Gary joined St Francis in 1990 as the Office Manager for St. Francis Hospice, and was promoted to Business Manager in 1995. He was promoted again to Administrative Director of St. Francis Hospice in 2004, and was given more responsibilities as Manager of the St. Francis Lifeline program and bathing services in 2008. He had been Executive Director of St. Francis Hospice since 2010 while also serving as Director of Corporate Affairs from 2013 to 2014.
Gary is using his experience at St. Francis, in hospice administration, and his extensive network in a different way as St. Francis plays an even larger role in the healthcare continuum. We are being recognized as a leader in a home- and community-based care for seniors, caregivers, and other family members and there are even greater expectations of St. Francis.
Gary is actively involved in a number of healthcare related organizations in the community. He currently serves a Chair of the Legislative Committee for the Policy Advisory Board for Elder Affairs (PABEA) of the Executive Office on Aging, a member of PABEA’s Recognition and Awards Committee, President of the Hawaii Family Caregiver Coalition, member of the Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias State Plan Collaborative, member the Hawaii Catholic Conference, representative for St. Francis Healthcare System to Hawaii’s Partnership for Appropriate and Compassionate Care;, and a board member and hospice committee member of Kokua Mau, a nonprofit organization that provides resources for Hawaii’s hospice and palliative care programs, and and was instrumental in lobbying for APRN signing authority for POLSTs in a previous legislative session.
Gary holds a bachelor of science degree in chemistry from the University of Hawaii-Manoa.