2016 – 2017
Board of Directors.
East Hawai‘i Community Coordinator (CTFH/ HEAL)
(808) 591-6508 ext. 9, then press “1”
Sally has been the East Hawai‘i Coalition Coordinator since September 2010. She holds a B.A. from the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo. Sally 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.
Get Fit Kaua‘i Coordinator(CTFH/ HEAL)
(808) 591-6508 ext. 9, then press “5”
With over 15 years of experience as a public health educator, visionary leader and convener on Kaua‘i, Bev has developed and facilitated the Physical Activity and Nutrition Coalition of Kaua‘i County (Get Fit Kauai) since inception, of which, the coalition currently comprises of over 200 members. She has a proven track record of effectively implementing new community initiative projects and has years of experience advocating for built environment changes such as safe streets and walkable communities.
(808) 591-6508 ext. 4
Brian has spent nearly two decades running policy and political campaigns, both digital and on-the-ground. He served as the Director of Grassroots Operations for the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids between 2008 and 2015, leading the high-profile effort to restrict tobacco use in Major League Baseball and the campaign to end tobacco sponsorships of overseas concerts by major artists such as Kelly Clarkson, Alicia Keys and Maroon 5. Brian also co-led the successful 2013 effort in Maryland to pass some of the strongest gun violence prevention laws in the nation.
Maui Community Coordinator (CTFH)
(808) 591-6508 ext. 9, then press “6”
Katie received her B.A. in Anthropology from the University of California at Berkeley. She moved to Hawai‘i almost a decade ago and worked as an archaeologist and anthropologist here on Maui until she joined HIPHI this year. She is a competitive outrigger canoe paddler, mother to an incredibly smart two year old girl, and former smoker. As such, she feels passionately about the work HIPHI is doing to promote health in our community.
Roella Foronda, MPH
(808) 591-6508 ext. 5
Roella has more than a decade of experience with program and contract management, philanthropy, grant development and administration, budget management and community relations through her work at the Hawai‘i Community Foundation. She was part of the oversight and management team for the Hawai‘i Tobacco Prevention and Control Trust Fund, serving as a liaison with grantees, partners and stakeholders. She received her undergraduate degree in Health Science from San Francisco State University in 2000 and her Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa in 2011.
Finance Director(CTFH/ HEAL)
(808) 591-6508 ext. 8
Michelle joined Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Hawai‘i in 2007 and has spent the last 10+ years working in the non-profit sector mainly overseeing the fiscal and accounting departments for various non-profit organizations. She currently serves on the board of directors of PHOCUSED. In her spare time, she can be found biking around Hawai‘i Kai, enjoying Makapu`u Beach or curled up with a good book.
(808) 591-6508 ext. 0
Remi Kimura began working at the Hawai‘i Public Health Institute as the Administrative Assistant in September 2016. Some of her responsibilities as the Admissions Assistant include helping with event planning, travel coordination, as well as many other administrative duties. Remi graduated in 2015 from the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa with a BA in Public Health.
Trish La Chica, MPA
Policy and Advocacy Director
(808) 591-6508 ext. 6
Prior to joining HIPHI in January 2016, Trish worked in the Governor’s Office to develop the State Health Care Innovation Plan to help improve health systems performance, increase quality of care, and decrease costs for the residents of Hawai‘i. Trish has more than eight years of experience working on both state and federal policy solutions in public health, advocating particularly for Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities. Trish earned her Masters in Public Administration from the University of San Francisco and received her B.A. from the Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines. She is currently earning her certification in Healthcare Analytics from the University of California, Davis.
Ruth Le‘au, MPH
Chronic Disease Prevention Director
(808) 591-6508 ext. 2
Ruth is currently focused on preventing heart disease and diabetes by improving healthier food access and promoting physical activity. Prior to joining HIPHI in November 2015, Ruth’s experience included strategic business development, program management, and contract administration in a range of fields. Her undergraduate studies include a B.A. in Biology with a minor in Dance. Ruth’s graduate studies culminated in a M.P.H. specializing in Native Hawaiian and Indigenous Health at the University of Hawai‘i, where she received many honors and awards for her qualitative research in American Samoa on food access.
Tami MacAller, MPH, MCHES
West Hawai‘i Community Coordinator (CTFH/ HEAL)
(808) 591-6508 ext. 9, then press “2”
Tami has extensive knowledge and experience in public health, tobacco cessation, and chronic disease prevention and control. Tami worked with the University of California, San Francisco and the California Department of Public Health where she has had the opportunity to collaborate, teach and facilitate efforts with health care providers, community organizations and local government to increase awareness of tobacco use effects on chronic disease. Tami holds a Master of Public Health in Community Health Education from California State University Northridge and is also a Master Certified Health Education Specialist.
Kaua‘i Community Coordinator (CTFH)
(808) 591-6508 ext. 9, then press “4”
Steph was born and raised in Alewa Heights on the island of Oahu. She attended college in Colorado where she received her Bachelors degree from the University of Northern Colorado and her Masters in Public Health from the Colorado School of Public Health. Steph previously served as the Tobacco Control Program Coordinator for Kokua Kalihi Valley for three and half years, before joining the HIPHI team.
Advocacy and Outreach Coordinator
(808) 591-6508 ext. 7
Jaylen is the Programs Assistant for the Hawai‘i Public Health Institute, joining the HIPHI/CTFH team in September 2015. As the Programs Assistant, she helps primarily with event planning, travel coordination, and administrative support. Jaylen graduated from Stony Brook University in 2014 with a B.S. in Health Science with a concentration in Public Health/Community Health Education.
Sonya Niess, MPH
Community Coordinator – Maui, Moloka‘i and Lana‘i (HEAL)
(808) 591-6508 ext. 9, then press “3”
Sonya joined the team in May 2011. She holds a B.A. from Colorado College and an MPH from the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa and has experience working in a variety of public health settings from family services to the Cancer Research Center of Hawai‘i and Planned Parenthood of Hawai‘i.
Statewide Youth Coordinator
(808) 591-6508 ext. 3
Kevin joined the HIPHI team in January 2017 and has over sixteen years of experience coordinating youth programs and doing community organizing and prevention work in Philadelphia, PA. A recent transplant to Honolulu, Kevin spent the past eight years directing award winning after-school and summer programs utilizing Hip Hop arts and culture for high school students highlighting the intersection of artistic and creative expression with individual and community health.
Jessica Yamauchi, MA
(808) 591-6508 ext. 1
Jessica has been the Executive Director of the Hawai‘i Public Health Institute since 2012. She graduated from the University of Hawai‘i with a B.A. and M.A. in speech communication, with an emphasis in health communication. Prior to becoming the executive director, she served as the policy director for the Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Hawai‘i and worked to advance tobacco control policy initiatives in an effort to reduce smoking rates. Jessica has worked in the non-profit sector for over ten years and has worked for the University of Hawai‘i, Office of Public Health Studies and the University of Hawai‘i Cancer Center. Jessica currently serves as co-chair of the obesity prevention task force.