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International Speaker - Hawai'i

Sheri Daniels

Executive Director
Papa Ola Lokahi

Born, raised, and currently residing on Maui, Sheri-Ann Daniels, Ed.D., has over two decades of experience in social service programs and 15 years of supervisory experience, including non-profit management. It is through these capacities that Dr. Daniels has worked closely with Hawai‘i’s unique and diverse population to overcome inequities.

In April 2016, Dr. Daniels was appointed Executive Director of Papa Ola Lōkahi (POL), the organization charged by the United States Congress with administrative oversight of the Native Hawaiian Health Care Improvement Act [Public Law 102-396]. In this role, she leads efforts in developing policy strategies related to health improvement for Native Hawaiians and their families at the local, state and federal level. Dr. Daniels has also played a pivotal role in the development of internal policies, related to the accountability of the Native Hawaiian Health Care Systems to their individual island communities.

Under Dr. Daniels’ leadership, POL has been successful in fostering relationships with local, national and international community-based organizations, whose leaders echo their appreciation for her dedication to being present. It is through these relationships that Dr. Daniels has directed her staff in taking on the challenge of measuring the resiliency and protective factors of Native Hawaiians and their surrounding communities. It is the belief of Dr. Daniels that in order to begin the elimination of health disparities, society must have a deeper understanding of an individual’s health needs.

Prior to POL, Dr. Daniels served in various capacities with the Hawai‘i State Judiciary, Child and Family Services, Malama Family Recovery Center – Maui’s only women-specific addiction and substance abuse treatment facility, and non-profits including Helping Hands Hawai‘i and Salvation Army.

In 2017 Dr. Daniels was appointed chairperson of Nā Limahana o Lonopūhā, the Native Hawaiian Health Consortium. An integrated network of leading senior executives and health care providers, together consortium members propose progressive models of culture and research-based methods in implementing prevention and treatment programs focused on systemic outcomes among various levels of Native Hawaiian health and wellness.

Dr. Daniels is actively involved in various community and civic organizations on Maui, including Hawaiian language education as a parent of four grade-school children currently in the kula kaiapuni system (Hawaiian language immersion).

A graduate of Kamehameha Schools Kapālama, Dr. Daniels received her bachelor’s in family resources from the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. She also earned a master’s in counseling psychology from Chaminade University of Honolulu, a doctorate in education from Argosy University, and currently holds several license certifications.

Dr. Daniels was recognized in 2014 with the Maui County Women of Excellence award. Other awards include the Pacific Business News – 40 Under 40 (2010) and Ka Ipu Kukui Fellow (2008).

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