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Make-A-Wish Hawaii adds Young Leaders Board


December 08, 2014


Honolulu, Hawaii

Make-A-Wish® Hawaii has launched a new Young Leaders Board comprised of 22 business professionals from an array of sectors who will support fundraising activities alongside established efforts of the Make-A-Wish Hawaii Board of Directors.

“Ultimately any nonprofit’s mission centers around the ability to pursue it indefinitely – to truly be sustainable over time. It is through a simple step like this, the engagement of future leaders, where we as an organization get younger, smarter, deeper in the bench and, perhaps most important, diversified in ways we otherwise could not so we can always deliver on the mission,” said Make-A-Wish Hawaii Board Chair Robert Bruhl. “Speaking for the entire board, we welcome them all to the Make-A-Wish Hawaii team and thank them for their commitment to our keiki.”

The Make-A-Wish Hawaii Young Leaders Board is a diverse group of young professionals under the age of 45 who are dedicated to supporting the mission of Make-A-Wish Hawaii. In addition, they will run a Young Leaders Group open to other young professionals for an annual membership donation fee of $100.

Members of this group will have access to peer networking and happy hour events as well as opportunities to participate in signature Wish Events including Jingle Rock Run on Sunday, Dec. 21, and the Annual Wish! Gala, to be held this year on May 9 at Aulani – A Disney Hawaii Resort.

“We are really excited to have an additional level of supporters who will bring fresh and creative ideas to the table,” said Make-A-Wish Hawaii President and CEO Siana Austin Hunt. “This is a way for us to further connect with our local business leaders who are looking for opportunities to bring a philanthropic spirit into the corporate culture. We’re lucky that so many have shared a heart for the work we are doing in particular.”

In addition to its Board of Directors and the new Young Leaders Board, the nonprofit also has an established Medical Advisory Board which advises on individual wishes. The Medical Advisory Board helps Make-A-Wish Hawaii get closer to its vision of granting the wish of every eligible child in the state; Each year, there are an estimated 100 keiki newly diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition.

“We have made great strides in the past four years to reach every eligible child. We went from granting an average of 40 Hawaii wishes per year to now closing on a record of granting 100 Hawaii wishes by the end of 2014,” Hunt added. “As our reach expands, our need for funding and corporate partnerships increases.”

To learn more about joining the Young Leaders Group or about how your business can get involved, contact James Donnelly, Hospitality and Development Manager, at

Introducing the Young Leaders Board:
1. Allison Andrade Gammel, Kiewit Infrastructure West Co., Public Involvement Manager
2. Bree Dallwitz, Communications Pacific, Senior Director
3. Colleen Ching, KITV News, Senior Account Executive
4. Dana Gusman, Alexander & Baldwin, Inc., Assistant Manager, Government & Community Relations
5. Daniel Chun, Alaska Airlines, Regional Manager of Sales & Community Marketing
6. Davin Takeshi Kazama, Driven PV LLC, Managing Director & Founder
7. Doug Johnstone, Howard Hughes Corporation, Development Director
8. Joe Bock, Nella Media Group, Partner & COO
9. Kristin Chong, KOWA Pharmaceuticals, Territory Manager
10. Melealani James, Hawaii Venture Capital Association, President
11. Michelle Kaneshiro, MW Group, Ltd., Controller
12. Nicole Drumeller Kim, Merz Pharmaceuticals, Territory Manager
13. Rachel Ross, Bennet Group, Director/Senior Account Manager
14. Rene Nishikawa Matsumura, Group 70 International, Inc., Associate/Project Architect
15. Ryan E. Chavoustie, Hawaii Gas, Assistant Manager in Sales
16. Todd Iacovelli, Morgan Stanley, Financial Advisor
17. Tricia Matsukawa, Matsukawa Insurance Agency, Insurance Agent
18. Uilani Kapuaakuni, The Plaza at Punchbowl, Business Office Manager
19. Allison Maertens, Hawaii State Federal Credit Union, Marketing Director
20. Katie Kaanapu, The Howard Hughes 
Corporation, Director Community and Retail Marketing
21. Huy Vo, Hawaiian Airlines, Senior Specialist Public Relations
22. Alika Simpson, Hawaii Human Resources, Assistant Director of Benefits

Press Contact

Trini Kaopuiki Clark
CEO & President
P.O. Box 1877
Honolulu, HI  96805

Phone : (808) 537-3118
Fax : (808) 536-5566


Make-A-Wish® Hawaii

223 South King Street
Honolulu, HI 96813

Tel. 808.537.3118
Fax 808.536.5566

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 1877
Honolulu, HI 96805

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Honolulu, HI 96805
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