PITI-VITI project staff bring extensive Pacific-based experience in human resource development, public sector financial management and project management. This experience helps ensure that the development and conduct of training reflect the requirements of participating government organizations and employees. In addition to the primary managers listed below, the Graduate School has a staff of 350 and more than 1,200 consultants whose expertise has been demonstrated in effectively implementing programs for virtually every federal government agency. Specifically, the Graduate School's Honolulu Office maintains extensive resources in facilitators with Pacific experience, and can readily reach out to insular communities to augment these resources.
JACK MAYKOSKI has served as President and CEO at Graduate School USA since December 2016. Reporting to the Board of Trustees, Jack implements the broad policies and strategies approved by the Board and ensures effective working relationships with faculty, staff, alumni, governmental agencies, businesses and community-at-large.
In addition to his other responsibilities, Jack oversees the Graduate School USA's Hawaii Office, and the PITI-VITI program. Previously, he served as Vice President for Training and Program Management with oversight for leadership develop and government training services, contract administration and customer service. With more than 30 years in the fields of professional development and training, and international development, Mr. Maykoski has extensive experience leading results-oriented capacity-building programs and providing technical assistance in many regions of the world. He has served on a number of boards and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the International Consortium for Government Financial Management.
Prior to his career with Graduate School USA, Mr. Maykoski worked for the U.S. Peace Corps in several capacities: as Country Director for three countries; as Chief of Operations in Washington, DC; and as a training director supporting Peace Corps Volunteers throughout the world. Mr. Maykoski holds a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Minnesota.
JASON AUBUCHON serves as the Senior Program Manager of the Pacific and Virgin Islands Training Initiatives (PITI-VITI), which is supported by the United States Department of the Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs under contract with the Graduate School USA. Jason manages the provision of training and development services to eleven insular governments throughout the Pacific and Virgin Islands, including American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Republic of Palau and the United States Virgin Islands. Focus areas of the program include: achieving and maintaining sound financial management, training in executive leadership, analysis of fiscal and economic performance, and support to two key communities of practice, the Island Government Finance Officers’ Association (IGFOA) and the Association of Pacific Island Public Auditors (APIPA).
Jason lived in Pohnpei, FSM, for seven years--initially serving as a Jesuit Volunteer at the Ponape Agriculture and Trade School (PATS), then serving as Deputy Director of the Micronesian Seminar, a regional non-governmental, non-profit organization run by Fr. Francis X. Hezel, SJ. Jason has over twenty years of experience working in the Pacific. He earned a master’s degree in public administration from the University of San Francisco, and his bachelor’s degree from Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama. He is originally from St. Louis, Missouri.
JUDY PERRY works as an office manager and training specialist for PITI-VITI.
REBEKA RAINWATER is PITI-VITI’s Program Specialist, providing expertise and programming relating to the overall success of the PITI-VITI program. Rebeka has been working with governmental and non-governmental organizations in the Pacific Region for over five years, and previously worked in various capacities in healthcare and education, including teaching K-3rd grade. Rebeka holds a B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin in Business and Geography.
ALISON GRAUSAM joined the PITI-VITI team in 2018. She works in Graduate School USA’s DC office as a Program Specialist, spending much of her time on the Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). She also serves as the liaison between the DC and Hawaii offices for the PITI-VITI program, and carries out a variety of administrative tasks for the team. She has her B.A. in International Studies from American University, and was an intern for the U.S. Embassy’s American Spaces program in Santiago, Chile.
MARK STURTON has pursued a career in the macroeconomics of small developing nations predominantly in the Pacific Island region. In Lesotho he has been the team leader of the DIMMoL project designed to assist the government in the development of a set of economic models to improve budget formulation, economic management and policy making. His PhD was in the development of a CGE model for Fiji and the impact of alternative development policies. He has built CGE models for Vanuatu, Tonga, the Federated State of Micronesia (FSM) and Lesotho. He also constructed SAMs for the same set of economies plus Cyprus (World Bank), and Samoa
In the FSM he worked as team leader of the Economic Management and Policy Advisory Team a project designed to assist the FSM in adjustment to lower levels of US assistance, and switching the economic engine of growth from the public sector to private sector. He has supported post evaluation of Asian Development Bank structural adjustment loans to the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) and Cook Islands, and evaluation of PFTAC, the IMF administered Pacific Financial Technical Assistance Centre. He assists the US Graduate School in an annual assessment of economic performance of the RMI and FSM required under the Compact of Free Association between the two nations and the US.
He has worked on the Asian Development Bank Pacific Island Economic Report series for Vanuatu. He worked as Director of Research in the central banks of Fiji and Tonga; the later under long-term IMF support. He worked at the Pacific Island Development Program of the East West Center in Hawaii as a research associate working on Pacific Island economic issues. He has held team leadership and management positions in Lesotho, the FSM, Tonga and Fiji.
KEVIN O'KEEFE Kevin O'Keefe had a 22-year career in economic development from 1982-2004, starting as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Samoa and later working in 18 countries as an economic adviser. He specialized in macroeconomic policy, international trade and development finance. His work was sponsored by the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank, the US Agency for International Development (USAID), and the UN Development Program.
Since 2004, Kevin has worked as a Financial Advisor for Edward Jones Investments with his own office in Kapolei, Hawaii. He has individual, business and institutional clients throughout the US as well as in the Freely Associated States. Kevin offers his time to complete economic advisory tasks on a range of issues for the Freely Associated States for activities that are requested by the respective governments. In this capacity, he has been significantly involved as an advisor to the FSM since 1995 and to the RMI since 2008. He has been assisting Palau as economic advisor for Compact Review matters since October 2007.
GLENN MCKINLAY has pursued a career in economic and social statistics, including collection, processing, analysis and dissemination. He has developed extensive skills in capacity building, management of small developing country statistical offices, team leadership, project management, and process improvement in official statistical contexts. In economic statistics he has specialised in national accounts, trade statistics and customs modernisation (PC Trade), business surveys, short term economic indicators, price indexes, central banking statistics (Overseas Exchange Transactions (OET), money and banking), survey redevelopment, employment statistics, HIES development, developing use of administrative data, Supply-Use Tables (SUT), and Social Accounting Matrices (SAM). In the social statistics area he has worked in demography including projections, estimates, analysis and research, migration statistics, ethnicity statistics and population censuses. Glenn's started his career with Statistics New Zealand, and in the developing country context has worked in Lesotho, Tonga, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Marshall Islands, Palau, Seychelles, and Timor Leste.