Board of Directors

Bob Grossmann, PhD


Dr. Grossmann worked for past 25 years in developing policy for health and human services.  He worked in the legislative and executive branches of government at both the state and federal levels, and served as the Executive Director of the Hawaii Primary Care Association before founding Afterschool Art in 2004.  Dr. Grossmann served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Benin, W. Africa.  Bob received his doctorate in political science from the University of Hawaii in 1989. He co-edited, The Unfinished Health Agenda: Lessons from Hawaii (1994) with former state legislator, Dr. Jim Shon, and self-published Life Lessons from a Father to His Daughter  in 2003.   Largely a self-taught artist, his art work has shown with the Honolulu Printmakers and Hawaii Watercolor Society.


Geri Marullo, DrPH, MSN, RN

Vice President

Dr. Marullo brings extensive management experience to the board.  She served as the CEO/Executive Director for the: Hawaii Nurses Association, American Nurses Association, Child & Family Service, Consuelo Foundation, and APS Healthcare Hawaii.  She also served as Deputy Director of Health under former Governor John Waihee.  She was featured as the cover story in Hawaii Investor in 1994 and voted the Business Woman of the Year by Pacific Business News in 2004.  She received her doctorate in public health from the University of Hawaii.


Nancy McGuckin, MPH, MSN/MBA, RN


Ms. McGuckin brings extensive fiscal and operational support to the board through her career as a nurse and manager.  She served as director of the Hawaii Nurses Association and currently works as an Instructor at the University of Hawaii’s School of Nursing & Dental Hygiene, where she teaches community health and health policy.  She obtained joint a MSN/MBA from Hawaii Pacific University in 2005 that augmented her RN and MPH degrees.  Ms. McGuckin served on the Board of Directors of  the Kuakini Medical Center from 2007 to 2010, served as a Planning Commissioner for the City and County of Honolulu (1998-2005), and was appointed to the Long-Term Care Surrogate Decision Making Committee by Governor Benjamin Cayetano (1998-1999).  Nancy received the Educator of the Year Award from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 2004.


Karen Palmer, MPH, MS


Karen brings extensive strategic planning, policy analysis, needs assessment, grant-writing, and teaching experience to the board. She holds an MPH with a focus on international health and an MS degree with a focus on health policy and planning from the University of Hawaii. In the early 1990’s, Karen worked as a Senior Planner with the Hawaii State Department of Health, and in the early 2000’s with the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland as a technical officer in the Communicable and Non-Communicable Disease Branches.

Previous to that posting, in the 1980’s she worked with young offenders in an adapted Outward Bound program, and served as a teacher at Punahou School and later with the Marimed Foundation where she taught aboard a traditionally rigged schooner in the Marshall Islands.  Her passion for more than 20 years has been the struggle for social justice and human rights, realized through her work on comparative international health care systems and health care reform; she served on the board of Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP). In 2008, she joined the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University, in Vancouver, Canada.


Marcia Pasqua, BFA

Honorary Artist Educator

Ms. Pasqua is a professional artist and art educator.  She currently is an Education Associate Director for the Hawaii Arts Alliance and is a teaching artist with the Hawaii  State Foundation on Culture and the Art’s Artist in the Schools program, and Honolulu Museum of Art’s Ambassador Program.  She has taught classes to all ages (from kindergarten to college) in painting, drawing, and sculpture, and regularly presents ARTS FIRST Professional Development for Teachers Workshops.  Also, she has taught numerous art classes for Afterschool Art.

Marcia’s artwork has been exhibited locally and internationally.  Her artwork has shown extensively in juried shows including the Honolulu Printmakers’ and Japanese Chamber of Commerce’s annual exhibitions.   Also, her artwork showed in: The Black and White Show at the Honolulu Hale Courtyard (1995), Brush with the Soul (2000) at the Hawaii Pacific University Gallery, and the traveling 911 Memorial Portfolio Exhibition (2002).  She attended the John McCrady School of Art in New Orleans and received her BFA in painting and drawing from the University of Hawaii in 1983.