Team

Our Team

Comprised of business leaders with decades of experience both locally and abroad, Hawaii Employment offers an unmatched understanding of the staffing industry. We understand the challenges involved with building the perfect team or following an exciting career path. Work with our team of professionals to help you find a long lasting and rewarding employment match.

  • Sean Knox - President & CEO - Hawaii Employment

    Sean Knox is the CEO & President of Hawaii Employment Services and was previously the owner and President of POI Employment, LLC. Sean has over 18 years of experience in professional staffing in Hawaii. After working for a national, mainland based staffing agency, Sean decided to open POI Employment in April 2005 with a focus on personalized, high quality services. Sean has been working in business management since 1993, when he received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Puget Sound. Although Sean is a “local boy,” growing up on both the Big Island and Maui, ... Read more
  • Matt Delaney - President & CEO - The Hawaii Group

    Chief Executive Officer of The Hawaii Group, Matthew S. Delaney, has been a catalyst for positive change in both community and business across Hawaii for much of the past two decades. Most recently, Mr. Delaney has leveraged his experience gained locally and abroad to help revolutionize the state’s outsourcing landscape. Under his progressive, flexible, and innovative leadership, The Hawaii Group companies, HiAccounting, HiEmployment, HiHealthcare, and formerly HiHR, have all skyrocketed to the top of Hawaii’s outsourcing marketplace, all repeatedly garnering accolades an... Read more
  • Scott Strimling - CFO

    As a Certified Public Accountant, Scott has proven is adept quality in streamlining financial process, enhancing productivity levels, and introducing process improvements. Coming to The Hawaii Group from the digital courseware company, Toolwire Inc., Scott provided leadership to the finance organization and management team in all aspects of accounting, cash management, financial planning and analysis, and budgeting. In his career at Toolwire, he was able to align the company's expenses consistent with a product pivot resulting in savings of ~$200K per month. Scott rec... Read more
  • Liana Fajayan, CPA - Corporate Controller

    A Certified Public Accountant (WA), Liana has 10 years’ experience in management of tax and accounting services. Liana has a BA from the University of Washington-Tacoma in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting. Liana comes to HiAccounting from the prestigious firm Moss Adams, where she was most recently a tax manager. In her tenure in both public and private accounting she has specialized in working with high net-worth individuals and mid-sized businesses in various industries including manufacturing and distribution, construction, real estate, profes... Read more
  • Joe Muldowney - Product Development Manager

    Prior to joining The Hawaii Group team, Joe worked as a Payroll Specialist for ProService Hawaii as well as Paychex Inc. in San Diego. At The Hawaii Group, Joe manages the Financial Reporting packages for all clients as well as Implementation & Payroll Departments. His expertise is utilized in identifying software and systems improvements company-wide.
  • Barbara Guss - Professional Recruiter (O'ahu)

    Barbara Guss has been a staffing professional for more than 25 years. In 1988, she was instrumental in establishing and operating Strictly Professional, an independent staffing firm in Honolulu. Her focus and expertise at this firm was in placing legal secretaries and administrative and executive assistants. During the 90s she spent a year on staff with The Neighborhood Justice Center, now known as The Mediation Center of the Pacific. Since that time, she has continued to frequently volunteer her services as a mediator... Read more
  • Vanessa Perez - Professional Recruiter

    Vanessa Machin Perez joined HiEmployment in September 2017 and comes with an extensive background of Military Recruiting, Military Transition and Veteran and Military Spouse employment. Vanesa is a USMC Spouse and a Veteran with over 23 years of service with the Australian Defence Force—which includes 19 years with Special Operations Command, Australia. She has produced four military history books and authored a book during an operational deployment. Her military expertise in Logistics, Recruiting, Civil Affairs and Instructional Design make her a dynamic fit to enhanc... Read more
  • Ann Keolanui-Manabat - Branch Manager (O'ahu)

