Officers

Richard I. Ries, Chair

Term: 7/01/16 – 6/30/24

Richard Ries, Psy.D. 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.

TBD, First Vice Chair

Term: TBD

TBD

Christopher Knightsbridge, Second Vice Chair

Term: 11/13/18 – 6/30/21

Christopher Knightsbridge grew up on the Big Island of Hawaii and is a 2002 graduate of Kealakehe High School in Kailua-Kona. He joins the Hawaii State Council on Mental Health as both a consumer of mental health care services and as a family member of relatives struggling with severe mental illness in addition to homelessness.  Chris’s passion resides in advocacy for access to quality mental healthcare, filling Hawaii’s severe shortage of mental healthcare professionals, and combating the negative stigma surrounding mental health-related disorders, which often prevent those in need from seeking help. Chris is currently a doctoral student in Clinical Psychology and holds master’s degrees in both International Relations and Clinical Psychology. He brings with him his experience in launching various advocacy and fundraising campaigns through social media, which he plans on using to help contribute to meeting the goals of Hawaii’s State Council on Mental Health.

Eileen Lau-James, Secretary

Term: 6/05/19 – 6/30/23

Dr. Eileen Lau-James, DVM is a veterinarian and the owner of Purradise Cat Care Inc., a feline-exclusive veterinary hospital in Oahu.  She is a loving devoted wife to a husband recovering from serious mental illness (SMI), and the mother of two young rambunctious boys.  The struggles she experienced in trying to obtain treatment for her husband is what ultimately drove her to become a member of the State Council of Mental Health.  Eileen’s husband’s psychotic disorder came about suddenly and without warning – making it impossible for him to lead a functional life.  At once, she found herself as not only the sole provider, the protector of her two young boys but also the caretaker and advocate for a husband with SMI.  Confused and terrified, not knowing the first thing about mental illness, she reached out to the mental health care system for help. She experienced many hardships in trying to get services for her husband, such as an inadequate system, and red tape surrounding patient civil rights laws, which prevented doctors from administering treatment against the will of psychotic patients.  As a council member, she wants to be an advocate and a voice for all the family members.


Board members

Charleen “Naomi” Crozier

Term: 5/08/18 – 6/30/23

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.

Cynthia Dang

Term: 07/01/16 – 6/30/21

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.

Jon Fujii

Term: 7/1/20 – 6/30/23

Mr. Fujii earned his bachelor’s of arts degree in finance and his master’s of business administration degree in finance and real estate from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. As a member of the State Council, Mr. Fujii serves as a dual representative for his state agency as well as for the Hawaii Advisory Commission on Drug Abuse and Controlled Substances (HACDACS). He has worked for the Department of Human Services, MedQUEST Division for the last 14 years and is currently the Acting Health Care Services Branch Administrator.

Heidi Ilyavi

Term: 7/1/20 – 6/30/23

Ms. Ilyavi has first hand knowledge and perspective about the needs, resources and service gaps faced by youth experiencing behavioral health challenges and their families. After working across the U.S. and internationally, she now lives full-time on Hawaii Island. She is a Parent Partner for Ohana Support Services and Child and Family Services, working throughout the Kailua-Kona and Waimea areas in the Family Guidance Center offices. She is an advocate for parents of children and youth receiving services through the Department of Health, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Division and the Department of Education.

Timothy Lino

Term: 3/13/18 – 6/30/23

Dr. Timothy Lino, Ed.D. 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.

Alexandra Macias

Term:  6/05/19 – 6/30/22

Alexandra Macias represents a family member on the State Council on Mental Health. She is currently finishing her Master’s in Social Work at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa, specializing in Behavioral Mental Health. Alexandra currently interns with the Adult Mental Health Division, under the State of Hawaii’s Department of Health, at a community health center in Kāneʻohe. During her time on the board, she hopes to exemplify compassion and share her continual advancement of academic knowledge to holistically approach the needs for our consumers of mental health services.

Beatrice “Kau’i” Martinez

Term: 3/31/17 – 6/30/23

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.

Carol Matayoshi

Term: 6/30/18 – 6/30/22

Carol has a Master of Arts degree in Forensic Psychology and is the Chief Operating Officer for Going Home Hawai’i, a non-profit organization that helps justice-involved individuals to reintegrate into the Hawai’i Island community. She has worked with the homeless, mentally ill, and substance use disorder populations for over 20  years and has seen, firsthand, how these individuals can live productive and fulfilling lives with proper medication and treatment. Carol represents the Hawai’i Service Area Board on Mental Health and Substance Abuse on the State Council and is a strong advocate for increase mental health and substance abuse treatment services on Hawai’i Island.

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)

Rusnell Pascual-Kestner

Term: 8/09/19 – 6/30/23

Mr. Rusnell Pascual-Kestner received his master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from San Diego State University and a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. Mr. Pascual-Kestner has worked with the Department of Human Services (DHS), Division of Vocational Rehabilitation since 2005. He was a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor for the visually impaired and transition aged youth for eight years prior to becoming a Staff Specialist. His interest in serving on the State Council on Mental Health comes from his passion and belief that individuals with disabilities, given the opportunity, can be productive citizens in our community. He recognizes in order to build workforce parity for persons with disabilities we need public, private, and community collaboration.

Tara Reed

Term: 6/1/20 – 6/30/21

Ms. Reed earned her bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and completed one year of master’s degree work. She has been involved in providing substance use services for 10 years and has been a consumer of those services as well. Having worked in the field of substance use challenges, she is acutely aware of the critical nature of the issues facing her community. Ms. Reed represents the Maui Service Area Board on Mental Health and Substance Abuse on the State Council, is committed to contributing innovative solutions to address substance abuse, and hopes to be a voice and liaison for 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.