Mālama ‘Āina Foundation Staff


Jan E. H. Dill

Mr. Jan E. H. Dill, President & Chairman of the Board for Partners In Development, President of Mālama ‘Āina Foundation and Project Director for the E Ola Pono project

Since 1997, Mr. Jan Edward Hanohano Dill has been President, Partner, Chairman, and Project Director for a number of Hawaii-based development groups, including Partners In Development, Strategic Solutions, Inc., Strategies Hawaii, and the Consortium for Hawaii Ecological Engineering Education (CHEEE). He has devoted himself to developing innovative environmental remediation programs, consulting on governmental and management issues, and working in education and community development for public and private clients. His recent development of the Mālama ‘Āina Foundation brought forth additional programs aimed at developing project-based educational curricula for Native Hawaiian Public Charter Schools. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Philosophy at Beloit College, Wisconsin, and his Masters of Arts degree in Law and Diplomacy at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, Massachusetts. Mr. Dill has been involved in various teaching and directing capacities at several major educational facilities, including Punahou School in Honolulu Hawai‘i, San Carlos National University in Guatemala City, the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, and the Nutrition Institute, also at Tufts University. Mr. Dill also served as Vice President and Co-Chief Executive Officer at the Oceanic Institute in Waimanalo, Hawaii, where he was responsible for fundraising over $110 million for the improvements and growth of the facility. Other titles Mr. Dill has held include the Vice-President position for development at the Pacific American Foundation (funded by grants from the Administration for Native Americans), Chairman of the Governor's/Mayor's Annual Hawaii Prayer Breakfast, Chairman of the Child Evangelism Fellowship of Hawaii Board, President of Na Pua a Ke Ali‘i Pauahi, and a member of the steering committee for the Polynesian Voyaging Society, Hokule‘a Voyage.

Current affiliations: Weinberg Fellow; advisory committee for the Henry & Dorothy Castle Memorial Fund; advisory board for the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources; President of Strategic Solutions, Inc.; President and former Chair of Partners in Development Foundation.


Alison Masutani

Alison Masutani, Second Vice President

Alison Masutani has been heavily involved in projects for Native Hawaiian communities since 2003. She works with multiple project managers to oversee the implementation of programs and all related issues including staffing, fiscal needs, quality assurance, and efficiency. She directly manages the Tūtū and Me Traveling Preschool serving thousands of Native Hawaiian 0-5 year old children and their caregivers; this program has become a national model for outreach to native peoples, especially those living in rural and remote areas.

Current affiliations: Chief Operating Officer, Strategic Solutions, Inc.; Owner, Malama Ohana Systems; Vice President, Partners in Development Foundation; Tūtū and Me Project Director, Partners in Development Foundation; Member, Ko‘olaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club.


Laura Dang

Laura Dang, Secretary

Laura Dang has worked closely with Native Hawaiian communities in Hawai‘i since 2002 to plan, develop, articulate and seek funding for projects and programs of importance to the social and cultural advancement of this community. She has administrative oversight responsibilities for ten programs involving the Native Hawaiian community in areas such as mentoring of Native Hawaiian students, assistance to homeless Native Hawaiian families, and assistance to charter schools to improve the performance of Native Hawaiian students in science and math.

Current affiliations: Secretary, Strategic Solutions, Inc.; Vice President of Administration/Secretary, Partners in Development Foundation.


Stephanie Nishimura

Stephanie Nishimura, Treasurer

Bio coming soon.


Danny Goya

Danny Goya, Director of Operations

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Billy Richards

Billy Richards (William K. Richards Jr.), Director of Communications

Mr. Richards serves as the Director of Communications for the Consortium for Hawai‘i Ecological Engineering Education (CHEEE) dba Mālama ‘Aina Foundation, an organization dedicated to bringing interested parties together to carry out research and education programs that focus on the preservation and protection of Hawai‘i’s natural environment. He has held management positions in both the public and private sector, primarily in the field of aquaculture. He spent close to two decades at The Oceanic Institute, a non-profit research organization where some of his cumulative responsibilities included: serving as assistant to the Institute’s Vice-President of Program Development in the development of new programs domestic and international; Research Associate of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) funded marine shrimp research program; Manager of the Hawaiian Fishpond Revitalization Project (HFR) which sought to revitalize ancient Hawaiian fishponds for economic purposes while maintaining their cultural integrity, and; Manager of The Oceanic Institute - Ke‘ahuolū, a facility located near Kailua-Kona on the island of Hawai‘i that served as a site for the Institute’s aquaculture education and training programs and, which housed the USDA Marine Shrimp Consortium's Specific Pathogen Free (SPF) shrimp stocks. More recently in the private sector, he was Vice-President and General Manager of Hawai‘i High Health Seafood Corporation, the sales and marketing subsidiary of a large land-based aquaculture operation located on Kaua‘i. He has been involved with Hawai‘i’s voyaging community since 1975 and has served aboard the voyaging canoes Hōkūle‘a, Makali‘i, Hawai‘iloa, Hōkūalaka‘i, and Hikianalia. He is taking part in the present Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage of the Polynesian Voyaging Society, and sits as President of "The Friends of Hokule‘a and Hawai‘iloa", a non-profit organization whose mission is to "perpetuate ancient Hawaiian canoe resources by building, restoring and sharing traditional canoe building skills".

