HOPE Program Team



Steven J. Berman, MD. Program Director

Dr. Berman has been recognized locally and nationally as “Internist and Infectious Disease Clinician of the Year.” He was awarded a grant from the CDC to examine the root causes of infections in dialysis patients. Noting that most infections in these patients were unrelated to dialysis but to their underlying comorbidities and general poor health, he initiated the H.O.P.E. Program. He and his research team developed a strategy to reduce hospitalizations in this high-risk subset of patients featuring use of COTS remote technology with strong clinician support.



Dayna Minatodani, PhD, RN Associate Program Director

Dr. Minatodani is a sociologist and registered nurse with nearly 20 years of clinical experience in a variety of health care settings. Much of her nursing experience has been devoted to taking care of older adult populations with chronic illnesses. Dr. Minatodani’s specialty area is medical sociology, with subspecialties in aging and mental illness, and a particular interest in social inequality. Dr. Minatodani has extensive experience in the design of protocols for home telehealth monitoring and individualized Plans of Care, monitoring patient data uploads, and communicating with families and physicians about outliers. Dr. Minatodani will be responsible for training the nurse clinicians, the evaluation of patient and workforce satisfaction outcomes, and measuring and assessing nurse clinician-patient interactions. She will also contribute to manuscript preparation, conference presentations, and the final report. Dr. Minatodani will assume the role of Program Director in Dr. Berman’s absence.



Trish Jordan, PhD Assistant Program Director

Dr. Jordan is a research methodologist and experimental psychologist who has extensive experience in the areas of health psychology, telemedicine, research design, and data analysis. In particular, she has a strong background in behavior change theory, multivariate statistics, research methods, and program evaluation. Her skills as an investigator, data analyst, methodologist, biostatistician, educator, and writer will strengthen the program.



Laura Allen RN, BSN Telehealth Nurse

Laura earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing at Angelo State University and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Nursing with certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She has over 18 years of experience in acute care, home health, NICU/Nursery, pediatrics, and IV therapy. Laura’s expertise in analysis of patient biometrics and health status promotes exceptional outcomes. Laura provides patient education and therapeutic intervention to enable individuals increased control over their health and its determinants.



Eleanor Day, RN Telehealth Nurse

Eleanor earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing at the Hawaii Pacific University and a Master’s Degree in Nursing from the University of Phoenix. She has over 10 years of experience in acute care, long term care, community care, and hospice care. She brings her experiences to the H.O.P.E. Program and serves as a Telehealth nurse assessing and monitoring patients and working closely with healthcare providers.



Christine Fukumoto, RN Telehealth Nurse

Christine has over 35 years of nursing experience, with a Bachelors of Science degree in Nursing from California State University at Los Angeles, and a Masters degree in Nursing Administration from University of Hawaii at Manoa. She has extensive experience in nurse management roles, as well as planning and executing programs and services. Christine serves as a Telehealth Nurse with the H.O.P.E. Program, providing daily patient oversight with careful documentation of interactions with patients and health care providers.



Marcy Healey, RN Telehealth Nurse

Marcy recruits, enrolls and provides daily oversight of program participants. She has also assisted with recruiting other organizations to collaborate with H.O.P.E. Marcy's nursing experience is in elderly assisted-living and acute adult hospital care. She also has a B.A. in Communication.



Teresa Kane-Knoche, RN Telehealth Nurse

Teresa has an Associates Degree in nursing from Hawaii Community College. She worked for Hilo Medical Center for over 21 years where she served as Operating Room Charge Nurse, and retired in 2011. Teresa contributes to the H.O.P.E Program her dedication and years of expertise in nursing, where she now serves a Telehealth Nurse at our Hilo Medical Center location, identifying, recruiting, and consenting patients for home telehealth.



Berlyn Oliveira, RN Telehealth Nurse

Berlyn has been a licensed nurse for a total of 35 years: a Registered Nurse (RN) for 11 years and a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) for 24 years. She has recent experience in Geriatric/Long Term/and Skilled Nursing, and is knowledgeable in the Medicare process for Long Term Care. Her other professional experiences as an RN and LPN include acute hospital care, sub-acute rehabilitation, and a variety of clinical services. She is currently studying for her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree.



Cynthia Pawlaczyk, RN Telehealth Nurse

Cynthia received her Bachelors of Science Degree in Nursing from Saginaw Valley State University in Michigan. She has 20 years of nursing experience, which includes extensive experience in nursing supervision/management, as well as in Triage, and 12 years in the emergency department. Cynthia serves as a Telehealth Nurse, identifying, recruiting, and monitoring patients for the H.O.P.E. telehealth monitoring program.



Melissa Smith-Zaninovich, BSN, RN Telehealth Nurse

Melissa comes to the H.O.P.E. Program with over 35 years experience in Hospital Nursing. A graduate of Loma Linda University in CA, Melissa has expertise in assessment and intervention of the labile population. Through attentive monitoring, oversight, and personalized guidance, Melissa keeps Program members safe, and better able to manage their healthcare needs.



Amy Trescott BSN, RN Telehealth Nurse

Amy has over 12 years of nursing experience, with a Bachelors Degree in Nursing from Ohio University. She has over 8 years experience in the critical care setting. Her other professional experience include long term acute care work and home health care. Amy serves as a telehealth nurse with the H.O.P.E program using her past nursing experience to monitor and assess patients over the phone and relay information to healthcare providers as necessary.



Vanessa Duplechain, MSA Health Information Specialist

Vanessa is a Medical Records Librarian with greater than 15 years experience in Health Information Management. She has been responsible for obtaining data from both the dialysis centers and the hospitals for the H.O.P.E. Program. Ms. Duplechain will design ‘queries’ to obtain data from medical and financial records of the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation (HHSC) and the Hawaii Medical Service Association (HMSA) and obtain the necessary records.



Shaunte Fruin, BA Administrative Assistant

Shaunte is a 2011 graduate of the University of Phoenix with a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Management. She has more than seven years of administrative background and customer service, and is efficient in record keeping, planning, scheduling and related responsibilities to ensure productive operations. Shaunte will be coordinating all of H.O.P.E Program’s activities such as, arranging meetings, recording and disseminating meeting minutes, and preparing reports. Shaunte is also responsible for handing all administrative matters under the direction of the Program Director, Associate Program Director, and Assistant Program Director.



Michael McNiel, BA Information Technology Specialist, Tsunami Data Works LLC

Mike has had extensive involvement in multiple telemedicine/telehealth projects, including systems connecting Molokai General Hospital with the Queen's Medical Center. He was responsible for overseeing information technology for the H.O.P.E. Program. Mr. McNiel will be responsible for ordering the home telehealth monitoring units, implementing the remote technology hardware, installing the software on a secure server for future data repository, and trouble-shooting information technology issues.