Candee is the current Executive Director of two local, nonprofit organizations; Friends of NELHA and the Malama Kai Foundation. She has spent over 25 years working in the field of conservation, conservation education and community outreach. She volunteers for a variety of community organizations, including as a member of the Hawaii Island Festival of Birds Planning Committee, the webmaster for the Board of West Hawaii Community Forums, co-chair of the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce’s Sustainability Committee, a member of the Large Whale Disentanglement Group for West Hawaii, and a Pono Pledge ambassador for the Island of Hawaii Visitor’s Bureau.
Candee worked for nearly 20 years of her career as a Conservation Biologist at the Toledo Zoo for a variety of endangered species recovery projects. Her focus was on island biodiversity/island ecosystems and conservation science, but she has had a lifelong interest in conservation, sustainability, preserving biodiversity and educating other to do so as well. In the past, she has worked as an adjunct professor, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses for several universities, as well as serving as a reviewer on the University of Toledo’s Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). In her spare time, she also did private ecological consulting work on a variety of conservation projects throughout the West Indies.
She resides in Holualoa with her husband and two pampered, rescue mutts. She enjoys anything ocean related, nature and reading lots of books.