2017 Black Book: 326 Profiles of Hawaiʻi Executives

To diversify this list, we have included top honorees and executives from three major Hawaii Business programs.


Sister Davilyn Ah Chick, OSF
Chair, St. Francis Healthcare System of Hawaii #144, Principal, Our Lady of Perpetual Help School
B. Hawaii EDUC. St. Francis School, Honolulu, Hawaii; B.A., The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC; M.Ch.A., The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC EXP. Served for more than 40 years as an educator with more than 20 years as a principal. BDS. Chair, St. Francis Healthcare System; Secretary/Treasurer, St. Francis Healthcare System Enterprises; Pres., Governance Committee Board Director of the Cancer Center of Hawaii CLUBS Emeritus Trustee and Auditor, United Chinese Society NOTEWORTHY Sister Davilyn’s involvement in the Cause of Mother Marianne Cope for nearly 30 years made it heavenly for her to be part of the exhumation in 2005, and the Beatification and Canonization of Saint Marianne Cope in 2012. HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

Dr. Lynn Babington
Chaminade University of Honolulu #120
B. Detroit, MI EDUC. Mercy High School; University of Michigan; University of Washington CERT. PhD EXP. Higher Education- professor, dean, provost, president, Health Care- hospitals, community health care clinics, health systems, Health Services Research, Nursing- clinical and administrative BDS. American Association of Catholic Colleges & Universities, Giant Steps, Health Services Partnership CLUBS Pacific Club HOBBIES Paddle boarding, Kayaking, Running, Hiking FAM. Randy Carpenter, Chief Scientific Officer, Rett Syndrome Research Trust, 2 children HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

Jan Boivin
Sr. VP, General Counsel & Board Secretary, Hawaii Pacific University #87
B. Honolulu, Hawaii EDUC. Leilehua; Willamette University; Georgetown University Law Center EXP. Prior to joining HPU, she practiced at Marr Jones & Wang. Boivin is also an Ombudsman for the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). BDS. Hawaii State Bar Foundation FAM. Joe, 2 children HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

Timothy R. Cottrell, Ph.D.
Head of School, Iolani School #126
B. New York EDUC. Syracuse U; Princeton U EXP. Dr. Cottrell has strengthened the academic programs and recruited top faculty to grow the Iolanil’s STEM, innovation and experiential learning programs. Prior to Iolani, he was Head of The Harley School in Rochester, New York. At Harley he created the vision and secured the lead gift for the nation’s only “living building” featuring a social curriculum designed to educate pre-K to grade 12 students in creating a sustainable future. Prior to Harley, Dr. Cottrell was a senior administrator at the Lawrenceville School in New Jersey and was the founder and owner of a successful educational software company.  BDS. Hawaii Assn. of Independent Schools, Blood Bank of Hawaii, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation CLUBS Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii HOBBIES Running, paddle boarding, reading, spending time with family FAM. Lisa, 2 children NOTEWORTHY At Harley, Dr. Cottrell established the Center for Mindfulness and Empathy Education and won an E.E. Ford Foundation Educational Leadership Grant to help launch the Center. Led the launch of Iolani’s One:to:One iPad initiative and the design and construction of the Sullivan Center for Innovation and Leadership. HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

Brian Mitsugi Dote
Chief Innovation Officer, Mid-Pacific Institute
B. 1972; Honolulu EDUC. Waipahu High School; UH at Manoa; HPU EXP. Brian worked at Apple during which time he managed the MobileMe User Interface Engineering team and worked on the iTunes Music Store, iPhoto, iMovie, iWeb, Motion, and OS X. He worked on the original iPhone team. Spent 8 years as a software engineer, user interface designer, and manager at tech companies in Silicon Valley. Brian then founded a mobile app development company and served as CTO and advisor to tech startups. Brian joined Mid-Pacific in 2014 as a Chief Innovation Officer. As CIO, he is responsible for implementing innovative and emerging technologies in the classroom. HOBBIES Hawaii Shotokan Karate – instructor FAM. 2 children HB HONORS 20 for the Next 20

