2023 Board Members
Slavica Hansbrough, President
Slavi is an Owner and Principal Consultant at Empowered People Consulting. Her mission is to help organizations increase productivity and effectiveness by nurturing human systems, organizational culture, and every individual. Every person deserves to enjoy work and feel fulfilled at the end of the day. Previously, Slavi worked in the fields of journalism, marketing, and event planning. Her recently found passion for organization development led her to earn a Masters of Arts degree from Hawai‘i Pacific University in Organization Development and Change. Slavi was born and raised in Serbia and has lived in Hawaii for the last 15 years. Also a longtime military spouse, her career led her to work in the government, corporate, and non-profit sectors. Her distinct background gives a diverse perspective on organization culture, conflict management, performance management, effective communication, and more.
Gwen Navarrete Klapperich, M.Ed., CPTD®, Past President
Gwen is Chief Learning Consultant of Klapperich International Training Associates (KITA) LLC, a talent development consulting firm that specializes in employee training & development, diversity & inclusion initiatives, performance consulting, and American Red Cross health & safety training.. She holds over 20 years of experience in training & development, customer service supervision, and quality assurance initiatives, and has worked in various industries such as retail, call centers, healthcare, government, hospitality, nonprofits, and continuing education. Gwen earned her CPTD® (Certified Professional in Talent Development, formerly Certified Professional in Learning and Performance) from the Association of Talent Development and holds a master’s degree in education specializing in Training & Performance Improvement from Capella University.
Sarah Kalicki-Nakamura, VP of Strategic Partnerships
Sarah is the co-founder of TH!NK® LLC, an award-winning talent development company that has partnered with more than 300 companies since 2000 to deliver workplace solutions that are helping businesses achieve their goals while keeping employees engaged, productive and happy. Passionate about lifelong education and learning, Sarah serves as an instructor at the University of Hawaii at Manoa Shidler College of Business, teaching graduate-level courses focusing on Organizational Behavior and Learning and Development. Sarah holds a Master's Degree in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix and a Bachelor’s in Broadcast Journalism from Arizona State University. She has earned multiple certifications including Everything DiSC Facilitator®, Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team Facilitator™, PXT Select, and the New World Kirkpatrick Model Bronze Level. Sarah is also passionate about helping Hawaii families thrive as aNu’uanu YMCA Board Member.
Brian Madamba, VP Technology
Brian Madamba is a Talent Development Specialist at HawaiiUSA FCU. He works with the company to produce materials needed for learning plans and internal projects. He is heavily versed in the financial industry with a focus in economics, stock markets, and real estate. On the side, he has multiple businesses built all across Asia, the United States, and Canada. His hobbies include watching the news, traveling, trying new foods and restaurants, going to concerts, and shopping. Brian is also experienced in the retail industry having completing certificates is fashion styling, retail management, and business essentials form multiple educational institutions around the US. He also serves as Secretary on the FEAH Board (Financial Education of Hawaii).
Julianne Odo, VP of Finance
Julianne Odo is an Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity Consultant with Kaiser Permanente, one of the nation’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Her work is focused on creating a more equitable, socially just, inclusive, and diverse healthcare system, workforce and community. Julianne has over 12 years of experience in the Learning and Organizational Development field; prior to working in health care, Julianne worked in the hospitality, banking, and retail sectors. Her contributions include leading organization-wide internal cultural rebranding initiatives; developing and facilitating programs for various levels of the organization, from front-line staff to the C-suite; and administering leadership and talent reviews. Julianne has an MBA from the University of Hawai’i, a BS in Communication from Southern Oregon University, and holds PHR and SHRM-CP certifications.
Sookie Kang, VP of Records
Sookie Kang is currently Director of Human Resources at Standard BioTools, Inc. Her professional experience is deeply steeped in the life sciences industry having worked at small to large pharmaceutical companies in global leadership roles. With 14+ years of experience, she has served in trusted HR business partner roles with a focus on talent management, engagement, individual and team development strategies. She enjoys collaborative partnerships in work environments that is focused on creating organizations where employees feel and perform their very best! Sookie holds a BS in Biological Sciences and MBA from the University of San Francisco. She is originally from South Korea, raised in Honolulu, and lived in the SF Bay Area for 17 years. She is back on the islands with her husband and two young children. She finds joy in exploring old and new local spots as she gets to experience them with her little ones!
Christy Matsushige, VP of Membership
Christy has experience in a wide range of sectors including information technology, start-ups, green tech, insurance, healthcare, non-profits, and government. Her Computer Science degree and innate organizational and problem solving skills have been best utilized in Information Technology, Project Management, Leadership, Account Management, and Training and Development positions. Personal accomplishment highlights are completing the Waikiki Roughwater Swim, Na Wahine O Ke Kai, and several marathons in her heyday.
Ricardo “Ric” Xavier, VP of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Ricardo (Ric for short) is originally from Brazil and started his professional journey as a language teacher, moving on to teacher trainer a few years later. After 10+ years in education, he wanted to see what else was out there. Ric got a business degree and further education in HR. The highlight of his career was when he could merge both the educational and corporate worlds: he learned about ATD in 2017, became a member, and dove into Learning & Development. Ric has been a facilitator since his years in education and added instructional design to his portfolio last year. He is currently a Learning Experience Designer for Studio 5 Learning, a consulting company in the L&D space.
Dayna Hasegawa, VP of Talent Management & Volunteers
Dayna Hasegawa is currently Director of Talent Acquisition and Learning Development for Bank of Hawai'i, one of the leading financial institutes in Hawai'i. She holds over 10 years of experience in training & development, and over 6 years in Talent Acquisition in the medical, retail and financial industries. With both functions recently added under her purview for the bank, she is able to think more broadly when it comes to attracting and developing talent for the future. In this unique role, she is working on expanding and building synergy between talent acquisition and learning in order to enhance the employee experience throughout their entire career lifecycle. From attraction to development and retention, Dayna strives to provide a world-class experience for candidates, employees and managers at all levels. Her contributions include leading organization-wide development programs, implementation of a new HR system, redesign of career development and performance management, and re-building of both Talent Acquisition and Learning Development teams. Dayna has a BA in Psychology from the University of Hawai'i at Manoa and is a life-long learner who most recently completed The Women's Leadership Academy with Dale Carnegie.
Ken Rossi, OD SIG
Dr. Ken Rossi is an Assistant Professor of Organization Development at Hawaii Pacific University where he is also the faculty chair for the Master of Arts in Organization Development and Leadership (MAODL) program. Dr. Rossi’s research is in the area of leadership and leadership development and organization development and change.
Before joining HPU Dr. Rossi served as NASA’s Career and Organizational Development Training Manager working out of Ames Research Center in Mountainview, California. Prior to NASA, Dr. Rossi ran a career transition program, satellite campus operation, and served in the US Army as a leader, trainer and Organizational Effectiveness consultant and educator.
Dr. Rossi holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Southern California, a master’s degree in Human Resources Management and Organization Development, and a master’s degree in Counseling from Chapman University, a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Chaminade University and is a graduate of the US Army Organizational Effectiveness Staff Officer’s Course at Fort Ord, California and is a Senior Registered OD Professional.
Dr. Rossi has worked extensively throughout the United States and the Pacific including Samoa, Thailand, Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Panama, and other areas of South and Central America.