Meet the Association Leaders
President, Paul Makani Christensen, graduated the Naval Academy in 2003 with a BA in Oceanography after graduating in the top 10% of his class at the Naval Academy's Preparatory School in Newport, Rhode Island. Makani was raised in Hilo, Hawaii and attended Kamehameha Schools in the Kapalama Campus prior to his military career. He served in both Afghanistan and Iraq as a Captain in the USMC after two combat tours and receiving the Combat Action Ribbon as well as thee Joint Service Commendation Medal while serving as a Liaison Officer in the Strategic Effect Division. Upon honorable discharge in 2008, Makani founded the company Keawe Adventures which now employs other Native Hawaiians and veterans and is noted as one of the best private-tour guide services in the Hawaiian islands. Makani is also a waterman, a commercial fisherman, a licensed maritime Captain, a cultural practitioner, accomplished Ironman athlete, a proud husband and father of three.
Theodore (Ted) Peck, Chief Executive Officer and Lead Developer of Holu Energy, has more than 25 years of senior leadership experience in business, government, and energy management, including development of the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative as the state’s energy administrator. He led energy planning, shaping of the state’s approach to renewable energy permitting and facilitation, the state hydrogen program, the greenhouse gas emission reduction task force, energy assurance planning, and other strategic initiatives and programs. In 2010, Peck re-entered the private sector where he continued to focus on reducing the state’s dependency on fossil fuel through transformation, recapitalization, and the use of renewable energy, with a continued emphasis on microgrids and distributed assets. He is a seasoned expert in energy management and understands the unique challenges of Hawaii’s energy landscape and the value that efficiency and renewable energy brings to the islands he calls home.
Peck is a retired Navy nuclear submarine officer and earned a Bachelor of Science in physics from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. At Johnson Controls, he led the Solutions team that closed the largest performance contract in the company's history, a $150M retrofit of the 12 airports of the State of Hawaii. As a Principal at Booz Allen Hamilton, he opened the Honolulu office and led it through 40% CAGR growth in its first five years. In 2004, he was named a “Forty Under 40” by Pacific Business News and in 2006 became a Pacific Century Fellow. Peck was selected as one of state’s “20 Leaders For the Next 20 Years” by Hawai‘i Business Magazine in 2010.
National Chapter Trustee
Steve Colón serves as President of Hunt Companies’ Development Division in Hawai'i where he is responsible for the company’s Hawai'i activities. Mr. Colón has almost 30 years of experience in virtually every aspect of real estate development, investment and management. Under Steve’s leadership, Hunt's Hawai'i Division manages the development of properties on the islands of Oahu, Big Island, Maui and Kauai, encompassing 2,000 acres of land and over one million square feet of retail, commercial and light industrial space. Following the company’s acquisition of its Oahu portfolio from the U.S. Navy through the Ford Island Master Development Agreement, a unique Public Private Partnership transaction, Mr. Colón oversaw the successful redevelopment and repositioning of over $400 million of underutilized and neglected former Navy real assets, including 2,000 homes, a former Navy Weapons Station and a 5MW utility-scale PV energy project. This is an on-going partnership that Hunt continues to develop, construct and manage and has enabled the renovation of iconic historical properties on Ford Island as well as increased economic development of the area. Previously Mr. Colón held positions with Pulte Homes, Hines, Trammell Crow Company, AEW, and Grubb & Ellis Company. Prior to joining Hunt, Mr. Colón spent two years on active duty with the Navy due to post 9-11 reserve recall and spent a combined 26 years in the Navy and Navy Reserve, retiring as a Captain in 2006. Mr. Colón holds an MBA in finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a B.S. from the U.S. Naval Academy.
REar Admirl Alma M. Grocki (Ret.)
Senior Advisory Counsel
Rear Admiral Grocki (nee Lau) was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. The first woman from Hawaii appointed to the United States Naval Academy, she graduated in 1981 with a Bachelor of Science degree. During her first assignment to Portsmouth Naval Shipyard as a Non-nuclear Submarine Ship Superintendent, she also completed her Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of New Hampshire.
RDML Grocki returned to Hawaii as the Pearl Harbor Naval Station Billeting Officer, then transferred to Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard, and was accepted into the Engineering Duty Officer community in 1985. There she served as the Ship Superintendent for several surface ships, and senior Ship Superintendent for numerous submarine availabilities. She became the first woman officer to accompany her repaired submarine on post-availability sea trials. She also served as the Shipyard Docking Officer and Nuclear Ship Superintendent for the decommissioning of multiple submarines.
RDML Grocki transferred to the Navy Reserve in 1988. She served eight tours as the Commanding Officer for various Repair, Maintenance and Readiness units before becoming a Plankowner and the first National Director for the SurgeMain program. Other significant duties included Reserve Engineering Duty Community Training Director, and NAVSEA Chief of Staff. Concurrently during this time, she also served on active duty for extensive periods as Deputy Operations Officer, Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard & Industrial Maintenance Facility, and Director of Submarine Maintenance, Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT).
RDML Grocki was recalled to active duty in 2013, assigned as Deputy Chief of Staff for Fleet Maintenance, Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, leading and directing maintenance efforts and programs for all Pacific Fleet surface ship and submarine assets to support COMPACFLT’s warfighter mission. She is responsible for spearheading the successful establishment of the Engineering Duty Officer Qualification Insignia for both active and reserve Engineering Duty Officers. She completed her active duty recall as Deputy Commander, Naval Sea Systems Command, and retired after 35 years of service.
In her civilian career, she previously worked for CACI Dynamic Systems, as a Deputy Program Manager for shipyard training projects, a member of the NAVSEA Dry Dock Audit team and a Senior Engineer assisting Fleet Maintenance Information Technology programs. She also served as an U.S. Naval Academy volunteer Blue & Gold Officer and Area Coordinator for Hawaii and the Western Pacific, assisting high school students, Fleet Marines, and Sailors applying for admission to the Academy.
RDML Grocki’s awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit (four awards), the Meritorious Service Medal (five awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards) and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.
Since retiring from the Navy, RDML Grocki serves as a Director on six non-profit boards for organizations focused on assisting veterans, supporting members of the sea services, preserving and increasing awareness of local military historic sites and increasing opportunities for STEM involvement and leadership for Hawaii’s youth.
Tom Marzec graduated in 1987, served on two submarines, both the USS PENNSYLVANIA (SSBN 735) and the USS LOUISVILLE (SSN 724), completed a Wharton MBA and finished his active duty service in Hawaii. The Hawaii Chapter earned a National Board trustee seat during his watch as President.
VP Of Communication
Sarah Naomi Christensen, graduated with honors from Hawaii Pacific University in 2010 with a BSBA in Corporate Communication, a minor in Writing and a minor in Theater. Originally form Maui, She met USNA graduate, Makani Christensen, in 2011 through the triathlete community of Honolulu. They now have three children ages 5 and under.
Naomi has been a model, actress, and talent for over 15 years and has appeared in Hawaii, USA and Japanese features. Up until her third child, she taught molding, acting, cosmetics, talent business and branding, etiquette, runway and choreography as an instructor for the well known Susan Page Modeling & Charm School. She has worked in administration and management of retail stores, wholesale business, construction projects as well as fueled start-ups & events. Her creative communication skills has allowed her success as an independent marketing specialist and strategy counsel. She has created numerous websites and campaign plans, including the communication initiate for this USNA Alumni Chapter. She is a member of the SAG-Aftra Actors Union, Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals, Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii, a wellness advocate for Doterra Essential Oils, creative blogger and former ballerina.