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Find all about our President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, and then all other Board Members. 

Leadership 2022

Colleen Kelley Heyer

President
Born and raised in Honolulu, Colleen has always loved being in the ocean, especially surfing and canoe paddling. A graduate of Punahou School (‘82), she earned her bachelor’s of business degree on the mainland. Upon returning home, she was a loan officer at Bank of Hawai‘i before becoming a full time homemaker to her three kids. Colleen was an active Hawaiian Monk Seal response volunteer for 15 years, teaching visitors, community members, and kids how to coexist with and be good stewards of monk seals. Colleen helped develop the foundational structure of the Hawaiʻi Monk Seal Response Team and was part of their original leadership. Colleen is passionate about all things environmental, including our unique Hawaiian ecosystem from monk seals to the Manu O Kū nesting in her yard. We are excited for Colleen to bring her experience to CCH.

Steven Lee Montgomery, Ph.D.

Vice President
Steven Lee Montgomery has been active in conservation issues in Hawai‘i since 1970, especially with CCH. As a field biologist and expert on Hawaiian entomology, he has discovered approximately 30 previously unknown insects and plants, including “killer” caterpillars, happyface spiders, and the wēkiu bug. His work has been featured in National Geographic and Hana Hou, and he uses knowledge of Hawaiian forest life to lead hikes and help CCH edit and publish wildlife education posters.

Steve served as vice-chair of the Hawai‘i Land Use Commission and as a director of the National Wildlife Federation. He also served on NWF’s International Committee, which prepared him to lead the push to host the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Honolulu in 2016.

Randy Bartlett

Secretary
Randy’s conservation career started in 1985 as a summer intern in the Resources Management Division at Haleakalā National Park. He served 22 years as watershed manager of Maui Land & Pineapple Company’s Puʻu Kukui Watershed Preserve. He has served as program manager for the East Maui Watershed Partnership since May, 2010.

Sunshine Woodford

Treasurer
Sunshine Woodford is a long-time member and volunteer for the Conservation Council for Hawaii. One of her favorite experiences is volunteering with a CCH crew at Hakalau, where she pulled invasive plants such as Banana Coca and Himalayan Raspberry as well as collected native seeds. A real estate agent based on the Big Island, Sunshine grew up in Kailua and graduated from Kalaheo High School. She earned her B.A. from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and an MBA from the University of Phoenix. Sunshine was a Contract Specialist at Volcanoes National Park for seven years, where she lead acquisition and procurement for national parks across the Pacific. Sunshine loves exploring and hiking across the Hawaiian Islands and has hiked and kayaked the Na Pali Coast many times. She lives in Puna with her boyfriend Brandon, Rottweiler Lani, and 2-month old Arianna with whom she shares her love of nature and conservation.

Board of Directors 2022

Les Welsh

NWF Associate Director for the Pacific and Director of Conservation Partnerships
As the NWF Director of Conservation Partnerships for the Pacific, Les is a steward of the 50 year affiliation of NWF with CCH. Les is co-lead on NWF’s national Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice initiatives and promotes Hawai’i’s critical conservation campaign on local and national stages. His projects have included bringing IUCN’s World Conservation Congress to Hawai’˜i in 2016, and moblilizing national support for Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. He co-founded the Great Lakes regional office of Greenpeace USA in 1978 and went on to become Regional Director, working to build conservation partnerships with indigenous and tribal leaders throughout the United States. Les went on to lead LightHawk, based in Seattle, as well as the Pacific Whale Foundation in Kehei, Maui.

Moana Bjur

Executive Director
A Native Hawaiian descendant of Kawaihapai on the North Shore of O’ahu, Moana has worked for 20+ years across public, private and non-profit organizations developing and implementing conservation, environmental, education and community engagement programs. As Assistant Executive Director at Waimea Valley, an educational non-profit, she advanced their mission to preserve and perpetuate the human, cultural and natural resources of the Waimea Valley.

Jonee Peters

Operations Manager
Born in Honolulu and raised in Kane‘ohe, O‘ahu, Jonee is a graduate of Castle High School who went on to earn her Associates degree in Fashion Design and Technology from Honolulu Community College, and a Certificate of Achievement from Ho`ohalike Ko Kahiko Hou La`au Lapa`au in Hawaiian traditional healing arts. Jonee was a grounds keeper in the native Hawaiian plant section at the Waimea Falls Park Arboretum, and engaged with rare native Hawaiian plants and Hawaiian birds, which guides her passion at CCH. Jonee credits her parents and kupuna (elders) who practiced lauhala (pandanus leaf) weaving, hula and chant, kahuna la‘au lapa‘au (native Hawaiian healing) and gathering food from the ocean, with influencing her path in life. She spent time in and around the ocean, and learned about plants as food, medicine and clothing. She loves creating fabrics and multi media art projects.

