Meet the Office
Mrs. Tiare Judd Police '86
Director of Admissions
Mrs. Police has deep roots at HPA as an alumna, daughter of a 1962 alumnus, and parent to 1 child currently attending the school and two that are alumni. Joining the HPA team in 2009, Mrs. Police began her work in the Advancement and Alumni Office, bringing lasting momentum to initiatives in that department. She now brings her knowledge of and love for HPA and its rich history to the admission team.
After attending HPA, Mrs. Police attended Colorado State University and earned her bachelorʻs degree in human development and family studies. Prior to working at HPA, Mrs. Police spent several successful years in real estate sales on Hawaiʻi Island and managed the office for a bustling chiropractic practice.
At HPA, Mrs. Police loves connecting with families and helping them understand the essence of the HPA experience and all that the school has to offer. As a former student and current parent, Mrs. Police can speak to the schoolʻs rigorous academics, character building experiences, and opportunities for innovative thinking.
Mrs. Police lives in Waimea with her husband, Albert '85, and their children, Kepa '13, Maiah '15, and Isabella '21.
Mrs. Jackie Jefferson
Assistant Director of Admissions
Mrs. Jefferson came to HPA in 2012, after working for a Boulder-based private equity firm, prior to which she spent many years in development, public relations, and journalism, for companies that included Ericsson, Spirent Communications, InfoWorld, Pacific Business News, the American Cancer Society, and the Kahilu Theatre Foundation. After graduating from Punahou School, on Oʻahu, Mrs. Jefferson continued on to Whittier College, where she earned a bachelorʻs degree in business administration.
At HPA, Mrs. Jefferson is instrumental in admission communications and marketing. She enjoys introducing students and their families to the many unique opportunities available at HPA, on the majestic island of Hawaiʻi. Among her favorite things about HPA are the schoolʻs signature sustainability and environmental stewardship programs, and the elevated level of support students receive in their academic, leadership, and co-curricular endeavors, from HPAʻs dedicated faculty, staff, athletic coaches, and parents—the HPA ʻohana.
Mrs. Jefferson lives in Waimea with her husband, Steve ʻ86, and their children, Jack and Bayla.
Mrs. Hui-Chun O'Leary
Admissions Office Coordinator
Hui-Chun O’Leary joined HPA’s Admissions team in January of 2017 as Office Coordinator. Hui-Chun supports various needs of the Admission Office including the student application process, international student visa procedures, and internal and external communications.
Hui-Chun is a native speaker of both Mandarin Chinese and Taiwanese and serves as translator and interpreter for Chinese speaking students and their families. Hui-Chun has also been a dorm parent for the past twelve years in Carter Hall, and also worked as an administrative assistant for HPA’s College Counseling Center for four years. Hui-Chun resides in the HPA faculty cottages with her husband, Patrick, HPA faculty member, her daughter, Hai-Chi (HPA '23) and her son, ‘Imaikalani (HPA '29). Hui-Chun can be reached at email@example.com or 808-881-4007.
Mr. Joshua D. Clark
Director of External Relations
Mr. Clark graduated from Purdue University with a double major in Political Science and philosophy, and a minor in religious studies. Mr. Clark then began working on a master's in comparative politics. During this time, he and his new bride, Brenda, took on the role of dorm parents at Purdue and Mr. Clark taught Introduction to Communication courses to Purdue freshmen.
In 2000, Mr. Clark relocated to Arizona to start his career in boarding school admissions. There, he was involved with domestic and international admissions, and financial aid. A few years later, Mr. Clark accepted a post at a boarding school in Maine, where he took on more responsibility with international admissions and became instrumental in academic and social curriculum development for international students.
In 2006, Mr. Clark moved to the island of Hawai'i to work at Hawai'i Preparatory Academy. As director of admission, Mr. Clark works closely with the admission team in helping families apply to grades kindergarten through postgraduate (PG).
Mr. Clarkʻs enthusiasm for the “place-based” education at HPA, which takes advantage of the unique opportunities available on Hawai'i Island, is unmistakable. At HPA, students can pursue their passions, learn in a rigorous academic environment, and get involved in cutting-edge research, which can put them at an advantage when applying to universities. Programs and courses such as sea turtle research, environmental science and Green Tech in the Energy Lab, Agro-Ecology, geology, and astronomy, give students opportunities to develop specialized knowledge and skills that can benefit them throughout their university and professional careers. These “place-based” and hands-on-learning opportunities truly are unique to HPA.
Mr. Clark enjoys seeing families from outside the state of Hawai'i light up when they recognize the amazing experiences a student can have while attending HPA, living on a safe, multicultural island, with access to a high-caliber American education, surrounded by Hawaiian history and culture, making global connections, and developing lifelong friendships with students from around the world.
Mr. Clark and his wife, a distinguished member of the English department at HPA, live in Waimea with their daughter, Ruby Belle.