[she/her] Alana joined HIPHI in December 2020 and currently assists in creating and disseminating culturally relevant COVID-19 resources to families in Hawaiʻi. She provides weekly COVID-19 newsletters, social media posts, and outreach to community members statewide. She has a bachelors degree in Communications, and her commitment to being a mental health advocate led her to cofound a nonprofit initiating the conversation of suicide prevention and mental health in 2016. Alana spends her free time surfing and enjoying the beautiful hikes on Oʻahu.
[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.
Ashlee Klemperer, MSW
Ashlee Klemperer, MSW
Ashlee came to HIPHI in 2018 with MCDFY, a local community coalition of partner organizations and individuals committed to reducing underage alcohol use and youth substance use in Maui County. She has over 10 years of experience in social work, public health, community organizing, prevention work, coalition building, and youth engagement, and received her master’s in Social Work from Portland State University. Ashlee is a community-driven individual who works on community prevention through policy change.
Chelsea joined HIPHI in 2020 to lead the Hawaiʻi Alcohol Policy Alliance, a volunteer-based coalition that advocates for research-based, responsible alcohol policies in the best interest of the people of Hawaiʻi, to reduce often overlooked alcohol-related harms in our communities. She graduated from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa in Public Health. She was the President of the Breathe Aloha Club (which provides health education and outreach about tobacco issues and policies on campus/statewide), and worked to designate all 10 UH campuses tobacco-free in 2018.
Jessica Yamauchi, MA
[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.
[he/him] Justin joined HIPHI in 2022 to help the organization expand its storytelling and fundraising capabilities as the Digital Media and Communications Manager. He is a communications strategist with a background and over 10 years of experience in writing, marketing, and graphic design. Justin is based in Honolulu, where he was also born and raised. He holds a degree in Graphic Design from Portland State University and has worked in a wide range of professional contexts, including both nonprofit and corporate settings. In his free time, Justin enjoys biking, watching sci-fi movies, or making music with friends.
Justina Clanton, MPH
[she/her] Justina joined HIPHI in August 2020 to work on COVID-19 vaccination outreach & equity on Oʻahu and Hawaiʻi Island. She recently graduated with an MPH in Social and Behavioral Health Sciences from the University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa, and has previous experience in suicide prevention training research. She enjoys spending time with family and playing with her dog, Luna.
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.
[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.
Lauren Nelson, MA
[she/her] Lauren joined HIPHI in March 2020 and helps facilitate the Maui Nui Food Alliance, a cross-sector collaborative dedicated to a resilient and healthy food future for the islands of Maui Nui – Maui, Molokaʻi, and Lānaʻi. Before receiving her M.A. in Gastronomy, she worked as a farmer on Maui. Lauren has a background in nutrition and climate change policy, working for FAO and the Slow Food Movement. She loves hiking, surfing, diving, painting, and trying new varieties of fruit.
Lia Pasco, MBA
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
[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
[she/her] Since joining HIPHI in 2018, Makamae coordinates community-based activities and public health workforce capacity to provide continuing education to healthcare providers and community members. She supports COVID-19 response outreach and education efforts and oral health coalition initiatives. Makamae earned her BS in Nutrition and MPA from Long Island University. Her background includes student affairs operations and program management. She’s passionate about health access and equity in Hawaiʻi’s communities. In her spare time, Makamae coaches volleyball at local high schools and clubs and spends time outdoors.
Maria Theresa Dizon
May Rose Dela Cruz, DrPH, MPH
May Rose Dela Cruz, DrPH, MPH
[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. Her previous roles included Assistant Researcher, UH Office of Public Health Studies, and Co-Director, 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.
Olivia joined HIPHI in 2021 and provides coordination support for the Hawai‘i Youth Food Council (HYFC) and other Hui projects. She has worked extensively in the nonprofit sector with a focused mission to enhance local food systems as a farmer, 4-H counselor, and community organizer. Originally from coastal Massachusetts, she earned her B.A. in Environmental Studies and International Relations from Saint Michael’s College in Vermont. She looks forward to drawing from these experiences to support Hawaii’s farm to school movement from her home on O‘ahu.
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.
[she/her] Rashall joined HIPHI in March 2023 as the Office Manager. Most recently, she lived in Oregon as a Business Office Manager and HR Manager. Rashall has also worked with a nonprofit in addiction and mental health serving community needs. In her free time, Rashall enjoys family activities, horseback riding, hiking, camping, and relaxing on the beach with an audio book.
Rick Collins, MS
Maui Coalition for Drug-Free Youth
[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
[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.
Roella Foronda, MPH
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.
Rosilyn Handy, MPH
Rosilyn Handy, MPH
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
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.
Scott Stensrud, MA
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.
Susan Mercado, MD, MPH
Susan joined HIPHI in 2020 to provide leadership and strategic direction to food systems projects, focusing on equity and resiliency. She supports policy and program development related to food and nutrition security and guides work on epidemiology and public health practice for transformation of food systems. A doctor of medicine with a master’s in public health, Susan has more than 20 years of experience in public health, including 15 years at the World Health Organization. She discovered her green thumb in the second half of life. She also loves to swim and feels blessed when swimming with honu.