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Meet the Team

OFFICE OF ESTATE AND GIFT PLANNING

Michael Coppes, JD
Director
Michael.Coppes@uhfoundation.org
Phone: (808) 956-3589
Fax: (808) 956-3717

Dale Spenner, MS
Director
Dale.Spenner@uhfoundation.org
Phone: (808) 956-6714
Fax: (808) 956-3717

Diana Y. Kim, MPH, JD
Associate Director
Diana.Kim@uhfoundation.org
Phone: (808) 956-8994
Fax: (808) 956-3717

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Michael Coppes

Director
Michael.Coppes@uhfoundation.org
Phone: (808) 956-3589

Mike is the Director of the Office of Estate and Gift Planning at the University of Hawai‘i Foundation, where he provides estate and gift planning counsel to the UH ‘ohana and friends on tax-smart strategies for philanthropic support of the University. He is a licensed attorney, retired from private practice in 2008 after 30 years of practice focused on wills, trusts, estate administration, general probate law, and advising non-profits on charitable gift planning. Mike's charitable gift planning expertise encompasses charitable bequests, charitable remainder trusts, charitable lead trusts, business and real estate planning, and charitable gift annuities. Mike was also certified by the Indiana Supreme Court as a civil law mediator, and is a former Master Commissioner of the Marion County (Indiana) Superior Court, Probate Division.

Mike received his Juris Doctor (JD) from Indiana University McKinney School of Law, and his BS in Marketing from Indiana University Kelley School of Business. He is a member of the State Bar of Indiana, Federal Bar of the Southern District of Indiana, Hawai‘i Estate Planning Council (Board Member and currently serving President), Financial Planners Association of Hawaii, National Partnership for Philanthropic Planning (past president and board member of its local chapter, the Hawaii Gift Planning Council.)

Mike has old ties to Hawai‘i and the Pacific Rim. He was a professional vacation tour director based in Hawaii from 1972 to 1976, working extensively throughout the islands, and exploring Asia and New Zealand for pleasure. He is very happy to now call Hawai‘i home and is proud and privileged to be working for the advancement of the University, State and people of Hawai‘i.


Dale Spenner

Director
Dale.Spenner@uhfoundation.org
Phone: (808) 956-6714

Dale is the Director of the Office of Estate and Gift Planning at the University of Hawai‘i Foundation, where he provides estate and gift planning support to UH alumni, their professional advisors, and friends of the University interested in making gifts within the UH System. He comes to the Foundation with over ten years’ experience in the field of gift planning and major gift development. Prior to UHF he was the Director of Planned Giving for the Culver Educational Foundation in Culver, Indiana.

Dale holds a Master’s Degree in Management (MS) from the Krannert Graduate School of Management at Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN. He also received his Bachelor’s Degree from Purdue University (BS) in Industrial Economics.

Dale’s earlier career spanned a wide range of executive leadership positions including stints as president or general manager of six small to mid-sized companies in five different industries. He also worked for British Airways in Sydney, Australia and Apple Computer in Cupertino, California.

Dale has a long and loving relationship with Hawai‘i starting in 1970 when he first visited Honolulu on his way to live in Australia. Since then he has returned many times on vacation and on business, most recently regularly visiting major donors of Culver Educational Foundation who live in locations throughout the islands.

Dale and his wife Rhonda have two sons who have both graduated from university and are working in the Chicago area.


Diana Y. Kim

Associate Director
Diana.Kim@uhfoundation.org
Phone: (808) 956-8994

Diana is the Associate Director of the Office of Estate and Gift Planning at the University of Hawai‘i Foundation, where she provides estate and gift planning support to University of Hawai‘i ‘ohana and friends interested in making gifts within the University of Hawai‘i system. Diana was raised on the island of Maui, and graduated from Maui High School. She has significant ties to the University of Hawai‘i community as a proud three-time alumna of UH Mānoa with nearly 15 years of her life dedicated to the University.

Diana received her Juris Doctor from the William S. Richardson School of Law, her Master's in Public Health (MPH) and Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology from UH Mānoa. Diana is also a Lecturer for the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences in the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources.

During her legal education, Diana was selected as the 2013 Patsy T. Mink Legislative Fellow and worked for Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa in Washington, DC. Diana was also selected as the 2016 James K. Hoenig Judicial Fellow for the Promotion of Alternative Dispute Resolution in Family Law and was an extern for Senior Family Court Judge R. Mark Browning. Diana attributes her success throughout her time at UH to the many scholarships and fellowship opportunities that were made possible by charitable donors and the UH Foundation.

Diana gained international recognition for her project "The Homeless Paradise," where she photographed people living on the streets of Hawai‘i. In recognition of her advocacy for people who are homeless, Diana was selected as a recipient of the Rare Under 40 Award in Washington, D.C.

In her spare time, Diana is a competitive outrigger canoe paddler and loves surfing and paddling with her husband and two sons throughout the Hawaiian Islands.


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