Apana is a program manager for the Foundation. In her role, she provides programmatic support and participates in managing the grantmaking processes among program staff, grantees, and other external audiences.
Apana joined the Foundation in 2005 after many years working in the private sector in executive-level administrative and management positions, including operations manager and vice president of human resources. Prior to joining Blue Shield of California Foundation, Apana was office manager and supported senior level program officers at The California Endowment.
Apana is a graduate of the Nuiakea Hawaiian Cultural Distance Learning Program administered by the Kipuka Native Hawaiian Center, University of Hawai’i, Hilo. Among her many interests and activities, she is a volunteer and member of the Kaululehua Hawaiian Cultural Center where she holds various positions, including development director, theatre production manager, and marketing/media assistant. Apana currently studies the art of hula and Hawaiian language as an active member of the cultural center. She is an advocate for HIV/AIDS prevention and has raised money for the AIDS Foundation by participating in the AIDS marathon and AIDS LifeCycle.