Our Staff

Leadership

 

Diana V. Shaw, PhD, MBA, MPH, FACMPE, Executive Director
Appointed as Executive Director on October 12, 2008, Diana represents the Health Center in its interactions with the community, legislature, and executive branch of government, federal government officials and other leaders in the healthcare community. She is also responsible for managing the overall operations, finances, and facilities of the Center in accordance with the Board approved policies, plans, decisions and directives. Prior to joining LCHC, she was the Kaua‘i Center Director of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) where she provided counseling, training, education, and other specialized services for the SBDC Clients. The SBDC is a partnership program between the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo and the U. S. Small Business Administration that provides small business with free counseling and training to start a new business or expand an existing one. Dr. Shaw brings to the small community of Lāna‘i over 25 years of progressively responsible positions in health care and program development. Originally from Upstate New York, she relocated to Kaua‘i in September 2003 and then to Lāna‘i in October 2008. She received her PhD in Social Policy from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts; her Masters of Business Administration from St. John Fisher College; and her Masters in Public Health from the University of Rochester; both colleges are located in Rochester, New York.  Dr. Shaw is a 2007 Malcolm Baldrige Quality Award of Excellence Examiner, a board member of the Hawaii Primary Care Association, a member of the National Association for Community Health Centers, and is a member of the Nā Hoaloha o Lāna‘i.

 

Joseph Humphry, MD, Medical Director & Directory of Quality
Joseph “Dr. Joe” Humphry, a medical provider with a focus on chronic disease, accepted the additional role of the LCHC Medical Director in April 2013.  With a special interest in diabetes, Dr. Joe is a primary internist who has spent the majority of his clinical career working with minority and underprivileged patients including Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders.  He has worked within the FQHC health care system for over 25 years. He is a graduate of the University of California at San Francisco School of Medicine and completed his internship at San Joaquin Medical Center in Stockton California and completed internal medicine residency at the University of Rochester and UCLA.  He retired in December 2011 and served as part-time Medical Director for the last 22 years with HMSA. His interest in computers and medicine dates back to the late 80’s when he programmed a diabetes registry program for the Hawaii State Diabetes Control Program. In 2000, he developed Ohana Health Project for monitoring diabetes.  In 2005, he joined the Joslin Diabetes Center team developing the Chronic Disease Management Program (CDMP).

 

Randall YM Kam, DDS, FAGD, FICD, Dental Director
Dr. Kam, who joined LCHC in February 2016 as Dental Director, also provides dental services in the Health Center. A graduate of Punahou School, Dr. Kam earned his degree in Biochemistry in UCLA and his dental degree from UCSF in 1985. After completing his Residency in Hospital Dentistry at San Francisco General Hospital the following year, he practiced dentistry in Honolulu from 1986 until 2015. In 1988, he earned his Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry and was inducted as a Fellow of the International College of Dentists in 2011. Dr. Kam is also a Lua and La`au Lapa`au practitioner. He has studied the Hawaiian language since November of 2014 in the Kealaleo Hawaiian Language Immersion Program. Born and raised in Honolulu, Dr. Kam is an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoys preparing (and eating) Hawaiian Food. He and his wife Lesley have two grown children, a Dalmatian, and a red and white Irish Setter.

 

Cindylou Figuerres, MBA CFO/IT Director, CFO/IT Director
Although she has been with the health center since July 2011, Cindylou Figuerres was promoted to CFO/ IT Director in September 2012. Starting as an Accounting Clerk/Front Desk Supervisor, she quickly rose through the ranks with her strong background in finance and accounting as well as information technology.  She earned her Associates Degree in Accounting from Heald Business College, her Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Hawaii Pacific University and graduated in 2015 from the University of Phoenix with her Master of Business Administration. A native of the island of Lanai, Cindylou Figuerres is dedicated to moving LCHC forward in providing health and wellness classes, and provide educational and workforce development training classes to the community.

