Healthcare Administration and Leadership Faculty and Staff

Photo of Katie Bell, EdD, RDH
Director, School of Healthcare Administration and Leadership; Director and Professor, Doctor of Science Program

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.

Photo of Kevin Rogers, DHSc, MA, MHA
Assistant Professor, School of Healthcare Administration and Leadership

Kevin Rogers, DHSc, MA, MHA is an assistant professor in the School of Healthcare Administration and Leadership at Pacific University. Before coming to Pacific, Dr. Rogers 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. Dr. Rogers' past work has included research support at the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research in Portland on studies primarily related to adolescent mental health.  Dr. Rogers 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.  Dr. Rogers currently teaches courses in the Doctor of Science (DHSc/DMSc) program.

Photo of Maria Jose Rodriguez, MA, HCI
Assistant Professor, Healthcare Spanish; Certified Healthcare Interpreter by Oregon Healthcare Interpreters Association (OHCIA); Instructor, Spanish Healthcare Interpreter Program

María-José Rodríguez, MA, HCI is a native of Spain and has been teaching Spanish since 1995. María-José earned a B.A. in linguistics from the University Complutense of Madrid, Spain. She also earned a B.A. in education from the University Autonoma of Madrid, Spain. When she moved to the U.S., she completed a Master’s in Comparative International Development Education at the University of Minnesota. She has taught Spanish at the University of Minnesota, Clark College, Washington State University, and Mount Hood Community College. Before teaching Spanish, she worked with the Latino community in the non-profit sector with Migrant Education and the Oregon Commission on Hispanic Affairs (OCHA).

María-José has taught Healthcare Spanish at Pacific University for the last 11 years. She is a Certified Healthcare Interpreter and is currently doing medical interpretation at the Pacific Interprofessional Clinic.  She has also done medical interpretation for the Pacific Dental Hygiene Clinic and Interprofessional Diabetes Clinic.

At the Centro Cultural, she has provided Spanish interpretation to assist Spanish speakers in navigating service agencies and community meetings. 

While at Pacific University, she has served as an interpreter for OT clinicians, students, and patients. Her participation in practitioner observations aids students using on-site or remote interpreter services for the Occupational Therapy program.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, she provided interpretation and translation services in Spanish at Pacific University to help Spanish speakers access healthcare information, including materials related to vaccinations, and make informed healthcare decisions.

During the summer of 2023, she worked as a medical interpreter for the EyeVan project at the College of Optometry.

When not teaching, María-José enjoys hiking, biking, cooking, drinking tea, and spending quality time with her friends and family.

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 online education. ​

Assistant Professor

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.

Photo of Amber Vanzant '03, MAT '04
Program Administrator, School of Healthcare Administration and Leadership

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 programs in 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

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