Dawn McNeill, M.Ed., is the program’s Division Administrator and has been with the program since 2012. Ms. McNeill has over 20 years of experience in higher education, most recently at Tufts University, School of Medicine in Boston, MA. She is responsible for the program's fiscal and personnel management, facilities planning, and special projects.
Colleen Schierholtz is the program's Director of Admissions and Recruitment. She has been with the program since November, 1994 and has served of Director of Admissions since December, 1996. As Director of Admissions, Ms. Schierholtz is primarily responsible for all admissions and recruitment activities. She works with community college and university advisors statewide to develop pre-PA advising curricula for prospective applicants and to develop strategies to encourage a diverse applicant pool. She is a member of the National Association of Advisors to the Health Professions (NAAHP) and serves as a committee member on the Physician Assistant Education Association's CASPA Advisory Committee.
Jess Pethtel, Admissions and Recruitment Coordinator, joined the program in 2010 to meet the growing needs of the program's Admissions Department. Ms. Pethtel has several years experience in both admissions and administrative departments at the University of Oregon. She is actively engaged in the process reviewing applications, recruiting qualified students and counseling prospective applicants.
Bob DeBarge, M.F.A., is the program's Education and Technology Coordinator. Mr. DeBarge, who has been with the program since 2004, has over 15 years of academic experience, having worked at several institutions across the country. He works in conjunction with the Academic Coordinator to schedule lectures in the academic year, handles department IT, and deals with a myriad of course coordination issues.
Michelle Eigner is the program's Clinical Education Coordinator. In her role, she works closely with the program's Clinical Coordinator in developing the annual schedule of clinical rotations. Additionally, in support of the program's clinical phase, she is responsible for communicating with preceptors and mentors, coordinating affiliation agreements with the contracts office of the university, coordinating hospital privileges and student housing, in addition to providing support to students during their clinical training.
Jami Keene has been with the program since October 2002. Ms. Keene came to the program with over five years of administrative experience, the most recent being three years with the OHSU School of Nursing and the Western Institute of Nursing. Until recently, she served as the Clinical Education Coordinator. Desiring to reduce her schedule, she took on a new role in February 2007 as Clinical Projects Coordinator. Her new role involves the collection, analyzing and reporting of data pertaining to the clinical year. She also evaluates our data management processes and tools.