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.

AGENDAS 2017-18


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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.

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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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Andrew Lang,
Treasurer

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. 

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Kenneth Marcus,
VICE-PRESIDENT

Honolulu real estate attorney Kenneth B. Marcus has over forty years of experience in the areas of commercial real estate law, development, finance, leasing, purchases and sales. He also has extensive experience in Hawaii business law including the formation of partnerships and limited liability companies, and corporate finance. His real property practice includes the development, acquisition, sale, financing and restructuring of hotels, office buildings and shopping centers, with particular expertise in the hotel industry. Mr. Marcus has also participated in the reorganization of and recovery of assets for insolvent insurance companies. 

 Mr. Marcus attended the Wharton School of Economics and Finance (B.S., Economics, 1972) and the New York University School of Law (J.D. 1975). He moved from New York City to Honolulu in 1990, bringing with him his wife and three small children, each of whom attended the Honolulu Waldorf School. He has served and held leadership positions on several local non-profit boards, including the Honolulu Waldorf School, The Actors Group and Friends of Hawaii Robotics.

Mr. Marcus holds Martindale-Hubbell’s highest possible professional rating (AV) for both his skill and his integrity.  Mr. Marcus has been selected to the Top 25 Hawaii Super Lawyers® list several times, in the practice area of Real Estate Law. He is also recognized by Best Lawyers in America for Business Organizations, Mergers & Acquisitions and Real Estate Law, and named Best Lawyers, 2016 "Lawyer of the Year" in Honolulu, in the practice area of Business Organizations. He is also recognized by Chambers USA Leading Lawyers For Business for Real Estate Law.

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Nina Davis,
Board Secretary, HWS Parent

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Yuka Otaka Bryce,
Board Member, HWS Faculty

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Cliff Chen,
Board Member, HWS Parent

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Jana Moore,
Board Member, HWS Parent

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Ben Rooservelt,
Board Member, HWS Faculty

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Erika Takahashi,
Board Member, HWS Parent Hui Chair