OUR TEAM
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Our leaders and managers are mission-oriented, community-directed and program-focused.


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Debbie Perkins, President and CEO

Ms. Perkins has served as the Chief Financial Officer responsible for the overall fiscal management of the organization since 2003. She has a BS in Management and Marketing from the University of Santa Clara, CA. Ms. Perkins possesses excellent interpersonal skills, capable of resolving multiple and complex (sales, human resources, legal, financial, operational) issues. Her tireless energy, visionary leadership, and positive approach to solving challenges have earned her the title of CEO in 2015. Her goals are to reorganize and implement internal procedures and systems in support of continuous improvement, create new business ventures, and motivating staff to peak performance.

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Meredith Catalini, CSS Manager

Meredith relocated to the Big Island in 2014 and began working with Arc of Hilo in 2015. She comes to Arc with over 20 years of experience working with developmentally disabled individuals. Her experience includes supporting adults in their own homes, day programs, work programs and more. Her career has included development of many programs from start up to fully running programs and leadership of a large successful organization supporting disabled adults. Meredith’s passion has been to use her experience to initiate change in supporting community inclusion of the disabled population and advocating for better benefits and service programs. Meredith received her Master’s Degree (Masters of Science – Organizational Development) from Pepperdine University in Malibu California.

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Karen Chow, Human Resources Manager

Karen is a life-long resident of Hilo, Hawai`i. She graduated with a BA in Psychology from UH Hilo and later went on to earn her MA in Professional Counseling from Argosy University. She is a senior level Manager with 20 + years of experience in Social Services including Program Management, Employee Relations and Counseling, and 10 years in Human Resource Management and Safety Training. Her love of people and her easy-going nature make her the ideal HR Manager. Her passion includes working with this vulnerable population, raising her family, and her two adorable canine companions.

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Shelagh Arruda, CSS Program Coordinator

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Troy Thompson, Commercial Services Program Manager

Troy joined The Arc of Hilo in 2013 as a Team Leader and Occupational Trainer. As Commercial Services Manager, he now provides quality control to our private and business contracts. His goal is to use his talents to train and empower our workers to enable them to reach their highest potential.
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Wesley Hagio, Nursery Coordinator

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Serelina Mwarey, Payroll Specialist
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Bailing Liang, Account Specialist/Receptionist
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Gerald Taber, I.T. Support Specialist

Gerald joined The Arc of Hilo in 2015 with over 25 years of experience in the IT field, as a Certified Network Administrator, SQL DBA, IT Consultant / Engineer & Web Developer. He brings a strong background of Technical Support and engineering skills to the Arc of Hilo. He enjoys providing secure and effecient solutions that maximize levels of productivity while improving quality, affordability and sustainability for organizational growth. His inspirations come from his family life, his community involvement and living Aloha.
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