Wilbert Holck named new executive director

Welcome Home Wilbert!

HSTA Member Note:  An announcement was sent to members on October 30, 2014   http://eepurl.com/69ASD 

Wilbert Holck, NEA RA 2013
(Pictured above from left to right:  Leeward UniServ Director James Lynch-Urbaniak, Wilbert Holck, National Education Association (NEA) Pacific Regional Director Melissa Case, Central UniServ Director Jeanine Tsuchiya met before the start of the 2013 NEA Annual Meeting .)

Contact: Lea Okudara
Stryker Weiner & Yokota
Cell: (808) 729-6776
.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Wilbert Holck, HSTA

Hawaii State Teachers Association Appoints Wilbert Holck New Executive Director

The Hawaii State Teachers Association (HSTA) announced that Wilbert Holck has rejoined the union as its new executive director. Holck will be in charge of overseeing the HSTA’s operations to ensure the organization is executing and fulfilling the mandates and direction of the HSTA board of directors.

“We are pleased to welcome Wilbert back to the HSTA,” said Wil Okabe, HSTA president. “His extensive union experience, political partnerships, community involvement and teaching background makes him a perfect fit as executive director. And we know he will represent our members well.”

Holck returns to the HSTA from the Hawaii Government Employees Association (HGEA) where he served as the deputy executive director of field services. Prior to joining the HGEA, Holck was the deputy executive director and previously a UniServ director for the HSTA, where he gained 24 years of union experience. Holck was also a teacher at Kaiser High School previous to working at the HSTA.

“Wilbert has proven that he is the best candidate for this job,” said Al Nagasako, current HSTA executive director. “Having worked with him as my deputy executive director, I am confident that he will succeed in supporting our teachers and enhancing public school education for our students.”

Nagasako will remain with the HSTA through Jan. 5, 2015 during a transition period.

“I am honored to be back at the HSTA, where I called home for nearly 25 years,” said Wilbert Holck, HSTA executive director. “Starting out as a teacher, it is nice to come full circle and be able to serve fellow members and advocate for quality education in Hawaii.”

Holck’s appointment was approved by the HSTA board of directors on Oct. 25, 2014. His first day as executive director is Nov. 12, 2014.

# # #

About the Hawaii State Teachers Association: The Hawaii State Teachers Association is the exclusive representative of more than 13,500 public school teachers statewide. As the state affiliate of the 3.2-million-member National Education Association, HSTA represents and supports teachers in collective bargaining, as well as with legislative and professional development issues.

Gwen Kurashima, Al Nagasako, Wil Okabe 2014 Oahu Teacher Institute Day
Picture Caption:  Al Nagasako (center) and Wil Okabe confer with HSTA Governance Specialist Gwen Kurashima before the start of the 2014 Oahu Teacher Institute Day meeting.