Our Board of Directors
Chair and co-founder
Robin helped found MNMRC in 2007. She is a past professor of marine biology and oceanography at Saddleback College in California. Beginning in 1995, Robin led and participated in coral reef research efforts around Maui Nui, and spearheaded the introduction of REEF to Hawaii to foster reef stewardship in Maui. She has made over a thousand research oriented SCUBA dives at many locations throughout the Pacific, and is committed to community-based reef restoration.
Lucienne De Naie
Lucienne lives in rural east Maui and is active with stream and watershed restoration projects. She is a founding member of Maui Cultural Lands, Inc. and the Maui Coastal Land Trust (now Hawaiian Islands Land Trust.) Lucienne has served on the Mayor’s Open Space Zoning Advisory Committee, the Maui General Plan Advisory Committee and serves as Conservation Chair and hike leader for the Maui Sierra Club. She also authored a report on Maui’s water,
Larry is a veteran software industry executive, who now makes Maui his home. He has helped establish the Council’s online presence and consults on management and planning. He also cleans up beaches! In addition to serving on MNMRC’s Board of Directors, Larry serves on the board of the Hawaiian Islands Land Trust and is a board member of the Oneloa Colation. He is also a member of the Planning Committee and Marine Committee of the Kihei Community Association.
Mike started his flying career as a bush pilot in Alaska; he retired in 2014 as a Captain for Alaska Airlines. During visits to Maui, Mike obtained his SCUBA certification. Shortly after retirement, Mike moved to Maui and led MNMRC in obtaining its 501c3 designation. He continues to develop MNMRC’s corporate structures, and oversees its fiscal management. He has a Bachelor’s Degree from Western Illinois University and Certificate of Financial Management from Cornell University.
Since 1970 Michelle has been a professional ceramic artist owning a handmade custom tile factory in Santa Barbara Co. CA. for 35 years. Many of her designs were inspired by frequent trips to Maui, studying fish and marine life. She has since built a new studio in Launiupoko. Michelle has served on a variety of non-profit boards from arts education to land use issues. Michelle’s volunteer work here includes teaching ceramics at Lahainaluna H.S., weekly fish counts with the Fish I.D. Network, volunteering with the Hawiian Island Humpback Whale Nat’l Marine Sanctuary and working with the water quality testing of Hui O Ka Wai Ola. “My love for Maui has grown over the past 25 years and through my work with the MNMRC I want to do all that I can to help return our ocean to a healthy ecosystem”.
James Maxwell, Ph.D.
Jim Maxwell is a retired research scientist from the University of California at Berkeley where he studied the neural processes underlying the coordination of binocular eye movements. He and his wife, Cathy, visited the Hawaiian Islands nearly every year since 1992 and made it their permanent home in 2013. Both are volunteers with the Hui O Ka Wai Ola water quality testing program and Cathy is one of the team leads for West Maui. Jim received his bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Maryland and his Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of Rochester.
Edwin “Ekolu” Lindsey III
Raised on Maui (where he loved visiting his grandparents’ home in Lahaina to surf, swim and fish in the waters of Polanui), Ekolu graduated from Kamehameha Schools on O‘ahu, and earned a B.B.A. at University of Hawaiʻi at Mänoa. Ekolu’s parents — Ed Lindsey, a Native Hawaiian and lifelong schoolteacher, and Puanani Lindsey — co-founded Maui Cultural Lands in 2002. Ed Lindsey also co-founded Maui Nui Marine Resource Council in 2007 with marine biologist Robin Newbold. After his father passed away in 2009, Ekolu assumed the role of president of Maui Cultural Lands. He carries forward his familyʻs legacy of service and their vision of protecting and restoring Hawaiian cultural resources and the marine environment. In July of 2015, he completed a ten-day, 500-mile journey aboard the voyaging canoe Hikianalia to the Papahänaumokuäkea Marine National Monument in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands to conduct reef surveys and fish monitoring to help better manage Hawai‘i’s marine resourceS. Ekolu also cofounded Polanui Hiu, the first Community Managed Makai Area (CMMA) on Maui. Maui Nui Marine Resource Council is proud and grateful for Ekoluʻs service and guidance as a member of our Board of Directors.
