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.


Michelle Nalei Akina
VP, Chief Program Officer, Liliuokalani Trust #138
B. 1968; Honolulu EDUC. Punahou School, 86; Cornell University; University of Hawaii- Manoa CERT. BS, MPA EXP. Administrator, Lunalilo Home; Executive Director, National Asian Women’s Health Organization; Business Manager, Alvin Ailey Dance Center; Co-Founder/Director, Hawaii Cultural Foundation; Finance Associate, New York City Ballet BDS. Boys and Girls Club of Hawaii; Ballet Hawaii; Hawaii Youth Opera Chorus FAM. Jon Magnussen, Associate Professor- Music, University of Hawaii- West Oahu, 2 children HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

Patti Bates
EVP, Chief Performance Officer, Child & Family Service #156
B. 1956; Martin, SD EDUC. University of South Dakota, BSW, 1979; University of Denver, MSW, 1985 EXP. Current Executive Vice President & Chief Performance Officer of Child & Family Service (CFS). Prior positions held at CFS include: Executive Vice President & Chief Operations Officer; concurrent Executive Director of The Institute for Family Enrichment (TIFFE) from August 2013 until TIFFE merged with CFS in July 2015; Acting CEO; Vice President of Programs; Director of Program Services; and Kauai Island Administrator. BDS. Mental Health America of Hawaii NOTEWORTHY Celebrated 23 years with Child & Family Service in 2016. Started as a Home Assessment Specialist and now the Executive VP & CPeO of CFS. Expertise in nonprofit business mergers since 2005. Member of the Board of Directors of Mental Health America of Hawaii since 2014. HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

Michael F. Broderick
Pres., CEO, YMCA of Honolulu #170
B. 1957; Dallas, TX EDUC. Stanford; UCLA CERT. JD EXP. Family Court Judge; Admin Dir. of the Courts/State of Hawaii Judiciary; Dir. Hawaii Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution; Special Exec Asst. to Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley BDS. Hawaii Community Foundation Board of Governors; Mental Health of America Board of Advisors (Chair); UH Family Support Institute Board of Governors (Chair); Joyful Heart Advisory Board; P-20 Partnership for Education Council; Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution Board of Advisors; Milestones Board of Directors; Pono Pacific Academy Advisory Board CLUBS Rotary Club of Honolulu FAM. Maile Meyer, Owner, Native Books, 3 children HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

Janet Bullard
VP Marketing and Comm. Alumni & Donor Relations, University of Hawaii Foundation #131
EDUC. UH Manoa, BFA; California Miramar U, MBA EXP. Assoc. VP/alumni relations, UH Foundation (‘08-11); Sr. Dir./Marketing and Promotions, Hawaiian Airlines (‘97-08) BDS. Hawaii Bowl Executive Comm., CASE Commission on Communications and Marketing CLUBS American Marketing Assn. (AMA); Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), FAM. Patrick HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

Debbie A. Cabebe
CEO, Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc.
EDUC. CERT. Nationally certified Senior Professional in Human Resources; Nationally certified Results Oriented Management and Accountability Trainer EXP. Debbie joined MEO in January of 2000 as its Human Resources Director and was later promoted to Chief Human Resources Officer. She was responsible for creating and executing human resources strategies to support the overall business plan and strategic direction of the organization. In 2011, she was promoted to Chief Operating Officer responsible for assisting the Chief Executive Officer in achievement of the organization’s success, providing day-to-day management and support to the program directors, ensuring of quality service delivery and providing oversight and administering its Community Service Block Grant. On March 30, 2017 she was promoted to Chief Executive Officer responsible for the managing the overall operations and resources, financial management, achievement of the organization’s mission, goals and objectives and acting as the main point of communication between the board of directors and the organization. BDS. National Association of Farmworkers Programs; Regional Rocky Mountain HI Coalition, Treasurer; Maui Nonprofit Directors, President; Workforce Development Board CLUBS Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce; Maui Chamber of Commerce HOBBIES Reading and going for walks on the beach.  FAM. Raymond Cabebe, Senior Land Planner, Chris Hart and Partners, 3 children NOTEWORTHY Active with the Society for Human Resource Management where she has served as its secretary, legislative chair, vice president and president. Debbie is a trained mediator volunteers for various ministries at St. Theresa Church in Kihei, Maui.

