Beverly Zigmond, President, is a long-time member of our community having lived on Lāna’i for 25 years, and calls this island and community her ‘home’. She is a former small business owner of Pele’s Garden, Lāna’i’s Health Food Store, which opened in 1995, closing due to the economy in 2001. Wanting to continue to be of service to the community, she worked as a domestic violence advocate for Women Helping Women for 12 years. In 2004 she also accepted a role at Aloha House to provide outpatient substance abuse treatment to juveniles, eventually expanding to serve adults as well. In July 2010 Bev became the first certified substance abuse counselor on this island. Beverly also provides home visitation services for Maui Family Support Services, where she combines the roles of Family Support Worker, Clinical Specialist, and Child Development Specialist. She served as a Board member for LCHC early on in our history, and we are very pleased to have her back on our Board now.
Aaron Fernandez , Vice President, joins the Health Center board and is excited about sharing his knowledge and experience in finance. Mr. Fernandez grew up on Lāna’i and left to attend school. Now back as the Lāna’i Branch Manager of First Hawaiian Bank (FHB), he is looking forward to giving back to the community. Mr. Fernandez is responsible for small business and loan development at FHB as well as overall management of the Lāna’i Branch’s daily activities. He is also serving as the community liaison for First Hawaiian on Lāna’i. He joined First Hawaiian in 2011 as customer service representative at the bank’s University Branch and has been the Lāna’i Branch Manager in Training since 2012. Prior to joining the bank, he was a financial service representative with Bank of the West in Portland, Oregon and has over six years of financial services experience. He has holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon.
Michele Piilani Holsomback, Secretary, is the daughter of Pete & Charlotte Holsomback of Waipahu, granddaughter of the late Ernest & Rebecca Richardson of Ko’ele. She is a graduate from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Post-Baccalaureate in Secondary Education. Michele is currently the Vice Principal at Lana’i High & Elementary School and a formerly a middle school science teacher and Na Pua No’eau Coordinator. She resides on Lana’i Hawaiian Homelands with her dreamy husband, Zachary and their delightful dog, Marty..
Deborah dela Cruz, Treasurer, is a retired bank manager and financial specialist with experience in contract negotiations. Ms. dela Cruz is a long time member of the BOD Finance Committee. Born on Lāna’i, she moved away but returned in 1990 after a 23-year absence. In addition to her activities with LCHC, Ms. dela Cruz is a member of the Lāna’i City Lions Club and a former trustee of the Hawaii Lions Foundation.
Jackie Woolsey, retired after serving as Public Health Nurse on Lāna’i for the last twenty years. She is a Native Hawaiian kupuna (elder) who continues to work closely with Lāna’i’s underserved populations, and enjoys spending time with her grandchildren and husband, Ed.
Andrew de la Cruz is the owner of International Food and Clothing Center, and has run his business for 35 years. He has been a member of the Maui County Police Commission in the past, and is currently on the Maui County Fire & Safety Commission.
Jennifer Montgomery began teaching at Lanai High and Elementary School in 2001. She graduated from Utah State University in 1998 with a degree in Family Human Development and earned her Teaching License in Elementary Education from Chapman University in 2000. Since 2001 Jen has split her time, teaching most years and taking four years off to be with her children Keala and Kai. During those years “off” Jen worked as Program Coordinator for the P-3 Initiative Grant and worked as a Keiki ABC Art Instructor. Jen joins the LCHC board with an aim to server her community and help LCHC achieve its goal of providing the best quality of care on island.
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Laura Novell, our former Board President, is now living in Texas—providing care for her elderly mother and family. Laura has never forgotten our island and continues to follow LCHC and its growth an activities — often contributing items for our events and outreach. She and her husband, John Schroll, are forever a part of LCHC — both its history and its presence today.