Meet Two of Our Regis HCA/HSA Alumnae

Discover programs in healthcare administration at Regis.


Some of the most important unsung heroes in health care are the medical administrators, patient safety supervisors, care managers, patient navigators and insurance coordinators who ensure the day-to-day operations of hospitals and clinics run smoothly. While nurses and doctors are on the front lines of care, they are supported in their work by a legion of competent and compassionate administrative and support staff who are committed to improving patient outcomes.

More than ever, health care is in dire need of individuals who can coordinate care, manage finances, maintain compliance and supervise staff. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 133,000 medical and health service manager positions are expected to be created by 2029. Put simply, a career in health care administration can provide decades of job security and meaningful work experience.

Yvette Chavez, ’18 and Jayne Keller, ’05 are two graduates of the Regis B.S. in Health Care Administration and M.S. in Health Services Administration, respectively. Here’s what they had to say about how their Regis experience has opened new professional doors.

Yvette Chavez, ‘18

B.S. Health Care Administration

Yvette Chavez is a recent graduate of the B.S. in Health Care Administration program and now works as a Care Manager at Rocky Mountain Human Services. Her day-to-day work includes helping clients enroll in long-term Medicaid programs and ensuring they qualify for the medical assistance they need. While at Regis, Yvette served as president of the University’s chapter of Global Medical Brigades, held an internship at Clinica Tepeyac in Denver and completed service learning through Habitat for Humanity.

How did your Regis education prepare you for your current role?

I found it so easy to communicate one-on-one with professors to get extra help or to talk through concepts, as well as take advantage of the tutoring program. The leadership roles I held and the classes I took absolutely prepared me to do what I’m doing now.

What was the most important thing you learned while at Regis?

Hands-on experience is very important. But learning how to practice mindfulness and self-care helps me be truly successful.

Any advice for future Regis B.S. in Health Care Administration students?

Get out of your comfort zone and never be afraid to ask questions. Just be yourself and opportunities will open to you.

Jayne Keller, ‘05

M.S. Health Services Administration

Jayne Keller came to Regis with an extensive background in nursing home and senior housing administration, but quickly discovered how the Regis M.S. in Health Services Administration could help her gain new skills and advance in her career. She is now the Chief Operating Officer at Cappella Living Solutions, a senior living organization that provides care for more than 3,000 residents across six states.

How did your Regis education prepare you for your current role?

I discovered new ways of thinking and approaching different health care delivery systems. By learning about marketing, operational strategy and finance, I expanded my skills beyond my previous experience.

What was the best part of your Regis experience?

The small class size at Regis was ideal. My peers came from such diverse backgrounds, including hospice care, family health, renal care, senior living and more, which facilitated a great information exchange and knowledge share. There was also so much value being in constant contact with professors.

Any advice for aspiring health services administrators?

Try to maintain a good balance between family, work, school and taking care of yourself. It can be difficult, but you have to make time for it.

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