Work History

Work History
Feb 2008 - Present

Farm Food Safety Coach

University of Hawaii at Manoa, College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources

Train farmers and processors in preparing for a third party audit that may allow them to achieve food safety certification by coaching on Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs). Conduct island-wide, one-on-one coaching with farmers to facilitate the development of their standard operating procedures on their farms. Sample and analyze water and produce on farms before system has been put in place, and after audit, to see if best practices are having a measurable impact on contamination levels. Collaborate with Hawai’i Department of Agriculture, Department of Health, and Hawai’i Farm Bureau to develop appropriate recommendations regarding farm food safety protocols and Hawai’i statues. Develop appropriate media and tools to educate agricultural professionals about GAPs/GMPs.

May 2003 - Jun 2013

Assistant Water Quality Coordinator

University of Hawaii at Manoa, College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources

Coordinated a federally-funded pollution risk assessment and public education project. Provided local leadership of a $2,300,000 four-year USDA-sponsored national program under the direction of a state coordinator and a principle investigator.  Produced and delivered water quality and pollution assessment education materials through workshops, trainings, public presentations, and electronic media. Assisted colleagues in the program in developing their materials, including editing for scientific content and educational effectiveness. Wrote and submitted grant proposals to the funding agency and project reports evaluating work accomplished. Provided administrative support for CTAHR water quality extension program throughout the southwestern states and U.S. affiliated Pacific territories, including coordinating bi-annual meetings. Developed and maintained project website.

Jan 1999 - Aug 2003

Educational Specialist II

University of Hawaii at Manoa, College of Tropical Agricutlure and Human Resources

Assisted the Agricultural Development in the American Pacific project in coordinating their research, extension, and instructional programs. Provided education and management services for the 5 Pacific Land Grant Institutions by: coordinating workshops, conferences and tours, and developing and updating publications and instructional materials. Assisted the Diversified Agriculture project in developing instructional materials and curriculum, coordinating and conducting farm tours to California, handling the promotion of these events, and acting as a liaison between the College and the public and private sector.

Nov 1997 - Dec 1998

Educational Specialist II

Secretariat for Conservation Biology

Provided guidance and services to Hawaii’s natural resource managers including: developing and producing a series of management guides; coordinating a series of training workshops; developing a clearinghouse of conservation science information on the Internet; and assisting with the organization and running of the annual Hawai’i Conservation Conference.

