Teen CARE Team

Teen CARE Administration

Colleen Fox, PhD, CSAC, CPS, CCS, CSAPA
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 Olive.

MaryElizabeth Pacheco, MSCP, LMHC, 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.

Nicole Benton-Hayden, MA/OC, CSAC, CPS, CCS
Authorization and Review Coordinator, Hina Mauka Teen CARE
Even as a teen, 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, prevention specialist, and clinical supervisor.  In her free time, Nicole enjoys hiking, swimming, reading, the beach, and spending time with her pets.

Teen CARE Staff

Sandy Anderson, LSW, CSAC
Substance Abuse Counselor 
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 University, 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.

Michelle Paquin, BA
Substance Abuse Counselor, Teen CARE Mililani High School
Michelle joined Teen CARE after finishing her bachelors degree in psychology from University of Hawaii – West Oahu, with a focus on substance abuse and addiction studies.  Michelle was determined to pursue her education so that she may one day empower others to overcome their own challenges.  While at UHWO, Michelle developed a desire to help Hawaii’s youth achieve his or her greatest potential. Click to see more

  Michelle was born in Okinawa, Japan, and moved around with her family many times before settling in Oahu, where she now calls home.  A graduate of Mililani High School, Michelle uses compassion and encouragement with the youth to help build a strong foundation for success.  A strong believer that we can always learn something new, she enjoys learning from others and hearing new ideas.  During her free time, Michelle can be found hiking, cooking, or exploring new eateries around the island.

Alexandra Hudson, BA
Substance Abuse Counselor, Teen CARE Kailua High School and Olomana Youth Center
Alexandra is a graduate of Eastern Nazarene College, where she studied marriage and family counselor. Click to see more

She has been working with youth since 2015, in the fields of teaching and counseling.

Kiana Frias, AA
Substance Abuse Counselor, Teen CARE Radford High School and Waipahu Community
Kiana has always had a passion for working with youth. After working as a Summer Recreation Aid throughout high school and college, she gained additional experience work with at-risk youth in community-based group home. Click to see more

The experience solidified her interest in counseling adolescents. Kiana believes that young people are brimming with untapped potential and sometimes it takes just one person to bring that out. Her mission is to be that person and to encourage teens to strive for health, happiness and success. Kiana was born and raised on O‘ahu. Her greatest joy in life is being a mom. In her free time, Kiana likes to go church, spend time with family, and be near the ocean.

Ellen Fooks, MA, CSAC, CCS
Clinical Supervisor, Teen CARE Windward 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
Clinical Supervisor, Teen CARE Kauai 
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. Also while on O’ahu, she 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.

Debbie Pennuto, MA, CSAC 
Clinical Supervisor, Teen CARE Leeward O‘ahu
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.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 dogs.

Courtney Richards, CSAC
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.

John Sotelo
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 also worked as a chef in a fine dining restaurant.  Outside of work his hobbies are spending quality time with his family, working out, gardening and carving.

Gracie Holbrook, MSW
Substance Abuse Counselor, Teen CARE Highlands Intermediate School and Pearl City High School
Grace first joined the Teen CARE team during her internship for her masters of social work from Hawaii Pacific University. Click to see more

She has a background of working with adolescents who have suffered from intensive trauma and abuse. She believes in supporting adolescents and is passionate about access to counseling services in the school system. In her free time, she can be found surfing or working with horses.

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