INPEACE has provided educational programs to Native Hawaiian communities for 25 years, nurturing the growth and development of keiki through ‘ohana-focused models and empowering community members to become educators and active leaders in their own communities because they understand, live, and are invested in the community’s future.
Chief Executive Officer
Maile Keli‘ipio-Acoba grew up in Mā’ili on the Wai‘anae Coast and is excited to have the opportunity to serve the community, hoping to make a difference for Native Hawaiian individuals and families throughout the State. She joined INPEACE as the Vice President of Programs in 2013 and stepped into the Chief Executive Officer position in 2017. With over 30 years of diverse experience in social service management and program design, both in Hawaii and Washington State, Maile is credited with envisioning and coordinating numerous efforts to establish key resources for the broader community, some of which have been recognized at State and Federal levels. Maile holds a Bachelor’s degree in Hawaiian Studies and a Master’s degree in Public Administration, both from the University of Hawa‘ii at Mānoa.
Chief Financial Officer
Marissa Pico was born and raised in Ewa Beach, Hawaii and is thrilled to be a part of an organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life of Native Hawaiians and continually works towards bringing equitable opportunities to our community. She currently serves as the Chief Financial Officer. Marissa has been with INPEACE since 2006, gaining experience and expertise in the non-profit sector, while taking on more responsibility and duties each year. She has been in her current position as Chief Financial Officer for the past 2 years, serving as the VP of Finance for 9 years prior. She is a graduate of the University of Hawaii-West Oahu where she received a BS in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting. She brings accounting experience having worked for a CPA firm for 3 years.
Chief Program Officer
Sanoe Marfil grew up in Wahiawa and Nānākuli where she currently resides with her family. She is a respected leader in her community and has had the opportunity to network with diverse individuals and communities across the United States and globally. Sanoe came to INPEACE as a participating parent. She joined the INPEACE ‘ohana in 2010 and worked her way up to her current position as the Chief Program Officer. Sanoe shares her passion for education and culture and leads the staff in the design and creation of educational programming and activities that instill knowledge, appreciation and skills in academic attainment and Hawaiian cultural practices for professionals, families, and individuals of all ages. Her deep community roots and relationships serve as a strong foundation to her ability to establish community partnerships and collaborations that more effectively serves the community in a holistic manner. Sanoe graduated from the University of Hawai‘i- West O‘ahu with a BA in Hawaiian Pacific Studies and is currently pursuing a MA in Hawaiian Culture focusing on the importance of family mo‘okuauhau (genealogy) and mo‘olelo (stories).
Director of Human Resources
Jocelyn Banks grew up in Palolo Valley on the south side of Oahu. Her adolescence and most of her adulthood, raising her 4 children, were in Kaimuki until settling down on the westside, in Nanakuli. From communities alike, she hopes to provide the resources and promote self-sufficiency in the individuals and families we serve. Her passion is to help others succeed. Jocelyn joined INPEACE in 2020 as the Director of Human Resources. With 8 years in HR and various customer service experience, it has groomed her in a position creating a comfortable space, welcoming to open communication with staff and people in general. Jocelyn holds an Associate’s degree in Business and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management with an emphasis in Human Resources from University of Phoenix.