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Staff

Administrative Team

Samantha "Sam" Church, MSW

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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

Lama Chang

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Director 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

Garrett Iha

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Accounting Manager

Garrett joined us after he was set to retire but looking for an opportunity to give back to the community. He was already familiar with Family Promise as he had assisted with the mission through Nu'uanu Congregational Church for years. He now continues to serve the FPH mission by offering his expertise and 30 years of  experience in the financial sector.

(808) 466-4931

Marissa Commey

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Manager of Community Engagement

Marissa is from Oklahoma. 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

Program Team