PHC Advisory Council

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Mr. Paul Marx

Mr. Marx was appointed to the Hawaii Prepaid Health Care Advisory Council in March 2018 and currently serves as chairperson. Mr. Marx received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from the State University of New York Colleges. Mr. Marx is currently the Chief Executive Officer for the AHED Foundation. Mr. Marx has 25 years’ experience as the CEO of a corporation that provided trust fund administration services for multiple jointly managed benefit plans. Mr. Marx is an active board member for numerous non-profit organizations including Kapiolani Foundation Board, Le Jardin Academy and the South Pacific Charitable Foundation. Mr. Marx was a member of the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, serving in various capacities as a speaker, moderator and membership volunteer. Currently Mr. Marx is a full member of the Urban Land Institute and Affordable Housing Council Member.

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Ms. Laudra Eber

Ms. Eber was appointed to the Hawaii Prepaid Health Care Advisory Council in May 2004. Ms. Eber holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland, Summa Cum Laude, and was awarded a certificate as a “Certified Employee Benefits Specialist” from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She has over 25 years of insurance industry experience working for an insurance company, a multi-national insurance broker. She is a board member of the Hawaii Chapter of the International Society of Certified Employee Benefits Specialists and was past President, Charter member and is currently an Executive Board member of the National Association of Health Underwriters. Ms. Eber also teaches continuing education classes for life and health insurance professionals.

council member photoDr. John T. McDonnell

Dr. McDonnell has been a member of the Hawaii Prepaid Health Care Advisory Council since 1990. He is a Board Certified Allergist/Immunologist in private practice in Kaneohe. Dr. McDonnell received his M.D. degree from the New Jersey College of Medicine and Dentistry in Newark, New Jersey, where he also trained, and became board Certified as a Pediatrician. After two years of U.S. Army service as a Pediatrician at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, he completed an Allergy-Immunology Fellowship at Fitz Simmons Medical Center, affiliated with National Jewish Center for Immunology and Respiratory Medicine in Denver, Colorado. He thereafter became Board Certified as an Allergist-Immunologist. Dr. McDonnell served a three-year tour of duty as Chief of Allergy and Immunology at the Tripler Army Medical Center before retiring from active duty in 1981. Dr. McDonnell continued to serve in the Army Reserve until 1999.

Dr. McDonnell is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at the John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaii. He has served as President for the Hawaii Allergy Society, Honolulu County Medical Association, and the Hawaii Medical Association and currently serves on the Tobacco Prevention and Control Trust Fund Advisory Board which overseas monies from the National Master Settlement of 1987 with the Tobacco Industry. In addition, Dr. McDonnell serves on the Hawaii State Board of Medical Examiners and Hawaii Vocal Art Ensemble, and previously served on the American Lung Association Board of Directors. Dr. McDonnell annually volunteers at the Hawaii Asthma Camp.

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Ms. Carol Shimomura

Ms. Shimomura is the Vice President of Employee Benefit Sales at Pacific Guardian Life Insurance Company, Limited, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance Company. In her capacity, she manages the brokerage sales channel for Employee Benefits in Hawaii. Ms. Shimomura earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She commenced her career at Pacific Guardian Life and later worked at Travelers/MetraHealth/United HealthCare and Queen’s Health Management before returning to Pacific Guardian Life in 2001. Ms. Shimomura retains memberships in the Hawaii Association of Health Underwriters and the Hawaii Executive Women International, and is involved with corporate memberships in the Hawaii Association of Insurance Professionals, The Women in Lodging & Tourism, the Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce, the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii, and the Japan-America Society of Hawaii. She currently serves as a board member of the Hawaii Lodging & Tourism Association.

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Ms. Bonnie Pang

Ms. Pang, MBA is a Senior Vice President/Manager for Atlas Benefit Consulting. She joined Atlas Insurance Agency in 2007, to establish the Benefit Consulting practice to complement the already successful Property and Casualty unit. Ms. Pang has over twenty years of experience in health insurance and employee benefits, working with medium and large employers in grocery, construction, airlines, education, hospitality, law, retail, non-profit, transportation and education. Prior to joining Atlas, she led the Health and Welfare practice for Mercer in Hawaii.

Ms. Pang is a member of Society of Human Resource Manager- Hawaii and the Hawaii Association of Health Underwriters. She also serves on the Product, Tools and Services Committee for the United Benefits Advisors. She is a graduate of the University of Redlands with a degree a Bachelors of Arts in International Relations and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.

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