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Virginia Weinman Joins the Friends of the Cancer Research Center of Hawai‘i’s Board of Directors

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Posted: Oct 3, 2008

Virginia Weinman has joined the Friends of the Cancer Research Center of Hawaiʻi‘s Board of Directors. She will provide guidance and leadership to support the mission of the Friends of the Cancer Research Center of Hawaiʻi and the Cancer Research Center.

"Virginia is a very active philanthropist who has made major contributions to the community, which will help us work towards a healthier Hawaii," said Rick Humphreys, president of the Friends of the Cancer Research Center of Hawaiʻi.

Weinman is the president of the Weinman Foundation, which she formed in 1998 to support charitable education and philanthropic causes. The Foundation endowed the Barry & Virginia Weinman Entrepreneurial and E-Business Chair at the University of Hawaiʻi‘s College of Business Administration and also financed the Pacific Asian Center for Entrepreneurship and E-Business (PACE). Most recently, the Foundation endowed the UH John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) Barry & Virginia Weinman Dean‘s Chair in Medicine as well as committing $1 million towards four-year fellowships to its students.

Weinman is past president of, a multimedia and web site development company she formed in 1985. Prior to this, she co-founded and served as president of Interactive Applications Inc. (IAI) in Palo Alto, California where she oversaw and spearheaded the strategic growth of the software company.

She currently serves on the Hawaiian Humane Society‘s board of directors as well as President David McClain‘s UH Centennial Cabinet‘s planning committee, formed to raise $30 million for the Culinary Institute of the Pacific‘s future site at the old U.S. Army Fort Ruger Cannon Club. She has also served on the boards of the Professional Women‘s Forum, Honolulu Symphony, and Children‘s Alliance of Hawaiʻi (CAH).

Weinman is a graduate and Sloane Fellow of Stanford University‘s Graduate School of Business and holds a master‘s degree in Marriage, Child and Family Therapy from the University of San Francisco.

She joins the current Friends of the Cancer Research Center of Hawaiʻi‘s Board of Directors: Richard Humphreys, President; Glenn Shizumura, Treasurer; A. James Wriston, Jr., Secretary; Dr. Jonathan Cho; Adelia Chung; Dennis Francis; Lila Johnson; Anton Krucky; John W. Landgraf; Don Murphy; H. Howard Stephenson; Earl Stoner; George Sumner III; Jim Walters; Mary Worrall; and Dr. Carl-Wilhelm Vogel (ex officio).

The Friends of the Cancer Research Center of Hawaiʻi is a non-profit organization whose mission is to work to reduce cancer-related death and suffering by promoting community support for cancer research and education.

The Cancer Research Center of Hawaiʻi is one of only 63 National Cancer Institute-designated cancer centers throughout the United States. Its mission is to reduce the burden of cancer through research, education, and service with an emphasis on the unique ethnic, cultural, and environmental characteristics of Hawai'i and the Pacific. As a unit of the University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa, it conducts cancer research, educational activities, and community outreach, including the operation of the Hawaiʻi Tumor Registry, the Clinical Trials Unit, and the Cancer Information Service of Hawaiʻi.

The Center‘s research takes advantage of Hawaiʻi‘s ethnic and cultural diversity, geographic location, and unique environment to discover possible causes and cures for cancer. The Center is located at 1236 Lauhala Street in Honolulu. For general information on the Cancer Research Center of Hawaiʻi, please visit its website at


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