Meet the Dream Makers

Happy African American Father and Mixed Race Son Having Fun Using Touch Pad Computer Tablet Outside.

Meet Our Board

Kristi is a wife, mother, Olympic Gold Medalist, author and philanthropist. “All the athletic glory and honors are wonderful. But sometimes I come face-to-face with a disadvantaged child or with a struggling mother or father, and I am grateful for my gifts. And I rededicate myself to doing whatever I can to help someone in need. The good feeling I get rivals anything I felt on the Olympic stand in Albertville.”

Favorite children’s book: E.B. White’s “Charlotte’s Web”

Mark D McCaffrey
President of the Board

Jan Yanehiro
Vice President

Kim Burdick

Eric McDonnell

Chad Heaton
Board Member

Aimee Sueko Eng
Board Memeber

Michele Griffin
Board Member

Bret Hedican
Board Member

Louise Ing
Board Member

Christine A. Kubota
Board Member

Kara T. Okamoto
Board Member

Nadyne Orona
Board Member

John Ramsbacher
Board Member

The Always Dream Team

Lori Yamaguchi
Literacy Program Questions

Aarika Riddle
General Program Questions

Dean Osaki
Fundraising & Marketing Questions


Always Dream is fortunate to have a variety of dedicated individuals, community-minded corporations and foundations that share our deep commitment around early childhood literacy. We are grateful to work in such great company and appreciate their support, which allows us to serve more students in need.

Dream Maker's Council

($20,000 and above)

  • Alaska Airlines
  • Fujisaka Family Charitable Fund
  • Fremont Bank
  • Mark and Lisa McCaffrey
  • Orona Family Foundation
  • PWC Foundation
  • Quest Foundation
  • Dr. Lawrence Tseu
  • The Weinberg Foundation (Hawaii)
  • Kristi Yamaguchi & Bret Hedican

Leadership Council

($19,999 to $10,000)

  • ABC Stores
  • Hawaii Community Foundation
  • Dorothy Kaplan
  • Kara Okamoto
  • John Ramsbacher
  • Chad & Megan Heaton
  • Takitani Foundation
  • Tsuha Family Fund


($9,999 to $5,000)

  • AT&T
  • Milton Chen and Ruth Cox
  • May Hirose
  • Louise Ing & Mike Sitch
  • Dr. Ash Jain
  • Mark and Elizabeth Lefanowicz
  • Foo W. Lim and Sons, Inc
  • Joanna and Raymond Lin
  • Steven Loui
  • Mix Family Charitable Fund
  • Mona Lisa Yuchengco and Lloyd LaCuesta
  • Jan Yanehiro

Education Partners


Always Dream changed its fiscal year in 2020. The reviewed financial statements for the current July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021 fiscal year will cover an 18 month period which will include the January 1, 2020-June 30, 2020 stub year.