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Professional Staff

Eric Paul – Executive Director

Eric joined the WHMC staff in May of 2018. Having moved to Hawaii Island in 2013, he brings experience in community development, conflict resolution, and volunteer management. Eric studied nonviolent movements of social change at Vanderbilt Divinity School. And holds a Graduate Certificate in Conflict Transformation from Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding. Eric serves as the Coordinator for Justice and Compassion for the Church of the Nazarene in Hawaii, and believes that conflict, when engaged in healthy ways, provides opportunities for individuals and communities to grow together and contribute to the health of our Island and its people.

Gina Agustin – Mediation Program Manager

Gina joined WHMC in September of 2014. She’s had various roles, including managing the Foreclosure Mediation Program and her current position as Mediation Program Manager. Gina relocated from Southern California to the Big Island in 2008 and received her bachelors degree in administration of justice at the University of Hawaii at Hilo. As Program Manager, Gina is responsible for conducting intakes for all parties requesting mediation, coordinating mediation dates, assigning mediators and coordinating mediation locations.  Gina also provides Center support performing tasks such as preparing reports, special projects, marketing and outreach, website design, social media campaigns, volunteer management, coordinating trainings and other gatherings.

Jennifer Halley – Finance Manager

Jennifer Halley joined WHMC in May of 2012. She has worked in various areas related to financial reporting and bookkeeping since 1985. Prior to moving to Hawai’i Island in 2005, Jennifer had many years of experience in corporate America including a successful career for a leading members-only warehouse corporation in roles that included Executive Assistant to the President, Financial Analyst, Auditor and Corporate Trainer. She has been focused on bookkeeping since the year 2000, with the last 17 years assisting businesses on the Big Island.

Kate Sims – Mediation Coordinator

Kate has a variety of roles at the Center: mediator, coach/trainer, and coordinator of workplace dispute services.  After a 40 year career in education, she joined WHMC first in 2021 as the case manager and mediator for the Act 57 Landlord Tenant Mediation Program. Outside of her position at the Center, she teaches the graduate course on Mediation at U.H. Manoa.  She has a Masters in Teaching Writing and Literature from U.C. Berkeley and a Graduate Certificate in Conflict Resolution from Spark Matsunaga Institute of Peace and Conflict Resolution at U.H. Manoa.  She has lived in the ahupua’a of Kaloko for 33 years, and is an avid walker and ocean swimmer.