Meet The Staff

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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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David Nisthal
Program Coordinator
Gartley Hall Rm. 001A
Phone: 808-956-6974

David Nisthal, MSW is an instructor and coordinator of the Hawaiʻi Child Welfare Education Collaboration (HCWEC) at the Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work. David received his Master of Social Work degree from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and has since then worked with various populations and communities. Prior to working at UH Mānoa, David served as Interim Student Life Coordinator at Leeward Community College, coordinating and supervising campus-wide events to educate and engage students with campus life. David has also served a community educator for The Sex Abuse Treatment Center (SATC), providing sexual violence prevention and bystander intervention to communities across the state of Hawaiʻi. Prior to his experience with SATC, David served as a social worker with the Hawaiʻi State Judiciary, providing comprehensive services for adult and juvenile clients.

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Chelsea Cagaoan
Program Assistant
Gartley Hall Rm. 001
Phone: 808-956-6003

Chelsea Cagaoan serves as the Project Assistant of HCWEC. She 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. She graduated from Willamette University with a BA in Psychology and Japanese Studies and has recently returned from living in Japan. She is also the administrative and fiscal support specialist for MBTSSW’s Distance Education program.