Suzette Bacarro named MEO Employee of the Month

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June 9, 2023

Suzette Bacarro, who assists farmworkers and farms to improve lives and working conditions, was named Maui Economic Opportunity Employee of the Month.

She is a caseworker with the National Farmworker Jobs Program (NFJP), MEO’s only statewide program. MEO has been involved in national farmworker organizations since the early 1990s when the nonprofit assisted immigrant farmworkers recruited to work in the pineapple fields on Maui.

Her nominator, Uilani Ah Chan, said that her co-worker is resourceful and creative and is always looking for ways to improve program outcomes and to be economical. She has a strict work ethic and always meets deadlines with proper documentation, which is critical when running a federally funded program.

Suzette joined NFJP in September 2019 and has traveled the state. The program provides education and training, such as for GED high school equivalency diplomas and commercial driver’s licenses; supportive services, including child care, transportation, work tools and clothing; job training; and employment for farmworkers.

NFJP also offers training and certifications at no cost to farms. This includes first aid and CPR training, heat and pesticide certifications and partial coverage of the cost of on-the-job training.

For being named Employee of the Month for March, Suzette earned a $150 check and an extra vacation day. She was honored at MEO’s General Staff meeting April 21. Uilani received $50 as the nominator.


  Suzette Bacarro, National Farmworker Jobs Program caseworker, was named Maui Economic Opportunity Employee of the Month for March. She received her honor at a general staff meeting in April.


MEO Employee of the Month Suzette Bacarro (second from right) poses for a photo with (from left) Chief Human Resources Officer Cliff Caesar, Chief Operating Officer Gay Sibonga and Chief Executive Officer Debbie Cabebe.

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