Ching is an extension specialist in agricultural leadership in the
Department of Family and Consumer Sciences of the College of Tropical Agriculture
and Human Resources. Over the past decade, she has established herself as one
of Hawaiis premier advocates and practitioners of processes designed
to make groups more effective in their planning and other deliberations. Her
work is based on a simple premisegroups (temporary committees, governing
boards, teams and the like) are the primary unit in which most of the key decisions
in organizations are made.
Ching has provided services to 58 different agencies in Hawaii, from youth
organizations to state agencies to community-based programs. She has served
on eight community boards.
Her training and facilitation activities have a remarkable impact particularly
in schools and the non-profit sector in Hawaii. Chings current work
with Farrington High Schools faculty and staff is representative. Initially
asked in 1998 to train a cross-section of Farrington staff and students in collaborative
leadership, she began to receive calls from legislators and school administrators
asking her to help other schools. As a result, she ran a teacher institute at
the Hawaii Convention Center that attracted 170 teachers this year.