Our Staff & Board

Administration

Jean Lilley

Jean Lilley

Executive Director

Jean Lilley has over 18 years of experience in non-profit management and consulting. Prior to joining Hawaii Habitat for Humanity Association (Hawaii Habitat), Jean served as the Executive Director for two different Habitat for Humanity Affiliates and has also provided management and consulting services to two Native Hawaiian organizations.

Jean has a passion for developing programs and resources benefiting the community. She has an additional 10 years of experience in marketing and management of for-profit organizations in California and Kansas. Jean received a BA in Business and Communications from Texas Lutheran College and an MBA in Management from Fort Hays State University in Kansas. She moved to Honolulu 13 years ago with her husband and is a member of the Lutheran Church of Honolulu. In her spare time, she enjoys the beach, walking, and sailing.


AmeriCorps VISTA Members

Chua Xiong

Chua Xiong

Resource Development Specialist

Chua Xiong is an AmeriCorps VISTA member serving a second term with Hawaii Habitat. In her role as Resource Development Specialist, she provides support to five local Affiliates  throughout the state of Hawaii and currently manages a pilot volunteer program. She is a native Californian and has been involved in the non-profit sector for over six years as a Database Administrative and Project Coordinator. She received a BA in Communications from California State University, Sacramento with a focus in intercultural and international communication. In her free time, Chua enjoys dancing, sketching, and hanging out at the beach. 


Susan Le

Susan Le

Susan Le is an AmeriCorps VISTA member serving with Hawaii Habitat. In her role as Housing Policy Specialist, her goal is to increase community engagement and participation in areas of research and development for affordable housing opportunities. Originally from Seattle, she has seen firsthand the detrimental impact of limited affordable housing and is excited to be in a role that will support efforts in alleviating the issue in Hawaii. Previously, Susan worked as a Manufacturing Engineer in the aerospace industry before leaving to pursue her passion for community service and non-profit work.

In her free time, Susan likes to read, write, cook, and spend time with family and friends. She is self-described as a funny and outgoing empath who appreciates good company and strategy board games. She is always on a never ending search for her next obsessive hobby and her newest favorite beer.


2019 Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Jeff Gilbreath

Jeff Gilbreath

President
Executive Director, Hawaiian Community Assets

Jeff Gilbreath is Director of Lending and Development for Hawaii Community Lending (HCL), a non-profit Department of Treasury-certified community development financial institution (CDFI) that provides consumer and affordable housing loans to underserved markets in Hawaii with a particular focus on Native Hawaiians. 

Prior to his current position, Jeff served as Executive Director of Hawaiian Community Assets for eight years where the organization grew to become the largest HUD housing counseling agency in the state. He has over 19 years of experience in non-profit program development and management, a background in Federal, State, and County policy promoting housing affordability, and eight years of experience in community loan fund management. Mr. Gilbreath was responsible for establishing HCL in 2014 as a subsidiary of Hawaiian Community Assets, its parent non-profit corporation, and has overseen the creation of HCL’s financial product offerings, loan policies and procedures, and capitalization plan. 

He currently serves as a Board President of the Hawaii Habitat for Humanity Association, Vice President of the Hawaii Jump$tart Coalition, a Board member of the Waimanalo Health Center, and planning committee member for the new statewide Hawaii Housing Affordability Coalition. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking and surfing. 

“I was inspired to be on the Board because I wanted to continue my service with Habitat for Humanity after having been an AmeriCorps VISTA for Honolulu Habitat in 2007.”


David Enersen

David Enersen

Board Treasurer Retired

David Enersen is a retiree since August 2000, having worked in the finance and information technology field. David was a US Peace Corps Volunteer where he served two years of teaching and operating a hospital blood bank in Nigeria. He received a BA in Chemistry from Harvard and an MBA in Finance from Stanford Business School. He has worked as a financial analyst for the Dole Pineapple Company, Sr. Director of Information Systems with Amface Inc. and Sr. Director of Information Technology with Hawaiian Airlines. David’s knowledge and interest in finance has brought him on board as Treasurer since 2005. 

