2016 – 2017
Board of Directors.
Hawai‘i Island Community Coordinator (CTFH/ HEAL)
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Sally has been the East Hawai‘i Coalition Coordinator since September 2010. She holds a B.A. from the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo. Sally previously worked for the American Lung Association as the Hawai‘i Island Program Coordinator and brings a wealth of experience in tobacco prevention and control, as well as history with her local Coalition.
Hawai‘i Farm to School Hui Coordinator
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Lydi has over a decade of experience building school garden programs and growing Hawaii’s farm to school movement. In 2014, she became the founding Coordinator of the Hawai‘i Farm to School Hui. Prior to her role as Hui Coordinator, Lydi served as Garden Education Coordinator with the Kōkua Hawai‘i Foundation where she was the lead author of the ʻĀINA In Schools garden and compost curricula and led trainings for several hundred teachers and volunteers annually. She is a certified O‘ahu Master Gardener, Permaculture Designer, and graduate of Hawaii’s Agricultural Leadership Program. Lydi was raised in Honolulu, graduated from Punahou School, and earned her B.A. in Biology at Amherst College in Massachusetts.
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Brian has spent more than two decades running policy and political campaigns, both digital and on-the-ground. He served as the Director of Grassroots Operations for the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids between 2008 and 2015, leading the high-profile effort to restrict tobacco use in Major League Baseball and the campaign to end tobacco sponsorships of overseas concerts by major artists such as Kelly Clarkson, Alicia Keys and Maroon 5. Brian also co-led the successful 2013 effort in Maryland to pass some of the strongest gun violence prevention laws in the nation.
Director, Maui Coalition for Drug-Free Youth
Rick Collins is a Cincinnati, Ohio native who has lived and worked in Hawai’i since 2003. He currently serves as the Director of the Maui Coalition for Drug-Free Youth on Maui. Rick’s career passion is in creating responsible drug and alcohol policies that keep youth safe and drug-free. He enjoys playing hockey, is a father of two and husband to one, and partakes in as many outdoor activities as time allows. Rick has an M.S. in Counseling Psychology from Chaminade University and a B.A. in Religious Studies from the University of Dayton. He is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Certified Prevention Specialist.
Maui Community Coordinator (CTFH)
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Katie received her B.A. in Anthropology from the University of California at Berkeley. She moved to Hawai‘i ten years ago and worked as an archaeologist and anthropologist here on Maui for close to a decade until she joined HIPHI last year. She is a competitive outrigger canoe paddler, mother of two, and former smoker. She feels passionately about the work HIPHI is doing to promote health in our community.
Roella Foronda, MPH
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Roella has more than a decade of experience with program and contract management, philanthropy, grant development and administration, budget management and community relations through her work at the Hawai‘i Community Foundation. She was part of the oversight and management team for the Hawai‘i Tobacco Prevention and Control Trust Fund, serving as a liaison with grantees, partners and stakeholders. She received her undergraduate degree in Health Science from San Francisco State University in 2000 and her Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa in 2011.
Finance Director(CTFH/ HEAL)
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Michelle joined Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Hawai‘i in 2007 and has spent the last 10+ years working in the non-profit sector mainly overseeing the fiscal and accounting departments for various non-profit organizations. She currently serves on the board of directors of PHOCUSED. In her spare time, she can be found biking around Hawai‘i Kai, enjoying Makapu`u Beach or curled up with a good book.
Rie Kuhaulua, MPH, PsyD
Research and Development Specialist
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Rie has more than a decade of experience serving marginalized communities in Hawai’i, the Pacific Islands, and California as a public health and mental health professional. She began her career working with grassroot coalitions to develop cancer and diabetes prevention and education programs. She also worked in community mental health clinics and in-home programs before returning to public health. Rie will be researching emerging public health issues, providing technical assistance for research and writing projects, fund development projects, and HIPHI’s internship program.
Trish La Chica, MPA
Policy and Advocacy Director
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Prior to joining HIPHI in January 2016, Trish worked in the Governor’s Office to develop the State Health Care Innovation Plan to help improve health systems performance, increase quality of care, and decrease costs for the residents of Hawai‘i. Trish has more than eight years of experience working on both state and federal policy solutions in public health, advocating particularly for Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities. Trish earned her Masters in Public Administration from the University of San Francisco and received her B.A. from the Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines. She is currently earning her certification in Healthcare Analytics from the University of California, Davis.
Lauren Loor, MPH, INHC
Maui Community Coordinator (CTFH)
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Lauren is originally from New York City and has her MPH from Long Island University in Brooklyn. She has worked with various non-profit organizations such as the New York Common Pantry and The Partnership for a Healthier New York City. Lauren is also a Certified Holistic Health Coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She has been living on Maui for just over a year in the hopes of contributing to wellness on Maui.
