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Meet our team, sponsors, and learn a bit about who we are

Sustainable Coastlines Hawai‘i started in 2010 with 8 friends sitting around a table in a small house in Kaimuki.

Inspired by our good friends Sustainable Coastlines in New Zealand, we decided to take keeping our beaches clean into our own hands while making the work fun. What we’ve learned along the way is that cleanups can only do so much. We now utilize our cleanups to inspire better consumer behaviors and continued coastal stewardship through cleanups, education, social media, and more.

We are run by a small full time staff and a large team of dedicated volunteers. Want to get involved in our core team? Show up at our next cleanup, introduce yourselves and show the extra effort. We’re always looking to grow our team.

Our Team

Meet the team that makes this possible

Staff

Rafael Bergstrom - Sustainable Coastlines Executive Director
Rafael Bergstrom

Executive Director

Rafael Bergstrom

Rafael Bergstrom

Executive Director

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Rebecca Mattos

Education Director

Rebecca Mattos

Rebecca Mattos

Education Director

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Rachael Roehl

Operations Manager

Rachael Roehl

Rachael Roehl

Operations Manager

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Monica McLenigan

Communications Manager

Monica McLenigan

Monica McLenigan

Communications Manager

Monica McLenigan started off with Sustainable Coastlines Hawaiʻi back in 2017 as an intern and moved into a core volunteer role. Now, she is the Communications Manager and oversees media relationships, social channels, content creation, and marketing materials. After graduating from the North Carolina State College of Natural Resources with a degree in Ecosystem Assessment and concentration in marine and coastal resources, Monica relocated to Oʻahu to pursue work in the sustainability industry. In her free time, Monica enjoys any activity that will get her outdoors, time with friends and family, yoga, and dancing. In fact, she may even bust a move at an SCH cleanup if you play one of her favorite songs.

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Marissa Miller

Data Systems Coordinator (Data Ninja)

Marissa Miller

Marissa Miller

Data Systems Coordinator (Data Ninja)

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Paul Lecomte

Global Education Specialist

Paul Lecomte

Paul Lecomte

Global Education Specialist

Paul’s love story with Hawaii began in 2018, when the silhouette of O’ahu appeared on the horizon after a 6-month expedition in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Paul and a crew of adventurers departed from Japan 165 days earlier to escort his uncle, long-distance swimmer Ben Lecomte, while completing the first trans-pacific dataset on plastic pollution. As they witnessed first-hand the destructive impact of our throwaway culture on the ocean and its wildlife, they engaged over 8 million people through the web-series and feature film, The Swim. After a second adventure through the North Pacific plastic vortex and an education tour around the world, he has arrived back to the island and the SCH’Ohana he fell in love with, determined to activate our collective power and reconnect our community with our lands and oceans.

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Hideki Kimukai

Education Specialist, Core Volunteer, Japanese Education Program Lead

Hideki Kimukai

Hideki Kimukai

Education Specialist, Core Volunteer, Japanese Education Program Lead

I was born in Japan and spent the majority of my adult time on U.S. East Coast. The first SCH cleanup I joined was at Kahuku Beach and it changed my life. I am so fortunate to live and be surrounded by great friends and families from multiple culture and share that experience with everybody to create better future.

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Caitlyn McCall

Administration Assistant and Education Specialist

Caitlyn McCall

Caitlyn McCall

Administration Assistant and Education Specialist

Caitlyn McCall is a coffee-lover and senior at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa pursuing a B.A. in Sustainability. Her time with SCH started in March 2020 as an education intern. In November of 2021, she joined SCHtaff as an administrative assistant and education specialist. She coordinates and leads education events. Caitlyn specializes in upcycling micro-plastic workshops with keiki to teach them about plastic pollution and creative solutions. On her days off, she enjoys thrifting, skating around town, making fruity drinks, freediving, and hiking on the east side. Before her time with SCH, Caitlyn had six years of volunteer experience with the non-profit organization, National Charity League Inc. She served as the Vice President of Programs, Vice President of Philanthropies, and Board Member of the philanthropy Main Street Attraction. Main Street Attraction is a second-hand retail store that inspired Caitlyn to pursue an interest in sustainable fashion. Her environmental sciences background began at the Program of Environmental Science and Sustainability National Student Leadership Conference hosted at the University of Washington in 2017. She continued her education at the University of Oregon, where she was an Eco-Representative for freshman dorms, resided in the Environmental Leaders Living Community, and a sustainability center volunteer. Caitlyn presented collaborative research at the University of Oregon's 2018 Undergraduate Research Symposium on the Externalities of Fast Fashion.

