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Steven Ai
Mr. Ai completed his Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration at Whittier College and his Masters of Business Administration at the University of Denver. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the American Institute and the Hawaii Society of Certified Public Accountants. Mr. Ai has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of City Mill Co., Ltd. since 1992.  Prior to joining City Mill, he was with the consulting practice of KPMG in Honolulu and New York City, specializing in mergers and acquisitions and business valuations.  He was also with the International Division of Union Bank in California and with the City of Los Angeles Mayor’s Office.  Mr. Ai is an active leader and member of numerous community and professional organizations. Mr. Ai was a director of Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children from 2003 to 2014, and has been a director of Hawaii Pacific Health since 2014.

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 led sales, marketing, strategy, customer service, finance, compliance, and operations. Ms. Chang previously served on the board of University Health Alliance Health Insurance Inc. and is currently Chair of the Board and business advisor for LIVMOR, a digital health company located in Irvine, California.  Ms. Chang has been a director of Hawaii 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. Mr. Gibson was a director of Straub Medical Center from 2002 to 2013, serving as Chair from 2011, and also served on the Straub Foundation Board. Mr. Gibson has been a director of Hawaii Pacific Health since 2013.

Dale Glenn, MD
Dr. Glenn joined Straub Medical Center 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 Medical Center since 2005.  He has served as the Clinical Advisor of Hawaii Pacific Health’s Epic (electronic medical record system) Project since 2001, and as the medical director for Hawaii Pacific Health’s HealthAdvantage (now MyChart) program since 2009.  Dr. Glenn has been a member of the Straub Physicians Advisory Group since 2005 and has been a director of Hawaii Pacific Health since 2009.

Christopher Jordan, MD 
Dr. Jordan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Boston University and received his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Massachusetts in 1979.  He completed his residency in General Surgery at Dartmouth and a fellowship in Colon and Rectal Surgery at St. Vincent Health Center in Pennsylvania.  Dr. Jordan is board certified in general surgery and colon and rectal surgery.  He is the former Chief of Staff of Wilcox Medical Center, and served on the Wilcox Medical Center Board of Directors from 2007 to 2013. Dr. Jordan has been a director of Hawaii Pacific Health since 2014.

James Kakuda, MD
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 serves as Chief Medical Officer at Pali Momi Medical Center and also maintains a private surgical practice.  Dr. Kakuda has been a director of Hawaii Pacific Health since 2011.

Trinette Kaui
Ms. Kaui holds an Associate in Arts Degree from Kauai Community College and also attended the University of Hawaii at Manoa.  She is currently the Property Manager – Broker in Charge at A&B Properties, Inc. where she works as a leasing agent and property manager for the company’s Kauai Portfolio. Ms. Kaui is an active member of the community and has served on numerous community boards, including as Past President of the Rotary Club of West Kauai and Community Chair for the Boy Scouts of America – Friends of Scouting. She currently serves on the Salvation Army Advisory Board, Contractor’s Association of Kauai Board, as Vice Chair of the Friends of Kauai Community College Board and the Kukuiolono Park Trust, as a director of the Self Help Housing Corporation and as a member of the KIUC Charitable Foundation and Kauai Board of Realtors. Ms. Kaui served on the Kauai Medical Clinic Board of Directors from 2002 to 2011, and has served on the Wilcox Health Foundation Board since 2011. Ms. Kaui has been a director of Hawaii Pacific Health since 2016.

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 Hawaii Pacific Health since 2010.

Mark Magelssen, MD
Dr. Magelssen received his Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies from the University of Hawaii, and his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Hawaii, John A. Burns School of Medicine in 1986.  He completed an OB-GYN internship at Letterman Army Medical Center in San Francisco, and his residency in emergency medicine at Madigan Army Medical Center in Fort Lewis, Washington.  Dr. Magelssen joined Wilcox Health in 2003 and is board certified in emergency medicine.  Dr. Magelssen has been a director of Kauai Medical Clinic since 2006, Board Chair since 2011, and a director of Hawaii Pacific Health since 2016.

Keith Matsumoto, MD
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 Kapiolani Health, and was Chair of the Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children Board from 2001 to 2013.  Dr. Matsumoto has been a director of Hawaii Pacific Health since 2013, and also serves on the Board of Directors of Kapiolani Medical Specialists.

Elliot Mills
Mr. Mills holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He is the Vice President and General Manager for Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa at Ko ‘Olina, where he is responsible for the day-to-day management of all resort operations. Mr. Mills was previously General Manager of the Kauai Marriott Resort in Lihue and has extensive experience in hotel operations and condominium resort management. Mr. Mills is a former director of Wilcox Memorial Hospital, and has been a director of Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children since 2010 and a director of Hawaii Pacific Health since 2014.

Beau Nakamoto
Dr. Nakamoto holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Johns Hopkins University and received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine. He also holds a Master in Business Administration from Loma Linda University and Master of Science and Doctorate in Clinical Research from the University of Hawaii. He completed his residency at the University of Utah and his fellowship in neuro-ophthalmology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. He is board certified in neurology and has been a physician with Straub Medical Center since 2004. Dr. Nakamoto has been a director of Straub Medical Center since 2011, and director of Hawaii Pacific Health since 2015.

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 rejoined the Wilcox Medical Center Board in 2016, and has been a director of Hawaii Pacific Health since 2011.

Raymond P. Vara, Jr.
Mr. Vara currently serves as President & CEO of Hawaii Pacific Health. His responsibilities include executive oversight of Straub Medical Center, Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children, Pali Momi Medical Center and Wilcox Health on Kauai. Prior to joining Hawaii 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 Hawaii Pacific University in 1993 where he earned his bachelor of science in business administration. He received his Master 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: 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. He and his wife, Tiffany, have five children. Mr. Vara has been a director of Hawaii Pacific Health since 2013. 


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 Hawaii 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 Kapiolani Health board at the time of the merger. Mr. Tsui has been a director of Hawaii Pacific Health since 2002 and has served as a Director Emeritus since 2004.

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