Directors


FRANCINE BEPPU
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Chairperson 
Director since 2018
Francine@hawaiilgbtlegacy.com
Committees:
• Executive
• Finance & Planning (Finance & Audit, Bylaw & Policy, Nominating Co-Chair)
• Fundraising & Development (Sponsorships)
• Marketing (Media Chair) 
• Strategic Initiatives (New Events & Partnerships)
• Honolulu Pride™ (Parade Chair, Media Chair)

Francine was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii and was recently appointed as Chairperson of the Hawaii LGBT Legacy Foundation. Francine brings her unique skills back home to Hawaii with over 14 years of combined experience in developing new business and growth strategies for international corporations as well as start-ups in the entertainment, media, and technology industries.

After earning a double major in Marketing and International Business at NYU Stern, she began her career at Sony Electronics and was involved in marketing the successful launch of 7 luxury consumer electronics products under the exclusive Sony QUALIA line. During her time at Viacom’s MTV Networks, she was part of the team responsible for launching the first LGBT cable network, LOGO, growing viewership from zero to over 30M in the first year.
Currently the Network Strategy Director of Nella Media Group, Francine is passionate about new technologies, out-of-the-box thinking, and creating new channels to enhance the way entertainment is consumed.

Prior to joining NMG, Francine led digital campaign and corporate strategies with KHON2, Hawaii’s FOX and CW Networks. She has also been an e-council member of the Network For Teaching Entrepreneurship to Kids (NFTE) program in Los Angeles, and has served on the board of the International Inspirational Women Awards.


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SCOTT D. LARIMER
Pronouns: he/him/his
Vice-Chairperson
Director since 2016
Scott@hawaiilgbtlegacy.com
Committees:
Executive
Community Engagement Co-Chair (Education & Speakers Co-Chair)
Finance & Planning (Nominating Co-Chair)
Fundraising & Development (Gala)
Strategic Initiatives (New Events & Partnerships)

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 Hawaii 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 Hawaii 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.


WILLportraitTRACYWILL COLEMAN, DVM
Pronouns: he/him/his
Treasurer
Director since 2016
Will@hawaiilgbtlegacy.com
Committees:
• Executive
• Finance & Planning Chair
(Finance & Audit Co-Chair, Bylaw & Policy Co-Chair)
• Fundraising & Development 
(Sponsorships)
• Strategic Initiatives
(New Events & Partnerships)
• Honolulu Pride™ Co-Chair
(Finance & Contracting Chair)

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, Will opened Hawaii’s first 24-hour veterinary emergency and specialty hospital, Veterinary Emergency + Referral Center of Hawaii. In his free time, Will enjoys traveling, cooking, gardening, and spending time with his husband and friends.



TIM (TJ) JONES
Pronouns: he/him/his
Secretary
Director since 2019
TJ@hawaiilgbtlegacy.com
Committees:
• Executive
• Marketing Chair (Media)
• Finance & Planning (Compensation & Hiring)
• Strategic Initiatives (New Events & Partnerships)
• Honolulu Pride™ Chair 

Tim “TJ” Jones is a native of Southern Illinois where he obtained his undergraduate degree in mass media and telecommunications with a minor in music. Tim always knew he would find his way to Hawaii after spending time with his college roommate from Oahu who shared many cultural stories about our beautiful islands.

Upon graduating in 1988, Tim moved to San Francisco and began his career in the legal industry while attending graduate school, and then moved into professional services at Deloitte, where he created and led the company’s first Diversity and Inclusion Council.

Tim is currently the Director of Learning at Kyo-ya Hotels and Resorts / Marriott International in Waikiki specializing in organizational development and workplace strategies. He enjoys helping others reach their full potential by encouraging and inspiring them to find their passion and let nothing get in the way of fulfilling their goals.

Tim’s volunteer work has included acting as Chairperson for the American Heart Association, and most recently as the Interim-CEO of the San Francisco Aids Foundation. He’s an avid outdoor adventurer who also loves traveling and spending time with friends and family.


