JAMES (JIM) MILLER, CMDCM(SS) (U.S. Navy Retired) Chairperson and Director / Director since 2014 / Committees: Fundraising & Sponsorship (Co-Chair), Honolulu Pride™ (Chair), Marketing, Finance & Policy, LGBT Center
Jim was born and raised along the Gulf Coast of Texas before he joined the Navy in 1985. He served on the USS DARTER (SS 576) in Sasebo, Japan, USS HADDOCK (SSN 621) in San Diego, California, USS TAUTOG (SSN 639) and USS OLYMPIA (SSN 717) in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. He was the Chief of the Boat (COB) of the USS PASADENA (SSN 752) in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, the USS OHIO (SSGN 726) in Bangor, Washington, and Command Master Chief (CMC) for Naval Submarine Support Command in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Through his 30 year career he has lead, trained, and mentored hundreds of Sailors from all parts of our great nation. Since his recent retirement he has dedicated his time to giving back to the community.
JOE V. BOCK Vice-Chairperson and Director / Director since 2014 / Committees: Marketing (Chair), Fundraising & Sponsorship, Finance & Policy, Rainbows Over Waikiki
Joe is currently partner and chief operating officer at Nella Media Group, where he is responsible for strategic development, operations, legal affairs, sales and marketing. Prior to joining NMG, he led marketing and e-commerce efforts for Castle Resorts & Hotels and Mesa Airlines, Inc., dba go!, where he held the role of chief marketing officer from the company’s start in 2006 through its first five years. Before moving to Hawaii, Joe served as in-house counsel for Phoenix-based Mesa Air Group, Inc. as a member of the State Bar of Arizona. He is also president and director of Sales and Marketing Executives Honolulu and a director of both Make-A-Wish Hawaii’s Young Leaders Board and Hawaii Publishers Association. Joe has also served on the boards and committees of American Heart Association of Hawaii and Gregory House Programs. He received a bachelor of arts degree in journalism from Texas A&M University and also holds a juris doctorate from the University of Houston.
WILL COLEMAN, DVM Secretary and Director / Secretary since 2017 / Director since 2016 / Committees: Fundraising & Sponsorship, Honolulu Pride™
Will was born and raised in Georgia, then attended the University of Georgia for his undergraduate and veterinary medical degree which he completed in 1999. He practiced emergency veterinary medicine for a decade in Colorado before moving to Hawaii with his husband, Chris, in 2009. Here in Honolulu, he opened Hawaii’s first veterinary emergency and specialty hospital which is a thriving 24-hour hospital staffed with a dozen veterinarians. In his free time, Will enjoys gardening, spending time with his husband and friends.
ROBERT J. KAUFFMAN Treasurer & Director / Treasurer since 2013 / Director since 2012 / Committees: Finance & Policy (Chair), Grants (Co-Chair), Fundraising & Sponsorship, Nominating, LGBT Center, Honolulu Pride™, Rainbows Over Waikiki
Robert was born and raised in the metropolitan area of Detroit, Michigan. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in both business and political science with a concentration in American institutions and public policy from Western Michigan University and holds a juris doctorate from The Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan. Robert began a career with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in 1987 as a Special Agent where he was assigned to the Los Angeles Division. Over a career spanning more than 20 years, Robert held various positions including Supervisory Special Agent, Assistant Inspector, and Assistant Special Agent in Charge. His work has focused on operations, counterintelligence, espionage, cyber-crime, public corruption and violent crime, among others. In 2009 he was assigned to the Director’s Office at FBI headquarters where he revised the guide covering all operational and investigative policy, resulting in a new, significantly streamlined comprehensive policy directing the activities of all Agents and analysts. Robert retired from the FBI in December 2010 and is currently an independent consultant, providing security, investigation, compliance and other services to government agencies and various clients. Robert has served the Hawaii LGBT Legacy Foundation as a director since June 2013, and became the Foundation’s first Treasurer in November 2013.
DAVID BRUSTEIN, ESQUIRE Director / Founding Director 2007 / Prior Vice-Chairperson 2007-2015 / Prior Chairperson 2016 / Committees: Grants (Co-Chair)
David was born and raised in New York and has always pursued many diverse interests throughout his career. He originally obtained two undergraduate degrees in hotel and restaurant management in New York and Miami and early on he was a Department Head at the world famous Windows on the World on the 107th floor of the World Trade Center. David went on to obtain his law degree from Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles in 1985 and he moved to Hawai’i shortly thereafter. After becoming a practicing attorney David again gained diverse experience as a civil litigator in many areas including contracts, insurance matters, estate planning, personal injury and worker’s rights. Early in his legal carrier David also devoted his pro-bono efforts in the areas of LGBT civil rights including the advancement of various causes of those living with HIV and AIDS. This included serving on the BOD’s of several non-profits including the Governor’s Committee on AIDS and the PWA Coalition. Additionally, David was one of the founding members of the Life Foundation of Hawai’i’s legal clinic and he has litigated important questions of law before the Hawai’i Supreme Court. Finally, David served as the President of the La Casa Homeowner’s Association for over 12 years.
