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.
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.