The MCHC Board of Directors responsibilities include: 

  • Establishing goals and objectives for the health center: 
  • Establishing and monitoring policy, including criteria for partial payment of services, scope and availability of services, location, hours of operation, and quality of care audit procedures:
  • Selecting and evaluation health center performance, representing the health center in the community;
  • Monitoring and evaluating Board of Directors performance


Please download 'MCHC Board Application Packet', fill it out and send it back to us, Mahalo!


MCHC Board Application Packet.doc84 KB
Matt Yamashita - President

Four generations of my family have called Molokai “home.”  I grew up in the hills of Kauluwai and graduated from Molokai High School.  Today, with my degree and 10+ years of experience in Film/TV Production, I help tell the stories of Molokai to the outside world.  I am blessed with 3 beautiful children and a wonderful wife.  Family, community, and a balanced lifestyle are my priorities.  I believe that the health of an individual is achieved through the wellness of mind, body, and spirit.  There are many pathways to achieving wellness and for each individual it is a different journey.  I serve on the Molokai Community Health Center’s Board because I want to help insure that many diverse options for achieving wellness are available for our people.  I believe we can do things differently on Molokai and that we have the capacity to achieve success in unique ways.  

Brent Keliiokamalu Nakihei - Vice President

Aloha, my name is Brent Keliiokamalu Nakihei born and raised on Molokai in the first Hawaiian Homestead district (Kalanianole Colony) allotted to Natives in 1922.  I am a Hawaii state “Certified Substance Abuse Counselor” recognized by the Department of Health and Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division.  I am also an “International Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor” recognized by the International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium.  My volunteer services for the Molokai Community Health Center’s Board of Director have given me the opportunity to contribute towards the health and wellness of Molokai.  I believe good health associated with affordability to be the first step of a holistic approach to families in need of medical services.   Giving back to society has been a passion of mine for innovation towards the “Vision” and “Mission” statement of the Molokai Community Health Center.  One life changed can make a big difference in the health and wellness of the world. 

Carol Franko - Treasurer
Corene Helm - Member


            Living at the base of the majestic Ko'olau Range on the island of Oahu has ingrained within me the appreciation for the beauty of our islands and all of its' resources.  Our playground extended from Kaneohe through Kahalu'u to Kaaawa, Punalu'u and Kahuku.  My father was from Kaaawa and mom was from Kaneohe.  When I first arrived on the island of Moloka'i in 1974 to work as a teacher at the High School, Moloka'i felt like  Kaneohe, as I stepped back into a dreamlike deja vu experience.  My ancestors were from here. And so was I.    

    The thing that stood out for me as I walked into my first class as an English teacher at Molokai High and Intermediate was the health and handsomeness of my students' faces.  I was overcome with their loveliness and yes their eagerness to learn.  I was happy to be at Molokai High School.  I fell in love with Moloka'i even more.  And, I have been here since for nearly 40 years.  I married Adolph Helm, have two wonderful sons, Kekamaikaikamaikalani (Ane) and Kanohowailuku (Lindy) and six mo'opuna. 

             My degrees allowed me to teach K - 12, in the subjects of English, Social Studies, Elementary Education, Hawaiian Immersion Program,  Special Education, and Counseling in the Middle School.  Having worked at three of the Elementary Schools from the various districts as well as the High School, I have come to know, greet, work with and respect the different communities.  They are all such heartwarming, giving and hardworking people. Words cannot express the aloha that I feel for this island and all of its' people.  My choice to be on this Health board was not difficult for me. 

            On June 1, 2011, I retired from the Department of Education and the timing was so right.  My suspicions about a lump that I found was true to form, breast cancer was a new battle to process and heal from.  It was time to take care of myself.  And now with the support from family, friends, community, doctors, nurses, technicians, clergy,  I am getting better.  I am grateful beyond measure. 

            Every one of us here need support, good health practices, and an energized spirit to live day to day.  This community health center provides comfort to many.  We are blessed to be able to care and be of service to others.  This is a mantra that permeates throughout our island home, in our communities, our churches, our schools, sports organizations, our State and County worksites, our medical facilities and especially in our homes.  Malama kekahi i kekahi, we take care of one another, Aloha kekahi i kekahi, we love and support one another.  Mahalo Ke Akua.  Malama Pono, let us live in His spirit of aloha. 



Corene K.M. Helm     

Leoda Shizuma - Member

Aloha my name is Leoda Uilani Higa Shizuma and I am currently a consumer board member.  My Ohana has been grounded on Molokai for many generations, raised by my grandparents Jesse & Eva Poaha Peelua in Kamililoa.  I am married to Michael Shizuma blessed with two daughters and six moopuna’s.  My occupation is secretary for Pancho Alcon, LTD. for twenty years and an active member of the St. Damien of Molokai Parish.  Serving as a MCHC Board of Director has been a blessing, giving me the opportunity to engage, support the vision and mission of this wonderful organization, offering medical, dental and behavioral health services for all of Molokai.

Jim Schelenski - Member
Vicki Boswell - Member
Julia Hoe - Member
Malia Waits - Member