yamaneMember of the following committees:

HLT - Health (Chair)
EDN - Education
HAW - Hawaiian Affairs
HED - Higher Education
HUS - Human Services


Personal

  • Married to Jennifer Higa; two sons, Daniel (5) and Gavan (1)

Education

  • St. Louis High School
  • University of Hawaii, BA in Psychology 1992
  • University of Hawaii, Masters of Social Work 1996
  • University of Hawaii, Masters of Business Administration 2002

Political Office

  • Elected in November, 2004
  • Assistant Majority Floor Leader, 2004-2006
  • Majority Whip, 2006-2008
  • Chair of the House Tourism and Culture Committee, 2006-2008
  • Chair of the House Committee on Health, 2008-present

Member of the Following Committees

  • Education
  • Higher Education
  • Hawaiian Affairs
  • Human Services

Professional

  • Social Worker, Queen's Medical Center
  • Instructor in Business Education, Hawaii Pacific University, teaching undergraduate business students the relativity of business within society, the social and political impacts of business practices (2008)
  • Clinical Director, of Ho'okupono Program, providing adolescent day treatment programs (1998- 2006)
  • Social Worker, Mental Health Specialist, and Care Coordinator for the State of Hawaii, Child and Family Service, Queen's Medical Center-Family Treatment Center and Hale Kipa Inc., providing various clinical services, educational and supportive counseling, and crisis intervention to individuals and families. (1991-1998)

Community Service

  • American Red Cross Volunteer
  • FEMA/Civil Defense Community Emergency Response Team Volunteer
  • Honolulu Police Department Volunteer
  • Medical Reserve Corp Volunteer
  • Citizen's Police Academy
  • Business Police Academy
  • Neighborhood Board Member, Waipahu District 22, 1999-2004
  • Pacific Century Fellows, class of 2006
  • Flemming Fellows, class of 2006
  • Leeward Lion's Club member
  • Leeward YMCA Board of Managers Member
  • Mililani Toastmasters Club Member

Member of the Democratic party


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