In his free time, he enjoys a game of racquetball three to four days a week.  He also enjoys going to a movie and dinner with his wife of more than 50 years.

“A key strength that I bring to the team is an interest in following the money.”


At-Large Board Members

Rene Berthiaume

Rene Berthiaume

Vice President
Retired, Non-profit Executive
 

Rene Berthiaume has spent over 40 years working with Hawaii non-profits in the areas of human services and housing and retired after 31 years as Vice President of Network Enterprises, Inc., a non-profit organization. Much of his experience has been in program development that provides employment and training services and housing for persons with disabilities, ex-offenders, and homeless veterans. Rene is very active in veterans’ affairs and served in the United States Marine Corp from 1961 to 1966. Past Post Commander for Vietnam Veterans V.F.W. Post 10583 in Honolulu. He also has served as the Chair of the State Rehabilitation Council and was a member of the Government Relations Committee of the Board of the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans. Currently a board member of the State Rehabilitation Council & Chair of the Legislative Committee. Rene has served as a member on the Board of Directors of the Hawaii Public Housing Authority and several other boards, commissions and councils. Currently Rene serves on the Catholic Charities Housing Corporation Board of Directors and Board Member for non-profit Housing Hawaii.

Rene contributes to this board as a knowledgeable non-profit developer as General Manager of a non-profit 501 (C) housing development Corporation, TransPacific Housing Corp. and developed housing projects. Rene’s favorite past-time is as a part-time Professional Musician playing nights and weekends, and hiking.


Susie Chun Oakland

Susie Chun Oakland

Program Manager, Lanakila Multi-Purpose Senior Center

Susie Chun is the Program Coordinator of Lanakila Multi-Purpose Senior Center. Throughout her educational and professional career, she developed a solid understanding of the legislative process and housing issues in Hawaii. She received a dual degree in Communications and Psychology from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Susie worked at Hawaii State Judiciary in the Family Court, Au’s Plumbing and Metal Works with Hawaii Senator Anthony Chang, Smolenski & Wooddell law firm, and with City and County of Honolulu Council Member, Gary Gill. Susie served as a Hawaii State Representative for six years and Hawaii State Senator for 20 years. She has been a previous Habitat volunteer since college. Susie has been serving on the board since 1998. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, party planning with friends and family, going to the beach, and swimming.  

“I have a very good understanding of the legislative process and housing issues in Hawaii, and a broad community network that can help Habitat for Humanity in many different ways.”


Shaila Campbell

Shaila Campbell

Secretary
Principal Broker, Owner, REALTOR®, CRS,CLHMS Hawaii Homes & Estates LLC

Shaila Campbell is the Principal Broker and Owner of Hawaii Homes & Estates LLC, an independent locally owned boutique residential brokerage. Shaila was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. She has been a full-time residential Realtor® since 2005 and earned her Broker’s license in 2010. Community involvement and affordable housing is very important to Shaila. She was an avid volunteer of Honolulu Habitat for Humanity from 2005-2014, serving as Chair of the Family Selection Committee and as a board member. In January 2018, she joined Hawaii Habitat for Humanity Association as the Secretary in hopes to continue supporting our community-based housing initiatives and local Habitat affiliates. In her off time, Shaila enjoys cooking, yoga, and training her new pup Lilu.

“I joined the team in hopes to continue supporting our community based housing initiatives and local Habitat affiliates.”


Victor Geminiani

Victor Geminiani

Retired Director, Hawaii Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice

Victor Geminiani is the founding executive director of the Lawyers for Equal Justice. He began his legal services career as a VISTA Volunteer lawyer with the Atlanta Legal Aid Society after graduating from Villanova University School of Law in 1969. He has served as the Director of Litigation and Law Reform with Bedford-Stuyvesant Community Legal Services and as Executive Director of the Legal Services of Western Massachusetts, the Legal Services of Northern California, the Legal Aid Society of Hawaii, the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles and the Hawaii Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice. He has also worked in the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) as Associate Director of Support and Finances, responsible for LSC funding policy and as the Southeast Regional Director, overseeing the 75 legal services programs located in the 10 Southern states.

