Our Staff

 
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Jim Kennedy, Executive Director

Jim joined us in January 2015 and brings to our organization over 30 years of volunteer leadership experience with non-profit organizations. Because his wife, Vickie, is blind and has been a guide dog user for 15 years, he also brings a passion to our organization about the life- changing value that a well-trained service dog can bring into their partner’s lives.

Concurrent with his charitable experience, Jim’s 35 year professional career was in financial services. Now retired, Jim is president of Malama na Honu, secretary/treasurer of St. Francis Healthcare Foundation, an at-large board member of Hawaii Watercolor Society and volunteers in pet therapy work at St. Francis Hospice.

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Susan Luehrs, Program Director and Founder

Hawaii Fi-Do was founded in 2000 by Susan Luehrs, who was formally trained at the Assistance Dog Institute in Santa Rosa, California.

Susan had great success using dogs to aid her in her previous profession as a special-ed teacher at Kahuku High School. She noticed that when dogs were around, kids who were reserved opened up and became much more engaged. It was Susan’s love for dogs and desire to help people with disabilities that lead to her founding Hawaii Fi-Do. As lead trainer, Susan works daily with all our puppy raisers.


Board of Directors

Dara Fukuhara

Marketing/Public Relations
Chair

Victoria Kirihara

Educator
Treasurer

 

Susan Kam

Educator
Secretary

Charles Cardinal

Retired U.S. Army