Dr. Rachel Seabury Sprague is the Director of Conservation for Pūlama Lānaʻi, which owns and manages 98% of the island of Lānaʻi for its major private landowner. Rachel earned her B.A. at Bowdoin College, and her Ph.D.from the University of Montana, focusing on physiology and behavior of Laysan albatross.
For nearly two decades, Rachel has been working wtih coastal and island wildlife, as a researcher on seabirds from the Bay of Fundy in Canada to the main and Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, as a leader of a release program for captive-bred endangered birds on California’s Channel Islands, and by serving as the Hawaiian Monk Seal Recovery Coordinator with NOAA Fisheries. She moved to Lānaʻi in 2016 to help build Pūlama Lānaʻi’s wildlife and habitat conservation programs. Rachel is a past president and current member of the board of directors for the Western Section of The Wildlife Society, as well as a boardmember for the Hawaiʻi Chapter of The Wildlife Society, and advisor to the Hawaiʻi Marine Mammal Alliance.
Steven Lee Mongomery, Ph.D.
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.
Anne Walton is retired from NOAA/Office of National Marine Sanctuaries where she worked on marine protected areas (MPAs), both domestically and globally, for more than twenty-five years.
From 2004 through 2016, Anne was Program Manager for the NOAA/ Office of National Marine Sanctuaries’ International MPA Management Capacity Building Program. During Anne’s tenure, the program worked with MPAs in 36 countries with a portfolio that covered the following regions: Western Indian Ocean, Mediterranean, Coral Triangle, Eastern Tropical Pacific Seascape, Kiribati, SE Asia, Mexico and the APEC Training Center in Xiamen, China. Each of these multi-year programs (minimum commitment from NOAA of 3 years) offered a range of capacity development activities including training, site exchanges, site support in management planning, and mentor development program (ToT and leadership), all in marine and coastal resource management.
Earlier, Anne was responsible for multi-stakeholder management planning processes at NOAA national marine sanctuaries on the west coast and the Hawai’ian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary. She also served as an advisor during the designation process for Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument.
Anne continues her work in the Mediterranean, China, and Coral Triangle (Indo-Pacific), managing both The Collaborative Leadership and Women’s Intergenerational Leadership Learning Forums for marine conservation professionals.
Anne has graduate degrees in both marine resource management, and education.
Ms. Leialoha’s career in natural resource management began when she was in high school at Kamehameha Schools in the mid-1970s. The young Julie loved the outdoors, and became committed to environmental protection. She hoped to earn a living hiking, camping, and surfing in isolated locations, but her parents and counselors soon explained that was not possible. Julie attended Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, for the next best thing – to study marine biology, focusing on identification of marine invertebrates. All life begins with the tiniest of creatures, and Julie became fascinated with the thousands of different types of organisms that inhabit our oceans.
Upon completing her science degree Ms. Leialoha was recruited by NOAA Endangered Marine Mammals Program in Honolulu, where she ventured to Laysan Atoll and French Frigate Shoals in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands long before they were designated as the PapahÄnaumokuÄkea Marine National Monument. There she worked on recovering the critically endangered Hawaiian monk seal, a conservation imperative she continues to support to this day.
In 1974, Robin and his wife moved to Lānaʻi to document a threatened lifestyle as the island was facing a transition from a pineapple plantation economy to resort development. As a result of that effort, he published a photographic documentary called Lanai Folks. a University of Hawaii publication now available at the Lana’i Culture and Heritage Center. Shortly thereafter, Robin began a career in the arts and nonprofit sectors, working for the Hawaiʻi State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, the California Arts Council, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. In 1992, he and a partner launched the management consulting firm of Dewey & Kaye, Inc. (DKI), which worked with nonprofit organizations, foundations and government agencies. Robin’s work involved board development, long range planning, and executive searches for foundation program staff and nonprofit executive directors. Robin was one of the original founders of the Lanai Limu Restoration Project, and currently serves as spokesperson for Friends of Lanaʻi. Today, he serves as the Lana’i representative on the Environmental Council, under the Hawaii State Office of Environmental Quality Control.
Bianca Kai Isaki, Ph.D., Esq.
Bianca has previously served as a board member and treasurer for the Conservation Council for Hawai‘i. She has published on the intersections between settler colonialism, natural resource exploitation, conservation efforts, and houselessness in Hawai‘i. Through her legal research corporation, she works on environmental and Hawaiian land rights issues including the protection of iwi kupuna from sand mining and ensuring environmental review of public land dispositions. She also serves on the board of KAHEA: The Hawaiian-Environmental Alliance and teaches women’s studies at the University of Hawai‘i.
Lisa Hinano Rey
Lisa Hinano Rey first 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. Hinano joined the board of directors in 2017 after serving as a volunteer at numerous CCH outreach events.
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. She grew up in beautiful Kaneohe, where she attended Kaneohe Elementary, and King Intermediate before leaving the islands to complete High school in San Francisco. She later returned home to Oahu and raised her two daughters, both now alumni of UH Manoa.
Hinano’s interests include addressing 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. Important influences in her life include time she spent living on traditionally managed farmlands on Tahiti island, Moorea and Raiatea in French Polynesia, eating a traditional island diet and learning to care for the land from her Tahitian elders.