Meet The Staff

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Cheri Tarutani, MSW, LCSW
Project Manager
Gartley Hall Rm 001A
Phone: 808-956-6974
Cheri serves as the Project Manager.  She has been an instructor with the University of Hawaiʻi, Manoa School of Social Work since 2009.  She initially started as the Practice Coordinator in the Distance Education program, primarily responsible for all aspects of Field and teaching practice courses to the neighbor island graduate students.  Prior to joining UH, she was a Child and Adult Protection Specialist for Child Welfare Services for 6 years.  During that time, she was the designated Family Drug Court worker and part of the Family Drug Court team that was awarded the Natural Collaborative Leader Award in 2004 from the Mediation Center of the Pacific.  Ms. Tarutani has also been a court appointed custody evaluator for the last 10 years.  Ms. Tarutani earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Women’s Studies from UCLA and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Hawaiʻi, Manoa.  You can access my papers on SSRN at:

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Francie Julien-Chinn
Principal Investigator
Gartley Hall Rm. 214
​Phone: 808-956-4929

Dr. Francie Julien-Chinn is an Assistant Professor at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work. Dr. Julien-Chinn practiced for over a decade in the field of child welfare. Her practice experience included supervision, management, and frontline field work. She obtained her BSW from Northern Arizona University, and her MSW, and Ph.D. at Arizona State University. Dr. Julien-Chinn’s research focuses on child welfare workforce issues, family houselessness, and family resiliency. Additionally, Dr. Julien-Chinn was a fellow in the Doris Duke Fellowship for the Promotion of Child Well-Being, a fellowship that provides mentoring, support, and resources for research that promotes practice and policy initiatives aimed at enhancing child well-being and preventing child maltreatment.

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Puna Sabagala, MPH
Program Assistant
Gartley Hall Rm. 001
Phone: 808-956-6003
Puna Sabagala, MPH, serves as the Project Assistant of HCWEC. He joined the team to provide operation and administrative support, website management, budget compliance, a compilation of data annual report and various other tasks to help sustain the project. He is an alumnus of the University of Hawaiʽi, Mānoa, Office of Public Health Studies, with a Master of Public Health degree in Epidemiology, 2017. He is currently the Project Manager for the Impacts of Social Proximity to Bias Crime Among COFA-migrants in Hawaiʽi project.