Hawai'i Pacific Health Director Biographies
Ms. Chang completed her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at Chung-Hsing
University, Taiwan, and attended Pepperdine University’s Executive Masters of Business
Administration program. Ms. Chang has extensive business leadership experience as
a senior executive at two Fortune 500 companies, having held the position of Senior
Vice President of Marketing at American Express and then President for the Individual
Investor Enterprise at Charles Schwab, where she had responsibilities in sales,
marketing, strategy, customer service, finance, compliance, and operations. Ms.
Chang previously served on the board of University Health Alliance and is currently
a director of the March of Dimes Hawai‘i Chapter, AIG-Hawai‘i, Pacific Health Research
Institute, and Teach for America, and is also a member of the Hogan Entrepreneur
Advisory Board of Chaminade University. Ms. Chang has been a director of Hawai‘i
Pacific Health since 2009, and currently serves as Board Chair.
Ms. Foster completed her Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Masters of Business
Administration at Stanford University. She is currently Senior Consultant for Business
Resource Consulting, Inc., where she is responsible for marketing, selling and actively
managing client engagements in the areas of strategic planning, reengineering, organizational
and business development, human resources, and succession planning. Ms. Foster was
previously President and Founder of Ventures, LLC, President and Chief Executive
Officer of HotU, Inc., President and Founder of Brew Moon Hawaii, and Vice President
of Mercer Management Consulting. An active member of the community, Ms. Foster is
currently on the Advisory Board of the Hogan Entrepreneurial Program at Chaminade
University, and has served on the Board of Directors of YWCA Hawaii and American
Red Cross Hawaii. Ms. Foster has been a director of Hawai‘i Pacific Health since
Mr. Gibson holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of
Wisconsin and received his Juris Doctor degree from University of California, Hastings
College of Law. Mr. Gibson, a partner at Ashford & Wriston, began practicing law
as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in 1974 and joined Ashford & Wriston in 1976. He
has served as both Director and President of the Hawaii State Bar Association, Legal
Aid Society of Hawaii and Hawaii Lawyers Care. Mr. Gibson is a member of the Board
of Directors of both Palani Ranch and Ponoholo Ranch, and is on the Board of Trustees
of Parker Ranch. He is also a director of Providers Insurance Corporation and the
Straub Foundation. Mr. Gibson was a director of Straub Clinic & Hospital from 2002
to 2013, serving as Chair from 2011. Mr. Gibson has been a director of Hawai‘i Pacific
Health since 2013.
Dale Glenn, M.D.
Dr. Glenn joined Straub Clinic & Hospital in 2000 and is board certified in family
medicine. He completed his undergraduate education at the University of Hawaii at
Manoa and received his Doctorate of Medicine from the John A. Burns School of Medicine.
He completed his family medicine residency at the Medical College of Pennsylvania
- Hahnemann University. Dr. Glenn has served as the Chief of Family Medicine for
Straub Clinic & Hospital since 2005. He has served as the Clinical Advisor of Hawai‘i
Pacific Health’s Epic (electronic medical record system) Project since 2001, and
as the medical director for Hawai‘i Pacific Health’s HealthAdvantage program since
2009. Dr. Glenn has been a member of the Straub Physicians Advisory Group since
2005 and has been a director of Hawai‘i Pacific Health since 2009.
James Kakuda, M.D.
Dr. Kakuda graduated with a Bachelor of Science from the University of California,
Riverside and studied medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles. He
completed his residency in general surgery at Harbor – UCLA Medical Center and his
fellowship in surgical oncology at City of Hope National Medical Center. Dr. Kakuda
is board certified in general surgery and is a Fellow of the Society of Surgical
Oncology and a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. Dr. Kakuda maintains
a private surgical practice at Pali Momi Medical Center, where he serves as Chief
of Staff and chairs the Cancer Committee. Dr. Kakuda has been a director of Hawai‘i
Pacific Health since 2011.
