DEPARTMENT DIRECTORS AND DEPUTIES

Posted on Jan 11, 2023 in About Governor Green

Department of Accounting and General Services (DAGS)

Keith Regan, Comptroller

Keith served as the Business Management Officer for the Department of Commerce & Consumer Affairs, leading coordination efforts with private, state, and county agencies on building management issues, and advising administrators in long-range program planning relating to budget and resource management, expenditure plans, and upgrading processes and systems to improve operational capabilities.

He has also served as the Chief Administrative Officer for the Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority, Managing Director, and Director of Finance for the county of Maui.

 

Meoh-Leng Silliman, Deputy Comptroller

Meoh-Leng has served as the Deputy Comptroller since October 2022, having served over 15 years at the State of Hawaiʻi, of which 12 years were in the capacity of Business Management Officer I and II at the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs and DAGS respectively. In these roles, she has successfully advised and assisted the department Director with policy decisions, executing program initiatives, fiscal management, procurement, and facilities management.

She has also served as a Program and Budget Analysis Manager for the Department of Budget and Finance, Work Program Specialist for the Hawaiʻi Department of Education, as a District Attorney and Deputy Director of Administrative Operations for New York County.


Department of Agriculture (DOA)

Sharon Hurd, Chairperson, Board of Agriculture

Sharon has over 15 years of experience with the Department of Agriculture, most recently as a Business Development Program Manager. She managed oversight and operational control of grant programs focused on securing and administering federal grants to increase the quantity and quality of locally grown food. She proudly worked on the “Buy Local, It Matters,” call to action campaign to encourage residents to purchase locally produced goods.

She also worked for Delta Air Lines as a Cargo Sales Manager, gaining 25 years of experience and insight into air cargo sales, contract negotiation, logistical planning, and customer service. She has a demonstrated track of achievement that spans over 40 years, and a wide range of knowledge with state and federal regulations, specializing in procurement, grant administrations, and contracting procedures.

 

Morris Atta, Deputy to the Chairperson

Morris served as the Deputy to the Chairperson of the Board of Agriculture since 2019, assisting in the oversight of all departmental matters including maintaining operational efficiency, developing new administrative policies, and coordinating legislative proposals.

He has also served numerous roles at HDOA such as the Acting Agricultural Loan Division Administrator, Acting Title VI Nondiscrimination Coordinator, and the Agricultural Land Program Manager. Through these roles, he assisted in the creation and management of agricultural parks and revenue streams to promote the sustainability of the department and agriculture in Hawaiʻi.


Department of the Attorney General (AG)

Anne Lopez, Attorney General

Anne has served as Vice President and General Counsel for Hawaiʻi Health Systems Corporation (HHSC) since January 2021 and May 2015 respectively, leading the in-house legal department, including the corporate director of risk management, a staff of attorneys, and legal support staff in providing legal counsel and healthcare risk management services for Hawaiʻi’s state-owned health care system and its affiliates. She is prepared to take on the legal challenges facing the estate and provide effective leadership to the Department of the Attorney General.

She has also served as HHSC’s Chief Operating Officer (COO), as Special Assistant to Attorney General David M. Louie, and as an attorney for Chun Kerr Dodd Beaman & Wong. In these roles, she created opportunities for collaborative processes between elected officials, state agencies, and community stakeholders to facilitate the passage of healthcare legislation and ensured system-wide compliance with federal and state laws.

 

Matthew Dvonch, First Deputy Attorney General

Most recently, Matthew served as Special Counsel to the Prosecuting Attorney at the City and County of Honolulu. He has formulated and implemented policies, set legislative priorities, and worked closely with state and county agencies to address criminal justice issues facing Honolulu.

He has also worked as a Deputy Attorney General for the Department of the Attorney General for nine years, Associate Attorney at Paul Johnson Park & Niles, and as a Research Analyst for the House Finance Committee. In these roles, he oversaw and managed teams of deputy attorney generals and staff, reviewed and synthesized large amounts of information, and gained extensive experience in addressing civil and criminal legal matters.


