Staff Directors

Mr. Sione "Ford" Naeata, Executive Director

 

Sione “Ford” Naeata joined the Bobby Benson Center Ohana in 2004 and has been instrumental in positioning BBC at the forefront of the residential treatment facilities in Hawaii. Ford has served as Youth Counselor, Shift Leader, Program Manager, Operations Manager, and is currently serving as the Executive Director. Under Ford's tutelage and trainings within the center's Milieu setting, the Bobby Benson Center has achieved consistent growth and recognition within Hawaii’s residential communities as well as with funding organizations.

Ford has developed exceptional skill in performance management issues and strategies specializing in residential treatment settings. He is also trained in Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Life Space Crisis Intervention (LSCI) conflict cycle, and Trauma Informed Care (TIC). He is also a member of Hawaii's Coalition for Substance Abuse. Ford has a Bachelors degree in International Business Management from Brigham Young University Hawaii.

When not working, Ford’s personal interests include: coaching his daughter's sports teams, eating, and enjoying quality time with his family.

Rachel Kekaula, LCSW, CSAC, Clinical Director

 

Rachel Kekaula, LCSW, CSAC is the Clinical Director at the Bobby Benson Center and has worked at the center for more than three years providing individual, family and group therapy. Rachel has over seven years of experience in the drug and alcohol treatment field and has previous experience working with adults with co-occurring disorders, developing culturally resonant practices, and providing trauma informed care.

Rachel is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Substance Abuse Counselor in the State of Hawai'i. She earned her Master's of Social Work from the University of Hawai'i, Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work and also graduated from the Hawai'i Learning Program. In her leisure time, Rachel enjoys spending time with family and friends, dancing hula, listening to music, and dining at new restaurants.

 

Angela Bugarin, Human Resource Manager

 

Angela “Angie” Bugarin is the current Human Resource Manager for the Bobby Benson Center. She earned her Master’s Degree (MBA) at the University of Phoenix/Hawaii campus. Most of her employment career has been spent in the private non-profit sector servicing communities and people in need. She has been a strong advocate in working with underprivileged citizens and in rural areas. Her expertise lies in the area of organizational and business development and building relationships among sectors.

She prides herself in past projects of revitalizing the Waipahu community after the demise of the sugar plantations and assisting citizens to have a sustainable farming business. Her work with drug free coalitions such as Weed & Seed projects and now with the Bobby Benson Center gives her much satisfaction as an employee and contributor to society.  Her past work with the Society of Human Resource Management plays a vital role in her capacity as a Human Resource Manager to strengthen her knowledge in employment law. While she is involved in various community activities she enjoys leisure time with her family at the beach or on the soccer field.

 

Aisake (Sake) Lavaka, Operations Manager

 

Aisake (Sake) Lavaka was born and raised in Oakland, California. He attended high school in Tonga after moving there so his dad could teach at his alma mater.  Sake attended BYU-Hawaii for a year before going on a 2-year mission for the LDS Church in Detroit, MI.  He returned to BYU-H and later graduated in Pre-Professional Biology with a minor in Biochemistry.  Sake was married in 2007.

He started working as a Youth Counselor at Bobby Benson Center in 2009 and initially planned to work for only a few years while he and his wife finished their undergraduate degrees.  Almost 7 years later, he has worked as a 1500 Shift Leader and Operation's Assistant before becoming the Operations Manager in the summer of 2013.  His hobbies are spear fishing, surfing, and anything that makes you laugh.