Staff

ADMINISTRATION

Stephen L. Spears, Executive Director

Since taking the reins in 2007, and building upon his many years of experience both in Hawai‘i and West Virginia, Stephen has brought the Kaua‘i affiliate through major growth and transition. Under his leadership, Kaua‘i Habitat is developing the ‘Ele‘ele Iluna site of 107 affordable homes, has built the internal capacity of the affiliate, and has grown the size of the affiliate from small to medium. In addition to the 125 fee simple home ownership opportunities for low income families, Stephen pioneered the affiliate’s expansion to working with families that had their own land, creative use of federal funding for lot purchase, and the new Repair and Renovation program. Stephen’s many years of Habitat experience in Hawai‘i and West Virginia have helped position the Kaua‘i affiliate toward enabling even more affordable home ownership opportunities to Kaua‘i’s families in need.

Nicole Jacintho, Accounting and HR Manager

Nicole is responsible for office management, general accounting, and human resources coordination. She serves as a liaison for homeowners with questions and concerns on various issues relating to their mortgage, insurance, and payment histories. Nicole has over 14 years experience working with Kaua‘i Habitat and is trained in Federal, State, and local fair housing laws and regulations and Hawai`i labor and employment laws.

Tiffani Carlin, Administrative Assistant

Tiffani provides administrative support to the Administration and Finance Departments. She may be your first point of contact when contacting Kaua‘i Habitat either in person or over the phone.

CONSTRUCTION

Rick Aitkenhead, Construction Project Manager

As Construction Project Manager, Rick provides management oversight for all phases of the `Ele`ele Iluna subdivision project, including coordinating workers, material, utility connections, permitting and equipment, ensuring that specifications are being followed, and work is proceeding on schedule and within budget. Rick joined the Kaua`i Habitat team in 2014 with over 25 years of experience, including building up to 185 homes annually for a large, regional homebuilder on the mainland.

Moki Nitta, Construction Supervisor – ‘Ele‘ele

Moki oversees the construction process at Habitat self-build job sites in ‘Ele‘ele. He coordinates all phases of construction and provides necessary instruction and direction to volunteers, AmeriCorps staff, and partner families as they build their homes.

Devon Hudson, Construction Supervisor – ‘Ele‘ele

Devon  oversees the construction process at Habitat self-build job sites in ‘Ele‘ele. He coordinates all phases of construction and provides necessary instruction and direction to volunteers, AmeriCorps staff, and partner families as they build their homes.

Nolan Corlett, Construction Supervisor – Anahola

Nolan oversees the actual construction process at Habitat self-build job sites in Anahola. He coordinates all phases of construction and provides necessary instruction and direction to volunteers, AmeriCorps staff and partner families as they build their homes.

David Wetzel, Crew Leader (AmeriCorps National Member)

David is from Mississippi and is serving his first year as an AmeriCorps member. He arrived in October 2016 to begin his 10.5 months of volunteer service to Kaua‘i Habitat. He is excited to learn more about home construction and help our families on Kaua‘i achieve their goal of homeownership.

Alan Clinton, Crew Leader (AmeriCorps National Member)

Alan is a returning AmeriCorps member from Ohio and will arrive in August 2017 to begin his second year of service with Kauai Habitat for Humanity. He is a graduate student in the field of urban planning.

Lyric Gibson, Crew Leader (AmeriCorps National Member)

Lyric previously served as an AmeriCorps NCCC member working on various projects in Colorado, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, and Missouri. One of her noteworthy accomplishments was in Texas where she helped complete 14 new homes and 2 rehab projects. She arrives in September 2017 to begin her 10.5 months of AmeriCorps National service with Kaua‘i Habitat.

Vijay Sanghvi, Crew Leader (AmeriCorps National Member)

Vijay was introduced to Habitat when he began volunteering with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Plainfield and Middlesex County in New Jersey. Having enjoyed that experience he jumped at the chance to serve a 10.5 month service term with Kauai Habitat for Humanity and is looking forward to his time as an AmeriCorps member beginning in September 2017.

