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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

Andrew Bailey Corporate Services Coordinator

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

Shari Lee Director, Human Resources

Brandon Goda Compliance Analyst

Culture and Product Development


Kainoa Daines Director of Culture and Product Development

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

Island Chapters

Sue Kanoho Executive Director, Kauai Visitors Bureau

Maile Brown Director of Marketing, Kauai Visitors Bureau

Fun fact: Originally from Hilo.

Christy Lagundino Office Assistant, Kauai Visitors Bureau

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

Lani Pascua-Kaui Coordinator, Sales, Kauai Visitors Bureau

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

Becky Sadamitsu Administrative Assistant, Kauai Visitors Bureau

Noelani Schilling-Wheeler Executive Director, Oahu 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, Oahu Visitors Bureau

Catherine Orlans Oahu Destination Manager, Oahu Visitors Bureau

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

Joyce Bernardo Director of Marketing, Oahu Visitors Bureau

Fun fact: Favorite food is curry - ALL curry is a good curry.

Kurt Yaross Administrative Coordinator, Oahu Visitors Bureau

Fun fact: Enjoys watching sports in free time. Football (Seahawks), Baseball (Angels), Basketball (Lakers), UFC, and Boxing.

Sherry Duong Executive Director, Maui Visitors & Convention Bureau

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

Randy Parker Director of Sales, Maui Visitors and Convention Bureau

Meagan DeGaia Destination Manager

Rachelle Duarte Administrative Assistant, Maui Visitors and Convention Bureau

Leanne Pletcher Director of PR & 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.

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

Fun fact: Loves to travel and shop!!!

Ross Birch Executive Director, Island of Hawaii Visitors Bureau

Debbie Hogan Senior Director of Sales, Island of Hawaii Visitors Bureau

Deanna Isbister Director of Sales, Island of Hawaii Visitors Bureau

Fun fact: Has lived in Washington, Oregon, California, West Virginia, Colorado………Hawaii called her back home!

Donna Kimura Director, Marketing, Island of Hawaii Visitors Bureau

Market Insights & Customer Relationship Management


Barbara Okamoto Senior Vice President Market Insights & Customer Relationship Management

Jeffrey Eslinger Senior Director, Market Insights

Teresa Nguyen Market Insights Analyst

Roxanne Relles Manager, Customer Relationship Management


Gina Chun Senior Director, Advertising and Marketing Programs

Darlene Morikawa Senior Director, Public Relations/Communications

Lei-Ann Field Senior Manager, Public Relations

Heidi Fujimoto Executive Assistant, Marketing

Kara Imai Senior Director, Digital Marketing

Susie Kim Director, Content Development

Fun fact: Loves traveling, hiking and cooking. Enjoys watching international films and K-dramas!

Marisa Wong Social Marketing Manager

Fun fact: Marisa is a former winner of Hawaii Stars, a local singing competition.

Meet Hawaii

Adele Tasaka Senior Director of Sales

Lynn Whitehead Senior Director, Citywide Sales

Meredith Parkins Regional Director of Sales, Eastern Region

Adrienne Nudo Senior Director, Citywide Sales

April Galapon Sales Operations Manager

Ernie Garcia Senior Director, Citywide Sales

Kathy Dever Regional Director of Sales, Midwest Region

Josette Murai Convention Services Manager, Meet Hawaii

Jessica Baysa MCI Coordinator


Karen Wataru Nakaoka Director of Membership

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 Hawaii Men's and Wahine Volleyball. Go Bows!

Armida York Manager, Membership Development and Engagement

Fun fact: Loves to watch sports, blogging about her dog, and wine country hopping.

Becky Stark Manager, Membership Development and Engagement

Fun fact: Becky was on The Price is Right with Bob Barker…and WON! That experience made her realize you really can do anything you set your mind to!

Travel Trade

Robyn Basso Senior Director, Travel Industry Partnerships

Alexandra Roth Regional Director - Travel Industry Partnerships, Eastern Region (U.S.)

Rachelle Fushikoshi Administrative Assistant, Travel Industry Partnerships/Mktg

Erica Neves Manager, Travel Industry Partnerships


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