Education

Education

Publications

Tunison, J.T., L.F. Castro, and R.L. Loh. 1993. Myrica faya die-back in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park and vicinity: distribution, demography, and associated ecological factors. U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, Mauna Loa Field Research Station.Hollyer, James et. al., Hawaiian Islands Air Cargo Resource Book: 1999-2000. 1999. College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources. University of Hawai’i at Manoa.Hollyer, James, Luisa Castro, Cathy Salgado, Linda J. Cox, Aurora Hodgson, Wayne Thom, Carol Yurth, Peter Kam, and Milton Kwok. 2000. Some Costs and Considerations for Establishing an Entrepreneurial Community Shared-Use Kitchen or “Test-Kitchen Incubator.” College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, Food Safety and Technology No. 2, Honolulu, Hawai’i, 15 pp.Castro, Luisa F. and James Hollyer. 2001. Marketing Education Short Course: An Instructional Manual. ADAP Project. University of Hawai’i at Manoa.Hollyer, James, Luisa Castro, Dale Evans, Richard Criley, Edwin Mersino, Margaret Parks, Eileen Herring, Puanani Anderson-Fung, Greg Koob, Ken Leonhardt, Bill Char, Glenn Teves, Linda Cox, Kathleen Fetters, Laurie Shimizu Ide, Kepa Maly, Kerin Lilleeng-Rosenberger, Desmond Ogata, Dick Tsuda, Maile Sakamoto, Richard Nakagawa, Kelvin Sewake, Jamie Lucido, James Tavares, Priscilla Millen, Dave Manu Bird, David Hensley, Heidi Bornhorst, Beatrice Krauss, Marshall Johnson, John Obata, Roxanne Adams, Winston Morton, Susan Matsushima, Deborah Ward, Carol Chun, John Halloran, Ginny Meade, Janice Uchida, Scot Mitamura, Ken Rohrbach, Clark Hashimoto, Marian Leong, Philip Thomas, Sam Gon III, Pamela Shingaki, Irmalee Pomroy, and Marie McDonald. 2002. Growing Plants for Hawaiian Lei: 85 Plants for Gardens, Conservation, and Business. College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, University of Hawai’i at Manoa, Honolulu, Hawai’i. 263 pages.Safe Produce Poster: Good Agricultural Practices, Healthy Employees, Clean Environment. 2002. College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources. University of Hawai’i at Manoa. FST-7.Motooka, Philip; Luisa Castro; Duane Nelson; Guy Nagai and Lincoln Ching. 2003 Weeds of Pastures and Natural Areas of Hawai’i and Their Management. College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources. University of Hawai’i at Manoa.Swine Waste Management for Pacific Islands. 2003. ADAP Project 2001-1 through 2001-10.Evensen, Carl and Luisa Castro. 2004. Regional Water Quality Extension in the US Pacific Islands. Poster presented at the 4th Natural Resource Extension Professionals Conference’s Program Poster Session, May16–19, 2004.Castro, Luisa. September 2005. Water Issues in Hawai’i: A Survey of Public Attitudes. College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources. University of Hawai’i at Manoa. Water Issues WI-2.Castro, Luisa. September 2005. Beaches, Shorelines, Coastal Waters Get Mixed Reviews. Southwest States and Pacific Islands Regional Water Program. USDA Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service. HPIW001.Castro, Luisa. September 2005. Water Issues are a High Priority in the Pacific. Southwest States and Pacific Islands Regional Water Program. USDA Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service. HPIW002.Castro, Luisa. September 2005. Pollutants Suspected of Affecting Water Quality. Southwest States and Pacific Islands Regional Water Program. USDA Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service. HPIW003.Castro, Luisa. September 2005. Drinking Water Trends in the Pacific. Southwest States and Pacific Islands Regional Water Program. USDA Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service. HPIW004.Smith, Jody and Luisa F. Castro. July 2007. Conservation System Guides for Pacific Basin Beginning and Limited Resource Farmers and Ranchers (15 Fact Sheets for NRCS conservation practices and 5 narrated Flash presentations).Keala, Graydon “Buddy”, James R. Hollyer, Luisa Castro. 2007. Loko I’a: A Manual on Hawaiian Fishpond Restoration and Management. College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, University of Hawai’i at Manoa, Honolulu, Hawai’i. 74 pages.Sabaldica, Alan, Lawerence Duponcheel, Carl Evensen, Leilanie Recheluul, Luisa Castro. 2008. Dry Litter Management System for Small-scale Piggery in the Western Pacific. Poster for the USDA Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service National Conference. Reno, Nevada.Fukumoto, Glen, Carl Evensen, Luisa Castro. April 2008. Livestock producers' nutrient management planner guidebook; A waste management planning guide for Pacific island livestock producers. College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, University of Hawai’i at Manoa, Honolulu, Hawai’i. AWM-4, 15 pages.Mahler, Robert L., Luisa Castro, Carl Evensen, Lawerence Duponcheel, Amlet Kalemen, Jackson Phillip, Portia Franz, and Kristel van Houte-Howes. June 2008. Priority Water Issues in the Six Pacific Island Entities Having a Governmental Association with the USA.Published in  Water International, Volume 33, Issue 2 , pages 162 - 174.

Hollyer, James, Luisa Castro, Albert Louie, Lynn Nakamura-Tengan, Vanessa Troegner. 2009.  Pest Management Systems to Control Rodents in and around Packing Sheds.  Food Safety and Technology, no. 34, College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, University of Hawaii at Manoa.  2pp.Hollyer, James, Luisa F. Castro, Lynn Nakamura-Tengan, and Albert Louie. 2009.  Best On-Farm Food Safety Practices: Documenting Trace-Back and Trace-Forward of Harvested Produce.  Food Safety and Technology, no. 36, College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, University of Hawaii at Manoa.  2pp.

