Les is the National Wildlife Federations’ (NWF) Director of Conservation Partnerships for the Pacific, and is profoundly committed to CCH’s decades long affilation with NWF. He also serves as co-lead on NWF’s national Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice initiatives. Les promotes Hawai’i’s critical conservation campaigns, which requires presenting a strong voice and solid support on the national stage. He has worked on projects including bringing IUCN’s World Conservation Congress to Hawai’˜i in 2016, and moblilizing national support for Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. Les has more than 30 years experience as a conservation advocate and non-profit professional. 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 serve as conservation director and then executive director of LightHawk, based in Seattle, Washington, and as executive director at Pacific Whale Foundation in Kehei, Maui.
Jonee PetersOperations Manager
Jonee was born in Honolulu, and was raised in Kane‘ohe, O‘ahu where she attended school and graduated from Kane’ohe’s J.B. Castle High School. She earned an Associates of Sciences 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 worked as a grounds keeper in the native Hawaiian plant section at the Waimea Falls Park Arboretum where she was provided a wonderful opportunity to engage with rare native Hawaiian plants and Hawaiian birds, fostering an appreciation that guides her work with CCH. Her path in life was also influenced by 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. Jonee spent her free time in and around the ocean, learning about native Hawaiian plants and how they were utilized for food, medicine, and clothing. Among her other loves are creating fabrics and multi media art projects.