Judge Karen Radius, Ret.
Kristine K. Yoo
Cynthia Y.H. Derosier
Kevin Lee Fujimoto, Psy.D.
Kumu Ramsay Taum
Kahu Wendell Silva
Board of Directors
Honorable Judge Karen Radius, Ret., President Hawaii State Family Court, First Judicary
The Honorable Judge Radius is the founding judge of the Hawaii State Juvenile Drug Court and Girls Court, which is one of the first of its kind in the nation. She volunteers her time to preside over Girls Court. Judge Radius has served in every division of the First Circuit Family Court, including serving as the lead judge of the Domestic Division where she heard divorce trials involving contested child custody, visitation, and other child related issues, as well as property division and financial issues.
She was also lead judge of the Special Division, hearing petitions for restraining orders in cases involving domestic violence, guardianship, adoptions, and mental health commitment cases. Judge Radius has presided over child abuse and neglect/child protective services (CPS) cases, and juvenile law violations and status offenses. In 2007, Judge Radius was named Jurist of the Year by Chief Justice Ronald Moon.
Judge Radius is profoundly committed to supporting at-risk and troubled youth and is an avid supporter of innovative and impactful methods. She is an avid reader, and often will join her Girls Court cohorts in their surf sessions.
Annabel Murray, Esq. Vice-President, Founder, The Children’s Law Center
Annabel Murray is life-long child advocate dedicated to insuring that custody litigation, foster care and child support agreements are always guided by the best interests of Hawaii’s children. She’s among Surfrider Spirit Sessions’ original mentors, and was instrumental in developing SSS pilot programs with Founder Cynthia Derosier and Judge Karen Radius in 2006.
Annabel’s presently Best Interest Facilitator and Custody Evaluator with The Children’s Law Center, a private firm in Hawaii focusing exclusively on child advocacy. Previously, Annabel worked as lead attorney and project coordinator for Volunteer Legal Services Hawaii at the Na Keiki Law Center. Annabel’s focus has always been on making lives better for all of our keiki. She’s one of original founders of Project Visitation, which works to maintain the relationship between brothers and sisters living in separate foster homes.
She began her child advocacy work with Judge R. Mark Browning and the Hawaii Family Courts. In 2007 she was the recipient of the VLSH – Na Loio Pu’uwai Aloha Award for outstanding commitment in providing equal-access to justice. Annabel believes in the deep connections between Hawaiian cultural values, respect for the aina, and malama for the next generations. Annabel is a descendant of the Daughters of Hawaii, a group founded in 1903 and dedicated to preserving Hawaiian cultural heritage. She grew up in Hawaii, attended high school in San Diego and graduated from the University of California San Diego and the California Western School of Law before moving back to Hawaii to in 1992.
Annabel lives with her awesome daughter and their chihuahua “Viper.” An avid surfer and hiker, she dreams of sailing around the world on an endless summer surf trip.
Katherine Cho, Treasurer Partner, Wailele Holdings LLC
Kathy is a proud returnee to the islands after studies and careers in finance and business development led her through California, New York, and Hong Kong. Her professional experiences include senior positions at PCCW Limited, Morgan Stanley, Salomon Brothers, and Hewlett Packard. In philanthropy, Kathy was a Director at the ADM Capital Foundation which focused on helping marginalized children and environmental conservation in Asia/Southeast Asia.Now managing real estate investments, Kathy seeks to balance investment with community and social impact. Kathy is a graduate of Iolani School, and holds a BA from Santa Clara University, an MBA in Finance and International Business from the Stern School of Business at NYU, and completed an exchange program at the London School of Business. In addition to serving as Treasurer, Katherine is a key advisor to SSS outreach and development efforts.
Kathy is an avid yoga practitioner, enjoys hiking and the vast beauty of the Islands.
Kristine Yoo-Nakamatsu, Secretary Deputy Prosecutor, State of Hawaii
Ms. Yoo is a well-respected attorney and prosecutor in the State of Hawaii. She attended the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, where she edited the Hastings Women’s Law Journal, spent time abroad at the University of Leiden (the Netherlands), and served as president of the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association. She clerked for the Honorable Martin J. Jenkins, U.S. District Court, San Francisco, and worked for a California law firm.
