College of Health Professions

The Dumke College of Health Professions

Our outstanding students, expert faculty, and caring staff come from various backgrounds, each with a unique and fantastic story. As a college, we embody positivity, innovation, and progress. Here are some stories and life experiences that make the Dumke College of Health Professions so dynamic.


Ellee Cook - Health Administrative Services

Weber State has always been a special place for Ellee Cook. While attending college, her parents had their very own meet cute in Stewart Library. Cook started her journey at Weber in another program but quickly realized that was not her passion. She switched to health administrative services because she wanted to make a positive impact on the lives of others. Weber's flexible class schedule with online and evening options allowed Cook to work full-time while taking 15-18 credit hours a semester and participating in CrossFit. 

Brian Cottle, a professor of health administrative services, served as Cook's advisor. Cottle impacted Cook's life through his genuine interest in students and his job and his availability to answer all of Cook's questions. 

When times got rough, Cook remembered why she started her education and recommended students starting college to do the same. Additionally, Cook advises that working ahead helps to keep motivation high and stress levels lower. She plans to apply to take her same level of dedication and determination and apply to the eMHA program, knowing her future self will thank her for her hard work since the degree will open more career opportunities.

Jeremy Chavez - Medical Laboratory Sciences

When Jeremy Chavez started his education at Weber State, he wanted to be a doctor. After his academic advisor introduced him to Medical Laboratory Sciences department, he realized it was what he wanted to pursue.

The professors in medical laboratory sciences care about students’ success and are quick to help with ever-changing circumstances. Many professors made a positive and long-lasting impact on Chavez. However, he says he was most influenced by department chair Matt Nicholaou, assistant professor Scott Moore, and associate professors Kendal Beazer and Justin Rhees.

Some advice Chavez shared for students starting out in medical laboratory sciences is that it's okay to take it slow. There are so many great people to meet and so much to learn from the amazing professors. Soak in as much as possible during school.

For the past two years, Chavez has been utilizing his education in the workplace, but wants to continue his education. It’s his goal to be accepted into medical school in Arizona so that he can continue learning about pathology and work with patients face-to-face.


Presidential Teaching Excellence Award Recipients


London Draper Lowe, Nursing
Valerie Gooder, Nursing


Brian Cottle, Health Administrative Services
Diane Leggett-Fife, Nursing
Melissa Neville-Norton, Nursing


Carrie Jeffrey, Nursing
Brad Marden, Health Sciences
Connie Merrill, Nursing


Kristy Baron, Nursing
Cory Moss, Health Administrative Services
Jamie Wankier Randles, Nursing


Tressa Quale, Nursing
Sally Cantwell, Nursing


Catherine Harmston, Nursing
Elizabeth Rocha, Nursing

Brady Presidential Distinguished Professor


Robert J. Walker, Radiologic Sciences


Valerie Herzog, Athletic Training


Diane Kawamura, Radiologic Sciences


Yasmen Simonian, Medical Laboratory Sciences

Lindquist Award


Lisa Trujillo, Respiratory Therapy


Valerie Herzog, Athletic Trianing


Stephanie Bossenberger, Dental Hygiene

John S. Hinckley Fellow Award


Matthew Nicholaou, Medical Laboratory Sciences


Yasmen Simonian, Medical Laboratory Sciences

H. Aldous Dixon Award


Robert J. Walker, Radiologic Sciences


Yasmen Simonian, Laboratory Sciences



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