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 Nugent has served as the Food Safety Specialist for North Shore EVP since May of 2019. Upon joining the team she has supported the development and implementation of the Group GAP program, and led efforts to create a regional food hub on the North Shore of Oahu. Lily gained inspiration for the regional supply chain during her time at the Western Unites States Trade Association, at the State of Hawaii DOA, where she recruited, coordinated, and supported local producers, by facilitating international and domestic trade events. After conducting global market research of agriculture trends, and perusing trade leads to support the WUSATA Market Access Program (MAP), Lily became inspired to look more closely at her own regional food economy and dedicated herself to the support of local producers reaching regional markets. Previously, Lily worked at AgriLogic Consulting LLC, while receiving her BS in Natural Resources and Environmental Management from the University of Hawaii, at Manoa.

Francesca Scola, Intern

Francesca Scola joined North Shore EVP as an intern in July 2020. After completing her final semester of college at University of Hawai’i at Mānoa in May 2020, she received a BA from Oberlin College in environmental studies with concentrations in food systems and sustainable agriculture. Francesca’s love of agriculture began during high school, when she worked summers at Blue Heron Organic Farm in Lincoln, Massachusetts. Her interest in agriculture and regional supply chains was continued by a summer in central Nepal, where she had an opportunity to study local agricultural practices, and a semester in Thailand studying sustainable agriculture and the regions food systems. Francesca continued her work in Thailand through an internship with GreenNet Organic Center outside of Chiang Mai, where she worked with a local seed bank and MeaTha Organic an agricultural cooperative.

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]