Matthew Kamakani Lynch

Professional title(s):    
Sustainability Director, Compulsive Shenanigator    

One Interesting Thing About Me:
I've been pickling a lot of veggies lately.

Brief bio:
I survived a 10-year career in mortgage banking & real estate finance and have since worked to replenish my karmic bank accounts by participating in a broad range of community-based sustainable development projects around the world. I currently serve as as teaching faculty on Harvard's Executive Education for Sustainability Leadership program, as well as Chairperson of the Board of Directors for Kahumana Organic Farm.

Working Group Selected:    
Leadership and Shared Governance

What is top of mind for you right now?    
Currently obsessed with the beautiful emergence of social innovation arising in response to our changing context. 

What ideas or initiatives will you be bringing to this working session?
Interested to explore how we can intentionally cultivate emergence for social transformation to call forth the beautiful futures we know are possible.

Manulani Aluli-Meyer


Professional title(s):    
Associate Faculty Specialist    

One Interesting Thing About Me:
Iʻm a twin. I play the blues (harmonica)

Brief bio:
Indigenous epistemologist dedicated to world-wide awakening, and Hawaiiʻs role!   

Working Group Selected:    
Community Engagement

What is top of mind for you right now?    
the potential hidden in these times and our growing role

What ideas or initiatives will you be bringing to this working session?
ekolu mea nui: 
three things: manaʻoiʻo, manaʻolana, aloha (knowing/knowledge/understanding)

Paul Morgan

Professional Title(s):
Professor, West Chester University of Pennsylvania

Brief Bio:
Dr. Paul Morgan is a Professor in the Department of Educational Foundations and Policy Studies at West Chester University of Pennsylvania (WCU). He is the founder and director WCU’s certificate programs in Education for Sustainability (EFS) and from 2011 to 2014 served as the University’s Sustainability Coordinator. 

Dr. Morgan chairs the board of ACEER (Amazon Center for Environmental Education and Research) and is a frequent presenter at conferences and workshops related to sustainability and education. He earned a BA from the University of Illinois (1985) and a Ph.D. from Columbia University (1998).

Yang Zhang

Professional Title(s):
IR director at Manoa    

One Interesting Thing About Me:
I have been to all the states and Puerto Rico 

Brief Bio:
Help UH Manoa gather, report, and use data.

Working Group Selected:
Student Engagement

What is top of mind for you right now?
How can we not to continue the pre-pandemic lifestyle that may bring another pandemic or a major natural disaster.

What ideas or initiatives will you be bringing to this working session?
What are we learning from this pandemic. 

Albie Miles

Professional title(s):    
Assistant Professor, Sustainable Community Food Systems    

One Interesting Thing About Me:
I have an extensive background in organic farming and horticulture, enjoy botanizing in California wilderness areas, love modern jazz and baking cupcakes with my daughter,  Jeju! 

Brief bio:    
Albie Miles is Assistant Professor of Sustainable Community Food Systems at the University of Hawai’i, West O’ahu. Dr. Miles received his Ph.D. in Environmental Science, Policy and Management from UC Berkeley in 2013. His natural science research explores the relationship between farming system biodiversity and the provisioning of ecosystem services to and from agriculture. His social science research explores the socio-economic and political obstacles to achieving ecologically sustainable and socially just food and farming systems. He has worked at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems at UC Santa Cruz.

Working Group Selected:     
Teaching, Learning & Curriculum

What is top of mind for you right now?    
The need for transdisciplinary research and education across higher education. 

What ideas or initiatives will you be bringing to this working session?
SCFS Curriculum and Pedagogy; Ike Ai as a model transdisciplinary project involving research, education, policy and community engagement; Future of food speaker series. 

Siobhán Ní Dhonacha

Professional Title(s):
Faculty Specialist    

One Interesting Thing About Me:
I was a D.J., and I picked grapes in France.

Brief Bio:
Siobhán Ní Dhonacha is an Assistant Faculty Specialist with the Honors Program, and a Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation (TRHT) Fellow, with an emphasis on Aloha ʻĀina. Indigenous Irish, Siobhán was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland. Teaching since 1995, Siobhán has worked with students in Washington State, New York, and Hawaiʻi, and at UH since 2009. Research foci are Empowerment Teaching & Advising ©, experiential learning, resilience, critical thinking in the 21st Century, writing praxis, and the philosophy and ethics of care in academic policy and praxis.

Working Group Selected:
Teaching, Learning & Curriculum    

What is top of mind for you right now?
Learning from the current response to the pandemic, and understanding all the contributing factors so as to move forward into a world grounded in kuleana, Aloha ʻĀina, and the ethics of care as a lived practice in all dealings, both social and economic.    

What ideas or initiatives will you be bringing to this working session?
Creative thinking, and the application of kuleana, Aloha ʻĀina, and the ethics of care as a lived practice in all dealings, both social and economic, and a framework for action in the institution.

Harvy King

Professional Title(s):
  veteran, student    

One Interesting Thing About Me:
"- first ""real job"" was on an assembly line for GM & Chevy driver side rear view mirrors (only place in the world that makes them, newago michigan, graveyard shift).
- my entire moms side of the family lives in guatemala"

Brief Bio:
From Guatemala, Raised in Michigan.
Employment: dish washer, factory assembly, navy airplane mechanic, butcher (meat prep and sales), sustainability studies student, HPD Candidate"

Working Group Selected:
Operations    

What is top of mind for your right now?
Being a cop to begin to pursue a career in u.s. homeland security    

What ideas or initiatives will you be bringing to this working session?
Enforcement vs Compliance of Sustainable Practices

Laurien "Lala" Nuss

Professional Title(s):
Climate Resilience and Equity Manager 

One Interesting Thing About Me:
I was Miss Rodeo Hawaii 1999 and I started riding horses at the age of 4 yrs old.  ;)

Brief Bio:
Born, raised and educated on O'ahu and Moku o Keawe, Hawai'i. Recently joined the City and County of Honolulu's Office of Climate Change, Sustainability and Resiliency (CCSR) as the Climate Resilience and Equity Manager. 

Dedicated to re-cultivating community resiliency and wellbeing through the practice of regenerative relationships. Spent the last 10 years repurposing my global travel industry background in service to generational transformation and adaptation. In 2016, founded Conscious Concepts, a social enterprise in service to 'aina and arts initiatives providing project management, community programming and place-based travel curation. 

In the spirit of radical collaborations, continues to cultivate the practice of interweaving corporate and grassroots, island and global perspectives in holistic approaches to centering equitable emergent solutions genuinely reflective of and appropriate to people and place. 

An advocate and educator in sustainable tourism, dedicated to the rehabilitation of our primary forms of true waiwai (wealth): ecological, cultural, social and spiritual wellbeing.

Working Group Selected:
Community Engagement

What is top of mind for you right now:
Equitable economic recovery - not to go back to "business as usual".  Advocacy and explicit work within institutions and within communities around socio-eco-nomic justice.  

What ideas or initiatives will you be bringing to this working session?
equitable economic frameworks for a just recovery reflective of prioritizing localized economic models within tourism, technology, food security and public health.

Jimmy Trujillo


Professional Title(s):
Faculty Sustainability Coordinator    

One Interesting Thing About Me:
My wife and I will celebrate 30 years of marital bliss this summer <3    

Brief Bio:
Born in Santa Clara, CA
Started my career working with youth in 1986
Married in 1990 & moved to Kaua'i in 1999
Daughter, Manu, was born in 2000
Started volunteering at KKCR- Kaua'i Community Radio in 2005
Started beekeeping 2006 & captured first feral colony in 2007
Started working at Kaua'i Community College in August 2007
Helped to coordinate inaugural KCC Earthday celebration in April 2008
Co-founded the KCC Apiary w/ Francis Takahashi in 2009
Accepted position of Faculty Sustainability Coordinator @ KCC in Fall 2017

Working Group Selected:
Community Engagement    

What is top of mind for me right now:
Leveraging the current disruption of'normal' unsustainable  practices towards finding innovative solutions to create the change we want to see in the world    

What ideas or initiatives will you be bringing to this working session?
an open mind and positive attitude

Christine Beale

Professional Title(s):
Director, General Education Office    

One Interesting Thing About Me:
My two daughters (ages 7 and 9) both dream of being astronauts. I, on the other hand, am very afraid of heights.    

Brief Bio:
I’m an Andean archaeologist, but when I came to UH Manoa as a trailing spouse, had to reinvent myself as a Latin American generalist. A request to teach a course on colonial Latin American history eventually led to a research focus on colonial Latin American archaeology, which has been very productive. As Director of the General Education Office at UHM, I’m thoroughly enjoying cultivating a number of initiatives such as systemwide teaching resources and thematic pathways in Gen Ed. I equally enjoy working with a wide range of colleagues across UH in assessment, pedagogy, interdisciplinarity, and general education.

Working Group Selected:
Teaching, Learning & Curriculum    

What is top of mind for me right now:
How to leverage Gen Ed as a common, integrative experience for students that excites them and helps them to make connections across disciplines and courses. And how to help faculty colleagues to see Gen Ed the same way, rather than (or in addition to?) a tool for boosting enrollment in specific classes.    

What ideas or initiatives will you be bringing to this working session?
Connecting colleagues across campuses to share ideas about engaging teaching strategies, to connect across disciplinary lines, and to support each other as we work toward a more sustainable model of higher education and cross-disciplinary collaboration.

Hannah Emery

Professional Title(s):
AmeriCorps Sustainability Coordinator VISTA  

One Interesting Thing About Me:
I pole vaulted in college 


Brief Bio:
Hannah is an AmeriCorps VISTA working with UHOS at Mānoa. She is in charge of doing a campus STARS report and assists with other sustainability initiatives on campus. 

Working Group Selected:
Research

What is top of mind for me right now:
Sustainability research inventory   

What ideas or initiatives will you be bringing to this working session?
Creating a system to inventory sustainability research & scholarship and how we define sustainability

Mary Babcock

Professional Title(s):
Professor, Studio Art

One Interesting Thing About Me:
I am into edible landscaping

Brief Bio:
I am a visual and performance artist deeply interested in the intersection of art, contemplation and social activism. I am currently Professor in Sculpture and Expanded Practices, and Chair of the Graduate Program in Studio Art in the Department of Art and Art History at the UH Manoa. I have an MFA in Studio Art, BFA in Painting, Ph. D.,and BA in Psychology.  My installation, performance and mixed media work have been exhibited regionally, nationally and internationally

Working Group Selected:
Teaching, Learning & Curriculum

What is top of mind for me right now:
How to prepare students for a future ripe with uncertainty


What ideas or initiatives will you be bringing to this working session?
Considering the role of art in fostering flexibility and active hope

Punihei Lipe

Position Title(s):
Native Hawaiian (NH) Affairs Program Officer

One Interesting Thing About Me:
I'm sort of an open book. I love the rain. I'd like to go to medical school in retirement.

