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Alice Liu

Food Systems Program Manager

Alice Liu

Food Systems Program Manager
(808) 591-6508 ext. 20

[she/her/hers] Alice joined HIPHI in April 2024 as the Food Systems Program Manager. A marketing executive from Beijing, China turned sustainability advocate, Alice has dedicated herself to organic farming and nonprofit work since moving to Hawai‘i in 2019. Blending her project management skills with hands-on farming and food bank distribution experiences, Alice is passionate about food security and strategic planning. Outside of work, Alice loves exploring the outdoors with her adventure cat, gardening, and foraging.

Amy Tennyson

Office Assistant

Amy Tennyson

Office Assistant
(808) 591-6508 ext. 0
[she/her] Amy joined HIPHI in May 2024 as the Office Assistant. She ensures the smooth operation of the office, managing supplies, scheduling, inventory, and handling various administrative duties tasks. Amy has 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry and six years in construction administration and accounting. Outside of work, Amy loves to go to the beach and hike. She is also slowly turning her “black thumb” green and is obsessed with her dog, Mano.

Ananda Luttet

Grants and Development Manager
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Ananda Luttet

Grants and Development Manager
(808) 591-6508 ext. 10

[she/her] Ananda joined HIPHI in 2020 to coordinate grant and contract activities and compliance. Her previous experience includes nearly ten years as an academic program manager, where she worked to increase access and success for nontraditional and first-generation students, as well as community wellness, public lands management, active transportation advocacy, and affordable housing policy. Ananda graduated magna cum laude from Mount Holyoke College. When she’s not at work, she will usually be found exploring Oʻahu by foot, bike, and bus.

Anh Goon

Grant Accountant

Anh Goon

Grant Accountant
(808) 591-6508 ext. 50

Anh joined HIPHI in February 2024 as the Grant Accountant to assist with all aspects of accounting, maintain company records, and perform duties in accordance with GAAP and HIPHI’s internal financial policies and procedures. She is responsible for Accounts Payable functions, general grant billings, grant reporting, and account reconciliation. Anh has a BBA with a major in Finance from UH Mānoa and was previously a student intern at the Federal Probation & Pretrial Services Office, Account Receivable at La Tour Bakehouse, and Academic Peer Coach and HR Assistant at Kapi‘olani Community College. Anh enjoys spending time with her dog, clay painting, cooking, and listening to podcasts. Fun fact: her dog has a first name and last name.

Chauncey Hatico

Hawai‘i Community Health Worker Association Program Coordinator

Chauncey Hatico

Hawai‘i Community Health Worker Association Program Coordinator
(808) 591-6508 ext. 46

Chauncey joined HIPHI in November 2023 as the Program Coordinator for the Hawai‘i Community Health Worker (CHW) Association to support CHWs across Hawai‘i. Prior to joining HIPHI, Chauncey worked as a CHW at HMSA Care Coordination, a CHW Supervisor at Hui Mālama Ola Nā ‘Ōiwi, and a Certified Medical Assistant at Queen’s North Hawai‘i Community Hospital. He has a CHW Certificate of Competence from Maui Community College and is a Certified Clinical Medical Assistant through the National Healthcareer Association. Chauncey is also a taro Farmer in Waipio Valley, owner of Kuu Ohana Farm, and Vice President of Waipio Taro Farmers Association.

Dana Ciacci

Project Manager for Healthy Food Access in Early Childhood Education, Networking, and Engagement

Dana Ciacci

Project Manager for Healthy Food Access in Early Childhood Education, Networking, and Engagement
(808) 591-6508 ext. 34

Dennis Chase

Program Manager for the Hawaii Farm to School Hui

Dennis Chase

Program Manager for the Hawaii Farm to School Hui
(808) 591-6508 ext. 17

Eleni Valan

Communications Specialist
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Eleni Valan

Communications Specialist

Eleni joined HIPHI in July 2023 as the Communications Specialist. Prior to joining HIPHI, Eleni worked in fund development and communications at Honolulu Community Action Program (HCAP) and Mālama ʻĀina Foundation. She has a BA ʻIke Hawaiʻi (Hawaiian Studies) from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Eleni loves learning about Hawaiʻi history and visiting archives, museums, and historic buildings.