CHARYL ABRENA-AGAS
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Director
Director since 2021
Charyl@hawaiilgbtlegacy.com
Committees:
• Finance & Planning (Finance & Audit)
• Fundraising & Development (Merchandising, E-Commerce)
• Strategic Initiatives (New Events & Partnerships)

Charyl is a Project Manager at Hawaii Medical Service Association (HMSA) with an extensive background in business development and marketing. Passionate about enhancing the customer experience while maximizing business results, Charyl helped bring to life several children’s products in her past life while employed at The Walt Disney Company, MGA Entertainment and Fuhu, a former start-up acquired by Mattel.

In her current role at HMSA, Charyl takes pride in helping to care for the people of Hawaii. She is responsible for the planning and execution of corporate initiatives, strategic projects and operational improvements. Charyl also helps drive company LGBTQ+ initiatives, including Sharing Our Stories, a talk story series organized by HMSA employee volunteers that promotes a more inclusive and empathetic company culture.

Born in Manila and raised in Los Angeles, Charyl moved to Oahu in 2016 to raise a family with her wife Gail, a local girl. Charyl holds a degree in Business Administration and Marketing from California State University, Northridge. When she’s not searching for decent Mexican food or laughing at her own jokes, Charyl is hitting the beach with her family or creating toys from scratch with her son Max.


DAVID BRUSTEIN, ESQUIRE
Pronouns: he/him/his
Director
Founding Director 2007
David@hawaiilgbtlegcy.com
Committees:
Finance & Planning (Bylaw & Policy, Compensation & Hiring Co-Chair)
Strategic Initiatives (Endowment Co-Chair, New Events & Partnerships)
• Honolulu Pride™ (Finance & Contracting 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 Hawaii 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 Hawaii’s legal clinic and he has litigated important questions of law before the Hawaii Supreme Court. Finally, David served as the President of the La Casa Homeowner’s Association for over 12 years.


R. LEE DONALDSON
Pronouns: he/him/his
Director
Director since 2021
Lee@hawaiilgbtlegacy.com
Committees:
• Community Engagement (LGBTQ Center Honolulu, Education & Speakers)
• Strategic Initiatives (New Events & Partnerships)
• Honolulu Pride™ (Parade Co-Chair)

Lee is a GIA Graduate Gemologist and has been working in luxury retail management in Hawaii for over 30 years. He’s been a business owner and has also had the pleasure of working for such great companies as Mark Cross, Alfred Dunhill of London, Bulgari, St. John Knits and Montblanc.

Lee was born in Singapore and lived in Jakarta, Indonesia before moving to Hawaii with his family. Having lived in Hawaii more than 40 years, and going to school here (Maunawili Elementary, Kailua High and KCC), Lee considers himself a local.

2020 marked Lee’s 9th year with Tiffany & Co. In 2018, Lee became the Tiffany Cares and Diversity & Inclusion Champion for the Hawaii market stores and now is the Champion for the Northwest, Pacific, and Las Vegas markets. He takes great pride in trying to make a difference in the world by educating and encouraging his team members to become more involved in their communities.


JEFFREY ESLINGER
Pronouns: he/him/his
Director
Director since 2021
Jeffrey@hawaiilgbtlegacy.com
Committees:
• Community Engagement (LGBTQ Center Honolulu)
• Marketing (Communications & Public Relations)
• Strategic Initiatives (New Events & Partnerships)

Jeffrey Eslinger has 20 years of destination research and tourism marketing experience. He is currently senior director of market insights at the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau (HVCB) where he is responsible for analyzing trends impacting tourism in Hawaii.

Prior to joining HVCB, he served as senior director of client insights with DK Shifflet, a leading full-service research and strategic marketing firm and wholly-owned subsidiary of MMGY Global, the largest integrated travel marketing organization in the world. Jeffrey has been involved in numerous professional affiliations, including the Travel and Tourism Research Association (TTRA), where he served as president and chairman of the board of the TTRA Hawaii Chapter.

Jeffrey’s previous volunteer activities have included, Osteogenesis Imperfecta Foundation, Stonewall Community Foundation, Pittsburgh AIDS Taskforce and the Point Foundation.