    Ann joined the HiEmployment Team as a Staffing Manager in 2012. Her previous experience in the industry allowed her to return to the field she has a true passion for – Staffing and Human Resources. She appreciates the partnerships that have developed over the years with clients and candidates and believes those partnerships are the foundation of HiEmployment's continuous growth. The business quickly grew during her tenure and Ann has had opportunity to lead, train and motivate new team members to the company. In 2014, she was named Employee of the Quarter. She als... Read more
  • Katheryne Guillermo - Staffing Manager (O'ahu)

    Katheryne started off as Staffing Support and was recently promoted to a Staffing Manager for our Industrial Division. She has a BA in Political Science and Business Administration from the University of Oregon. She also holds a Masters in Human Resource Management from UH Manoa. She comes from years of experience in retail management and customer service. Katheryne has a passion for recruiting and is an integral part of the team at HiEmployment through her management of the company's top clients. With an outgoing and friendly demeanor, she's able to assist in find... Read more
  • Mary Ann Llamedo - Staffing Manager (O'ahu)

    Mary Ann Llamedo was born in Great Falls, Montana but has called Honolulu home for more than 40 years. She graduated from the University of Phoenix with a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, MVC; she recently completed her Masters of Business Administration and Masters of Science in Leadership from Grand Canyon University. Mary Ann has been married to husband, Andy, for over 30 years and has three adult daughters who are teachers and professional musicians. Mary Ann spent 17 years in private school education, including administration, before joining the team at HiEmployment as our Educational Services Staffing Manager.
  • Stephanie Morris - Office Manager (O'ahu)

    Stephanie joined HiEmployment as a receptionist but soon moved to Staffing Support before becoming our Office Manager. She is our go-to expert for processing payroll, invoicing clients, and the day to day administrative tasks. She brings years of excellent customer service experience and holds an AAS degree from North Country Community College in New York. When she’s not in the office she enjoys going hiking, going to the beach and attending festivals. Stephanie is the backbone of our office and we at HiEmployment are privileged to have such a talented individual on our team.
  • Josefina Abawag - Staffing Support (O'ahu)

    "Josie" recently celebrated her One-Year Anniversary with HiEmployment being brought on board in January 2016. She moved to Honolulu from the Philippines in 2004 and enjoys living in Hawaii. Currently assisting our Car Rental Division and Administrative Division, Josie recruits candidates for various jobs from Lot Attendants and Drivers to Data Entry Clerks and other Office Staff. She holds a Masters in Human Resource Management from Argosy University (Hawaii Campus) and has a wide background of experiences as a current Tax Professional, Certified Substitute Teacher an... Read more
  • Madina Draughon - Staffing Support (O'ahu)

    Madina is one of our valued HiEmployment team members working out of the Hawaii Convention Center. Originally form Russia, she has traveled and lived in many countries around the world prior to moving to Hawaii in 2015. Madina has a BA in Psychology from Eastern Illinois University and years of experience in education and customer service. When not in the office, she enjoys reading, hiking and traveling.
  • Darcy Hussey - Staffing Support (O'ahu)

    Darcy joined HiEmployment in 2015 as Staffing Support for the Industrial Division. From 2008 to 2013, she spent time in the Human Resources department at the Wynn Las Vegas working her way up quickly from Administrative Clerk to Staffing Representative. The depth of her Human Resources experience in Las Vegas made Darcy a great fit and a driving force for HiEmployment. Her commitment to her co-workers as well as employees make her an even more effective and fervent recruiter who is constantly looking for new and fresh ways to find talent. Darcy is a truly enjoys being a part of HiEmployment and is a thrill to have on the team.
  • Joanne Iglesias - Staffing Support (O'ahu)

    Joanne is a part of our Industrial Division splitting her time between the Hawaii Convention Center office and the main office at the Topa Financial Center. She came to HiEmployment with broad experience working in a variety of customer service roles, including retail management and inventory administration. Her high-spirited attitude is infectious to both her coworkers and employees which positively contributes to the synergy of the HiEmployment Team as a whole. Joanne is constantly bringing a smile to everyone's face and is a great person to work with.
  • Joel Jessen - Staffing Support (O'ahu)

