About the Author
Dr. Jo Hanna Mechergui was the project director of Hawaii’s Access to Recovery Program. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology, master’s degree in speech and language pathology, and a PhD in administration She has over thirty-five years of experience in education, program management, and curriculum development.
Dr. Mechergui is an internationally experienced educator and administrator who has assisted people from a variety of cultures in expanding their academic learning and professional growth. She brings to the global community her positive multinational attitude and a unique ability to inspire awareness in others. She has worked with native Hawaiian and Pacific Island populations on the islands of Oahu, Lanai, Maui, Hawaii, and Kauai. She has also worked in San Juan, Puerto Rico; Ras Tanura, Saudi Arabia; and Abqaiq, Saudi Arabia and across the United States from Michigan to Ohio, Florida, New Jersey, California, and Washington State while collaborating with a variety of federal agencies on targeted initiatives. She has the desire to strengthen, teach, encourage, validate, and exhort people to follow their life goals. She is able to accomplish this with insight, with practical experience, and always with humor.