DAVID MCEWAN, M.D. Director / Founding Director 2007 / Prior Chairperson 2007-2015 / Committees: Fundraising & Sponsorship / Advisory Council: Grant-Scholarship Program, Housing Project for Homeless LGBT Youth, Facility for LGBT Seniors
Dr. McEwan began his practice of Family Medicine in Hawaii in 1977. In the spirit of Saint Damien, he has a long standing commitment to “Creating Change” in Hawaii Nei. He is a co-founder of Life Foundation, Community Consortium of AIDS Physicians of Hawaii, Hawaii LGBT Legacy Foundation, and Aikane Investments. Dr. McEwan also assisted in the creation of Names Project Hawaii, and the Gregory House, now operating as Gregory House Programs. He has also served on the Board of Directors of Susan G. Komen Foundation, Hawaii Equal Rights Marriage Project, Civil Unions-Civil Rights, Protect Our Constitution and the Marriage Project Hawaii. He was on the advisory council for Equality Hawaii. Dr. McEwan has served on numerous city, state, and community health committees, and in 1991 was awarded the ACLU Allan Saunders Award for Civil Liberties. He has been listed in the Best Doctors of Hawaii in Honolulu Magazine numerous times over the past 38 years. He is also at present on the BOD of Hawaii Public Television. He has a Charitable Fund at Hawaii Community Foundation. Dr. McEwan retired in 2015.
CAMARON MIYAMOTO Director / Director since 2007 / Committees: Education (Chair), Honolulu Pride™
Camaron is tenured faculty and the Coordinator of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Student Services at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (2002-present). Mr. Miyamoto continues to learn from his students at UH and is fueled by the belief that we will create a better future through compassion, education, and a steadfast commitment to social justice. Mr. Miyamoto has been a Board Member Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), Honolulu Chapter where he advocated for same gender marriage Hawai‘i in the 1990’s; is a founding member of Hawaiʻi’s Safe Schools Coalition (1999), and served as coordinator and community organizer for the American Friends Service Committee, Gay Liberation Project (1999-2002). In addition to serving on several city county state and national appointments, Mr. Miyamoto has been published by the Princeton Review, the University of Hawaiʻi Press and has materials reprinted by Duke University Press relating to queer people of color. His juried presentations include sessions/workshops at national conferences and institutes sponsored by: US Department of Justice/California Coalition Against Sex Assault, National Association for Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. Mr. Miyamoto received his B.A. in History from Occidental College (1992); M.A. in American Studies from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (1997); and certificate in community organizing from the Center for Third World Organizing (1997).
D.J. DOLE Director / Director since 2013 / Committees: Fundraising & Sponsorship (Co-Chair), Marketing, Finance & Policy
D.J. has been a lead home mortgage originator in Hawaii for the past 14 years. He is the Vice President/Branch manager of Honolulu Home Loans, the largest local mortgage lender in the state. D.J . joined the Hawaii LGBT Legacy Foundation board of directors in February 2014. D.J. was born and raised in Sacramento California, and moved to southern California to pursue a career in the entertainment industry. D.J. graduated with a BA in Film/Television production from Columbia College, and spent 12 years working with Universal Studios, Propaganda Films and various other production companies in Los Angeles and New York before opening his own post production company, US 2 Editorial, in 1993. During his career he worked on many high profile projects including; Feature Films: E.T., Back to the Future, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, The Breakfast Club Music Videos: Michael Jackson, Madonna, Sade, Barbara Streisand, Bon Jovi-Commercials: Nike, BMW, Reebok, Pepsi, Mercedes, Coke, Apple computers.In 1999, D.J. relocated to Hawaii with his partner of 5 years to pursue a better quality of life. “I had spent almost 20 years in an extremely fast paced business, and it was time to take count of what was important to me for the next 20 plus years, and Hawaii was the answer”. D.J. and his husband were married in early 2015 after celebrating 21 years together. When not working, D.J. enjoys spending time renovating his home, spending time with his friends and traveling. D.J. served on the Board of Directors of the Locations Foundation for 8 years prior to joining the Hawai’i LGBT Foundation, and currently volunteers his time with fundraising committees for the Honolulu Museum of Art, Hawaii Opera Ball and Equality Hawaii among others.
BIAJNAUTH (TONY) SINGH Director / Director since 2014 / Committees: Volunteer
WILLIAM J. SABEL Director / Director since 2015 / Committees: Honolulu Pride™ Parade (Chair), Rainbows Over Waikiki (Chair), Volunteer
Willie Sabel is a Midwest boy at heart. Born and raised in the Fox Valley of Wisconsin, he made the move to Oahu in 2006. Willie is employed by Diamond Head Theatre as the Technical Director and Master Scenic Designer. He just celebrated 30 years in the theatrical business, and has accumulated over 400 separate design credits. Willie became involved with the Hawai’i LGBT Legacy Foundation when he attended an open meeting for Honolulu Pride™ in 2015. Since then he has taken the reigns of the Honolulu Pride™ Parade while also serving on the Honolulu Pride™ celebration committee. Willie also serves on boards for The Aloha Bears and HI Gay Flag Football League. As a member of the HI Flag Football board Willie helped launch The Aloha Classic, an annual national ﬂag football tournament.
