Meet The MNA Staff

Akari Ihara
IH Program Manager, A.A.

Akari has been in the environmental industry since 2002 and has worked extensively with soil and groundwater investigations, hazardous material surveys, and compliance programs. He is a State of Hawaii-certified Asbestos and Lead-Based Paint professional. Akari leads MNA’s IH team of industrial hygienists and technicians and continues to excel in the industrial hygiene field. His recent projects include: U.S. Naval pier and subsurface investigation on Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka (CFAY) Japan; and a variety of industrial hygiene projects for the State of Hawaii DAGS, DOD, DOE, DOT, HPHA, and the federal DOD throughout Hawaii, Japan, Guam, American Samoa, and Diego Garcia. Akari’s organizational management skills and technical excellence lead to successful projects completed on time and on schedule.

Eunjin Kotkovetz
Environmental Engineer, M.S., P.E., LEED AP, PMP

Ms. Kotkovetz has over 15 years of environmental project experience and offers her expertise in site assessments, remedial investigations and design, feasibility studies, and remedial actions for contaminated sites and Hazardous Toxic Radioactive Waste (HTRW) sites. She has participated in Architect/Engineer design and construction teams for the USACE HED/JED/FED/Far East Districts and NAVFAC Pacific/Hawaii/Marianas design projects. Ms. Kotkovetz provides environmental design and quality assurance to project design teams through all aspects of project development to protect site workers and the public while preventing environmental pollution or degradation. She has extensive experience and specialized knowledge of project management; environmental management for construction sites, NPDES permits, health and safety coordination; and monitoring and sampling.


Jessica Walsh
Environmental Planner/Project Manager, B.S.

Jessica received a B.S. in Natural Resource Management in 2001 and has over 16 years of experience in the environmental field. She joined MNA in 2010 and offers her knowledge of federal environmental laws and NEPA processes. Her recent projects include: NEPA Environmental Assessment for federally-funded cultural repository facility; HRS343 Environmental Assessment for privately-funded fuel line extension; NAVFAC Tinian construction capacity analysis; numerous Phase I ESAs; technical support for site investigations; and USACE permits. Jessica develops and reviews environmental documents for legal sufficiency, leads multi-disciplinary project teams, and prepares technical documents. Jessica manages NEPA/HRS 343 support projects, wetland delineations, biological surveys and monitoring, Phase I and II ESAs, and various design support projects. She is HAZWOPER-certified and is a member of the National Association of Environmental Professional (NAEP).


Phillip Cabanila
Project Manager/Corporate Health and Safety Officer, B.A.

Phillip joined MNA in 2010 and offers over 15 years of construction experience, including field supervision and safety. He is a State of Hawaii certified Asbestos Professional and Lead-Based Paint Professional. His recent projects include: Industrial Hygiene and Hazardous Material Surveys for Site 1/1A, 3, 4, and 6 in the Philippines for NAVFAC Pacific; Kwajalein Acute Care Clinic for USACE; NPDES permit application for National Parks; environmental design support for the State of Hawaii Public Housing Authority, Department of Education, and numerous other state and county agencies. Phillip has demonstrated his skills, experience, and leadership during the U.S. Coast Guard LORAN Station Yap Landfill Remediation project in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) where he served as project manager/site supervisor and safety officer. Phillip is currently working towards a MS degree in environmental management and operational safety and health, expected to complete in Spring 2021.

Kristin Hatsumi Cabanila
Environmental Specialist, B.A. 

Kristin joined MNA in 2010 and improves operations daily by evaluating field investigation and project deliverable procedures and overseeing the implementation of SOPs. In addition, Kristin authors hazardous material and environmental investigation reports, develops AutoCAD drawings, and performs quality control. Her recent projects include: Phase I ESAs for commercial clients and state agencies; hazardous material / existing conditions surveys and renovation design support for numerous Kamehameha Schools, UH Hilo, DAGS, and Honolulu Board of Water Supply projects; soil investigation reports for NAVFAC Hawaii and the Hawaii Public Housing Authority Lanakila Homes Hilo. Kristin’s logistics, organizational, and procurement skills led to the successful closure of the USCG Yap Landfill Remediation project. She is currently working towards an M.B.A. degree, expected to complete in 2021.

Bryan Chinaka
Environmental Specialist, B.S. 

