Christine Brammer – Executive & Program Director
Christine Brammer is new to the position of Executive & Program Director for the Agricultural Leadership Foundation of Hawai‘i (ALFH). Prior to her appointment as Executive and Program Director, Christine supported ALFH as an independent contractor providing leadership and professional expertise in the development and delivery of the 2017 Hawai‘i Agriculture Conference and the delivery of an ALFH Youth Program benefiting FFA students. As a former independent business owner and also a project manager for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Christine brings with her 17+ years of experience in planning, development, implementation, and communication of a range of programs. Christine is excited to join the team and looks forward to making the ALP Class XVI a great success!
Pauline Sato – Program Director
Born and raised in Hawai`i, Pauline Sato has always held a passion for protecting Hawaii’s environment. For more than 25 years, she has worked with various organizations such as the Bishop Museum, The Nature Conservancy, Mālama Hawai’i, and Mālama Learning Center in positions incorporating education, community outreach, internships, voyaging, and natural resources conservation.
She writes, “My foundation in environmental education, particularly about Hawaii’s environment, allows me to see the ‘big picture’ about the issues we face as island people and the solutions we must seek. Although my background is in conservation and I am not an agricultural expert, I see the close connections between agriculture and conservation and strive to build stronger relationships between the two. I have learned so much already from my experiences with Classes XIII and XIV. Donna Ching trained me well and I am elated that she will be rejoining our training team along with Peter Adler. Together, we will set the foundation for an exemplary program.”
Peter Adler – Leadership Trainer
Peter S. Adler, PhD is a planner, mediator, facilitator and a principal in ACCORD3.0, a professional network of people specializing in foresight, strategy, and cooperative trouble-shooting. Adler has worked in the government, business and the NGO sectors and teaches advanced negotiation courses in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Hawaiʻi. Prior executive experience includes nine years as President and CEO of The Keystone Center (www.keystone.org), Executive Director of the Hawaiʻi Justice Foundation, and founding Director of the Hawaiʻi Supreme Court’s Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution. He is the author of three books and numerous academic and popular articles and lives and works in Hawaiʻi.
He writes, “At a time when food security, pesticide use, GMO and water supply are all politically and scientifically controversial, we need a new cadre of farmers who can bring skills, talents and collaborative outlooks to the work of feeding people. The Agricultural Leadership Program is at the center of that effort. It is an exceptionally fine program and I am delighted to be affiliated with it.”
Donna Ching – Leadership Trainer
Donna’s area of expertise focuses on leadership, group process, facilitation, collaboration, and strategic planning. She has developed workshops in all of these topics, but is best known for her publications and videos on facilitation and strategic planning. Thousands of participants in Hawaiʻi and across the Pacific have taken her workshops. Throughout her career, she has also facilitated meetings for non-profit, for-profit, and community organizations especially in strategic planning. For 25 years, she coordinated the statewide agricultural and rural community leadership program sponsored by ALFH.
Donna looks forward to rejoining the ALFH team by providing her workshop in facilitation skills to enhance participants’ abilities to lead collaboratively. She states, “Old models of leadership have been replaced with contemporary leadership structures that engage team members in collectively making decisions that determine group priorities. These leadership structures epitomize a democratic ideal where significant effort is made to hear the opinions of all group members. Skills are required to facilitate these group discussions so they result in alignment between team members and enable the group to achieve its goals while successfully addressing the needs of individual members.”
Additional Leadership Trainers To Be Determined