The HART executive management team are individuals who demonstrate integrity, diligence, and know-how. Through their leadership and expertise, they guide HART in achieving the vision of introducing a better way to move people in O‘ahu.
Meet our Executive Team
Lori M.K. Kahikina, P.E.
Executive Director and CEO
Lori Kahikina is the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART). Ms. Kahikina is a proud graduate of Kamehameha Schools and the University of Hawaii. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and has a license in Civil Engineering.
At HART, Ms. Kahikina is responsible for the design and construction of the remaining portion of the 20-mile, 21 station Honolulu Rail Transit Project that spans from East Kapolei to Ala Moana Center. The project is currently estimated at about $10 billion.
Before joining HART, Ms. Kahikina was the Director of Environmental Services with the City and County of Honolulu where she was responsible for administering the design and construction of the City’s waste water and solid waste programs, including the completion of a federally mandated consent decree waste water program of over $5 billion.
Deputy Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer
Rick Keene has over 30 years of financial and leadership experience. Rick currently serves as the Deputy Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART). Before joining HART, Rick spent three years as part of City Administration primarily serving as a liaison between the City and County of Honolulu and HART.
Previously, Rick was the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of The Queen’s Health Systems, with system-wide financial and information technology responsibility. Prior to joining Queen’s, Rick was Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer of Bank of Hawaii Corporation.
Before moving to Hawaii, Rick held leadership positions with the Prudential Bank and Trust Company and Bank South Corporation, both in Atlanta, Georgia. He began his career with Ernst & Young in Virginia and is a graduate of Virginia Tech.
Rick currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Kalihi-Palama Health Center and Navian Hawaii.
Nate Meddings is the Project Director and former Director of Project Controls at HART. Mr. Meddings specializes in complex, pioneering project management. He has held key positions in the delivery of Arizona’s first transit systems, including light-rail and streetcar, and first-ever Public-Private Partnership (P3).
Mr. Meddings holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Construction Management and is a Certified Construction Manager and Project Management Professional. Before program management, he started his career in construction field services, giving him a fundamental understanding of construction operations and a unique perspective in supporting program delivery.
Deputy Project Director
Vance Tsuda is born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. He studied at the University of Hawaii at Manoa where he graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. In 2015 he joined HART as an Electrical Engineer where he performed duties in the planning, design, and construction phases related to the Core Systems Contractor. Over the years at HART his role evolved in being involved with interface between the Core Systems Contractor and the Fixed Facility Contractor, as well as being the assistant project manager in HART’s attempt at a Public-Private Partnership for the City Center Guideway and Stations segment of the project. Propelled by the success in his previous positions, Vance was promoted to Deputy Project Director assisting in the overall management of project execution.
Robert J. (Bob) Good
Senior Project Officer
Bob Good has over 51 years of project experience in automated rail and transit oriented projects. Mr. Good is an electrical engineer by trade but for the past 30 years, has worked in project management of Transit Systems.
Before coming to HART, Mr. Good was the Head of Systems Project Management North America, and managed all Systems and Automated Projects for Bombardier North America. In his last position, he controlled and managed over $3 billion dollars’ worth of Projects for Bombardier which included automated /light rail transit systems projects. Mr. Good has worked on various projects during his career, such as London Undergrounds SSL lines, Gautrain in South Africa, Edmonton Alberta project, and various automated people mover airport projects in the US. One of the major projects that Mr. Good has worked on was the Gautrain in Johannesburg, South Africa; this is an 80-kilo medium speed metro with two lines, from Pretoria to Johannesburg, and Sandton to Tambo Airport.
Director of Finance and Administrative Services
Dean Hazama has extensive experience in collaborating with all levels of federal, state, and county government agencies as well as corporate enterprise to effect positive change in our communities. Previously, Mr. Hazama served as the State of Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs Business Management Officer since 2016 and served on the City and County of Honolulu Planning Commission as Chair from November 2012 through December 2017. He served on the HART Board of Directors from November 2019 through December 2021 as the Chair of the Finance Committee. Mr. Hazama has also worked at the State Department of Transportation Programs, Plans and Budget Division as a Management Analyst and served at the State of Hawaii Apprenticeship Council Department of Labor and Industrial Relations as Chair.
Mr. Hazama holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and is a certified State of Hawaii Procurement Officer and Emergency Management Officer. He is also Green Belt Certified, Lean Sigma. He is a resident of Mililani.
