Program Staff

Clay Trauernicht

PFX Principal Investigator, Fire and Ecosystems Specialist, University of Hawai`i, College of Tropical and Human Resources

Clay Trauernicht, UH Mānoa

Elizabeth Pickett

Executive Co-Director, Hawai`i Wildfire Management Organization

Elizabeth Pickett, HWMO

Melissa Chimera

PFX Coordinator, Hawai`i Wildfire Management Organization

Melissa Chimera, HWMO

Nani Barretto

Executive Co-Director, Hawai`i Wildfire Management Organization

Nani Barretto, HWMO

Steering Committee

The PFX Steering Committee is the governing body of the consortium. The Steering Committee operates with the single goal of representing end-user needs.  The consortium of fire practitioners represented by the PFX spans a large geographic area, with a wide diversity of wildfire issues and approaches to management. The Steering Committee members will reflect the diverse fire community in the Pacific Island Region and ensure compliance with the Joint Fire Science Program's guiding principles and PFX objectives.

Christine Fejeran

Forestery Division Chief, Guam Department of Agriculture

Christine Fejeran

Creighton Litton

Professor of Forest Ecology and Management, University of Hawai`i at Mānoa, Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management

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Darwin Okinaka

Assistant Fire Chief of Operations, Hawai‘i County Fire Department

Darwin Okinaka

David Kurohara

Business and Community Consultant, Hawaiian Electric

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Eric Moller

Deputy Fire Chief, Hawai’i Fire Department

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Greg Funderburk

Fire Management Officer, Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park

Greg Funderburk

James B. Friday

Extension Forester, University of Hawai`i Cooperative Extension Service

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Kim Burnett

Economist, University of Hawaiʻi Economic Research Organization

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Lisa Gollin

Adjunct Faculty, University of Hawaiʻi, Anthropology Department

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Michael Walker

Fire Protection Forester, Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Forestry and Wildlife

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Susan Cordell

Director, Institute of Pacific Island Forestry, U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service

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Willie Rice

Operations Manager, Kealakekua Mountain Reserve, dōTERRA

WILLIE RICE IS A FORESTER AT FOREST SOLUTIONS, INC., A PRIVATE CONSULTING COMPANY MANAGING OVER 150,000 ACRES OF LAND ON HAWAI‘I ISLAND.

Founding Partners

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Hawaii Wildfire Management Organization

The Hawaii Wildfire Management Organization works with communities across Hawaii on wildfire prevention, mitigation, and planning activities in the Hawaii-Pacific region through proactive, collaborative, and forward-thinking projects.

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University of Hawai’i at Mānoa

The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa's College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources creates and delivers knowledge that supports and strengthens families, agricultural and food systems, and the natural environment. We educate and serve the people of Hawaii and those from around the world with integrity and excellence.

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USDA Forest Service Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's IPIF is dedicated to Pacific Island research, education, and demonstration. IPIF provides scientific and technical information needed to restore, conserve, and sustain tropical forests and wetlands of the Pacific.