Our Staff

Diana Shaw

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 Humphrey

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).


Cindy FiguerresCindylou Figuerres, MBA, 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 with a Concentration in Healthcare Management Program.  She is interested in moving LCHC forward in providing health and wellness classes, and provide educational and workforce development training classes to the community.


Primary Care Providers


Aileen, Duran, APRN, joined Lāna‘i Community Health Center as a full-time, live on island provider in July 2013.  Ms. Duran graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a Bachelors of Science in Biology and Masters in Nursing. She was born in the Philippines, but grew up on Oahu. She is fluent in both Ilocano and Tagalog. She is a recent Family Nurse Practitioner graduate, but has been working as an RN for St. Francis Health Care System for 2 years. Her specialty focus is Women’s Health and is very passionate about serving the Asian-Pacific Islander communities. On her free time, Ms. Duran enjoys cooking, photography and hiking. We are very excited to have her join our team and provide services to our patients.




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.


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Donna Vallejo, APRN, joined Lāna‘i Community Health Center (LCHC) in September 2014, as a part-time provider. Ms. Vallejo graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology with a Minor in Women’s Studies and a Master’s in Nursing with a focus on family practice. She previously worked as an RN for the St. Francis Health Care System and currently (in addition to her part-time effort at LCHC) works as a Family Nurse Practitioner for William F. McKenzie MD, Inc., a private practice clinic in Mililani that provides OB-GYN services and primary care. Ms. Vallejo has an interest in Women’s Health and Pediatrics and one day hopes to go on medical missions providing health care to underserved populations. In her free time she enjoys writing, photography, scrapbooking, singing, cooking, watching football, and traveling.


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.


Specialty Providers

John Cogan

John J. Cogan, MD, FACP, FACC, Cardiologist, provides cardiology services to LCHC patients.  He graduated from the University of Illinois Medical School. He became Board Certified in Internal Medicine following a residency at the University of Oregon Health Science Center. He subsequently trained in cardiology at the University of California, San Francisco, and became Board Certified. When coronary angioplasty was developed, he learned the technique from the originator, Dr. Andreas Gruentzig, in Zurich, Switzerland. He has been practicing interventional cardiology since he performed the first coronary angioplasty at Queen’s Medical Center on 9/15/1980. He became Board Certified in Interventional Cardiology when the first boards were offered in 1999. He is one of only approximately 10 practitioners in the State of Hawaii with Board Certification in Interventional Cardiology. He has performed over 3000 interventional cases in his career: Over 1000 of them using the transradial approach. (The transradial technique is safer and is associated with less discomfort than the transfemoral technique.) He has performed more interventional cases than any practitioner in the State of Hawaii and has one of the largest experiences in the world. Dr. Cogan is a member of multiple medical and cardiology societies. He has served as the Chief of Cardiology at Queen’s Medical Center. He is on the teaching faculty of the University of Hawaii Medical School. He is a volunteer for the American Heart Association and has served as the President of the Hawaii Heart Association. He has been the chairman of the Heart Association Annual Golf Tournament for over 20 years. In his free time Dr. Cogan enjoys golf and running. He has participated in more than 25 marathons and has run more than 25,000 miles.


