Board of Directors Bios

Board of Directors Bios

Linda Elliott

President & Center Director

Linda is the founder and driving force behind the HWC. Linda holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Biology, with over fifteen years of field work as a Wildlife Rehabilitator, Certified Oiled Wildlife Responder, and International Wildlife Responder. She has earned 40-hour HAZWOPER certification, and has accumulated over 15 years experience as an educator, supervisor and emergency response manager.

She was the Wildlife Manager for a resort-based partnership program with State and Federal wildlife agencies from 1988-1994. The program ended in 1994 with a change in ownership of the resort, and this left the state without a wildlife center.

Ms. Elliott continues to provide emergency response care when called on by the state. She has directed several rehabilitation projects for avian botulism outbreaks affecting three endangered species, including the very rare Laysan Duck newly established on Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, and several species of migratory water bird in the archipelago, and all of the Hawai‘i wildlife responses for four oil spills and one chemical spill in the last decade. During this time, Ms. Elliott has been and continues to be a leading member of an international wildlife emergency response team participating in eighteen international rescue operations to date. She is also the only oiled-wildlife rehabilitation manager in the State of Hawai‘i.

Ms. Elliott works on wildlife recovery and conservation projects in partnerships with Hawai‘i government agencies and nonprofits. She participated in a half-dozen Hawai‘i wildlife conservation projects in 2010 that include teaching wildlife response courses to the Wildlife Agencies throughout Hawai‘i, and in Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands


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Gale is an author, speaker, trainer and mentor, corporate consultant and International Business coach.

Gale’s journey into entrepreneurship began when she created a successful product line under the name of Tutu Nene and created unique retail boutiques with the focus on handmade products made in Hawaii.  For the last 15 years she has worked in the direct sales industry empowering women in top leadership positions helping them build successful and profitable businesses.

She is Owner and founder of a company dedicated to coaching and training leaders in direct sales around the world.   She is a published writer in the direct sales industry, co-authoring “Build it Big”, “Direct Selling Power” and “Coach NOW” and many training articles, programs and e-books.

Gale is the author of three children’s books.  “Tales of Tutu Nene & Nele”,  “Guava Bear” and “Jewel in the Forest.”  Gale is a dual citizen of Australia and the United States.  She lives on the Big Island of Hawaii where she writes and offers leadership training and coaching programs.

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Board Chair, Secretary

Shane has extensive experience in project management, budgeting and marketing. He is currently on staff at Maryl Construction and has been taking charge to on the Ho‘opulama Science and Discovery Center exhibit fabrication at HWC. Shane has a strong interest in preserving environmental and biological diversity, as well as philanthropy, wildlife conservation and Hawaiian culture.

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Rebecca earned a B.A. in Environmental Studies and Communications from the University of California at Santa Barbara and a J.D. from Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College. While earning her law degree, she also earned her Environment and Natural Resource Law Certificate. Rebecca is currently an Attorney at Aloha Will & Trust, assisting with estate planning, probate, real estate transactions, business formations and transactions, and general civil litigation. Rebecca also has experience working with native populations and collaborating with a wide variety of stakeholders on natural resource protection.