Debra Gomez-Ota


Class of 1988




By Elaina Tavares



Debra Gomez-Ota is a commercial account manager at Helco.  She helps large businesses such as schools, hotels and supermarkets choose energy efficient equipment and to save energy in their lighting, air-conditioning, refrigeration and fuel pump and motor usage.  She has been with Helco for five years.

        Debra graduated from Waiäkea High in 1988, where she was the class co-valedictorian and a recipient of the school’s prestigious Na Koa Po’okela award.  She was also the student chairperson of the school’s first accreditation team.  Always interested in math and science and the technical aspects of things, she earned a Mechanical Engineering degree from Stanford University and a Masters of Business Administration degree from UH Manoa.

        She is married to fellow alumnus, Dr. Garrett Ota, a dentist, and has two children: Ryan, age 2, and Grace, 5 months old.