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Since early March, 40 KS staffers stepped up to the challenge and assumed additional duties to help safeguard the health and well-being of our haumāna and staff as part of our COVID-19 Response Team (CRT). Here, team members Neil Yamamoto, Crystal Busey, Jason Choy and Reid Takano showcase the daily employee wellness check-in app and fellow CRT members across the pae ‘āina.

KS’ COVID-19 Response Team: The front line in our fight to keep staff and students healthy

Nov. 2, 2020

Although the difficulties of the COVID-19 pandemic have challenged us, this crisis has also underscored our ability to ho‘omau (persevere) and our commitment to mālama one another. We see this every day in the actions of our Kamehameha Schools ‘ohana.

Since early March, 40 KS staffers stepped up to the challenge and assumed additional duties to help safeguard the health and well-being of our haumāna and staff as part of our very own COVID-19 Response Team. Bringing their unique mana‘o and expertise, this diverse hui empowers KS to take matters into our own hands so we can act swiftly and with aloha.

On the front line in our fight to keep our KS ‘ohana healthy are team members from departments across the organization including health services, enterprise safety, education safety, human resources, compliance, and legal as well as athletic trainers and education personnel.

Each team member plays a critical role in helping KS develop new and best practices in responding to the ever-shifting threat of COVID-19 – from monitoring the spread of the virus to providing guidance to those exposed and keeping informed on the latest medical research and preventative guidelines. But above all, the core kuleana of this hui is contact tracing.

Our team of certified contract tracers tracks the spread of COVID-19 within our KS system, notifies those who may have been exposed, and determines who needs to quarantine if there’s been on-site exposure.

Their work is also the foundation of the information we share on our COVID-19 website, empowering us all to make informed decisions. We are incredibly proud of those on the contact tracing team who went the extra mile to earn special certification through John Hopkins University.

KS Senior Director of Enterprise Safety & Student Well-Being Crystal Busey underscores the immense value of having in-house contact tracers and acknowledges their diligence and hard work.

“We know time is of the essence when it comes to identifying those who may have come into contact with someone with COVID-19,” Busey said. “Our certified contract tracers respond rapidly across the KS system when needed. They work day and night to protect the health and safety of our staff and students. They have also remained flexible and dedicated as guidelines and medical research has continued to evolve.”

Beyond contact tracing, our response team supports students and staff who have tested positive by providing guidance and helping to ease their transition to distance learning or working from home.

Throughout it all, our subject matter experts are tuning into and examining the recent findings from cutting-edge research and new guidelines from federal, state and local officials, ensuring we can pivot nimbly when needed.

We honor, recognize and mahalo our COVID-19 Response Team, whose work is essential to ensuring we can continue to fulfill Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop’s vision for a thriving lāhui.

To learn more about our latest efforts to keep our KS ‘ohana safe and healthy, please visit the KS COVID-19 updates and resources website.

 

Mahalo to our core COVID-19 Response Team members:
 

Liz Ahana – Senior Consultant, Public Relations Strategy

Carl Alexander – Manager, Education Safety and Risk

Crystal Busey – Senior Director, Enterprise Safety & Student Well-Being

Jason Choy – Manager, HR Consulting

Dr. Kenny Fink – Director, Student Health Services

Darrel Hoke – EVP, Administration

Cliff Jamile – Senior Director, HR Consulting

Haulani Kaleoaloha – Project Manager, Strategy & Technology

Alison Leary – Director, Facilities Development

Nāhoa Lucas – Senior Counsel, Legal Education Division

Leah Mariani – Education Safety Manager

Nicole Read – Manager, Health Services (KS Kapālama)

Mike Shibata – Manager, Business Continuity and Emergency Management

Michelle Swan – Program Manager, HR Compliance

Sabrina Toma – Director, Legal Education Division

Neil Yamamoto – Manager, Enterprise Safety & Student Well-Being

 

Mahalo to our Certified COVID-19 Contact Tracers

Carl Alexander – Manager, Education Safety and Risk

Jill Andres – Athletic Trainer, (KS Kapālama)

Alika Asing – Supervisor, Athletic Trainers (KS Maui)

Christy Benanua – Registered Nurse (KS Kapālama)

Crystal Busey – Senior Director, Enterprise Safety & Student Well-Being

Dana Cassino-Stamey – HR Consultant

Amy Chamberlain – Chief of Staff, Financial Assets

Jason Choy – Manager, HR Consulting

Mac Collins – Senior Ethics and Compliance Consultant

Zeny Eakins – Supervisor, Athletic Trainers (KS Hawai‘i)

Wendy Erskine – High School Principal (KS Kapālama)

Timothy Freitas – Senior Specialist, Instructional Technology (KS Kapālama)

Erin Harkleroad – Athletic Trainer (KS Maui)

Cliff Jamile – Senior Director, HR Consulting

Lynn Johnson – HR Consultant

Leane Kaneko – Business Process Consultant, HR

Alison Leary – Director, Facilities Development

Nāhoa  Lucas – Senior Counsel, Legal Education Division

Ella Mae Lum – Registered Nurse (KS Kapālama)

Leah Mariani – Education Safety Manager

Patricia Matsumoto – Director, Finance and Administration (KS Kapālama)

Kirsten Oshiro – Compensation Analyst, HR

Jake Pacarro – High School Vice Principal (KS Kapālama)

Stacy Pettersson – High School Interim Dean, Student Well-Being (KS Kapālama)

Nicole Read – Manager, Health Services (KS Kapālama)

Carolyn Saiki – HR Consultant

Sandra Scarborough – Senior HR Consultant (KS Maui)

Mike Shibata – Manager, Business Continuity and Emergency Management

Amy Shirk – Athletic Trainer (KS Hawai‘i)

Michelle Swan – Program Manager, HR Compliance

Michelle Takai – Manager, Ethics and Compliance

Reid Takano – Athletic Trainer (KS Kapālama)

Tracy Terlep – Senior HR Consultant (KS Hawai‘i)

Sabrina Toma – Director, Legal Education Division Winona White (HR)

Cheryl Yamamoto – High School Dean of Student Activities (KS Kapālama)

Neil Yamamoto – Manager, Enterprise Safety & Student Well-Being



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