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Danielle Manis (’08)

Danielle Manis (’08)
SUU to Credentialing Specialist

Originally published on December 04, 2022.

Originally from Cottonwood Heights, Utah, Danielle Manis graduated from Brighton High School in 2004 and came to SUU where she went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies with an emphasis in agriculture science and industry. Today, she is a billing credential specialist with Eagle Mountain Counseling, a mental health clinic in Eagle Mountain, Utah.

And, she has her sights set on personal advancement in the field of mental health, which has the power to make pronounced improvements in the lives of people.

“I love being involved – in a small way – with the well-being of our patients,” she says. “From my time at the clinic, I have developed a passion for mental health and have decided to become a therapist.” She is pursuing her dream and working toward a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling through an online program with the University of the Cumberlands, in Williamsburg, Kentucky.

Danielle chose SUU after visiting a friend who was a student here, and she fell in love with Cedar City and the campus. She loved the small-town feel and the more intimate setting of the SUU campus.

“I really found out who I was while at SUU. I fell into my niche thanks to my experiences and the people it brought into my life, and I learned that I am capable of achieving the things I put my mind to,” she says. “The time I spent on my education while attending SUU helped me to realize the benefit of hard work, and I have carried that with me into any job or project I have had since graduating.”

She gives high marks to the faculty of the University, and credits Professor Lee Wood as a particularly integral part of her finding out who she was.

“Professor Wood brought a piece of that ‘home feeling’ to my time at SUU,” she says.

Danielle is married to Cory, her husband of 14 years, and the couple has four children. The family lives on a small “hobby” farm in Eagle Mountain with goats, chickens, bunnies, cats, dogs, and all sorts of other critters. Their next farm-venture, she says, will be to own horses, which has been Danielle’s dream since she was a little girl.

“We love to be outdoors; camping, riding, or just spending the day up the canyon,” she says. “I love horseback riding, reading, crafting and spending time with the people I love.”