EDUARDO HERNANDEZ
Pronouns: he/him/his
Director
Director since 2021
Eduardo@hawaiilgbtlegacy.com
Committees:
• Fundraising & Development (Grants Co-Chair)
• Strategic Initiatives (New Events & Partnerships)
• Honolulu Pride™ (Fundraising Events Chair)

Originally from New York City, Eduardo Hernandez found his way home to Maui in 1999, where he worked as the Director of Development for the Maui AIDS Foundation. In this role, he wrote a grant recognized as a Special Project of National Significance, that continues to provide life-saving housing resources for people living with HIV/AIDS across the Neighbor Islands. He led efforts to fund and implement The Paradise Ride, taking cyclists across four islands in seven days, in one of the most unique pledge bicycle events on the planet.

Eduardo became an advocate for LGBTQ inclusive tourism policy in Hawaii, bringing stakeholders in local, national and international tourism together. He served on the Board of the Hawaii Gay & Lesbian Cultural Foundation and as Chair of the Kaimuki Neighborhood Board on Oahu. More recently, he championed an initiative known as the Anuenue Pathway to Housing, raising awareness and funds to address a crisis of homelessness that impacts everyone. In 2020, he married Steve Ferraris. They live in Kaka`ako.


JENNIFER LI
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Director
Director since 2020
Jennifer@hawaiilgbtlegacy.com
Committees:
• Fundraising & Development Chair (Gala, Sponsorships Co-Chair)
• Finance & Planning (Nominating)
• Strategic Initiatives (New Events & Partnerships) 
• Honolulu Pride™ (Sponsorships Co-Chair)

Born and raised in Honolulu, Jennifer Li is a local girl at heart. She enjoys water sports, socializing with friends and family, traveling and loves dogs. She is able to speak Chinese-Cantonese fluently.

Jennifer attended McKinley High School and graduated shortly after with a Finance Degree from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Jennifer’s passion is real estate. As a child, she always dreamed of living the American Dream of owning a big house with a yard to entertain. Jennifer has channeled that dream into a real estate career – passionately helping families achieve their goals.

When not selling homes, Jennifer is currently serving as Treasurer and Fundraising Chair of the Rotary E-Club of Hawaii. She enjoys giving back to her community and participating in projects that improve the lives of people, not only in Hawaii but across the globe.  Jennifer’s partner, Meghan, is a chef and they love to travel and are huge foodies. They have 2 dogs together, Hana, Black Labrador Retriever and Kayli, Australian Cattle Dog and Terrier mix.


ALEXANDRA (SANDY) LIVINGSTON PhD
Pronouns: he/him/his
Director
Director since 2021
Sandy@hawaiilgbtlegacy.com
Committees:
• Finance & Planning (Bylaw & Policy, Nominating)
• Community Engagement (LGBTQ Center Honolulu)
• Marketing (Communications & Public Relations)
• Strategic Initiatives (New Events & Partnerships)
• Honolulu Pride™ (Festival Entertainment Chair)

Dr. Livingston loves to learn and collaborate, and has spent his life traveling the world, earning degrees, writing, and making films. His skills and interests are as diverse as his ethnic makeup, coming from west Asian, south Asian, east Asian, Pacific Islander, South and Central American (indigenous), Iberian, and western and northern European familial backgrounds.

Before moving to Hawaii, Sandy was a Political Theory and History Professor and award-winning Lecturer who researched the intersectionality of religion and politics. With his interdisciplinary background [psychology, philosophy, theology, and history], he developed a theoretical model to understand the deeply symbiotic relationship between religious and political institutions and leadership.

After moving to Honolulu, Sandy began to be involved with Olelo Community media and became an award-winning filmmaker. Over the last few years, Dr. Livingston has worked with local filmmakers, writers, and actors to get their stories made and distributed. He founded Sa’Ke Film Group, LLC and two non-profits, Sa’Ke Film Collective and Sa’Ke Film School, in order to provide unfettered access to filmmaking and mentorship for local filmmakers.


