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Laura Trinkle, MHA, MSS, BS, FACHE

Director for Administration, Operations & Relations

Hawaii Keiki: Healthy & Ready to Learn
Nancy Atmospera-Walch School of Nursing
University of Hawaii at Manoa

Cell: 808-745-0126
Fax: 808-956-3257

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COL (ret) Laura Trinkle is the Director of Administration, Operations, and Relations for the Hawaii Keiki: Healthy and Ready to Learn Program. In this role, she is responsible for the overall administration of the program working under the direction of the Senior Practice Director and supporting the HK team.

Laura earned her bachelor’s degree in education from Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas in 1991 with a teaching area of physical education and coaching. She earned her master’s degree in health administration from Baylor University as part of the U.S. Army-Baylor University Program at Fort Sam Houston, Texas in 1998. She also earned a master’s degree in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania in 2014.

Laura is Board Certified as a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and has served on the Army Regent’s Advisory Council from 2010 – 2020. She was recognized in 2012 with the ACHE Regent Senior Level Healthcare Executive Award and in 2018 with the ACHE Regent Career Achievement Award.

With more than 29 years of experience in healthcare management with 15 years at the executive level, she retired from the Army with the rank of Colonel. She served at every level of Army Medicine from a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital to the Office of the Surgeon General. Her last position in the Army was as the Chief of Staff for Regional Health Command – Pacific. She deployed to both Kosovo and Iraq where she was a Deputy Commander and the senior administrator for a Combat Support Hospital.

Laura’s dedication to service brought her to Hawaii Keiki, where her leadership and healthcare experience can directly impact the future of Hawaii by improving the health of our keiki.

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