Brief Bio:
I am the NH Affairs Program Officer at UH Mānoa tasked with leading the strategic implementation of 30 years of NH report recommendations to help make UHM a NH place of learning. I live in He‘eia with my children and family.

Working Group Selected:
Cultural Connections

What is top of mind for me right now:
How aloha ‘āina can become a foundation for the future in Hawai‘i

What ideas or initiatives will you be bringing to this working session?
Aloha ‘āina as it is unfolding at UHM; ideas about all who call Hawai‘i home finding their role in aloha ‘āina

Philip Johnson

Professional Title(s):
Professor    

One interesting thing about me:
I play in a jam band called Hardly Strictly Jerry.    

Brief Bio:
Professor of Information and Computer Sciences at University of Hawaii. Director of the Collaborative Software Development Laboratory (https://csdl.ics.hawaii.edu).  Convenor of the UHM Sustainability Council.

Working Group Selected:
Student Engagement    

What is top of mind for me right now:
Food security of Hawaii    

What ideas or initiatives will you be bringing to this working session?
not sure

Paul Briggs

Position Title(s):
Professor of Economics

One Interesting Thing About Me:
Avid Cyclist.

Brief Bio:
Have taught for 30 years, 20 years at Windward. 

Working Group Selected:
Teaching, Learning & Curriculum

What is top of mind for me right now:
Contingency plans for Fall 2020 Instruction

What ideas or initiatives will you be bringing to this working session?
Online Education

Lisa Radak

Position Title(s):
Dean of Health Academic Programs

One Interesting Thing About Me:
I am a drummer!

Brief Bio:
I have served in the role of Dean since 2012. First at a private, non-profit institution with oversight of 35 separately accredited programs over 9 campuses. I have had the honor of serving in the role of Dean at KapCC since August, 2019. 

Working Group Selected:
Leadership and Shared Governance

What is top of mind for me right now:
Maximize resources to support instructional faculty with the tools necessary to deliver quality programs that are of value to our students. 

What ideas or initiatives will you be bringing to this working session?
1. Create efficiencies through consolidation of services throughout the UH system. 2. Invest resources to build a contemporary curriculum and to create a culture of assessment. 3. Strengthen the fortitude of the institution.

Indrajit Gunasekara

Position Title(s):
Financial Aid Officer

One Interesting Thing About Me:
I love "the tree of life"

Brief Bio:
Indrajit Gunasekara is an indigenous tropical plant conservation practitioner and knowledge-holder of soil and water conservation practices. Gunasekara serves the student population at UH West Oahu as a financial aid officer and also coordinates the Uluniu Project, a community-based food movement whose activities focus on local food security, conservation, and youth empowerment.

Working Group Selected:
Community Engagement

What is top of mind for me right now:
Islands' food security 

What ideas or initiatives will you be bringing to this working session?
I'd like to discuss and to share some thoughts about our Uluniu Project:
To talk stories on the idea of the ‘āina momona--the rich productivity and beauty of land through food production. Cultural Agroforestry application and ideas on growing food producing plants in urban settings by focusing on both agroecological (integrated scientific) and Indigenous-based functional knowledge in following areas: the selection of best food-producing plant varieties conducive to tropical climates, soil building and rejuvenation through microorganisms, water conservation practices, erosion control, and pollination services from companion planting. We are dedicated to exposing youth to coherent and culturally inspiring processes of how to create and maintain ʻāina momona.


Mark Hixon

Position Title(s):
Professor

One Interesting Thing About Me:
I do annual solo nature fasts.

Brief Bio:
Orphaned at birth and then adopted.  Raised near many beaches worldwide.  Surfer since age 12.  Degrees at UC Santa Barbara.  UH postdoc 1979-1981.  UC Irvine lecturer and researcher 1981-1984.  Oregon State Univ prof 1984-2012.  UH endowed prof 2013-present.  Love my family, my ‘ohana, and Poor Mother Ocean.

Working Group Selected:
Research

What is top of mind for me right now:
My family

What ideas or initiatives will you be bringing to this working session?
Life Experience

Susan Jaworoski

Position Title(s):
Dr.

One Interesting Thing About Me:
Former Jeopardy champ.

Brief Bio:
Attorney. Ph.D in ETEC. Academic since 2007. Faculty Senate vice chair. UHPA director. All out of verbs at this time.

Working Group Selected:
Leadership and Shared Governance

What is top of mind for me right now:
Restarting the economy

What ideas or initiatives will you be bringing to this working session?
Working with the legislature

Miki Crutchfield

Position Title(s):
Counselor

One Interesting Thing About Me:
I was in early childhood ed for 20 years.

Brief Bio:
I was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan and Jacksonville, Arkansas - in a family of educators, musicians, and entrepreneurs. I have a 3 year old  son, who is the light in my life. I feel honored and privileged to serve our community through the work of higher education and to work with the First-Year Experience team at Kapi`olani CC.

Working Group Selected:
Teaching, Learning & Curriculum

What is top of mind for me right now:
Keeping the needs of our most vulnerable students in mind.

What ideas or initiatives will you be bringing to this working session?
How to offer a quality learning environment that accommodates the realities of our students lives - i.e. limited access to resources, technology, transportation, both financial and moral support to pursue college, balancing competing obligations.


Makena Coffman

Position Title(s):
Professor/Director

One Interesting Thing About Me:
I have two sons, Eli and Micah.

Brief Bio:
Makena Coffman is the Director for the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Institute for Sustainability and Resilience. She is a Professor of Urban and Regional Planning and teaches graduate courses in climate change and low carbon cities.  Her research interests include greenhouse gas mitigation, energy policy and alternative transportation strategies. She is a Research Fellow with the University of Hawaiʻi Economic Research Organization, holds a B.A. in International Relations from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. She currently serves as Chair of the City and County of Honolulu Climate Change Commission.  

Working Group Selected:
Teaching, Learning & Curriculum

What ideas or initiatives will you be bringing to this working session?
Manoa BA in Sustainability via Interdisciplinary Studies

Kristin Bacon

Position Title(s):
IRB  Coordinator, Education Program Manager

One Interesting Thing About Me:
I enjoy blowing glass, I love Greece - having gone to school and lived there

Brief Bio:
Third generation kamaʻāina from Mānoa, I returned to Hawai'i for good in 2004 after living, working, and going to school in Washington, New York, and California for several years, thus gaining a deep and powerful perspective that Hawai'i is my true heart's home. As an artist, meditation student, TRHT fellow, MPH, and research ethics proponent, to name a few, I have a great many interests and pursuits. I am dedicated to and passionate about doing what I can to help the university positively transform to meet these times. Mahalo nui!   

Working Group Selected:
Research

What is top of mind for me right now:
How can the many wonderful things that have happened in response to COVID-19 be taken with us into our future?

What ideas or initiatives will you be bringing to this working session?
Creative problem solving, ways to sustainably support change, moving forward

Rachel James

Professional Title(s):
Attorney

One Thing Interesting About Me:
I crochet and I really love country music 

Brief Bio:
I graduated from the William S. Richardson School of Law last summer with certificates in Native Hawaiian Law and Environmental Law and remain engaged with current students and faculty at the law school as I am able. I have two teenage daughters, one in college and one finishing middle school. I love God. I love the Earth and I love these crazy humans running around doing all kine t’ings to help us all. 

Working Group Selected:
Community Engagement    

What is top of mind for you right now?
Food security

What ideas or initiatives will you be bringing to this working session?
Hawaii people’s fund experiences and ideas about other community funds

Amanda Shaw

Professional Title(s):
Lecturer     

One interesting thing about me:
I speak Italian    

Brief Bio:
Lecturer and consultant on gender and inequalities in food, agriculture and development.

Working Group Selected:
Research    

What's top of mind for me right now:
Deepening inequalities     

What ideas or initiatives will you be bringing to this working session?
Ways to redress inequalities through COVID-19 responses!

Ruby Menon


Professional Title(s):
Founder, BrainSmart HR, LLC   

One interesting thing about me:
I traveled to Cuba to learn Afro-Cuban music and dance. I co-designed an online vocational assessment for inmates transitioning to the community.  

Brief Bio:
As the founder of BrainSmart HR, I work with and support innovators such as Dr. BJ Fogg (founder of the Behavior Design lab, professor at Stanford, and author of the book Tiny Habits) and Amy Jo Kim (author of the book Game Thinking). I provide services in product, project, and community management, training and development, curriculum design, systems thinking, and business management to help my clients execute projects.

I teach online workshops to help people navigate and execute their job search and/or career transition journey with a virtual co-working component to build community. I have a strong workforce development background from my years of recruiting in my past career in HR. I used that skill set for a social enterprise project to co-design an online vocational assessment for inmates to help them transition to the workforce when they reenter the community. 


Working Group Selected:
Workforce development-what work is going to look like in a post covid world and how might the university system prepare our students    

What's top of mind for me right now:
Since my focus is workforce development, I am most concerned about the massive changes in our labor market due to automation, what skills our workforce will need to be marketable, and how our education system can transform to provide our future workforce with the relevant mindset and skills to be prepared. This topic in my mind has accelerated 100x because of COIVD and I think there is a tremendous opportunity for us to integrate our workforce of the future with new careers identified in sustainability.

What ideas or initiatives will you be bringing to this working session?
An open mind; A systems thinking approach to consider all the interdependencies between education and workforce development;  A human centered and behavior design focus to prototype programs and services that will be relevant and effective for our future workforce.

David Forman

Professional Title(s):
Director, Environmental Law Program  

One interesting thing about me:
I am an honorary member of the legendary Visayan Sea Squadron -- the only foreigner invited to join one of its enforcement operations.

Brief Bio:
David is a member of the faculty at the William S. Richardson School of Law. Courses taught include Administrative Law, Appellate Advocacy, Climate Justice for Future Generations, Food Security, IUCN Workshop, Lawyering Fundamentals, Pacific Islands Environmental Legislative Drafting, and Philippine Environmental Law. David frequently gives presentations on traditional and customary Native Hawaiian rights as a Faculty Specialist with the Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law. He is also co-editor of a forthcoming book entitled Legal Actions on Behalf of Future Generations (Peter Lang 2020).

Working Group Selected:
Community Engagement    

What's top of mind for me right now:
The rights and obligations of future generations    

What ideas or initiatives will you be bringing to this working session?
Expanding opportunities for youth engagement involving the Law School's international environmental outreach

Sharon Ziegler-Chong

Professional Title(s):
Director, Research & Community Partnerships    

One interesting thing about me:
I raise goats; I was a Peace Volunteer in Guatemala as an aquaculture extension agent.    

