2016 Speakers & Invited Guests




(in order of appearance)

Jessica Sevilla, Junior – Marine Biology Major / Mathematics Minor. “My goal is to promote sustainability and improve the mutually beneficial symbiosis between UH Manoa and the rich and diverse land that it is on.
Throughout my work, I’ve realized that substantial changes at the system-wide level are needed to preserve our natural resources. Here at UH Manoa, I’ve been actively pursued a number of jobs and projects toward that goal. I serve as Senator in ASUH and hold a fellowship through the Office of Sustainability at UHM.
I conduct research on coral reef assemblages out of the Gates Lab at HIMB in an effort to further our understanding of increasing stressors related to climate change. Additionally, I help coordinate SustainableUH and am affiliated with the Earth Day Planning Committee and the Student Sustainability Coalition of Hawaii. Our efforts to increase awareness, empower students, and work with administration for more sustainable practices have been deeply fulfilling for me.”


Michael S. Bruno is the Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.

Prior to his appointment, he was the Dean of the School of Engineering and Science, and Professor of Ocean Engineering at Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, New Jersey. He was also the Director of the Center for Maritime Security, a Department of Homeland Security National Center of Excellence. Dr. Bruno is a Visiting Professor in Mechanical Engineering at University College London.

His research and teaching interests include ocean observation systems, maritime security, and community resilience. He is the author of more than 100 technical publications in various aspects of these fields. He has served on numerous advisory committees and boards, including Chairing the Marine Board of the National Academies; the Ocean Research Advisory Panel; the Naval Research Advisory Committee, and the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) Coastal Zone Community of Practice. He serves as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Marine Environmental Engineering. A Fulbright Scholar (1996 appointment at the Aristotle University, Greece), Dr. Bruno is also a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers. He received the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award in 1991, and the Outstanding Service Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers in 1988.

Dr. Bruno holds a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, a M.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley, and a PhD degree in Civil and Ocean Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program in Oceanography/Applied Ocean Science & Engineering.


Matthew Lynch serves as the System Sustainability Coordinator for the ten campuses of the University of Hawaii.

He is also founder of of the Honolulu based nonprofit Asia-Pacific Center for Regenerative Design, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Kahumana Organic Farm and Slow Food Oahu, as well as the Sustainability Measures Project Co-Chair for the State of Hawaii’s Sustainability Dashboard.

His work implements permaculture design principles in a broad range of community projects from Mongolia to Australia and throughout the Pacific, from building rural community resilience through farmer trainings, to sustainable economic development, to catalyzing institutional change through policy work and collaborative leadership.

Matt’s talent for energizing communities and individuals has re-humanized urban and institutional systems in the developing and developed worlds, and works towards restoring & regenerating the ecological systems upon which these social systems depend.


Kamuela Joseph Nui Enos was born and raised in Waianae, on the island of O`ahu

He received his AA from Leeward Community College, BA in Hawaiian Studies from UH Manoa, MA in Urban and Regional Planning.

He sits on the boards of numerous community based non-profits, and was recently a commissioner on President Obama’s White House Initiative on Asians and Pacific Islanders.

Mr. Enos is current the Director of Social Enterprise at MA`O Organic Farms

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Kevin Chang is the Executive Director of Kuaʻāina Ulu ʻAuamo (KUA) a non-profit organization with a mission to increase the capacity of community-based resource management (CBRM) initiatives with a vision of ʻāina momona- an abundant and productive ecological system that supports community well-being.

KUA advances its mission through the facilitation of grassroots community driven learning networks and the development of more equitable collaborations between communities, agencies and larger conservation initiatives. He oversees all organizational fiscal, administrative and programmatic aims.

A Castle High School graduate, he has a B.A. in Psychology and a J.D. from the University of Oregon. Prior to KUA he was a Land Manager for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs and a Field Representative for the Trust for Public Lands’ Hawaiian Island Program. Kevin is also married to Alma Siria and on occasion a band called Kupaʻāina.

