Our Staff

Diana V. Shaw, PhD, MBA, MPH, FACMPE, was appointed the Executive Director of Lāna‘i Community Health Center (LCHC) on October 12, 2008, and represents the Center in its interactions with the community, legislature, and executive branch of government, federal government officials and other leaders in the health care 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 hire at 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. She is originally from Upstate New York, but relocated to Kaua‘i in September 2003, and 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, Program Medical Director and a medical provider with a focus on chronic disease.  In April 2013 he accepted the additional role of the LCHC Medical Director..  He is a primary internist with special interest in diabetes 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 as part time Medical Director for the last 22 years with HMSA.  His interest in computers and medicine date 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, joined LCHC in February 2016, and is our Dental Director, as well as providing dental services Dr Kam was born and raised in Honolulu, and graduated from Punahou School.  He then went to UCLA for a degree in Biochemistry, and received his dental degree from UCSF in 1985.  He completed his Residency in Hospital Dentistry at San Francisco General Hospital the following year. He practiced dentistry in Honolulu from 1986 until 2015.Dr. Kam earned his Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry in 1998, and was inducted as a Fellow of the International College of Dentists in 2011.Dr. Kam is a Lua and La`au Lapa`au practitioner.  He has studied Hawaiian language since November of 2014 in the Kealaleo Hawaiian Language Immersion Program.  He is an avid hunter and fisherman, and enjoys preparing (and eating) Hawaiian Food. He and his wife Lesley have two grown children, a Dalmation, and Red and White Irish Setter.

Cindylou Figuerres, MBA, was born and raised on the island of Lanai.  She was promoted to CFO/ IT Director for Lāna’i Community Health Center (LCHC) in September 2012, but has been with LCHC since July 2011 as the Accounting Clerk/ Front Desk Supervisor.  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 University of Phoenix with her Master of Business Administration.  She is interested in moving LCHC forward in providing health and wellness classes, and provide educational and workforce development training classes to the community.

Olivia Pascual, RN, BSN, joined LCHC in June 2016 as the Clinical Operations Officer. She was raised on beautiful Lāna’i and is a graduate of Lāna’i High & Elementary School.  She moved away from the islands to further her education and 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. The best part of her job at LCHC is being able to service her beloved community that once raised her.  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, APRN, as a full-time, live on island provider in December 2014. He was born and raised on Oahu. Mr. Medeiros went to ASSETS High School and then completed his undergraduate degree in history and Hawaiian studies at BYU-Hawaii in Laie. 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). Before joining LCHC, Jared worked at Wahiawa General Hospital in the operating room as a surgical assistant and also for a construction company as their safety manager. He is married, Kendra, born and raised in Oahu. She has  a degree in fine arts with a focus on two dimensional art (painting and drawing). In his leisure time, Jared enjoys being in the outdoors hiking, surfing, body surfing, beach, fishing, and carpentry.


Behavioral Health Providers

CoriCori Takesue, PsyD, is a post-doctoral psychology fellow who joined Lāna‘i Community Health Center in February 2014. She will be providing behavioral health services under the supervision of a licensed counseling psychologist while earning practice hours towards her license. Dr. Takesue received her Masters of Arts in Professional Counseling at Argosy University-Honolulu Campus, with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy and most recently, her PsyD in clinical psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University-San Francisco Campus. Although she was born and raised on the island of Oahu, most of her training and experience has been in the San Francisco Bay area. Dr. Takesue’s professional and training experience has focused on 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 providing short-term individual and group therapy and psycho-educational groups (i.e., anxiety and depression, anger management, healthy thinking, stress and coping, and mindfulness). She also has had some experience working with at-risk children and adolescents providing individual therapy and psycho-diagnostic assessment. 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, is a post‐doctoral fellow who joined Lanai Community Health Center in October 2017. She will be providing behavioral health services under the supervision of a licensed counseling psychologist while earning practice hours towards her licensure.  Dr. Mendoza, a California Native, earned her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from the University of Southern California where her focus was primarily on research, then went on to earn  a Masters of Arts in Psychology in Education at Teacher’s College, Columbia University in New York, after which she spend some time working with pregnant and parenting teens in Harlem and several summers with a team of researchers studying at risk foster children for Yale University. Dr Mendoza later earned her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Hawaii that included practicums at the Department of Education, and the University of Hawaii’s Counseling Center; and a forensic internship with the Department of Health’s Adult Mental Health Division, which involved rotations at Hawaii State Hospital, Women’s Community Correctional Center, Oahu  Community Correctional Center, and the State of Hawaii’s treatment courts.  After obtaining her doctorate degree, Dr. Mendoza was a therapist at the Hawaii Drug Court Program where she provided individual and group therapy and other mental health services that included developing and implementing preventative care, crisis intervention, treatment and rehabilitation plans for the mentally ill, emotionally disturbed, and other individuals struggling with homelessness and substance abuse.  Most recently, Dr. Menzdoza served at the State of Hawaii’s Department of Judiciary as a supervisor and probation officer in the Veterans Treatment Court Program where she managed Veterans with legal encumbrances, substance use, severe mental illness and/or other severe behavioral health problems.  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.