Emma Falvey

Community Health Worker

Emma Falvey

Community Health Worker

Emma joined HIPHI in December 2023 as a Community Health Worker (CHW) for HIPHI’s 2109 CHW Project. With a bachelor’s degree in Public Health from Western Washington University, her work as a CHW will focus on serving mothers, children, and their families on Hawai‘i Island. She is dedicated to working with this population and passionate about expanding health equity within her community. Outside of work, she loves to surf, dive, and travel.

Fiona Chin

Digital Media Specialist
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Fiona Chin

Digital Media Specialist

Fiona joined HIPHI in July 2023 as the Digital Media Specialist. Working closely with the Communications Team, Fiona ensures effective and consistent communication with stakeholders while upholding HIPHI’s brand standards. Fiona is a tech-focused digital marketing expert with innovative strategies, cross-channel implementation, and user experience optimization. She has a BA in Communication Design.

Geri Kaleponi

Community Health Worker

Geri Kaleponi

Community Health Worker

Geri joined HIPHI in March 2024 as a Community Health Worker. She will be working with Catholic Charities to help provide services to the community and Kūpuna. Previously, Geri worked with HIPHI through Partners in Development as the Island Coordinator for COVID. Geri has been in the medical field for over 35 years, working with Native Hawaiians in rural areas on all islands. She enjoys planning events and fairs and working on fundraisers, and she especially likes working with indigenous tribes.

Jay Ihara

East Hawai‘i Tobacco-Free Coordinator

Jay Ihara

East Hawai‘i Tobacco-Free Coordinator

Jay joined HIPHI in August 2023 as the East Hawai‘i Tobacco-Free Coordinator, where he spearheads community-building efforts in Hawai‘i County for tobacco prevention and control. With a BBA from the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, Jay’s expertise in grant management was instrumental in ensuring the successful completion of Hawai‘i Community Foundation tobacco prevention grants during his tenure as the Grants Director at the Boys and Girls Club of the Big Island. Beyond his professional role, Jay actively participates in community service projects with organizations like the Akaka Falls Lions Club and the Exchange Club of Hilo, embodying his commitment to making a positive impact on his community.

Jaylen Murakami

Director of Communications and Advancement

Jaylen Murakami

Director of Communications and Advancement
(808) 591-6508 ext. 9

Jessica Taiatini

Hawai'i Farm to School Program Coordinator

Jessica Taiatini

Hawai'i Farm to School Program Coordinator
(808) 591-6508 ext. 40

Jessica joined HIPHI as the Hawai‘i Farm to School Program Coordinator in April 2023 to coordinate Hawai’i’s Farm to School initiatives. Jessica is a BS graduate from Santa Clara University with subject certification in Culturally Adaptive Leadership.

Her career began assisting the development of the Native Hawaiian public health workforce through scholarship and service placement. Jessica is proud to be an experienced international traveler, small business owner, and grateful mother of two.

Jessica Thompson

Program Manager: Safe, Accessible and Inclusive Mobility (SAIM)

Jessica Thompson

Program Manager: Safe, Accessible and Inclusive Mobility (SAIM)
(808) 591-6508 ext. 36

Jessica Yamauchi, MA

Chief Executive Officer

Jessica Yamauchi, MA

Chief Executive Officer
(808) 591-6508 ext. 1

[she/her] Jessica joined HIPHI in 2010 and became CEO in October 2012 when the organization expanded from CTFH to HIPHI. She works closely with the Board of Directors to provide strategic leadership, create and maintain partnerships, provide overall financial oversight, and ensure that HIPHI’s work is addressing the largest gaps. Her BA and MA are from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa in Speech Communication with a focus in Health Communication. Previously, she worked at the UH Office of Public Health Studies and the UH Cancer Research Center. Jessica enjoys listening to true crime podcasts while walking her dog.

Kala’i Gonsalves

Community Health Worker
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Kala’i Gonsalves

Community Health Worker
[she/her] Kala’i joined HIPHI in January 2024 as a Community Health Worker. In her role, Kala’i will conduct outreach and connect clients to pharmacy services on the island of Maui. Previously, Kala’i worked as a Certified Pharmacy Technician. In her free time, she loves to spend time with her family, going to the beach, traveling, and going shopping with her family.

