What is a Torchbearer?

The following individuals and organizations are devoting their strengths and expertise to the Safe Spaces & Workplaces Initiative to transform workplaces and provide employers and employees the tools, resources, and support to end workplace sexual harassment.

Meet Our Torchbearers

Karen Tan, LCSW

Karen Tan, LCSW

Child & Family Service
CEO

Child & Family Service is private nonprofit social service organization that has been strengthening Hawaii’s families and fostering the healthy development of children since 1899. Healthy, thriving individuals and families building strong, multicultural communities across generations is our vision.

Rachael Wong, DrPH

Rachael Wong, DrPH

One Shared Future
Founder & Strategic Advisor

One Shared Future (OSF) is a social impact business that was born out of the belief that we can collectively create a positive future for Hawai‘i by investing in each other. OSF offers professional development programs and leads initiatives that nurture safe spaces and affirm strengths, bring people together and build trust, and ignite shared ownership for innovation, collaboration, and possibilities.

R. Makana Risser Chai, JD

R. Makana Risser Chai, JD

Respectful WorkSpaces
Founder

Respectful WorkSpaces provides training and consulting that go beyond the law to focus on your value —respect, compassion and empathy—so that the men and women in your organization are engaged, effective and productive teammates achieving bottom-line results.

Jess Morikone, JD, PHR

Jess Morikone, JD, PHR

Hawaii Employers Council
Senior HR Consultant

As a nonprofit employer association, Hawaii Employers Council is a strategic HR partner to over 800 employers across the state. For more than 76 years, we’ve been committed to advancing management’s efforts to promote collaborative employee relations that result in skilled, engaged, and effective workforces. We believe successful companies create thriving communities – and through our work, strive to impact the well-being of employees and Hawaii businesses every day.

Naomi Sutton, CEAP, LSW

Naomi Sutton, CEAP, LSW

WorkLife Hawaii
Director

A division of Child & Family Service, WorkLife Hawaii is the oldest, nationally accredited full-service employee assistance program in the state. WorkLife Hawaii offers a variety of services to support and help local employers “take care of the human side of their business."

Sulma Gandhi, DrBA, MSc

Sulma Gandhi, DrBA, MSc

Conscious Communities
Founder & CEO

Conscious Communities provides groundbreaking programs that empower individuals and organizations to practice collective responsibility towards eliminating violence in our communities. We strive to reach a wide range of audiences with a focus on diversity, inclusivity and equity that transforms social norms. We support professionals, youth, and the community to build awareness and develop the skills and tools to effectively respond to violence, abuse and harassment.

Ben Godsey ^Michelle Steitz

Ben Godsey
Michelle Steitz

ProService Hawaii
President & CEO
Service Team Executive

ProService Hawaii empowers employers to succeed in Hawai‘i. Its team provides payroll, employee benefits, HR, and compliance solutions so that its 2100+ client partners can manage and grow their own teams. ProService is "all about supporting people."

Nathan Hokama, APR ^Trinity Schwartz

Nathan Hokama, APR
Trinity Schwartz

Strategic Communication Solutions
Principal
Project Director

Strategic Communication Solutions partners with organizations to develop effective executive and employee communications to create inspiring, high-performing work environments. Customized strategies with the right messages and tools are the foundation for a major organizational transformation and change management initiatives. We can help improve the receptivity to change and the acceptance of new policies or procedures to position your organization for success.

Front row - Tony Mizuno, Karen Tan, Rachael Wong, Jess Morikone, Clayton Kamida Back row - Michelle Steitz, Ben Godsey, Nathan Hokama, R. Makana Riser Chai, Naomi Sutton, Trinity Schwartz, Sulma Gandhi