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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Public health comes to life in London

Many facets of life are better understood when experienced firsthand. For a group of public health, kinesiology and biocultural anthropology students, studying abroad in London this past summer did just that. “Our trip to London altered my perspective, specifically regarding the global need of an efficient public health structure,” says Chase Fettig, a public health senior and one of nine students who made the trip.
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When grief turns to hope

Within a year, former Oregon State gymnast and Kinesiology major Taylor Ricci and men’s soccer player and Finance major Nathan Braaten experienced the emotional turmoil of suicide when they lost a teammate. Through personal grief and frustration, the duo put their heads together to brainstorm ideas to bring mental health awareness out in the open.
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Furry friends find a new role

They’re said to be man’s best friend and now, four-legged friends of families with a developmentally disabled child are being trained to take on a new, important role. Dogs who complete the Do as I Do (DAID) project become imitation trainers for their human children with the goal of improving physical activity and social well-being in the child.
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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