Cyndi Osajima was named executive director of Project Dana, a volunteer caregiving project for the frail elderly and disabled in Hawai‘i. Her appointment was effective Oct. 1. Osajima succeeds Rose Nakamura, Project Dana’s founding project administrator, who led the organization from its inception in 1989.
Osajima is no stranger to Project Dana — she worked with Nakamura for the past 25 years and served as volunteer project coordinator for 24 of those years. For the past year, she has also been Project Dana’s operations manager. Osajima has been responsible for recruiting and training the volunteers and for matching them with people in need of Project Dana’s assistance. She earned her bachelor’s in sociology from California State University, Los Angeles, and her master’s degree in public health, specializing in gerontology, from the University of Hawai‘i at Mänoa.