Meet the many talented individuals who keep us Growing Some Good!
Executive Director Scott Lacasse joined Grow Some Good in 2019 as the Program Manager after seven years as a Garden Educator on Maui. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture and completed a Master of Science in Environmental Studies focused on Maui’s watersheds, food systems, and the communities that are dependent upon them. His vision is to apply these systemic principles to connect students to the land that supports them.
Kahului Elementary School & Wailuku Elementary School
Kat has over 25 years of experience as a professional landscape designer and contractor. She has taken courses in landscape design, irrigation, native plant identification, and small business practices. Kat has been working with Grow Some Good as a Garden Coordinator since 2017. She quickly became an integral part of her community and can easily rally an army to volunteer in her school gardens. Kat has a Certificate in Aromatherapy and is a lover of ocean-based activities.
Pu’u Kukui Elementary School
Cynthia has B.A. Degree in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Production. She started working with Grow Some Good in 2016.
Her favorite thing about working with kids is teaching them the power of personal growth and watching them grow with their plants. Her favorite thing about gardens is how it creates a sense of community. It brings people together to work for a greater good.
Princess Nahi’ena’ena Elementary School
Bradley was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois and moved to West Maui in July of 2010. The son of a teacher and coach, education and athletics have been a part of his life since his youth. He was an elite swimmer and water polo player in Illinois, so moving to an island home was a natural fit. He graduated from Northeastern Illinois University with a major in Education and a minor in Math and Science Concepts for Middle School Instruction. This is his eighth year in education in West Maui having taught science at both Sacred Hearts School and Lahainaluna High School and previously being a garden coordinator at Lahaina Intermediate and Maui Preparatory Academy. This is his ninth season as the Head Coach of the Lahainaluna Water Polo team having earned MIL Coach of the Year recognition in 2013, 2014, and 2015.
His passion for organic gardening/farming, local food security and incorporating health and wellness into education began while at Sacred Hearts, where he created his first organic school garden. He was trained by the Ku Aina Pa School Garden Teacher Training Program based in Waimea, Hawaii and also at the Farm as School, Food as Medicine Institute, a biodynamic farm in Pauuilo, Hawaii. Bradley is excited to a part of the Grow Some Good family and continuing the important work of teaching West Maui students about growing food and establishing lifelong healthy habits.
King Kamehameha III Elementary and Makawao Elementary
Sophia holds a degree in Sustainability Studies with an emphasis in Permaculture Design. She is a graduate of the National Outdoor Leader School in Patagonia, Chile and has an appreciation for herbal medicine. While in college she had an internship at an Environmental Education Center and realized that there was a way to combine her passion for children, farming, and the environment.
Kahului Elementary and Waiheʻe Elementary
Amber grew up in the Redwood forests of Northern California where her love of the outdoors began. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Education which allowed her to combine her passion for sharing knowledge and her desire to be out in nature. She went on to work for seven years at the Catalina Environmental Leadership Program where she had the opportunity to manage their garden space and oversee the curriculum for their organic garden and composting program. It was there that Amber realized her true passion was in teaching youth about gardening and sustainability.
As a Garden Coordinator for Grow Some Good, Amber is excited to continue sharing her love of plants and the garden ecosystem with her students.
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
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 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.
In addition to our own staff we support many garden coordinators, agriculture instructors and teachers who are growing food on their schools campus.
If you have question about our team, schools or program, please contact us at 808-215-9228.