WHO WE ARE

WHO WE ARE

we love what we do

Piia Aarma

current member and immediate past president of Hawaii Nature Center
Piia M. Aarma has been involved in communications for more than 30 years. Her experience includes corporate communications, public service and political campaigns, marketing, online communications, branding, national-level lobbying, newspaper reporting and editing, magazine writing and speeches.

Jill Kuramoto

Jill Kuramoto is a veteran journalist with two decades of experience in broadcast news and has received numerous awards and commendations for her work as a reporter and anchor. She is able to provide clients expertise in strategic planning, media relations, as well as crisis management which are skills honed from her work as Director of Communications for the Hawaii State Senate and with the Honolulu Board of Water Supply.

Maureen Nelson

Maureen Nelson has more than 30 years in public relations, advertising, media buying, marketing and journalism. Her well-rounded experience includes spearheading major public relations campaigns and product introductions for Hawaiian Airlines, Bank of Hawaii, AT&T Hawaii, Mazda Motor of America, and Ross Dress For Less.

Tara Coomans

Tara Coomans is a professional branding, communications and marketing strategist best known for her work in social and digital media as a strategist and speaker. Tara has over 20 years experience in marketing, PR and branding. Tara focuses on bringing the human touch to social and digital media, her mantra has become “Stop talking like a marketer and start talking like a human.”

Gwen Woltz

Gwen Woltz is a skypuncher! Helping clients to envision their perfect social world, she then maps the quickest and most affordable route to get there. A crackerjack strategist, and one of the leaders of the social media revolution in Hawai‘i, she has been on the front lines from the beginning and knows what works.

Karen Weikert

Karen Weiker is our resident storyteller and chief nurturer. She is the keeper of the brand for our clients and, as mama bear, serves as both muse and guide to our content creators, encouraging them to reach for their most powerful and engaging posts, and then delight in the outcomes.

Kim Porter

Kim Porter is a writer whose work has been acknowledged by The One Show (Silver Pencil & Finalist awards), Communication Arts, Clios, Advertising Age The Best Awards, International Broadcasters Assoc., Archive, Art Direction, Creativity, National & Northwest Addys, Honolulu Addys (including seven Best In Show Peles), People’s Choice and Special Judge’s Awards, among others. 

Ruth Moen

Ruth Moen has been designing and illustrating for more
than 25 years. A graduate of San Jose State University with a Bachelor of Science in graphic design and a concentration in illustration, her first job was with Shirokiya Department Store illustrating products and designing ads. After a brief stint with a small design firm, she began freelancing for Ogilvy & Mather Hawaii as a designer and art director.

Stephanie Chang

Stephanie Chang Design Ink offers creative solutions for sustainability. SCDI works at the intersection of user-centered design, community engagement and strategy to produce award winning solutions –– Marketing and community engagement strategies; Brand Identity consulting and creation; Print and packaging; Environmental graphics, wayfinding, and infographics; Website design and development.