About KCS


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Administration and Support

Administration and Support

John Colson
Executive Director

John brings to KCS over 35 years of management and teaching experience in both private and conversion charter schools. John, who has a master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Counseling originally came to Hawaii in 1973 on a basketball scholarship and returned to work for Chaminade in student services and coaching prior to joining Hawaii Preparatory Academy (HPA) in 1979. His wealth of experience at HPA and other prominent schools (Maui Prep, Kamehameha, Waimea Middle, Hualalai Academy and Kanu o ka ‘Aina) includes teaching, coaching, dorm parent, counselor, Dean, Principal, Headmaster and fund raiser. “I believe strongly in a set of Core Values that drive me and my schools.”

Raquel Balasan
HR/Accounting Clerk

Phill Schmidt
IT Director

Phill received his undergraduate degree from Texas State University. His credentials include MSCSE Network and Server Specialty, NAUI Dive Master, and Recreational Therapy. He is the owner of PSI Technology. Prior to joining the Kihei Charter School ‘ohana, Phill worked as an Adolescent Therapist for the State of Hawaii. Phill enjoys working with and mentoring children and young adults, and supports students in their technology-field related career aspirations. He enjoys technology, snowboarding, turbo charging PCs, working with kids, his cats, and spending time with his wife, Monica. Phill joined Kihei Charter School in 2004.

Cheryl Zarro
Finance Director

Cheryl was a founding member of Kihei Charter School and has dedicated time and efforts over the past 15 years towards establishing and growing KCS. Entrepreneurial endeavors have driven her to participate in diverse businesses over the years: antique store management, food industries, summer school programs, youth programs, printing, signage, publications, marketing, and sales. She has experiences as a business owner and manager. Cheryl is active in the community, and is currently serving on the Board of South Maui Learning ‘Ohana. She is the proud mother of seven children, ranging in age from 16 to 33, two of whom are KCS alums and one of whom is currently attending KCS. She enjoys gardening, gymnastics, dance, and spending time with her family. Cheryl joined Kihei Charter School in 2004.

Local School Board

Richard Kehoe –  Chair

Gene Zarro – Vice Chair

Diane Parrella – Secretary

Steve Perkins – Director

Michael Sweeney – Treasurer

John Colson – Executive Director, ex officio