 

Olivia Pascual, RN, BSN, Clinical Operations Officer
In June 2016, Olivia Pascual assumed the role of Clinical Operations Officer, allowing her to serve her beloved community of Lanai where she was raised. Olivia received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing Degree at the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) in August 2002. Since graduating college, Olivia moved back to Hawaii and worked for Queens Medical Center (QMC) for 13 years as a registered nurse with a focus on urology, pediatrics, trauma, and wound care. In her spare time, Olivia enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She also loves family gatherings, traveling, and outdoor activities such as hiking and going to the beach.

 


Primary Care Providers

Jared Medeiros, APR, Nurse Practitioner
Born and raised on Oahu, Jared Medeiros joined as a primary care provider in December 2014. Before joining LCHC, Jared was a surgical assistant at Wahiawa General Hospital while also the safety manager for a construction company. He completed his nursing degree at UH-Manoa in the Master’s Entry Program into Nursing and the Master’s Program at UH-Manoa in the Family Nurse Practitioner Program. Jared completed clinical rotations at Waimanalo Health Center (Dr. Christina Lee, MD, family medicine), Schofield Barracks Acute Care Clinic (Yuka Hobin, FNP, military personnel and dependents urgent care clinic), Haleiwa Family Health Center (Dr. Stephen Foley, OB/GYN), and Wahiawa Medical Arts Clinic (Dr. Leo Pascua, pediatrics). He is married to Kendra, also a native of Oahu. In his leisure time, Jared enjoys the outdoors and the beach as well as hiking, surfing, body surfing, fishing, and carpentry.

 

Jennifer Hashimoto, APRN, Nurse Practitioner 
A graduate of the University of Hawaii Manoa with a Master of Science in Nursing, Jennifer Hashimoto joined the Health Center as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP). Previously, she was a floor nurse at the medical-surgical floor of the Kona Community Hospital where she obtained a wealth of knowledge on inpatient care. Jennifer attended University of Hawaii Hilo and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology in 2012. During that same time, she accepted a post-baccalaureate position at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease. Born and raised on the Big Island, Jennifer was brought up with traditional Hawaiian values especially giving back to the community. Her decision to combine her altruistic interests with science led her to pursue an education as a Family Nurse Practitioner when she received the Native Hawaiian Health Scholarship in 2015.

 


Behavioral Health Providers

Cori

Cori Takesue, PsyD, Post-Doctoral Psychology Fellow Behavioral Health Specialist
Also a post-doctoral psychology fellow, Cori Takesue joined the Health Center’s team in February 2014. Dr. Takesue received her master’s degree in Professional Counseling at Argosy University-Honolulu Campus and her degree in clinical psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University-San Francisco Campus. Although born and raised on the island of Oahu, she spent most of her training in the San Francisco Bay area. Dr. Takesue’s professional experience is focused on providing short-term individual and group therapy and psycho-educational groups, working with serious mental illness, substance abuse and dependence, aging and long-term care, chronically medically ill, end-of-life issues, and the at-risk older adult population. Dr. Takesue has worked in various treatment settings: partial to inpatient hospitalization, outpatient, schools, community mental health, and in forensic and correctional settings.

 

Margaret R. Mendoza, PsyD, MA, Post-Doctoral Psychology Fellow Behavioral Health Specialist

A post-doctoral fellow, Margaret Mendoza joined the Health Center in October 2017.  Dr. Mendoza, a California native, earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Southern California and master’s degree in Psychology in Education at Teacher’s College, Columbia University in New York. She later earned her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Hawaii and became a therapist at the Hawaii Drug Court Program. Dr. Mendoza later served at the State of Hawaii’s Department of the Judiciary as a supervisor and probation officer in the Veterans Treatment Court Program.  Dr. Mendoza’s professional and training experience has concentrated on working with serious mental illness, substance use and dependence, trauma, anxiety, depression, anger management, stress and coping, and conflict resolution.

