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
Barbara Jean Kaauwai : Mala`ai Kula Kitchen Manager

Barbara Jean Kaauwai

Mala`ai Kula Kitchen Manager

Chef Barbara will be launching our Mala`ai Kula program's food service, providing farm-to-school meals to Kawaikini New Century Pacific Charter School. She is excited to offer 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.

Shalini Kannan : AmeriCorps VISTA: Volunteer Coordinator

Shalini Kannan

AmeriCorps VISTA: Volunteer Coordinator

Shalini manages volunteer recruitment, retention, and recognition across our projects, including helping to coordinate group service trips and volunteer vacations. She has held many roles including Impact Assessment Fellow for Milaap in India, Co-Project Manager for Engineers Without Borders, Camp Counselor/Nature & Environment Specialist for UCLA Unicamp, Organics and Landfill Intern at a resource recovery facility, and several research experiences focused on industrial stormwater and groundwater pollutants, potable water access, droughts, stormwater biofilters, and livestock antibiotic resistance. Shalini has a BS in Environmental Science from UCLA, with a concentration in Environmental Engineering and a minor in Global Studies.

volunteer@malamakauai.org
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
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
Akasha Anderson-Nelms : AmeriCorps VISTA: Kawaikini Farm-to-School Program

Akasha Anderson-Nelms

AmeriCorps VISTA: Kawaikini Farm-to-School Program

Akasha 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 Masters in Food Studies from New York University as well as a BA in American Studies. Her most recent work experience includes acting as an Assistant Teacher for Butter Beans afterschool cooking class program, the Administrative Manager for Organic Food Incubator, and an Administrative Assistant at Columbia University. Akasha lives with her family in Kapa`a.

Kawaikini@malamakauai.org
Danielle Jones : AmeriCorps VISTA: Ke Kula Ni`ihau Farm-to-School Program

Danielle Jones

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

Danielle will be assisting Ke Kula Ni`ihau in creating 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. Danielle recently received her Bachelor of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources from University of Nebraska with a major in Environmental Studies and minors in Agronomy, Horticulture, and Environmental Education. Her previous experiences include working as a Wilderness Camp Counselor, Research Technician, and Greenhouse Worker, and she has also volunteered with school gardens, NRCS's soil laboratory, and as a Soil Judging Team Captain.

kekula@malamakauai.org