Dr. Jon K. Matsuoka, President and CEO of
Since starting with the Foundation in August 2010, he earned the respect and trust of his colleagues. Credit to his creative vision and strategies, the Foundation‘s Board of Directors
approved an innovative 5-year strategic plan (2015 – 2020) to fulfill its mission of preventing and treating the abuse, neglect and exploitation of children in Hawai‘i and the Philippines. Prior to that he was at the Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa for a total of 25 years, serving as a professor for 15 years and Dean during the last 10 years of his tenure. His scholarly research focused on social impacts, the effects of socio-ecological change on human behavior, and global issues in social work.
Jerry Rauckhorst, President and CEO of
Jerry began his career with Catholic Charities, working
part-time for Catholic Charities Cleveland’s (CCC’s) Catholic Youth Organization, After earning his bachelor’s degree in 1973, he became director of CCC’s youth enrichment and development programs. Jerry received a Master of Social Science Administration degree in 1976 from the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University, which he attended on a Catholic Charities scholarship. Jerry was recruited for the top leadership position of
Catholic Charities Hawai’i (CCH) and appointed its Chief Executive
Officer in October of 1995. Since then, he has led the statewide agency in its mission to help people of all faiths and cultures through social
services and advocacy for social justice, focusing especially on those with the greatest need.
Friend of Social Work
Sheila Beckham, CEO of Waikiki Health
Many remarkable and life-changes things have
happened at Waikiki Health (WH) thanks to the visionary leadership of CEO, Sheila Beckham. She joined the agency in January of 2008, and has been moving the community health center in a positive trajectory ever since, providing life-saving health care and social services to thousands of patients along the way. Over the past 8 years, propelled by the strong leadership of Beckham, the agency has successfully developed new networks of service sites which have added essential programs beyond primary care service.
Legislator of the Year
Senator Rosalyn Baker
Roz Baker has represented the people of Maui County in the Hawai’i State Legislature for almost 20 years, serving in a variety of leadership positions. She currently represents residents of South and West Maui and is Chair of the Senate Commerce and Consumer Protection Committee. Roz has been a long-time advocate for issues that affect the quality of life for the average person including: access to health care, quality public education, equity in the workplace, and equal rights for all. She also has special interest in community issues such as: Prevention of domestic violence and sex assault, care for elders, sustainable economic development focusing on green industries, Science Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) careers including renewable energy, preservation of Hawai’i’s natural resources and host culture, fighting for distressed homeowners, advancing health policies, and protecting the
Advocacy & Social Justice Award
University of Hawai‘i
Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work -
The MBT School of Social Work has graduated over 5,500 social workers. This year marks their 80th anniversary. In 2011, the MBT SSW made a commitment to prioritize itself as a “Hawaiian Place of learning”. This strategic move meant that the school would promote and support the lived values of our homeland and its indigenous people to create culturally responsible social workers in
the community. “Our first priority is social justice,” says Dean Mokuau, “And we believe that by advocating for, and lifting up, Native
Hawaiians, we lift up the people of Hawai‘i .”