Leadership Profiles and Staff

The Board of Education hires the superintendent as the chief executive officer of the public school system and approves all leadership appointments. The superintendent appoints a deputy superintendent and six assistant superintendents to oversee curriculum, instruction, and student support; human resources; fiscal services; school facilities; and information technology services. The superintendent also appoints 15 complex area superintendents.

​Complex Area Superintendents​​Meet the Department's leaders at our Complex Areas.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​State leadership

Christina Kishimoto

Dr. Christina Kishimoto, Superintendent

Dr. Christina M. Kishimoto begins a three-year contract as superintendent on Aug. 1, 2017. Since 2014, Dr. Kishimoto served as Superintendent and Chief Executive Officer for Gilbert Public Schools in Gilbert, Arizona, a district with an enrollment of 36,500 students and an annual budget of $305 million. She also served as Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent of School Design at Harford Public Schools in Connecticut, was the Founder and Director of The Center for School Improvement & Leadership Development at Area Cooperative Education Services, and Assistant Dean of Student Services for Wesleyan University. She earned a Doctorate in Education Administration from Columbia University Teachers College, a Master of Public Administration in Public Affairs and Policy from the University of Connecticut, and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Barnard College.

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Phyllis Unebasami, Deputy Superintendent

Phyllis Unebasami most recently served as acting assistant superintendent for the Office of Strategy, Innovation and Planning for HIDOE. Prior to rejoining the department, she was an independent educational consultant, managing director at Kamehameha Schools for Hoʻolaukoa Educational Systems and Strategies as well as a division director for Literacy Instruction and Support. During her time with HIDOE, she served in school-level, district and state positions including an administrator for the Professional Development and Educational Research Institute, deputy superintendent for the Windward District Office, principal and vice principal.



Amy Kunz, Senior Assistant Superintendent and Chief Financial Officer 
Office of Fiscal Services

Amy Kunz was appointed in September 2011 as Assistant Superintendent of the Office of Fiscal Services and Chief Financial Officer. In her role as Senior Assistant Superintendent (appointed November 2014, acting since March 2014), she oversaw the Offices of Fiscal Services, Information Technology Services, Human Resources and School Facilities and Support Services. She has extensive experience in operations, strategic financial planning and reporting, job costing, and project and facility management. Kunz serves on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Federally Impacted Schools (NAFIS) and the Military Impacted Schools Association (MISA).  She also serves as Co-Chair to the Joint Venture Education Forum (JVEF), a partnership between HIDOE and the military service branches in Hawaii.  She is also a PTSA member at both Aikahi Elementary and Kailua Intermediate.  Kunz came to the Department from Gannett, Co. Inc., Honolulu, where she was responsible for special projects since May 2010. She was previously the controller and director of budget and analyses for The Honolulu Advertiser. Kunz has also served as an internal auditor, accounting supervisor, and business manager at newspapers in Nevada and Nebraska. Kunz has a bachelor's d​egree in comprehensive business administration with an emphasis in Accounting and Finance from the University of Nebraska-Kearney. Her volunteer experiences include serving as parent representative of Aikahi Elementary School’s Student Community Council, past treasurer of Aikahi’s Parent, Teacher, Student Association, blood donor and youth baseball coach.



Dann CarlsonAssistant Superintendent 
Office of School Facilities and Support Services

Dann Carlson was appointed on November 2014 to manage the Department's school facilities, food services, transportation, and safety and security support for the public school system. From 2011 to 2013, Carlson was the Deputy Joint Base Commander at Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam. He led more than 900 Air Force personnel in six squadrons: civil engineering, security forces, contracting, communications, logistics and force support. He also led operations for more than 1,100 Navy personnel and civilians providing base and operating support on an installation that serviced over 80,000 personnel, spanned 35,000 acres, with an annual budget of over $500 million and a plant replacement value of over $18 billion. During his tenure he spearheaded a complete organizational change to a Navy-led Joint Base while still garnering the top rank of 77 Navy installations. Carlson was a board member for the Joint Venture Education Forum, a member of the Interstate Compact for Military Children, served on the Blue Ribbon Schools Commission and was very active at Radford High School where his three children attended.



Barbara KriegAssistant Superintendent
Office of Human Resources 

Barbara Krieg was appointed in October 2014. She came to the Department after more than three years as director of the Department of Human Resources Development, where she was responsible for administering the personnel system for the state executive branch workforce of more than 14,000 employees, including labor relations, personnel transactions, voluntary benefits, classification and compensation, staffing, Equal Employment Opportunity, safety and workers' compensation claims. Before joining the state, Krieg served as an employment and labor attorney with Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing in Honolulu since 2006, and Bryan Cave LLP in California since 1997. Krieg holds a bachelor's degree (cum laude) from the University of Notre Dame and a juris doctorate from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Law School.


Suzanne Mulcahy, Assistant Superintendent
Office of Curriculum, Instruction and Student Support

Suzanne Mulcahy was appointed July 1, 2015 to manage the Department's curriculum, instruction and student support functions. Mulcahy was the Complex Area Superintendent of Kailua-Kalaheo from 2010 following her tenure as principal of Kailua Intermediate School for just more than six years. As a vice principal at Castle High School, she was responsible for the oversight of special education and fine arts. With more than fifteen years’ experience in the classroom, she has taught regular and special education at the elementary and intermediate school levels in Hawaii, California, and Colorado. She has served on the Educator Effectiveness System Joint Committee and Technical Advisory Group, Great Teachers Great Leaders, and the Joint Venture for Education Forum where she was a board member and the Deputy’s designee. As the superintendent’s designee as the Chair for the Committee on Weights (COW), she has led COW VII, VIII, and IX as they determine the formula for distribution of funding to every public school in Hawaii.  She earned her bachelor’s degree in piano performance and music education from Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, California. She completed her master’s degree in educational administration at the University of Hawaii at Manoa where she is pursuing her Ph.D. in educational administration.



David Brookshire "Brook" Conner, Assistant Superintendent & Chief Information Officer 
Office of Information Technology Services

David Brookshire "Brook" Conner has served in high-profile information technology (IT) positions, most recently as the first chief information security officer and vice president for Estée Lauder Companies where he constructed a cyber security program, managed a budget of $22 million and ensured compliance. He also worked for Morgan Stanley as an executive director and global head of vulnerability management, Bloomberg LP, and as an adjunct professor at New York University. Conner has also published numerous books and papers on a variety of IT topics. 

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