The Board of Directors continues to be deeply committed to the programs and activities of the Agriculture Leadership Foundation of Hawaii. Board terms are for four years and we have a rotation/succession plan in place to ensure effective and prepared leadership. Most board members serve on standing or ad-hoc committees. Many of the current board members are experienced in volunteer leadership roles and understand the division and lines of duty and responsibility between board and staff. Policy requires financial contribution from 100% of the board.
Mark Cummings, President, Vice President, Operations Hawaiian Earth Recycling, O‘ahu
Mark is a graduate of West Texas A&M University with a B.S. in Agronomy. Since 1983, he has worked as an agricultural production and business consultant identifying management strategies and developing operational systems for crop and livestock operations. As a member of the Hawaiian Earth Products team, Mark’s duties include conducting compost research trials and educational seminars. Class X alum.
Mark manages the Pioneer Kunia Research Center, focusing on production of corn lines for Pioneer’s plant breeders worldwide. He has a BS degree in Horticulture and an MS in Plant Breeding. His goals include fostering coexistence of multiple agricultural systems in the state, and increasing awareness and understanding of the seed industry in Hawaii. Class XIII alum.
Diane Ley, Secretary, Director, USDA-Farm Service Agency, Hawai‘i & Pacific Basin, O‘ahu
The ALFH program provided me with an exceptional set of tools with which to approach my work including the ability to see our agricultural industry with a wide-angle lens; to address our challenges in a collaborative manner; and a tremendous network of individuals who are fully committed to making a difference in our agricultural industry. Class VII alumn.
Matt Smith CPA, Treasurer, C & S CPA’s INC., Oahu
I believe that the Hawaii agricultural economy must and will continue but will be different from the past. ALFH is committed to helping shape future leaders of this vital industry that is so often taken for granted.
Luisa administers, develops, coordinates, and evaluates the CCECS personal and professional development programs for Hawaii County. She is responsible for creating and implementing courses that are consistent with community needs for the fall, spring, and summer terms; including courses that benefit individual employees as well as the organization or company they work for in order to develop new skills, energize what employees already know, gain fresh perspectives or keep up-to-date with the latest industry trends. Class XII alum.
Michelle helps to manage her family’s ranch in Ka’u on Hawaii Island. She has a Doctorate and MA in Comparative Literature and a BA in Asian Studies. She was a past president of the Hawai‘i Cattlemen’s Association and serves on the Hawai‘i Board of Agriculture. Class XIII alum.
Class VII alumn.
Born and raised on O`ahu, Sydney received a BFA in Urban & Regional Design at University of Hawai`i-Mānoa, and an MBA in Business from Chaminade College. He is part of a team that manages land by balancing educational, economic, cultural, environmental and community values in order to carry out the Kamehameha Schools mission in perpetuity. He also has been a director on the Girl Scouts Hawai‘i board and President of the Honolulu Theatre for Youth board. After designing and building his home on Kāne`ohe Bay Sydney now enjoys puttering in the yard, paddling in the bay and watching Sunday afternoon movies. Class IVX alum.
Current Partner, Matsuda-Fukuyama Farms Inc. and Kahuku Farmers Inc. , O`ahu. Class IX alum.
As an Extension Specialist in Agricultural Leadership for CTAHR, Donna coordinated the ALFH program for 25 years. While coordinating Classes III through XIII, she had the opportunity to facilitate the development of many effective leaders and was exposed to the diversity of the agricultural sector at the local and national level. She continues to contribute to the foundation as a board member and seminar presenter.
Enjoy some photos of current and past board members at work!