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Virtual Tech Job Fair - Alan ItoALAN ITO
IT Workforce Development & Regulated Policy Lead, University of Hawaii

Mr. Ito recently joined the University of Hawaii as IT Workforce Development & Regulated Policy Lead. Immediately prior to this, he was information security officer for Hawaii Pacific Health responsible for the oversight of Hawai‘i Pacific Health’s information security programs. Prior to joining Hawai‘i Pacific Health, Mr. Ito held various information technology leadership positions including chief information
officer for TeamPraxis, Hawai‘i Health Systems Corp., and St. Francis Healthcare System. He helped start the Regional Extension Center program at the Hawai‘i Health Information Exchange and was involved in starting Convergence CT, a health care data company.
Virtual Tech Job Fair - Elisha FrondaELISHA FRONDA
Go-to-Market Team, Whatnot

Elisha joined Whatnot as the first full-time employee in June of 2020. Since then, the company has been recognized as one of the fastest growing marketplaces in the US raising their Series A, B, and C from top VCs including A16Z, Y Combinator Continuity, and CapitalG.

During that period of growth, he played a part in Operations, Partnerships, Marketing, and New Category Launch. He is currently focused on scaling supply on the platform.

As a Native Hawaiian born and raised in Nanakuli, Elisha is passionate about educating locals around the opportunities in the space through his learnings and story.
Gwen JacobsGWEN JACOBS
Co-Director, Hawai‘i Data Science Institute
Director of Cyberinfrastructure, Information Technology Services, University of Hawai‘i

Dr. Jacobs received her undergraduate training in Human Anatomy and Physiology from UC Berkeley, a Masters Degree in Physiology from UC Davis and her PhD in Neuroscience from SUNY Albany. She was on the faculty at UC Berkeley for 15 years and on the faculty of Montana State University for 16 years where she was a Professor of Neuroscience, Department Head, Assistant Chief Information Officer and Director of Research Computing. In addition to her faculty roles, she directed the Howard Hughes Undergraduate Biology Program (2002 – 2014) and the Lariat Networking Project. She is currently the University of Hawai‘i Director of Cyberinfrastructure for Information Technology Services, responsible for directing and implementing research infrastructure support for the university.
Tech Job Fair 2022_Hannah PritchettHANNAH PRITCHETT
Head of Talent Pipelines, Stripe

Hannah leads a top-of-funnel recruiting team at Stripe, where she's responsible for Stripe's approach to efficiently finding great talent all over the world. Prior to this role, she's led risk management and payment operations teams, also at Stripe, and worked in risk and trust & safety at Facebook. Before pivoting into tech, she completed an MA in linguistics and worked as an English teacher in Indonesia.
Hawaii Data Science Institute JasonJASON LEIGH
Co-Director, Hawai'i Data Science Institute
Director, Laboratory for Advanced Visualization & Applications, UH Mānoa
Professor, Information & Computer Sciences, UH Mānoa

Dr. Leigh is the Director of LAVA: the Laboratory for Advanced Visualization & applications, and Professor of Information & Computer Sciences at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. He is co-inventor of the CAVE2 Hybrid Reality Environment, and SAGE: Scalable Adaptive Graphics Environment software, which has been licensed to Mechdyne Corporation & Vadiza Corporation, respectively. Dr. Leigh is a Fellow of the Institute for Health Research and Policy, and he has held research appointments at Argonne National Laboratory, and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications. In 2010, Dr. Leigh initiated a new multi-disciplinary area of research called Human Augmentics – which refers to the study of technologies for expanding the capabilities and characteristics of humans. His research has received substantial interest from press and news media, including the AP News, New York Times, Popular Science’s Future Of, Nova ScienceNow, NSF Science Now, PBS, and Forbes.
Virtual Tech Job Fair - Keala PetersKEALA PETERS
EVP, Education & Workforce Development, Chamber of Commerce Hawaii

As Executive Vice President of Education & Workforce Development and Executive Director of Sector Partnerships, Keala is responsible for the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii’s education-related strategic initiatives that help bridge business with education in support of a strong talent pipeline for Hawaii.

Through Sector Partnerships, Keala helps to convene industry executives and solve for Hawaii’s complex workforce development and economic development issues. Keala and her team also coordinate high quality work-based learning opportunities that prepare students for college and career readiness in an innovation economy.

Keala has extensive experience as a Community Builder, Collaborator and Communications Executive in both the private and non-profit sectors on the mainland and in Hawaii. She brings her experience at Nike, Inc., Microsoft, Hawaii Pacific Health and The Queen’s Health Systems to the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii.

She serves on the Institute for Human Services (IHS) Board of Directors and is active with the State of Hawaii Workforce Development Council (WDC) as a member of the Employer Engagement and the Sector Strategies and Career Pathways committees.
As a Native Hawaiian woman born and raised in Honolulu, Keala is a strong advocate for Hawaii families and believes that everyone should have access to a high-quality education and that education is the foundation for success.
Speaker Nicolette Van Der LeeNICOLETTE VAN DER LEE
Program Manager, Hana Career Pathways, University of Hawaii Community Colleges

Nicolette van der Lee, MEd, is a Program Manager for the Hana Career Pathways project at University of Hawaii Community Colleges. She coordinates workforce development programming to respond to industry and community needs leading to industry credentials, work-based learning, and college and career pathways.

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