As Executive Director, Jean
works with the board of directors to meet organizational needs. After growing up on a dairy farm in Wisconsin, Jean
pursued bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agriculture and has since worked with farmers in five states and one foreign country. She enjoys connecting with farmers and identifying ways to improve stewardship of our soil and water resources.
As the Programs Manager, Stephanie works alongside farmers to create conservation plans, develop workshops and assist in all of O’ahu RC&D’s mission and goals. Originally from Maryland, Stephanie has traveled extensively around Southeast Asia and has lived in countries such as Ghana, Cambodia and Costa Rica. With her degree and experience in Environmental Studies and International Development, she is here to assist farmers and community alike.
Project Coordinator for Ma'ili'ili Watershed
Francesca (Frankie) Koethe is O’ahu RC&D’s Project Coordinator for the Ma’ili’ili Watershed. She was born and raised on Oahu, growing up with local culture and protocol. Her Master’s research at the University of Hawaii at Manoa focused on the sustainability and environmental health perceptions of a rural community in Kauaʿi. Francesca completed her degree in Natural Resource Environmental Management in August 2017. At Oahu RC&D she aims to assist farmers in stewarding natural resources and supporting agriculture around the island.
Project Coordinator for Kaalaea/Waiahole Watershed
Elliott is the Project Coordinator for Phase 2 of the Waiahole watershed restoration project. He has fifteen years of experience working in tropical conservation and rural development as an entrepreneur, researcher, and project director. Dave
owns a local chocolate business and farms cacao on the weekends. He has a degree in International Development and graduate training in natural resource management. He’s looking forward to supporting Oahu’s farmers in identifying stewardship practices that benefit their production and Hawaii’s water and soil resources.
Project Coordinator for Waimanalo Watershed
As the Project Coordinator for the Waimānalo Watershed, Hannah works with farmers to improve soil and water resources through conservation planning. Originally from Wisconsin, she earned her B.S. degree from UW-Madison in Zoology. After time abroad and working in a variety of science disciplines and ecosystems, she arrived in Hawaiʻi and took interest in global and local challenges within food systems. She focused on soil health assessment in Hawaiʻi for her M.S. thesis work at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa in Natural Resource and Environmental Management. She looks forward to carrying out the mission of Oʻahu RC&D and promoting a more sustainable Hawaiʻi.
Harmony is born and raised on the island O’ahu. She has an extensive background in banking and customer service. As the Office Administrator, she will provide administrative and clerical support for management, project staff, and support outreach activities related to O’ahu RC&D’s diverse programs. She looks forward to providing assistance to fellow staff members along with learning more about agriculture and conservation here in the islands.
Conservation Specialist Intern
The current intern for O’ahu RC&D, Kaelin Sylva assists with various projects that the organization is conducting. Born in California, Kaelin lived in a farming community a majority of her life. Four years ago, she came to O’ahu and obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. Through the internship program, provided by KUPU and Americorps, she aims to get her foot in the door and to expand her knowledge so that she can one day give back to the local farmers across the island.