Meet the StaffHealthy Mothers Healthy Babies
HMHB is led by a committed team of professionals devoted to enhancing the health of women and infants in Hawaii.
Sunny Chen, RN, MBA
Sunny is an Army Nurse Corps veteran, graduate of the University of San Francisco and holds an MBA from the Paul Merage School of Business, UCI. She’s also a certified Lactation Consultant, and although over the years she has held a variety of different jobs in the field of nursing and business, she always kept a pulse on helping mothers, children and babies. One interesting fact about Sunny is that at one point in her life, she was an aspiring professional golfer. Today, she’s lucky if she gets out on the golf course once a year because the most important hat she wears today is being a mother to a creative daughter and two high-spirited boys. She is also a military spouse and has a strong passion for helping those who serve.
Princess Lei Ebbay
Princess interned with Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies before taking on the new role as Program Coordinator for the Hawaii Cribs For Kids Program. She is currently attending the University of Hawaii at Manoa and will be graduating in December 2019 with her Bachelor’s Degree in Public Health. Princess gave birth to her daughter in 2016 and felt that she was not aware of all of the resources available for new moms and new families. She wants to ensure that other moms are not left in the dark and was eager to join an organization dedicated to helping mothers, babies, and their families. She has a passion for giving back to the community and helping those in need. On her spare time, Princess enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, traveling, and trying out new restaurants around town. She is a firm believer of “Life is Short. Eat Dessert First.”
Vivian is a graduate of the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a bachelor’s in Public Health and had the opportunity to intern at HMHB during her final semester. She is the program coordinator for Piko Pals, a new parents support program. She has a strong passion in community service, and enjoys being able to give back to where she grew up. Vivian loves music, video games, tennis, and is a big fan of the Golden State Warriors and Atlanta Falcons!
Kari Wheeling, MPH, MSN, RN, CNM
Clinical Services Director
Kari is a mother to a very spirited and sociable son. Serving 10 years as HMHB’s Project Coordinator and 6 years as a Board Member has fueled Kari’s drive and determination to directly impact women and children in Hawaii. In her new role as Clinical Services Director, she will be helping to increase access to comprehensive perinatal health services for all women in Hawaii. Kari obtained her MSN and RN license, with a dual focus in family practice and nurse midwifery from Frontier Nursing University. Kari is also trained as a birth doula and breastfeeding counselor and has led many Piko Pals groups.
Lianna has a B.S. in Civil-Environmental Engineering, a MEdT in Secondary Teaching and is trained in Philosophy for Children, a facilitation style that creates emotionally and intellectually safe environments where children can explore their sense of deep wonder together. Since becoming a mother, Lianna has developed a deep appreciation of community and connection. Lianna is a mother of three boys and in her free time, she loves gardening, drinking tea with friends, and volunteering as a Piko Pals Group Leader.
Michelle joined Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies in 2007 and has spent her career working in the non-profit sector, mainly overseeing the fiscal and accounting departments for various non-profit organizations. She started her own non-profit financial consulting business in 2007 and has never looked back. Her passion for social justice and community advocacy combined with her love of numbers makes for a fulfilling and rewarding career.
Meet our Board of Directors (FY19-20)
Our volunteer-led Board leaders are comprised of passionate, informed, articulate, networked supporters: people willing to spread the word about our important work among their networks, use their individual skills and expertise to increase support for our mission, and bring key feedback to HMHB staff.
All Board members actively contribute time and personal resources to ensure the success of the organization.
Interested in becoming a Board member? Please email your resume and qualifications and why you would like to join this dynamic organization.
Tracey Ohta, Esq.
Chair of the Intellectual Property and Technology Law Section of the Hawaii State Bar Association. Tracey is also a proud graduate of the William S. Richardson School of Law and previously held director and Treasurer positions on the William S. Richardson School of Law Alumni Association’s board. Being a mother of two, Tracey joined the Board to help other mothers raise happy, healthy babies.
Kathleen Algire, MSW
Kathleen Algire is a mother of two and a passionate advocate for women and girls. A graduate from Columbia University’s School of Social Work, she holds a Masters of Social Work with a focus on policy. In her professional life, she focuses on increasing economic empowerment of women. Becoming a mom strengthened her belief that every family deserves a healthy start.
Carolyn is the Executive Director of the Cancer Center of Hawai’i. Prior to joining the Cancer Center of Hawaii, she served as the Compliance Officer and Director of Risk and Compliance at Adventist Health Castle and worked as a litigation attorney in the law office of Cades Schutte, LLP. She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing and received her law degree from the William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawai’i. She has professional certifications in the areas of Healthcare Finance, Healthcare Compliance, Privacy, and Risk Management. Carolyn also serves on the Hawaii American College of Healthcare Executives Board.
Yasmin is a proud graduate of Aiea High School, is a full-time businesswoman and full-time mom of two. Yasmin graduated with a B.A. in biology and later received her M.A. in communications. Medical school was in her future; however, a stroke of luck changed her career path to television news. While pursuing her master’s, she was a traffic anchor and social media reporter for KITV4 morning news. Eventually, she moved to Eugene, Oregon to become the primetime evening anchor for KVAL-TV. After giving birth to her son, she moved back to Honolulu with her husband, Sal Fasi, to raise their child. The couple now have two children, Gianluca and Zoya.
LeighAnn Frattarelli, MD, MPH
Dr. LeighAnn Frattarelli is a board certified obstetrician gynecologist with a strong interest in public health as it pertains to gynecology and reproduction. She specializes in office gynecology and sees routine gynecology patients as well as infertility patients and patients with complicated gynecologic issues. Dr. Frattarelli is an active member of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, The American Society for Reproductive Medicine, and the North American Menopausal Society. She was also an active member of the Emergency Contraceptive Working Group that was instrumental in passing and implementing the bill allowing pharmacy access to emergency contraception and the Perinatal Depression Network that educated the community and physicians about the realities of postpartum and peripartum depression.
Michelle Rocca, MSCP, LMHC
Michelle Rocca has been a mental health professional and community advocate since 2005. She has worked in a variety of settings including zero to three, domestic violence advocacy, training, and public policy, clinical practice as a sex offender treatment team co-therapist, and most recently as a Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP) for foster care youth and those needing intensive in-home therapeutic services. She is a new mom who benefited directly from the support of the Piko Pals Program and joined the board to assist other new moms in accessing the services that HMHB has to offer.
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