Lisa is returning to Papa Ola Lōkahi as the Engagement Specialist for our Native Hawaiian Health Scholarship Program, she originally worked with us in 2003. She has a Master’s of Public Health from the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa focusing on Health System Administration and Planning. Lisa brings various management experience from Alaska and Oregon, to include family medicine, medical imaging, cardiology, and neuro-optometry. She worked at Ke Ola Mamo as the Program Director for the American Indian & Alaska Native Healthcare in Hawaiʻi program.
Lisa was born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska. She is both Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian, having ʻohana that originates from St. Lawrence Island in the Bering Sea and from Hilo, Hawaiʻi. She has a son and daughter, resides in Pālolo Valley and found her love to learn ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi as a result of serving on the parent boards of Pūnana Leo o Kawaiahaʻo and Kula Kaiapuni o Ānuenue. She enjoys meeting new people, watching her keiki play sports, learning to cook new recipes and adding a healthier spin to them, listening to music, travelling and continuing her life path of learning ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi.
As the Engagement Specialist, Lisa will assist in coordinating scholar engagement opportunities such as professional and leadership series, scholar hui events and alumni relations. In addition, she will help develop a network of NHHSP alumni by health professions throughout the islands and across the continental U.S.
Welcome back, Lisa!