ABOUT THE ARC
BOARD OF DIRECTORS FYE 2019
Lee Moriwaki has served on The Arc in Hawaii board since 1985. His brother Fane resides in an Arc DD Dom home and attends the Pearl City Center adult day health program. Lee is an Executive Vice President at Central Pacific Bank.
Thomas P. Huber
Tom Huber's daughter began her community life in an Arc preschool and has lived in an Arc DD Dom home for over 15 years. He is a retired lawyer, and served on The Arc in Hawaii's board twice, most recently from 1999 to the present. He was an early leader of the protection and advocacy agency, now known as the Hawaii Disability Rights Center.
Linda Balasz retired from a long career as a medical social worker, for many years with Kaiser Permanente in Hawaii. In her various roles she has provided direct services to many people with ID/DD, including clients of The Arc. Linda joined the Board upon her retirement from Kaiser in 2014.
Kevin Dooley is a Professor in Accounting at Kapi`olani Community College and a Certified Public Accountant. He has served on The Arc in Hawaii's board since 2012, most recently as Treasurer. He was instrumental in the creation and operation of of the UH Community College System’s popular Non-Profit Management Certificate program.
Lambert Wai is a parent of a daughter, age 61, with intellectual disabilities who has been in the Arc’s program for about 58 years. He has served on The Arc’s board since that time, many terms as President. He also served on the National Arc Board for 6 years and was on the President Committee for Mental Retardation for 3 years. He was an initial member of the Developmental Disabilities Council, chaired the Task Force that created the Hawaii Disability Rights Center. Retired from Mutual of Omaha Insurance Co. Division office as General Manager.
Paul Balazs’s service to people with disabilities began while in college with volunteer work at Variety School, which became a staff position at the agency. He worked in a variety of volunteer and paid capacities with Nursefinders, Hawaii Behavioral Health, Special Olympics and the Department of Health. He was a home school teacher for a person with Autism for four years. After obtaining his degree, he served in several capacities as a teacher in the Department of Education, including a stint in special education. He is currently a teacher and adviser at Kaiser High School. Paul shares that “I have always cherished and protected the marginalized, the minorities and the misrepresented. I have fought for the rights of my students against the toughest odds and have seen some of the most miraculous accomplishments in and out of the classroom. My sights are always set on the horizon and I keep my heart and mind always open.”
Inspired by her older sister with a severe disability and a general feeling that people with disabilities were treated unjustly, Diane Haar decided to become a lawyer to advocate for them. After graduating from UC Berkeley she attend Yale University and obtained a law degree and Masters in Public Health simultaneously. Her practice in Hawaii focuses on helping person with disabilities and their families navigate various VA and Social Security benefit programs. She has lobbied our US house and Senate delegation about keeping Social Security benefits intact against budgetary pressures to reduce them. Her disabled sister lives in California, where she believes programs and facilities are better than what is available in Hawaii. She says: “My reason for wanting to be on The Arc board is that we have to improve what we have here, not just for me and my family, but for all of the families with special members who call Hawaii their home.”
Bernard Ho retired as Executive Vice President of HMSA in 2005, after 38 years with the organization. In his roles there he became familiar with Medicare and Medicaid regulations. He was appointed President of Damien Memorial School in 2007 and has announced his resignation from that office effective June 30. Mr. Ho shepherded the school through several landmark events, including Damien’s transition from an all-boys to a co-educational school in 2012, and the addition of a sixth grade in 2008 to establish a complete middle school. During his tenure, enrollment increased from a low of 365 students in the 2011-2012 school year to nearly 700 this school year. He is a graduate of St. Louis High School and earned his BA and MBA degrees from Chaminade University of Honolulu. Upon retirement, Bernard is pleased to offer his rich executive and nonprofit background to The Arc in Hawaii.
Abelina Shaw is an attorney in private practice. She has a long history of work in government with management positions with the City and County of Honolulu and the State of Hawaii Department of Health. She has two siblings with developmental disabilities who live in the community.
Scott Suzuki is active at the University of Hawaii as a Lecturer in Law and as a volunteer attorney at the University of Hawaii Elder Law Program (UHELP). Through UHELP, Scott assists Professor James H. Pietsch provide free legal assistance to seniors residing on Oahu and research recent developments in elder law. Scott is also an advocate for populations with special needs. Scott is Hawaii's only member of the Special Needs Alliance (www.specialneedsalliance.com), for which he currently serves as the President-Elect and Chair of Education. The Special Needs Alliance is a national, non-profit organization consisting of some of the most credentialed public benefits and disability law attorneys in the country, committed to helping individuals with disabilities, their families, and the professionals who represent them.
Sharen Wago is the Director of Human Resources for Paradise Cruises. She formerly worked for The Arc in Hawaii in Human Resources.
Francine Wai serves as a family member whose sister was a resident in an Arc ICF home and attendee at the adult day health program at Honolulu Center. Professionally she works as the Executive Director of the Disability and Communication Access Board advocating on behalf of persons with disabilities.
Gary Simon has been the director of corporate affairs and advocacy of St. Francis healthcare system since 2016. Prior to that he was the Executive Director of St. Francis Hospice. Gary has been the president of the Hawaii Family Caregiver Coalition since 2014 and is the current chair of the state of Hawaii Policy Advisory Board for Elder Affairs. Gary and his wife live with his 102-year-old mother-in-Law