Shirley De Rego – President / CEO
Shirley DeRego is the mother of Alexander and Duke DeRego. She has resided on the Big Island of Hawaii for the past 30 years. She and her husband Lamar DeRego have been married for 22 years and live in Waimea on the Big Island of Hawaii. Together they have seven children and 14 grandchildren. Alex and Duke were the youngest of their children.
With a background in Financing, Shirley has enjoyed a successful career in the mortgage industry. She enjoys the home-ownership education process and building relationships. She currently is a loan officer with HomeStreet Bank. She is also working on her newest venture KamilaRose Gallery as well as writing her memoir. In her spare time she spends it public speaking and is an active member of New Hope Church in Waimea where she volunteers her time in the nursery as well as hosting a young adult bible study group in her home.
The Foundation has been a vision of mine for sometime, the desire to preserve the memory of my sons Alex and Duke while providing lifesaving knowledge and education to young people is an honor and tribute to their lives. To be an inspiration to our community is a privilege I take very seriously. I am dedicated to community outreach and perpetuating the legacy of my sons Alexander and Duke DeRego.”
Cindy Stone – Vice President
Waimea has been home to Cindy Stone and her family for the past eleven years. Having traveled extensively as a child of a military father, Cindy was determined to someday make Hawai’i her home. She has enjoyed a career in the Mortgage Industry for the past eleven years. Her work ethics have gained her recognition by her peers as well as her community. Among her recognitions is the Best Loan Officer in West Hawaii Award two years in a row 2011-2102.
Cindy also maintains up to date CPR & First Aid certifications. With a sixteen year background in the medical field her expertise and diligent work ethics are an asset to the Alex and Duke De Rego Foundation.
When Cindy is not making the dream of a first time home buyer a reality, you can find her at the beach with her family, or at Tahitian practice with her granddaughter Kyra Stone or singing lullaby’s to her newest grandson KuMoku Stone. Her hobbies include traveling, good friends and good times.
Having personally known Alex and Duke, Cindy is committed to the team of Board Members in supporting our mission and the importance of education in Ocean water safety, CPR, First Aid and Organ Donation. She is dedicated to continue community outreach programs that will pay tribute and establish a lasting legacy in honor of Alexander & Duke De Rego.
They were very dear to me and I appreciate the opportunity to serve my community in their memory.”
Shannel Diederiks – Secretary
Shannel Diederiks was born and raised on the Big Island of Hawai’i. She is a graduate of Honoka’a High School. While pursuing a career as a Court Stenographer, Shannel enjoys working full-time for the Fairmont Orchid. In her spare time Shannel enjoys hanging out with her family, going to the beach, playing with her dog Arly, or just reading a good book.
I am honored to be a part of the Alexander & Duke De Rego Foundation I am dedicated to supporting outreach programs that strengthen the young adults of our communities and the State of Hawai’i.”
Dane K. Gambill – Director of Legal Affairs
Dane K. Gambill is the founder of Parallution, a business firm comprised of Paralegals and Legal Document Assistants who provide legal services to attorneys and to self represented individuals. Prior to Parallution Dane was a freelance Paralegal working under the supervision of various attorneys as well as a Court Clerk and Courtroom Assistant with the Los Angeles Superior Court.
Dane attained a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Loyola Marymount University, an Associates Degree and Certificate of Competence in Paralegal Studies from El Camino College and a Certification in Personal Financial Planning from UCLA. In addition to his educational achievements, Dane was inducted into the National Paralegal Honor Society also known as Lambda Epsilon Chi. Furthermore, Dane successfully completed the two-day Certified Legal Assistant Exam administered by the National Association of Legal Assistants and is now entitled to use of the “CLA” (Certified Legal Assistant) or “CP” (Certified Paralegal) professional credential. To compliment his Paralegal profession Dane registered as a Legal Document Assistant with the County of Los Angeles (Registration No. LDA-446, Expiration 2/10/14).
Dane is currently a member of the Los Angeles Paralegal Association, the National Association of Legal Assistants, the South Bay Bar Association and the Financial Planning Association.
I am honored and thankful for this opportunity to serve as the Director of Legal Affairs for the Alexander & Duke De Rego Foundation. I look forward to the challenges ahead and the success the foundation will enjoy from our hard work.”
— Dane K. Gambill, CP, LDA, PFP
William L “Black” Abraham Jr. – Director / VP Safety and Awareness Education
William L. “Black” Abraham Jr. was elected as a Board of Director to the ADD Foundation with high regards. For the past 22 years Black has been employed by the County of Hawaii as an Ocean Safety Officer II. Having started his career in Hilo, he transferred to West Hawaii District in 1994 where he has worked at various beaches in Kona and still present with the County of Hawaii Fire Department Ocean Safety Division at Hapuna Beach State Park.
In 1996 Black started the Jr. Lifeguard Program which teaches basic Ocean Safety, Awareness, First Aid and CPR. Black is the Instructor / Organizer for Hapuna Beach Jr. Lifeguard Program.
This is one of my passions to teach and educate.”
Black’s desire to serve has been imminent over the course of his life. Having served in the Hawaii National Guard 2nd Battalion 299th Infantry Brigade from 1982 -1992 with honorable discharge, to earning his Associate Degree in Food Service and Culinary Arts from the Hawaii Community College. This afforded him the opportunity to be part of the opening team of the Ritz Carlton Mauna Lani as a Chef from 1990 -1994.
Born and raised in Keaukaha Homestead on the Big Island of Hawaii Black is proud of his Hawaiian heritage and culture, “the ocean is where I spend a lot of my time, swimming, diving, fishing, paddling and surfing. I am very involved in Standup Paddle Racing and Surfing throughout Hawaii State and have many great accomplishments, but the greatest would be my love for my family and children. Black currently resides in Kailapa Hawaiian Homestead Kawaihae with his fiancé Rebecca and their children.
I am honored to be a Director of the Alexander & Duke De Rego Foundation. I believe and support the mission and goals of the Foundation to provide the community and public with safety and awareness education.”
Mark Sarme – Director / VP Ocean Water Safety
Mark Sarme is a Hawaii County Lifeguard and has been with Hawaii County for 12 years. His knowledge of ocean water safety and awareness is second to none. Born on Oahu and raised on the Big Island of Hawaii Marks playgrounds are the great surf spots from Hamakua to North Kohala to Kailua Kona. An avid waterman, he has entered numerous surf and paddle board competitions including winning first place in the mens division at the famous Ala Moana Bowl in 1998.
Knowledge and experience of our coastline keeps Mark at the forefront of his career. I like to take preventive measures, warning people about high surf and currents. Water Safety is a tough job it takes teamwork and great partners. Recently Mark and fellow lifeguards gave of their time and knowledge to the Junior Lifeguard participants of the Big Island. Mark continues to compete in water events around the island. He currently lives in Waikoloa on the Big Island of Hawaii.
I am honored at the privilege and opportunity to offer my expertise in ocean water safety as well as First Aid /CPR to the Alex & Duke DeRego Foundation. I had known Alex and Duke personally all their lives and I truly believe that this tragedy will turn around for good and two brothers will impact our community for a lifetime.”