Under the direction of our new President & CEO Roger McKeague, ʻŌlelo is pleased to welcome a few new faces to its management team. These new positions will better position the organization to deliver on its mission and thrive in an ever-changing environment.
Amy Ejercito, Chief Administrative Officer
As chief administrative officer, Amy will oversee all of ‘Ōlelo’s human resources and financial services. The practicing labor and employment attorney has over three decades of experience with legal counsel, strategic planning, human resources, labor and employee relations, and customer service.
Most recently, Amy served as the senior assistant business manager at IBEW Local Union 1260, where she administered and negotiated collective bargaining issues and agreements. Other previous positions include assistant director of human resources at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort and vice president, corporate excellence at Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO). As HECO’s director of strategic planning, she worked with the executive leadership to develop and promote the organization’s earliest sustainability initiatives.
Melanie Salvador, Finance and Risk Management Director
As finance and risk management director, Melanie is responsible for all accounting and finance activities. She has over 35 years of experience with capital budgets, forecasting, audits, risk management, finance and human resources.
Melanie served most recently as the financial director at IBEW Local Union 1260. Other previous positions include risk management administrator, senior treasurer specialist and capital budgets analyst at HECO, as well as vice president/director of the Hawai‘i Chapter of the Risk and Insurance Management Society.
Russel Cabral, Master Control Manager
The Master Control Manager is responsible for recommending, planning, and implementing policies and procedures ensuring that ‘Ōlelo’s various systems, networks, hardware, and applications run smoothly and securely while meeting the organization’s needs.
Originally from Corona, CA, Russel’s family moved to Kailua in 1981, making him an alumni of Kalaheo High School and the University of Hawaiʻi system. He has been an employee with ʻŌlelo for 30 years and has been in the “TV biz” for over 32, taking on roles from editing to audio to camera to directing to engineering. Prior to his promotion to master control manager, Russel worked as a (part-time) Senior Playback Technician.
He is also the proud producer of one of the longest running (if not, THEE longest running) music programs on ʻŌlelo, Pirate TV. At the height of its run, Pirate TV was nominated for a Billboard Music Video Award in the “Regional Music Video – West Region” category. Pirate TV celebrated its 28th year in September 2021.
When he’s not hanging out at home with his family binging the latest and greatest streaming content, Russel enjoys traveling to the mainland to cheer on his daughter who plays collegiate tennis.
Russel is happy to be back full-time at ʻŌlelo during very exciting times as he and the Playback department is developing some really cool, new, innovative stuff.