Nakamura-Tengan, Lynn, Jim Hollyer, Luisa Castro, Vanessa Troegner. June 2009. On-farm food safety: Questions growers frequently ask. College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii. FST-37, 4pp.

Hollyer, Jim, Clyde Tamaru, Allen Riggs, RuthEllen Klinger-Bowen, Robert Howerton, Darren Okimoto, Luisa Castro, Tetsuzan 'Benny' Ron, Kai Fox, Vanessa Troegner, Glenn Martinez. June 2009. On-farm food safety: Aquaponics. College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii. FST-38, 7 pp.

Hollyer, James, Vanessa A. Troegner, Robert H. Cowie, Robert G. Hollings, Lynn C. Nakamura-Tengan, Luisa F. Castro, and Arlene E. Buchholz. January 2010. Best On-Farm Food Safety Practices: Reducing Risks Associated with Rat Lungworm Infection and Human Eosinophilic Meningitis. College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii. FST-39, 8 pp. Hollyer, James, Luisa F. Castro, Vanessa Troegner, Lynn C. Nakamura-Tengan, Norman Arancon. March 2011. Best Food Safety Practices for Hawaii Gardeners. College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii. FST-41, 4 pp.

Luisa F. Castro, Robert L. Mahler, Drew M. Brauer and Carl I. Evensen. August 2011. Water Issues in Hawai‘i: A Survey of Changes in Public Attitudes Over Five Years. College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii.

Brauer, Drew M., Robert L. Mahler, Luisa F. Castro, and Carl I. Evensen. April 2012. Priority Drinking Water Issues in Hawaii. Journal of Extension. Volume 50, Number 2.

Tamaru, Clyde S., Bradley Fox, Jim Hollyer, Luisa Castro, and Todd Low. 2012. Testing for Water Borne Pathogens at an Aquaponic Farm. College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources.

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PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATIONS, WORKSHOPS, CONFERENCES:

Think Out of the Field Tour I. July 2002. A 4-day tour to successful agricultural businesses in southern California. Organized by Luisa Castro and James Hollyer at the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Services.

Think Out of the Field Tour II. June 8­-12, 2003. A 4-day tour to successful agricultural businesses in northern California. Organized by Luisa Castro and James Hollyer at the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Services and by Corky Lovin at the University of California at Davis.

PowerPoint as a Powerful Tool. October 20, 2003. A presentation conducted at the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources’ Brown Bags to Excellence Series.

Impatica for PowerPoint. October 20, 2004. A Presentation conducted at the 2004 College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources’ Extension Conference “Looking to the Future.”

Survey of Public Attitudes About Water Issues in Hawaii. January 26-27, 2005. A Presentation conducted at the Hawaii Water Quality Conference 2005: Water Quality in Hawaii and Its Future.

Closing the GAP’s: Utilizing Good Agricultural Practices. 2005. A major lead in a video teaching good agricultural practices and the techniques needed to implement this program for your farm. College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources in collaboration with New Mexico State University.

PowerPoint 2003 as a Powerful Tool. August 31, 2005. A lecture and hands-on training conducted for students in NREM 605.

Voice-over for video Growing a Better Orchid. August 2005. A T-STAR Research Highlight. College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources. www2.ctahr.hawaii.edu/t-star/TSTARHilitePage.htm

Voice-over for video Turning Up the Heat. September 2005. A T-STAR Research Highlight. College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources.www2.ctahr.hawaii.edu/t-star/TSTARHilitePage.htm

Voice-over for video Coffee Under Cover. November 2005. A T-STAR Research Highlight. College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources.www2.ctahr.hawaii.edu/t-star/TSTARHilitePage.htm

PowerPoint as a Powerful Tool. November 9, 2005. A lecture for staff of the State of Hawaii’s Department of Agriculture’s Pesticide Branch.

Actor for video Animal Waste Management and Pollutant Runoff Control Project. January 2006. A joint project with the U.S. EPA and State of Hawaii Department of Health. College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources.

PowerPoint 2003 as a Powerful Tool. January 27, 2005. A lecture and hands-on training conducted for students in NREM 494.

