West Campus student Stephanie Johnson was elected national chair for the Student American Chiropractic Association (SACA) at the recent ACA House of Delegates meeting, held Sept. 28-Oct. 2, in Newport, R.I.
Johnson becomes the third West Campus student to attain the position of National SACA chair in the past seven years, joining former West students (now alumni) Dr. Andrew Cohen, who served the 2003-2004 term, and Dr. Julie Kruse Hartman, who served the 2005-2006 term and now serves as the West Campus SACA chapter mentor.
Individuals seeking National SACA offices had to complete an application packet and submit a letter of intent. At the HOD meeting, applicants gave a speech, participated in a question-and-answer session, and were interviewed by their SACA peers. SACA executive officers evaluated the collective criteria, before proceeding with their final selections.
“I’m honored to serve in this position, and to continue the tradition of West Campus students pursing leadership positions at the national level,” said Johnson, a 5th Quarter student who already has attended two ACA Leadership Conferences, the ACA National Chiropractic Legislative Conference, and two House of Delegates meetings.
“I was motivated to pursue the National SACA Chair position for two reasons,” added Johnson, a Goleta, Calif., native who earned her B.S. in nutritional science and B.A. in dance performance studies from UC-Berkeley in 2005.
“First, I was encouraged by all my SACA friends, at the national level both from my own chapter and from chapters all over the nation; second, my passion and excitement to lead the and advance the Student ACA were ripe for fruition.”
“Stephanie has done a great job moving SACA ahead; her appointment as National SACA chair extends the achievements of past Palmer West SACA leaders who have held that same position,” said Dr. Thomas Milus, West Campus clinical professor, and faculty adviser to the West Campus SACA chapter.
“There is something very special about the students who choose Palmer’s West Campus for their chiropractic education. An inordinate number of local, state and national leaders in research, politics and professional standards are alumni of this campus. It’s very encouraging.”
As part of the National SACA executive board, Johnson leads the conference calls, takes charge in helping to organize the NCLC, and helps facilitate the Leadership Conference and House of Delegates meetings.
“My goal as National SACA Chair is to have the student bodies on each chiropractic campus fully understand how utilizing SACA, and its scope of programs and networking resources, will help each student reach his or her maximum potential while becoming as a doctor of chiropractic,” says Johnson, who is a certified yoga instructor, and president of the West Campus yoga club.
With fellow West Campus student Michael McGhee serving as statewide president of the student chapter of the California Chiropractic Association, Johnson’s position as National SACA Chair places West Campus students in top positions of leadership for chiropractic’s two largest student professional associations.
“I think that is a positive reflection on the West Campus administration. Their support and encouragement empowers students to take on substantial and rewarding endeavors. It also says that West Campus students ‘get’ that it is our responsibility to leave the chiropractic profession better than we entered it,” says Johnson, who is past chair of the SACA American Public Health Association chapter, and past student representative for The Foundation For Chiropractic Progress.
“I’m excited about to serve in this (National SACA Chair) position, and I’m excited with my bourgeoning career choice in chiropractic,” says Johnson, who also assists at various special events as a member of the West Campus Guides.
“My decision to pursue chiropractic stems from exploring every health/medical profession career I have fancied, being deeply attracted by the excitement and passion that only emanated from career talks involving chiropractic. I am 100-percent confident with my career choice. Chiropractic agrees with who I am; who I want to become; and how I want to spend the rest of my life.”