Kristine served as an attorney for Legal Aid Society of Hawaii before joining the Hawaii State Prosecutor’s Office. As a prosecutor, Kristine is involved in all aspects of the case, from initial case analysis to conducting felony trials to verdict. She also makes time to mentor summer interns, works with police recruits on courtroom presentation skills, serves as a judge for trial advocacy classes, and facilitates mock trials for the Citizens’ Police Academy.
Kristine is also active in the bar, serving as a director of the Young Lawyers Division of the Hawaii State Bar Association and as a Barrister in the American Inns of the Court IV (Hawai‘i Chapter). She is licensed to practice law in Hawaii and California. When not practicing law, Kristine can be found surfing, outrigger canoe paddling, and hiking. Since 2007, Kristine has volunteered as a Surf Mentor with the Surfrider Spirit Sessions program and has endeared herself to some of our most challenging girls. She frequently wears the coolest t-shirts in the group.
Cynthia Y.H. Derosier, Founder, Former Executive Director/CEO, Program Advisor
Ms. Derosier leverages her experience as an advertising and communications business owner, specializing in marketing communications, corporate relationship building, and strategic planning and facilitating, into helping Surfrider Spirit Sessions’ organizational development and continued success. Cynthia is the author of “The Surfer Spirit,” the book which inspired the Surfrider Spirit Sessions Program. She established and began implementing Spirit Sessions in 2007. Since that time, she has also conducted corporate team-building programs that incorporate the Spirit Sessions to benefit the non-profit organization. She continues to lead the Spirit Sessions programs and oversees program development.
Born and raised in Hawai‘i, Cynthia is a graduate of Iʻolani School. She attended the School of Visual Arts in New York City, where she earned a BFA with a focus in Advertising Art Direction and Graphic Design. She has over 20 years’ experience in brand building and relationship marketing, working with top agencies such as Ogilvy & Mather (NYC, Australia and Hawai‘i), J. Walter Thompson (NYC), and Cohn & Wells (NYC). She attended Columbia University Teachers College, working towards a Masters in Child Art Therapy, when she returned to Hawaii to work as a lead team member on The Hawaii Convention Center account. She is also certified as a graphic recorder, strategic planner and team building facilitator.
Cynthia is an active member of the Organization of Women Leaders (OWL) and is on the Executive Committee of The Surfrider Foundation, O‘ahu Chapter. She has paddled in outrigger canoes and in sail canoes including long distance travel from Oahu to Kauai. She also scuba dives, draws, paints, and of course, she surfs.
Edward Haik, Bank Of Hawaii, Vice President and Senior Portfolio Manager
Mr. Haik has over 25 years of experience in the investment industry, and has worked at Bank of Hawaii for the last 19 years. He manages short-intermediate term taxable portfolios, comprised of government and corporate notes.
Prior experience includes positions at Garban Tokyo, Ltd., Cantor Fitzgerald Securities, and Merrill Lynch. Education: BA College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Massachusetts.
Ed joined Surfrider Spirit Sessions in 2009 as a volunteer mentor and in late 2014 became a member of the advisory board. He is happy for any and all opportunities to pass on the stoke of surfing he is grateful to have received many years ago to all our students, junior mentors, mentors and sponsors.
Paul S. Kikuchi , Chief financial Officer, Retired
Recently retired after 31 years of government service, Paul has started his second career as the local Claims and Changes Auditor for PGH Wong Engineering Inc. out of San Francisco, CA.
During his years as a public employee he most recently served as the Chief Financial Officer of the Honolulu Board of Water Supply. Paul has served in that position for over 10 years and was responsible for overseeing the financial and accounting functions of the Board.
His work experience also included 21 years at the University of Hawaii where he served in various capacities, including Director of Accounting and Loan Collections, division head of federal compliance, personnel officer, procurement specialist, accounting specialist and fiscal officer. Mr. Kikuchi has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Hawaii. Mr. Kikuchi is also a Board Member and Treasurer of the Friends of Halawa Xeriscape Garden.