Brief Bio:
Iʻve worked in experiential education/training and partnership programming for over 30 years in the Pacific, Latin America and Hawaiʻi. My passions are developing individuals and leaders of the next generation as well as growing and facilitating ʻāina-based networks and partnerships. I have worked since 1992 for the University of Hawaiʻi, started the Pacific Internship Programs for Exploring Science (PIPES) in 1994, and through my role as director of research and community partnerships at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo, I work with colleagues, former interns, communities, and many partners to build and strengthen collaborative conservation efforts that benefit people, place, and communities. 

Working Group Selected:
Community Engagement   

What's top of mind for me right now:
How do we foster hope, innovation, and change that serves all in a post-COVID world? 

What ideas or initiatives will you be bringing to this working session?
UH can serve our communities in many ways, but models and who is at the leadership and organizational tables to discuss those ideas will need to involve people from the community.  How do we build that effort? How do we activate individuals from across campuses to engage in efforts that serve and benefit our communities?

Christian Giardina

Professional Title(s):
Research Ecologist

One interesting thing about me:
I love radishes!  

Brief Bio:
I’m a research ecologist with the USDA Forest Service, and graduate affiliate faculty with NREM at UHM and TCBES at UHH. My research examines climate change impacts on forests and Biocultural approaches to conservation. 

Working Group Selected:
Research    

What's top of mind for me right now:
Carbon neutrality and social justice in post-COVID Hawaii     

What ideas or initiatives will you be bringing to this working session?
Hawaii Conservation Alliance, Governor’s Task Force on GHG Sequestration, Natural and Working Lands subcommittee of the Hawaii Climate Commission.

Sonya Zabala

Professional Title(s):
NH Place of Learning Operations Manager

One interesting thing about me:
I earned my pilot's license in Alaska on my 19th bday.    

Brief Bio:
I identify as a settler in and an advocate for the Kingdom of Hawai'i. Mother of four. Poet. Daughter. Wife. Sister. Friend. Quiet wildfire. 

Working Group Selected:
Leadership and Shared Governance    

What's top of mind for me right now:
Health, safety and livelihood of family and friends.      

What ideas or initiatives will you be bringing to this working session?
Perhaps a reminder to myself that that sustainability was built in to aloha ʻāina For example, Makahiki season does not only offer a time of peace, but a season for the earth to rest and replenish. So, I am open and excited to bridge old-new ideas together like I have seen done with (K)new Futures with and for ʻohana and extended communities.

Cynthia Smith

Professional Title(s):
Professor, History; Sustainability Co-Coordinator

Brief Bio:
Been teaching for 27 years at HonCC; B.A. from Williams College (History/Political Science), M.A. in History and M.A. in Library and Information Science from University of Hawai'i, Manoa. .

Working Group Selected:
Teaching, Learning & Curriculum   

What's top of mind for me right now:
How to better share teaching resources across campuses.  Ensuring smooth articulation of emerging certificates and degrees across the UH system.

What ideas or initiatives will you be bringing to this working session?
Certificate in Sustainability being implemented Fall 2020 at HonCC

Niegel Rozet

Professional Title(s):
Graduate student, Planner

One interesting thing about me:
Slept Kaʻiwi channel overnight a few times.

Brief Bio:
LPlanner for Kuaʻāina Ulu ʻAuamo (KUA), a backbone organization that supports grassroots growing through shared responsibility. Finishing graduate degree in Urban and Regional Planning. Has taken classes at Maui College, Kapiolani Community College, UH-Hilo and UH-Manoa. Interests in Pono; environmental planning, fishery enhancement, (virtual) learning/ community building.

Working Group Selected:
Community Engagement

What's top of mind for me right now:
Getting people outside while staying inside     

What ideas or initiatives will you be bringing to this working session?
Growing Virtual Wahi Pana site visits to mālama ʻāina organizations across the state. -Sprouting spaces and opportunities to get maʻa (comfortable) to online tools and interfaces. Most especially to get kupuna and those who need help 1 on 1 or small group support.

John Delay

Professional Title(s):
Associate Professor: Geography and Environment PhD. 

One interesting thing about me:
Had a pet alligator as a child.

Brief Bio:
Primary interest is Hawaiian cloud forest climatology, biogeography and, hydrology.

Working Group Selected:
Teaching, Learning & Curriculum  

What's top of mind for me right now:
Sustainability and Climate Change

What ideas or initiatives will you be bringing to this working session?
Hope to learn something but I can share perspectives on climatology, biogeography and, hydrology.

Shawnie Fowler

Professional Title(s):
Operations & Logistics

One interesting thing about me:
Kupuna in training  

Brief Bio:
GT

Working Group Selected:
Cultural Connections

What's top of mind for me right now:
Move away from tourism dependency   

What ideas or initiatives will you be bringing to this working session?
Community connections

Nate Goore

Professional Title(s):
Principal 

One interesting thing about me:
I’m on the board of HIMELE- the Hawai’i institute for music enrichment and learning experiences (HIMELE.org), and also perform at our festivals statewide. 

Brief Bio:
Nate’s diverse work history gives him a multifaceted background spanning architecture, behavioral economics, finance, and psychology. Throughout his career Nate has worked with many leading academic institutions and Fortune 100 clients in the retail, financial, and manufacturing sectors.  His primary focus is on integrating processes, technology, and organizational changes with the physical environment to create lasting economic value. As Principal at MKTHINK, Nate leads the Honolulu office and oversees strategic initiatives, combining his diverse consulting backgrounds to develop high value solutions for our clients.

Working Group Selected:
Leadership and Shared Governance   

What's top of mind for me right now:
Process for restarting operations 

What ideas or initiatives will you be bringing to this working session?
Short and long term impacts on campus life and interaction

Laurie Komatsu

Professional Title(s):
Director, Corporate & Foundation Relations

One interesting thing about me:
Surfing and camping are two of my favorite hobbies.

Brief Bio:
Laurie is currently the Director of Corporate & Foundation Relations at the University of Hawaii Foundation.  In her role, she serves as a liaison for local and national corporations and foundations who provide or are interested in providing philanthropic support for the 10-campus UH System.  Her previous work experience includes serving as First Vice President & Director of Community Development at American Savings Bank, Assistant VP for Campaign at Aloha United Way, and Community Relations Coordinator at HMSA.

Working Group Selected:
Community Engagement  

What's top of mind for me right now:
How to balance working from home while caring for young children

What ideas or initiatives will you be bringing to this working session?
Just listening to see how I can help support

Drew Kapp

Professional Title(s):
Geography Instructor   

One interesting thing about me:
I used to always walk on my hands when I was in high school, and then I went to school in Italy and Mexico.

Brief Bio:
My ancestors are from the forested foothills of the Carpathian Mountains in Eastern Europe and I continue to have a strong affinity with forested uplands, and have lived in that type of environment on the slopes of Kīlauea in the ahupuaʻa of Keaʻau in Puna for some time, together with my partner and generations of beloved canine companions.  Iʻm a little bit of a product of the UH, having spent more than half my life in the system, as a student, staff and faculty member, and of course have a little bit of a love-hate relationship with UH, always complicated by UH actions that donʻt support environmental integrity or indigenous perspective and practice.  In our Geography classes in Hilo at Hawaiʻi-CC I try my best to facilitate collective strengthening of deep connection with ʻāina, cultivating aloha ʻāina through huakaʻi and mālama ʻāina projects, as well as the expansion of horizons.  Iʻm enraptured by places and spaces, and with my students am involved in ahupuaʻa mapping projects and commitments to the work of community organizations on Hawaiʻi Nui Kuauli.

Working Group Selected:
Community Engagement   

What's top of mind for me right now:
Reciprocity

What ideas or initiatives will you be bringing to this working session?
Maybe my experience working with community organizations to not only engage students meaningfully with the function of mālama ʻāina but also contribute to the well-being of our cultural-environmental communities, and also our/my goal to positively transform academic institutions through authentic indigenization processes

Maria Welvaert

Professional Title(s):
AmeriCorps VISTA Sustainability Coordinator

One interesting thing about me:
Can build and light a one-match fire, but rarely carries matches. 

Brief Bio:
Maria is a Kupu AmeriCorps VISTA Sustainability Coordinator at Kapi'olani CC. She has a one year service contract to gather data pertaining to the campus' sustainability efforts, initiatives, policies, etc. and compile a report. She has also been involved with campus engagement, volunteering as a Citizen Forester, and assisting with long-term campus sustainability plans.  

Working Group Selected:
Leadership and Shared Governance 

What ideas or initiatives will you be bringing to this working session?
Coming with an open mind.

Dale London

Professional Title(s):
Student Support Specialist 

One interesting thing about me:
I worked in Yellowstone National Park for the summer of 1997. I'm a certified ASL interpreter.

Brief Bio:
Born and raised in Montana. Been living in Hawaii since 2004. Married with a dog, cat, and 6 chickens.

Working Group Selected:
Research 

What's top of mind for me right now:
Finding a new job.    

What ideas or initiatives will you be bringing to this working session?
Finding ways to utilize technology to work for us.

Lisa Canale

Professional Title(s):
Instructor, Advisor, UH Hilo TCBES Professional Internship Coordinator

One interesting thing about me:
My first degree is in marketing.  I've lobbied in DC, Sacramento, & Honolulu. 

Brief Bio:
Lisa Canale is an advocate and practitioner of systems thinking. At the University of Hawai'i at Hilo, Ms. Canale is the Internship Coordinator for Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science Professional Master of Science program where is an instructor and the faculty advisor for 20 graduate students. During fall semesters she is also a lecturer at Hawai‘i Community College and in the summers she works as a science writing coach for undergraduates participating in the Pacific Internship Programs for Exploring Science (PIPES) at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo. When the opportunity presents itself, she moonlights as a GIS Analyst through the Research Corporation of the University of Hawai‘i. Weekly, she volunteers as a strategic planner and business systems adviser for a national non-profit social change organization transforming the lives of women, girls, and the larger community and she is the Vice President of the Three Mountain Alliance Foundation Board of Directors. Her background includes grant writing, implementing, and reporting; 12-years as the program manager of a geospatial research and teaching lab; 4-years in telecommunications administration for a national environmental advocacy group; co-launching a successful cafe laundromat in San Francisco; Public Relations; Event Planning; crewing a research vessel; and sea turtle rescue and recovery.  She has a M.S. Ed. in Ecological Teaching and Learning, a B.S. in Business Administration, and a B.A. in Conservation Biology, Ecology, and Evolution. She is an active citizen volunteering, with her family, at environmental stewardship opportunities and at her son's school. 