Dr. Rachel Seabury Sprague

Dr. Rachel Seabury Sprague is the Director of Conservation for Pūlama Lānaʻi, whthe company that owns and manages 98% of the island of Lānaʻi for the major private landowner. The Pūlama Lānaʻi conservation department received the 2018 Business Leader Award from the Hawaiʻi’s Invasive Species Council for protecting seabirds and other native wildlife on Lānaʻi from invasive predators, and the company's biosecurity efforts to prevent new species introductions. Rachel has worked with coastal and island wildlife for over 20 years, from the Bay of Fundy, to the main and Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, to California’s Channel Islands. She received her BA from Bowdoin College in Maine, and her PhD in wildlife biology from the University of Montana studying physiology and behavior of Laysan albatross. Through her years of conservation work, Rachel has developed strong skills in scientific and public communication, stakeholder and community engagement, conflict transformation, and long-term partnership building, including co-authoring a book chapter on the role of language in framing and driving human conflict about wildlife. Rachel also enjoys volunteering with other conservation organizations: she is the Region 12 director (representing HI, NV, CA, and Guam) on the board of the National Wildlife Federation, the chair of the Pacific Seabird Group (2022), and a past-president of Conservation Council for Hawaiʻi (NWF’s state affiliate), the Western Section of The Wildlife Society, and the Hawaiʻi Chapter of The Wildlife Society.

Mike Nakachi

Mike Nakachi was raised in Waimanalo. His Hawaiian ancestry traces back to Maui. An avid fisherman and scuba diver, Mike and his family formed Moana Ohana as a way to educate and advocate for our marine resources throughout the state. Mike has worked with CCH closely over the years including shark protection legislation, aquarium fish regulations, and during the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument Expansion.

Karl Magnacca

Karl Magnacca has an undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University and a Ph.D. from Cornell. He is an entomologist with the Oʻahu Army Natural Resources Program, conducts research as a research associate at Bishop Museum and provides scientific consulting services. He grew up in New England, and developed an interest in insects at an early age. Since coming to Hawaiʻi in 1994, Karl has worked on a wide variety of projects including surveying, monitoring and managing endangered Drosophila flies, Hylaeus bees, and Megalagrion damselflies. He also has expertise in the biodiversity and taxonomy of native and non-native insects across native and non-native habitats in Hawaiʻi. We are looking forward to adding Karlʻs native species expertise and interest to our board.

Bret Nainoa Mossman

Bret is the Avian Technician for the Hawai’i Island Natural Area Reserve System. He has strong experience with native Hawaiian forest birds, seabirds, and natural resources management. Bret has volunteered with a variety of organizations, including the Hawaiʻi Wildlife Centers’ Hawaiʻi Island Festival of Birds, the Friends of Hakalau, and Audubon societies on the mainland. He has experience with successful social media campaigns and fundraising for conservation, and we are looking forward to his input on CCH’s science, advocacy and community engagement efforts. Bret has an undergraduate degree in wildlife ecology and management from Utah State University and is currently finishing his masters’ degree in Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo, studying ākiapōlāʻau.

Lisa Hinano Rey

Lisa Hinano Rey learned about CCH while working as a policy advocate with Marjorie Ziegler on the Environmental Caucus of the Democratic Party of Hawaii from 2008 to 2018. She began as a volunteer with CCH and joined the board of directors in 2017. Hinano holds a M.S in Sustainable Management and a B.S. in Natural Resource and Environmental Management with a focus on policy and cultural resource management. As a child, she attended Kaneohe Elementary and King Intermediate, then completed high school in San Francisco. She returned home to Oahu to raise her daughters, who are alumnae of UH Manoa.

Hinano is interested in sustainable land use in island settings, watershed management, integrated environmental management, culturally responsive natural resource management, carbon sequestration, tropical agroforestry and native tropical dryland reforestation. She is particularly influenced by her time living on traditionally managed farmlands on Tahiti island, Moorea and Raiatea in French Polynesia, where she learned to care for the land from her Tahitian elders.
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