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Work History

Mar 2015Present

Youth Counselor

The Marimed Foundation
  • Supports sixteen Native Hawaiian at-risk boys aged 14-17 living in a group home with voyaging, farming, and schooling.
  • Follow state policy and procedure to ensure the physical safety of each child.
  • Counsel teenaged boys living with issues of homelessness, parent incarceration, foster care, substance abuse, gang violence, criminal activity, poverty, sexual abuse, truancy, etc. to ensure the emotional health of each cadet.
Aug 2014Mar 2015

Fund Development and Marketing Coordinator

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hawaii
  • Coordinated special events, fundraisers, campaigns, and grants.
  • Managed social media, public relations, news appearances, news articles, special features and interviews
  • Raised over $550,000 in funds for non-profit organization
Jul 2013Mar 2014

Assistant Loan Processor

Platinum Mortgage Company
  • Represented Platinum Mortgage Company & executives to clients and lender staff.
  • Processed over $1.9 million in home loans.
  • Developed & facilitated successful marketing strategies, designs, and products.
  • Provided full administrative support to PMC clients, executives & staff.
May 2013Jul 2013

Wines & Spirits Promotions

Black Lamb Marketing & Promotions

Promoted specialty beverage companies at special events, tournaments, fundraisers, etc.

Mar 2013May 2013

Home Care

The Maids of Honolulu

Thoroughly cleaned houses, apartments, condos, etc. according to company standards.

Mar 2013Mar 2013

Assistant Coordinator

Angel in Hawaii
  • Coordinated Wellness & Healing Fair for Angel in Hawaii within a 1 week deadline.
  • Provided food, decorations, children's activities, pet amenities for over 200 guests.
  • Directed guests and managed practitioners appropriately. Offered intuitive readings to clients as needed.
Feb 2013Feb 2013

Assistant Coordinator

Mana Maoli
  • Coordinated logistics and media promotion for Mana Maoli All-Star Kanipila music fundraiser within 2 week deadline.
  • Managed food vendors, sponsors, media crews; Native Hawaiian Charter School students K-12, professional music artists, & over 50 volunteers
Jan 2011Jan 2013

Event Coordinator & Community Outreach

Oahu Intertribal Council
  • Coordinated logistics for the 37th & 38th annual Native American Powwow celebration with over 6,000 attending, 50 artisans, Native American dancers & performers
  • Raised and managed $15,000 in donations and funds for event.
  • Coordinated educational events & cultural exchanges for the community, charter schools, & the military.
Jun 2010Jan 2011

After School Program Leader

Pauoa Elementary School
  • Responsible for 25-40 children at a time between ages 4-13.
  • Ensured children completed necessary tasks and activities safely, responsibly and respectfully.
  • Mediated conflicts, coordinated age appropriate activities, enforced school rules and program guidelines.
May 2008May 2010

Program Assistant

Mental Health & Wellness Program
  • Provided full administrative support to the Mental Health & Wellness Office of Honolulu Community College
  • Researched, developed and led Mental Health & Wellness workshops for presentations on campus
  • Coordinated annual Wellness Fair, Talent Showcase and Domestic Violence Awareness Project for students on campus
  • Collected and managed survey data for grants
May 2007Sep 2007

Executive Assistant

Operation Warrior Forge Public Affairs Office
  • Responsible for photography of 800 cadets and group events in Officer Commission School.
  • Provided full administrative support to Executive Director, entire Public Affairs Office, and medical staff.
  • Designed, created, edited yearbook for graduating class of 2007 Officer Commission School.


    Sep 2010May 2012


    Hawaii Pacific University

    Bachelors Degree in Social Sciences foci in Sociology, Psychology, and Anthropology.

    • Specialized in research and statistics compilation. Global population dynamics. Cross cultural and socioeconomic communications. Therapy and counseling. Hawaiian heritage. Sustainable agricultural and economic development based in Hawaiian values of Aloha and stewardship. Study abroad: Italy
    Jan 2008Jul 2010

    Associate's Degree

    Honolulu Community College

    Associate's Degree in Liberal Arts with a foci in Family and Human Resources.

    • Specialized in meeting the needs of the immediate surrounding community through social work programs.


    Irenio Villaren, MSW

    Irenio Villaren has been a social worker in Hawaii for over 16 years. 

    (808)-738-7049 [email protected]

    Kimberley Gallant, LCSW

    Kimberley Gallant, LCSW is the Mental Health & Wellness Specialist at Honolulu Community College.

    (808)-845-9180 [email protected]

    Lynette Cruz, PhD

    Dr. Lynette Cruz is a renown Native Hawaiian political activist and highly respected Professor at Hawaii Pacific University. 

    (808)-754-7395 [email protected]

    Volunteer Experience

    2011. NEXT STEP HOMELESS SHELTER KAKAAKO. Served food to houseless families.

    2012. Rotary International District 5400: RYLA Summer Camp coordinator and facilitator.

    2013. STAND UP Placer California. Tabling events for domestic violence shelter. 

    2014. Oahu Intertribal Council. Coordinated volunteers for 39th Annual Intertribal Powwow.

    2015. Ka Lei Maile Alii Hawaiian Civic Club: cleanup and maintenance of sacred Hawaiian sites located throughout the islands.


    Mar 2016Apr 2017

    Non-Violent Crisis Intervention Training

    Crisis Intervention Institute

    Physical restraint and deescalation techniques.

    Mar 2016Apr 2017

    CPR and First Aid Training

    American Red Cross

    Life-saving respiratory  techniques.

    Jan 2016Jan 2016

    PSI VII Life Success Course


    Personal and professional development retreat.

    Sep 2013Nov 2013

    Crisis Intervention Training

    STAND UP PLACER California

    Certification to work with survivors of domestic violence and various disabilities.

    Other Experience

    Assisted in the home care of my elderly Tutu (grandmother) with physical needs, cultural ceremonies, and funeral arrangements.