COMPASSION LED US HERE
ABOUT US 

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MISSION & PURPOSE

The mission of Maui AIDS Foundation is to promote the sexual health and well-being of the members of our community.

With over 480 diagnosed HIV positive people living on Maui, Maui AIDS Foundation (MAF) is the only comprehensive HIV/AIDS organization in Maui County providing assistance with services including linkage to medical care, access to HIV medications, financial housing assistance, food, and emotional and educational support to those in need. MAF also provides educational programs to inform the community about HIV/AIDS, its transmission, prevention and the impact on the residents of Maui County. We offer free HIV, Hep-C, Syphilis, Gonorrhea and Chlamydia testing as well as Safe Sex Kits (SSK’s).

HISTORY

Maui AIDS Foundation was founded in 1986 as a community-based response to the devastating impact of HIV/AIDS on Maui and incorporated as a 501 (c) 3 that same year. Like many other AIDS Service Organizations (ASOs), Maui AIDS Foundation emerged first as a grassroots, volunteer-based agency, where helping friends affected by AIDS was the principle work. Gradually, as funding, medications and treatment options became available, especially through the State of Hawaii and the federal Ryan White Care Act, staff was hired and programs were made formal.

In the late 1990s Maui AIDS Foundation ventured into housing for persons living with HIV, first by managing a home for people living with AIDS on the Kula Hospital grounds. This home was for clients who were homeless and needed intensive support from staff. Maui AIDS Foundation continues to link clients to housing through our Case Management Department.

 

Several grants specifically for prevention outreach came from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and from the State of Hawaii. These grants provided staff funding for outreach to at-risk populations on Maui, Molokai and Lanai. They also allowed MAF to form various support groups for HIV positive clients, for women at risk for HIV infection and for young gay and bisexual men of color. Safer sex kits (SSKs) became a trademark of Maui AIDS Foundation, consisting of condoms, lubrication and an HIV prevention message.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

President, Steve Hire

Vice President, Jenny Pak

Treasurer, Walt Murphy

Secretary, Valentina Watson

Member-at-Large, Linda Herberger

Member-at-Large, Buu-An Nguyen, Pharm D.

OFFICE STAFF

 

Executive Director, Amanda N. E. Ribao

Finance Accountant, Kimberly Craig

Director of Housing, Carla Ebube

Donor Development and Communications, Cory Hall

CLIENT SERVICES DEPARTMENT

Director of Client Services, Amanda N. E. Ribao

Medical Case Manager (ICC), Jill Bauss

Medical Case Manager, Daniel Southmayd

Medical Case Manager, Mia Minkler

PrEP & STI CLINICAL DEPARTMENT

Director of Clinical Services, 

Dr. Bryan Chin, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC

PREVENTION AND EDUCATION DEPARTMENT

Director of Prevention and Programs and HEARTS Project Coordinator,  Tiare Sua

Director of Prevention and Lab Service and Corrections Project Coordinator, Mana Shaw

Outreach Worker/ STI Tester, Arnold Abe

Harm Reduction Outreach Coordinator, Cassie Coffin

Sexual Health Educator and Tester, Robert Clark

Sexual Health Educator and Tester, Krishna Taroc

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AMANDA N.E. RIBAO

                   Executive Director

Director of Client Services

Amanda is our Executive Director and Director of Client Services and has been with the agency for 5 years. She is a local girl born and raised on the island of Maui. As a teenager, Amanda used to volunteer with us! After graduating with degrees in Public Health and Business Administration she returned back to MAF, starting as a Medical Case Manager in the Client Services Department.

Amanda works closely with other agency departments, community stakeholders and state entities to strategize methods and programs to end the transmission of HIV, HIV-related deaths and to end stigma within Maui County.  She believes that it is her kuleana to serve all clients with aloha and ha 'aha'a, and to continue to advocate for equality and fairness rooted in Hawaiian values and practices.

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             JAMMIE CHONG                 

Office Administrator

Jammie is born and Raised on Maui, married with three children of her own and two beautiful step stepdaughters (she says they are hers but they belong to her hubby :). She loves hanging out with family and friends, hunting, camping, overnighters, just about anything outdoors. Jammie enjoys meeting new people and she says learning new things is always a plus. She is the friendly voice when you call so extend an aloha and welcome when you reach out! She brings her many talents and experience, warmth, and positivity to the agency. MAF is so grateful for you, Jammie!

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Bryan has been our in-house Family Nurse Practitioner since 2017, after first starting at MAF as a Medical Case Manager in 2014. He currently directs our Clinical Services Department, which includes our PrEP Program and Chlamydia & Gonorrhea Program, with the aim of offering STI services at no cost to at-risk and underserved communities of Maui County.

Outside of serving our Maui community with his talent, Bryan's favorite fun things are bunnies and Madonna!

DR. BRYAN CHIN, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC

              Director of Clinical Services

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CASSIE COFFIN 

Ham Reduction Outreach Coordinator

Cassie was our Office Administrator and has been with the agency for over two years. We are excited to share that she has been promoted to our Harm Reduction Outreach Coordinator as of May 2022.  She was born and raised on Maui In her spare time, Cassie loves to make earrings, beach hop, and watch NCIS New Orleans. Sports medicine was her college path but she fainted at the sight of blood, so she stopped that! A fun fact about Cassie is that she’s ambidextrous. In her new position she will work with prevention and service those that are hard to access through MPD’s CORE bus and the syringe exchange. Cassie has  also started and leads an initiative to provide hygiene kits to our houseless community through her outreach work.

