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.

Elisabeth Beagle, Food Safety Specialist  

Following years of farm management experience, Elisabeth is familiar with GAP, GMP, and HACCP, as well as food safety requirements for manufactured foods. Previously the farm manager at Holoholo Farm, a diversified vegetable farm in Haleiwa, she moved to Hawaii after owning and operating two production farms in California. She has worked with farmers across the island through CSA and farm stand aggregation efforts.

Laycie Love, Creative Development Specialist 

Laycie is the owner and operator of a marketing and property management services consulting company. Her web development and social media work involves delivery of imagery and video via the Internet. Laycie is responsible for developing all online and print content and meeting planning and execution. She will lead our video production effort and will research and make recommendations on the selection and implementation of the e-learning platform.

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