University of Hawai‘i Foundation
President & CEO
For more than 35 years, Donna Vuchinich has dedicated herself to public university fundraising in the firm belief that higher education is uniquely situated to transform individual lives and provide invaluable benefits to the community and nation.
Vuchinich joined the UH Foundation in September 2002 as vice president for development and was appointed president & CEO in June 2004. She was at the helm when UHF reached the historic milestone of $1 billion raised in support of UH students and programs, and spearheaded the Centennial Campaign that raised $336 million for the University of Hawaiʻi.
In recognition of her leadership, and successful partnership with donors and the University, Donna has received prestigious awards including the 2017 CASE Commonfund Institutionally Related Foundation Award and 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.
Paul Kobayashi, Jr.
Vice President for Administration & CFO
UH 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.
Jason Ono, CPA
Chief Administrative Officer
Jason Ono joined the UH Foundation in 2017. Before returning to Hawai‘i, Ono served as vice president and business controller at Bank of the West, San Ramon, California. Here he led the design of processes, implementation of systems and reporting of consolidated GAAP financial statements of approximately 80 entities under a newly created intermediate holding company. Prior to this, he held leadership positions at Bank of Hawaii Corporation where he was vice president and financial risk assessment manager and Ernst & Young LLP where he served as senior manager – assurance services.
Ono earned his Bachelor of Science in Commerce at Santa Clara University in California and is a certified public accountant with the State of Hawai‘i.
Vice President for Marketing and Communications – Alumni and Donor Relations
Janet Bullard received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. She also holds an MBA with an emphasis in marketing. She joined the UH Foundation in 2008 as the associate vice president of alumni relations. Bullard comes from the private sector serving in various management positions within the travel industry here in Honolulu, San Diego, and New York City. Bullard came to the UH Foundation after more than 10 years at Hawaiian Airlines, most recently serving as senior director of marketing and promotions. She is a member of the Hawaii Bowl executive committee. She also serves as a commissioner for the CASE Commission on Communications and Marketing.
Hugh R. Jones
In House Counsel
Hugh R. Jones joined the UH Foundation in June 2018 as in-house counsel where he serves as the Foundation’s chief legal officer. He is a seasoned legal professional with substantial experience providing legal counsel and advice on corporate, governance, tax, regulatory and transactional matters specific to the nonprofit sector. Jones served with the Hawaiʻi Attorney General’s office for almost 29 years, most recently as Senior Deputy Attorney General. For more than a decade, Jones supervised the Tax and Charities Division of the Hawaiʻi Attorney General's office. Here he was responsible for developing and overseeing the Attorney General's charitable oversight program on registration, corporate governance, and charitable fundraising related matters. The Tax and Charities Division provides regulatory oversight over 4,500 public charities, charitable trusts, and private foundations in Hawaiʻi and enforces Hawai‘i's charitable solicitation law.
Jones earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Wisconsin Law School. He is the past president of the Hawaiʻi State Bar Association, and past president of the National Association of State Charity Officials. In recognition of his work, he has received multiple awards including the 2016 AG Senior Staff of the Year award from the National Association of Attorneys General; 2007 Hawaiʻi State Bar Association's President's Award; and is a four-time recipient of the Attorney General's Sustained Superior Performance Award. Jones is a frequent speaker and faculty member at national and Hawaiʻi conferences and seminars devoted to nonprofit governance and regulatory matters.
University of Hawai‘i System Leadership
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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