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 practicing 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.
Shelby N. Ferrer, Attorney at Law
Shelby N. Ferrer has a unique depth of knowledge about Hawai’i’s Family Court. After graduating in 2014 from the William S. Richardson School of Law, Ms. Ferrer served as a law clerk to the Honorable R. Mark Browning, Senior Judge of Family Court and Deputy Chief Judge of the First Circuit. As Senior Judge Browning’s law clerk, Ms. Ferrer assisted in the administration of over 500 employees and the numerous programs and court proceedings of the Family Court, including juvenile probation programs, a youth detention facility, and proceedings involving juveniles charged with crimes, unsupervised minors, adoptions, guardianships of minors and disabled adults, abused and neglected children, domestic abuse, divorcing families with alimony, property division and child custody issues, and never-married families with child custody disputes.
During law school, Ms. Ferrer was a pro bono volunteer with the Family Court’s Ho‘olokahi program, which assists parents who have children subjected to abuse or neglect. She also helped establish Law for Youth Empowerment (also known as LYtE), a law student organization designed to educate and advocate for incarcerated and at-risk youth in Hawai’i. In addition, Ms. Ferrer also served as an extern with the family law division of the Legal Aid Society of Hawai‘i, where she assisted LASH attorneys and staff with indigent adults who needed assistance with divorce, child custody and domestic abuse protection needs.
A 2006 graduate of Punahou School and 2010 graduate of the University of Hawai’i at Manoa, Ms. Ferrer was admitted to the Hawai‘i State Bar Association in November 2014. She is licensed to practice in all courts in the State of Hawai‘i.
As a result of her experience, Ms. Ferrer understands the stresses that the court system can have on the families in Hawai’i who are involved in it, especially its impact on children.
Whether she’s embedded in the court system or employed in the private sector, Ms. Ferrer continues to dedicate herself to helping children and adults navigate through one of life’s most difficult events and begin a new chapter in peace and safety.
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.