Danielle (Dani) Douglass

Writer, Blogger, PR Hawk

Corvallis, OR

Danielle (Dani) Douglass

I love telling stories, planning events and being involved in work that makes a difference. I've walked many paths in life, including PR pro, teacher, writer and blogger. I'm passionate, energetic and curious. My favorite topics are health and well-being, fitness, food, education, travel, outdoor adventure and ocean sports.


A picture is worth 1,000 words

Recognizing herself in a photo taken more than 60 years ago when she was a 10-year-old camper at 4-H summer camp brings thoughtful reflection of Patricia “Pat” Maberry’s life of hard work and perseverance. The 74-year-old Beaverton resident is a woman from simple beginnings. It was Pat’s grandmother – Lucille Knight – who arranged for the young girl to attend the 1953 4-H summer school at Oregon State College.
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Big dreams took him to bigger places

Grant Tong (BS ’10) was a senior at Pearl City High School on the island of O‘ahu, Hawaii, when he had one of those “ah ha” moments. It had nothing to do with typical teenage conundrums, like who he’d ask to prom or what beach he and his buddies should body surf at the next weekend. Instead, it came following a distal fibula injury he sustained when he threw his opponent onto his foot during a judo match – which he still won.
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The fitness diaries: Drew Ibarra

As one might assume, the director of physical activity programming for our college, Drew Ibarra, is an active man. In addition to running up to four days each week, he joins in Faculty Staff Fitness weight or corefit classes whenever he can. Since moving to Oregon in 2008, Drew’s discovered a love of trail running and enjoys climbing the Cascade Mountains.
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Still Having Fun Every Step of the Way

When he was 14 years old, Dan Buettner rode his bike with his best friend from Minneapolis to Rochester, Minn., because it gave him a sense of freedom and it was incredibly fun.
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Health is the Greatest Wealth

Jason Coleman makes a killer smoothie. These days, he hears this sentiment often. Just a few years ago, it was this remark from family and friends that inspired the then 42-year-old to open Leahi Health. From bartender to plant-based food restaurant owner, his own journey has been one of discovery and a quest toward optimal health.
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Talking Blue Zones with Dan Buettner

What do beans, a sense of purpose, and your friends have in common? They can all help you to live a more vibrant life. Increasing life expectancy is a simple recipe for Dan Buettner. There’s no magic pill to take. No fad diet to follow. And you don’t have to spend countless hours in a gym pumping iron.
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Multi-Tasking Mayor

Mayor Kirk Caldwell faces a constant challenge of scheduling time for exercise. Despite the countless meetings, commitments, and emergencies that come with leading a major city, Caldwell acknowledges that staying fit is just as important as brushing his teeth. With his hectic and unpredictable schedule, he’s mastered the art of fitting in exercise where he can.
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Faces of Well-Being (cover story)

If you walk the halls at HMSA and listen care- fully, you’ll hear the word “well-being” often. What’s even more noticeable is that you’ll see employees actually walking the well-being talk. Well-being isn’t a new concept at HMSA. Our employee well-being program, Mälama Ola, was launched three years ago. Last year, we became the first Blue Zones Project® Demonstration Worksite in the state. This year, we’re working toward Blue Zones WorksiteTM certification. There are over 1,600 HMSA employees state- wide who have many well-being stories. These are just a few tales of how well-being has taken flight at work, home, and in the community.
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A Boy's Passion to Save Lives

Twelve-year old Brycen Go has a simple vision of his future. He explains he’d be content living in a one-bedroom apartment with enough food to eat and a job with emergency medical services (EMS).
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It’s going to be a magical Spring

For some people, it’s the happiest place on Earth. For Oregon State’s Cool Shoes dance team, it’s the location of their final performance with the team’s creator and leader Cathy Dark before she retires from the program at the end of the academic year. “I figured that this was my last year with Cool Shoes, so let’s go for the gold,” Cathy says.
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When Beavers Give a Dam

Health Promotion and Health Behavior Ph.D. candidate Coral Cotto-Negrón knows that Beavers Give a Dam. The sexual violence prevention program is the focus of her dissertation research with Assistant Professor Jessica Gorman. It’s also the brainchild of Associate Director of Prevention and Wellness (PAW) at Oregon State’s Student Health Services, Michelle Bangen, who created Beavers Give a Dam as a way to train bystanders on how to intervene if they witness an actual or potential sexually violent situation.
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Despite the unexpected, professor persists

There are situations in life where our inner voice supersedes outside factors. Such was the case on a recent trip CPHHS Assistant Professor David Rothwell took to Tehran, Iran, to present at a symposium “An Examination of Child Poverty” sponsored by the Iran Ministry of Cooperative, Labor and Social Welfare (MCLSW).
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Danielle (Dani) Douglass

Hi, I'm Dani and I'm an assistant director of marketing and communications at Oregon State University. I work for the College of Public Health and Human Sciences, which allows me to merge my love for everything health and well-being with strategic communications.

In my former lives, I was a corporate writer at Honolulu's top health insurance company, an elementary school teacher and public relations professional.

In my teaching career, I taught 3rd grade students the fundamentals of writing and enjoyed watching my students develop their writing and grammar skills. I maintained a class website and wrote and received numerous grants for classroom supplies and to take my students on field trips. Instilling a love for writing in my students was one of the most inspiring and gratifying things I've ever done.

During my years in public relations, writing and marketing, I provided account services to numerous Hawaii businesses and government officials. I learned to multi-task, stay cool under pressure, and prioritize deadlines. I also spent a year at Hawaii's State legislature, which provided me with the opportunity to see government in action.

I'm an energetic and driven individual. Meeting new people, seeing new places, and learning new things makes me thrive. I'm a firm believer in doing things that bring you the most happiness. I love being outdoors, eating healthy, being active, meeting people with inspirational stories to tell, traveling overseas, issues related to education reform and finding the best in people.

Outside of work and writing, I enjoy hiking, spending time with my husband and two cats, cooking and creating new healthy recipes, visiting with family and friends, going to the beach, surfing, lifting weights and reading.



  • Hawaii travel market
  • Curriculum writing
  • Press releases
  • Feature writing
  • Interviewing
  • Teaching
  • Editing
  • Blogging
  • Writing