The board of directors bring skills and experience that help achieve our mission. If you are interested in serving, please contact us for more information!
Meet Our Board of Directors
President: Kenneth Kaneshiro
Ken is an independent representative with LPL Financial. He is a Qualifying & Life Member of the Million Dollar Round Table and Court of the Table. He specializes in 401k plans, executive benefits, and life insurance planning in both the personal and business markets.
In addition to serving as President of GDH, Ken actively volunteers with Hawai`i Literacy, the Honolulu Rotary Club, and the Hawai`i Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors.
Vice President of Governance: Lisa Craig
Lisa Craig is the State Resource Teacher for the Visually Impaired in the Hawaii Department of Education. She has been a licensed Special Education Teacher since 1999. She added an endorsement to her license to work with students with visual impairments in 2008 after completing her course work at Portland State University. Lisa worked as a Special Education Teacher, Student Services Coordinator, and District Teacher for the Visually Impaired in Honolulu District before accepting the position on the State Diagnostic Team that assess students statewide with visual and hearing concerns
Vice President of Internal Affairs: Victoria M. Cozloff
Born in Hilo Hawaii, Victoria moved to Oahu in her teens and graduated from Kaimuki High School. She recently Retired after 45 years with Safeway Stores, where she was a clerk in the District Office then transferred out to retail stores as a Front End Manager. One of her rewarding experiences was being a mentor in Safeway's new hire training and Superior Customer Service program. She was also employed by Guide Dogs of Hawaii as the Executive Secretary for over 20 years and has since been a volunteer member of the Board of Directors holding the position of Treasurer.
Secretary: Trudy Fernandez
A dog lover, Trudy joined GDH in 2002 as a dog walker. Her first walking mate, Guide Dog Argy, convinced her that guide dogs are not only great workers. They are great pals. She brought her administrative skills and non-profit experience to GDH, participating in various event plannings and for several years now, she continues to serves as the secretary on out board of directors. In addition to working as a contract coordinator with MDX Hawaii for over 8 years, she furthered her education at UH West Oahu in Humanities, language and literature
Vice President of External Affairs: Paula Dias RN, MSN
Paula has worked for 31years at Hawaii Pacific Health. She recently retired as the System Vice President of Supply Chain Management/Pharmacy. During her career she has held a exceptionally broad range of positions. She began nursing at Kapiolani Medical Center as a nursery nurse then moved into various clinical nursing management positions that included evening shift supervisor, and manager of numerous nursing areas. Paula then moved from patient care to overseeing clinical construction projects at Kapiolani, Pali Momi and Straub. She was also the director of imaging and Chief Operating Officer at Wilcox Memorial on Kauai. During the last 10 years she has been responsible to standardize and centralize the purchasing and contracting for supplies and equipment throughout the Hawaii Pacific Health system. Her outside activities include spending time with family, and painting.
Katie L. Friedman, L.D.O., F.N.A.O., b.a., is a licensed Dispensing Optician contributing over 35 years the ophthalmic industry specializing in Ophthalmology and Vocational Education. Originally from Los Angeles and San Diego, Honolulu became her home Sept. 2009. Hobbies include International Folk Dancing, Boogie Boarding, TRX and working out at the YMCA, and actively contributing to the Oahu Jewish Ohana.
Ron Nagasawa is the publisher of MidWeek, Hawaii’s best-read weekly newspaper. Besides MidWeek and Kaua’i Midweek, he also oversees four MidWeek Voice community newspapers; MarineStar serving Marines and their families and manages the contracts to produce the Hawaii Army Weekly and the joint Navy and Air Force newspaper, Ho’okele. He is charged with the special section division of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, which includes Sunday restaurant guide Dining Out and home remodeling guide Hawaii Renovation. Ron writes a humor column for MidWeek, called What’s Next? He has been in the local newspaper publishing business for 33 years. Serves on the boards of the Honolulu Police Community Foundation, American Cancer Society Hawaii, and KAMP Hawaii.
Susan Nonaka is Vice President of General Services at Hawai‘i Pacific Health, responsible for Food & Nutrition Services, Environmental Services, Facilities Maintenance, Safety & Security, Biomedical Engineering, and Emergency Management. Ms. Nonaka has a Bachelor of Science degree in Food and Nutritional Sciences and a Master of Public Health degree, both from the University of Hawai‘i. She is a Registered Dietitian, having completed her dietetic internship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts; and her master’s field work in Seattle, Washington. She worked as a renal dietitian for St. Francis Renal Institute; Dietary Department Head at Kaua‘i Veterans Memorial Hospital; director of the Food & Nutrition Department and executive director of Support Services at Wilcox Memorial Hospital before joining Hawaii Pacific Health.
Michele Kurihara-Klein serves as the Legislative Officer for the Hawaii Government Employees Association where she executes the union’s legislative and political agendas on behalf of its 40,000 members via lobbying at the State Capitol and supporting endorsed candidates running for elected office. She is a proud member of the Pacific Century Fellows, Class of 2016 and serves on the Domestic Violence Action Center Board of Directors and the State Central Committee of the Democratic Party of Hawaii. Born and raised in Kaneohe, Michele now lives in Kaka’ako with her husband and daughter.
Brian Tilker is a Director with the law firm of Torkildson, Katz, Hetherington, Harris & Knorek. He specializes in business and employment litigation. He is originally from New York where he practiced law for seven years before moving to Honolulu in 2011. Prior to joining the GDH Board and in addition to his private practice, Brian was a Lecturer of Law at the William S. Richardson School of Law teaching a legal writing and advocacy course to first-year law students.