Global Leadership and Sustainable Development

Our students and what they are doing now...

David Walfish

David Walfish

Undergraduate Studies:
B.S. Biology, Williams College

Born and raised in Hawaii, David grew up intimately aware of the challenges that island territories and nations face. He has raised fish his whole life and has worked on improving sustainable food production and food security in Hawaii for the past eight years. David has designed, constructed, and operated aquaculture and aquaponics systems throughout the Pacific. He serves on the Hawaii Aquaculture and Aquaponics Association Board of Directors. He is experienced in fundraising for non-profit organizations and grant writing for businesses. He is a student at Hawaii Pacific University in the Global Leadership and Sustainable Development Program and is also a high school coach, mentor, and former teacher. David is a connector who has recruited and led numerous teams in non-profit and for-profit work. He hopes to use his background in aquaponicsand his team-building skills to create solutions to health, self-sufficiency, and food security problems in the Pacific and around the world.

Amy Schwab


Amy Schwab
Undergraduate Studies:

B.S. in Business with minors in Communications and International Studies, Virginia Tech

Originally from Washington, DC, Amy moved to Hawaii the summer of 2011. She is a seasoned communications professional, currently working as an intern at the Department of Land and Natural Resources. Concurrently she's working on her masters degree in Global Leadership and Sustainable Development. Her goal is to help local communities, business and government to grow in a mutually beneficial manner while protecting earth's finite resources. Amy's passions are traveling, exploring new cultures, the ocean and photography.

Philip V.

Philip Vanderhoofven 
Undergraduate Studies:
B.S. Interdisciplinary Studies of Architectural Design, Old Dominion University
Philip was recently hired by American Income Life and is studying for the State Insurance Exam. He passed the LEED Green Associate Exam in June. He volunteers as a board member on the Kailua Urban Design Task Force. With KUDTF, he is involved with hosting "Smart Growth for Coastal and Waterfront Communities" which is a seminar in conjunction with UH Sea Grant, E.P.A., and N.O.A.A. He was also involved with welcoming "Complete Streets" to Hawaii. With a background in environmental design, Philip has been studying decentralized urban agriculture systems as the key solution to our future challenges. He owns a small business registered as "Syrinx". The name comes from the origin of the sound you hear when you listen to a bird singing. The bird’s vocal organ is called the syrinx. This is intended as the anti-thesis to Rachel Carson's 1962 book "Silent Spring" which is credited with launching the environmental movement. Philip is building a prototype of a family sized integrated food production system in what he calls the sustainable living laboratory. Philip's work can be found at

Rob Kinslow

Robert Kinslow
Undergraduate Studies:
Associates of Technology (AT), Hagerstown Community College
                                   B.S. Aerospace Engineering, University of Maryland.

As the eldest of a large family of Native American descent, I mentor and coach youth in resilience and permaculture. Isaac Asimov once said, "a man should be able to pilot a space ship and change a diaper." That challenged me to become a farmer, filmmaker, aeronautical & geothermal engineer, social entrepreneur & community change agent. Some say, I'm a modern day renaissance man.
I regularly present sustainability thought leadership and practices to elementary schools, high net worth investors, professional and governmental organizations, community coalitions and faith communities. Recently, I was asked to participate in climate change communications mentorship training with former VP Al Gore.
The MAGLSD program is an excellent gateway to a global sustainability education. For example, last summer, I was selected as a US Department of Energy National Geothermal Academy scholar. During the 2011 summer, I was selected to participate in the Emerging Leaders Environment and Extraction program (ELEEP) in Ghana, West Africa sponsored by the US State Department. Currently, I'm working on a book articulating sustainability. I graduate in 2012 and look forward to contributing on global leadership level.

Chris Barzman

Chris Barzman
Origins: Lake Forest, California

Undergraduate Studies: B.S. Integrated Marketing Communications, San Diego State University

Chris is a R.I.S.E. (Rewarding Internship in Sustainable Employment) Intern at the Hawai`i State Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism (DBEDT).  Chris works with Hawaii's Green Business Program which seeks to assist and recognize businesses that operate in an environmentally responsible way. The program helps businesses to go beyond compliance to conserve energy, water and other resources, and to reduce pollution and waste.  Chris has studied abroad at Oxford University, England, Deakin University, Australia & Sungkyunkwan University, and South Korea.

Tara Zirker

Tara Zirker
Origins: Idaho Falls, Idaho

Undergraduate Studies: Political Science, Boise State University

Tara is a writer and social media strategist specializing in sustainability topics and campaigns. Her work can be found in publications such as Honolulu Magazine, Hawai`i Business Magazine, Green: Hawaii's Sustainable Living Magazine, and more. Tara’s work can be found at

Linh Do

Linh Do
Origins: Modesto, California

Undergraduate Studies: Geography with a concentration in Environmental Studies, University of California, Los Angeles

Linh is a Renewable Energy Permitting Intern with R.I.S.E. (Rewarding Internship in Sustainable Employment).  Linh sits on the Clean Air Branch at the Department of Health, and is also a member of WIRE (Women In Renewable Energy).  Linh’s R.I.S.E. internship profile can be found at:

Stephanie Samaniego

Stephanie Samaniego
Origins: Dallas, Texas

Undergraduate Studies: B.A. in Liberal Arts, Soka University of America

Stephanie is a communications intern at the City and County of Honolulu Board of Water Supply


Jason Allison
Origins: From Utah

Undergraduate Studies: Political Science and History at Weber State University, Utah 

Jason is currently working as the ReStore Manager at Honolulu Habitat for Humanity located in Downtown Honolulu. ReStore takes donated new and used household, construction, business, and commercial items and recycles them back into the community by reselling them at a discounted rate.   ReStore then uses that money to help fund Habitat's mission of providing simple, decent and affordable homes for low-income families. 



Kimo Carvalho
Origins: Hawaii

Undergraduate: Biology at Tulane University, New Orleans LA  

Kimo is the Field Director for MVNP; a communications agency contracted to manage the Hawaii State Energy Office and Hawaii Energy’s communications in the areas of communications consulting, public relations, and outreach.

Through his work, Kimo assists Hawaii residents and businesses in becoming energy efficient to save money on high energy costs, help the State of Hawaii to reduce its dependence on imported foreign oil, and help achieve Hawaii’s clean energy goal of 70% by 2030.

Kimo has successfully helped statewide hospitality sectors, local residents, and small businesses better understand how to engage in energy efficiency, and are actively driving oil reduction through its communication channels and programs.

By taking energy efficient measures, Hawaii state residents, business owners and managers are now seeing positive outcomes through decreased operating costs, increase in consumer demand, a competitive advantage, and a more sustainable lifestyle through clean energy actions and behaviors.