Western University of Health Sciences College of Pharmacy Western University of Health Sciences
College of Pharmacy

Dean’s Advisory Council

Mission

The mission of the College of Pharmacy Dean’s Advisory Council is to assist the College in building a strong presence in the world of pharmacy, to increase the College’s national and international visibility for quality research, education and service, and to serve as ambassadors for the College.

The Council will realize its mission by:

 


Advisory Council Structure

The Council is composed of 16 to 20 members, representing a broad cross-section of the pharmacy, business and educational communities.

The full Advisory Council will meet two times per year, once in the spring and once in the fall. Subcommittees will convene individually throughout the year, as needed, to address action items resulting from the semi-annual meetings.


Council Member Selection

The Dean will consider nominations for new Council members from current members and from the College of Pharmacy faculty.

Criteria for Council membership include:

 

Council members will serve on rotating two-year terms with an option for renewal at the discretion of the Dean.

For More Information contact:

Bill Burrows , Director of Development
309 East Second Street
Pomona, CA 91766
Phone: 909-469-8431
Email: bburrows@westernu.edu

 


 

Dean’s Advisory Council Members

 


Background Information on Advisory Council Members

 

Rebecca CuppJohn Cronin, PharmD, JD
President of CWL Pharmacies, Inc.

John Cronin is recognized as one of the leading Pharmacy Law specialists in the country, and remains an owner operator of two local retail pharmacies. After earning his J.D., he spent several years full-time in Fredrickson Mazeika & Grant’s (FMG) litigation section. In 1993 he took a 3-year leave from FMG to serve as General Counsel for the California Pharmacists Association (CPhA), the largest state pharmacy association in the country.

To this day John and FMG remain outside counsel for CPhA. The focus of John’s law practice is in the areas of healthcare law and governmental and licensing and regulatory affairs, with an emphasis on healthcare antitrust issues. He has assisted in the drafting of legislation and provides analysis, expert testimony and comments on a variety of regulatory issues at the state and federal levels. In addition to handling their business related issues, FMG represents pharmacy clients at various state and federal agencies, including the FDA, the FTC, and California’s Board of Pharmacy, Department of Health Care Services, and Department of Managed Care.

John continues to write articles for professional journals on a variety of topics and he lectures throughout the country on Pharmacy Law issues. He also is the President Elect of the American Society for Pharmacy Law, and was its Executive Director from 1996-2000.

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Rebecca CuppRebecca Cupp, RPh
Vice President of Pharmacy for Ralphs Pharmacies

Rebecca Cupp joined Kroger in 1983 as a Rebecca Cupp
Vice President of Pharmacy for Ralphs Pharmacies

Rebecca joined Kroger in 1983 as a Pharmacy Manager in San Antonio, Texas. She also served in Pharmacy Merchandising roles in Kroger-Atlanta until joining Ralphs as Director of Pharmacy in 2002. Currently, Rebecca is the Vice President of Pharmacy for Ralphs Pharmacies.

Rebecca is a graduate of the University of Washington, School of Pharmacy. After graduation, she spent four years on active duty as an Air Force officer before joining Kroger, as well as another seven years in the Air Force Reserves. She is also a 2008 graduate of the USC Food Industry Management Program. Rebecca is very active in state and national pharmacy organizations and is currently the Vice President of the Pharmacy Foundation of California and was recently appointed to the American Society of Health Systems Pharmacists Commission on Credentialing. She has also served on the Board of Trustees for California Pharmacists Association as well on their Disaster Preparedness Committee.

Rebecca has continued to promote the advancement of the pharmacy profession by becoming certified as a trainer in Medication Therapy Management and Immunizations, as well as holding certificates in Smoking Cessation, Asthma, and Osteoporosis Management. Rebecca is also Adjunct Faculty at USC and a member of the USC School of Pharmacy Strategic Planning Steering Committee. She also serves on both the University of the Pacific’s and Western University’s School of Pharmacy Deans’ Leadership Advisory Councils.

Pharmacy Manager in San Antonio, Texas. She also served in Pharmacy Merchandising roles in Kroger-Atlanta until joining Ralphs as Director of Pharmacy in 2002. Currently, Rebecca is the Vice President of Pharmacy for Ralphs Pharmacies.

