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 a retired Executive Vice President at Central Pacific Bank.
Kevin Murray has had a life-long career in Hawaii’s travel industry planning, organizing, and implementing complex corporate travel and events. As an executive with one of Hawaii’s most renown destination management companies, he manages multi-million-dollar client programs. Kevin’s executive experience, leadership abilities, and outstanding communication skills make him an ideal individual to serve on the Arc’s board. He brings fresh perspectives, commitment, and energy that are an asset to the community the Arc serves.
Kevin Dooley is a retired Professor in Accounting at Kapiolani 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 the UH Community College System’s popular Non-Profit Management Certificate program.
Gary Simon is the AARP Hawaii State President and the Chair of the AARP Hawaii Executive Council. Gary is the former Director of Corporate Affairs and Advocacy at the St. Francis Healthcare System and was previously Executive Director of St. Francis Hospice and Program Director for St. Francis Health Services for Senior Citizens. He also serves on the board of directors of the Hawaii Family Caregiver Coalition and Kokua Council. He is the past Chair of the Hawaii Policy Advisory Board for Elder Affairs.
Linda Balasz earned her BS and MSW degrees at the University of Hawaii and has a lengthy career in health care as a medical social worker and in her later years of employment as a supervisor of social work services and manager of behavioral health services. Her work experience in home health has taken place in the homes of the most vulnerable in the community. In addition, she has years of experience in hospital and clinic settings. Linda retired from Kaiser Permanente in 2014 after 24 years of employment and joined the Board of Directors of the Arc in July of 2014. Linda is active and diligent in fulfilling her Board responsibilities toward strategic planning and oversight.
Rida Ching is a semi-retired Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She worked for many years in Hawaii at various health plans and mental health organizations in clinical and administrative roles. She is a parent of an adult child with a developmental disability and continues to support healthy activities and person-centered programs.
Initially inspired by her older sister with a severe disability, Diane Haar became an attorney who now advocates for those who are disabled in Hawaii and throughout the Pacific. After graduating from UC Berkeley she attended Yale University where she obtained her law degree and Masters in Public Health. Her practice focuses on navigating the Department of Veterans Affairs and Social Security benefits programs on behalf of her clients. She has also lobbied the US House and Senate delegations about keep Social Security benefits intact against budgetary pressures to reduce them and testified in front of the US Senate for enhanced medical care by the Department of Veterans Affairs. “My reason for wanting to be on The Arc board is that I want to work to keep and 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 is a former member of the BOD of The Arc in Hawaii and was a key member of the very successful annual fundraising dinner committee in 2019. He is retired from HMSA as Executive Vice President after 37 years and was President of The Damien Memorial School for nine years. He brings his experience to the community, his expertise in business and health care and his willingness to once again serve as a director.
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.
I have been in the construction industry for over 36+ years and have been a licensed general contractor in Hawaii for 15 years. As a General Contractor and Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist professional, I specialize in accessible design to modifying homes to be safe, accessible and functional for an active independent lifestyle.
I am a National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist (CAPS) and an approved Master Instructor for this course, and the Universal Design Essentials course. I am also an NAHB Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist SME (Subject Matter Expert) and contributed to writing new content for all three Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist courses; which are taught nationwide and Canada. I have given presentations in Hawaii and Nationally on Aging-In-Place and Universal Design since 2009. I was selected Qualified Remodeler Magazine’s Remodeler of the Month for June 2018.
In 2016, I was honored as the Hawaii Pacific Gerontological Society’s “Na Lima Kokua” Award, which is given to a local business that has contributed to the welfare of the elderly. I was honored to be the 2016 NAHB’s Certified Aging-in Place Specialist Educator of the Year and 2014 Certified Aging-in Place Specialist Designee of the Year. In Hawaii, I previously served on the BIA of Hawaii Executive Board, Board of Directors and Education Committee Chair. 2015 – 2017, I served as Chair for Housing Domain on the City & County of Honolulu Age Friendly Honolulu Committee, and introduced ADUs as essential to the final plan. 2010 served on the State of Hawaii HFLTF (Homes for Life Task Force) committee.
On the National level, I served as 2020 Chair for Education Committee, and previously served on the NAHB Executive Board, Board of Directors, State Rep for Hawaii, NAHB Remodelers Board of Trustee, Knowledge and Innovation Chair and twice as Learning Content Subcommittee Chair and Convention Education Subcommittee.
I was my father’s primary caregiver for 17 years, and this experience and being a Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist provides me with a unique perspective to assist my homeowners to design and modify their homes to give them a choice in living an active independent lifestyle.
Linda Mizuno retired as Human Resource Manager from Watanabe, Ing LLP in 2013 and joined The Arc board in 2019.
Sharen Wago formerly worked for The Arc in Hawaii in Human Resources. Since leaving Paradise Cruise Ltd. in 2022 as their Director of Human Resources, she has been working as a consultant with various companies.
Scott C. Suzuki, J.D., M.P.H., has been in private practice since 2004, serving as the Principal of the law firm of Scott C. Suzuki, Attorney at Law, LLC, since 2008. With a unique background in Gerontology and Public Health, Scott has dedicated his career to serving the needs of seniors, persons with disabilities, caregivers and families in the State of Hawaii. Scott is Hawaii’s first and only member of the Special Needs Alliance, 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 professioals who represent them.