2017 Black Book: 326 Profiles of Hawaiʻi Executives

To diversify this list, we have included top honorees and executives from three major Hawaii Business programs.


Teri A Bruesehoff
Pres., COO HiHealthCare, HiNursing & HiHomeCare, The Hawaii Group, Inc. #57
B. 9-6-1960; New Jersey EDUC. George Washington High School, Philadelphia PA; Californina State University, Long Beach; CERT. Medical Cannabis Nursing EXP. Thirty five years in the health care industry ranging from direct patient care in the ICU and ER to hospital administration, home care healthcare staffing for adults and pediatric patients BDS. Chamber Of Commerce Workplace Environment and Competitiveness (WE&C) CLUBS Health Care Association of Hawaii (HAH)
Sales Marketing Executives, Hawaii, Biz Women Connect, Pacific Business News HOBBIES Living on a 65 foot sailboat for the boat life experience. Learning how to sail and preparing for captain’s license. Planning to do an open ocean voyage next year. Hiking, beach, outdoors, sports, Spartan Race. FAM. 3 children ages 32, 30, 29 NOTEWORTHY Three adult children and three grandchildren. HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

Jen H. Chahanovich
Pres., CEO, Wilcox Medical Center; CEO, Kauai Medical Clinic, Hawaii Pacific Health #11
B. South Carolina EDUC. Elloree High School, South Carolina; Bachelor’s degree in Allied Health Sciences / Health Administration and Advanced Respiratory Therapy, Weber State University; Certificate in executive management, Notre Dame University; MBA in Marketing, Western International University CERT. Nursing Care Administrator, credential: LNHA EXP. Prior to joining Hawaii Pacific Health, Chahanovich was director of Paradise Valley Hospital for Triad Hospitals in Phoenix, Arizona. BDS. Regent, Hawaii Chapter of American College of Healthcare Executives; AccesSurf; Kauai Chamber of Commerce; Easter Seals Hawaii; Member, Kauai County Subarea Planning Council, Hawaii State Health Planning and Development Agency CLUBS Women Corporate Directors, Hawaii Chapter HOBBIES Reading, water sports FAM. Bruce Chahanovich, Retired, 1 child HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

Jason C. Chang
Exec. VP, COO, The Queen’s Health Systems #10
EDUC. BDS. Blood Bank of Hawaii; Oahu Workforce Development HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

Jason Chang, MD
Chief Medical Officer, VP Medical Affairs, The Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific (REHAB) #129
EDUC. University of California at Irvine, B.S., Biological Science; John A Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii at Manoa HB HONORS Top 250 Exec


Charles R. Ching
EVP, General Counsel, Hawaii Pacific Health #11
B. 1956; Honolulu EDUC. University of California, Los Angeles; University of Washington School of Law FAM. Colleen Wong, 2 chiildren HB HONORS Top 250 Exec


Jerry J. Correa
Pres., CEO, St. Francis Healthcare System of Hawaii #144
B. 1964; Lihue EDUC. St. Louis School, ‘82; Kennedy-Western U, B.S.; EXP. COO, St. Francis Healthcare System; Dir./IT, Outrigger Hotels BDS. St. Francis Enterprises; St. Francis Foundation; Our Lady of Keaau, Healthcare Association of Hawaii; Chaminade University; United Holdings; Hawaii Bone Marrow CLUBS Pacific Club, Honolulu Country Club FAM. Mari-Jo, 3 children HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

Tom Delaney
COO, Hawaii Dental Service (HDS) #40
B. 1959; Kansas City, Missouri EDUC. Barrington High School, IL; California State University Long Beach – BS Business Administration – Quantitative Methods; EXP. Hawaii Dental Service (‘90-present) BDS. Hawaii Client Services – Board Secretary HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

Laura A. Esslinger
CEO, AlohaCare #29
B. Atlanta, GA EDUC. Chadwick School, CA; BA – Economics, Wesleyan University, CT; FAM. Skye Luque, Owner, Luque Meat Sauce NOTEWORTHY Laura has more than 20 years’ experience in the managed care industry including roles in public policy, consulting and small to large health plans. She credits her unrelenting focus on improving care delivery to her sister who opened Laura’s eyes to the challenges of coordinating services to remain independent while living with a disability. HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

Susie Gabriel RN, MSN
VP, Clinical Services, The Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific (REHAB) #129
EDUC. HB HONORS Top 250 Exec



