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Capacity Technical Assistance Deputy Director, National Network to End Domestic Violence
Before joining the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV), Tonia previously worked with the Ohio Domestic Violence Network (ODVN), where she was the Training and Technical Assistance Director. In that position, Tonia assisted domestic violence programs around the state by providing on-site training and consultation for a variety of needs. Tonia began her career at ODVN as the Outreach Coordinator to Underserved Populations, in which she worked with domestic violence programs and allied professionals to become more inclusive and culturally competent in their practices and policies. Tonia co-facilitated ODVN’s statewide trainings and trained a wide variety of professionals concerning domestic violence and related issues. Tonia was also responsible for convening the Legal Advocacy Caucus and the Women of Color Caucus. Tonia previously worked in the social services field for 14 years. Her experience includes working with adolescents in residential treatment, homeless families, families involved with Child Protective Services and supervising an alcohol and drug treatment program. Tonia also has experience in facilitating life-skills classes, such as parenting, family alcohol and drug education, anger management and women’s empowerment.
Chief of Police, Yavapai College
Mr. Monahan has served the Arizona public safety community for the past 39 years beginning with the Arizona State Prison and the Casa Grande Police Department from 1978 to 2002. He went to work at the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office in 2002 as a Captain and was appointed Chief Deputy in 2005. In June of 2008 he was appointed as the Chief of Police with the Apache Junction Police Department, and in March of 2013, was appointed as the Chief of Police for the City of Prescott serving there until June of 2016 when he accepted the Chief of Police position for Yavapai College. Chief Monahan has been actively involved in addressing issues of violence against women with each agency he has served. He was appointed to the Governor’s Commission to Prevent Violence Against Women in 2003. In January of 2011, Chief Monahan was named as the Chairperson, serving in that role until December of 2013. In April of 2015 he was appointed to the Board of Directors for the End Violence Against Women International organization and is the current board President. Chief Monahan serves as a consultant for the National Domestic Violence Fatality Review Initiative since 2009. He served on the Executive Board for the Arizona Association of Chiefs of Police from 2009 to 2014. Chief Monahan holds a Master of Science degree in Leadership with an Emphasis on Crisis Management and disaster preparedness from Grand Canyon University, a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Safety Administration from Grand Canyon University, and an Associate of Applied Science degree in the Administration of Justice from Central Arizona College. He is a graduate of the FBI’s National Academy, the 230th Session, Sept. 2007.
Suvivor Advocacy Services Vice President, Domestic Violence Action Center
Ms. Arias has been working in the field of domestic violence for 15 years. She provided direct services to hundreds of survivors and supported families in creating safety plans and navigate a complex system of institutional and community services. She also started a Filipina Support Group that is culturally and linguistically based; conducted a research study and co-authored an article, entitled “Listening to Filipina Women: Perceptions, Needs, and Responses Regarding Intimate Partner Violence”; and received the Soroptomist International 2017 Ruby Award in recognition of her outstanding work to improve the lives of other women. In her current role as the V.P. of the Survivor Advocacy Services at the Domestic Violence Action Center, Ms. Arias provides leadership to direct service agency programs. She develops the capacity and oversees quality management program infrastructures and effective services in the community, in courts, over the telephone, and in cooperation with other agency initiatives; oversees the court outreach, advocacy and culturally based program and ensures responsive and effective delivery of client services. Ms. Arias was born in Manila, Philippines and immigrated to Hawaii 30 years ago. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Assumption College and is fluent in Tagalog.
Pūlama I Ka 'Ohana Program Manager, Domestic Violence Action Center
Desiree leads Domestic Violence Action Center's (DVAC) family-centered Pūlama I Ka ʻOhana (“Cherish the Family”) program and culturally adapted Hawaiian-based Ho`oikaika Program. Before joining the DVAC team, Desiree spent 5 years working within low-income communities managing strengths-based, culturally adapted programs for homeless families across the Hawaiian Islands. While working with these homeless families, Desiree saw a direct link between homelessness and domestic violence, noting that about 80% of those she worked with in homeless shelters were in intimate partner violence (IPV) relationships. Having a passion for empowering the most vulnerable, Ms. Vea joined DVAC to address these intersections while building additional supports for those families whose children exhibit signs of trauma and/or are involved in the Child Welfare System.