Dr. Carlyns

Dr. Carlys Higuchi, born and raised in Pukalani, Maui, began providing services at Lāna’i Community Health Center in December 2014. A 1998 graduate of Maui High School, she went on to pursue her dreams of becoming an optometrist and serving the community. Dr. Higuchi attended Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon where she earned her Bachelors degree in Exercise Science in 2002 and was then accepted into Pacific University College of Optometry. She earned her doctorate in Optometry in 2006. After completing internships in Oklahoma, Alaska, and Washington, she decided to move back home to practice. In 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 continue serving her home community as well as the Lāna’i Community Health Center.

Dr. Michael

Dr. Michael Leong grew up in Nanakuli, on the west side of Oahu.  He began providing services at Lāna’i Community Health Center in December 2014. He is a graduate of Iolani School, class of 1994. He attended Santa Clara University, obtaining his B.S. in Biology and a minor in Studio Art. He then attended UC Berkeley obtaining a second B.S. 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

Dr. Karsten Lee, born in San Francisco and grew up in Dana Point, California, began providing services at Lāna’i Community Health Center in December 2014. He attended UC Berkeley    undergraduate on a merit based scholarship and earned his Bachelor 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. Dr. Lee has worked in the optical field since      1995 and was awarded a Practice Management award, Ophthlamic 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. Outside of the office, Dr. Lee enjoys playing beach volleyball and volunteering for outreach eye missions to third world countries. He has been on 15 international missions and continues to volunteer his time when he can.

Dr. Evone

Dr. Evone Wong began providing services at Lāna’i Community Health Center in December 2014. She was born and raised in Paia, Maui. She graduated from Maui High School in 2005 and left the islands to further her education at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, where she obtained her B.S. in Biology in 2009. It was during this time that she met Dr. Higuchi, Dr. Lee, and Dr. Leong where her interest in the field of Optometry immensely enhanced. She continued to pursue her education at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania and recently graduated in May 2013.  In her free time, she enjoys running, hiking, surfing, traveling, and going to the beach. She also enjoys vision and school screenings, service trips and continuing to give back to the community.


Medical Assistants

Aiza Alcantara joined Lana’i Community Health Center January, 2017.  Aiza was borned and raised on Lana’i and graduated from Lana’i High and Elementary School in 2009.  Aiza worked at Four Seasons Lana’i for two years and as a Rome Service Order Taker/Cashier before becoming interested in the Health Care Field.  Aiza recently attend Maui Community College at the Lana’i Education Center, completed the Nursing Assistant Course, and received her Nursing Assistant Certificate of Competence.  When not working, she keeps busy with her three children.  She enjoys being outdoors, going to the beach, and spending time with her friends and family.


AnabelleAnabelle Elaydo joined the Lāna’i Community Health Center in June 2014. Originally from the Philippines, she now lives in Lāna’i with her husband and three children. She has a Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Nursing, a Certificate in Midwifery, and a Certificate in Caregiver Services. Ms. Elaydo greatest wish is to build a career and serve the community, providing quality health care.  Anabelle speaks fluent Tagalog and Ilocano. In her free time, she loves going to the beach, cooking, shopping, spending time with family and she also loves to cross stitch.