Steph Moir, MPH
Community Initiatives and Training Coordinator
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Steph was born and raised in Alewa Heights on the island of Oahu. She attended college in Colorado where she received her Bachelors degree from the University of Northern Colorado and her Masters in Public Health from the Colorado School of Public Health. Steph previously served as the Tobacco Control Program Coordinator for Kokua Kalihi Valley for three and half years, before joining the HIPHI team.
Advocacy and Outreach Coordinator
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Jaylen is the Advocacy and Outreach Coordinator at HIPHI, where she helps to support policy efforts at the state and county level and promote smoke-free housing. She originally joined the HIPHI team as the Programs Assistant, and in July 2016 transitioned to her current role as Advocacy ad Outreach Coordinator. Jaylen graduated from Stony Brook University in 2014 with a B.S. in Health Science with a concentration in Public Health/Community Health Education.
Nicole Nakashima, DDS
Oral Health and Policy Coordinator
Dr. Nicole Nakashima is born and raised on Oahu and comes to HIPHI after practicing general dentistry with the Air Force in Colorado Springs, CO. She received her B.A. in Neuroscience from the University of Southern California in 2007, a D.D.S. from the University of Texas Health Science Campus San Antonio School of Dentistry in 2012, and attended an Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) residency in 2012-2013. She served as a General Dentist and the Cheif of Preventive Dentistry at the U.S. Air Force Academy before returning to Oahu in 2017. She is projected to graduate with a Masters in Public Health from Hawaii Pacific University in December 2019.
Grants, Contracts, Operations Assistant
Maka was born and raised in Hilo on the island of Hawaii. She recently joined HIPHI after earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition and Master’s Degree in Public Administration on Long Island.
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Lia graduated from Hawaii Pacific University in May of 2008 with a BSBA in Business Marketing and then again in December 2011 with an MBA in Business Management.
Youth ESD Prevention Project Coordinator
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Kevin joined the HIPHI team in January 2017 and has over sixteen years of experience coordinating youth programs and doing community organizing and prevention work in Philadelphia, PA. A recent transplant to Honolulu, Kevin spent the past eight years directing award winning after-school and summer programs utilizing Hip Hop arts and culture for high school students highlighting the intersection of artistic and creative expression with individual and community health.
Valerie K. Saiki
Kaua‘i Community Coordinator
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Valerie has been an active member of the Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Hawai‘i since 2003 and spent the past 14 years working in various platforms of tobacco-control on O‘ahu and Kaua‘i. In July 2010, Valerie joined the staff of the Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Hawai‘i as the Kaua‘i Community Coalition Coordinator. In 2017, Valerie – after a year hiatus – returned to her passion in tobacco-control as the Kaua‘i Community Coordinator.
Evaluation and Community Engagement Coordinator, VISTA
Simran joins HIPHI as an Americorps VISTA after graduating from San Jose State University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Public Health. She was born and raised in California where she served her community through the Santa Clara County Employee Wellness Department and the California Department of Public Health.
Statewide Youth Coordinator
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Prior to joining HIPHI as staff, Scott had previously worked with the Institute on multiple policy committees as Executive Director for Community Programs with Blue Zones Project Hawai‘i. A resident for more than 25 years, Scott has been very involved in youth-focused activities, ranging from working 20+ years at Hawai‘i Pacific University in enrollment management to volunteering with the Boy Scouts of America and the American Youth Soccer Organization. He has an M.A. in Leadership from Augsburg College and a B.A. in Business Administration from Coe College.
Hawai‘i County Coalitions Assistant
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Born and raised in Honoka’a, Hawai’i, Jen has been a member of the Coalition for Tobacco-free Hawai’i Island & the Hawai’i Diabetes Coalition since 2013. She is a certified Life Coach and has been in the medical field for a decade now. She feels very passionate about supporting her community in healthy living.
Jessica Yamauchi, MA
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Jessica has been the Executive Director of the Hawai‘i Public Health Institute since 2012. She graduated from the University of Hawai‘i with a B.A. and M.A. in speech communication, with an emphasis in health communication. Prior to becoming the executive director, she served as the policy director for the Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Hawai‘i and worked to advance tobacco control policy initiatives in an effort to reduce smoking rates. Jessica has worked in the non-profit sector for over ten years and has worked for the University of Hawai‘i, Office of Public Health Studies and the University of Hawai‘i Cancer Center. Jessica currently serves as co-chair of the obesity prevention task force.