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Albie Miles is Assistant Professor of Sustainable Community Food Systems at the University of Hawai’i, West O’ahu. Dr. Miles received his Ph.D. in Environmental Science, Policy and Management from the University of California at Berkeley in 2013.

His natural science research explores the synergies between farming system biodiversity and the provisioning of globally important ecosystem services from agriculture. His social science research explores the socio- economic and political obstacles to a more ecologically sustainable and socially equitable food system.

Dr. Miles teaches a wide range of courses on the topics of agroecology and sustainable food systems, and is directing the development of a new undergraduate concentration in Sustainable Community Food Systems at the University of Hawai’i, West O’ahu. Dr. Miles has an extensive background in curriculum development and post-secondary education emphasizing experiential and hands-on learning. He has held posts at the Organic Agriculture Program at the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS) at the University of California at Santa Cruz.


Arnim Wiek is an Associate Professor in the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University. His research group develops, tests, and evaluates transformational solutions to sustainability challenges.

To support implementation efforts, the group collaborates with government agencies, non-profit organizations, businesses, and citizens. As for education, the group is involved in research on competencies-based sustainability education as well as various teaching and training efforts.

The group also supports universities, colleges, and departments in incorporating sustainability into their academic programs, curricula, and courses. Current projects include “Transformational Solutions for Urban Water Sustainability Transitions” (NSF-funded Decision Center for a Desert City, Arizona State University), “Educating Future Change Agents” (collaboration with Leuphana University of Lüneburg), and “Co-Creative Capacity” (NSF-funded National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center, University of Maryland). Dr. Wiek had research and teaching engagements at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, the University of Tokyo. He is a Guest Professor at Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Germany.


Patrick Thibaudeau leads HGA’s sustainable design practice providing expertise on sustainable projects around the country and provides inventive, forwarding thinking ideas that shape the future.

With over 25 years of diverse experience in the architecture industry and his own consulting practice, he was the founding chairman of the HGA firm-wide council system and the recently formed the HGA sustainability council.  Patrick has presented in a variety of professional, educational and corporate settings. He has presented a session at Greenbuild® and other international, national and regional conferences. He has been on the advisory board for eco-structure magazine and has written for a variety of industry publications including the Journal of Green Buildings. He frequently participates in media interviews and is widely quoted in articles such as Buildings magazine’s feature on building-integrated photovoltaics, biomimicry and industry trends and frequently writes bylined articles for national publications on sustainability topics.

Patrick was involved in a working group that became the first American Institute of Architects (AIA) Committee on the Environment during its formation in the early 1990s, and he worked on the AIA’s Environmental Resource Guide, the predecessor to recent design guides such as LEED by USGBC. Patrick was also instrumental in forming AIA Minnesota’s Committee on the Environment. He is currently part of AIA’s national working group for sustainable design leaders of large architectural firms that are committed to work toward carbon neutral buildings by the year 2030.

Under Patrick’s leadership, HGA was the recipient of the 2007 National Construction Specification Institute (CSI) Environmental Stewardship Award and the 2006 CSI Minneapolis-St. Paul Chapter / Rebecca L. Foss Environmental Stewardship Award.  Patrick created the Zero-Plus Approach and applies it to high performance projects around the country.   He recently completed a college campus master plan that is seeking to produce more than it consumes and a science laboratory building that was awarded LEED Platinum certification and was recognized for its net zero energy plan.  He is working on living building challenge project and several other projects with high aspirations.  Patrick received a Bachelor of Environmental Design and Master of Architecture from the University of Minnesota.


Amy K. Brinker is the Sustainability Manager at Kamehameha Schools. She chairs the KS Sustainability Council and is responsible for incorporating sustainability throughout the organization, from education to endowment to facilities and operations.

Prior to joining KS, Amy was the Director of Policy at KYA Sustainability Studio, a B Corporation and sustainability consultancy. Prior to joining the Studio, Amy graduated from the William S. Richardson School of Law with certificates in Native Hawaiian Law and Environmental Law. In her last year of law school, Amy was the producer of TEDxRichardsonLawSchool and also launched the “Legalize Pa’i ‘Ai” movement with her bumper stickers, eventually leading her to draft a bill for the community to shape the law around this issue.