Bryan joined MNA in 2013 with a degree in Global Environmental Science and a minor in Geology and Geophysics. His recent projects include: Haputo Partulid Snail Predation Study in Guam; numerous Phase I and II ESAs for residential, public, commercial/industrial, and rural properties on Oahu and on the Big Island; Honolulu Awa Street Wastewater Treatment Plant-Sewer Main design support; Kahala Hotel and Resort water sampling; Phase I, II, and soil remediation at a former vehicle repair shop in Kakaako, Honolulu; Hardening of POL System in Tiyan Junction, Guam; and design support for KCC Culinary Institute, Honolulu, Munitions Storage Igloos in Andersen AFB, Guam, and housing and barracks projects in Naval Base Guam. He is certified in OSHA HAZWOPER and OSHA 30-hour Construction Safety, and successfully completed the ASTM International Phase I ESA training course and EnviroStat’s “Sampling for Defensible Environmental Decisions.” Bryan is proficient in sampling design and execution.

Danny Falanug
Environmental Specialist/ Hazardous Materials Inspector

Danny joined MNA in 2012 and offers over 10 years of construction experience. He is a State of Hawaii certified Asbestos and Lead-Based Paint professional. Danny has demonstrated his skills, experience, and workmanship for the USCG LORAN Station Yap Landfill Remediation project in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) where he was born and raised. He supported various aspects of the landfill remediation, including heavy equipment operation, material preparation for ocean shipping, and sampling and H&S support. He is also certified in OSHA 30-hour Construction Safety, Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER), and HAZWOPER Supervisor. His recent projects include field sampling and reporting for construction, demolition, and infrastructure improvement designs for NAVFAC Pacific/Hawaii/Marianas, the USCG, the City and County of Honolulu, Board of Water Supply, County of Hawaii, and the Hawaii Public Housing Authority, DAGS, DOE, and DOT, and Kamehameha Schools.

Joanna Boyette
Project Manager/Environmental Specialist, B.A.

Joanna has over 13 years of experience in the environmental field, and conducts Phase I and II ESAs, industrial hygiene services, industrial/shipyard waste management, and air/water quality monitoring. She offers her knowledge of Hazardous Waste Disposal, and EPCRA and NESHAP reporting. Joanna is a State of Hawaii certified Asbestos and Lead-Based Paint Professional and certified in OSHA HAZWOPER. She also completed the ASTM International Phase I & II ESA training and American Management Association’s MBA Workshop. Her recent projects include Phase I ESAs for landowners, federal and state site investigations for design and construction support, public and private schools building hazmat surveys, and DOE abatement/mitigation monitoring for compliance.


Jennah Oshiro
Environmental Scientist, B.S.

Jennah graduated from the University of Hawaii at Hilo in 2008 with a B.S. degree in Environmental Science. She has been in the environmental industry with Myounghee Noh & Associates for over four years. Jennah designs and implements sampling protocols based on clients’ needs for information, performs environmental investigations, interprets analytical data, compares data to regulatory action levels, and prepares comprehensive reports with recommendations, when warranted. Her recent projects include numerous Phase I ESAs and Phase II support throughout the State of Hawaii, landfill project support with site monitoring and research/reporting, and technical and field support for industrial hygiene surveys for various federal DOD, state, county, and commercial clients.


Celeste Lim
Environmental Scientist, B.S.

Celeste joined MNA in 2018 with a degree in Ecosystem Science and Policy and a minor in Biology. She has been involved with numerous Phase I and II ESAs for residential, commercial/industrial, and rural properties on Oahu. Celeste is certified in OSHA HAZWOPER and successfully completed the ASTM International Phase I ESA training course. Her recent project experiences include soil and groundwater sampling at a Navy Seal waterfront training facilities Pearl City Peninsula and a drywell investigation in an industrial park in Kalaeloa, formerly used by the DOD. Her passion to enhance and protect the environmental quality continues to guide her to excellence.

Myounghee Noh
President & CEO, M.S., M.B.A., CIH

Myounghee has more than 27 years of experience in the management of environmental and laboratory contracts. Her first two positions after graduate school were for the former Hawaiian Sugar Planters’ Association and Brewer Environmental Services. She founded MNA in 1999 and continues to offer excellence in the environmental consulting field. Myounghee currently serves as principal investigator and program manager on various DOD contracts and special projects. Myounghee is a member of the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (No. 310411-00), American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA; CP 10565), and Hawaii Association of Environmental Professionals (HAEP).