> Kyle Ishizaka is the new executive director of the Kalihi YMCA branch at YMCA of Honolulu. A graduate of Hawaii Pacific University, Ishizaka will be responsible for program growth and development, as well as building strong community partnerships for the Kailihi YMCA. He will also oversee the Kailhi Y's finance, personnel, Board Development, operations, Child Care programs, teen outreach programs and government contracts and membership.

> Kathleen Stofocik has been hired by the Epilepsy Foundation of Hawaii as its new executive director. She will provide overall leadership and management for the Epilepsy Foundation of Hawaii's programs, volunteers, expansion and the execution of its mission. Stofocik received her education at the Des Moines University Osteopathic Medical Center and at George Mason University.

> Kaiser Permanente Hawaii has added new physicians and certified physician assistants to its staff: Dr. Stephenie Fleegle will specialize in geriatric medicine at Honolulu Medical Office; Dr. Keri Lemmond will practice psychiatry at the Kona Medical Office, Dr. Mehtap Berkmen joins the endocrinology department at Wailuku Medical Office and Dr. William Shapiro will do after-hours care at the Maui Lani Medical Office. Physician assistant Charina Sumner will practice same-day care at Honolulu Medical Office, physician assistants Alissa Hino and Elmer Parwani will practice same-day care at the Waipio Medical Office and physician assistant Marc Albertson joins the urology department at Moanalua Medical Center.

> Jerry Rauckhorst, the longtime Catholic Charities Hawaii president and CEO, will retire late next year, ending some two decades as head of the nonprofit. Rauckhorst, a founding HANO board member and chair, told Pacific Business News long-range planning will be his focus during the next year and a half. Catholic Charities Hawaii will renew its strategic plan for the next five years and beyond, and the staff will be taken “out of their comfort zone,” he said, noting plans to diversify the organization’s funding base with a greater emphasis on innovation. The nonprofit has multiple projects underway, including a low-income senior housing project called Meheula Vista in Mililani, an expansion of its Clarence T.C. Ching Campus on Keeaumoku Street in Makiki, and a newly bequeathed apartment building that will become affordable-housing space for new mothers.

> Sacred Hearts Academy has hired Kinga I. Sanders as high school vice principal. Sanders has 18 years of teaching and administrative experience and previously served as the academic vice principal at Bishop Blanchet Catholic High School in Seattle. Tiffany Kiyabu has joined the academy as director of alumnae affairs, responsible for the planning and implementation of programs that strategically engage alumnae and provide tangible benefits to graduates and current students. Emily Torres joins the school as director of development, responsible for advising the academy on all matters pertaining to fund development and coordinating the ongoing development efforts of the school. In her previous position, Torres served as manager of development, Teach for America, Americorps.

> Kahealani Naeole-Wong has been promoted to Poo Kula (Head of School) at Kamehameha Schools Hawaii. A graduate of the University of Hawaii at Manoa and the University of Hawaii at Hilo, she will lead the Kamehameha Schools Hawaii campus, overseeing the school's full K-12 program as well as outreach efforts.

> Helping Hands Hawaii has hired Samantha Peel as team leader for Community-Based Case Management/Community-Based Care Coordination on Oahu. She will supervise a multi-disciplinary team overseeing behavioral health case management services provided by a team of mental health workers and peer specialists. Most recently, Peel worked in Colorado as a private practice counselor providing individual, couples and family therapy. She was also a clinical supervisor for registered psychotherapists pursuing master’s degrees or licensure and as adjunct faculty for MA students at Colorado Christian Academy.

> Nikki Miyamoto has joined PBS Hawaii as HIKI NŌ online editor. She will be responsible for assembling and formatting video news stories created by high school and middle school students statewide into weekly news programs for PBS Hawaii's HIKI NŌ initiative. Additional responsibilities include editing promos, website updates and conducting teacher and student trainings.

> Garrett Yamamoto has been promoted to inpatient therapy manager at Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific. Previously, he was therapy clinic supervisor. Yamamoto will be in charge of managing REHAB’s therapy department with a focus on bringing continuing education courses on the campus. Sheri Matsumoto recently joined REHAB as marketing manager. She brings more than 15 years of marketing experience to her new position, in which she will handle communications and marketing with media and the community to showcase REHAB’s skilled staff and health services.

> HUGS has hired Caren Chang as a family services program specialist. The Hawaii Pacific University graduate is responsible for planning and implementing program activities and events which benefit families and children with life-threatening illnesses. Jeanette Callos joins HUGS as a volunteer coordinator. She is a graduate of the University of Hawaii at Manoa and will be responsible for volunteer recruitment, training, and coordinating for individuals, corporate and service groups who support the agency.

> Mikki Hanson has been promoted to patient care coordinator at Kuakini Health System. Hanson has 20 years of nursing experience in many different areas, including clinical care, quality management, nursing education and nursing leadership. She is responsible for managing a 35-bed inpatient nursing unit, an outpatient chemotherapy clinic and the IV therapy team.

> Jennifer Li Dotson has joined the American Red Cross of Hawaii as regional chief development officer. She will lead all fundraising efforts in the Pacific Islands region of the Red Cross, including Hawaii, Guam and Saipan. Previously, Dotson served as president and CEO of Network Enterprises, Inc.

> Rex Fujichaku, a partner at Bronster Fujichaku Robbins, has been named president  of the board of the Domestic Violence Action Center, following Marsha Bolson, recently retired vice president of community relations and communications at Kamehameha Schools. Wendy Nakasone, HMSA assistant vice president, brand management marketing and communications, has been named board vice president. Michele Kurihara-Klein, legislative officer for HGEA, has been named board secretary. Vera Wright, senior vice president, fiduciary support services manager and income tax manager for Bank of Hawaii, has been named treasurer.

> Sam Pratt has been appointed to the board of trustees at Hawaii Preparatory Academy.

> University of Hawaii Foundation has announced new additions to its board: T. Michael May becomes board chair and Mary Sellers, Michael K. Hirai, Robert Hiam, William (Bill) Grayson and Stanford Carr have joined as board members.

> Legal Aid Society of Hawaii welcomes Jodi Shin Yamamoto as the new president of its board of directors. Ms. Yamamoto serves as counsel for the law firm of Yamamoto Caliboso LLLC and has served as vice president and board member of the Legal Aid Society of Hawaii since 2004.

> Aloha United Way has announced new board members: Christopher Dods, executive vice president of marketing and card services divisions at First Hawaiian Bank; Scott Barber, president and CEO of Hawaiian Telcom; Guy Fujimura, secretary-treasurer of ILWU Local 142 and vice president of the Hawaii State AFL-CIO; Tracy Hayashi, vice president and assistant business manager of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1186;
Len Isotoff, director of sales of the Pacific region for Matson Navigation Co.; Kevin Sakamoto, executive vice president and branch division manager for the Bank of Hawaii; Jeffrey Watanabe, retired founding partner of Watanabe Ing LLP; and Jeff Westphal, vice president and district manager of Nordic PCL Construction.

 

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