Program Ambassadors

Welcome! We are the MHA Student Ambassadors. We are here to assist prospective students by answering questions and giving feedback on our student experience in the master's of healthcare administration program. Whether you have questions about student life, curriculum, work experiences or Pacific University itself, we are available to answer your questions. Just ask and you will get valuable answers from a student's perspective.

Alumni Ambassadors

Laura Motch | moto6132@pacificu.edu

My name is Laura Motch and I am currently pursuing a MHA degree from Pacific University. My undergraduate degree is in Social and Behavioral science. Currently, I hold a full time management position with a community mental health and addictions agency. In addition, I have experience in both the legal and political fields. I know healthcare is where I want to be and it is an exciting time to be there. Pursuing a graduate level degree has always been a goal and the time was right to make that dream a reality. The MHA program at Pacific University has allowed me to maintain my full time employment and family obligations. I have found the instructors to be invested in my success and are dedicated to producing superior healthcare leaders. The program has afforded me many opportunities I would not have otherwise had. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you might have.

Dewey Tucker | dewey.tucker@pacificu.edu

My name is Dewey Tucker. I am an ex-US Army combat medic and EMT. I spent most of my military service at Martin Army hospital in Ft. Benning GA and as medical support for Ranger and Airborne training schools. After the military I went into business and have owned a couple successful businesses. After a decade of successful business operational management I found myself missing the purpose and satisfaction that I used to derive from working in healthcare. That is what brought me to the MHA program at Pacific University.

I have found the MHA program at Pacific to be one of the best choices that I have ever made. The program has small class sizes, excellent instructors and facilitates networking with some of the top members of the local healthcare organizations. I currently work as Program Manager for the Patient Safety Center of Inquiry at the Portland VA medical center.

Feel free to e-mail me any question or concerns for a timely and honest answer.

Dewey Tucker

2nd Year Ambassadors

Micaiah Fifer | kyfifer@pacificu.edu

Hello all! My name’s Micaiah Fifer, but you can call me Ky. I’m enrolled in Pacific’s healthcare administration program and will graduate in 2015. I received my BS from Portland State University where I studied a myriad of subjects including music and biology, and also received a recording and music production certification while in attendance there. In addition, I hold a degree in allied health for medical assisting which I acquired at MHCC. I work full-time as a CMA at a very busy occupational health clinic in Portland where I get to exercise both my administrative and clinical skills on a daily basis. I moonlight as a musician on weekends and have found many of the concepts learned here are easily applied in managing this area of my life as well.

The program boasts a staff of very approachable instructors, guest speakers from many of the big institutions, and courses that encourage education through a manageable workload and frequent inter-professional interaction. Pacific’s healthcare administration program is the next logical step on my path toward a career that will enable me to contribute strategic, informed, and ethical leadership to the ever-changing world of healthcare.

If you want to learn more, I am happy to share my experiences with you or answer any questions you may have.

Micaiah (Ky) Fifer

Jaeme Kleverjaeme@pacificu.edu

Welcome! My name is Jaeme Klever and I am enrolled in the master's of healthcare administration and the healthcare compliance certificate programs. I attended Pacific University as an undergraduate receiving my bachelor's degree in sociology and business administration with a concentration in marketing.

I became interested in healthcare after volunteering with a number of organizations in Portland providing education and support to cancer survivors. Pacific has always provided an open and welcoming environment for my education, which is why I chose Pacific as the place for my graduate education.

Fortunately, I am able to continue working full time while attending school. This has allowed me to put my new knowledge into practice as I learn more from the professors and from my wonderful peers in the MHA/HCC cohort.

Contacting an ambassador could be your first step to exploring graduate school and I would be happy to talk with you if you want more information.

Jaeme

Kelly White | kelly.lee.white@pacificu.edu

Hello! My name is Kelly and I am from Maine. After receiving my bachelor’s degree in exercise science, I spent one year working as a personal trainer. Being my first time working with the general public, I was shocked by the number of people who live with pain every day. This developed in me a passion for preventative health. Following this passion, I later secured a position as a wellness director in a physical therapy facility. There, I quickly found myself humbled by the limited number of people I could affect with direct care. I chose the MHA program to develop the skills I need to influence the population on a larger scale.

My journey began with the MHA program at Pacific in the fall of 2013. The classes are intimate and engaging. Our educators are professionals in the field who are working every day to change the face of healthcare. Classes often welcome guest speakers who are as inspiring as they are esteemed. I love that our curriculum teaches us not only about becoming professionals in the healthcare industry, but it also cultivates the skills to become better leaders, and to think differently.

Remember to enjoy this exciting time of exploring your options for the future! Please contact me with any questions as I am very happy to talk further about my experiences at Pacific.

Best Wishes!

Kelly