2019 Executive Committee Candidate Bios

2019 Chapter and Group ExCom Elections are open from October 24-November 31. All current members should have received an email from “Sierra Club of Hawaiʻi” around October 24, subject line “Vote now: Sierra Club of Hawaiʻi – 2019 Executive Committee Elections” with your personalized ballot link, access code, and password.

If you did not receive your ballot, please contact us at hawaii.chapter@sierraclub.org and we will issue you a new ballot. 

New members or those that renew their membership from October 24-November 31 should contact hawaii.chapter@sierraclub.org to obtain a ballot.


Chapter – Seats will be filled by the top three candidates.

Heather Kimball
Heather Kimball is a scientist with a background in systems ecology and climate change mitigation and adaptation. She chaired Moku Loa Group in 2017 and was a candidate for State legislature. She is interested in serving on the Executive Committee to advocate for policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, protect the wild spaces of Hawai‘i, build connection and resilience in our communities and promote environmental, social and economic justice.

Janice Palma-Glennie
Janice Palma-Glennie has been on the frontlines of several major Hawai‘i land use battles spanning three decades. She served on the steering committee of the Kona Community Development Plan. She served on Moku Loa Group’s Executive Committee and is a current ExCom member of Surfrider Foundation’s Kona Kai Ea Chapter. She was active with the Kohanaiki ‘Ohana and spearheaded the last two successful battles to protect coastal ‘O‘oma from development.

Kau‘i Pratt-Aquino
Kau’i Pratt-Aquino is a Native rights and environmental advocate who has dedicated her life to improving the status of kanaka and the greater community through education, cultural stewardship and pono leadership. She believes the Sierra Club can play a critical role in strengthening the alliance between native and environmental advocates to effect positive change. As a mom and lawyer, she is committed to creating a better future for our keiki.

Colin Yost
As Chair of ExCom, I’ve enjoyed partnering with Marti, staff and ExCom to reach new heights in effective advocacy and environmental protection. The Climate Crisis is a grave threat, but we remain focused on protecting this planet for our keiki to explore, enjoy and protect! In my day job, I’m still COO of RevoluSun and am working hard to accelerate the clean energy transformation. Mahalo for your consideration.

 

Nate Yuen
Nate Yuen has served on the Chapter ExCom for the past 2 years as Conservation Chair. Nate is an amateur naturalist, hiker, and photographer specializing in the native plants and animals of Hawai‘i. From 2013 to 2017, he served on the Natural Area Reserves System Commission, which oversees the State’s most biologically sensitive lands. Nate is an advocate for endangered species, clean water, renewable energy, climate change, and building a sustainable future.


Oʻahu Group – Seats will be filled by the top three candidates.

Anthony Aalto
Anthony Aalto has been an active member of the Club for a dozen years. He helped lead the campaigns against the Ho‘opili and Koa Ridge developments. He chaired the O‘ahu Group from 2012 through 2017 and headed the Club’s Political Action Committee for several years. Most recently he helped lead the Club’s successful campaign to amend the city charter to create the Honolulu Office of Climate Change Sustainability & Resiliency.

Hannah Hubanks
Hannah Hubanks is an environmental scientist and outdoor enthusiast on Oʻahu, currently working with various interest groups to improve soil health as a natural resource in Hawaiʻi. She is skilled in science communication and outreach across disciplines and backgrounds, with a passion for increasing awareness of conservation efforts. Serving on the Oʻahu Group’s Executive Committee aligns with her goals to take action in advocating for and protecting nature in Hawaiʻi.”

Rob Kinslow
Rob as his eyes singularly focused on imagining, envisioning, empowering humans to understand their nature connections and each other through sowing seeds of sustainability. He has served on the Sierra Club ExCom for two years. While Rob has communicated, collaborated, and celebrated several environmental successes, not much has changed. Humans still mired in the fossil-fuel era. He believes our biggest mistake as enviros is being reactive. Rob will continue to nudge Sierra Club towards proactive approach.