Department of Budget and Finance (B&F)

Luis Salaveria, Director

Luis has over 30 years of experience in the public and private sector with a demonstrated record of achievement and success in navigating through policy issues, government relations, and budget proceedings. Most recently, he was a Senior Director of Government Affairs at SanHi Government Strategies, leading the development and execution of multi-billion-dollar budgets dealing with complex situations.

He has also served as the Director of the Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism under the Ige administration, the Deputy Director of Finance under the Abercrombie administration, Finance Manager at Kaiser Permanente Hawaiʻi, Senior Budget Financial Analyst for the Department of Defense, and Budget Supervisor for the Senate Committee on Ways and Means.

 

Sabrina Nasir, Deputy Director

Sabrina is a public policy professional with over a decade of experience developing, managing, and executing projects in government and research institutions. Most recently, she served as the Special Project Assistant Manager for Budget and Finance and as Senior Special Assistant at the Office of the Governor. In these roles, researched policy issues, consulted with stakeholders, and tracked state and federal policy developments to maximize federal funding opportunities for the state.

She also served as Budget Chief for the Senate Ways and Means Committee, Project Manager for the Harbors Division at the Department of Transportation, Capital Improvements Specialist, Budget Analyst, a researcher at the University of California, Irvine, and as a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Coordinator for the East-West Center.


Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT)

Chris Sadayasu, Director

Most recently, Chris served as the Charities Program Administrator at the Department of the Attorney General, overseeing over 8,400 registered charitable organizations, professional solicitors, fundraising counsels, and their activities statewide.

Chris has over 17 years of experience in economic development at Department of Business, Economic Development, & Tourism, and in the department’s various attached agencies. He has also served as the Tourism Brand Manager at the Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority, Asset Management Administrator for the City & County of Honolulu, Asset Manager at the Hawaiʻi Community Development Authority, Development Manager at Aloha Tower Development Corporation, and as a Housing Development Specialist at the Hawaiʻi Housing Finance and Development Corporation. Throughout his career, Chris has demonstrated that he is a distinguished leader, collaborator, and exceptional communicator committed to the economic diversification of our state.

 

Dane Wicker, Deputy Director

Most recently, Dane served as the Principal Executive Assistant at the City and County of Honolulu, Department of Planning and Permitting, coordinating and communicating administrative decisions, work programs, budgets, and objectives to all stakeholders.

He has also served as the Chief of Staff for Senator Donovan Dela Cruz, Assistant to the Director of the Pacific Asian Studies at the University of Hawaiʻi East-West Center, and Campaign Chair and Manager for the Friends of Donovan Dela Cruz. In these roles, he prepared, reviewed, and provided recommendations on legislative and grant proposals.


Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA)

Nadine Ando, Director 

Nadine has over 40 years of experience in commercial, insurance coverage, and business litigation, having worked at Fukunaga Matayoshi Chin & Kon-Herrera, McCorriston Miller Mukai MacKinnon, Sullivan Meheula Lee, and Carlsmith Ball.

She has also served as the Chairperson of the Hawaiʻi State Judicial Selection Commission, Commissioner for the Hawaiʻi State Ethics Commission, on the Federal Judicial Selection Commission, and as a lawyer-delegate on the Hawaiʻi Judicial Conference for the U.S. District Court. In these roles, she has demonstrated a high degree of integrity, moral courage, and leadership skills with her legal ability and dedicated work ethic.

 

Dean Hazama, Deputy Director

Dean has extensive institutional experience with the department and brings a strong passion to serve the people of Hawaiʻi. Most recently, he served as the Director of Finance and Administrative Services for the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation, leading in collaboration efforts with all levels of federal, state, and county government agencies as well as corporate enterprises to deliver positive change in our communities. As Director, he managed the financing, budgeting, procurement, contracting, information technology, human resources, and administrative processes and programs.

He has also served as the Business Management Officer for the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, Chair of the Honolulu Planning Commission at the City and County of Honolulu, Board of Director of Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation, Management Analyst for the Department of Transportation, Chair of the Hawaiʻi Apprenticeship Council at the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, and as the Chief Financial and Operations Officer for New Hope Central Oʻahu.


