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Jim von Rinteln

Jim von Rinteln

Human Resource Management

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Jim von Rinteln, a United States Army veteran, was awarded the 2011-2012 James V. Mudd Fellow by the Leadership Collier Foundation.


HPU Alumni in the News

Now, more than ever, the success of the Hawai‘i Pacific University’s alumni ‘ohana has made headlines. Thank you for representing your alma mater with pride and distinction.

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HPU Alumna Publishes First Book
Sophia Rose Arjana (BA '93) has published her first book entitled Muslims in the Western Imagination.  The book explores the understudied topic of imaginary Muslim monsters and explains how these creatures aid in the dehumanization of the Muslim Other.

HPU Alumnus Appointed as Portland Communications' Associate Director
Scott Nolan Smith (BA Political Science '07) was recently appointed to Portland Communications’ Associate Director. He is in charge of advising clients on media and digital engagement strategy, international affairs, diplomatic communications and digital transformation.  

HPU Alumnus and Team to Host Conference Entitled “TravelFutureLab”
Young Travel Professional co-founder Wahza Dube (BSBA Travel Industry Management ‘08) and his team are hosting a conference entitled “TravelFutureLab” in New York City. The conference will be an interactive discussion focusing on the next generation of travel professionals and travelers. Young Travel Professionals is also featured once again in the Travel Agent Central Magazine which can be viewed here.

HPU Alumnus Selected for Guam Business Magazine’s “40 Under 40” List
Edward J. Calvo (MA Financing and Marketing '01) was selected for Guam Business Magazine’s “40 Under 40” list. Edward has produced more than 10 major music concerts and fairs, more than 30 sporting events, and eight successful comedy shows. Edward also serves as chairman of the board for the Guam Economic Development Authority.

HPU Alumna Selected for Guam Business Magazine’s “40 Under 40” List
Michelle Kramer (BA Business Administration '05) was selected for Guam Business Magazine’s “40 Under 40” list. Michelle has effectively grown her family’s Marshall Islands–based wholesale and shipping business in Guam and also manages the company’s Guam and NMI real estate holdings including Nimitz Towers, Apusento Apartments and Saipan Laolao Bay. She was accepted into the first Marianas Pacific Century Fellowship program, based on a prestigious leadership and public service initiative started by President Lyndon B. Johnson.

HPU Alumna Achieves Her Life-Long Dream despite Adversities
Shaholly Ayers 
(BA ’02) was recently selected by Nordstrom for their National Anniversary Catalog that was shot in New York City. Despite being born with a partial right arm, Shaholly has not let her disability stop her from reaching her dreams. More…

HPU Alumna Named Director of In-Flight Initiatives for Hawaiian Airlines
Cheryl Price 
(MBA International Business ’04) was promoted by Hawaiian Airlines to Director of In-Flight Initiatives. Cheryl now develops and implements strategic initiatives that will elevate Hawaiian Airlines’ in-flight service. More...

HPU Alumna Named Neighbor Island Community Administrator
Charlene Robles 
(MBA ’02) was just named Neighbor Island Community Administrator at Catholic Charities Hawaii. She is responsible for working with the organization’s Neighbor Island Community Directors to increase Catholic Charities Hawai‘i’s presence and impact statewide. More…

HPU Alumnus joins NAI ChaneyBrooks
Ryozo Ariyoshi (BSBA Business ’86), son of the third governor of Hawaii George Ariyoshi, has joined real estate firm NAI ChaneyBrooks as an international real estate investment adviser. He will help to further expand the sixth-largest commercial real estate firm in Hawaii into Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and other Asian markets. More…

HPU Alumnus Elected to Virginia Legislature
Salam “Sam” Rasoul (MBA International Business ’13) recently won special election and is now a member of the Virginia General Assembly in the House of Delegates. Along with being a delegate, he also runs Envigor, a healthcare consulting firm, previously served as CFO and COO of Kissito Healthcare International, and serves on the board of trustees of the Science Museum of Virginia. More...

HPU Alumnus Gives TEDx Talk in Tokyo
Hiro Fujita (BSBA International Business ’02), who is currently living in Japan, recently did a TEDxTokyo talk presentation concerning amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. As a person living with ALS, Hiro founded the END ALS Association in 2012. Through this movement, he hopes to help establish a cure for ALS by supporting researches that center on providing a cure for the disease. He also wants to challenge insurance coverage policies to provide a provision of comfort for ALS patients. More…

HPU alumnus named Communications Coordinator
Elizabeth Hendrickson (MA Global Leadership and Sustainable Development '11) has recently moved to Nairobi, Kenya to become Communications Coordinator for the Kenya Lutheran Church. She will help improve communications between the church and local and international partners as well as help the Kenya community with development programs and educational outreach.

HPU alumnus nominated to the Land Use Commission
Arnold Wong (MA ’95) has been chosen for one of the at-large seats on the Land Use Commission (LUC). The Land Use Commission holds the responsibility for making decisions that protect and preserve Hawai‘i’s lands. More...

HPU alumnus named Director of Communications and Public Relations of ASB
Jayson Harper (BA Political Science ’99) has been named Director of Communications and Public Relations at American Savings Bank in Honolulu, where he will help with media inquiries, amongst other duties.

HPU alumnus appointed as an accounting intermediate
Joseph Koss (MBA Finance ‘05) has been appointed as accounting intermediate at University of Michigan. He works with the university’s health systems to help the community to understand and implement the healthcare law.

HPU alumna named VP for property management firm (Hawaii News Now Metro Oahu)
Michelle Tang (BSBA ’03) has been named the Vice President of Business Development at Honolulu Property Management (HPM). With an extensive background in marketing and management, she will be responsible for HPM’s strategic sales growth initiatives.

