Patricia Ulloa-Curcio, President - Calling Hawaii home since 1979, Patricia began her career working in a commercial real estate office in Honolulu. Currently a licensed Mortgage Loan Originator in the residential finance field, her business background includes a 25 year career with United Airlines, 5 of those as Aircraft Maintenance Business Services Coordinator at Honolulu International Airport. Serving as liaison to international air carriers, she gained an awareness of cultural differences in business. Patricia has a passion for all things green. She completed a Master Gardener course at UH Extension facility in Pearl City. A native of Guam, she fondly remembers spending time at her dad’s homestead farm. “We didn’t have much, but we always had food on the table that my Dad hunted, fished or grew himself.” Patricia is past president of Kapolei High School PTA and School Community Council. Her deepest passion is her family and horses. She's a trained facilitator for equine guided therapeutic programs offered to military, veterans and at risk youth.
Ruvi Velasco, Vice President - Raised in the Wahiawa/Whitmore community, Ruvi has an avid interest in agriculturally-based businesses promoting sustainable farm-to-table lifestyles. Ruvi and partner Justin Apa, maintain a small aquaponic farm in Helemano, as well as at home, where they grow kalo and other vegetables. Ruvi has 24 years of experience in the Real Estate industry consisting of Escrow, Title, Real Estate and Property Management. She currently works as a rental administrator and bookkeeper in a prominent Oahu real estate office. Ruvi and Justin operate a catering business, using their home grown produce. They provide fundraising opportunities for school clubs, sports activities and non-profits such as Project Grad and American Cancer Society. Ruvi has served on Project Grad’s Executive Board and as Advisor for Leilehua High School in Wahiawa. Project Grad is a volunteer, non-profit organization that plans and promotes a safe, drug and alcohol-free celebration for seniors on Graduation night.
Laura Iaea-Behic, Secretary - A native Hawaiian, Laura’s expertise is in human resources management for start up/growth companies. She has 14 years experience in employee relations, training and development, recruiting, workplace safety, compliance, budgeting and compensation. Laura holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Resource Management from Hawaii Pacific University and a Fundamental Payroll Certification. She’s a member of the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM). Laura currently serves as an Executive Board Member of Marimed Foundation, a non-profit organization helping Hawaii’s At-Risk youth and also co-founded Momentum Softball Club, empowering female athletes to reach their college goals through athletic scholarships and grants.
Damien Morales, Treasurer - Born and raised on Oahu, for the past 10 years Damien has been guiding clients to financial success as an independent Financial Advisor with American Mutual Group and Ameritas Investment Corporation. He specializes in diversified investments and insurance for personal and business accounts. Damien experienced farming as a youth, working at his sister’s Big Island farm growing tomatoes, cucumbers and root ginger. He has 27 years experience in Food and Beverage, from managing a Magoo’s pizza delivery, working in fine dining restaurants such as Benihana of Tokyo and Niblick Restaurant at Ko’Olina Golf Course, to working at Taro Brand Products. He’s passionate about creating food sustainability for Hawaii. Damien is a US Air Force veteran. After his Big Island farm life, he joined the military and was stationed in Oxfordshire, England. While there he worked weekends in a pub specializing in French cuisine. He traveled throughout Europe further developing his love and experience for food, beverage and culture.