President & CEO
Lisa Fowler joined the Hawaiian Humane Society as its Director of Development in 2011. Under her direction, the Development Team successfully completed an $18M capital campaign to fund the Moiliili campus expansion and a new West Oahu shelter and was responsible for securing substantial grants in aid from both the State of Hawaii and the City and County of Honolulu. In January 2017, Lisa became the organization’s Director of Operations where she supervised many of the Society’s functions and departments, including Admissions, Adoptions, Veterinary Services, Animal Care, Construction Projects and more. During this time, Lisa also maintained oversight of the Development Department to ensure the team met and exceeded their revenue goals.
Prior to coming to the Hawaiian Humane Society, Lisa served as the Executive Director of the Hawaii Island Humane Society where she worked closely with staff who were spread across three shelters to create and implement procedures to improve and standardize operations to measure accountability and reward productive employees.
Allison Andrade Gammel – Community Relations Director
Allison oversees community-building programs including volunteers, advocacy, outreach, youth and community education, communications, as well as community events. She has 11 years of communications experience in Hawaii, having worked for several local media and communications companies, as well the communications manager for a large construction company. In January 2016, she was recognized as one of Pacific Business News’ Women Who Mean Business Women to Watch.
Suzy Tam – Communications & Community Events Manager
Suzy supports the Society’s communications programs that encompass media relations, publications and brochures as well as online and social media management where the Society has a dynamic presence on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Contact: 356-2225 or email@example.com.
Mandi deSouza – Humane Education Manager
Mandi leads the Society’s education programs that include age-appropriate humane education, anti-bullying curriculums and initiatives, classroom presentations, assemblies, and student service learning projects. Through these programs, over 20,000 students are served each year. Mandi develops partnerships with school administrators, teachers, and youth group leaders to promote Hawaiian Humane’s mission and cultivate opportunities to educate our community’s youth. Prior to joining the Society, Mandi managed a statewide teen dating violence prevention program and believes that education is critical to prevent violence and cruelty. Contact: 356-2206 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Steph Kendrick – Public Policy Advocate
Steph serves as the Society’s strategist to advance policies that support the organization’s goal of a more humane community for Hawaii’s people and animals. This includes pet-friendly policies integrated into urban planning such as: access to parks for pets and their owners; expansion of pet-friendly accommodations for new and existing housing developments; and giving restaurant owners the right to choose to allow customers with dogs. She also leads legislative initiatives to strengthen animal protection and welfare laws and serves as a resource to public policy officials on animal welfare issues. Prior to joining the Society, Steph was a local print journalist for 24 years. Contact: 356-2217 or email@example.com
Field Services Team
Harold Han – Field Services Manager
Harold oversees the field services team, responsible for rescues, investigations and more. A former officer with the Honolulu Police Department, he brings more than 25 years of law enforcement and customer service experience. Contact: 356-2214 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finance & Administration Team
Gwen Okamoto – Director of Finance
Gwen is responsible for the fiscal health, financial leadership, compliance, human resources and information technology needs of the Society. She brings more than 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector and has also worked in the banking and public accounting sectors.
Kelly Dowdall Garberson, M.S., M.P.H. – Chief Veterinarian
Dr. Kelly joined the Society as chief veterinarian in August 2017. She leads the veterinary team in performing sterilization surgeries and other medical procedures on animals that are welcomed at Hawaiian Humane. Before joining the Hawaiian Humane Society, Dr. Kelly worked with the USDA as a supervisory public health veterinarian where she assisted food inspectors and consumer safety inspectors to verify food safety in meat, poultry and egg products, ensuring humane handling of the animals. She also worked as a private-practice veterinarian providing excellent patient care to small animals including surgeries, preventative medicine and disease management.
Jennifer Tomita – Animal Care Manager
Jennifer oversees the veterinary technicians, veterinary assistants and animal care staff. She also ensures that the Society is fully stocked with medical supplies and assists with animal surgeries and health assessments. She has been with Hawaiian Humane for 16 years and began her career here as a veterinary technician.
Sonny Liu – Animal Care Manager
Sonny co-manages the veterinary technician and assistant staff as well as oversees the animal care team. He graduated from the University of Hawaii with a biology degree and moved into the field of veterinary medicine. Sonny has been with Hawaiian Humane for 14 years and has also worked as a veterinary technician in a private clinic for seven years.
Joe Adarna – Admissions Manager
Joe oversees the Society’s 24-hour Admissions Center and Lost & Found. He also oversees humane trap loans, the Free-Roaming cat sterilization program, as well as the Society’s euthanasia and cremation services for people’s pets. Prior to joining the Society, Joe served in the military for 8 years as a rescue swimmer and was a supervisor at a dog boarding facility. Contact 356-2230 or email@example.com.
Michelle Garcia – Foster Care Coordinator
Michelle leads the Society’s foster care program in which nearly 2,000 animals each year need specialized care. This includes sick and injured animals, as well as owned animals whose owners are in crises. She manages the needs of more than 125 animals that require foster care on any given day including volunteer management and health care coordination. This award-winning program was honored in 2013 by the Honolulu Veterinary Society. Prior to this position, Michelle served as a Hawaiian Humane Society veterinary technician since 2012. Contact: 356-2229 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brandi Lucrecio – Kennel Manager
Brandi is responsible for supervising and ensuring the humane care of all animals at the shelter. As leader of the animal caregiver staff and volunteers, she upholds a professional standard of performance and safety for herself and her team, and monitors the well-being of the shelter’s animals by maintaining sufficient food, water, enrichment and housing conditions. She brings over 2 years of experience as a veterinary technician for a local animal clinic.