Kathleen Corpuz

Program Manager on Community-Based Research

Kathleen Corpuz

Program Manager on Community-Based Research
(808) 591-6508 ext. 38

Kathy Gikbay

Hawai‘i Oral Health Coalition and Community Health Worker Initiatives Program Assistant
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Kathy Gikbay

Hawai‘i Oral Health Coalition and Community Health Worker Initiatives Program Assistant
(808) 591-6508 ext. 39

Kathy joined HIPHI in April 2023 as the Program Assistant to provide general administrative support for the Hawai‘i Oral Health Coalition and Community Health Worker initiatives. Born and raised in Hilo on the Big Island, Kathy is passionate about public health and community outreach. Prior to HIPHI, Kathy served as the Program Assistant at Hui Mālama Ola Nā ‘Ōiwi and more recently as a Kokua Associate for Kokua Partnership Services. Kathy has a BA in Communication and subject certificates in educational studies and pacific island studies. In her free time, she loves spending time with family and friends and playing ukulele.

Kayla Yamamoto

Executive Assistant

Kayla Yamamoto

Executive Assistant
(808) 591-6508 ext. 35

[she/her] Kayla joined HIPHI in March 2024 as the Executive Assistant, bringing a wealth of experience in supporting CEOs and Boards of Directors. Previously, Kayla worked at Unity, a nonprofit holistic healing center, where she excelled as Executive Assistant and Project Manager. With a passion for travel and backpacking, Kayla has explored 48 countries, balancing her adventurous spirit with her career.

Kealoha Madriaga

West Hawai‘i Tobacco and HEAL Coalition Coordinator

Kealoha Madriaga

West Hawai‘i Tobacco and HEAL Coalition Coordinator
(808) 591-6508 ext. 15

Kealoha joined HIPHI in March 2023 as the West Hawai‘i Tobacco and HEAL Coalition Coordinator. Before joining HIPHI, Kealoha was engaged in tobacco education, coalition, and policy work with Tobacco-Free Hawai‘i Island for three years. She worked as a certified tobacco treatment specialist, where she helped her community quit their tobacco use and encourage healthier lifestyles and helped organize the youth coalition on Hawai‘i Island, the Hawai‘i Island Youth Academy.

Kealoha was born and raised in Hakipu‘u, O‘ahu, and moved to Hawai‘i Island in 2003, currently residing in the beautiful town of Waimea. During her free time, Kealoha enjoys planting succulents, being outdoors, going to the beach, and spending time with family.

Kevin Ramirez

Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Hawai‘i Program Manager

Kevin Ramirez

Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Hawai‘i Program Manager
(808) 591-6508 ext. 3

[he/him] Kevin joined HIPHI in January 2017 and provides youth vaping prevention education, support, and resources to Honolulu County schools, educators, and community members. He also provides technical assistance to the cohort of organizations providing youth vaping prevention education via the Stanford Tobacco Prevention Toolkit to HI schools. He previously worked as a Youth Programs Director in Philadelphia, PA for eight years, running after school and summer programming activities for youth. Kevin is interested in exploring the intersection of art, music, culture, and public health.

Kulamanu Brown

Community Health Worker

Kulamanu Brown

Community Health Worker

Kulamanu joined HIPHI in March 2024 as a Community Health Worker for Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies on the island of Maui. Born and raised in Lāhainā, her love and passion for her culture and community stems from being a part of a multi-generational ‘ohana and a graduate of Lāhaināluna High School. She studied at the University of Hawai‘i Maui Campus to become a Certified Nursing Assistant. She continues to serve the Lāhui by volunteering with Kula Kaiāpuni ‘O Lāhainā (Hawaiian Immersion School) with the ‘Ōlelo Hawai’i Program, Ho’omau, and the Makahiki Games. Kulamanu’s greatest love is being a wife, mother and grandmother. She is a strong believer of God and Family first and teaches Sunday School. She has been a Caretaker for 10+ years and has worked in the Hospitality Industry for 30+ years.

Becoming a CHW, Kulamanu hopes to be able to utilize the wisdom and knowledge she has gained from her life, education, and work experiences to share her culture while continuing to serve her Kaiāulu as well as all of Maui.

Lauren Loor, MPH

Healthy Eating + Active Living (HEAL) Program Manager
Lauren Loor

Lauren Loor, MPH

Healthy Eating + Active Living (HEAL) Program Manager

Lauren is the Healthy Eating + Active Living (HEAL) Program Manager at HIPHI. She originally joined HIPHI in 2017 as the HEAL Community Coordinator for Maui, Molokai, and Lānaʻi. She has her Masters in Public Health from Long Island University Brooklyn and has worked with nonprofit organizations such as the New York Common Pantry and The Partnership for a Healthier New York City. Lauren is a Certified Holistic Health Coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and is from New York City.

