Hawaii Pacific Gerontological Society
HPGS 2017 Committee Chairs and Members
Scholarship - Co-Chairs Tony Lenzer & Chris Ridley
Committee members - Christy Nishita, Ashley Muraoka Mamanclay, Jan Thurman and Patricia Taylor.
Membership, Nominations - Chair Melissa Mansfield
Committee members - Cynthia Arnold, Kelika Ishol
Fundraising - Chair Kathy Wyatt
Committee members - Darlene Canto, Christy Nishita, Calvin Hara
Conference - Chair Percy Ihara
Committee members - Cynthia Arnold, Chris Ridley, Darlene Canto, Kathy Wyatt
Programs, Webinar, Continuing Education - Chair Kelika Ishol
Committee members - Steve Nawahine, Martha Khlopin, Pamela AhNee
Publicity, Editorial, Website - Chair Calvin Hara
Committee members - Steve Nawahine, Chris Ridley, Melissa Mansfield, Pamela AhNee
Percy Ihara, President
Percy Ihara is the publisher/editor of Generations Magazine, Hawaiʻi’s only print media resource magazine for the state’s 50+ readers: seniors and their families. He is also the host of Generations Radio, on AM 690 KHNR “The Answer,” every Saturday and Sunday, informing seniors and their families statewide about important events, issues and resources to improve their quality of life. Percy currently serves as director on the boards of the Arthritis Foundation of Hawaiʻi (AFH), Financial Planners Association of Hawaiʻi (FPA), American Society of Aging (ASA), and AARP Chapter 60. He is a Member the State of Hawaiʻi’s Executive Office on Aging’s Task Force for Alzheimer’s, the Hawaiʻi State Plan on Fall Prevention, Kupuna Caucus, and Kokua Council. Percy is also the 2016 President Elect for the Hawaiʻi Pacific Gerontological Society.
Christy Nishita, Past President
Christy Nishita, Ph.D. is an Associate Specialist at the University of Hawaii Center on Aging and Center on Disability Studies. She received her Ph.D. in Gerontology from the University of Southern California. Her focus is on improving community-based long-term care, with publications on aging in place, nursing home transitions, intergenerational programming, and health promotion. She is the consultant for the Mayor’s Age-Friendly Honolulu Initiative, fostering community intergenerational partnerships and conducting the evaluation. Dr. Nishita is also Principal Investigator for Hawaii's Alzheimer's Disease Initiative, a 3-year grant from the Federal Administration for Community Living. She is also evaluator for the Hawaii Going Home Plus project, a federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services grant. She is the recipient of the 2016 Na Lima Kokua Award in the Research/Teaching category, given by the Hawaii Pacific Gerontological Society. She is also Co-Coordinator for the Journal of Intergenerational Relationships, From the Field section as well as member of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education’s Intergenerational Learning and Research Committee.
Darlene Canto, Treasurer
Darlene Canto is the Director of Marketing & Community Outreach at Kāhala Nui. She started her career in the senior living industry 14 years ago. Darlene was involved from the ground up, pre-marketing through groundbreaking, and construction through opening, of Kāhala Nui in February 2005. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Darlene volunteered for two and a half years with the Honolulu Police Department, Juvenile Division, counseling juveniles arrested for the first time and with the Children’s Emergency Shelter. She is currently an active member of the Rotary Club of Honolulu.
Kelika Ishol, Secretary
Kelika Ishol brings more than a decade of caring for seniors in Hawaii and Idaho. When her grandmother became sick with Alzheimers disease, Kelika became her sole caregiver. It was through this experience that she found her passion, and decided to make a career change and commitment to help individuals and families affected by this disease. As the Director of Sales, Marketing and Resource Development at the Good Samaritan Society Pōhai Nani, her team has been responsible for positioning the community at a consistent 100% occupancy for the past year. Additionally her role in Resource Development allowed her to manage and secure donor funds in excess of 800K. She has extensive experience in sales and marketing, nonprofit management, fundraising and grant writing, community group consultation and program development. She previously served as Sales and Marketing Director for Holiday Retirement’s Chateau deBoise, and Frontier Managements, Heatherwood Retirement, both in Boise, Idaho. Past accolades include Executive Director of Windward Senior Day Centers, Koolauloa Neighborhood Board Hauula Seat, Kailua Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Alzheimers Associations multi-cultural advisory board as well as several others. She loves to Hula and embraces Hawaii’s cultures.
Tony Lenzer, Emertius Member
Tony Lenzer is Professor Emeritus of Public Health and former Director of the Center on Aging at the University of Hawaii. Since retiring from UH, Tony has served as aging issues advisor for Senator Les Ihara, Jr., and has been an active advocate for Hawaii’s older people and their families.
