Maui Group Executive Committee

The Maui Group Executive Committee (ex-com) has 9 members, who each serve for 2 years. Every fall, elections are held for 4 or 5 of the positions. The executive committee meets once/month on zoom. Between meetings, the members drive the various activities of the group through committees, which also include Sierra Club members not part of the executive committee.

If you are interested in being a candidate for the next round of elections, please contact us. If the number of members listed above is less than nine, we are currently short and the executive committee can appoint a member without waiting for the elections; in that case, don’t wait until the end of the year.

Any Sierra Club Maui member may add items to the ex-com’s agenda by emailing us at least a week prior. Sierra Club Maui members are invited to attend our monthly meetings. Please feel free to contact any of the Executive Committee members to give your feedback on issues. If you’re interested in attending a meeting – contact us.

See also previous Executive Committee members by year.


  1. Clare Apana
    Claire is a native of Wailuku, Maui, is a cultural practitioner and teacher who is deeply involved with cultural preservation issues throughout Maui. Clare received the Sierra Club’s Onipa‘a Award in 2013 for her long dedication to research and advocacy to protect Maui’s traditional cultural landscapes and burial areas. She has a Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy and has a private practice in both Maui and Honolulu.
  2. Lucienne De Naie
    Lucienne de Naie is a long time Club member who has served as Chair and Vice-chair of the Sierra Club Hawaii Chapter Executive Committee. She is a researcher and writer whose passion is protection of native plants, streams, watersheds and cultural sites.
  3. Diane Shepherd
    Diane is a South Maui veterinarian, having worked for the Maui Humane Society and then in her own clinic. A Hawai’i resident since 1967, she served as a Maui Planning Commissioner in the early 90’s when shoreline setback regulations were strengthened.
    She is a diver and ocean advocate, and has witnessed the continual tragic decline of Maui reefs.
  4. Jeanie Stewart
    Jeanie is a life member of the Sierra Club who served as the first chair of the Delaware Chapter in the 1990’s. She teaches at Kīhei Charter School and has a passion for outdoor education, hiking and protecting our native plants and animals. Jeanie was appointed to a vacancy on the Maui ExCom in 2019 and looks forward to continuing that service.
  5. Gary Savage
    Gary read John Muir’s writings in High School and  grew up with activist parents. He became an activist and a Hippie in the sixties then joined the Sierra Club and learned that our world really needs us. The documentary “A fierce green fire” shows our collective environmental activism. We’ve done a lot and we have so much more to do. Gart fell in love with the Hawaiian Islands on his first visit in 1966. After years of visiting and living here for long periods, he moved to Maui permanently in 1999. Gary is an experienced waterman, an avid backpacker and an amateur naturalist.
  6. Scott Werden
    Scott is a retired geophysicist. He spends his time working on environmental issues here on Maui and is passionate about restoring forests and ecosystems.