Meet Our
PICA-WA family

The Pacific Islander Community Association’s team is made up entirely of Pasifika peoples from across all regions of Oceania, who now call Washington home. You can read more about our team members by clicking on their image below.

Wellness Navigators

Arleen Marston

Wellness Navigation Manager


Martina Naich

Wellness Navigator


Jiji Jally

Wellness Navigator


Angela William

SW WA Wellness Navigator


Youth Navigators

Atelete Makasini

Western WA Youth Navigator


Koa Derouin

Western WA Youth Navigator

Native Hawaiian

Herema Gafa

SW WA Youth Navigator


Miller Miller

SW WA Youth Navigator


Program Teams - Cultural Weavers & Pasifika Food Networks

Seiuli Tiare Chanel

Elder Services Manager


Rosi Bolatagici

Pasfika Food Networks Manager


Ritae Reynold

Food Security Coordinator


Policy & Advocacy Team

Kiana McKenna

Dir. Policy & Civic Power


Mirius Wenda

West Papua Campaign Manager

West Papuan

Keola Tagovailoa-Kualapai

Community Wellness & Policy Intern

Native Hawaiian/Samoan

Admin Team

Fa'ana Fanene-Martin

Admin/HR Director


Kelcy Maun

Admin Coordinator


Keleni Tavaiqia

Admin Coordinator


Jayleen Topasna Salas

Finance Manager


Britney Lujan Kingsbury

Dir. Communications


Sili Savusa

Executive Director


PICA-WA Board of Directors

Paula Carvalho

Board Chair

Native Hawaiian

Taffy Johnson

Vice Chair


PK Thompson

Board Member


Chasmon Tarimel

Board Member


Sela Teulilo

Board Member


Arleen Marston is a Kosraean 4th year student at the University of WA and your Pasifika Wellness Navigator. She was born and raised in Kosrae, Federated States of Micronesia. She moved to Hawaii as a 9-year-old with her family for educational and job opportunities. She moved to Kent, Washington as a middle schooler and was fortunate through the grace of God to join the Husky Pack at the University of WA a few years later.


She is proud to be Pasifika because the strength and the wits her ancestors carried were so grand, and she aspires to carry the same qualities. Arleen was fortunate to be a “secondary tutor” for High school students under the Highline public school as a 3rd year in college. This work inspired her to further provide resources to the Pasifika community, who are still trying to adapt to the Western world. She recognizes the barriers in relation to societal structure that stands in the way of our social mobility, and is motivated to help her people overcome those barriers. 

Martina Naich is from the outer island of Chuuk-Micronesia. Growing up she moved from place to place. During her toddler years, Martina’s family moved to Guam where she lived most of her young life. After graduating high school, she went to Pohnpei State and attended the College of Micronesia-FSM earning an AS in Business Administration.


Five years later, Martina and her little family moved to Hawai’i. She worked in the Department of Education until their family relocated to Washington. Martina’s passion is working in community-based environments; being a part of the Pacific Islander Community Association family is an additional blessing for her.

Jiji Jally is an advocate for health, justice and well-being for her Marshallese community in Washington State. She advocates for the vision that every child, adult and elder in her community – and all our communities – has the access to health care and full opportunities to live safe, healthy, long lives. She lives in Tumwater, Washington near the capitol in Olympia. She works professionally as a Marshallese interpreter and an Outreach Worker for the Washington Health Benefits Exchange.


In a volunteer capacity she served as Co-Chair of the Pacific Islander Health Board of Washington and a member the Children’s Alliance Public Policy Council. Jiji has been a volunteer advocate for more than 13 years, working alongside her community and community-based organizations in Washington. She played a key role in the creation and the passage of the COFA Islander Health Care Program in Washington State and other state legislative campaigns to improve health equity and well-being.

Angela William is Chuukese from the island of Weno, but was born and raised in Washington. She was fortunate enough to be able to attend school in the states. She recently received her BS in Criminal Justice and Criminology at PSU.


Angela currently works as the Pacific Islander Student Specialist for Evergreen Public Schools in Vancouver, Washington and hopes to bring down the barriers our families have within the school system. Knowing that she can help her community is what is driving her to strive for better.

