2022 EMP-HI Officers and Board Members

Welcome the 2022 Board!


DSC046212President: Gail Higashi-Takehara

Gail brings over 18 years of Emergency Management experience and comprehensive knowledge to the 2020 board. Her experience stems from serving with the American Red Cross, working for the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency, and from her current work with the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard. Gail has been an active EMP-HI member for the last 6 years and has had the opportunity to serve in almost every officer role, including the board.  Gail is excited to continue serving as a board member and believes that her membership in the Emergency Management Professionals of Hawaii has helped her expand her knowledge of Emergency Management and meet more people who are involved in the field.

President-Elect (Vice President): Rodney Boucher


craigSecretary: Craig Gallagher

Craig currently serves as a Senior Medical Planner/Program Analyst for the U.S. Pacific Air Forces at Joint Base Pearl Harbor – Hickam, Hawaii. His background includes 10 years of medical planning, medical readiness, strategy development, defense readiness, and logistics coordination. 

FormalTreasurer: Peter Hirai, CEM

Peter is the co-founder of EMP-HI and is a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) since 2005. With over 25 years in the Emergency Management profession, Peter has accomplished much, including being the second President of the EMP-HI organization, serving on the North American CEM Application Review Committee (2015-2017, 2021-2023), and being the longest continuous certified CEM in Hawaii for a total of 16 years. Peter currently works for the U.S. Army Pacific as an Emergency Management Specialist, and also teaches Emergency Management at Hawaii Pacific University as an adjunct professor.  


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Director: Robert (Bob) Harter:

Bob is a 30-year U.S. Army veteran with a variety of experience in planning, preparedness, exercise, and disaster/humanitarian relief. He has worked for the City and County of Honolulu, Department of Emergency Management since 2011, where he serves as an Emergency Management Staff Officer. He is also a founding member of EMP-HI and an Active American Red Cross volunteer.


Director:  Steve Hanneman

Director:  Bryson Amaral

Director:  Michael Kern

Director:  Elvin Arroyo

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