Team

Due to COVID19 Response, many of our programs and staff are shifting, and our response time may be longer than usual. Please review program pages and our Local Food Connector for most recent updates.

Megan Fox : Executive Director / Farmer Programs

Megan Fox

Executive Director / Farmer Programs

During the COVID19 response, Megan is working on farmer-related programming.

Megan supports general day-to-day operations, program management, fundraising, and marketing as our Executive Director. She was previously the Director of Operations and has been with the organization since 2014. Megan has a diverse background that spans nonprofits, startups, and educational institutions with over a decade of focus on workforce development, organizational capacity building, business development, and program launches and turnarounds. She has a Bachelor of Science in Management and Public Policy with a focus on Human Resources and is a published author on creating job programs. She has also served on the Advisory Board of the University of Hawaii's Kaua`i Master Gardener program.

megan@malamakauai.org | (808) 828-0685 x12
Joell Edwards : Farm to School Hui Project Manager / Keiki Food Access

Joell Edwards

Farm to School Hui Project Manager / Keiki Food Access

During the COVID19 response, Joell is working on keiki food access programming.

Joell manages the Kaua‘i Farm-to-School Hui program, helping to lead a collaborative stakeholder group of farm to school partners across the island and assisting in incubating their ideas into tangible projects. Joell was a volunteer during April 2018ʻs flood and has a strong history in nonprofits, including over a decade of service as a Board Member for foundations and organizations in health, human services, and hunger. She is also a Certified Learning & Development Specialist with extensive project management and marketing experience, who is passionate about facilitating increased local food access.

farmtoschool@malamakauai.org | (808) 828-0685 x23
Robyn Petterson : Grants Administrator / USDA Farm-to-School Food Box Program Manager

Robyn Petterson

Grants Administrator / USDA Farm-to-School Food Box Program Manager

During the COVID19 response, Robyn is managing the Farm-to-School CSA Box Program.

Robyn was born and raised on Kaua‘i in a farming family. She began with us as a Grant Administration Intern, previously coming from working at Anaina Hou Community Park. During COVID response, she transitioned into managing the overall Farm-to-School CSA Box and related USDA contract that distributes fresh local produce to the community in a drive-thru format.

grants@malamakauai.org | (808) 828-0685 x10
Haley Molnar : Farm-to-School Program Manager

Haley Molnar

Farm-to-School Program Manager

During the COVID19 response, Haley is managing the Distribution Sites for the Farm-to-School CSA Box Program.

Haley was previously a Program Manager for the Mala‘ai Kula Farm-to-School Pilot at Kawaikini NCPCS, helping to manage a variety of school food and garden projects as an AmeriCorps VISTA Member. She is currently overseeing the intake, packing, and distribution of CSA bags at school sites, helping to get local food to local families in need.

kawaikini@malamakauai.org | (808) 828-0685 x21
Anni Caporuscio : Aloha Aina Workforce Program Coordinator

Anni Caporuscio

Aloha Aina Workforce Program Coordinator

Anni is the Project Coordinator coordinating the execution of the Aloha Aina Workforce Program - a County of Kaua‘i CARES Act funded project placing dislocated workers into career-changing opportunities in conservation and food systems organizations across the island in the fall of 2020. She brings with her over 20 years of business administration experience and holds a BA from Vanguard University in Southern California. Most recently she has utilized her entrepreneurial and business experience as the Owner and Manager of Small Town Coffee in Kapaa town since 2006, as well as a small bookkeeping and tax business assisting Kaua‘i small businesses since 2014. Anni brings an immense amount of attention-to-detail, compliance-related focus, and demonstrated self-initiative to the team, with a passion for building local food systems (especially chickens!).

alohaaina@malamakauai.org | (808) 828-0685 x13
Leticia Elzaurdia : Program Outreach & Farm Liaison

Leticia Elzaurdia

Program Outreach & Farm Liaison

Leticia Aleka Elzaurdia is a liaison to local farms, managing Local Food Connector updates and providing technical assistance and new resources to farmers across the island. Leticia has a BA in Fine Art and in Community Studies and over the last decade, has proudly served food grown by our local farms as a server and bartender at a few of the best restaurants on Kauai's north shore. Five years ago Leticia launched her own small business to cater bartending services to private events and also worked as a wedding and event coordinator.

mahiai@malamakauai.org | (808) 828-0685 x11
Gabrielle Edwards : Village Harvest Program Manager

Gabrielle Edwards

Village Harvest Program Manager

Gabi started with us in a volunteer capacity and was brought to help with our CSA Home Delivery Program as she lost the majority of her salon business due to COVID. Most Recently, she was hired through Aloha Connects Innovation Program to work on continuing our Village Harvest gleaning program, helping to coordinate food harvests and donations, as well as tree giveaways. Previously, Gabi studied social science at California State University and has a long history pf volunteering at food banks and other human services organizations.

villageharvest@malamakauai.org | (808) 828-0685 x14
Keoni Bounos : Farm Manager

Keoni Bounos

Farm Manager

During the COVID19 response, Keoni is working on Community Farm production, ag internship, and assisting with the Farm-to-School CSA Box program.

Keoni manages the 8-acre community farm in Kalihiwai, including food production, landscaping, community garden management, and ag intern leadership. He has an extensive background in farming and agriculture on the Big Island, especially within taro farming in the Waipio area.

| (808) 828-0685