Board of Directors
The Hawaiian Islands Ministries (HIM) board of directors is a composite of men and women with expertise in Christian ministry, conference planning, nonprofit organizations, education, business, theology,
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Co-Founder, Board Chair
Pamela A. Chun,
Co-Founder, Vice President
Hawaiian Islands Ministries Board of Directors 2012-13
The Hawaiian Islands Ministries (HIM) board of directors is a composite of men and women with expertise in Christian ministry, conference planning, nonprofit organizations, education, business, theology, and finances.
Brandon Ahu is the assistant pastor at New Hope Metro in Honolulu and the young adults pastor at New Hope Leeward in Waipahu. A graduate of Kamehameha Schools, Brandon went on to college at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles where he finished with a Bachelors degree in Organizational/Interpersonal Communication. He is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Global Leadership through Fuller Theological Seminary’s in-ministry distance learning program. Following the completion of his undergraduate degree, Brandon returned to Hawaii where he founded the high school ministry at New Hope Leeward when it was an early church plant. After leading the high school ministry for 6 years, he started a new young adults ministry at New Hope Leeward to minister to 20-somethings and singles. A year later, he helped to launch Fuse, a multi-campus young adults ministry of New Hope. Currently, he shepherds the community of young adults at the Fuse West campus in Waipahu, Hawaii. Brandon also serves as the assistant pastor for New Hope Metro, a vibrant church plant that meets in the historic Aloha Tower in Honolulu, Hawaii. As the assistant pastor, he helps to oversee general discipleship, next steps, small groups, and youth ministries with the church. He has been married to his wonderful wife Jamie for 4 years and enjoys surfing, golf, motorcycles, playing with his dogs, and inviting people over for football games and barbeques.
Gill is an active community leader following a 36 year management career at Sears. In addition to serving with HIM, he is currently Executive Director of One Love Ministries, and KALO television in Honolulu. Over the years he has served on the boards of Hawaii Family Forum, State of Hawaii Environmental Council, The Giving Tree, Goodwill Industries, Honolulu Theater for Youth, and Junior Achievement of Hawaii. He currently chairs The Advisory Board to the School of Intercultural Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary. Gill attended Willamette University, Golden Gate University and William and Mary. He and his wife Laurelyn live in Honolulu, and have a daughter with 4 grandsons in Honolulu and a son in Dallas with one grandson. Gill & Laurelyn are praising the arrival of their first granddaughter.
Mark is a retired inventor, entrepreneur and business executive. He has an MBA from Anderson Business School at UCLA and a BS in Mechanical Engineering. Mark has been involved in numerous startup companies and is the co-founder of OddzOn Products, which is now owned by Hasbro. His products have been featured on numerous national television and print outlets, such as the Today Show, Late Night with David Letterman, People, Newsweek, Time and Parenting. Mark and his wife Diane are also authors of The Letter Box, which recounts their triumph over tragedy and inspires others with a meaningful way to leave a legacy for those they love. Mark has also been Executive Director for African Leadership, a Christian non-profit based in Nashville, TN. African Leadership is a development organization that trains 11,000 local pastors and students in 22 African countries and funds 50 development projects in those same countries. During his time there, Mark was also instrumental in the creation and startup of ThriftSmart.com and TheMochaClub.org. Mark, along with Diane and their three children, now make their home on the North Shore of Oahu, where they are members of Sunset Beach Christian Church.
Dan Chun, Co-Founder, Board Chair
Pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Honolulu since 1994, Dan was born and raised in Honolulu, HI. He left an early career in television broadcast journalism at a CBS-affiliate in Honolulu (1972–75) to commit to full-time Christian ministry. Dan served as an associate pastor at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church in the San Francisco Bay Area from 1985 to 1992, where he was responsible for helping grow the church’s first singles ministry to more than 3,000 adults. Dan received his M.Div. and D.Min. from Fuller Theological Seminary, where he now serves as a trustee. Dan also has a MA in cinema production from the University of Southern California and has helped produce and direct several award-winning Christian films. [www.fpchawaii.org / www.himonline.org]
Pamela A. Chun, Co-Founder, Vice President
Born and raised in Honolulu, HI, Pam holds a BA in English from the University of California at Berkeley. Pam is responsible for communications for HIM, overseeing all graphics, publications, and HIM conference brochures. She is also strongly involved in development. Pam formerly hosted the Hawaiian Islands Ministries Radio Magazine, a live radio program broadcast weekly in Hawaii. Pam partners with Dan in his pastoral ministry at First Presbyterian Church of Honolulu, where she serves on leadership teams for the children’s and small groups ministries.
