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Meet the Team
Hannah Candelario '01
A.A.S, Le Cordon Bleu California Culinary Academy
In this role, Hannah serves the alumni, parents, and friends of HPA as they consider ways to support the school. Prior to returning to the Big Island in February 2015, Hannah served as the Director of Development at Base Camp Studio in Bend, OR, where she managed grants, events, donor relations, and community outreach. Before her time in Oregon, she lived in Reno, NV, where she worked for six years at the Food Bank of Northern Nevada in advancement and oversaw the Child Nutrition Program initiatives.
Hannah is a current board member of Montessori Education Center of Hawai'i, and is a community supporter of Hui Aloha Kiholo, North Hawai’i Hospice, Kahilu Theatre, Waimea Country School, Parker School, and Waimea Elementary.
Kelly Davis '03
Hawaii Preparatory Academy
Certified Teacher of English as a Second Language
Originally from Kona, Kelly moved after college to Fukuoka, Japan, where he taught English for 3 years as part of the Japanese Exchange Teaching Program. He then served as Manager of South Sydney Juniors, a Rugby League Club in Sydney, Australia before returning to HPA in the spring of 2015.
J.D., Northeastern University
Zaheva Stevens Knowles is the Director of Alumni Programs. Prior to joining HPA, she was the Executive Director at West Hawaiʻi Mediation Center. Previously, Zaheva served as an Associate in the Litigation Department at Cades Schutte LLP and was a staff attorney at the Disability Rights Legal Center at Loyola Law School. She also worked for several years as an Associate in the Litigation Department at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, in New York City, and was a law clerk for the Honorable Julian Abele Cook, Jr. in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. Having spent her childhood on the Big Island, Zaheva is passionate about helping to create and sustain a vibrant, thriving community for all Hawai‘i families. She lives with her husband David '94 and their son in Waimea, Hawai‘i.
Julie Kojima joined the Hawai‘i Preparatory Academy's advancement office in 2005. As the systems coordinator, she manages all aspects of maintaining the advancement database including reporting, system modifications, user training, and data integrity.
Previously, Janet worked in college counseling and managed the student bookstore. Prior to that, she was a laboratory clinician at Clinch Valley Hospital in Wise, Virginia. Janet is the proud parent of three HPA students.
Shawn Saito joined HPA in 2015 after working in property management for nine years at Parker Ranch, prior to which she spent many years in development and public relations for non-profits that included Bishop Museum, Temari-Center for Pacific and Asian Arts, and the St. Francis Foundation of Hawaiʻi. In January 2017, she moved into her role as the advancement specialist supporting the HPA Fund and alumni relations. She now focuses on young alumni programming, as well as managing advancement’s communications calendar and associated projects. Shawn resides in Waimea, where she was born and raised, with her husband Miles and their daughter Emma ’18.
Sheri Salmon '03
In this role, Sheri supports a wide range of Advancement Programs with her main focus being grant support and donor stewardship. With a degree in Elementary Education, Sheri spent most of her years after graduation in the public school system as a Behavioral Therapist. Prior to returning to her alma mater, Sheri was the Director of Operations at a local non-profit organization where she specialized in community outreach, grants, and program development.