Working Group Selected:
Teaching, Learning & Curriculum   

What ideas or initiatives will you be bringing to this working session?
System thinking approach 

Malia Nobrega-Olivera

Professional Title(s):
Director of Strategic Partnerships and Community Engagement   

One interesting thing about me:
I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl in 2015.
I've lost 94 lbs in 11 months
   

Brief Bio:
Malia Nobrega-Olivera is from Hanapēpē Valley, Kona, Kauaʻi. She is currently the Hawaiʻinuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge Director of Strategic Partnerships and Community Engagement and also the Director of a program called Loli Aniau, Makaala Aniau (LAMA) (Climate Change, Climate Alert). Malia is a Native Hawaiian educator, kumu hula, salt maker, cultural practitioner, film maker, community organizer, and advocate of indigenous rights at all levels – locally, regionally, and internationally.  Her experiences demonstrate her commitment to her people, language, and culture and to indigenous peoples worldwide. Ms. Nobrega-Olivera’s advocacy work has taken her to various international meetings such as the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Working Group Selected:
Community Engagement  

What ideas or initiatives will you be bringing to this working session?
Online cultural programing for the community

Julie Mowrer

Professional Title(s):
Director, Center for Community Engagement 

One interesting thing about me:
Being a terrible language learner and living abroad is what motivated me to become an empathetic, kick-ass language teacher.  

Brief Bio:
I spent most of my career in second language acquisition, and my years teaching language in higher education shaped my understanding of the importance of risk-taking and creating classroom environments that allow for true learning to take place. After teaching for 12 years, I led an academic department, then a College and have gradually shifted into studying the intersections between student engagement, teaching & community engagement. In my current role I work with faculty to build capacity for community engaged teaching, which has powerful effects on students’ emotional, social, behavioral and cognitive engagement in their own learning.

Working Group Selected:
Teaching, Learning & Curriculum   

What's top of mind for me right now:
The university’s role in being an integral part of our community’s recovery and resilience.

What ideas or initiatives will you be bringing to this working session?
How curriculum can be built around co-created community engaged projects for the benefit of students, faculty and the community.

Joseph Daisy

Professional Title(s):
Chancellor 

One interesting thing about me:
I used to sing (Baritone/Bass). At 17, I performed with the Greater Bostonians in Boston's Symphony Hall. 

Brief Bio:
Began serving as Chancellor for Kaua'i Community College of February 3rd. Prior to that, served as President & CEO of the College of Micronesia-FSM in the Federated States of Micronesia from 2012-2020. Working in education for the past 42 years, held the position of Executive Vice President at Cambridge College in Cambridge, MA and was a faculty member in the School of Education, teaching courses in Educational Leadership, and Research. Was the founding director of the college's EdD program in Educational Leadership. Earned a BA in History, and an MEd from Suffolk University in Boston, MA. Earned an EdD in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University in Davie, FL.

Working Group Selected:
Leadership and Shared Governance   

What's top of mind for me right now:
At this critical time, to leverage available resources to address the breadth and depth of near and long term economic challenges to come. 

What ideas or initiatives will you be bringing to this working session?
Being new to Kaua'i specifically, to listen and learn about the uniques challenges the island and the state face in order to find the best way to contribute.

Lauren Ballesteros-Watanabe

Professional Title(s):
Program Manager/Organizer     

One interesting thing about me:
I am a spoken word artist and I love to bake!    

Brief Bio:
Originally from East Los Angeles, I am a third generation working class Chicana (Mexican-American). I graduated from UH Mānoa in 2009 with my bachelor's in Sociology and Theater Minor. My professional background is in community organizing in the labor movement and now within environmental justice with Sierra Club Oʻahu. Currently my focus has been youth organizing and county level policy advocacy. 

Working Group Selected:
Community Engagement  

What's top of mind for me right now:
How can organizations and students have a more active relationship in growing an inclusive broad based movement that transforms our economic, political, and social systems to be more equitable and in harmony with our natural environment.   

What ideas or initiatives will you be bringing to this working session?
Ways to put youth and students at the forefront of decision-making and community building. I am also passionate about how to advocate for living wage jobs that focus on our resiliency and big vision campaigns like publicly owned utility.  

Chip Fletcher

Professional Title(s):
Associate Dean  

One interesting thing about me:
Iʻve hitchhiked across the continental U.S. 5 times.    

Brief Bio:
Geologist... kind of upset lately.

Working Group Selected:
Research    

What's top of mind for me right now:
Missed opportunity to direct stim$ towards saving the planet... but hey, no biggie.   

What ideas or initiatives will you be bringing to this working session?
I know we don't have any $. But where we do have it, invest in building adaptive learning in pre-calc thru calc2/chem/physics. Weʻve lost many brilliant students because of poor teaching.

Meagan Jones Gray

Professional Title(s):
Instructor, Sustainable Science Management   

One interesting thing about me:
I almost moved to Europe when I was in my 30s; I didn't get married until I was 47

Brief Bio:
Meagan Jones has been leading whale research and education programs in Hawaii for over twenty-five years. Her commitment to bridging marine science with education and conservation programs around whales and their natural environment helped lead to the founding of Whale Trust Maui, where she now serves as the executive director. For the last 25 years, Meagan has worked in and between these two disciplines, leading and working on cetacean research programs in Hawaii, Australia, Africa, Alaska, Canada and in the South Pacific, while creating and developing marine education and interpretation programs for schoolchildren, college students, naturalists, and the general public. In 1997, Meagan was honored with a national award from the National Marine Educator’s Association for her work in marine education. Her research focuses on the natural behavior and communication of whales, especially as it relates to reproduction. She currently teaches as an Instructor in the Sustainable Science Management program at University of Hawaii Maui College, sharing her love for the natural world with students. 

Working Group Selected:
Teaching, Learning & Curriculum     

What ideas or initiatives will you be bringing to this working session?
Honestly, I don't know enough about the program to be able to answer this question authentically.

Kamuela Enos

Professional Title(s):
Director of Indigenous Innovation for UH System  

One interesting thing about me:
1) Im a nerd, 2) I do lomi.  

Brief Bio:
Born and raised in Waianae, son to Eric Enos, co-founder of Ka‘ala Farms.
Got my BA in Hawaiian Studies and MA in Urban and Regional Planning at UH Manoa
Served at MA`O Organic Farms for 11 years. Currently the Director for Indigenous Innovation w/in the Office of the VP for Research and Innovation for UH System 

Working Group Selected:
Community Engagement

What's top of mind for me right now:
Adaptation, abundance, equity 

What ideas or initiatives will you be bringing to this working session?
Willingness to listen.

Bruce Watson

Professional Title(s):
Uncle

One interesting thing about me:
I crush candies in my free time

Brief Bio:
Indigenous educator in an occupied nation

Working Group Selected:
Cultural Connections    

What ideas or initiatives will you be bringing to this working session?
Mo‘olelo

Debora Halbert

Professional Title(s):
Associate Vice President for Academic Programs and Policy

One interesting thing about me:
I love to sport climb.  I'm really good at foosball   

Brief Bio:
I am the Associate VP for Academic Programs and Policy but also an affiliate of the Hawaii Research Center for Futures Studies and a Professor of Political Science.

What's top of mind for me right now:
I cannot attend -- just want to see the keynote on Friday.   


Lydi Bernal

Professional Title(s):
Hawaii Farm to School Hui Coordinator

One interesting thing about me:
I speak fluent Spanish.  

Brief Bio:
Lydi Bernal has over a decade of experience building school garden programs and growing Hawaii’s farm to school movement. In 2014 she became the founding coordinator of the Hawai‘i Farm to School Hui (statewide network). Prior to her role as Hui Coordinator, Lydi served as Garden Education Coordinator with the Kōkua Hawai‘i Foundation where she was the lead author of the ʻĀINA In Schools garden and compost curriculum and led trainings for several hundred teachers and volunteers annually. She is a certified O‘ahu Master Gardener and graduate of Hawaii’s Agricultural Leadership Program.

Working Group Selected:
Community Engagement

What's top of mind for me right now:
Food Systems Workforce Development & P-20 Agriculture/Food Systems Education

What ideas or initiatives will you be bringing to this working session?
Food Systems Workforce Development & P-20 Agriculture/Food Systems Education

Nicolette Van Der Lee

Professional Title(s):
Program Coordinator

One interesting thing about me:
I grew up in Hong Kong, Indonesia and Singapore. I love to ski, scuba dive and ride a bike.

Brief Bio:
Nicolette is the Program Coordinator for sustainability, workforce development and contract training at the Office of Extended Learning & Workforce Development, UH Maui College, and directs programming for the Sustainable Living Institute of Maui. With a B.A. in Comparative Literature and M.A. in Education, she is now conducting research on the sustainability of innovations at community colleges in the Doctor of Education program at Johns Hopkins University. An avid gardener, reader, traveler, and writer, Nicolette loves exploring the ecosystems of Maui, and volunteers as the President of the Board of Directors of the Maui Huliau Foundation, a nonprofit program for environmental education for Maui youth. 

Working Group Selected:
Teaching, Learning & Curriculum

What's top of mind for me right now:
Regenerative agriculture to diversify our economy and support food security

What ideas or initiatives will you be bringing to this working session?
Collaboration, network building 

Breanna Rose

Professional Title(s):
Director of Operations & Partnerships 

One interesting thing about me:
Iʻm currently honing my new sourdough bread baking skills!

Brief Bio:
Breanna Rose is Hawai‘i Green Growth’s Director of Operations and Partnerships, and has supported the statewide network since it was founded in 2011. She has worked with network-based and sustainability initiatives for nearly a decade to advance local and global impact through collaborative action.

Working Group Selected:
Leadership and Shared Governance

What ideas or initiatives will you be bringing to this working session?
Opportunities to connect with statewide and global network-based initiatives

Krista Hiser

Professional Title(s):
Professor & Director, UH System Center for Sustainability across the Curriculum

One Interesting Thing About Me:
My family has a farm in Iowa. I write a blog.

Brief Bio:
A longtime professor of writing at Kapi'olani Community College, I have taught sustainability and been interested in climate communication and psychology for many years. My PhD in Educational Administration focused on Sustainability Curriculum and my work shifted to helping Office of Sustainability and the OVPAPP for UH System to develop innovative cross disciplinary approaches to teaching sustainability.

Working Group Selected:
Teaching, Learning & Curriculum

What ideas or initiatives will you be bringing to this working session?
lots

Bryan Alexander

Professional Title(s):
Senior Scholar

One Interesting Thing About Me: 
I used to work in a used book shop.  I lift weights.

Brief Bio:
Bryan Alexander is an internationally known futurist, researcher, writer, speaker, consultant, and teacher, working in the field of how technology transforms education.

He is currently a senior scholar at Georgetown University and teaches graduate seminars in their Learning, Design, and Technology program.

Bryan recently finished Academia Next: The Futures of Higher Education for Johns Hopkins University Press (January 2020).  His two most recent books are Gearing Up For Learning Beyond K-12 and The New Digital Storytelling (second edition) .

Working Group Selected:
Research    

What is top of mind for you right now?
Spring 2021    

What ideas or initiatives will you be bringing to this working session?
Thinking about the future of higher education

Lelemia Irvine

Professional title(s):    
Assistant Professor of Physics. 

