Executive Committee

Our Executive Committee consists of seven elected chapter leaders and four group representatives.  As needed there may be up to two appointed volunteers to serve as secretary and treasurer.  Additionally, each Group has its own Executive Committee.

2017 Executive Committee

Chair: Sheila Sarhangi
Co-Vice Chair: Colin Yost
Co-Vice Chair: Lucienne de Naie
Chair of Conservation: Nate Yuen
Secretary: Doorae Shin (non-voting member)
Treasurer: Nara Takakawa (non-voting member)
Oʻahu Group: Elliot Van Wie
Maui Group: Rob Weltman
Moku Loa Group: Debbie Ward
Kauaʻi Group: Judy Dalton
Compliance Officer: Kylie Wager
At-large: Blake McElheny
At-large: Alana Bryant

New to the Executive Committee:

Blake McElheny

Blake McElheny was raised in Pūpūkea on the North Shore of Oʻahu and has a law degree and Environmental Law Certificate from UH. He has extensive experience in community organizing and collaboration with local government and nonprofits. He currently serves as a founding board member of the Kōkua Hawai‘i Foundation, is a founding board member of the North Shore Community Land Trust, and is a member of the North Shore Neighborhood Board. He enjoys spending time in the ocean with his family and he also is enthusiastic about regional and community renewable energy planning. He has served on the Oʻahu Group for several years.

Kylie Wager

As an associate attorney at Earthjustice, Kylie has represented grassroots community groups, including the Sierra Club and has been advocating for clean energy, restoring stream flows, cleaner ocean waters, and better pesticide regulation. Kylie has interned for the Hawai‘i Public Utilities Commission, Blue Planet Foundation, and worked as a research associate for the Center for Island Climate Adaptation and Policy. She has served as a law clerk for the Honorable Mark E. Recktenwald and an extern for the Honorable Richard R. Clifton. Kylie is a proud graduate of the UH’s William S. Richardson School of Law, with a certificate in environmental law. Her experience reporting on environmental and cultural issues on Maui inspired her to become a public interest environmental lawyer in Hawai‘i.

Nate Yuen

For the past 18 years Nate has documented some of the rarest species on the planet on his website hawaiianforest.com. He serves on the Natural Area Reserves System Commission, which protects the most biologically sensitive and geologically interesting lands in Hawaiʻi. Nate has a double major in Accounting and Management Information Systems and an MBA and has worked as an accountant, research administrator, and technology licensing manager. He founded the Hawaiʻi Chapter of the Society of Research Administrators, served as Vice President of the Hawaiʻi Venture Capital Association, and organized forums for faculty entrepreneurs to spin-of new companies.