Arkatecht's promise and successes are as much about its capacity to innovatively problem solve as it is about its capacity to prudently accept counsel.

Marika Joyce Hashimoto

is the Library and Information Science Advisor for Arkatecht. She currently works as Digital Production Coordinator at Marvel Entertainment.

A native of New York City, she earned her B.A. in Black Studies at Amherst College and has studied translation and interpretation at the University of Hawaii, Manoa. She has over 15 years of experience in teaching, translation, and project management, with a strong interest in data science, information architecture and web development.

She is an M.L.I.S. candidate at the Palmer School of Manhattan, LIU Post and an M.A. candidate for Africana Studies at NYU through the Dual Degree Program. She is founder of Diaspora Links, a community library space in Tokyo, Japan.


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Anne Vacca Smith, PhD

is Chief Project Management Advisor for Arkatecht. 

Anne Vacca Smith, PhD, is a proven Project Leader in the medical device industry. She holds a BS in Biology from St. John Fisher College, a MA and PhD in Microbiology from State University of New York at Buffalo.

Anne started her career as an NIH-funded Cariologist Trainee Post-Doctoral Fellow in the then Department of Dental Research at University of Rochester and became a Research Assistant Professor when the department became The Center for Oral Biology. Anne’s research centered around enzymes that promoted the biofilm formation by oral microorganisms on salivary-coated surfaces and subsequent tooth decay. She has published numerous papers and presented her research globally at conferences where she also served as session chair and was also the recipient of several awards for her research, in addition to serving as ad hoc reviewer for several peer-reviewed journals. Anne’s research at The Center for Oral Microbiology culminated in a patent for an antibodies used in the prediction of dental caries.

Anne continued her academic career at the University of Rochester as Research Assistant Professor in The Department of Microbiology where she managed a clinical serology testing lab for vaccine trial samples and also participated in otitis media research programs. During her appointment in The Department of Microbiology Anne also served as a Study Section member for the NIH SBIR/STTR Grants in Biosensors and Detectors.

Anne shifted her career to industry when she accepted a role as a Senior Scientist at Ortho Clinical Diagnostics, Johnson and Johnson, where she supported Materials and Process Development for in vitro diagnostic clinical tests, specializing in enabling technologies. Anne then became a Program Leader in The Office of Program Management where she led cross-functional internal and external teams in the development of clinical diagnostic assays using a gate-staged product delivery system. As a Program Leader, Anne was responsible for the launch of 19 new products (15 Ex-US products, 2 global products, and 2 products specific for Japan) and the instrument migration of 71 global products.

More recently, Anne has been employed by Thermo-Fisher Scientific’s Laboratory Plastic Essentials Unit of the Laboratory Products Division as a Sr. Staff R&D Project Manager, where she leads cross-functional, multi-site, and global teams focused on product and process development, manufacturing platform improvements and / or capacity expansions using best practice Project Management tools in compliance with FDA/ISO Design Control for medical devices.

Anne is married with two children, one of whom is married and pursing a PhD in Computational Chemistry, and the second is in high school. In her free time, Anne enjoys spending time with her family and practicing her hobby of drawing.