Procurement Policy Board Members

Roderick K. Becker

Rod was named the Comptroller of the Department of Accounting and General Services (DAGS) beginning November 19, 2016, by Governor David Y. Ige.  Rod previously served as Deputy Director of the Department of Budget and Finance since December 2014. Prior to this, he was Budget Chief for the Hawaii State Senate, where he supported the Legislature’s development of the state budget.  Rod is a graduate of the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, where he earned a B.A. in economics and political science. He was also designated a certified public finance officer by the Government Finance Officers Association.

Howard S. Garval

Howard has been with Child & Family Service since 2006 and is the President and Chief Executive Officer. He previously served as President & Chief Executive Officer at the Village for Families & Children in Hartford, Connecticut. Howard has 41 years experience in the human services field. Howard holds a Masters of Social Work and started his post-master’s career at Family Service of Greater Boston in 1975.

In Hawaii, Howard is the Immediate Past Chair of the Board of Directors of PHOCUSED (Protecting Hawaii’s Ohana, Children, Under-Served, Elderly and Disabled) and formerly served on the Oahu Workforce Investment Board. He also chairs the advisory board for the Hawaii Family Support Institute. Nationally, he is on the board of the Executive Leadership Institute Alumni Connections of the Alliance for Children & Families and served as its first chair from 2008-2011, and is a trustee for the 501c Agencies Trust, a national nonprofit organization supporting nonprofit organizations with unemployment insurance.

Ronald N. Hirano

Ron is a resident of Pearl City, with his wife Charlene, and is currently working as a Project Manager for the Honolulu Engineer District, US Army Corps of Engineers. Previously, he served as the Executive Officer, Aloha Tower Development Corporation and  Deputy Director, State of Hawaii Department of Transportation. Ron also served in various engineering capacities at the Harbors Division, Department of Transportation.

Ron is a Graduate of the University of Hawaii, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering.

Greg King (Chair)

Greg is the Central Purchasing Agent for the County of Maui, and he has been in that position since 1995.  Prior to that, he worked as a Purchasing Specialist for the Department of Water Supply from 1992-1995, and was a Buyer for the Houston Lighting & Power Company in Houston, Texas from 1982-1988.

Greg holds a Bachelors of Business Administration from Kansas State University, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Houston and previously served on the Procurement Policy Board from 2000-2008.

Kathy Suzuki-Kitagawa

Kathy is the Chief Operating Officer of the Hawaii Primary Care Association (HPCA), which is a private, nonprofit organization, dedicated to fostering primary health care for all Hawaii residents. The principal members of HPCA are nonprofit, multi-service Community Health Centers and Native Hawaiian Health Care Systems that are founded and governed by the communities they serve. She has been with HPCA for 12 years.

Kathy received her Master’s in Business Administration and Master’s in Public Health from the University of Hawaii. She lives on the island of Maui, where she was born and raised.

Elizabeth Webb

Elizabeth has over 25 years of experience in all aspects of contract and subcontract management. In her position with Environmental Chemical Corporation, she oversees the entire process of contract administration including market research, sourcing, contract type, cost proposals, scoping, risk analysis, conflict of interest, negotiations, cost and pricing data, contract execution, subcontracting, small business socioeconomic goals, audits, claims, and closeout. She has extensive knowledge of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation (DF AR), Contractors Purchasing System Review (CPSR), and Cost Accounting Standards (CAS). Experienced throughout Hawaii, Guam, Pacific Region, Korea, Japan, Alaska, and the the U.S., providing a thorough background in a variety of contracts and subcontract administration subjects.