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.


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Kathryn Matayoshi, Superintendent

Kathryn Matayoshi was named superintendent effective Sept. 13, 2010. Prior to her appointment, she served as acting and interim superintendent (January 2010) and Deputy Superintendent (July 2009). Matayoshi’s expertise in public policy and strategic planning has been integral to transforming and streamlining the Department's systems and operations. Matayoshi, an attorney, came to the Department following a successful career in the private, government and nonprofit sectors — executive director, Hawaii Business Roundtable (2007-2009); president and chief executive officer, Community Links Hawaii (2006-2007); strategic planning consultant (2005-2007); chief of staff, City and County of Honolulu Board of Water Supply (2002-2005); and director, state Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (1995-2002). She also held positions at Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc. (1988-1995), Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel (1983-1988), and served as a law clerk for U.S. District Court Judge Samuel P. King (1982-1983). A Hilo High alumna, Matayoshi holds a juris doctor degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, and a bachelor's degree from Carleton College.

Keith Hayashi, Deputy Superintendent

Keith Hayashi was appointed interim deputy superintendent in March 2017. He served as principal at Waipahu High School since 2009 where he was accountable for the implementation of the school's academic and financial plans, and meeting the educational, social, and emotional needs of more than 2,450 students. Hayashi is also a former complex area superintendent for the Pearl City –Waipahu Complex Area. In 2014, he was Hawaii High School Principal of the Year and in 2013 he was recognized with the Masayuki Tokioka Excellence in School Leadership Award. Hayashi is a graduate of Kaimuki High School. He earned a bachelor and two masters of education degrees (educational administration, and curriculum and instruction) from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Dann Carlson, Assistant 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 Krieg, Assistant 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.

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

Amy Kunz was appointed in September 2011 as Assistant Superintendent of OFS and Chief Financial Officer. In her role as Senior Assistant Superintendent (appointed November 2014, acting since March 2014), she oversees 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 in 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.

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.

Clyde Sonobe, Assistant Superintendent & Chief Information Officer,
Office of Information Technology Services

Clyde Sonobe was appointed in May 2015. As an advisor with the Research Corporation of the University of Hawaii since 2011, Sonobe was an instrumental force behind the state of Hawaii's broadband initiative, which has a goal of offering one-gigabyte service to all residents by 2018. In his role, he has also advised the DOE and the state Office of Information Management and Technology on broadband and internet connectivity for Hawaii's public schools and DOE offices. From 1995-2010, Sonobe served at the state Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA) as cable TV administrator, where he led the launch of eHawaii.gov, the award-winning state of Hawaii internal portal, and managed a number of initiatives such as interisland fiber connectivity. Prior to DCCA, Sonobe was an executive and systems engineer at IBM Co.


Tammi Oyadomari-Chun, Ed.D., Assistant Superintendent,
Office of Strategy, Innovation, and Performance

Tammi Oyadomari-Chun was appointed in June 2015. Chun brings a wealth of education experience to the DOE having previously held key positions in government and non-profit sectors. Prior to joining the DOE, she was vice president of programs for the Hawaii Community Foundation, a policy analyst for the Office of the Governor, State of Hawaii; Executive Director for Hawaii P-20 Partnerships for Education where she developed and advocated for coordinated actions among DOE, UH, early childhood and business. She also worked in education and social policy research for RAND Corporation and the Consortium for Policy Research in Education at the University of Pennsylvania. Chun is a graduate of Moanalua High and is parent representative on Aina Haina Elementary's School Community Council. She earned an educational doctorate from the University of Southern California Rossier School of Education; a master’s degree in Public Policy from Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government, and a bachelor’s degree from Pomona College. ​

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