Our Support Team
Our team at Ho’oikaika Partnership is a dedicated group of professionals who are passionate about keeping ʻohana healthy, safe, and supported. Led by our Coordinator, Deb Marois, who brings extensive expertise in facilitating collaborative action, our team works on a range of issues including poverty alleviation, maternal and child health, mental health innovation, education reform, and violence prevention. Heidi Allencastre, our System Navigator, connects families with community resources and provides family strengthening and child abuse prevention education. Together, our team is committed to making a positive impact on the lives of ‘Ohana in Maui County. Contact us to learn more or get involved.
Deb Marois began work as the Hoʻoikaika Coordinator in September 2021.
As founder of Converge Consulting, Research & Training, she specializes in facilitating collaborative action to create healthier and more equitable communities.
Deb began her career as residential social worker in England before shifting to community and organizational development. She’s worked on a range of issues such as poverty alleviation, maternal and child health, mental health innovation, education reform, and violence prevention. Deb offers expertise in cross-sector community change initiatives; civic engagement; group facilitation; strategic planning; grant writing; participatory action research and evaluation.
- Providing technical assistance for non-profits seeking federal grants through a pilot program of the Hawai’i Association of Nonprofit Organizations (HANO).
- Evaluating the Youth Participatory Action Research initiative implemented by the Hawai’i Department of Health (DOH) in partnership with the YMCA of Honolulu.
Participating on a research team led by Skog Rasmussen, LLC to identify lessons learned from the distribution of CARES Act funding to nonprofits in Hawai’i. COVID and CARES Act: Lessons for and from Hawaiʻi’s Nonprofit Sector.
- Serving as a facilitator for the Hawai’i Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI) sponsored by Hawai’i Children’s Action Network.
Raised in rural upstate NY, Deb lived in Northern California for 25 years before relocating to Maui. A lifelong learner, she holds a Master of Science degree in Community Development from the University of California, Davis and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh. Deb is a member of Hawai’i Community Benefits Consultants and volunteer with Mindful Hawai’i and Open Floor International. In her free time, she enjoys snorkeling and free form dance meditation.
Please contact Deb with any questions or reach out to say hello, talk story and share your ideas.
As the Ho’oikaika Navigator, Heidi Allencastre connects families with community resources, facilitates communication among agency partners, and provides family strengthening and child abuse prevention education and outreach. She is also currently a student at University of Hawaii Maui College.
Heidi knows first-hand how challenging parenting can be and what a powerful difference community support makes. When her daughters were both under age five, Heidi worked with Maui Family Support Services to strengthen her parenting. Later, she served as a Parent Educator Intern with Ka Pu’uwai O Na Keiki program and as a facilitator in their Youth Services program.
Through her various community activities, Heidi shares her mana’o and voice to support the needs of our ‘ohana and the programs that serve them. As a parent, a direct services provider and a Maui native, Heidi feels a kuleana to advocate for changes that result in healthy keiki so that youth can succeed and reach their full potential. She completed the Hawai’i Parent Leadership Training Institute program in 2022 and now serves as a facilitator.
NAVIGATION SERVICES ASSISTANT
Jolina, a resilient single mother of two, exemplifies strength in her daily life. Her love shines through her cooking, a heartfelt expression of care for her loved ones. Jolina extends her compassion to others, as she expresses an extraordinary level of care. Her passion for the work she undertakes not only sustains her own family but also contributes to the well being of others in the community. Jolina’s unwavering dedication makes her strength and kindness in both her personal and professional endeavors.
Gain valuable experience and make a positive impact as an intern at Hoʻoikaika Partnership. Join our dedicated team of professionals who are passionate about keeping ʻohana healthy, safe, and supported. As an intern, you’ll have the opportunity to work on a range of issues, maternal and child health, mental health innovation, education reform, and violence prevention. This hands-on experience will allow you to develop skills, contribute to meaningful projects, and make a difference in the lives of ʻohana in Maui County. Contact us to learn more or get involved. Together, let’s keep ʻohana healthy, safe, and supported.
To become an intern, start the process by emailing all of these items:
- letter of interest
- resume or CV