Voice-over for video Socializing With Termites. May 2006. A T-STAR Research Highlight. College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources.www2.ctahr.hawaii.edu/t-star/TSTARHilitePage.htm

Crafting Pacific Paravets When There is No Money for Veterinarians. July 19, 2006. A presentation at the 143rd American Veterinarian Medical Association Convention. Honolulu, Hawaii.

Priority Water Issues in Hawaii and in the U.S. Affiliated Pacific Islands. January 28, 2007. A presentation at the USDA CSREES National Water Quality Conference. Savannah, Georgia.

Voice-over for 4-minute video Vog Damage on Selected Crops. January 2009.Produced byMelvin Nishina, CES, Hawaii County, TPSS. www.ctahr.hawaii.edu/site/Videos.aspx

Voice-over for 30-minute video on the Hawaii Area Wide Fruit Fly suppression program. 2009. Inter-agency effort between University of Hawaii's CTAHR, the USDA, and the Hawaii Department of Agriculture.

Food Safety Begins on the Farm. February 26, 2009. Presentation to the Hawaii Papaya Industry Association. Keaau, Hawaii

On-Farm Food Safety YOUR Opportunity for Produce Excellence. April 27, 2009. Presentation to the Hawaii Community College’s Sustainable Crop Production class. Hilo, Hawaii

On-Farm Food Safety and your Aquaponic Operation. October 12, 2010. Presentation to the Maui Master Gardener Program. Kahului, Hawaii.

On-Farm Food Safety and the Home Gardener. March 9, 2011. Presentation to the Maui Master Gardener Program. Kahului, Hawaii and April 28, 2011 to Hawaii Island Master Gardener Program. Hilo, Hawaii.

Good Agricultural Practices. September 23, 2011. Presentation at the 47th Hawaii Papaya Industry Association Conference. Hilo, Hawaii.

Best Practices for Safe Produce Handling for Backyard Growers. Presentation for the Practical Agriculture for Hamakua lecture series. November 2, 2011. Papaikou, Hawaii.

Voice-over for 12-minute training video for Good Agricultural Practices in the Farm and Garden. 2011. College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources.

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SERVICE:

Participated as an external reviewer to provide analyses and evaluation of grant proposals submitted to the National Science Foundation Grants Program held in Arlington, Virginia. 2001.

Provided meeting recording and transcription services for the Management Strategic Plan for Banana Production held in Honolulu. March 3, 2003.

Provided meeting recording and transcription services for the Pest Management Strategic Plan for Watercress Production held in Hawaii. May 25, 2004.

Taught faculty and staff how to use Impatica at the CTAHR Extension conference held in Honolulu, Hawaii. October 20, 2004.

Assisted Professor Kobayashi in creating his conference poster on Enhancing Professional Development of Graduate Students through a Scientific Writing Course. 2005.

Guest lectured NREM 701 Research Seminar students on PowerPoint Dos and Dont’s, Honolulu, Hawaii. February 17, 2005.

Guest lectured and trained NREM 605 students on PowerPoint 2003 as a Powerful Tool, Honolulu, Hawaii. August 31, 2005.

Developed an on-line exit survey for CTAHR’s Academic and Student Affairs Office to be taken by CTAHR graduating students. 2005.

Provided meeting recording and transcription services for the Pest Management Strategic Plan for Papaya Production held in Hawaii. December 2, 2005.

Provided meeting recording and transcription services for the Pest Management Strategic Plan for Macadamia Nut Production held in Hawaii. April 21, 2006.

Volunteer at “A Taste of the Hawaiian Range” Food & Agricultural Festival held inWaikaloa, Hawaii. October 6, 2006.

Provided meeting recording and transcription services for the County Administrators/ Farm Managers meeting held in Kauai, Hawaii.November 16–17, 2006.

Volunteer at “A Taste of the Hawaiian Range” Food & Agricultural Festival held in Waikaloa, Hawaii. September 28, 2007.

Peer reviewed 11 publications written by Dr. Kitt Farrell-Poe at the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension Service. November 5, 2008.

Provided meeting recording and transcription services for theCounty Administrators/ Farm Managers meeting held in Waimea, Hawaii.November 6–7, 2008.