Sherry Goya, Executive Director
Sherry Goya, has almost 25 years of consulting expertise with another 20 years of administrative experience in the state of Hawaii. She has written articles, sold ad space, and coordinated the distribution of Generations Magazine since 2010. She is also the Executive Director of two other associations and has well over fifty clients requiring her marketing skills from newsletters, post cards, flyers, personal brochures, bulk mailing, websites, to events planning and fundraising, while running Real Estate Referral Center, Inc. For fun and exercise, Sherry enjoys coaching tennis for St. Andrew’s Priory and Sacred Hearts Academy with her two daughters. She will be married for forty years December 2016; and besides her two daughters, they have a son, son-in-law and beautiful granddaughter.
AT-LARGE MEMBERS OF THE BOARD
Pamela Ah-Nee, Member at Large
Pamela Ah-Nee is the Program Specialist for the Alzheimer's Association, Aloha Chapter, Oahu. Pamela joined the Alzheimer's Association in 2012 as the Director of Programs and became the Oahu Program Specialist in 2014. Pamela was a school teacher and a private school administrator for more then 20 years. Pamela was also an academic tutor for high school students with learning disabilities for 5 years. Pamela has an Essentialalz Certification in Age Related Dementia; a Master's Degree in Psychology, Family Counseling from California Graduate School and a Master's Degree in Education with an Administration Major from Oral Roberts University.
Cynthia Arnold, Member at Large
Cynthia Arnold is the Vice President of Senior Move Managers and De-Clutter Hawaii. Since 2010, she has helped clients to de-clutter and downsize their homes to either move to retirement communities or to age in place. Prior to this, she worked as the Marketing & Fundraising Manager with the American Diabetes Association, Hawaii Chapter, and as a Catering Manager with Ala Moana Hotel. For the last 17 years, Cynthia has coached tennis for St. Andrew’s Priory and Sacred Hearts Academy. Cynthia lives in Aiea with her husband Trey and daughter Alexis (5 years old).
Calvin Hara, Member at Large
Calvin Hara, Executive Director and Administrator of Manoa Cottage’s care homes and skilled nursing facility returned to Oahu after 25 years of long term care experience in Northern California multi-level retirement communities. Hara was born in Honolulu and raised in Kaimuki, He strongly believes that the highest quality of care and services must be provided to kupuna. His involvement with the community includes the Boy Scouts of America Aloha Council, Alzheimer’s Association Aloha Chapter, Rotary Club of Kahala Sunrise and the Kaimuki Business and Professional Association.
Steve Nawahine, Member at Large
Steve Nawahine, General Manager of Kalākaua Gardens, Honolulu’s new senior assisted living community, is focused on genuine care centered around ʻohana. Throughout his career, Nawahine has been the Executive Director of award-winning skilled nursing facilities in Utah and Arizona. The O’ahu native and father of six, is happy to call Hawaii home again.
Chris Ridley, Member at Large
Chris Ridley, LCSW, was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. She spent time in the Boston, Massachusetts and Rutland, Vermont area as well as New York City. Ridley moved to Hilo, Hawaii in 1984 where she felt she found her home. Ms. Ridley has worked as the Director of Social Services at Life Care Center of Hilo since 1994. She is also the Program Specialist for Alzheimer’s Association Island of Hawaii, 1999-2005, 2008-present. Ridley received her Masters in Social Work degree from Columbia University. Ms. Ridley’s area of specialization is gerontology and dementia with several years experience in Mental Health. Ridley was a care giver for her father for twelve years in her own home. He suffered from Dementia. In her spare time, Ridley can be found on the soccer fields, where she has served for the American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) as coach, referee, instructor, Board Member since 1985; celebrating and enforcing balanced teams, positive coaching, open registration, everyone plays and good sportsmanship.
Melissa Mansfield is the Director of Assisted Living & Memory Support at Hi’olani Care Center at Kahala Nui. She has recently completed a Master’s Degree in Gerontology with an emphasis on Aging Studies and Business Administration; in addition, she is a credentialed professional gerontologist awarded through the National Association for Professional Gerontologist [NAPG]. Her involvement in the community; in addition to affiliations that focus on aging topics and research includes, West Oahu Community Partners Coalition, National Association for Professional Gerontologists, The Gerontological Society of America, American Society on Aging, Kokua Mau Hospice and Palliative Care, Kahala Nui Volunteer, Hospice Hawaii Volunteer, Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE), and Kupuna Caucus. Co-host with Percy Ihara with Generations Radio.
Kathy Wyatt is a Registered Nurse, a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator, Certified Director of Nursing in Long Term Care, and Certified Administrator of Assisted Living Facilities and Adult Residential Care Homes. She currently owns Hale Hau’oli Adult Day Care and is President of the Adult Day Centers of Hawaii. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Caregiver Foundation. She also runs a non-profit organization, Hale Hau’oli Hawaii, that is committed to meeting the needs of the elderly and their caregivers through education, resources and referrals and an adult day care.
Hawaii Pacific Gerontological Society
Hawaii Pacific Gerontological Society