BHS Program Ambassadors & Alumni News

Alumni News

Ellie Bessarab (BHS '18, MHA '20) proposed her capstone project and completed her first year of the Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) program at Pacific University. 

Maria Holden ('18) was accepted into the inaugural class of Utah Valley University's Physician Assistant Studies program.

Mason Vegas ('18) was accepted to the UW Medicine MEDEX Northwest Physician Assistant Program. 

Tamara Molidor ('18) was promoted to Executive Director of Revenue Cycle Operations at Southern California Orthopedic Institute. She's also working toward earning a Master in Public Health from UCLA's Executive MPH program.

Doyle Crampton ('18) accepted a position at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as a dental hygienist. 

Sarah (Im) Grace ('15) accepted a position at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) as the Practice Manager for the Cornea and Casey Vision Correction Center and is a Medical Professions Instructor at Portland Community College. 

Ian Johnson ('15) earned a promotion to PCMM Coordinator with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and earned a graduate certificate in Public Health from Oregon State University. 


Alumni Ambassadors

Photo of Ian Johnson    Ian Johnson | ian@pacificu.edu

Hello, my name is Ian Johnson. I grew up in Banks, Oregon. When I was young, I had hoped that I might eventually be able to attend Pacific University.

My first substantial experience with healthcare developed through my service as a U.S. Army Medical Sergeant, and my academic goals were delayed during this military service. This core experience taught me a lot about resolving medical emergencies in the least ideal conditions imaginable. Since leaving the military, I have fulfilled several medical support roles within the VA Portland Healthcare System. I currently serve as a senior Technician and Medical Support Assistant within the VA’s Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Service.  Outside of my federal employment, I am a member of the Aging and Veteran Services Advisory Council, for the Washington County Board of Commissioners. I have served in several other community volunteer roles with local emergency management, and law enforcement.

In August of 2015, I graduated from Pacific University as part of the first Bachelor of Health Science cohort. I was fortunate enough to be asked to continue working with the Health Science program's second cohort as a Teaching Assistant.

My current goals are to continue my career in federal healthcare while pursuing additional graduate work in Public Health. I hope to also continue as a resource for prospective BHS students. The BHS program’s condensed nature requires commitment, but affords a fantastic opportunity to advance educational goals in conjunction with the needs of work and family. I am happy to answer any questions about my experiences with the program.


 Photo of BHS Ambassador Terri Luke   Terri Luke | luke6169@pacificu.edu

Aloha, my name is Terri Luke. I was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii where I continue to reside to raise my three children.

My career in healthcare started as soon as I graduated from the OTA Program at Kapi'olani Community College. I have been practicing OT for the past 28 years and counting. After working in private hospitals for 17 years, I found my current job of 11 years working for the VA Pacific Islands Healthcare System. A few years ago, I finally came to the realization that I wasn’t too old to pursue my undergraduate degree and decided to full fill my life long dream of receiving my bachelors degree. Pursuing this degree would provide me an opportunity to grow as a professional and person. Additionally, it would equip me with new skills and knowledge to advance in my health care career. Most importantly, I also wanted to be a role model to children and show them that its never too late to get your college degree.

My dream came true in the Summer of 2018 when I graduated from the Bachelor in Health Science Program with a degree in Healthcare Management. The skills I learned during the BHS Program helped me transition to a Supervisory position. Currently, my goals are to continue working in the VA PIHCS as an administrator and advance my career by moving up the leadership ladder as opportunities arise. Also, I plan to continue my Ambassadorship by sharing my experiences in hopes of encouraging others interested in pursuing a higher level of education through Pacific University. Please feel free to contact me anytime and I would be more than happy to answer any questions about the BHS Program!