Art W. Gladstone
CEO, Straub Medical Center and Pali Momi Medical Center , Hawaii Pacific Health #11
B. 1964; Pincher Creek, Alberta, Canada EDUC. St. Michael’s High School; Nursing degree, Red Deer College, Alberta, Canada; Psychiatric Nursing Degree, Alberta Hospital Ponoka, Alberta, Canada; Bachelor of Science in Nursing, University of Phoenix; MBA, University of Phoenix CERT. Registered Nurse – State of Hawaii; Fellow, American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE) EXP. Gladstone began his career in health care as a registered nurse and held positions at Red Deer Regional Hospital and Alberta Hospital Ponoka in Canada. He joined Pali Momi in 1990 and held various clinical and administrative positions, including vice president of operations and chief operating officer, before assuming responsibility as Straub’s chief operating officer in 2004. He was promoted to CEO for Straub in 2013, and additionally assumed the role of CEO of Pali Momi in July 2015. He also serves as chief nurse executive for Hawaii Pacific Health. BDS. Pacific Region Arthritis Foundation; Hawaii State Center for Nursing Continuing Education Joint Advisory Subcommittee; American Organization of Nurse Executives; Ahahui Koa Anuenue; InVision LLC; Healthcare Association of Hawaii; Boys and Girls Club of Hawaii; American College of Healthcare Executives CLUBS Federal Law Enforcement Foundation; Rotary Club of Pearlridge FAM. Michelle, 3 children HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

Michael A. Gold
CEO, Hawaii Medical Service Association (HMSA) #1
B. 1947; Kenosha, WI EDUC. UH; BDS. Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, Hawaii Foodbank, Hawaii Business Roundtable, HMSA Foundation, Western Conference of Prepaid Medical Plans HB HONORS Top 250 Exec


David Herndon
EVP, Chief Member Services Officer, Hawaii Medical Service Association (HMSA) #1
B. Denver, Colorado EDUC. University of South Florida; FAM. Cheryl Herndon, Le Jardin Academy, 2 children HB HONORS Top 250 Exec


Francis U. Imada
CFO, Clinical Labs of Hawaii #65
B. 1953; Honolulu EDUC. Kalani HS; UH, BBA, ‘75; CERT. CPA, CFP EXP. 22 years with Clinical Labs of Hawaii as CFO; Tax Partner with Deloitte & Touche (‘88-95); Ernst & Young (‘77-88) BDS. Tony Autoplex; Board of Taxation Review – C&C Honolulu CLUBS Pacific Club HOBBIES Bonsai FAM. Jacquelyn, 3 children NOTEWORTHY Learning how to cook and loving it. HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

Gail Lerch
EVP of HR, Organizational Effectiveness and General Services, Hawaii Pacific Health #11
B. Chicago, IL EDUC. Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Purdue University; MBA, Hawaii Pacific University EXP. Senior Level Human Resources and Hospital/Clinic Operations. Previous career in Nursing Operations. BDS. MedAssets National Board, Human Resources Steering Committee HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

Leonard Licina
CEO, Sutter Health Pacific Kahi Mohala #141
B.; Duquesne, PA EDUC. Duquesne HS; UH, BBA; Chaminade U, MBA CERT. CFP EXP. CFO, Kahi Mohala (‘95-08); COO, Mana Institute (‘93-95); Controller, Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific (‘82-93) BDS. Healthcare Financial Management Assn.; Kahi Mohala Behavioral Health; American Hospital Association Region 9 Policy Board; State Health Planning & Development Agency; Statewide Health Coordinating Council; Hawaii Health Information Exchange CLUBS Chamber of Commerce HOBBIES Golf, Hawaii Steeler’s Fan Club, photography HB HONORS  Top 250 Exec

Whitney Limm, M.D.
EVP, Chief Physician Executive, The Queen’s Health Systems #10
EDUC. Iolani School; Stanford University; UCLA School of Medicine CERT. MD, FACS EXP. General and Transplant Surgeon 25+ years; Associate Professor of Surgery, JABSOM; Director of Renal Transplantation BDS. HMSA; Iolani School; Queen’s Clinically Integrated Physician Network HOBBIES Surfing, running FAM. Harvalee, 3 children HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

Wendy Manuel
VP, CFO, The Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific (REHAB) #129
EDUC. HB HONORS Top 250 Exec



