Makanalani Kids was conceived and set up by Eric Taylor, his wife Lyn Taylor and their daughter Kelly Taylor. They also formed the original Board of Directors.
We welcome the opportunity to meet qualified people who would like to serve on the Board and contribute to our mission, and who are passionate about helping children.
Eric founded and co-founded five successful companies in the USA and South Africa. His first major business achievement was in 1987, when he and others formed a conglomeration of electronic companies and initiated a successful IPO. His most recent corporate start-up in 1991 was in the field of digital video and security. By 2002, the company was the world leader in its field with revenues of over $90M when it was sold and integrated into General Electric.
Since retiring from corporate America in 2003, Eric has advised and assisted start-ups and smaller ventures. His current focus is in philanthropy and development.
Eric was raised and schooled in South Africa, served in the air force; higher education includes BSc Engineering (electronics) and post grad immersion MBA.
Married to Lyn for 38 years, 4 children aged 19 through 31, blessed with good health and one amazing grandchild. Enjoys entrepreneurship and development, helping others, hiking, skiing, inline hockey and spending time with family and friends.
Since leaving corporate America in 2000, Lyn has been very active with youth at her church and in outreach programs through elementary schools. Her passion for helping children led to the vision which is now Makanalani.
Lyn enjoys nature, working the farm, music, reading, skiing and family.
Kelly enjoys nature, hiking and dance. She is passionate about working with children and making a difference in their lives.
Terry is passionate about helping children to develop in all areas of their lives – socially, physically, emotionally and intellectually – so that they can reach their full potential.
Terry enjoys family time, reading, hiking and walking and music, and is expecting her first grandchild this year.
Marilyn has been both a participant and project leader for KidzAtHeart International, a missions organization that sends teams to third world and newly emerging nations to assist them in training children’s leaders in culturally appropriate teaching methods.
Marilyn has a B.SocSci. (Social Work) degree and worked in Social Welfare for several years. She has also worked in administrative and financial positions in multiple organizations.
Married to Gary for 38 years, 3 children aged 25 through 33 and a granddaughter aged 8. Marilyn enjoys aquatic aerobics, walking, reading, and computer.
Karen lives in California with her husband and 5 children. She enjoys backpacking, tennis, gardening, cooking, and spending time with her family and her friends. Karen is passionate about helping people become whole through friendship and community.