Leigh Ann Lopez

O‘ahu HEAL Coordinator

Leigh Ann Lopez

O‘ahu HEAL Coordinator
(808) 591-6508 ext. 52

Leigh Ann joined HIPHI in April 2024 as the O‘ahu HEAL Coordinator. In this role, Leigh Ann will support community-building efforts within the City and County of Honolulu around public health issues, including physical activity and nutrition, and promote policy and environmental changes for better health outcomes, striving to make a meaningful impact on public health in our community. In 2023, Leigh Ann received her Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology and Exercise Science from the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo. Since then, she’s implemented her passion for movement and wellness as a Nutrition Educator at the UH Mānoa. Leigh Ann’s obsession with BTS in 2018 led her to study abroad and “live her best K-drama” life in Seoul, all during COVID in 2020.

Leslie Garo

Maui County Coordinator for the Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Hawai‘i
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Leslie Garo

Maui County Coordinator for the Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Hawai‘i
(808) 591-6508 ext. 13

Leslie joined HIPHI in September 2023 as the Maui County Community Coordinator for the Coalition for Tobacco-Free Hawai‘i. Leslie brings a wealth of clinical and public health experience through her previous roles as a Medical Assistant, Programs Manager at the Community Clinic of Maui, and Diabetes Prevention Program Coach. She also started Maui’s Group Prenatal Care Program and worked with Community Health Workers. In her free time, Leslie loves spending time with her family of 4, singing and dancing to music, and being out in nature.

Lia Pasco, MBA

Finance and Accounting Manager

Lia Pasco, MBA

Finance and Accounting Manager
(808) 591-6508 ext. 8

Lia joined HIPHI in August 2017 to provide administrative and operational support for the organization and programs, and assist with logistics and event planning. Her previous experience includes customer service and office and operations management. She received her BSBA in Business Marketing and MBA in Business Management from Hawaiʻi Pacific University. If money was never an issue, she would build a sanctuary and rescue all the feral cats around the world.

Lindsey Ilagan, MS

Program Manager: Kūpuna Initiatives

Lindsey Ilagan, MS

Program Manager: Kūpuna Initiatives
(808) 591-6508 ext. 19

[she/her] Joining HIPHI in 2020, Lindsey convenes the Kūpuna Food Security Coalition and other initiatives under the Kūpuna Collective, an age-friendly incubator that addresses critical issues for older adults and transforms the narrative from kūpuna as beneficiaries to powerful change agents in building resilient communities. She values working with partners to address drivers of health inequity, particularly among Kānaka ʻŌiwi. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Chapman University, and Kamehameha Schools. In her free time, Lindsey enjoys being outdoors, eating good food, and loving on her three year old dogo argentino.

Makamae Namahoe, MPA

Training and Workforce Development Initiatives Program Manager

Makamae Namahoe, MPA

Training and Workforce Development Initiatives Program Manager
(808) 591-6508 ext. 28

[she/her] Since joining HIPHI in 2018, Makamae coordinates the Hawai‘i Public Health Training Hui program and community-based initiatives focused on strengthening capacity for our public health workforce in Hawai‘i and the U.S. Affiliated Pacific Islands. Her work is centered in her background as a Native Hawaiian immersion student. She believes in health access and equity for all in Hawai‘i and across the Pacific Ocean. Makamae earned her BS in Nutrition and MPA from Long Island University. Her background includes student affairs operations and program management. In her spare time, you can find Makamae in the gym coaching volleyball for the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo Vulcans, spending time with family, finding new eateries, and being outdoors.

May Rose Dela Cruz, DrPH, MPH

Director of Health Equity & Research

May Rose Dela Cruz, DrPH, MPH

Director of Health Equity & Research
(808) 591-6508 ext. 32

[she/her] May Rose joined HIPHI in October 2021 to lead the coordination of internal and external plans that increase awareness of health disparities, invite collaboration, and promote local efforts to support structures and processes that build health equity. She is an Assistant Researcher at UH Office of Public Health Studies and previously held a role as Co-Director at ʻImi Hale Native Hawaiian Cancer Network, Papa Ola Lōkahi. She received her BA in Psychology, MPH in Social & Behavioral Health Science, and DrPH in Community-Based & Translational Research from UH Mānoa. She enjoys baking cupcakes and cookies, and balances it out by growing her own veggies with her family.