Gina Marting
Sr. VP, CFO, Hawaii Medical Service Association (HMSA) #1
EDUC. Punahou School; University of Southern California; EXP. KPMG (Phoenix); HMA, Inc. (AZ) FAM. Brian Marting, Y. Hata & Co. Ltd.HB HONORS Top 250 Exec


Gwen Miyasato
EVP, Chief Internal Operations Officer, Chief of Staff, Hawaii Medical Service Association (HMSA) #1
EDUC. EXP. SVP, HMSA; Blue Cross Blue Shield of Colorado HB HONORS Top 250 Exec


Mark M. Mugiishi MD, FACS
Board Chair, Iolani School #126 EVP, Chief Health Officer, Hawaii Medical Service Association (HMSA) #1
B. 1959; Honolulu EDUC. Iolani School; Northwestern U; Northwestern Medical School CERT. Fellow, American College of Surgeons EXP. Associate Chair, Department of Surgery, University of Hawaii Medical School; Physician/Surgeon, Central Medical Clinic/Ekahi Health; Iolani Basketball Coach (‘89-08) BDS. Integrated Services, Inc. (ISI); National Advisory Sharecare Board; Iolani School HOBBIES Music and travel NOTEWORTHY Producer, “Allegiance, A New American Musical” a Broadway musical about the Japanese American Internment starring George Takei, Lea Salonga, and Telly Leung, opened at the Longacre theater in October 2015 and ran until February 2016. Coached Iolani Boys Basketball from 1989-2008 and won 11 ILH and 7 State Championships, and was coach for Nike Jordan Brand Classic National game in 2010 at Madison Square Garden. HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

Kim-Anh Nguyen MD, PhD
Pres., CEO, Blood Bank of Hawaii #210
B. Vietnam EDUC. Fair Lawn HS; Harvard U; U Pennsylvania EXP. Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Hawaii, JABSOM, Department of Pathology (current); Medical Director, Blood Centers of the Pacific Associate Clinical Professor, University California San Francisco School of Medicine; Director, Transfusion Medicine Fellowship Program, UCSF/Blood Centers of the Pacific CLUBS Young Presidents Organization HOBBIES Ballroom dancing; Cooking; Island adventures with family FAM. Joseph Foo, Software Engineer, HPMG, 1 child HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

Quin H. Ogawa
CFO, Sutter Health Pacific Kahi Mohala #141
B. 1968; Los Angeles, CA EDUC. McKinley High; UH, BBA, ‘90; CERT. CPA EXP. Kuakini Health System, CFO and various financial positions (1996-2006 and 2009-2015), Shriners Hospitals for Children, Director of Fiscal Services (2006-2009), KPMG LLP (1990-1996) BDS. Healthcare Associate of Hawaii CFO Roundtable CLUBS AICPA, HFMA, Pacific Century Fellows HOBBIES Family time, cooking, basketball, being an active volunteer at children’s schools FAM. Gail Ogawa, Public Health Educator, State of Hawaii Department of Health, 3 children HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

David Okabe
EVP, CFO, Treas., Hawaii Pacific Health #11
B. 1962; Hawaii EDUC. Saint Louis School; Bachelor of Science in Accounting, University of Hawaii; CERT. CPA BDS. Diamond Head Theater; Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii; United Laundry Service; Hawaii Pacific Health Partners; Providers Insurance Corp.; Chief Financial Officers Committee, Healthcare Association of Hawaii CLUBS Pacific Club; Mid-Pacific Country Club HOBBIES Golf, food and wine FAM. Kellyn Okabe NOTEWORTHY Proud owner of three Shiba Inu (Japanese dog breed) HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

Gary Okamoto, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer, AlohaCare #29
B. Honolulu, HI EDUC. University of Hawaii, B.A.; Washington University in St. Louis, M.D.; University of Washington, M.P.H. CERT. Certification by American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation; Honolulu County Medical Society; Hawaii Medical Association; American Medical Association; Hawaii Society of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. MIL. Alternate Service‚ primary care physician in clinics for underserved families HOBBIES Golf, Travel FAM. 3 children HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

Alyssa J. Park
Aeos Labs Pres., Pan Pacific Pathologists, Clinical Labs of Hawaii #65
B. 1969; Rochester, MN EDUC. Hilo HS, ‘87; Harvard U, BA, ‘91; U of California at Berkeley, MA, ‘94; Cornell U, JD/MBA, ‘97 EXP. CEO, Clinical Labs of HI (‘07-08), COO, Clinical Labs of HI (‘02-07); VP, Clinical Labs of HI (‘00-02); AVP, MBIA Inc. (‘98-00); Sr. Analyst, MBIA Inc. (‘97-98) CLUBS Pacific Club HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

