Programs & Advisory Group


The Kōkua Mau Programs and Advisory Group meets the last Thursday of every month (except for a combined November-December meeting) and is open to anyone interested in supporting our shared work.  Please email us to learn more!

Below is a partial list of the groupʻs members:

Linda Axtell-Thompson, MA, MBA - HMSA, Asst. VP for Strategy Management and Privacy

Laura Bonilla, BSN, MA - Kapi‘olani Medical Center for Women & Children, Executive Director, Pediatric Clinical Line

Melissa Bojorquez, MSW, MBA - HMSA, Integrated Case Management Services, Supervisor   

Kathryn Braun, DrPH - University of Hawaii Center on Aging, Director   

Pamela M. Cunningham - State of Hawai‘i Executive Office on Aging, SagePlus Director

Ritabelle Fernandes, MD, MPH - Kokua Kalihi Valley Comprehensive Family Services and Kalihi Palama Health Center, Geriatrician

Daniel Fischberg, MD, PhD - The Queen’s Medical Center, Pain & Palliative Care Dept., Med. Director  

Dianne Fochtman, APRN, OCN - Kapi‘olani Medical Center for Women & Children, Palliative Care Coordinator  

Joan Foley, BSN, CHPN - Veterans Administration Medical Center, Palliative Care Lead

Wenyu Lee, MD, MBA - St. Francis Hospice - Medical Director

Wes Lum, MPH - Executive Office on Aging – Caregivers Coalition Director   

Patricia Nishimoto, APRN, PhD - Tripler Army Medical Center, Oncology

Marilyn Seely, MPH
- Community volunteer/former director of Executive Office on Aging  

Rae Seitz, MD - Kaiser Permanente Hawai‘i, Palliative Care Services Director

Jodi Shaw, LCSW, CCM, CT - Kaiser Permanente Hawai‘i, Palliative Care Social Worker  

Emese Somogyi-Zalud, MD - University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine, Palliative Medicine Division Chief 

Alyson Williams-Cheung, RN, MN, Castle Medical Center, Ethics Committee

Aida Wen, MD – Faculty, University of Hawaii, John A. Burns School of Medicine, Dept of Geriatrics and Medical Director of St Francis Healthcare Pallliative Care Program.

Joy Yadao, RN – St. Francis Hospice, Executive Director

Ken Zeri, RN, MS - Hospice Hawai‘i, President & CPO