Mr. Kawano holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of
Hawaii at Manoa. He is currently Executive Vice President of Food Pantry, Ltd.,
and Chief Financial Officer of Food Pantry, Ltd., Foodland Super Markets, Ltd. and
the Kalama Beach Corporation. Prior to joining Food Pantry, Ltd., Mr. Kawano was
a senior audit manager at Ernst & Young, where he managed audits for a number of
clients in various industries, including health care organizations and the State
of Hawaii. An active member of the community, he has served as Programs Chair of
the Financial Executives Institute and as a member of the Finance Committee and
Board of Directors of the Alzheimer’s Association of Hawaii. Mr. Kawano has been
a director of Hawai‘i Pacific Health since 2010.
Keith Matsumoto, M.D.
Dr. Matsumoto holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University
of Michigan and received his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Hawaii, John
A. Burns School of Medicine in 1979. He completed his internship and residency at
the Harbor–UCLA Medical Center. He is board certified in general pediatrics. Dr.
Matsumoto is the Immediate Past President of the American Academy of Pediatrics,
Hawaii Chapter and a member of the Board of Trustees of HAPI. He is a Clinical Professor
of Pediatrics at the John A. Burns School of Medicine and a pediatrician in private
practice. Dr. Matsumoto was formerly a director of Kapi‘olani Health, and was Chair
of the Kapi‘olani Medical Center for Women & Children Board from 2001 to 2013. Dr.
Matsumoto has been a director of Hawai‘i Pacific Health since 2013, and also serves
on the Board of Directors of Kapi‘olani Medical Specialists.
Ms. McCrory attended the University of Michigan, majoring in Economics. She is
the Senior Vice President of Government Affairs for Lanai Resorts, LLC. She is an
active member of the community and currently serves on the Public Schools of Hawaii
Foundation as a Trustee. Ms. McCrory has been a director of Wilcox Memorial Hospital
since 2010, where she currently serves as Board Chair, and a director of Hawai‘i
Pacific Health since 2011.
Kenneth T. Nakamura, M.D.
Dr. Nakamura holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from Whitman College
and received his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Hawaii, John A. Burns
School of Medicine in 1979. He completed his residency and fellowship program at
the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and was an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
at the University of Iowa prior to his return to Hawaii in 1987 as an Assistant
Professor of Pediatrics at the John A. Burns School of Medicine and a staff neonatologist
at Kapi‘olani Medical Center for Women and Children. Dr. Nakamura has served as
the Division Head of the Neonatology Division at KMCWC and was appointed as the
Chief Medical Officer of Kapi‘olani Medical Specialists in 2005. He is currently
Professor and Chair of Pediatrics at the John A. Burns School of Medicine, University
of Hawai‘i, and is board certified in pediatrics and sub-board certified in neonatal-perinatal
medicine. He is a published author and has earned numerous teaching awards from
medical school faculties where he has taught. Dr. Nakamura has been a director of
Hawai‘i Pacific Health since 2005 and also serves on the Board of Kapi‘olani Medical
Kenn Saruwatari, M.D.
Dr. Saruwatari joined Straub Clinic & Hospital as a Pediatrician in 1985 and
has been the Straub Pearlridge Satellite Chief since 2003. He earned a Bachelor
of Arts in Psychology at Yale University in 1976 and graduated from the University
of Hawaii, John A. Burns School of Medicine in 1981. He completed his Pediatric
residency at the University of Hawaii, Kapi‘olani Medical Center for Women and Children
in 1984 and served a year as Chief Resident before joining Straub. He is a board
certified pediatrician and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Saruwatari
has also served as President of the Hawaii Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Dr. Saruwatari has been a director of Hawai‘i Pacific Health since 2006 and also
serves on both the Straub Clinic & Hospital Board, which he joined in 2005, and
the Straub Physicians Advisory Group.
Dennis Scheppers, M.D.
