Teen CARE Administration
Colleen Fox, PhD, CSAC, CPS, CCS
Director of Adolescent Services, Hina Mauka Teen CARE
Colleen has been with Hina Mauka since 1997 and became the Director of Adolescent Services in 2002. Colleen brings her experiences working as a counselor, promoting best practices in adolescent substance abuse services, and collaborating with organizations that help youth to her work at Hina Mauka. Click to see more
Prior to her experience at Hina Mauka Colleen had worked with women and their children at the Salvation Army Family Treatment Services. Seeing the impact of substance abuse on children inspired a desire to help youth and their families. Earlier in her career, she has had the opportunity to learn about the substance abuse community through her experiences coordinating the Independent Peer Review process for substance abuse agencies receiving federal funding as well as her work at the Hawai‘i State Legislature. Colleen is a graduate the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and is certified as a substance abuse counselor, prevention specialist, clinical supervisor, and program administrator. Colleen grew up in New York along the shores of Lake Erie and has lived in Hawai‘i for over twenty years. In her free time Colleen enjoys spending time with her family and her cats Stella and The Cheese.
Mary Elizabeth Pacheco, MSCP, CSAC, CPS, CCS
Clinical Director, Hina Mauka Teen CARE
Mary has been honored to be a part of the Hina Mauka Teen CARE team since 2000. Mary is certified as a substance abuse counselor, prevention specialist, and clinical supervisor. Her mission ever since has been to be of service to help the youth of Hawai’i nei find hope, health, and healing.Click to see more
Prior to joining Hina Mauka, Mary was an early childhood educator. Understanding the effects and impact of substance use on the family, she attended Chaminade University of Honolulu where she graduated with her master’s in counseling psychology. Mary is a certified trainer of the Alcohol Drug Abuse Diagnosis assessment, ASIST Suicide Prevention, and SAMHSA’s Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training. Mary serves as the Independent Peer Review Coordinator contracted with the Department of Health, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division. Mary was born and raised in Hawai’i. She, her husband, their three children along with their five dogs live on the windward side of ‘O‘ahu. During Mary’s free time she enjoys attending church services, working on cars, reading, and having a great time just being with her family.
Anna Marie Elderts, BA
Administrative Coordinator, Hina Mauka Teen CARE
Anna Marie joined the Teen CARE team in 2005. Anna Marie was born and raised on O‘ahu, but lived on Kaua‘i for several years early in her career. Previously Anna Marie worked as the branch manager for the Windward Community Federal Credit Union.Click to see more
She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. She also has experience in accounting and customer service. Anna Marie has three children and lives on the Windward side of O‘ahu with her husband, children, and their two dogs.
Teen CARE Staff
Sandy Anderson, BS
Substance Abuse Counselor, Teen CARE Kalaheo High School
Sandy developed a passion for helping youth after having worked in the DOE assisting those with special needs. Sandy is a graduate of Leeward Community College and Chaminade Unversity, where her degree focused on teaching. Click to see more
After working in the teaching field for 4 years, Sandy realized that counseling was where her heart lay. Sandy is born and raised on the Windward side of O‘ahu, where she now raises her own family.
Cam Anthony, BS
Substance Abuse Counselor, Teen CARE Waimea High & Waimea Canyon MIddle Schools
Cam graduated from Boise State University with a bachelor’s in Criminal Justice. Cam has experience coaching middle school wrestling and mentoring youth Click to see more
Cam spent 3 years as a correctional officer and 5 years as a wildland fire fighter. Cam spends most of his time outdoors, where he enjoys hunting, fishing, and hiking.
Gina Baez, LSW
Substance Abuse Counselor, Teen CARE Waianae
Gina is a licensed Social Worker. She is passionate about Mental Health treatment and fostering the belief of compassion and empathy to all. Social justice and advocating for underserved populations is also something that she feels very strongly about. Click to see more
Prior to coming to Teen CARE, Gina gained experience in school behavioral health, nursing and rehabilitation, and hospice. Gina has lived all over the United States and is very happy to call Hawai‘i home. She has two children and being a mother is her favorite and most important role in life. Gina loves to run, hike, and enjoy any and all activities in nature in our beautiful Hawai‘i Nei.
