Hawaii Therapists Election Bios

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Bargaining Team Member Candidate Biographies

 

Big Island Candidates:

Jacob Pobre – No Bio Submitted

Katie Fundakowski – No Bio Submitted


Maui Candidates:

Robert Kikuchi – No Bio Submitted

Jennifer Harper – No Bio Submitted


Oahu Candidates:

Home Health:

Matthew Piskura

I’ve been practicing physical therapy since graduating in 2000. Originally from Connecticut I’ve been living my dream life since making Honolulu home in 2004. I’ve had professional experiences in most settings but home care has been my jam since 2006. In 2015 I had a short lived mid-life career adventure becoming a hfd fireman getting exposure to ‘union life’. I left the department and joined kaiser 4 years ago after realizing how good it was to be a full time PT. I’m excited about the prospects of union life for the therapists of Kaiser. Growing up i played various sports but always found the team experience to be the most satisfying. This is my view for our new model. Working together united and having a game plan we can agree upon to work towards. Success will be shared with all and not just enjoyed by a few. After receiving a nomination i was excited to accept. I would be happy to serve for the greater good and have confidence that any of us whom are elected to serve will put forth the effort to help the team win. Looking forward to the future collaboration with unacuhcp. Aloha 🙂

Inpatient:

Jamie Young

My name is Jamie Young. I am an in-patient Physical Therapist working at Moanalua Medical Center for the past 10 years. Previously I spent five years working at a hospital and out-patient clinic in Saipan. I received my first PT degree in 2004 and completed my Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2012. I am originally from Canada and have lived on Oahu for the past 10 years. My wife and her family are from Oahu and I intend to retire with Kaiser Permanente Hawaii. I would love to be a part of the bargaining team for Hawaii Therapists. One of the things I enjoy most about my job is being part of a team that collaborates and works together to solve problems. I appreciate my colleagues voicing their concerns with me and working together to ensure everyone’s needs and priorities are being addressed. I consider my co-workers an extension of my family and I want to ensure that all of KP Hawaii’s therapists’ priorities are represented. I am very passionate about securing optimal working conditions, fair pay and benefits that we currently receive from Kaiser Permanente Hawaii. Mahalo

Nicholas Bissanti – No Bio Submitted

Outpatient:

Anna Lescak

I received my Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from UCLA in 1986 and graduated from Chapman College/Children’s Hospital with a Master of Physical Therapy in 1989. I completed the Kaiser Physical Therapy Residency Program in Advanced Orthopedic Manual Therapy in 1991. I have worked at Kaiser on Oahu since 1993 in the outpatient setting as both a supervisor and clinical specialist. I am interested in participating on the bargaining team to ensure that the benefits that we currently enjoy will be maintained and, if possible, enhanced. Of particular concern to me is our retirement and medical benefits. I would like to work with all rehabilitation specialists to be sure that the interests of the various disciplines are vigorously advocated. Mahalo for your consideration.

Kathleen Baker

Kathy Baker, DPT

EDUCATION:

  • Entry level BS PT
  • Advanced MS PT, orthopedic specialization
  • DPT

PROFESSIONAL CLINICAL EXPERIENCE:

  • Honolulu: Kaiser Permanente more than 25 years; treating therapist in outpatient clinic and clinical instructor.\
  • Seoul, ROK: Department of Defense for 2 years.
  • Philadelphia: teaching hospital; variety of settings including acute care, cardiac rehabilitation, rehab, outpatient, developed back program.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE:

  • Taught at 2 Philadelphia PT schools for anatomy and orthopedics.
  • Prior Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education at KCC PT assistant program.

ADDITIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

  • Presented master’s thesis at APTA Combined Sections Meeting
  • HAPTA nominating committee x 2 years
  • APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor
  • Represented Hawaii at national Clinical Education Consortia for Academic Coordinators of Clinical Education

STRENGTHS:

  • Extensive experience and working knowledge of Kaiser Permanente
  • Strong advocate and willing to represent rehab staff needs
  • Have a sound understanding and experience working in a variety of settings
  • Work experience from Philadelphia to Seoul, ability to adapt to variety of people, cultures, customs
  • Strong work ethic, take pride in work, fair minded, principled, enthusiastic worker
  • All of the above qualities and experiences qualify me as an excellent candidate for the bargaining team

All Islands Speech Language Pathologist Candidate:

Kimberley Kudaishi

I’m Kimberley and I’m an outpatient pediatric speech pathologist. If elected to the bargaining team, I will represent my fellow therapists with a moderate voice as we explore the advantages and costs of implementing changes.