Miriam Hellreich is the owner of Speech & Language Pathology Associates in Kailua and is the Finance Director for the Linda Lingle U.S. Senate Committee. She was in practice as a clinical speech pathologist until 2002 when she became the Finance Director for Linda Lingle’s campaign for Governor and, in 2007, she assumed the same role for Lt. Governor Duke Aiona. Miriam was born in Alabama where she received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Alabama. She lived in Taiwan for 3 years and has been a Kailua resident since 1974. Miriam is married to Dr. Philip Hellreich, a Kailua dermatologist and she has a daughter and granddaughter who live in New York. Miriam been active in the volunteer community and was a former member and Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors for the East West Center. She is a member of First Presbyterian Church of Honolulu.
Howard is a financial and investment consultant living in Honolulu, Hawaii. He currently advises clients with assets exceeding $800 million. He also serves on several boards and investment committees locally. Prior to establishing his consulting business in September 2006, Howard headed Bank of Hawaii’s Asset Management Group, a department of 50 professionals who managed $8 billion of client assets. His main responsibility was to reorganize the unit from top to bottom, which he successfully completed in 2005. Prior to joining Bank of Hawaii, Howard spent 15 years with Bank of America, where he established and headed the analytics and market risk unit assigned to the bank’s Asset Management Group. He managed a team of ten market risk managers and analysts, who developed analytic models and quantified investment risks in $250 billion of client portfolios. Prior to establishing this unit, Howard served in the Bank’s Treasury Department. Mr. Hodel received a B.A. Magna Cum Laude with High Distinction in Economics from Dartmouth College, as well as an M.B.A with Distinction in Statistics and International Business Management from the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium while on fellowship from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, where he earned an M.B.A. in Finance and Accounting. He received his CFA Charter designation in October 2006.
Larry R. Langdon
A partner with Mayer, Brown LLP in Palo Alto, CA and director of the firm’s Global Tax Practice, Larry was former Internal Revenue Service commissioner of the Large and Mid-Size Business Division. Prior to that, he was vice president of Tax, Licensing and Customs at Hewlett-Packard. Larry has an LLM in taxation from New York University, a JD from Ohio State College of Law and a BS from Ohio State University. He serves on numerous non-profit boards including Fuller Theological Seminary, The Lowell Berry Foundation, and InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. He is an elder at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church. Larry and his wife, Sue, reside in Portola Valley, CA.
Kirk is the CEO and Chairman of Cascade Orthopedic Supply, a medical distribution company located in Chico, California and York, Pennsylvania. He and his wife, Vicki, relocated to Hawaii after their youngest son left home for college in 2006. They are members of First Presbyterian Church of Honolulu, where he serves in leadership and discipleship roles, and advocates for children in poverty as the Hawaii Area Coordinator for Compassion International. He has served in leadership positions with non-profit organizations including Little League Baseball, Chamber of Commerce and Rotary International. Kirk is an accomplished corporate pilot and open ocean sailor. He attended California State University Chico before starting his own company in 1977. He and his wife have four children and five grandchildren.
Jeff Schulte is the executive director and a fellow at the Sage Hill Institute, (www.sagehillinstutute.org) an initiative for authentic Christian leadership. He speaks nationally and internationally on a variety of issues including biblical masculinity, fatherhood, spiritual formation, leadership, and relational authenticity. Prior to this, Jeff was the directional leader and co-founder of a church with international reach that grew from four people to more than 4,000 in eight years. Jeff is the co-author of the Voice of the Heart Companion Bible Study and two Gold Medallion award winning resources including Preparing for Marriage. He received his Master of Theology and Master of Divinity from Western Seminary with highest honors, is a graduate of Yale University where he majored in organizational behavior, and is currently working towards his masters and license in professional counseling. Jeff has served on the boards of several national ministries, including Hawaiian Islands Ministries. He resides in Anchorage Alaska with his wife of 25 years and is the father of six.
Margie Smith retired from the University of Hawaii library after 20 years, and just recently retired from 14 years as a library consultant with a retirement residence. She most enjoyed teaching people in their 80s and 90s to use computers and send emails. Margie holds a BA from Stanford University and a MS in Library Studies from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She advises the HIM board on personnel matters and serves on the nominating committee and was co-host with Pam Chun on the weekly Hawaiian Islands Ministries Radio Magazine, which ran for 7 years. Margie and her husband Kit, former business writer for the Honolulu Advertiser, are members of Central Union Church in Honolulu.
Tracie Ann Tjapkes
Tracie Ann Tjapkes is a leadership coach, partnering with people and organizations to maximize individual and organizational potential. In her experience in management and as a consultant, Tracie Ann has provided organizational development assistance to companies such as American Express, Target, the YMCA and Goodwill Industries. For seven years, she was general manager for a 90-member physician group in Honolulu, and currently serves as Lead Health Navigator, improving the health and quality of people with diabetes, and is also the Administrator of the Windward Surgery Center in Kailua. Tracie Ann’s life mission is to “grow talent.”