> Suzanne Case, the longtime head of The Nature Conservancy in Hawaii, will lead the state Department of Land and Natural Resources after Gov. David Ige withdrew his first nomination, Castle & Cooke Hawaii executive Carleton Ching. Case, executive director since 2001, joined The Nature Conservancy in 1987 and oversaw Hawaii’s largest conservation land transaction, acquisition of the 117,000-acre Kahuku Ranch on the Big Island. Her nomination to chair the DLNR was confirmed by the state Senate on April 24. Case is a Hilo native and alumna of Punahou School and Stanford University. An attorney, she has experience with the conservancy in California and in Asia. She has overseen all operations of the Hawaii program, which includes 16 preserves totaling 53,000 acres, and also the Palmyra Atoll nature preserve and research station in the Pacific. She is also the sister of former U.S. Rep. Ed Case, who is currently chief legal officer at Outrigger Enterprises, and cousin of Steve Case, the co-founder of AOL who owns Grove Farm on Kauai and is the majority shareholder of Maui Land & Pineapple. Ige withdrew his nomination of Ching before the Senate confirmation vote after more than 20 environmental groups, including the Sierra Club of Hawaii, urged him to withdraw his nomination of Ching. The Nature Conservancy has named Mark Fox, who has served as director of external affairs since 2000, to serve as acting executive director while the nonprofit conducts a search for a new executive director.

> Glenn Medeiros, a former pop star and Kauai High School alumnus, has been named president of Honolulu’s Saint Louis School, a private all-boys Catholic Marianist school. Medeiros will replace the current head of school, Walter Kirimitsu, who will retire on June 30. Medeiros, a former vice principal of Maryknoll School in Honolulu, will begin his new position on July 1, as will Sione Thompson, who is being promoted to principal from assistant head of school. Thompson joined Saint Louis School as a social sciences teacher and has been dean of students, vice principal and director of advancement. Medeiros was an assistant professor at Chaminade University in Honolulu and has been a primary and secondary school teacher on Oahu.

> Linda Puu, RN, MSN, has been promoted to hospital administrator at Kaiser Permanente's Moanalua Medical Center where she will work closely with the hospital's physician leaders to manage operations and ensure quality care for Kaiser Permanente members. Janna Muscare, RN, is the new vice president of quality, safety and patient experience at Kaiser Permanente Hawaii. She will provide strategic leadership to ensure high quality member experiences and develop programs, policies and procedures to improve patient care. She will oversee the direction of clinical measurements and guidelines, ensure regulatory accreditation and workplace safety. Kaiser has also hired new physicians: Dr. Jae Lim, otolaryngology at Moanalua Medical Center; Dr. Janette Brunken, family medicine at Kapolei clinic; Dr. Julie Won Ireland, genetics at Mapunapuna medical office; and Dr. Wynette Amazona, family medicine at Kona medical office. Rebecca Yee Bassett, MS, CGC, joins the Mapunapuna medical office as genetics counselor and Vikrant Bhasin is the new chef manager at Moanalua Medical Center, managing the room service program, Sunrise Cafe and visitor cafeteria.

> Hawaii Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice has announced that Deputy Director Gavin Thornton will be working alongside Victor Geminiani as co-executive director. Thornton’s promotion formally recognizes his growing leadership and responsibility in the organization. Geminiani will continue at Hawaii Appleseed and Thornton will have primary responsibility for day-to-day operations. In 2004, Thornton helped launch the organization that is now Hawaii Appleseed, serving as its first staff attorney.

> Kamehameha Schools has named four new executives: Kaeo Durate, vice president of community engagement and resources; Darrel Hoke, executive vice president of administration; Kevin Cockett, vice president of communications and chief communications officer; and Lauren Nahme, vice president of strategy and innovation. Duarte, a 10-year Kamehameha Schools employee, was promoted to the new executive position that focuses on responding to the specific needs of communities in nine regions statewide, plus agriculture and conservation land programs, community resource centers and sustainability initiatives. Cockett is a 23-year communications veteran who's had his own firm for four years and previously worked for Communications Pacific in Honolulu and Best Buy in Minneapolis. Hoke, a CPA and Kamehameha Schools’ audit director since 2002, brings 27 years of experience in audit, accounting and finance to his new position. Nahme was previously director of strategic planning and implementation of Kamehameha Schools.