Kathryn A. Raethel F.A.C.H.E., MHA.
CEO, Adventist Health Castle, Castle Medical Center #22 Pres.,
B. 1953; Sydney, Australia EDUC. Sydney Adventist; Murdoch University; Loma Linda University CERT. FACHE EXP. 43 years in healthcare leadership BDS. Castle Medical Center; American Hospital Association Regional Policy Board 9; HBR FAM. Hilton Raethel, President and CEO, HAH, 4 children

Michel D. Riccioni
EVP, CFO, The Queen’s Health Systems #10
B. 1959; New Bedford, MA EDUC. Palos Verdes High, Attended St. Louis School, Honolulu, HI; California State University, Chico, CA; St. Mary’s College CERT. CPA, FHFMA, CGMA EXP. Chief Financial Officer St. Joseph’s Health Systems Sonoma County, Jan 2001-April 2017. Chief Financial Officer Warrack Medical Center Jan 1986 – Dec 2000. Certified Public Accountant Linkenheimer LLP CPAs & Advisors July 1981-Dec 1985. BDS. American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA); Healthcare Financial Management Association – California and Hawaii Chapters; Healthcare Association of Hawaii (HAH) FAM. Mary Kay, 1 child HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

Kenneth B. Robbins MD
EVP, Chief Medical Officer, Hawaii Pacific Health #11
EDUC. Bachelor of Science in Biology, Stanford University; Doctor of Medicine, University of California, San Diego CERT. Board Certified in Pediatrics MIL. Captain and Staff Pediatrician, U.S. Army, Medical Service Corps EXP. From 2001 through 2010, Robbins held the position of Chief Medical Officer for Straub Medical Center. Robbins began his administrative career in 1997 by serving as a member of the Straub Board of Directors, and later as Treasurer and President. As Chief Medical Officer of Hawaii Pacific Health, Robbins is responsible for physician recruitment, physician leadership development, and the physician compensation plans for the HPH Medical Group. He provides oversight to the Chief Medical Officers and Chief Executive Officers of the hospitals and medical groups within Hawaii Pacific Health on physician-related issues. He is also a clinical professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine. CLUBS Fellow, American Academy of Pediatrics; Member, American Medical Group Association, Medical Group Management Association and American Association of Physician Leadership. HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

Steve Robertson
EVP, CIO, Hawaii Pacific Health #11
EDUC. Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, University of South Florida; MSSE, Virginia Tech; MBA, University of Hawaii CERT. Professional Engineer (PE), Electrical Branch, Hawaii Nuclear Engineer Department Head, US Naval Reactors; Fellow, American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE); Certified Healthcare Chief Information Officer (CHCIO) MIL. U.S. Navy Nuclear Submarine Officer, Los Angeles Class BDS. Kahala Nui, Laulima, CIO Council of Hawaii FAM. Ros HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

Timothy J. Roe MD, MBA FAAPMR
Pres., CEO, The Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific (REHAB) #129
EDUC. University of Notre Dame; MD from Stritch School of Medicine at Loyola University; MBA from Shidler College of Business at the University of Hawaii at Manoa EXP. President & CEO, The Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific; Executive Director, Cheng Health Foundation Inc.; Chief Executive Officer & Medical Director, International Health Technologies LLC; Medical Director, St. Joseph Regional Rehabilitation Center; Medical Director, Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital; Director-Cardiac Rehabilitation Program, VA West Los Angeles Medical Center FAM. Meng Roe, 2 children HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

Colbert Seto
CIO, The Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific (REHAB) #129
EDUC. HB HONORS Top 250 Exec



Martha B. Smith
CEO, Kapiolani   Medical Center for Women & Children, Hawaii Pacific Health #11
B. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania EDUC. Melbourne High School; Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy, University of Central Florida; Master of Public Health, University of Alabama; Master of Business Administration, Chaminade University of Honolulu CERT. Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE) EXP. Prior to joining Hawaii Pacific Health, Smith was vice president of operations at Mount Sinai Medical Center and Miami Heart Institute in Miami Beach, Florida. She has also served as vice president at Chris Evert Children’s Hospital at Broward General Hospital, affiliated with the North Broward Hospital District in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. BDS. American College of Healthcare Executives, Hawaii Chapter; Children’s Hospital Association Chief Executive Group; Alohacare; Surgicare (ASC Pacific Ventures); Child & Family Service; Girl Scouts of Hawaii; Chair, Kapiolani Medical Specialists (Hawaii Pacific Health physician specialty group); Regent, Chaminade University of Honolulu HOBBIES Fitness FAM. David (Tony) Smith, One son HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

