Dr. Rachel Seabury Sprague
Dr. Rachel Seabury Sprague is the Director of Conservation for Pūlama Lānaʻi, the company that owns and manages 98% of the island of Lānaʻi for the major private landowner. She received her A.B. from Bowdoin College in Maine, and her Ph.D.from the University of Montana studying physiology and behavior of Laysan albatross. Rachel has worked with coastal and island wildlife for nearly 20 years, including research on seabirds from the Bay of Fundy in Canada to the main and Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, leading a release program for captive-bred endangered birds on California’s Channel Islands, and serving as the Hawaiian Monk Seal Recovery Coordinator with NOAA Fisheries. Rachel moved to Lānaʻi in 2016 to help build Pūlama Lānaʻi’s wildlife and habitat conservation programs. Rachel is the vice president of the board of the Conservation Council for Hawaiʻi, and sits on the board of directors for the Western Section of The Wildlife Society (past-president), the Hawaiʻi Chapter of The
Ms. Leialoha has had an extensive career in natural resource management that began as an intern while still attending high school at the Kamehameha Schools in the mid-1970s. As an avid surfer and hiker, she managed to turn her love for the outdoors into a commitment to protect Hawaii’s environment. My early intentions where to simply make a living hiking and camping so I could surf in isolated locations. After being told that was not possible by parents, counselors, and friends, she turned her pipe dream into reality. Attending Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, she utilized her knowledge of the ocean to study marine biology where she focused on identifying marine invertebrates. All life begins with the tiniest of creatures, and I became fascinated with the thousands of different types of organisms that inhabit our oceans.
Upon completing her science degree Ms. Leialoha was recruited by NOAA Endangered Marine Mammals Program in Honolulu, where she ventured to Laysan Atoll and French Frigate Shoals in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands long before they were designated as the PapahÄnaumokuÄkea Marine National Monument. There she worked on recovering the critically endangered Hawaiian monk seal a conservation imperative she continues to support to this day.
Lisa Hinano Rey
Lisa Hinano Rey first learned about CCH while working as a policy advocate with Marjorie Ziegler on the Environmental Caucus of the Democratic Party of Hawaii from 2008 to 2018. Hinano joined the board of directors in 2017 after serving as a volunteer at numerous CCH outreach events.
Hinano holds, a M.S in Sustainable Management and a B.S. in Natural Resource and Environmental Management with a focus on policy and cultural resource management. Hinano grew up in beautiful Kaneohe where she attended Kaneohe Elementary, King Intermediate before leaving the islands to complete High school at Lowell High in San Francisco. She later returned home to Oahu and raised her two daughters, both now alumni of UH Manoa.
Hinano’s interests include, addressing sustainable land use in island settings, watershed management, integrated environmental management, culturally responsive natural resource management, carbon sequestration, tropical agroforestry and native tropical dryland reforestation. Her major influences include time spent living on traditionally managed farmlands on Tahiti island, Moorea and Raiatea in French Polynesia, eating a traditional island diet and learning to care for the land from her Tahitian elders.
Steven Lee Montgomery, Ph.D.
Steven Lee Montgomery has been active in conservation issues in Hawai‘i since 1970, especially with CCH. As a field biologist and expert on Hawaiian entomology, he has discovered approximately 30 previously unknown insects and plants, including “killer” caterpillars, happyface spiders, and the wēkiu bug. His work has been featured in National Geographic and Hana Hou, and he uses knowledge of Hawaiian forest life to lead hikes and help CCH edit and publish wildlife education posters.
Steve served as vice-chair of the Hawai‘i Land Use Commission and as a director of the National Wildlife Federation. He also served on NWF’s International Committee, which prepared him to lead the push to host the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Honolulu in 2016.
Anne Walton is retired from NOAA/Office of National Marine Sanctuaries where she worked on marine protected areas (MPAs), both domestically and globally, for more than twenty-five years.
From 2004 through 2016, Anne was Program Manager for the NOAA/ Office of National Marine Sanctuaries’ International MPA Management Capacity Building Program. During Anne’s tenure, the program worked with MPAs in 36 countries with a portfolio that covered the following regions: Western Indian Ocean, Mediterranean, Coral Triangle, Eastern Tropical Pacific Seascape, Kiribati, SE Asia, Mexico and the APEC Training Center in Xiamen, China. Each of these multi-year programs (minimum commitment from NOAA of 3 years) offered a range of capacity development activities including training, site exchanges, site support in management planning, and mentor development program (ToT and leadership), all in marine and coastal resource management.
Prior to running the international capacity building program, Anne oversaw multi-stakeholder management planning processes for 4 of NOAA’s national marine sanctuaries on the west coast and the Hawai’ian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, as well as served as an advisor during the designation process for Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument.
Anne is continuing her work as a consultant in the Mediterranean, China and Coral Triangle (Indo-Pacific) managing both the Collaborative Leadership and Women’s Intergenerational Leadership Learning Forums for marine conservation professionals.
Anne has graduate degrees in both marine resource management, and education.
Wildlife Society, and the board of advisors of the Hawaiʻi Marine Mammal Alliance.