Lauanda has been in the Cosmetology industry since 2012 when she started working with her husband in their school in Springfield, Oregon. Working on the administrative side of the school thought her so much about cosmetology, but she wanted to know more about the "behind the chair" industry and decided to put herself through school. She got her Cosmetology License and right after, her Instructor License. She is licensed in Oregon and Hawaii. With a Bachelors degree in Nursing, and a teaching background, she ended up sharing her time between administration and the instructor position at IBS. Her late husband, Darin Kobatake, was her great mentor during her journey into Cosmetology. His passion, hard work and dedication to the schools was an inspiration to her. Being surround by a wonderful staff and successful students makes her journey a lot more fun. Lauanda is very proud of her schools but the first and most important thing in her life is her family.
Shawn is a retired Chief Warrant Officer Three, with twenty years of service in the United States Army; a career focused on building cross-functional teams, influencing others, and managing competing priorities in high stress environments. His expertise includes but is not limited to Personnel and Talent Management, Program Development and Management, Policy Development, Written and Oral Communication, Leader Development, Strategic Planning, and Risk Management and Mitigation. Shawn joined our team as of February of 2020.
Kristin Jean Kajtezovic
Kristin has been a member of our team since June 2016. She has a B.A. Secondary Education from the University of Northern Iowa with a Minor in Coaching. She is always willing to help out in any way that she can to assist in the growth of our Future Professionals in this industry. IBS School of Cosmetology and Massage is truly blessed to have her as a member of our team.
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Diana Van Tassel
Massage Therapy Instructor
Diana is a massage therapist here on Maui, graduating from the Maui School of Therapeutic Massage in Makawao in 2004, and licensed by the State of Hawaii in that same year. Most recently Diana spent nearly 6 years working as a contractor for Na Ali'i Massage; one of Maui's top out-call massage agencies. This is fast-paced work, requiring excellent time management skills, communication, flexibility and versatility, both personally and professionally. Concurrently she taught watersports, specifically kiteboarding. Over the past 15 years Diana gained a lot of practical teaching experience. In addition to completing her Associate's Degree with honors at University of Hawaii Maui Campus, she has continued to take courses, both in class and online. Most recently, Diana completed an Anatomy and Physiology class with its accompanying lab, as well as another psychology course. She is a strong believer in the importance of continuing education and the value it adds to one's life.
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Diane (Dee) Merriles
Ms. Dee has been a Cosmetologist for 49 years. I love what I'm doing and enjoy teaching. My passion for hair started when I was a junior in High school. I attended Crel Beauty College in Oahu. After graduation I worked in a salon for years. As time has gone by, I had 2 sons with two grandchildren each. I worked for several salons before owning my own in the late 80s, early 90s. I became a licensed instructor in 2004. In 2013 I got a call from Darin Kobatake who was planning to open IBS School of Cosmetology and Massage in Kahului, Maui. I was excited to share my knowledge to the future cosmetologist and Hairstylist.
Haiku Has been with our team since January 2019. She has been in the Beauty industry for over 10 years. She has served in multiple positions from Receptionist to include Manager. She loves "helping others feel beautiful from the outside in and inside out." Haiku is a firm believer in continuing education and also encourages our students to do the same. As this industry is always growing and developing different methods she wants to ensure that she can provide that to our students which in turn is provided to our clients.
Denyse has been a Cosmetologist for 43 Years, she joined our team September 2020. Denyse has worked in independent salons, hotels and even had the privilege to work on a cruise ship traveling through out the Caribbean. She has had the opportunity to perfect her skill in this industry and is eager to develop our next generation of Cosmetologist. "Never in a million years would I have imagined being an instructor. It is a daily challenge, one I look forward to by keeping a positive attitude and a smile, while seeing our students take on a challenging situation and coming through with their amazing accomplishments."
Georgette has been with us since December 2020, she is a great addition as she is the Lead Instructor of our Esthetics program. She has over 17 years of teaching and consulting experience. IBS is proud of Georgette as she is the first student to graduate from IBS and then return after years of experience in the industry to now become an instructor to develop our next generation of Estheticians. She loves utilizing her knowledge in providing excellent instruction in skincare and offer insight to the ever changing world of beauty.