Photo of Roxanne BoldenExecutive Director – Roxanne Bolden

Roxanne is the Executive Director and one of the original founders of AILH. She is a sibling to two brothers who were born with an intellectual disability and two other brothers who became disabled as a result of serving in the military.  Along with her administrative duties, she carries a caseload and provides direct services to consumers on Oahu.  View Full Bio




Photo of Zee Cruz-StanleyExecutive Assistant – Zinnan “Zee” Cruz-Stanley

Zinnan “Zee” Cruz-Stanley, worked for Nambo Insurance Company for 13 years as a home and auto insurance underwriter on the island of Guam. After relocating to Hawaii, she worked at First Hawaiian Bank, State Farm Insurance, and HMAA.  Zee has worked for AILH periodically as a volunteer since 2009 and briefly as one of their office clerks in 2013.  She obtained her license in phlebotomy and also holds a state license as a Certified Nursing Assistant.  Zee comes to us from The Plaza Assisted Living where she worked as a Resident Care Aid caring for Senior residents including those in memory care. View Full Bio




Photo of Brian HauserAdvocacy Coordinator – Brian Hauser

Brian is delighted to join the staff of Aloha Independent Living Hawaii as the new Advocacy Coordinator. Having formerly served as Vice Chair and Treasurer of the Board of Directors, Brian brings with him a firm understanding and passion to serve the needs of the IL community. A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, he came to Hawai`i to complete his graduate studies at the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa in the field of disability and diversity. View Full Bio



Photo of Leelynn BradyWorkplace Assistant – Leelynn Brady

Leelynn is very excited to join the staff of Aloha Independent Living Hawaii (AILH) as a Workplace Assistant.  Her first experience working with people with disabilities was during her childhood when she volunteered at Hawaii Centers for Independent Living (HCIL).  She regularly assisted with charity golf tournaments, office events, and other efforts throughout HCIL.  View Full Bio




Independent Living Program Director –  Sam Nagasawa

Sam Nagasawa originally from Germany came to live in Hawaii in 1983 when she married a “local boy” from the Big Island. Her family settled in Pahoa in the Puna District. When her husband became disabled in a 1985 car accident she learned firsthand about the challenges of living with a disability. She became a skills trainer and worked with children with autism, along with behavioral challenged youth.  View Full Bio



Photo of Pomai NosakaEast Hawaii Clerical Assistant – Pomai Nosaka

As a resident of Hilo for over 40 years, Pomai enjoys the opportunity to assist her fellow community members in sharing the programs and services available at AILH. In 2012, she initially came to AILH Hilo as a consumer looking for assistance with housing and social recreational needs.  She began attending support group meetings and soon after, became one of AILH’s most valuable volunteers.  View Full Bio




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East Hawaii IL Specialist – Karin Riedel

Karin Riedel grew up in Germany where she graduated from the University of Heidelberg at the Faculty for Sociological and Behavioral Sciences with a Master’s degree in Pedagogics, Criminology, and Germanistics.  Raised in a family deeply rooted in social work and advocacy, Karin has worked in the social services field in the U.S. for the past 14 years.  View Full Bio



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East Hawaii IL Specialist – Emily Bartlett-Henry

Emily is thrilled to join the AILH Ohana and bring her passion and aloha to every Consumer she serves.  Growing up in the beautiful Northern California area of Mendocino and Sonoma counties with her family and horses, she now makes her home in Pahoa.  View Full Bio



Oahu IL Specialist – Thomas Lum

Tom has worked for over eight years at Lanakila Rehabilitation Center Inc. During his time there, he was responsible for training and monitoring peoples with disabilities, along with coordinating with different social workers, parents and guardians in making plans to prepare and train them to gain work experience and social skills.  View Full Bio




Oahu IL Specialist – Eisa Escalona

Eisa was born and raised in the mainland and spent most of her childhood moving due to her military family. She loved exploring every new place she traveled and being able to adapt to the different life each place had to offer. Although she loves the cold winter weather, she has found a new love for warm island life. View Full Bio





Photo of Lani CabanillaMaui IL Specialist – Lani Cabanilla

Lani is our Independent Living Specialist servicing the island of Maui. Lani was born and raised on the island of Maui and is the youngest of nine siblings. She graduated from the University of Hawaii with a Bachelor of Science degree in Family Resources. Lani brings hands on experience working with the youth.  View Full Bio




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Maui IL Specialist – Kathleen Kenney

Kathleen is delighted to join the AILH ohana in supporting independent living on the island of Maui. Kathleen and her husband recently relocated from Massachusetts to the islands. She holds a masters degree in Special Education from the University of Massachusetts, Boston with certification in the field of vision rehabilitation.  View Full Bio




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Molokai IL Specialist – JulieAnn Agliam

JulieAnn was born and raised on the island of Molokai.  Growing up in a small rural community she was taught that blessings and opportunity for growth comes through providing service to others in the community.  For that reason, she and her family contributed many acts of service within their community over the years.  View Full Bio



Photo of Leilani CadaoasIL Specialist Support Staff – Leilani “Lani” Cadaoas

Born and raised on the Big Island, Leilani “Lani” Cadaoas, began at AILH as a volunteer at the Hilo office through the “First to Work” program.  She has now officially joined our team as the IL Specialist Support Staff.  Lani will continue assisting our IL Specialists with support groups, community events, entering data into the CIL Suite system, and other clerical duties as needed.  View Full Bio








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