Nicole Benton, MA/OC, CSAC, CPS, CCS
Prevention Supervisor, Teen CARE
Even as a child, Nicole wanted to reach out to others in a motivating and compassionate manner. Her favorite part of Teen CARE is that she gets to work with aspiring youth who are making positive changes in their lives. Click to see more
Nicole graduated from Hawai‘i Pacific University in 2008 with her bachelor’s degree in psychology and in 2010 graduated from Hawai‘i Pacific University with her master’s degree. She is a certified as a substance abuse counselor. In her free time, Nicole enjoys hiking, swimming, reading, and spending time at the beach.
Prevention Specialist, Teen CARE O‘ahu
Bryan is committed to helping others to grow and change their lives for the better. Click to see more
After two decades of running his own business, Bryan decided to move over to the helping field, joining the Teen CARE prevention team. He felt it was time to put his experience to work with others, using years of mentoring, especially youth, through helping build a strong work ethic, coaching and volunteering in recovery programs. Bryan has a passion for surfing, golfing and freediving.
Darla Carino, MSCP
Substance Abuse Counselor, Teen CARE Pearl City High School
Darla graduated from Chaminade University with a master’s degree in counseling psychology. Darla has worked with youth with special needs and has gained years of experience working at Kahi Mohala Behavioral Health. Click to see more
Darla is passionate about mental health treatment and working with youth of diverse cultural backgrounds. Darla was born and raised in Mililani, and enjoys singing, dancing, and spending time with family.
Kamaile DeMello, MSW
Substance Abuse Counselor, Teen CARE Kailua High School
Kamaile believes that counselors must be positive role models and have a vested interest in the success of those they work with. For the past several years Kamaile has been working with those with substance use disorders, co-occurring disorders, and disabilities. She also has experience providing health prevention services and teaching. Click to see more
She has developed an unrelenting passion for helping others succeed, especially teens. She believes that given the proper guidance, every teen can find a path to their own personal success. Kamaile is a graduate of Kailua High School and the University of Hawai‘i. She received a master’s in social work from University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa in 2016.
Christina Egan, MSW
Substance Abuse Counselor, Teen CARE Aliamanu Middle School and Mililani High School
Christina graduated with her MSW from Columbia University in 2016 with a concentration in School-based services. She has worked in elementary and middle schools all over the Metro New York area. Click to see more
In early 2017, after living in Manhattan for a year, Christina decided to try a different type of island life on Oahu, where she could pursue a career and new adventures. As a social worker, Christina loves working with the adolescent population as it is such an important crossroad that can influence the rest of their lives. She hopes to empower youth with influences of love and positivity.
Mallory Fernandez, BSW
Substance Abuse Counselor, Teen CARE Kapaa High School
Mallory graduated from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa with a bachelor’s in social work from the Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work. Through the BSW program, she had the opportunity and experience to work with the homeless population at the Institute for Human Services (IHS). Click to see more
Mallory helped clients to seek employment, budget and to apply for affordable housing. Prior to Hina Mauka, she has been with Starbucks Coffee Company for the past 11 years, gaining management experience as a Shift Supervisor. Mallory’s desire to work with adolescents led her to Hina Mauka. She has a passion for helping others to help themselves. Outside of work Mallory enjoys hiking, watching movies, reading, spending time with family/friends/her dog Malachi and enjoying life.
Ellen Fooks, MA, CSAC, CCS
Clinical Supervisor, Teen CARE Leeward O‘ahu
Ellen is proud to have been with Teen CARE since 2003. She believes in the hopes and the possibilities that Teen CARE clients have. As Margaret Mead put it, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world…”Click to see more
Ellen believes in the work Teen CARE does to help adolescents examine the negative effects that drugs and alcohol have had on their lives. Ellen has worked with adolescents and families in California, New Jersey, Asia, and Hawai‘i. Ellen is also a Chanoyu, Japanese Tea Ceremony Teacher, loves nature, swimming at Waimea Bay, and hiking on O‘ahu trails.
Creson Fujii, BA
Prevention Specialist and Substance Abuse Counselor, Teen CARE Kapaa Middle School
Creson was born and raised on Kauai and moved to O`ahu after graduating from high school. While on Oahu she earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. While on O’ahu gained experience working with young people, focusing on building a foundation of trust and communication. Click to see more
Creson moved back to Kauai in 2016, seeking out a position where she could continue to help youth. Creson and her husband have two very different and unique daughters who every day teach them something new about life. When not working Creson likes to catch up on TV drama, spend time with her family at the beach, park, have cookouts, and plan for their next travel adventure.
