Executive Director, Jeff Gilbreath, joined HCA in 2008 with experience in youth mentoring, family services, and self-help housing. Mr. Gilbreath has over 10 years experience in nonprofit program development and management, a background in Federal and State policy promoting sustainable communities, and experience training and mobilizing staff and volunteers. He is President of the Hawai'i Jump$tart Financial Education Coalition and serves as a representative on the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement Board and Alaska Growth Capital Native Community Development Financial Institutions Advisory Committee.
Office Manager, Rona Kahoonei, started with HCA in 2005 as it established itself as a statewide housing counseling agency and Native CDFI. She is responsible for overseeing the organization’s daily accounting and administrative functions. With her expertise in fiscal management, Ms. Kahoonei serves as project accountant for the organization’s community lending initiatives through its work as a Native CDFI. Born and raised in Kailua, she lives with her family on the homestead of Waimanalo.
Administrative Assistant, Roxanne Hanawahine, came to HCA in 2010 with over 10 years experience as a volunteer, Board member, and Board President of the Waimanalo Homestead Association. A 2nd generation homesteader since 1969, Ms. Hanawahine serves as the piko (center) of the organization, leading its public education outreach and supports the day-to-day work of HCA staff to serve low- and moderate-income families statewide.
Program Coordinator (Hawai'i Island), Kelly Lincoln manages HCA’s Hilo office. She is a homeowner in the Pana'ewa Hawaiian Home Lands Development where she is active in community development and serves as Board President. Ms. Lincoln assists Hawai'i Island families secure and sustain housing through the delivery of homebuyer and financial education workshops, pre-purchase and foreclosure prevention counseling, and tax preparation through the Volunteers in Tax Assistance (VITA) Program. She is certified through NeighborWorks America to provide pre-purchase and foreclosure prevention counseling and deliver pre-purchase workshops and by Internal Revenue Service as a Certified Tax Preparer coordinating HCA’s Hilo VITA site.
Community Services Specialist (O'ahu), Mahealani Mehe'ula was raised along with seven siblings, in rural East O`ahu, Hawaii. Her steadfast, single-mother worked several jobs, determined to provide a better life for her children. It was this disciplined upbringing that established the foundation for Mahealani’s drive and commitment to her own children’s future and that of her Native Hawaiian community. This ambition was the driving force that led to management of a successful local business and experience in Hawaii’s flourishing real estate industry. Currently, through her work as a Community Services Specialist for HCA, she is able to apply this passionate experience to champion the families she works with in rental, pre-purchase, and foreclosure prevention housing counseling.
Community Services Specialist (O'ahu), Rose Transfiguracion came onboard with HCA after becoming a successful homeowner in Kaupea Hawaiian Home Lands Development. Ms. Transfiguracion provides Oahu families with housing and financial education services and offers training and technical assistance to organization partners for the delivery of Kahua Waiwai Financial Education Programs. She is certified by NeighborWorks America to provide rental and pre-purchase counseling.
Community Services Specialist (Kauai), Kalei'o Caminos came to HCA in October 2012 to provide housing education and counseling services through the organization's Anahola office on Kauai. Ms. Caminos became familiar with HCA as a client in the organization's pre-purchase homebuyer education program. In 1977 her family moved from Oahu to the Anahola Homestead Makai subdivision where they have resided for over 35 years. Kalei'o brings with her 16 years of experience in small business/office management, staff training and development, and event planning/organizing in positions held both on Kauai and Guam.
Program Coordinator (O'ahu), Lahela Williams joined HCA with a background in community organizing and youth education. She currently serves on the Boards of Kewalo Hawaiian Homestead Association and Kula No Na Po'e Hawaii. Ms. Williams manages HCA’s Youth Financial Education Program, provides housing and financial education services, and offers training and technical assistance to organization partners for the delivery of Kahua Waiwai Financial Education Programs. She is certified by NeighborWorks America for rental and pre-purchase counseling as well as pre-purchase workshops and the Internal Revenue Service as a Certified Tax Preparer.
Beneficiary Advocate, Kahaunani Mahoe-Thoene joined HCA as a volunteer in October 2012 before becoming a full-time Beneficiary Advocate in May 2013. She brings with her over 4 years experience in affordable housing work having most recently served with the Affordable Housing and Homeless Alliance prior to coming onboard with HCA. With a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management and having spent her whole life in community work on Hawaiian Home Lands, Ms. Mahoe-Thoene brings compassion and heart when serving native Hawaiian Beneficiary families. A fourth generation homesteader, she lives with her husband and 3 children in Waimanalo on a lot originally secured by her Great-Grandmother in 1937. Ms. Mahoe-Thoene is certified through NeighborWorks America to deliver Pre-Purchase Homebuyer and Foreclosure Prevention Counseling.