Honolulu, Hawaii



RE:    GOV. MSG. NOS. 744, 745, 746




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. 744, 745, and 746, submitting for study and consideration the nominations of: 


Health Planning Council, Honolulu Subarea


G.M. No. 744


for a term to expire 6-30-2019;


G.M. No. 745


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


G.M. No. 746


for a term to expire 6-30-2019,


begs leave to report as follows:


     Your Committee has reviewed the personal histories and resumes submitted by the nominees and finds Deborah Juarez, Joseph Burke, and Roberta Lovely to possess the requisite qualifications to be nominated to the Health Planning Council, Honolulu Subarea.




     Your Committee received testimony in support of the nomination of Deborah Juarez from the Department of Health and two individuals.


     Dr. Juarez is an Associate Professor at the University of Hawaii at Hilo College of Pharmacy, where she teaches courses on health economics, including cost-effectiveness analysis and biostatistics.  She earned a Doctor of Science in Health Economics from the Harvard School of Public Health, a Master of Public Administration from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Amherst College.  She has published a multitude of peer-reviewed articles, and her research has focused on medication adherence, cost-effectiveness of cardiovascular interventions, and health disparities involving Asian and Pacific Americans.  Your Committee finds that Dr. Juarez's professional and educational experiences, as well as her dedication to the field of healthcare, will be great assets to the Council.




     Your Committee received testimony in support of the nomination of Joseph Burke from the Department of Health.


     Mr. Burke is currently a Territory Manager in the Vaccines Division for Pfizer.  He earned a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Chaminade University.  He has over twenty years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry as an Area Account Manager and District Business Manager with Wyeth and Pfizer.  Your Committee finds that Mr. Burke's past experience in the pharmaceutical industry, as well as his proven management and leadership abilities, will be great assets to the Council.




     Your Committee received testimony in support of the nomination of Roberta Lovely from the Department of Health.


     Ms. Lovely is a Special Projects Administrator for Liberty Dialysis Hawaii, where she is responsible for the coordination of special projects affecting statewide operations of the organization.  She earned a Master of Public Health and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Hawaii.  She also has thirty-five years of work experience at St. Francis Medical Center, where she assumed various roles and responsibilities, including Administrative Director for the Renal Institute.  Your Committee finds that Ms. Lovely's past experience in nursing, as well as her willingness to serve the residents of Hawaii, 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,