Board of Directors

The Board is comprised of selected “Friends of HIC” within the coalition.  The Board makes policy, provides direction for the Working Teams, and supervises the fiscal policies and activities in support of HIC purposes, objectives and Mission. The Board meets monthly.

Please contact any Board member if you would like to present an immunization issue at a Board meeting.



jsj350x350Judy Strait-Jones (2017-2019) – President
The Hawaii Immunization Coalition is unique in that it is one of the few organizations in Hawaii that works with all immunization partners to increase immunization rates across the lifespan. We’d love to have you join us!
plumeria_zpsvzdoegbjJanelle Jinbo (2017-2019) – Treasurer
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.

Gwendolyn Navarrete KlapperichGwen Navarrete Klapperich, CPLP (2017-2018) – Secretary
Gwen is Chief Learning Consultant of Klapperich International Training Associates (KITA) LLC, a family owned nonprofit and training consulting business specializing in affordable performance improvement solutions, technical training, OSHA safety training, and strategic planning facilitation.  As a community advocate and parent of a young man with autism, Gwen and her family support the Autism Science Foundation’s efforts to provide comprehensive scientific, peer-reviewed research and education to both providers and the public.


hi_zpse4e58662Maricel Abad, RN (2017-2019)
Maricel is a Public Health Nurse with Hawaii’s Department of Health, who works with high-risk and special needs populations.  Her goal is to get families into a medical home and to assure that clients receive recommended immunizations to prevent diseases. She has been a Clinic Manager for the Stop Flu at School Program since 2007.


Francine AzouzFrancine Azouz (2017-2019)
Francine is a Masters Student at the Department of Tropical Medicine at the UH Manoa, where she works towards the development of novel therapeutic interventions for the clinical management of mosquito-borne viruses like Zika and West Nile Virus. Francine is also the current President of Student Immunization Initiative (SII), an organization led by graduate students advocating for vaccination and disease prevention.



Celeste Baldwin (2017-2019)
Celeste is currently Tenure Track Nursing Faculty at The University of Hawaii Maui College.


fb-photoForrest Batz, PharmD (2017-2019)
Forrest is a consulting pharmacist and adjunct faculty member of the UH Hilo Daniel K Inouye College of Pharmacy. He strongly supports efforts to make vaccines easily available for the health of everyone in our community.
300px-no_image_available-svgNatascha Ching, MD (2017-2019)
Information forthcoming.
mrdcMay Rose Dela Cruz, DrPh (2017-2019)
May Rose is the Co-Project Director of ‘Imi Hale Native Hawaiian Cancer Network and creates local health education materials to increase cancer screening and awareness. She also conducts research on increasing HPV vaccination rates in Hawai‘i.
boardpic-deeDee Helber (2017-2019)
Past HIC President Dee is a retiree from the Hawaii State Department of Education. Her extensive experience in the field of immunization and education is invaluable for the coalition.
fullsizerenderYukie Lloyd (2017-2019)
Yukie is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Tropical Medicine at the UH Manoa. As a clinical microbiologist, she strongly believes in vaccines for disease prevention and providing correct information and knowledge on vaccines is essential.


boardpic-gailsmall_zps7ccbed6cGail Ogawa (2017-2019)
Gail has been a Public Health Educator with the Hawaii State Department of Health Immunization Branch since 2001.  She works to promote immunizations for children, adolescents, and adults.

Thaddeus PhamThaddeus Pham (2017-2019) – Web Manager
Thaddeus is the Adult Viral Hepatitis Prevention Coordinator for the Department of Health, making sure that ANYONE at risk for hepatitis A or B gets the vaccinations they need.  He strongly believes that everyone deserves to access the vaccines that will protect their health.