Mr. Richard Taaffe has been the Executive Director of West Hawaii Community Health Center since 2005. He has helped grow the health center from a single site with three exam rooms and only six staff to what is now five sites, employing over 140 staff, and serving more than 13,000 patients annually. Mr. Taaffe currently serves on several non-profit boards of directors including Kona Community Hospital, Hawaii Primary Care Association (HPCA), AlohaCare Health Plan, and Health Choice Network (Florida). Prior to moving to Hawaii, Mr. Taaffe lived in Santa Fe, New Mexico where he worked at La Familia Medical Center (CEO), El Centro Community Health Center, Office of the Governor, State of New Mexico. Mr. Taaffe has a Master’s Degree from the University of New Mexico, a Bachelor of Arts from Allegheny College in Pennsylvania, and attended the University of Manchester in England.