Megan Yarberry is the daughter of educators who came to the Hawaiian Islands in 1957. Growing up in Hawaii, Micronesia, and Indonesia gave her a deep appreciation for diverse cultures and contextually relevant solution to community issues. With a degree from the University of Puget Sound, she joined the Peace Corps and served two years in West Africa before returning to the U.S. to pursue a career in healthcare. After receiving a master’s degree from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, she opened a private practice in Hilo. She also served as an Instructor and Academic Dean of a small college on the Big Island. In 2005, Megan began developing healthcare training and programs for high-needs populations in Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean. Before joining Blue Zones Project, she spent two years as a Project Manager in Tanzania implementing community development programs among rural populations. Megan is passionate about community empowerment through education and resource optimization.