Swan is the driving force behind HFA -modeling school.
She brings over 40 years experience to her amazing team.
Modeling since age twelve, she has much to share on many different levels about the
modeling industry; stage, fashion runway to photo movement, developing students from the ground up.

Instructing, children, teens, adults who are just starting this journey to top professional models.


Model, teacher, agent, Swan is dedicated to her craft in model self development. Grooming students for a successful start to an exciting future ahead. Her life's purpose is to inspire others to find their own greatness.

Lead Instructor & Director

Swan Elliott

Is the Office Administrator for Focus Hawaii Agency and Modeling Academy. Joining the team over 14 years ago, she is involved with most every aspect of the business. Her years of experienced management, help bring support to academy staff, models and new students. She strives to provide a pleasant and positive work environment while taking pride in organizing the daily operations, effectively and efficiently. She especially enjoys creating and working on new projects, giving positive inspiration to the academy team and students.

Office Administrator

Reggie Trusel

Lisa's passion for modeling started at a young age and she has been absolutely in love with it ever since!  She is also a graduate of cosmetology school, providing hair and makeup to models for their photo portfolios. Lisa continues to model today.  She finds it especially rewarding to teach new models how to develop their skills and find the “model within”.  Lisa is also the Hawaii Focus Academy fashion show stylist and coordinator.

Make Up Artist-Stylist

Lisa Alverez

Has been working as a translator/interpreter and teaching English and Japanese for

more than 25 years in Sapporo, Japan, and Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. She also works as a go-
between for local businesses in Japan and Hawaii to facilitate their business.


Takako Oxley

Originally born in Russia, she started her modeling career working as a runway model. She is disciplined, hardworking, resourceful and patient.  Elena is a true believer every one is beautiful and special in their own way. Her goal when teaching fashion runway, is not to only show the different modeling techniques & styles but to also bring confidence to every models unique abilities. While being a top runway model, Elena however has several years experience working print campaigns for lifestyle photography.

Runway Instructor

Elena Sergatcheva

Peggy Ruelke has worked for Focus Hawaii for the past 20 years as a Creative Director. She is one of the academy's main photographers, assisting models with portfolios, makeup/styling and instructing in photo movement.

Her latest passion, developing two fantasy calendars; Fairies and Mermaids of Hawaii. Peggy has worked with many production companies through out the years, model campaigns and fashion shows. While being apart of the Focus team, she started her main career as a Cosmetologist and after 15 successful years, she became a Registered Nurse.

Now owner of PR Hawaii Photography, quality photography with a touch of magic. Her
creative style has been displayed in several local publications.

Photographer and Creative Director

Peggy Ruelke

Being a model herself for many years and modeling instructor for Focus International Agency and Hawaii Focus Academy, Ala utilizes principles of modeling to instruct individuals about methods of self-improvement and to analyze appearance of individual. She provides instructions to students in managing wardrobe, capability of wearing all types of clothing styles, ability to look good at all times, being flexible, adaptable, very stylish, versatile, efficient, hard-working, good at taking directions. As a model instructor, she conducts classes and teaches students about various aspects of modeling as an art and profession. Originally from Belarus Ala is fluent in Russian, Belarusian and English languages.

Self Improvement

Ala Bahdanovich


Peter Baratti, is an American fashion/beauty photographer located in Hollywood,
California. He travels around the world for magazine editorials and commercial
and fashion accounts. His list of clientele include many celebrities in the fashion,
movies and music industries.
The beautiful islands of Hawaii have always been some of his favorite locations
for their beauty and natural settings as well as the abundance of new talents to
discover for the industry. He has been visiting the islands since early 2000,
primarily working with FOCUS HAWAII and has produced some of their industry
demanding photographs, therefore discovering great talent for modeling and
acting markets.

Photographer and Artistic Designer

Peter Baratti

With a passion for spreading joy and creating works of art, Kayli has been one of our top Big Island based models with over 10 years of experience. She is an internationally published model with an understanding of client needs, and truly enjoys guiding new models to a place where they can unearth their own potential and become confident with what they can offer as a model. With an eye for photo movement, Kayli offers hands on training for anyone wanting to pose like a pro.


Kayli Towler

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From a small ski resort in the Austrian Alps, Martin joined the Focus team in 2004. He is one of our
lead models and talent appearing in several movies, TV shows, commercials and print campaigns. As one of our career talent, Martin has many skills to offer the students of Hawaii Focus Academy.

Fitness and nutrution is one of his great passions working as a certified personal trainer between
Hawaii and Santa Monica Ca. While busy training others he also became a “Black Belt” in Tae Kwon Do.

Apart of the Screen Actor Guild since 2013 he has been fortunate to be involved in several US and
International projects such as; BMW, Mercedes Benz, Target, Subway, Fifth Third Bank, Acer, Eddie Bauer catalog and many local Hawaiian resort advertising.

Acting, Model and Fitness Instructor

Martin Grassberger

Satori is a former actress and model, teaching acting, modeling and stage presence. She is the creator of the Satori School of Enlightenment and a personal life coach. 

She is a humanitarian born in Namibia, South West Africa and the root of her spiritual
understanding evolved from studying Hebrew and Kabbalah in Israel.

 As the founder of Seyoga Illustrated Products, she works with Fortune 500 companies  such as; IBM, White, Case and many more, enhancing employee wellness. She has been able to positively enrich the lives of many. Her unique balanced approach to life has allowed her to joyfully share the power of Physical, Mental and Spiritual transformation. She is also the author of over one hundred published health related articles, several books, DVD's and audio CD's on natural stress relief, weight loss, children’s yoga, and natural lifestyle change.

Yoga and Model Instructor

Satori Journey

Is the founder of “Instafilms”, a film and production company that specializes in story telling and capturing genuine emotion of individual(s). His productions are fun and focused primarily on capturing candid moments in order to bring a story to life. Josiah is the creative force behind the many video's filmed for Hawaii Focus models, clients and new students.


Josiah Begley