Officers

Marie Vorsino, Chair

Term: 7/01/16 – 6/30/20

Marie Vorsino, Psy.D. is the Vice President of Intervention Programs at Parents And Children Together, a statewide non-profit social service agency. On the council she is a provider representative. She joined the council in 2012 to advocate for individuals, children, and families who are challenged by mental illness in their daily lives and deserve access to quality mental health services and substance abuse treatment in their community. She believes that through strategic advocacy, concerted efforts to promote awareness about mental illness, and the use of technology to educate and share information, the council can bring about positive changes for consumers.

Christopher Rocchio, First Vice Chair

Term: 7/1/13 – 6/30/17

Christopher Rocchio is a family member to loved ones in recovery from co-occurring serious mental illnesses and substance use disorders. He joined the council to advocate for and promote the use of culturally and linguistically appropriate, integrated, recovery-and resiliency-oriented, trauma-informed behavioral health services that honor, respect, and value the needs, preferences, goals, and strengths of mental health services users and their supporters.

Richard I. Ries, Second Vice Chair

Term: 7/1/16 – 6/30/20

The Second Vice Chairperson for the Hawaiʻi State Council on Mental Health, Richard Ries is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist serving the council as a “mental health provider” from the community. Trained in clinical work with emphases in bereavement, trauma, resiliency, personal growth, and hospice & palliative psychotherapy, his goals are to encourage policy with an eye towards compassionate and accessible care. Outside of the council, he hosts a call-in, broadcast radio program that offers psychological and philosophical perspectives to callers who contact the station during the radio hour. He has a private practice in downtown Honolulu.

Shannessy Ahu, Secretary

Term: 7/1/16 – 6/30/19

Shannessy Ahu who is originally from the Big Island of Hawaii, studied Vocational Rehabilitation & Kinesiology Science at the University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa. She received recognition from the National Rehabilitation Leadership Institute at San Diego State University and is a member of the National Rehabilitation Counseling Association. Passionate about helping individuals with various disabilities, she has worked in the Behavioral Health and Vocational Rehabilitation field for more than 15 years. Mrs. Ahu currently works as a Rehabilitation Program Analyst for the State of Hawaii, Department of Human Services where she conducts statewide program analysis, evaluation, and planning of service delivery to consumers. Mrs. Ahu’s interest in serving on the State Council on Mental Health stems from her belief that people with mental illness can achieve a life of quality and community integration equal to their non-disabled peers given the right opportunities for treatment, education, and employment. Mrs. Ahu is committed to promoting community awareness and consumer advocacy.


Board members

Kathryn Boyer

Term: 3/24/17 – 6/30/19

Kathryn Boyer serves on Hawaii’s State Council on Mental Health representing the seat of the Department of Human Services, Child Welfare Services (CWS) branch. Kathryn works in the Program Development office of CWS and her subject matter areas incorporate substance use disorder treatment and mental health services for families involved in the Child Welfare System, as well as, those who are multi-system involved and may crossover into child welfare without intervention.

Charleen “Naomi” Crozier

Term: 5/8/18 – 6/30/19

Charleen Naomi Crozier was born and raised on Maui and is very passionate about the community that she lives and works in. Naomi is a supportive housing case manager with Mental Health Kokua that serves the community of Wailuku, where she assists clients with mental health to find housing. She has been active in the mental health community for the past eight years, and started out as a Hawaii Certified Peer Specialist and later promoted to case manager. Naomi is very pleased to serve on the council because she understands both the consumer and provider perspective on mental health issues. Naomi’s abilities and expertise will allow her to contribute to the discussions on the council.

Louise Crum

Term: 7/25/16 – 6/30/20

Louise Crum represents the Criminal Justice perspective on the State Council on Mental Health (SCMH). Louise started her professional behavioral health experience working at Kahi Mohala’s psychiatric hospital providing supervision, case management, and psycho-educational services to civilly commit and court ordered hospitalized patients. In 2005, Louise furthered her experience with the adult criminal justice population as the Coordinator for the Mental Health Court, redirecting seriously mentally ill offenders from incarceration to treatment. She remained in this position until she transferred to Family Court in October of 2017 as the Case Expeditor for Juvenile Justice Reform of the juvenile detention population. Her reasons for serving on the council is to support the SCMH initiatives and further advocate for the decriminalization of the mentally ill.

Cynthia Dang

Term: 12/1/16 – 6/30/20

Dr. Cynthia Dang, Psy.D. is an Organizational Consultant specializing in employee engagement and workplace wellness. She holds a Doctorate in psychology and has experience working in the areas of mental health, substance abuse, domestic violence, and homelessness. Her areas of expertise include assessing, preventing, and treating trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder and Native Hawaiian health. Dr. Dang notes the importance of multi-disciplinary collaboration and the significance of culturally sensitive awareness in eliminating the stigma of seeking mental health services, streamlining accessibility to care, and improving the acceptability of programs.

Charlene “Charlie” Daraban

Term: 7/1/15 – 6/30/19

A long-time resident of Wahiawa, Hawaiʻi, Charlie Daraban has worked in the mental health field for 30 years. She is currently a Parent Partner with Hawaii Families As Allies. This is Charlie’s second term on the council, and she serves in the position of a family member. Charlie is proud to be the “voice” of families who have children that struggle with a mental illness. She believes that recovery can be possible and that individuals living with a mental illness have the capacity for resilience, personal growth, and fulfillment. Charlie brings a diverse and unique perspective to the council of someone who has children and grandchildren who have benefited from the mental health system. 

