About Us

HI-CHI Board of Directors

HI-CHI Administrative Team     

Sneha Sood, MDSneha Sood, MD,  President, Board of Directors

NeonatologistKapi‘olani Medical Center for Women & Children

Dr. Sood attended medical school and completed her residency training at the John A. Burns School of Medicine, followed by a joint fellowship in Neonatology with Kapi‘olani Medical Center for Women & Children (KMCWC) and Tripler Army Medical Center. She was a Neonatologist attending at KMCWC until June 2000, when she left to take a position with the University of Auckland and Middlemore Hospital/National Women’s Hospital in New Zealand. She returned to Hawai‘i and is currently in the Division of Neonatology at KMCWC.

Katherine Pomeroy, ND

  Katherine Pomeroy, ND , Vice-President, Board of Directors

  Clinical Informatician, Naturopathic Physician

Dr. Pomeroy was the Project Manager for HI-CHI from 2012-2014. In 2013 she completed graduate work in Biomedical Informatics under full ONC scholarship at Oregon Health and Sciences University. Dr. Pomeroy has been a Hawai‘i licensed naturopathic physician since 1989 and practiced in Kamuela, Hawai‘i from 1989 to 2001. She attended naturopathic medical school at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon. From 2003-present, she has worked extensively to address county and statewide public health and food policy initiatives for childhood obesity, agriculture, and chronic disease self-management. 

Tonya Tyler

Tonya Tyler,  Secretary/Treasurer, Board of Directors

Tonya Tyler has extensive administrative experience, which includes working in commercial insurance, volunteering for non-profits and marketing for her own business.  She has a Bachelor’s in Psychology and a teaching credential.  She has attended and taught computer classes.  Tonya has built two websites and managed a Mail Chimp account for e-newsletters.  She has helped to develop and maintain budgets.  She previously created and developed a Project Coordinator position that linked communication between multiple producers, account managers, underwriters and clients.  Tonya’s experience volunteering for non-profits included taking meeting minutes and coordinating calendars.

Venkataraman Balaraman, MD, Neonatologist, Kapi‘olani Medical Center for Women & Children

Darrett Choy, MD, Pediatrics,Private Practice, Hilo

Mark Hiraoka, MD, Obstetrics/GYN, OB/GYN Residency Program Director, JABSOM

Valerie Poindexter, Hawaii County Council, District 1

Barry Taniguchi, CEO, KTA Super Stores

Elisa Yadao, HMSA Senior Vice President Consumer Experience

Project Leads

JJaymie Pinhoaymie Pinho, NNP, Training Coordinator 

 Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
Kapi‘olani Medical Center for Women & Children

Jaymie H. Pinho, APRN-RX is a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner at Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children and the Neonatal Resuscitation Team Training Coordinator for HI-CHI.  Jaymie received her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from the University of Portland in Portland, OR, her Master’s of Science in Nursing from the University of Hawai‘i, Manoa in Honolulu, HI and a Post-Master’s Certificate from the University of California, San Francisco in San Francisco, CA.  Jaymie has worked as an NNP for 7 years, a NICU RN for 17 years and HI-CHI’s NRT training coordinator for 2 years.  To add to Jaymie’s work experience, she has taught in the Nursing program at HPU and provided in-house training/education for new NICU RN’s .


Sally Robertson EOM

 Sally Robertson, MS RNC-OBKona Community Hospital, 
Director & Manager of Women’s Services

Sally received her BSN from University of Oklahoma, College of Nursing and worked in the Family Birth Center at Norman Regional Hospital until she became the Director of Women’s Health Services at Kona Community Hospital in 2011.  She completed her Master of Science degree at University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (through the College of Nursing) in 2010.  Sally contributed to the Nursing Initiative Promoting Immunization Training (NIP-IT) project while receiving her graduate degree.  She continues to be actively involved in projects in her facility as well as in the community to promote heath care for women and children.  She is a member of the West Hawai‘i Local Area Consortium in Kailua Kona, HI.  She is certified in Inpatient Obstetrics (soon to be certified in Electronic Fetal Monitoring) and teaches AWHONN Intermediate and Advanced Fetal Monitoring.  In addition, she is certified to teach American Heart Association Basic Life Support.  Sally has served on many committees to improve patient health and outcomes.  The nursing staff at Kona Community Hospital, is proud to be the first Hawai‘i neighbor island hospital to have Neonatal Resuscitation Teams functioning as of October 1, 2012.