Department of Defense (DOD)

Major General Kenneth Hara, Adjutant General

Ken has served as the Adjutant General since 2015, leading departmental initiatives relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, natural disasters, and maintaining the force structures. In this role, he oversaw disaster response efforts with state, county, federal, and private partners.

Additionally, he has a 37-year career with the Hawaiʻi National Guard, having commanded at every level from a 40-person platoon to the 5,500 soldiers and airmen of the Hawaiʻi National Guard. With his leadership skills, military and emergency management technical expertise, and experience, Ken has proven to be a distinguished leader dedicated to the safety and security of Hawaiʻi’s people.

 

Brigadier General Stephen Logan, Deputy Adjutant General

Stephen has served as the Deputy Adjutant General since 2019, assisting in the management of over 3,100 soldiers to equip, man, and train to respond to overseas and domestic contingency operations. His background leading the Hawaiʻi Army National Guard and work on natural disaster management are critical to emergency management efforts in the state.

He has also served as the Chief of Staff for the Hawaiʻi Army National Guard, Deputy United States Property and Fiscal Officer for Hawaiʻi, Brigade Commander of the 29th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, and as Deputy Chief of Staff of Aviation for the Hawaiʻi Army National Guard. In these roles, Stephen demonstrated a distinguished record of performing management practices to exercise mission command over large formations, generated various forms of communicative products, and managed complex financial programs.


Department of Education (DOE)

Keith Hayashi,  Superintendent

Keith T. Hayashi is superintendent of the Hawai‘i public schools system, overseeing 160,000 students, 258 campuses and more than 40,000 employees. Hayashi’s 33-year career with the Department of Education spans the school, complex area and state level. He led Waipahu High School as principal since 2009, a position for which he received numerous accolades, including Hawai‘i High School Principal of the Year and the collegiate Shirley B. Gordon Award of Distinction. He is credited with pioneering the Early College program in Hawai‘i public schools and earned the distinction for Waipahu High as the state’s first nationally recognized wall-to-wall academy model school.

 

Heidi ArmstrongDeputy Superintendent

Heidi Armstrong was named deputy superintendent on Sept. 2, 2022. She served as interim deputy superintendent since Jul. 1 and as assistant deputy superintendent from April–June to ensure a smooth leadership transition for the Office of the Deputy Superintendent.

Deputy Armstrong brings over 30 years of experience spanning school, district and state leadership positions.

She previously served as assistant superintendent for the Office of Student Support Services (OSSS) and as complex area superintendent for the Campbell-Kapolei Complex Area. Prior to becoming CAS in 2012, she was the principal of Iroquois Point Elementary, where she made continuous improvements in school performance and quality. She began her career with the Department as a math teacher at Pohakea Elementary, where she later became vice principal. She holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in educational administration from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.

 

Curt T. Otaguro, Deputy Superintendent

Curt Otaguro was named deputy superintendent of operations on Aug. 18, 2022, and is responsible for the streamlining of department operations to increase effectiveness through the modernization of systems, elimination of duplicate functions, identification and prioritization of needs, increasing and improvement of support for school operations, and the recruitment and retention of qualified staff at the school, complex areas and state levels.

He most recently served as the state comptroller and head of the state Department of Accounting and General Services. Otaguro’s past work includes serving as executive vice president and division manager of the digital banking division at First Hawaiian Bank, where he spent most of his career. He has experience in personal, retail and electronic banking, management and customer service, and holds a bachelor’s degree in management from the University of Redlands.

 

Tammi Oyadomari-Chun, Deputy Superintendent

Tammi Oyadomari-Chun was named deputy superintendent of strategy on Aug. 18, 2022, and is responsible for leading, directing and supervising the strategic planning, transformation and modernization, and implementation of the strategic initiatives of the Department.

