We are dedicated to improving the quality of life for our communities through healing-centered programs rooted in expressive arts and culture.
SIERRA DEW - Programs Director
Sierra Dew is the Founder and Director of Wisdom Circles Oceania. She is a mother, artist, and community worker with over 20 years experience in teaching, collaborative healing work & design. She was born on Maui and raised in her family grocery store, Mana Foods, in Pāʻia. Since 2010, sheʻs provided arts programming and mentorship for women & youth in Hawaiʻi. Her experiences inspired her to found the Wisdom Circles Oceania organization to offer healing-centered creative opportunities to further our potential for actualizing our dreams for healthy communities.
ANASTASHA SCHIELZETH, M.A. - Story Facilitator
Anastasha Schielzeth M.A., is a facilitator, healing arts practitioner, and storyteller. After obtaining a Master’s in Counseling Psychology from Bastyr University in Washington State, she returned home to Oʻahu to give back to the ʻāina and communities that shaped her. She has held various roles throughout her educational career such as, an Early Head Start Preschool teacher, an Activities Coordinator for families at a transitional housing program, and was a practicing Mental Health Therapist for youth and young adults. In her personal and professional lived experiences, she witnessed the shortcomings of western perspectives in the domains of health, therapy, and education; highlighting that not all systems are created equally, especially for Indigenous and People of Color. She strongly believes that merging ancient and contemporary bodies of knowledge will be the way forward for healing and guiding our modern-day issues. As such, Anastasha’s one-on-one and community work are informed by integrating holistic approaches of energy healing, cross-cultural ancestral practices, and Narrative Theory; a reflective social-emotional framework that explores the stories and beliefs we hold about ourselves and others by way of the expressive arts (e.g., drawing, painting, journaling, music, movement, and visualization).
Throughout Oʻahu, she has been invited to curate and co-facilitate workshops centering on ʻāina-based education and project-based learning. Her role emphasizes on empowering native youths to grow as self-reflective learners and be the authors of their lives in weaving stories of resiliency of self, family, and the greater collective.
RON MOSIAH DEFOE - Facilitator
Ron is a native of Dominica an island in the Caribbean. He has spent the last ten years of his career working in the field of psychology, Music, and education respectively.
He states, “I’ve come to realize that self-mastery is the key to finding success in every committed action one takes." This speaks to the saying, “Know thyself.” Why? Ron believes you are best at being you. However, life often presents many roadblocks that condition us to operate from a fight, flight, or freeze response (i.e., fear-based actions) that leads us to feel stuck. This can look like negative self-talk, complacency, excessive future/past thinking, and the many other challenges one encounters on the road to self-mastery.
Ron has integrated the three disciplines (i.e., psychology, music and education) into a holistic healing business that provides therapeutic support for individuals, schools, organizations and communities in need.
TIARE KAʻŌLELOPONO - Hui Facilitator
Tiare Ka’ōlelopono is the owner and designer of All Things Maoli Co., a social enterprise business based in Kāne’ohe, O’ahu, creating maoli wearable art and home goods out of invasive woods. A portion of their profits is dedicated to rebuilding Hale Peʻa in Hawai’i by supporting families to reclaim first menstruation ancestral rites of passage, and empowering young women through their kohopuna. She is an aloha ‘āina, mother, grandmother and selenophile with 15 years of experience in moon syncing, menstrual tracking and wāhine group facilitation. Her experiences as the group facilitator with ʻOnipaʻa Nā Hui Kalo, Waiheʻe Poi Farms, Hina Mauka, and DVACʻs Hoʻoikaika ʻOhana and PIKO programs inspired her to create a womenʻs group in Hawaiʻi. In 2019, Tiare started a Hui Hale Peʻa, which is a co-op of women learning and teaching each other about the healing influence of kilo mahina in our daily lives.
SARAH-LEE CHUN - Program and Admin Assistant
Sarah-Lee Chun is a self-taught artist and Chinese adoptee raised on Oʻahu. She has gathered a wide range of organizational and administrative skills from past professional experiences as a technical writer, new hire trainer, data entry clerk, and administrative assistant in other organizations. Prior to reconnecting with Sierra and supporting the mission and vision of Wisdom Circles Oceania, Sarah-Lee worked in the local commercial art industry as a production assistant and studio manager, utilizing her creative capabilities with administrative responsibilities. She continues to pursue what it means to be an artist in expansive and collaborative ways.
