Meet Dan. He is the Program Manager organizing all of us and working to fund projects that need to be done. Then there’s the field crew, 6 of them, Chris, Nalu, Chawn, Ryan, Dustin, and Kelson. They bust their bums out there protecting the rainforest with fence and muscle. And then there’s Allison who gets to spread the news about EMWP. She does the public relations and outreach. Shannon is the administrative wizard who works wonders with the numbers and the paperwork. Together we staff the East Maui Watershed Partnership, proud to be doing our part in preserving this island’s fragile ecosystem.
Dan Eisenberg – Program Manager
Since 2008 Dan has been involved in on the ground natural resource management in East Maui. He came to EMWP with a lifelong experience of extended trips to rugged environments including geologic field work, lightweight backpacking, and competitive rock climbing. Dan is always excited about adopting and applying new technologies and enjoys working with the EMWP’s Geographic Information System. In his time off he enjoys landscaping with native plants and gardening.
Shannon Paapanen – Program Assistant
Shannon Paapanen comes to EMWP with twenty some years experience as an administrative assistant/office manager in a variety of settings, from legal to non-profit. Raised in Hawaiʻi with roots on Maui, she has a deep love for the Hawaiʻi’s native forest and is happy to have the opportunity to apply her experience and energy toward protecting it. Shannon also enjoys vegetable gardening, casual snorkeling and growing native plants in her own yard.
Allison Borell- Outreach and Education Liaison
Allison is originally from Minnesota and graduated from the University of Wisconsin LaCrosse. When she moved to Maui in 2002 she began working as a guide leading environmental hikes and tours. In 2006 she started working as a field assistant with the West Maui Mountains Watershed Partnership. She decided to make outreach her focus and joined EMWP in August of 2010.
Chris Radford- Natural Resource Manager
Chris is originally from Wisconsin and graduated from the University of Missouri. His conservation career on Maui began in 2005 when he was hired by the Maui Invasive Species Committee. Chris proceeded to obtain his Master’s degree in Environmental Science from California State University. From 2012-2015 he worked with WMMWP focusing on vegetation monitoring, as well as assisting in data management. In 2015 EMWP was honored to gain him and his skills as our our new Natural Resource Manger.
Nalu Andrade – Field Crew Leader
Nalu is originally from Kaneohe, Oahu. He moved to Maui in 2000 and has dedicated himself to conservation. He began his conservation career at a young age as an intern for The Nature Conservancy (TNC) before joining the AmeriCorp Program. Following completion of those programs Nalu was hired on as full time staff with TNC. In June of 2009 EMWP hired Nalu to join their field team. EMWP benefits from his extensive hunting knowledge and excitement to get out there and get things done!
Chawn Villalon – Field Assistant
Chawn was born and raised in Wailuku. He believes in taking care of the place you live and call home. He started his conservation career by being an AmeriCorp intern for The Nature Conservancy (TNC) for 2 years and then moved into a job working in the field for Puʻu Kukui Watershed. With all of his previous experience and knowledge we are happy to have hired him in October of 2014.
Ryan Toaspern -Field Assistant
Ryan is a jack of all trades. Part of his career was spent as an air traffic controller on Maui, he is a professional kite surfer, and loves to hunt. With his adventurous spirit he came to EMWP and was hired in the fall of 2016. He is a great addition to the team and comes with carpentry skills!
Dustin Palos -Field Assistant
Born and raised in Waiehu this Hawaiian has spent many years sharing the knowledge and love for our environment. He is an active volunteer for the Native Hawaiian Plant Society and Maui Nui Botanical Garden. He was a hiking guide for many years and also became a Certified Access Guide for the Kahoʻolawe Island Reserve Commission. He worked for Maui Invasive Species Committee for a year before he started with EMWP in the beginning of 2017. We are lucky to have his passion for natural and cultural resources on our crew.
Kelson Lau -Field Assistant
Kelson grew up in Hāʻiku and found his love for native forests by volunteering with The Nature Conservancy. When he is not working for EMWP he is traveling the world as an elite athlete in the world of surfing. He brings a positive attitude to the crew and is ready to work!