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Department of Environmental Management - Staff

 

DIRECTOR: WILLIAM A. KUCHARSKI

William (Bill) Kucharski graduated from the U.S Coast Guard Academy, served ten (10) years as an engineering officer in the Coast Guard; he received an MS in Chemical Engineering and an MS in Civil Engineering from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor); is a Registered Professional Engineer (retired); and has well over forty (40) years’ experience as a technical project and engineering manager.

Kucharski was Director of Renewable Energy, Pacific Region with the responsibility to develop energy projects in the region for a large AE firm in Honolulu. He also served as the Project Manager for the “Interisland Wind Project and Undersea Cable, Environmental Impact Statement” program (DBEDT). He managed data collection and analysis portions for the State of Kuwait’s environmental claims to the United Nations Compensation Commission (UNCC) against Iraq for the environmental damages done during the 1991 illegal invasion. He served as the Deputy Secretary and Secretary of Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality. He joined Mayor Harry Kim’s cabinet in December of 2016.

 

DEPUTY DIRECTOR: DIANE A. NODA

Diane Noda is the Deputy Director for the department.  She has served the County of Hawai‘i for twenty-five years as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney with the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney, as a Deputy Corporation Counsel with the Office of the Corporation Counsel, and as the Labor Relations Manager with the Department of Human Resources.  For the past decade her primary focus has been labor litigation, labor relations, and resolving labor issues.       

Ms. Noda earned a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, a Master of Education degree from the University of Oregon, and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Washington.  She serves on the boards of the Sons and Daughters of AJA Veterans, the Hilo Junior Tennis Club, and is an active member of the Hilo High Alumni Association, Hawai‘i Shima Fukuoka Kenjinkai, and the East Hawai‘i District Tennis Association.  

 

PRIVATE SECRETARY: MARCIE M.K. TOGUCHI

Marcie Toguchi was born and raised in Hilo, and graduated from Hilo High School.  She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo.  She has served the County for over thirteen years as an Account Clerk with the Hawai‘i Police Department, Assistant Account Clerk, Account Clerk and Human Resources Technician with the Department of Environmental Management, and Private Secretary with the Data Systems Department.