Meet our Central Leadership Team
Jud R. Cunningham, LSW
Chief Executive Officer
Jud Cunningham has over 35 years of experience in behavioral health and human services, including nearly twenty-five years as an administrator of behavioral health organizations. His work included positions in the Navajo Nation, Arizona, Washington State and Hawaii. Jud attended college and graduate school in West Virginia, earning a Master’s Degree in Social Work from West Virginia University in 1973. He also did post graduate work at the University of San Francisco, earning a certificate in Rehabilitation Administration.
Chief Operating Officer
Nicole Hokoana has a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and a Master’s degree in Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy. She’s had the privilege of working in multiple settings — with youth on middle and high school campuses, with young adults at University of Hawai Maui College and with families at Child & Family Service. She served as a Program Director and Individual/Family Therapist at Child & Family Service for 4 years, before taking on the Director position for the agency. She began working at MBHR in 2018.
Chief Financial Officer
Patrick Saka is the former Chief Administrative Officer for the Maui Region of the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation (Maui Memorial Medical Center, Kula Hospital and Clinic and Lanai Community Hospital) and past Publisher/General Manager of The Maui News. He has served on the Board of Directors and held leadership positions for Boy Scouts of America, Kiwanis Club of Maui, Kiwanis Club of Maui Foundation, Maui United Way, Ka Lima O Maui, Hospice Maui, Maui Chamber of Commerce, Maui Country Club and Maui Bronco League (youth baseball). He has also served on the Board of Governors of the Hawaii Employers Council and Statewide Health Coordinating Council.
Human Resources Director
Ronald Nelson has a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources from the University of Montana. For the past 34 years he served as a Human Resource Manager for Liberty House/Macy’s, where he oversaw the Maui, Kauai, Kona, Pearlridge and Windward Mall store locations. He has been involved in the Society of Human Resource Management, Workforce Investment Board, Salvation Army and the Private Industry Council. He joined MBHR in October 2018.
Heather Wittenberg Psy.D.
Aloha House Mental Health & Social Services
Heather runs Behavioral Health Services of Maui, LLC, which provides management and consultation for Aloha House’s Mental Health & Social Services/Child & Adolescent Mental Health Division. She grew up in Hawaii and has been a licensed clinical psychologist since 1996. Her clinical specialties include maternal-infant health, early childhood development, intensive and in-home family-focused services, as well as rural issues in psychology. Dr. Wittenberg manages and supervises clinicians in Aloha House’s counseling programs. She supervises post-master’s and post-doctoral interns and fellows as part of Aloha House’s initiative to train needed, high-quality clinicians for the families of Maui County.
Malia gained key fundraising experience early in her career as Campaign Director for Maui United Way and later as Vice President of Donor Relations at Mile High United Way in Denver, Colorado. She has a BS in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Colorado, and a Master’s Degree in Non-Profit Management from Regis University. She has worked in fundraising for over 20 years, and is also certified as a PATH International instructor for therapeutic horseback riding. Malia joined MBHR in August, 2019.