Team

Megan Fox : Executive Director

Megan Fox

Executive Director

Megan supports general day-to-day operations, program management, fundraising, and marketing as our Executive Director. She was previously the Director of Operations and has been with the organization since 2014. Megan has a diverse background that spans nonprofits, startups, and educational institutions with over a decade of focus on workforce development, organizational capacity building, business development, and program launches and turnarounds. She has a Bachelor of Science in Management and Public Policy with a focus on Human Resources and is a published author on creating job programs. She has also served on the Advisory Board of the University of Hawaii's Kaua`i Master Gardener program.

megan@malamakauai.org | (808) 828-0685 x12
Donovan Kanani Cabebe : AmeriCorps Project Manager

Donovan Kanani Cabebe

AmeriCorps Project Manager

Donovan helps to build the capacity of our AmeriCorps VISTA programs by playing a strategic leadership role in the recruitment, retention, and performance of VISTA members. Born and raised in Hawai‘i and of kānaka maoli decent, Donovan is committed to the work of promoting, perpetuating and sharing the importance and value of indigenous wisdom and knowledge, sustainable localized food production, and any ‘āina supporting practice that builds strong, self-sufficient, and self-sustaining communities. Educated on the U.S. continent from the age of 13, he has developed careers in the food services industry as a chef and consultant, as well as in the music and entertainment industry as a stagehand that together spans over 25 years.

donovan@malamakauai.org | (808) 828-0685 x16
Naoshi Kaiuiokalani Grady : Mahi‘ai Technical Assistance Program Manager

Naoshi Kaiuiokalani Grady

Mahi‘ai Technical Assistance Program Manager

Naoshi leads our Mahi‘ai Technical Assistance Program, which offers monthly workshops and one-on-one technical assistance for minority farmers and ranchers. Born and raised in Kilauea and the Kalihiwai ahupua‘a, the home of our Community Farm, Naoshi has been farming for close to 20 years, including running a successful ‘awa (kava) business. His products have been distributed throughout stores locally and through Whole Foods, and he has studied farming under many mahi‘ai that have come before him.

mahiai@malamakauai.org | (808) 828-0685 x15
Barbara Jean Kaauwai : Mala`ai Kula Kitchen Manager

Barbara Jean Kaauwai

Mala`ai Kula Kitchen Manager

Chef Barbara will be launched our Mala`ai Kula program's food service, providing farm-to-school meals to Kawaikini New Century Pacific Charter School. She is passionate about offering an `ai pono experience to our keiki, bringing her childhood experiences of preparing Hawaiian food and butchering skills to the plate. Barbara is a Kaua`i High School grad and has experiences from Prep Cook to Kitchen Manager at various farm-to-table restaurants on Kaua`i including The Feral Pig, Hukilau Lanai, Street Burger / Oyster 369, and Eat Healthy Cafe.

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Taylor Litwin : AmeriCorps VISTA: Grant Writer

Taylor Litwin

AmeriCorps VISTA: Grant Writer

Taylor is supporting MK’s grant management and project evaluation work to help us fine-tune our processes of measuring and reporting our impact to those who support our work. She is a recent graduate of State University of New York with a dual Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sustainability and Geography. Her most recent experiences include working as an Environmental Educator for New York Dept. of Environmental Conservation and The Wild Center, and she gained grant writing experience as a Farm-to-School Project Coordinator for Sidney School District. Taylor has also completed a variety of field work experiences in the conservation, geology, and biology fields in the Rocky Mountains, New Orleans, New York, and Guatemala.

grants@malamakauai.org | (808) 828-0685 x8
Julia Black : AmeriCorps VISTA: Volunteer Coordinator

Julia Black

AmeriCorps VISTA: Volunteer Coordinator

Julia manages volunteer recruitment, retention, and recognition across our projects, including helping to coordinate group service trips and volunteer vacations. She has held a variety of roles supporting food access in her community including volunteering in a community garden that benefits a food pantry, engaging with formerly incarcerated women for meal preparation and education, managing sales for a nonprofit bakery dedicated to addressing hunger, and volunteering with a food bank. She also served as a National Crew Member for the Student Conservation Association and worked as a New Student Program Coordinator for her college. Additionally, Julia received her Girl Scout Gold Award for leading a sustainable gardening program with elementary children and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Analysis from Scripps College in California.

volunteer@malamakauai.org | (808) 828-0685 x11
Jared Miller : AmeriCorps VISTA: Fundraising & Development

Jared Miller

AmeriCorps VISTA: Fundraising & Development

Jared is developing community-benefiting social enterprise models to sustain MK’s efforts into the future, as well as assisting with general fundraising and grant writing projects. He recently completed an internship in Washington, D.C. with the Center for Public Justice, has been a long-time volunteer tutor, was a member of his college’s Pre-Law Club, and fundraised for his fraternity. Jared has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Hope University, where he completed his capstone project on effective grassroots development and sustainable infrastructure in regards to monetary foreign aid in subSharan Africa.