John Mitchell Chamness
Divisional Commander, The Salvation Army Hawaiian & Pacific Islands Division #140
B. 1963; Seattle EDUC. Marysville Philchuck HS; Crestmont College; Wesley Seminary EXP. 27 years with The Salvation Army; 13 years overseeing The Salvation Army churches; 4 years as the COO of the Army in Seattle; 6 years overseeing the development of a $70 million Kroc Center in Coeur d’Alene, raised $44 million through Capital Campaign; currently oversees the Army in Hawaii, Guam, Saipan and Micronesia and an operating budget of $41 Million.  BDS. Hawaii Pastors Round Table CLUBS Rotary Club of Honolulu HOBBIES Sailing, hiking, camping, fishing, running, and scuba diving FAM. Lani, Divisional Leader, The Salvation Army, 3 children NOTEWORTHY John lead the development and capital campaign of a Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. This multifaceted $70 million recreational, educational, and arts facility has become the standard by which all other Salvation Army Kroc Centers in the nation are measured. In its first year of operation alone, membership grew to 22,000. The Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center in West Oahu, which falls under his command, is the largest community center of its kind in Hawaii, becoming the second largest Kroc Center in the United States next to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

Katy Y. Chen
COO, Goodwill Industries of Hawaii, Inc.  #162
B. 1970; Seattle, WA EDUC. University of Washington; University of Washington School of Law EXP. Practiced law first, then worked as a Director of legal aid & social welfare charity in London. Stayed in nonprofit sector, now 18 years. BDS. Hawaii Book & Music Festival; American Judicature Society Special Committee on Redress for Unlawful Imprisonment; Hawaii Alliance of Nonprofit Organizations, Prompt Payment Committee CLUBS Hawaii State Bar Association, Hawaii Women’s Lawyers FAM. Daniel Sandomire, Vice President, Armstrong Development, 2 children HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

Wallace G.K. Chin
VP, CFO, Hawaii Community Foundation #128
EDUC. HB HONORS Top 250 Exec



LeeAnn E.P. Crabbe
VP, Liliuokalani Trust
B. 1961; Honolulu EDUC. Pearl City HS; U of San Francisco; EXP. VP, Queen Liliuokalani Trust (‘06-Present); CFO, Queen Liliuokalani Trust (‘02-06); Kamehameha Schools Bishop Estate (‘87-02); Price Waterhouse (‘83-87) BDS. IHS, The Institute for Human Services; MA‘O Organic Farms; Hawaii Island Economic Development Board; Urban Land Institute Product Council Member; Lambda Alpha; Lei Hoolaha FAM. 2 children NOTEWORTHY Sunday school teacher, former foster parent

Dawn Harflinger
VP, CFO, Liliuokalani Trust #138
EDUC. BDS. CFA Society Hawaii Waikiki Improvement Association CLUBS Urban Land Institute; CFA Society Hawaii; Waikiki Improvement Association HOBBIES Paddling


Jennifer Hee
Chief Development Officer, The Salvation Army Hawaiian & Pacific Islands Division #140
B. 1979; Kumamoto, Japan EDUC. Hawaii Baptist Academy; University of Hawaii; CERT. CFRE EXP. Jennifer is responsible to plan, direct, coordinate, supervise, monitor and evaluate the day-to-day operations of all development functions for the Division including direct mail appeals, government and corporate foundation grants, capital campaign process, media relations and digital media, planned giving, major gifts, research, divisional advisory boards, and donor database administration. Jennifer also served as the Executive Director of the Arthritis Foundation. Prior to that, she served as the Director of Development for the University of Hawaii Foundation at the William S. Richardson School of Law (WSRSL). Working closely with the Dean, Jennifer provided leadership in developing the college’s overall strategy for fund development. Before joining the University of Hawaii Foundation, Jennifer served as the Annual Giving Officer and Alumni Director at Hawaii Baptist Academy, her alma mater. While there, she created the school’s Alumni Program, which grew to generate national support from over 3,000 alumni. BDS. Echelon Hawaii; Touch a Heart Hawaii; The Pacific Club. CLUBS The Pacific Club HOBBIES Cross stitch (it’s fun, for real!); I love “DIY” projects; and I love to draw. NOTEWORTHY Personal – Traveled to all 50 States & completed 4 marathons. Most proud of serving on the Katrina Disaster Relief Team in New Orleans, Louisiana for four years, the Bastrop Disaster Relief Team in Texas, and the Oklahoma Tornado Relief Team through the North American Mission Board. HB HONORS Top 250 Exec, 20 for the Next 20

Timothy E. Johns
Trustee, Parker Ranch Foundation Trust #224
B. 1956; Hutchinson, KS EDUC. U of Calilfornia at Santa Barbara, BA, Business Economics and History; U of Southern California, MA, Economics, JD EXP. Chief Consumer Officer HMSA; CEO, Bishop Museum; COO, Estate of Samuel Mills Damon; Chair, Hawaii Department of Land & Natural Resources; VP, Amfac Property Development Co.; Dir./Land Protection, Nature Conservancy of Hawaii; Carlsmith Ball LLP BDS. Parker Ranch, Inc.; Hawaiian Electric Co., Inc.; Grove Farm Company, Inc.; Kualoa Ranch, Inc.; Consuelo Foundation HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

