2017 Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of Hospice of Hilo is made up of 15 professionals from our community who volunteer their time and energy to serve as public trustees. They provide oversight to our agency, ensuring that we remain in compliance with laws governing the raising and management of funds, standards for quality patient care and standards for effective and efficient organizational
performance. That is the tiny tip of the huge iceberg of their responsibilities to Hospice of Hilo,
the community and the government.

In addition to being leaders in our community, they are also our neighbors, our friends and like
many of us, parents raising children, who experience the very same joys and challenges that life presents.

Board President—Paul Ferreira
Chief of Police, Hawai`i Police Department

Paul Ferreira considers his 30 plus years of service to his community with the Hawaiʻi Police Department as one of his proudest achievements.  Paul truly believes in the genuine caring and support that Hospice of Hilo provides to their patients and families during very difficult times.  “For me it has been an honor to be part of such an outstanding organization, dedicated to serving the families in our community.”  When not serving the community he enjoys fishing, spending time by the ocean either from the shoreline or on a boat.  He also loves doing odd jobs as a handyman, whether it’s carpentry, electrical work, or plumbing--finding great satisfaction in a job completed.

Board Vice President—William Hartman, MD
Gastroenterologist, Gastroenterologist Associates, Inc. and Hilo Medical Center

Care, Contribute and Be Productive are words that Dr. Hartman holds as a life motto.  He wants to make sure the people in the community are aware, “that even when medicine cannot care for an illness, it can still care for a person.”  Dr. Hartman has also been a volunteer at the John A. Burns Medical School. 

Board Secretary—Claire Shigeoka
Retired Director of Human Resources, University of Hawai'i at Hilo

When not spending time with her two grandchildren or volunteering with the Society of Human Resource Management or Hospice of Hilo, you can find Claire Shigeoka fitting in a run or a zumba class whenever she can.   She has always had great respect and admiration of the work Hospice of Hilo does and is now "deeply honored and very excited to now serve this great organization".

Board Treasurer—Haidee Abe

Assistant Vice President & Business Banking Officer, First Hawaiian Bank

Haidee Abe is inspired by the work Hospice of Hilo does for the community.  For Haidee, Hospice of Hilo provides the very important, “care that focuses on the palliation of a chronically and terminally ill patient while attending to their emotional and spiritual needs. I am equally impressed with the focus that Hospice provides to assist patients’ families with coping during difficult times.”  Deeply committed to the well-being of the community, Haidee also serves as the Board Chairperson of the Food Basket. 

Robert Irvine, MD
Orthopedic Surgeon, Retired

In 2011, Dr. Irvine was awarded Physician of the Year for East Hawai‘i. He volunteers on the Hilo Medical Center board and continues to assist with surgeries at the hospital. Dr. Irvine has a strong sense of the importance of the work that Hospice of Hilo does in supporting the community. His hobbies include travel, gardening and his grandsons.


Jeracah Lawless
Director of Human Resources, HPM Building Supply

Jeracah Lawless values “compassion for others and ourselves.”  This compassion extends to her desire to support the work of Hospice of Hilo. “Hospice does amazing work supporting not only the individual at the end of life, but also their friends and loved ones.  I have recommended Hospice grief support groups to employees who have lost loved ones and received great feedback on how helpful the group was.  I am honored and humbled to be a part of supporting Hospice in their mission.”   When not sitting on multiple boards, she can be found with friends and family - cooking, dancing, relaxing with an audiobook, or drawing inspiration from the music of Bruce Springsteen. 

Reverend Junshin Miyazaki
Resident Minister, Hilo Meishoin

In addition to Rev. Miyazaki's leadership at Hilo Meishoin he is also an advisor for First Step Preschool.  In his free time, Rev. Miyazaki enjoys doing historical research on the topic of Japanese-Americans.  He deeply values the virtue of reasonableness, and lives by the motto: Namu Amida Butsu; being open to light and compassion.

Susan Mochizuki
Administrator, East Hawai‘i Independant Physicians Association

In the past, Susan Mochizuki served as a skilled nursing home and assisted living administrator.  In that role she found palliative care and hospice services to be of tremendous value to families and residents.  “I would like to see increased awareness and utilization of these services in the East and South portions of Hawaiʻi Island.”  She has been involved with Leukemia Lymphoma Society- Team in Training, The Seattle Buddhist Temple, The White River Buddhist Temple in Auburn, Washington, and Seattle 4 Rotary Club.  Susan keeps herself active with Crossfit training, marathon running, and golf.  Honesty and hard work are hallmark values for Susan and she holds her 94 year-old independent living mother, a survivor of the bombing of Nagasaki, who does half marathon walks, and plays 18 holes of golf—walking the course as an inspiration. 

Roy Nakamoto
President, Nakamoto, Okamoto & Yamamoto Attorney at Law

Mr. Nakamoto previously served on the board of Hospice of Hilo (and was even the Treasurer for awhile) during the leadership of Executive Director, Shigeko Chang, when Hospice of Hilo occupied a cottage on the grounds of the hospital. Mr. Nakamoto values honesty, and feels "Helping People" is of utmost importance.

When he is not working, or volunteering for the community, Mr. Nakamoto loves to spend time fishing.

Marcie Saquing
Parent Educator and Student Activities Coordinator,
Kamehameha Schools

Marcie Saquing’s life reflects noted American writer Maya Angelou’s statement that, “People will forget what you said, but they will not forget how you made them feel.”  Marcie comes to Hospice of Hilo with experiences volunteering for the American Lung Association, the American Heart Association, and the American Cancer Society and as a Rotarian.  She is currently employed by Kamehameha Schools Hawai‘i as a Parent Educator and Student Activities Coordinator in the Elementary Division.  Marcie has a deep understanding of how valuable Hospice of Hilo’s services are to the community.  Several years ago she was incredibly impressed and appreciative of all the hospice services her very dear aunt received both on Maui and in Hilo.  So when asked if she would be willing to serve on the board, Marcie’s response was, “It is an honor and privilege to serve our community as a board member of Hospice of Hilo.  Hospice is ʻohana in every sense imaginable.”  She loves spending time with her two daughters, and grandchild, and considers them her greatest award.  Her hobbies include spending time with ‘ohana, playing tennis, Zumba and Turbo Kick Boxing.

Margaret Shiba
Director of Institutional Advancement, ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center

Margaret Shiba is currently focused on helping advance the mission of the ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center. She also serves as the secretary on the board of the Shingon Buddhist Temple in Pa‘auilo. Her hobbies include reading for pleasure and knitting for her grandchild.


Christine Takahashi
EMR Director/CDI Director/Physicians Systems Director, Hilo Medical Center

Formerly a 12-year Trustee of the Hilo Medical Center Foundation
(2002-2014), Christine Takahashi presently serves on the Vestry of The EpiscopalChurch of Holy Apostles.  She is inspired by the dedication of the Hospice of Hilo Board of Directors, knowing that it helps ensure that the
organization is continually able to provide its vital service to the community. 
In her spare time, Christine enjoys shopping, swimming, and movies.

Kevin Wilcox, MD
Hawai‘i Pacific Oncology Center, Radiation Oncologist

Hospice of Hilo is deeply honored to have Dr. Wilcox on the Board of Directors.

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