Trevor L. Johnson
Director of Quality Assurance and Quality Controls
Trevor L. Johnson has over two decades of experience dedicated to safety, quality, leadership, and people development. Mr. Johnson brings a mindset of first-pass quality, continuous learning, and a commitment to ensuring a culture of systematic problem solving and “genchi genbutsu,” go and see! Before joining HART, he worked at the Boeing Co., dedicating over 24 years to manufacturing production, fabrication, quality, and delivery of aerospace products. He held the position of Director of Quality for the 747/767/767-2C airplane programs prior to joining HART. Mr. Johnson has a Lean Systems Certification and People Side of Lean Executive Leadership Institute Certification from the University of Kentucky. Mr. Johnson also received an Aerospace Industry Manufacturing Seminar Certification from the University of Washington, Foster School of Business, in Seattle, WA.
Mr. Johnson received a Master’s degree in Public Administration with a Human Resource Management emphasis from City University of Seattle. He is a resident of Kailua.
Director of Transit Property Acquisition and Relocation
With over 26 years of experience, Krista Lunzer has served in leadership roles for various government agency land acquisition and relocation programs across the country. She provides a thorough understanding of the federal law that governs HART’s land acquisition and relocation program: the Uniform Relocation and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act of 1970, as amended (URA). Before joining HART, Ms. Lunzer served as project manager on a variety of programs across the country, including in Warwick, Rhode Island; Alexandria, Louisiana; and Minneapolis, Minnesota. Additionally, Ms. Lunzer served as the URA compliance auditor for programs implemented by the City of Phoenix and Los Angeles World Airports.
Ms. Lunzer earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Mary’s University in Winona, Minnesota. She is a licensed real estate salesperson in the State of Minnesota.
Director of Government Relations and Public Involvement
Joey Manahan served as a member of the Honolulu City Council from 2012 to 2021 and as a member of the Hawaii State House of Representatives from 2006 to 2012. Mr. Manahan has held several leadership positions during his combined 14 years of service in elected office for the City and the State most notably, the Chair of the Honolulu City Council’s Budget Committee and Vice Speaker of the Hawai‘i State House of Representatives. During his tenure at the Honolulu City Council, Mr. Manahan served as the President of the Hawai‘i State Association of Counties’ (HSAC), whose members consist of the four island counties of the State of Hawai‘i – Kauai, Oahu, Maui, and Hawai’i counties. HSAC advocates for county programs and services and represents the State of Hawaii’s county governments before the Hawaii State Legislature, administrative agencies, and before the U.S. Congress. Mr. Manahan also served as Chair of the Oahu Metropolitan Planning Organization’s (OMPO) policy committee from 2015 to 2016.
Director of Project Controls
Aaron Ramirez has over 25 years of experience in project and construction management for civil public works and oil and gas infrastructure, including managing software development and implementation. Before joining HART, Mr. Ramirez was a Senior Advisor and Consultant to Alyeska Pipeline Service Company’s Operations and Maintenance Division for the 800-mile Trans Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS).
Mr. Ramirez has previously established himself as a leader in organizational development, policy and procedure improvements, and technology system updates as an oil and gas program and construction manager working on the north slope of Alaska’s Prudhoe Bay. He provides a unique perspective to enhance HART Project Controls’ ability to deliver schedule and cost control measures and quality reporting solutions that track, monitor, and ensure overall project delivery performance.
In addition, Mr. Ramirez holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and a Master of Science Degree in Project Management from the University of Alaska Anchorage. He has previously served as an Adjunct Professor in the University of Alaska Anchorage Project Management Program. Mr. Ramirez has a passion for triathlons, has qualified for several Ironman World Championship events, and recently moved to downtown Honolulu.
Director of Design and Construction
Matthew Scanlon is a licensed professional engineer with over 20 years of experience in capital program project management, construction management of complex rail systems, civil and systems design, regulatory agency coordination, permitting, safety certification, and rail integration testing. He was previously employed by HART from March 2012 to July 2015 as a Project Manager for the Kamehameha Highway Guideway. Mr. Scanlon is a licensed Professional Engineer, P.E., and holds a Civil Engineering degree from the University of Utah. He is a resident of Waikiki.
Ryan Tam, PhD
Director of Planning Environmental Compliance and Sustainable Mobility
Dr. Ryan Tam has a PhD in Urban and Regional Planning from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a Master of Science Degree in Transportation from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a Master of Urban Planning from Harvard University, and a Bachelor of Science in Urban and Regional Studies from Cornell University. He has been working on this project for 9 years.
Prior to that Dr. Tam held positions with the City & County of Honolulu Department of Transportation Services and as a Transportation Planning Consultant with Artery Business Committee in Boston, Massachusetts. At HART he has been instrumental in Transportation Planning activities such as; managing the development of the project travel demand forecasting model, geographic information system (GIS), and federally-required studies and project plans; coordinating with the Oahu Metropolitan Planning Organization to administer project planning requirements; and partnering with agencies and community stakeholders to develop multimodal access projects and secure construction funding.
