Washington Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference (WOHESC)

Mar 03, 2020 12:00 AM - Mar 04, 2020 11:45 PM

WOHESC will take place at the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon from March 3-4, 2020.  See the event details here

The conference program will focus on the root causes to sustainability challenges and positive actions to address them. Experts and leaders in higher education and sustainability will share their experiences on topics ranging from meaningful projects that impact the community and the environment, climate resilience, social permaculture and more.

ACHS will be hosting a panel at the conference: Students Building Stronger Futures for Communities with Integrative Health and Sustainability Practices | March 3, 1:15-2:30pm

This panel highlights three students’ academic and professional experiences developing integrative health skill sets with sustainable practices at American College of Healthcare Sciences (ACHS). Panelists frame their discussion through examples of community and business-building in the realm of integrative health with a specific commitment to sustainable practices and principles.  Faculty moderators will place these stories in the context of curriculum and community involvement as exists within the ACHS mission and programs across the institution. The panel will offer takeaways on how a curriculum can prepare students to recognize and make decisions based upon the interconnectedness that exists between organizational actions and the financial, environmental, and social well-being of local and global communities.

Student panelists:

Lindsay Little

Lindsay is the Wellness Specialist at Jazzercise of Hartford/West Bend/Slinger/Dodge County. She became a certified instructor in 2016 and instructs classes at the Rec Center in Hartford. Lindsay holds graduate certificates in Holistic Nutrition from the American College of Healthcare Sciences (ACHS) and Essential Oil Coaching from the Essential Oil Institute. Lindsay will earn her Masters of Science degree in Holistic Nutrition and graduate certificates in Wellness Coaching and Anatomy and Physiology from ACHS in Spring 2020. After graduation, Lindsay plans to open her own holistic nutrition and wellness coaching business. Lindsay's passion for health and wellness stems from the belief that health is much more than simply the absence of disease. Through her work, Lindsay hopes to inspire others to make small changes in their everyday lives that will positively impact their wellness journeys and the global community. Lindsay was born and in West Bend, WI and now lives in Juneau, WI on a small farm with her husband and four dogs.


Crystal Duey

Crystal is currently a part-time student at ACHS, furthering her knowledge to be able to help others achieve optimal health. When she isn't working on school work, she and her fiancé take care of their two children, Aiden and Avery. They love to go to the local nature center, make crafts together, read books, and play outside. Crystal enjoys gardening, making herbal preparations, drawing, and she is learning to play the guitar. She enjoys continuous learning and having fun, enriching experiences with the ones she loves.


Jessica Goss 

Jessica began pursuing her BS in Integrated Health Sciences through ACHS in September of 2018. After 15 years in a busy salon, she took the leap that her soul so desperately needed. She opened the first eco-friendly, chemically conscious salon and healing space, An Herb & Love Story, in March of 2019 in the Olympic Peninsula and also offers wellness classes in the community.


Faculty moderators:

Dr. Hill Taylor

Hill comes to ACHS from Oregon Health & Science University, where he served as Director of the Office of Learning Support for seven years, and led OHSU WRITEs, a core OHSU Interprofessional Initiative. Hill’s professional experience is extensive and diverse. He holds over 20 years of experience teaching traditional, hybrid, and online courses in the health sciences, humanities, and social sciences in myriad settings, including universities, colleges, and community colleges. His research focuses on applications of poetry in creative and therapeutic contexts, and multimodal journaling for mindfulness-based reflection, particularly within the health sciences. Dr. Taylor applies tenets of ecopsychology as a means for mindfulness-based student reflection and impetus for composition.

Hill earned a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Masters degrees at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of North Carolina at Wilmington; and a Bachelor’s degree at North Carolina State University.

Dr. Taylor is also an active member with various professional organizations, including the Western Psychological Association, American Psychological Association, American Public Health Association, and National Council of Teachers of English.

Hill is an avid surfer and paddleboarder year-round. During the winter months, he also can be found snowboarding on Mt. Hood. Hill and his wife, son, and chocolate lab identify nature as the organizing principal of their lives, and actively live the mantra “follow your bliss.”


Dr. Susan Marcus

Susan earned graduate degrees from Portland State University mid-career, while working full time. Her research area and doctoral dissertation topic centers on sustainable business applied in multiple functions and settings that draw from Susan's professional and academic experience including retail, healthcare, manufacturing, real estate, hospitality, marketing, and finance. With over 10 years in academic administration, Susan chaired an MBA program overseeing 50 instructors and over 80 courses. She led a team in the development and launch of an MBA in Health Care Management and integrated principles of social responsibility, equity, and sustainable practices into undergraduate and MBA course learning outcomes. Susan served on the advisory board of the North American Board of Naturopathic Examiners, was an Urban Community Adviser on the Executive Board of the Urban Land Institute, and currently serves on the advisory board of Right to Health, a local nonprofit committed to helping address racial inequities using a restorative and health perspective and empowering people with tools to mitigate conflict and stress. For fun, Susan loves most anything involving a team: running Hood To Coast, dragon boat paddling, and even attempting to make something resembling music.