Michael Stollar
Pres., COO, Hawaii Medical Service Association (HMSA) #1
B. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan EDUC. Tufts University; Ohio University MIL. National Service: Peace Corps HB HONORS Top 250 Exec, 20 for the Next 20


Cheryl Takitani-Smith
CFO, Hawaii Dental Service (HDS) #40
B. Wailuku EDUC. Baldwin HS; UH, BBA; EXP. VP/Financial Affairs, Hawaii Dental Service; Pres., Hawaii Client Services; Treas., HDS Foundation BDS. Hawaii Client Services Board, President; HDS Foundation, Treasurer HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

Arthur A. Ushijima
Pres., CEO, The Queen’s Health Systems #10
B. 1948; Wailuku EDUC. Baldwin High School; Cornell College, BA, Biology; U of Iowa, MA, Hospital & Health Administration CERT. Fellow, American College of Healthcare Executives MIL. Capt., US Air Force, Medical Service Corps (‘73-80) EXP. Pres., CEO, The Queen’s Health Systems (‘05-present); Pres. (‘92-present), Exec. VP, COO (‘89-92); The Queen’s Medical Center; Exec. VP, COO (‘85-89), Akron General Medical Center; Exec Director/Assoc Exec Director, St Mary’s Hospital (‘80-85); US Air Force Med Svc (‘73-80) BDS. Healthcare Association of Hawaii; Hawaii Business Roundtable; Hawaii Residency Programs; Hawaii Cancer Consortium;Vizient West Coast; Kineticor, Inc. CLUBS Pacific Club FAM. Ruth, 1 child HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

Raymond P. Vara Jr.
Pres., CEO, Hawaii Pacific Health #11
EDUC. Bachelor’s degree in business administration, HPU; MBA, University of Alaska at Fairbanks MIL. U.S. Army Officer with various assignments including Assistant Administrator and Chief Financial Officer for Bassett Army Community Hospital in Fairbanks, AK; Deputy Chief Financial Officer for Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, WA; and the 9th Infantry Regiment, Fort Lewis, WA EXP. Ray’s responsibilities for HPH include executive oversight of Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children, Pali Momi Medical Center, Straub Medical Center and Wilcox Health on Kauai. Vara joined Hawaii Pacific Health in 2002 as executive vice president and CEO of operations, and assumed the role of president and CEO in 2013. Prior to that, Vara served as chief executive officer at Los Alamos Medical Center, a member of Banner Health System in Los Alamos, New Mexico. He was the center’s chief financial officer before being appointed CEO. BDS. American College of Healthcare Executives; Director, Bank of Hawaii Corporation; Director, Island Holdings, Inc.; Director, Island Insurance Co., Ltd.; Treasurer, American Heart Association (National); Trustee, Hawaii Pacific University; Trustee, Mid-Pacific Institute; Director, American Red Cross, Hawaii State Chapter; Trustee, Blood Bank of Hawaii; and Director, Healthcare Association of Hawaii. FAM. Tiffany Vara, 5 children HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

Elisa Yadao
Sr. VP, Chief Communications and Community Engagement Officer, Hawaii Medical Service Association (HMSA) #1
B. Hilo, Hawaii EDUC. Hilo High School; University of Hawaii at Manoa; EXP. Chief Information Officer, City and County of Honolulus rail transit system, Executive Director, Polynesian Voyaging Society, Director of Communication, Kamehameha Schools/Bishop Estate,Television Reporter and News Producer, KGMB BDS. Hawaii Collaborative Health Initiative; American Heart Association of Hawaii; Hawaii Island Economic Development Board FAM. Stephen A. Jones HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

Mark H. Yamakawa
Pres., CEO, Hawaii Dental Service (HDS) #40
B. Honolulu, HI EDUC. Iolani School; University of California, Berkeley, B.S. Industrial Engineering and Operations Research; University of Hawaii Manoa, MBA, Finance and Decision Science BDS. Child and Family Services, UHA, American Heart Association of Hawaii, Iolani School, Kapiolani  Medical Center for Women & Children, University of Hawaii Manoa, Shidler College of Business Advisory Council HOBBIES Pottery/Ceramics HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

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