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 Conservation Specialist, 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. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Dave 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.
As office administrator of Oʻahu RC&D, Nicole Correa assists with a variety of tasks. She grew up on Oʻahu with horses and a number of rescue animals. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Colorado State University where she majored in Animal Science. She continued on for a Master’s Degree in Animal Science from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Along with working for Oʻahu RC&D, she manages Double D Farm and Ranch, L.L.C. which is a livestock ranch that is focused primarily on education.
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.