She rejoins the Department, having previously served as assistant superintendent of the Office of Strategy, Innovation and Performance from 2015 to 2017. Oyadomari-Chun most recently was interim associate vice president for academic affairs for the University of Hawaii community college system, where she helped secure and implement more than $25 million in grants and contracts for strategic initiatives.

Oyadomari-Chun’s past work also includes serving as vice president at the Hawaii Community Foundation, policy analyst for former Gov. Neil Abercrombie, and executive director of Hawaii P-20. She holds a doctorate in education with a concentration in educational administration from the University of Southern California, a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University, and a bachelorʻs degree from Pomona College in government and public policy analysis.


Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL)

Ikaika Anderson, Chairman of Hawaiian Homes Commission

Ikaika served as a former Honolulu City Councilmember and Chair of that Council, implementing the City and County of Honolulu land use and Transit Oriented Development policies, enhancing the quality of life for residents. In this capacity, he also helped to establish Hui Mahʻai ʻAina, a tiny-home communal village that offered shelter and wrap-around services to our homeless population in Waimānalo. He has valuable leadership experience and coalition-building skills to execute the $600M appropriations for housing made by the Legislature last session.

He has also worked as a Policy Organizer for Local 360 and served on the Waimānalo Health Center Board of Directors. In these roles, he directly engaged with state, county, and federal policymakers on matters pertaining to skilled labor and advocated for these priorities.

 

Katie Ducatt, Deputy to the Chair

For nearly seven years, Katie has served as a Deputy Attorney General for the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, gaining the background and experience necessary to effectively support its mission at this crucial juncture. She has intimate knowledge of the legal, political, and practical challenges that DHHL, its Commission, and staff face in trying to fulfill its mission to provide homesteads for qualified Native Hawaiians.

She has also served as a Deputy Attorney General for the Child Support Enforcement Agency, Maui branch. In this role, she worked with federal, state, and county agencies to ensure the well-being of children and families by providing essential services and guidance.


Department of Health (DOH)

Kenneth “Kenny” Fink, M.D., Director

Most recently, Kenny worked as the Vice President of Medicare & Medicaid programs at the Hawaiʻi Medical Service Association since September 2021. He has gained an intimate knowledge of medicine, public health, and the development of evidence-based health policies.

He has a distinguished track record of successfully leading and building major health organizations, including as the Director of Student Health Services at Kamehameha Schools, Administrator for the state’s Med-QUEST Division, and the Chief Medical Officer for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Region 10.

Susan Fernandez, Deputy Director for Administration

Susan has served as the Deputy Director of the Department of Community Services at the City and County of Honolulu. She functioned as the Chief Operations Officer of the department, managing day-to-day operations, building systems to improve and streamline systems, tracked employee performance metrics, and developed innovative processes to increase efficiency.

She also worked as the Assistant Hospital Administrator for Hilo Medical Center, Chief Budget, Planning, and Management Officer for the Department of Human Services, Budget Chief for the Hawaiʻi House Finance Committee, and an Operations Senior Manager for the New Ventures and Optical Department at Kaiser Permanente Hawaiʻi. Throughout her career, she has gained valuable insight into healthcare program development, effective implementation strategies, and budget policies and procedures.

 

Marian Tsuji, Deputy Director for Behavioral Health

Marian has 30 years of experience working with disadvantaged populations and has served in various executive administrator positions.  Her background will help the Department of Health address mental health disparities and substance abuse with community-based programs.

 

 

Kathleen “Kathy” Ho, Deputy Director for Environmental Health

Kathy has served as Deputy Director for Environmental Health since 2021. She previously served as Deputy Attorney of the Health Division, Department of the Attorney General since 1992. Her extensive litigation background is crucial as the Department works to protect the environment and improve human health for present and future generations.

 


Department of Human Resources Development (DHRD)

Brenna Hashimoto, Director

Brenna has served as the Departmental Human Resources Officer at DHS since 2016, overseeing all aspects of the department’s human resources program including recruitment, position classification, employee benefits, training, employee relations, records management, labor relations, and civil rights compliance for over 2,300 employees.

