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Team

 

Founders

 

Dave & Trudy Bateman

 

Dave Bateman is a retired lawyer working for both the USAF/USFR and for his won private practice in Olympia, Washington. Mrs. Trudy Bateman is a retired ER nurse, having practiced in many hospitals from California to Washington state to Washington DC! Together, they purchased Heavenly Hawaiian in 2005 and have been farming coffee and expanding the team ever since. 

Senior Staff

Bill Myers, CEO

 

Bill is a refugee from the political world of Washington, DC. He arrived in Kona 15 years ago, traded political intrigue for Hawaiian aloha, and is now slowly redeeming those pieces of his soul he had previously sold off by helping to create Kona’s best coffees and build what is now Hawaii's highest-rated coffee farm.  In his spare time, Bill restores historic churches.  

Alexandria Hollis, 

Director of Customer Engagement

 

A central Virginia native, Alex's appreciation for excellent foods developed while gaining degrees in Culinary Arts and Business Administation. She continued her education to receive a BA in International Relations with a focus in Latin American and Caribbean Studies from James Madison University. With 10 years experience in the Food and Beverage industry, her dreams of working on a sustainable and direct trade coffee farm led to Heavenly Hawaiian in 2018. She is further pursuing her coffee education in Specialty Coffee Association courses with the goal of becomming a certified Arabica Coffee Q Grader and coffee roaster. 

Brett Strawn,

Director of Business Strategies 

 

Originally from Dallas, Texas, Brett had always dreamed of moving to Hawaii, and spent many years visiting multiple islands. After researching our work stay program, Brett decided to join the farm, and discovered the perfect niche for him to stay here at Heavenly Hawaiian. His experience in data analysis and business strategy has been a true asset to creating a truly wonderful exeperience for our guests and staff.  

Samantha Wilson, Director of Marketing

 

Sam is from Southern California where her love for nature and the ocean blossomed. She earned an academic scholarship to Baylor University where she earned a BBA in Marketing and played on the Women's Club Lacrosse team. Following graduation, Sam ventured to Austin, TX where she worked for various FinTech organizations and participated in art collectives involving visual arts, electronic, and live music. Feeling stifled by the corporate grind, she joined the Heavenly workstay program and later accepted a full time position. Off the farm, you can find Sam hiking, snorkeling, coaching holistic health practices, playing beach volleyball, and practicing her improv skills.

Helen Burnett,

Director of Work Stay Recruitment

Randi Lancelotti,

Logistics Manager


Aloha! I am Randi. I am from the midwest. Iowa to be exact. I grew up in the city but was fortunate enough to experience the enchanting farm life every summer while staying with family. I am starting a new chapter in my life and couldn't think of a better place to do it than right there. I'm enjoying the less stressful, slower paced world of coffee compared to my 17 year career as a Realtor in Iowa. I knew little to nothing about coffee when I arrived on the scene here and still have a long way to go. The daily experiences here on the farm are not only educational, they're entertaining as well.

Megan Prentice,

Guest Experiences Manager

 

Megan Prentice is an integral part of the Heavenly Hawaiian "Farmily." She is an adventurer and world-traveler, born and raised in south Denver. Megan received her business degree from the University of Colorado. Years later, after working in the for-profit and non-profit sectors, she launched a Denver-based fitness business. After leaving her business and making her way to Hawaii during the pandemic, Megan authored a collection of her own personal stories in Faith it Forward and we are so excited to feature her work in our on-site gift shop.  Megan loves getting to extend the experience from our tour guides to our guests from all over the world. 

Cole Goodrich,

Inventory Manager

Connor Grisham,

Work Stay/Konalani Manager

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Friendly Faces Around the Farm

Townsend

Susan

Steven

Patrick

Our Furry Friends 

Sami the Cat, Our Grande Dame

 

Exiting her self-imposed isolation from adoring fans, Sami can occasionally be seen accepting obeisance from her staff. 

 Umi the Cat, Chief of Gecko Control/Coffee Influencer

 

From humble beginnings as the official poke taster at a popular Kona restaurant, Umeke decided to quit his job on the spot to join our ohana at the farm. Now he spends his days giving tours of the farm, accepting love from all of his adoring fans, sampling the trees for the best scratching posts, and controlling our gecko population. 

Kingsley the cat,

Assistant to the Chief of Gecko Control

 

Joining the Farm as a young kitten, Kingsley fit right into the ohana as Umi's younger brother and rodent control apprentice. He can commonly be found sneaking around the farm and avoiding his adoring fans, as this sweet gentle introvert prefers to meet new friends on his own terms.