Mission Statement

 

The goal of the Hawaii Pacific Gerontological Society is to enhance the general well-being of older individuals in the State of Hawaii and the Pacific Islands by:

 

  • Fostering public understanding and continuing education in the field of gerontology;
  • Bringing together all people concerned and interested in the challenges, issues and problems of the older adults as realized in a changing society;
  • Advocating on behalf of older people in Hawaii and the Pacific Islands;
  • Stimulating interest in gerontological research and services;
  • Encouraging professional preparation for gerontological research and services; and
  • Promoting volunteerism in the field of gerontology.

 

 

HPGS BY-LAWS

HPGS BOARD 2019

 

 

1st Row - Left to Right

Cynthia Arnold, Secretary/Treasurer

Kathy Wyatt, President

Eileen Phillips, President-Elect

Sherry Goya, Executive Director

 

2nd Row - Left to Right

Directors

Christy Nishita, Andrew Garrett, Poki`i Balaz, Percy Ihara, Laurie Adamshick, John A. H. Tomoso, Debbie Kim-Morikawa and Humberto Blanco

 

Not Pictured

Calvin Hara, Kathy Jaycox

BOARD OFFICERS 2019

 

 

Kathy Wyatt, President

 

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.

Eileen Phillips, President-Elect

 

Eileen is a Registered Nurse having over 25 years of experience in nursing after receiving her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing from Florida State University. While in various management roles at The Queen’s Medical Center, she specialized in Postpartum, Special Care Nursery, and Pediatric Advanced Life Support, and enjoyed teaching families on postpartum care. She is currently the Client Service Director for Attention Plus Care, a Joint Commission Accredited Home Health Care provider in Hawaii, with a focus on the Medically Fragile population, and advocates for families and individuals needing home health care. She extends her clinical practice volunteering in the community to present outreach for seniors on various topics on aging including Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, Diabetes, End of Life Care, Kidney, COPD, Cancer, and other chronic diseases. She is also a Master Trainer for A Matter of Balance, an evidence-based program that uses cognitive-behavioral techniques to reduce the risks for falls in older adults.

 

Calvin Hara, Past-President

 

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.

 

Cynthia Arnold, Secretary/Treasurer

 

Cynthia Arnold is the Vice President of Senior Move Managers and De-Clutter Hawaii. Since 2010, she has helped clients de-clutter and downsize their homes to either move to retirement communities or to age in place. Through her experiences and knowledge, Cynthia has made presentations to over 200 groups, educating them on how to downsize, tips to de-clutter and assisting in the moving transition. While she loves to speak to groups of people, she also loves the one-on-one attention she can give to her clients. Prior to this, she worked as the Marketing & Fundraising Manager with the American Diabetes Association, Hawaii Chapter, and as a Catering Manager with the Ala Moana Hotel. For the last 19 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 (6 years old). As a family, they enjoy watching UH baseball, playing softball and tennis and enjoying time with their big Ihara Ohana.

 

Sherry Goya, Executive Director

 

After working in the corporate office of the largest real estate company in Hawaii from 1973 to 1990 and coordinating the ERA franchise in Hawaii for three years, Sherry A. Goya, LLC was created in 1993 as a consulting company.  She utilized her experience in administration, organization, human resource, marketing, purchasing, events coordination, and writing to start her company. Since 2010, she has written articles, sold ad space, and coordinated the distribution of Generations Magazine. 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 owning and 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 has been married since December 1976; and they also have a son, son-in-law and beautiful granddaughter.

 

AT-LARGE MEMBERS OF THE BOARD

Debbie Kim Morikawa

 

Debbie Kim Morikawa is the owner of GYMGUYZ, an in-home personal training franchise.  Her degree is in occupational therapy and she has spent the majority of her career in the fields of health and human services.  She was the administrator of the first assisted living facility to open in Hawaii and has worked in all areas of long term care.  She served as the Director of Community Services for the City & County of Honolulu under Mayor Mufi Hannemann and was the first lay director for IHS, The Institute for Human Services.  She serves on several non-profit boards and was in the inaugural class of the Pacific Century Fellows Program.  Debbie’s entrance into the franchise world with GYMGUYZ has afforded her the opportunity to combine all of her past experiences and knowledge to help improve the lives of others through fitness and health.

Poki`i Balaz

 

Poki’i Balaz DNP is a family nurse practitioner who aims to serve our kūpuna, those with Alzheimer’s, other related dementias, caregivers, and underserved populations such as Native Hawaiians. Dr. Balaz received her Doctorate in Nursing Practice from the University of Hawai’i at Hilo with her focus on improving financial resources and advocacy for caregivers. Her professional passion stems from her personal experience as a caregiver to her father who is in the end stages of Alzheimer’s disease. She is active in the community as a support group facilitator, ambassador, and state champion for the Alzheimer’s Association Aloha Chapter, induction and governance chair for Sigma Theta Tau, supporter of Special Olympics, and co-facilitator of the Savvy Caregiver and Dealing with Dementia Programs. She is also Regional Trainer for the National Task Group, Dementia Friends, and a Positive Approach to Care Champion. Dr. Balaz also enjoys traveling, outdoor activities, and has special interested in Brain Health and Wellness.

 

Laurie T.S. Adamshick, Esq.

