Meet The Team

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Team Members

Catherine Spina, Teaching Change

Rebekah Ohara

Blaire Langston
of Teaching Change
Lauren DeMent
of Teaching Change

Director of Programs at Akaka Foundation for Tropical Forests

Project Director for Teaching Change

Creighton Litton, Teaching Change
Christian Giardina, Teaching Change

Creighton Litton, PhD

Christian Giardina, PhD

Professor of Forest Ecology and Management
The University of Hawaii at Manoa

Research Ecologist
Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry, Forest Service

Program Collaborators

Several programs and organizations in the community share the common goal with Teaching Change of inspiring local youth to be environmental stewards.

Teaching Change is honored to share resources and work in tandem with: 

Steve Kendall, Teaching Change
Ming Wei Koh, Teaching Change

Steve Kendall, MSc

Ming Wei Koh, PhD

 Ecoliteracy Specialist
Pacific Resources for Education & Learning

Haalau Forest NWR, Fish & Wildlife Service

  • Erika Ho'oululahui Perry, University of Hawaiʻi Hilo, PIPES Program Coordinator
  • JB Friday, PhD , University of Hawaii at Manoa, Extension Forester
  • Eben Paxton, PhD , United States Geological Survey, Research Ecologist
  • Elliott Parsons PhD , Division of Forestry & Wildlife, Puʻu Waʻawaʻa Land Manager
  • Kainana Francisco, MSc , Forest Service, Natural Resource Specialist
  • Leilā Dudley, Division of Forestry & Wildlife,  Puʻu Waʻawaʻa Outreach 
  • Lahela Camara, Division of Forestry & Wildlife, ʻImi Pono no Ka ʻAina Program Coordinator
  • Emily Leuchut, Division of Forestry & Wildlife, ʻImi Pono no Ka ʻAina, Education Associate
  • Kathy Kawakami, Division of Forestry & Wildlife, Puʻu Waʻawaʻa  Horticulturists
  • Cheyenne Hiapo Perry, MSc, Mauna Kea Watershed Alliance , Coordinator

Alumni - Staffing

Since 2012, many people have helped shape the program to be the success it is today. A very honorable mahalo to:

  • Catherine (Cat) Spina,  Program Coordinator, 2015-2018
  • Makalani (Maka) Pina, Program Assistant, 2017
  • Rebecca Delimont, Program Assistant, 2017
  • Anthony Novella, Program Assistant, 2016
  • Aleysia Kaha, Program Assistant, 2015-2016
  • Scott Laursen, Co-founder & Program Coordinator, 2012-2015
  • Colin Phifer, Co-founder 2012

The Teaching Change Program has partnered with the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo's Tropical Conservation Biology & Environmental Science graduate program, for students to earn course credit while gaining experience in environmental education. 

  • Clifford (CJ) Kow, Jr, 2017-2018
  • Gina McGuire, 2017-2018
  • Keolohilani (Keo) Lopes, Jr, 2017

  • Eben Paxton's USGS bird banding researchers at Hakalau Forest NWR
  • The Earth Day Fair committee (UH Hilo's Dept. of Geography, UH Hilo's PIPES program, Hawaii Community Foundation, and many more).
  • The many teachers & chaperones who have provided formative feedback


...Stay tuned, this list is growing!

Alumni - Graduate Student - Field Trip Assistants

Previous Collaborators

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