Hawai'i Pacific Health Director Biographies

Karen Chang

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.

Michael Gibson

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.

Andrew Kawano

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.

Lynn McCrory

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 Specialists.

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.

Lyle Tabata

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.

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.

Mark Wong

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.

 

Directors Emeritus

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.