Dr. Charles Buck
The Rev. Dr. Buck has been the Conference Minister of the Hawaii Conference of the United Church of Christ since 2004. As Conference Minister, he is the top administrator for the United Church of Christ in Hawaii, which is one of 39 Conferences in the United Church of Christ.
Prior to his election as Conference Minister, he served as the Senior Pastor at the Judd Street United Church of Christ in Nuuanu for seven years. He has also held pastoral positions at the San Francisco Korean Methodist Church and Skyline Community United Church of Christ in Oakland.
Rev. Buck has also served as president of the Hawaii Council of Churches Fund, which underwrites the annual Easter sunrise service at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl, and the ecumenical Open Table.
Born in San Francisco, Rev. Buck graduated from the University of California at Berkeley and earned a master’s degree from San Francisco Theological Seminary and a doctorate from Stanford University.
Norman T.S. Chong
During 2000, Arcadia welcomed Norman Chong as Chief Financial Officer. Having retired as a partner in a national CPA firm, his responsibilities at Arcadia include oversight of all financial and certain operational matters. Mr. Chong received his Bachelor’s Degree from Northwestern University and his Master of Business Administration degree from Stanford University.
He is a former Moderator and former member of the Trustees and Treasurer of Central Union Church, former Chairman of the Arcadia Board of Directors, and a former Board member and Treasurer of the Hawai’i Foodbank, Hawai’i State Chapter of the American Red Cross, the Better Business Bureau of Hawai’i, and a former Trustee for The Queen’s Medical Center and The Queen’s Health System. He is presently Treasurer and a member of the Board of Trustees of Mid-Pacific Institute.
Mr. Hall retired in 1995 as President of the Hawaii Medical Service Association, HMSA.
He was born in Phoenix, Arizona and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Public Accounting from Arizona State University and later attended management programs at the University of Colorado and the University of Michigan.
He presently serves on the boards of Health Plan Hawaii, the HMSA Foundation, the HPH Foundation, and the Salvation Army Family Treatment Center Advisory Board.
He formerly served on a number of boards including Aloha United Way, the Governor’s Committee on AIDS, the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Panel on Health Care Costs, and the Hawaii State Labor Department’s Health Plan Advisory Committee. He has been Chair of the Western Conference of Prepaid Medical Care Plans and Chair of Arcadia Retirement Residence. He has also served as a Trustee and as a Deacon of Central Union Church.
Roberta Jahrling is retired from the Bank of Hawaii where she was a Trust Officer in the Employee Benefits Department of Hawaiian Trust Co., Ltd. Prior to working for Bank of Hawaii she was with AT & T in New York City and New Jersey handling accounts in the stock and bond division.
She has served as chair for the Kaumakapili Church Council, chair of the Hawaii Conference Council of the Hawaii Conference United Church of Christ, and presently serves as co-chair of the board of Trustees of the Hawaii Conference Foundation (HCF). The mission of the HCF is to support the ministries of the Hawaii Conference by prudent investments of the assets of the Hawaii Conference.
Currently she serves as the Treasurer and Director of the Puʻa Foundation, a non-profit whose focus is on transforming lives by creating places and spaces of healing with a concentration on women and youth transitioning from prison back into society. The Foundation’s message of healing and transformation applies to all segments of society where people have suffered individual, community and historical trauma. She also serves as the Secretary to the Advisory Commission of the Retirement Housing Foundation, a state of California non-profit serving retirement communities in 181 facilities across the U.S. mainland, including Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Washington, D.C., and the Virgin Islands.
Rev. Ted Robinson
The Rev. Dr. Edward “Ted” Robinson, Senior Minister Emeritus of Central Union Church, has served in Honolulu from 1985 until his retirement in 2004. As a minister of the United Church of Christ for over forty-six years, he has served on numerous boards and committees, local and national, for both the church and the community.
In semi-retirement Ted not only continues to serve as chair of the Arcadia Board, a board he has been a member of for some twenty-five years, but counsels retired clergy in California and Nevada for the UCC Pension Board, as well as preaching and participating in community and church events on the mainland. In addition to time spent in Hawaii, Ted and his wife Barbara, spend time at their homes in Lake Tahoe, CA, and Austin, TX.
Presently, Mrs. Smith is the volunteer Library Consultant for Arcadia. Previously, she served as an Assistant Law librarian at the University of Hawaii Law School. In 1974, she moved to the University of Hawaii as Head of the Circulation Department in the main library at the University, serving in that capacity for 14 years. From 1990 until retiring in 1994 Mrs. Smith served as a Reference Librarian at the University.
Mrs. Smith received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Stanford University and obtained a Master of Library Study from the University of Hawaii.
Mrs. Smith is actively involved in community service and is currently the sole proprietor of Tutusaurus Productions (inspirational booklets). She co-hosts the weekly Hawaiian Island Ministries (H.I.M.) radio show on KGU. She also serves on the Board of Directors for H.I.M., the Central Union Church Women’s Retreat Planning Committee, the H.I.M. Prayer Team, and the Wednesday morning women’s prayer group at Central Union Church.
On January 1, 1996, Emmet White was appointed President and Executive Director of Arcadia Retirement Residence. Mr. White received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Lafayette College and his law degree from the College of William and Mary. Prior to his appointment, he practiced law in Honolulu for 23 years and also served as Chair of the Arcadia Board and the Central Union Church Board of Trustees and as Moderator of Central Union. While employed at Arcadia, he also served as Chair of Hawai’i’s Long Term Care Association, as a member of the Hawai’i Statewide Health Coordinating Council, as a member of the Oahu Workforce Investment Board, and as a member of the Public Policy Congress for LeadingAge. A retired Army Reserve Colonel, he has served as a Department of Defense volunteer ombudsman for the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve.