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HIPHI is pleased to welcome several new staff members this summer!

Meet Jessica, HIPHI's new Hawai‘i Farm to School Program Coordinator

Jessica Taiatini 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 Taiatini

Jessica Taiatini

Hawai'i Farm to School Program Coordinator

Meet Jacelyn, HIPHI's new HICHW Association Coordinator

Jacelyn Auna joined HIPHI in May 2023 as the Hawai‘i Community Health Workers (HICHW) Association Coordinator. As the coordinator, Jacelyn is responsible for working with the HICHW Leadership Council and HIPHI Program Manager to move the HICHW association forward. She has a Bachelor of Science in University Studies: Psychology & Family History Research from Brigham Young University- Idaho and a Master of Science in Management and Leadership from Western Governors University. Outside of work, Jocelyn is also a pianist and musician.

Meet Abby, HIPHI's new Special Project's Assistant

Abby Poisson joined HIPHI in May 2023 as a Special Projects Assistant to provide support for the Healthy Communities Hawai’i Initiative and Alcohol and Drug Prevention Initiatives. She graduated from Saint Michael’s College with a degree in International Relations and Public Health. Much of her research and experience has been focused on global health and development and health equity. In her free time, Abby enjoys playing volleyball, hiking, and a good game of cribbage

Kathy Gikbay Headshot

Kathy Gikbay

Hawai‘i Oral Health Coalition and Community Health Worker Initiatives Program Assistant
Abby Poisson

Abby Poisson

Special Projects Assistant

Meet Kathy, HIPHI's new Program Assistant for HOHC & HICHW

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. 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.

Meet Sarah, HIPHI's new Office Manager

Sarah Melilli joined HIPHI in June 2023 as the Office Manager. She has more than 15 years of administrative experience ranging from Executive Assistant to Office Management and has worked for JP Morgan, Chevron, and McDonald’s Corporation. Sarah is originally from Chicago and loves the Bears, White Sox, and Hawks. She likes to spend time in the city and enjoy the beaches.

Uyanga Batzogs, MBA, PhD

Uyanga Batzogs, MBA, PhD

Director of Finance and Operations

Meet Uyanga, HIPHI's new Director of Finance

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 Comprehensive Family Services in Hawai‘i. She also founded several organizations in Mongolia. Uyanga is an alumna of the Thompson School of Social Work and Public Health at the UH at Mānoa. In her free time, she loves to play and teach board games and traveling internationally.

Meet Kiara, HIPHI's new Kūpuna Collective Special Project Coordinator VISTA

Gerrit DeWeese

Gerrit DeWeese

COVID-19 Special Project Coordinator VISTA
Kiara Louise D. Bacasen

Kiara Louise D. Bacasen

Kūpuna Collective Special Project Coordinator VISTA

Meet Gerrit, HIPHI's new COVID-19 Special Project Coordinator VISTA

If you’d like to join our growing team, we’re hiring! Opportunities are listed at hiphi.org/employment

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