Alexander Peach, Colliers International
Mr. Peach is a commercial real estate advisor with Colliers International specializing in office. He works with both tenants and landlords to assist with any of their commercial real estate needs.
Prior to working at Colliers International Mr. Peach held a variety of roles at Bank of Hawaii for 3 years.
Alex joined Surfrider Spirit Sessions in 2015 as a volunteer mentor became a member of the advisory board in 2016. Alex is an avid waterman and is pleased to be able to share his love of the ocean through the program.
Kevin Lee Fujimoto, Psy.D.
Kevin Lee Fujimoto, Psy.D. is the former Surfrider Spirit Sessions Executive Director. He has been a part of the Spirit Sessions Ohana since 2008, beginning as a mentor, assisting with the development of the SSS Mentor Handbook, and as an Advisory Board member. Affectionately referred to as “Dr. Kev,” he led program days on the beach with his staff while also being responsible for the financial sustainability of the organization.
Dr. Kev is a licensed clinical psychologist with over 10 years of extensive experience as a clinician, supervisor, consultant, and researcher in mental health services in Hawaii and California. Dr. Fujimoto received his doctorate degree in clinical psychology from Pepperdine University and obtained his master’s degree in developmental psychology from Columbia University Teachers College in New York City.
After extensive travels across Southeast Asia during 2016, participating in numerous meditation and yoga retreats, he is excited to return to Surfrider Spirit Sessions as an Advisory Board member!
Ms. Patterson wears many hats! When she is not serving our organization, she is running her company, Transform Consulting where she spends time coaching, training, teaching and speaking with the local business community. Heather is a graduate of Hawaii Pacific University and holds the Professional of Human Resource (PHR) certification. Heather also serves the organization as an advisory board member and volunteer mentor.
She was introduced to SSS through a business networking event in the Spring of 2012. At the time, she hadn’t the slightest idea how to surf, but possessed a passion to work with the children. Since then, she’s taken up surfing as her main hobby, has mentored multiple sessions and in 2016, she started leading our girls program.
You can find Heather in the waters surrounding Waikiki, her favorite spots include Canoes, Pops, In Betweens, Tongs and Old Mans. When she’s not in the water, she is typically enjoying some local grinds with friends or rooting on her favorite sports teams!
Morgan Richie B.S., M.A.S.
Morgan Richie is currently a marine biologist with the Navy, working primarily on marine mammals. She graduated from Scripps Institution of Oceanography with a MAS degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation with a focus on the historical ecology of coral reef ecosystems.
She also graduated from the University of Georgia with a BS degree in Zoology. Morgan taught marine biology for many years to students of all ages and most recently at Orange Coast College and Fullerton College in Southern California.
Morgan began surfing at San Onofre in the cold water of California, although her first surfboard was purchased in Far Rockaway, NY. Morgan’s love of surfing has grown while in Hawaii and she loves serving her community through surf mentorship.
Kumu Ramsay Taum
Ramsay Remigius Mahealani Taum is the founder and president of the Hawaiʻi based Life Enhancement Institute (LEI) of the Pacific LLC. He is also Director of External Affairs and Community Partnerships at the School of Travel Industry Management (TIM) at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, where he lectures on host cultural values in the workplace.
Born and raised in Hawaiʻi, Ramsay is a graduate of the Kamehameha Schools, attended the United States Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California. Ramsay’s eclectic background and experience in business, government and community service makes him a valuable asset in both public and private sectors and has been instrumental in for-profit and non-profit business.
His work in promoting sustainable practices based on Hawaiian cultural stewardship principles and practices is acknowledged locally, nationally and internationally. In addition to being awarded the 2008 East West Centers Leadership Certificate Program’s Transformational Leadership in Sustainability, Ramsay is Hawaiʻi Home + Remodeling, HONOLULU & Hawaiʻi Business magazines’ “Who’s Keeping Hawaiʻi Green” 2008 Individual Educator Honoree.
