Oreta M. Tupola was born and raised in Laie, Hawaii and moved to Orem, Utah in 2015. Oreta has 25 years of experience in community outreach, advocacy and health working with underserved communities. Her love for community work started as a parent in the Head Start Program also working with the grass roots organization Na Pua Aloha which consisted of a few local woman who sheltered abused women in their community until they could get them into a safety shelter. She then worked for the Salvation Army Family Treatment Services Program as a Domestic Violence Advocate.
Oreta volunteers in underserved communities including the Pacific Island Community in Utah to address social needs, improve health equity and access and to facilitate change through “talk story” around difficult topics and issues such as sex, violence and suicide. With the focus of building capacity in communities she believes that it is her responsibility to give back to her Pacific Island Village who helped raise her growing up with a single mother.
Besides community work her passion is Polynesian Dancing, watching her boys play Football and playing with her grandson Dallas. Words to live by “When you Learn, Teach. When you Get, Give.”
Oreta obtained a bachelor’s in social work at Brigham Young University Hawaii with her desire to address violence in her community. After being in the field of community work for 10 years and raising her 4 children she returned as a non-traditional student at age 30, played softball for 2 years with the Lady Seasiders and then obtained a master’s Degree at the University of Hawaii Manoa in the field of Social Work with a health concentration. She is now pursuing her EdD in Organizational Leadership with Argosy University.