> Hawaii Community Foundation honored four Hawaii nonprofit leaders at its 14th annual Hookele Awards on Aug. 21. The winners received $10,000 each to spend on professional development or personal renewal. Community members nominated the Hookele awardees for their strategic thinking, collaboration and organization, and impact. They are: Richard Taaffe, executive director, West Hawaii Community Health Center, Kailua-Kona; Kepa Maly, co-founder and executive director, Lanai Culture and Heritage Center, Lanai City; Harry Wong III, artistic director, Kumu Kahua Theatre, Honolulu; and Marian Tsuji, president and CEO, Lanakila Pacific, Honolulu.

> Kahilu Theatre Foundation has selected Deborah Goodwin as its executive director. As Kahilu’s executive director, Goodwin will focus on management and the long-term sustainability of the organization, which is based in Waimea, Hawaii.

> Scott Morishige was named the state's new administrator to target homelessness issues by Gov. David Ige on Aug. 10. Morishige was executive director of the health and human services nonprofit PHOCUSED. He assumed his new role, state coordinator on homelessness, on Aug. 24. Morishige will lead the Hawaii Interagency Council on Homelessness, and work directly with the governor's leadership team on homelessness and its interdepartmental stakeholders. He is a graduate of the University of Oregon and has a master’s degree in social work, child and family practice, from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Morishige has worked for the Hawaii Community Foundation, Helping Hands Hawaii, Alu Like Inc., The Salvation Army and Legal Aid Society of Hawaii. He also serves on the boards of the Susannah Wesley Community Center, Access to Justice Commission, Parents, Inc. and the Hawaii Commission for National and Community Service.

> Terrance Muldoon has joined Kaiser Permanente Hawaii as executive director of national facility services and chief energy officer for Kaiser's Hawaii region. He will provide strategic leadership for facility investments, improvements and green initiatives for Moanalua Medical Center and 22 medical clinics statewide.

> Helping Hands Hawaii has hired Margaret “Meg” Gavigan as team leader and Qualified Mental Health Professional of the Hawaii Pathways Project. As team leader, she will be the field-based supervisor of the multi-disciplinary team, oversee clinical operations and coordinate with HIPP sub-contractor Catholic Charities Hawaii. She will provide direct intervention, including case management, crisis intervention, counseling, individual or group psycho-education or other interventions, intake assessment and recovery plan development for clients. Gavigan will also contribute to recovery planning with treatment providers and serve as a liaison with coverage providers and funders. She is responsible for the hiring, training and supervising of HIPP staff and ensuring that HIPP is effective, financially stable and compliant with contractual mandates.

> Patrick Boyce has joined Le Jardin Academy as chief financial officer, responsible for the management of an annual budget that encompasses 840 students and 166 employees. He will also oversee the human resources and accounting departments.

> Hawaiian Islands Land Trust has hired Guy Nakashima to be associate executive director of advancement, heading up HILT’s fundraising department, and Angela Britten as development director. Both grew up on Oahu and have been involved with nonprofit fundraising on the island for many years. Nakashima was most recently president of Grant Works Hawaii. Britten has worked in development for the last 10 years, most recently with Hawaii Theatre Center and before that with Olomana Marketing and Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum.

> The Queen’s Medical Center has hired two new directors to lead patient transfer and physician recruitment. Dr. Rick Bruno becomes the medical director for the Transfer Center and Bed Placement. He will manage the transfer center, direct service lines, and consult with the hospital on federal requirements and evaluation. Bruno is a Yale University medical school graduate and has been a Hawaii resident for more than a decade. Gwen Ouye Yokota has been selected as director of physician recruitment, retention and group practice. She has worked for Queen’s for 11 years and will manage The Queen’s Medical Group hospitalists, medical intensivists, acute care surgeons and The Queen’s Referral Line program. Queen's also has named Bernadette Merlino to be vice president of ambulatory services. Merlino will be tasked with addressing the growing need and demand to develop outpatient services. She will be reporting to the executive vice president/chief operating officer.

> Heather Pierucki has been promoted to director of behavioral health at Helping Hands Hawaii, where she previously served as team leader and qualified mental health professional. She will oversee development, management and organization of the nonprofit’s behavioral health programs, set practices in each and survey community needs, government services, service providers and trends in the mental health and substance abuse fields. Pierucki has a bachelor’s degree in social work from Northern Illinois University and a master’s in mental health counseling from Argosy University. She currently serves as secretary of the Hawaii Counselors Association.

> Honolulu Zoo Society has selected Paul Dyson as the new president of its volunteer board of directors for the next three years. Dyson, who serves as COO at the Battleship Missouri, will run the 21-member board’s efforts, which include supporting volunteers, memberships and fundraising for capital improvements to the Honolulu Zoo. He formerly served as the vice president of the society. Four other officers were appointed, including Vice President Kenneth Kanter, Secretary Ryan Mukai, Treasurer Michael Libertini, and Past-President Jason Ito.

> Billie Takaki Lueder, executive assistant to the chancellor and director of communications and external affairs for Honolulu Community College, and Jan Kaeo, president and CEO of Dale Carnegie Training Hawaii, have been appointed to the Board of Advisors for The Salvation Army--Hawaiian & Pacific Islands Division. Advisory board members provide Army leadership with advice, support and advocacy to further the entity's goals and objectives.

> Chenoa Farnsworth, managing Director at Blue Startups LLC and a Women's Fund of Hawaii director, has been named one of the 100 Most Influential Tech Accelerator Leaders worldwide by Hot Topics. Accelerators are the programs that propel many startups to success using a combination of mentoring, experience and capital.

> Omidyar Fellows has selected 15 Hawaii business and nonprofit leaders for the fourth cohort of the program created by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar. The 15-month leadership development program will start in October. The Omidyar Fellows for 2015-16 are: Vince Baldemor, executive athletics director, Hawaii Pacific University; Blair Collis, president and CEO, Bishop Museum; Catherine Awakuni Colon, director of the Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs; Pualani Enos, executive director, Hui Malama Learning Center; Scott Higashi, executive vice president, Locations LLC; Pamela Joe, partner, RevoluSun, president, RevoluSun Solar Corp. Inc.; Jack Kittinger, director, Conservation International’s Hawaii program, Betty and Gordon Moore Center for Science and Oceans; Robert Lietzke, principal, Booz Allen Hamilton; Dawn Lippert, director, Energy Excelerator; Sherry Menor-McNamara, president and CEO, Chamber of Commerce Hawaii; David Oyadomari, executive vice president, Bank of Hawaii; William Pieper, vice president, Barclaycard US; Joshua Stanbro, program director for environment and sustainability, Hawaii Community Foundation; Jennifer Walker, vice president of legal and business development, Hawaii Medical Service Association; and Beth Whitehead, executive vice president and chief administrative officer, American Savings Bank.

 

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