> Jeeyun Lee is the new executive director of the Hawaii Nature Center, responsible for leading efforts in the delivery of the Hawaii Nature Center's signature programs that educate local youth on environmental stewardship, creating, overseeing and implementing the business plan, and training and developing a committed team to reach HNC's objectives and goals.

> Jen Chahanovich will head the nonprofit Wilcox Memorial Hospital and the Kauai Medical Clinic upon President and CEO Kathy Clark’s retirement at the end of June. Chahanovich, currently CEO of Pali Momi Medical Center, began at HPH in 2002 as the director of respiratory therapy for Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children. She was named COO for Pali Momi two years after that. She has also served as chair for Hospice Hawaii and the chair-elect of the American Heart Association Board. Clark, who was named PBN's 2015 Businesswoman of the Year in the nonprofit category, told PBN this month she plans to retire in Colorado to spend time with family.

> Megan Murobayashi is the new program assistant for the Hawaii Alliance of Nonprofit Organizations. She provides office management and administrative support for the staff and logistical support for HANO's educational programs and membership services. She has a background in international development, starting the social enterprise, Invisible Hearts, and previously served as project manager of the Corporations and Human Rights Database. She has a bachelor's degree in international relations from Creighton University and an International MBA from the University of Denver.

> Make-A-Wish Hawaii has hired: Lani Kaaa as director of development, spearheading fund development and fostering new community outreach initiatives on the Neighbor Islands; Christine Nip as development and events manager, responsible for planning and overseeing the foundation's internal and external events as well as campaigns and fundraising programs; Andrea Munevar as events and operations coordinator, responsible for the planning and successful execution of fundraising events both external and internal; Alyssa Christian as wish assist coordinator, responsible for coordinating all aspects of wishes to visit Hawaii as well as developing and maintaining hospitality vendor relationships to enhance the wish experience and broaden the donor base; and Maria Ueoka as accounts receivable manager, providing accounting and related support. Janel Chandler has been promoted to director of community engagement, responsible for planning, developing and implementing all of the foundation’s essential marketing strategies, marketing communications and public relations activities, both external and internal, and Landen Tsuda has been promoted to wish assist coordinator, responsible for coordinating the wishes of children and families coming to see Hawaii.

> The Kohala Center has hired Keawe Liu as vice president of advancement and innovation. He will guide the development of a campus master plan and work to build an endowment for The Center’s perpetual success.

> Assets School has hired Lynne Wooddell as capital campaign director. She will lead the school’s capital campaign to raise $30 million to rebuild the K-8 campus, upgrade the new Assets High School Academy of the Pacific Campus and develop a financial aid endowment. She most recently served as the principal gifts officer at Kapiolani.

> Helping Hands Hawaii has hired Gerald Hew as chief financial officer, responsible for oversight and direction of the agency’s financial operations. He will also manage accounting and financial reporting, provide oversight of banking activities, prepare the annual budget and financial forecasts, monitor contract compliance, provide fiscal control of client trust accounts and supervise the accounting department. He joins HHH after 14 years at University Health Alliance.

> PBS Hawaii has promoted Todd Fink to director of stories, transforming ideas into video stories, and Lawrence E. Pacheco to on-air designer/video editor.

> Tim Caminos, director of communications for the  Better Business Bureau of Hawaii, is buying Honolulu-based SuperGeeks, an information technology firm founded by James Kerr. Caminos will become president and chief operating officer and Kerr will stay on as CEO and "chief geek.”

> YWCA of Oahu honored two Hawaii nonprofit leaders at the  annual Leader Luncheon at the Sheraton Waikiki hotel on Thursday, May 28: Mary Moragne Cooke, co-founder of the nonprofit Manoa Heritage Center, the founding president of Malama Manoa and an emeritus trustee at Punahou School, and Laura Smith, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Hawaii. Also honored were Kathryn Inouye, partner and chief operating officer of the Kobayashi Group, and Candy Suiso, program director and educator for Searider Productions at Waianae High School.

> Pacific Business News’ 2015 Forty under 40 class included these young nonprofit leaders: Kim Carvalho, Institute for Human Services; Dr. Ryan Lee, Shriners Hospital Honolulu; Brent Kakasako, Hawaii Alliance for Community Based Economic Development; Brittany Amano, Hawaii’s Future Isn’t Hungry; Dr. Jennifer Loh, Kaiser Permanente Hawaii; Brandee Menino, Hope Services Hawaii, Inc.; Tyler Dos Santos-Tam, Hawaii Construction Alliance Honolulu; Malekai “Mo” Maumalanga, Adult Friends for Youth Honolulu; and Annie Valentin, Project Vision Hawaii.

> Rick Blangiardi, general manager of Hawaii News Now, has been named Hawaii's Distinguished Citizen for 2015 by Boy Scouts of America Aloha Council. The award will be presented at the 35th annual Hawaii's Distinguished Citizen event on Aug. 27 at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel. The award goes annually to a Hawaii resident whose leadership in business, industry, government, education and other community endeavors has significantly contributed to the vitality of our state. Blangiardi currently serves on the board of directors for the Boy Scouts, Hawaii Food Bank, Hawaii Red Cross, Hawaii Theater Center, YMCA of Honolulu and the Pacific Aviation Museum. He is a trustee for the Public Schools of Hawaii Foundation, where his guidance supports the mission of strengthening the quality of public education in Hawaii by innovation from within.

> Easter Seals Hawaii has announced three new executives:  Jennifer Schember-Lang, vice president of programs; JoAnn Lumsden, chief financial officer; and Ted Burke, director of early intervention services. Schember-Lang has a legal and human services background, and has worked for many years in Hawaii’s nonprofit community, as executive director of Learning Disabilities Association of Hawaii and at Hawaii Community Foundation. She will oversee all programs and direct services for individuals with disabilities. Lumsden also has experience in Hawaii nonprofit, financial and business communities, including 20 years as CFO at Aloha United Way. Burke comes to Hawaii from Illinois where he was director of the Early Intervention Training Program at the University of Illinois. He will oversee the ESH Early Intervention Program. Other key management team members include; Esther Underwood, vice president of human resources, Jennifer Laa, director of home and community-based services; Sean Tarrant, director of autism services; Ellen Ching, director of Kauai development and program growth; Kelly Ikeda-Ellis, director of development; and Melissa King-Hubert, statewide manager of safety and quality assurance.

 

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