 


Optometry

Dr. Carlyns

Carlys Higuchi, OD, Optometrist
Born and raised in Pukalani, Maui, Carlys Higuchi began providing services at the Health Center in December 2014. Dr. Higuchi attended Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon where she earned her Bachelors degree in Exercise Science in 2002. She was later accepted into Pacific University College of Optometry and earned her doctorate in Optometry in 2006. After completing internships in Oklahoma, Alaska, and Washington, she decided to move back home to practice. During her spare time, Dr. Higuchi enjoys yoga, surfing, traveling, reading, and community service. She is a member of the Lions Club and has traveled to Africa and Thailand as a volunteer to provide free eye care services in remote areas. Dr. Higuchi looks forward to continuing serving her home community as well as the Lāna’i Community Health Center.

 

Dr. Michael

Michael Leong, OD, FAAO, Optometrist
Michael Leong began providing services at Lāna’i Community Health Center in December 2014. Dr. Leong grew up in Nanakuli, on the west side of Oahu and graduated from Iolani School. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Biology and a minor in Studio Art at Santa Clara University. He then attended UC Berkeley obtaining a second Bachelor of Science degree in Vision Science and a Doctorate of Optometry, graduating alongside Dr. Lee in 2003. Dr. Leong completed a residency on cornea disease and contact lens at the State University of New York, Manhattan. Dr. Leong is a member of the Kahului Lion’s Club, a Fellow in the American Academy of Optometry, and a Board Certified Diplomate with the American Board of Optometry. Dr. Leong participates in free vision screenings, locally and internationally. When not practicing, Dr. Leong enjoys spending time with his family.

 

Dr. Karsten

Karsten Lee, OD, Optometrist
In December 2014, Karsten Lee began providing services at the Health Center. Born in San Francisco and raised in Dana Point in California, Dr. Lee attended UC Berkeley as an undergraduate on a merit-based scholarship. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Biology while playing intercollegiate volleyball. Dr. Lee earned his Doctorate in Optometry from UC Berkeley in 2003 along with fellow colleague Dr. Leong. Since 1995, Dr. Lee has worked in the optical field and was awarded a Practice Management award, Ophthalmic Dispensing award, and a Pediatric Vision award while at the School of Optometry. After graduation, Dr. Lee began practicing optometry on Oahu and eventually moved to Maui full time in 2005. He enjoys playing beach volleyball and volunteering for outreach eye missions to third world countries.

 


Medical Assistants

Anabelle Elaydo, CMA, Medical Assistant

Originally from the Philippines, Anabelle Elaydo joined the team in June 2014, bringing along her husband and three children to reside in Lanai. Annabelle has a Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Nursing, a Certificate in Midwifery, and a Certificate in Caregiver Services. Her greatest wish is to build a career in providing quality healthcare and serving the community. Anabelle speaks fluent Tagalog and Ilocano. During her free time, she loves going to the beach, cooking, shopping, spending time with family and cross-stitching.

 

Justin Locquiao, CMA, Medical Assistant & Referral Coordinator
After being away for 12 years, Justin Locquiao returned to Lāna‘i and joined the Health Center in June 2015. He obtained his Associate’s Degree in Computer Business Administration from Heald College in Honolulu.  He then relocated to the mainland in 2005, worked as a Nursing Assistant in Spokane, Washington in 2005, and then worked as a Sales Associate in Macy’s in Las Vegas as well as in Houston, Texas. By 2013, he graduated from Houston Community College-Coleman College for Health Sciences with a Certificate of Completion in Medical Assisting. In September of that same year, he became an AAMA Certified Medical Assistant.  Among Justin’s interests are traveling, hiking, learning, watching movies, and most of all spending time with his family and friends.

