Kathleen Algire, Director of Public Policy and Research
Kathleen is the Director of Public Policy and Research. In her role, she advocates for children and families at the city/county and state level, with a focus on healthy families. Before joining HCAN, she worked on issues impacting justice-involved women and economic and fiscal policies in Hawaiʻi and Maryland. Ms. Algire received her MSW from Columbia University.
Jackie Carione, Communications and Development Coordinator
Jackalyn joins the HCAN team as the Communications and Development Coordinator through the AmeriCorps VISTA program. She supports our Director of Advancement in HCAN’s fundraising efforts and communication and engagement strategies. Before joining our team, Jackalyn worked for The Walt Disney Company as a Community Engagement Associate where she helped manage the company’s non-profit relationships in New York City. Throughout her undergraduate studies, she interned for Make-A-Wish and Inkululeko, where she was able to hone her communication skills and fulfill her passion to do meaningful work for children. Jackalyn graduated Magna Cum Laude from the State University of New York at Oswego and comes from Long Island, NY.
Ryan Catalani, Director of Advancement
Ryan has collaborated with marginalized communities across the Americas, using his storytelling and technology expertise to galvanize solutions to some of the world's most pressing issues, including immigration, displacement, and homelessness.
Previously, he served as Director of Donor Relations at Family Promise® of Northern New Castle County (Wilmington, DE), a nonprofit dedicated to ending family homelessness. He also co-founded Mobility Movilidad (Boston, MA), a nonprofit that brought together immigrant and displaced communities through art and storytelling projects. In Delaware, he also served as a board member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Brandywine chapter, and chaired the Millennial Summit nonprofit committee.
An alum of Punahou School and Emerson College, Ryan was born and raised in Kāneʻohe.
Laura Nevitt, Director of Community Engagement and Training
Laura brings 20+ years of organizing in both the electoral and issue advocacy worlds. She has a Master’s Degree in Advocacy and Political Leadership from the University of Minnesota-Duluth and a Bachelor’s Degree in Women’s Studies/Political Science from Metropolitan State University.
She has worked with Healthcare workers in Michigan to engage them in the political process, advocated and educated for Clean Energy in Louisiana, was the Political Director for a Labor Union in Washington State and most recently, was the Executive Director for the Democratic Party of Hawaii. In her spare time, she likes to hike, take photos, read, swim and run along Waikiki’s beaches. She is joined by her husband of 32 years who recently retired.
Heather Lavoie, Policy, Training and Community Engagement Coordinator
Heather is currently serving as the Policy, Training and Community Engagement Coordinator through the Americorps VISTA program. She is a recent graduate from Southern Connecticut State University with a degree in Public Health. Heather is passionate about trying to eliminate health disparities through policy work and helping community members access the tools and information needed to advocate for themselves. In her free time she enjoys hiking, traveling, going to the beach and reading.
Maggie Youkhana, Data and Policy Analyst
Maggie comes from a large family in Colorado and always had an interest in family and early childhood health. She graduated with an MPH from UH Manoa and was inducted into the Delta Omega Public Health Honor Society. She previously worked for HCAN as a Research Fellow during her graduate studies and now pursues her professional goals where she works as a data and policy analyst.
Maggie continues to work on several childhood projects throughout the state including oral health access and advocacy, statewide network data mapping, and early childhood prevention and intervention research across various health issues. Outside of her work, Maggie enjoys fishing, hiking, and exploring the outdoors with her newly married husband.
Deborah Zysman, MPH, Executive Director
Deborah provides overall leadership at HCAN and works with the Board of Directors and community partners to improve the lives of children. Deborah previously served as Executive Director of Coalition for Tobacco-Free Hawaii from 2003 to 2012. The non-profit advanced Hawaii’s smoke-free workplace and tax laws and achieved a substantial decrease in smoking rates.
She has a master’s degree in public health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her work has spanned chronic disease, HIV/AIDS, substance abuse prevention, women’s health, and community health. Her work has focused on public policy, advocacy, organizational capacity building, and developing community coalitions.
Deborah is a Weinberg Fellow and the winner of the 2017 AIM for Excellence in Nonprofit Management award. Deborah and was named one of Hawaii’s “Forty Under 40” by Pacific Business News and she is the past board President of Hawaii Public Health Association and the Junior League of Honolulu.
In her spare time, she enjoys yoga, reading and going to the beach with her long-time partner and their two young children.