Board of Directors

 Leela Bilmes Goldstein, PhD, Chairperson

Leela was born in Bangkok, Thailand and raised in Honolulu, Hawai‘i. She is Director of Advancement Services at Punahou School and a board member at HFRJ, Abilities Unlimited Hawai‘i and the Women’s Funding Network. Leela received her BA in French and her MA and PhD in Linguistics, all from UC Berkeley, and was honored to be one of Pacific Business News’ 2018 Women Who Mean Business and USA Today’s 2021 Women of the Year – Hawai‘i Honoree for her work in gender equity and social justice.

Ian Crabbe, Vice-Chairperson

Ian grew up in Pearl City, played football, and attended Foothill College in California. He is a licensed electrician in the state of Hawai’i. He is extremely proud of his only child, who works in forensics for the FBI. Ian had one of the first restorative reentry circles in 2005 at Waiawa Correctional Facility where he was imprisoned for drug-related offenses. He spent three years in prison with little family contact. The reentry circle enabled him to make amends and rebuild relationships with his family. He became his father’s caregiver before his father passed away. In 2014, Governor Neil Abercrombie pardoned Ian’s criminal convictions. Ian has been an important supporter of Hawai’i Friends of Restorative Justice for over ten years.

Richard Turbin, Esq., Past-Chairperson

Rich is the founder and President of the law firm Turbin Chu where he practices personal injury, wrongful death and malpractice in Honolulu, Hawai’i. He received his BA, magna cum laude, from Cornell University and his JD from Harvard Law School. He served as the 2005 President of the Hawai’i State Bar Association, and was elected to the National Council of Bar Presidents of the American Bar Association (ABA); Chair of the ABA Tort & Insurance Practice Section; elected President of Consumer Lawyers 2002 – 2003; Civil Rights Commissioner for Hawai’i 2002 – 2006; Traphagen Distinguished Alumni speaker at Harvard Law School 2004; received Pursuit of Justice Award of the ABA Tort & Insurance Practice Section 2006; he’s taught numerous courses and written articles for ABA & a text book; served as Chair of Waialae Kahala Neighborhood Board 1994 – 2004; member MADD and Alliance Francaise of Hawai’I and chair of the East West Center board of directors.

Roger Epstein, Esq., Past-Vice-Chairperson

Roger is a graduate of Georgetown University Law School. He was a lawyer with one of Hawai’i’s largest law firms, Cades Schutte, in Honolulu for 30 years, which he retired from as a senior partner. He specializes in tax law, has taught law in China and applies his expertise where needed. He is a co-founder of the Hawai‘i Forgiveness Project (  and is dedicated to improving our community.

 Madonna Castro Perez,  Secretary

Madonna works at the Legal Aid Society of Hawai‘i (LASH) in the Fair Housing unit as a Civil Rights Advocate. Prior to working at LASH, Madonna interned in Washington, D.C. at the American Legislative Exchange council and doubled majored in Political Science and History. Shortly after, she moved to Hawai‘i for graduate school and received her Masters in Pacific Islands Studies. A passion to serve others, she volunteers at random places and events. From holding a sign for three hours on the side of the road in Hawai‘i Kai to waking up at 5:30 am to count whales; there is always something interesting that she helps out with. In her spare time, she likes watching Korean dramas, eating delicious food with friends, running, and documenting her cooking and eating adventures on .

 Thomas Hala, JD

Thom was born and raised in Honolulu and graduated from the University of Hawai’i William S. Richardson School of Law. He is the proud father of three young adult women and two male former foster youth he raised from ages five and six to adulthood. Thom is a District Court Judge of the First Circuit in the Sate of Hawai’i. He enjoyed a successful family law practice and especially child welfare cases. He served as a guardian ad litem, kokua kanawai, custody guardian ad litem, court-appointed child advocate, custody evaluator and best-interest fact-finder. He finds his work rewarding and gratifying. In his spare time, Thom enjoys walking his labrador retriever Lex, the beach, working in his yard and around his home and tinkering with older cars.

Joelle Kane Joelle Kane

Joelle is a partner of the law firm of Gallagher Kane Amai & Reyes, whose practice focuses on estates, trusts, probate, conservatorships, guardianships and insurance. She represents clients in state and federal courts at all phases, and also serves as arbitrator, Kokua Kanawai and Master in Circuit Court matters and as Guardian Ad Litem for matters in the United States District Court, District of Hawai’i. Joelle currently serves on the Boards of various community-based organizations, including the Women’s Fund Hawai’i, Daughters of Hawai’i, Hawai’i State Bar Foundation and RYSE, and is a former Director of the William S. Richardson School of Law Alumni Association and Chair of the Research Corporation of the University of Hawai’i.