 

Chelsea Tadena, CMA, Medical Assistant, ECW Super User, IT Coordinator
Since her hire in August 2011, Chelsea Tadena has worked in a number of positions in LCHC, thanks to her many talents and positive attitude. Previously the Health Center’s research assistant and front desk representative, Chelsea is currently a Medical Assistant, ECW Super User, and IT Coordinator, providing support to fellow staff, providers and patients.  A strong proponent of patient-centered care, Chelsea enjoys her work. She is a native of Maui, and has worked in the health care field since 2007. Since moving to Lāna‘i and working for the Health Center, she has successfully completed the LCHC Phlebotomy Training Program and the Certified Medical Biller Program.  She enjoys snorkeling, picking shells, BBQ’s, movies, music, and learning the history and beauty of Lāna‘i.

 


Additional Services

Geneva Castro, RN, Clinical Informatics & Case Manager
When Geneva Castro was first hired in May 2013, she served as a medical assistant. She was then promoted to Clinical Nurse Informatics and Case Manager in 2017. A native Filipina, Geneva first came to Lāna‘i in December 2009 but briefly returned to the Philippines to finish her studies. She graduated from University of Perpetual Help System-DALTA in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She became a registered nurse that same year, became a certified IVT nurse in October 2011, and moved back to Lāna‘i in January 2012. Geneva’s favorite pastimes are reading books, listening to music, and watching movies.

 


Thalia Salazar, RDMS, Ultrasound Technician

Thalia Salazar was hired as the Health Center’s ultra-sonographer in January 2015. Ms. Salazar obtained her degree from New York University Medical Center, Allied Health School of Diagnostic Sonography.  Ms. Salazar worked at Columbia University and New York Hospital/Cornell Medical Center for 6 years.  A passion for adventure and traveled Thalia to Hawaii, where she accepted a position with Maui Radiology Consultants and Maui Memorial Medical Center for a gratifying 15 years. Prior to studying Ultrasound, Thalia enjoyed a wide array of educational and work opportunities including studying Psychology and Philosophy at The New School in New York City and working as a corporate chef to the executives of the Dreyfus Corporation. In October 2013, Thalia decided to become a full-time Lāna’i resident, realizing her aspirations of helping the Lāna’i community.

 


Dental Providers

 

Lynn Fujimoto, DMD, Pediatric Dentist
Currently the preceptor and supervisor of the Pediatric Residency Program, Dr. Lynn Fujimoto joined LCHC in February 2015. She attended Washington University School of Dental Medicine and received her DMD in 1979. She completed a post-doctorate residency in Pediatric Dentistry at University of California, Los Angeles in 1981.  She has current dental licenses in Hawaii and California.

 

Kenneth Zenker, DMD
In September 2017, Dr. Kenneth Zenker became a member of the dental team. Dr. Zenker is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine and completed dental residency training at the Veterans Hospital in Plains, Pennsylvania. His undergraduate training is in Secondary Biology/Education from the University of Scranton. Dr. Zenker was a solo General Dentist from 1989 to 2012 and has been a volunteer at Aloha Medical Mission in Honolulu since 2013. He spends his leisure time on favorite hobbies such as Ham Radio (extra class operator), kayaks, boat building, car restoration, guitar (poorly J), and weightlifting.

 


Dental Hygienist

Melorie Yuen, RDH, Dental Hygienist
After graduating from University of Hawaii Manoa with a Bachelor’s degree in Dental Hygiene, Melorie Yuen joined the Health Center as a dental hygienist in August 2016. Born and raised on Kapolei, on Oahu’s west side, Mel graduated from Kamehameha High School.  She comes from a family of nine siblings, enjoys working out at the gym, shopping, going to the beach, and spending time with family.

 

 


Dental Assistants

Chanda Schutte, Dental Assistant
Originally from Wai’anae, Oahu, Chanda Schutte moved to Lāna’i in 2013 and joined the Health Center team as a Dental Assistant in June 2016. Through dental assisting she is able to provide patient care through ‘healthy smiles,’ oral education, and oral hygiene. Chanda loves to spend her free time at the beach with her family, play in the park with daughter, Tahlia and son, Castiel, getting a Thai Iced Coffee from CoffeeWorks, hanging out at home, or visiting family in Wai’anae.