JustinJustin Locquiao, CMA, joined the Lāna’i Community Health Center in June 2015. He grew up on Lāna’i and is a 2001 Lāna’i High & Elementary School graduate.  In 2004, Mr. Locquiao obtained his Associate’s Degree in Computer Business Administration from Heald College in Honolulu.  In 2005 he relocated to Spokane, Washington and lived there for one year where he worked as a Nursing Assistant.  Mr. Locquiao has also lived in Las Vegas for 3 years where he worked as a Sales Associate in the Men’s Department and in Women’s Shoes department at Macy’s.  In 2009 he transferred to the Macy’s in Houston, Texas and in 2013 he graduated from Houston Community College-Coleman College for Health Sciences with a Certificate of Completion in Medical Assisting. In September 2013, Mr. Locquiao successfully passed the CMA (AAMA) examination becoming a Certified Medical Assistant.  After 9 years of living in various parts of the mainland and being away from Lāna’i for a total of 12 years, we are glad he decided it was time to return home.  Justin enjoys spending time with his family and friends, traveling, hiking, learning, and watching movies.

Aileen Chelsea Tadena was hired by LCHC in August 2011 to and during her time with us she has worked in a number of positions thanks to her many talents and positive attitude!  Chelsea has worked us as a research assistant, and front desk representative.  She is now working as one of our Medical Assistants, providing support to our 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.  She moved to Lāna’i in August 2011.  Since starting to work at LCHC, she has successfully completed the LCHC Phlebotomy Training Program and our 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, was promoted to Clinical Nurse Informatics and Case Manager in 2017.  Ms. Castro was first hired by LCHC in May 2013 as a Medical Assistant.  Ms. Castro was born and raised in the Philippines and came to our island in December 2009. She briefly went back to the Philippines to finish her studies, graduating from University of Perpetual Help System-DALTA in 2011, with Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. Ms. Castro became a registered nurse in that same year, and then completed IVT training becoming a certified IVT nurse in October 2011. Ms. Castro came back to Lāna‘i in January 2012. Geneva’s favorite pastimes are reading books, listening to music, and watching movies.

 Thalia Salazar, RDMS, was hired at the LCHC ultra-sonographer in January 2015. Ms. Salazar obtained her degree from New York University Medical Center, Allied Health School of Diagnostic Sonography in 1992.  Ms. Salazar worked at Columbia University and New York Hospital/Cornell Medical Center for 6 years.  In 1998, a passion for adventure and travel led 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. Her favorites were 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. Thalia’s interest in high intensity  extreme sports have been satisfied by Grand Canyon white water river rafting, trekking in the Himalayas and outrigger canoe racing in Hawaii.  In October 2013, Thalia decided to change her commuting to Maui lifestyle and become a full time Lāna’i resident.  With her aspirations of helping the Lāna’i community using her unique skills and training, she became part of the Lāna‘i Community Health Center team.

Wellness Coach


Monique Bolo joined the LCHC team in February of 2015. She has been a resident of the island of Lanai since 1992 and moved away to college after graduating from Lanai High School in 2007. She began her college career at Azusa Pacific University in Los Angeles and later transferred to a community college near Sacramento, California pursuing a degree in exercise sports science. While living in the northern California area she married her high school sweetheart, who is also from Lanai, and joined the Air Force after completing high school. They now have two children together and have recently moved back to Lanai after her husbands term in the military ended. She is still in pursuit of obtaining her bachelors degree but now in Early Child Hood Education through the University of Hawaii at West Oahu’s online program. In her spare time she loves to spend time with her family and friends, take her children to the beach, go fishing and diving with her husband, play sports, and enjoy the outdoors.

Kendra Medeiros joined the Lāna’i Community Health Center in February 2017, as a Wellness Coordinator.  Born and raised on O’ahu, Hawaii she relocated to Lān’i with her husband in December 2014.  She attended Brigham Young University-Hawaii where she obtained her Bachelors 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.  Some of her work is featured at the Lān’i Community Art Center and she began doing art work for LCHC in 2015.  In that same year she gained interest in the Wellness Program and attended many of the free fitness classes that were offered.  As a community advocate for quality health care she knows the Wellness Program and LCHC can provide opportunities for the Lāna’i community to improve their health.  She enjoys spending her spare time outdoors with family and staying active.



Dental Providers

Lynn FujimotoDr. Lynn Fujimoto, DMD, joined LCHC in February 2015.  She attended Washington University School of Dental Medicine and received her D.M.D. 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.



ScottDr. Scott Hiramoto, DDS, joined LCHC in February 2016.  Dr. Hiramoto was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. He went on to study at University of Southern California and received a bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering before moving across town to UCLA School of Dentistry to receive his dental degree. He then went on to pursue an elective hospital dentistry residency at the Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu to learn more advanced techniques and procedures and to treat more medically complex patients. He employs a preventative and minimally invasive approach to dentistry and each individual patient.


