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Staff

Melisa Altura

Permanent Supportive Housing Case Manager

Melisa joined the Family Promise team in September 2020 as Permanent Supportive Housing Case Manager. She earned a B.S. from Hawaii Pacific University, with a major in Political Science and a minor in International Relations. Melisa has always felt a calling to help others. Having been born and raised on the island of Moloka’i instilled a sense of community and "’ohana" in Melisa that stays close to her heart to this day. She has over 12 years experience working in the human service setting. Melisa feels strongly about the importance of utilizing a holistic approach in helping her clients move forward in their lives.

Reggie Apilado

Van Driver & Maintenance

Reggie is affectionately referred to as the "unofficial boss" of  Family Promise of Hawaiʻi. For a decade he has ensured  that our families make it safely to and from the host sites each day while also overseeing  daily office maintenance operations.

Reggie enjoys helping homeless families get into housing and believes that all families should have a roof over their heads, a hot meal and a secure job. He hopes for a future of more affordable housing availability for families with low-incomes.

Morgan Barrett, MSW

Victim Support Case Manager

Morgan joined Family Promise of Hawai'i as its Housing Case Manager in January 2020. Morgan earned her Master’s Degree in the field of Social Work from the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa. She enjoys assisting families in their process of seeking and maintaining permanent housing.

(808) 466-4243

Lama Chang

Manager of Operations

Lama brings years of experience in organizational development and project management to the FPH team.  She is guided by her family motto: "I maikaʻi i ke kalo i ka ʻohā,” - we are all reflections of our elders, so we should strive to be our best. She let's her work reflect this belief.

(808) 466-4246

Samantha "Sam" Church, MSW

Executive Director

Sam is a community-oriented leader who believes in the dignity and worth of all people. She joined Family Promise of Hawaiʻi as its Executive Director in 2017. Sam received her Master's in Social Work and Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. She is an alumni of the East-West Center Graduate Degree Fellowship and Weinberg Fellows programs. She developed her passion for community service during her time as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Philippines. Sam is also the Vice Chair of Partners In Care.                                                                                  
(808) 466-4247

Marissa Commey

Manager of Community Engagement

Marissa graduated from Oklahoma State University where she studied Marketing and Biology. She discovered her passion for the nonprofit sector after obtaining a certificate in Nonprofit Management. She has a heart for service and joined Family Promise of Hawaiʻi  in November 2019.  Her professional motto is: "Merging empathy and efficiency to maximize productivity and joy."


(808) 466-4248

Josh Gaoteote, MSW

Program Director

Josh is dedicated to helping Hawaiʻi's children and families  and has extensive experience doing so.  He received his Master's Degree in Social Work from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and  joined Family Promise of Hawaiʻi in June 2018. Prior to joining FPH, he provided case management for Child Welfare cases, coordinated supportive services for resource caregivers, and managed a temporary shelter for children removed by Child Welfare Services.

(808) 466-4242

TyAsia Hodge

Office Assistant

Ty is a native of South Carolina who moved to Hawaii in early 2019. She is currently completing a degree in Accounting-Associate in Applied Science and has plans to obtain a Bachelor's degree in Finance. Ty has worked in the accounting industry for about three years and is excited to use her skills to support the needs of the community.

(808) 466-4931

Masako McCarthy, MSW

Housing Case Manager

Masako joined Family Promise of Hawaii as its Housing Case Manager in July 2020. Masako earned her Master's Degree in the field of Social Work from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She enjoys working with the FPH team and providing care to families and children who are experiencing homeless or who are at-risk of becoming homeless.


(808) 466-4245

Jason Tannahill, BSW

Site Manager

Jason is a dedicated social worker who believes in the potential of all people regardless of race, religion, gender identity, or social economic standing. He joined Family Promise of Hawaiʻi in 2019 as a recent graduate from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work. 

(808) 466-4932

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