© 2017 by Common Ground Collective.

Our team

The CGC Board

President

Ananda Stone

Ananda has been a Maui resident for 29 years. She served as the project manager for Maui Reef Fund, helping achieve goals to promote environmentally sustainable marine tourism. She became the secretary for the Save Honolua Coalition in 2010, is currently the vice chair of the Napili Community Garden, a long standing member of the Maui Nui Marine Resource Council and currently QUAPP certified for Hui O Ka Wai Ola.  She earned a BAS in Sustainable Science Management and was the recipient of the Sustainable Science Management Student of the Year and Green Student Leader award for 2017. She was also awarded the Sierra Club’s Malama Kahakai in recognition for her years of work to protect our shorelines and public access. She continues to dedicate herself to helping create better management and planning for Maui’s sustainable future, from maka to makai.

Vice-President/ Co-Founder

Terese Masters

 

Terese graduated with her degree in Sustainable Science Management and has worked in  law and politics here in Maui. She is on the boards of Maui Tomorrow and HFUU the Haleakala Chapter. She is incredibly intelligent researcher who is passionate about helping her community and the environment. She devotes much of her free time to learning about subjects that can help improve her surroundings and volunteers for various organizations throughout the island.

Treasurer

Yvette Celiz

Yvette is a Maui-born, Lahaina resident, a graduate from Lahainaluna High School. She has experience working in Human Resources, Payroll, and Accounting in the manufacturing, sales, hospitality, and tourism industries. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in Business with a focus in HR Management, as well as a Master of Business Administration at Western Governors University. Yvette is passionate about civic engagement, environmental and cultural conservation, civil rights and social liberties, sustainable development, and finding ways to have a meaningful and positive impact in her community. In addition to serving as Board Treasurer, she currently serves on the Maui County Cultural Resources Commission and the West Maui Community Plan Advisory Committee. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, volunteering, traveling, paddling, learning new things, playing musical instruments, and spending time with her senior rescue dog.

Secretary

Farron Cabral

Farron is a Maui native who spent most of her life on island. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Hawaii in West Oahu and her CPA license in the state of Hawaii, not in public practice. She has worked for various local companies, managing their books and has also worked for a local CPA firm and is currently employed at Maui Electric as a Budget Analyst and System Administrator. In 2014, Farron and her husband took over Cabrals Ranch from his Grandpa. She is an active partner and serves as treasurer. She is very proud to be a part of this 3rd generation ranch, not only because they are carrying on the late Stephen Cabral’s legacy but also because they are continually looking for ways to be good stewards of the land. They are currently working with the USDA to eradicate invasive plants and replanting native plants and trees. Her passion is to help people and serve the community. She is also part of her church’s care ministry team where they take meals to families in need in our community. She is wife to a wonderful, hardworking husband and mom to two eclectic girls. When she has some down time, she loves working out, reading, hiking, and playing strategy games.

Board Member

Nicolas Timpone

Nicolas Timpone grew up on Maui and is an avid lover of the outdoors. When he is not surfing or enjoying time away in the mountains, he spends his time working at his family's company, as their sustainability consultant. He is leading the way to promote eco-friendly designs in the surfboard industry and is always looking for new and innovated ways to minimize waste and help transform the relationship between surfboard manufacturing industry and the environment. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Sustainable Science Management from the University in Hawaii and is enthusiastic about continuing to learn of ways he can help make a positive difference in both his work and personal community.

Board Member/ Cultural Advisor

Gordean Kakalia

Gordean studied Sustainable Science Management at the University of Hawaii on the island of Maui where she lives. She is well educated in the Hawaiian history and culture and uses that knowledge to bridge gaps between modern science and traditional knowledge. She is a steward for the land and natural resources who strives to bring community resilience, and solution based outcomes together to create a more sustainable Maui.

Co-Founder/ Executive Director

Jennifer Karaca

Jennifer is the Co-founder of Common Ground Collective and graduated with her Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Sustainable Science Management from the University of Hawaii. She is a Veteran of the United States Army. After she got out of the military she worked multiple jobs while pursuing her education. She has five years of teaching experience both locally and abroad in Hawaii, Costa Rica, Turkey and Peru, including curriculum design and implementation, which has allowed her the knowledge to develop curriculum from scratch. Her education and experience in agriculture has been formal, informal and hands-ons for the last 10 years, in the areas of permaculture design, farming, gardening, integrated pest management, systems thinking and regenerative agriculture studies. Jennifer’s hospitality background provided her experience in management, scheduling, sales, marketing, event planning, and inventory. This insight has helped her see how she can incorporate local restaurants and event planners into the market stream for the goods that CGC will help gather and produce. 

Jennifer also works for Maui County as a Legislative Analyst. This position has helped her develop incredible insight for the gaps in the local food system at the County and State level. To gain knowledge about local, state and federal regulation in the agricultural sector. It has also afforded her the opportunity to develop community building skills and develop an extensive network of relationships with community organizations on the island of Maui, as well as throughout the State. She is using these relationships, her past work experience, educational background and her perspicacity from living abroad to identify patterns that negatively affect her community to engineer change. She is passionate about helping others and creating thriving, sustainable communities through food, education, and the arts.

 

Foster Farming Project Manager

Ivan Mande

Ivan graduated from the GoFarm Hawaii program at University of Hawaii Maui College, with a few Professional Sustainable Crop Management certifications. His love for the outdoors and to give back to his home Maui and his community, is his passion. His previous career paths took him into the worlds of masonry and hospitality. He grew up on Kauai, and moved to Maui when he was 10. Ivan is also a father, who is passionate about food security and creating a better future for our island community. When he’s not farming, he’s surfing or helping out with his son’s baseball teams.

 

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