Alex Matsumoto, DMD, joined LCHC in September 2017. Dr. Matsumoto was born and raised on the island of Oahu. A graduate of Punahou, he went on to college at the University of Portland where he received his Bachelor’s of Science in Biology before going to dental school at Oregon Health and Science University to get his Doctor of Dental Medicine DMD). After receiving his DMD, he returned home to Oahu where he completed his 1‐year residency in General Dentistry at The Queen’s Medical Center. In his free time, Dr. Matsumoto enjoys fishing, surfing, snowboarding, and spending time with his family.

Kenneth Zenker, DMD, joins the LCHC dental team in September 2017, too. Dr. Zenker is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine and 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 from 2013 to present, a volunteer at Aloha Medical Mission in Honolulu. Dr. Zenker is looking forward to spending time on Lāna’i and will be enjoying your cooler weather. Besides Dentistry; some of his hobbies are Ham Radio (extra class operator), kayaks, boat building, car restoraon, guitar (poorly J) and weight lifting.


Dental Hygienist

Melorie Yuen joined LCHC in August 2016 as our dental Hygienist after graduating from UH Manoa with a BS in Dental Hygiene.  Prior to attending UH, she attended and graduated from Kamehameha High School.  Born and raised on Oahu on the west side, Kapolei, Mel has 9 siblings, and enjoys working out at the gym, shopping, going to the beach, and spending time with family.


Dental Assistants

Chanda Chanda Schutte joined our LCHC team in June of 2016 as a Dental Assistant. Born and raised in Wai’anae on the island of Oahu. Ms. Schtte is a graduate from Wai’anae High School. She decided to move to the island of Lāna’i in 2013. Living on Lāna’i she has learned
to enjoy the simple things in life, while still being adventurous. Every year, Ms. Schutte, states, she continues to fall more and more in love with the island and lifestyle here. Chanda as two children: a daughter, Tahlia and a son, Castiel. She spends her free time at the beach with her family, playing in the park with her children, getting a Thai Iced Coffee from CoffeeWorks, hanging out at home, or visiting her family in Wai’anae. She enjoys providing patient care. Through dental assisting she is able to provide patient care through
‘healthy smiles,’ oral education, and oral hygiene. She enjoys being a part of making a difference in the community.

Randi Otomo joined our LCHC team in June of 2017 as a Dental Assistant. A mother of two children, one boy and one girl, Randi was raised on Lāna’i. She graduated from Lāna’i High and Elementary in 2008. Aer working for Four Seasons Manele Bay for two years, she moved to Arizona to experience new adventures. Ms. Otomo lived in Arizona for about a year before moving back to Lāna’i, where she started working at the local gas staon for a year before her second child was born. Randi was a stay at home parent for almost three years, raising her
two children. When not at work, she likes to spend me with her kids ‐ taking them to the beach, to the movies, or even just to the park.

Jeniffer Molina joined our LCHC team in November 2017 as a Dental Assistant.  Ms. Molina was born on Oahu and raised on the island of Lāna’i were she graduated from Lāna’i High and Elementary School.  She loves living in this beautiful island and on her spare time she likes to golf, exercise, relax at the beach, and online shopping.  Her future goals are to travel the world.  She also works casually at Trilogy Ocean Sports Lāna’i – Manele General Store.  While there full-time (prior to her hire at LCHC) she gained experience in several positions, one of them being a crew member on their sailboat excursions.

Outreach / Enabling 

WilmaWilma Koep was appointed Community and Outreach Education Specialist for Lāna‘i Community Health Center (LCHC) on October 1, 2006, and in September 2013 became the supervisor of our newly form Community and Outreach Education Division. Wilma provides public benefits assistance for the community and our patients.  She provides assistance with TANF, Medicaid and Quest, Food Stamps/Financial Assistance, Subsidized Housing, and Child Care Subsidy   programs, and more. Ms. Koep is fluent in Tagalog and Ilocano, and was born in Magsingal, Ilocos Sur, Philippines, and came to the island of Lāna‘i in 1990. In addition to working for   LCHC, she is employed at the Lāna‘i High and Elementary School as an educational assistant   for high school special education students. She maintains her credentials with the Legal Society of Hawaii, public benefits overview training, 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 position at LCHC, she was employed as a program assistant at Aloha House Extension, a part time teacher in various subjects at Lāna‘i High and Elementary School, and a forestry technician in Tuba, Benguet, Philippines.

