Hawai'i Island-East Hawai'i-Chapter
Board of Directors
President, Odysseus Yacalis In his role as Director of Social Responsibility for the Daily Wellness Company, Odysseus has spent the last five years as a community liason advocating for the Hamakua community and actively engaging in community service projects. His primary focus has been on engaging with farmers in an effort to understand the obstacles, challenges and successes in building food security systems, and connecting them with viable solutions in an effort to accelerate the transformation of the Big Island agricultural landscape from chemical to regenerative practices.
Treasurer, Michael Wheelwright is a regenerative financial advisor, musician, and permaculture activist who resides with his wife and two sons on the Hamakua Coast of Big Island Hawaii. Michael and his wife were born and raised in Utah and moved to Hawaii in 2020 for the birth of his first son. They worked together in Utah starting and managing multiple environmental non-profits including Artists for Local Agriculture, the Utah Permaculture Collective, and the SLC Air Protectors. He was the Green Party Candidate for Salt Lake County Mayor in 2019-2020 and was the Farm Director of Krishna's Food Forest and Farm for 4 years. He dedicates his life to being in service to the regeneration of the earth and the support of healthy, resilient communities everywhere.
Vice President & Secretary, Rebekah Cryderman considers herself a life-long student, beginning farmer and steward of the ʻāina who values curiosity, integrity and compassion. She has collaborated with organizations for sustainable development, environmental regeneration and community health across California, Ghana, Rwanda, Tanzania and now Hawaiʻi, and is passionate about encouraging multiple perspectives and supporting locally-based solutions. Currently she serves as the Director of Education and Guest Experience at Kalani Retreat Center, a nonprofit educational retreat center tucked into the coastal jungles of lower Puna. She looks forward to being of greater service towards efforts of food sovereignty, sharing knowledge and thriving community within the island of Hawaiʻi through her participation with Hawai'i Farmers Union United.