The Board is comprised of selected “Friends of HIC” within the coalition and meets monthly. The Board makes policy, provides direction for the working teams, supervises the fiscal policies, and oversees activities in support of HIC purposes, objectives and mission.
Please contact any Board member if you would like to present an immunization issue at a Board meeting.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Janelle Jinbo (2021-2022) – President
Janelle is a family nurse practitioner in various health settings. She is a part of the military Joint Vaccination Work Group and has worked at/with the Hawaii Department of Health. She is interested in promoting vaccinations for all ages.
David Cao (2021-2023) – Treasurer
David Cao is an alumnus of the Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, Class of 2020. David was a member of the American Pharmacists Association – Academy of Student Pharmacists at the College and held a position as the Vice President of Communications. In this position, he promoted immunization-related activities and events, among other health screening and awareness events, at the College and in the community.
Lauren Ching (2020-2022)
Lauren is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Tropical Medicine at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She is researching the mechanisms of Kawasaki Disease immunopathogenesis for identification of novel therapeutics. Lauren is the current president of the Student Immunization Initiative (2019-2020), a student-led organization which participates in science-based educational outreach of disease prevention through vaccination. The Student Immunization Initiative also seeks to empower the next generation of scientists with the tools to effectively communicate science to a broad audience.
Eleanore Chuang, PhD (2020-2022)
After twelve years as a Biologist in laboratories at the National Institutes of Health, Eleanore moved to Honolulu to pursue a PhD in Tropical Medicine at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (UHM). Her graduate research focused on human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and human papillomavirus (HPV) co-infection. She is currently Postdoctoral Fellow at UHM with a focus on development of a vaccine against Ebola virus.
Judy Strait-Jones (2020-2022)
Judy is committed to public health. Prevention of vaccine-preventable disease has kept her involved with the coalition for the last two decades. A five-year period of living and working in Kathmandu, Nepal, in the ‘80s encouraged her to change her focus to work in public health in Hawaii.
Melissa Kahili-Heede (2022-2024)
Melissa is a health sciences librarian at the John A. Burns School of Medicine and a PhD candidate in the Office of Public Health Studies at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Her research interests explore the intersection of health behaviors and health information seeking as it relates to vaccines and health literacy.
Meg Koschik (2022-2024)
Since graduating from Hawaii Pacific University’s Graduate Program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Meg has worked as a Substance Abuse Counselor, Case Manager, and In-Home Therapist. She is currently working with Hawaii Health and Harm Reduction Center in their Waikiki Beach Stabilization facility, helping the houseless and underserved population of Oahu connect with appropriate community resources and support.
Michael Robinson (2020-2022)
Mike Robinson is the Vice President, Government Relations & Community Affairs for Hawai‘i Pacific Health (HPH) where he has served for the last 20 years. In his role, he oversees the legislative, advocacy and community engagement activities across the healthcare system. HPH is the non-profit health care system comprised of Kapi‘olani Medical Center for Women & Children, Pali Momi Medical Center, Straub Medical Center and Wilcox Medical Center on Kaua‘i.
Jodie Sanada (2020-2022)
Jodie is a Public Health Nursing Supervisor at the Hawaii State Department of Health. She has also had experience working in pediatrics as a Nurse Practitioner and as a staff nurse for private entities. She works to educate communities about the importance of immunizations and how to obtain access to these services.