Project Assistant, Pacific Disabilities Center- John A. Burns School of Medicine
Tomoko Hotema started working for Pacific Disabilities Center (PDC) as the Project Assistant for Hawai`i Neurotrauma Registry Project in September of 2017. Prior to that, Tomoko was a stay at home mother of three boys and kept herself busy with motherhood, volunteering for the community, and planning fundraiser events. She has been a part of organizations such as Ceeds of Peace, Women’s March Oahu, and IVAT. (Institute for Violence, Abuse and Trauma) When Tomoko was offered to work for PDC to help educate the community about neurotrauma injuries and help survivors and families of neurotrauma injuries, she did not hesitate because of her background and passion in helping people. Tomoko continues to run fundraiser events on weekends and enjoys her busy life as a mother, a strong community supporter, and a peace advocate.
Director, Pacific Disabilities Center- John A. Burns School of Medicine
Violet E. Horvath, Ph.D., MSW, MFA
Dr. Horvath is Director of the Pacific Disabilities Center, John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. She has a Ph.D. in social welfare, master’s degrees in social work and theater, and bachelor’s degrees in psychology and theater. She was previously Assistant Professor at the Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work, University of Hawai‘i, Chair of the Bachelor of Social Work Program, and Program Coordinator for the Distance Education Option. She has been a Lecturer at Honolulu Community College, Adjunct Faculty at The Brown School of Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis, and Grants Administrator at Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Horvath is a researcher, educator, project and program coordinator, and consultant, and has worked on numerous grants and contracts.
Na Pu'uwai, Native Hawaiian Healthcare System
Kapuaola Gellert, Ph.D.
Dr. Gellert is a cardiovascular epidemiologist with research expertise in the effects on heart disease of changes in risk factors such as body weight, diet, and physical activity. For her research, she uses advanced mathematical methods to predict the effects of lifestyle interventions on heart disease in vulnerable populations. Her passion for this type of work came out of her strong desire to reduce the burden of disease in Hawaiians. Kapuaola received her PhD and postdoctoral fellowship training from one of the top schools of public health in the country - University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill. Growing up in Hawai`i, Kapuaola recognized the disparate burden of chronic disease among Hawaiians especially in her own family compared to other race groups living in Hawai`i. Given her passion and academic training, Kapuaola’s long term career goal is to achieve a higher excellence of research and public health especially in minority communities, through strong epidemiologic methods and collaboration with other public health scientists and communities. Currently, Kapuaola commutes to Moloka`i and Lana`i to work with the Native Hawaiian Health Care System called Na Pu`uwai. She works on programs aimed to improve community health with adults and children. One of her favorite projects is with the island’s elementary charter school that has reduced the burden of obesity among students and their families through development of more culturally based approaches to wellness by including cultural aspects of physical activity and diet. When she is not working, you can catch her stand up paddle boarding, knitting, and enjoying precious moments with friends and family.
Executive Director, Hawaii State Commission on the Status of Women
Khara is the Executive Director of the Hawaii State Commission on the Status of Women. The Commission is a state agency created in 1964 to improve the collective status of women in Hawai`i. Previously, Khara served as the Public Affairs Director of Strategies 360 and Director of the Hawai`i Coalition for Immigrant Rights, where she led the successful legislative campaign to extend drivers licenses to undocumented immigrants in Hawai`i. She began her advocacy in the women’s liberation movement in the Philippines. Khara earned her bachelor’s degree from New York University and Franklin College of Switzerland, and her J.D. from the University of Hawai`i where she specialized in Native Hawaiian law. Khara and her partner Kaniela Ing have a two-year-old son, Laguna.
