HHF Newsflash: Six Staff Promotions in January!

February 01, 2016
Questor Lau, Stephanie Oupraxay, Tina Bushnell, Tomoko Naka, Jerilyn Hanohano, and Dane Sjoblom

Questor Lau, Stephanie Oupraxay, Tina Bushnell, Tomoko Naka, Jerilyn Hanohano, and Dane Sjoblom

HHF promoted six from its team of 40 planners, landscape architects and designers, historic preservation professionals, and administrative staff. Dane Sjoblom has been promoted to Senior Associate; Tina Bushnell, Jerilyn Hanohano, Quester Lau, and Stephanie Oupraxay have been promoted to Associate; and Tomoko Naka has been promoted to Senior Landscape Designer. 

Dane Sjoblom, AICP, joined HHF in 2010 after obtaining his Master of Urban Planning degree from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Sjoblom’s prior experience includes work for RM Towill, Chris Hart, and a graduate assistantship at the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center. Promoted to Associate in 2013, Sjoblom is one of HHF’s emerging leaders. His most significant role at the firm to date has been the effective leadership of a multi-year program to improve the physical condition of public schools in four US territories. Sjoblom’s involvement includes managing the multi-million dollar initiative, numerous stakeholders, and a team of planners and subconsultants from a wide-range of disciplines.

Tina Bushnell, LEED Green Associate, joined HHF in 2009 after several years at Cultural Surveys Hawai‘i conducting archaeological studies and cultural impact assessments. At HHF, Bushnell has played a major role in preparing the award-winning Fort Kamehameha Cultural Landscape Report and Historic American Landscapes Survey, led development of the long range plan for Leeward Community College’s Wai‘anae Campus, and is currently engaged in several important and highly visible cultural resource projects for the firm.

Jerilyn Hanohano, AICP, LEED Green Associate, joined HHF in 2013 with ten years as an experienced project manager and lead site planner on a wide range of local and international studies. At HHF, Hanohano has co-managed and supported a range of Navy and Marine Corps Development/Master Plans and technical studies. Hanohano has served as an officer of the APA Hawai‘i Chapter, and is a past Chair of the Sacred Hearts Academy Board of Directors.

Questor Lau, DArch, RA, joined HHF in 2014 after several years of private architecture practice, an externship in China, and receiving his Doctorate of Architecture degree from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. At HHF, Lau quickly stepped into supporting a large-scale federal master planning effort, and has taken on an important role in a multi-million dollar initiative in the U.S. Territories: developing and fine-tuning multi-year work plans, coordinating a large multidisciplinary team, and presenting workshops.

Stephanie Oupraxay joined HHF in 2013 after a decade of experience as an accountant in several Honolulu-based tech firms and for the State of Hawai‘i. As HHF’s Accounting Manager, Oupraxay has played a pivotal role in keeping the firm’s Board of Directors apprised of the health of the organization through what continues to be a period of unprecedented growth.

Tomoko Naka, LEED Green Associate, joined HHF in 2013 after a career in a leading landscape products manufacturer and trading company in Japan followed by a position as a landscape designer at a landscape and contractor firm in the Bay Area and then at a local landscape architecture and waterfeature design firm. Naka quickly made her mark, assisting Principal and Landscape Architect, Richard Quinn in leading HHF’s Landscape Design practice. She has taken on project and client management responsibilities for private and commercial projects in Hawai‘i and internationally. Recent projects include Diamond Head Parks renovation, IBM Building Landscape, and Kubasaki High School Landscape (Okinawa, Japan), as well as several hi-end residential landscape projects in Honolulu.

“Our firm has over thirty-five years of providing our clients with exceptional work, and we understand that our continued success and expanded capabilities come through the expertise and achievement of our skilled staff. We are very proud to promote Dane, Tina, Jerilyn, Questor, Stephanie, and Tomoko,” remarked HHF President, Tom Fee.

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