A recognized cultural resource Ramsay is sought after as a keynote speaker, lecturer, trainer and facilitator. He is especially effective working with Hawai‘i’s travel, leisure and retail industry where he integrates Native Hawaiian cultural values and principles into contemporary business. Mentored and trained by respected kūpuna (elders), he is a practitioner and instructor of several Native Hawaiian practices including hoʻoponopono (stress release and mediation), lomi haha (body alignment) and Kaihewalu Lua (Hawaiian combat/battle art).
Kahu Wendell Silva, Hawaiian Culture Specialist
Kahu Silva brings a lifetime of experience and knowledge of Hawaiian culture and performance talent to the Good Juju Team. As president and CEO of Hawaii
Cultural Services, LLP, Kahu Silva shares his mana‘o and talents in Hawaiian traditions including chant, ceremonial protocol and rituals as well as contemporary Hawaiian music performances and an extraordinary voice over talent.
Kahu Silva is a Master Chanter. His mentors include Hawaiiʻs chant and hula masters and cultural luminaries Uncle Henry Pa, Pele Suganuma, Edith Mckinzie and Uncle George Holokai. Kahu has performed regularly as a professional Master of Ceremonies, Presenter, Musician, Chanter and Voice Artist for over 50 years. He has won awards for his music compositions and has recorded 2 albums.
Honored by the City & County of Honolulu as a Living Cultural Treasure, Kahu continues to share hiswisdom and mission to perpetuate Hawaiian culture. Kahu conducts cultural workshops and educationaltours, and continues to perform traditional Hawaiian blessings and ceremonies.
Risa Beer is an award-winning producer/director, factual scriptwriter, and a media educator. She spent over 10 years based in Asia, producing and directing documentaries for major international broadcasters including Discovery Channel, National Geographic Channel, History Channel, Bio Channel, Crime & Investigation Channel, The Travel Channel, Channel News Asia, and Sony Pictures.
Her programs have garnered numerous awards, including a Gold World Medal for Best Social Issues Program at the New York Festivals’ International TV and Film Awards, and Silver World Medals for Best Directing, Best Biography and Best Community Service Program. Her work has also received recognition at the Asian Television Awards for Best Infotainment Program, and Cross Platform Content.
Bilingual in English and Japanese, Risa is experienced in reaching global audiences with compelling narratives and message-driven content. Her work has covered a wide variety of subjects, from rodeo bullriders in Texas to human trafficking in Nepal; from the ancient wonders of China, to the history of Japanese food.
As media educator, Risa is experienced in developing and teaching filmmaking curricula for students of all levels, and is a trained Design Thinking coach through the Stanford University d.school. She currently teaches a film production class at ‘Iolani School, and is a media consultant for Waipahu High School.
Risa holds a B.A. in International Relations and Drama from Stanford University.
Dr. Peter Muller
Dr. Peter Muller has had a long and distinguished career as an oceanographer. He did research at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and at Harvard University before he moved to the Department of Oceanography at the University of Hawaii where he taught and did research for the last 32 years. He is now a Professor Emeritus.
Hawaii fused his intellectual interests in the ocean with his love for the ocean. Ocean waves, especially rogue waves are one of Dr. Muller’s areas of expertise, After teaching many classes on ocean waves to students he is now excited to help a program where ocean waves teach young people to respond to the challenges of life “with courage, balance and joy.
Michela Mol, M.S.W.
Michela Mol is a licensed social worker in the state of Hawaii who has experience working with children, youth, families and adults. She attended the University of Hawaii at Manoa and received her Master’s Degree in Social Worker with a focus on child and family practice.
Ms. Mol was also a recipient of the prestigious Title IV-E Child Welfare Education Collaboration Scholarship and completed her practicum at the Department of Human Services Child Protective Services Branch. Ms. Mol has worked for the Department of Health in Early Intervention Services and at Epic ‘Ohana on a pilot program for youth who are involved in the juvenile system and multiple state agencies. She currently works at CARE Hawaii as a behavioral health case manager.
Originally from Brazil, Ms. Mol has been living in Hawaii for the past 9 years and can be found surfing when she is not working with her clients. She is a lover of the aloha spirit and is very grateful for having the opportunity to serve her community as a social worker.