LAULANI TEALE - Advisor
Laulani Teale is the Coordinator of Hoʻopae Peace Project. She is an indigenous peacemaker, activist, musician, teacher, artist and writer culturally trained in laʻau lapaʻau (traditional herbalism) and hoʻoponopono (traditional peace-making), who specializes in health issues related to activism and colonization. She has been a front-line activist in major kanaka struggles and serves the kanaka movement in many capacities. She holds a Master’s degree in Community Health Development and Education from the University of Hawaiʻi School of Public Health.
BILL REZENTES, Ph.D - Advisor
Dr. Rezentes is a community-based Licensed Clinical Psychologist in Koʻolaupoko, Oʻahu with over 30 years of experience. He currently provides individual and group facilitation in Hawaiian Psychology for therapists and community groups to promote culturally appropriate and relevant understanding of Indigenous Hawaiian culture and traditional Hawaiian cultural healing practices. Dr. Rezentes focuses on spiritually-based and culturally relevant training and healing in addition to bridging the real and perceived stigma associated with mental health and related healing. As the author of Ka Lama Kukui - Hawaiian Psychology: An Introduction, a valuable resource that discusses a blend of Hawaiian and western theories, values, therapies, and practices, he strives to share his ʻike with others.
LIKO MARTIN - Advisor
Liko Martin is a respected kupuna (elder) of Hawaiʻi and a renowned songwriter and traditional bard who uses music and storytelling for peace, healing, and the protection of sacred places. He is a 49-year veteran of the nonviolent movement for Kanaka rights and restoration, and one of the early forces of the "Hawaiian Renaissance" of the 1970's. He is skilled in the traditional arts of farming and land caretaking, fishing, use of herbal medicines, and peacebuilding. Learn more about Liko at likomartin.org.
ALICIA YANG - Board Member
Alicia Yang is a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist, and owner of Olanani AcuOasis. She is dedicated to personal and collective healing that reconnects communities with traditional and earth-centered practices that promote balance and holism. For 15 years, in the Bay Area, California, Alicia worked to cultivate youth-initiated and youth-led organizations for social justice, supporting young people in fighting against racism in education, the criminal justice system, violence in low-income communities of color, and creating curriculum to support healing from oppressive systems. Upon moving to Hawaiʻi in 2008, Alicia began her studies in acupuncture, while working at the Hawaiʻi State Coalition Against Domestic Violence. In addition to a Master's in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, she has a Master's in Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education and a B.A. in Political Economy of Industrial Societies from the University of California, Berkeley.
KRISTINA JENKINS - Board Member
Kristina Jenkins has worked in the non-profit community in Hawai‘i for 15 years, specializing in grants and fund development, strategic planning, and collaborative team building. Born and raised in Ko‘olaupoko, O‘ahu, Kristina has dedicated her career to supporting creative, community-minded organizations through her work as a consultant and non-profit administrator. In her current role as a program manager for The Nature Conservancy of Hawai‘i, Kristina finds way too much joy in getting a detailed budget to work out just right on a spreadsheet. She also loves gardening, drawing, spending time at home with her husband and two sons, and dancing hula.
MARISSA ABADIR - Board Member
Marissa Alexis Ferrell Abadir is a multi-faceted caregiver, creative luminary + community resource weaver who hails from multiple lineages of water people, scholars, advocates, visionaries and peace-builders. An Xennial born and raised in the occupied Yelamu Ohlone Territory (Northern California), she is currently living in Kalihi Valley. Presently, she is a Community Arts Manager, Principal Consultant at Kala Roots, an independent holistic arts practice and a makua (parent) elementary educator-in-training to her three keiki via Mālama Honua Public Charter School. Marissa holds a Bachelor of the Arts from University of California at Santa Barbara in Sociology and Woman’s Studies and an M.A. in Humanities and Leadership from New College of California in San Francisco. She is an active community member in University of Hawaiʻi at West Oʻahu’s Hawaiian and Indigenous Health and Healing Program.