She has also served as the Director of System Support and Administration, System Director of Human Resources, Associate Director of Human Resources, Human Resources Specialist for University of Hawaiʻi Systems, and Personnel Management Specialist V for the Department of Health. Brenna has a distinguished track record of leading with a strong commitment to provide innovative, creative, and practical solutions to human resources management issues.

 

Ryan Yamane, Deputy Director

Ryan is an experienced and dynamic leader with a background as a state Representative of District 37 and as a Clinical Director at Ho‘okūpono. As a Representative from 2004, he has chaired various committees including the Health, Human Services, & Homelessness, working to address the various labor and training issues each department faced. With this deep understanding, Yamane will ensure the improvement of the hiring process to expeditiously fill vacancies with dedicated individuals.


Department of Human Services (DHS)

Cathy Betts, Director

Cathy has served as the DHS Director since 2020, and Deputy Director from October 2017. In these roles, she worked closely with all departmental divisions and agencies, providing supervisory and managerial support, and oversaw the implementation of ʻOhana Nui, the multi-generational approach to eliminate intergenerational poverty for Hawaiʻi’s families. Under her leadership during the pandemic, she worked to meet the dramatic increase in demand for social services statewide.

She has also served as the Executive Director for the Hawaiʻi State Commission on the Status of Women and as a Deputy Attorney General for the Social Services division’s Child Welfare Services branch.

 

Joseph Campos, Deputy Director

Joseph has served as the Deputy Director of the Department of Human Services since 2020, supporting the department in various ways during the pandemic, including procuring PPE for staff and contracting providers, to ensuring emergency operations and response to the public were supported.

Since 1994, Joseph has served as a State of Hawaiʻi employee in different capacities; at the University of Hawaiʻi, Department of Accounting and General Services, and most recent Department of Human Services. He has extensive administrative experience with a strong understanding of the state system.


Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (DLIR)

Jade Butay, Director

For over 15 years, Jade has provided leadership and strategic direction for the Hawaiʻi Department of Transportation and DLIR. Jade served as the former Director and Deputy Director of HDOT, ensuring that the transportation needs of the public were being met, and successfully led the completion of four legacy airport projects.

He also served as the Deputy Director of DLIR, advising Governor Abercrombie on matters relating to economic security, physical and financial well-being, the productivity of workers, and the achievement of good labor-management relations. He exemplifies the core tenets of trusted, caring, leadership and will help the Department execute important workforce development and community services, such as the student helper program and grants-in-aid.

 

William “Bill” Kunstman, Deputy Director

For over a decade, Bill has served in different roles within DLIR, including as the Public Information Officer, Program Evaluation Analyst VII, Assistant to the Director, and Legislative Coordinator. With this deep understanding and experience, he has successfully navigated through the unique challenges and issues facing the department.

He has also served as a Committee Clerk for state Senator Dwight Takamine and Representative K. Mark Takai, and as an Educational Coordinator for the Research Corporation of the University of Hawaiʻi. In these roles, he collaborated with the public and private sectors to maximize resources and deliver services to those in need.


Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR)

Dawn Chang, Chairperson 

For over twenty years, Dawn has worked as the Principal of Ho‘ākea LLC dba Ku‘iwalu, a woman-owned, Native Hawaiian business specializing in strategic planning and facilitating conflict resolution for public and private sector projects. Through community building, particularly with Native Hawaiian communities and organizations, she has successfully supported major projects while protecting the integrity of cultural heritage environments.

Previously, she served as a state Land Use Commissioner and Deputy Attorney General. In these roles, she gained a legal background in land use and environmental law.

 

Laura Kaakua, Deputy to the Chair

Most recently, Laura has worked as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Hawaiʻi Land Trust since 2019, setting strategic visions and goals that further its mission to protect and steward the lands that sustain Hawaiʻi for current and future generations.

She has also served as the Native Lands Program Manager at Trust for Public Land, a Lecturer at the Williams S. Richardson School of Law, and as a Coordinator for Envision Hawaiʻi. Through these roles, she has demonstrated management, conservation, and land acquisition leadership results, and facilitated large-scale ecosystem restoration planning efforts with diverse partners.


