HICTA President: 


Diane Stephens – President

Corporate Account Manager III- Hawaiian Telcom As a Corporate Account Manager for Hawaiian Telcom, Diane Stephens works with the company’s large business customers throughout the State of Hawaii. She began her career in the telecommunications business over 30 years ago and has won numerous performance awards. When she’s not taking care of her accounts, she spends her time volunteering as a Hawaiian Telcom Brand Champion to promote employee engagement and bowling in the Hawaiian Telephone weekly bowling league. She enjoys trying out new restaurants and going to the movies and concerts.  You can always count on Diane to be there for you regardless of if it’s for business or for fun!

HICTA Vice President: 


Rosa White – Vice President

Chief Financial Officer – DRFortress Rosa White serves as the Chief Financial Officer and is one of the founders of DRFortress. She has 16 years of experience in the IT and telecommunication industry, specializing in finance, system and process implementation, and product development. Rosa is responsible for all finance, budget, and human resource aspects for the Company. Rosa’s previous positions include Asia Pacific Solution Development Manager for Equinix where she managed all cross-regional sales efforts, new business and service offering opportunities, Senior Consultant for KPMG Consulting, Financial Controller at Strategic Information Solutions, and Revenue Reporting Manager at Adobe Systems.  She graduated from Santa Clara University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting.

HICTA Treasurer: 



J. T. Ash – Treasurer

     President, JTAsh Consulting, LLC. – After a 20-year career in the U.S. Navy, a 9-year adventure in the Federal workforce, and a 3-year hitch as the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for a major financial institution, J. T. has taken a leap of faith and is trying his hand at his own consulting business focusing on Virtual/Part Time CISO consulting, Business Impact Planning, Risk Assessments, and Information Security Program Maturity reviews.

Ash has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Historical and Political Studies from Chaminade University (2004) and has earned several commercial certifications (Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), with specialties in Information System Security Engineering Professional (ISSEP), Information System Security Management Professional (ISSMP), and Certification Authorization Professional (CAP).  He also is a Senior Member in the Fellow Program of Information Systems Security Association (ISSA).

HICTA Secretary: 


Robyn Wolfe – Secretary

Account Executive – Gartner As the success partner to local CIOs and IT leaders, Robyn’s sole focus is on bringing people together.  Robyn began her career in financial business consulting and transitioned to IT through her role as an Account Executive with Gartner.  Robyn has joined the HICTA board to lead IT networking and to develop future professionals in the field.

HICTA Programs: 


Dale Aiello – Program Director

Senior Account Executive – Gartner Inc. Dale Aiello has resided in Hawaii since 1975. He started the Gartner practice in 1993 and has grown the business from 0 to over $13M in revenues in 2013. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Calgary in Alberta,  Canada in 1970.

HICTA Marketing: 


Andrew Lanning – Marketing Director

Co-founder – Integrated Security Technologies (IST), a Honolulu based low-voltage electrical contracting firm specializing in physical security system design, implementation, and maintenance. He began his computer and electronics career in 1982 studying COBOL, FORTRAN, and ASSEMBLER programming languages. From 1985-1990, he maintained and operated shipboard weapons systems for the United States Navy, earning a combat-action ribbon in the Persian Gulf aboard the USS Joseph Strauss in 1998.

He majored in Psychology and Anthropology at the University of Hawaii, and published his communications master’s thesis Tsunami Warning Sirens: Perceptions of Oahu Publics — at Hawaii Pacific University in 2011.  Andrew is a multiple Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow recipient and a member of the Honolulu Chamber of Commerce speaker’s bureau for security matters. He also co-hosts “HibachiTalk,” a weekly technology talk show on ThinkTech Hawaii.

HICTA Events Coordinator: 


Les Daijo – Events Coordinator

Express Employment Professionals, Group Director – IT & Healthcare Divisions Les Daijo leads the Hawaii state territories of Express Employment Professionals, North America’s largest franchised staffing company, to provide top quality IT & Healthcare employees for their clients. He began his career in the tech industry 12 years ago as the Hawaii Account Executive with world-wide storage leader, EMC Corp and was then recruited by EMC’s largest competitor, NetApp, as the Hawaii Commercial Account Manager. Les’ desire was to become a trusted resource to his customers, not only for storage & backup/disaster recovery, but for all of their IT needs, which led him to one of the largest Hawaii & national systems integrators, World Wide Technology, as their Hawaii Enterprise Account Executive. Prior to the IT field, he began his career with GTE Hawaiian Tel/Verizon Yellow Pages for 12 years as a Sales Representative, Regional Sales Trainer, District Manager & General Sales Manager prior to moving to the tech industry.

