, the Hawaii Cambodian refugee community has led an annual humanitarian mission to rural Cambodia, and yearlong efforts to support the poor.

She was a college instructor for 16 years, and emphasized student community ownership, self-empowerment, and global awareness through local & international service projects.

Dr. Acoba is committed to global mental health and post-traumatic growth through safe & resilient communities. It is her practice to partner with local professionals and para-professionals around the world, to support culturally-appropriate assessment, intervention, and holistic empowerment.

Shanta Danaraj. M.S., ABD

Shanta is a sociologist, administrator, and humanitarian.

She worked in the university setting, teaching, conducting research and publishing.

Then she worked as direct-missions administrator of her church, supporting international, national, and local efforts. These include supporting funding to develop and maintain a Cambodian refugee-led humanitarian mission; provide meals for the homeless in Hawaii; and build homes in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.

She has recently retired as the director of University Avenue Baptist Preschool in Honolulu.

In 2016, Shanta traveled to South Africa, Rwanda, and Uganda to develop relationships with local communities to help eradicate female genital mutilation among the Sabiny, and support efforts to stop gender-based violence.

Karen C. McDowell, J.D.

Karen C. McDowell. Esq. currently works at the New York City Department of Education in the area of Special Education for Children with Disabilities. She is the Co-Founder of The Rock Legal and Justice Clinic, a not for profit Christian Legal Aid, servicing and educating poor and underserved residents in the Inwood and Bronx communities in New York City.

Ms. McDowell has worked as a teacher and attorney in the United States Virgin Islands (USVI) and Chicago. She grew up in the Bronx and majored in Speech pathology at Herbert L. Lehman College. She attended New York Law school and later moved to Illinois where she is admitted to practice law, and continues to serve as an Arbitrator. While in Chicago she attended Moody Bible Institute and graduated with a Master's Degree in Biblical Studies. She studied at the Eugene Dupuch Law School in the Bahamas and is admitted to practice in the Bahamas. Her legal experience in the USVI encompassed working as a prosecutor at the Attorney General’s Office, and legal counsel to the Governor of the Virgin Islands.

Ms. McDowell has a long history of strong commitment to community service and youth. She served as community chaplain in the USVI jail and has worked with several NGOs in the inner cities, developing programs to empower youth..

DuRhonda Palmore, B.A.

DuRhonda is a community builder. She worked as the worship and music coordinator for Rock Church from 1984 (church plant in west side Chicago) until 2000. During this time period, she also participated in the joint community building efforts of Circle Urban Ministry and Rock Church.

Today, DuRhonda continues to support community transformation, social justice, racial reconciliation, and the development of resilient families.

She and her husband are raising their 3 beautiful and talented daughters. DuRhonda runs a business in genealogy ("Find Yo People"), gift baskets & cards, theater, and teaching piano.

Dan Tom, M.A.

Dan is the program coordinator for the Center for Language & Technology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

He has a bachelor’s degree in history from Dartmouth College; an MA in Chinese history from the Univ. of Washington, and an MA in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language from the Univ. of Hawaii.

Dan has instructed at Morrison Academy, and at Tunghai University in Taiwan. He also taught Mandarin at the University of Hawaii, and Hawaii Loa College (now Hawaii Pacific University).

At his church, he has served as a deacon, Sunday School teacher, praise team singer and a missions council member. He has participated in various missions’ programs including serving meals to the homeless, building houses in Ciudad Juarez and going on numerous mission trips to Cambodia since 2000.

Dan has served as a board member for 15 years with the Sounds of Aloha Chorus, a men’s a Cappella chorus (barbershop quartet style) to bring joy through music.

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