Meet the Fellows

Kippen de Alba Chu

Kippen de Alba Chu has been the executive director of The Friends of Iolani Palace since 2006, tasked with preserving and perpetuating the former official royal residence of the Hawaiian monarchy. Kippen has also worked for the Hawaii Insurers Council, State Representative Bertha Kawakami, and the Insurance Division with the Department of Commerce & Consumer Affairs. He holds a bachelor’s degree in international business from the American University of Paris in France and an executive master’s degree in business administration from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He serves on the board of directors of the American Alliance of Museums, Western Museums Association, Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii, and Friends of Hawaii Robotics.

Kamuela Enos

Kamuela Enos is the director of social enterprise for MAO Organic Farms. He was born and raised in Waianae on the island of Oahu. He received an associate’s degree from Leeward Community College, a bachelor’s degree in Hawaiian studies and a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He sits on the boards of numerous community-based nonprofits including the Hawaii Rural Development Council and Kaala Farms Inc., and was recently a commissioner on President Obama's White House Initiative on Asians and Pacific Islanders. 

Sulma Gandhi

Sulma Gandhi is the director for student health and wellness programs at the University of Hawaii at Hilo. As the campus public health officer, she oversees care that integrates prevention, medical, and mental health services for the University of Hawaii Hilo and Hawaii Community College. Prior roles include Kamehameha Schools faculty member and director with Turning Point for Families and Hospice of Hilo. She holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees in science from the University of Victoria and a doctorate degree in business administration from California Intercontinental University. Sulma serves on the Governor appointed Hawaii Service Area Board, Suicide Prevention Taskforce, the Prosecutor’s Sexual Assault Response Team, and Drug Free Coalition.

Lisa Hadway

Lisa Hadway is the administrator for the State Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Forestry and Wildlife. She is responsible for managing the diverse mandates of the division from watershed protection to outdoor recreation. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in zoology from the University of Hawaii at Manoa specializing in ecology, evolution, and conservation biology. She also has an executive master’s degree in business administration from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. From 2007-2014, she served on the University of Hawaii Mauna Kea Management Board and currently serves on the national State-Federal Endangered Species Act Joint Task Force.

Alex Harris

Alex Harris is the senior program officer for education at the Harold K.L. Castle Foundation, where he leads efforts to develop transformative public school leaders and their teams. Alex previously worked for the Hawaii Department of Education, the DC Office of the State Superintendent, the National Governors Association, and Good Beginnings Alliance. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Brown University and a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. Harris cofounded Kanu Hawaii, Envision Hawaii, and the Education Delivery Institute.

Brian Kealoha 

Brian Kealoha is the regional manager for OpTerra Energy Services and directs the planning and implementation of programs and initiatives in Hawaii. Born and raised in Hawaii, Brian has been involved with energy and sustainability for over 20 years. Prior to joining OpTerra Energy Services in 2008, formerly Chevron Energy Solutions, Brian served as senior vice president for Energy Industries. He spent several years with various utilities developing, supervising, and implementing energy programs at Pacific Gas & Electric, Avista Utilities, and Maui Electric Company. He holds a bachelor's degree in economics and marketing and a master's degree in business administration specializing in management from Gonzaga University. Brian serves on the board of the Nuuanu YMCA and the Diamond Head Classic.

Danny Kim

Danny Kim is senior vice president and manager of Bank of Hawaii’s Private Bank Group. He is responsible for the sales and service experience for private banking, personal banking, and international private banking. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Loyola Marymount University and is a graduate of the University of Washington, Pacific Coast Banking School. He is active in his community and serves on the boards of Family Programs Hawaii, The Hawaii Hotel and Lodging Association, The Retail Merchants Association, and the Federal Law Enforcement Foundation.

John Leong

John Leong is the founder of Pono Pacific and Kupu. Pono Pacific was founded in 2000 and today operates on six of the main Hawaiian Islands providing natural resource and conservation land management services for Hawaii’s larger landowners. Kupu was founded in 2007 and today engages young adults in service through multiple programs in the green jobs sectors such as natural resource management, energy conservation, renewable energy, and sustainable agriculture. He holds a bachelor's degree in economics from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. John serves on various boards including Corps Network, Trust for Public Land, and YMCA Metro.

