Annette Nickontro, BS
Annette comes to Pacific Quest with over 18 years experience working in the field of conservation and youth development. Having been promoted on various levels of supervision in her last program, she worked side by side with young adults performing natural resource work throughout California, sharing her enthusiasm to preserve the natural landscape. Her lifelong love of plants led her to pursue a degree in Ornamental Horticulture from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. In 2014, she returned to the Big Island with her husband to reconnect with family and in doing so found Pacific Quest to be a great fit.
Starting out as a field guide for the Young Adult program, Annette found a sincere interest in the anti-inflammatory whole foods diet. Her prior stints as a backcountry trails cook helped her ease into the role of Kitchen Supervisor for the Young Adult program. She is grateful to be in a position that gives her the opportunity to enhance a student’s connection with food by harvesting fresh herbs and vegetables daily from their gardens. She loves seeing students develop confidence in creating meals to feed their community each day.
In her off time, Annette enjoys gardening, camping, creating meals and hanging out with her family.