The workshop will include presentations by highly qualified professionals.
Each of the following will be making a presentation in each area –
(Speakers will be rotated throughout the year)
Cassandra Bagay, Esq. – Family Law Attorney
Cassandra was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii and graduated from Iolani High School. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts. She then continued on to pursue her legal education, receiving her Juris Doctorate at the William S. Richardson School of Law (WSRSL) at the University of Hawaii.
During law school, Cassandra volunteered at Kapolei Family Court, working specifically with the Ho’olokahi Parent Facilitator Program. She also volunteered for the State of Hawaii’s Office on Equality and Access to the Courts, aiding in developing and maintaining the state’s court interpreter program. Cassandra also was an active participant in WSRSL’s Students for Public Outreach and Civic Education (SPOCE) and Law for Youth Empowerment (LYtE), serving on the board for both student-led initiatives during her time at the law school. Both programs aimed at providing education about the legal process to youth in schools (SPOCE) and in correctional facilities (LYtE). Lastly, Cassandra actively participated in the Filipino Law Students Association, also serving on the board of the organization for a couple years. In addition to her extracurricular activities & volunteer work, Cassandra was the recipient of the Hartley & McGehee Family Law Excellence Scholarship for the 2013-14 academic year.
Cassandra Bagay is currently an associate at a private law firm, DOI/LUKE, AAL, LLLC. She practices in family law, having experience primarily in cases involving divorce, custody, & child support. Cassandra also devotes time to volunteering for Volunteer Legal Services Hawaii.
Allana Wade Coffee, Ph.D., NCC, LMHC – Licensed Psychologist
Allana Wade Coffee, Ph.D., NCC, LMHC, is a Educational Psychologist, National Certified Counselor, and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor.
Dr. Coffee is in private practice serving adolescents, adults, couples, and parents. Dr. Coffee has worked as a clinical therapist at Kaiser Behavior Health and has been a licensed mental health counselor since 2005.
In 1974, Dr. Coffee moved to Hawaii when she was 9 years old. After attending Ewa Beach Elementary, Waianae Intermediate and Radford High School, Dr. Coffee graduated from the University of Hawaii with a bachelors degree in psychology and a doctorate in educational psychology.
Dr. Coffee has written curriculum and provided professional training for domestic violence treatment. She co-authored and published an article on the effects of domestic violence on children with her husband Jerry Coffee, Jr. In 2005, Dr. Coffee published a manual for teaching anger-management and communication skills in the elementary school classroom.
Dr. Coffee’s experiences both as a student, a teacher and consultant in the Hawaii State Department of Education system make her especially sensitive to the unique experiences faced by parents, teachers and students alike. Dr. Coffee’s personal and professional experiences contribute to her ability to provide relevant and useful support.
Dr. Coffee has worked in the community providing individual and family therapy, community workshops and education trainings. She has also taught psychology at Chaminade University, University of Hawaii, Kapiolani Community College and the Academy of the Pacific.
Jerry Coffee, LCSW – Licensed Social Worker
As an LCSW, Jerry was formerly Director for Crisis Services managing therapists and RN to provide 24 hour crisis outreach, case management and residential crisis services across the state of Hawaii. As a therapist in private practice, Jerry has also worked as a clinical therapist at Kahi Mohala and Kaiser Permanente providing individual, family and group psychotherapy and as an employee assistance provider with Straub Employee Assistance Program. Jerry worked with United Health Group as a Field Service Manager and Director to support and establish a new Medicaid health plan for the state of Hawaii’s aged, blind and disabled populations. As an employee and contracted provider, Jerry has also worked to develop mental health curricula for Kamehameha Schools Bishop estate and together with his wife Allana Coffee PhD has published and provided statewide training to educators on violence prevention manuals and techniques for the Department of Education and private schools.
Currently Jerry serves as the Clinical Director for the Institute of Human Services (IHS), Hawaii’s largest and most established homeless provider. As Clinical Director Jerry works to support IHS’s day-to-day operations, which involves oversight for mental health, medical and outreach services and housing placement and employment training programs.
Jennifer Cabe, Counselor, MA, NCC, LMHC – Licensed Counselor
“Life is a beautiful struggle, we all need that extra support. When life gets tough, it’s easy to stay down, feel like a failure – but all I see is resilience. You are allowed to feel hurt and “messed up” and inside out. It doesn’t mean you’re defective – it just means you’re human.
I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. I have a Master’s Degree in Marriage & Family Counseling; but I am trained in individuals as well. I also have experience in treating Substance Abuse. My passion is working with couples, I assist in strengthening emotional connection with your partner.
I am a Nationally Board Certified Counselor. I am trained extensively in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy.”
Molly Bahr, LMHC – Licensed Counselor
Mary C. Needham, Ph.D – Licensed Psychologist
Mary C. Needham, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist with 15 years of experience serving in various capacities of mental health treatment. Her work in the field of psychology began during her college years at University of California, Santa Cruz. During that time, Dr. Needham worked as a 1:1 aide and behavioral interventionist for children with autism. Dr. Needham continued on to earn her M.S. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Palo Alto University. Over the course of her training, Dr. Needham has served individuals with a wide range of mental health disorders (including depression, anxiety, addiction, and post traumatic stress) within community mental health clinic, hospital, and home settings. She has also spent 2 years locally conducting psychological evaluations with the Kapi’olani Child Protection Center. Dr. Needham has published articles and presented at international conferences regarding her research in health-related quality of life issues for children with chronic illness. Currently, Dr. Needham is in private practice in Honolulu serving children and adults with mood and anxiety difficulties.
Trisha C. White, Esq., CDFA – LPL Financial Advisor
Trisha C White is a Financial Planner and Estate Planning Consultant with Jeff White, Retirement-Coach and Honolulu Financial Partners. She holds the Series 7 and Series 66 registrations with LPL Financial. Trisha is also a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA) and is trained to help analyze the financial outcomes of divorce. She graduated from the University of Hawai’i William S. Richardson School of Law and also completed a course in negotiation at UC Hastings College of Law.
Trisha is currently a member of the Hawai’i Filipino Lawyers Association and the Hawai’i Estate Planning Council.
Rebecca Heron – Organizer of Second Saturday – Honolulu Workshop
Rebecca Heron works as a Client Relationship Manager at Jeff White CFP & Company – LPL Financial, which specializes in financial planning & retirement services. She works closely with the firm’s financial advisors & attorney to ensure all the details of the clients’ plans are carried out and implemented in terms of their financial needs & goals.
During her leisure time, Rebecca enjoys practicing yoga, entertaining, creating new food recipes, hiking, & running races. She has a passion for living fully, creating an ideal life, & inspiring others through her past experiences.
Susan Lewis – Volunteer/Divorce Survivor
Susan Lewis has walked the renowned Camino de Santiago pilgrimage two times, on two different routes, but her most impressive journey to date is the one that has taken her from “wounded” to “warrior.”
Susan experienced a range of emotions when her husband of 27 years announced that he wanted to leave the marriage and the home they shared with their two grown sons. From heartbreak to anger to acceptance and finally, to opportunity, Susan has devoted many hours to educating herself in topics such as Medicare, Medicaid, pension plan disbursement, QDROs (qualified domestic relations order), a post-divorce budget, and researching and evaluating a divorce attorney.
Her theme song of the past few years could easily be Helen’s Reddy’s “I Am Woman” as an exemplar of someone who is actively creating the life she wants and deserves.