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Call ACHS Student Services at (800) 487-8839 or schedule a time to chat about your progress in class, upcoming registrations, how to apply for graduation – anything you need to be successful in your studies and beyond!


Natalie DeWitt, Dean of Students

Natalie joined the ACHS team in December 2019 to continue her calling as a mentor and advisor to students who want to know, be, and do more. After completing a BS in Secondary Health Education and an MS in School and College Health Program Planning, Natalie earned her Ph.D. in Health Behavior with an emphasis in the anthropology of food, all from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.

Natalie is a life-long learner and is looking forward to learning from and with the students, staff, and faculty at ACHS.

Heather Baley, Senior Student Advisor

Heather joined the American College in late 2001. She has a background in the hospitality industry, social services, and accounting. Heather graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Sociology and attended graduate school at Central Michigan University.

Today, Heather has immersed herself in aromatherapy. She has completed the Certificate in Aromatherapy program and enjoys making blends for herself and friends. Heather moved to Kailua-Kona in January of 2017. In her spare time, she loves to explore the Big Island, volunteer, and learn everything she can about Hawaiian culture and medicinal plants.


Joel Strimling, Senior Student Advisor

Joel Strimling joined the American College in late 2005 with a diverse background and excited attitude. He brings with him over seven years of Marketing, Management, and Customer Service as well as a technical background. He has also had positions from wild land firefighting, to C.N.A., to technical management, and even a stint teaching martial arts. He is proud to have such a mix of experiences. Joel draws upon all of his experiences in assisting others using his varied path to develop his understanding of diversity.

Joel’s natural health experiences come from nutritive competitive needs as well as outdoor interests and experiences. In his free time you might find Joel hiking or cooking, but most likely you will find him fishing one of his favorite rivers around the Northwest.

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Melissa Trujillo, Student Advisor

Prior to joining ACHS, Melissa Trujillo worked in post-secondary education for close to eight years in admissions advising and student finance—with an emphasis on student success and retention. She has a strong desire to see others succeed and believes that education plays an integral role in success. “I am looking forward to being able to apply my skills and education to help students at ACHS succeed in their own educational and professional goals,” says Trujillo.

Melissa recently completed a Master of Arts in Religion: Biblical Studies degree through Liberty University. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and a Masters of Science in Criminal Justice/Public Administration with an emphasis on Special Populations. Melissa is currently working on her dissertation towards an EdD in Organizational Leadership. She is the first in her family to earn a college degree and hopes to apply her education to more active participation in volunteering with at-risk populations.

Melissa is a native Oregonian and loves the Pacific Northwest. She relishes all things outdoors: camping, hiking, exploring, running, biking, and most recently mountain climbing. She has a great appreciation for the outdoors and loves taking advantage of all the Portland area has to offer. Melissa also enjoys photography, cooking, painting, and trying new things.

Or, give us a call at (800) 487-8839. We’re available Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 5:30 pm Pacific time and look forward to talking with you!

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