Micah Kane
CEO & Pres., Hawaii Community Foundation #128
EDUC. Kamehameha Schools; Menlo College; MBA; Shidler College of Business at UH EXP. President and Chief Operating Officer at HCF; Chairman of the Hawaiian Homes Commission and the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands; Chairman and Executive Director of the Hawaii Republican Party; Government Affairs Liaison for the Building Industry Association of Hawaii BDS. Trustee for Kamehameha Schools; Board of Director with Hawaiian Electric Company FAM. Joelle Kane, 3 children HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

Thomas Kelly Jr.
VP Knowledge, Evaluation and Learning, Hawaii Community Foundation #128
EDUC. EXP. Tom Kelly joined the Hawaii Community Foundation in December 2012 as its new vice president for knowledge, evaluation and learning after 13 years managing evaluation at the Annie E. Casey Foundation in Baltimore.  BDS. Kelly is a board member of GEO and the Dr. Barbara J. Sugland Foundation HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

Paul Kobayashi, Jr.
VP for Admin., CFO, University of Hawaii Foundation #131
EDUC. HB HONORS Top 250 Exec



John T Leong
CEO and Co-Founder, Kupu/Pono Pacific Land Management LLC #240
Chairman & CEO, Pono Pacific Land Management, LLC
B. 1977; Honolulu EDUC. Punahou; Wharton College, U of Pennsylvania at the Wharton School; EXP. John Leong is the founder of Pono Pacific and Kupu. Pono Pacific was founded in 2000 and today operates on six of the main Hawaiian Islands providing natural resource and conservation land management services for Hawaii’s larger landowners. Kupu was founded in 2007 and today engages young adults in service through multiple programs in the green jobs sectors such as natural resource management, energy conservation, renewable energy and sustainable agriculture. BDS. Metro YMCA of Honolulu; Hawaii Institute for Public Affairs; Trust for Public Land; UH SEA Grant; Chair, IUCN World Conservation Congress, Youth Engagement FAM. Julianna, Co-Founder, Pono Pacific Land Management, LLC, 4 children NOTEWORTHY U.S. Presidential Award for Small Business; Management of two American Recovery and Reinvestment Act projects ‘09-10; Pacific Business News Forty Under 40, ‘10; Best In Business Finalist, ‘10; Bank of Hawaii Community Leader the of the Year, ‘10 HB HONORS Top 250 Exec, SmallBiz Success Winner

Katharine Lloyd
VP Development & Donor Relations, Hawaii Community Foundation #128
EDUC. J.D. University of Wisconsin Law School EXP. Deputy general counsel for Hawaii Pacific University; senior vice president and division manager of First Hawaiian Bank’s Trust and Investments Division HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

Amy Luersen
VP of Community Grants and Investments, Hawaii Community Foundation #128
EDUC. HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

Robert N.E. Piper
Exec. Director, Honolulu Community Action Program, Inc. #203
B. 1965; Honolulu EDUC. Damien Memorial High School; Seattle University; UH Manoa MBA, JD CERT. East-West Center Fellow, Weinberg Foundation EXP. Deputy Dir., Department of Budget & Finance, State of Hawaii; Chief of Staff, Lt. Governor’s Office, State of Hawaii; Business Attorney; Business Banker BDS. Pacific Housing Assistance Corp.; Hawaii CAP Directors Association; Oahu Workforce Investment; PHOCUSED; Hawaii Community Development Authority; High Technology Development Corp.; Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce; Comm. on Delivery of Legal Services to the Public, Hawaii State Bar Assn. CLUBS US Navy League; Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce; National Community Action Foundation; Community Action Partnership HOBBIES Coach, FIRST Robotics; mentor, Boy Scouts of America; coach, football, baseball, soccer HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

Curtis K. Saiki
VP Philanthropy & General Counsel, Hawaii Community Foundation #128
EDUC. CERT. B.S., J.D., LL.M. EXP. Curtis teaches Trusts & Estates at the University of Hawaii William S. Richardson School of Law. Prior to joining HCF, Mr. Saiki ran the Wealth Planning Department of First Hawaiian Bank. He practiced in the Trusts & Estates Departments of both Cades Schutte and Kobayashi, Sugita & Goda. Mr. Saiki has chaired the Board of Taxation Review, Oahu District, and the Tax Section and Probate and Estate Planning Section of the Hawaii State Bar Association (HSBA). He currently serves as President of the Hawai‘i Gift Planning Council and Treasurer of the Institute of Human Services. Mr. Saiki’s been invited to speak about estate planning, charitable planning, and non-profit governance to professional groups such as the American Bar Association, HSBA, Financial Planners Association, Hawaii Estate Planning Council, Hawaii Society of CPAs and the Association of Fundraising Professionals. He was the primary author of Hawaii’s‚ Domestic Asset Protection Trust‚ and Directed Trust laws. Mr. Saiki is a three-time winner of Hawaii Business Magazine’s Best Wealth Managers in Hawaii and included in the Magazine’s Black Book of Hawaii’s Top Executives from 2014-16. He holds an LL.M. in Taxation from the University of Washington and a J.D. from the University of Oregon, where he served on the Oregon Law Review. BDS. Hawaii Gift Planning Council, Pres; Institute for Human Services; Hawaii International Film Festival; Hawaii State Bar Foundation CLUBS Pacific Club HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

