Christine Chee-Ruiter is the CFO and co-founder of Pronk Technologies, Inc. Pronk designs and manufactures vital signs simulators and other test equipment for medical devices, and has offices in Los Angeles and Honolulu.
Chee-Ruiter attended Punahou School, and earned a B.S. in Engineering from Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, CA. She worked for the aerospace industry in Integrated Logistics Support before transitioning into Artificial Intelligence. She completed graduate studies at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, CA, earning a Ph.D. in Computation and Neural Systems. Here her research focused on the biological basis for olfaction, and how animals use olfaction in search and navigation. Chee-Ruiter also completed post-doctoral research at Caltech in audio-visual integration in infant development.
Active in the community, Chee-Ruiter is currently a board member of the Women’s Fund of Hawai‘i. Previous leadership roles include serving as a president of the South Pasadena Chinese-American Club and as chair of the South Pasadena Public Safety Commission, both in California.
Susan Murray, MBA, FACHE, is the senior vice president, West O‘ahu Region, The Queen’s Health Systems, chief operating officer, The Queen’s Medical Center – West O‘ahu. In this role she oversees operations and provides leadership in the growth and development of the 20 acre campus.
Murray received her undergraduate degree from the University of Hawai‘i in 1976, her MBA from the University of Dallas, and was a hospital executive on the mainland before returning home to Hawai‘i in 2002.
As a volunteer leader, Murray serves on the board of the March of Dimes and First Presbyterian Church. In recognition of her efforts she was honored at the 2017 YWCA O‘ahu Leader Luncheon.
Sean Sugai, P.E.
Sean Sugai, P.E., is the president and CEO at Ronald N.S. Ho & Associates, Inc., an electrical engineering consulting firm in Honolulu which was founded in 1978. After graduation from the University of Southern California in 1988, Sugai joined Ronald N.S. Ho & Associates, Inc. as an entry level electrical engineer. It was at the firm that Sugai gained his experience as an engineer and businessman under the tutelage of the company’s founder.
Sugai worked on various projects around the State including many in the University of Hawai‘i system. Notable projects include the Pacific Ocean Science & Technology building on the Mānoa campus, outdoor sports lighting at the various athletic facilities on the Mānoa campus, the Science & Technology Building at UH Hilo, and the new campus at the University of Hawai‘i at West O‘ahu.
In 2012, Sugai became the president and CEO of Ronald N.S. Ho & Associates, Inc. Since then, the firm has grown to include two subsidiaries and multiple divisions under the firm’s umbrella and has been named Best Places to Work multiple times.
Active in the community and the engineering sector, Sugai serves on several boards and committees including ‘Ahahui Koa Ānuenue, American Council of Engineering Companies of Hawaii, University of Hawai‘i Engineering Alumni Association Annual Banquet Committee, and the Dean’s Council for the UHM College of Engineering.
# # #
The University of Hawai‘i Foundation, a nonprofit organization, raises private funds to support the University of Hawai‘i System. The mission of the University of Hawai‘i Foundation is to unite donors’ passions with the University of Hawai‘i’s aspirations by raising philanthropic support and managing private investments to benefit UH, the people of Hawai‘i and our future generations. www.uhfoundation.org