Paulina Garcia, BA
Substance Abuse Counselor, Teen CARE Mililani High School
Paulina graduated from San Francisco State University in 2013 with her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. Paulina’s experience seeing the effects of poverty, drugs, gangs, domestic violence and other forms of injustice, fueled her passion to help youth, adults, and the community. Click to see more
Before coming to Teen CARE Paulina worked as a mentor and did outreach for the San Francisco Police Department.
Dayna-Lynn Joyo, MSCP, CSAC
Substance Abuse Counselor, Teen CARE Waipahu
Dayna earned her master’s degree in marriage and family counseling from University of Chaminade. She first began her career in 2010, as an intern in substance abuse counseling at Ku Aloha Ola Mau and in 2011 Dayna joined Teen CARE, serving as the substance abuse counselor for the Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program in Waipahu. Click to see more
Through this program she has the opportunity to work with a diverse set of adolescents and their families. Working with teens who struggle with substance abuse motivates Dayna to find creative ways to encourage, support, and inspire change so that teens are able to learn how to have a drug-free and healthy lifestyle. Dayna enjoys collaborating with her co-workers at Teen CARE to increase her knowledge and develop innovative ways to help adolescents who struggle with substance abuse. In her free time, Dayna enjoys shopping, barbecuing, watching movies, and going back to Maui to visit with family and friends.
Jasmine Kodwavi, CSAC
Substance Abuse Counselor, Teen CARE Castle High School
Jasmine bring her experience with adults, adolescents, and those who have been incarcerated. Jasmine has worked int the addictions field since 2011. Click to see more
She has experience providing residential and outpatient substance abuse treatment services to both adults and adolescents. As well as treatment services, Jasmine has worked with adolescents as a case manager. For about eight years Jasmine assisted in creating sober events for non-profit organizations focusing on adolescents and young adults in locations such as San Jose, San Francisco and Santa Cruz county. Jasmine is a certified as a substance abuse counselor and attended college in San Jose. In her free time she enjoys hiking, swimming, surfing, snorkeling.
Debbie Pennuto, MA, CSAC, CCS
Clinical Supervisor, Teen CARE
Debbie joined Teen CARE in 2006 because she has a passion for helping those who struggle with substance abuse. Debbie has a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy and is certified as a substance abuse counselor and clinical supervisor.Click to see more
Prior to joining Teen CARE Debbie served as the Director of Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center, where she worked for seven years.Debbie served in the Army as a Sergeant. Upon completion of her service, Debbie spent several years conducting programs for elementary age youth though Kama`aina Kids. Debbie has visited various countries in Europe and has lived in Germany for a total of 6 years. Debbie enjoys spending time with her family and her dog Lilly.
Carter Piers, CPS, MSW
Prevention Specialist, Teen CARE O‘ahu
Carter graduated from Hope College in Holland, Michigan. After completing school he worked in residential substance abuse treatment at the Chester A. Ray Center. Click to see more
Carter moved to the Big Island in 2012, where he was was employed at Lokahi Treatment Center in Honoka‘a, providing treatment services to both adults and adolescents. Carter moved to O‘ahu in 2014 when he joined the Teen CARE team. Carter received his masters in social work from University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.
Jessica Putnam, BA
Prevention Specialist and Substance Abuse Counselor, Teen CARE Kauai High School
Jessica is a graduate from the University of Hawaii – West Oahu with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Science. She is passionate about trying to understand and empathize with people, particularly today’s youth. Click to see more
She credits her college anthropology and sociology classes with motivating her to serve her community. Additionally, her travels have allowed her to witness the damage that drugs can wreak on families and communities, and she wants to be on the front lines of the prevention of substance abuse. Jessica previously worked with Clinical Labs of Hawaii and Servco Pacific. In her free time, Jessica enjoys traveling, reading, and people watching.
Courtney Richards, AA
Substance Abuse Counselor, Teen CARE Kalani High School
Courtney has been helping those who struggle with substance abuse problems for several years. Courtney started as a practicum students with Teen CARE, eventually becoming the site counselor at Kalani High School.Click to see more
Previously Courtney worked at Salvation Army Family Treatment services as as substance abuse counselor helping women and their children.
