Heather Lusk, Executive Director
Heather Lusk, MSW, is the Executive Director of the Hawai'i Health and Harm Reduction Center, which is the outcome of a recent merger between The Life Foundation and the Community Health Outreach Work (CHOW) Project. Heather has over twenty-five years of experience dedicated to reducing health disparities and stigma as it relates to HIV, viral hepatitis and other chronic conditions linked to substance use. As the Chair of the Hawaii Advisory Commission on Drugs and Controlled Substances and as Vice Chair with Partners in Care, Oahu’s Homeless Coalition, Heather works to support systems integration and the intersection of mental health, substance use, homelessness, chronic health conditions and the criminal justice system.
Nandi Ishikawa, Clinical Director
Nandi has more than 17 years of management and supervisory experience in the human services field, and more than 8 years providing direct services to children, adults, and families in crisis. Nandi has a Masters and Bachelors degree in social work. At HHHRC, she ensures that people living with HIV on O'ahu have access to HIV medication, and competent, quality health care needed to suppress the HIV virus and live their best lives.
Kavika Puahi, Operations Director
Kavika has more than 15 years of non-profit experience working primarily with The CHOW Project, Hawai'i’s statewide syringe exchange program. He has managed various aspects of administration and programmatic functions during his non-profit career. At HHHRC, Kavika will continue to oversee the administrative components of the organization as well as non-clinical programs.
Kunane Dreier, LGBT Program & Training Manager
Kunane is a leader within the LGTBQI Community providing ongoing cultural competency trainings to service providers. He is experienced as a RESPECT, counseling, testing and referral, and rapid testing trainer. Kunane served as the Director of Prevention Services at Life Foundation since 2006, and has experience working with prevention intervention strategies, linkage to care, and prevention for positives. He has completed the Institute for HIV Prevention Leadership Program, and serves as the Hawai'i Community Planning Group Co-Chair.
David Abitbol, Policy & Contracts Manager
David has more than 5 years of local experience working with non-profit organizations in the fields of non-profit management, social services, public health, and issues related to HIV, hepatitis C, the opioid epidemic, law enforcement, and social justice. At HHHRC, David manages major contracts that help provide services to target populations such as people living with HIV, mental illness, alcohol and substance abuse, and homelessness. David is currently pursuing a Juris Doctor degree at the University of Hawai'i William S. Richardson School of Law.
Leilani Maxera, Outreach & Overdose Prevention Manager
Leilani manages the statewide syringe exchange, outreach, and overdose prevention programs, supervises the outreach workers on four of the Hawaiian Islands, and conducts training and education with other social service organizations to teach about overdose response and to reduce stigma around drug use. She previously worked at Homeless Youth Alliance/San Francisco Needle Exchange and Tenderloin Health in San Francisco, and volunteered at SANE (Safer Alternatives thru Networking and Education), a syringe exchange program in Sacramento, CA. Leilani has a Master of Public Health degree with an emphasis in Aging from the University of California – Berkeley and a Master of Social Work degree from Hawai'i Pacific University.
Pleonpit “Bun” Wuttayagon, Finance Manager
Bun has 16 years of accounting experience in the non-profit sector and more than 7 years in for-profit organizations. Bun has a B.A. degree in Accounting and an MBA in Business. At HHHRC she is responsible for all areas of budget and finance. Bun truly enjoys working as a team to grow the organization.
Keli‘i Abordo, Medical CM Team Manager
Keli'i has been in the HIV services field for over 14 years, starting in the community doing outreach, education, and testing in our rural neighborhoods on Oahu, i.e. Waialua, Mokuleia, Waianae, Makaha and our Native Hawaiian pockets in Papakolea and Waimanalo. Keli'i co-facilitates Ke Ola Pono, HHHRC’s Native Hawaiian program, a program that fosters culturally relevant engagement with HHHRC’s Native Hawaiian HIV positive participants and their support system. He transitioned into care services through securing Native Hawaiian HIV case management position. While in case management, Keli'i was involved in the implementation and management of HHHRC’s 340B HIV program and assisted with the establishment of HHHRC’s STD 340B program. Now, as a supervisor for medical case management, Keli'i is able to provide support for his front line team. He also assures relationships with partner agencies remain open and active. As a new supervisor Kelii is involved with HHHRC’s newest initiative, Supportive Housing Services. In Keli‘i’s spare time, he sides with Team Mystic and is Level 38, still trying to “catch ‘um all”. If you know the reference, we’re already friends.
David Shaku, Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) Manager
David manages the LEAD, Housing First, Cell-Connect Re-Entry Project, Alcohol & Drug Abuse Division pre-treatment programs, and supervises the LEAD & Hepatitis C program staff at HHHRC. He transitioned from an MSW intern working with the Community Health Outreach Work (CHOW) Project into a Case Manager with the LEAD program at HHHRC. He currently provides administrative support for staff working the frontline in the intersections of Public Health & Public Safety, brining harm reduction practices to traditionally underserved populations. David received his Bachelor & Master of Social Work degree from Hawaiʻi Pacific University. David also serves in the Behavioral Health field with the United States Army Reserve.
HHHRC RELEASES 2019 SYRINGE EXCHANGE ANNUAL REPORT
Hawai῾i Health & Harm Reduction Center released our latest annual report outlining the ongoing successes of Hawaiʿi’s publicly-funded statewide syringe access program (SEP), which began in 1989 to curb the spread of HIV/AIDS. Over 1.18 million syringes were exchanged during the report’s 2019 time frame.