About BTG

BTG is a group of diverse stakeholders representing the rural counties of Kauai, Maui, and Hawaii that carries out the operating and planning responsibilities of the Continuum of Care, as defined in the HEARTH Act. BTG’s composition reflects the unique nature of each island comprising the CoC. BTG promotes a community-wide commitment to the goals of preventing and ending homelessness by quickly re-housing homeless households while minimizing trauma and dislocation.

Bridging The Gap:

  • Provides the framework for a comprehensive, well-coordinated, and clear planning process
  • Provides funding for efforts to prevent homelessness or rapidly re-house homeless individuals and families
  • Strengthens coordination between CoC-funded activities, other HUD-funded activities, and local government or private resources directed at ending homelessness
  • Promotes access to and effective use of mainstream programs
  • Optimizes self-sufficiency among individuals and families experiencing homelessness
  • Measures the effectiveness in reducing homelessness through system-wide and project level evaluation of the community’s response and change strategies if necessary

Bridging The Gap's Mission

To end homelessness across the Counties of Hawaii, Kauai and Maui through collaborative, coordinated and effective service delivery by agents for change, unified by a common vision where all Hawaii's people have safe, decent, affordable housing.

2020 BTG Board of Directors

A minimum of nine individuals comprise the BTG Board. Community Alliance Partners (Hawaii County), Kauai Community Alliance and the Maui Homeless Alliance select three individuals from their respective membership at least every other year. One out of the three is a representative of its corresponding county government. The second delegate is the chair of the local chapter, or a designated representative. The remaining member of the counties' delegation is chosen from each chapter’s general voting membership.

BTG Board Officers

Chair - Brandee Menino
Vice Chair - Makana Kamibayashi
Secretary - Melody Lopez
Chair Emeritus - Maude Cumming

BTG Board Members

Member - Thelma Akita-Kealoha
Member - Sharon Hirota
Member - David Nakama
Member - Paul Normann
Member - Toni Symons
Member - Monique Yamashita

Collaborative Applicant

Ka Mana O Na Helu Representative - Alison Hinazumi
Ka Mana O Na Helu Representative - Carlos Peraro

BTG HMIS Admin Team Members

Alison Hinazumi,  M.B.A., Executive Director

Executive Director.  Alison has more than 10 years of experience working with local nonprofit organizations with an emphasis on corporate level training and event production.  Alison is currently responsible for managing technical aspects of the Coordinated Entry System (CES) for the Neighbor Islands as well as developing and integrating Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) training curriculum and technical resources on a statewide basis.

Carlos Peraro, B.S., Director of Operations/HMIS Administrator

Carlos has over 15 years of experience working in Hawaii's homeless and human services sectors.  Over the last 10 years, he has provided an array of analytical and evaluative services to the State of Hawaii, City and County of Honolulu, and numerous public and private organizations statewide.  Current responsibilities include report design and development, expanding CES automation, grant writing, data analysis, program evaluation, and the provision of technical support to end users and clients.

Heidi Sewell, B.S., Support Specialist II

Heidi has more than 25 years of experience working in the non-profit and social services sectors.  She currently provides technical guidance to providers that utilize the HMIS, as well as support to address program specific issues.  Heidi is responsible for providing detailed monthly and quarterly reports to the executive team and key funders.  She also provides ongoing ad-hoc reports to homeless service providers, focused on improving program outcomes.

Tien Lum, B.S., Software Developer

Tien is the owner of Hybrid International, LLC, a software company that provides database solutions in the human services sector.  Tien has 30 years of experience in developing information systems for public and private companies.  Tien was the lead architect and developer for Hawaii’s first HMIS in 2002.  Tien currently provides consulting and programming services for the HMIS in the form of customized reports, forms, dashboards and business intelligence processes.  Tien was integral in developing the automated CES currently being utilized by the Neighbor Islands CoC, Bridging the Gap.

Rose Gladstein, M.S., Program Evaluation Specialist

Rose has a diverse background that spans over 30 years in education, research, program evaluation and grantsmanship.  Rose continues to serve Hawaii’s homeless services sector through contractual work for KMNH on various projects and functions including reporting, monitoring, and data analysis.  She currently provides monthly monitoring and ad-hoc reporting to both of Hawaii's CoCs.

Judy Ishida, B.S., Administrative Support Specialist

Judy’s career has spanned multiple fields including communications, media coordination, resource management, and entrepreneurship. The last decade was dedicated to her job with the State Homeless Programs Office managing Federal and State contracts with homeless service organizations. Currently, her primary responsibilities include assisting in the development and writing of contracts, requests for proposals, policies and procedure manuals, federal grant applications and reports; researching federal regulations and program requirements; program monitoring; and collaborating with the neighbor island Continuum of Care.


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Thanksgiving - November 26, 2020
Christmas - December 25, 2020