Victor has served in a variety of capacities with the boards of several national associations including the Executive Committee of the National Legal Aid and Defenders Association, as founding board member and President of the Management Information Exchange, and as a board member of the Litigation Section of the American Bar Association. He has also served as a member of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services and the ABA’s Standing Committee on Lawyers’ Public Service Responsibility, as Chairperson of the Litigation Section’s Pro Bono Committee, and founder of the Section’s Legal Services Project. He has been recognized for his contributions to legal services delivery by being presented with the Reginald Heber Smith Award by National Legal Aid and Defender Association, the John Minor Wisdom Award by the ABA’s Litigation Section, and the Champion of Social Justice Award by the Hawaii State Bar Association. He currently serves on the Hawaii Access to Justice Commission. Today, Victor continues to serve on the board of Hawaii Habitat for Humanity Association since 2016. He hopes to help make a difference in housing opportunities for low/moderate income families by working with a great group at Hawaii Habitat. In his spare time, he likes restoring old British Sports Cars, gardening, and playing Bocce every Sunday in Kapiolani.

“I hope to help make a difference in housing opportunities for low/moderate income families by working with a great group at Hawaii Habitat.”


Elizabeth Leavitt

Elizabeth Leavitt

Pastor, Christ Church Uniting (Disciples and Presbyterians)

Elizabeth Leavitt is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church, USA, and currently serving as pastor of Christ Church Uniting (CCU) in Kailua. Elizabeth received a BA from the University of Oregon and a Master of Divinity Degree from Harvard Divinity School. Following her undergraduate studies, she served as an AmeriCorps Volunteer working with immigrant and migrant students in Hillsboro, Oregon. After graduating from Harvard, she served as Co-Pastor at First Presbyterian Church, Waltham, Massachusetts, and also as an Adjunct Professor of World Religions at Bunker Hill Community College. She has also served as Interim Minister with two Presbyterian churches in Eugene, Oregon, before arriving at CCU. Elizabeth agreed to join the board in 2018 to represent Hawaii Habitat’s faith-based roots. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family, exploring Oahu, reading, and writing.

“I am passionate about reaching out to other religious communities, interfaith groups and community organizations to help us coordinate our work for justice.”


Sherri Dodson

Sherri Dodson

Chair, Affiliate Advisory Committee
Executive Director, Habitat for Humanity Maui

Sherri Dodson was born and raised on Maui and is the Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity Maui. She received a BA in Political Science with an emphasis in Hawaiian Studies from the University of Hawaii and continued her education and graduated with a JD from Western State Law School. She is also a graduate of the Weinberg Fellows Program and the Hawaii Community Foundation’s PONO program. Sherri has served as vice chairman for Maui County Charter Commission and State Salary Commission. She has served as a board member for organizations such as the Governor’s Task Force on Affordable Housing and Hawaii Public Housing Authority. She is currently serving as the director for Housing Hawaii, where she advocates for affordable housing for the residents of Hawai,i and Treasurer for the Maui Non-Profit Director’s Association. Prior to joining Habitat for Humanity Maui, Ms. Dodson worked with the Law Offices of Jan K. Apo for 12 years and then practiced Immigration Law as a sole practitioner. Sherri has been recognized for her contributions to housing services delivery by being presented with the Pioneer in Excellence Award from Habitat for Humanity, voted as Maui’s Executive Director of the Year, named as Maui Non-profit of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce and Partner of the Year by Maui United Way. 


Justin Murata

Justin Murata

Property Manager, Queen Liliuokalani Trust

Justin Murata joined the Board in 2019 after being introduced to Habitat for Humanity by fellow board member Rene Berthiaume. While he continues to learn about the various Habitat for Humanity Hawaii projects and initiatives, Justin is excited to contribute what he can. A graduate of Punahou, UC Berkeley and UH Manoa, Justin has worked in education and real estate. For the past five years, he has handled property management, leasing and development throughout the state of Hawaii for the Liliuokalani Trust.  In his free time, Justin loves to play music.


