LEADERSHIP

Dr. Raymond Jardine, Jr.,
Colonel, Army, Retired - Chairman

 

Raymond JardineDr. Jardine’s resume reveals a lifetime of progressively significant leadership roles in the armed services.  He enlisted to the Army in 1971 and retired as a Colonel in December 2003. He was branch qualified in Infantry, Artillery, Military Intelligence, Quartermaster, Aviation, Military Police, with functional area expertise in Aviation Logistics, Operations, Plans and Training, Maintenance Test Pilot and a Master Fitness Trainer.

 

In this last assignment in his distinguish military career he was the Commander, Ground Forces Component Command, Hawaii Airport Security Mission and Force Protection of Critical Infrastructures for the State of Hawaii and as the Deputy Commander, 29th Enhanced Separate Infantry Brigade (Light) amazingly leading them from the worst combat brigade in the nation to #1 in readiness in 2003.

 

In his 32 plus years in the military he participated in intense training in Emergency Preparedness and Response, HazMat Response and Management, Anti Terrorism, Disaster Assistance and Multi-Hazard Planning.  He served in key leadership positions in nearly every major Emergency and Disaster Relief effort in Hawaii. He has received innumerable medals, awards and honors for his long distinguish service to his country and state.

 

Dr. Jardine holds a Doctorate of Business Administration in Organization Leadership from University of Rochville, Masters Degree in Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College, Master Degree in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix Management, Public Administration from San Diego State University, Management from Chaminade University and an Associate Degree in Liberal Arts from Honolulu Community College.

 

Throughout his life, Dr. Jardine continued his public service in a variety of organizations including:

President, Native Hawaiian Organizations Association (NHOA)

Vice Chair, Native Hawaiian Corporation (NHO)

State of Hawaii Civil Defense Advisory Board

President, Hawaii National Guard Association (Life Member)

President, National Guard Association of Hawaii Insurance Trust

Board of Directors, National Guard Association of the United States (Life Member)

Executive Director, Hawaii National Guard Enlisted Association

Congress of the Hawaii People Organization

Alu Like Hohana Nanakuli High School Program

Honolulu Fire Department

Bishop Museum Association

Hawaiian Foundation of History and the Humanities

Polynesian Voyaging Society

Outrigger Canoe Club

Prince Kuhio Civic Club

Military Officers Association of America (Life Member)

United States Disabled Veterans Association (Life Member)

Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association

Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce

Native Hawaiian Economic Alliance

Vice Chairman, The Veterans Corporation (Presidential Appointment)

Board of Directors, Hawaiian Native Corporation

Chairman, Native Hawaiian Organization Association

Board of Directors, Alaka'ina Foundation

Chairman, Kina'ole Foundation

Chairman, National Veterans Technology Consortium

Chairman, American Veterans

Federal Law Enforcement Foundation (FLEF)

 

In 2005, Dr. Jardine was awarded the highest civilian award from the National Guard Association of the United States, the Patrick Henry Award.

 

Other honors include:

Distinguished Service Medal

Legion de Lafayette de la Garde Nationale

Legion of Merit w/ 2 devices

Meritorious Service Medal w/ 2 devices

Army Commendations Medals w/ 6 devices

Army Achievement Medals w/ 2 devices

Humanitarian Service Medal

Hawaii National Guard Association Outstanding Officer of the Year (1998, 2001, 2003)

Hawaii National Guard Association Company Command of the Year (1988)

Hawaii National Guard Enlisted of the Year (1973)

Hawaii Visitors & Convention Bureau Kuhina (Ambassador) Award (2001)

St. Maurice Medal (Infantry)

St. Barbara Medal (Infantry)

While diverse in background and experiences, the leadership in Kinaʻole Foundation all came together with a purpose of giving back to the community.

 

Dr. Raymond Jardine - Chairman

Will Alameida - Vice Chairman

Puni Akana - Secretary

Jasen Takei - Treasurer

Vaughn Vasconcellos - Advisor

Chris Kalili - Director

John Foy - Director

Ben Bright - Director

Puni Akana - Secretary

 

Puni AkanaThirty-three plus years experience in the military and thirty-three years of first responders experience with proven success in developing strategic, crisis management, consequence management, and contingency management plans; designing and operating communication centers; and leading integrated teams.

 

He is a Native Hawaiian and a Veteran of the Vietnam Era. 

Vaughn Vasconcellos - Advisor

 

Mr. Vasconcellos is Principal of the Alaka’ina Foundation, a Native Hawaiian Organization (NHO) non-profit based in Hawai’i.  Prior to this position he was the Chief Executive Officer & President of Akimeka, LLC.  Akimeka, LLC is an information technology services company with offices in Hawai’i, Texas, Florida, and Virginia.  In calendar year (CY) 2000, Mr. Vasconcellos was selected as Entrepreneur-of-the-Year by the Small Business Administration (SBA) for the State of Hawai’i.  In 2009 he was selected as Hawaii’s Small Business Person of the Year (SBPOY) and attained the “Bronze” in the SBA’s national SBPOY competition.  

  

In August 2010 Akimeka, LLC was acquired by VSE Corporation out of Springfield, Virginia.  Akimeka, LLC is treated as a wholly-owned subsidiary of VSE Corporation and maintains its corporate headquarters in Kihei, Maui.  

