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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Member: Stephanie Yee, MS, CCC-SLP, CBIS

Background: Stephanie currently serves as a Quality Continuous Improvement Specialist at REHAB Hospital of the Pacific. She has been with the organization for over 20 years. Previously, she was a Speech-Language Pathologist, 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. During this time, she also served as a Neuro Program Coordinator assisting the Stroke, Brain Injury and Spinal Cord Injury Service Lines.

Member: Lisa Dau, RN, BSN, IBCLC, CPSTI

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.


Member: Rita Manriquez

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


Member: Kawehi Kauhola

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.