Lee Guertler

Lee Guertler, MD, PhD, FACP, FACC, Cardiologist, provides cardiology services to LCHC patients. He is an interventional cardiologist who has been a member of The Queens Hospital medical staff since 1989. He has an active interest in preventive medicine/cardiology and obtained his PhD in Biochemistry in 1978 at Wake Forest University. He completed a National Institutes of Health fellowship in Lipoprotein and Hepatic Metabolism – University of California San Diego – 1980. Additional Training includes: Medical School at Northwestern University – Chicago, Illinois 1984; Internship/Medicine Residency at Scripps Mercy Hospital- San Diego; and a Cardiology Fellowship at Scripps Mercy Hospital. Dr Guertler is Board Certified in Cardiology and is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and the American College of Chest Physicians. He has numerous scientific publications related to coronary heart disease and lectures on this topic. Some of his medical interests include: Medical and Interventional (angioplasty/stents) management of arterial disease, Management of Peripherial Artery disease (poor leg circulation), Management of Metabolic Syndrome/diabetic heart disease, Management of Hypertension, Diagnosis and management of irregular heart rhythms including pacemaker placement. He is one of the 6 Cardiologists currently responsible for responding to Queens Emergency Room to manage Acute Heart Attacks. While seeing patients on Lāna’i he will be using Cardiac ultrasound to asses and explain patients’ heart issues as needed. Dr Guertler is a firm believer in a well informed patient who takes personal responsibility for their health care.



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


Geneva Castro was hired by LCHC in May 2013. 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 finished 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.


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 oAileen 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 for us as a research assistant, medical 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.


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.


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Randall Kam, DDS, FAGD, FICD , joined LCHC in February 2016. 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.


Dental Assistants

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  KrychelleKrychele (Shelly) Quenga, joined Lāna’i Community Health Center in June 2016 as a Front Desk Representative/Dental Assistant. Born and raised on Guam, Shelly moved to Hawaii in 2008 and graduated Mililani High School 2009. Ms. Quenga attended Heald College in Honolulu for their Medical Assistant Program and graduated in January 2012 with her Associates in Applied Science of Medical Assisting.  She worked for Complete Dermatology as a Medical Assistant for 3 ½ years, before moving to Lāna’i in 2014 to begin a new life with her new family. When not working, Shelly loves going to the beach, off-roading, and spending time with her kids.


 TabbyTabitha (Tabby) Asao started working for Lāna’i Community Health Center in June of 2016. She was born on the island of Oahu, and raised on Maui. Tabby moved to Lāna’i in 2012. Lāna’i is where her grandmother was raised, and family roots were began. Tabby has been dental assisting for about 6 years and seeks to become a dental hygienist in the near future. She finds joy in helping her patients improve their quality of their life by enhancing their oral health. She is very passionate about what she does and always seeks to help others as best as she can. Tabby has worked with many patients with different oral health issues and loves seeing the smiles when treatment has been completed! She enjoys spending time with family, friends, and her best friend and doggy Hana’i. She also enjoys traveling and going to Vegas to visit family, where her mother, sister, and brother reside.


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Ancillary Staff

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Thalia 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.


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.


 Administrative Staff

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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!!!!!



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.


Anela oAnela Granito-Wallace







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Kimberly Lamay joined the Lāna’i Community Health Center in October 2014. Born and raised on Lāna’i, Kim graduated from Lāna’i High and Elementary School in 2007. She worked for Four Seasons Hotel for 3 years as a Purchasing Attendant , and took on the task and role as the Beverage Buyer and Receiver.  Ms. Lamay also worked at Lāna’i City Service (LCS) as a tour driver for Trilogy Excursion. During her time at LCS, she gained in-depth knowledge of Lāna’i and its history.  Kim went to school for Cosmetology and loves working with hair and makeup.  She has a passion for learning about the medical field and likes to care for others with aloha. She has a 9 year old daughter named Makenzie who loves to express herself with arts and craft. Kim enjoys singing, dancing, body boarding, snorkeling, talking stories and making new friends.



Dianna McNamara joined Lāna‘i Community Health Center in July of 2014, as an Accounting Assistant, assisting the Finance Department and Chief Financial Officer.  Ms. McNamara also provides support to the administration staff. Dianna is a native of Maui, a graduate of Maui High School and also attended UHMC.  She was previously employed at Lahaina Glass Company and Kula Glass Company as an Administrator. Dianna  enjoys reading and traveling the world with her husband and children.




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.




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.




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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.



Denise Ropa joined Lāna’i Community Health Center in May 2016, as a Front Desk Representative.  Born in Ka’u, Hawai’i, she 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!)




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.