 

With a parallel community services mission, Mr. Vasconcellos is committed to developing innovative programs that combine leadership, science, technology, and environmental stewardship. In 2004 he formed the Alaka’ina Foundation (www.alakainafoundation.org), a non-profit focusing on education and leadership programs for Hawaii’s youth.  On Maui and Moloka’i, the Alaka’ina Foundation established mobile technology labs (www.digitalbus.org) to stimulate interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) for K-12 under-represented public school students.  For his leadership in the area of education and community outreach he was recognized in April 2013 as one of three recipients of the O’o Award by the Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce.            

 

Before forming Akimeka, Mr. Vasconcellos was an independent consultant and held various positions in sales and general management consulting with Unisys Corporation.  Mr. Vasconcellos served as a Major in the United States Army prior to beginning his business career.  Mr. Vasconcellos attended the Kamehameha Schools in Hawai’i, holds a Bachelor of Science from the United States Military Academy at West Point, a Master of Science in Personnel Management from Troy University in Alabama, and an Executive Master of Business in Administration from Northeastern University in Boston.  He previously served as a board member with Malama Na Keiki Foundation, Oahu Workforce Investment Board (OWIB), and Hawai’i Chamber of Commerce.  He currently serves as a board member for Makai Ocean Engineering, an advisor to Kina ‘olé Foundation, and a member of the Hogan Entrepreneurs Program and the Board of Regents, Chaminade University of Honolulu (CUH).

Will Alameida - Vice Chairman

 

Entrepreneur with 25 years of technology management and commercialization experience, with a focus on information technology, defense and dual use technology transfer, medical imaging and biotechnology. Will is currently Chief Operating Officer of KinetiCor Inc.  He has held previous leadership roles as Founding CEO of PanThera Biopharma, E.V.P of Science & Technology International, Inc., and also at Alexander & Baldwin, Inc., MIPS Computer Systems and Apple Computer.  Will received an M.B.A. in Corporate Finance with honors from the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley, and his B.A. in Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Jasen Takei - Treasurer

 

Jasen TakeiTwenty years of corporate finance and management experience. Held increasingly responsible positions for some of the biggest players in the financial industry beginning with the investment houses of Kidder Peabody, Drexel Burnham Lambert and E.F.Hutton.

 

As an Executive Vice President for City Bank, responsibilities included financial planning and analysis, risk management, mergers and acquisitions, and capitalization strategies.

 

He graduated with honors from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School with a Bachelors of Science in Economics. His expertise is in Finance and Entrepreneurial Management.

Ben Bright - Director

 

“Great opportunities to help others rarely arise, but small ones surround us every day.”

Benjamin Bright is passionate and motivated to lend a helping hand.  As a graduate of Kamehameha Schools, he studied communications and earned his  Masters in Business Administration at the University of Hawai‘i, Manoa Campus.  Working for the Department of Hawaiian Homelands in the  Information Office, shortly after, Ben was an integral part in the big push to award homes to Native Hawaiians.  He also improved department moral and communications with the creation of their internal newsletter. 

Passionate about helping others, the move to become a fire fighter was a natural fit.  As a first responder, Ben responds to a wide variety of calls, that include medical emergencies, automobile accidents, ocean emergencies, as well as fires.  Over the past 10 years he has achieved certifications as an Emergency Medical Technician, Hazardous Materials Technician, and Rescue Watercraft Pilot, amongst others. 

When he’s not saving lives, Ben enjoys volunteering his time as a youth baseball head coach.  As a former UH football player, Ben understands the importance of teamwork and dedication.  These values were instilled in his players as they won the Manoa League Rookie Division Championship in Spring 2016 and enjoyed a successful All-Star Season shortly after. 

Chris Kalili - Director

 

Christopher Kalili enlisted in the Army in 1986 and retired as a Command Sergeant Major in 2007. His career included assignments at Fort Ord, CA, Korea, Fort Huachuca, AZ, Fort Hood, TX, Fort Lewis, WA and Fort Bliss, TX. His deployments include Desert Shield, Desert Storm & Desert Calm, Iraq 1991, Operation Allied Force, Kosovo 1999 and Operation Iraqi Freedom, Iraq 2003-2004.

In 2006, the Kalili’s were recognized as a Fort Bliss outstanding family of the year.

Mr. Kalili earned many awards during his active duty service, including the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal. Mr. Kalili is most proud of this achievement due to the number of hours committed to improving his community and teaching his Soldiers and his children the importance of volunteerism. Mr. Kalili believes in leading by example and this award is a reflection of his efforts.

Mr. Kalili continues to volunteer with several organizations within his local community. He is very involved with St Rita Catholic Church in Nanakuli and currently is co-chair for the St Rita Parish Planning and Building Committee, he and his wife Kristina teach baptism classes, lead the Kupuna Ministry, Family Retreat cadre, An Extroadinary Minister and currently is Deputy Grand Knight for council 16414.

Chris has also volunteered for Honolulu Catholic Charities painting transitional homes in Mailiili land. Chris received a state of Hawaii Substitute Teaching certificate and substituted at Nanakuli High and Intermediate School. He previously volunteered for several events at Nanakuli Elementary School.

Mr. Kalili graduated from Nanakuli High and Intermediate School, earned a Associates of Arts Degree in General Studies from Central Texas College, Texas and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Liberal Arts from Excelsior College, New York.

Mr. Kalili is a Native Hawaiian.

John Foy - Director

John Foy has been a Hawaii Travel Industry veteran for the past 35 years. Most recently with Enterprise Holdings, LLC as their Area Sales Manager since 2007.

Previous employers include Hawaiian and United Airlines. He attended the University of Hawaii’s School of Travel Industry Management.

Organization memberships include the Honolulu Executive Association, Hawaii Business Travel Association, SKAL Club of Hawaii and the Building Industry Association.

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