Our Team

We are a happy group of instructional designers and multimedia specialists who come from diverse geographic, academic and employment backgrounds. We are genuinely excited by exploring how technology can benefit education.

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    Faye Furutomo

    Program Manager

    Faye has been with the College of Education since 2008 and has been DCDC program manager since 2010. She brings over 10 years of experience in web design and managing web projects. She earned her MBA from the Shidler College of Business, BA from Wheaton College in Illinois, BFA from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, a Certificate of Online Learning and Teaching (COLT) from the COE’s Learning Design & Technology department. Faye is interested in the fields of project management, leadership, strategic planning, design and is passionate about improving public education for Hawaii’s current and future generations.

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    Jonathan Mark Kevan

    Research & Development Coordinator

    Jon received his BS in Computer Graphics Technology with an emphasis in spatial animation from Purdue University. While at Purdue he co-founded Seyet LLC, an award winning science visualization company known for many of its popular microbiology animations. He completed his MEd in Education Technology from the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa and is currently pursing his PhD in the same field. Jon’s expertise includes business development, instructional design, scientific visualization and project management.

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    Paul McKimmy

    Specialist & Director of Technology & Distance Programs, EdD

    Paul McKimmy, Ed.D., is a faculty member in the University of Hawai‘i-Manoa department of Learning Design & Technology. He serves as Director of Technology and Distance Programs for the College of Education where he herds the cats in instructional support, technical services, and distance learning design teams. Professionally, he gets excited about learning technical skills; open-source software; enabling student success and maintaining a mild caffeine buzz. Personally, he dabbles in DIY, kayaking, hiking, stand-up paddling, gaming, and fitness. He is passionate about his 7-year old daughter and hopes that his professional endeavors will positively impact her educational experiences as she grows up.

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    Ariana Eichelberger

    Assistant Specialist, PhD

    Ariana Eichelberger is an Assistant Specialist and Instructional Designer in the College of Education. Ari manages the Instructional Support Group of the College and coordinates the College’s faculty professional development program. As a faculty member of the Department of Educational Technology, Ari teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in instructional design and technology integration.

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    Daniel Diez

    Business Manager

    Daniel received his BA in Political Science from Clark University in Worcester, MA in 2015 and promptly completed his MBA from Clark in 2016. During his time at Clark,Daniel served as a Coordinator of Campus Visits, Advising Fellow, and Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach in Clark’s Admissions, Academic Advising, and Athletics Offices, respectively. Daniel loves basketball, on and off the court, but can also be found hiking, playing tennis, and trying new and exciting food in his free time.

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    Adam Tanners

    Instructional Designer, PhD

    Adam Tanners received his Ph.D. in Education from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, with a specialization is Special Education. His research interests include universal design in education and use of everyday technologies as accommodations to students with disabilities. He stays true to his background and interest in special education by following universal design principles on all courses he works on. In addition to his role as Instructional Designer, Adam is the graduate advisor for the College of Education.

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    Ty Eng Lim

    Instructional Designer

    Ty earned his M.A. in Instructional Technologies at San Francisco State University and his B.A. in Anthropology at Hunter College (CUNY). He has worked as an instructional designer in nonprofit, corporate as well as academic settings. Ty is excited about designing and creating a wide variety of learning that utilizes the latest technologies. In 2003, he co-founded the nonprofit Gaginang, which promotes his mother tongue, Teochew. He also co-created the first Teochew dictionary and phrasebook app for iOS and Android. Ty’s other interests include growing food, permaculture, hiking, and learning new languages. Ty joined the DCDC in March 2013.

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    Caterina Desiato

    Instructional Design Assistant

    Caterina is a doctoral candidate in the interdisciplinary PhD program in Communication and Information Sciences. She came to UH with a Fulbright Scholarship after seven years of experience in web journalism, communication and curation of art and cultural events, with a focus on international topics and exchanges. Her research focuses on technological means that facilitate constructive collaboration among diverse people, she is committed to instructional design that empowers everyone.

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    Hong Ngo

    Instructional Design Assistant

    Hong graduated with a master’s in educational technology at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM). She is now pursuing her doctorate in education (educational technology) at the UHM College of Education. Hong received the Burniske Outstanding Master’s Project Award for 2010. Her master’s project and graduate work in the Educational Technology were valued carrying the innovation, high quality research, and significance to the field. Hong has strong interests in distance education modes and new technological tools - especially those that are free or at a low cost.

