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 an alumni's perspective.

Alumni Ambassadors

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.

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!

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.

Shawn Nemati |

Hello and welcome! Thank you for your interest in the MHA program. My name is Shawn Nemati; I graduated from the MHA program at Pacific in 2017 and was blown away. The knowledge that I gained from the MHA program was value added to my role as the Supervisor of Admitting at Tuality Hospital. Not only from a leadership prospective but also helped me grow as a person. The experience gained from the MHA program at Pacific has helped me better understand the complicated healthcare system, It’s my ultimate goal is to change the healthcare system in this country.          

I completed my undergraduate degree at Oregon State University in Healthcare Management & Policy in 2011. I can honestly say that the small class sizes at Pacific offered more intimate discussions and allowed a better understanding of the curriculum. The cohort model at Pacific allows students to bond with their classmates and future colleagues in healthcare. Throughout my time in the MHA program I had the pleasure of meeting students who came from different backgrounds, gaining knowledge from students coming from different areas of healthcare such as diagnostic imaging, lab, compliance, HR, population health, occupational health, pharmacy among many others was value added to my knowledge of the healthcare system. 

If you would like to learn more about the MHA program and what it can do for you, please do not hesitate to reach out! I am more than happy to address your questions!