Executive Board/Board of Directors
David Rose is the President of the EIF Board of Directors. Dave (shown here at left with the former Mayor of Easter Island) is a retired attorney; he and his wife, Gail (right), became enchanted with Easter Island while on Georgia Lee’s Millennium Tour to Easter Island. They enjoy adventure travel and scuba-diving (Dave calls his scuba experience off Motu Nui “spectacular”). Gail Rose is a retired science teacher. Dave and Gail enjoyed their first visit to Rapa Nui so much that they returned twice more.
Marla Wold is the Vice-President of the EIF. Marla became intrigued with Rapa Nui during her first college class at the University of Wyoming in 1969, taught by William Mulloy. Marla’s has a Master’s degree in Anthropology on the subject of the Rapanui language. Marla was the chairperson of the EIF Scholarship Committee for many years and is pictured here with Viki Haoa Cardinali, Rapanui language expert and teacher. Viki and Marla are founding members of the scholarship program administered by the EIF.
Kathi Merritt is the Secretary of the EIF. Shown here with Sonia Haoa and Melinka Cuadros Hucke, Kathi first visited Rapa Nui on an Earthwatch expedition in 2007; she returned to volunteer for Earthwatch in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and is eager to assist with future research. Recent trips have been with family and friends to share the uniqueness and beauty of the island. Kathi has over 40 years as a classroom teacher and school library media teacher. Kathi is also the Secretary of the EIF Scholarship program.
Mike Chamberlain is the Treasurer of the EIF. He is a retired project manager for an energy company, and has an MBA from the University of Southern California. Mike has worked extensively with archaeologists in the field documenting Native American rock art sites across the southwestern United States.
Kay Sanger fell in love with Rapa Nui while working there with Georgia Lee’s research project in 1983. She has returned to the island many times, and works to promote education, research and preservation. Kay has an MA in Archaeology from UCLA and is the author of several books on travel, archaeology and rock art, including the EIF’s best-selling guidebook, Easter Island. The Essential Guide, published in 2015. Kay is a member of the EIF Scholarship Committee and a former President and Vice-President of the EIF.
Elaine Dvorak and her husband Don have conducted amazing kite-aerial photography projects on Easter Island and in Hawaii. Their aerial photos showing archaeological sites have provided valuable information to archaeologists on the ground.
Joan Seaver Kurze’s interest in anthropology led her to UCLA where she earned her doctorate. Her fieldwork on Rapa Nui focused on the modern woodcarvers of the island. Joan was the founding President of the EIF and is the author of Ingrained Images. Wood Carvings from Easter Island, which accompanied an exhibit at the Maxwell Museum at University of New Mexico in 1997. In 2018 Joan published Saints on Easter Island, detailing the history of the woodcarvings in the Church of the Holy Cross on Easter Island.
Elaine Crumpley is a retired science teacher. She has spent time on Easter Island teaching science classes to Rapanui students, which was an “amazing experience”. Elaine is a member of the EIF Scholarship Committee.
Caroline Roe comes to the Easter Island Foundation by way of her passion for tiki and Polynesian pop culture, and has been the liaison with the EIF from Fraternal Order of Moai since 2009. She is also currently President of the Fraternal Order of Moai Foundation. She and her husband Rob visited Rapa Nui back in 2008, and enjoyed exploring the island, capturing the beauty of the island through photography, and looks forward to returning. Caroline has a BS from Denison University in Psychology, and an MA from Duke University in Cognitive Psychology, leading to her career in Marketing Research. Caroline is a member of the EIF Scholarship Committee.
Hilary Scothorn lives in New Zealand and is the Secretary of the Pacific Arts Association. Her Master’s degree in Art History was on the subject of Polynesian and non-Western art.
EIF Technical and Editorial Advisors
Mara Mulrooney is the Editor of the Rapa Nui Journal. She completed her PhD in anthropology at the University of Auckland, focusing on settlement and land use in the Hanga Ho‘onu sector of Rapa Nui. Mara works at Pacific Legacy Inc., Hawai‘i. She has conducted archaeological research in Hawai‘i, New Zealand, Fiji, Guam, and Rapa Nui.
Mara’s 2013 article in the Journal of Archaeological Science challenges the theory that Rapa Nui society was on its way to collapse prior to European contact in 1722. Click on the links below to learn how her research sheds new light on this subject.
Mara was also interviewed for NPR’s Sunday Weekend Edition on 12/22/13. To listen, click on the link below:
Ana Betty Haoa Rapahango, now retired, was the Librarian at the Biblioteca Rapanui at the Fonck Museum in Viña del Mar for many years. Betty is an Easter Islander and has an MA from the University of Chile. She assists the EIF as a translator for the Rapa Nui Journal and for EIF’s Scholarship Program.
Emeritus Board Members
Charles Love is a geologist and archaeologist. He taught at Western Wyoming College and has undertaken extensive studies on Easter Island, with special interest in the moai roads and the prehistory of Ahu Tongariki, as well as many other Easter Island ahu.