School of Social Work: Faculty and Staff

Lorraine Marais, Ph.D.

Lorraine Marais, M.S.W., Ed. D.: Associate Professor and Director, School of Social Work

Office Location: 1188 Fort Street Mall (MP), Suite 201D
Office Phone: (808) 566-2475
Office Fax: (808) 544-9329
Email: lmarais@hpu.edu

Dr. Marais received her social work training at Western Michigan University and the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa.  She has extensive experience and expertise in macro social work and program evaluation, and has led student trips to South Africa.

Dr. Pattie Nishimoto

Patricia Nishimoto, M.S.W., Ph.D.: Assistant Professor and Program Director for Master of Social Work

Office Location: 1188 Fort Street Mall (MP), Suite 201E
Office Phone: (808) 544-1482
Office Fax: (808) 544-9329
Email: pnishimoto@hpu.edu

Dr. Nishimoto earned her Doctorate from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where she also earned her MSW degree.  Prior to working at HPU, she served as the Chief Executive Officer at Responsive Caregivers of Hawaii.  Dr. Nishimoto presented at numerous conferences and also has several publications.

Michaela Rinkel

Michaela Rinkel, M.S.W., Ph.D.: Assistant Professor and Program Director for Bachelor of Social Work

Office Location: 1188 Fort Street Mall (MP), Suite 201B
Office Phone: (808) 566-2489
Office Fax: (808) 544-9329
Email: mrinkel@hpu.edu

Dr. Rinkel earned her Doctorate from the University of Minnesota. Her professional experience includes administrative positions in the field of social work and mental health care.
Margo Bare

Margo Bare, M.S.W.: Instructor and Director of Field Education

Office Location: 1188 Fort Street Mall (MP), Suite 201G
Office Phone: (808
) 544-1487
Office Fax: (808) 544-9329
Email: mbare@hpu.edu

Ms. Bare earned her MSW degree from the University of Pennsylvania.  She is currently the MSW Practicum Coordinator, and is responsible for finding practicum sites that fit the needs of our MSW students. She is a seasoned practitioner with extensive experience in medical social work and been in academia for over 23 years. She is well respected in Social Work circles. Margo has been a presenter and moderator at numerous conferences throughout the United States.

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Aislyn Matias, Administrative Assistant

Office Location: 1188 Fort Street Mall (MP), Suite 201A
Office Phone: (808) 544-0234
Office Fax: (808) 544-9329
Email: amatias@hpu.edu

Mark Fox

Mark Fox, M.S.W., M.F.A., M.S.: Instructor of Social Work

Office Location: 1188 Fort Street Mall (MP), Suite 201F
Office Phone: (808) 687-7033
Office Fax: (808) 544-9329
Email: mfox@hpu.edu

Mr. Fox has extensive direct service and administrative experience in behavioral health, social service and educational settings in Hawaii, Arizona, Connecticut and New York. His primary areas of specialization and concentration at H.P.U. include M.S.W. theory, methods and practice courses focused on the micro level.

Bill Hummel

William "Bill" Hummel, Instructor of Social Work

Office Location: 1188 Fort Street Mall (MP), Suite 201F
Office Phone: (808) 389-5211
Office Fax: (808) 544-9329
Email: whummel@hpu.edu

Mr. Hummel earned his MSW from Hunter College in New York City. He has extensive experience in services provided to people who are homeless.  

Kelli Larsen, M.S.W., Ph.D.: Assistant Professor of Social Work

Office Location: 1188 Fort Street Mall (MP), Suite 201E

Office Phone: (808) 566-2479

Office Fax: (808) 544-9329

Email: klarsen@hpu.edu

Dr. Larsen earned her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland Baltimore, where she also earned her MSW. Dr. Larsen has worked with a variety of clients over the years but is particularly interested in helping the homeless population and international social work.

Dr. Scott Okamoto

Scott Okamoto, M.S.W., Ph.D.: Associate Professor of Social Work

Office Location: 1188 Fort Street Mall (MP), Suite 201C
Office Phone: (808) 544-1160
Office Fax: (808) 544-9329
Email: sokamoto@hpu.edu

Dr. Okamoto earned is doctorate from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.  He also earned his MSW degree from San Jose State University.  Dr. Okamoto currently serves as principal investigator for research titled “Ecological Factors and Drug Use of Native Hawaiian Youth.”  Dr. Okamoto also published articles in numerous academic journals.

Paul Tran

Paul Tuan Tran, Instructor of Social Work

Office Location: 1188 Fort Street Mall (MP), Suite 201B
Office Phone: (808) 544-0855
Office Fax: (808) 544-9329
Email: ptran@hpu.edu

Mr. Tran's past work experiences involved working with Southeast Asian adolescent and run away youth. His current focuses include indigenousness perspectives, international and spiritual social work, immigrant and refugee populations, and fatherhood. In his play time, he likes surfing, running, community volunteering and traveling abroad.