Melia Schneck

Workforce Development Program Assistant

Melia Schneck

Workforce Development Program Assistant
(808) 591-6508 ext. 53
[she/her] Melia joined the HIPHI team in May 2024 as the Workforce Development Program Assistant to support our public health workforce development initiatives. She graduated from Rollins College in 2021 where she studied Public Health and English. In her free time, Melia enjoys yoga, dance, and surfing.

Mikaella Joy Liban

Community Research Specialist VISTA

Mikaella Joy Liban

Community Research Specialist VISTA
[she/her] Mikaella joined HIPHI in January 2024 as the Community Research Specialist VISTA, where she will assist in determining the Filipino cultural views of tobacco, and identify Filipino-specific tobacco cessation interventions through the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning. Mikaella graduated from UH Mānoa with a BA in Public Health in 2023. Her interests align with serving Hawaiʻi’s Filipino community through health research and data. Mikaella also enjoys reading, crocheting, and spending time with family, friends, and her dog.

Natalie Croul

O‘ahu Community Coordinator, Coalition for Tobacco-Free Hawai'i.

Natalie Croul

O‘ahu Community Coordinator, Coalition for Tobacco-Free Hawai'i.
(808) 591-6508 ext. 51

[she/her/hers] Natalie joined HIPHI in March 2024 as the O‘ahu Community Coordinator for the Coalition for Tobacco-Free Hawai’i. She will be giving educational presentations and engaging with community members about the dangers of tobacco. Natalie graduated from UC Berkeley with degrees in Public Health and Cognitive Science in 2018. Since then, her work has largely been in Public Health research and providing crisis counseling in non-profit settings. Fun fact: Natalie has been playing guitar for eight years but, ironically, has terrible stage fright.

Nate Hix

Social Impact Policy Manager

Nate Hix

Social Impact Policy Manager
(808) 591-6508 ext. 21

Noel Shaw

Farm to Early Child Care and Education Program Coordinator

Noel Shaw

Farm to Early Child Care and Education Program Coordinator
(808) 591-6508 ext. 29
[she/her] Noel joined HIPHI in March 2024 as the Farm to Early Child Care and Education Program Coordinator. In this role, she will oversee Farm to Early Childhood Education (ECE) initiatives by supporting the coordination of programmatic and operational activities of Hawai’i’s ECE coalition. This includes building relationships with local farms and early childhood centers so keiki are accustomed to farming and farm fresh food. Noel has a BS in Applied Indigenous Studies and Political Science and a JD with an Emphasis in Federal Indian Law. She has organized communities around the protection of our natural resources and was previously a guidance counselor for the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians. Noel is from Kalawahine, has three keiki, and enjoys children’s books and learning about kalo farming and stream restoration.

Paige-Ka‘ohu Kawakami

Policy and Advocacy Associate

Paige-Ka‘ohu Kawakami

Policy and Advocacy Associate
(808) 591-6508 ext. 7
[she/her] Paige joined HIPHI in April 2024 as the Policy & Advocacy Associate. In this role, she will support HIPHI in policy and grassroots advocacy through the development and advancement of policies that address needs related to all areas of public health and by building and maintaining strong relationships with community members and organizations across the pae ʻāina. Paige earned a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Religion with an emphasis on indigenous beliefs and practices in Hawaiʻi and the Pacific. She has also organized around the protection of natural resources and abolition and was previously a Hawaiian Studies kumu at Windward Community College. Paige is from Pālolo and loves being a full-time aunty, swimming, surfing, and sailing open ocean.

Patrick Donnelly

Program Manager: Hawai'i Oral Health Coalition

Patrick Donnelly

Program Manager: Hawai'i Oral Health Coalition
(808) 591-6508 ext. 27

Patrick joined HIPHI in April 2021 to lead the Hawaiʻi Oral Health Coalition into growth and stability by increasing community engagement, educating the public and health community, promoting oral health as a part of overall health, and working to improve oral health through policy, practice, and advocacy. He developed his passion for oral health through his work as a Health Specialist in Early Head Start/Head Start. Patrick has a BS in Public Health – Health Promotion and Health Behavior from Oregon State University, and enjoys hiking, frisbee, and exploring the Big Island with family and friends.