MILLERportraitJAMES (JIM) MILLER, CMDCM(SS) (U.S. Navy Retired)
Pronouns: he/him/his
Director
Director since 2015
Jim@hawaiilgbtlegacy.com
Committees:
• Finance & Planning (Finance & Audit, Bylaw & Policy)
• Fundraising & Development (Sponsorships Co-Chair)
• Strategic Initiatives (Student Grant Fund Chair, New Events & Partnerships)
• Honolulu Pride™ Co-Chair (Sponsorships Co-Chair)

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.


ANDREW OGATA 
Pronouns: he/him/his
Director 
Director since 2018
Andrew@hawaiilgbtlegacy.com
Committees:
• Fundraising & Development (Donor Programs Chair, Merchandising)
• Community Engagement (Education & Speakers Co-Chair)
• Marketing (Media, Social Media Co-Chair)
• Strategic Initiatives (New Events & Partnerships)
• Honolulu Pride™ (Merchandising Co-Chair)

Andrew Ogata was born and raised in Kealakekua, Hawaii, and attended the University of Hawaii Manoa where he received his degree in Political Science in 2007. Andrew is the Community Events and Social Media Manager at the Hawaii Health and Harm Reduction Center (HHHRC), an organization created by the merging of the Life Foundation and the CHOW Project. HHHRC serves Hawaii communities by reducing the harm and fighting the stigma of HIV, hepatitis, homelessness, substance use, mental illness, and poverty.
Previous to his position at HHHRC Andrew was the Retail Manager of MAC Cosmetics at Ala Moana Center, Honolulu, where he continues to work as a Makeup Artist.

As a member of the Board of Directors of the Hawaii LGBT Legacy Foundation, Andrew focuses on community outreach and education, helping to organize projects such as 2020’s Rainbow Town Hall virtual panel discussions that bring diverse groups together to address the challenges facing LGBTQIA+ people and their ‘ohana.


RON H. OKIMOTO 
Pronouns: he/him/his
Director
Director since 2021
Ron@hawaiilgbtlegacy.com
Committees:
• Community Engagement (LGBTQ Center Honolulu)
• Strategic Initiatives (Innovation Chair, New Events & Partnerships)

Throughout his 29-year career, Ron Okimoto has held various director positions within the YMCA of Honolulu. He is currently the Executive Director for the Mililani West Oahu YMCA, and he previously served as the Executive Director of YMCA Camp Erdman on Oahu’s North Shore. 

Ron graduated from Mililani High School and earned a degree in Organizational Leadership from Ohio Christian University. His passion is in training and development with an emphasis on diversity, inclusion, and equity. He currently serves on the YMCA of the USA LGBTQ+ National Steering Committee and is the chairperson for the YMCA of Honolulu’s LGBTQ+ Employee Resource Group. 

Ron is proud to share his personal story as a catalyst for social change and his story was recently selected for the National Ad Council campaign, Belonging Begins with US.

Ron enjoys going bowling, singing karaoke, and learning new things on YouTube in his free time. Ron’s motto is, “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.”


GARY PERMENTER 
Pronouns: he/him/his
Director
Director since 2021
Gary@hawaiilgbtlegacy.com
Committees:
• Community Engagement (LGBTQ Center Honolulu Co-Chair, Education & Speakers)
• Strategic Initiatives (New Events & Partnerships)

Gary Permenter is passionate about helping marginalized people and underserved communities, and supporting organizations that prioritize welfare and social justice. His interests focus on inclusive and sustainable solutions to a range of challenges in areas including food security, human sexuality, gerontology, disabilities, healthcare and criminal justice.

Gary has been engaged with the LGBTQ population in various ways over the years: assisting men living with AIDS in the home, assessing treatment program data, and screening volunteer applicants for an LGBTQ community agency.

Gary holds multiple degrees including a doctorate in Psychology from Capella University, an MA in psychology, and a Master of Science in Human Resource Management from Roosevelt University. He is currently a graduate social work student working with the disabled population in Hawaii and will be completing his program in February of 2021.

