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.

Agenda 9-27-2016

Agenda 1-24-2017

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Charles Au
President

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.

 

Lindsey Kasperowicz, JD
Secretary

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

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Allana Coffee, PhD
Member

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

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Christopher Hochuli
Member

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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Jeff S. White
Member

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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Jocelyn Romero Demirbag
Administrative Director

Jocelyn is a "Maui girl" and raised in the musical and performing arts. She found Haleakala Waldorf School in 1996 when searching for her daughter’s preschool and within five months was hired as the music and Hawaiiana teacher there. Jocelyn became the Administrative Director of the school in 1997, and then Chair of School from 2001-2006, and 2008-2015. Over the years Jocelyn has run her own business, run Child and Family Service’s Maui office, and run the Maui office for the Hawaii Community Foundation. Jocelyn’s most recent accomplishment is obtaining her Ed.D. in Educational Professional Practice from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Her interests include swimming, running, singing Hawaiian music, dancing hula, reading, cooking, and speaking Turkish.

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Hillary Godwise
Faculty Representative

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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Andrew Lang,
Treasurer

Currently has one child attending HWS and all three of his children have attended during their early years. Overall, the Lang family has been connected to HWS for more than 10 years because of how they "nurture the inner spirit" of the child. Andrew has been with Central Pacific Bank for 15 years and for the last four has served as the Retail Brokerage Division Manager. He graduated with a Bachelor in Educational Science from the University of Missouri, where he met his wife Tisha, who was earning a Journalism degree.