Will Smith Foundation announces new board

The Will Smith Foundation announced the election of members to its inaugural board of directors.

The nonprofit organization aims to provide positive life experiences for underprivileged children and is named for 8-year-old Will Smith, who was killed in a traffic accident on Maui in July 2007.

Susan Moulton, founder of the organization and Will’s mother, said she anticipates that the newly assembled board will broaden the scope of the foundation.

“The diverse set of ideas and personal experiences the new board members bring to our team are essential to our goal of further expanding the reach of the foundation on the island,” said Moulton in a news release.

The newly elected members include:

* Mark Ellman, restaurateur, entrepreneur and local philanthropist. Ellman and wife Judy have called Maui home for 27 years. He serves as board president of the Will Smith Foundation.

* Marian Feenstra, chief of aquatics for the county Department of Parks and Recreation.

* Archie Kalepa, head of Maui Ocean Safety and Rescue and Waterman Hall of Fame inductee. Kalepa and his family are natives of Maui.

* Alicia Kalepa works in the hotel industry and also has been mistress of ceremonies at the Old Lahaina Luau and Feast at Lele family for 20 years. A former Miss Maui, she is the wife of Archie Kalepa and mother of two 7-year-old twin girls.

* Lawrence Kauha’aha’a, retired Maui County police officer, was a member of the force for more than 20 years.

* Matthew Murasko, an entrepreneur and resident of Maui for nine years who lives in Haiku with his wife, Alane, and 8-year old son Zane.

* Jenny Worth, the foundation’s secretary, studied at the University of Redlands and has a background in pre-contact archaeology of the Great Basin. She is actively involved with nonprofits on Maui, according to the release.

For more information, contact Worth at 238-8613 or via email at jenny@thewillsmithfoundation.org.