By Pacific Business News, August 26, 2011
The Pacific Century Fellows program has selected 38 members for its 13th class.
This year’s class includes seven members from the Neighbor Islands — specifically, Kauai, Molokai and the Big Island — making it the largest Neighbor Island contingent since the program’s inception, organizers said in a news release Friday.
The program is intended to encourage the development of Hawaii leaders and was modeled after the White House Fellows program.
Pacific Century Fellows are selected by a panel of judges who, following written applications and personal interviews, consider a candidate’s educational background, career responsibilities, community involvement, communication skills and character.
The program connects participants with senior community, social and government leaders with a goal of nurturing relationships among individuals committed to finding creative solutions to challenges facing the state and nation.
“With our 13th class of Fellows participating in this unique executive leadership program, we continue to build a cadre of bright, talented and energetic professionals who will make contributions to the betterment of Hawaii in the years to come,” former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann, who founded the program in 1996, said in a prepared statement. He was a White House Fellow from 1983 to 1984.
Members of this year’s class:
• Bryan Andaya, vice president and chief operating officer, L & L Franchise;
• Blair Collis, president and CEO, Bishop Museum;
• Ty Cullen, state representative, District 41, State House of Representatives;
• Michael Dahilig, director of planning, County of Kauai;
• Kay Fukunaga, associate and investment manager, Ulupono Initiative;
• Kimberly Funasaki, president and founder, Little Ambassadors;
• Daniel Goya, program manager, Ka Paalana, Partners in Development Foundation;
• Nicolaus Grauer, speech writer for the commander, U.S. Pacific Command;
• Lisa Hadway, manager, Natural Area Reserves System, state Department of Land & Natural Resources;
• Richard Scott Humber, assistant news director, Hawaii News Now/Raycom Media;
• Garan Ito, manager of molecular diagnostics/biorepository, The Queen’s Medical Center;
• Kevin Kawahara, technical solutions manager, Punahou School;
• Traci Ho Kim, director of investor relations & strategic planning, Hawaiian Electric Industries;
• Nathaniel Kinney, director of business development, District Council 50;
• Patrick Klein, director of classified advertising, Oahu Publications, doing business as the Honolulu Star-Advertiser;
• Kimberly Koide, associate attorney, Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel;
• Dawn Lippert, project manager, Hawaii Renewable Energy Development Venture;
• Nicole Littenberg, forensic examiner and director of high-risk victims clinic, Sex Abuse Treatment Center;
• John Lynham, assistant professor, Department of Economics, University of Hawaii;
• Matthew Megorden, investment advisory-financial planner, UBS Financial Services;
• Donn Mende, assistant vice president and branch manager, Hawaii National Bank;
• Vicki Nakata, managing director of partnerships & ancillary review, Hawaiian Airlines;
• Corlyn Orr, senior planner, Helber Hastert & Fee, Planners;
• Alana Pakkala, executive vice president and partner, Kobayashi Group LLC;
• Marissa Sandblom, vice president, Grove Farm Company, Inc.;
• Becky Niniau Simmons, deputy director, Office of Housing & Community Development, County of Hawaii;
• Robert Stephenson, consultant, Land Use Development;
• Jason Suapaia, president, Pacific Focus Inc., dba 1013 Integrated;
• Craig Takamine, president, Takamine Construction Inc.;
• Dwayne Takeno, audit partner, PKF Pacific Hawaii LLP;
• Ryan Tanaka, chief operating and financial officer, Saint Louis School;
• Kimo Todd, partner, Candon, Todd & Seabolt LLC;
• Monica Toguchi, vice president, Highway Inn Inc.;
• Dana Tokioka, account executive, Atlas Insurance Agency;
• Thao Tu Tran, associate attorney, Kobayashi, Sugita & Goda;
• Jonas Vibell, senior scientist, Archinoetics LLC;
• Colin Yost, principal and general counsel, RevoluSun LLC and Distributed Energy Partners;
• Kyle Yukumoto, project coordinator, R.M. Towill Corp.
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