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
Charles Greenfiel
Nelson Hairston
Charlene Nishida

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

As a member of the Waimea community, Gina quickly found a home at 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.

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.

Megan Alexander – Intake Specialist & Peer Mediation Coordinator

Born & raised in Hawai’i, Megan is passionate & dedicated to finding ways to serve her community.  She is thrilled to have found WHMC and the ability to offer this support to folks who need it through case management and mediation.  Most recently, she assumed the role of Peer Mediation Coordinator and is looking forward to educating our young people about conflict resolution in West Hawai’i schools.  With a diverse background in early childhood education, event planning & space design, food & beverage operations management and energy healing, she brings a well-rounded, creative approach to all of her endeavors.

Kate Sims – Landlord/Tenant Case Manager and Mediator

Kate has been on staff as the case manager and mediator for landlord tenant disputes for the Act 57 Landlord Tenant Mediation Program, but has taken leave to be a volunteer intern at the Center while completing her Graduate Certificate in Conflict Resolution from the Spark Matsunaga Institute of Peace and Conflict Resolution at U.H. Manoa. As an intern, Kate is exploring the development of services to meet the conflict resolution needs in the workplaces of West Hawai’i.