Dr. Scheppers received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California
at Riverside. After completing medical school at the Autonomous University of Guadalajara,
Dr. Scheppers completed his residency in Family Practice at Prince George’s General
Hospital in Maryland and the Youngstown Hospital Association in Ohio. He is board
certified in family practice and joined Kauai Medical Clinic in 2000 where he is
currently the Chair of the Primary Care Department, which encompasses Family Practice,
Internal Medicine and the satellite clinics. Dr. Scheppers serves as the Chair of
numerous committees at both Wilcox Memorial Hospital and Kauai Medical Clinic. Dr.
Scheppers has been a director of Hawai‘i Pacific Health since 2006.
Mr. Tabata holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology
from Bradley University and a Master of Business Administration from the University
of Hawaii at Manoa, and is a licensed General Contractor in the State of Hawaii.
He presently serves on the cabinet of Mayor Bernard Carvalho as the Deputy County
Engineer for the County of Kauai. Mr. Tabata previously served as the Operations
Manager of Aqua Engineers and its two subsidiaries, A-Vac LLC and Briant Construction
Co. as RME, Vice President and General Manager and RME holding the General Contractors
License for Briant Construction Co., and prior to that, as Vice President and Manager
of Amfac Sugar Kauai. Mr. Tabata is an active leader and member of the community,
where he is Scoutmaster of Troop 148, Aloha Council Aquatic Instructor, serves on
the King Kaumualii Elementary School SCC board, the Get Fit Kauai Built Environment
Complete Streets Task Force and as the Get Fit Kauai Safe Routes to School Task
Force Chair. He has also served as a member of the Kauai Economic Development Board
and the Mayor’s Solid Waste Task Force. Mr. Tabata was formerly a director of Wilcox
Memorial Hospital, and has been a director of Hawai‘i Pacific Health since 2011.
Mr. Todo received his Bachelor of Business Administration from the University
of Hawai‘i at Manoa and is a 1995 inductee into the College of Business Administration’s
Hall of Honor. He is Vice President for Budget and Finance and Chief Financial Officer
of the University of Hawai‘i System, where he provides oversight for system-wide
budgeting and management of accounting, asset management, bond system operations,
disbursing, capital improvements, procurement and real property. Mr. Todo, a former
partner at Ernst & Young LLP, is a certified public accountant and has chaired the
state’s Board of Public Accountancy and served as president of the Hawai’i Society
of Certified Public Accountants and as a member of the National Council of the American
Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He is a member of the Global Strategies
Committee of the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy. Mr. Todo has
served on the boards of the UH Alumni Association and College of Business Alumni
and Friends, and currently serves on the Board of Directors and as Audit Committee
Chair of University Health Alliance. Mr. Todo has been a director of Hawai‘i Pacific
Health since 2011.
Raymond P. Vara, Jr.
Mr. Vara currently serves as President & CEO of Hawai‘i Pacific Health. His responsibilities
include executive oversight of Straub Clinic & Hospital, Kapi‘olani Medical Center
for Women & Children, Pali Momi Medical Center and Wilcox Health on Kauai. Prior
to joining Hawai‘i Pacific Health in 2002, Mr. Vara was the Chief Executive Officer
for Los Alamos Medical Center, a member of Banner Health System, in Los Alamos,
New Mexico. Previous to that, Mr. Vara was the center’s Chief Financial Officer.
From 1988-98, Mr. Vara served as a U.S. Army Officer with various assignments including
Assistant Administrator and Chief Financial Officer for Bassett Army Community Hospital
in Fairbanks, Alaska, and the Deputy Chief Financial Officer for Madigan Army Medical
Center in Tacoma, Washington. Mr. Vara additionally served with the 9th Infantry
Regiment, FT Lewis, WA and Tripler Army Medical Center here in Honolulu. Mr. Vara
graduated from Hawai‘i Pacific University in 1993 where he earned his bachelor of
science in business administration. He received his master’s of business administration
at the University of Alaska at Fairbanks. He is a member of the American College
of Healthcare Executives and serves on several local and national boards to include:
Trustee, Hawai‘i Pacific University; Director, American Heart Association (National);
Director, American Heart Association Western States Affiliate; Director, American
Red Cross Hawaii State Chapter; Director, Healthcare Association of Hawaii; Member,
American Hospital Association, Quality Committee; Director, Bank of Hawai‘i Corporation;
Director, Island Insurance Co., Ltd.; Director, 'Ahahui Koa Ānuenue. He and his
wife, Tiffany, have five children. Mr. Vara has been a director of Hawai‘i Pacific
Health since 2013.
