Famous Alumni of the Year Program

Each year ACHS chooses a graduate to represent the College in the DEAC Annual Famous Alumni of the Year program. Selection criteria includes review of the graduate's academic record as well as the level and quality of their contribution to society and to their chosen profession. Applications are due August 15th each year. Review the selection criteria below and apply to become the next famous alumni!

Meet 2016 DEAC Famous Alumni of the Year Kellie Cooney 

Kellie Cooney 2016 DEAC Famous Alumni of the Year

DEAC 2016 Famous Alumni award winner Kellie Cooney earned her Master of Science in Complementary Alternative Medicine from ACHS in 2015. She graduated with a 3.83 GPA, and completed several concurrent Certificate programs, including a Graduate Certificate in Aromatherapy, Graduate Certificate in Botanical Safety, and Graduate Certificate in Herbal Medicine.

Cooney is a former firefighter and paramedic. She is founder of the nonprofit organization Oils for Orphans (http://www.oilsfororphans.org), which delivers essential oils to Uganda, Africa to help meet children’s medical needs.

“The organization’s goal is to provide essential oils, education tools, clothing, and shelter to two orphanages in Uganda, Africa,” Cooney says. “I have such a passion for these children and [recently received word] that the initial shipment of oils sent to them has saved lives!”

Cooney also is owner of the website Wellness Warrior, specializing in herbal remedies, essential oils, wellness kits, and herbal first aid education (http://www.wellness-warrior.org).

She chose the MS in CAM to advance her knowledge of complementary alternative medicine through accredited education, and says that much of her current success is because of her work in with ACHS.

“When I teach publicly, I am better able to hold my head high and speak with an authority that I did not have before,” Cooney says.

“Kellie is an exceptional innovator in the holistic health and wellness field. She’s made tremendous strides in the CAM and wellness community through education, product development, and consulting,” says Dorene Petersen, ACHS president and founder.

About ACHS

American College of Healthcare Sciences has been educating industry leading holistic health professionals since 1978. View our Alumni in Action online at https://www.achs.edu/alumni/in-action. ACHS is an accredited member of the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), which is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency, and is a recognized member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). ACHS is one of the only accredited holistic health colleges offering fully online graduate and undergraduate degrees, diplomas, career-training certificates, and continuing education courses in integrative medicine fields, such as aromatherapy, herbal medicine, holistic nutrition, and wellness coaching. For more information about ACHS programs visit www.achs.edu.

About DEAC

The Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) is a private, non-profit organization founded in 1926 that operates as an institutional accreditor of distance education institutions. DEAC’s goal is to ensure a high standard of educational quality in the distance education institutions it accredits and a quality education for the more than two million students who annually study at its accredited institutions.