HCCN BOARD OF DIRECTORS, 2017
Judith M. Bell, BA; President, Founding Member. Elected to Board 1995. Former family caregiver; retired from the health care field after 45 years. Actively involved in a number of community and senior volunteer organizations, e.g. Senior Medicare Patrol, Powerful Tools for Caregivers class leader and Master Trainer, North Kona representative of Hawaii County Committee on Aging; Ironman, PATH, Daniel Sayre Memorial Foundation; Member, Hawaii Pacific Gerontological Society.
Marilee Bourne, Director. Elected to Board 2017. Former family caregiver of mother, father and husband. Retired from 35-year career that included being a small business owner, and an office administrator and marketing representative for engineering consulting firms in Alaska and Washington. After becoming a Kona resident in 2000, enjoyed being part of the local music scene in a hapa haole Hawaiian band.
Kami Bolster, BS Health Education, Director. Elected to Board 2017. Employed in senior care since 2011; at the Regency in Kona since Spring, 2016. Author of articles about assisted living and long-term care for Cascade Business News; has been involved in many senior organizations.
Phyllis Hanson, RN, MSN, Director. Elected to Board 2000. Registered Nurse employed in the health care field for over 40 years with 10 years in nursing education; works part-time for ARC of Kona. Secretary of Kona Hospital Auxiliary; Involved in various community and senior volunteer organizations.
Heloise Lochman, BA; Secretary. Elected to Board 2015. Former family caregiver; retired craftsman, musician. Volunteer reading tutor, Ignite Literacy Program at Holualoa School; Reef Teach volunteer.
Eileen Mena; Director. Elected to Board 2017. Former family caregiver to husband and mother; retired in 2006 from Department of Justice Office of the U.S. Attorney. Has volunteered with Kona Elk's Lodge in the Drug Awareness Program, and AARP on the Big Island.
Roberta Wong Murray; Director. Elected to Board 2015. Family caregiver. Retired Vice President, PBS Hawaii; 35 years’ experience, public relations and corporate communications. Honolulu native, former news anchor at KITV Honolulu and KRON San Francisco. Co-owner of award-winning public relations agency, senior corporate communications positions at Kaiser Aluminum & Chemical Corp. and Bank of the West in the Bay Area.
Donna Payesko, Esq., JD; Treasurer. Elected to Board 2015. Founding attorney at Ohana Legacy Law with practice focusing on estate planning, trusts, probate, and elder law. Vice President of the West Hawaii Bar Association, Vice Chair of the County of Hawaii Mayor's Committee on Aging, appointed to the County of Hawaii Fire Commission, frequent speaker to Big Island groups on estate planning and elder law issues. Volunteer with Legal Aid Society of Hawaii and Kona Self-Help Legal Center.
Lorna Platt; Director. Elected to Board in 2017. Former family caregiver of late husband; Powerful Tools for Caregivers class leader. Has lived in Hawaii since 1993 and jointly managed two family businesses in Kona. In her spare time, enjoys ocean activities and travel.
Andrina Uemoto, Director. Elected to Board 2016. Community Relations Director, Regency at Hualalai. Nine years’ experience at the Regency, on front desk and security; Community Relations since 7/2016. Responsible for in-house inquiries, working with RNs to profile and evaluate those seeking placement; gathering information and scheduling.
The Board of Directors is responsible for spearheading the organization’s work; exploring opportunities to serve caregivers, such as sponsoring Powerful Tools for Caregivers classes; and assessing community resources. We keep records of activities and resources. Officers and Directors serve the Board on a voluntary basis. Board members are directly involved in project planning, implementation and evaluation. We form subcommittees from time to time, drawn from HCCN volunteer membership, to fulfill the aims of a particular project or program, like our annual Carousel of Care Conference for family caregivers.