 Community Health Workers

Matthew Posadas joined the Lāna’i Community Health Center in February of 2016 as a Community Health Worker (CHW). Matthew has experience working as a caregiver, chef, volunteer and coach, using these skills to help serve the community and build relationships. With his position prior to joining LCHC, working for the Caregiver Foundation, Matthew built networks and relationships, coordinated activities to effectively meet patient needs and recognize health concerns, as well as taking care of the patient’s wellbeing – activities ranging from cooking to bathing to cleaning the individual’s home. Matthew is currently enrolled at MCC to further his training and skills as a community healthcare worker. He is working to obtain his CHW certificate so that he will be able to provide high quality service and care for all those in need. In Matthew’s free time he is an active member of the community.  He enjoys working with the community’s youth, as well as its seniors. Matthew spends time helping and serving at the Lānaʻi Senior Center, where on occasion he takes time preparing dishes to serve for the seniors, treating each and every aunty and uncle as if they were a part of his own family. In addition to volunteering, Matthew enjoys camping, fishing, cooking and taking time to enjoy sports with others, such as his love for volleyball and martial arts. Born in Oakland, CA, and raised in Alameda, CA, Matthew loves his adopted home of Lāna’i. His dedication to his new home can be seen by the love and care he shows for his family, for all those he comes across in this community, and for the patients he care for when performing his CHW role for LCHC

Denise (Ola) Ropa, joined Lāna’i Community Health Center in May 2016. Currently a Community Health Worker and Front Desk Representative, she was born in Ka’u, Hawai’i. Ola moved to Lāna’i in 1990 to be closer to her family, the Kaopuiki/Kanipae ‘ohana. Ms. Ropa worked for Lāna’i Resorts/Four Seasons for 15 years and also owned Canoes Lāna’i Restaurant for 15 years. When not working, Denise is currently attending Maui Community College’s Lāna’i Education Center to obtain Certified Community Health Worker Certificate and continuing educate in Human Services. She loves ‘Ohana, Ke Kai ame Mea ‘ai!  (Family, Ocean, and Food!)

Front Desk Representative

Jessica Heisler was hired in November 2016 as an LCHC Front Desk Rep.  She is excited to help patients receive the best care possible on Lāna’i.  Jessica was born and raised in Eugene, Oregon, and graduated from South Albany High School in 2011.  She came to Hawaii under her brother’s advisement and grew to love the island the island of Lāna’i.  She has lived here on and off since 2011.  Before working at LCHC, Jessica worked in the food and beverage industry from the age of 15-23 years old.  She worked at Lāna’i City Grille in 2011 and Cafe 565 from 2014-16.  Jessica enjoys working with children and was a Program Specialist at the Lāna’i Youth Center from January 2014-November 2016.  Jessica is excited to be a part of LCHC and to grow and learn more about the medical field.  In her free time she likes to spend time with friends and family, going to the beach, exercising, and enjoying family movie nights.

Rachelle L.K.Garbin was hired by LCHC in June 2016 as a Front Desk Representative.  Born and raised on Lāna’i, Rachelle graduated from Lāna’i High and Elementary School in 2003.  She moved to Maui in 2003 to find employment and worked at Ross Dress for Less.  Rachelle then moved to Eugene, Oregon in 2004 and had two children while living in Eugene.  Ms.  Garbin moved back home to Lāna’i in 2010.  Prior to being hired at LCHC, Rachelle worked at Lāna’i O’hana Poke Market from 2010-2016.  Rachelle enjoys spending time with her family.

Tanisha Magaoay joined Lāna’i Community Health Center in May 2017 as a Front-desk representative.  After graduating high school Tanisha continued her education with the University of Hawaii Maui and earned an associate of applied science degree, along with a certificate of achievement in Business Careers.  She also received a certificate of competence in entrepreneurship, marketing, and supervision.  In September 2013-April 2015.  Tanisha was employed with Pulama Lana’i as a receptionist in their Transportation Department.  Along with LCHC, she is employed with Expeditions Ferry as a reservations and booth attendant.  When not working Tanisha spends her time with her 7 year old daughter Taimane and 2 year old son Tayden at the beach or fishing.