Department of Law Enforcement (DLE)

Jordan Lowe, Director

Jordan has over 40 years of law enforcement experience with various federal, state, and local agencies. Most recently, he has been the Director of DLE and Deputy Director for Law Enforcement for the Department of Public Safety since 2020. In these roles, he initiated the framework development for DLE and has managed administrative oversight for the Sheriff Division and Narcotics Enforcement Division.

He has also served as the Chief Investigator for the Department of the Prosecuting Attorney at the City and County of Honolulu, Chief Special Agent at the Department of Taxation, Senior Special Agent for the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and as an Internal Auditor for the Internal Revenue Service. With this extensive experience, he is well-equipped to help form the newly created department, develop its investigation programs, and centralize its enforcement functions.

 

Michael Vincent, Deputy Director for Administration

Over a span of 32 years, Michael has served in numerous positions at the Department of the Attorney General, including as a Supervising Deputy Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General in the Civil Recoveries division, Deputy Attorney General in the Social Services division, and as a Special Deputy Attorney General. In these roles, he worked on innumerable legal, practical, employment, and social issues and challenges. His strong management and legal background will help the new department transition to full operations.


Department of Public Safety (PSD)

Tommy Johnson, Director 

Tommy has served as the Deputy Director of Corrections for five years, working to reduce recidivism, staff development and training, and developing prison programs centered on education and rehabilitation.

Additionally, he has served as the Administrator of the Hawaiʻi Paroling Authority for 16 years, where he directed and oversaw statewide parole supervision operations, legislative coordination, and improving other areas critical to the department. He has extensive experience in grievance resolution, program development, and legislative coordination. His insights from the Hawai‘i Paroling Authority is critical as he leads the effort to transition the department to the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation in 2024. 

 

William “Billy” Oku, Deputy Director

Most recently, Billy has served as the State Sheriff of the Department of Public Safety since 2020, leading investigations and strategy operations for special task forces to suppress criminal activity. He has a strong law enforcement and administrative background that align with the skills necessary to support the transition efforts of the department.

He has also served as a Senior Special Assistant for the Office of the Governor, Deputy Sheriff, Security Supervisor at Hawaiian Electric Industries Inc., Chief of Staff for Councilmember Lee Donohue at the City and County of Honolulu, Operations Manager for Cam Security, Inc., and as the Deputy Sheriff for Pierce County Sheriff’s Department in Washington.

 

Michael Hoffman, Acting Deputy Director for Corrections

Over the past 38 years, Michael has served in various roles through the Department of Public Safety, including as the Corrections Program Services Administrator, Institutions Division Administrator, Warden at Oʻahu Community Correctional Center, Acting Warden and Chief of Security at Waiawa Correctional Facility. In these roles, he has experience planning, implementing, and coordinating correctional programs for offenders while they are incarcerated and for their transition back in the community. A dedicated public servant, Michael has incredible insight into the beliefs, moral conduct, and needs of the local inmate populations, and is well prepared to support the transition efforts of the department.


Department of Taxation (DOTAX)

Gary Suganuma, Director

Gary has served as the Supervising Deputy Attorney General for the Department of the Attorney General, Tax & Charities division since 2017. He managed and coordinated legal services related to the matters of tax appeal, foreclosure, bankruptcy, administrative rulemaking procedures, legislative efforts, and fundraising.

He also previously served as the Deputy Attorney General for the Department of the Attorney General, Education division for six years, leading all aspects of litigation and settlement cases for the Department of Education and Board of Education.

 

Kristen Sakamoto, Deputy Director

Most recently, Kristen served as the Deputy Corporation Counsel for the City and County of Honolulu, advising the Department of Budget and Fiscal Services, Office of Economic Revitalization, and City Council on tax law and finance-related matters, including general excise tax, real property tax, public service company tax, and the transient accommodations tax.