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Board of Directors

Jack Kittinger
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Senior Director of the Global Fisheries and Aquaculture Program in Conservation International's Center for Oceansboard

Wesley Wong
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Owner and Principal at Laulea Engineering, LLC

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Maxx Phillips
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Hawaii Director, Center for Biological Diversity

Mark Towill
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11th Hour Racing Team & The Ocean Race

Kahi Pacarro
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Advisor

CEO of Parley for the Oceans & SCH Founder

Danya Hakeem
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Elemental Excellerator, Director of Innovation, Agriculture & Circular Economy

Mahalo to our Outgoing Board Chair, Justin Prestidge, for his dedicated service!

Co-Founders

Louise Pacarro
Jess Rohr
Liana Ho
Tristan Cummins
Caelyn Legere
Aaron "Rosie" Rosenblatt
Roscoe Fowler

Core Volunteers

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Aaron Char

Artist and Core Volunteer

Aaron Char

Aaron Char

Artist and Core Volunteer

Been with SCH since it’s first cleanup...Been the creator of some of SCH most popular fliers and t-shirts...All the things you see at cleanups has made me committed and passionate about SCH and it’s mission...

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Lauren Adelman

Core volunteer and in-house chef

Lauren Adelman

Lauren Adelman

Core volunteer and in-house chef

As an all around lover of the ocean, meeting a group of like minded friends 10 years ago, made it a no brainer to share in the passion for taking care of our marine environment through pitching in as one of the first core volunteers for Sustainable Coastlines HI. Early on, I supported the mission by creating keiki art activities at cleanups centered on the idea of caring for our coastlines on the beaches and at home as a way to inspire our next generation. Later, I tapped into my chef background, packed up my traveling kitchen, and supported by feeding our hungry crew averaging about 30 coastal caring humans. This job usually consisted of cooking over fire, in the elements to satisfy our hardworking crew. There is nothing better than cooking under the stars for a crew of people that I truly resonate with. Currently, as a new mom, I look forward to sharing this passion and caring for our ocean environment with my son for his future generation.

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Ken G Kosada

Core Volunteer, Photographer, and Videographer

Ken G Kosada

Ken G Kosada

Core Volunteer, Photographer, and Videographer

I'm from the Big Island and I group in the country on an avocado farm with natural beauty all around. My passion is Video, Photographery, capturing that beauty all around us but also saving that beauty for many generations into the future Aloha

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Alika Vaquer

Core Volunteer

Alika Vaquer

Alika Vaquer

Core Volunteer

Born in Hi, raised in France. I fix old V-Dubs and pretty much anything I find. I hate waste and non durable goods. I love cleaning beaches and come up with solutions on the spot along hard working folks.

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Claudia Mueller

Core volunteer

Claudia Mueller

Claudia Mueller

Core volunteer

Claudia is a marketing specialist and environmental manager who loves to volunteer with action-focused organizations like SCH, supporting audacious ocean expeditions like The Vortex Swim or running crazy world-record underwater and remote cleanups in Australia, where she's currently stuck down under but can't wait to be back on the beach with SCH soon.

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Steffi Ohashi

Waste Diversion Crew Member, Marine Debris Rapid Responder, and Core Volunteer

Steffi Ohashi

Steffi Ohashi

Waste Diversion Crew Member, Marine Debris Rapid Responder, and Core Volunteer

Whether it be backpacking, farming, hunting, or surfing Steffi’s many outdoor passions have led her to live a lifestyle that serves the environment. She is involved in waste diversion team which has inspired her and her partner to turn waste into a resource at their farm. For example, they collect fish carcasses from local fish restaurants to make natural fertilizer and use ghost nets to build trellises for their vegetables.