Emillia Noordhoek 

Emillia Noordhoek is the cofounder and the executive director of Sustainable Molokai with responsibilities for organizational management, board relationships, fund development, program planning, and community collaborations. Under her leadership, Sustainable Molokai has become a highly successful and trusted organization featuring programs in energy efficiency, food security, and economic development. Previously, Emillia was the resource development and marketing director for Molokai Habitat for Humanity. Emillia holds a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from the University of Oregon and a master’s in real estate development from Portland State University. She serves on various boards including the County of Maui District Council, Molokai Arts Center, and the Hawaii Farm to School, School Garden Hui Statewide.

Kawika Riley

Kawika Riley is the chief advocate for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, an independent state agency and trust established to better the conditions of Native Hawaiians. As chief advocate, he leads a team of 30 in impacting public policy and enforcing Hawaiian rights. Prior to returning home, Kawika led the Office of Hawaiian Affair’s DC Office, served as a national spokesperson for the Transportation Security Administration, was a senior aide to Senator Daniel Akaka, and founded a nonprofit focused on Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander access to higher education. Kawika is a graduate of Kealakehe High School in Kona, holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Northern Colorado and a master’s degree in political management from George Washington University. Kawika is a member of the US Senate Press Secretaries Association and a volunteer with the US Department of Homeland Security’s Surge Capacity Force.

Stephen Schatz 

Stephen Schatz is the deputy superintendent for the Hawaii State Department of Education. He was previously the assistant superintendent for the Office of Strategy, Innovation and Performance, leading three branches: Assessment and Accountability, Data Governance and Analysis, and Policy, Innovation, Planning and Evaluation. In 2012, Stephen received the Alakaina award from the Harold K.L. Castle Foundation for excellence in educational leadership for his work on the Race to the Top grant. Prior to returning home to Hawaii in 2002, Stephen worked in California's Compton Unified School District as a teacher, vice principal, and principal. Stephen holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California Santa Cruz and a master’s degree in education administration from California State University, Dominguez Hills. 

Kerrie Urosevich 

Kerrie Urosevich is the action strategy coordinator for the Executive Office on Early Learning in the Governor’s Office, responsible for the implementation of the state’s early childhood strategic plan. She is an affiliate faculty at the University of Hawaii’s Matsunaga Institute for Peace where she teaches facilitation, international conflict resolution, and peacebuilding. She has spent 20 years in planning and peacebuilding across sectors. Kerrie holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and Japanese from Gustavus Adolphus College, a master’s degree in international policy studies fromm the Monterey Institute of International Studies, and a doctorate in political science from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Stephany Vaioleti 

Stephany Vaioleti is the chief executive officer of Kahuku Medical Center, a nonprofit 21-bed critical access hospital on the North Shore of Oahu. She oversees 130 employees/physicians and is responsible for overall organizational management, strategic planning, and partnerships. She began at Kahuku Hospital as a social worker and has held numerous positions including director of social services, interim administrator, and assistant administrator. Stephany holds a master’s degree in social work and a law degree from the William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Stephany currently serves as a board member of the Koolauloa Educational Alliance Corporation.

Rachael Wong

Rachael Wong is the director of the State of Hawaii Department of Human Services. Previously, she was the vice president and chief operating officer of Healthcare Association of Hawaii, where she advocated for the state’s hospitals, nursing facilities, home health agencies, hospices, and medical equipment suppliers. She has served as executive director of Kokua Mau (Hawaii Hospice & Palliative Care Organization) and the Hawaii Consortium for Integrative Care. Rachael earned a bachelor’s degree in East Asian studies and certificate in women’s studies from Princeton University, a master’s degree in public health from University of Hawaii at Manoa, and a doctorate in public health from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She serves on numerous local and national boards and committees.