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.


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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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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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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A masterful balance for student-athlete Marcus McMaryion

It’s been an exciting year for College of Public Health and Human Sciences’ public health sophomore and OSU Beavers quarterback Marcus McMaryion. He was recently put in as the team’s starting quarterback after two of his teammates suffered injuries. He also changed his major from kinesiology to public health.
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So much more than summer camp

Thirteen years ago, Isaac Camacho was a camper at the first Oregon 4-H international summer camp. At that time, Isaac says he wasn’t a good student and his teachers didn’t like him. Today, Isaac has finished his master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Portland State University and he was recently accepted into Concordia University’s Transformational Leadership Educational Doctorate Program.
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CPHHS student ready for next fork in the road

When she was a little girl, Cindy Quintanilla, 31, made a decision that she would be the first in her family to pursue a college education. “I promised myself that I would break the barriers and make my mom and dad’s sacrifices worth it,” she says. Both of Cindy’s parents are from Mexico – her mom grew up in Juarez and her father in Ciudad de Chihuahua, both in the state of Chihuahua.
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Blending of culture and priorities

You may not think faculty from OSU’s College of Public Health and Human Sciences and Debre Berhan University in Ethiopia have much in common. On the contrary, they share something they both hold dear – a passion and commitment to better the health of their communities. Although the issues are much different in Ethiopia, including maternal and child health issues, infectious diseases and HIV, at the end of the day both groups work toward creating implementable research-based solutions that help their respective communities live healthier and happier lives.
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Not so different

Assistant Professor Leslie Richard’s Families in Poverty has inspired Tasha Galardi, a PhD student in Human Development and Family Studies, more than once. She was first motivated to consider the HDFS program as a graduate student after completing the course in 2009. Leslie served as her master’s thesis advisor when she did enroll in the program.
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From battlefield to classroom

Transitioning from active military service to the classroom is never easy. Kinesiology student Richard Erfuth, 34, knows firsthand, and his adaptability and dedication has paid off. After his graduation from the CPHHS next month, he will continue his education and journey toward becoming a physician assistant.
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A guest from across the Pacific Ocean

At a new event, Ovation, the college honored three individuals who have made a significant impact at OSU and in the community. College supporters, alumni, preceptors and students joined together in celebrating them and the many relationships that support the college and student success. Among alumni guests was Marvin Yonamine from Mililani, Hawaii.
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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