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New Staff Join HIPHI in Winter 2023

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Brent Mertz, Office Manager

Brent Mertz is HIPHI’s Office Manager and works with the Operations Team to help keep things running smoothly at the Honolulu office. As a Certified Eye Bank Technician, Brent previously managed the Lions Eye Bank of Hawai’i. He has a BSc in Biomedical Engineering & African Studies from Yale, and is now working on a MS in Nonprofit Management from Columbia. Brent loves to travel and keeps a list of the UNESCO World Heritage Site he has been to – 65 and counting!

Chauncey Hatico is the Program Coordinator for the Hawai‘i Community Health Worker (CHW) Association and works 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.

Chauncey Hatico, Hawai‘i Community Health Worker Association Program Coordinator
Zane Lacaden, Youth Coordinator for the Maui Coalition for Drug-Free Youth

Zane Lacaden is the Youth Coordinator for the Maui Coalition for Drug-Free Youth. He coordinates with youth to take action on substance use issues impacting the community to prevent and reduce the harms associated with substances. Prior to joining HIPHI, Zane has volunteered with teen groups through the community groups (like HCAN) and churches. One fun fact about Zane – he can play the Tuba.

Emma Falvey is 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 is passionate about expanding health equity within her community. Outside of work, she loves to surf, dive, and travel.

Emma Falvey, Community Health Worker
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