She was previously a facilitator of the Honolulu Living Building Challenge Collaborative, a member of the State Water Conservation Advisory Board, and the president of the Hawaii Food Policy Council. She currently teaches culturally-based mo’olelo, mele inoa, and carving classes for ‘ohana interested in making their own poi board and poi stone by hand.


Jessica Worchel currently serves as the founding Board Chair for Peace Child International: Hawaii and the World Youth Congress (WYC) series. As a Hawaii delegate to the WYC in Morocco (’03) and member of the Scotland WYC Planning Committee (’04), she is honored to hold this role and help bring Peace Child and the WYC to Hawaii.

Jessica is deeply committed to education transformation and youth leadership to ensure healthy, thriving, and sustainable communities, locally and globally.  She most recently served as the Chief of Staff to the Superintendent for the Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE). Through this role, she was actively involved in standing up the Office of Hawaiian Education (OHE) and continues to support OHE on the Nā Hopena Aʻo pilot project.

Prior to her work at HIDOE, Jessica managed the accreditation redesign for WASC Senior Commission. She also has extensive experience in youth development as the Student Life Director for College Track Oakland, a faculty advisor for various international education programs, and a consultant for youth leadership projects. She received an MA from American University in International Peace and Conflict Resolution and a BA in Communications from the University of Hawaii, Mānoa.


Dr. Victoria Keener is a Research Fellow at the East-West Center in Honolulu, Hawai`i, and the Lead Principal Investigator of the NOAA sponsored Pacific Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (Pacific RISA) program. Dr. Keener received her PhD in Agricultural & Biological Engineering from the University of Florida, specializing in hydroclimatology and practical applications of climate science for regional decision makers. The Pacific RISA program strives to enhance knowledge and capacity to sustainably manage freshwater resources in Hawai`i and the Pacific Islands.

Projects include producing downscaled climate and hydrological projections to estimate future water availability; assessing stakeholders’ decision-support needs and their capacity to use seasonal forecasts; identifying opportunities for adaptive measures within the existing law and policy framework in Hawai`i; analyzing pushes and pulls impacting climate induced human migration in the Pacific Islands; and evaluating climate adaptations under an ecosystems services framework. She is the Lead Editor and a Chapter Author for the 2012 Pacific Islands Regional Climate Assessment (PIRCA) report, the regional technical input to the US 2014 National Climate Assessment.


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Kristen Jamieson grew up in the forested foothills of the Cascade Mountains in Washington state, where her inspiration from the natural landscape fostered a commitment to environmental stewardship.

She is an undergraduate senior at the University of Hawaii at Manoa studying Natural Resource Environmental Management and Tropical Plant and Soil Sciences. During her time at UH, she has been involved with multiple campus sustainability efforts and is currently the UH System Student Sustainability Coordinator.

Upon graduation, she will spend the next two years with the Peace Corps, facilitating the expansion of sustainable agriculture within the rural communities of Panama.

Celeste-Connors-3Celeste Connors is Hawai‘i Green Growth’s first Executive Director, and has over a decade of experience working at the intersection of economic, environment, energy, and international development policy.

She is CEO and co-founder of cdots development LLC, and previously served as the Director for Environment and Climate Change at the National Security Council and National Economic Council at the White House where she helped shape U.S. climate and energy policies for key institutions, including APEC and G20. She led preparations for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), which included new public-private partnerships to support resilient infrastructure, global supply chains, and clean energy finance.

Prior to joining the White House, Celeste served as a diplomat in Saudi Arabia, Greece, and Germany. She also held positions at the U.S. Mission to the UN, served as the Climate and Energy Advisor to the Under Secretary for Democracy and Global Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, and worked for City of New York.

Celeste is also an Associate Practioner in Residence at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). She grew up in Kailua where she attended St. Anthony’s School and Punahou.


Amy Shachter is the senior associate provost for research and faculty affairs at Santa Clara University.

