Honolulu, Hawaii



RE:    GOV. MSG. NO. 716




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 No. 716, submitting for study and consideration the nomination of: 


Language Access Advisory Council


G.M. No. 716


for a term to expire 6-30-2018,


begs leave to report as follows:


     Your Committee has reviewed the personal history and resume submitted by the nominee and finds Terrina Wong to possess the requisite qualifications to be nominated to the Language Access Advisory Council.


     Your Committee did not receive written testimony regarding the nomination of Terrina Wong but notes that the Department of Health did offer oral testimony in support of the nomination at the hearing and will be providing written testimony at a later time.


     Ms. Wong is currently the Deputy Director for Pacific Gateway Center, where she directs and supervises the English-as-a Second Language program for client populations, including curriculum development and teaching in a multi-age environment.  She earned a Master of Arts in Education from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and a Bachelor of Arts in French from Mills College.  She is also bi-lingual in French and serves on the Board of Directors for the Alliance Française of Hawaii.  Your Committee finds that Ms. Wong's past experiences in language pedagogy, as well as her continuing commitment to educational programs for non-English speakers, will be great assets to the Council.


     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Health that is attached to this report, your Committee, after full consideration of the background, experience, and qualifications of the nominee, has found the nominee to be qualified for the position to which nominated and recommends that the Senate advise and consent to the nomination.


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