development@malamakauai.org |
Kalli Harshman : AmeriCorps VISTA: Village Harvest Program

Kalli Harshman

AmeriCorps VISTA: Village Harvest Program

Kalli is working with Kaua`i Master Gardeners and other volunteers to expand the Village Harvest gleaning program into a full-time program that captures unused produce and gets it to school food programs and food banks across the island.  In addition to volunteering with Malama Kaua`i, her previous experience includes interning as a Community Garden Coordinator and working as a Florist at Hale Koa Flowers in Honolulu, as well as volunteering at Limahuli and YMCA Surf Camp. Kalli has a Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Plant Systems from University of Arizona, where she completed her Honor’s thesis on colonization’s impact on indigenous populations, using traditional agriculture systems as one way to increase a sense of cultural community.

villageharvest@malamakauai.org |
Diane Sikkens : AmeriCorps VISTA: Youth & Food Programs, Kapa`a Complex

Diane Sikkens

AmeriCorps VISTA: Youth & Food Programs, Kapa`a Complex

Diane is a Youth & Food Programs AmeriCorps VISTA supporting Kaua`i and Kapa`a Complex schools (from Lihue north) in our Kaua`i School Garden Network and Ag Internship programs. She comes with hands-on experience in gardening and community education through her work at Reservoir Community Farm and Hilland Hall Garden, which included general agricultural maintenance, community outreach, and educating community members of all ages. Diane recently completed her first year of AmeriCorps service at Great Oaks Charter School in Connecticut, and has also worked as a teacher in Uganda, Vermont, and India. She graduated from Bennington College with Bachelors of Liberal Arts, with concentrations in Political Science and French, and studied abroad in the Netherlands.

youthfoodeast@malamakauai.org | (808) 828-0685 x19
Peter Chappell : AmeriCorps VISTA: Youth & Food Programs, Waimea Complex

Peter Chappell

AmeriCorps VISTA: Youth & Food Programs, Waimea Complex

Pete is a Youth & Food Programs AmeriCorps VISTA supporting Waimea Complex schools (from Koloa west) in our Kaua`i School Garden Network and Ag Internship programs. He most recently interned with Kennett Area Community Service working with their food pantry, where he also conducted gardening and farming classes for community residents. Peter graduated from the University of Delaware majoring in Health Behavior Science and Public Health, including a study abroad program in New Zealand focused on community health. He was highly involved in school, including undergraduate research roles in the Departments of Health Sciences and Agriculture, being on the Executive Board for their Alternative Breaks program, and leadership positions in clubs including Healthy Hens, The Water Project, and Health Behavior Science.

youthfoodwest@malamakauai.org | (808) 828-0685 x17
Angelina Mangiardi : AmeriCorps VISTA: Kawaikini Farm-to-School Program

Angelina Mangiardi

AmeriCorps VISTA: Kawaikini Farm-to-School Program

Angelina is assisting Kawaikini New Century Public Charter School in creating a culturally relevant farm-to-school program, including the development of reimbursable meal programs and increasing capacity for student education in nutrition, food, and agriculture. She has a BS in Environmental Science, Policy, and Social Change from UMass Amherst, has been a long-time 4-H volunteer, and served as the VP of the Board of Directors for The Nature Academy, a nonprofit designed to connect people and nature through educational programs. Angelina’s recent experiences include Farmhand at Secum Brook Farm, Historical Interpreter at Hancock Shaker Village, Student Vulture Researcher in Tanzania, and most recently an Environmental Education Program Assistant in Alaska.

Kawaikini@malamakauai.org | (808) 828-0685 x21
Anna Layman : AmeriCorps VISTA: Ke Kula Ni`ihau Farm-to-School Program

Anna Layman

AmeriCorps VISTA: Ke Kula Ni`ihau Farm-to-School Program

Anna is assisting Ke Kula Ni`ihau in building a culturally relevant farm-to-school program, including the localization of meals, expansion of the school garden, and increasing student education in nutrition, food, and agriculture. She has served two terms in Conservation Corps in Montana and Nevada, as well as acted as Lead Summer Staff for an arboretum, where she gained extensive experience in managing volunteers and implementing educational programs. She also participated in a summer program at Virginia Tech’s School for Agriculture, learning about agricultural leadership, economics, animal and plant science, and veterinary medicine. Anna received her Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Philosophy and Religion from Christopher Newport University in 2010, where she studied abroad in South America and Spain.

kekula@malamakauai.org | (808) 828-0685 x13