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Liz Plascencia

Core volunteer, educator, and waste diversion crew member

Liz Plascencia

Liz Plascencia

Core volunteer, educator, and waste diversion crew member

My name is Liz Plascencia (she/her/hers) and I support SCH through the Education Program and Waste Diversion Team. Currently, I am pursuing a Master in Environmental Management at the Yale School of the Environment. My experience volunteering with SCH helped to inspire my specialization in plastic pollution policy and coastal management. Ultimately, I aspire to integrate environmental justice throughout coastal climate resiliency projects. I am a proud First-Generation Mexican American from Los Angeles, California. In my spare time, I enjoy free diving, skateboarding, sailing, backpacking, and surfing!

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Moriah Prescia

Core volunteer and waste diversion crew member

Moriah Prescia

Moriah Prescia

Core volunteer and waste diversion crew member

Hi there! I’m Mo, and I am currently pursuing a BA at Connecticut College in Anthropology, with a double minor in Environmental Studies and Film Studies. I previously spent several years as an Urdu language translator in the Air Force. That experience guides my interests at the intersection of environmental and human rights impacts of militarism and colonialism. SCH helped foster a love for community-based activism and education and continues to be an influential experience in my environmental journey.

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Kari Goodbar

Core Volunteer, Marine Debris Rapid Responder

Kari Goodbar

Kari Goodbar

Core Volunteer, Marine Debris Rapid Responder

Although I lack the southern accent, I was born and raised in Georgia. I’ve always been drawn to the ocean despite my landlocked upbringing, and I’ve been actively involved in cleaning beaches on O’ahu since I moved here in 2015. The amount of marine debris I’ve witnessed in that time has been a total wake up call to action. My educational background is in behavioral psychology, so I thoroughly appreciate how SCH combines coordinated debris removal efforts with community education and engagement in order to facilitate human behavior change. I’m excited to support this awesome community of ocean loving individuals.

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Eddie Robinol

Core volunteer and Operations Intern

Eddie Robinol

Eddie Robinol

Core volunteer and Operations Intern

I was raised in central Oahu and I spent a lot of my time growing up at the beach. Just like SCH, I have a passion to preserve our beaches and coastlines. I want to inspire others to enjoy what the ocean provides for us while caring for it, now, so our kids and everyone after us can enjoy the ocean and all it has to offer them when we're gone.

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Conrad Morgan

Core volunteer, photographer, and Tik Tok content creator

Conrad Morgan

Conrad Morgan

Core volunteer, photographer, and Tik Tok content creator

Aloha, my name is Conrad Morgan. I'm born and raised in Kailua, Oahu and am an avid bodysurfer. I am attending Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California where I am double majoring in communications and Environmental Studies. The majority of my free time is spent in the water or picking up trash off of the shore. The ocean is what gives me joy and drive in life and I want to do everything I can protect it so that my children and grandchildren can experience it in the same way I have. Growing up in Hawaii I have seen how connected we are to our oceans and land, a connection that has been lost for most of humanity, and I aim to do my part in reconnecting humanity to our beautiful natural world.

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Madison Willard

Core volunteer, Marine Debris Rapid Responder, and Educator

Madison Willard

Madison Willard

Core volunteer, Marine Debris Rapid Responder, and Educator

After high school I moved from my hometown in Virginia to go to University in London and attain my BA in International Development with NGO management. I not only gained a degree but a deep passion for human rights and the health of the planet. In recent years I was able to teach children in Peru English and about the environment. Due to COVID, I decided to finish the last few months of my degree in Hawaii and after lockdown I stayed, started doing beach clean ups, learning video editing and doing net removals with SCH. Plastic pollution is the biggest threat humanity faces and SCH’s work in the community is powerful and necessary. I aim to help create, innovate, and put in the hands on work needed to see SCH’s mission come to life.

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Danae Naone

Animations Intern

Danae Naone

Danae Naone

Animations Intern

Danae Naone is a senior animation student at UH Mānoa. She is a strong advocate of the health of our environment and is stoked to be working on educating others through her animated clips.

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