She received her baccalaureate at Knox College and earned her Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry at the University of Colorado-Boulder.

Her work to improve undergraduate science education has been supported by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the National Science Foundation, and the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation. She serves as co-PI on the NSF grant funding SENCER, co-director for the SENCER Center for Innovation-West and director for the SCEWestNet initiative. Amy has also been the key national SENCER support in developing the SENCER Hawaiʻi State Network and the state model for SENCER. Email: ashachter@scu.edu


David Lassner serves as President of the University of Hawaiʻi, Hawaiʻi’s statewide system of public higher education comprised of 10 campuses and 7 education centers on 6 islands. He has worked at the University since 1977, and was most recently its Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer.

Lassner has played an active leadership role in a variety of local, national and international ICT organizations. Locally, he served on the boards of Hawaii’s High Technology Development Corporation and Hawaii’s PBS affiliate and he chaired Hawaii’s Broadband Task Force. Nationally and internationally he has chaired the boards of EDUCAUSE and the Pacific Telecommunications Council, has served on the boards of Internet2 and the Western Cooperative for Educational Telecommunications, and led education activities for the Internet Society.

Lassner led a major statewide federally funded project that interconnected public schools, libraries and campuses on six islands with fiber optics and has received multiple awards from the National Science Foundation focused on research & education networking and cyberinfrastructure, including exploring connecting colleges and universities in the Pacific Islands. He is Principal Investigator for the Maui High Performance Computing Center and for the Pacific Disaster Center, major Department of Defense programs on Maui.

Lassner has hosted numerous national and international meetings in Hawaiʻi over two decades and was recognized by the Hawaiʻi Visitors and Convention Bureau as one of its first Kuhina awardees. As a volunteer, he has been a long- time hike leader and has participated in and led service projects protecting native ecosystems in national parks and natural reserves on multiple Hawaiian islands.

Lassner earned an A.B. in Economics summa cum laude and M.S. in Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a Ph.D. in Communication and Information Sciences from the University of Hawaii.



Cynthia Derosier is part of an elite group of Grove-certified Graphic Recorders. Cynthia has facilitated organizational planning meetings, recorded presentations and co-led team building seminars across the country. Cynthia and Associate Ruth Moen design and create finish concept charts, information graphics, templates and large scale history maps for The Grove Consultants International and other local and mainland clients.

Cynthia has over 25 years experience in corporate communications, strategic planning, relationship marketing, consumer acquisition and retention, business-to-business strategy, art direction, and corporate ID/brand development. Her career began in New York City at top ad agencies serving Fortune 500 clients as well as boutique and family owned shops. She continues her work in Hawaii and travels as needed for clients on the mainland.

From 2005 to 2012, Cynthia established and ran a successful grass-roots non-profit organization in Hawaii and is the author/designer of two award-winning books: The Surfer Spirit, and The Survivor Spirit ~ The Power, Passion and Beauty of Breast Cancer Survivors “The Surfer Spirit”, became the basis and inital funding support for a non-profit organization Surfrider Spirit Sessions (501c3) an innovative surf mentoring program serving at-risk and adjudicated teens.

Cynthia is graduate of Iolani School. She obtained a BFA in Art Direction and Design from the School of Visual Arts and pursued a Masters Degree at Columbia University. She continues to serve on the board of Surfrider Spirit Sessions, has served on the board of the Surfrider Foundation Oahu Chapter and as member of the Organization of Women Leaders.


Rob Kinslow was raised as a farmer, educated as an aerospace engineer, trained as a public speaker and shaped by a lifetime dedicated to advancing the practice of sustainability and conservation.

He has led diverse group discussions on sustainability across the globe, bringing a high, wide and deep understanding of human sustainability to these conversations.

In Hawaii he has been involved in both HPU and UH system organizations move towards sustainability.

Change agent and sustainability advisor, his audiences span the state. He has a Master’s degree with distinction in Sustainable Development Leadership from Hawaii Pacific University. Combining a friendly approach, a professional curiosity, and downbeat humor, shift happens.