Mr. Wong is currently the Director of the Department of Information Technology
and the Chief Information Officer for the City and County of Honolulu. He attended
Iolani School and Yale University and has received numerous business leadership
awards. Mr. Wong founded Commercial Data Systems and was its Chief Executive Officer
for twenty six years prior to taking on his current role. An active community supporter,
he currently serves as Chairman of the Honolulu Symphony Foundation. Mr. Wong has
been a director of Hawai‘i Pacific Health since 2007.
Geri Q.L. Young, M.D.
Dr. Young holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Zoology from Pomona College and
received her Doctor of Medicine from the University of Hawaii, John A. Burns School
of Medicine in 1978. She completed her Internship and Residency in Pediatrics at
the USC-LAC School of Medicine and the University of Hawaii. Dr. Young has practiced
as Pediatrician with Kauai Medical Clinic since its inception in 1996 and prior
to that with its predecessor, the Kauai Medical Group, which she joined in 1981.
Dr. Young is board certified in Pediatrics, is a Fellow of the American Academy
of Pediatrics, and is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the John
A. Burns School of Medicine. Dr. Young was appointed Chief Medical Officer of Kauai
Medical Clinic in 2008. She also serves both as the Chair of the Medical Executive
Committee and on the Board of Directors of Kauai Medical Clinic. Dr. Young has been
a director of Hawai‘i Pacific Health since 2007.
Calvin C.J. Sia, M.D., F.A.A.P.
Dr. Sia graduated from Punahou School, Dartmouth College and Western Reserve
University School of Medicine. He completed his pediatric residency training at
Kauikeolani Children’s Hospital in Honolulu, Hawaii. A primary care pediatrician
in Honolulu for 38 years, he retired from practice in 1996 to devote his time as
Principal Investigator on various early childhood grant projects, promoting the
Medical Home and Integrated Systems of Care statewide, nationally and globally.
He is a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Hawaii, John A. Burns School
of Medicine faculty, Past President of Hawaii Medical Association, Hawaii Chapter
of the American Academy of Pediatrics, National American Academy of Pediatrics Medical
Home Initiatives Professional Advisory Committee Chair, and has served as Chairman
of the American Medical Association Section Council on Pediatrics. National American
Academy of Pediatrics Medical Home Initiatives Professional Advisory Committee Chair,
and has served as Chairman of the American Medical Association Section Council on
Pediatrics. Dr. Sia has been recognized with many national and state awards, among
them the Third National Henry Kempe Award for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect,
the Emergency Medical Services for Children National Heroes Lifetime Achievement
Award, the National Governor’s Association Private Citizen Award, AAP-AMA Abraham
Jacobi Award, AMA Benjamin Rush Award for outstanding contribution to the community,
and an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the University of Hawaii. Dr. Sia
has been a director of Hawai‘i Pacific Health since 2002 and has served as a Director
Emeritus since 2004.
John K. Tsui
Mr. Tsui received his Bachelor of Science from Pennsylvania State University
and attended the Amos Tuck Graduate School of Business at Dartmouth College. He
has served as the Chairman of Towne Development of Hawaii, Inc. since 2003. He retired
from First Hawaiian Bank in 2002 as the President and Chief Operating Officer, which
ended a storied career in banking that started in Philadelphia and New York. From
New York, he later moved to Honolulu to join Bank of Hawaii, where he served as
Vice Chairman before joining First Hawaiian Bank. Mr. Tsui is an active leader and
member of the community where he serves as a director and trustee on numerous boards.
Mr. Tsui was Chair of the Kapi‘olani Health board at the time of the merger. Mr.
Tsui has been a director of Hawai‘i Pacific Health since 2002 and has served as
a Director Emeritus since 2004.