Board of Directors

Board Officers / Members


Dara Fukuhara – Board Chair/Secretary

Photo of Dara Fukuhara Dara Fukuhara’s background in print journalism and public relations has provided her with unique skill set and knowledge to help non profit organizations, such as Hawaii Fi-Do Service Dogs, with marketing and strategic counsel. Considered a disability advocate, Dara was diagnosed with a form of hereditary neuropathy, characterized by severe muscular weakness. View full bio




Zora “Zodie” Shove – Vice Chair


Zora “Zodie” Shove, was born in West Point, NY to a Native Hawaiian mother and a Native American father.  She “returned” to Hawaii 35 years ago and is currently enjoying her retirement years, continuing to serve her family and community. View full bio







Jonathan Yap– Treasurer

Jonathan was rendered quadriplegic after sustaining a spinal cord injury; a result of one fateful day at the beach. Since then, he has pursued his passion for science receiving an MS degree in medical and molecular physiology, and a Ph.D. in cell and molecular biology. View full bio







Scott C. Suzuki – Director

Photo of Scott SuzukiScott C. Suzuki graduated in the top tier of his class from the William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawaii in 2004. Simultaneously, Scott graduated with a 4.0 grade point average from the John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaii with a Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) degree in gerontology. Scott has been in private practice since his graduation.  View full bio






Valerie Yamada – Director

Valerie Yamada was a nurse prior to suffering a stroke and eventually being diagnosed with traumatic brain injury. As part of her recovery and therapy, she has been a long-time member of our Hui Malama Po’o Support Group, one of our support groups for consumers with Traumatic Brain Injury. Val eventually had taken a leadership role and volunteers her time to coordinate the groups’ activities. View full bio




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