She has also served as an Administrative Rules Specialist for DOTAX, as Deputy Attorney General in the Tax and Charities division, and as the Deputy Corporation Counsel tasked with assisting with the establishment of the county transient accommodations tax. In these roles, she helped produce sound tax policies, procedures, and strategies to develop best practices.


Department of Transportation (DOT)

Edwin “Ed” Sniffen, Director

Ed served as a Deputy Director for DOT-Highways since 2015, leading the modernization efforts for highways statewide and leveraged highway resources toward the state’s highest priorities, including the piloting of green materials for broad construction use, increasing public access to data, and building broadband infrastructure to underserved communities.

He has also served as an Executive Assistant to Mayor Kirk Caldwell, DOT Administrator, DOT Technical Design Engineer, Senior Program Manager for Sandwich Isles Communications, and as the Director of the Capital Program Management Division for Kamehameha Schools. In these roles, he advanced efforts aimed at improving divisional consistency, efficiency, and accountability through collaboration with federal, state, and county partners.

 

Tammy Lee, Deputy Director for Administration 

Over 18 years, Tammy has served in numerous administrative positions for the Department of Transportation, including as the Administrative Services Officer, Business Management Officer, Contracts Officer, and as a Civil Rights Specialist. Her distinguished record has proven that she is a highly dependable, ethical, and reliable leader with extensive experience in organizational, budgetary, procurement, and fiscal initiatives and issues.

 

Robin Shishido, Deputy Director for Highways

Robin has served as the District Engineer in the Highways Division for Maui District since 2017, leading the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of state highways on Maui, Molokaʻi, and Lānaʻi. He also supported the department’s fleet conversion to EVs, implemented the Wikiwiki hiring program, and administered the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure program.

He has also served as a Civil Engineer V for the Department of Accounting and General Services, Program Manager for Maricopa Department of Transportation in Arizona, Principal Project Engineer for the Guam Department of Public Works, Senior Project Engineer for the California Department of Transportation, and as a Project Engineer for the Arizona Department of Transportation. With a track record of initiative and dependability, Robin will leverage his engineering background to pave lasting impacts on our highway systems statewide.

 

Dreanalee “Dre” Kalili, Deputy Director for Harbors

Most recently, Dre served as the Special Projects Manager for the department’s highways division, leading the $25 million broadband pilot project to fiber-enable highway facilities and provide free high-speed internet service in eight underserved communities statewide. She also collaborated with federal, state, and county stakeholders to implement the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and worked to expend this new funding, and prepared discretionary grant applications for various highway programs.

She also served as an Interim Deputy Director and Executive Assistant for the City and County of Honolulu’s Department of Transportation Services, Business Development Manager for DOT, Policy and Program Analyst for the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, and as a Projects Director for Government Affairs and Business Development for the Native Affairs and Development Group in Washington D.C.

 

James Tokioka, Deputy Director for Airports

James served as a state Representative for District 15 and 16, and on the Kauaʻi County Council for 10 years. He was a member of the Joint Task Force to conduct reviews of the state Highway Fund and Bureau of Conveyances committee. Throughout his 20 years in public service, he gained intimate background knowledge of the workings of the state and will contribute to a strong team that’s passionate about producing and maintaining quality infrastructure.


University of Hawai‘i

David Lassner, President

Lassner was appointed interim University of Hawai‘i president effective September 1, 2013. Since joining the University of Hawai‘i in 1977, Lassner has held a series of progressively more responsible technical, management and executive positions supporting the broad use of information technologies across the full mission of the university throughout the State. Lassner is also a member of the University’s Cooperating Graduate Faculty and has taught, both in-person and on-line, in the UH Department of Information & Computer Science, the College of Business Administration, the School of Communication and the College of Education as well as at Roosevelt University.  Lassner has also served on the faculty of management institutes for IT leaders nationally and internationally. Prior to joining the University of Hawai‘i, David worked at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as a student programmer on courseware development teams working with the PLATO system at the Computer-based Education Research Laboratory. Lassner holds an AB summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa in economics, and an MS in computer science, both from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. He earned a PhD in communication and information sciences from the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa and has been recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus of the University of Hawai‘i.