Who We Are

Working Together For a More
Environmentally Sustainable Future
Now an All Volunteer Team.
Mahalo to our former employees!

Board of Directors


Danielle (Dani) Burger brings a wealth of experience in organizing and managing communications.  Dani was officially voted onto the Board March 16, 2019.

Vice President

Shannon Matson is born & raised on the Big Island. Her dedication to the people and to the land has led her into leadership roles where Shannon works hard and advocates for a vision of a vibrant world for everyone.


Nicholas Riznyk

After a distinguished early career at Intel, Nic returned to Hawai’i to co-found Hawaii Angels, Hawaii Island chapter, a non-profit network of accredited investors focused on supporting Hawaii-based early stage start-ups in cleantech/greentech. Nic started a boutique recycling service for Kukio, which evolved into Hana Hou Recycling which services over 1500 residential and commercial clients on the west side of Hawaii Island.


Terri Markovich has served the board of Recycle Hawai’i for 27 years. She is a passionate recycler and composter and represents Honoka’a perspective on the Board.

Board Director

Ellen has lived on Hawai’i Island since 1992. She retired from Hawai’i Community College after serving as its librarian for 22 years. For several years, Ellen was a team leader who worked with faculty, students and staff to produce the College’s annual Earth Day Fair.

Board Director

Alexia Akbay

Alexia is the CEO and Co-founder of Symbrosia, a cleantech startup conducting novel research to commercialize a new seaweed species, that when sprinkled into the diet of cattle can reduce their methane emissions by over 90%. Alexia moved her company to Kailua-Kona, HI in 2019, for accessibility to ocean research facilities at the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawai’i Authority (NELHA). A chemist by training, she works on developing new seaweed crops for uses in the sustainable bioeconomy.

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