Ph.D., Agricultural Economics, Texas A&M University, 1982
M.S., Economics, Montana State University, 1978
B.S., Magna Cum Laude, Business, Montana State University, 1976
| Professional Academic Experience
Community Economic Development Specialist, 1983 – Present
University of Hawaii at Manoa, College of Tropical Agriculture and
Develop curriculum and provide formal and informal education;
conduct and deliver applied research to the community. Subjects
are entrepreneurship, resource management, business management,
sustainable development, and human resource development, including
strategic planning, leadership, capacity building and personal financial
management. Accomplishments include:
- Authored or co-authored, produced, and edited nearly
200 journal articles, books, book chapters, workbooks, fact sheets
and other publications, as well as videos.
- Organized or co-organized, and presented more than 150 conferences,
short courses, workshops, meetings, and seminars on a variety
of community economic development issues in locations across
Hawaii; clients include government agencies, businesses, community
associations and non-profit organizations.
- Taught undergraduate and graduate courses, including Introduction
Methods, Introductory Economics, Agricultural Systems Analysis,
Marketing Agricultural Products, Management in Agribusiness,
Agricultural Accounting & Financial Analysis, and Community
Economic Development. Serve as affiliate faculty in Department
of Urban and Regional Planning, School of Social Science. Certified
Trainer of Mini-Society, an experienced-based system to teach
8-12 year-olds about entrepreneurship.
- Secured over $1.5 million in grants as principal investigator,
co-principal investigator, or collaborator on a variety of extension
and research projects.
- Provided professional assistance to government agencies, professional
associations,community groups, businesses, non-profit organizations
and university faculty in Hawaii,throughout the rest of the
Nation and in countries around the world. Approved for the Fulbright
Senior Specialists Roster.
Visiting Scholar, 2005
National School of Agriculture, Meknes Morocco
Agribusiness Development Specialist, 2000
Determined the feasibility of promotional programs for Moroccan agricultural products and examined possibilities for generic publicity of Moroccan agricultural commodities. Worked with Dr. Ali Abidar at the National School of Agriculture as a Fulbright Senior Specialist.
Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service and the
Rural Business Cooperative Service, United States Department of Agriculture
Member of 4-person team working on project funded by
U.S. Agency for InternationalDevelopment in cooperation with South
Africa’s National Department of Agriculture and AFRICARE.
Developed a “train the trainer” curricula for extension
educators and piloted the curricula in the rural areas of Msinga
and Nebo, South Africa. Highest anking candidate for the team from
a nationwide pool of 64 applicants.
Department Chair, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics,
Administered a unit with research, extension and instructional
programs, including a graduate program, an undergraduate program
and three large UHM service courses. Managed 14 faculty in five
locations and an office staff of four. Significantly upgraded departmental
infrastructure and produced the first departmental accomplishment
Graduate Program Chair, Dept. of Agricultural and Resource Economics,
Administered graduate program, including
departmental research assistants and teaching assistants. Streamlined
the program in response to a decline in resources. Received unanimous
rankings of “highest satisfaction” from students in
response to a 1999 program evaluation assessing her performance as
Graduate Chair. Received student nomination for CTAHR’s mentoring
award in recognition of outstanding support of student learning
and was selected for Ka Pouhana Award, 2000.
Served as a consultant for a variety of clients, including
businesses, government agencies
and non-profit organizations. Complete list available upon request.
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