Hawaiʻi Public Health Institute continues to grow and we’ve been lucky to welcome new staff on Oʻahu, Maui and Big Island.
Kirsty Gallaher joins HIPHI as Communications Director. Born in Honolulu, and growing up in South Africa, Kirsty has a scientific background but has focused her career where she believes she can have the biggest impact: connecting diverse groups of people with organizations doing compelling work. She has worked for the State of Hawaiʻi for the past five years, most recently managing statewide communications for the Division of Forestry and Wildlife. Motivated by innovative ways to broaden the reach and impact of social good projects, she looks forward to continuing to communicate complex topics in the public health sector, blending scientific and creative approaches. Outside of office hours you can find her up in the mountains or pursuing her interest in photography.
Lisa DeSantis, HIPHIʻs new West Hawaiʻi Community Coordinator has been part of the Big Island community for two years. After a year’s AmeriCorps service as a food security advocate, Lisa worked as Outreach Coordinator for the Hawaiʻi Island Food Alliance and was a key member in the partnership team that developed a plan for the Kōkua Harvest gleaning project (which she now runs). She brings diverse experience with marketing, community networking, local food production and distribution, as well as a background in the coordination of food donations and waste programs with volunteers. Lisa also has an educational background in film and video production which she leverages to assist her in outreach and promotion, focusing on environmental and public health awareness issues.
Andrea Snow joins HIPHI as the Maui Coalition for Drug Free Youth Community Coordinator and is an experienced program coordinator, educator, researcher and advocate for healthy policies. Andrea is originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She began working in public health by founding a non-profit student-run restaurant on her college campus, which still serves affordable, healthy meals nine years later. Prior to joining HIPHI, Andrea coordinated FoodCorps Hawaiʻi, a statewide farm-to-school program growing healthy food at schools on Oahu, Hawaiʻi and Molokaʻi. She has worked with educators across the country to incorporate culturally relevant, restorative, garden-enhanced nutrition education in schools. Most recently, she worked at the City of Austin’s Resource Recovery Department to improve the city’s zero waste programs and policies.
A warm welcome to all of HIPHIʻs new staff, and we look forward to the collective impact our team will have in 2020!