I started in the Red Cross as an undergraduate, where I became a volunteer First Aid and CPR instructor. I went on to become an Emergency Medical Technician and was the Captain of the College-based ambulance. After earning a Chemistry Ph.D. in 2002, I moved to Hilo to take a professor of Chemistry position at the University of Hawai’i at Hilo. I have been the Hawai’i County Red Cross Director of Disaster Services since July of 2016, just in time for Hurricane Darby.
I train and direct nearly 200 Red Cross volunteers on the Big Island and work collaboratively and cooperatively with other agencies, including: Hawai’i County Civil Defense, Fire Department and Parks and Recreation; State of Hawai’i Department of Health and Department of Education; Hawai’i Island United Way, Salvation Army, Humane Society, Food Basket and many others. Together we help build community resiliency and provide relief in times of disaster.
I also assist in training and deploying Red Cross volunteers to disasters around the country and the world.