Patti Hatzistavrakis

East Hawai‘i Health Eating + Active Living Initiative Coalition Coordinator

Patti Hatzistavrakis

East Hawai‘i Health Eating + Active Living Initiative Coalition Coordinator
(808) 591-6508 ext. 42

Patti joined HIPHI in August 2023 to lead the Healthy Eating and Active Lifestyle Initiative in East Hawai‘i. She has a background in nutrition and experience developing relationships with local agencies and diverse groups to create community-centric health and wellness programs. Originally from Pennsylvania, Patti moved to the Big Island in 2012. Holding a B.A. in Kinesiology (Health Promotion) from the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, Patti is committed to utilizing her talents to advance the health and wellness of the people of Hawai‘i.

Peggy Mierzwa

Policy & Advocacy Director

Peggy Mierzwa

Policy & Advocacy Director
(808) 591-6508 ext. 6

Rick Collins, MS

Director,
Maui Coalition for Drug-Free Youth

Rick Collins, MS

Director,
Maui Coalition for Drug-Free Youth
(808) 591-6508 ext. 22

[he/him] Rick joined HIPHI in 2018 and currently serves as the Director for for the Maui Coalition for Drug-Free Youth, the East Hawai‘i Drug-Free Coalition, and the Hawai‘i Alcohol Policy Alliance. His experience includes building new community coalitions and implementing community-level policy strategies to reduce the harms of substance use. He is a Certified Prevention Specialist and holds an MS in Counseling Psychology. He and his family love to travel and like to do home exchanges when they travel.

Rie Kuhaulua, PsyD, MPH

Public Health Workforce Development Program Manager

Rie Kuhaulua, PsyD, MPH

Public Health Workforce Development Program Manager
(808)591-6508 ext. 30

[she/her] Rie joined in 2018 and coordinates recruitment and onboarding for HIPHI’s interns and volunteers, as well as conducting assessments and writing projects. She has 20 years of experience in public health and mental health in the US and Pacific Islands. Rie holds a Master of Public Health (MPH) from University of Hawai‘i and Doctorate of Psychology (PsyD) from Hawai‘i School of Professional Psychology.

RoAnn Viloria, MPH

Maui, Molokai and Lānaʻi HEAL Coalition Coordinator

RoAnn Viloria, MPH

Maui, Molokai and Lānaʻi HEAL Coalition Coordinator
(808) 591-6508 ext. 16
[she/her] Born and raised on the beautiful island of Maui, RoAnn grew up in Kihei and is a 2015 Maui High Graduate. In 2018, RoAnn graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree in Public Health Policy from the University of California, Irvine. Then in 2021, she obtained her Master’s Degree in Public Health at West Coast University. Once she finished her education, she knew it was time to come back home to Maui. RoAnn believes in giving back to the community that has raised her and wants to positively impact Maui Nui. She is a strong public health advocate and hopes to spread Public Health Service throughout her community.

Roella Foronda, MPH

Programs Director

Roella Foronda, MPH

Programs Director
(808) 591-6508 ext. 5

Roella joined HIPHI in 2014 and informs and oversees operations, programmatic, and strategic initiatives. She provides leadership and oversight to programs and staff, administration, fund development, human resources and talent acquisitions, mentorship, and communications. She has more than 20 years of nonprofit experience, with an undergraduate degree in Health Science from San Francisco State University and a master’s degree in Public Health is from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Roella is a loyal partner and mother to three keiki who loves gardening, cooking, baking, watching a good adventure flick, and traveling.

Rojelle Bohol

Events and Outreach Coordinator

Rojelle Bohol

Events and Outreach Coordinator

Rojelle joined HIPHI in August 2023 as the Events and Outreach Coordinator and is responsible for planning and coordinating mission-aligned events. She has a bachelor’s degree in in Public Health and Sociology from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Her journey began with an internship at HIPHI’s Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Hawaiʻi Youth Council while studying at the university. Prior to joining HIPHI, Rojelle worked for the State. Beyond her career, she enjoys kdramas, kpop, and spending quality time with loved ones, including being a devoted dog and cat mom.

Roseie Abon

Community Health Worker

Roseie Abon

Community Health Worker

Roseie joined HIPHI in July 2023 as a Community Health Worker for the Community Health Workers (CHWs) for COVID Response and Resilient Communities (CCR) project. She is passionate and dedicated to serving her community and will have a special focus on serving residents in low-income housing in Hilo.