    A man of many experiences, our newest O'ahu team member comes to us with a wide range of skills. Doing everything from food service to auditing to working for the U.S. Army, Joel has a knack for bringing things together. Born in Portland, Oregon, Joel has lived in Hawaii since August of 2014. Fluent in speaking and reading Samoan and Mandarin, Joel is a purveyor of culture, particularly Chinese culture. When he's not recruiting for our bustling Hawaii Convention Center office, he is constantly making new connections in our community through martial arts, rugby, karaoke ... Read more
  • Melissa Lishman - Receptionist (O'ahu)

    Melissa was hired on as our new receptionist just this past December 2016. Having worked both for and with a staffing agency, she is accustomed to the fast-paced environment and quality of service. She also holds a BA in Journalism from Hawaii Pacific University and is a dedicated and enthusiastic individual who utilizes her skills and experience very well. Melissa is a fast learner who is always looking for opportunities to grow and learn. We are fortunate and very happy to have her on our HiEmployment team.
  • Suzanna Martin - Staffing Support (O'ahu)

    Born and raised in Chennai, India for 19 years, Suzanna comes to us with a wealth of life experiences. She lived abroad in Europe and held various administrative positions during her four years in London. Suzanna actively pursues community and charity efforts and encourages all our staff to do the same on a regular basis. In addition, Suzanna also holds an Associates Degree in the Performing Arts with an emphasis in dance and theatre. Suzanna has been instrumental in helping our office run smoothly and is a vital team member at HiEmployment.
  • Angela Parra - Staffing Support (O'ahu)

    Angela is the newest edition to our HiEmployment Team. A graduate of Hawaii Pacific University, Angela comes to us with a rich background in Human Resource Management. She is familiar with the in's and out's of a staffing agency and is ready to contribute her knowledge and experience having been employed, most recently, as a Human Resources Assistant for the healthcare industry. Angela is looking forward to taking on new challenges and opportunities with us, and all of us at HiEmployment are very excited to have her on board.
  • Jocelyn Puaoi-Singletary - Staffing Support (O'ahu)

    Jocelyn joined HiEmployment in October 2016 as part of our Car Rental Services Division. This is her first experience as part of a staffing agency and is looking forward to all that HiEmployment has to offer. Jocelyn comes to us with a background as Customer Service Administrator and Service Advisor. She has also served as a Recreation Advisor for young adults in job training at Hawaii Job Corps in Waimanalo. Jocelyn is a determined individual who embraces change and challenge. She is very excited about all the growth opportunities with us at HiEmployment.
  • Annie Ragus - Staffing Support (O'ahu)

    Annie is another new edition to our HiEmployment ohana. She started in February 2014 as a Substitute Teacher in our Educational Services Division then was later brought into the office to help the division in April 2016. This past December she was hired internally to also assist in maintaining our Social Media presence. Annie continues to help with Educational Services and supports the rest of the team in different capacities. In addition to her teaching experience, Annie is also deeply involved in music as a pianist and vocalist. Annie has been a great help to our team and looks forward to all the things to come at HiEmployment.
  • Francine Joaquine - Staffing Support (Maui)

  • John Kaiwi - Staffing Manager (Kona)

    Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, our newest Staffing Manager, John, now resides in Kailua-Kona on Hawai'i Island. He has worked in Hotel & Hospitality Industry for approximately 15 years as a Hotel Manager. John's most recent job was General Manager for the Kona Station of Alaska Airlines and Delta Global Services. An avid football fan, John has coached High School Varsity Football as well as Baseball and Track. He is also a combat Veteran who served in the Gulf War with the US Navy Search & Rescue Helicopter Combat Squadrons. In addition to having three grown child... Read more
  • Hulali Garcia - Staffing Support (Kona)

    Born and raised on the Big Island of Hawaii, Hulali joined HiEmployment in September of 2016. She is a graduate of Laupahoehoe High School and holds a degree in Business from the University of Phoenix. She has more than 12 years of hospitality experience and specializes in recruiting, hiring and matching qualified candidates to various job posts. Hulali enjoys meeting new people every day and placing candidates in positions that will bring positive outcomes to their lives and ohana.
  • Sarah Sharpe - Staffing Support (Kona)

