Procurement Policy Board Members
Howard S. Garval, Chair
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 Strong Families and Communities 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.
Elizabeth Webb, Vice Chair
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.
Kathy Suzuki-Kitagawa, Secretary
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 13 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.
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 Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science. He was also designated a Certified Public Finance Officer by the Government Finance Officers Association.
Lena Mobin Cullison
Lena has worked in Strategic Procurement for Hawaiian Airlines since 2013 and is currently the Corporate Services Category Manager, Strategic Procurement. Her experience includes working as the Contracts Specialist and In-House Counsel for Alternate Energy Inc.; as a legal intern for the Environmental Law Center, International Union for Conservation of Nature in Germany; Conservation, Nature Iraq in Iraq; and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary in Honolulu; and in legal positions for a number of law firms in Honolulu.
Lena has a Master’s in Business Administration from the Shidler College of Business, a Juris Doctor from the William S. Richardson School of Law, and a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
Gary is the Chief of Staff to Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell. He was previously the Deputy Director of the Department of Budget and Fiscal Services. Gary has worked for the Department of Budget and Fiscal Services for the past 27 years, and for 16 of those years, he was Administrator of the Real Property Assessment Division. He is a licensed Certified General Appraiser with extensive knowledge in government processes and management, was named Manager of the Year for the Department of Budget and Fiscal Services in 2008 and 1999, and has been instrumental in crafting the city’s operating and capital improvement budgets over the past four years. Kurokawa graduated from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology. Prior to joining the city, he was vice president of GK Appraisals, Inc. and worked in residential and commercial valuation for Uyetake & Associates.
Jim is a Procurement Analyst for the Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP) and Program Manager for all small business concerns relating to the mission of the Army Expeditionary Contracting Command (ECC) located in Alabama, and the 413th Contracting Support Brigade at Fort Shafter, Hawaii. He is responsible for planning, directing, and monitoring programs that will increase ECC’s prime contract awards and subcontracting awards to small business firms at the 413th CSB. In addition, James provides counsel and support for the Command’s Small Business Program, and advises acquisition professional of procurement opportunities to enhance levels of small business participation within various areas of the OSBP.
Jim received a Master’s in Arts in Organizational Leadership from Chapman University, a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Golden Gate University, and a Professional Certification/Minor in Human Resources from Golden Gate University.