Staff

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 an adjunct instructor at Hawaiʻi Pacific University.                        

(808) 466-4247

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

Lama Chang

Manager of Operations

As the newest member of Family Promise, joining us in early April 2020, Lama brings years of experience in organizational development and project management.  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- and let's her work reflect this belief.

(808) 466-4246

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

Jason Tannahill, BSW

Central Oʻahu 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) 258-2404

Morgan Barrett, MSW

Housing Case Manager

Morgan Barrett 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

Ernie Reese

Permanent Supportive Housing Case Manager

Prior to joining Family Promise in early 2020, Ernie served in various roles at the Institute for Human Services. As a father of five, Ernie is passionate about working with families. He is an Army veteran and received his Bachelor's in Human Services.  

 (808) 386-0058

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.

Tari Ikehara

Weekend House Manager

Tari joined Family Promise of Hawaiʻi  in December 2017 as the Weekend House Manager. She enjoys working with families of diverse backgrounds and cultures and uses her work to demonstrate that "working side by side we practice, we grow, we teach, we share, we laugh, and  learn to keep  our FPH  house and future homes organized and clean."

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