Honolulu, Hawaii



RE:    GOV. MSG. NOS. 688, 689




Honorable Donna Mercado Kim

President of the Senate

Twenty-Eighth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2015

State of Hawaii




     Your Committee on Health, to which was referred Governor's Message Nos. 688 and 689, submitting for study and consideration the nominations of: 


Statewide Health Coordinating Council


G.M. No. 688


for a term to expire 6-30-2019; and


G.M. No. 689


for a term to expire 6-30-2019,


begs leave to report as follows:


     Your Committee has reviewed the personal histories, resumes, and statements submitted by the nominees and finds Veronica Rocha and Harold Wallace, Jr., to possess the requisite qualifications to be nominated to the Statewide Health Coordinating Council.




     Your Committee received testimony in support of the nomination of Veronica Rocha from the Department of Health and seven individuals.


     Ms. Rocha is currently the Renewable Energy Branch Manager for the Hawaii State Energy Office, where she has led policy measures and other collaborative initiatives toward the greater adoption of renewable energy in Hawaii.  She earned a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University.  Ms. Rocha previously worked in the medical device industry, exercising her passion for enabling affordable healthcare by developing and manufacturing cost-effective medical technologies.  Your Committee finds that Ms. Rocha's professional and educational background, as well as her continuing commitment to affordable healthcare initiatives, will be great assets to the Council.




     Your Committee received testimony in support of the nomination of Harold Wallace, Jr., from the Department of Health and Hawaii Primary Care Association.


     Mr. Wallace is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Bay Clinic, Inc., which provides primary, dental, and behavioral health care for the communities located on east and south Hawaii Island.  He earned a Master of Public Health Administration from Meharry Medical College and a Bachelor's degree in Secondary Education from Philander Smith College.  He also serves as a Board Member with AlohaCare, Hawaii Primary Care Association, and Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations.  Your Committee finds that Mr. Wallace's past experiences with providing health care services to a large geographic area, as well as his proven leadership capabilities, will be great assets to the Council.


     As affirmed by the records of votes of the members of your Committee on Health that are attached to this report, your Committee, after full consideration of the background, experience, and qualifications of the nominees, has found the nominees to be qualified for the positions to which nominated and recommends that the Senate advise and consent to the nominations.


Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Health,