Lacey Abercrombie

Garden Coordinator

Lokelani Intermediate and Kamaliʻi Elementary

Lacey joins Grow Some Good with a very eclectic background. Growing up in St. Louis, she loved spring, summer, and fall when she could run around outside and winter when she could practice figure skating at outdoor rinks. Lacey was a Girl Scout for 12 years, with lots of fond memories at overnight camp. Her love for children began when she was still an adolescent herself, with her Mom working as a Parent Educator and an older sister who ran a summer daycare in their backyard at the age of 11 (Lacey was one of her assistants). At age 16, Lacey put her years of figure skating practice to use and started coaching children, between her babysitting jobs. Upon getting her Bachelor’s in International Studies, she worked for 3 years at the International Institute of St. Louis, a refugee resettlement agency, which was extremely rewarding work; helping people learn specific English skills needed for citizenship and acquiring donated goods for families.

Lacey has called Maui home for the last 4 years. Upon moving to Maui with her husband for his job, her passion for the outdoors grew to one of conservation and sustainability. Therefore, she enrolled in a Sustainable Science Management course at the University of Hawaii, Maui College. Since then, she has worked for Maui Economic Opportunity (MEO) and Four Seasons Maui, trying to find a job that fits all her passions and now she finally has: Working with children of all backgrounds, learning about new cultures, protecting our planet and food sources, all while being active outside.

Laura Finkle

Garden Coordinator

Kihei Elementary

Laura grew up in the Ridge and Valley region of rural northwest New Jersey. She spent her childhood hiking the Appalachian Trail, mountain biking the woodlands, and working with her siblings in their family’s produce garden. She fell in love with nature at an early age; in turn, she has developed a deep passion for helping others to learn about and find their place in the natural world.

She has taken part in nearly a decade of experiential education, working for camps, nonprofits, outdoor science schools, and state parks across the country and island of Maui. Laura believes that outdoor education programs that surround children with the natural world and a supportive community, enable them to develop confidence, character, life skills, and simply blossom as individuals. To be part of something so meaningful and to have the opportunity to create magical experiences for young people, is what continues to drive Laura’s passion for this work.