One Interesting Thing About Me:
I play the concert flute. 

Brief bio:    
I'm from Waianae. 

Working Group Selected:     
I'm not sure yet. Can we attend two?

What is top of mind for you right now?    
How do you I find my inner voice of peace in the pandemic calamity?

What ideas or initiatives will you be bringing to this working session?
I bring no expectations. I come for human connectivity, human interaction, to learn and to share. 

Kealoha Fox

Professional title(s):    
Adjunct Assistant Professor and Research Affiliate Faculty, JABSOM; Affiliate Graduate Faculty, CTAHR; Lecturer, MBTSSW    

One Interesting Thing About Me:
I was given two first names when I was born: one for my Grandmother from the South who grew picking cotton; the other for my Tūtū who grew up along the stream of Waikapū, Maui.

Brief bio:    
Dr. Kealoha Fox applies indigenous innovation for collaborative solutions in science and policy. She is a Native Hawaiian scientist, practitioner, and advocate based in Hawai‘i who serves on numerous boards, commissions, task forces locally and globally. 


Working Group Selected:     
Community Engagement

What is top of mind for you right now?    
Does the University currently embody a sense of hope, strength, and clear direction to act or does it need to transform? In what ways and how are we observing that?

What ideas or initiatives will you be bringing to this working session?
How does the University System and its campuses reflect the needs of the communities where they are located/serve; and how does it meaningfully engage with its students, staff, faculty, programs and those communities? 

Tiana Henderson

Professional Title(s): 
Program coordinator    

One Interesting Thing About Me:
Hale builder, musician

Brief Bio:
Aloha kekahi i kekahi

Working Group Selected:
Cultural Connections

What is top of mind for your right now?
Aloha aina    

What ideas or initiatives will you be bringing to this working session?
Connecting, building, evolving

Christian Palmer

Professional title(s):    
Assistant Professor.    

One Interesting Thing About Me:
I have a twin brother, I was born on January 1st

Brief bio:    
Environmental anthropologist interested in public spaces, sustainability education, and growing food.

Working Group Selected:     
Teaching, Learning & Curriculum

What is top of mind for you right now?    
We need an economy that is more local and less dependent on tourism.

What ideas or initiatives will you be bringing to this working session?
We need to grow more food, everywhere, now, on all unused land.

Jenny Webster

Professional Title(s):
Duchess Van Funk’nstuff    

One Interesting Thing About You:
I taught basket weaving in Compton before I became a college English professor.
The Webster’s dictionary entry for my name states that a Jenny is “any female beast of burden, or any female bird.  See also “spinning Jenny,” (and it fits me perfectly.)"

Brief Bio:
I was born in southern California and dragged kicking and screaming across the Southwest by a woman who thought kids should be raised outside.  I once was an athlete, an avid tent-popper-upper, a beach bar-b-quer, and one who rides bikes at night.  However, in my foolish hunger for adulthood and legitimacy, I settled down in exchange for the golden ticket - to teach composition on a garden island in the middle of the Pacific.  For 8 (or 9) years now, I have sat still, worked very hard, forgotten all other dreams and diligently chained myself to a desk to be the best English professor ever.  It didn’t work.  My body and spirit sunk under the piles of papers and dreamless lunches until recently, when I was wooed by a rogue British fisherman who dared me to dream again.  Today, we ride the waves of the flashing sea in search of the tasty and blessed creatures from the deep. I’m moving towards teaching online, meeting students at service learning events instead of the classroom, and building a garden with my darlin in Eden (Molaka`i, same same).

Working Group Selected:
Teaching, Learning & Curriculum    

What is top of mind for you right now?
Finding WiFi that works    

What ideas or initiatives will you be bringing to this working session?
Ideas for assignments that invite students not just to think about how climate change will affect the world, but how this information helps them plan their futures. Also, assignment ideas for engaging in collective action, writing for the news, writing to representatives, and more."

Kaleo Ten

Professional Title(s):
Media Specialist     

One Interesting Thing About You:
Kaleo is aloha    

Brief Bio:
Plants, dance, and aloha aina

Working Group Selected:
yes    

What is top of mind for your right now?
food security     

What ideas or initiatives will you be bringing to this working session?
stick to what makes a healthy university, community, island, society then build based on that

Nalani Minton

Professional Title(s):
Director, ʻIKE AO PONO    

One Interesting Thing About Me:
first Maoli filmaker on ahupua’a, fishponds, loʻi, ʻaha kiole and sustainability    

Brief Bio:
educator, cultural activist in healing intergenerational trauma, sustainability filmaker

Working Group Selected:
Cultural Connections    

What is top of mind for me right now:
Nature resiliency, human thrivability, cultural laws    

What ideas or initiatives will you be bringing to this working session?
Kupuna mana’o and wisdom

Navin Tagore-Erwin


Professional Title(s):
VISTA Program Manager    

One Interesting Thing About Me:
One of the goats I take care of does handstands.     

Brief Bio:
Born in Arizona, raised in California, reprogrammed on O‘ahu.  In one way or another I'm trying to aloha ‘āina everyday! 

Working Group Selected:
Student Engagement    

What is top of mind for me right now:
Capturing the community solidarity we see through COVID-19 and learning how we can expand our networks to address climate change in an equitable way.      

What ideas or initiatives will you be bringing to this working session?
Ideas for student engagement

Alec Wagner

Professional Title(s):
Director, Purple Prize

One Interesting Thing About Me:
Played D1 tennis

Brief Bio:
Alec Wagner is the Director of the Purple Maiʻa Foundation’s incubator program, the Purple Prize. Prior to joining the Purple Maiʻa Foundation, Wagner was a legislative analyst for the Maui County Council and an impact investment analyst at One World Training & Investments, a Bay Area impact investment firm. He was recently selected as an Obama Foundation Asia-Pacific Leader and is an alumnus of the Trilateral Commission's David Rockefeller Fellowship (Asia-Pacific Secretariat). 

Working Group Selected:
Student Engagement  

What is top of mind for me right now: 
How might University programs become more action-oriented and geared toward community impact?  

What ideas or initiatives will you be bringing to this working session?  
Purple Maiʻa Foundation, Purple Prize Indigenous Innovation Incubator, (K)new Futures, Ka Maka ʻĪnana, ideas of place based innovation and design.    

Ulla Hasager

Professional Title(s):
PhD, UHM CSS Dir of Civic Engagement    

One Interesting Thing About Me:
Been part of sustainability efforts from very young - since the 1970s (: 

Brief Bio:
Anthropologist from University of Copenhagen, Denmark. With UH since 1991, specialized in Oceania, indigenous rights, the relationship between people & environment and the scholarship of engagement. Founding co-coordinator of the Mālama I Nā Ahupuaʻa and the Pālolo Pipeline Service-Learning programs for more than 20 years. Instructor of Ethnic Studies and Anthropology. Director of Civic Engagement for the UHM College of Social Sciences. co-director of SENCER (Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities) Center for Innovation West, and leader of SENCER Hawaiʻi.

Working Group Selected:
Teaching, Learning & Curriculum 

What is top of mind for me right now:
Keeping us all engaged in what really matters - beyond the challenges of each day    

What ideas or initiatives will you be bringing to this working session?
Best practices in sustainability education and engagement ...

Kahea Acosta

Professional Title(s):
Graduate student

One Interesting Thing About Me:
Bread chemistry excites me, but I love trying to perfect gluten free recipes. 


Brief Bio:
Graduate student and Aspiring farmer, I am a lover of the outdoors and love to travel for food. 

Working Group Selected:
Research

What is top of mind for me right now:
Let's build resilience and abundance of thought!    

What ideas or initiatives will you be bringing to this working session?
Discussions on food in the face of a pandemic, finding balance and self-care, and cooking in a crisis. These are just a few of the thoughts I have. 

Denise Konan

Professional Title(s):
Dean, College of Social Sciences    

One Thing Interesting About Me:
I grew up on a historic dairy farm, and I've been economic consultant to the World Bank throughout the Middle East and North Africa.    

Brief Bio:
Denise Konan is the Dean of the College of Social Sciences.  As an Economics Professor, Dr. Konan joined UH Manoa in 1993.  She conducts research on international trade, renewable energy, and intellectual property rights.  Dr. Konan served as the Interim Chancellor and the Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the UH Manoa. 

Working Group Selected:
Community Engagement    

What is top of mind for you right now?
COVID-19 redesign of curriculum to align with Hawaii workforce and community needs. Conducting research that matters for our community.    

What ideas or initiatives will you be bringing to this working session?
COVID-19 rapid response research initiatives

Leah Bremer

Professional Title(s):
Environmental Science and Policy Specialist    

One interesting thing about me:
I speak a little Paraguayan Guaraní; I love week long bike and backpacking trips    

Brief Bio:
I am an Environmental Science and Policy Specialist with the Water Resources Research Center and UHERO's Environmental Policy and Planning Group. 

I am originally from Mililani, but spent many years living in California and abroad in Aotearoa-New Zealand and Latin America, working on watershed conservation efforts. I have a BA in Psychology, an MS in Conservation Biology, and a PhD in Geography, so I naturally see social and environmental challenges and solutions as intricately inter-connected. 

I returned home about 3 years ago to start my current position with WRRC and UHERO, where my research and extension work focus on water and watershed conservation and management. I am also cooperating faculty with NREM, Geography, the Biocultural Initiative of the Pacific, and the Gund Institute of Ecological Economics. 

Working Group Selected:
I see research and community engagement as very connected so can't choose;)    

What is top of mind for me right now:
How I can best help community during challenging times    

What ideas or initiatives will you be bringing to this working session?
I work a lot on understanding linkages between ecological and human health and well-being so will bring that to the table.

Joshua Kooper

Position Title(s):
Lecturer Political Science 

One Interesting Thing About Me:
Thriving being home in Hawai'i now; wants to record songs on ukelele 

Brief Bio:
Joshua Cooper is the Executive Director of Hawai'i Institute for Human Rights and Lecturer at the University of Hawai'i in Political Science and Pacific Islands Studies.  He also serves at the Universal Periodic Review National Task Force Co-Chair and is the Legislative Coordinator, Hawai'i for Amnesty International USA.  Cooper is also Dean of the Global Leadership Academy for Human Rights Advocacy in Geneva, Switzerland and University of New South Wales Diplomacy Training Program in the Asia-Pacific Region.  Cooper serves as Adviser to Ambassador of Pacific Islands States regarding human rights, climate justice and sustainable development. 

Working Group Selected:
Community Engagement

What is top of mind for me right now:
Future of higher education 

What ideas or initiatives will you be bringing to this working session?
Listening a lot; creative curriculum 

Ben Travino

Position Title(s):
Sustainability Planner

One Interesting Thing About Me:
My favorite movie is babe. I don't like the taste of cheese.