HPU Alumna named CEO of architectural firm (Pacific Business News)
“Effective Oct. 28, Bettina Mehnert (MBA '03) will be promoted to CEO of Architects Hawaii Ltd.
“Mehnert, who was the first woman in the firm’s history to be named to a key leadership position, first as principal and director, started her career at Architects Hawaii in 1988 when she moved to Hawaii.”

HPU Alumnus named Budget and Finance director (Saipan Tribune)
Juan Diego Tenorio (BSBA Finance '03) was appointed Budget and Finance director for the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana IsIands (CNMI) Judiciary. He was previously the Emergency Services director for the CNMI Red Cross.

HPU alumna leads bank as its executive vice president (The Journal Record)
Jill Castilla (BSBA Finance ’96), executive vice president of Citizens Bank in Edmond, Okla., has a bright future as a leader in banking, according to the bank’s CEO and her former boss at the Federal Reserve Bank. Castilla and her husband were college ROTC students and came to Hawai‘i for his first assignment. In 2002, HPU recognized Castilla for her achievements, naming her a Paul C.T. Loo Distinguished Alumni Award recipient. More…

Alumnus of HPU is chair of economic development authority board (Pacific Daily News)
EJ Calvo (MBA ’01) is the newly appointed chairman of the Guam Economic Development Authority (GEDA) Board of Directors. One of the youngest to hold the chair position, he previously was GEDA vice chairman. Calvo manages various companies and is executive publisher of a magazine. He is also active in the community, serving non-profits and is head coach of the Guam national men’s basketball team. More…

Hawai‘i Pacific alumnus appointed Elections Technology Manager (
David Marquez (AS ’94 and BS ’95 Computer Science, MSIS ’05) has joined the [Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections, Florida, office] as Elections Technology Manager. … Marquez will be involved in equipment testing, ballot design, vote tabulation and reporting, and more. Marquez is an expert in information technology, with a specialization in privacy and security issues, as well as call center management. He retired from the US Navy as Chief Petty Officer in 2005. …” More…

Alumna of HPU joins Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center (Corvallis Gazette-Times)
Anna Peters (MSN ’01), a nurse practitioner with 20 years of nursing experience in bariatric surgery, is employed at the Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis, Ore. Peters is on staff in the Sleep Medicine Department and Sleep Lab. More…

HPU alumnus opens showing at Lyons Wier Gallery (  
In his first solo exhibition in New York, James Gortner (BSBA ’01) presents “The Lovers” at the Lyons Wier Art Gallery. Gortner earned a MFA from Columbia University. More…

HPU alumnus on tour and releasing new album (, others)   
Award-winning musician Jeff James (BA Communication ’10) and his band TTYM is on tour in the Philippines this month and is also scheduled to release its latest album, “Just Be Yourself.”  Among the band’s awards is the prestigious Na Hoku Hanohano received in 2011 for its single “Hawaiian Girls.”  More…

HPU alumnus named head coach of the Bay Area Shuckers (
Llewellyn Smalley (BA ’00) has been selected the head coach of the Bay Area Shuckers of the American Professional Basketball League.“ [At HPU] in 1997 and 1998, he was named an All-American player. He was also noted at Hawaii Pacific for his 1808 points, an all-time point leader. He is first in field goals, first in three pointers, third in steals and third in rebounds.” More...

HPU alumnus opens Honolulu tea cafe (Pacific Business News, Honolulu)
Yen Chang Su (BSBA Finance ’12) identified a niche business opportunity and has opened Taste Tea, offering bubble tea like it’s made in his native Taiwan. “Without holding a grand opening or spending money on traditional advertising, Su said word-of-mouth and use of social media have attracted more customers than he initially expected.” (Subscription required; see the April 19 issue available on Campus Pipeline HPU Libraries tab, Databases.) More…   

Teacher of the Year: HPU alumna has successful teaching philosophy (
Ayako Shiga (MA TESOL ’02), who recently received the teacher of the year award for her school’s county, teaches Japanese language. Her students are flourishing in the program she started in 2006.“ Shiga said she focuses on what her students can do with the language, rather than on just having them conjugate verbs or translate English into Japanese. … Shiga adapted [and introduced a board game] so students could have fun while conjugating Japanese verbs.” More…

HPU alumnus named senior vice president of Finance Factors (Metro Oahu)
Benson Choo (MSIS ’92) was promoted to senior vice president, information systems and technology manager. Choo, [who has more than 20 years of IT experience,] joined [Finance Factors] in 2003. … He also currently chairs the Technology Management Committee and the Management Risk Committee.” More…

HPU alumnus and trustee new at the helm of Hawaii Pacific Health: Shares focus areas (Pacific Business News)
Ray Vara (BSBA Finance ’93), CEO of Hawaii Pacific Health (HPH) as of March 1,“ said he knows that HPH will continue to focus on five areas: quality care, exceptional service, strategic growth, financial strength and employee engagement.” One of the questions asked by the writer was: “And, what growth opportunities are on the horizon for HPH, which already expects to generate $1 billion in revenue this year?” More…   

HPU alumna named Edmonds Community College women’s basketball coach (
Katy Wilson (BA ’03), who played on the nationally-ranked HPU volleyball team, has been appointed women’s basketball coach of Edmonds Community College." Wilson has nine years of coaching experience. Wilson also coached basketball, volleyball and track at Jesuit High School when the program was ranked No. 1. As a player, Wilson was a four-year varsity, first team all-league, and all-state honoree in volleyball, basketball, and track.” More ...