Advisory Board Members

The Governor’s office on Boards and Commissions is accepting Recommendations.  Here is the link for making a recommendation.  You can also call (808) 433-0420 to make a recommendation.

Donna Shimizu, Hilo Board Member

sMSgt Donna Shimizu (retired) honorably served 35 years with the 291 Combat Communication Squadron, Hawaii Air National Guard in Hilo. She presently volunteers on the State Advisory Council (SAC) with the National Guard and the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR).


Mary Kay Hertog, Kauai Board Member

Mary Kay Hertog, Major General (retired), is an Air Force veteran with almost 34 years of service and six command tours. She is currently a member of the Kauai Police Commission and Commander of the Kauai Veterans Council.


Jim Traxler







Jim Traxler, Kona Board Member

Mr. Traxler, LTC, U.S. Army (retired).  Served 20 years in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers with overseas assignments in Europe and Vietnam.  Second Vice Commander of the Kona American Legion Post 20.


Michael Lilly, Maui Board Member

Mr. Lilly is a former Hawai`i Attorney General and Vietnam War combat veteran who retired after 30 years as a Navy Captain.


Roxanne Bruhn, Oahu Board Member

SMSgt (Ret) Roxanne E. Bruhn is a 31-year distinguished Veteran of the Air Force.  Representing four generations in uniform, her grandfather, father, and daughter served during WWII, Vietnam, and the Gulf War respectively.


Reyn Kaupiko, Oahu Board Member

Reyn Kaupiko is a United States Navy Veteran.  He served onboard the USS Wasp and USS Nimitz aircraft carriers as a Surface Warfare Officer during his 5 years on active duty.


Bridget Komine, Oahu Board Member (Chair)

Bridget Komine is a retired Chief Master Sergeant with over 30 years of military service.  Currently she is the Assistant Director, US Department of Labor, Veterans Employment and Training Service (VETS) for Hawaii and Guam.


Blair Suzuki, Oahu Board Member (Vice-Chair)

Blair Suzuki is a US Navy veteran. He spent 7 years as a Surface Warfare Officer and served multiple deployments in support of the Global War on Terrorism. Blair currently works as a business and community leader on O’ahu and is a champion for Veteran issues, especially those affecting Post-9/11 veterans and under-represented members of the veteran community.