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A warm welcome to our new Board of Directors!

Faith Action’s new officers for 2021-23 were installed on Dec. 19, 2020 at the Delegated Council meeting. They are President: Ikaika Hussey; VP Clergy: Rev. Jessica Kawamura; VP Laity: Danicole Ramos; Secretary: Kristen Young; and Treasurer: Jon Davidann.

They -- and the delegation -- read together the Faith Action Covenant to refresh everyone's commitment to Faith Action’s values and mission. A key statement of the Covenant reads: “As a people of hope who share values arising from our religious convictions, we celebrate the historical teachings of our heritages as they show us the way of justice and compassion, and set us to care for the needs of all people.”

Get to know your new leaders by reading their mini-autobiographies below:


Ikaika Hussey: President

I am proud to be an organizer with UNITE HERE Local 5. I’ve been active in politics,

business, and media since 1996. In my spare time, I work on developing a community-

owned enterprise that will pull CO2 from the atmosphere to make carbon-neutral jet

fuel. I live in Kalihi Uka with my family, a cat, and several itinerant chickens.


My prayer is that we will have the courage to put our values into action, to be a moral

voice for a better world.


Rev. Jessica Kawamura: Vice-president of Clergy

I grew up in Berkeley, California. My dad is from Ewa and my mom's dad was from

Kauai. Prior to being a pastor, I worked primarily in government. I have a Master of

Public Policy degree from UC Berkeley, which I applied as a Presidential Management

Fellow and federal budget analyst in Washington, DC. Following, I worked as a

consultant in New York City for EY, assisting banks with regulatory requirements. In

2016, I pursued a call to ministry, earning my Master of Divinity degree from Candler

School of Theology in Atlanta. For the last year and a half, I have enjoyed supporting

Faith Action in my role as pastor of Wahiawa UMC. I am joyfully engaged to my loving

partner Kyle, an Oahu native.


My prayer for Faith Action is that we live out our shared values of love, hope, and

courage as we strengthen our base and vision for our future. I hope to encourage,

support, and energize our Faith Action members in ways that strengthen their individual

and our collective faith. Amen.


Danicole Ramos: Vice-President of Laity

I’m a proud member of Trinity United Methodist Church and serve on the Steering

Committee. I grew up in Waialua, raised by Filipino immigrant parents. I am now a first-

year law student at UH. I currently serve as a Military Equal Opportunity Officer with the

Hawai‘i Air National Guard and the Vice-President for the Young Democrats of Hawai‘i.

Before law school, I was a policy analyst and climate lobbyist for Elemental Excelerator,

a cleantech startup accelerator. Before moving back to Hawai‘i, I worked in D.C. with

United We Dream, an immigrant rights organization, overseeing their daily financial and

administrative operations. I graduated from Seattle University with a B.A. in Business

Administration and earned a Master of Public Administration from American University.


My Prayer for Faith Action is that we continue to be a people of faith that act on this simple belief; those closest to the pain must be closest to the power to heal the pain.


Kristen Young: Secretary

I was born to a Japanese-Okinawan mom and Chinese dad on O‘ahu where I grew up

attending public schools and the United Church of Christ (UCC) throughout my youth.

While my degrees were in Family Resources and Spanish, I have had various ministry

opportunities with different congregations. I currently work as the youth director at

Central Union Church and assist with media and communications for the Hawai‘i

Conference United Church of Christ; my church membership remains with UCC Judd

where I grew up. Working and participating at both the local church level and

Conference level have widened my view of the Church and allowed me to see the

capacity and responsibility that faith communities have in bringing about change in the

world.


I pray that our faith communities be empowered and inspired to collective action to

work for change that affirms and supports ALL in our community. I give thanks that I

might be a part of that.


Jon Davidann: Treasurer

I was born and raised in southern Minnesota. Located at the top of the so-called Bible

belt, the area was dotted with many churches. My friends and I went to church for fun, in some cases several times a week. I am a member of Christ Church Uniting and the

treasurer for Faith Action. I got my Ph.D at the University of Minnesota and am a

professor of history at Hawai’i Pacific University. My hobbies are bicycling, paddling,

and reading. I live in Kailua with my wife Beth, son Eli, and dog, Neilani. Norman Rockwell, the famous illustrator of the Saturday Evening Post, in 1961 drew an

amazing multicultural scene for one of its covers. The title of it was the golden rule “Do

Unto Others as You Would Have Them Do Unto You.” Rockwell stated that the reason

he drew it was because it was the one thing that all religions held in common. He

believed that if everyone followed the rule, humans could live in peace. That is my

prayer.


Happy New Year to all!

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