Meet The Team

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Team Members

Catherine Spina, Teaching Change

Catherine Spina, MSc

Teaching Change Program Coordinator
​University of Hawaii at Manoa

Creighton Litton, Teaching Change

Creighton Litton, PhD

Christian Giardina, Teaching Change

Christian Giardina, PhD

Professor of Forest Ecology and Management
University of Hawaii at Manoa

Research Ecologist
Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry, Forest Service

Program Collaborators

Several programs and organizations in the community share the common goal with Teaching Change of inspiring local youth to be environmental stewards.

Teaching Change is honored to share resources and work in tandem with: 

Steve Kendall, Teaching Change
Ming Wei Koh, Teaching Change

Steve Kendall, MSc

Ming Wei Koh, PhD

 Ecoliteracy Specialist
Pacific Resources for Education & Learning

Haalau Forest NWR, Fish & Wildlife Service

  • Erika Ho'oululahui Perry, University of Hawaiʻi Hilo, PIPES Program Coordinator
  • JB Friday, PhD , University of Hawaii at Manoa, Extension Forester
  • Eben Paxton, PhD , United States Geological Survey, Research Ecologist
  • Elliott Parsons PhD , Division of Forestry & Wildlife, Puʻu Waʻawaʻa Land Manager
  • Kainana Francisco, MSc , Forest Service, Natural Resource Specialist
  • Leilā Dudley, Division of Forestry & Wildlife,  Puʻu Waʻawaʻa Outreach 
  • Lahela Camara, Division of Forestry & Wildlife, ʻImi Pono no Ka ʻAina Program Coordinator
  • Emily Leuchut, Division of Forestry & Wildlife, ʻImi Pono no Ka ʻAina, Education Associate
  • Ryan Belcher, Division of Forestry & Wildlife, Puʻu Waʻawaʻa Field Crew
  • Cheyenne Hiapo Perry, MSc, Mauna Kea Watershed Alliance , Coordinator


Since 2012, many people have helped shape the program to be the success it is today. A very honorable mahalo to:

  • Scott Laursen, Program Coordinator from 2011-2015, Co-founder
  • Colin Phifer, Co-founder
  • Anthony Novella, Program Assistant, Summer 2016
  • Aleysia Kaha, Program Assistant, 2015-2016
  • Rebecca Delimont, Program Assistant, March - August 2017
  • Keolohilani Lopes, Jr, Field Trip Assistant, University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo,Tropical Conservation Biology & Environmental Science, Partnership Program for credit, January -May 2017


  • Eben Paxton's USGS bird banding researchers at Hakalau Forest NWR
  • The Earth Fair committee over the years
  • The many teachers & chaperones who have provided formative feedback

And... most importantly, the thousands of students reached by Teaching Change

...Stay tuned, this list is growing!

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