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, Peter, Givonn, Nalu, David and Chawn. 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.
Kaholowaʻa(Peter) Smith – Field Crew Supervisor
Mr. Smith has worked many years for The Nature Conservancy of Maui before moving on to EMWP. He loves to hunt and hike in the mountains. Born and raised in Keʻanae, Peter has spent many hours in ocean sports, fishing, taro farming, and picking ʻopihi on the rocky shores. Peter’s goal for conservation is to be a great role model for others and to leave an impact of true leadership.
Givonn Osterneck – Field & Data Technician
Givonn was born on Maui in beautiful upcountry Kula. He left Maui to get a degree from Indiana University in Earth Sciences with a minor in Environmental Management. Givonn felt a strong commitment to Hawaiʻi’s unique biota and decided to return Maui to help preserve the island’s watershed. He is very happy to be a crew member of EMWP.
Nalu Andrade – Field Assistant
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!
David ‘Champ’ Jardine – Field Assistant
Champ was born and raised on Maui in Wailuku. Having been a hunter all his life it feels natural for him to be on the mountain. Hired in 2012 he is enthusiastic about being able to give back to the ‘aina through EMWP conservation efforts.
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.