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.
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.
Wanatoshia (Toshia) Everage, Child Policy Fellow
Toshia Everage is a 22-year Air Force retiree, currently pursuing her Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio. Toshia is a recent graduate of the Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI) which focused on parents and community leaders advocating for children. Toshia is passionate about ensuring children have access to quality education from birth to high school regardless of their socioeconomic status and advocating for social justice for individuals from marginalized or oppressed populations. She joins HCAN as an MSW intern, with a primary focus on the PLTI alumni program, and early childhood education. In her free time, she enjoys reading, dancing, volunteering, and spending time with family. Toshia is originally from Terrell, TX.
Jan I'i, Office Manager
Jan brings over 20 years of management in the service industry to HCAN, along with a passion for working with youth from disadvantaged backgrounds. Jan first came to the organization under the federal Child Care and Development Block Grant, planning and running playgroups with children and their families at the Institute for Human Services (IHS) houseless shelter. Jan now manages the HCAN office, providing support in ensuring smooth everyday operations, including payroll, general accounting support, clerical, and serving as a liaison to the Board of Directors and contractors.
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.
Jordan Smith, Data & Policy Coordinator
Jordan is a recent graduate of Georgetown University with a degree in International Health and originally from Saint Louis, Missouri. Jordan is passionate about collecting data and stories from community members in order to advocate on their behalf and help mobilize communities to advocate for themselves. She joins HCAN as an AmeriCorps VISTA working on data, policy, and community engagement. In her free time, Jordan enjoys fostering abandoned cats, laying at the beach, and traveling.
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.