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
Lorilani Keohokalole : VISTA Project Manager

Lorilani Keohokalole

VISTA Project Manager

Lorilani supports our AmeriCorps VISTA programs by recruiting, mentoring, and managing our service member team. Lorilani is a Hawaiian practitioner and community advocate with over 20 years of experience in Hawaiian education, including working for Kanuikapono Public Charter School/Ipuha'a Academy and Na Pua No‘eau. She also hosts years of non-profit experience from the Hemophilia Foundation of Hawaii; Shakti Rising San Diego and Kaua‘i; and other educational programs in Hawai‘i and abroad.  Lorilani has an AA in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Hawaiian Culture and a BA in Communication. She has worked with Mālama Kaua‘i for several years as a partner, and most recently as a consultant/contractor working on flood relief efforts and AmeriCorps VISTA support. Grounded in spiritual practice of the host culture, this foundation is what guides Lorilani's passion and desire to serve her community.

lorilani@malamakauai.org | (808) 828-0685 x25
Haylin Chock : Mahi‘ai Technical Assistance Program Manager

Haylin Chock

Mahi‘ai Technical Assistance Program Manager

Haylin leads our Mahi‘ai Technical Assistance Program, which offers monthly workshops and one-on-one technical assistance for minority farmers and ranchers. She graduated Kapa‘a High School where she was involved as the Student Council PTSA Representative and a Peer Mediation Secretary, and is currently a member of UH West Oahu's Honor Society. She is currently a senior at the University of Hawai‘i, West Oahu in the sustainability and community food systems program. Haylin previously completed an internship with us during the summer of 2018 as a Mahi’ai Grants Project Manager, where she was able to assist with distributing over $80,000 to over 50 farmers across the island who were impacted by April’s flood disaster.

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
Lauren McKenzie : AmeriCorps VISTA: Fundraising & Development

Lauren McKenzie

AmeriCorps VISTA: Fundraising & Development

Lauren 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. She has honed skills in research, community planning, and administrative support through diverse internships at the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office, EarthShare's National Headquarters, and The Clean Air Council. Lauren has a Bachelor of Business in Legal Studies, and acted as the Community Engagement Manager for Philadelphia Urban Creators during her college years.

development@malamakauai.org | (808) 828-0685 x10
Sydney Carroll : AmeriCorps VISTA: Village Harvest Program

Sydney Carroll

AmeriCorps VISTA: Village Harvest Program

Sydney 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.  As a Food Science, Human Nutrition, and Technology graduate of Clemson University, Sydney has a passion for preventing food waste, food safety education, and healthy cooking. Her previous experiences include food service, food production quality assurance, and research on food insecurity and food trends. She has also studied abroad in Spain and France, and also served on her school's Sustainability Committee.

villageharvest@malamakauai.org | (808) 828-0685 x20
Laura Manser : AmeriCorps VISTA: Youth & Food Programs

Laura Manser

AmeriCorps VISTA: Youth & Food Programs

Laura is a Youth & Food Programs AmeriCorps VISTA creating programmatic sustainability in our Kaua‘i School Garden Network and Ag Internship programs. Laura’s a bug expert whose previous experience includes being a Farm Apprentice for Roots to River Farm, where she worked on preparing for the CSA and farmers market, as well as general field operations for the organic farm. She has also provided habitat restoration work for he Mid-Atlantic Center for Herpetology and Conservation, farm and land management at the Delaware Nature Society and entomology research at the University of Delaware. Laura received her Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Conservation with a minor in Entomology from University of Delaware, which included semester abroad experiences in Costa Rica and Tanzania and hands-on experience in land management and vegetable farming.

youthfoodwest@malamakauai.org | (808) 828-0685 x17
Joseph Capellupo : AmeriCorps VISTA: Youth & Food Programs

Joseph Capellupo

AmeriCorps VISTA: Youth & Food Programs

Joe is a Youth & Food Programs AmeriCorps VISTA creating programmatic sustainability in our Kaua‘i School Garden Network and Ag Internship programs. Joe previously participated in the Aloha ‘Āina Program at HPU/Sea Education Association where he completed policy analysis on the proposed changes to the Hawaiian Island Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, and participated in various service projects throughout Hawai’i involving restoration, invasive removal, fishpond construction, and more. He received his BS in Environmental Studies with a minor in Policy, Planning, and Law. Joe’s experience also includes being an Assistant Team Leader for AmeriCorps NCCC across the western U.S. and a Sustainable Materials Management Stewardship Program Intern for Syracuse University Center for Sustainable Community Solutions.

youthfoodeast@malamakauai.org | (808) 828-0685 x19
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