ACHS Graduate Awarded 2017 DEAC Famous Alumni

Portland, OR— February 23, 2017 — Lisa Powell, American College of Healthcare Sciences (ACHS) graduate and Board Certified Holistic Nutritionist, has received the DEAC’s 2017 Famous Alumni award.

The DEAC Famous Alumni award celebrates the achievements of distance education students who have demonstrated academic excellence and consistent commitment to society and their chosen profession(s). Lisa Powell and other award recipients will be honored at the Annual DEAC Conference (April 23-25, 2017) and    

featured on the DEAC website with a personal profile and video describing how distance education has impacted their lives (


Powell earned her Master of Science in Complementary Alternative Medicine from ACHS in 2013. She graduated with a 3.78 GPA, and completed several concurrent Certificate programs, including a Graduate Certificate in Anatomy & Physiology, Graduate Certificate in Aromatherapy, and Graduate Certificate in Botany.

“I have a deep passion for helping people live happier and healthier lives,” says Powell. “I believe this translates into better communities. This past year has been so rewarding as the fruits of my hard work in holistic health has benefited so many people both directly and indirectly. I truly have had the opportunity to make contributions that made positive impacts in people’s lives. To this day, I get touched when people approach me with new changes that helped their life. I get excited to wake up each day and work on my ambitious plans to see how else I may further impact an even greater number of people.”

Powell is Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition® by the National Association of Nutrition Professionals, a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner®, a Certified LEAP® (Lifestyle Eating and Performance) Therapist, and served as Chapter President of the Holistic Chamber of Commerce from 2013-2016. She is also a 2016 NANP Community Awards recipient and owner of her own practice, Vitality with Lisa, where she leads wellness programs and educates her clients about functional nutrition (

“Lisa is an exceptional practitioner in the holistic nutrition and integrative medicine communities. Her tremendous knowledge and passion for empowering people to make lasting, positive change in their lives is truly inspirational. We’re so proud to be able to share her accomplishments as an ACHS master’s program graduate and community educator,” says Dorene Petersen, ACHS president and founder.

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About ACHS

Founded in 1978, is an accredited College offering online, on-campus, and study abroad integrative health education. With undergraduate and graduate degrees, diplomas, certificates, and CEUs in integrative medicine, ACHS makes holistic health and wellness education accessible to a diverse community of learners, including healthcare professionals, military students, stay-at-home parents, and lifelong learners. Specializations include aromatherapy, herbal medicine, holistic nutrition, and wellness. A Certified B Corporation® and 2016 Top Green Workplace, ACHS is also accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), which is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Visit

About DEAC

The Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) is a private, non-profit organization founded in 1926 that operates as a national 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.

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