Current Affiliations: President, Friends of Hōkūle‘a and Hawai‘iloa; Vice President, Aha Kane; Vice President, Paepae O He’eia; Second Vice President, Bishop Museum Association Council; Treasurer, Kānehūnāmoku Voyaging Academy; Senior Chair, ‘Ohana Wa‘a; Board of Directors, LUA Inc.; Director of Communications, Partners In Development Foundation; Member, Pā Ulukukui / Ka‘aikanahā; Member, Polynesian Voyaging Society.


Caleb Alipio

Caleb Alipio, Communications Specialist

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Iokepa De Santos

Iokepa De Santos, Native Hawaiian Cultural Specialist

Iokepa De Santos recently joined the Board in 2013. As a Native Hawaiian, he has been involved in teaching the Hawaiian language and culture including songs and chants for over 23 years. He is part of a hula halau (group) that performs internationally. He has worked with Native Hawaiian and other at-risk youth in counseling settings and correctional environments. He has been serving as the Hawaiian Cultural Specialist for various programs serving in Native Hawaiian communities since 2007. He provides a strong cultural perspective to the Board.

Current affiliations: Hawaiian Cultural Specialist, Partners in Development Foundation; Hawaiian Language Consultant, Chanter, Musician for the renowned Halau Hula O Kawaili‘ula.

Aaron Mahi

Aaron Mahi, Cultural Curriculum Specialist

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Randolph Batoon

Randolph Batoon, IT Manager

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Richard Franco

Richard Franco, Project Manager

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Cindy Quach

Cindy Quach, HR Manager

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Deena Harris

Deena Harris, Project Assistant

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Richard Dyer

Richard Dyer, Safety Coordinator

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Monica Um

Monica Um, Project Coordinator

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Maria Erci Guisadio-Abis

Maria Erci Guisadio-Abis, Assistant to Director of Operations

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Carla Au Young

Carla Au Young, Driver/Administrative Assistant

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Sovaia Ravono

Sovaia Ravono, Payroll Clerk

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Mahope O Ke Kula Ke A‘o Mau Ana Program

Chad Durkin

Chad Durkin, Quality Assurance Coordinator

Chad graduated from Punahou School and received his B.S. in Ecology from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington in 2000. With a career focus on water quality and constructed wetland wastewater treatment and water recycling, Chad has participated in the design, construction, and operation of projects in Hawaii, Palmyra, and China. For the last ten years this work has overlapped with project management of curriculum design and delivery programs in Hawaii that focus on place based and experiential education. His efforts to inform the community about alternative technologies and infrastructure choices, stems from a vision of sustainability and coexistence for all the people on planet Earth. Chad believes that a scientific discussion of reality using the language of math will allow for effective choices to be promoted as policy for future development.


Amanda Lemes

Amanda Lemes, Education Coordinator

Mandy graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a minor in Education. She went onto earn a K-8 Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from San Diego State University to teach 5th grade for the following two years. She then went to graduate school at Saint Louis University where she earned a Master of Public Health degree with an emphasis on Behavioral Science and Health Education. Upon graduation, Mandy spent time working as an Independent Contractor with Safe and Healthy Communities Consulting and Active Living Research in San Diego before returning to the classroom to teach. She has over 10 years of teaching experience in various settings working with students of all ages.

Mandy recently joined the Malama Aina Foundation as an Education Coordinator with the Mahope O Ke Kula Ke A‘O Mau Ana (A Continuation of learning after school) Program. She will be implementing the program at Laupāhoehoe Community Public Charter School on the Big Island. Mandy is very passionate about working with children and sharing her love of learning and inquiry with the next generation. When she is not working with students, you can find her out in the community training for a triathlon, paddling a canoe, hiking, or down at the beach with family and friends.

Aretta Martin

Aretta Martin, Facilitator

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Chuck Murata

Chuck Murata, Project Assistant

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Polet Rincon

Polet Rincon, Facilitator

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Jamie Shishido

Jamie Shishido, Education Specialist

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Kristen Wheeler

Kristen Wheeler, Education Specialist

Kristen Wheeler received a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of South Florida in 2008. She currently holds a Masters of Science degree in Molecular Biosciences and Bioengineering from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Kristenʻs research focus was identifying and quantifying antioxidants in a medicinal plant, known here in Hawai‘i as the Surinam Cherry. She has experience teaching Chemistry at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and at ‘Iolani School. She is currently teaching after-school curriculum at Hālau Lōkahi and Hālau Kū Māna Public Charter Schools.


Ho‘opili Program

Tifeni Elvenia

Tifeni Elvenia, Project Coordinator

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Adam Picadura

Adam Picadura, Curriculum Facilitator

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Melissa Reeder

Melissa Reeder, Project Manager

As a teacher for the last 14 years, I am so excited that I get to join my two passions, teaching science and curriculum development, into one great program, Ho‘opili. Currently, I am a licensed teacher in the state of Hawaiʻi in Elementary Education and Middle School Science. I hold an Associates of Arts degree in Mass Communications and I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida in 2000. In 2006 I earned my Master of Education Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Hawai‘i, Mānoa.

I began my teaching career in Florida and after a year teaching 4th grade, I moved to Kauai and where I taught 6th and 7th grade science at Kapa‘a Middle School until 2006 when I returned to Florida. In 2007 I relocated to the Midwest and worked in several different educational fields. Then in 2009 I opened my own tutoring company, Homework HQ in Paw Paw, Michigan before returning to Hawai‘i in 2012.

I have been with the Mālama ‘Āina Foundation since March of 2013 where I worked on the Makawalu Program prior to writing the ANA grant that Hoʻopili was awarded in September 2013.

In my free time I teach two Master Level classes on-line for the University of Phoenix, I am an avid reader, I love the beach, and spending as much time as I can with my new nephew, Santiago.