Advisory Council Members

Advisory Council Members

The following members constitute the current Advisory Council of the American College of Healthcare Sciences.

Interested in joining an ACHS Program Advisory Council? Complete the nomination form online here.


Geraldine DePaula

Geraldine DePaula, MD

Founder and president of Aroma Medica, Dr. DePaula is a respected educator and researcher. She is also a board certified psychiatrist in the state of Pennsylvania. Dr. DePaula completed her undergraduate training at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY and completed her graduate studies at SUNY at the Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. 

Mindy Green

Mindy Green, AHG, RA

Mindy is an herbalist, esthetician, and aromatherapist, and has written extensively on medicinal plants. Mindy is a well-known educator, author, past director of the Herb Research Foundation, and is currently on the advisory board to the American Botanical Council. She brings a wealth of experience and industry insight to the Advisory Council. Mindy is a Registered Herbalist with the American Herbalists Guild [RH (AHG)] and also a Registered Aromatherapist (RA). Mindy also participated in aromatherapy training at Purdue University in 1996 and 1997. She consults to the botanical industry through

General Education

Dr. Arlene Kestner, PhD

Following graduation from Cottey College (Nevada, MO), Arlene Kestner attended the University of Illinois-Urbana graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. She pursued graduate studies in Experimental Psychology at Bradley University [Peoria, IL]. Following two years of employment as a psycho-pharmacologist, Kestner came to Baton Rouge (Louisiana) to completed her graduate education at Louisiana State University. She holds a Ph.D. in Psychology with an Experimental Physiological Psychology specialty. Dr. Kestner is a professor emeritus at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and has conducted extensive research into the psychological effects of essential oils. 

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Health Sciences

Danielle Lombardi

Danielle Lombardi, BA, MSOM, L.Ac

Danielle Lombardi is a nationally board-certified acupuncturist practicing in Portland, OR. She received her Master’s in Science from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in Portland, and her Bachelor of Arts from Bard College in Anandale-on-Hudson, New York.

Danielle combines acupuncture, Chinese herbalism, shiatsu bodywork, aromatherapy, qigong, and sound therapy within her practice. She cultivates the innate strength and wholeness within each patient to inspire healing and balance of body, mind and spirit.  

Lauretta Young

Lauretta Young, MD

Lauretta Young, MD, is a 2009 retiree after 25 years of service at Kaiser Psychiatry Dept. During her tenure she held various clinical and administrative roles including physician hiring director, residency training director, head of consult service, quality management director, and then chief of the department of over 250 clinicians. She developed and administered a wide range of mental health services which won several national quality awards.

Since 2010, Dr. Young has acted as Medical Director for the OHSU School of Medicine student resiliency program which has both interventional and research components. She previously taught in the Community Health program at Portland State University (teaching human sexuality, stress management and health care issues across the age span). From 2014 to 2015, Lauretta also served as Chief Medical Officer for Health Republic Insurance - a newly formed health CO-OP which aimed to innovate in health care delivery. 

Dr. Young is now focused on teaching in the MBA program at OSHU where she teaches leadership, health care law and regulation and human resource management as well as serving on the ACHS Health Sciences Program Advisory Council. Her passion is to influence the next generation of health care leaders. 

Holistic Nutrition


Holistic Spa Management