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ACHS is being recognized as one of 100 Best Companies to Work for in Oregon. ACHS staff comments on what it is like to work for a sustainable B Corporation

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American College of Healthcare Sciences (ACHS), an accredited, online integrative medicine college based in Portland, Oregon was recognized as one of 100 Best Companies to Work For in Oregon by Oregon Business magazine at a seated dinner the evening of Thursday, February 28th, 2019, at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon. 

The much-anticipated ranking of the top 100 Best Companies announced ACHS as 33 in the medium size company category in the March 2019 issue of Oregon Business along with a countdown of the 2019 top ten companies. The rankings are based on the confidential input of employees who answered questions about workplace satisfaction such as benefits, management, trust, work environment and career development. The survey was voluntary and free of charge and independently calculated by research partner Checkpoint Surveys.

How do ACHS employees feel about working for one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in Oregon?

After learning ACHS was chosen, we asked faculty and staff to tell us what they shared on the survey, this is what we learned from some of those who responded:

“Everyone is so nice, making ACHS the most pleasant place I’ve ever worked.”

Audra Turner, Executive Assistant ACHS


“ACHS is a fantastic place to work. Everyone is very supportive both professionally and personally. I feel that I am challenged to excel  in life-long learning, and I am supported and valued for my work performance.”  

Julie Moreschi, Faculty ACHS


“ACHS is employee-friendly with great leadership who truly value what their employees bring to the organization.  For a relatively small company, they provide competitive benefits, provide for volunteer opportunities, and have a wonderful time working together.  It’s one of the best places I’ve ever worked.”  

Charli Hisslop, VP of Academic Affairs ACHS


“ACHS fosters a positive environment with excellent support services for students and faculty. It's a great place to work!”

Heen Delfakis, Nutrition Professor ACHS


If I had to choose two words to describe working at ACHS, I would say kindness and excellence. The staff and faculty are some of the most knowledgeable, capable people I have ever worked with, and they deliver that skill with kindness. That is a rare and wonderful combination, to embody kindness to foster excellence.

Judith Boice, Assistant Professor ACHS


 “As a wellness-focused college, our mission is to educate our students, as well as our staff and community, about how to live healthier lives. We are committed to operating with integrity deserving of the trust of our students, customers, suppliers, community, and staff — so it’s a great honor to be recognized by our family of employees for our efforts to make working at ACHS a healthy, rewarding experience.”

Dorene Petersen, Founding President ACHS


Socially Conscious Policies Lead the Way

ACHS policies reflect the value of each staff member to the overall team and demonstrate the social impact that thoughtful corporate policies can have in the absence of legislation. Creating policies like our paid parental leave (6 weeks at full pay or 12 weeks at half pay) and subsidized daycare also helps ensure that we retain our valuable, trusted and committed long-term employees. In a knowledge-based industry like ours, that adds significant value and that is the heart of the B Corp™—supporting the triple bottom line of people and the planet, as well as profits.

ACHS-Building-ExteriorAdministratively headquartered in the John’s Landing neighborhood of SW Portland, ACHS’s mission is to provide: professional online and on-campus education and high-quality natural products with a commitment to sustainable practices and principles. The college’s commitment includes a focus on green practices and principles to ensure a clean and safe working environment and to foster a culture of environmental stewardship within the office and greater community.

Sustainable and Progressive Practices Keep us Green

ACHS was the first accredited higher education institution specializing in holistic health and wellness to become a Certified B Corporation®. In 2016 ACHS was named #6 of 100 Best Green Workplaces and #5 in 2018 by Oregon Business magazine. ACHS was also honored with 2016 and 2017 When Work Works awards, administrated by the Families and Work Institute and the Society for Human Resource Management, and recently received the City of Portland Sustainability at Work Certification. The college also maintains Oregon Tilth Certified Organic pesticide free status for its onsite Apothecary Shoppe.  

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For more information about ACHS and its current sustainability programs, visit, call 800.487.8839, or email

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About ACHS

Founded in 1978, is a Portland, Ore. based 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. ACHS is a Certified B Corporation® and 2016 Top Green Workplace award winner from The Oregonian. 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



Judy Starr

Written By: Judy Starr

Judy Starr, VP of External Relations at American College of Healthcare Sciences, has more than 25 years of experience working with nonprofit organizations and brings her expertise in marketing and communications to ACHS. She has raised millions of dollars during her career through her work with major gift donors, foundation grant writing and corporate relations. Judy is a vegan who seeks to inspire others with her passion for organic unprocessed foods. As a licensed esthetician for 28 years, she has served at day spas and at the Ann Wigmore Institute in Aguada, Puerto Rico, where she taught skin care classes and provided skin care and Reiki treatments. Through her unique career journey, she has learned the value of choosing pure unadulterated natural ingredients for customized skincare regimens. Her niche spa experience gives her a unique perspective and platform to share industry-specific knowledge in the realm of natural skin care, body care and holistic wellness. Judy has been a Reiki master for 20 years.