Administrative Staff


Jennifer Metz, joined Lāna‘i Community Health Center in March 2013.  A graduate of Lāna‘i High and Elementary School, Ms. Metz most recently served as the Station Manager for Mokulele Airlines, and also worked for Castle & Cooke Resorts, LLC, and the Lodge at Koele.  Jenn brings to LCHC a wealth of experience in administrative support, customer services, and extensive knowledge of our community.  When not working, she is kept busy by her 3 children and enjoys spending time with family and friends



Bonita Sandi, joined Lāna‘i Community Health Center in September 2017 as Administrative Assistant. Prior to working at LCHC Ms. Sandi 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 was born and raised on 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. She enjoys spending her free time with her family and traveling.

Finance Staff


Regina Agliam joined Lāna’i Community Health Center as an Accounting Assistant in December 2016.  A graduate of Lāna‘i High and Elementary School, Regina, prior to her hire at LCHC, served as the Administrative Assistant for the Lāna’i Youth Center, and also worked at Hotel Lāna’i as a Guest Services Manager. When not working at LCHC, Regina is actively involved with her three children and their extra curricular activities and volunteer services at Sacred Heart of Jesus and Mary Church. She also enjoys spending time with family and friends.

Nina Riel joined the LCHC Team, in May 2016.  Ms. Riel graduated from Chaminade University of Honolulu with a Bachelors of Science in Computer Information System (CIS), while minoring in Business Administrative. She joins the LCHC with 9 years of Accounting/Finance knowledge and experience from the Four Seasons Resorts Lāna’i and hopes to contribute her skills and experience to our organization while also gaining experience in the health care industry. 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, joined Lāna‘i Community Health Center (LCHC) in March of 2017 as a Patient Account Representative. Born and raised on Lāna’i, she moved to Maui in 2000, where she worked in various customer relation positions. One of her most memorable positions was working as a personal assistant for the founder of the Angel Babies Foundation, where she was able to travel and meet wonderful people! In 2016 Ms. Sabin moved back to Lāna’i after her oldest daughter graduated from High School (on Maui) and went on to earn a degree and play basketball for the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. Her move back to Lāna’i was based upon her desire to be closer to family and have her youngest daughter grow up on the island and in the community where she spent her youth. Kendra’s love and

Facilities Housekeeping

Danny Bernabe joined our LCHC team in December 2015 as one of our Facilities Housekeeper team members. He was born in the Philippines, and immigrated to Hawaii in 1990. He has four brothers — two of them live in Vancouver B.C. and two in the Philippines. Danny has two children – a  girl and a boy.  In DATE, he graduated from bible college and, in his off-work hours, he teaches music. Danny worked at the Experience at Koele Golf Course as a golf starter for over 23 years before joining our team. Danny says, ‘I am so delighted to work with LCHC family, everyone is nice!!!!!

Crystal Ono was hired by Lāna‘i Community Health Center in September 2013 as our Facilities Housekeeper. Ms. Ono has past experience in housekeeping services working for Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas. A graduate of  Lāna‘i  High and Elementary School, Crystal is coming back ‘home’ and is excited to join the LCHC team.  In her spare time, Crystal enjoys spending time wither family and friends.


Jonie Sarme, Joined the Lāna’i Community Health Center in October 2016 as our Facilities Team Lead. She aƩended Leeward Community College in Honolulu and received an Associate of Science Degree in Secretarial Science. Ms. Sarme worked for Castle and Cooke Resorts for 19 years in the Construction and Warranty Departments, and recently worked for Goodfellow Bros. as an administrative assistant. She enjoys hunting, fishing, camping and spending Ɵme with her family and friends.


Chanel Torres joined Lāna‘i Community Health Center (LCHC) in March of 2017 as a part‐Ɵme facilities housekeeper. She was born and raised on Oahu and moved to Lāna’i along with her husband in December of 2016. She aƩended Kapiolani Community College in 2009 and received certificates of competence in Medical Billing and Medical Terminology. In 2015 she graduated from Healed College Honolulu where she earned her Associates Degree in Applied Science in Medical Office Administration. Ms. Torres was hired by Surgicare of Hawaii shortly after graduation and served as a Business Office Clerk working at the Front Desk and in their Medical Records Department. In her free Ɵme she loves reading, spending Ɵme with her husband, and visiting the Lāna’i Can Sanctuary.



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.