Madison Behnen, BS ’18, has been appointed senior manager of conference services at The Curtis Hotel in Denver. In this position, she is responsible for planning, managing and executing hotel events. Behnen previously served as a field sales and marketing representative at Techtronic Industries.
Priscilla Zheng, BBA ’18, was named as the 2021-2022 president of Ad 2 Hawaii. In this leadership role, she manages the communications, programs, events, public services and membership development of Ad 2 Hawaii. Zheng is also a digital marketing community relations specialist at Hickam Federal Credit Union.
Ha Nguyen, BBA ’19, was named as the 2021-2022 membership development chair of Ad 2 Hawaii. In this leadership role, she helps recruit prospective members, create team synergy and ensures that members are apprised of the latest industry news. Nguyen is also an assistant account executive at MVNP.
Dustin Borromeo, BBA ’17, has been appointed development coordinator in the Office of Estate and Gift Planning (OEGP) at the University of Hawai‘i Foundation. In his new position, he is responsible for assisting with the functions of OEGP and providing administrative support to the development team. He previously served as client service association at Yim Investment Management, LLC.
Congratulations, Ashley Takitani Leahey, MBA ‘13, for being selected for Pacific Business News’ 40 Under 40: Class of 2021!
Leahey was named to the annual list through a competitive nomination process based on demonstration of business excellence, contribution to the overall success of her organization and community involvement.
Rachel Odumu, BBA ’19, has been promoted to senior software engineer at Capital One in Virginia. In her role, Odumu is responsible for communication and collaboration on a multidisciplinary team of engineers, product designers and stakeholders. She also gathers feedback from customers to develop, maintain and support new features for the Capital One mobile app.
Brian Helgerson, BBA ’13, was appointed asset manager at Hunt Development Group. In this role, he will monitor asset management activities within the company, including profit maximizing and closely monitoring the leasing, property management, and tenant management activities through the company’s portfolio of assets. Helgerson previously served as a senior real estate associate for Kamehameha Schools.
School of Accountancy instructor Manu Ka`iama, BA ’82, MAcc ’88, and Katrina-Ann Oliveira, EMBA ’19, have been working hard to preserve and promote resources for Native Hawaiian learning, while tapping into the Shidler alumni network.
Together, they have co-authored the Noʻeau Program grant, totaling $2.3 million, printing over 94,500 books in Hawaiian for immersion schools throughout Hawaiʻi, as well as creating 52 Hawaiian language audiobooks. Additionally, the grant provided opportunities for Hawaiians to work in graduate research and as teaching assistants across UH. The program also received support from Shidler alumnus Meh'ana Maka`iana`i, MBA ’07, along with help from Shidler Master in Human Resources candidate Morgan Plunkett.
Ka`iama and Oliveira were recently informed that they received the Mai ʻŌ A ʻŌ grant for five years, totaling $5.4 million. This grant specifically addresses technology as a means to education, assisting teachers to capitalize technological applications.
Patrick Quintos, BBA ’16, has been appointed as a deployment strategist at Socotra in San Francisco. In his position, Quintos works with clients to implement and strategize technological solutions to leverage the company’s open application programming interface (API) based platform. He previously served as an advisory senior associate - cloud engineering and security at PwC.
Alissa Kelly, BBA ’18, has been named senior accountant at The Farmer’s Dog in New York. Prior to this role, she worked at HelloFresh as a senior accountant.
Congratulations to Teresa Hamabata, BBA ‘11 for being selected for the 6th cohort of the Patsy Mink Leadership Alliance in August 2021. The program is designed for emerging women leaders to develop management skills in order to advance their personal growth, professional impact and community change.
Christine Quach, BBA ’19, has been named alumni, communications and events coordinator at the University of Hawai‘i Foundation. In this role, she supports the college alumni associations, communications and events at Shidler College. She was previously with the talent management team at Hawaiian Host Group.
Matthew “Manakō” Tanaka, BS ’12, was named a senior specialist in the Community and Cultural Relations department at Hawaiian Airlines. In his role, Tanaka is responsible for planning and facilitating internal and external programming and events rooted in local and native Hawaiian culture, as well as for Team Kokua, the airlines’ employee volunteer program. He was previously a sales manager with the Oʻahu Visitor’s Bureau.
Lina Le, BBA ’11, MHRM ’13, has a new role as vice president of human resources and administration at Meadow Gold Dairies Hawaii. Le previously served as the director of human resources at Y. Hata & Co., Ltd.
Congratulations to Jadyne Yomono, MHRM ‘17 for being selected for the 6th cohort of the Patsy Mink Leadership Alliance in August 2021. The program is designed for emerging women leaders to develop management skills in order to advance their personal growth, professional impact and community change.
Kyle Kinman, MBA ’19, MAcc ’21, and Tiffany Yoshida, MBA ‘19 were engaged in July 2021 and married on Nov. 14.
Jessica Yamamoto, BBA ’18, has been appointed as a community manager at Yelp. Prior to this role, she worked as an executive assistant at Rick Bartalini Presents.
Derek Lin, BS ’17, has been named as an IT technician for Autoclerk. He previously served as a front desk manager for Marriott International.
Pacific Business News honored women leaders and news-makers in its 23rd Annual Women Who Mean Business. Congratulations to Cristina Schenk, GCER ’10 for being named to the list for demonstrating a commitment to community service and for her leadership skills.
Rachel Sokugawa, BBA ’09, MBA ’15, has been hired as assistant director of development and donor relations for the University of Hawai‘i Foundation. She oversees gift administration and stewardship of donor relations for Shidler College. Sokugawa also works as an operations specialist at Apple. Most recently, she served as an administrative assistant at Pono Pacific, LLC.
Jadyne Yomono, MHRM ’17, was named human resources program manager at American Savings Bank. In her position, she guides and supports the execution of human resource programs and initiatives. Yomono previously served as a client partner/strategic account manager at ProService Hawaii.
Keone Nakoa, JD/MBA ’15, was appointed as deputy assistant secretary for the Office of Insular Affairs (OIA) at the U.S. Department of the Interior in Washington, D.C. In this role, Nakoa works to strengthen insular economies through strategic investments in environmental justice activities, clean energy deployment and infrastructure improvement. The OIA office also promotes policies and works to restore trust with territorial communities. He previously worked as a bureau chief at the Office of Hawaiian Affairs in Washington, D.C.