HPA appoints new chief financial officer, assistant director of admission and webmaster

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Dan Petrill
Mike Donnelly
Aaron Schorn

Dan Petrill has been named chief financial officer at Hawaii Preparatory Academy. Headmaster Lindsay Barnes made the announcement.

Petrill who currently is the school’s controller, will step into his new role at the school on Sept. 1. He replaces Robert McKendry, CPA, who recently was named HPA’s head of school, effective July 1, 2015. McKendry will transition to his head of school-elect position this Sept. 1.

Petrill joined HPA in 2010. He has a wide range of accounting experience on the island of Hawaii, including controller positions at Hawaiian Abalone Farms, and MacFarms of Hawaii. He previously was chief financial officer and co-owner of Hamakua Macadamia Nut Company. Petrill earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Michigan State University, where he worked for eight years as a senior financial analyst.

HPA also recently announced two other staff appointments: Mike Donnelly as assistant director of admission and Aaron Schorn as webmaster.

Donnelly, an HPA alumnus, recently retired from the Army after 26 years of service. In his new position, he will be responsible for grades 9-12 admissions, focusing on the Hawaiian Islands and greater Asia-Pacific region. Prior to joining HPA, Donnelly was communications advisor for the U.S. Army Pacific at Fort Shafter on Oahu. He previously held public affairs, marketing, and public relations positions with Logistics Command at Fort Shafter, 25th Infantry Division at Schofield Barracks and Northern Iraq, and Special Operations Command, Pacific, at Camp Smith. Donnelly earned his bachelor’s degree from Gonzaga University and is pursuing his master’s degree in communications from the University of Oklahoma.

Schorn has been an active member of the HPA community since he arrived on campus in 2013. He has served as dorm parent, tutor, and long-term substitute teacher. He previously was director of business development and government relations at the Wall Street Fund for African Development in Washington, D.C. Prior to that he was strategy and operations program officer at Family Health International in Washington, D.C. He also was project manager/contracts officer for the Baha`i World Centre in Haifa, Israel. Schorn earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.