Christine Ranan


Christina Ranan, RN, Hilo Medical Center

Obstetrics Nurse Manager


Jenneen Ragasa     

Jenneen Ragusa, RNKauai Veterans Memorial Hospital

Obstetrics Nurse Manager


Jaeda Elvenia JPG   

 Jaeda Elvenia, MS, RN, Wilcox Memorial Hospital

Manager, Women’s & Infant Health

 Dino Fontes, RN, BSN, RCP, CFRN, Director of Nursing, Molokai General Hospital 

Jana Malia Joyo-Bui, RN, OB Clinical Nurse Manager, Maui Memorial Medical Center


Ginia & Benjamin


Virginia Loo, PhD (with Benjamin), Monitoring & Evaluation
Independent Consultant





Hayes_photo Don Hayes, MD, MPHCDC Assigned Epidemiologist,

Family Health Services Division, Hawai‘i Department of Health

Dr. Donald Hayes is an Epidemiologist in the Family Health Services Division at the Hawai‘i Department of Health since July 2007 through the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) Division of Reproductive Health MCH Epidemiology Team. Donald brings an innovative perspective that reflects his diverse background and training. Donald has a broad range of research interests including the relationships between chronic disease and reproductive health. Previously, he worked for three years in the Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention at the CDC, obtained an MPH degree in Epidemiology at San Diego State University, attended a Family Medicine Residency Program, and obtained an MD degree from the John A Burns School of Medicine in Hawai‘i.  


Lin Joseph, MPH


Lin Joseph, MPHDirector of Program Services

March of Dimes Hawai‘i Chapter 


Eric Kapono

Eric KaponoHawai‘i Island Local Area Consortia

For the last 15 years Eric Kapono has partnered with social profit organizations as a consultant to advance work in their communities, by facilitating strategic planning and organizational development that harnesses strengths, discovers opportunities, and heightens aspirations for positive results. His practice has been focused in Hawai‘i and the US Pacific, and most often with initiatives benefitting indigenous communities. Before entering private practice Eric served higher education and nonprofit institutions, primarily building internal resources for program innovations. Eric is based in Hilo, Hawai‘i, and can be found on-line at www.advancementservices.org.


Robert Surber Robert Surber, MSSWRobert Surber & Associates

Robert Surber has forty years experience in delivering, developing, managing and teaching innovative and effective comprehensive service approaches and in integrating care systems for high-need and high-cost, yet underserved populations. He provides consultation services throughout the US and internationally.    He is also an advocate for improving access to quality healthcare services on Hawai‘i Island.



Lori KamemotoLori Kamemoto, MD, MPH, FACOG, Chair, American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists – Hawai‘i (Guam & American Samoa) Section; Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women’s Health, University of Hawai‘i JABSOM

Dr. Kamemoto was born on Maui and received her MD degree and Obstetrics and Gynecology residency training at the University of Hawai‘i John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM).  She was on JABSOM’s faculty for many years, trained hundreds of medical students and residents, performed clinical HIV and other research,  and held multiple administrative positions.  Dr. Kamemoto received her MPH in Epidemiology while full-time faculty.  After leaving the University, she held an interim position as Maternal & Child Health Branch Chief at the Hawai‘i Department of Health.  She is currently Chair of Hawai‘i ACOG and is very active in promoting and improving Women’s Health in Hawai‘i.


Mark Hiraoka, MD, John A. Burns School of Medicine, Assistant Professor;  OB/GYN Residency Program Director

Robin Ramsay, CNM
, MSN, North Hawai‘i Women’s Center

Robin Ramsay is a certified nurse-midwife at Waimea Women’s Center in Kamuela.   A graduate of the University of Hawai‘i’s School of Nursing Hilo 1987 and Manoa for her BSN in 1990 and the University of California San Francisco/ San Diego Graduate Nursing Program for Midwifery in 1993.  Her practice currently includes prenatal care with the CenteringPregnancy model of group care, family planning and well woman gynecology.


Dwayne Lopes


Dwayne Lopes

Emergency Medical Services for Children Hawai‘i State Partnership