 

Laurie is an elder law attorney and partner in the specialized Life Care Planning law firm of Rulon & Adamshick located in Honolulu. She discovered her passion for elder law as the result of her experience over several years as the primary caregiver and advocate for her late parents. Her law practice

focuses on comprehensive Life Care Planning to help older adults navigate the long-term care maze, and address the legal and myriad other issues that families are often faced with as a loved one declines. Laurie is a Veterans Administration accredited attorney and a member of ElderCounsel, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, the Hawaii Estate Planning Council and the Elder Law Section of the Hawaii State Bar Association. She is a past Director of Hawaii Women Lawyers.

 

Humberto Blanco, MA, Director

 

Humberto has worked as a program director and project organizer for both organizations and private businesses since coming to Hawaii. He currently works as the Program Specialist for the Kauai offi ce of the Alzheimer’s Association Aloha Chapter. He also worked as a consultant for a Panamanian retreat center. He provides consulting services for individuals and businesses. His skills include program development, counseling, management and group facilitation.

 

 

Andrew Takuya Garrett, MPA, Director

 

Andrew has been with the Healthcare Association of Hawaii (HAH) since January 2015, first as its legislative director and now as its associate vice president of post-acute care and operations. In addition to overseeing the long-term care division of HAH, which

includes members from the skilled nursing, assisted living, home health and hospice sectors, he leads special projects such as the Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) on behalf of the association’s acute care facilities. Previously, he served as the project director of The Hawaii Healthcare Project, a public-private partnership launched by then-Governor Neil Abercrombie and healthcare industry stakeholders to design a roadmap to transform Hawaii’s healthcare system. Andrew has served on the Board of Directors of both the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation (Corporate Board) and the Hawaii Health Connector, and is currently a member of the Chamber of Commerce’s Public Health Fund committee. A proud product of Hawaii’s public school system, he graduated from Mililani High School and holds degrees in political science (BA) and public administration (MPA) from UH-Manoa. In his spare time, he enjoys walking his four dogs and coaching youth softball, volleyball and basketball in Manoa Valley.

 

Kathy Jaycox, Director

 

Kathy has made a career of building bridges. During her 41 years as an educator, this Chicago native -- a Kailua resident since 1992 -- developed many coalitions across institutional boundaries. Originally an English teacher, she moved into higher ed administration in

1980. She worked for the UH System from 1993 until her retirement in 2010, where her major bridge-building effort was the establishment of the P-20 Initiative, which united early childhood ed, K-12 and higher ed, both public and private, in an effort to improve overall education outcomes in the state. In retirement, she continues to be an organizational bridge builder. As the Oahu president of FACE, Faith

Action for Community Equity, she works with a coalition of 23 organizations to address issues of social justice. She is also an active volunteer with AARP. Getting FACE and AARP to work together on the Kupuna Caregivers bill was the highlight of her 2017 efforts. Kathy also serves on the board of the Honolulu Catholic Campaign for Human Development.

 

Christy Nishita, Director

 

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.

Mapuana Taamu, Director

 

Mapuana is an entrepreneur. Specializing in dementia, she owns and operates Memory Friends - a consultation and training service for caregivers that are caring for a person living with dementia. She is a Certified Positive Approach to Care Trainer and utilizes this philosophy to educate both professional and family caregivers. She also works part-time as a babysitter, is the content developer for

Generations Magazine and practices giving care as a CNA and Activity Leader at Hale Kuike. When she is not working, she volunteers with

various non profits including Hospice Hawaii, the District 50 Kahaluu Lions Club, Junior Achievement Hawaii, and is a member of Kokua Mau.

 

John A. Hau'oli Tomoso, MSW, ACSW, LSW, Director

 

John is the Executive Director of Tri-isle Resource Conservation and Development Council, Inc., which is a Grant-making and Grant-managing 501-C-3 serving Maui County and Episcopal Priest within the Episcopal Diocese of Hawai’i. Born and raised on Maui, John has an extensive education and experience, such as, since 1976, he has practiced as a Social Worker

in various public, private and non-profit sector settings and methods, including children and families, primary healthcare, public health, community organizing, resource development, environmental and conservation management. John has been appointed to and fulfilled terms on several Boards since 1984, and is on Commissions at the county and state Levels of government, currently serving a 3 year term on the State Policy Advisory Council on Elder Affairs.

 

Percy Ihara, Past 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.

 

Rick Tabor

 

Rick Tabor, Operations Manager of Oahu's Right at Home, is responsible for making Right at Home become Hawaii's primary in-home elder care provider service through reliable, well-trained, supervised, best practice care provider services tailored to meet each individual's needs.  Rick has been in the helping field for forty-two years. He says, “compassion is an action word with no boundaries," and his passion for living a life of dignity with Love, Laughter & the Aloha Lifestyle is something Rick embraces and how he lives his humble life.

HPGS 2019 Committee Chairs and Members

 

 Publicity, Editorial, Website - Chair Calvin Hara

 Committee members - John Tomoso

 

 Scholarship - Chair Christy Nishita

 Committee members - Jan Thurman, Cullen Hayashida, Heather Chun, Ashley Muraoka-Mamaclay, Humberto Blanco, John Tomoso

 

 Membership, Nominations - Chair Mapuana Taamu

 Committee members:  Cynthia Arnold, Poki`i Balaz, Eileen Phillips

 

 Fundraising - Chair Percy Ihara

 Committee members - Debbie Kim-Morikawa,

 

 Biennial Conference - Chair Kathy Wyatt/Eileen Phillips

 Committee members - John Tomoso,

 

 Programs, Webinar, Continuing Education - Chair Mapuana Taamu

 Committee members - Percy Ihara, Laurie Adamshick,

 

 

 

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