Staff and Board of Directors

Our agency consists of a board of directors, a small professional staff, and a corps of trained, volunteer mediators recruited from the community.

Board of Directors

Holeka Inaba – President
Niel Thomas – Vice President
George Winchell – Treasurer

Sean Duim
Karin Shaw
Nelson Hairston
Charles Greenfield

Professional Staff

Eric Paul – Executive Director

Eric joined the WHMC staff in May of 2018. A resident of the Big Island for eight years, 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

As a member of the Waimea community, Gina quickly found a home at the West Hawai’i Mediation Center (WHMC) in 2014. 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 assistance to the Executive Director, performing tasks such as preparing reports, special projects, marketing and outreach, website design, social media campaigns, coordinating trainings and other gatherings.

Noelani Anderson – Peer Mediation Coordinator

Noelani grew up on the Big Island, holds a degree in Peace Studies and Sociology from Chapman University with a minor in Spanish. Noelani has worked all over the world and holds both Nicaragua and Japan as special places in her heart. Recently, she has strived to combine youth education and the creative arts (dancing, singing, and theatre) with the Prince Dance Institute in Kamuela. She has also worked as a teaching artist doing educational outreach around the island. Noelani is excited to help plant seeds of peace in our community through the Peer Mediation program and meet challenges with creative solutions.

Jennifer Halley – Finance Manager

Jennifer Halley is our most tenured employee, at 10 years and counting. 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 – Landlord/Tenant Case Manager and Mediator

Kate was hired as a case manager for mediations related to Act 57.  A resident of Hawai’i Island for more than three decades, she has been a volunteer mediator for WHMC for three years.  Her education (U.C. Berkeley) is in English literature and writing, and she taught for 28 years at Hawai’i Community College.  She finds that a background in language helps mediators to find “the third narrative,” the path forward between two conflicting perspectives, between people who aim to resolve their conflicts and move forward in their lives.  She is working on her Graduate Certificate in Conflict Resolution from U.H. Manoa.