Sheuli Molla
Sheuli Molla is an environmental scientist  who specializes in water resource planning and environmental management. Locally, Sheuli has worked in the environmental field for seven years. Sheuli  participates in several environmental organizations, including Hawaii Water Environment Association, where serves on the Water Reuse planning committee, and Hawaii Association of Environmental Professionals. Sheuli has enjoyed volunteering for Surfrider Foundation, Hawaii Ocean Time Series, and Habitat for Humanity.

Steve Montgomery
Steve Montgomery is a beekeeper/biologist. Explored from South Point to Nihoa. Appointed to Land Use and Natural Areas Commissions. Worked on Arctic Wildlife Refuge Wilderness Bills and Ivory Ban. Built solidarity with Native Alaskan Villagers. Hosted World Conservation Congress. Advocated Biosecurity Plan. As 8 monk seals died from cat-litter-disease (Toxoplasmosis), supported DLNR rules to compassionately trap unowned cats from harbors and parks. Improved political processes; mobilized Club for green candidates.


Kauaʻi Group – Seats will be filled by the top four candidates.

Marge Freeman
Marge Freeman has served on the Kaua’i Group Executive Committee for 19 years and would like to continue serving as she feels the Sierra Club on Kaua‘i has made valuable contributions to the island. She is an active supporter of Mālama Maha‘ulepu and is a member of its board of directors. She was a co-plaintiff in the successful legal action against the Planning Commission to increase construction setbacks on the coastline at Kealia Kai.

Kip Goodwin
Kip Goodwin is a founder of Kaua‘i Alliance for Peace and Social Justice and a director of 808truth2youth, a statewide advocacy outreach for underserved Hawai‘i youth. Recently he has represented Kaua‘i group before the Board of Land and Natural Resources and Commission on Water Resource Management advocating for the waters of Wai‘ale‘ale to be restored to their natural streams and rivers, away from suburban development interests.

Carl Imparato
Carl Imparato has served on the Kauai Group Executive Committee since 2006.  He has focused his efforts and drafted Group testimony on over-development, shoreline access, park commercialization, protection of public spaces, noise, and the preservation of agricultural lands and rural character.  Most recently, he led the Group’s attempts to see that Kauai’s General Plan protects residents and the environment from the impacts of over-tourism and unsustainable development. If re-elected, he would continue to address those issues.

Jade Moss
Jade Moss is a 10-year resident of Hawaiʻi with eight years on Kaua‘i. She is studying Hawaiian language and culture through her children’s education at Hawaiian immersion school. She understands the immense kuleana of caring for the ‘āina. She wants to join the Sierra Club in preserving open spaces, the marine environment, and cultural sites. Jade hopes that, one day, Hawai‘i residents can utilize sustainability practices that Hawaiians had mastered. She has a Bachelor’s degree in journalism from San Diego State University.

Rayne Regush
A diligent advocate for protecting Kauai’s environment, Rayne has served on the Group Ex Com since 2004 and as Group Representative for the Hawaii Chapter for 5 years.  She is passionate about preserving historic trail access and serves on the State Na Ala Hele Kauai Advisory Council. Working to protect the island’s rural character, cultural resources and shorelines, she recently spearheaded the legal appeal of Coconut Beach Resort’s certified shoreline application which disregarded evidence of ocean debris close to the proposed resort footprint.


Maui Group – Seats will be filled by the top five candidates.

Clare Apana
Clare is a native of Wailuku, Maui, is a cultural practitioner and teacher who is deeply involved with cultural preservation issues throughout Maui. Clare received the Sierra Club’s Onipa‘a Award in 2013 for her long dedication to research and advocacy to protect Maui’s traditional cultural landscapes and burial areas. She has a Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy and has a private practice in both Maui and Honolulu.

Miranda Camp
Miranda is a life-long member of the Sierra Club, has served on the board for the Maui Group as co-chair, currently a volunteer hike leader, planted native forest with the Auwahi Project, volunteered with The Nature Conservancy to rid the preserves of invasive species and also volunteered as hike leader for the Waikamoi Native Forest hike in the Haleakala National Park.  She is currently a real estate agent, but with a background in Wildlife Biology, Maui’s natural environment, cultural history and preservation of open spaces will always be of highest priority in her life. In her spare time she is either snorkeling or hiking to waterfalls.