> Make-A-Wish Hawaii has hired Lani Kaaa as its new director of development after a year-long search. Kaaa, the former House Minority Caucus manager at the Hawaii State House of Representatives, will fill the new full-time position created by a grant form the national Make-A-Wish office last year. She will spearhead fund development and work on community outreach on the Neighbor Islands.

> Kyle Karioka has been named divisional director of planned giving for The Salvation Army – Hawaiian & Pacific Islands Division, reporting to Jennifer Hee, executive director of development. Karioka most recently served as development and marketing manager for Special Olympics Hawaii. Donna Takeda has been appointed to a three-year term on the board of advisors for The Salvation Army – Hawaiian & Pacific Islands Division. Takeda is vice president and manager of community and market development for Central Pacific Bank.

> University of Hawaii Foundation has promoted Roxanne Kam
to be director of alumni engagement programs and Donna Gutierrez to be director of alumni engagement for community colleges. The foundation also has hired Tara Loty to be director of alumni engagement for UH Manoa.

> Brandon Sparks has been promoted to HCAP information technology manager at Honolulu Community Action Program, Inc. He will oversee all IT functions for the entire agency.

> Children's Alliance of Hawaii has hired Andreas Okolovitch as its new program manager. Okolovitch will plan, coordinate and implement new and ongoing group therapeutic recreation activities and life skills classes. He will also provide and coordinate individualized mentoring and program support for male clients, including outreach and recruitment.

> Helping Hands Hawaii has promoted Kristine Garabiles to program manager from Emergency Assistance Program housing case manager. In her new position, Garabiles will coordinate and supervise staff responsible for direct intakes with individuals and families applying for public benefits, emergency support and short-term financial assistance. She will also assist with coordinating outreach events, developing marketing materials and actively recruiting and supervising volunteers. 

> Jean Jeremiah, Hawaii SCORE administrator, has been named a 2015 SBA Small Business Award winner. The SBA awards are a joint partnership between the SBA and Hawaii Business magazine honoring Hawaii businesses, lenders, entrepreneurs and advocates. Jeremaiah will receive the award at the 28th Annual SBA Small Business Awards from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, May 8, at the Dole Cannery Pomaikai Ballrooms in Honolulu.

> Pacific Business News honored 40 of Hawaii’s top women business leaders in three categories on Thursday, April 16, at the Royal Hawaiian hotel in Waikiki. The Nonprofit Businesswoman of the Year is Kathy Clark, president and CEO, Wilcox Memorial Hospital. Clark, a nurse by training, took the job as chief nurse at Wilcox in 2005 and, in less than six months, she was promoted to president and CEO.  She has annoounced plans to retire on Jone 30. Jennifer Brittin-Fulton, owner of Exceptional Inc. dba Employers Options on Maui, was named Businesswoman of the Year in the for-profit category. This year’s finalists for Businesswoman of the Year — Nonprofit were: Jill Baldemor, CEO, Teach for America Hawaii; Sheila Beckham, CEO, Waikiki Health; Becky Harrison, marketing director and Certified Substance Abuse Counselor, Habilitat; Karissa Jonas, CFO, Kauai Island Utility Cooperative; Sherry Menor-McNamara, CEO, Chamber of Commerce Hawaii; Darlene Nakayama, COO, Palolo Chinese Home; Kanoe Naone, CEO, INPEACE; Kathryn Raethel, CEO, Castle Medical Group; Sandra Theunick, head of school, St. Andrew's Schools; and Cindy Adams, president, Aloha United Way. PBN’s Women to Watch were also honored. Nonprofit leaders included in that category were: Kehaulani Coleman, director of Economic Advancement Programs, YWCA of Oahu and Shawn Kanaiaupuni, director of Public Education Support, Kamehameha Schools.

> Meals on Wheels America and Korea Food Research Institute have selected Hawaii nonprofit executive Claire Shimabukuro to represent the U.S. at an international symposium on foods for the elderly next month. himabukuro, the executive director of Hawaii Meals on Wheels, will give an opening speech at the symposium in Seoul, South Korea on May 28 and will share lessons from the organization.

 

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