Board of Directors - Community Kokua Foundation
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Board of Directors

Meet Our Board of Directors

Becky Gustafson (Vice President)

Becky has been a member of the Board since its inception in 2019. She is a local small business owner and has been a licensed real estate broker for over 30 years specializing in local property management. She serves the community in various capacities including being a board member of the Leeward Training Club of Hawaii, the Kapolei Friends of the Library and the Mililani Presbyterian Church. She is a firm believer in the Community Kokua Foundation and its mission to help those in need.

Nicole Kalakau

Nicole KalakauNicole started her legal career as a Deputy Prosecutor for the City and County of Honolulu in 2011.  Before leaving the Prosecutor’s Office in 2016 to join Leavitt, Yamane & Soldner as a litigation attorney, Nicole served as the Captain of the Domestic Violence Felony Division.  Nicole is currently serving her second term as a Director for the Board of Hawaii Women Lawyers.She attended the Kamehameha Schools Kapalama and thereafter earned a softball scholarship to attend Hawaii Pacific University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Corporate Communications with a minor in Intercultural Studies.  Nicole then attended Gonzaga University School of Law in Spokane, Washington where she served as an associate editor for the Gonzaga Journal of International Law, completing her last semester as an extern for United States District Court Judge Leslie E. Kobayashi in 2010.

Clayton Kimoto

Clay is a sansei, now a grandfather, attorney, and a bar-b-que chef.  He is committed to the idea that we all deserve safe and hospitable living environments.

Allan Poki

Allan Poki has been singing and sharing his love of music for over 40 years. His humble beginnings started in church at the age of 12 and continues his passion of Gospel, Hawaiian and Contemporary music. Allan loves to serve his community and has provided music for the KROC centers Angel Tree distributions and special events . He volunteers to sing for special events for the Veterans, Relay for life and other cancer events. Allan and his wife Charmaine attends Pearl City Community Church of which Allan is a leader on the worship team.

Philip Reller (President)

Phil Reller grew up in Minnesota where he attended Macalester College and United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities. In the course of his forty year career in ministry he has served faith communities in Connecticut, Minnesota, Hawaii, Texas, and Arizona. He has also served the global faith community through partnerships that include a hospital that serves the poorest of the poor in India, the Church in Micronesia, and immigrant rights organizations along the Arizona/Texas/New Mexico border. He has his certification in non-profit management from Arizona State University and has consulted with numerous congregations in crisis.

Rafael Renteria

Rafael Renteria has dedicated his legal career to helping others. As a domestic violence prosecutor for the City and County of Honolulu, he advocated on behalf of victims of child abuse, romantic partner abuse, and murder. He worked with the courts to improve the treatment of victims in the criminal justice system with the goal of giving a voice to the voiceless. As a supervisor in the prosecutor’s office, Rafael mentored and trained a team of trial attorneys and encouraged them in their legal careers. As a personal injury attorney at Leavitt, Yamane & Soldner, Rafael has turned his attention and skills to seeking civil justice on behalf of his clients and improving safety for the entire community. Rafael earned a BA from Stanford University with a double major in English and Psychology; his J.D. is from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, William S. Richardson School of Law.

Katherine Schmidt

Katherine Schmidt, is an educator teaching in the field of lifespan development at Arizona State University and currently serves as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for children in the foster care system. Dr. Schmidt has served on various community boards including the Arizona Supreme Court Foster Care Review Board and is the Chair of the Mayor’s Commission on Disability. She holds a PhD from Arizona State University in Educational Psychology.

George W. Scott

George W. Scott is an ordained United Church of Christ minister and has been a chaplain, counselor and coach at Punahou School since 2005.  Previously, he served as Associate Minister at Central Union Church. He also provides chaplaincy services for Arcadia and 15 Craigside retirement residences. The Rev. Dr. Scott received his B.A. in Labor and Industrial Relations from Michigan State University, his M.B.A. from Central Michigan University, his Master of Divinity from Chicago Theological Seminary, and his Doctor of Ministry in Counseling and Pastoral Care from San Francisco Theological Seminary.

Aleksandra Tošović-Yamashiroya, PSYD

Theresa Tosovic YamashiroyaAleksandra Tošović-Yamashiroya, PSYD received dual Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and French language from the University of Illinois at Chicago, a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work from Loyola University Chicago’s School of Social Work, and a Master’s Degree from the APA-accredited Chicago School of Professional Psychology where she also graduated with a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology with an APA-accredited internship at Northwestern University’s Counseling and Psychological Services Center. Dr. TOŠOVIĆ Yamashiroya is native to Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. She specializes in the treatment of depression, anxiety, trauma, substance problems, parenting, relationship concerns, grief. Her clientele has included LGBTQ as well as culturally and racially diverse and police/military populations.

Trina Zelle (Secretary)

Trina Zelle (Secretary) is anordained Presbyterian minister (PCUSA), Rev. Zelle has served churches in Connecticut, Minnesota, Hawaii, Texas, and Arizona and done community organizing in Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona. Community organizing work includes establishment of Cristo Rey Outreach, a nonprofit organization providing technical assistance to grassroots immigrant groups along the Texas/New Mexico/Mexico border, serving as founding director of the Arizona Interfaith Alliance for Worker Justice, and as Executive Director of the Presbyterian Health, Education and Welfare Association (PHEWA), a ten-network grassroots advocacy initiative of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).  Rev. Zelle graduated from the College of Wooster and received her Master of Divinity from United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities.