Monday, August 21 2017 09:13 PM

Our Staff

Hawaiʻi Teacher Standards Board Staff

Lynn Hammonds LYNN HAMMONDS
Executive Director
Lynn Hammonds serves as the Executive Director of HTSB. She provides executive services to the Board, supervises HTSB staff and assists in the development of activities, policies and procedures for effective and efficient organization and implementation of the Board’s policies. After taking office she was instrumental in revising the license renewal process; deploying the online licensing system; revising HTSB’s Administrative Rules; finalizing a Memorandum of Agreement for Data Sharing with the Hawaii Department of Education; facilitating license reciprocity with other states and introducing “green initiatives” into office operations. Lynn is a graduate of Union University with a degree in French, Social Studies and Education and holds a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Memphis. She was among the first teachers certified in 1999 by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards as a Middle Childhood Generalist. Lynn taught for twenty-five years in elementary, middle and high school and has worked as a technology representative for a computer company in Hawaii and Southern California. She is also a member of the National Council for Teacher Education (NCATE) Board of Examiners, a Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund Master Teacher, a NASA Mentor Teacher and has served as a support provider for the California Beginning Teacher Support Assessment (BTSA) Program.  Lynn was recently elected by her fellow licensing agency state directors to a second term as Western Region Director for the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC).
 
Christina Simpson CHRISTINA SIMPSON J.D.
Specialist
Christina Simpson serves as the Licensing Specialist for HTSB.  She taught for 16 years in both public and private schools in Hawaii.  Christina is a graduate of the University of Hawaii-Manoa with a Bachelor’s degree in English and a Post Baccalaureate in Secondary Education.  She holds a Master’s degree in Curriculum Studies with an emphasis in Middle School and a Master’s degree in Educational Foundations with an emphasis in Private School Leadership from the University of Hawaii-Manoa.  Christina received her Juris Doctor from Hawaii’s William S. Richardson School of Law.
 
Topher Erickson DR. TOPHER ERICKSON
Specialist
Dr. Topher Erickson practiced social work with runaway and homeless youth for 10 years before undertaking graduate work in cultural anthropology at American University in Washington DC. His research explores the intersections of social movements, social work and nonprofit organizations in Hawaii. Dr. Erickson continues scholarship in examining systems of power, gender and social justice. As well as how social and cyber space influence our day-to-day interactions. Topher has taught social science courses in higher education in Washington DC and Honolulu for over 12 years. He brings multiple years of experience with curriculum review and implementation in higher education. Dr. Erickson is committed to self-assessment, integrity, and being of service.
 
Lorrin Toma LORRIN TOMA
Data Manager
Lorrin Toma serves as the Data Manager for HTSB. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Asian studies from the University of Hawaii-Manoa and is a member of the Golden Key Honors Society. Lorrin has been employed as a SLEP (Second Language English Proficiency) teaching assistant at Ka`iulani Elementary and upon graduating from the University of Hawaii, he has taught English in Japan at Miyake-jima High School and Tachikawa High School in the JET program. After returning to Hawaii in 1999, Lorrin worked as a Network Administrator for Watanabe, Ing and Kawashima LLP, the Department of Health Developmental Disabilities Division, and the Department of the Attorney General.
 
Jill Agena JILL AGENA
Secretary
Jill Agena has served as the HTSB Secretary since 2006.
 
Hazel Mariano HAZEL MARIANO
Office Assistant
Hazel Mariano serves as the Office Assistant for HTSB. She has earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix (Honolulu campus) and her associate’s degree in Business Administration from Heald College.
 
Catherine Floyd CATHERINE FLOYD
Office Assistant
Catherine Floyd serves as the Office Assistant for HTSB. Prior to joining HTSB, she has worked for 15 years as an Administrative Assistant with various painting and garage door contractors.
 
Behr BEHR
Dr. Behrickson, or “Behr,” serves Dr. Erickson as a diabetic alert dog (DAD). Using his keen sense of smell, he signals Dr. Erickson to any critical hypoglycemic episodes induced by injected insulin. Born in Amarillo, Texas, Behr completed one year of obedience and six months of scent training before being paired with Topher in October, 2008 – he has been at his side ever since. When not on the job, Behr enjoys licking the floor, his paws and his immediate surroundings vigorously. As he enters the winter of his life, Behr has found sleeping to be a rewarding pastime and has honed his snoring-craft.
 

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