Bruce Edwards
SVP, CFO, Hawaii Pacific University #87
EDUC. Texas A&M University; University of Texas CERT. CPA EXP. Bruce held senior financial roles at other universities including Barry University in Florida amd Texas A&M. He began his career in public accounting at Price Waterhouse in Dallas. After earning an MBA in finance, he held roles at Delta Airlines and American Airlines. BDS. Director, Financial Executives International HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

John D. Field Jr.
VP, Treas., Finance & Admin., Punahou School #67
B. 1953; Honolulu EDUC. Punahou School, ‘72; U of New Hampshire, BS, ‘76; Chaminade U, MBA, ‘84; Harvard U, Advanced Management Program, ‘98 EXP. Sr. VP, Bank of Hawaii (‘76-01) BDS. Chaminade U; United Cerebral Palsy; Punahou O-Men CLUBS Hawaii Rotary Youth Foundation HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

John Y. Gotanda
Pres., Hawaii Pacific University #87
B. Honolulu EDUC. Roosevelt High School; UH; UH EXP. Arthur J. Kania Dean and Professor of Law, Villanova U School of Law; Attorney, Goodwin Procter & Hoar; Attorney, Covington & Burling; Staff Attorney, U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit BDS. Advisory Council of the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods; Pacific Asian Affairs Council FAM. Brenda Gotanda, Partner, Manko Gold Katcher Fox, 2 children NOTEWORTHY Arbitrator in international arbitrations (ICSID and the Permanent Court of Arbitration); Legal expert in international disputes for the U.S. State Department HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

Aulani Austin Kaanoi
VP Finance and Facilities, Chaminade University of Honolulu #120
B. Honolulu EDUC. Kamehameha Schools; Chaminade U; Chaminade U CERT. CPA EXP. 14 years of service at Chaminade University. The first 10 as Director of Finance, the last 4 as VP Finance. BDS. Sacred Hearts Academy, Marianist Center of Hawaii HOBBIES Traveling, skiing, and spending time with family FAM. Kalei Kaanoi, Market Manager, Humana, 2 children NOTEWORTHY Higher education changes lives, and I am honored to do my part in this important mission. HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

David Lassner, PhD.
Pres., University of Hawaii #6
EDUC. U of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; UH EXP. 40 years of technical, management and executive experience in information technologies at UH. BDS. Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education; National Association of System Heads; East-West Center; Maui Economic Development Board; University of Hawaii Foundation; Hawaii Cancer Consortium; Aloha United Way; Blood Bank of Hawaii HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

Matthew Liao-Troth
Sr. VP and Provost, Hawaii Pacific University #87
B. 1967 EDUC. Mountain View; University of California at Santa Cruz; University of Arizona EXP. Dr. Matthew Liao-Troth supervises academic affairs and student affairs to ensure student success and fulfillment of HPU’s mission. Dr. Liao-Troth has served as interim provost and VP for academic affairs, and Dean of the J. Whitney Bunting College of Business, at Georgia College & State University. He served as management department chair, MBA programs director and grad programs director in the College of Business and Economics and as Faculty Senate President for Western Washington U. Prior he was faculty of DePaul U in Chicago and Washington U in St. Louis. FAM. Sara, 2 daughters NOTEWORTHY Eagle Scout HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

Robert McKendry
Head of School, Hawaii Preparatory Academy #189
EDUC. University of Oregon; CERT. CPA HB HONORS Top 250 Exec



Mark S. Nishiyama
Co-Founder, VP, Kamaaina Kids #179
B. 1960; Honolulu EDUC. Iolani School; U of Puget Sound, BS; BDS. The Hawaii Health at Work Wellness Advisory Council CLUBS Pacific Century Fellow, ‘04 HOBBIES Dog agility with shelties Maile, Harlow, and Boogie. Weight training, fast and slow pitch softball, basketball, coaching high school baseball and basketball. FAM. Debbie, Branch Chief, State of Hawaii, 2 children NOTEWORTHY Former GM of West Oahu CaneFires Professional Baseball Club of the Hawaii Winter Baseball League (‘95-97) HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

