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.
Lisa Kimura, MBA
Lisa is a mother of three, serves as an adjunct public health professor at HPU, and has a background in communications, advocacy, and early childhood development. Prior to her current role, she worked in nonprofit and corporate marketing, where she helped lead international sales, marketing, and social media campaigns. Lisa is a member of the National Preconception Health and Health Care Initiative, Hawaii Maternal & Infant Health Collaborative, Hawaii Women’s Legislative Coalition, the Hawaii Maternal Mortality Review Committee, Fetal Alcohol Task Force, Safe Sleep Hawaii, and is trained as a certified lactation counselor, parent coach, and support group facilitator.
Katelyn received her B.S. in Nutrition from Colorado State University and completed a Nutrition & Food Security Internship at the International Rescue Committee in Baltimore, MD before joining the HMHB dream team. She is the program coordinator of HMHB’s statewide safe sleep program, Cribs for Kids. Her passion is to cultivate confidence in women and their ability to make healthy choices, both for themselves and their families. She loves daily escapades and perpetually seeks any reason to be outdoors, embracing all of the islands’ recreational opportunities.
Vivian is a recent 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. For her applied learning experience research project, she was able to show the effects of kangaroo care between mother and child. 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
Clinical Services Director
Kari is a mother to a very spirited and sociable son. Her 10 years as HMHB’s Project Coordinator and 6 years as a Board Member has fueled her drive and determination to directly impact women and children in Hawaii. Kari left HMHB to pursue higher education and obtained her MSN and RN license, with a dual focus in family practice and nurse midwife from Frontier Nursing University. Kari is also trained as a birth doula and breastfeeding counselor.
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 soon to be mother of 3 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 the last 11+ years 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.
Delight Manuel (MPH anticipated Dec. 2018)
Piko Pals Intern
Delight is a mother of two whose passion for maternal and child health was ignited after giving birth. She is currently a full time student at Hawaii Pacific University pursuing her Masters degree in Public Health (MPH). She is happy to be interning and coordinating our Piko Pals outreach specifically to the Waianae community. She understands life as a mom with an infant and can’t wait to lead Piko Pals expansion to support and empower new mothers.
Meet our Board of Directors (FY17-18)
This volunteer leadership group is 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.
Kari Wheeling, CNM, RN, CD
Kari is a certified nurse midwife, birth doula and breastfeeding counselor with 10+ years of experience in the maternal and child health field as a public health advocate. As a prior employee of HMHB, she continues to advocate for the programs and growth of HMHB.
Laurie Field, JD
Director of Public Affairs and Government Relations, Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and Hawaii. Laurie has also worked for the American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii and the California Women’s Law Center. Laurie serves on the HMHB Board of Directors to lend her legal and legislative skills and her passion to protect and promote reproductive rights and health.
Tracey Ohta, JD
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. After becoming a mother, Tracey joined the Board to help other mothers raise happy, healthy babies.
Heaven Sims, MBA, DNP, RN, CCM
Doctorally Prepared Registered Nurse with 10+ years of healthcare experience including Acute Care, Healthcare for the Homeless & High Risk Maternal/Child Health, and Leadership of Case Management programs. Heaven is also a Certified Case Manager (CCM) and continues her education in the area of Public Health.
Lin Joseph, MPH
As Director of Program Services, March of Dimes Hawaii Chapter, Lin is a Master of Public Health graduate from the University of Hawaii, specializing in maternal and child health. She has held Director positions at Easter Seals Hawaii and Mental Health Kokua and is a member of many other Boards.
Director; Communications & Fundraising Committee Chair
Colleen Ching is a seasoned professional media industry, and uses her professional experience to advise the board on opportunities for HMHB to increase awareness. Having young children of her own, Colleen has a passion to educate mothers and their families on how to raise happy healthy children.
Takara is a mother of three with a strong passion for fitness, health, and family. She is the proud owner of a postpartum fitness franchise and is also creator and editor of a website for Hawaii-based family activities. She has previous work history in property management, recruitment, executive search and hospitality industries, and currently contributes as a web producer.
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.
Lyndall Ellingson, PhD
Lyndall has been involved in promoting women’s health, reproductive health, and comprehensive sexuality education for over 30 years as a professor in public health and health education at several universities, including Hawai’i Pacific Univeristy. Lyndall also enjoys volunteering for and supporting community-level health and safety promotion organizations such as Planned Parenthood, The Life Foundation, Harm Reduction Hawaii, Blue Zones, and the American Red Cross.
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