Names & Faces


• Realtors Gloria Ezera and Audrey J. Moniz have joined Fine Island Properties LLC.

Ezera worked for 20 years in energy sales and has a strong contract background, according to an announcement from Fine Island Properties. Moniz has been a licensed Realtor since 1979.

Fine Island Properties is located at the Queen Ka’ahumanu Center.

• Tarek Farid will be overseeing the Wailuku Civic Hub project for Honolulu-based architecture firm Ferraro Choi And Associates Ltd.

Farid recently joined FCA as a project manager after serving as a senior project manager at Dattner Architects in New York and as a project manager at JDavis Architects in Philadelphia.


He holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Temple University as well as degrees in architecture and urban planning from the Faculty of Fine Arts Zamalek Campus in Cairo, Egypt, according to an announcement from FCA.

• Former U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Dr. James B. Peake has joined Maui Grown Therapies’ Science & Medical Advisory Board, according to an announcement from the Kahului medical cannabis dispensary. He served as secretary from December 2007 to January 2009.

In 2004, Peake retired from a 38-plus-year career with the U.S. Army as a lieutenant general. During his military service, he was a general surgery resident at Brooke Army Medical Center-Fort Sam in Houston and served as the 40th surgeon general of the U.S. Army. After retiring from the military, he was the executive vice president and chief operating office of Project Hope, a nonprofit international health foundation.

He earned his bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Military Academy and a medical degree from Cornell University Medical College.

• Hale Makua Health Services has named Kirsten Szabo as its chief financial officer, overseeing the organization’s admissions, business, health information management, information technology and purchasing departments. She is also responsible for financial and business operations, including contracting, physician and provider compliance and audits, according to a news release.


Szabo has nearly 20 years of experience in finance and accounting in California and Hawaii, most recently serving as CFO of the Community Clinic of Maui and previously serving as CFO of Maui Memorial Medical Center. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Loyola Marymount University.

• Torey Knight has been hired as a marketing representative serving customers in Xerox Maui’s Kihei, Kahului and Upcountry districts.

Knight, a Kihei resident, previously worked as a direct sales representative for Oceanic Time Warner Cable.

• Erika Burnham has joined Travaasa Hana, Maui, as sales and events manager. She oversees the East Maui resort’s weddings, meetings and group and corporate incentive efforts, according to a news release from Travaasa Experiential Resorts.

Burnham has relocated to Maui from Texas, where she worked as the catering and events manager at Travaasa Austin.


• John Anderson has been named the catering manager and wedding specialist at the Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui.

Anderson has more than two decades of experience in the catering and events industry and his responsibilities include “the planning, design and execution of social events and weddings,” according to a news release from the South Maui resort.

• Cesar Gaxiola, the executive director of the J. Walter Cameron Center, has been recognized by the National Association of Nonprofit Organizations & Executives as a Certified Nonprofit Executive.

“NANOE Certified Nonprofit Executives have demonstrated that they are advocates for major organizational structural and operational change and they have demonstrated their commitment to grow charity in ways that dramatically transform the communities they serve,” according to an announcement from the Wailuku nonprofit.

• Organizational development consultant Linda Morgan has been selected to oversee Ka Hale A Ke Ola Homeless Resource Centers’ strategic planning project.


The project launched in December and is expected to be completed by March, according to an announcement.

• Gina Duncan, the principal broker with Fine Island Properties LLC, has received the National Association of Realtors’ Certified International Property Specialist designation.

“The CIPS designation is synonymous with advanced expertise, a global perspective and distinct understanding of a global buyer,” according to the announcement from the association. “As a designee, Gina Duncan has the knowledge and resources to efficiently work with international buyers, including U.S. residents looking to invest overseas, foreign buyers purchasing in the United States, as well as recent immigrants who might be unfamiliar with real estate transaction practices in the United States.”

• Wailuku-based dental speaker and consultant Cindy Ishimoto is among the 250 U.S. clinicians recognized in Dentistry Today’s “20th Annual Leaders in CE” edition. She was also named the publication’s 2018 Consulting Leader.

Ishimoto has more than 35 years of experience speaking and consulting for dental practices. She is a member of The Academy of Dental Management Consultants, the National Speakers Association and the American Association of Dental Office Managers. A Maui lecture is scheduled for May 2 on the University of Hawaii Maui College campus.


* Names & Faces is published on the first Monday of the month and welcomes news releases and announcements regarding new hires and employee promotions and awards at businesses in Maui County. Photos of the employee will be accepted as well. To submit material or for more information, contact citydesk@mauinews.com or (808) 242-6343.






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