Atelete “Lete” Makasini’s life started in the city of Seattle, but her roots stretch back to the Kingdom of Tonga. She recently graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School and plans to further her education in hopes of attaining a degree in nursing.


Lete’s leadership skills were on display during her 4-5 years with Our Future Matters and has been putting those attributes to further use with the Pacific Islander Community Association of WA (PICA-WA). 

Cedrique “Koa” Ho’onakoa Derouin’s life began in South Seattle, but his roots stretch across the seas to the great island of Oahu, Hawai’i as Kanaka ‘Oiwi. He recently graduated from Federal Way High School and is now attending Highline Community College but is planning to transfer to a university in hopes of obtaining his degree in communications and a minor in architecture.


Koa’s leadership skills began to grow his sophomore year when he became a youth leader. To this day, he continues to develop his leadership skills and inspire his peers. He is on a mission to help and give back to his community with the support of his Pasifika people. 

Herema “Rema” Fa’alua Gafa was born in Southern California, but has been in Vancouver, WA for most of her upbringing. She is 18 years old and a recent graduate from Evergreen High School. Her villages are Siumu and Fasito’o Uta, in Western Samoa. One of her biggest goals in life is to make sure her parents are set with no worries in sight.


Rema hopes to take this opportunity to apply her knowledge where best used as well as learn from her fellow Pasifika youth members and lastly, educate those that have undermined our community time and time again.

Malie’s passion stems from cultural upbringing in their village setting, as well as values instilled in them by their grandparents. There were always village events that required participation or contributions. They were taught about sharing with our neighbors, inviting passersby for meals or help distribute food to families in their village surroundings during any environmental or health disasters. It became a natural thing to do back home. At a young age, one becomes accustomed in giving as well as honoring everyone else in unselfish cultural practices.


Community Organizer, Community Outreach on Sexual Assault & Domestic violence. Lifelong Aids Volunteer, Pageantry Organizer for LGBT Community, Samoan Cultural Day Committee Member, Pasifika Island Fashion Show Organizer. Former Case Manager For ACRS: LTC Home care Services. Family Homeless Feeding Project. Meals On Wheels Volunteer. Born: Fagatogo, American Samoa.

Rosidamu “Rosi” Bolatagici was born and raised in Nakasi, outside of Suva on the island of Fiji, where her parents both worked as school teachers. She comes from a family of 5 raised through great struggle but with parents who held a firm belief in the power of quality education.


Since moving to the US, Rosi has worked as an elderly caregiver for more than 15 years and is bringing a wealth of experience in service and community support to her role with PICA-WA.


Rosi is passionate about serving her Pasifika community and about giving back to positively impact the lives of citizens from the country she was proudly raised in, Fiji. Rosi hopes to help keep our traditions going strong so that the generation of leaders after us may continue to carry our cultures far into the future.

Ritae Wallace is from the Island of Chuuk State Federated States of Micronesia. She came to Hawaii in 1990 to study at Hawaii Pacific University till 1994. We moved to Germany in 2003-2008. Ritae earned her bachelor’s degree double majoring in Accounting and Business Management at the University of Maryland, Germany.


She is the founder of the First Chuukese Washington Women Association established in 2019. Since COVID started, Ritae wanted to support not only the Chuukese communities but also the whole Pasifika community. Writing grants, gathering resources and supports for our communities has fueled her passions. 

Kiana began working with PICA-WA in the Spring of 2020 as the lead for the Eastern WA NH/PI COVID-19 Response Taskforce and currently serves as the Director of Policy and Civic Engagement. In addition to organizing with Pasifika communities, Kiana sits on the Asian and Pacific Islander Coalition (APIC) Spokane’s Advisory Committee where she participates in cross-racial organizing and collaborates on opportunities for improving civic engagement on the Spokane Coalition of Color. Kiana is currently serving in her fifth year as a board member for YWCA Spokane, where she is involved in their Racial and Social Justice Committee and is passionate about uplifting voices of domestic violence survivors, womxn and girls of color. She also sits on Providence Health Care’s Community Mission Board for Spokane and Stevens Counties.


Born and raised in Spokane, Kiana graduated from Gonzaga University where she earned her bachelor’s degree in public relations as well as minors in promotional marketing and psychology. Outside of work, you can find Kiana in community or with her family, which includes her two-year-old rescue pup, or outdoors, no matter the weather. She is proud to carry the torch forward and honor her ancestors in advocating fiercely for the wellness and thriving of her community.

