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Who's Who in HSSO

HSSO Board of Directors

Franklin Allaire - President/State Director (

Franklin Allaire is a 12-year veteran secondary science teacher in Hawai‘i's public school system.  He has worked at Nanakuli High and Intermediate School and Kapolei High School and is currently at Kalani High School.  He has taught a variety of courses including Physical Science, Biology, Honors Chemistry, Environmental Science, and Human Physiology.  He holds a Bachelor's degree in Secondary Science Education from Delaware Valley College and a Master's in Educational Foundations from the University of Hawai‘i.  He is currently working towards his PhD in Educational Foundations with a focus on Native Hawaiian involvement in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).  In his spare time, Franklin volunteers with Special Olympics and the Hawai‘i Science Teachers Association and enjoys running, reading, hiking, and photography.  Franklin became involved with Science Olympiad while an undergraduate student and worked with one of his mentors, Dr. Robert Orr, to help run the Regional Tournament hosted by his college.  After moving to Hawai‘i, Franklin teamed up with Michael Lane, Roger Kwok, and other Leeward Community College faculty to found the Hawai‘i State Science Olympiad in 2004 and hold the first statewide tournament in Hawai‘i in 2005.  Franklin has served on the HSSO board for 8 years and is currently the president of the board.

Brad Ashburn - Statewide Tournament Director (

Dr. Brad Ashburn is currently serving as the Tournament Chair on the HSSO Board of Directors and as the Statewide Tournament Director.  He graduated with honors from the University of California at Davis with a B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and went on to complete his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Oregon State University.  After post doctoral research and teaching at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa, he joined the faculty at Leeward CC where he teaches organic and biochemistry.  His research has been published in many leading national and international academic journals including the Journal of the American Chemical Society, Journal of Organic Chemistry, and Angewandte Chemie.  Beyond teaching, Dr. Ashburn enjoys mentoring undergraduate research in green organic chemistry and is authoring a textbook based on those studies.

Andrea Barnes - Director

Andrea Barnes has been teaching physical science at Iolani School for the past four years and taught chemistry and physical science for seven years at W.R. Farrington High School.  She previously worked at the Army Corps of Engineers in engineering and construction before getting her Bachelor's degree in Chemistry and her Master's of Education in Teaching, both from the University of Hawai'i.  She is a current board member and Past-President of the Hawai'i Science Teachers Association.  After coaching a Science Olympiad team for two years, she became a volunteer and then was elected to the board of HSSO in 2009.  She coaches cross country and ponders the origins of the term "poobahs".

Amber Inwood - Secretary

Amber Inwood is in the Education Department at the Bishop Museum and works in both formal and in-formal education settings.  She has run events such as Dynamic Planet and has been a member of the HSSO board for 3 years.

Michael Lane - Vice-President

Michael Lane is an earth science professor at the University of Hawai’i Leeward CC, where he teaches oceanography and geology courses. Michael earned degrees at Wichita State University, B.A. Geology, B.A. Spanish, and M.S. Geology, and has four years of graduate coursework and research in oceanography at UH Manoa. Photography, studying Spanish and French, and reading about science are his favorite activities. Michael has served on the HSSO board for 8 years and currently is the board’s vice president.

Roger Kwok - Director

Roger Kwok is a physics and chemistry professor at the University of Hawai‘i Leeward CC.  Roger has served on the HSSO board for 8 years and helps coordinate judges for regional and statewide tournaments.

Steven Robinow - Director

Dr. Steve Robinow received his BA in Genetics from University of California at Berkeley in 1978 and PhD in Biology from Brandeis University in 1990.  He conducted post-doctoral research in the Department of Zoology at the University of Washington from 1990 to 1995.  In the summer of 1995 he accepted an appointment as Assistant Professor of Zoology at the Manoa campus of the University of Hawaii, was given tenure and promoted to Associate Professor in 2000 and was promoted to Professor in 2007.  In 2006 he was appointed Affiliate Faculty of the Center for Teaching Excellence at UH-Manoa, and received both the Presidential Citation for Meritorious Teaching (2001), and the Chancellor’s Citation for Meritorious Teaching (2006).  In 2005 he served as a National Academies Education Fellow in the Life Sciences (National Academy of Sciences), and this year will serve as a National Academies Mentor Teacher for 2011-2012 (National Academy of Sciences).  He is committed to providing the highest quality learning opportunity to my students.  To do so I strive to have an active classroom, independent of enrollment (which may exceed 200).  He is committed to science education and to the spirit of “learning by doing”. 
Kim Strong - Director - Elementary Science Olympiad (

HSSO Regional Directors

Flaviana Ancheta - Maui Regional Director (

Flaviana Ancheta is a veteran middle school teacher at Lahaina Intermediate School on Maui.  She is extremely active in the STEM community on Maui and helped bring Science Olympiad to the students and teachers of Maui Country.  Flaviana has served as Maui Regional Director for 2 years.

Ryan Girard - Kauai Regional Director (

Ryan Girard has been teaching Math at the community college level since 2004.  He began at Front Range Community College in Colorado where he taught mathematics and meteorology courses.  He moved to Leeward Community College in 2009 and currently teaches at Kauai Community College. Ryan began serving as the Kauai regional director for Science Olympaid in 2012.  Ryan earned an M.S degree in Applied Mathematics from the University of Colorado as well as a B.S in Mathematics and another in Meteorology from the University of Massachusetts.

Helmut Kae - Leeward Regional Director (

Helmut Kae has been a professor of microbiology and general biology at Leeward Community College since 2008.  He obtained a PhD in Microbiology and Immunology from the University of British Columbia in 2007, studying cell signaling pathways.  One of his primary interests is bringing science to the community.  He is involved in the Oahu State science fairs, as both a mentor to high school and middle school students, as well as a judge.  He is part of a group that organizes the Leeward CC Discovery Fair, an annual family fun fair that focuses on hands-on learning experiences for kids both young and old.  Outside of the academic walls Helmut coaches and plays inline hockey, enjoys grilling meat on a charcoal grill, and is current Cubmaster for Pack 167.

David Krupp - Windward Regional Directoar (

Dave Krupp is a proffesor at the University of Hawai‘i Windward CC and is extremely active in the STEM community on the Windward side of Oahu and through the State of Hawai‘i.  He sits on several community boards and was instrumental in bringing Science Olympiad to the students and teachers of Windward Oahu.  Dave has served at Windward Regional Director for 3 years.

Gail Loeffler - Hawai‘i Island Regional Director (

Gail Loeffler is a 10-year veteran in Secondary education and a 6-year veteran leading informal education at the `Imiloa Astronomy Center.  This comes after transitioning from a 20-year career in the medical field which included both supervisory and teaching responsibilities (UH-Manoa).  Background education is in Natural Sciences (UH-Hilo), with Secondary teaching experience in Physics, Physical Science, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, and Earth and Space Science.  Accomplishments include:  Founder (2001) successful charter school - Hawai`i Academy of Arts & Science-PCS, grant writing ($270K), published Fellow-Hawai`i Space Grant College-Curriculum Development-Classroom Astronomy Program (1995), Board work - ASC (Arts & Science Center-Pahoa), Cosmic Serpent Fellow-Bridging Native and Western Learning in Museum Settings (NSF Grant 2009-2001), Hawai`i Island Regional Director-Science Olympiad (2011).  Gail also enjoys swimming, sewing and travel.