    Born on O’ahu but raised on Hawai'i Island, Sarah graduated from Sweetwater Health Education in 2014 where she received a certificate in Medical Assisting. She also received certification as a Medical Administrative Assistant through the National Health Career Association. With over 11 years of customer service experience and more than 6 years of experience in administrative services, Sarah has been an outstanding team member for our Hawai'i Island Office. Sarah joined The Hawaii Group as a Client Concierge assisting both HiHR (now ProService) and HiEmployment then full... Read more
  • Kwanza Woodson - Staffing Manager (Maui)

    With us since June 2015, Kwanza came to us with over ten years experience as a sales agent and manager. Having been involved in implementing strategies, processes and programs to drive sales, Kwanza is a great resource to the HiEmployment team. He has been essential to the success of our Maui office and is an outstanding part of our management staff. A father of two, Kwanza enjoys his time with his family especially in the water. He is also an automotive enthusiast with dreams of one day building his own race car. Always finding a great balance of work and play, Kw... Read more
  • Darlene DeMello - Receptionist (Maui)

    Darlene, or "Dee," has been with HiEmployment since May of 2016. An experienced office administrator, Dee's background in customer service and office procedure has provided great assistance to the Maui Office's day-to-day operations. With roots on O'ahu, Dee completed college on Maui and has been there ever since. Dee is an essential member of our Maui Team, and we are grateful to have her on board.
  • Scott Lever - Staffing Manager (Kaua'i)

    Scott spent 15 years in regional and national sales on the mainland, selling electronics components and military electronics hardware. Moving from sales into recruiting, he worked for 18 years as an executive recruiter in electronics, electrical products and factory automation systems, first for a large national recruiting firm and then in his own private practice. In 2009, Scott moved to Kauai and worked in sales for a major rental car organization before joining HiEmployment to help establish the new Kauai branch office. When not working he can be found hiking, snorkelin... Read more
  • Christina Aqui - Staffing Support (Kaua'i)

    Christina has been with our Kaua'i Office since June of 2016. A graduate of Kapa'a High School, Christina was born in Tennessee and raised on Kaua'i. Beginning as delivery personal with Rent-a-Center, she made her way up to Accounting Manager then eventually Store Manager. Christina's experience has contributed greatly to the Kaua'i team in recruiting and staffing for our clients. Her hobbies and interests include dog walks, seafood and, occasionally, chess. She is also a board member for Prison Ministries and enjoys spending time with her family. We are very happy to have Christina with us at HiEmployment.
  • Eva Domingo - Receptionist & Staffing Support (Kaua'i)

    Eva is no stranger to HiEmployment. She started with us in April 2016 as a temp for our Kaua'i office and was hired on internally later in September. Eva has a great background in customer service holding receptionist positions at H&R Block, Bank of Hawaii and Kauai Government Employees Federal Credit Union. In addition, she is a Certified Nurses Aide and Compliance Officer. Eva is great at keeping things in order ensuring maximum efficiency for our Kaua'i Team and has been a great fit for our HiEmployment family.
  • Shandell Apilado - Staffing Supervisor (Kaua'i)

    Part of our Kaua'i team, Shandell joined HiEmployment in October 2015. With a background in management and experience in Human Resources, Shandell handles both recruiting and processing of candidates. She is also a Certified Nurse Assistant and currently finishing up her Associates in Business Administration from Chaminade University's Online program. Shandell does an excellent job as Staffing Supervisor in addition to keeping our Kaua'i team on task. It is a great advantage to have her on our HiEmployment team.
  • Jeremy Bennett - Director of IT

Current Internal Positions


There are no open positions at this time.


O'ahu

745 Fort Street
Suite 124
Honolulu, HI, 96813
Phone 808-695-3974

Kaua'i

2970 Kele Street
Suite 213
Lihue, HI 96766
Phone 808-482-3900

Maui

285 W Ka'ahumanu Ave, #210
Kahului, HI 96732
Phone 808-856-4000

Hawai'i Island

75-5656 Kuakini Highway
Suite 102A
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
Phone 808-238-3450