Mei Shiang “Umeka” Ning, MSCP
Substance Abuse Counselor, Highlands Teen CARE
Umeka graduated Chaminade University with a master’s degree in counseling psychology, with an emphasis in mental health counseling. She enjoys working with youth. Click to see more
In 2015-16 Umeka interned at Teen CARE and another internship site that involved youth with special needs. Through Teen CARE, her interest expanded to substance abuse and is planning to pursue certification as a substance abuse counselor.
Substance Abuse Counselor, Teen CARE Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School
John has worked with teenagers for about 20 years and started working with special motivation programs and at risk teens. He has been the Hina Mauka Teen CARE site counselor at Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School since 2005, helping teenagers who struggle with substance abuse. Click to see more
He loves working with teens every day and feels that his job is not just a job but his mission in life. He is on a mission of ALOHA planting positive seeds encouraging a healthy and balanced lifestyle of the “Mind, Body and Spirit”. One of his passions is cooking and has been working part time as a chef in a fine dining restaurant for the past 15 years. Outside of work his hobbies are spending quality time with his family, working out, gardening and carving.
Maria Trimble, MSCP
Substance Abuse Counselor, Radford Teen CARE
Maria has a master’s degree in counseling psychology from Chaminade University. She has worked with children and adolescents since 2012. Click to see more
Maria has a passion for helping others and strives to help her clients in any way she can. She likes to spend time hiking, in the ocean, and with her family.
Brian Wachi, AA
Substance Abuse Counselor, Teen CARE Mililani High School
Brian has compassion and hope for teens who are facing challenges with drug and alcohol addiction, believing that it is important to never lose hope because there is always an opportunity for change. In 2013 Brian completed the substance abuse certification program at Leeward Community College.Click to see more
During the program Brian was involved at Teen CARE as an intern at Highlands Intermediate School and the Waipahu Adolescent sites. Brian is currently working towards becoming a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor. Previous to becoming a Substance Abuse Counselor for Teen CARE, Brian supported youth through Hale Kipa’s Hawaii Advocate Program where he helped youth with their academics, court stipulations, communication, and social and coping skills, and pro-social activities, as well as identifying community resources to positively impact their life. Brian’s hobbies include enjoying the beautiful beaches here on the island. He likes to freedive, fish, and spend time with my family. His other interests include working out and boxing. Lucky we live Hawaii.
Brandy West-Bey, BS
Prevention Specialist, Teen CARE O‘ahu
Brandy graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a bachelor’s in Criminal Justice. She is currently completing her master’s degree in marriage and family therapy, with an emphasis in military family therapy. Previously, Brandy served as a logistics officer in the United States Army. Click to see more
Brandy enjoys reaching the military population through her work and working with families and youth affected by substance use. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and kids and laying on the beach reading a good book.
Alissa Youart, MSW
Substance Abuse Counselor, Teen CARE Olomana
Alissa was born and raised in Waimānalo and played collegiate volleyball at Southern Utah University on an athletic scholarship. She first found her passion for working with youth through her role as a volleyball coach. Click to see more
While at SUU, Alissa studied sociology and anthropology. Alissa recently graduated from Hawaii Pacific University with a masters in social work with distinction. Alissa has worked with adolescent youth struggling with behavioral issues as well as mental health issues. She finds joy in improving self-efficacy in the lives of teens in her community, particularly through Hawaiian values. Alissa enjoys making lei po’o, cooking, traveling, spending time with family, paddling, playing volleyball, and going to the beach.
Christine Zwicky, MA
Substance Abuse Counselor, Teen CARE Kailua Intermediate School
Christine has worked in the behavioral health field for over 25 years in a variety of settings. She received her master’s degree in somatic psychology and has published an ebook on body centered therapy. Click to see more
Christine specializes in the creative art therapies utilizing dance, music, art, writing, play, and drama in her approach. She has a passion for teaching and has presented at various mental health conferences over the years. Christine enjoys playing her African drum, being outdoors, spending time with family and friends, writing,creating art, and laughing. She loves to inspire others and see them discover their own strengths and talents. She currently lives in Honolulu but has traveled the world living in Costa Rica, Mexico, and Thailan