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HWF Team at Kamilo Beach Clean Up during the International Marine Debris Symposium we organized in December 2015
HWF Team at Kamilo Beach Clean Up during the International
Marine Debris Symposium we organized in December 2015.

Bill Gilmartin of HWF - photo by Carrie Robertson>  Bill Gilmartin is President and cofounder of Hawai'i Wildlife Fund. Currently, he is involved in marine debris recovery, habitat restoration and sea turtle research - all on Hawai'i Island. He is working on a book about the plight of the Hawaiian monk seal, drawing from his 15 years as Director of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Endangered Species Recovery Program. He has over 35 years of conservation experience in Hawai'i as a biologist and member of National Marine Fisheries, the Society for Marine Mammology, the IUCN Seal Specialist Group, and the NW Hawaiian Islands Coral Reef Ecosystem Advisory Group.

> Hannah Bernard Hannah Bernardis the Executive Director and cofounder of Hawai'i Wildlife Fund. In the 1980s, Bernard and Gilmartin were colleagues at National Marine Fisheries Service. In 1996, they chose to take a pro-active approach at wildlife recovery and together started Hawaii Wildlife Fund. Bernard is an award-winning marine biologist with 30 years of experience in conducting research, education and community outreach programs on protected marine life, 22 of those years on Maui. She is on the federally-appointed Pacific Scientific Review Group, Pacific Cetacean Take Reduction team, and the Hawai'i Longline False Killer Whale Take Reduction Team.

> Suzanne Canja developed HWF's Hawksbill Sea Turtle Recovery Project almost 20 years ago. Now, she is back on Maui leading the program again. Canja first Suzanne Canjajoined Hawaii Wildlife Fund in 1996 as a naturalist and field biologist, leading field research for HWF's turtle projects for several years. Her career has taken her to some far-flung places, including Midway Atoll, where she led HWF's population monitoring project of the endangered Hawaiian monk seal, helping to establish the first long-term data set of monk seals there. She spent the following decade working as field leader for National Marine Fisheries Service's monk seal recovery program in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. Canja now splits her time between working with HWF on Maui and volunteering with seals and sea lions at the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, California.

> Megan Lamson, HWF's Vice President, has been coordinating the Hawai'i Island Marine Debris Removal Project and anchialine pond restoration projects in southeast Megan LamsonHawaii for Hawaii Wildlife Fund since 2008. She began exploring ocean critters in Hawaii and California during her childhood, then earned a bachelor's in marine biology at the University of California at Santa Cruz and a master's in tropical conservation biology and environmental science at the University of Hawaii in Hilo. Lamson focused her academic research on coral reef fish ecology and community-based marine resource management. She is on the board of non-profit, Ka 'Ohana O Honu'apo, and has been actively working on conservation issues along the Ka'u coastline since 2005.

> Stacey Breining graduated from West Hawai'i Explorations Academy in Kailua-Kona on Hawaii island and stayed to attend the University of Hawai'i at Hilo. Stacey BreiningShe began volunteering with HWF in 2009. The following year, she graduated with a bachelor's degree in marine science, focusing her studies on the effects of exotic fish (tilapia) on water quality in an anchialine pool complex. When Stacey isn't helping to remove marine debris or invasive plant species from the coastline, she can be seen rocking the roller derby circuit as "Smash-yo-face" #111, representing her social-media company, Weblinx, or hanging out with her adorable son, Nico. Stacey is passionate about teaching our keiki (children) how to respect themselves and protect our natural resources and HWF is very happy to have her on our team.

Luke Sundquist is HWF's Hawksbill Sea Turtle Recovery Project Coordinator, working with one of the project's founders, Suzanne Canja. Luke first became interested in marine biology while earning a degree at Harvard University, where he explored research and conservation and met people from around the world. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, he began participating in HWF's turtle project on the Big Island of Hawai'i before moving to Maui to run the program there. Conservation, education, and Hawaiian values have become Luke's passions, which are evident through his work.

Nohea Ka'awa was born and lives in Ka'u on the island of Hawai'i. As a life-long cultural Nohea Ka'awapractitioner with experience in Hawaiian protocol, she is an advocate for respectful resource management. Having followed an educational background in Hawaiian Studies at University of Hawaii Hilo, Nohea is employed as the Ka'u community outreach specialist for the Department of Land and Natural Resources, in partnership with Hawaii Wildlife Fund. Nohea appreciates opportunities to host interpretive hikes, she loves to share mo'olelo wahi pana (story of her home) but most importantly, she takes pride in being able to connect and assist others in sharing the practice of Aloha 'Aina (love of the land).

  William Gilmartin President
  Megan Lamson Vice President/Secretary
  Sabrina Schulz Treasurer
  Donna (Kahi) Kahakui Director
  Maura Naughton Director
  Nadine Kehaulani Robertson Director

Interested in working with us? HWF accepts applications for internships, co-ops and/or grant-funded positions on our ongoing projects. Please send a cover letter describing your interests, experience and availability with your resume to

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