Les graduated from the University of Hawaii, College of Business with a Bachelor’s degree in Finance. Aside from work, you can find Les year-round at the soccer field enjoying time with his son’s soccer club, the Honolulu Bulls.

HICTA Membership:


Shirley Cheung – Director, Membership

Enterprise Account Executive – Oceanic Time Warner Cable Business Class As an account executive for Oceanic Time Warner Cable Business Class, Shirley helps businesses connect to their customers and to each other through telecommunications network and cloud solutions. Shirley holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Hawaii’s William S. Richardson School of Law.  She also serves on the Governing Board of the Voyager Public Charter School and is a member of its Governance Committee.

Arthur Garbiso – Board Chairman

Director of IT Operations – Hawaii Health Information Exchange (Hawaii HIE) Arthur Garbiso has over 18 years of experience in information technology as an educator, project and program manager, technical lead, administrator and executive leader. His primary focus has been working with partners and clients throughout the State of Hawaii, United States Affiliated Pacific Islands and Asia Pacific regions. Art has been recognized as one of the top 50 high-tech leaders in Hawai’i. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Human Development from the University of California San Diego and a graduate certificate in Telecommunications and Information Resource Management from the University of Hawai’i and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).

Jamie Sheppard – Board Member

Director, Digital Services – SummitMedia Digital

As the Director of Digital Services at SummitMedia Digital, Jamie works with Hawaii’s top businesses at one of the only full-service digital marketing agencies. He is a creative and passionate business owner, manager and sales leader with over 13 years of tech and online sales experience.

With an entrepreneur background, Jamie has created two successful startups around IT, digital services and cloud storage solutions. Jamie truly loves business, networking, bringing businesses together and giving back to his community.

Eran Agmon – Board Member

President & CEO – ComTest Technologies

Matthew Darnell – Board Member

President & CTO – ComTel Hawaii In 1992, Matthew Darnell co-founded ComTel, which has grown from a home-based business to one with over 20 employees and an office in downtown Honolulu. He holds Microsoft as well as numerous voice manufacturer certifications, including Nortel Networks and NEC. A strong believer of community service, he frequently donates his time to local events and manages a student internship program at ComTel. Matt has received many business awards, including Pacific Business News’ ‘Top Forty under 40’ business people in Hawaii.

Jeff Bloom – Board Member

Consultant – Waimanalo Blooms Passionate social entrepreneur Jeff Bloom was the chief architect behind the development and success of CTA Solutions, a Hawaii technology, education, and staffing company founded in 1986. After selling CTA in 2006, Jeff has been providing Business Development & Management Consulting services focusing on Federal, State, and Local government opportunities in the Pacific Rim and beyond.  Past projects include managing a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Education grant awarded to the State of Hawaii by The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices, The Gates Foundation and The Intel Corporation. His current clients include AvePoint Public Sector www.avepointpublicsector.com Innovative-e www.innovative-e.com and Applied Computer Training & Technology, (ACTT) www.actthawaii.com.

David Lau – Board Member

David Lau has been in the information technology industry since 1984. He has worked for the University of Hawaii, Software Plus, Software House International, TD Food Service, Inc, and TW telecom prior to Level 3 Communications.  David has worked on wide area network deployment through out the United States as well as to Guam and Saipan.

At Level 3 Communications, David assists account executives with pre- and post-sale technical questions, and designs network solutions for customers. He also works closely with Level 3 Communications Operations department on new customer network designs to ensure designs can be implemented.

Cody Down – Board Member

Chief Information Officer and Associate Vice President – Hawaii Pacific University

As CIO of Hawaii Pacific University, Cody leads the central IT Services unit, which oversees and manages the University’s network infrastructure, enterprise systems, security, instructional technology, ERP, and business intelligence.

Cody has been in higher education for over 20 years and previously headed up the IT department at Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences in Washington State. He also spent over 10 years working in various IT units at the University of Washington in Seattle.

Cody has an undergraduate degree in Anthropology from the University of Washington and a Master’s of Science in Information Systems from Minot State University, in North Dakota. His experience also includes project management, strategic planning, master planning, and leading customer improvement initiatives.

Jim Muller – Board Member

Hawaii Regional Field Leader (NMCI) – DXC Technologies

Owner – Kainalu Designs

Certified Project Management Professional (PMP) with a Double Masters in Information Technology and Business Administration along with multiple certifications offering 18+ years’ experience implementing large Enterprise IT service delivery requirements, leadership and project management for prominent corporations and multiple Navy & Marine Corps locations across the country.