Commissioner Bios & Staff

The Commission is a five member body created by the 1973 legislature under Act 185. Commissioners are appointed by the Governor from a list of ten nominees submitted by the Judicial Council. The appointments are not subject to senatorial confirmation. Commissioners serve on a voluntary basis for a four-year term and may be reappointed for a second four-year term.

Commissioners

Bryan Luke, Chair

Bryan Luke is the President and Chief Executive Officer at Hawaii National Bank, a local community bank that specializes in serving individual account holders and locally owned, closely held businesses. A graduate of Punahou School, he received his BA from Amherst College and MBA from Harvard University. Bryan has served on a number of community boards including The Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific, Pacific and Asian Affairs Council, and the Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii.

His term expires on June 30, 2023.

Stanley Lum, Vice Chair

Stanley Lum is a graduate of Kamehameha Schools, the University of Hawaii, and Southwestern Seminary.  Prior to retiring from the Armed Services YMCA as Executive Director, he served as Assistant Headmaster and Director of Development at Le Jardin Academy and as Vice President for Financial Development at Hawaii Baptist Academy.  He is a founding board member of the Missing Child Center of Hawaii and volunteers at the Ronald McDonald House Charities and Sony Open.

His term expires on June 30, 2024.

Neal Herbert

A U.S. Coast Guard Academy graduate, Neal served for 28 years, including a tour as Commanding Officer, CG Base Honolulu, before retiring as Captain. Now residing in Hilo, his subsequent activities involve several national, state and Hawaii County organizations such as the U.S. Navy League, Society of Professional Engineers (currently a registered civil engineer in Hawaii), Big Island Retired Military Association and Paukaa Community Association, serving as officer/director in each. Neal worked with SSFM International, Inc, as a project engineer in their Hilo office. He is a former campaign treasurer, served on the Hawaii County Transportation Commission for four years, and was a nominee for the 2014 Big Island Outstanding Older American Award.

His term expires on June 30, 2023.

Maryellen Markley, Ph.D.

Dr. Maryellen Markley is President of First Impressions, Inc., providing nonprofit strategic planning, board training, and grant writing for charities in Hawaii for over 25 years.  Prior to that, she worked on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. writing health care legislation, including portions of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Orphan Drug Act.  Maryellen currently volunteers on the Board for the Hawaii Disability Rights Center, and the Hawaii Professional Firefighters’ Foundation, and has served in a similar capacity for more than twenty-five other nonprofits in Hawaii since 1995.  Maryellen attended American University in Washington, D.C., and Honolulu University; and has earned an MBA, and a doctorate in social psychology.

Her term expires on June 30, 2021.

Gregory Shoda

Gregory Shoda was born in Honolulu, Hawaii and attended Roosevelt High School. He matriculated at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where he earned a BA in English, a MA in English literature, and a Professional Diploma in secondary education. He was drafted into the US Army and served in the field artillery in the Republic of Vietnam. Following service, he was employed with the federal government, mainly with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). At the VA he supervised veterans benefits counseling; outreach to the military and itinerant services to the neighbor islands, Guam, and American Samoa; fiduciary services to incompetent veterans, and liaison with schools approved for veterans training in Hawaii, Guam, and American Samoa. Since retiring, he has been a volunteer arithmetic tutor at Manana Elementary School.

His term expired on June 30, 2020.

Commission Staff

The Commission staff consists of an executive director, associate director, general counsel, administrative assistant and elections assistant.

Executive Director – Kristin E. Izumi-Nitao
Associate Director – Tony Baldomero
General Counsel – Gary Kam
Elections Assistant – Ellisa Vendiola
Administrative Assistant – Yayoi Tumamao