 

Jeniffer (Jenny) Molina, Dental Assistant
Prior to joining LCHC as a Dental Assistant in November 2017, she worked at Trilogy Ocean Sports Lāna’i – Manele General Store. There she gained experience in several positions including being a crew member on their sailboat excursions. Though born on Oahu, Jennifer was raised in Lāna’i and graduated from Lāna’i High and Elementary School.  She loves living on this beautiful island and in her spare time she likes to golf, exercise, relax at the beach, and shop online,

 

Kamalani Donato, Dental Assistant
Kamalani Donato joined the Health Center in March 2018 as a Front Desk Dental Assistant. Kamalani was born on Maui and raised on Lāna’i.  She is a 2009 graduate of Lanai High and Elementary School and moved to Oahu in 2010 to attend Kapiolani Community College. In 2015 she decided to move back home to Lāna’i to be with her family and raise her daughter Saadei-Ann. During her free time, Kamalani likes to go paddle boarding, shell collecting, ATV riding and fishing with her family and friends. Very passionate about her Hawaiian culture and values, Kamalani desires to help preserve her culture and restore the traditions and values on her island home Lāna’i.

 


Outreach / Enabling 

Wilma Koep, Community Outreach & Education Specialist
Previously appointed Community and Outreach Education Specialist in October 2006, Wilma Koep became the supervisor of the Community and Outreach Education Division in September 2013. Wilma provides public benefits assistance such as TANF, Medicaid and Quest, Food Stamps/Financial Assistance, Subsidized Housing, and Child Care Subsidy programs for the Lāna‘i community. Wilma, a Filipina, hails from Magsingal, Ilocos Sur. She maintains her credentials with the Legal Society of Hawaii and is active in the community and in her church. Ms. Koep received an associate’s degree in Liberal Arts from Maui Community College and has a Bachelor of Science in Forestry from the University of Baguio. Prior to her role at LCHC, she was program assistant at Aloha House Extension, a part-time teacher at Lāna‘i High and Elementary School, and a forestry technician in Tuba, Benguet, Philippines.

 


 Community Health Workers

Denise (Ola) Ropa, Community Health Worker
Currently a Community Health Worker and Front Desk Representative, Denise Ropa joined the team in May 2016. Ola, as she is fondly called, hails from Ka’u, Hawai’I but moved to Lāna’i in 1990 to be closer to her family, the Kaopuiki/Kanipae ‘ohana. Ola previously worked for Lāna’i Resorts/Four Seasons for 15 years and also owned Canoes Lāna’i Restaurant for 15 years. Denise is currently attending Maui Community College’s Lāna’i Education Center in pursuit of certification as a Community Health Worker and continuing studies in Human Services. She loves ‘Ohana, Ke Kai ame Mea ‘ai!  (Family, Ocean, and Food!)

 

Thessalonica (Thess) Sandi, Community Health Worker
Known as Thess for short, Thessalonica Sandi joined in January 2018 as a Community Health Worker. After graduating from high school in Lana’i, Thess moved to Maui to attend King’s School of Ministry, where she also interned and helped with the youth ministry. Thess returned to Lana’i and worked as a Program Specialist at the Lana’i Youth Center for three and a half years before changing careers and joining LCHC. In her current role, she is pleased to continue serving the youth and connect with children in the community. Also a part-time lifeguard at the Lāna‘i Community Pool, Thess loves to chase sunsets, swim, hike and attend LCHC’s Wellness Boxing classes.

 

Mairinekaiko-George, Community Health Worker
Mairine Kaiko-Georg hails from Majuro, the Republic of the Marshall Islands but moved to Lana’i on July 2017 with her family. While in living in Kosrae, Micronesia, she worked as a secretary in Kosrae Land Court for a year and later transferred as a secretary and court reporter in the Kosrae State Court from February 2004 until July 2017.