RANDALL D. MCCREADY Director / Director since 2015 / Committees: Volunteer (Chair), Fundraising & Sponsorship, Education, Finance & Policy, Nominating, LGBT Center
Randall McCready was born in New Haven, Connecticut, grew up in Wilmington, North Carolina, and has lived in Hawaii since 2012. He’s motivated to be involved in the LGBT Community by his passion for LGBT rights and especially health issues. Randall has been in the Air Force for eight years and is currently pursuing a career as a Physician Assistant through attending evening classes at the local community colleges.
SCOTT D. LARIMER Director Director since 2016 / Committees: Education, Nominating
Scott is a native of Illinois having lived in Champaign until moving to Hawaii in 2008. It took nearly 15 years of vacation before the ultimate decision to call Hawaii home. A graduate of the University of Illinois with a Bachelors of Arts in Landscape Architecture, Scott’s career has been a mixture of Landscape Architecture, Commercial/Retail/Industrial Development and now Residential Real Estate. As an agent with Berkshire Hathaway HomeService Hawai’i Realty, Scott serves clients across the island of Oahu. Community volunteering has always played a role in Scott’s life dating back to his years in Champaign. Upon moving to Hawai’i Scott soon became involved with Equality Hawaii, serving as Co-Chair, volunteering as an usher for Diamond Head Theatre and becoming a founding member of the Hawaii Business Alliance Networking Group.
MONOIKI AH NEE-BAHN Director / Director since 2017 / Committees: Education, Honolulu Pride™
Monoiki was born and raised in San Diego, CA. Like many folks in Hawaii’s LGBTQI community, family plays a critical role in his daily life as it was a family reunion that brought him “home” to Honolulu in 1994. Mr. Ah Nee-Bahn credits his mentors from Na Mamo Hawaii (a Native Hawaiian LGBT organization), American Friends Service Committee’s Gay Liberation Program, The People’s Fund, Honolulu Gay and Lesbian Community Center (AKA The Center, Aloha Pride Center), and UTOPIA Hawaii for stoking his passion for grassroots community organization. Mr. Ah Nee-Bahn has been instrumental in allowing young gay men and transgender women to empower themselves around their sexual health in his position at Life Foundation. Monoiki has been providing HIV counseling and testing services, HIV outreach and prevention education, community and group level intervention facilitation and case management for CHOW Project and Life Foundation since 1999.
LUKE ELICK Director / Director since 2017
Luke was born and raised in Southern California, which taught him to love people, nature, and the ocean. Now living in Hawaii he wants to try and help his community here. Luke thought that Honolulu Pride™ was so much fun last year that he wants to help make it even better. As part of the volunteer committee he wants to get more people his age involved and to get more businesses to have floats and to march in the parade. Luke feels that Pride is a time where all of us can come together on our wonderful rainbow filled state to make Oahu the best island for the LGBT community, and Hawaii the best state for anyone looking to find that paradise over the rainbow.
CATHY KIANA KEIKO KAPUA Director / Director since 2017 / Committees: Education, Fundraising & Sponsorship
Cathy is the Transgender Service Coordinator at the Life Foundation (2006-present). Ms. Kapua feels that being a role model for the young transgender community in Hawaii is important because it may inspire them to reach their fullest potential. Ms. Kapua has been an active advocate on trans issues in the U.S. around healthcare, HIV treatment and prevention, and sexual assault and domestic violence since 2003. Ms. Kapua has served on several national leadership groups: Native Community Advisory Expert Panel (2016 to present); Planned Parenthood Community Information and Education Committee (2012 to present); Center of Excellence on Transgender Health National Advisory Board (2015 to present); Transgender Gender Non-Conforming National Coalition (2016 to present). Ms. Kapua has been published by the National Institute of Health and University of Hawaii at Manoa. Her presentations include sessions/workshops at national conferences and institutes sponsored by: Centers for Disease Control; National Minority AIDS Council; and Office on Violence Against Women. Ms. Kapua received her B.A. in two concentrations in Public Administration, first in Healthcare (2016), then in Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (2016) from the University of Hawaii at West Oahu.
PAUL SINNACO Director / Director since 2017 / Committees: Marketing, Honolulu Pride™
Paul was born and raised in California and graduated from The University of California in Santa Barbara with a major in fun. After living and traveling overseas for 5 years, he landed in New York City where he worked in fashion publishing and events production throwing parties for the world’s one percent. During his time in The Big Apple, he worked with Conde Nast Publications, GQ Magazine, Vogue Magazine, Diane von Furstenberg, Marc Jacobs, Tommy Hilfiger, Vera Wang, and KCD Worldwide. His most memorable project is working with Raul Avila Inc., Conde Nast, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art to produce the annual Costume Institute Benefit aka The Met Ball to raise money for The Met Museum’s Anna Wintour Costume Center. Paul fell in love with the land and the people of Hawaii upon his first childhood visit to the islands. In the Fall of 2016 he decided to trade another New York winter for Hawaii’s endless summer.