Connie Sizemore, Executive Director
Connie Sizemore is currently the Executive Director for Surfrider Spirit Sessions, where she utilizes over 20 years of experience to helping at-risk youth and vulnerable children in Hawaii thrive. Her passion and expertise in development, marketing, public relations, communications and event management is a necessity for any nonprofit organization.
Adding even greater value to these skills is her fervor for helping youth effectively.
She began her career in the Hospitality field, as Sales and Marketing Director for several hotels on the mainland. She heard a deeper calling when she came to Hawaii in 1980 and spent several years working in the fashion industry and later as an Art Sales Consultant. It was then that the seed for helping Hawaii’s youth was planted.
That is when she decided to begin working as a Development Officer for several human service agencies in Hawaii, concentrating on her souls work with at-risk children including foster kids, youth in residential treatment, and special needs children.
At Surfrider Spirit Sessions she found she could merge her enthusiasm with her love of ocean activities and her desire to help youth excel. “I am thankful for this opportunity to help guide kids to a healthier lifestyle utilizing salt water therapy to help youth build resiliency to manage troubled spots in their lives”. An avid paddler, runner and hiker, Connie also volunteers her time for many other worthy causes in Hawaii.
We at Surfrider are honored to have her on board for this new chapter of prosperity.
Samson “Uncle Santa Sam” Rodrigues, Program Manager, Surf Instructor
Sam Rodrigues has spent his lifetime supporting others and has over 40 years of experience in social services. In 2010 Sam retired from Hawaii State Family Services where he last served as a case manager for families in crisis. In addition to monitoring these families and their children, “Uncle” Sam taught effective parenting skills so children could be successfully reunited with their parents.
He has extensive training in all facets of child and family welfare including: identifying and treating sexual abuse and domestic violence, dealing with aggressive clients, human development and adolescence, effective parenting, substance abuse identification and treatment, gang awareness and prevention, and grief, trauma and suicide prevention. Sam is an avid waterman and has worked as a Waikiki Beach Boy on weekends for over 20 years.
He is Spirit Sessions’ original surf instructor and worked with founder, Cynthia Derosier, to develop the program from the very start. (In fact, Sam is one of the instructors who first taught Cynthia how to surf!). Uncle Sam has a natural warmth and charisma that draws people to him and commands love and respect from our youth. He has been featured in local commercials as a “Surfing Santa,” and appears in several surf films. True to his Hawaiian heritage, Sam loves outrigger canoe paddling as well as surfing. He has competed in the Molokai Channel over a dozen times and has raced all over the world including in Tahiti, Rarotonga, New Zealand, Australia and France. When he’s not working, you can often find him in a canoe or working at the beach stand in Waikiki.
Taylor Fujimoto, Program Coordinator
Taylor Fujimoto has been a mentor with the Surfrider Spirit Sessions since 2012. He accepted the position as Program Assistant and Youth Coordinator in March 2013 and provides leadership using his background in education and environmental studies.
Taylor studied at The University of San Francisco in the Department of Environmental Studies, finishing his degree in 2013. Since the, he has become the lead environmental educator at the Hawaii Nature Center teaching K – 8th about the natural history of Hawaiʻi and environmental sciences.
If you don’t catch Mr. Taylor in Makiki Valley or out in the water, you can also find him on the radio for KTUH, the University of Hawaiʻi’s public radio station for his weekly program “Swinging Bananas”. Taylor’s passion for surfing and helping youth and children, makes him a great fit for the Surfrider Spirit Sessions team!
Tina Hau, Administrative Assistant
Tina Hau, our Administrative Coordinator is originally from Aotearoa, New Zealand and loves the ocean, which allows her to make Hawaii her new home.
She joined our team in Feb 2016 and brings with her extensive experience in business administration and organization, helping us coordinate the administrative and reporting tasks for our major grants, coordinating spirit sessions and keeping our office running smoothly.
Junior Mentors & Junior Mentor Interns
Our 2017 Junior Mentors
For confidentiality reasons we only list the first names of our Junior Mentors, both active and past.