Gayle Burgher, Administrative Assistant
Gayle Burgher is experienced as an administrative professional with more than 20 years of service supporting executives in Hawaii’s hotel management industry as well as secondary and post-secondary private educational institutes on Oahu.
Gayle provides scheduling, logistical, and administrative support for the team at Hawaii Leadership Forum and the Omidyar Fellows program.
Bill Coy, Director
Bill Coy is an experienced coach, consultant, and leadership educator. Organizational and leadership development have been a primary focus of Bill’s work for the past 25 years. He has acted as a coach and consultant to more than 250 executive leaders, including departmental chairs at Stanford Medical School, senior level executives from the World Bank, Honda USA, and major philanthropic Foundations.
As the director, Bill is responsible for the overall success and external impact of the Omidyar Fellows program and the Forum of Fellows. This includes the design, facilitation, staffing, presentation, and evaluation of all elements of the program. He created the original model of the Fellows including the curriculum and integration of the Fellows program.
Bill has developed and led leadership learning communities for both emerging and senior leaders from Fargo to Honolulu.
He has acted as an executive coach with the Noyce Leadership Institute and the Stanford Medical Leadership Academy. He has taught at the University of San Francisco where he created the core graduate level course on Human Resource Management.
Previously, Bill was a partner of La Piana Consulting and Director of Human Resources for the Catholic Diocese of Oakland and for Yosemite National Institutes, an environmental education organization. He also directed training and development for George Lucas’ Industrial Light and Magic (ILM), a film special effects company, and was responsible for organizational and management development at both ILM and Skywalker Sound.
Bill’s real claim to fame was an extra in Return of the Jedi and is the only consultant known to have facilitated meetings at both the Vatican and Skywalker Ranch!
Originally trained as a cultural anthropologist, Bill holds graduate degrees in systematic theology and clinical counseling. He is a licensed marriage and family therapist, is also certified in Critical Incident Stress Debriefing, and has worked in organizational trauma recovery.
Sam Dorios, Systems and Complexity Associate
Sam Dorios is the Systems and Complexity Associate. He is experienced in systems thinking and practices which is used to support various Omidyar Fellow projects in their efforts to create sustained positive social change. Sam facilitates the systems mapping process and is experienced in Kumu, a web-based software used to visualize systems maps into more accessible, interactive narratives.
Sam earned a master’s degree in Sustainable Peacebuilding from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He also has bachelor’s degrees in both history and religious studies, having graduated summa cum laude. Sam was co-founder and president of the Religious Studies Student Organization at UWM, and served as a representative for two university boards.
Prior to joining the Hawaii Leadership Forum, Sam was a manager at his family’s restaurant and a teacher for Milwaukee schools. The subjects Sam taught include Latin and the History of Vampires.
Lisa Leong, Operations Manager
Lisa Leong is experienced in the design and implementation of professional development programs, organizational systems and processes, and program management. With a background in education administration and adult learning, Lisa’s primary focus for the past 15 years has been on providing opportunities to build meaningful professional learning communities through events and ongoing initiatives. Lisa has convened more than 250 educational events and programs from cohort-based programs to large-scale conferences.
Lisa oversees the business and ongoing operations of the Omidyar Fellows program and Hawaii Leadership Forum, and leads special projects such as the Forum of Fellows Summit.
Previously, Lisa was director of programs for the Hawaii Association of Independent Schools, leading and implementing professional development programs of the 100-member schools community. Simultaneously, Lisa served as conference director of the Hawaii Executive Conference, an annual three-day program of the Hawaiian Educational Council for top-level executives and thought leaders across Hawaii and the Pacific. Prior to that, she worked in higher education administration, including designing and overseeing the International Health Program for students at New York University School of Medicine.
Lisa grew up on the island of Kauai and graduated from Iolani School. She earned her bachelor’s degrees in dance and psychology/social behavior from the University of California at Irvine, and received a master’s degree in higher education administration from New York University. Her community commitments include serving as a board member of Pacific Buddhist Academy.
Kerry Lezy, Program Associate
Kerry Lezy is an experienced attorney and educator. She brings her diverse skills to this position as program associate, where she provides communications, administrative and logistical support to the Omidyar Fellows program and the Hawaii Leadership Forum.
Previously, as a deputy attorney general, she was responsible for developing, organizing and implementing the Tobacco Enforcement Unit within the State of Hawaii Department of the Attorney General. Kerry was also a deputy prosecuting attorney with the City and County of Honolulu. She worked for the State of Hawaii Department of Education, teaching in Oahu’s public elementary schools.
Kerry earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida, and her law degree from Stetson University College of Law.
Aubrey Yee, Project Design Coach
Aubrey Yee is a futurist, strategist for nonprofit organizations, freelance writer and consultant. She specializes in foresight training, futures strategic planning and curriculum development.
As a consultant with The Omidyar Group, Aubrey will help to shape the Forum of Fellows program and act as a project design coach for Fellows who want to create scalable social change projects. Our vision for the Forum is one of “an active community of practice that exists to catalyze a better Hawaii through better leadership.” In tandem with the Forum of Fellows, Aubrey is the lead project director for The Omidyar Group’s new initiative – Hawaii Quality of Life – using systems mapping, foresight and understanding of complexity to help organizations improve quality of life in Hawaii.
Aubrey has consulted as a researcher at the Hawaii Research Center for Futures Studies (HRCFS) and as a strategist and writer for the foundation Sustainable America, which seeks to create food and energy security in America. She has co-facilitated foresight workshops for the State Office of Planning on Oahu, West Maui Neighborhood Board, the Hawaii Futures Summit, Samsung Corporation, Kamehameha Schools, Oxfam’s Asian Development Dialogue Series, the first annual Myanmar Futures Exchange and a variety of private businesses and nonprofit organizations.
Aubrey’s commitment to improving the future of our islands is reflected in her community leadership as the board president of Kanu Hawaii and co-founder of the Hawaii chapter of After School All Stars with her husband Brady.
Aubrey graduated from Punahou and received her undergraduate degree from UCLA in American Studies. She is currently pursuing a PhD at the University of Hawaii at Manoa focused on environmental politics and futures studies/strategic foresight, with her academic research looking at the ethics of emerging biotechnologies in an age of biological extinctions.