Ige Announces Nominees for Land Use Commission, Board of Education
Governor David Ige announced his nominations for the Board of Education and the Land Use Commission on Thursday.
Governor Ige selected Dawn Chang and Gary Okuda to the state Land Use Commission, along with Patricia Bergin and Bruce Voss to the Board of Education.
Jonathan Scheuer, Commissioner of the Land Use Commission, was also reappointed. His current term is set to expire on June 30.
All four appointments are subject to confirmation by the Senate.
Chang was a deputy attorney general with the Land/Transportation Division for 14 years. She was also counsel to various state boards and commissions, including the Land Board and Water Commission.
Since 1981, Okuda has practiced law in Hawai‘i. He specializes in diverse real estate matters.
“The Land Use Commission plays a vital role in protecting Hawai‘i’s precious resources and carrying out the mandates of the Hawai‘i State Constitution,” according to Okuda. “I am humbled to be asked to play a part in fulfilling these responsibilities for all people who love Hawai‘i and call it home.”
Bergin is a former teacher with the state Department of Education and part of the state’s education community for over 40 years. Currently, she is the coordinator for leadership teams of Ka HULI Mua, a consortium of preschool programs on three islands. Bergin also serves as an adjunct professor at Chaminade University.
Voss is a partner with the law firm of Bays Lung Rose & Holma. His practice emphasizes business, real estate, employment law, and litigation. He previously worked as a news reporter for Pacific Business News and KHON2 News. Voss is a graduate of Kalaheo High School and the Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawai‘i.