Lucienne de Naie
Lucienne de Naie is a long time Club member who has served as Chair and Vice-chair of the Sierra Club Hawai‘i Chapter Executive Committee. She is a researcher and writer whose passion is protection of native plants, streams, watersheds, and cultural sites.

 

 

Daniel Grantham
Daniel has served on Maui Sierra Club board for 18 years, in a number of positions, including Chair. His years videotaping community and government meetings for public access TV has given him familiarity with Maui issues. His science studies and electro-mechanical work background have fueled his interest in the practical and technical aspects of renewable energy and sustainability. Nature, he believes, illustrates the importance of decentralization to robust and resilient life support systems.

Colleen O’Shea Wallace
Years ago, at the beginning of the “Keep the Country Country” movement, I served on Windward O’ahu Neighborhood Boards. I’ve since worked as a public health advocate on Maui and statewide and have enjoyed working with virtually all of Maui’s local, state and federal legislators. I still carry a vision of restoring Maui and Hawaii’s natural environment, water and ocean resources to ensure the health and wellbeing of future generations; and will do what I can to further the mission of this Club as a board member.

Janet Six
Dr. Janet Six is an archaeologist, specializing in archaeology of sugar plantations and water policies. She’s worked on cultural/ecosystem restoration projects: Lo‘iloa (‘Iao Valley); the sacred site of Moku‘ula (Lāhaina); Pālau‘ea Cultural Preserve and documentary films: Ho‘okele Wa‘a and Nā Kupu Mana‘ola. Janet served earlier on the Sustainable Living Institute of Maui steering committee and Maui Sierra Club Executive Committee. She chaired the Maui County Cultural Resource Commission.


Moku Loa Group – Seats will be filled by the top four candidates.

Ruth Aloua
Ruth Aloua is a Kanaka Maoli from the Kona District. Her grandmother’s lineage binds her to the island of Hawai‘i and her father’s to Maui. She is a mahi‘ai who farms with Malu ‘Āina Center for Nonviolent Education and Action and a Kia‘i Loko for Hui Kaloko-Honokōhau. She is an advocate for peaceful interactions with land, water, air and ocean.

 

Rob Culbertson
Rob Culbertson is a life member of Sierra Club and served the Kauai Group as its chair in the mid nineties. Now residing in the Hamakua area of the Big Island his interest in native plants and marine wildlife has become an avocation that fulfills his enthusiasm for conversation generally and service outings over the past few years with Moku Loa Group.  If elected, I hope to serve the Group’s administrative functions with conservation perspectives and needs arising from this part of the very ‘Big Island’.

Bob Ernst
Bob is a proud vegetarian farmer/rancher in Mauna Huihui, operating Waiwai Nupanupa Ranch, a grass-fed cattle operation. He grows organic fruits and vegetables for his consumption, recently winning first prize at the Hilo County Fair for the largest Ruby Red Grapefruit. Bob’s vision for Hawaiʻi is that it will be the best managed ʻāina in the world and people will come to see well managed lands rather than thrill tourism. Bob is very active in elections to support candidates that will provide good government and follows up to make sure good government commitments are fulfilled.

Gary Harrold
A product of the University of California/Santa Cruz, Gary is a proud environmental radical. He has participated in many NGOs (non-governmental organizations). He has supported zero population growth, World Trade Organization protests, the Monterey Bay Marine Sanctuary, the United Nations Association, reuse/recycling, and the peace movement, and is a lifetime activist with the Sierra Club. Gary feels strongly that population pressures and rampant consumerism are ruining our seas, soils, and skies – not to mention our sanity. Corporate and military environmental irresponsibility must be examined. At seventy-three, Gary’s car-free!

Koran Munafo
I believe nature plays an important role in today’s modern world of extremes. And I believe we should protect it. Currently, I hold a Master’s Degree in Learning Design and Technology, and am a PhD candidate. In my work as an Adult Educator and Learning Experience Designer, I apply innovative designs solutions to address system challenges. It would be my pleasure to contribute my holistic systems design thinking to the important work of the Moku Loa Group.