Gary is a holistic educator having different teaching roles over an 18-year period. He has taught students from more than 45 different countries. Gary has lived and worked in Malaysia, India, China, South Korea, and Japan. He is a Rotarian, a ShelterBox Ambassador, a Toastmaster, and a Red Cross Volunteer. His hobbies are horticulture, astronomy, and music. Gary is a daily runner, plays tennis, swims, hikes, and is a scuba diver.


GILBERT RODRIGUEZ 
Pronouns: he/him/his
Director
Director since 2019
Gil@hawaiilgbtlegacy.com
Committees:
• Community Engagement (LGBTQ Center Honolulu Co-Chair, Volunteers Chair)
• Strategic Initiatives (New Events & Partnerships)
• Honolulu Pride™  (Volunteers Chair)

Gil Rodriguez has a degree in Business Administration and has worked in the hotel industry for over twenty years. For the majority of those years Gil has been a purchasing director at properties in Los Angeles, on Maui, and for the last 6 years on Oahu. Gil also serves on the board of directors of Honolulu Frontrunners/Frontwalkers. He enjoys jogging, traveling and spending time with his husband, friends and family.


RANDY SORIANO
Pronouns: he/him/his
Director
Director since 2019
Randy@hawaiilgbtlegacy.com
Committees: 
• Community Engagement Co-Chair (Education & Speakers)
• Fundraising & Development (Merchandising Chair, E-Commerce Chair)
• Marketing (Communications & Public Relations Chair, Graphics Chair, Website & E-News Chair, Social Media Co-Chair, Media )
• Finance & Development (Merchandising Chair, E-Commerce Chair)
• Strategic Initiatives (New Events & Partnerships)
• Honolulu Pride™ (Educational & Cultural Events Co-Chair, Merchandising Co-Chair)

Randy is a young professional with 10 years of marketing experience at proven industry-leading companies in Hawaii. He specializes in social media marketing, promotional PR, event planning and creative direction. He is currently the Marketing Manager at Title Guaranty of Hawaii, the oldest and largest kama’aina title and escrow company in the state.

Randy has a passion for meeting people and serving the community, which is demonstrated in the countless hours he dedicates to various non-profit and community organizations. He is currently the President of the Rotary E-Club of Hawaii, serving a two-year term that oversees an aggressive strategic plan to grow the Club’s membership and community partnerships. He also serves on the Hawaii FoodBank Alaka’i Young Leaders Board, which is a new initiative by the organization to utilize the talent of Hawaii’s up and coming leaders.

Randy and his partner, Howard, are avid travelers and have visited over 60 countries. Randy was recently honored by Pacific Business news as a recipient of the Business of Pride award. Honorees are recognized for their contribution to the LGBT community through business and community service.


IAN F. TAPU 
Pronouns: he/him/his
Director
Director since 2021
Tapu@hawaiilgbtlegacy.com
Committees:
• Finance & Planning (Bylaw & Policy Co-Chair, Nominating, Education/Speakers)
• Fundraising & Development (Gala)
• Community Engagement (LGBTQ Center Honolulu)
• Marketing (Communications & Public Relations)
• Strategic Initiatives (New Events & Partnerships)
• Honolulu Pride™ (Educational & Cultural Events Chair)

Tapu was born and raised in Hauula, Hawaii and is grateful to have been brought up in a tight-knit community filled with family and friends who are like family. He is a proud graduate of Kahuku High School and later went on to receive his degree from Dartmouth College, majoring in Native American Studies and minoring in Public Policy and Education. Following college, Tapu worked for almost 10 years in the non-profit sector. His work primarily entailed supporting Pasifika youth and their families. 

Tapu then attended the University of Hawaii William S. Richardson School of Law and graduated with his law degree in 2020. He published extensively on topics ranging from LGBTQ rights, constitutional law, and Indigenous rights. His work has appeared in publications such as the Arizona Law Review, NYU Review of Law & Social Change, and the UCLA Asian Pacific American Law Journal. He was also honored by the National LGBT Bar Association with the Student Leadership Award.

In his free time, Tapu enjoys traveling with his partner, playing cards and mahjong with family, being an uncle to his nephews and nieces who keep him on his toes, and is a self-described foodie.