With your expertise and advisement on our Board of Directors and Supervisory Committee, HawaiiUSA can continue to benefit our members and community.

The Nomination Committee nominated three members to fill four vacancies for the 2024-2025 Board of Directors. Three vacancies are for three-year terms and one vacancy is for a two-year term.

No member from the general membership submitted a qualifying nomination by petition. As such, no election was required.

At HawaiiUSA’s Annual Meeting held on Tuesday, February 27, 2024, the following members listed in alphabetical order, were declared elected for a 3-year term:

  • Mrs. Stevette Santiago
  • Mr. Alan M. Schlissel
  • Mr. Ethan Tomokiyo

In addition, to fill the remaining vacancy, the Board of Directors appointed Mr. Dean Penebacker to serve as a Director for a one-year term.

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Meet the Elected Board Members

Stevette Santiago

Work Experience
UHA Health Insurance, SVP and Chief Human Resources Officer; Young Brother LLC, Director of Human Resources and Labor Relations; Y. Hata & Co., Ltd., Division Manager and Chief Administrative Officer; and HawaiiUSA FCU, SVP and Group Director of Strategy and Solutions.

Education and Certifications
University of Hawaii at Manoa, Bachelor of Business Administration, Human Resources; Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM), Senior Certified Professional Certification; Catalytic Coaching Inc., Coach Certification; and University of Virginia, Darden School of Business, International Foodservice Distributors Association (IFDA) Executive Development Certification.

Why would you like to serve as a Board Director?
As a former employee and current board member, HawaiiUSA's mission of helping people through the Life Matters lens allows us to serve in a different way from traditional financial institutions. As stewards of her assets, I am committed to seeing the vision, mission, and purpose through for generations to come.

Primary Focus for HawaiiUSA
Focus will be on the ongoing integration of our new President and talented leadership team in taking HawaiiUSA to a new level that will fulfill our mission and purpose through strategic focus on the right investments in people, technology, improving the member experience, and expanding community outreach and development.

Alan Schlissel

Work Experience
Schlissel & Associates LLC, Managing Member; University of Hawaii at Manoa, Shidler School of Business, Adjunct Professor of Accounting; KMH LLP, Senior Manager; Grant Thornton, Tax Manager; and Alacqua & Baierlein LLP, Of Counsel. 

Education and Certifications
Attorney, New York State Bar; University of Florida, Levin School of Law, Master of Law in Taxation; Hofstra University, Frank G. Zarb Graduate School of Business, Master of Business Administration in Finance and Accounting; Hofstra University of Law, Juris Doctor; Hofstra University, Bachelor of Arts, History and Political Science.

Why would you like to serve as a Board Director?
The current state of our local and national economy is unprecedented. My background and experiences as a business owner, a tax attorney, and a principal of an accounting firm adds to varying experience and knowledge needed at the Board level. I can provide value and give back to my community.

Primary Focus for HawaiiUSA
To ensure we are financially strong and leverage the financial strength to provide support for our members. I look to see how each program would be supportive to our members and seek opportunities to find enhancements to our members and meet regulatory requirements.

Ethan Tomokiyo

Work Experience
State of Hawaii, Department of Transportation, Airports Division, Property Manager; Foodland Supermarket, Ltd., Vice President & Real Estate Manager; Landmark Property Corporation, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer; Westpac Shelter Corporation, Vice President & Controller; and Oahu Federal Credit Union, Manager.

Education and Certifications
Willamette University, Bachelor of Arts in Economics; State of Hawaii, Realtor Associate (RA); and Dale Carnegie Training Hawaii and Guam, Certified Instructor.

Why would you like to serve as a Board Director?
I would like to serve as a Board Director because I can contribute to the credit union movement, engage with the local community, apply my leadership skills, foster personal growth, and have a meaningful influence on the credit union and its members.

Primary Focus for HawaiiUSA
My focus shall be to promote financial education, increase the quality of member services, encourage community relationships, and to ensure the credit union's continued growth and financial strength.

2024-2025 Board of Directors:

Board Directors help to make major decisions for HawaiiUSA’s future, with financial stability and members’ best interests in mind.
Harlan Y. Kimura, Chair
Stevette Santiago, Vice Chair
Alan M. Schlissel, Treasurer
Roberta Mayor, Secretary
Jean H. Miyahira, Director
Rita S. Ornellas, Director
Dean Penebacker, Director
Ethan Tomokiyo, Director
Terry Visperas, Director


2024-2025 Supervisory Committee Members:

Supervisory Committee Members are responsible for guiding appropriate operations to protect our members’ long-term interests.
Denise Yoshida, Chair
Elton Kinoshita, Vice Chair
R. Scott Simon, Secretary 
Russell Suzuki


All of HawaiiUSA’s leadership team volunteers serve many hours and receive no financial compensation. They deeply believe in our mission to improve members’ lives through our Life matters commitment.