Faculty & Staff | Doctor of Science

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Director, School of Healthcare Administration and Leadership; Director and Professor, Doctor of Science Program
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Katie Bell, EdD, RDH joined Pacific University as a full-time faculty member in August 2010 in the School of Dental Hygiene Studies. She served as associate dean for Interprofessional Education from 2018 to 2023, and was appointed as the founding program director of the Doctor of Science Program in 2021.  In 2022, Dr. Bell was appointed as the director of the School of Healthcare Administration and Leadership.  She teaches students in the DMSc and DHSc programs.

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. ​

Director, Bachelor of Health Science Program; Assistant Professor, School of Healthcare Administration and Leadership

Kevin Rogers, DHSc, MA, MHA is the director of the Pacific University Bachelor of Health Science program as well as an assistant professor in the School of Healthcare Administration and Leadership at Pacific University. Before coming to Pacific, Kevin was the associate director at the Area Health Education Center in Honolulu, a federally funded program in the John A. Burns School of Medicine. There, he provided research support on the topics of Hawai’i’s healthcare provider shortage and K-12 healthcare career education opportunities. Kevin’s past work has included research support at the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research in Portland on studies primarily related to adolescent mental health.  Kevin received a bachelor of arts in international studies from Portland State University. He holds a doctor of healthcare science degree, as well as master's degrees in both counseling psychology and healthcare administration, all from Pacific University.

Assistant Professor
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Deepa Srikant serves as an assistant professor within the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Her interest lays in the domains of bilingualism, dementia, and cognitive communication abilities. Her long term objectives are to continue to study the impact of bilingualism and multilingualism in language preservation and attrition in healthy elderly and persons with neurogenic communication disorders. Her research aims to create awareness on symptoms of cognitive decline in elderly at the earliest stage possible and use strategies to reduce the progression of cognitive linguistic decline.

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Professor Emeritus

Laura Dimmler, PhD, MPA is the former director of the Pacific University School of Healthcare Administration and Leadership and Master of Healthcare Administration programs. Dr. Dimmler is also the former co-director of Pacific's PhD in Education and Leadership program.  Dr. Dimmler has served in teaching and leadership roles with university healthcare management programs for more than thirty years, including appointments with Meharry Medical College, Cornell University’s Sloan program, and Montana State University. Prior to working in academe, Dr. Dimmler held positions with the Alaska Medicaid program, the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (Division of Environmental Health), the HealthTrust Hospital System, the Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division, and rural healthcare practices and community hospitals in the Intermountain West. 

Cindy Mai
Adjunct Faculty

Cindy Mai, MHA '20, 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. 

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Adjunct Faculty

Dr. David Mandel, PhD 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. Dr. Mandel teaches diversity, equity, and systems thinking for the Pacific University Doctor of Science program.

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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, has been chosen several times as one of Portland’s Top Doctors, and is a professor teaching courses for the Pacific University Doctor of Science program and for the School of Physician Assistant Studies.

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Program Administrator, School of Healthcare Administration and Leadership
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Amber Vanzant '03, MAT '04 holds a bachelor of arts in education and learning degree (with a minor in psychology) and a master of arts in teaching degree, both from Pacific University (GO BOXERS!). She is a former elementary teacher, having taught grades K-2 in the Hillsboro School District for ten years prior to returning to Pacific in 2018.  Amber provides operational and administrative support for the School of Healthcare Administration and Leadership.

In her downtime, Amber loves to write, listen to vinyl records, attend concerts, and spend time with her many animals.

Emily Josi
Assistant Director, Graduate and Professional Admissions and Marketing
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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