Our Team

Denise Hayashi Yamaguchi


Denise Yamaguchi currently serves as Executive Director for the Hawaiʻi Agricultural Foundation and also serves as the Principal of Denise Hayashi Consulting (DHC), LLC, a fundraising and governmental affairs consulting practice. Prior to founding DHC, Yamaguchi was the Director of Community Relations for NCL America where she oversaw government and community relations, particularly on the neighbor islands. From 1998 – 2005, Yamaguchi held the position of Vice President of Corporate and Public Affairs for Bishop Museum where she provided strategic direction for revenue generating operations.

Trina Nakamura


Trina Nakamura brings a decade of experience in sales, marketing, event management, implementation of fundraising campaigns, and grant writing. At HAF, she provides leadership for the execution and monitoring of a comprehensive development and marketing plan which includes special events, foundations, corporate sponsorships, and individual giving. She holds a Bachelor’s in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing and Management from the University of Hawai`i’s Shidler College of Business.

Donna Therrien


As HAF’s Director of Education, Donna brings over 30 years of public education experience. Her experience spans from classroom teacher, resource teacher, administrator to most recently, a school lead with the charter school commission. With her passion for science education, she has designed and delivered science workshops to teachers all over the world. Donna holds a Masters in Education from the University of Hawaii and has earned National Board Certification. She is a recognized leader in the best practices for face to face and blended instruction.

Liz Stanton-Barrera


Liz Stanton manages all of HAF’s education programs by coordinating teacher trainings and direct communications with school administrators, students, and other stakeholders. She received a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from George Washington University as well as a Master’s degree in Educational Foundations from the University of Hawai‘i. Prior to her tenure with HAF, she served as the Educational Programs Director for the Japan-America Society of Hawai‘i, where she gained years of experience in coordinating education programs and volunteers.

Chasity-Mae Real


Chasity-Mae Real assists with creating strategies to maintain HAF’s relations with major stakeholders and media partners. This includes assisting with campaign reporting, newsletters, events, social media—and the execution of HAF’s grants, sponsorships, and donors. In 2019, she received her Bachelor’s in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing and Management from the University of Hawai‘i’s Shidler College of Business. Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, she also supported local restaurants by providing free social media marketing and food photography via her Instagram, @chasxeats.

Cassidy Apo


Cassidy Apo is the Executive Assistant for both the Hawai‘i Agricultural Foundation (HAF) and Hawai‘i Food and Wine Festival (HFWF). Being born and raised in Hawai‘i, Cassidy attended Kamehameha Schools and later decided to venture to Lacey, Washington for college. In 2019, she received her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Management from Saint Martin’s University. Following her passion for local organizations and helping her community, Cassidy then moved back home to pursue a career in event coordination, planning, and execution.

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