Diane Peters-Nguyen
VP, Advancement, Chaminade University of Honolulu #120
EDUC. Kamehameha Schools; UC Santa Barbara; George Washington U CERT. MA EXP. Previous part owner of small PR firm, former director of the Pacific & Asian Affairs Council; former Dir./Development, Oceanic Institute BDS. Salary Commissioner for the City & County of Honolulu; Punawai o Pu`uhonua; Kamehameha Scholars Program; Friends of the East-West Center, Pacific Arts Foundation, and Hui Hanai; Lifetime Member Prince Kuhio Hawaiian Civic Club; Chaminade University Educational Foundation. CLUBS Pacific Club HOBBIES Avid body boarder for many years, tennis FAM. Nhan Nguyen, Architect, Design Partners, 2 children NOTEWORTHY Committed to educating Native Hawaiian students HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

James K. Scott
Pres., Punahou School #67
B. 1952; Honolulu EDUC. Punahou School, ‘70; Stanford U, AB, Political Science, ‘75; U of San Francisco, MA, Private School Leadership, ‘82; Harvard, EdM, Administration Planning and Social Policy, ‘85; Harvard, EdD, Administration Planning and Social Policy, ‘91 EXP. Headmaster, The Catlin Gabel School (‘85-94); Undergraduate Admin. Officer, Harvard U (‘83-85); Teacher and Academic Dean, The Robert Louis Stevenson School (‘75-83) BDS. American Savings Bank; Hawaiian Electric Industries; Hawaii Assn. of Independent Schools; National Assn. of Independent Schools; Klingensteiin Center; Frederic Duclos Barstow Foundation; Country Day School Headmasters Assn CLUBS Pacific Club HOBBIES Golf, reading, fly fishing FAM. Maureen, 2 children HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

Paul A. Turnbull, Ph.D.
Pres., CEO, Mid-Pacific Institute #142
B. Canada EDUC. Queen’s U; UC, Santa Barbara EXP. Junior High School principal; Principal of Santa Barbara High School; Assistant Superintendent of the Santa Barbara Unified School District; Superintendent of the Santa Ynez Valley Union High School District. BDS. Mid-Pac Institute; Bishop Museum; Chair, Hawaiian Association of Independent Schools CLUBS National Assn. of Independent Schools (NAIS); Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii; The Pacific Club; Plaza Club; Oahu Country Club; Outrigger Canoe Club HOBBIES Reading, hiking, water sports, golf, and barbecuing. FAM. Leslie, 3 children NOTEWORTHY A native of Canada, Paul has been involved in the development of academies, innovative college and business partnerships at home and abroad. He was the subject of a Harvard case-study focusing on innovative practices in high schools. HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

Dr. Helen Turner
VP Innovation, Dean of Natural Science and Math, Chaminade University of Honolulu#120
B. 1971; Eastbourne UK EDUC. Seaford Head School; University of York; University College London CERT. BS, PhD HOBBIES Ikebana and walking FAM. Dr. Alexander Stokes, Assistent Professor, University of Hawaii HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

Helen J D Whippy
Provost, Chaminade University of Honolulu#120
EDUC. Clarion U of Pennsylvania; U of Arizona (MA); U of Nebraska-Lincoln (PhD) EXP. U of the South Pacific, Fiji, faculty 10 yrs; Papua New Guinea U of Technology, Lae, PNG faculty, admin 10 yrs; U of Guam, Mangilao, faculty, admin, SVP 23 yrs; Peace Corps Volunteer; Evaluator for WASC BDS. Marianist Sponsor-ship Ministries Foundation; Hawaii State EPSCoR Coordinating Committee; Geographic Management Project Core; Program Steering Committee for NIH Cancer Research Partnership Grant between UH and University of Guam CLUBS Women Leaders in Higher Education; Council for Independent Colleges Chief Academic Officers Forum; Society
for Research Administrators International; NCURA
HOBBIES Walking, reading, exercise in general, mentoring FAM. 3 children; husband deceased NOTEWORTHY First generation in family to attend college; eldest of seven siblings HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

Livingston Wong
CEO, Kamehameha Schools #39
EDUC. Punahou School; UCLA; UCLA School of Law HB HONORS Top 250 Exec 

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