JAMES (JIM) MILLER, CMDCM(SS) (U.S. Navy Retired) Chairperson / Director since 2014 / Committees: Fundraising & Sponsorship (Co-Chair), Honolulu Pride™, 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 / Director since 2014 / Committees: Marketing (Chair), Fundraising & Sponsorship, Finance & Policy, Endowment, 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.
RANDALL (RANDY) JADULANG Secretary / Director since 2015 / Committees: Volunteer (Chair), Fundraising & Sponsorship, Education, Finance & Policy, Nominating, LGBT Center
Randall Jadulang 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.
MELVIN McCREADY JADULANG Treasurer / Director since 2017 / Committees: Finance & Policy, Honolulu Pride™
Melvin was born and raised in Kohala on the Big Island and moved to Honolulu in 2008. Melvin has worked for the the Hawaii Department of Education, the University of Hawaii system, and the private sector in the following areas: curriculum development and instruction, health and wellness, information technology, and organizational development. Melvin’s work in the community reflects his passion for social justice and equity and has served as Co-chair of the UH System Commission on LGBTQ+ Equality and currently is the Hawaii Education Manager at Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands and a board member of the Hawaii Youth Services Network. Melvin holds a B.A. in Communications with a Minor in Agriculture from the University of Hawaii at Hilo and a M.A. in Organizational Leadership from Chapman University.
SEAN BARRETT Director / Director since 2018 / Committees: Honolulu Pride™ (Social Chair), Fundraising & Sponsorship, Finance & Policy, Hiring & Compensation
Sean Barrett was born and raised in Cocoa Beach, Florida before joining the Air Force in 2003. He was inspired to become involved in the community ever since attending his first Gay Pride in Manchester, England. Since then, he has been active in Outserve-SLDN, a worldwide LGBT+ military advocacy and legal services network, as well as supporting local LGBT community organizations around the world. It is his honor to work as a newly appointed Director of the Hawaii LGBT Legacy Foundation and on the Honolulu Pride™ committee.
FRANCINE BEPPU Director / Director since 2018 / Committees: Endowment, Honolulu Pride™
Francine was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii and was recently appointed as a Director 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, she led digital campaign and corporate strategies with KHON2, Hawaii’s FOX and CW Networks. Francine is a member of the Honolulu Pride™ planning committee, and previously an e-council member of the Network For Teaching Entrepreneurship to Kids (NFTE) program in Los Angeles, and served on the board of the International Inspirational Women Awards.
DAVID BRUSTEIN, ESQUIRE Director / Founding Director 2007 / Prior Vice-Chairperson 2007-2015 / Prior Chairperson 2016 / Committees: Grants (Co-Chair), Hiring & Compensation
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.
JUANITA (JC) CATCHINGS, DM, SHRM-SCP Director / Director since 2018
Dr. Catchings is a native Chicagoan and is dedicated to giving back to the community. She is a public servant and combat veteran of the United States Army where she served a tour of duty during Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). Dr. Catchings’ has served in various management and strategic leadership positions in the public, private and non-profit sectors. She is a dynamic thought-leader and innovator who enjoys public speaking. Dr. Catchings’ operates a veteran owned company J.C. Consulting, LLC an HR consulting firm. She was awarded her Doctorate of Management and Organizational Leadership degree from the University of Phoenix. Additionally, she is a Society for Human Resource Management – Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP). Dr. Catchings’ is a member of Toastmasters International Kapolei Chapter, and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Hawaii Chapter. She resides on the island of Oahu.
WILL COLEMAN, DVM Director / Prior Secretary 2016 – 2017 / Director since 2016 / Committees: Fundraising & Sponsorship, Honolulu Pride™ (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, 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.
D.J. DOLE Director / Director since 2013 / Committees: Endowment, 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.
LUKE ELICK Director / Director since 2017 / Committees: Fundraising & Sponsorship
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.
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 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.
DAVID McEWAN, M.D. Director / Founding Director 2007 / Prior Chairperson 2007-2015 / Committees: Endowment, 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.
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 Hawaii 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.
BAIJNAUTH (TONY) SINGH, Director / Director since 2014 /Committees: Volunteer, Hiring & Compensation
Tony was born in Guyana, South America and has lived in Hawaii since 1990. He has been a long-time advocate for LGBT rights and equality. He has volunteered his time for many causes that have directly benefited the LGBT community. Tony has been cook at Save The Food Basket, and a facilitator for SMART Recovery, a science-based addiction recovery hosted by Life Foundation. For many years Tony served hot meals to Honolulu’s homeless population through Unity Church. He has also worked on several film projects that sparked his interest in film and he is currently pursuing a career in communications and film-making by attending classes at the local community college.
SHANNON SMITH , Director / Director since 2018
Shannon was born in a small town in Texas near the Dallas/Fort Worth area. She came to Honolulu for the summer of 1993 to work with her great-aunt at Fort Shafter and never left.
Shannon worked for a developer after graduating with a MA in American Studies from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 1996. She is now a partner at Locations real estate, a locally owned company that has been in business in Hawaii for 50 years. Shannon has been a board member of the Locations Foundation as well as giving a percentage of every dollar she earns to the Foundation for over 15 years. The Locations Foundation mission statement: To ensure the future of our community by enhancing the lives of our children through four pillars: Education, Health, Mentoring and Safety. In 2017 the foundation donated over $325,000 from its agents and employees and 1,400 man hours to the community. The Foundation was a large part of why Shannon joined Locations.
Shannon has chaired many events but one of her favorite organizations is Project Visitation which sponsors events reuniting siblings separated in the foster care system in Honolulu. Shannon is a founding member of the Rainbow Chamber of Commerce, and she is excited to also give her time to the Hawaii LGBT Legacy Foundation and assist the community in building wealth through real estate.
Shannon enjoys being a realtor and places a strong emphasis on understanding the desires and needs of all her clients. She takes great pride in successfully guiding them through the biggest purchase of their lives, going above and beyond so that her clients are prepared to win in all situations.
Shannon was married in 2016 to her partner Lidia of 15 years and they have 1 child (a rescue dog Coco Lani).