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DANIEL SOUTHMAYD
Medical Case Manager 

Daniel is a case manager working with our HIV+ clients. He’s been with the agency for 1 year as of today! He was born and raised north of Boston and moved to Maui in 2001. Daniel has written food and humor columns for the Maui No Ka Oi Magazine. He has had a career in catering and the restaurant business.

In his spare time, Daniel is devoted to great books, classic films, flop musicals, baking, fake tap-dancing, his two dogs and his partner of 33 years.

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MIA MINKLER
Medical Case Manager 

Mia started with us in May 2021 interning with client services and in August she started a position working as a Case Manager. In her rare times that she’s not studying for her masters in social work program, she enjoys going to the beach, reading, hiking, freediving, and scuba diving. She plans on getting her License in Clinical Social Work (LCSW) after she graduate. Some fun things about her include she’s loves swimming with sharks and manta rays, she can free dive to 100 feet, and she was born and raised on Maui 

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MANA SHAW
Director of Prevention and Testing

Mana has been with the agency for almost 5 years now providing STI testing, counseling and education to Maui County. She started working at MAF doing internet outreach in 2017 and then started providing HIV & HCV testing and counseling to inmates in 2019. Mana is passionate about educating the public about sexual health education due to a general lack of a comprehensive sex-education. She hopes to empower the community to learn about STI's and get tested. Mana also provides Naloxone kits and trainings to the community. She looks forward to a new year of helping the community and starting the director position.

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TIARE SUA
Director of Prevention and Programs 

Tiare has been working with the Maui AIDS Foundation as an HIV Prevention Specialist since 2007. Tiare was born and raised on the island of O'ahu where she started in HIV/AIDS research at Kulia Na Mamo located in Honolulu. Kulia Na Mamo, founded by Ashliana Hawelu, was a nonprofit organization promoting health and HIV prevention strategies for the transgender population. Tiare moved to Maui to continue her passion in helping people living with HIV/AIDS and to help stop the spread of HIV. Tiare's main suites MAF are to educate the community about HIV/AIDS. leadership, and to help spread awareness of Maui's transgender and LGBTQ you population. Tiare's keys to success are community engagement and spreading awareness. Along with her director position Tiare is the Editor and Chief of AFFIRM Magazine and the founder of H.E.A.R.T.S - Hawaii's Empowered Alliance Reaching Transgender Services.

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CARLA EBUBE
Director of Housing

Carla sublets an office space at MAF and has been the Housing Director at Neighbor Island Housing program for the last 2 ½ years! Carla’s background is in the field of Social Work, where she has helped many individuals and families in the Maui Community. To do her part for the community Carla volunteers to supervise MAF’s Social Work Interns so they can also make a positive impact within the community. For fun, Carla likes to take long walks on the beach, hang out with friends and start new projects. Carla loves her job, she states “My heart is to help all those in need and make a difference in people’s lives”. She also stated, “She loves being a part of MAF’s extended ohana; MAF employees are devoted, dedicated and love what they do to help others”.

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Jill has been the Intensive Care Coordinator with the Client Services Department since the fall of 2019. She is an MSW who passionately supports all of her clients. She works closely with the Clinical Department and Prevention Department to assist patients with linking to services, referrals to community entities/agencies, enrolling onto health insurance, accessing SNAP benefits, medical providers and housing programs.

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Krishna started as an intern at MAF since August 2021, working with the Client Services Department and we are now lucky to have her as part of our Prevention staff! She was born and raised in the Philippines and moved to Maui 10 years ago. When asked what she does out of MAF, Krishna said "I work as a Sales Associate for Tommy Bahama while pursuing my Master’s Degree in Social Work at the University of Hawaii-Manoa. I would love to be a therapist someday and work with immigrants." In her free time, she enjoys going to the beach and watching Korean dramas! A fun fact about Krishna is that she loves collecting shoes and has a passion for makeup!

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Robert has been an intern with MAF since September 2021, working with Client Services, Prevention and Administration Departments, He recently joined the MAF Ohana staff as a Sexual Health Educator & Tester. Robert was born and raised in Southern California and has been on island for a little over 8 ½ years. When asked, Robert said “My experience here at MAF has been amazing! We have a fun and inviting environment. Everyone here is so hard working a dedicated to our clients. I look forward to a bright future with my MAF Ohana.”

In his free time, he enjoys playing video games and hanging out with friend and family as well as going to the Maui Ocean Center to relax and enjoy a nice cold cup of Dole Whip.  Fun fact about Robert is that he has a passion for photography.

    JILL BAUSS
         Medical Case Manager (ICC)

PHOTO COMING 

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ROBERT CLARK
Sexual Health Educator and Tester

KRISHNA TAROC
Sexual Health Educator and Tester

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CORY HALL
Donor Development & Communications

Cory joined MAF in August of 2019. She works in donor development, communications, grant writing, marketing, and community events. Cory has a background in marketing communications, non-profits, fundraising, information technology, leadership and art dealing. She has  passions   for piloting helicopters, travel, the arts and music. She is most passionate about is philanthropy, with a strong family upbringing of volunteering and serving her community. Cory is honored to serve the Maui community and grateful for such incredible support from donors for the MAF mission, among such a compassionate and supportive team.