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Michelle Tagorda

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Michelle A. Tagorda

Michelle A. Tagorda was born in Hilo, Hawai‘i and is a graduate of Kea‘au High School. She earned her bachelor of science in psychology and bachelor of arts in biology from the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, while engaging in various student leadership activities.

Tagorda served on the Campus Center Board while working on phases of the Campus Center renovation and expansion project including the opening of the Warrior Recreation Center. She worked to ensure that all service areas, facilities and activities of the Campus Center Complex were providing students with the out of classroom experience to gather, collaborate and enjoy student life.

As a master of public health student, Tagorda worked to help develop and support the new bachelor of arts in public health degree in her capacity as the Office of Public Health Studies undergraduate academic advisor. She dedicated herself to the service of both undergraduate and graduate students through academic advising, inspiring many students to pursue rewarding careers in public health and beyond. She served as an officer on the board for the public health student organization, Hui Ola Pono, and remains active in the Hawai‘i Public Health Association.

Her research involved collaboration with the Center for Rural Health Studies at UH Hilo, and focused on measuring and understanding cultural characteristics related to health. She worked with the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Education, Manoa Peer Advisor program as the program assistant and volunteered with the Hawai‘i Primary Care Association and Hawai‘i Department of Health to develop an educational toolkit for the film Ola which focused on bringing to light issues surrounding the social determinants of health. Tagorda was also part of the Health Behavior Change Research Workgroup’s Waipahu Health Action Research Training project, where she supported high school seniors in facilitating classroom activities on physical activity and healthy nutrition as preventative measures for obesity.

Upon graduating with her masters of public health in social and behavioral health sciences, Tagorda was inducted into the Delta Omega Honorary Public Health Society, Gamma Chapter. Tagorda currently works as a program coordinator with the Health Careers Opportunity Program in the Student Equity, Excellence and Diversity office at UH Manoa.

In her spare time, Tagorda enjoys playing basketball, running at Ala Moana Beach Park, reading and journal writing.

Select a regent to learn more about that individual. Regents serve through June 30 of the indicated year.

Jan Sullivan, headshot
Jan Naoe Sullivan
Chair
Honolulu County
Term ends 2021
Randolph Moore, headshot
Randolph G. Moore
Vice Chair
At-Large Seat
Term ends 2018
Benjamin Kudo
Benjamin Asa Kudo
Vice Chair
At-Large Seat
Term ends 2017
Simeon Acoba, headshot
Simeon Acoba
Honolulu County
Term ends 2017
David Iha, headshot
David Iha
Kaua‘i County
Term ends 2017
Eugene Bal III
Eugene Bal III
Maui County
Term ends 2018
Brandon Marc Higa, headshot
Brandon Marc Higa
Student regent
Term ends 2018
Barry Mizuno, headshot
Barry T. Mizuno
Hawai‘i County
Term ends 2018
Jeffrey Portnoy, headshot
Jeffrey Portnoy
Honolulu County
Term ends 2019
Lee Putnam, headshot
Lee Putnam
Honolulu County
Term ends 2019
Stanford Yuen, headshot
Stanford Yuen
Honolulu County
Term ends 2019
Michael McEnerney, headshot
Michael McEnerney
Honolulu County
Term ends 2020
Ernest Wilson, headshot
Ernest Wilson
Maui County
Term ends 2020
Wayne Higaki, headshot
Wayne Higaki
Hawai‘i County
Term ends 2021
Michelle Tagorda, headshot
Michelle Tagorda
Honolulu County
Term ends 2021