School Officials, Administration & Faculty


Med-Assist is comprised of experienced and caring individuals, who form a quality team of professionals that successfully administer the school’s training programs. 


Keiko Takemoto

Chairman, Board of Directors

Helene Takemoto


Advisory Boards

All members of the board with the exception of Med-Assist faculty and staff are volunteer consultants for the school.



Medical Assistant Program

Cindy Aban, CMA

Certified Medical Assistant

Kaiser Permanente


Dr. Kevin Awaya

Internal Medicine


Med-Assist School of Hawaii



Kristen Inouye

Human Resources

Hawaii Pacific Health


JoAnna Macho

Financial Administrator

Med-Assist School of Hawaii


Melissa Mansfield

Human Resources

Altres Medical


Leo Salacap, CMA

Certified Medical Assistant

Kaiser Permanente


Ada Toyama

Department of Education

Hawaii State HOSA Coordinator


Wendell Woo

Diagnostic Imaging Manager

Pali Momi Medical Center


Professional Medical Coder Program


Yvette Botelho, CPC

Certified Professional Coder Trainer


Jonathan Domingo, CMRS, CPC, CNA

Adjunct Faculty & Pastor

Leeward Community College & Hawaii Community College

New Hope Leeward



Director of CHTS Programs, Faculty

UHCC-Leeward Community College


Gayle Stephens, AAS, CHITS-TR

Faculty, Career Internship Coordinator

Med-Assist School of Hawaii


Helene Takemoto, President, FT

Masters Public Health, Epidemiology, University of Hawaii at Manoa


Cameron Benson, Executive Director FT


JoAnna D. Macho, Financial Administrator, FT

BA, Saint Mary’s College of Moraga, California


Richard Halicki, Financial Aid Advisor, FT

BA, St Joseph’s University, BS, LaSalle University



Kevin Awaya,MBBS, Medical Education, University of Sydney; MS, University of Hawaii;

BS, University of Southern California, FT

Clinical Procedures I, II & III, Math for Healthcare Providers, Graduate Seminar, Externship Coordinator


Anthony Debold, BA, University of Hawaii, FT

Medical Computers, Keyboarding I & II, Basic Medical Transcription


Sheri Gon, MPH, Medical Laboratory Specialist, BS, University of Hawaii, PT

Co-Chairman, Curriculum Committee

Clinical Laboratory II-Hematology


Diana Schut, RT

Anatomy Physiology I & II, Medical Terminology I, Medical Terminology III


Gayle Stephens, AAS, Heald College; CHITS-TR, Leeward Community College,

Office Procedures I & II, Career Internship Coordinator, FT

Professional Medical Coder Program Chair


Ashley Tanaka, RMA, Leeward Community College, Adjunct

Clinical Procedures I, II, & III, AHA- BLS CPR Instructor (Heartsavers)


Ruth Treadup RN, M.Ed, University of San Diego; BA, San Diego State

University; AA, City College of San Francisco, PT

Psychology of Human Relations, Medical Terminology II, Professional Awareness, Medical Law


Wilma Ulep, Certified Laboratory Technician, Kapiolani Community College,

RMA, Diploma-Medical Assistant, Med-Assist School of Hawaii, PT

Clinical Laboratory I-Urinalysis, Pharmacology