Wai Lee – Executive Director
Wai Lee is the Executive Director of Smart Trees Pacific and has been with the organization since 2008. He was the project manager for both Urban Tree Canopy Assessment studies and the Kailua Water Quality rain garden project at American Saving Bank and was a part of the research team looking at the effects before and after the installment of the rain garden. He has also worked as a Citizen Forester since the project’s formation in 2016.
Wai earned his BS, MBA and Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts.
Shannon Noelle Rivera- Project Consultant
Shannon Noelle Rivera is a staff Project Consultant at Smart Trees Pacific working closely with the Kaulunani Urban and Community Forestry Program. She is a coordinator for the award-winning Citizen Forester Program and manages the state of Hawaii’s Tree City USA program. Focused on conservation, Shannon is interested in the connections between wildlife and our urban ʻāina. She sits on the board for Society for Conservation Biology Oceania working within Polynesia, Melanesia, Micronesia and Australasia; and is a founding and current board member for the Society’s Hawaiʻi Chapter.
Shannon holds a Master of Science from the University of Winchester where her research focused on illegal wildlife trade, and two B.A.s from University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa in Environmental Studies and Gender & Conflict Resolution, respectively; with minors in Zoology, Peace Studies, and Dance. Her undergraduate research was with the Hawaiʻi Wildlife Ecology Lab within the Natural Resource and Environmental Management Department examining the conservation management practice of assisted colonization.
Kate Wiechmann – Project Consultant
Rachael Cleveland- Project Consultant
Rachael Cleveland is a staff Project Consultant at Smart Trees Pacific. She started with Smart Trees Pacific in 2016 during an internship where she focused on assisting the Citizen Forester Program. Following her interests in urban forestry, Rachael joined the team after graduation in 2018. Her previous experience includes wetland restoration work, wildland fire dispatching, and laboratory research.
Rachael holds a B.S. in Environmental Science with a concentration in Life Sciences and a minor in Biology from the University of Oregon where she graduated with departmental honors due to her undergraduate research in biogeochemistry.
Morgan Luongo- Project Consultant
Morgan Luongo is a staff Project Consultant at Smart Trees Pacific and a coordinator for the award-winning Citizen Forester Program. She started as a Citizen Forester volunteer with the Kaneohe group in June 2019, and then continued with the program in a year-long internship. Upon completing her degree in 2020, Morgan joined the STP staff as a volunteer coordinator for the Citizen Forester Program. Morgan is interested in using data collection to look at the relationship between urban communities, our changing environment, and human wellbeing. She enjoys engaging the community in learning about environmental issues and what we can do to take action.
Morgan holds a B.S. in Environmental Science from Southern New Hampshire University where she graduated with magna cum laude honors.
Jenn Clark – Administrative Support