Myles S. Shibata
VP Marketing Initiatives, Hawaii Community Foundation #128
EDUC. BDS. UH Foundation, Boys and Girls Club of Hawaii, Hawaii Community Foundation, Kauai Economic Development Board, Hale Opio, Kauai Board of Water Supply CLUBS Kauai Chamber of Commerce; Kauai Junior Golf Board HOBBIES Family activities, golf, travel HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

Jody Shiroma
VP, Marketing/Communications, Aloha United Way #214
EDUC. BDS. Hawaii Cares HOBBIES Hiking, travel HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

Laura D. Smith
Pres., CEO, Goodwill Industries of Hawaii, Inc. #162
B. 1960; Las Vegas, NV EDUC. U of Hawaii, BSW, ‘82; U of San Francisco, MRA, ‘88 EXP. Pres., CEO, Goodwill Industries of Hawaii Inc. (‘94-present); Exec. VP, Goodwill Industries of Hawaii Inc. (‘91-94); VP/Vocational Services, Goodwill Industries of the Inland Counties, Inc. (‘89-91); Dir./Rehabilitation, Goodwill Industries of Hawaii, Inc. (‘85-89) BDS. Hawaii Alliance of Nonprofit Organizations; Hawaii Public Housing Authority Board; Goodwill Industries International Board NOTEWORTHY Surveyor with CARF, Certified Rehabilitation Counselor HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

Carol Taira
VP Finance, CFO, Goodwill Industries of Hawaii, Inc. #162
B. 1955; Honolulu EDUC. UH, BBA, Accounting, ‘78; EXP. VP/Finance, CFO, Goodwill Industries of Hawaii Inc. (‘05-present); Dir./Finance & IT, Goodwill Industries of Hawaii Inc. (‘98-05); Controller, Treas., Tropical Trading Company Inc., (‘88-98); VP/Fiscal Services, Healthcare Assn. of Hawaii, (‘85-87) BDS. Hoola Na Pua, Treasurer CLUBS American Institute of Certified Public Accountants; Leeward Pilot Club NOTEWORTHY Certified public accountant; certified internal auditor HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

Rebecca Tseng Smith
VP of Development – Health Sciences & Regional Campuses , University of Hawaii Foundation #131
EDUC. HB HONORS Top 250 Exec


Christine van Bergeijk
VP Strategies, Initiatives & Networks, Hawaii Community Foundation #128
EDUC. HB HONORS Top 250 Exec Exp.With extensive experience in hospitality, luxury resort, timeshare, high-rise, residential, retail, and commercial. BDS. AHL, American Institute of Architects Honolulu Chapter CLUBS American Institute of Architects, Urban Land Institute, International Council of Shopping Centers, US Green Building Council, Hawaii Society of Business Professionals HOBBIES Spending time with my family, traveling, tinkering around the house trying to fix things, sketching NOTEWORTHY Notable projects include Aulani, A Disney Resort and Spa; Ka Makana Ali‘i Regional Mall, Marriott’s Ko Olina Beach Club and Walgreens Keeaumoku, Kapolei Police Station.

Donna Vuchinich
Pres., CEO, University of Hawaii Foundation #131
EDUC. EXP. Donna joined the UH Foundation in September 2002 as vice president for development and was appointed president & CEO in June 2004. She was at the helm when UHF reached the historic milestone of $1 billion raised in support of UH students and programs, and spearheaded the Centennial Campaign that raised $336 million for the University of Hawaii. Donna has received prestigious awards including the 2017 CASE Commonfund Institutionally Related Foundation Award and the 2011 Outstanding Professional Fundraiser, National Philanthropy Day (NPD) Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Prior to joining the UH Foundation, Vuchinich served in administrative and leadership positions with Oregon State University from 1991-2002, and with the University of New Mexico and its Foundation from 1978-1990. Her early career involved positions in financial, healthcare, and computer services industries. BDS. CASE National Committee for Institutionally Related Foundations. HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

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