Creative Arts Experience
Su Shen Atta
Su is the Executive Director of Creative Arts Experience (CAE) and comes with over 30 years of experience as a professional artist, art educator as well as mental health professional. She has taught privately and at the Department of Education. Her work has been purchased by private collectors and the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts. She continues to conduct workshops, trainings and retreats on creativity and art experiences through CAE. CAE is a nonprofit organization whose goal is to enhance people's quality of life by bringing art activities and creative experiences to all folks, especially those who do not typically have access.
Lucie Lynch & The Perfect Wave
Lucie is a Singer-Songwriter, Playwright and Artist with an angelic voice and wicked sense of humor. Her solo work is influenced by Joni Mitchell, Ben Harper, and Joan Baez, taking audiences on a journey through a world filled with wry observation, laughter, and exploration of the soul. Lucie has opened as a solo artist for international cult band 'Marillion', is a regular many of Hawaii's favorite venues. Lucie & The Perfect Wave is unique blend of Canadian slack-key guitarist Michael Tanenbaum's mystical celtic sounds, Swedish heavy-metal guitarist Nick Gertsson's unique melodic voicings, and Lucie's powerful vocals. The band released its new EP in June 2018. "Money Talks: But What the Hell is it Saying?" is the award-winning musical about love, money & self-worth that is taking audiences by storm. The two-woman musical show is written, produced & performed by Lucie Lynch and Marcia Zina Mager, featuring the talented Alan Okuye on keys. Lucie studied theatre and musical in Germany at the Schauspielstudio (University of Performing Arts) in Hamburg, Germany. She wrote, produced & performed the one-woman musical called 'Gabrielle's Universe' for several years throughout Germany (the story of a neurotic secretary who marries her typewriter in search of true love), before living out of her backpack as a Travelpoet, while traveling the world. She currently lives in Honolulu with her black labrador named Bouncer.
Carissa is originally from Guam and has been living in Hawaii over 20 years. She is an herbalist and works out of her home selling herbal tinctures, salves, elixirs & other remedies in addition to her full time work. She likes to forage for the plants that she uses for her remedies as much as she can, especially on hikes. She is truly passionate about about plants and the medicine and power they hold. She desires for everyone to gain knowledge on the medicinal value of plants, as well as to be able to heal themselves through nature. For more information, you can visit her Facebook page titled Siren's Apothecary Shop.
Asia has been drawn to nature since childhood. Growing up, her Mother would often find remnants of plant potions that she stored in her room. She has forever been attracted to the healing aspect of plants, water, and other resources from nature. As a community centered herbalist, yoni steam practitioner, soap maker, and avid gardener, her life's goal is to fulfill her ancestral legacy by continuing to serve the people and create avenues for others to live sustainably. She is dedicated specifically to helping women access and elevate their true divine power. For more information, she can be found at
Pacific Alliance to Stop Slavery
Kathryn Xian is the co-founder of the Pacific Alliance to Stop Slavery, an anti-trafficking agency responsible for the creation and passage of Hawaii's labor and sex trafficking laws and reforms to the prostitution and promoting prostitution statutes. She was also the non-executive director of Girl Fest Hawaii, an annual multimedia festival whose mission was to prevent violence against women and girls through education and art. Kathryn is currently the Senior Campaign Adviser to Congressional Candidate Sherry Alu Campagna and the Booking Manager for Women's March founder, Teresa Shook. Kathryn is a maestra-level escrimadora under the General Ablen's Pedoy School of Escrima, a third-degree blue belt under Relson Gracie, an advanced-level student in Wing Chun Kung Fu under Robert Yeung, and an avid fan and student of Hawaii Krav Maga under Jeff Pelletier. She also founded Pono Soap Company, an ethically sourced product line to assist survivors of human trafficking.
Pacific Alliance to Stop Slavery
Jeff is a coach at Hawaii Krav Maga, teaching personal protection techniques. He evolved as a martial artist, having started in Shotokan Karate as a child. He has also studied Muay Thai but has found his home with Krav Maga. He is a Certified Instructor through Beau Durocher at Beach Cities Krav Maga. He considers himself a perpetual student of Krav Maga, and constantly evolving as a Martial Artist.