Brief Bio:
Worked at UH for 4 years with UHERO. Launched the Biki Bikeshare system. Working now to integrate rail into sustainable communities and sustainable futures.

Working Group Selected:
Community Engagement

What ideas or initiatives will you be bringing to this working session?
The HART Sustainable Mobility Lab

Robert Franco

Position Title(s):
Director, Institutional Effectiveness, Professor, Oceanic Anthropology

One Interesting Thing About Me:
My first fieldwork to Samoa was in 1975. I edited the first foundational work on Pacific Islanders in the U.S.

Brief Bio:
Dr. Franco is an ecological and demographic anthropologist whose research focuses on contemporary Hawaiian, Samoan, and Pacific Islander sociocultural issues. As Director of the Office for Institutional Effectiveness, he supervises three institutional researchers who conduct quantitative studies of student engagement, learning, and achievement, specifically degree completion and transfer. He currently leads Kapi’olani Community College’s Strategic Planning efforts, facilitating campus dialogues to define new graduation, enrollment, innovation, and sustainability performance benchmarks for the period, 2016-2021. Eight of these performance measures emphasize student success in STEM degree completion and transfer. He currently serves as the College’s liaison to the Association of American Colleges and Universities, American Council on Education, Community College Survey of Student Engagement, and the Carnegie Foundation’s Community Engagement Classification. For Campus Compact, he conducts training, technical assistance and research dissemination in 5-10 states per year and provides community college, university, and conference audiences with research-based training designed to improve retention, degree completion, and transfer rates through service-learning, undergraduate research, internships, and authentic public and private community partnerships. He also serves as Chair of the Community College Network - National Council for Science and the Environment.

Working Group Selected:
Cultural Connections

What is top of mind for me right now:
Malama 'aina

What ideas or initiatives will you be bringing to this working session?
A number

Steven Singer

Position Title(s):
Professor of Information Technology

One Interesting Thing About Me:
1. Lived in Japan for 2.5 years. 2. Born in Iowa

Brief Bio:
Born in Davenport, IA. Went to Drake U on Special Math Scholarship, majored in Actuarial Science. Lost scholarship. Went to UNI, majored in education. Ran out of money. Moved to Southern California. Lived with Grandmother; worked at Alcoa Aluminium and established CA residence. Went back to college, UCR, majored in English Lit. Moved to SF. Majored in TESL; moved to Tokyo, Japan worked for Time-Life Publishers writing ESL textbooks for Japan market. Moved to Honolulu, Taught at HCC and KapCC as adjunct in ESL for about 10 years. Moved with KapCC from Pensacola campus to Diamond Head Campus in 1986. Had a variety of positions at KapCC in IT support and adjunct teaching. Earned Ed.D. from UHM in 1994. Married in 1994. Had son in 1995. Went to UH Systems Office to do Distance Education Course Development for UH System. Returned to KapCC IT Program in a tenure leading position. Received various grants to move IT Program forward. Was IT Program Coordinator for several years in 2000's. 

Working Group Selected:
Teaching, Learning & Curriculum

What is top of mind for me right now:
Delivering quality curriculum via DE

What ideas or initiatives will you be bringing to this working session?
Lack of censorship.

Sheldon Tawata

Position Title(s):
Kuilei Outreach Program Coordinator

One Interesting Thing About Me:
In my younger years when I was in a punk/rock band, we opened for the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Public Enemy.  We were TERRIBLE but had lots of fun.

Brief Bio:
Proud alumnus of Kapi‘olani Community College and been working for this wonderful institution since 2001.  

Working Group Selected:
Student Engagement

What is top of mind for me right now:
How to get more youth thinking about their role around sustainability issues.  

What ideas or initiatives will you be bringing to this working session?
Ideas on how Early College initiatives can include more sustainability focused courses.

Kirsten Oleson

Position Title(s):
Associate Professor; Graduate Program Chair

One Interesting Thing About Me:
(1) I've ridden my bike from Fairbanks to Anchorage, Montreal to New York, and San Francisco to LA, (2) I'm an environmental engineer

Brief Bio:
Kirsten Oleson is an Ecological Economist interested in human-nature relationships, and the importance of nature for human wellbeing. She is based at the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management at UHM. Right now, she's juggling kids, advising, teaching, research, wife-ing, and sanity.

Working Group Selected:
Teaching, Learning & Curriculum

What is top of mind for me right now:
Transforming the University into an environment that foments innovation for a sustainable, just, local economy.

What ideas or initiatives will you be bringing to this working session?
Background in interdisciplinary science

Monica Stitt-Bergh

Position Title(s):
Specialist

One Interesting Thing About Me:
I wish I could have been a swimmer/backup dancer in the 1940s aqua-musical movies with synchronized swimming scenes.

Brief Bio:
I'm working from home these days in Kāne‘ohe. I'm an educational psychologist and work in the Assessment and Curriculum Support Center, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. I enjoy working at Mānoa, especially during the part of my job that calls for me to provide technical support and offer workshops on learning outcomes assessment and curriculum design.

Working Group Selected:
Leadership and Shared Governance

What is top of mind for me right now:
How can we keep some of what we are now experiencing (e.g., cleaner air in cities) because of the forced shut down? 

What ideas or initiatives will you be bringing to this working session?
Supporting leaders at all levels (supporting even when a person is not a leader by title or position)

Ireland Derby

Professional Title(s):
Kupu AmeriCorps VISTA   

One Thing Interesting About Me:
I ride and compete horses. My dog has better hair than me. 

Brief Bio:
With a love for the outdoors and being raised on horse farms in Kentucky, I made the decision to pursue a career working with the environment. I graduated from UHM with a geography degree and marine options program certificate last year. Currently, I am an AmeriCorps VISTA serving at UHWO conducting their first STARS (Sustainability, Tracking and Assessment Rating System) report, as well as getting involved with sustainability initiatives on campus.

Working Group Selected:
Community Engagement    

What is top of mind for you right now?
The hardships communities are facing right now because of COVID-19.

What ideas or initiatives will you be bringing to this working session?
An open mind and listening ear.

Nicole Chatterson

Professional Title(s):
Campus Living Lab Coordinator   

One Thing Interesting About Me:
I slackline and love it. I slept on a glacier in Alaska for one week. 

Brief Bio:
I am a human interested in doing work that brings some balance back into our planet and our communities. Most of my work channels through the topic of waste reduction and reforming consumer culture, because these topic tie into a many of the restorative issues I engage with. 

Working Group Selected:
Community Engagement    

What is top of mind for you right now?
The economic fall-out that folks on the ground will suffer through (not the folks at the top), preventing a snap back to "normal"--what is the new normal and how can we land in a better position than we are in.  

What ideas or initiatives will you be bringing to this working session?
One observation I have made of 3 years working for UH is how divided we are. Relationships and people are under-nurtured--and this is what continues to prevent us from meeting the challenges of the time (COVID or not).  By this I mean, relationships between thinkers of different disciplines as well as between staff, faculty, admin, and students. While a state institution may never be a nimble, responsive machine--we can cultivate nimble, responsive, connected campus communities.  And that is how you respond to changing times. I do not have a particular idea or initiative offer right now, just the observation.

Justin Menina

Professional Title(s):
College Ambassador - College of Social Sciences    

One Thing Interesting About Me:
I am an avid modder of the popular video game The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Brief Bio:
Aloha mai kākou! I am a first-generation student pursuing a double major in political science and economics, with a research focus in futures methodology and sustainable development respectively. I am also an Honors student completing my capstone thesis on placemaking and gentrification in Kaka'ako. My academic and professional interests for sustainable communities and futures studies has embarked me on a trajectory toward focusing my coursework and research on community development, particularly in sustainable urban design and policy development.  

Working Group Selected:
Student Engagement   

What is top of mind for you right now?
In the face of COVID-19, how can the UH community and Hawaii as a whole transform itself into a more resilient and sustainable place to live?   

What ideas or initiatives will you be bringing to this working session?
I am leading the formation of Students for Sustainable Saunders. SSS is envisioned as a student-led, service-learning program embedded within the College of Social Sciences that would allow students to earn course credit in developing policy recommendations, as well as collaborative infrastructure projects. Envisioned projects include rejuvenating the Saunders Hall courtyard, as well as recycling bins and LED lighting, etc.

Katie Kamelamela

Professional Title(s):
Dr. Kamelamela

One interesting thing about me:
I am left handed, I love crackseed (best with an ice create coke float) 

Brief Bio:
Aloha my name is Katie Kamelamela. I am born and raised on Oahu, a lifer of UH Manoa, (undergrad - PhD), and currently work at the edges of Indigenous and Local Knowledge and climate policy. I live with two beta fish, two dogs, and a mini pony. My goal in life is to elevate the relationships people have with their environments. 

Working Group Selected:
Leadership and Shared Governance

What's top of mind for me right now:
1) budget 2) hiring freeze 3) the expectation of students to pay full price with limited access to human resources.      

What ideas or initiatives will you be bringing to this working session?
Just seeing what is going on and where I can pitch in

Aya Kimura

Professional Title(s):
Professor of Sociology

One interesting thing about me:
We just fostered a puppy during the COVID but he just got adopted - happy for him but feeling empty-nested!   

Brief Bio:
Aya H. Kimura is a sociologist working in the field of Science and Technology Studies, feminist political ecology, and agrofood studies. She completed her MA in environmental studies at Yale University and her PhD in sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her books include Radiation Brain Moms and Citizen Scientists: The Gender Politics of Food Contamination after Fukushima (Duke 2016: recipient of the Rachel Carson Book Award from the Society for Social Studies of Science), Hidden Hunger: Gender and Politics of Smarter Foods (Cornell 2013: recipient of the Outstanding Scholarly Award from the Rural Sociological Society), and Food and Power: Visioning Food Democracy in Hawai‘i (UHP, coeditor). Her new book is Science by the People: Participation, Power, and the Politics of Environmental Knowledge (2019, Rutgers,  with Abby Kinchy).  

Working Group Selected:
Community Engagement

What ideas or initiatives will you be bringing to this working session?
I have been researching on citizen science. 

Michelle Shuey

Professional Title(s):
PhD 

One interesting thing about me:
I'm also a painter and jewelry maker and sell my products, although not as much since moving to Hawaii    

Brief Bio:
Instructor of geography and environmental science courses at University of Hawaii at Hilo, last 7 years. Degrees in environmental studies (Bachelor's); parks, recreation and resource management (Master's), and environmental geography (Doctorate). Interested in the interrelationship between humans and the environment, feedbacks between the two and how that leads to sustainability and resilience or loss of resilience and vulnerability. 

Working Group Selected:
Student Engagement

What's top of mind for me right now:
Creating higher education that matches what our community needs for a more sustainable and safer future   

Michelle Phillips

Professional Title(s):
Assistant Professor  

One interesting thing about me:
I have been to the bottom of the ocean in the deep-sea submersible, Alvin.

