Gayle Burgher, Administrative Assistant
Gayle Burgher is experienced as an administrative professional with more than 20 years of service supporting executives in Hawaiʻi’s hotel management industry as well as secondary and post-secondary private educational institutes on Oʻahu.
Gayle provides scheduling, logistical, and administrative support for the team at Hawaiʻi Leadership Forum and the Omidyar Fellows program.
Bill Coy, Director
Bill Coy is an experienced coach, consultant, and leadership educator. Organizational and leadership development have been a primary focus of Bill’s work for the past 25 years. He has acted as a coach and consultant to more than 250 executive leaders, including departmental chairs at Stanford Medical School, senior level executives from the World Bank, Honda USA, and major philanthropic Foundations.
As the director, Bill is responsible for the overall success and external impact of the Omidyar Fellows program and the Forum of Fellows. This includes the design, facilitation, staffing, presentation, and evaluation of all elements of the program. He created the original model of the Omidyar Fellows program, including the curriculum and integration of the Forum of Fellows.
Bill has developed and led leadership learning communities for both emerging and senior leaders from Fargo to Honolulu. He has acted as an executive coach with the Noyce Leadership Institute and the Stanford Medical Leadership Academy. He has taught at the University of San Francisco where he created the core graduate level course on Human Resource Management.
Previously, Bill was a partner of La Piana Consulting and director of human resources for the Catholic Diocese of Oakland and for Yosemite National Institutes, an environmental education organization. He also directed training and development for George Lucas’ Industrial Light and Magic (ILM), a film special effects company, and was responsible for organizational and management development at both ILM and Skywalker Sound.
Bill’s real claim to fame was an extra in Return of the Jedi and is the only consultant known to have facilitated meetings at both the Vatican and Skywalker Ranch!
Originally trained as a cultural anthropologist, Bill holds graduate degrees in systematic theology and clinical counseling. He is a licensed marriage and family therapist, is also certified in Critical Incident Stress Debriefing, and has worked in organizational trauma recovery.
Sam Dorios, Systems and Complexity Associate
Sam Dorios is the systems and complexity associate. He is experienced in systems thinking and practices which is used to support various Omidyar Fellow impact projects in their efforts to create sustained positive social change. Sam facilitates the systems mapping process and is experienced in Kumu, a web-based software used to visualize systems maps into more accessible, interactive narratives.
Sam earned a master’s degree in sustainable peacebuilding from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He also has bachelor’s degrees in both history and religious studies, having graduated summa cum laude. Sam was co-founder and president of the Religious Studies Student Organization at UWM, and served as a representative for two university boards.
Prior to joining the Hawaiʻi Leadership Forum, Sam was a manager at his family’s restaurant and a teacher for Milwaukee schools. The subjects Sam taught include Latin and the History of Vampires.
Lisa Leong, Producer
Lisa Leong is experienced in the design and implementation of professional development programs and organizational management. With a background in education administration and adult learning, Lisa’s primary focus for the past 15 years has been building meaningful professional learning communities through events and ongoing initiatives.
Lisa oversees the business and ongoing operations of the Omidyar Fellows program and Hawaiʻi Leadership Forum, and leads special projects such as the Forum of Fellows Summit.
Previously, Lisa was director of programs for the Hawaiʻi Association of Independent Schools, leading professional development programs for the 100-member schools. Simultaneously, Lisa served as conference director of the Hawaiʻi Executive Conference, an annual three-day program for top-level executives and thought leaders across Hawaiʻi and the Pacific.
Lisa grew up on the island of Kauaʻi, graduated from ʻIolani School, and earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Irvine. She received a master’s degree in higher education administration from New York University. Her community commitments include serving as a board member of Pacific Buddhist Academy.
Kerry Lezy, Program Associate
Kerry Lezy brings diverse skills to her position as program associate, where she provides communications, administrative, and logistical support to the Omidyar Fellows program and the Hawaiʻi Leadership Forum.
Previously, Kerry was a deputy attorney general with the State of Hawaiʻi Department of the Attorney General. Prior to that, she was a deputy prosecuting attorney with the City and County of Honolulu and in private practice. Additionally, she worked for the State of Hawaiʻi Department of Education, teaching in Oʻahu’s public elementary schools.
Kerry earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida, and her law degree from Stetson University College of Law.
Aubrey Yee, Network Weaver
Aubrey Yee, PhD, is a futurist, systems thinker, and passionate advocate for positive social transformation in Hawaiʻi.
With Hawaiʻi Leadership Forum, Aubrey is in charge of support for and development of the Forum of Fellows network. She also actively coaches Fellows who want to create scalable impact projects and innovative collaborative efforts. This work reflects Aubrey’s commitment to improving the future of our islands through long-term systems innovation and transformation.
Aubrey has consulted as a researcher at the Hawaiʻi Research Center for Futures Studies (HRCFS) and as a strategist and writer for the foundation Sustainable America, which seeks to create food and energy security in America.
Aubrey graduated from Punahou School, received her undergraduate degree from UCLA in American Studies, and her master's and PhD from University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa in political science/alternative futures.