Dave Goeres, P.E., WSO-CSSD, PTSCTP
In support of the Chief Safety and Security Officer
Dave Goeres has over 30 years of safety, security, and emergency management experience. Prior to serving HART, Mr. Goeres was the first Chief Safety and Security Officer (CSSO) for the Utah Transit Authority (UTA) – focusing on integrating safety into the Authority’s daily operational and construction efforts – and to continue to build the safety culture of UTA. In this role, he effectively worked with the Federal Transit Administration, Federal Railroad Administration and State Safety Oversight Agency regulatory requirements and Project Management Oversight Consultant on completing projects. Mr. Goeres led the safety certification effort for the $2.5 billion FrontLines 2015 rail expansion program for the UTA.
In addition, Mr. Goeres has successfully led certified efforts for new projects at transit agencies to include gaining approvals for the Safety and Security Certification Verification Report (SSCVR). He also managed projects to develop Safety and Security Management and Certification Plans, Threat and Vulnerability Assessments, and conducted Safety and Security Assessments and Gap Analysis reports.
Mr. Goeres earned his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Alabama, and a Master of Strategic Studies degree from the U.S. Army War College. Mr. Goeres is a registered professional engineer in two states, and certified by the World Safety Organization as a Certified Safety and Security Director (WSO-CSSD).
Mr. Goeres has completed the USDOT’s TSI Public Transportation Safety Certification Training Program (PTSCTP).
Board Executive Officer
Cindy Matsushita has 20 years of transit experience. Matsushita currently serves as the HART Board Executive Officer, where she has been the liaison between the HART Board of Directors and HART’s Executive Director and CEO since 2012. For ten years prior to that, she performed defense work for the Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon in Portland, Oregon for bus, light rail, and paratransit operations, primarily in the area of tort litigation. She holds a JD from Lewis & Clark Law School and a BA in English from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
Deputy Director of Project Controls
Douglas Cullison has more than a decade in public service starting with enlisting in the US Navy submarine force as a computer technician in the weapons department, where he served five years. Mr. Cullison has continued his public service by joining HART in 2013, becoming a Po’okela Fellow for BFS in 2009, and serving on several unpaid boards over the years. He has also spent more than ten years working in financial controls & risk management in the private and public sectors. Before joining HART, Mr. Cullison worked for Accuity, which is consistently listed as a top tier local CPA firm by Pacific Business News.
Mr. Cullison has a Master’s Degree in Accounting and Bachelor’s Degree with a double major in Finance & International Business from the Shidler College of Business. One of his key achievements during college was working with a team of his peers and winning first place in the 2011 business plan competition at Shidler College of Business.
Deputy Director for Construction Claims, Utilities, and Third Party Contracts
David Diamon directs the overall Construction Claims program for HART, including claims prevention, mitigation, prosecution, and defense. Mr. Diamon also oversees the negotiation, drafting, and administration of third party and utility agreements.
Mr. Diamon is an attorney with several decades of experience, and immediately prior to coming to HART spent nine years in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates working as a deputy general counsel, prosecuting and defending claims, managing compliance programs, and providing contracts oversight. He most recently supported the construction and commissioning of a billion dollar aircraft maintenance facility in the UAE, the largest of its kind in the world.
Deputy Director of Budget and Finance
Brent Lewis has over 14 years of finance and budgeting experience in local government. Prior to joining HART, Mr. Lewis worked as Vice President and Account Executive for a software company that provided specialized human resources services and products to federal, state, and local agencies. Most recently, Mr. Lewis was the Director of Finance, Contracts & IT for the Department of Human Resources (DHR) at the City and County of San Francisco. Prior to DHR, he supported capital projects as a Principal Budget Analyst with the Department of Public Works and performed budgeting and analysis as a Senior Administrative Analyst at the Controller’s Office with the City and County of San Francisco. He began his finance career working for Mellon Trust and Wells Fargo Bank.
Mr. Lewis earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of California Los Angeles, and a Masters in International Relations from Boston University. He currently serves on the Manoa Neighborhood Board and resides in Manoa.
Deputy Director of Procurement and Contract Administration
Dean Matro is a graduate of Aiea High School, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the University of Washington, and a Master of Science degree in Contract Management from the Air Force Institute of Technology.
At HART, Mr. Matro is responsible for the overall direction and supervision of the Procurement and Contract Administration Division, ensuring all procurements follow all applicable state and federal procurement regulations and statutes, and that contract requirements of all parties are met.
Mr. Matro has over 30 years in procurement, contract administration, and program management, both in private and government sectors. Prior to joining HART, he was a Corporate Contract Manager for Hawaii Health System Corporation (HHSC), the “safety net” for long-term care in the State of Hawaii.
Overall project completion % is based on the full 20 miles and 21 stations scheduled for 2031