Brief Bio:
I am an Assistant Professor of Biology at Hawaii Community College. I recieved my Ph.D. in Biological Sciences at the University of Oregon and have taught and worked previously at Lane Community College in Oregon, UH Manoa, and Hawaii Pacific University, as well as in the research sector studying how marine animals acclimate to changing environmental conditions at the cellular and molecular level. I am also an Instructor in the UHM Ethnomathematics Program (Curriculum Studies) and am passionate about place-based, socially inclusive, and culturally-sustaining pedagogy. 

Working Group Selected:
Teaching, Learning & Curriculum

What ideas or initiatives will you be bringing to this working session?
A combined teaching/cultural lens

Noe Tupou

Professional Title(s):
Instructor, Hawaiian & Pacific Islands Studies & Director of ʻIke Kaiāulu: Community Engagement Program

One interesting thing about me:
I have deep connection to Pōhaku (stones) and Moʻokalaleo (Literature & Story)  

Brief Bio:
Born & raised on O’ahu, Noe Tupou is a graduate of the Center for Pacific Islands Studies at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa where she received her MA Degree in 2000 which focused on Pacific Voices through Film. She has taught throughout the UH System and New Zealand including time spent teaching and studying at The University of Auckland where she did doctoral research looking at Storytelling in Oceania. Her true passions lie in the Hawaiian and Pacific Arts most especially in Hawaiian and Indigenous Film & Literature. 

Working Group Selected:
Community Engagement

What's top of mind for me right now:
My Hawaiian naʻau + online teaching + relevance + lifestyle + Covid-19 + Pōhaku = mind-boggling educational futures   

What ideas or initiatives will you be bringing to this working session?
As the program director of ʻIke Kaiāulu, I work to engage faculty, students, community & culture in non-traditional ways.  During this time of Covid-19, I am striving to continue these connections in as many unique ways as possible as it is vital for the naʻau (heart & mind) of our communities.

Scott Laursen

Professional Title(s):
Program Specialist   

One interesting thing about me:
I led outdoor education expedition in the Canadian arctic and the northern most temperate rainforest in Alaska.   

Brief Bio:
From 1998 to 2010, I split my time between leading remote field research campaigns investigating climate change impacts on Rocky Mountains ecosystems and leading outdoor education expeditions through World Wildlife Fund and Natural Habitat Adventures in remote destinations across Alaska, arctic Canada, and the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Then in 2010 I moved to Hawaiʻi Island where I continued to develop remote outdoor education expeditions for underrepresented local youth and leading remote climate change research. Then in 2015 I began facilitating manager-driven research projects on Hawaiʻi Island through the Pacific Islands Climate Adaptation Science Center at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo.

Working Group Selected:
Research    

What ideas or initiatives will you be bringing to this working session?
Knowledge Co-production: specifically facilitating climate change research projects led by natural and cultural resource management who collaborate with university faculty and graduate students throughout the research process to increase the chance of local resource managers readily utilizing research products in their efforts to adapt to climate change impacts on the ground.

Dirk Soma


Professional Title(s):
Assistant Professor and Business Program Coordinator

One interesting thing about me:
Like to cook   

Brief Bio:
Over 45 years of business, education, and entrepreneurial experience.  Past President of the Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce and the Kauai Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce.

Working Group Selected:
Teaching, Learning & Curriculum   

What's top of mind for me right now:
Providing relevant courses to the community to increase their employability in the new economy.

What ideas or initiatives will you be bringing to this working session?
Open to hearing from others

Rachel Solemsaas

Professional Title(s):
Chancellor   

One interesting thing about me:
Grandma

Brief Bio:
Dr. Rachel Solemsaas was appointed chancellor of Hawai‘i Community College in 2016. She previously served as the Vice President for Finance and Administrative Services at Truckee Meadows Community College in Nevada. Prior to that appointment, she was Vice President for Administrative Services at Bellevue College and Vice President for Finance and Operations at Edmonds Community College, both in Washington. 

Dr. Solemsaas earned a doctorate of education in higher education with an emphasis on community college leadership from Washington State University and a master’s in public administration from the University of Washington. She earned a bachelor of science in accounting from De La Salle University in Manila.

Working Group Selected:
Leadership and Shared Governance

What's top of mind for me right now:
Life  after covid.  Recovery grounded on sustainability   

What ideas or initiatives will you be bringing to this working session?
Economic clusters to focus on

James Stearman

Professional Title(s):
KUPU Sustainability VISTA   

One interesting thing about me:
I like to fish and bee with bees.

Brief Bio:
Current 22 y/o from DC who is passionate about the environment and its role within the field of sustainability. Currently reside on the island of Kaua'i, probably foraging for some avocados.

Working Group Selected:
Student Engagement 

What's top of mind for me right now:
How do we engage students and community during and post-covid?

What ideas or initiatives will you be bringing to this working session?
Continuous content for students at home to engage with. I want to hear the keynotes and learn/listen mainly though.

Kelsey Ota


Professional Title(s):
Kupu AmeriCorps VISTA   

One interesting thing about me:
I'm allergic to shellfish but shrimp scampi is one of my favorite foods  

Brief Bio:
Born and raised on Maui, I went to Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona to pursue a degree in Environmental and Sustainability Studies and minor in Tourism and Leisure Planning. I came home after graduating and started working as an AmeriCorps VISTA at UH Maui College helping with campus sustainability initiatives. In the future, I will be going back to school to pursue a Master's degree in education.  

Working Group Selected:
Teaching, Learning & Curriculum     

What ideas or initiatives will you be bringing to this working session?
Optimism 

Charlotte Cheek

Professional Title(s):
AmeriCorps VISTA Sustainability Initiatives Coordinator 

One interesting thing about me:
I commute via electric bike. 

Brief Bio:
I am a recent college graduate originally from Louisville, KY. My background is in economics and sustainability and I am interested in policy. 

Working Group Selected:
Leadership and Shared Governance

What ideas or initiatives will you be bringing to this working session?
Open mind

Daniela Elliott


Professional Title(s):
Assistant Professor of Horticulture and Botany

One interesting thing about me:
I don't like papaya.  

Brief Bio:
Daniela is part of the faculty for Leeward Community College where she coordinates the Sustainable Agriculture Program. She focuses on undergraduate research to get students excited about science in agriculture and botany. Through research and inquiry based on local issues, students solve novel issues and connect to science in a way that makes a difference in their education. Daniela is passionate about seeds and food systems.

Working Group Selected:
Teaching, Learning & Curriculum  

What's top of mind for me right now:
Access to good food.

What ideas or initiatives will you be bringing to this working session?
I am interested in collaborating with other faculty, staff and community members on sustainability projects specially focusing on agriculture and food systems.

Daniel Lipe

Professional Title(s):
SCFS - research specialist     

One interesting thing about me:
I have bow hunted for everything from fish to wild turkeys, bears, pigs, deer and elk. 

Brief Bio:
I am a registered Western Band Cherokee who grew up in the Pacific Northwest. I have lived in Hawaii for over 15 years now with my wife and two children. I am an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoy teaching others about these outdoor activities. I have a PhD in science education and I  specialize in diversifying natural resource sciences through the use of indigenous science based knowledge. I have worked in education for over 20 years, and currently work at UHWO in the SCFS-BAS Program teaching indigenous based food system courses. 

Working Group Selected:
Cultural Connections

What's top of mind for me right now:
The need include indigenous knowledge in discussions about sustainability and Hawaii. 

Noelani Puniwai

Professional Title(s):
Assistant Professor

One interesting thing about me:
I studied marine invertebrates using ROVʻs and submersibles and love to bake.

Brief Bio:
Iʻm passionate about cultivating the next generation of students to mālama ʻāina. I live in Puna on Hawaiʻi Island, love to huakaʻi and learn the moʻolelo of our ʻāina. My research interests include ancestral Hawaiian knowledge regarding the ʻāina, coastal ecosystems, cultural geography, seascapes, climate change, and most definitely – Kanaloa. My recent projects include indigenizing our understanding of science education and natural resource management, and using surfers as a model community to discuss the impacts of climate change. She has been working to broaden our mapping and modeling of seascapes to be inclusive of cultural perspectives and worldviews.

Working Group Selected:
Student Engagement

What's top of mind for me right now:
Having our students experience the ʻāina and learn from each other   

What ideas or initiatives will you be bringing to this working session?
How do we continue to engage people to be more self/community-reliant and focused on the health of our people?

Celeste Connors

Professional Title(s):
Executive Director    

One interesting thing about me:
1. I play the cello 2. I'm not a great cook, but I try...and recently learned how to make fresh pasta from my brother who is a Chef in NYC and was teaching a free online class during COVID!  

Brief Bio:
Celeste Connors has twenty years of experience working at the intersection of economic, environment, energy, and international development policy. Before joining Hawai‘i Green Growth, she was CEO and co-founder of cdots development LLC, which works to build resilient infrastructure systems and services in vulnerable communities. Celeste previously served as the Director for Environment and Climate Change at the National Security Council and National Economic Council in the White House where she helped shape the Administration’s climate and energy policies, including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Prior to joining the White House, Celeste served as a diplomat in Saudi Arabia, Greece, and Germany. She also held positions at the U.S. Mission to the UN, served as the Climate and Energy Advisor to the Under Secretary for Democracy and Global Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, and worked for City of New York.

Celeste was a faculty member at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in the Energy, Resources and Environment Program. She holds an MSc in Development Studies from the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and a BA in International Relations from Tufts University. Celeste has served on numerous boards including her current service on Hawaiian Electric Industries, the Global Island Partnership (GLISPA), the Institute for Sustainability and Resilience at the University of Hawaii and Icebreaker One. She previously served on the Board of America’s Service Commissions, the IUCN World Conservation Congress National Host Committee, and was a Term Member on the Council on Foreign Relations. Celeste grew up in Kailua, O‘ahu.

Working Group Selected:
Community Engagement  

What ideas or initiatives will you be bringing to this working session?
Green Growth policies; how to prepare next generation leaders from Hawaii to work at a high-policy level, eg United Nations, White House, etc - and locally. Bring a "practitioner" aspect to the academic curriculum.

Randolph Moore

Professional Title(s):
Regent     

One interesting thing about me:
I lived in west Africa for two years

Brief Bio:
Retired business executive, middle school teacher, and Department of Education administrator

Working Group Selected:
Leadership and Shared Governance

What's top of mind for me right now:
Not losing sight of action needed to mitigate climate change

What ideas or initiatives will you be bringing to this working session?
What is the appropriate role for a governing board

Scott Schimmel

Professional Title(s):
Assistant Professor     

One interesting thing about me:
I play a mean harmonica.

