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HVCB Staff Directory

John Monahan President and Chief Executive Officer

Tom Mullen Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer



Jay Talwar Senior Vice President of Marketing, Chief Marketing Officer

John Reyes Senior Vice President, Chief MCI Sales Officer

Corporate and Financial Services

Donna Valenciano Controller

Shari Lee Director, Human Resources

Andrew Bailey Corporate Services Coordinator

Brandon Goda Compliance Analyst

Sa Taʻala Executive Assistant to J. Monahan & T. Mullen - Board Corporate Secretary

Island Chapters


Sue Kanoho Executive Director, Kauaʻi Visitors Bureau

Maile Brown Director of Marketing, Kauaʻi Visitors Bureau

Fun fact: Originally from Hilo.

Patricia Ornellas Destination Manager, Kauaʻi Visitors Bureau

Lani Kaui Project Manager, Community Enrichment Program and Sales Coordinator, Kauaʻi Visitors Bureau

Fun fact: Loves ice cream, dark chocolate and volleyball!

Christy Lagundino Office Assistant, Kauaʻi Visitors Bureau

Fun fact: Former Future Farmers of America (FFA) member.

Becky Sadamitsu Administrative Assistant, Kauaʻi Visitors Bureau


Noelani Schilling-Wheeler Executive Director, Oʻahu Visitors Bureau

Fun fact: Grew up around beer breweries, is a Master Brewer’s daughter and comes from a brewing family.

Karishma Chowfin Director of Sales, Oʻahu Visitors Bureau

Catherine Orlans Oʻahu Destination Manager, Oʻahu Visitors Bureau

Fun fact: Loves thrifting and sees it as an easy sustainable practice that gives back to our local community.

Taryn Pascua County Enrichment Program (CEP) Manager

Fun fact: Danced for a large part of her life and danced with the University of Hawaiʻi Rainbow Warrior Dance Team (Go Bows!)

Joselyn Vasquez Administrative Coordinator


Sherry Duong Executive Director, Maui Visitors & Convention Bureau

Fun fact: Sherry loves traveling and comparing other destinations to Maui.

Leanne Pletcher Director of Public Relations & Marketing, Maui Visitors & Convention Bureau

Fun fact: Leanne loves to share her Grandma’s Coffee Cake recipe and has been baking it for family and friends since she was a little girl.

June Pagdilao Director of Sales, Maui Visitors & Convention Bureau

Janet Kuwahara Senior Manager of Operations, Maui Visitors & Convention Bureau

Fun fact: Loves to travel and shop!!!

Meagan DeGaia Destination Manager, Maui Visitors & Convention Bureau

Sumithra Balraj Community Enrichment Program Project Manager, Maui Visitors & Convention Bureau

Fun fact: Born and raised in Penang, ventured into hospitality in Langkawi, made first international move to O‘ahu, currently reside in Maui, and never learned to swim despite living on islands most of my life.

Rachelle Duarte Administrative Specialist


Scott Pauli Executive Director, Island of Hawaiʻi Visitors Bureau

Deanna Isbister Director of Sales, Island of Hawaiʻi Visitors Bureau

Donna Kimura Director, Marketing, Island of Hawaiʻi Visitors Bureau

Rachel Kaiama Destination Manager - Island of Hawaiʻi Visitors Bureau

Michelle Hiʻilani Pope County Enrichment Program (CEP) Manager

Fun fact: Has met two living U.S. Presidents.

Market Insights & Customer Relationship Management


Barbara Okamoto Senior Vice President Market Insights & Customer Relationship Management

Jeffrey Eslinger Senior Director, Market Insights

Roxanne Relles Manager, Customer Relationship Management

Stancen Abbey CRM Specialist


Gina Chun Senior Director, Advertising and Marketing Programs

Kainoa Daines Senior Director, Brand

Fun fact: Recognized as one of Hawaiʻi's best and brightest young business leaders with Pacific Business News' signature 40 Under 40 award in 2018.

Kara Imai Senior Director, Digital Marketing

Darlene Morikawa Senior Director, Public Relations and Destination Management Support

Lei-Ann Field Director, Public Relations and Destination Management Support

Christy Calabrese Community Enrichment Program (CEP) Project Manager

Heidi Fujimoto Executive Assistant, Marketing

Meet Hawaiʻi

Adele Tasaka Senior Director of Sales

Lynn Whitehead Senior Director, Citywide Sales

Adrienne Nudo Senior Director, Citywide Sales

Meredith Parkins Regional Director of Sales, Eastern Region

Kathy Dever Regional Director of Sales, Midwest Region

Trevor Newman Director, Citywide Sales, Business Development

Lee Conching Director, Client Services

Josette Murai Manager, Sales Administration

Autumn Armijo Sales Coordinator

Karla Sison Sales Coordinator


Karen Wataru Nakaoka Senior Director, Member and Community Engagement

Fun fact: Absolutely obsessed with her recently adopted rescue dog, Luca.

Bill Kennedy Manager, Membership Services and Operations

Fun fact: Long time fan of University of Hawaiʻi Men's and Wahine Volleyball. Go Bows!

Armida York Manager, Membership Development and Engagement

Fun fact: Loves to watch sports and blogging about her dog.

Eric Mok Manager, Membership Communications and Events

Fun fact: Loves to upcycle clothes by thrifting and reconstructing garments.

Travel Trade

Robyn Basso Senior Director, Travel Industry Partnerships

Vanessa Johnson Director of Travel Industry Partnerships

Karen Kuniyuki Senior Coordinator for Travel Industry Partnerships


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