Faculty & Staff | Doctor of Science

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Director, School of Healthcare Administration and Leadership; Director and Professor, Doctor of Science Program; Associate Dean for Interprofessional Education

Katie Bell, EdD, RDH joined Pacific University as a full-time faculty member in August 2010.  She teaches students in the DMSc and DHSc programs, and serves as Associate Dean for Interprofessional Education

Christine Legler, DHSc, MS, PA-C
Professor, Doctor of Healthcare Science Program

Christine Legler DHSc, PA-C, was the founding Director of the Pacific University Physician Assistant program and recently returned to assist with the development of the Doctor of Science program. She has extensive professional experience in clinical practice, healthcare administration and on-line education. ​

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Professor Emeritus

Laura Dimmler, MPA, PhD has more than 30 years of experience in healthcare, including 20 years of teaching in healthcare administration programs. Her research interests include environmental health and regulatory policy; the application of corporate social responsibility models to improve social determinants of health; youth substance abuse and suicide prevention; and youth obesity prevention.

Cindy Mai
Adjunct Faculty

Cindy Mai, MHA, graduated from Pacific University in 2020 with a master’s of healthcare administration and leadership. Cindy is an adjunct faculty member teaching Diversity, Equity, and Systems thinking for the Pacific University Doctor of Science Program. At OHSU Health Hillsboro Medical Center (HMC), Cindy is leading the Volunteer Services department. She also co-chair’s HMC’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee.

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Adjunct Faculty

Dr. David Mandel is a Director of Implementation of Pre-AP Programs for The CollegeBoard, and a former high school principal in Tucson, Arizona. He holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy from the University of Arizona.

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Adjunct Faculty

Dr. Jill Speece is an Assistant Professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo.  She is also currently an adjunct professor in Healthcare Administration at Pacific University and a continuous improvement consultant with Ridgerunner Engineering. 

Miles Hassell, MD
Adjunct Faculty

Dr. Hassell established the Integrative Medicine Program at Providence Cancer Center and specializes in evidence-based conventional and lifestyle medicine for treatment or reversal of heart disease and stroke, type 2 diabetes, and cancer prevention and survivorship.  In addition to his primary care practice, he is a clinical instructor in the training of Internal Medicine residents, and has been chosen several times as one of Portland’s Top Doctors, and is a professor at the School of Physician Assistant Studies.

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Adjunct Faculty

Kammy Martindale, MHA, graduated from Pacific University in 2013 with a master’s of healthcare administration. Kammy is an adjunct faculty member teaching Healthcare Operations Management, Policy, Regulation, and Politics in Healthcare, and Human Resource Management in Healthcare for the Doctor of Science program.

Program Administrator, School of Healthcare Administration and Leadership

Amber Vanzant graduated with her BA in Education and Learning from Pacific University in 2003 and her Master of Arts in Teaching degree in 2004 (GO BOXERS!).  She then went on to teach Kindergarten, first and second grades in the Hillsboro School District for 10 years.  She returned to Pacific to work for the School of Healthcare Administration and Leadership in July 2018.  Amber provides operational and administrative support for both the Bachelor of Health Science and Doctor of Science programs, both of which are housed within the School of Healthcare Administration and Leadership.

Emily Josi
Assistant Director, Graduate and Professional Admissions and Marketing

Emily Josi has been with Pacific University since November 2015 and provides the admissions and marketing support for the School of Healthcare Administration and Leadership.