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.
Abe Lee, Owner, Broker-in-Charge of iProperties Hawaii
Abe immigrated to Hawaii from Korea at the age of 8 and spoke no English when he first came here. He holds a B.A. in Asian studies from the University of Hawaii and earned a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Utah with specialties in Problem Solving and Critical Thinking. Abe has been a licensed real estate agent since 1974 and has taught classes since 1980.
Abe now has well over 42 years of experience in real estate. He developed over 140 projects in 36 years, successfully taught thousands of students in various aspects of real estate, covering topics such as condominium development, understanding contracts, foreclosures, will and trusts, tax laws, buying and selling a home, and much more. Abe has also authored 20 proprietary continuing education courses for real estate licensees and CPAs. His highly-rated classes are known for being practical, informative and beneficial to both licensees and clients.
Abe is dedicated to his work and he has a strong passion for teaching and sharing his knowledge of the real estate industry. As the owner and Broker-in-Charge of iProperties Hawaii, Abe’s dedication, caring nature and passion for inspiring and motivating others, shows in his daily interactions with all of his agents. His passion also shines through, not only in his fun and ever popular, pre-licensing and continuing education classes, but even more so in his regular business meetings and extensive trainings/classes with his 100+ agents.
Abe is happily married to Sally Okura Lee who has worked for several years as a dedicated social worker. Over the years and to this day, Abe and Sally continue to give back to the community in a myriad of ways. They have donated their time and have supported charities and non-profit organizations such as The Hawaii Homeownership Center, which helps people to get into home ownership. Abe and Sally have 6 wonderful children and 5, soon to be 6 beautiful grandchildren who they greatly enjoy spending time with. In Abe’s spare time, he loves to surf. Abe is an avid surfer who cherishes the peaceful moments that he can enjoy the beauty of our ocean in Hawaii.
Brenda Molina, RA – Realtor Associate, iProperties Hawai’i
Brenda has lived on Oahu since 1996 and has been a realtor associate (RA) with iProperties Hawaii since 2011. She specializes in helping first-time homebuyers. Brenda also has experience with new developments, reserved housing, investors, sellers and clients who want to downsize or upgrade to a larger home. She is a member of the Honolulu Board of Realtors (HBR) and the National Association of Realtors (NAR) which adhere to the highest ethical standards and practices.
One thing that sets Brenda apart from most other realtors is that she is an expert in the field of Psychology. She earned both masters and doctorate degrees from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Over a span of 15 years, Brenda has provided a wide range of psychological services, including individual, family, and couples counseling, in diverse settings, both in Hawaii and on the mainland. Brenda has also facilitated several support groups and educational workshops in the areas of stress management, loss, conflict resolution and couples/relationships.
Buying or selling a home typically triggers some level of anxiety, especially when one is not familiar with the home buying or home selling process. Major life events, such as a serious illness, death in the family, marriage, or divorce, only intensifies a person’s stress level. Fortunately, Brenda’s training and experience has given her the confidence and skills that are needed to effectively manage these very challenging types of circumstances. Brenda’s commitment to always acting in her clients’ best interests, positive mental attitude, as well as skills in effective communication, negotiation, and quick problem-solving, have particularly helped her clients who experienced highly stressful, time sensitive deadlines.
Brenda enjoys working for iProperties because she receives guidance from Abe Lee, who is not just the owner and broker of the company, but is highly respected and well known by his agents to be one of the most helpful, knowledgeable, experienced, and caring brokers in Hawaii. Real estate in Hawaii is always in flux, so agents at iProperties Hawaii receive training to stay current on our local market. Brenda also values continued learning and personal growth so that she is able to provide her clients with the best services possible; her hope and vision is to offer unsurpassed services, to become a trusted advisor, and a true friend for life.
Rebecca Heron – Executive Assistant/Staff
Rebecca Heron is an Executive Assistant at Jeff White CFP, LPL Financial which specializes in financial planning and retirement services. She works closely with the firm’s financial advisors and attorney to ensure all the details of the clients’ plans are carried out and implemented.
During her leisure time, Rebecca enjoys practicing yoga, entertaining, creating new food recipes, attending social events, hiking, and running races. She has a passion for living fully, creating an ideal life and 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.