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Our leaders and managers are mission-oriented, community-directed and program-focused.

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Debbie Perkins, President and CEO

Ms. Perkins has served as the Chief Financial Officer responsible for the overall fiscal management of the organization since 2003. She has a BS in Management and Marketing from the University of Santa Clara, CA. Ms. Perkins possesses excellent interpersonal skills, capable of resolving multiple and complex (sales, human resources, legal, financial, operational) issues. Her tireless energy, visionary leadership, and positive approach to solving challenges have earned her the title of CEO in 2015. Her goals are to reorganize and implement internal procedures and systems in support of continuous improvement, create new business ventures, and motivating staff to peak performance.

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Karen Chow, Human Resources Manager

Karen is a life-long resident of Hilo, Hawai`i. She graduated with a BA in Psychology from UH Hilo and later went on to earn her MA in Professional Counseling from Argosy University. She is a senior level Manager with 20 + years of experience in Social Services including Program Management, Employee Relations and Counseling, and 10 years in Human Resource Management and Safety Training. Her love of people and her easy-going nature make her the ideal HR Manager. Her passion includes working with this vulnerable population, raising her family, and her two adorable canine companions.

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Shelagh Arruda, CSS Program Coordinator

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Janelle Ocampo, Commercial Services Program Manager

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Serelina Mwarey, Payroll Specialist
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Bailing Liang, Account Specialist/Receptionist
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Gerald Taber, I.T. Support Specialist

Gerald joined The Arc of Hilo in 2015 with over 25 years of experience in the IT field, as a Certified Network Administrator, SQL DBA, IT Consultant / Engineer & Web Developer. He brings a strong background of Technical Support and engineering skills to the Arc of Hilo. He enjoys providing secure and effecient solutions that maximize levels of productivity while improving quality, affordability and sustainability for organizational growth. His inspirations come from his family life, his community involvement and living Aloha.
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