Organizational Leadership

Kevin Kelly, President & CEO 

A marine geologist with extensive seagoing and deep submergence experience, Mr. Kelly went on to received his MBA and for the past 15 years has served as an advisor as the University of Hawai‘i’s Vice-President of Research and Innovation.  He has managed several large federal research awards from the National Science Foundation, Department of Homeland Security and NASA and has served on the boards of numerous community organizations including the Hawai‘i Science & Technology Council and the Defend O‘ahu Coalition.  He was the Chairperson of the 2013 Clusters of Opportunity project, a community-driven, economic analysis of the North Shore region focused on integrating existing assets, including people, to generate new jobs and new economic opportunities that contribute to the growth and sustainability North Sore communities while protecting the environment and preserving the overall rural character and cultural significance of the region

Lisa Rhoden, Director of Food Safety  

Melissa (Lisa) comes to NSEVP from the Hawaii Agricultural Foundation, where she managed the 220 acre Ag Park at Kunia and the Local Inside CSA program. Lisa acted as the land manager for the Hawaii Agriculture Foundation from March 2013 to July 2017, assisting farmers with good agricultural practices, pesticide safe handling and distributing produce. She previously worked at Pioneer Hi Bred and the Oahu Resource Conservation & Development Council. Lisa has served on the board of the South O`ahu Soil and Water Conservation District and is a graduate of the Agriculture Leadership Program of Hawaii, Class XIV.  Lisa co-founded O`ahu Fresh, another Oahu CSA, and collaborated with GreenWheel Food Hub to establish EBT (SNAP benefits, previously food stamps) at local farmers’ markets.  Lisa moved to O`ahu in late 2005 after receiving her MSc in Environmental Science & Policy from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD.

Lily Nugent, Food Safety Specialist

Lily’s enthusiasm for education and outreach has carried her from the success of the Hawaii Targeted Stated Project at AgriLogic LLC, to her involvement at NSEVP. Her previous position with W.U.S.A.T.A. and HDOA, helped to advanced Global Connect activities and the Fund Match program, where she pursued recruitment, coordination, and managerial support for the development of domestic and international trade. In addition to her professional experience, Lily has expressed her passion for economics in research about Hawaii’s landscape service industry, where she presented “The Value of Hawaii’s Landscape Services” to a variety of audiences including news articles, symposiums, and conferences. After graduating with a B.S. in Natural Resources and Environmental Management in May 2019, Lily joined North Shore EVP to pursue the development of locally supported agriculture in the State of Hawaii. Lily’s passion for the environment and dedication to the community drive her mission to enhance the livelihoods of local residents while building healthier and more efficient agricultural systems. By providing a commitment to a strong and safe supply chain, Lily hopes to see a region bountiful with local food for local people.

Shelby Cerwonka, Intern 

Shelby is a junior at the University of Hawaii specializing in Environmental Organizing and Advocacy in the field of Natural Resources and Environmental Management. Starting in 2014, Shelby spent four years exploring different facets of animal science which led her to a small family farm in Charlotte, North Carolina. Shelby plans to use her degree to change political policy regarding environmentally friendly living and the logistical application of sustainable practices. She is currently developing a rainwater catchment and filtration system and dreams of one day starting her own global relief organization providing potable water to those suffering from water scarcity. Shelby is also the Founder of Lend a Leash HI, a charity organization that offers free dog-walking services to animals in need of exercise and stimulation in Honolulu and its surrounding areas.

Board of Directors                                  

Kevin Kelly, Chairperson
President & CEO, North Shore EVP

Milton Agader, Treasurer
Principal/Partner, Twin Bridge Farm

Jeff Scott, Director
Senior Research Scientist, Western Pacific Seeds

Ron Weidenbach, Director
Owner, Hawai‘i Fish Company[/one_half]

Advisory Board

Lisa Gibson
President, Rising Tide Economics

Larry Jefts
Owner, Sugarland Growers, Inc.

Scott McCormack
Vice-President of Real Estate, Turtle Bay Resort

John Richards
Dean, Hospitality, Business and Legal, Kapiolani Community College

Lee Sichter
Owner, Lee Sichter, LLC

Stevie Whalen
President & Director, Hawaii Agriculture Research Center