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Nine New Staff Join HIPHI in Summer 2024

HIPHI is thrilled to introduce nine new staff members joining our team in Summer 2024! Meet our newest team members:

Alice Liu [she/her/hers] 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.

Leigh Ann Lopez 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.

Samuel Rontale [he/him/his] 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.

Melia Schneck [she/her] 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.

Amy Tennyson [she/her] 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.

Gendalin Amram[she/her] joined HIPHI in June 2024 as the Climate Change and Environmental Specialist Public Health AmeriCorps. She engages with local partners, reviews metrics to assess effectiveness, and facilitates collaboration and collective efforts to enhance community preparedness and resiliency. Gendalin supports planning, implementation, and evaluation initiatives to understand and improve community preparedness and resiliency. She holds a Masters in Bioethics and Global Public Health (MBGPH) from AUSN, Arizona. Gendalin has been a Youth Outreach Programs Advocate and UNESCO Looking Beyond Disaster Ambassador board member since 2011 and served as the Hawai‘i Department of Education’s Family Literacy Liaison. In her free time, she enjoys creating inspirational quotes, swimming, sailing, and reading mystery novels.

Lindsay Terkelsen joined HIPHI in June 2024 as the Program Assistant for Community Health Worker Initiatives. In this role, Lindsay provides direct support to ensure effective coordination of community health worker program initiatives. Lindsay holds a B.A. in Linguistics from Ka Haka ʻUla o Keʻelikōlani, College of Hawaiian Language at UH-Hilo. Lindsay’s previous experience includes teaching ESL, which led to nonprofit work addressing housing insecurity and health equity. Outside of work, Lindsay is an artist and loves learning about languages.

Kawika Kahiapo joined HIPHI in June 2024 as the Program Coordinator for the Hawai‘i Farm to School Initiative. In this role, Kawika serves as the Hawai‘i Youth Food Council Lead Advisor and supports the Farm to School program. Kawika graduated from UH West O‘ahu with a BAS degree in Sustainable Community Food Systems. Previously, Kawika was a Lead Advocate with Hawai‘i Food+ Policy. Kawika enjoys growing things, especially people.

Jacqueline Rodriguez joined HIPHI in June 2024 as the Youth Coordinator for the Maui Coalition for Drug-Free Youth. In this role, Jacqueline coordinates coalition and community-building efforts in Maui County, focusing on drug and alcohol prevention. Jacqueline helps coordinate the Maui Nui Youth Council, which advocates for safe communities by planning and implementing education and advocacy activities to prevent and reduce youth alcohol and drug use in Maui County. Jacqueline holds a Master’s degree in Social Work and has seven years of experience working with youth in various environments, including the foster system, crisis outreach, and school settings. Jacqueline enjoys gardening, working out, spending time at the beach, and going on adventures with their daughter and two dogs.

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