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.

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.

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, Project Planning Director

As Project Planning Director, Rick oversees delivery of completed homes from concept, acquisition, infrastructure development, to development of final housing units on affordable lots. 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.

Robert (Bob) McNamara, Construction Superintendent and Baseyard Manager

Bob is responsible for onsite supervision of construction staff and volunteers. He also keeps our facilities up and running and oversees organization and maintenance of our baseyard and facilities including tools and vehicles.

Construction Supervisors

Our construction supervises work onsite to oversee daily construction tasks at Habitat home sites. They coordinate all phases of construction and provides necessary instruction and direction to volunteers, AmeriCorps staff and homebuyers as they build their homes.

Nolan Corlett, Construction Supervisor

Devon Hudson, Construction Supervisor

Raymond Marty, Construction Supervisor

Moki Nitta, Construction Supervisor

AmeriCorps National Members

AmeriCorps National Members are employees of the U.S. Government under the Corporation for National and Community Service. They serve 10.5 month terms at Habitat affiliates to provide unpaid volunteer assistance to homebuyers in building their homes.

Lyric Gibson, Crew Leader

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 arrived to Kaua`i in September 2017.

DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT

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.

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.

Christopher Young, Community Relations

Chris joined the Habitat staff in September 2017 and is responsible for informing others about the work of Kaua`i Habitat, engaging supporters, fund development, and growing Habitat’s donor base.

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.

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.

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.

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:

Eli Collins, Warehouse Sales Assistant

Debbie Fitzgerald-Troche, ReStore® Sales Assistant

Tim Liberto, Warehouse Sales Assistant

Jayme Salvacion, ReStore® Sales Assistant