 

 


Front Desk Representative

Jessica Heisler, Front Desk Representative
Also a Front Desk Representative at LCHC, Jessica Heisler joined the team in November 2016. Jessica hails from Eugene, Oregon. After graduating from South Albany High School in 2011, she came to Hawai’i and grew to love the island of Lāna’i. Before taking her current position, she worked at Lāna’i City Grille in 2011 and Café 565 from 2014-2016 and was also a Program Specialist at the Lāna’i Youth Center from January 2014-November 2016. Jessica is excited to be a part of the teamto grow and learn more about the medical field.  She likes to spend her free time with friends and family, going to the beach, exercising, and enjoying family movie nights.

 

Rachelle Garbin, Front Desk Representative
Originally from Lāna’i, Rachelle Garbin has been a Front Desk Representative of LCHC since June 2016.  After graduating from Lāna’i High and Elementary School in 2003, she moved to Maui and found employment at Ross Dress for Less. In 2004, she relocated to Eugene, Oregon where she had two children before moving back home to Lāna’i in 2010. Prior to joining the Health Center, Rachelle worked at Lāna’i O’hana Poke Market from 2010-2016.

 

Tanisha Magaoay, Front Desk Representative
In May 2017, Tanisha Magaoay became a Front Desk Representative for the Health Center. Prior to joining LCHC, Tanisha was employed with Pulama Lāna’i as a Transportation Department receptionist from September 2013 – April 2015. Tanisha earned an associate of applied science degree along with a certificate of achievement in Business Careers from the University of Hawai’i Maui. She also received a certificate of competence in entrepreneurship, marketing, and supervision. While a team member at LCHC, she is also a part-time reservation and booth attendant at Expeditions Ferry. When not working, Tanisha spends her time with her children at the beach or fishing.

 

Leutaafale “Leu” Valavala, Front Desk Representative
Leutaafale “Leu” Valavala Ljoined LCHC in March 2018 as a Front Desk Representative. Leu was born and raised in Samoa and came to Lāna’i in 2001. She graduated from Lāna’i High and Elementary School and worked in Lāna’i Gifts With Aloha before moving to Oregon in 2006. There she worked at Fred Meyer and Nike until she returned to Maui in 2017 and worked for American Airlines. She is an avid photographer and has a keen interest in health, wellness and exercise. In her free time, she enjoys taking long walks with her son and working out.

 


Administrative Staff

Bonita Sandi, Administrative Assistant
Prior to becoming an Administrative Assistant for LCHC in September 2017, Bonita Sandi held several positions at various organizations on the island of Lāna’i. Bonita worked for Lāna’i Resorts, Lāna’i High and Elementary School as a Health Aide, Educational Assistant and Account Clerk. She also worked as the Program Coordinator and Executive Director at Lāna’i Youth Center. Born in Gary, Indiana, and raised on Oahu, she moved to Lāna’i in 1994 were she met her husband who is a native of Lāna’i. Ms. Sandi has grown to love the island and its lifestyle while raising her 4 children here. She has been involved in many volunteer roles in the school, community and her church.

 


Finance Staff

Regina Agliam, Accounting Assistant
Prior to joining LCHC as an Accounting Assistant in December 2016, Regina Agliam served as the Administrative Assistant for the Lāna’i Youth Center, and also worked at Hotel Lāna’i as a Guest Services Manager. Regina is actively involved with her three children and their extracurricular activities and volunteer services at Sacred Heart of Jesus and Mary Church.