Brief Bio:
Scott E. Schimmel is a O‘ahu based environmental scientist and documentary filmmaker. His award winning films have been broadcast on public television and screened at festivals around the world. His work explores justice, the environment, and the curiosity of the human spirit. In addition to filmmaking, Scott is an Assistant Professor in the School of Communications at the University of Hawai‘i Mānoa and has worked internationally as a consultant on environmental and climate related projects in the Western Pacific and Oceania.

Working Group Selected:
Community Engagement 

What ideas or initiatives will you be bringing to this working session?
Planning community outreach and engagement through film.

Darsh Dave

Professional Title(s):
Human Resources Specialist

Brief Bio:
HR professional working at Kapiolani Community College handling EEO and Title IX matters

Working Group Selected:
Cultural Connections 

Patricia Amaral Buskirk

Professional Title(s):
Associate Professor, Media Arts, School of Communications    

One interesting thing about me:
I played alto sax and flute in jazz ensemble in college, both on mainland and UHM, for 5 years.  I had the privilege of attending jazz clinics with Woody Herman, Doc Severinsen, and Maynard Ferguson. 

Brief Bio:
Patricia Amaral Buskirk is an Associate Professor in the School of Communications at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, and teaches multimedia within the Media Arts Track.  Her research interests focuses on emergent media, science communication, Indigenous storytelling, oral history and utilization of creative communication for civic engagement.  

Patricia’s teaching philosophy and approach to multimedia creative works is interdisciplinary and encourages exploration of all forms of mediated communication to help make a difference in promoting the quality of life for our communities. Included in this philosophy is her work with the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement (NCSCE), Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities (SENCER) and SENCER Hawaiʻi, helping to bridge indigenous knowledge and science to more effectively inform the public about evidence-based information that is important in their life decisions
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Working Group Selected:
Community Engagement

What's top of mind for me right now:
Being a part of the solution and building momentum, especially during this COVID 'pause'   

What ideas or initiatives will you be bringing to this working session?
I want to help communicate those initiatives that have been working to help them grow and build momentum.

Brian Richardson

Professional Title(s):
Librarian  

One interesting thing about me:
I have a lot of degrees, mainly from UH.

Brief Bio:
Originally from Canada, I've lived in Hawaii for over 25 years. I came here originally to work on a Ph.D. in Political Science and now work at Hamilton Library.

Working Group Selected:
Teaching, Learning & Curriculum

What's top of mind for me right now:
Making the library relevant.

What ideas or initiatives will you be bringing to this working session?
Organizing relevant information for the university and community.

Michael Asami

Professional Title(s):
Janitor II 

One interesting thing about me:
SSM Major 

Brief Bio:
Operations and maintenance UHMC

Working Group Selected:
Cultural Connections

What's top of mind for me right now:
COVID19   

What ideas or initiatives will you be bringing to this working session?
Here to listen and learn

Pualiʻi Rossi-Fukino

Professional Title(s):
Program Coordinator and Assistant Professor of Hawaiian Studies   

One interesting thing about me:
I never went to "traditional" school until I attended college. I've danced hula since the age of four, so that was my version of school. 

Brief Bio:
Aloha! My kulāiwi is Wailua, Kauaʻi, but I currently live with my ʻohana in Kapaʻa. My love of Hawaiian Studies comes from my parents who raised me with a knowledge of and appreciation for my culture.  I attended Kauaʻi Community College and earned an A.A. in Liberal Arts and a subject certificate in Hawaiian Studies. I then transferred to UH Hilo and earned B.A. degrees in Hawaiian Studies and Anthropology before completing my graduate studies at UH Mānoa. I returned home and started teaching at Kauaʻi CC in 2007. Some of my courses include Hawaiian language, history, religion, hula, and anthropology.
I'm a wife to a kalo farmer, who also works at Kauaʻi CC in the Hawaiian Studies department. We have two sons, ages 5 years and 6 months. 

Working Group Selected:
Cultural Connections

What's top of mind for me right now:
I'm hoping that we will come out of this situation with a deeper appreciation for sustainability!

What ideas or initiatives will you be bringing to this working session?
Why Aloha ʻĀina and Mālama ʻĀina is important, and how we should be making this a priority in our classes and campuses.

Clem Guthro

Professional Title(s):
University Librarian    

One interesting thing about me:
First generation student from Canada; have 7 children, including 4 adopted from South America    

Brief Bio:
Academic librarian with 35+ years of experience. Strong international and intercultural focus. Interest in transforming research libraries for the 21st century.

Working Group Selected:
Research

What's top of mind for me right now:
Transforming the UH Manoa library to a 21st century research library   

What ideas or initiatives will you be bringing to this working session?
Ways that the library can support student success and the research enterprise.

Rosie Alegado

Professional Title(s):
Associate Professor, Oceanography and Sea Grant; Director Sea Grant Center of Excellence in Integrated Knowledge Systems; Director, SOEST Maile Mentoring Bridge Program; Community Liaison Lead, JABSOM Tropical Medicine Clinical Lab

One interesting thing about me:
I can play the piano, ukulele, flute and ocarina

Brief Bio:
Rosie ʻAnolani Alegado was born and raised on Oʻahu. She is an Associate Professor of Oceanography and Sea Grant at UH Mānoa where she is Director for the Center of Excellence in Integrated Knowledge Systems. Rosie holds a PhD in Microbiology from Stanford University and investigates the how microbes shape the adaptive potential of their ecosystem across a broad range of biological and temporal scales. In partnership with Paepae o Heʻeia, her group has tracked the influence of restoration, storms and multi-annual climate patterns on the health of Heʻeia Fishpond since 2014. Together with the non-profit Kuaʻāina Ulu ʻAuamo and Hawai’i Sea Grant, she is involved in developing kūlana noiʻi,a process wherein researchers build and sustain equitable partnerships with community. In 2018, she was confirmed to the City & County of Honolulu Climate Change Commission.olani Alegado was born and raised on Oʻahu. She is an Associate Professor of Oceanography and Sea Grant at UH Mānoa where she is Director for the Center of Excellence in Integrated Knowledge Systems. Rosie holds a PhD in Microbiology from Stanford University and investigates the how microbes shape the adaptive potential of their ecosystem across a broad range of biological and temporal scales. In partnership with Paepae o Heʻeia, her group has tracked the influence of restoration, storms and multi-annual climate patterns on the health of Heʻeia Fishpond since 2014. Together with the non-profit Kuaʻāina Ulu ʻAuamo and Hawai’i Sea Grant, she is involved in developing kūlana noiʻi,a process wherein researchers build and sustain equitable partnerships with community. In 2018, she was confirmed to the City & County of Honolulu Climate Change Commission.

Working Group Selected:
Community Engagement

What's top of mind for me right now:
Redefining normal.  I donʻt want things to back to normal. 

What ideas or initiatives will you be bringing to this working session?
Supporting fluidity between western and indigenous knowledge systems; equitable partnerships with community; indigenous perspectives on climate change; increasing COVID testing capacity in rural/"underserved" communities

Kevin Chang

Professional Title(s):
Co-Director 

One interesting thing about me:
I am late to this. I am usually early to things like this. 

Brief Bio:
Kevin Chang is the Co-Director of Kuaʻāina Ulu ʻAuamo (KUA) a capacity building and network facilitation mechanism for community driven natural-cultural resource management initiatives. He oversees all organizational fiscal, administrative and programmatic aims. A Castle High School graduate, he has a B.A. in Psychology and a J.D. from the University of Oregon. Prior to KUA he was a Land Manager for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs and a Field Representative for the Trust for Public Lands’ Hawaiian Island Program. He is also husband to Alma Siria Vega de Chang and dabbles in music and film production.

Working Group Selected:
Leadership and Shared Governance   

What's top of mind for me right now:
Aggregating ideas for a post-COVID-19 era, then moving them forward. 

What ideas or initiatives will you be bringing to this working session?
I bring myself and my work around community-based natural resource management and the aina momona economy.

Jaclyn Lindo

Professional Title(s):
Assistant Professor - Economics  

One interesting thing about me:
Languages and their inherent connections to culture fascinate me. In high school, I completed the language sequences for Hawaiian, Japanese, and French, and got part-way through Spanish.  

Brief Bio:
 I teach intro economics courses at Kapi'olani CC with a sustainability focus through aloha 'āina and community engagement. Trying to get students to see resources and the impact of their decisions on them from a kākou perspective. Circular economy > linear economy. Purpose - Planet - People - Profit (to support the first three)

Working Group Selected:
Teaching, Learning & Curriculum

What's top of mind for me right now:
How to continue integrating aloha 'āina and 'āina-based learning into curriculum during these times when it is so urgent

What ideas or initiatives will you be bringing to this working session?
Desire to collaborate with others who want to continue to transform curriculum and make it most meaningful for current and future realities

Ilana Stout

Professional Title(s):
Lecturer     

One interesting thing about me:
I live off-grid in a renovated barn.
I love to sing ( most friends know this, most colleagues don't :)
  

Brief Bio:
Ilana Stout, M.S. is a sustainability educator who lives on Hawai’i Island. She has worked as a teacher in both the Hawai’i Department of Education (2005-2013)  and University of Hawai’i system (2013-2020), and her expertise is in environmental science education, with an emphasis on agriculture, conservation biology and climate solutions. Over the past few years, Ilana has become increasingly interested in addressing the emotional impacts of environmental science education on students and has undertaken a personal study of climate communications and ecopsychology. She has written about solutions-based approaches to climate change education for the Drawdown Learn Teachers’ Network and participated in the University of Hawai’i train-the-trainer program “Teaching Climate Change Affectively”. Ilana is a member of the Work That Reconnects Facilitator Network, an online community of facilitators of Joanna Macy’s work who share best practices.

Working Group Selected:
Community Engagement

What's top of mind for me right now:
The psychological and physical benefits of growing food and caring for 'aina.

What ideas or initiatives will you be bringing to this working session?
Building emotional resilience for global change, Networking with farmers and conservation

Miwa Tamanaha

Professional Title(s):
Co-Director, KUA

One interesting thing about me:
I ran the hurdles in HS (I short, so surprising, hahaha)

Brief Bio:
Miwa has spent the last 20+ years working for marine and watershed protection–from education to policy in Hawaiʻi, rural Mexico, Central and Southern California, and Tanzania. Prior to KUA, she was the executive director at KAHEA, a local environmental and cultural advocacy non-profit. Miwa has a B.A. and M.A. in Economics from the University of Southern California. Miwa lives with her husband and two kids in Waipiʻo, Oʻahu.

Working Group Selected:
Community Engagement 

What's top of mind for me right now:
Families and well-being of our families and communities

What ideas or initiatives will you be bringing to this working session?
We rely on UH for so many things, not the least the young minds nurtured there! Iʻm excited to talk about community connection, system change, and as Manu calls it, "radical collaboration"!