Facilitated, recorded and transcribed notes from brainstorming session for the Maui Growing Local workshop held in Kihei, Hawaii. May 15, 2010.

Co-Organized the Hawaii Agricultural Conference AG2010. Ko‘Olina, Hawaii. September 23–24, 2010.

Helped install a rain garden at He`eia State Park in Kaneohe, Hawaii. March 25, 2011.

Provided meeting recording and transcription services for the CTAHR Extension SWOT meeting held in Waimanalo, Hawaii. April 21, 2011.

Provided meeting recording and sub-group facilitation services for a strategic planning retreat to the Department of Plant and Environmental Protection Sciences held in Honolulu, Hawaii. April 15–16, 2011.

Volunteer Auditor to the State of Hawaii Department of Health for Standard 7 in the Voluntary National Retail Food Regulatory Program Standards. January 20, 2012.

Volunteer at the 2012 Hawaii Agriculture Conference held in Honolulu, Hawaii. September 2012.

Volunteer application reviewer for the Hawaii Agricultural Leadership Program's Class XIV.

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CONTINUING EDUCATION COURSES

  • Business Writing and Grammar Skills, Rockhurst College Continuing Education Center, May 16, 2000.
  • Learning to Lead Collaboratively, College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, March 27–28, 2000.
  • Introduction to Photoshop, KW Computer Training, Inc. June 2000.
  • Telecommunication Systems & Networks, University of Hawaii, Outreach College, September 11–October 12, 2001.
  • Telecommunication and Information Services, University of Hawaii, Outreach College, October 30–November 30, 2001.
  • Introduction to Macromedia Dreamweaver, University of Hawaii, Outreach College, February 1–2, 2002.
  • Leadership Workshop – University of Hawaii, Dennis Holton.  February 2002.
  • Communications Workshop – CTAHR, Paul Axtell, March 2003.
  • Intermediate Macromedia Dreamweaver, University of Hawaii, Outreach College, October 26, 2003.
  • Fireworks Fundamentals, University of Hawaii, Outreach College, November 22–23, 2003.
  • Project WET Hawaii, Facilitator's Workshop, March 2004.
  • East West Center Changing Faces Womens’ Leadership Seminar, July 11–20, 2005.
  • Effective Project Management ­− Rockhurst College Continuing Education Center, March 13, 2006.
  • Natural Resources Communication Workshop – Sponsored by the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources, June 21–22, 2006.
  • Pesticide Risk Reduction Education Short Course – University of Hawaii, Cooperative Extension Service, April 17–19, 2007.
  • Implementing GAPs: A Key to Produce Safety – eCornell Online Course, July 2–29, 2008.
  • Facility (GMP’s) and Field (GAP’s) Auditor Training Seminar and GlobalGap Awareness Session – PrimusLabs, July 28 to August 1, 2008.
  • Facilitative Skills for Collaborative Leaders. University of Hawaii at Manoa. September 5–6, 2008.
  • Food Safety. Hawaii Department of Health, Environmental Health Services Division, February 10–11, 2009.
  • Sustainable Crop Production. Hilo Community College. January to May 2009.
  • 2010 EvAP Summer Evaluation Institute – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, August 16 to August 20, 2010.
  • Hawaii Rain Garden Workshop. Designing Landscaping For Clean Water & Healthy Reefs. University of Hawaii Sea Grant College Program and the Hawaii Coastal Zone Management Program, Honolulu, Hawaii. March 24th, 2011.
  • Facility (GMP’s) and Field (GAP’s) Auditor Re-Training Seminar and GlobalGap Awareness Session. – PrimusLabs, August 2–5, 2011.
  • Basic Course in Seafood Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point theory and practical application. Seafood HACCP Alliance, August 17–19, 2011.

Writing Samples

Skills

Skills

Recording

Recording during facilitated meetings. Transcribing notes into comprehensive report documenting audience participation and oral discussions.

Macromedia

Microsoft Office Suite

Copyediting

Certifications

Certifications

Certificate of Achievement

Hawaii State Department of Health Environmental Health Services Division

Certification of HACCP Course

Seafood HACCP Alliance in cooperation with the Association of Food and Drug Officials