Nicole Chatterson focuses her work on the juncture between institutional change and grassroots movement. She is dedicated to transforming our cultural model of excessive consumption and waste to one of thoughtful resource use.

Nicole has nearly a decade of experience working in sustainability. She is currently a Program Manager at Kupu, co-founder of  the Wild Communities Project, and a member of Hawaii Green Growth.

Nicole is also an art teacher specializing in reused and found materials at the Art Explorium.  She has a degree in environmental science and policy, with a concentration in geology and considers herself a perpetual student of life.

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Wendell Brase co-chairs the University of California’s Global Climate Leadership Council and leads an award-winning sustainability program in his role as Vice Chancellor for Administrative and Business Services at UC Irvine.

Under his leadership, UCI was recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency with a 2014 Climate Leadership Award for Organizational Leadership for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and addressing climate change. The campus received California’s highest environmental award, the Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award, in 2008 and again in 2013; has earned numerous accolades for sustainability, including a 2009 EPA Environmental Leadership Achievement Award; and has been on Sierra magazine’s Top 10 list of greenest campuses for the past five years, coming in at No. 1 in 2014 and again in 2015. The campus currently has 13 LEED Platinum and 10 LEED Gold buildings, among the most at any campus in the U.S.

Wendell holds two degrees (S.B., S.M., 1970) from the Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Before joining UCI, he was Vice Chancellor for Finance, Planning, and Administration at UC Santa Cruz from 1978 to 1991. Prior to that, he served as Associate Director for Administration for the Laboratory for Laser Fusion at the University of Rochester from 1973 to 1978.

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Michael Callahan earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, a master’s degree in business administration, and became fluent in Spanish while studying in Venezuela and Spain.

He has helped design and manage many large scale energy projects in five West African countries over a period of four years.

Following his work in Africa, Mike managed teams of contractors, engineers, and architects to develop multi-million dollar award winning energy efficient facilities and large capital construction projects in Colorado. At that time Mike became a LEED accredited professional, a licensed professional engineer, and later a Certified Energy Manager.

Mike is the cofounder of PowerMundo, a social enterprise helping off-grid low-income families in Latin America improve their lives by gaining access to solar energy. As a Sr. project leader at the Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL), Mike supports energy efficiency and renewable energy project development and finance internationally and in the US.

Mike has authored multiple publications and earned various research and project grants for renewable energy financial analysis and project implementation. Mike led am NREL team to support renewable energy project development at Navy installations worldwide.

While remaining a team member at NREL, Mike relocated to Honolulu to support the Department of Navy’s worldwide 1 gigawatt renewable energy goal through the development of large scale energy projects in Hawaii and Guam.


Brett Oakleaf has 20 years of experience in the energy industry across a broad range of roles.  Brett is currently an Energy Project Analyst for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

Before NREL, he was the Director of Business Development Western Region for Invenergy, a natural gas/renewable energy development firm.  Prior to that, Brett was the project leader on Xcel Energy’s PSCo (Colorado) and SPP (Texas/New Mexico) wind integration studies and a member of their Resource Planning Group.

Brett has developed or provided development support in numerous sites of wind, natural gas, natural gas / solar hybrid, and solar facilities.  Geographically, Brett has business and project development experience in numerous markets including WECC, ERCOT, MISO, and NYISO.  Other positions include Senior Consultant with Navigant Consulting and Sales Engineer with Dresser Rand Corporation.

Brett has a Master’s of Business Administration from Georgia Tech, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering & Management from Clarkson University in New York.


SummitFest-92-2Lucie & The Perfect Wave

Local music legend John Cruz saw Michael Tanenbaum and Nick Gertsson performing at a Kailua coffee shop and described their sound as ‘the perfect wave’. The name stuck and when the duo invited Lucie Lynch onstage to improvise some lyrical flow to their textured guitar soundscapes, a new sound was born.

LTPW fuses delicious slack-key textures, searing electric guitar riffs and Lucie’s dynamic vocals to transport audiences to cosmic dimensions. Their debut album LIVE AT MEDICI’S is now available on iTunes. #freakfolkfusion