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    Paul Ryan

    Tech Lead, PhD

    Paul earned his PhD at the University of Texas at Austin in the School of Information with a focus on credibility judgments of information sources, affective computing, emotional design, human-computer interaction (HCI), and digital libraries. Paul also sports three undergraduate degrees: a BS in Computer Science, a BS in Mathematics, and a BA in English with a Philosophy minor. Paul spends his spare time in the ocean, running with his dogs, hiking, and enjoying the odd video game, book, or movie. He is an avid cyclist, and his cyclocross is his preferred mode of transportation.

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    Michelle Carino

    Art Director / Web Designer

    Michelle is an art director and graphic designer (web and print) with experience on branding, marketing and broadcast projects. She served on the AIGA Honolulu Chapter board for several years as events co-chair and later as treasurer. She also worked with the Hawaii-based arts organization, Interisland Terminal, to bring several community spaces to life. She graduated from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa with a Bachelor in Fine Art with a focus on Graphic Design and a Minor in Business Administration. In her spare time, Michelle enjoys hiking, climbing, arts and crafts, and baking and cooking. She joined the DCDC team in 2011.

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    Michael Rohrbacher

    Multimedia Specialist

    Michael is a multimedia designer who specializes in video production. He serves as the lead videographer for the DCDC team and received a BA from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa where he studied in Arts and Creative Media. In his spare time, Michael enjoys hiking, photography/videography, finding new places to eat and travel.

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    Patrick Karjala


    Patrick is a programmer with a background in Systems Engineering and Administration. Currently working towards his MS in Information Computer Science at UH Manoa, he holds a dual BA in Computer Science and Theatre Arts with a Japanese language minor from the University of Puget Sound. He can often be found on stage performing with the various theatre groups on Oahu, or singing in the chorus with Hawaii Opera Theatre. His other passions include weight training, hiking, computer and tabletop gaming, amateur voice acting, and life long learning.

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    Joel Stransky


    With a primary focus on software development, Joel has a vast multimedia background covering print, web and UX design, animation, CG and game development. He has owned 2 advertising companies and created the popular MySpace music tool, the Culture Player. 20+ years of experience has allowed Joel to contribute to some exciting projects including the “face” animations for IBM’s Watson when it appeared on Jeopardy and the Animation Station kiosk installed at the Smithsonian. Recently Joel earned a BS in Game Art from FullSail University. He spends his free time with family and growing as an artist and programmer.

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    Genta Togashi

    Database Infrastructure Designer

    Genta earned his M.S. in Information and Computer Sciences at University of Hawaii at Manoa. He is specialized in database systems and business intelligence technologies. He has been with the College of Education since 2004 and has implemented various systems to support academic program administrations including advising, admissions, cohort tracking, assessments, accreditation, and data reporting. He received 2009 Faculty Senate Award for his transformative contribution to the college infrastructure and production. He loves creative activities and enjoys music compositions and wood working in his spare time.

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    Bryson McFeeley

    Web Developer

    Bryson is a web developer specializing in back-end web development. He earned a BS in Computer Science from Stanford University with a focus on processing and understanding digital information. He is also interested in languages and linguistics, especially Hawaiian and Mandarin Chinese, and spends his free time practicing and learning new languages. He also enjoys hacking on personal web projects, discovering new TV shows, and drinking boba tea.

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    Yubi Peterson

    Web Assistant

    Yubi is currently an undergraduate at University of Hawaii at Manoa pursuing a BA in Computer Science with a concentration in Economics. She has a passion for photography and videography, having photographs published in Surf magazine and articles. You can find her drinking boba tea and listening to Porter Robinson at any time of the day

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    Nicole Ralar

    Web Designer

    Nicole is a graphic and web designer who values clarity and simplicity, but strives to create work that is bold and playful. She studied New Media Arts with a focus in Interface Design at Kapiolani Community College. With a passion for grids and setting type, she also has over 10 years of experience in photography. She is interested in exploring how her aesthetic tendencies can translate into her work. Nicole ardently loves coffee, live music, practicing yoga, and nerding out on design blogs.

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    Claire Chun

    Support Specialist/Web Conference Administrator

    Claire holds a BA in Social Science from UH West O'ahu with a specialization in Psychology and Sociology, is a MEd graduate and a current doctoral student in Learning Design & Technology. Prior to being the Web Conference Administrator and supporting faculty, she was teaching in K-12 settings and moved to adult education with a focus on at-risk youth. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and spending time with her college daughter.

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    Frank Jumawan

    Graduate Assistant

    Frank is currently in the Learning Design and Technology (LTEC) PhD program at the College of Education. He earned his MEd in Educational Technology and BS in Exercise Science and Health Management at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa. During his spare time, Frank enjoys traveling, photography, working out, exploring new technology and listening to music.