 

 

Nina Riel, Finance Manager
Nina Riel joined the Finance Team in May 2016. Nina graduated from Chaminade University of Honolulu with a Bachelors of Science in Computer Information System (CIS), with a minor in Business Administration. She brings nine years of Accounting/Finance background experience from the Four Seasons Resorts Lāna’i. Currently assisting the Lāna’i High School Women’s Volleyball team as the Assistant Coach, Nina looks forward to being more involved with the Lāna’i Community. When not working, she enjoys volleyball, basketball, hunting and spending time with her family.

 

Kendra Sabin, Patient Account Representative
A Patient Account Representative for LCHC, Kendra Sabin joined the team in March 2017. Born and raised on Lāna’i, she moved to Maui in 2000. There she worked in various customer relation positions including being a personal assistant for the founder of the Angel Babies Foundation, gaining the opportunity to travel. In 2016, when her eldest daughter went to the University of Hawai’i at Manoa on a basketball scholarship, Kendra moved back to Lāna’i to be closer to family and raise her youngest daughter on the same island where she spent her youth.

 


Wellness Team

Monique Bolo, Wellness Coordinator
A resident of Lāna‘i since 1992, Monique Bolo joined the Health Center in February 2015. After graduating from Lāna‘i High School, Monique Bolo moved to California to pursue her studies. She went to Azusa Pacific University in Los Angeles and later transferred to a community college near Sacramento, California to study exercise sports science. While living in northern California, she married her high school sweetheart who is also from Lanai. After her husband completed his term in the US Air Force, they moved back to Lāna‘i and now have two children. While working as the Health Center’s wellness coach, Monique is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Early Child Hood Education through the University of Hawaii at West Oahu’s online program. Monique loves spending time with her family and friends, taking her children to the beach, fishing and diving with her husband, playing sports, and simply enjoying the outdoors.

 

Kendra Medeiros, Wellness Coordinator
In February 2017, Kendra Medeiros joined the Health Center Ohana as a Wellness Coordinator. Born and raised on Oahu, she relocated to Lāna`i with her husband in December 2014. She developed an interest in the Health Center’s Wellness Program and attended many of the free fitness classes being offered. As a community advocate for quality healthcare, she knows that the LCHC and its Wellness Program can provide opportunities for the Lāna`i community to improve their health. Kendra attended Brigham Young University-Hawai`i where she obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts in 2010. In addition to her full-time job as a mother, she continues to pursue her passion as an amateur artist. She began rendering artwork for LCHC in 2015 and some of her artwork is featured in the Lāna`i Community Art Center. She enjoys spending her spare time outdoors with family and staying active.

 

David Tanjian, Fitness Instructor
David Tangjian joined the LCHC team in 2016 as a Boxing Instructor for the free fitness classes. Before working at Lana`i High and Elementary School, he worked at James Campbell High School. He has five children and enjoys spending time with his family. His hobbies include anything that keeps his hands busy and caddying his youngest son as his skills grow in the game of golf.

 

 

Hung Nguyen, Fitness Instructor
Hung Nguyen is well versed in Martial Arts including Kung Fu, Tai Chi, Thai boxing and Tae Kwon Do. His background also includes teaching various sports like soccer and gymnastics. In addition to his commitment to martial arts and community, Nguyen is an accomplished culinarian and works as a Teppanyaki Chef at Nobu Lanai Restaurant. Besides spending his free time on improving his Tai Chi form, he enjoys spending time with his family.

 

 

Molly Dunwell, Fitness Instructor
Molly Dunwell joined the LCHC team in 2016 to teach Pilates, a free fitness class for the community. Originally from Minnesota she received her Power Pilates certification in 2007 from Arizona. She has two boys and enjoys mountain biking, hiking and everything horses.

 

 

Jamie Hale, Fitness Instructor
Jamie Sue Hale joined the LCHC team in 2014 as a Zumba and Yoga instructor, offering free classes to the community. Later she expanded her range of free fitness classes to different types of Yoga and total body conditioning and circuit classes. She holds a BA in Dance with a Masters in education.  Her certifications include Yoga, Zumba, AFAA group fitness, Silver Sneakers, and she is continually taking additional courses to increase her depth of knowledge and offer variety in each class.  She currently works at LCHC as an enthusiastic fitness instructor who enjoys reaching her community through health and fitness programs.  When she is not at LCHC, she works as a special education teacher at Lanai’s High and Elementary and enjoys practicing yoga, going to the beach, and traveling.

