State Traumatic Brain Injury Board
The mission of the State Traumatic Brain Injury Advisory Board is to advise the Department of Health in the development and implementation of a comprehensive plan to address the needs of persons affected by disorders and disabilities that involve the brain. Further, the Board shall advise the Department of the feasibility of establishing agreements with private sector agencies to develop services for persons with brain injuries. The Board shall also provide leadership and participation in the development and implementation of the comprehensive plan by encouraging public and private partnerships and private sector responses.
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CURRENT BOARD MEMBERS:
Member: Stephanie Yee
Background: Stephanie has served as a Speech Language Pathologist and Neuro Program Coordinator at the Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific, providing assessments and treatment in the areas of swallowing, speech, language, and cognitive-communicative deficits for individuals with post-cerebrovascular accidents, traumatic brain injuries, and spinal cord injuries for the past XX years. Stephanie also collaborates with the Medical Directors of the Traumatic Brain Injury, Stroke, and Spinal Cord Injury programs in developing programs, policies, procedures and guidelines.
Background: Lisa Dau, RN, BSN, IBCLC, CPSTI is a Registered Nurse at Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children with more than 26 years practical experience in hospital and community environments. Lisa currently serves as the Injury Prevention Coordinator and oversees the Keiki Injury Prevention Coalition.
Background: Rita is a 1985 TBI Survivor from a motor vehicle accident, a Registered Nurse with an active Hawaii Nursing License who worked for the American Red Cross as a Nurse Aide Tester for 8 years. As a volunteer of 11 years for the ARC, she was lead of Health Services at the time of disaster so has had to open 3 shelters on Kauai. She is a member of the Hawaii’s STBIAB as Kauai’s TBI Representative who also represents the STBIAB on Kauai’s MACFEA (Mayor’s Advisory Committee For Equal Access) for people with disabilities. While it has not been easy, Rita achieved these accomplishments after her accident and would like survivors and family members to know IT IS possible!
Member: Bill Rodriguez, Board Chair
Background: Bill is a TBI survivor and Chair of the State Traumatic Brain Injury Advisory Board.
Member: Albert Burian
Background: Albert is a TBI survivor
Member: Kawena Young
Background: Kawehi Kauhola is a Nurse Manager for the Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit and the Neuroscience Medical-Surgical/Telemetry Unit at the Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu. She received her education from the University of Hawaii with a Master’s of Science in Nursing, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and a Bachelor of Education in Secondary Education. Kawehi has been a part of the Queen’s Neuroscience Institute for over 20 years which is dedicated to providing state of the art medical care to patients with neurological and neurosurgical diseases and improving the neurological health of the people of Hawaii. Conditions treated include: Stroke, Traumatic Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury, Epilepsy, Neuromuscular conditions, and other neurological conditions. Queen’s is Hawaii’s only Level 4 Comprehensive Epilepsy Center and the only certified Comprehensive Stroke Center in the state.