Programs & Operations Manager
Amy keeps MNMRC’s many projects, programs, workshops and meetings running smoothly. She appreciates the critical importance of community participation in effective marine conservation efforts, and supports a number of Maui community groups who are working restore the island’s native marine and terrestrial ecosystems. Amy is originally from Maine and graduated from Bowdoin College with a degree in Art and Biology.
Communications, Community Outreach and Development Manager
Anne has worked in the nonprofit sector on Maui for 20 years, utilizing her writing, marketing and public relations skills to promote marine conservation and public education about the marine environment. She continues that work at Maui Nui Marine Resource Council, where she writes our monthly newsletter, Reef in Brief and helps promote support for MNMRC’s work for healthy coral reefs, clean ocean water and abundant native fish. Originally from Vermont, she is an avid swimmer who loves long swims along the South Maui coastline and the sea turtles, manta rays, spotted eagle rays and reef fish she encounters.
Christina received her Juris Doctor from the University of Hawaii at Mānoa William S. Richardson School of Law, graduating summa cum laude with certificates in environmental law and Native Hawaiian rights. She earned her B.A. from George Washington University, magna cum laude. She most recently served as a judicial law clerk for Associate Justice Sabrina S. McKenna and Associate Justice Richard W. Pollack at the Hawaiʻi Supreme Court. She is also a lecturer in law at the William S. Richardson School of Law and a member of the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law.
Christina brings both local and international experience to her position with MNMRC. During law school, she was a delegate of Richardson’s Environmental Law Program to the 2016 IUCN World Conservation Congress; studied for a semester at O.P. Jindal Global Law School in Sonipat, India; externed at the National Green Tribunal of India in New Delhi; and was a Sam L. Cohen International Human Rights Fellow. Locally, Christina assisted the Hawaiʻi State Environmental Council with drafting updates to Hawaiʻi Administrative Rules Chapter 11-200, Environmental Impact Statement Rules, which were recently signed into law. Christina also spent four years working at the University of Hawaiʻi Center on Disability Studies on a variety of projects to increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities statewide. Prior to moving to Hawaiʻi in 2012, Christina was a policy analyst and national community organizer on fisheries issues at Food & Water Watch, a non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C.
Sofia de la Sota
South Maui Team Leader & South Maui Regional Coordinator of Hui O Ka Wai Ola
Hui O Ka Wai Ola is the water quality testing program supported by Maui Nui Marine Resource Council. As the South Maui Regional Coordinator, Sofia oversees the Hui efforts from Ma‘alaea to La Perouse. She set up the lab space at the Hawaiian Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, recruited volunteers for the field, and launched the South Maui sampling program in November of 2017. She is the point of contact for the Hui’s South Maui activities, and the interface between Maui and the analytical lab in O‘ahu. Sofia lives in Maui with her husband, Matt, and her son, Jack.
James Strickland III
Project Manager of Hui O Ka Wai Ola
James is our Project Manager and is responsible for the running of the Hui. He is responsible for the day to day aspects as well as guiding the Hui towards the goals set by the Steering Committee. He does volunteer outreach, training and will go out with the sampling teams or be in the lab as needed. He works with the Team Leaders to maintain lab equipment and inventory. He is also in charge of our community outreach and maintaining all of our standard operating procedures and Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP) with the Hawai’i Department of Health. When James isn’t in the field or lab, he enjoys all things mauka and makai on Maui, from hiking in Haleakalā to playing in the ocean shore brea
West Maui Team Leader of Hui O Ka Wai Ola
Cathy has been part of Hui O Ka Wai Ola since it began in early 2016. She was a member of one of the original teams that tested water quality in West Maui, helping to collect samples at 6 sites from Olowalu to Polanui. Recently, Cathy has taken on the role of Team Leader to help train volunteers for 6 new sites in West Maui and 12 new sites in South Maui, and to provide lab and logistical support for the teams testing water quality at the 12 northernmost sites from Honolua Bay to Wahikuli Beach Park. Cathy lives in West Maui with her husband, Jim, who is also a Hui volunteer.