MARK YAP, MEd, IT Manager
Mark Yap has over 20 years of experience in information technology (IT) and in video/multimedia production, as well as recent work in the educational technology field. He has a bachelor’s degree in Communications, certificate in Ethnic Studies, and a Master’s of Education in Learning Design and Technology from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Mark is currently a PhD student in the Learning Design and Technology program at Mānoa. In his various roles over the years, which include assistant teaching in multimedia for grade six students for seven summers, and a lead instructor for a Taste of Technology summer course for elementary and middle school students, consulting on IT and audio visual needs, creating multimedia content for K–12, and bridging IT in a blended P–20 environment. He is currently the IT manager for the Curriculum Research & Development Group (CRDG) at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, in Honolulu, Hawai‘i.
ROBERT NAKAMA, IT Specialist
Robert Nakama has more than 12 years of experience in both Information Technology and in education. He is an alumnus of our University Laboratory School, and a graduate from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, with a bachelor in business administration degree in Management Information Systems. He has been a student assistant in IT, a former instructor for a Digital Multimedia Design, and a co-instructor for the Taste of Technology for summer courses. He has helped to lead the way in bridging technology and education. He is currently an IT Specialist for the Curriculum Research & Development Group (CRDG) at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, in Honolulu, Hawai‘i.
GARY ROMERO, IT Specialist
Gary Romero has more than 30 years of experience in both Information Technology and in education. He is a graduate of the DeVry Institute of Technology, with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems. He has been a Computer Specialist III for the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, College of Business Administration, the School of Travel Industry Management and at the Waikiki Aquarium. He managed the computer resources and facilities, administered network systems and provided technical support to faculty, staff and students. Gary also has been an IT Specialist for Punahou School. There he helped to start up the 1 to 1 laptop program at Case Middle School. He has been employed at Apple Retail as a Mac Genius and Assistant Store Manager. He is currently an IT Specialist for University Laboratory School and Curriculum Research & Development Group (CRDG) at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, in Honolulu, Hawai‘i.
RICHARD TRAN, IT Specialist
Richard Tran is a current IT Specialist at the Curriculum Research & Development Group (CRDG) at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. He is a graduate of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, with a bachelor’s degree in Travel Industry Management. As a former student Computer Specialist, Richard has supported operations in and around CRDG and the University Laboratory School. Upon graduation, Richard joined CRDG as a full-time hire to continue to provide support to the organization. Richard has been exposed to technology for as long as he can remember, and it continues to be a significant influence in his life. He always seeks to find ways to use technology to his advantage to better the lives of those around him. As a part of the IT team, Richard handles front and back-end support and project management to ensure smooth operations. He brings to the team an insatiable desire to learn, grow, and contribute, as well as an extreme interest in all things information technology.