Hawai'i-Pacific Chapter of ACHE
A quarterly e-newsletter for the Hawai'i-Pacific Chapter of ACHE Fall 2021
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Messages from Chapter Leadership
Message from the Regent
Message from the Chapter President
Article of Interest
Diversity Disparities
Tackling Important Conversations Virtually
The Impact of Remote Work on Reading Body Language
News & Committee Updates
News from the Education Committee
Membership Report: New Fellows, Members, and Recertified Fellows
Diversity Committee: Chapter Demographics
Member Spotlight: Laura Bonilla
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Micah Ewing, MBA, FACHE

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Glenn Kawabata | Communications

Jessica Niles | Communications

Jackie Kim | Diversity

Eunice Park | Diversity

Kristen Croom | Education

Jackie Kim | Education

Travis Clegg, MBA, FACHE | Membership

Nash Witten, MD | Membership

Travis Clegg, MBA, FACHE | Nominating

Micah Ewing, MBA, FACHE | Sponsorship

Aaron Predum | Sponsorship

News & Committee Updates
Member Spotlight: Laura Bonilla
Jessica Niles, MBA, RN-C

For this month's member spotlight, we feature ACHE Hawai’i member of the Board of Directors Laura Bonilla, BSN, MA, RN, FACHE. Laura is the Executive Director of Pediatric and Women’s Services at Kapi’olani Medical Center for Women and Children and Hawai’i Pacific Health.

What is your background?

I am originally from NYC. I was born there and lived there until I moved to Hawai’i when I was recruited for my current position in 2002. I still have my NY accent. People thought I would never stay in Hawai’i, but fast forward 20 years…I have 2 kids and 1 stepson who lives in Florida. My son lives in NY, and my daughter lives in LA. I have 5 grandchildren – 3 from my stepson and 2 from my son.

I graduated from Downstate Medical Center with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and completed a Master of Arts degree from New York University.

I have been a Registered Nurse for 45 years. For thirty of those years I have worked in an administrative capacity, overseeing nursing operations in pediatrics. I have also run organization-wide operational functions and led large-scale projects from inception to successful completion, while making sound strategic decisions in collaboration with executive leadership teams.

What is your role in your organization?

Presently, in my role as Executive Service Line Director, I am responsible for overall development and management of a network of care to address and improve access and clinical outcomes for Pediatric and Women’s services.

How long have you been a member of ACHE and what active roles have you taken?

I been a member of ACHE since 2011, and a Fellow since 2014. I am an active member in the local Hawai‘i Chapter, and sit on the Board of Directors. I have also participated as a committee member for the AONE/ACHE conference planning committee.

Are you involved in community activities?

I am also a Board Member of two other Not-For Profit Community Organizations - the March of Dimes and Hawai‘i Children’s Cancer Foundation. I have served since 2003.

I have worked and volunteered at multiple community events and activities that provide education to the public and provide resources to the underserved in our Hawai‘i communities on O‘ahu and the neighbor islands. I also serve as a member and participant of our community benefits programing and partnerships workgroup at Hawai‘i Pacific Health, which seeks to improve access to care and improve the overall health and well-being of our community.

What are your primary areas of interest or concern as a health care leader?

My primary areas of interest are Women’s and Children’s overall health. This includes access to care issues, culturally sensitive and equitable services for the families we serve, and addressing how best to impact and promote overall wellness, prevention and healthy lifestyles where we live.

What role(s) would you like to see ACHE play in the local health care industry?

ACHE can make an impact by continuing to grow young leaders and prepare them to serve the communities in which we live and work. I feel our Hawai‘i Chapter has done an excellent job in serving our health care professional leaders, and has made excellent inroads even in the face of a pandemic. I hope we can continue to do more outreach, provide ongoing engagement, education and training, and build our membership further. I find so much richness and value in our network, which motivates me to look inward to improve myself so that I can serve others.

What do you do for fun?

For fun I enjoy walking and hiking, spending time in the gym, reading, traveling, and spending time with my family. I like trying new foods and restaurants and I love to cook for people.

Mahalo Laura!

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