Nikita Wilson, Crew Leader (AmeriCorps National Member)

Nikita recently completed a year of service with Habitat for Humanity in Charlotte, North Carolina as an AmeriCorps member and has a deep passion for the missions of Habitat for Humanity and AmeriCorps. She begins her 10.5 months of service with Kauai Habitat for Humanity in August 2017.

Robert (Bob) McNamara, Baseyard Manager

Bob keeps our facilities up and running. He is responsible for overseeing the organization and maintenance of our baseyard and facilities including tools and vehicles.

DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT

Milani Pimental, Deputy Director

As deputy director, Milani oversees special projects as well as fund development initiatives for Kaua‘i Habitat for Humanity including: annual and major gifts, planned giving, sponsorships, and special events. She is also responsible for oversight of the volunteer program. Milani joined the affiliate in 2010 and has over thirteen years experience in nonprofit fundraising.

David Bieker, Development Coordinator

David joined the staff in March 2014 and coordinates all aspects of the Development Department. His duties include: database and website administration, marketing and public relations, event management, direct mail, grant writing, and Annual Fund.

Pomaika‘i Brown, Volunteer and Homeowner Engagement Coordinator

Pomaika‘i handles all duties involved with the Volunteer Program. Her duties include: volunteer outreach, recruitment, orientation, coordination of all local and visiting group volunteers, volunteer housing scheduling, sweat equity reporting, volunteer communications and homeowner meetings.

Caitlin Pounds, Volunteer and Homeowner Engagement Coordinator

Caitlin handles all duties involved with the Volunteer Program. Her duties include: volunteer outreach, recruitment, orientation, coordination of all local and visiting group volunteers, volunteer housing scheduling, sweat equity reporting, volunteer communications and homeowner meeting.

FAMILY SERVICES DEPARTMENT

Catherine Shiningstar Ka‘auwai, Family Services Manager 

Catherine plays a key role in training, counseling, and supporting families who are interested in applying for housing opportunities and who are current Kaua‘i Habitat partner families. Because of her efforts in working one-on-one with homeowners, she was able to reduce mortgage delinquency and prevent foreclosures.  Her studies in the Native Ministries Masters in Divinity Program at the Vancouver School of Theology gave Catherine a unique perspective on indigenous cultures which has yielded success in working with Kaua‘i Habitat’s homeowners. Catherine is a Certified Financial Coach and certified USDA Loan Packager.

Christy Taylor-Parsil, Family Services Assistant

Christy assists Catherine in all aspects of the Family Services department, including training, counseling and supporting families who are interested in applying for housing opportunities.

Shana Cruz, Administrative Assistant

Shana assists Catherine in all aspects of the Family Services department, including training, counseling and supporting families who are interested in applying for housing opportunities.

RESTORE®

Cynthia Dazzi, ReStore® Manager

Cynthia manages the operations of ReStore®, Kaua‘i Habitat’s resale outlet which features reusable and surplus building materials and other donated household items at a fraction of the retail cost. She works alongside ReStore® employees and volunteers to bring a quality shopping experience to our community and to maximize sales to ensure that proceeds can enable the construction of more Kaua‘i Habitat homes.

Jeffrey Iida, Assistant Manager

Jeffrey assists Cynthia in the management of ReStore, and together they work to achieve the goal of providing a quality shopping experience to our community, while raising much needed funds for our building programs.

Friendly Warehouse and Retail Associates

The following staff members assist with ReStore operations, provide customer service, and coordinate the acceptance of goods and materials to present for resale:

Debbie Fitzgerald-Troche, ReStore® Sales Assistant

Jayme Salvacion, ReStore® Sales Assistant

Tim Liberto, Warehouse Sales Assistant

Raymond Marty, Warehouse Sales Assistant