Warmest Aloha My Fellow PAs,

I would like to officially introduce myself. My name is Christina Starks and I am the new Hawaii Academy of PAs President.  I was appointed to President-elect at last year’s HAPA meeting and here I am, a year later, ready to serve and bring vitality and energy to this organization. 

I must tell you that it is a bit daunting to be in this position as it was only a year ago I moved to Hawaii. The Aloha Med Conference was perfect timing and my first stop to network and find a job.  The ink was barely dry on my diploma.  Yes, ladies and gentlemen, I am a new grad and now president of this PA organization.  Let’s call the elephant out in the room, I shake my head with you, mind blown.

But as my father says to me, “you ain’t no spring chicken,” so I hope to lean on my previous life experiences, earn your trust, and establish credibility.

How did this happen?   What was started out as naïve intent to job hunt and network very quickly turned into volunteering for the conference, and then volunteering for the social committee, then outreach, which then escalated to an appointment as president-elect by the legacy member and president, Dave Messer.  It reminded me of the game “not-it” and I was the only one without my finger on my nose.  My husband, a military man, jokes that I was voluntold.  Regardless, I take it very seriously and plan to rise to the occasion.

I believe leadership is a service.  I will humbly serve this PA community.   My short term goals are:

  • Build an officer team with like-minded energy that will communicate with a high degree of frequency.
  • Reach out to Hawaii PAs and find out what is important to YOU.
  • Develop further plans of action based on the needs of Hawaii PAs.
  • Execute plans.

On a personal note, I was born in Seoul, South Korea and grew up on the south-side of Chicago.  I earned a B.S. from the University of Illinois, a MPA from Eastern Virginia Medical School.  Moved to Oahu from Virginia Beach, VA with my husband, a US Navy SEAL, and our 2.5-year-old son, Bobby, our German Shepherd, Whiskey, and his orange cat, Tango.  It was our dream to move to Hawaii and we plan to be here for the long run.  I am passionate about martial arts, cooking, and outdoor life.   I currently work in Rheumatology for a private practice at Queen’s POBII in town.   

I look forward to this opportunity to serve.  I will also look to you for mentorship not only in this role but also as a new PA and new resident.  I seek your feedback.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Christina                                                                                                                                          10/17/16


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