HART Board of Directors
HART Board of Directors
Damien Kim, Chair
Damien Kim is business manager and financial secretary of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1186, where he manages more than $500 million in trust fund money for the IBEW. He has an associate's degree from Honolulu Community College and has been a licensed journeyman electrician for more than 20 years.His second term on the Board of Directors will run for five years beginning July 1, 2014.
Terrence Lee, Vice-Chair
Terrence Lee is a partner in the law firm Sullivan Meheula Lee with substantial experience in all aspects of investment and development projects. Terrence has also co-founded several successful businesses in Hawaii. He currently serves as a director of several large Hawaii companies, including Gentry Pacific, Inc. (land ownership and investments) and Roy's Holdings, Inc. His term on the Board of Directors will run for five years beginning July 1, 2015.
Michele Chun Brunngraber is an executive acquisition and strategic leader with nearly 35 years of experience in the Intelligence Community (IC). She has an extensive background in the full life-cycle development, procurement and operations of multi-billion dollar National programs. Michele retired from the CIA Senior Intelligence Service after a distinguished 30 year career. She is a recognized expert in government-industry contracting and strategic leadership and is COO of Nous Consulting. She has a BS in Electrical Engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology and an MS in National Security Strategy from the National War College.
Jade Butay is the Interim Director of the State of Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) effective November 1, 2017 to lead 15 airports, 10 harbors, 2,500 miles of highways, and 2,600 employees. Prior to the appointment, he was HDOT’s First Deputy Director since January 1, 2015 where he was responsible for the administrative functions of the department including personnel administration, programs and budgets, central computer services, business management activities, environmental compliance, civil rights, emergency management, and contract services. He functioned as the chief operating officer of the department, working closely with the Director in managing and directing the administrative operations and functions of the HDOT. Prior to assuming the First Deputy Director position at HDOT, Mr. Butay was the Deputy Director at the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (DLIR) from 2013 to 2014 ensuring that the department ran smoothly, improved processes, resolved conflicts, and removed obstacles that hinder progress. He also served as the First Deputy Director of HDOT from 2011 to 2013 providing overall coordination on all administrative matters that involved the three Divisions (Airports, Harbors, and Highways). Before working in State government, Mr. Butay previously served in various leadership positions in the private sector. He received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Hawaii and Masters in Business Administration from Babson College. Mr. Butay is committed to moving the state forward and ensuring a safe, efficient, accessible and sustainable transportation system that enhances the quality of life for the people of Hawaii.
John Henry Felix has had a five-decade career in business, government, labor-management relations, community service, diplomacy and education. He has led a number of organizations as a volunteer such as the Red Cross, March of Dimes, and the Salk Institute. His broad government experience includes 16 years on the Honolulu City Council, chairmanship of various City commissions, as well as service in the U.S. Army. He currently serves as the Executive Chairman, COO and CFO of Hawaii Medical Assurance Association. Mr. Felix holds a bachelors degree from Cal Western University, two M.A. degrees from Oxford University (Harris Manchester College), where he was also appointed to the university’s business faculty, as well as a PhD from Walden University in Public Policy and Administration. He has a five-year term on the Board of Directors beginning July 1, 2016.
Wes Frysztacki, Director-designate of Transportation Services, is a certified civil and traffic engineer with a wide range of experience working on Honolulu’s bus system, rail project, TOD plans and the recent Complete Streets Manual. He is a strong advocate for pedestrian safety and bicycle safety, traffic engineering innovations, and public transportation improvements. Frysztacki served as president and CEO of Weslin Consulting Services, a transportation planning consulting firm, from 1987-2016. Prior, he served the Puget Sound Council of Governments as Director of Transportation and Regional Planning. He holds a Master of Civil Engineering with honors from Villanova University.
Kamani Kuala‘au is senior vice president at asset management firm Atalanta Sosnoff Capital, where he manages accounts in the Asia Pacific markets.A graduate of Kamehameha Schools and Princeton University, Kuala‘au began his career in finance at Public Financial Management,a national financial advisory firm dedicated to serving state and local governments. Kuala‘au is also trustee of King Lunalilo Trust and serves on the board of directors for Goodwill Industries of Hawai‘i and PBS Hawai‘i.
