Board Members

Donna Okada-Asher, Chair – was born on Kauai and attended Kekaha Elementary and Waimea High Schools.  She continued her Education at the University of Hawaii, Manoa where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Medical Technology.

Diagnostic Laboratory Services, Inc. (DLS) employs her where she currently holds the position of Senior Marketing Representative and is in her 16th year.  She is based on Kauai but her area of responsibility includes Maui, Molokai and Hawaii Island. This necessitates her to travel off island three to four times a week.

Prior to her current assignment she practiced as a medical technologist for twenty years for both DLS and SmithKline Beecham Clinical Laboratory.

Donna is married to Roy Asher and they have three children, Stevie, Evan, Marissa and a Grandson Lyon. She cherishes the time she spends with her family especially her Grandson. Her interests are in traveling abroad and relishes coordinating and planning the Family vacations. She has a passion for motorcycles and annually accompanies her husband on cross-country runs across the continental States and to date has explored 46 States in addition to four Canadian Provinces.   

Donna enjoys her time on the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation-Kauai Region Board. It been both an honor and rewarding time.

Dee Crowell, Vice-Chair – Mr. Crowell was born and raised in Waimea.  He attended the Kamehameha Schools, and the University of Southern California, where he received a degree in Architecture. He is a Licensed Architect in the State of Hawaii.

His professional career is split between the private and public sectors.  He spent seventeen years in Honolulu as an architect.  He was one of the founding partners of Urban Works, Inc., an architecture and planning firm.  He returned to Kauai to work in the County Planning Department, where he served as the Planning Director from 1993 to 2003. After leaving the Planning Department, he worked in the private sector, including jobs at Kukui`ula Development Co., and Princeville Development Co. He returned to the Planning Department to serve as it’s Deputy, from 2010 to 2015. He also served on the Kaua`i Board of Water from 1997 to 2003 and from 2008 to 2010.  Mr. Crowell currently serves on the board of the Kaua`i Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC). He also owns his own consulting company.  He currently resides in `Ele`ele, with his wife, Kathy.

Tito Villanueva, Secretary/Treasurer – Mr. Villanueva is responsible for Kaua‘i County Emergency Medical Services operation. He was born and raised in Apayo, Philippines. Starting out as a Navy Corpsman, he is a State and nationally certified EMT with 25 years of experience for AMR and its predecessor companies. He also has a B.S. degree in business management. Mr. Villanueva is a member of the Hawaii Trauma Advisory Council and a member of the Kaua‘i Keiki Injury Prevention Coalition. He is a nationally certified child passenger safety seat technician. Certifications- BLS training center faculty for the AHA, CPR/First Aid instructor, successfully completed Senior workshop for all-hazards preparedness, successfully completed pediatric disaster response and emergency preparedness, completed planning for the unique evacuation and shelter-in-place needs of people with medical dependencies during disaster, completed USFA Type 3 Incident management training, ICS 300- intermediate ICS for expanding incidents, ICS 400- advanced ICS, Firefighter 1 and 2, fire instructor 1, airport rescue and firefighting, Haz-mat awareness, and Haz-mat operation.

Affiliations- Wilcox Hospital stroke committee, State Health Planning Development Agency – Kauai Sub-area Advisory committee and CON panel review, Hawaii health system corporation- Kauai region board member, HHSC Kauai region CQI committee, Kauai fil-am chamber of commerce board member, Kauai Filipino Council board member, East Kauai Lions, prevent suicide task force, violence prevention coalition, child death review, Kauai Trauma Advisory Council, and Kauai Fire Dept. Emergency Medical Services committee.

Janet Kass, Director – worked as a chief financial officer in Michigan, retired and moved to Kauai.  While in Michigan she served as a board member of the Stehouwer Free Clinic – as chair and treasurer respectively.  Currently a board member of the Kauai Island Utility Cooperative, she serves our island community in various capacities.  She holds a BA with three majors – applied math, business and economics from Rice University and an MBA in Finance from the Wharton Business School of the University of Pennsylvania.  In her spare time she enjoys playing the piano and singing, and attempting to make the jungle in her yard look like an attractive garden.

Glenda Nogami Streufert, Director – brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the HHSC Kauai Region.  Having grown up on the Island of Lanai to moving to the Midwest, to Germany and later to Washington, DC, and Pennsylvania, she has experienced life with a broader perspective.  She has worked in both academic and governmental positions.  Most recently, she’s served as the Chair of the Kauai County Planning Commission where hearings for zoning and land use permits are reviewed and decided upon.  Dr.  Nogami-Streufert also managed the Kauai Civil Defense Agency (now Kauai Emergency Management Association).  She holds a Bachelor’s, Master’s and Ph.D. from Purdue University and enjoys many activities in her spare time.

Ernest Kanekoa, Director – has over 40 years of experience in the Hotel, Security and Food and Beverage services.  The owner of the Kalaheo Steak and Ribs, he focuses on giving back to his community through time spent on different boards and service associations such as the Hawaii Business Association, the American Society of Industrial Security, the Honolulu Zoo, the Kauai Security Association and the Molokai Visitors Association.  He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Travel Industry Management from the University of Hawaii, Manoa and other degrees and certificates from the Kapiolani Community College, the Honolulu Community College and the Pan American Air Pacific School respectively.  Mr. Kanekoa enjoys outdoor activities such as body surfing in his spare time.