Rosilyn Filemoni, MPH

Program Manager: Community Health Worker Liaison

Rosilyn Filemoni, MPH

Program Manager: Community Health Worker Liaison
(808) 591-6508 ext. 11

Rosi joined the HIPHI team in 2022 as the Statewide Program Manager: Community Health Worker Liaison. She was born and raised on Hawai‘i Island and currently resides in Kea‘au. She has earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Healthcare Administration and Master’s in Public Health. She has a profound passion for public health and brings to the team great knowledge of Community Health Workers and expertise in working with vulnerable populations. When not working, Rosi can be found in the community as the head coach for Kea‘au High School Girls Soccer and serving at New Hope Church of Hilo.

Sairel Labasan, MPH

Program Manager: COVID-19 Projects Liaison

Sairel Labasan, MPH

Program Manager: COVID-19 Projects Liaison
(808) 591-6508 ext. 33
[she/her] Sairel joined HIPHI in March 2022 as the Statewide Program Manager: COVID-19 Projects Liaison. In her role, she supports Community Based Organizations and Federally Qualified Health Centers in their efforts to provide their communities with COVID-19 education, outreach, and resources. She is passionate in promoting health equity and has interests in social determinants of health, infectious disease epidemiology, and social justice issues. She graduated from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa with a Master of Public Health specializing in Epidemiology. In her free time, Sairel enjoys finding new cafes and bakeries, reading, and being in nature. 

Sally Ancheta

East Hawai‘i Drug-Free Coalition Coordinator

Sally Ancheta

East Hawai‘i Drug-Free Coalition Coordinator
(808) 591-6508 ext. 14

Sally joined HIPHI in September 2010 as the East Hawai‘i Coalition Coordinator for CTFH and HEAL and in 2022 has transitioned to the East Hawai‘i Drug-Free Coalition Coordinator. She 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. She holds a BA from the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo.

Samuel Rontale

Bilingual Health Aide

Samuel Rontale

Bilingual Health Aide
[He/Him/His] Samuel joined HIPHI in April 2024 as a Bilingual Health Aide to work with Catholic Charities to support their senior intake and benefits enrollment center. In his role, he will be answering calls, conducting COVID-19 screenings, providing educational resources, helping with Medicare benefits, and scheduling vaccination appointments and transportation. In May 2023, Samuel earned a BA in Community Health, with minors in Psychology and Sociology from Whitworth University. His passion lies in serving the kūpuna and underrepresented populations. Samuel enjoys the great outdoors, from hiking to road-tripping to traveling with family and friends. He also likes exploring new restaurants and trying different foods.

Scott Stensrud, MA

Statewide Youth Coordinator

Scott Stensrud, MA

Statewide Youth Coordinator
(808) 591-6508 ext. 2

Scott joined HIPHI in 2018 and mentors the Coalition for Tobacco-Free Hawaiʻi Youth Council. His previous experience included Executive Director for Community Programs with Blue Zones Project Hawaiʻi, and V. P. Enrollment Management at Hawaiʻi Pacific University. He received his BA in Business Administration from Coe College, and MA in Leadership from Augsburg University. He’s been a volunteer coach with the American Youth Soccer Association (AYSO) for more than 25 years.

Uyanga Batzogs, MBA, PhD

Director of Finance and Operations

Uyanga Batzogs, MBA, PhD

Director of Finance and Operations
(808) 591-6508 ext. 4

Uyanga joined HIPHI in 2023 as the Director of Finance and Operations to provide leadership and oversight of the Finance and Operations team for sustainable organizational growth. Prior to HIPHI, Uyanga served as the CFO for Waimānalo health center and Controller for Kōkua Kalihi Valley (KKV) Comprehensive Family Services in Hawai‘i, USA. She also founded several organizations in Mongolia. Uyanga is an alumna of the Thompson School of Social Work and Public Health at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. In her free time, she loves to play and teach board games and traveling internationally.

Valerie K. Saiki

Kaua‘i Community Coordinator (CTFH)

Valerie K. Saiki

Kaua‘i Community Coordinator (CTFH)
(808) 591-6508 ext. 12
[she/her] Valerie has been an active member of CTFH since 2003 and joined the staff in 2010. Valerie currently lives on Kauaʻi fulfilling her passion in public health. Her previous work experience includes Kalihi-Palama Health Center for the “Crossroads” tobacco prevention and education play for youth, as well as REAL, YMCA, and Boys and Girls Club of Hawaiʻi. Valerie also has a soft heart for “exotic” animals that are in need of rescue, and her pets include an axolotl, rabbits, turtles, tortoise, a gold dust gecko and hundreds of fish.

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