Wesley Machida, former Director of Finance with the State of Hawaii Department of Budget and Finance (B&F). As the head of B&F, he is responsible for administering the State budget and State debt, developing financial plans and strategies for the State, and overseeing the State Treasury. In addition, B&F provides administrative support for the Employees’ Retirement System of the State of Hawaii (ERS), the State of Hawaii Employer-Union Health Benefits Trust Fund (EUTF), and the Office of the Public Defender.
Machida previously served as the Executive Director of the $16 billion ERS pension fund. His other work experience for the State of Hawaii included being an Assistant Auditor in the Office of the Auditor and an Assistant Administrator for the Child Support Enforcement Agency. Mr. Machida, a former Certified Public Accountant, worked for various accounting firms before and in-between his employment with the State, with his last private sector employment as a Senior Audit Manager with Grant Thornton LLP.
Machida graduated from the Kamehameha Schools, and the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Arts in Economics.
Toby Martyn is a career financial services industry professional with over 30 years of experience in the areas of public finance, fixed income asset management and institutional sales/trading. He is the manager of Stifel’s Honolulu branch office. He has served on a number of boards and commissions, including the State of Hawaii Employee’s Retirement System and the Department of Land and Natural Resources. His term expires November 30, 2023.
Glenn M. Nohara, holds a bachelor of science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Hawaii Manoa. During his 40-plus year career, most of which was spent at Hawaiian Dredging & Construction Co. and Koga Engineering & Construction, Inc., Mr. Nohara has earned a broad base of construction experience. After retiring as President & COO of Koga Engineering in 2010, he remained with the organization as its Chairman of the Board of Directors.
Ember Shinn served as Honolulu’s managing director from January 2013 to December 2014 and retired in 2015. She practiced law in California for nearly 20 years, as partner for a large law firm representing public and private entities and as general counsel for a major urban school district. Upon returning home to Hawaii, Shinn retired from practicing law and held various positions with the Hawaii House of Representatives, including Chief of Staff to the Speaker of the House. Shinn graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific. She will complete the last two years of a five year term, ending on June 30, 2019.
Kathy Sokugawa is serving as Acting Director of the Department of Planning and Permitting (DPP) for the City and County of Honolulu, since January 2017. Her permanent role is Planning Division Chief for DPP, and will return to this position upon the appointment of a permanent director. Mrs. Sokugawa has over thirty years of experience in city planning, with emphasis on zoning, community planning, affordable housing, and transit-oriented development (TOD). She has been a Chief Planner (of various divisions with the former Department of Land Utilization and DPP) for 20 years, overseeing zoning regulations and permitting, long-range planning, and projecting long-range growth patterns for the City and County of Honolulu. Current major projects of the division include the General Plan Update, the update of the remaining two of eight regional development plans, completion of the last three of eight TOD plans, and finalizing Important Agriculture Land maps.
Hoyt H. Zia is a seasoned public company executive with core experience in corporate and board governance, strategic planning, board audit and executive compensation, regulatory compliance, risk management and executive leadership. From 2007 to 2016 he was Senior Vice President and General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Hawaiian Airlines where he was responsible for legal, regulatory, corporate governance and real estate matters. Previously from 2004 to 2007, Zia worked for PacificBasin Communications, LLC, which publishes Hawai‘i Business Magazine, the nation’s oldest regional business publication. From 1995 to 1999 he was chief counsel for the Export Administration under the U.S. Department of Commerce where he provided legal counsel to senior department officials. Zia earned his law degree from the UCLA School of Law in 1981, and a B.A. degree (Cum Laude) from Dartmouth College in 1975 with a special major in East Asian Studies. He served in the United States Marine Corps from 1975 to 1978 where he received an honorable discharge with the rank of captain. He is a member of several charitable and professional organizations, including the Hawai‘i State Bar Association, Association of Corporate Counsel and the Consuelo Foundation.