Mirius Wenda is from West Papua New Guinea Island. He came to the United States in 2016 to study at Corban University, and he graduated in 2020 with a Political Science degree. After finishing school, he worked for a year in Georgia, California, and Oregon. In late 2020, Mirius started work as the Free West Papua Campaign Coordinator in the United States and continues the work today.


In 2021, he moved to Washington state. Now, he is working at PICA-WA in Federal Way serving as the West Papua Campaign Manager to help Wellness Navigation for West Papuan siblings. This service includes legal funding assistance, giving a hand to logistics, advocacy, and raising awareness of current and historic human rights issues in West Papua. He is always proud to be a West Papuan. He loves his culture, his people, and his island way of life.



After being born in his homeland of Oʻahu, Hawaiʻi, Keola’s ohana relocated to Rio Rancho, New Mexico where he remembers very little of his adolescent life. The majority of his memory lies within the time frame of moving back to Oʻahu when he started 4th grade. From then, he attended Ewa Beach Elementary, then on to Ilima Intermediate school, and then graduated from James Campbell High School all in his little hometown of Ewa Beach, Oʻahu. Keola went on to attend Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington and is currently in his 5th year with a double major in Health Science and Community Health expected to graduate in Spring of 2024.

While attending college, he was able to work with a couple of local non-profits and also work as a Personal Care Assistant at an assisted living home. He is also greatly involved with the Polynesian Club, mainly during the times of hosting Whitworth’s annual luʻau. He has taught many chants, songs, hula, and worked with other club officers to coordinate and plan what the luʻau would look like. Most of Keola’s hobbies stem from Native Hawaiian cultural practices like hula, writing/singing his own and other well-known mele (music), and lei making. He strives to learn and perpetuate all of his cultures, as he is also of Samoan, Filipino and African American descent. He loves to be outdoors connecting with Mother Earth whether it be a hike, a beach day (mostly when he is home on Oʻahu), or just a drive through the ʻāina (land). His future goals entail continuing to work in the non-profit realm and eventually starting his own non-profit with the physical and mental wellness of Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders as the root and focus.

Kelcy’s roots lay with the lands of the Marshall Islands, where she grew up around her beloved culture, before moving to the state of Washington to continue her education. Kelcy is a recent graduate out of Auburn High School’s class of 2020.


During her time at Auburn, Kelcy was the President of the Marshallese Club. She has a vision to inspire and motivate others, while respectfully advocating for a better future. One of her many goals is to be the first one in her family to graduate from a four year university with a degree. Kelcy is most excited about being able to have the opportunity to help empower her peers!

Keleni Tavaiqia was born and raised in Washington State, and her family comes from the village of Viseisei in the island of FijiKeleni recently graduated from Hazen high school; she plans to attend Bellevue College Fall 2022 to pursue a career in nursing. In the past she has volunteered at various homeless shelters.


She has also been a part of the ‘aMAYzing‘ helping hands group going on a mission trip with them to Suva, Fiji to help a school for the blind, special needs school, and a women’s prison, also participating in the Pasifika Food NETworks food distribution since 2020. A goal of Keleni’s is to help strengthen her community and help people get the help that they need. 

Jayleen Topasna Salas is an indigenous CHamoru woman, currently settled on Muckleshoot and Puyallup land, otherwise known as Kent, Washington.

She graduated in May of 2020 from Pacific Lutheran University with a bachelor’s degree in International Affairs and Hispanic Studies. Jayleen’s passion is proliferating the practice of her CHamoru culture for the purpose of perpetuating the beautiful and healthy components of it, for her future descendants. She has presented on the political status of Guåhan and the way in which Indigenous knowledge is and should be viewed as legitimate within the sphere of academics, higher education, and within greater society.

She is currently the financial manager for the Pacific Islander Community Association of Washington, and a member of the Masakåda Collective. Jayleen spends her free time cuddling with her dog, playing video games, crafting, reading, and singing with her family. 

Our offices are closed from May 8th - May 12th in an effort to promote and maintain staff wellness.

We will be back to normal operation hours on Monday, May 15th. Thank you for understanding!