HARC 2022 Board Candidates
BIO for Marie Baird:
My name is Marie Baird. I have lived all over Hawaiian Acres since 1990. I knew when I first came that I was "home" and in 1996 I was finally able to purchase my own property on 5 Road near G. I have been living my life here happily since.
I started out by getting to know our children by becoming a school crossing guard in Keaau Elementary School. It was wonderful. I loved working with and adored talking to all our keiki on the corner. I was also selling real estate at the time and helped to build our puna neighborhoods.
In 1999, I decided to say goodbye to all the children and go back to school and become the RN I had always wanted to be. After graduating I worked at Hilo Medical Center in the medical unit. I loved working with patients but eventually age took over and I retired in December of 2019.
Being retired, I had some free time and was able to donate some of my time by volunteering. After attending a HARC meeting, I saw how devoted Geneva the current president was and decided to help out how ever I could that didn't take manual labor. I am older with a bad back.
I added my name to the ballot for the 2020 election and became secretary pro-temp I also now volunteer to help moderate the Facebook page and have been part of the HARC board for 1 year.
BIO for Roberta Brashear-Kaulfers:
I have been a resident of Hawaiian Acres since 1990, and live on 7 Road near E Road. In the 1990’s, I served as the first female President of Hawaiian Acres Community Association (HACA). In 1997-1998, there was an accident on 8 Road and a lawsuit was filed. Because HACA controlled both Community funds and Road funds paid through association dues, there was a risk that the Road funds could be jeopardized because of this lawsuit, (we were the deep pockets). The HACA board, contacted legal counsel and voted to form a Road Corporation (HARC), but it was not unanimous (1 No vote). I assisted in preparing the HARC bylaws and served on the board as a member for several years.
I have been working on E Road for several years and currently I volunteered to coordinate with neighbors and volunteers to raise our own funds to get E Road from 6-8 back in shape. I am happy to say, the road is looking greet right now!
I took a break from Hawaiian Acres community work to focus my energy on the Sierra Club. I served on the Hawaiian Island Moku Loa Group board for 15 years as both board member and Group chair. In addition, I served on the Hawaii Chapter Sierra Club Board, 3 times as Chair and the National Sierra Club Council of Club Leaders for 17 years as Executive committee Chair, secretary and 5th officer. I recently retired from teaching at Hawaii Community College and now have time to focus on our roads and our community issues. I ask for your support and any extra donations to improve OUR Roads!
BIO for Alex Hebeisen:
Aloha, my name is Alex Hebeisen and I bought property in April 2020, and I'm happy to be working with the land, and the community. Since I've moved to the acres, I have been volunteering with the roads whenever I can. I have worked labor intensive jobs in the construction industry since 2005, and I'm not afraid of hard work. I have thick skin, I'm a good listener, and I love where I live. I knew what the roads looked like before I moved here, and I embraced it, but I also have volunteered to fill potholes and assist with Fallen trees when needed.
I hope to become a more active member of our community, and to continue to help whenever needed.
BIO for Joyce Seyferth:
I came to the Big Island from San Diego in 2000 to fly for Paradise helicopters. I bought my house on 7 Road at the end of 2003. I finally have my house in the country!
I have been active with the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life since the mid 2000’s. I started out as a participant but eventually I took on a leadership role as an Event Coordinator, which I have been doing for the past several years. It appears I am looking at retiring from flying this year, so I will have more time and can now get more active in our community. I ask for your support.
BIO for Jeremy Shaw:
I am looking forward to helping the community continue to grow in a positive direction. Our roads keep us connected as a community and I want to work to build our roads and our community. I have worked for over 25 years professionally in the private sector and public. I am a hands-on individual & ready to take on the large-scale task of making our roads safe for everybody! I am educated in technical engineering and can use my technical experience and background to work with contractors, review road-engineering intentions and provide feedback to work to improve our community overall. I've worked in construction and my intentions are to continue to work with the community towards improving our community and maintaining transparency so that everyone can see progress. I have many professional years of experience working with Quickbooks and other accounting programs and I am also a web developer & DevOps engineer. I will use all of my heart and soul and experience to work with everyone, keeping communication open and posting all community updates in a timely manner. In my history, I have worked as a volunteer at rescue missions and would love to volunteer to help this community stay great!