About the Hawaii State Ethics Commission
Date Established: The Hawaii State Ethics Commission was established in January 1968.
Appointment of Commissioners: The Commission has five members who must be selected in a manner which assures their independence and impartiality in accordance with Article XIV of the Hawaii State Constitution. The Judicial Council nominates two individuals for each vacancy on the Commission. The nominees’ names are sent to the Governor, who selects one of the nominees for appointment. Senate confirmation of appointees is not required.
Term of Office: A commissioner’s term of office is four years. No person may be appointed consecutively to more than two terms on the Commission.
Qualifications/Restrictions: A commissioner must be a U.S. citizen and a resident of Hawaii. Commissioners may not hold any other public office. Commissioners may not take an active part in political management or in political campaigns during their terms of office.
No Compensation: Commissioners serve without compensation but are allowed their actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance their duties.
Reynaldo D. Graulty is an attorney with a long and distinguished public service career in all three branches of state government: He served as a Representative and Senator in the State Legislature; as State Insurance Commissioner; and as a State Circuit Court Judge. He was also an Adjunct Professor of ethics at Chaminade University. Mr. Graulty holds a B.A. degree from State University of New York at Albany and a J.D. degree from the William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Mr. Graulty is a past recipient of the Outstanding Alumnus Award, Class of ’79, William S. Richardson School of Law.
Mr. Graulty’s term on the Commission ends on June 30, 2019.
Ruth D. Tschumy is a retired educator, administrator, author, and consultant. She previously served as Chair of the State of Hawaii Charter School Review Panel. She has served on numerous non-profit boards, including the Board of Directors of the Hawaii Association of Independent Schools. Ms. Tschumy is also a volunteer mediator and Emeritus Director of the Mediation Center of the Pacific. She holds a B.A. degree from Oberlin College and a M.A. degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and was the recipient of the Klingenstein Fellowship at Columbia University.
Ms. Tschumy’s term on the Commission ends on June 30, 2021.
Susan N. DeGuzman is a retired State Judiciary employee who worked for the Judiciary’s First Circuit Court and Hawaii Supreme Court for nearly thirty years before her retirement in 2010. Ms. DeGuzman served as the Judicial Assistant / Executive Secretary for former Hawaii Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald T. Y. Moon. Prior to her state service, she was a legal secretary for a private law firm. Ms. DeGuzman received a B.Ed. degree and a M.Ed. degree in Elementary Education from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She also holds an A.A. degree in Paralegal Studies from Kapiolani Community College.
Ms. DeGuzman’s term on the Commission ends on June 30, 2020.
Melinda Wood is a retired Grants Development Specialist for the East-West Center. She previously worked as Assistant to the Chancellor and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of Hawaii – West Oahu, and as an Immigration Specialist at the Research Corporation of the University of Hawaii. Ms. Wood is a former president and board member of Planned Parenthood of Hawaii and her community activities include serving as a volunteer “baby cuddler” at Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children. She holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in English from Colorado State University; a M.S.S. degree in Applied Communication from the University of Denver; and a Ph.D. in Educational Administration from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
Ms. Wood’s term on the Commission ends on June 30, 2018.
David O’Neal is the General Manager of the Mililani Town Association, which serves 16,000 homes. He previously owned and operated Shop and Ship Hawaii LLC. He also worked for many years in the healthcare industry as President of Healthcare Directive Partners LLC; owner/partner of Hawaii Dental Partners / Akamai Dental; and Operations Director of the Hawaii Dental Group. Mr. O’Neal’s many community activities include having served as a member of the Waipahu Neighborhood Board and the Citizen Advisory Committee of the Oahu Metropolitan Planning Organization. He holds a B.A. degree in Health Administration from the University of Hawaii – West Oahu.
Mr. O’Neal’s term on the Commission ends on June 30, 2018.