Our Team

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Our Team

Our organization is powered by a unique bunch of caring individuals with a common goal of supporting our military veterans and their ʻohanas, local farmers, and our community. If that sounds like you, sign up to volunteer with us today!

Board of Directors

Jeanna Rimmer

Interim President | Wife of a veteran and Realtor at Hawaii Life, Jeanna specializes in veteran-owned land purchases.

Jeanna has spent the last 20 years developing a well -rounded management perspective at several successful multi-million dollar global companies.
Jeanna’s passion to get back to the simpler things in life, brought her and her family to Hawaiʻi Island in 2014. She is reconnecting with the land and the community as her family focuses on becoming self-sufficient and sustainable.

Josh Honsberger

Vice President | Josh has more than 6 years of experience acting as a liaison on behalf of various 501c veteran organizations.

Josh is a 13-year decorated Special Operations Forces (SOF) veteran who served with Marine Corps. Forces Special Operations Command (MARSOC) as an Operator. He received a medical retirement in 2014 for a multitude of injuries sustained during his service. He is extremely passionate and dedicated in his continued service to veterans and their families in all aspects of life.

John Emmons

Secretary | John is a former school teacher who enlisted and served in the Army immediately following the 9/11 attacks.

After his Defense Department service, he returned to the land to find a new mission in service of those who serve our nation—our veterans and their families. He believes that providing natural agriculture education and training can positively benefit humanity and improve a person’s physical and mental well-being.

Rochelle Mata

Treasurer | Rochelle is the founder of Kuleʻa Tax and Financial Services and the proud mother two active-duty military children.

Rochelle’s son is currently serving in the Marines, and her daughter is on her first active duty station in the Air Force. Rochelle has dedicated her life to helping others and supporting healthy lifestyles.

Operations Team

Emily Emmons

Executive Director | Emily is the Founder and Executive Director of Hawaiʻi Veteran Services, with over 15 years of related professional work experience.

Emily’s prior experience includes a career in marketing and sales, nonprofit management, and veteran advocacy on the national, state, and local levels. She has also participated in two Farmer Veteran Coalition National Conferences. As one of the founders of Hoʻōla Veteran Services, Emily was motivated by her husband who is a military veteran living with traumatic brain injury and PTSD. After taking up gardening, Mr. Emmons experienced significant positive changes in his health and psychological conditions, and the couple was inspired to provide this therapeutic opportunity to other veterans coping with PTSD and other conditions and hardships.

Since 2014, Emily has held influential positions, including service as a field representative for U.S. Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard and an Elizabeth Dole Foundation Fellow. Through this work, Emily has been an advocate for veterans and their families living in rural areas and has developed a strong network of local, state, and national stakeholders who support Hoʻōla. Emily has been a speaker at the Farmer Veteran Coalition, Elizabeth Dole Foundation Hidden Heroes event, two Department of Defense conferences, and, most recently, the U.S. Conference of Mayors, where—as a panelist—she dicussed transitioning military personnel and the role of the caregiver, along with the importance of supporting agriculture programs for veterans on a local level.

Tara Waller

Program Manager | Tara channels passion for sustainability and experience in design and event management into making our programs a success.

After relocating to Hawaiʻi Island in 2015, Tara discovered her newfound desire to address the challenges of local food security and agricutlural sustainability on the island. Becoming part of the solution became her true focus. Hoʻōla Farms encouraged Tara to get involved and learn from the community what our food security challenges are and how we can do our part to bridge the gap.

Tara spent the next two years working and volunteering with local stakeholders like The Vet Center in Hilo, Hawaiʻi Island Food Alliance, Hawaiʻi Island Food Basket, Blue Zones Project, Rotary Club of South Hilo, and Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard’s Campaign, as well as completing the Beginner Farmer Rancher Development Program with the Kohala Center in 2017.

Tara is excited to begin the mobile program working to educate veterans and their families to sustainably grow their own food and raise awareness that this simple process can be a healing one.

