MHC is led by a group of committed volunteers representing diverse sectors of our community.
Scott B. Power (President)
Mary M. Cooke (Vice-President)
Helen Nakano (Secretary)
David Lee (Treasurer)
Maenette Ah Nee Benham
Beryl B. Blaich
Catherine L. Cooke
Carol M. Fox (Emeritus)
A Kauai girl with a passion for historic preservation, Mary and her late husband Sam founded MHC in 1996. She is an active community volunteer and was the founding President of Malama Mānoa.
Jessica Welch grew up all over the world and has worked in museums for nearly two decades. She believes in the power of cultural sites to help humans connect, learn more about themselves and their place in the world.
Director of Education
Jenny Engle brings almost 20 years of experience designing museum education programs that engage students and help teachers. She has a Masters of Education in Arts in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from Kenyon College, OH.
Cultural Site Manager
Jenny Leung is a specialist in collections management and historic preservation. She lives in Mānoa Valley, in the shadow of Kauhi, the Sleeping Giant.
Education Assistant and Cultural Steward
Lindsey Ke‘ala Wong is a graduate from Kamehameha Kapalama (2009) and University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (2014) where she received a BA in Hawaiian Studies/Hawaiian Language. She is passionate about education and appreciates the Cooke ‘ohana and what they stand for: cultural preservation through education.
As MHC’s first full-time Caretaker, Kevin ensures that our buildings and physical assets are well-managed and maintained. Originally from Pennsylvania, Kevin grew up on a farm, is a certified machinist, and moved to Hawaiʻi in 2009.
Mānoa Heritage Center also depends on dedicated part-time staff to implement its mission:
Excie Batangan – Groundskeeper
Emily Fay – Development Officer
The Native Hawaiian gardens are lovingly maintained by Anthony Ortiz, GREENSPACE HAWAII, Inc. and a corps of volunteers and service learning students.