 

Pua Turqueza, Fitness Instructor
Puaonani Turqueza joined the LCHC team in 2017 as a Zumba Instructor. Born and raised on Lana`i, she is currently the Branch Manager at the Bank of Hawai`i. She enjoys helping with the Girl Scouts, Lions Club, and the KOL Preschool board. Besides her volunteer work she loves spending time with her family, hiking, dancing, paddling and going to the beach.

 

 

Akiko Strickland, Fitness Instructor
Born and raised in Kyoto, Japan, Akiko Strickland moved to the United States in 1986 and joined the LCHC fitness team in 2015. Akiko’s certifications include YRT200 and Antigravity Level I/II and obtained a Master’s certificate in Project Management from George Washington University, Washington D.C Her motto is “Ichigo Ichie”, which means each moment is always ‘once-in-a-lifetime’. Aside from practicing yoga, she enjoys walking her dog in the forest, reading books on the beach, doing community service and traveling around the world.

 

Andrea Ippen, Fitness Instructor
Andrea Ippen holds a PhD in Education from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, and obtained her yoga teaching certificate (RYT-200) on the Big Island. She has been doing yoga for over a decade, with vinyasa and nidra as her practices of choice. She enjoys the physical benefits as well as the calming focus on the “now” while on the mat. Andrea also runs Pua Manu Yoga, which means Bird of Paradise – her favorite pose.

 

Danyel Erickson, Fitness Instructor
Danyel Erickson is an RYT 200 certified Yoga Instructor. She obtained her certification in India, the birthplace of yoga. She has been practicing and learning yoga for over 18 years, spending more than 3 years exclusively studying yoga in and around Asia. She also trained for over a year at KS Crossfit in Koh Samui, Thailand. During her time at KS Crossfit, she was a student as well as an instructor for weight training, powerlifting and endurance. She has a holistic view of healing the body through yoga, strength training, and meditation. Danyel has a vibrant and positive approach to making all levels of students feel welcome and included.

 

Mindy Bolo, Fitness Instructor
Melinda “Mindy” Bolo was born and raised on the island of Lāna’i and has been involved in sports all throughout elementary and high school. Upon graduating high school, she moved to Texas to complete schooling for Bible and Ministry and then traveled and moved to various places, including Oregon, where she first joined CrossFit. She was able to work out with CrossFit for two and a half years and teach for one year before deciding to move back to her hometown of Lāna’i in August of 2017.

 

 


Facilities Housekeeping

Danny Bernabe, Facilities Housekeeper Team Lead
An immigrant from the Philippines, Danny Bernabe joined LCHC’s Facilities Housekeepers team in December 2015. He previously worked at the Experience at Koele Golf Course as a golf starter for over 23 years. A father of two, Danny graduated from Bible College and teaches music.

 

 

Sandra Ige- Atacador, Facilities Housekeeper
Sandra joined Lāna’i Community Health Center in April 2018 as a Facilities Housekeeper.  She was born and raised on Lāna’i and graduated from Lāna’i High and Elementary School. She worked as an Educational Assistant for 9 years before taking an opportunity to work at LCHC.  Sandra enjoys and loves spending quality time with family and especially with her grandchildren. In her past time, she likes to ride her bike, listen to music, art and watching movies.

 


 

Volunteers

Lāna‘i Community Health Center  is served by numerous volunteers! Their tireless efforts make our programs possible and also provide valuable insight into community health needs.  Without their support and generous donation of time, Lāna‘i Community Health Center  would find it difficult, if not impossible to exist.  We are grateful for their help and support.