Darnelle attended Eastern Oregon University where she graduated with a Bachelor in Sociology. Darnelle loves a good challenge and enjoys working with different people and different environments and has always been interested in the field of health and the business of helping others. Prior to 2010, Darnelle served as Comprehensive Cancer Control Coordinator for the Ministry of Health's Cancer Program for five years. Aside from the daily operations of the unit, a huge part of Darnelle's responsibility managing the Cancer Program was working with community members and partners in raising community awareness and gaining community ownership to health with regards to cancer. Darnelle looks forward to an opportunity to broaden her leadership skills and expand her knowledge and practice to become a positive leader for her community.