Genesis Young- Executive Director
Genesis Young, the visionary behind Nonviolent Communication for the Next Generation, a medical surgeon by trade, now retired, dedicates his full energy to bringing Nonviolent Communication based Restorative Practices to Maui County schools and judicial system. Genesis is passionate about ending school violence and the lack of social emotional skills that perpetuate disconnection. Genesis works diligently at creating legislation with Tina Wildberger that will impact the Hawaiian Islands at requiring integration of restorative justice in our school and judicial system. Genesis lives on Maui with his wife Sulara James, they enjoy working collaboratively towards creating more peace in the world.
David Litman- Director of Programs
David Litman, MA, LMFT (Intern), has over 25 years of experience in using Nonviolent Communication and a wide array of other psychological and therapeutic modalities in the areas of counseling, coaching, mediation, human resources management, education, training and organizational development. David’s passion and mission is in helping others to learn and grow. In addition to his work in corporate settings, David has been heavily involved with the community. He has taught children LifeSkills curriculum and Nonviolent Communication at various schools on Maui, he was the Father Involvement Coordinator for Maui Family Support Services, taught Anger Management through PACT, mentored young men through Boys to Men Hawaii, and is an active facilitator of men’s process work through the ManKind Project.
David holds a B.B.A in Operations Management from the University of Massachusetts, and a Masters in Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. He has lived on both coasts, hailing from Massachusetts and then living in Southern California for 20 years. He has lived on Maui since 2010, along with his wife, son, daughter and a variety of animal friends. When he’s not busy helping others learn and grow, he is usually spending quality time with family and friends, enjoying nature, playing guitar and singing.
Hawkeye Lannis- Lead Facilitator
Hawkeye is our dedicated Nonviolent Communication and restorative practices facilitator, and works collaboratively with teachers, counselors, and administrators to educate the young minds of Maui youth in conflict resolution, needs awareness, and social and emotional well-being. He leverages his extensive experience in restorative practices to offer trainings, meditation, facilitation, and consulting to both our Maui schools and our greater Maui community.
Hawkeye lives in Kula with his sweetheart Brenda and their pet cat where he spends his down time salsa dancing and playing pickleball.
Jamaica La Turner - Executive Assistant
Jamaica received her BA from University of Hawaii Manoa with a focus in Peace and Conflict Education, Sociology, and Psychology. She currently works with schools to support them in the implementation of NVCnextgen’s restorative programs, and especially enjoys applying her depth of knowledge in Nonviolent Communication and mediation toward training youth in peer mediation.
As the mother of 3 active kids, Jamaica leads a very full life outside of work. From surfing with her daughter and husband, to club soccer, to football with her middle son, and skateboarding with the whole family, she makes the most of each day, taking advantage of all that Maui life has to offer.
Cybil Moran - Executive Assistant
Cybil comes to us as a pharmacy technician with 25 years of experience. She was the Operations Assistant at Pacific Whale Foundation where she gained knowledge about eco-tourism in Hawaiʻi. Her passion is holistic healthcare and helping people learn to prevent diseases and to live healthier lives. Part of this is living pono and taking care of our mother Earth. Because Cybil is a recent resident of Hawaiʻi, she acknowledges that she has a kuleana to mālama this ʻāina and support the Native Hawaiian community, culture, and language. Cybils’s passion and experience in healthcare and sustainability has brought her to the Teran James Young Foundation. Her focus is on researching, implementing, and promoting sustainability initiatives for Maui County and all of Hawaiʻi.
Cybil also loves keiki as she is an Auntie to many nieces and nephews. She believes that if we had one generation of loving and caring emotionally mature parents, that it could change the world. In her free time, you can find Cybil enjoying the ocean, spending time with friends, making super smoothies, volunteering, and learning ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi.
Kawehi Kina - Administrative Assistant
As a Kanaka ʻŌiwi born and raised in Waiheʻe on the island of Maui, Kawehi graduated from Lāhaināluna High School as a four-year Boarder. She pursed a college education at the University of Hawaiʻi Maui College were she earned two Associate of Arts degrees in Liberal Arts and Hawaiian Studies. She then transferred to the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Ethnic Studies and a minor in Political Science. She is currently on a leave of absence as a Master’s student in the department of Educational Administration – Higher Education at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Due to the pandemic, Kawehi has moved back home to Waiheʻe to utilize her knowledge and experience of Hawaiian Studies and Social Sciences toward handling the administration, outreach, and promotion for the Teran James Young Foundation and its many programs.
In her free time, Kawehi enjoys spending time going on walks in forests, gardening, and playing with her dog named Puakenikeni.