MHA Program Ambassadors

Welcome! We are the MHA Program Ambassadors. We are here to assist prospective students by answering questions and giving feedback on our student experience in the master's of healthcare administration program. Whether you have questions about student life, curriculum, work experiences or Pacific University itself, we are available to answer your questions. Just ask and you will get valuable answers from a student and/or alumni's perspective.

Alumni Ambassadors

Laura Motch |

My name is Laura Motch and I am currently pursuing a MHA degree from Pacific University. My undergraduate degree is in Social and Behavioral science. Currently, I hold a full time management position with a community mental health and addictions agency. In addition, I have experience in both the legal and political fields. I know healthcare is where I want to be and it is an exciting time to be there. Pursuing a graduate level degree has always been a goal and the time was right to make that dream a reality. The MHA program at Pacific University has allowed me to maintain my full time employment and family obligations. I have found the instructors to be invested in my success and are dedicated to producing superior healthcare leaders. The program has afforded me many opportunities I would not have otherwise had. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you might have.

Dewey Tucker |

My name is Dewey Tucker. I am an ex-US Army combat medic and EMT. I spent most of my military service at Martin Army hospital in Ft. Benning GA and as medical support for Ranger and Airborne training schools. After the military I went into business and have owned a couple successful businesses. After a decade of successful business operational management I found myself missing the purpose and satisfaction that I used to derive from working in healthcare. That is what brought me to the MHA program at Pacific University.

I have found the MHA program at Pacific to be one of the best choices that I have ever made. The program has small class sizes, excellent instructors and facilitates networking with some of the top members of the local healthcare organizations. I currently work as Program Manager for the Patient Safety Center of Inquiry at the Portland VA medical center.

Feel free to e-mail me any question or concerns for a timely and honest answer.

Micaiah (Ky) Fifer |

Hello, and welcome! My name is Micaiah Fifer, but most people call me Ky. It brings me great joy to continue my role as an ambassador now that I've graduated. I was able to work full-time through my graduate school experience as a CMA at a very busy occupational health clinic in Portland. Being as I got to exercise both my administrative and clinical skills on a daily basis there, I was promoted to the position of Administrative Coordinator thanks to the application of the concepts and skills I acquired while in MHA before I graduated.

This program boasts a staff of very approachable instructors, guest speakers from many of the big institutions, and courses that encourage education through a manageable workload and frequent inter-professional interaction. Pacific’s healthcare administration program was the next logical step on my path toward a career that has enabled me to contribute strategic, informed, and ethical leadership to the ever-changing world of healthcare.

If you want to learn more, I am happy to share my experiences with you or answer any questions you may have.


Welcome! My name is Jaeme Klever and I am enrolled in the master's of healthcare administration and the healthcare compliance certificate programs. I attended Pacific University as an undergraduate receiving my bachelor's degree in sociology and business administration with a concentration in marketing.

I became interested in healthcare after volunteering with a number of organizations in Portland providing education and support to cancer survivors. Pacific has always provided an open and welcoming environment for my education, which is why I chose Pacific as the place for my graduate education.

Fortunately, I am able to continue working full time while attending school. This has allowed me to put my new knowledge into practice as I learn more from the professors and from my wonderful peers in the MHA/HCC cohort.

Contacting an ambassador could be your first step to exploring graduate school and I would be happy to talk with you if you want more information.

Kelly White |

Hello! My name is Kelly and I am from Maine. After receiving my bachelor’s degree in exercise science, I spent one year working as a personal trainer. Being my first time working with the general public, I was shocked by the number of people who live with pain every day. This developed in me a passion for preventative health. Following this passion, I later secured a position as a wellness director in a physical therapy facility. There, I quickly found myself humbled by the limited number of people I could affect with direct care. I chose the MHA program to develop the skills I need to influence the population on a larger scale.

My journey began with the MHA program at Pacific in the fall of 2013. The classes are intimate and engaging. Our educators are professionals in the field who are working every day to change the face of healthcare. Classes often welcome guest speakers who are as inspiring as they are esteemed. I love that our curriculum teaches us not only about becoming professionals in the healthcare industry, but it also cultivates the skills to become better leaders, and to think differently.Remember to enjoy this exciting time of exploring your options for the future! Please contact me with any questions as I am very happy to talk further about my experiences at Pacific.

Best Wishes!

2nd Year Ambassadors

Tulsi Patel |

My name is Tulsi Patel and I am currently pursuing an MHA degree at Pacific University. I have a BS in Human Physiology and Dental Hygiene. I recently graduated from the Dental Health Science program at Pacific University and fell in love with the teaching environment at this institute. I wanted to continue my graduate education at Pacific University because of the small class size, low student-to-faculty ratio, and diverse faculty. I chose the MHA program at Pacific University because I wanted to learn more about leadership, health care changes, and professional development. I also wanted to gain insight about myself and about the different character components that are needed to successfully lead a team.

Currently, I am working as part-time clinical faculty in the Dental Health Science program at Pacific University and have already applied some of the components of leadership, teamwork, and communication that are taught in the MHA program. By utilizing the tools and skills that are taught in the MHA program, I hope to pursue either a teaching or administrative career in dental hygiene after graduation.

If you would like any more information about the MHA program or learn more about my experiences at Pacific, please feel free to contact me at any time. I would be more than happy to help.

1st Year Ambassadors

Heidi Mahoney |

Hello, my name is Heidi Mahoney and I am currently pursuing my Masters of Healthcare Administration degree from Pacific University. My undergraduate degree is in Business Administration with an emphasis in Healthcare. I am the Manager of Population Health Operations and Services for a local non-profit health system. My healthcare career began in strategic planning, where I developed strategic plans and facilitated planning process with department leaders across the organization. I went on to oversee pediatric outreach and telehealth for one of the state’s top children’s hospitals.

My passion for healthcare administration stems deep, and Pacific University has allowed me to expand my knowledge in the field. The classes are intimate, interactive, and engaging. My cohort has become family. They are my support and encouragement as I work to obtain my MHA while also working full time and continuing to grow in my career. The faculty are diverse and have a wealth of experience. It's an excellent program and I'm grateful to have the opportunity to be a part of the Pacific University family.

If you have any questions about the Masters of Healthcare Administration program please do not hesitate to contact me. Best wishes!

Dustin Stilwell |

Hello, my name is Dustin Stilwell.  I am a first year Master of Healthcare Administration student and obtaining my graduate certificate in healthcare compliance.  My undergraduate degree is in public health with a focus on management and policy from Oregon State University.  Currently I work as an administrative coordinator in the quality management department at Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare.   This program allows me to keep myself in that role full time and also apply what I have learned to my current position, not only benefitting myself but the organization too.

The MHA program at Pacific University is challenging, as I work full time and balance other social obligations.  Aside from this program being a good continuation for my background, it also exposes me to other areas of healthcare through my peers, guests, instructors, and networking.  The small class sizes are great, it enables you to meet your cohort in its entirety and create connections that could end up being an important step in your career.  I would be more than happy to answer questions, share my experience, and give insight on to why this is a great program.