Joshua Black

Veteran Advisor | Joshua has over 23 years of service as a Navy Combat Veteran, Intelligence Analyst, Human Trafficking Officer, Police Officer, and Emergency Manager.

Joshua is a serial entrepreneur with business ventures in real estate, sales, fabrication, analytics, and now geospatial business analytics. Josh has volunteered and supported nonprofit organizations such as Team Rubicon, Wounded Warrior Project, Team Red, White, and Blue, Habitat for Humanity, and has served as a coach for youth baseball. Joshua jumped at the opportunity to work with Hoʻōla Farms, fulfilling his passion to serve veterans and assist in problem-solving solutions for agriculture sustainability. Josh’s hobbies are Jiu Jitsu, beekeeping, farming, and riding motorcycles anywhere and everywhere.

Aimee Pacheco

Financial Administrator | Born in Hilo and raised on the Hāmākua Coast, Aimee is a proud veteran of the Air Force with 11 years served on active duty and in the Guard.

After living in England and Texas, Aimee returned home where she earned a BA in Geography from University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo. Shortly before leaving the military, she discovered her passion for dog training and is currently working on completing her Professional Dog Trainer certification.

Aimee has had previous volunteer and internship experiences in geographic information systems, environmental conservation, animal welfare, and community outreach. She is a strong believer in finding healing and clarity through the great outdoors. As part of the Hoʻōla team, she is looking forward to providing support to fellow veterans on their journeys as they learn to heal and grow alongside nature. In her free time, Aimee enjoys reading, hiking, gardening and spending time with her pets.

Anthony Florig

Groundwork to Grow Program Manager | Anthony is the founder of Big Island Box, a subscription gift box company featuring products exclusively from Big Island businesses.

He works with dozens of local businesses to develop and market value-added Hawaiʻi products around the world. Anthony also has over a decade of experience in the mental health industry, with nine years working at Pacific Quest, a horticultural therapy program which brought him here to Hawaiʻi Island in 2012.
 
Anthony joined Hoʻōla to help design and facilitate the Bridging the Gap (Groundwork to Grow) program, and is stoked to use his passion for horticulture and entrepreneurship to work with local farms and support veterans and participants in learning about different aspects of agriculture and growing more food for the local economy.

Jamie Muskopf

DSW, Strategic Advisor |
Dr. Jamie Muskopf is a proud Kanaka ‘Ōiwi educator, strategist, active duty Navy spouse, and mother of 3 from Kāneʻohe, Hawai’i.

With over 20 years of executive experience in technology and knowledge strategy, Jamie has worked for the Department of the Navy, Defense Acquisition University, MIcrosoft, and Nike. As an entrepreneur, consultant, and speaker, she has supported small businesses, non-profits, universities, and federal agencies. She is on the faculty of the Information and Knowledge Strategy master’s program at Columbia University. She is also a long standing volunteer subject matter expert for The Rosie Network’s Service to CEO program.

Jamie is passionate about caring for caregivers, serving those who serve, creating, writing, baking, laughing, and sharing time and energy with friends and ʻohana.

Katie Neil

Marketing and Communications Manager | Katie is a digital marketing guru with a passion for supporting impact-driven businesses. 

Katie graduated from the University of New Mexico with a degree in Interpersonal Communications and where she also played Division I soccer ⚽️ (Go Lobos!)

After college Katie pursued a career in digital marketing where she developed a love for working with impact-driven businesses and entrepreneurs to successfully, creatively, and strategically achieve their marketing goals.

When Katie isn’t online you will find her working the Hawai’i Farm-to-Car Market, playing pick-up soccer, surfing, or chasing geckos.

Haili Debus

Farm Assistant | Haili is a Hilo girl with a deep aloha for nature. She loves getting her hands dirty growing healthy food for her local community.

When she is not growing in the garden, you can find her playing in the ocean, making friends with the trees in the forest, or gazing at the starts while camping.

Get in touch!