Faculty & Staff | Doctor of Science

Photo of Katie Bell, EdD, RDH
Director, School of Healthcare Administration and Leadership; Director and Professor, Doctor of Science Program; Associate Dean for Interprofessional Education; Director, Pacific Interprofessional Clinic

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. ​

Photo of Laura Dimmler, PhD, MPA
Adjunct Faculty

Laura Dimmler, PhD, MPA is an adjunct faculty member teaching courses for the PhD in Education and Leadership and Doctor of Science programs.

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.

Headshot of Dr. Jill Speece
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. 

Program Administrator, School of Healthcare Administration and Leadership

Amber Vanzant '03, MAT '04 provides operational and administrative support for the Bachelor of Health Science and Doctor of Science programs, both of which are housed in 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 Doctor of Science programs as well as the School of Healthcare Administration and Leadership