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Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees is the legal entity of the school and is responsible for financial and legal matters; it oversees the corporate functioning of the school. The board consists of parents, faculty, and community members who are committed to the school’s mission and vision.
2014-2015
Jeffrey Benz

Jeff is keiki o ka aina. He graduated from Punahou School and then earned degrees from Stanford (Political Science), Columbia (East Asian Studies), and New York University School of Law. He is a Senior Attorney with The Nature Conservancy, Hawai’i, and is guest faculty at University of Hawai’i and University of Phoenix, Honolulu. Jeff serves as Vice President of the HWS Board. Jeff and spouse, Ramona Romero-Benz , have two daughters, both of whom are students at HWS.

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Jeffrey Benz
President
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Assistant District Counsel for the US Army Corps of Engineers. HWS Acreditation, HWS Parent, HWS Alumni

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Lindsey Kasperowicz, JD
Secretary
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Christopher Hochuli

Chris is keiki o ka aina. After nine years as a regular board member, he became in 2011, President of the Mohala Pua School dba Honolulu Waldorf School, Board of Trustees. Our school community is especially honored and well-served by Chris in his Trustee work because he brings not only expertise in investment and finance, but also he is a Honolulu Waldorf School alumni, having attended for the years 1977 through 1986. After graduating from the Waldorf School, Chris finished high school at Punahou School, and then entered Boston College. After graduation from Boston College, Chris returned to Hawai’i. He and spouse, Noelani, have three children, each of whom are students currently at Honolulu Waldorf School. Chris’s tireless service to the Waldorf school community in Honolulu is based in his experience as a Waldorf student and, now as a parent, his belief in Waldorf’s “education for the whole person” as Waldorf educates each student to meet the world with clear and creative thinking, compassion and moral strength, and with the courage and freedom to act.

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Christopher Hochuli
Immediae Past President
Development Chair

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Jeff S. White

Jeff owns and operates a thriving Honolulu financial planning practice, with primary service to individuals who work for Hawai’i non-profits. Jeff graduated from UCLA (Psychology and Communication), and holds the Masters in Education, from University of Hawai’i. Jeff has worked in design and testing for NorthWest Regional Educational Laboratory, and worked as Elementary Schools Counselor for the Portland Public Schools. Jeff’s two daughters have both attended HWS; the older is an alumna and the younger is enrolled currently. Jeff has a lengthy tenure as HWS Board member, a testament to his dedication to Waldorf education in Honolulu.

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Jeff S. White
Member
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Hillary Godwise was born and raised in Indiana where she was very active in academics, athletics, and various clubs including being a performer with the Peru Amateur Circus. She attended Indiana University, where she played volleyball, swam competitively, and earned a degree in Mathematics Education and Computer Technology while also attending classes in marine biology, chemistry, and physics for fun. She holds a degree in special education and a master's degree in Athletic Administration from Ohio University.

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Hillary Godwise
Faculty Representative
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Charles Au

Charles is a Partner – currently, Managing Partner – in the Tax Compliance & Business Advisory division of Erwin Cabrinha & Au, LLP, with more than twenty years’ experience in client tax and business issues. Charles serves as Treasurer of the HWS Board. He is active in the Honolulu professional community, serving as a Governor of The Pacific Club, and on the Tax Committee of the Hawai’i Society of CPA’s. Charles and his spouse, Sonni Au, are parents to six children, two of whom attend HWS.

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Charles Au
Vice President
Treasurer

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Licenses Mental Health Counselor, Teacher, Trainer and Consultant for educators, parents and mental health professionals, HWS Parent.

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Allana Coffee, PhD
Member
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Stephen D. Miller

Steve is retired recently as Chief of the Eye Department at Kaiser-Permanente, Honolulu, with a subspecialty in retinal surgery. He was born in Los Angeles, and received degrees from Occidental College (Physics), and Stanford (Medicine). His service to medicine is broad: he served two years in Alaska, Public Health Service, caring for the Eskimos, Aleuts, and Native Americans; for the past twenty years, he has volunteered and taught eye surgery and hospital management in the Near East and China with the Seva Foundation of San Francisco. Steve has a past tenure, of fifteen years, as Chair of the HWS Board. His spouse, Linda, was a main lesson teacher at both lower school and high school levels. They have two daughters, both of whom graduated from HWS. Now, one daughter practices Obstetrics with Kaiser Permanente, and the other is an HWS after school care instructor.

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Stephen D. Miller
Member
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Helen Platell
Administrative Director
Nicole Lueker

Born, raised, and educated in Germany, Nicole and her family came to Honolulu after finishing her master´s degree in clinical psychology. For many years she taught at HWS and earned her Waldorf teacher certificate as well as her Hawai’i State teaching certificate. She was one of the founding faculty members of the Honolulu Waldorf High School in 1994. Four years later she and her family returned to Germany, where she continued to work at Waldorf schools in Munich and Darmstadt. She also had her own private psychological practice providing psychotherapy, coaching, crisis management, and mediation. Her youngest son attends HWS currently. Nicole feels very fortunate to be back in Hawaii and to continue her life-long learning within the Waldorf community.

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Nicole Lueker
High School Chair
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