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University of Hawai‘i Foundation Leadership

Donna Vuchinich
President & CEO

Donna VuchinichDonna Vuchinich joined the UH Foundation in September 2002 as vice president for development and was appointed president & CEO in June 2004. She has more than 25 years of experience in the public research university fundraising environment. During her tenure at the UH Foundation, she spearheaded the historic Centennial Campaign that raised $336 million for the University of Hawaiʻi. In recognition of her successful partnership with donors and the university, Vuchinich received the 2011 Outstanding Professional Fundraiser, National Philanthropy Day (NPD) Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Prior to joining the UH Foundation, Vuchinich served in administrative and leadership positions with Oregon State University from 1991-2002, and with the University of New Mexico and its Foundation from 1978-1990. Her early career involved positions in financial, healthcare, and computer services industries.  

Vuchinich has been active in national and regional organizations including the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), the Association of Governing Boards (AGB), the National Committee on Planned Giving (NCPG) and the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).

In 2012, she was selected to serve as a member of the CASE National Committee for Institutionally Related Foundations.

To contact Donna Vuchinich, please email Joni Kohama, executive assistant to the president, at or 808-956-5103.

Paul Kobayashi, Jr.
Vice President for Administration & CFO

Paul KobayashiUH alumnus Paul Y. Kobayashi, Jr. joined the UH Foundation in November 2013 with extensive experience in corporate enterprise and higher education. Kobayashi served as the executive assistant to the vice president of budget and finance and chief financial officer for the University of Hawai‘i System. Before that he was the director – financial management and controller at the University of Hawai‘i. Coupled with this, Kobayashi brings years of experience from the private sector. He worked at Hawaiian Airlines for 15 years, serving in a variety of finance and accounting capacities including his last seven years as vice president and controller.

Janet Yoshida Bullard
Vice President of Marketing and Communications – Alumni and Donor Relations

Janet BullardJanet Yoshida Bullard received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and also holds an MBA with an emphasis in marketing. She joined the UH Foundation in 2008 as the associate vice president of alumni relations at the UH Foundation and executive director of UHAA. Bullard came to the UH Foundation after more than 10 years at Hawaiian Airlines, most recently serving as senior director of marketing and promotions.

University of Hawai‘i System Leadership

David Lassner
President, University of Hawai‘i System

David Lassner, PhD, was appointed University of Hawai‘i president effective July 1, 2014. Before that appointment, he served as interim president from Sept. 1, 2013.

He has worked at the university since 1977, and was most recently its vice president for information technology and chief information officer. Lassner is also a member of the university’s graduate faculty and has taught both online and in-person in computer science, communications, business and education. Learn more

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