Hawley Iona

Hawley Iona

Director of Finance and Operations, The Nature Conservancy, Hawaii

Hawley Iona is the Director of Finance & Operations of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) of Hawaii. Prior to joining TNC Hawaii in 2017, Hawley served as Chief Financial Officer at the Office of Hawaiian Affairs. She is a graduate of the University of Hawaii and a CPA (not in public practice), spending eight years in Cleveland, Ohio in public practice prior to returning to Hawaii in 2007. 

Hawley is a results-driven leader with the ability to position public and organizations as leaders within local communities. She joined the board because affordable housing helps to ensure communities are physically, mentally and financially healthy—which allows families flexibility in their budgets for food and healthcare. Hawley welcomes this opportunity as a board member to help create more opportunities for affordable housing with Hawaii. 

Hawley’s all-time favorite hobby is going on new adventures with her son. They love to travel and especially going on roller coasters.

“I welcome this opportunity to help create more opportunities for affordable housing with Hawaii.”


Affiliate Representatives (At-large)

Stephen Spears

Stephen Spears

Executive Director, Kauai Habitat for Humanity

Since taking the reins in 2007, and building upon his many years of experience both in Hawaii and West Virginia, Stephen has brought the Kauai Affiliate, Kauai Habitat for Humanity (Kauai Habitat) through major growth and transition. Under his leadership, Kauai Habitat is developing the Eleele Iluna site of 107 affordable homes, has built the internal capacity of the Affiliate and has grown its size from small to medium. In addition to the 125 fee simple home ownership opportunities for low income families, Stephen pioneered the Affiliate’s expansion to working with families that had their own land, creative use of federal funding for lot purchase, and the new Repair and Renovation program. 

Stephen’s many years of Habitat experience in Hawaii and West Virginia have helped position the Kauai Affiliate toward enabling even more affordable home ownership opportunities to Kauai’s families in need. As a board member, he contributes his creative solutions with new and existing resources, along with promoting collaboration as much as possible. He dedicates his time serving on the board because of the excitement and commitment of those involved with Habitat. He wants to be able to share that Habitat work is not really about producing houses, it’s about being able to provide a safe place for families and creating impact with the families. 

Stephen enjoys to paddle canoe in his free time.

“I want to be able to share that our work is not really about producing houses, it’s about being able to provide a safe place for families and creating impact with the families.


Jim Murphy

Executive Director, Honolulu Habitat for Humanity


Liam Ball

Liam Ball

Board Member of Habitat for Humanity Maui 
Realtor Hawaii Life, Paia Office

Liam Ball moved to Maui 23 years ago and started off as a Maui piano teacher. He spent a few years as a backup singer for Kealii Reichel and later evolved into the world of book publishing. Liam has now been a Real Estate Broker for eight years and has faced day-to-day with the reality of how difficult it is to achieve home ownership on Maui. He’s long had his eye on the world of tiny houses and alternative architecture, and while he acknowledges that there is huge inertia in the currently existing building standards and zoning systems, it is his hope that architecture can play a significant role in the service of providing great housing to more people. 

Being connected to the community both as a teacher and a Realtor has brought Liam very close to the real human challenges of finding home in Hawaii. 

In his spare time, he likes to geek out on Bitcoin and emerging technologies.

“Being connected to the community both as a teacher and a Realtor has brought me very close to the real human challenges of finding home in Hawaii.”


Patrick Hurney

Patrick Hurney

Executive Director, Habitat for Humanity Hawaii Island

Patrick Hurney, Executive Director, Habitat for Humanity Hawaii Island was born and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota. He has lived in Hawaii since 1992. In 1997, he moved to Kamuela, Hawaii with his wife and three wonderful children.

Patrick began his career in education, teaching at St. Anthony Junior/Senior High School, on Maui and then at St. Joseph Schools in Hilo. For the past 20 years, he turned his attention and passion to working in the non-profit sector. He has experience in Substance Abuse Counseling; Child Abuse and Prevention; and Homeless and Affordable Housing Services. In 2006, he was the Program Director for Catholic Charities Hawaii at the Kawaihae Transitional Housing Program. In 2009, he joined Habitat for Humanity, where he continues to serve his community and impact the affordable housing shortage today.


Jessica McCreedy

Office Manager, Habitat for Humanity Leeward