Janice Okubo has been a NPHIC member since 2001, joining just after the anthrax threats that further highlighted the importance of public health communication. In 2002, Janice handled public information for the first dengue fever outbreak in Hawaii since the 1960s and for one of the most complex chemical spills in the state when a large jar of mercury was spread unknowingly throughout a public housing complex by residents. As a NPHIC gold, silver, and bronze award winner for press releases, annual reports, campaigns and crisis responses, Janice earned her CCPH in 2015. Janice has served as the communications director at the Hawaii Department of Health for nearly 20 years and overall in government communications for 30 years. A graduate of the University of Hawaii at Manoa, she lives with her husband and two children in East Honolulu on Oahu.