Who We Are

LoVerde Group’s mission is to empower teachers to improve their own practice and increase their financial well-being.

Joe LoVerde


As an educator working in the public school system and a University Professor for the past twenty years, Joe has devoted himself to the study of how we learn. He has taken the knowledge gained through his practice and research to develop strategies and techniques that you can use in your life to immediately improve the quality of your instruction and accelerate your own learning.

Whether you attend one of Joe’s graduate classes, his speaking engagements or work with him one-on-one, you will walk away from your experience with practical ideas and strategies that you can immediately implement in your classroom and life.

Joe is incredibly proud and honored to have David Dunaway, Allan Silva and Emily Berchier join his team to help The LoVerde Group present classes around the country that educate, challenge and inspire teachers.

Dave Dunaway

Executive of Marketing and Production

Dave has prided himself on being a lifelong learner with a passion for education. He is a graduate of the Kamehameha Schools and the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a double bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Speech Communications. He has his professional degree in education and a master’s degree in administration with a concentration in multicultural diversity and organizational leadership. Dave has over 25 years of teaching experience with multiple grade levels, subjects, and is highly qualified in Elementary Education, K-9 Mathematics, K-12 Social Studies, and K-12 Physical Education and Health.

Dave’s experience as a professional speaker, entertainer, business owner, and coach strengthened his ability to be an effective communicator and motivator with students, colleagues, and the community.

Dave has been working with the LoVerde Group for over ten years and is eager to share his experience, ideas and knowledge to help educational professionals achieve their goals and ultimately impact student achievement.

Emily Berchier

Chief Support Officer

Emily Berchier brings a wealth of experience to her role at the LoVerde Group, where she’s been for a decade. With a background in education, including teaching in Portland Public Schools, Emily now serves as a coach and mentor to teachers in Portland. She holds a journalism degree from the University of Oregon and a Master’s in Education from Concordia University. She is currently working on attaining her ICF accreditation in coaching. As a teacher and a mother of two boys, Emily understands firsthand the daily challenges educators face, which is why she’s passionate about helping teachers advance on the  payscale.

Crystal Doi

Course Developer

Crystal is a full-time teacher in the Hawaii Public Schools with over 18 years of experience. She is licensed in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, K-6 STEM, and K-6 TESOL. Aside from being Nationally STEM Certified, Crystal is also a recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science (PAEMST).
Whenever Crystal can spare a free moment, she enjoys playing soccer, hitting the gym, and spending time with friends and family. She also has a small obsession with keeping her car squeaky clean! Crystal lives a very busy life, and she is always on the go!

April Yasaka

Course Developer

For over 10 years, April has taught 7th grade Social Studies. She believes that the work of a teacher is never finished and professional development is a major part of that growth. April earned a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Economics from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and a Masters in Secondary Education from Chaminade University. With 2 young children and multiple jobs, April keeps busy. She loves it!

Allan Silva

Course Developer

Allan Silva received his B.A. from Chaminade University, and his Masters in Education from the University of Hawaii.

He worked with the Dept. of Education for 31 years as a: Teacher, Counselor, Peer Education Director, Outreach Counselor/Director of Alternative Program with At-Risk Youth, State Resource Teacher. He was a Basketball Coach at Farrington H.S. for 11 years, that resulted in his student-athletes learning positive life skills, and to go on to Win 2 State Championships and 3 O.I.A. Championships. Allan is now a Coach with the Hawaii Swish Pro-Basketball Team, and also conducts basketball shooting clinics throughout the United States.

Currently he is an Educational Consultant in the State of Hawaii for Public Charter Schools, Department of Education and Private Schools.

His work has been featured; on the cover page of Mid-week, Star Bulletin newspaper, OHA report, Dr. Linda Wheeler’s book-“Aloha, The Spirit Within You,” Stan Kellner’s book- “Beyond the Absolute Limit,” Hawaii MVP news with Robert Kekaula, commendations from the Hawaii State Senate for his work with youth, Department of Education Counselor of the year, and an acknowledgement from Dr. Arun Gandhi of the “We Are One Foundation” for his contribution of sharing H.R.S. 5-7.5 The Law of Aloha.

His mission is to make an”Aloha difference” with our youth in Hawaii (our future leaders), teachers, families, and communities. This journey has allowed him the opportunity to work with thousands of students, teachers and adults throughout the State of Hawaii.

The key for you and me is to embrace the powerful gift of Aloha with, Self, Family, and Others.

A kahai – Kindness (grace) to be expressed with tenderness.

L ōkahi – Unity (unbroken) to be expressed with harmony.

‘O lu’olu – Agreeable (gentle) to be expressed with pleasantness.

H a’aha’a – Humility (empty) to be expressed with modesty.

A honui –Patience, (waiting) to be expressed with perseverance.