Arwyn Jackson

Term: 10/1/16 – 6/30/20

Arwyn Jackson sits on the State Council on Mental Health as a family member of those who use mental health services. Raised by a Child Psychologist and having many friends and family working in therapeutic occupations, Arwyn finds the importance of mental health as something that she sees to be central to overall health of individuals and communities. Her career spans the political and anti-human trafficking realms, so she seeks to bring those perspectives to the work of the council.

Ciara Winona Kealohilani Kahahane

Term: 7/1/16 – 6/30/20

In the process of getting diagnosed with a mental illness in her freshman year of college, Ciara learned how difficult it was to access information about mental health services at her university. Her attempts to advocate for mental health awareness on campus and in the community eventually led her to join the State Council on Mental Health as a youth representative.

Chad Koyanagi

Term: 7/1/15 – 6/30/19

Chad Koyanagi, M.D., was born and raised in Honolulu. He attended McKinley High School, then Harvard College and the University of Hawaiʻi, School of Medicine. He completed his psychiatric residency and addiction psychiatry fellowship at the University of Hawaii. He is a community psychiatrist whose professional focus is to improve the care for under and poorly served populations, like the chronically homeless. He has been working with the homeless since completing his training in 2000. His primary job at this time is working half-time as a psychiatrist for Department of Human Services-Med Quest Division. He also works for the Institute for Human Services doing psychiatric care and homeless outreach. In addition, he works at Castle Medical Center as a psychiatric hospitalist, and is the Medical Director for Ho’omau Ke Ola in Waianae. Lastly, Chad has had professional experiences in the area of human trafficking. Chad is also a Board Member for Mental Health America of Hawaiʻi.

Timothy Lino

Term: 3/13/18 – 6/30/19

Dr. Timothy Lino was born in Pālolo Valley, but was mostly raised in Kāneʻohe. He’s a graduate of The Kamehameha Schools, Brigham Young University-Provo, the University of Hawaiʻi-Mānoa, and he has a Doctoral Degree from the University of Southern California in School Leadership. He has served in four states as a teacher, coach, vice-principal, principal, district- and state-level leader. He is currently the Administrator of the School Health Section for the Hawaiʻi Department of Education. He has always been driven by his personal and professional WHY, which is…Together, we will! Serve with Heart – Open Minds – Build Belief – Empower All – Inspire Change – Transform Lives. He continually aspires to inspire others to achieve that which inspires them, building their capacity to achieve their maximum potential. Dr. Lino’s designated seat on the council is to represent the Department of Education. As a member of this council, he is driven by his passion to help all people, especially those with mental illness, to live thriving lives filled with happiness and fulfillment.

Beatrice “Kau’i” Martinez

Term: 3/31/17 – 6/30/19

Kau’i Martinez is the designated Housing Representative from the Hawaiʻi Public Housing Authority. In 1994, Kau’i started her professional career with the Hawaiʻi Housing Authority, Homeless Programs Branch. In 2006, she took her experience and transitioned to the Department of Health, Adult Mental Health Division working with the Clinical Operations Team as a Case Management & Support Services Specialist. Later in 2015, Kau’i returned to the Hawaiʻi Public Housing Authority (previously called Hawaiʻi Housing Authority) as a Resident Services Program Specialist in the Property Management & Maintenance Services Branch. She comes with many years of experience in serving the people of Hawaiʻi and is a constant advocate for improving service delivery. Her interest in being part of the State Council on Mental Health was borne from being able to provide consumers, who live in low-income public housing a voice, to bridge gaps in mental health services for residents of low-income public housing, and to ensure quality services are in place to provide continuity of care for all consumers and residents.

Lani Nagao

Term: 11/14/17 – 6/30/20

Lani is a native of Kauai. Her passion includes community education and collaboration for the purpose of providing enhanced services for those seeking help around mental health and substance use disorders. She is the State Council representative for the Kauai Service Area Board on Mental Health and Substance Abuse, a past-president of the Kauai Rural Health Association, a member of the Kauai Mental Health Care Consortium, a family advocate for substance abuse services, MSW candidate at University of Hawaii and Director of the McKenna Recovery Center, an Intensive Outpatient Addiction Treatment Center (Lihue, Honolulu, & Hilo).

Caprena Rowe

Term: 10/10/17 – 6/30/19

Caprena Rowe, the Maui representative on the State Council on Mental Health, is a Hawaii Certified Peer Specialist. She is also trained in Mental Health First Aid and as a Wellness Recovery Action Plan Facilitator. Caprena works for Aloha House where she helps consumers achieve their personal recovery goals through self-determination, personal responsibility, and self-directed recovery. Out of her personal experiences, Caprena places strong emphasis on family and social supports that have been vital to her own recovery. She has become a mental health advocate and promotes suicide prevention activities by instilling hope for individuals living with mental illness in the Maui community.

Scott K. Shimabukuro

Term: 2/10/16 – 6/30/20

Scott K. Shimabukuro, Ph.D. ABPP represents the State of Hawaiʻi Department of Health, mental health sector. He was born and raised in Hawaiʻi, is a clinical psychologist and a diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology specializing in Family Psychology. He works to improve mental health resources in our island state.

Sandra Simms

Term: 7/01/15 – 6/30/19

Retired Judge Sandra Simms sits on the State Council on Mental Health as a family member and has a strong interest in helping our communities reduce the stigma of mental illness. She serves on the board of Mental Health America of Hawaiʻi, and with over 30 years in the legal profession, including judicial service, she brings a unique insight into the ways the mental well-being of our community can benefit from educated and involved citizenry.