2019 Veterans Summit Schedule

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NOTE: If you have not pre-registered, please check with your Veterans Service OrganIzation.

The first 200 pre-registered participants to check-in on Friday will receive a "Limited Edition" Hawaii Veterans Summit pin suitable for use as a lapel pin or a hat pin.

The exhibit and vendor areas in Ballrooms A and C will be available to the public. Please come by and see what resources interest you. Ballroom B and the breakout sessions will be limited to pre-registered participants.

The exhibitor/vendor booths are open during the following times:

     Friday, June 21: 0900 - 1630

     Saturday, June 22: 0900 - 1200

We look forward to seeing everyone on Friday June 21 and Saturday June 22.

The Ballroom is available for set-up on Thursday, June 20 from 0900 to 1600 and Friday, June 21 from 0700 to 0800.

Wifi information for exhibitors and vendors is available here.


To see our lineup of performers and entertainers, Click Here.

The exhibitor/vendor booths are open during the following times:

     Friday, June 21: 0900 - 1630

     Saturday, June 22: 0900 - 1200

**This is a draft schedule subject to confirmation and changes**

We regret to inform you that Continuing Education (e.g., CEs, CEUs, or CMEs) will not be generated at the 2019 Summit.

For a list of guest speakers click here.

Friday, June 21

0700-0800 Arrival/Registration/Continental Breakfast

0800-0900 Plenary Session 1/Opening Ceremony, Ballroom B

     Opening Musical Performance

     Hawaiian Blessing: Leilani Kahoano 

     Mr. Tony Dias, Aligned Mortgage

     Josh Green, Lieutenant Governor, Hawaii (Invited)

     American Tribute Musical Performance

The exhibitor/vendor booths are open Friday from 0900 to 1630

0915-1000 Breakout Session 1

     Rm 301A Sleep, It Does a Body Good

                     COL Ingrid Lim, MAJ Rajesh Daniels, Dr. Tanecia Blue, MAJ Chaska Gomez

     Rm 301B The VA Home Loan Guaranty Explained

                      Mr. Tony Dias, Aligned Mortgage 

     Rm 303A How to Start, Grow, and Sustain a Small Business in the Market Place

                      Dr. Raymond Jardine (Hon.)

     Rm 303B Generational Issues Impacting Leading, Mentoring, and Counseling

                      Mr. Kevin Thompson

1000-1010 Vocal Performance by Julius Mina

1015-1100 Breakout Session 2

     Rm 301A Whole Health in the VA

                      Ms. Marcy B. Newman, Chaplain Mike McGruder

     Rm 301B Next Stop: Honolulu! Growing the Cohen Veterans Network

                     Dr. Anthony Hassan 

     Rm 303A Operation Protect Veterans: Inoculating Veterans and Families Against Fraud

                     Mr. Gerry Silva, AARP

     Rm 303B Veterans Empowered Through STEM (VETS)

                     Ms. Chantal Newell

1100-1110 Performance by Spatial Sculptors

1115-1200 Breakout Session 3

     Rm 301A Performance Nutrition & Supplements

                     CPT Jessica Moura

     Rm 301B Fostering Resilience

                     Mr. Brent Oto, Ms. Tiara Peterkin, VAPIHCS 

     Rm 303A Working with the Government as a Disabled Veteran Owned Businesses

                     Mr. John Greene

     Rm 303B Humanities as a Lens into War

                     Maj (Ret.) John G. Donovan

1200-1210 Vocal performance by Marlene Zion

1215-1300 Plenary Session 2 – VA Leadership Panel, Ballroom B

          Jennifer Gutowski, Director, VA Pacific Islands Healthcare System

          James Horton, Director, National Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl)

          Andrea Lapinski, acting Director, Honolulu VA Regional Benefits Office 

1300-1345 Lunch, Ballroom B

1345-1430 Breakout Session 4

     Rm 301A Intensive Outpatient Programs as an Effective Treatment for PTSD

                     Ms. Renae Mendez

     Rm 301B Community Service and Volunteerism

                     Mr. Rolly Alvarado, Team RWB, Team Rubicon

                     Mr. Erik Castaldo, The Mission Continues

                     Mr. Ron Wuestefeld, Wounded Warrior Project

     Rm 303A Moving Beyond Financial Literacy: A Two-Pronged Approach

                     Dr. Abel Soares, Dr. Sade’ Soares

     Rm 303B How to File Claims for Disabilities Related to Asbestos Exposure

                     Mr. Aaron Munz

1430-1440 Vocal performance by Willow Chang

1445-1530 Breakout Session 5

     Rm 301A Living Beyond Pain: Veterans and Service Members with Chronic Pain

                     CPT Tracey Beegen, MAJ Cara Cox Coleman

     Rm 301B Addressing the Unique Needs of Justice-Involved Veterans

                     Mr. Scott Tirocchi, Justice for Vets 

     Rm 303A Starting a New Business

                     Dr. Michele Masterfano

     Rm 303B The Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal

                     CSM Abuoh Neufville, Command Sergeant Major, Tripler Army Medical Center

The exhibitor/vendor booths are open Friday from 0900 to 1630

1530-1550 Guitar/Vocal Performance by Kiana Luna

1630-1830 Reception/Pau Hana, Ballroom A

Saturday, June 22

0700-0800 Arrival/Registration/Continental Breakfast

0800-0845 Plenary Session 3, Ballroom B

          Mr. Anthony Hassan, Cohen Veterans Network

          Major General Suzanne Vares-Lum (Confirmed) 

          Mr. Jared Lyon, President & CEO, Student Veterans of America

The exhibitor/vendor booths are open Saturday, June 22: 0900 - 1200

0900-1000 Breakout Session 6

     Rm 301A Enhancing Performance and Focus Through Natural Pain Management

                     Dr. Caroline Sakai

     Rm 301B Hawaii Homeless Veterans Task Force

                     Mr. Andrew Dahlburg, VAPIHCS

     Rm 303A Generating Health and Wellness with Moving Meditation

                     Dr. Rosemarie Woodruff, University of Hawai`i

     Rm 303B Understanding the VA Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program

                     Mr. Andrew Hervieux, VA Honolulu Regional Benefits Office

1000-1010 Performance by Spatial Sculptors

1015-1115 Breakout Session 7

     Rm 308A Governor's Advisory Board for Veterans Services

     Rm 301A Diabetic Lifestyle and the Whole Health Model

                     Dr. Randall Humiston

     Rm 301B Building Homes Through Habitat for Humanity

                     Mrs. T.J. Joseph, Mr. Jim Murphy, Honolulu Habitat for Humanity 

     Rm 303A How to Start a Veterans-Owned Food Truck Business

                     Mr. Tony McBride, Dia De Los Tacos

     Rm 303B Attending Trade Schools and Universities

                     Mr. Roman Galiki, Mr. David Lee

1115-1140 Vocal Performance by Samuel Hesch & Ramon Sumibcay    

The exhibitor/vendor booths are open Saturday, June 22: 0900 - 1200

1200-1400 State Luncheon/Closing Ceremony, Ballroom B

          Cultural performance by Le Fetuao Samoan Language Center

          Major General Arthur Logan, Adjutant General of Hawaii (Invited)

          David Ige, Governor of Hawaii (Invited)

          Salute to Service musical performance

          Closing performance by 24/7 Danceforce