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.


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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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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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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

Jana Moore, owner of Hapa Film Studios, grew up on Oahu and Moloka`i. She is a parent of two HWS students. She is a founding member of the HWS Parent Hui and has chaired both the Waldorfaire and Merry Moon Festival. She has also worked as a substitute teacher for the lower and high schools.

Jana is an entrepreneur, professional actress (SAG-AFTRA), and award-winning filmmaker whose films have screened in theaters across the world. She has several years of experience in small business/restaurant/office management, human resources, bookkeeping, and event/fundraising coordination. She also sits on the Board of Directors at Hawaii Filmmakers Collective, where she envisioned, created and oversees their three annual fundraising events to support their mission of “Fostering and Showcasing Local Filmmakers and their Art.”

Jana holds a B.A. in Political Science (Minor, Women’s Studies) from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and an A.A. in Sign Language Interpreting from Los Angeles.  

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Ben Rooservelt,
Board Member, HWS Faculty

Before joining the high school faculty at Honolulu Waldorf School in 2015, Ben Roosevelt taught for nine years at Academe of the Oaks in Atlanta, Georgia, serving the school as Humanities Department Chair and as a member of the Leadership Group. A trained Waldorf teacher, Ben has been teaching since 2002. His foundational experiences as a teacher were at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital, where he taught children in recovery from serious illnesses. Earlier in life, he worked on an organic flower farm in Tennessee and played in several rock 'n' roll bands. Ben has a B.A. in Religious Studies from Sewanee, an M.T.S. from Vanderbilt University, and an M.F.A. from the National University of Ireland, Galway.

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Erika Takahashi,
Board Member, HWS Parent Hui Chair