Meet the 2016 Board of Directors Team!

From the person who sends those amazing email newsletters to the person behind our Instagram, and even…the one who takes a photo of everything they eat…meet the 2016 Board of Directors Team!

Trey Roy – Community Management & Email Marketing (Interim)


“Combining my film and television background, MBA, and love for social media video platforms, I enjoy developing branded visual storytelling content. You can also find me sharing my knowledge and passion for craft beer at the Lanikai Brewing Company tasting room on the weekends.”

Christine Gomez Pintande – Public Relations & Blogger

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“From LA to Seattle and back to Hawaii, I’ve done everything from writing, researching, eating and even drinking for a living. I’m a freelance social media consultant and most notably work with Street Grindz where I bring you all the yummy food photos and events on social media. Also, a bartender for the last 10 years, I love being behind the bar and hiking behind waterfalls.”

Branson Murphy – Events (Oahu)

“I am a virtuously optimistic goofball who is constantly in search of the truth. My passion is life and creating a connection with people who are also passionate about life. Oh…and I like turtles.”

Denise Laitinen – Events (Big Island)


As the owner and chief coffee cup washer at DLC Hawaii Media I help businesses grow by developing public relations and social media campaigns, focusing on luxury real estate, lifestyle, agriculture – and coffee. A public speaker and trainer for more than a decade, you can often find me teaching social media classes although more often than not you’ll find me writing at my computer drinking coffee. As a freelance writer I’ve got 1,000 plus articles under my belt and am the Hawaii correspondent for Forbes Travel Guides. Originally from Boston, I’ve called Hawaii home for nearly half my life and live on the slopes of an active volcano. Away from my computer you’ll find me walking my four large dogs, photographing the beauty of the Big Island and drinking coffee. ”

Cody Osborne – Events (Big Island)


“You can usually find me marketing to dogs (Reel Marketing primarily consults in the pet industry), talking to EV~erybody about electric cars, or catching a sweet sunrise/sunset for my soch peeps. Much of life and business here on the Big Island happens off line, so I strive with others to bring it to life online.”

Vianca Cao – Membership


“I joined Communications Pacific (CommPac) as an assistant account executive in November 2014. I work with CommPac’s expert team of writers, designers, editors and effective communicators to develop innovative social media platforms and interactive content for a diverse array of clients”

Ashlee Badua – Sponsorship


Account Executive | Creative | Entrepreneur

Robyn Gee Tucker – Sponsorship Committee Member At Large


“I currently serve as the Marketing Manager for Ala Moana Center where I focus on the marketing and public relations strategies for both the local and international markets. When not at work, I am actively involved at my church. I’m also a wanna-be-runner, dancer, and causal yoga lover.”

Thomas Obungen – Technology


“I have been writing my way through life for the past decade after finding my pun-tastic voice as the Gastronomist at HPU’s student paper, the Kalamalama, and discovering my true calling as a social media maestro in Yelp’s community marketing department. After living the fast-paced lifestyle in Los Angeles, I moved back home with a greater appreciation for our island home. Rediscover Hawaii with me as I uncovers hidden gems and other remarkable spots around town.”

Maeghan Blackburn – Technology


“I’m an introvert trying to break the mold. I manage social media accounts, create marketing emails, develop online ads and build websites for clients. Follow me for fun with succulents, craft projects, nerdy things and the occasional #foodporn.”

Also on the 2016 Board of Directors Team are:

  • Jamie Swan – Sponsorship
  • Lottie Tagupa – Membership
  • Chad Yamamoto – Events (Oahu)

Do you love writing and email marketing? We’d love to hear from you, contact us through any one of our social media channels if you are interested in joining our team! 

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