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.


BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Celeste Baldwin, PhD, APRN, CNS (2020-2022) President

CelesteBaldwinphotoCeleste has been in the field of nursing, with specialties in pediatrics and obstetrics, for 42 years and has been teaching at all levels for more than 26 years.  Dr. Baldwin currently teaches at the graduate level for UH Manoa and Regis College in Boston.  She serves as an Associate Editor for the Team-Based Learning Collaborative and Associate Editor for the Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing.  She is also a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Society.

To email Celeste, you can reach her at celbald@gmail.com.  Or you can find her LinkedIn page here.


Kaberi Mozumder, MSN, APRN-Rx (2020-2022) – Vice-President

Kaberi MozumderKaberi is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse working in school based health with Hawai’i Keiki (www.nursing.hawaii.edu/hawaiikeiki). Hawai’i Keiki is a partnership of UH Mānoa Nursing with the Hawaii Department of education designed to bridge the gap to care for students throughout Hawaii and improve their health for academic and life success.  Kaberi has been a pediatric nurse practitioner for over 10 years and has worked at several large academic institutions including Stanford Children’s Hospital, Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. She has extensive experience working in the inpatient and outpatient settings domestically as well as with disaster relief, crisis intervention and primary care abroad.  Kaberi was educated at Yale University where she received her Master’s degree in nursing with a specialty in pediatrics.


Janelle Jinbo (2020-2022) – Treasurer

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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.


Jodie Sanada (2020-2022)  – Secretary

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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.


Forrest Batz (2020-2022)

Forrest Batz, PharmD is a public health advocate with more than 30 years experience in evidence-based, vaccine-preventable diseases and immunization education and outreach.


Lauren Ching (2020-2022)

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Lauren is a PhD 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)

2019-0101 echuang-hicpic1After 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.


Denise Cohen, PhD (2020-2022)

Denise CohenDenise is a professor of nursing University of Hawaii Maui College since 1992.  She has a PhD with a focus on healthcare workers acceptance of influenza vaccine.  She is also a practicing Nurse-Practitioner at the Maui College Campus Health Center since 1999.  She has taken nursing students to various sites in Maui County including Maui Memorial Medical Center, Maui Police Department, Elder-care and homeless shelters to conduct flu shot clinics.  She is dedicated to educating the campus and community about the benefits immunizations in preventing disease.


Joanna Kettlewell (Webmaster)

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Joanna is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Tropical Medicine at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She is researching HIV neuropathogenesis and potential preventative strategies to reduce cognitive deficits in HIV-positive patients.  Joanna is the former president of the Student Immunization Initiative of Hawaii (2018-2019). She is committed to public health advocacy and communicating science effectively to a broader audience.


Judy Strait-Jones (2020-2022) 

jsj350x350Judy 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.​


Christopher West (2020-2021)

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Christopher West is a recent graduate of Hawaii Pacific University’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling graduate program. Chris is a Case Manager, at Gregory House, that provides comprehensive medical and behavioral health services to clients with limited incomes who have HIV. Gregory House is a non-profit 501(C)3 agency in Hawaii with programs that provide housing, nutrition and case management services to persons living with HIV.