Audrey Kawaiopua Alo, PRESIDENT
Audrey A. L. Alo, MPA, 20 year community volunteer, advocate, and educator. Hawai'i's Daughters Guild, Alaka'i (Counselor); Pacific Islander HealthPartnership, Board Member; LABIOMED Community Engagement Research Participation (CERP), Community Member; UCLA CTSI, Patient Advocate; LE GaFa, Chair.
Heidi Quenga, Vice President
Mrs. Quenga, the current Vice President for the Pacific Islander Health Partnership, is an Accounting Financial Advisor and holds a B.S. in Business Management. Her involvement and efforts to preserve Pacific Islander heritages stem from her tenured Directorship with the award-winning Kutturan Chamoru Foundation (KCF), a tuition-free 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of the Chamoru culture through song and dance from the Mariana Islands in Micronesia. Mrs. Quenga is the 1st Pacific Islander to receive the California Arts Council Artist-In-Residence from 2000 -2002. She continues her efforts to ensure inclusion of Pacific Islanders as a Cultural Advisor to countless community groups, projects and initiatives across the Continental US.
Charlene Kazner, Board Member
Charlene Kazner is a Native Hawaiian born in Wailuku, Maui, Hawai’i, raised in Honolulu, Hawai`i and now resides in Garden Grove, California. She is a board member of Pacific Islander Health Partnership (PIHP) and a Native Hawaiian Health Navigator and Educator for breast, cervical and colorectal cancer, diabetes, obesity and heart disease.
She has participated in health care workshops educating women in clinical breast awareness and breast health, diabetes, obesity and heart disease She has been a member of the Weaving an Islander Network for Cancer Awareness, Research and Training (WINCART) Advisory Group. WINCART promotes cancer education, research and training among Pacific Islanders, with the goal of reducing disparities in cancer incidence and mortality among Native Hawaiians, Samoans, Tongans, Marshallese and Chamorros.
She is currently the Native Hawaiian liaison for PIHPs outreach projects. Charlene is the Immediate Past President of `Āinahau O Kaleponi Hawaiian Civic Club, a national organization of over 65 clubs, whose mission is to practice and perpetuate the traditions, beliefs, language and arts of the indigenous people of Hawai’i and participate in civic engagement at the local, state and national levels. She has held leadership roles on several Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander community festivals, public and private cultural arts presentations, Hawaiian language classes, and teaches Hawaiian history and culture at the Braille Institute for the Blind in Anaheim. Charlene spent over 25 years in the aerospace business with The Boeing Company. As a finance manager, she was responsible for the financial forecast of commercial aircraft, totaling over $3 billion annually. She led a team of financial analysts spread across the nation.
calvin chang, Board Member
Calvin previously served as Director of Policy at EPIC where he authored the “Policy Platform Blueprint for Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders in the United States,” and supervised the development and launch of “A Community of Contrasts: Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders in the United States” and "A Community of Contrasts: Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders in California." At Tongan Community Service Center, Calvin successfully led an anti-tobacco campaign that led to the passage of a comprehensive smoke-free outdoor area ordinance in Carson. Calvin earned a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego and a J.D. from Seton Hall Law School.
Vaka Faletau, Board Member
Mr. Faletau is a Children’s Social Worker with the LA County Department of Children and Family Services-Accelerated Placement Team. His involvement in the Pacific Islander communities has led him to co-found the Tongan American Youth Foundation (TAYF). Mr. Faletau serves in a Team of expert panel in a brief by SAMHSA on ‘A snapshot of Behavioral Health issues for Asian American/Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander boys and men: Jumpstarting an overdue Conversation’. Mr. Faletau is the 2017 recipient of the John Allen Buggs Leadership Award by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and the Human Relation Commission. Mr. Faletau holds a B.A. in Psychology and Master of Science (M.S.) in Counseling Psychology.
Melenaite Fifita, board member
Ms. Fifita has served on the board of directors for PIHP since 2012. She is active as Co-chair for Pacific Islander Festival of Orange County, PIHP’s toys-for-tots drive, and the Aquarium of the Pacific’s annual sleep-over for Pacific Islander students. Ms. Fifita is the co-founder of Famili Pe Taha, a Tongan civic organization that hosts cultural linguistic classes, immigration & citizenship workshops, and mental health focus groups. Ms. Fifita currently attends Orange Coast College and plans to transfer to The University of California, Irvine to obtain a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology.
France Ledbetter, Board Member
Marlena Vaifale, Board Member
Marlena Vaifale, a Samoan American born in Upolu, Samoa and raised in California. She gravitated towards nonprofit community work when she first met Ka’ala and Kaiwi Pang in 2006. Inspired by the Pang’s commitment and advocacy for the Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities, she quickly developed a deep passion for community work. Marlena began her career with the County of Orange, Social Services Agency in June of 2000, currently, she is an Eligibility Intake Caseworker for the Adult Services and Assistance Programs. Marlena is able to educate, share her knowledge, resources and services to navigate the NHPI communities to obtain social services and other public benefits. She is slowly pursuing her degree in Psychology and loves to spend time spoiling her toddler nieces and nephews on her days off.