Rebecca is a graduate of the University of Washington, School of Pharmacy. After graduation, she spent four years on active duty as an Air Force officer before joining Kroger, as well as another seven years in the Air Force Reserves. She is also a 2008 graduate of the USC Food Industry Management Program. Rebecca is very active in state and national pharmacy organizations and is currently the Vice President of the Pharmacy Foundation of California and was recently appointed to the American Society of Health Systems Pharmacists Commission on Credentialing. She has also served on the Board of Trustees for California Pharmacists Association as well on their Disaster Preparedness Committee.

Rebecca has continued to promote the advancement of the pharmacy profession by becoming certified as a trainer in Medication Therapy Management and Immunizations, as well as holding certificates in Smoking Cessation, Asthma, and Osteoporosis Management. Rebecca is also Adjunct Faculty at USC and a member of the USC School of Pharmacy Strategic Planning Steering Committee. She also serves on both the University of the Pacific’s and Western University’s School of Pharmacy Deans’ Leadership Advisory Councils.

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Glenn Etow Glenn Etow, PharmD
Chief Operating Officer of Comprehensive Pharmacy Services

Glenn Etow is currently the Chief Operating Officer for Comprehensive Pharmacy Services, the country’s largest hospital pharmacy management company. His 32 years of experience includes managing small, medium and large hospital pharmacies plus overseeing a home infusion operation. In 1981, he started the ASHP accredited Pharmacy practice residency and served as the Program Director of that residency program for ten years. Dr. Etow received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Southern California, School of Pharmacy. He continues to be active in pharmacy associations and is dedicated to the advancement of pharmacy practice.

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Richard de LeonRichard de Leon, PharmD
Oxnard, CA

Richard de Leon has practiced in a variety of venues and in many different roles, including clinical and management roles in health-systems, the pharmaceutical industry, and academia. Most recently, he was a founding managing partner and director of Safe Medication Management Associates, a pharmacy consulting firm. Prior to that engagement, Dr. de Leon was the founding director of the Pharmacy Affairs program at Amgen, Inc, in Thousand Oaks, CA. He was also appointed director of pharmacy and associate professor at the University Medical Center of the University of Arizona, in Tucson, AZ. Prior to joining the University of Arizona, he served as director of pharmacy at Kapiolani Hospital in Honolulu, HI. Dr. de Leon is an emeritus associate professor and associate dean for clinical sciences at the College of Pharmacy of the University of Michigan where he also served as director of pharmacy services for the University of Michigan Medical Center.

Dr. de Leon’s professional life began at the University of California, San Francisco, where he was awarded his Pharm.D. and where he held a number of clinical and management posts. Dr. de Leon has held elected and appointed offices and he has served on numerous committees and task forces convened by professional organizations and academic institutions. Dr. de Leon has published and presented his work at many professional meetings and in pharmacy journals. He resides in Petaluma, CA.

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Steven W. Gray, PharmD, JD
Pharmacy Professional Affairs Leader, Kaiser Permanente, Downey, CA

Steven Gray has over 40 years of pharmacy experience, including military, hospital, community, wholesaling and managed care. He obtained a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Southern California and a J.D degree from Northrop University School of Law. He teaches pharmacy law and ethics and is currently the President-Elect of the American Society for Pharmacy Law. In 2004, Dr. Gray served as president of the California Pharmacists Association. In 2006 he served as President of the national association for managed care pharmacists, the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy, and served on the Join Council of Pharmacy Practitioners with the Presidents of APhA, ASHP, NCPA, and other national pharmacy leaders. He is currently the Immediate Past President and Chair of the Board for the California Society of Health-System Pharmacists. Steve is currently the Pharmacy Professional Affairs Leader for Kaiser Permanente. He is a member of several professional associations including AMCP, APhA, ASHP, CPhA, CSHP, and the CA State Bar.

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Dr. Amy Gutierrez Amy Gutierrez, PharmD
Chief Pharmacy Officer and Director of Pharmacy Affairs for the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services

Amy Gutierrez obtained her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Southern California, and completed a California Healthcare Leadership Fellowship in 2007. She is currently an assistant professor of clinical pharmacy at both the University Of Southern California and Western University of Health Sciences.

Dr. Gutierrez is responsible for oversight of pharmacy policy, pharmaceutical formulary/purchasing, medication safety and automation planning/implementation for the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services. She co-chairs both the system’s Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committee and Medication Safety Committees, and oversees a $145 million annual pharmaceutical budget. Dr. Gutierrez has over 25 years of inpatient and ambulatory care experience, with extensive focus on state and federal regulatory standard compliance. Dr. Gutierrez is a current member of the California Hospital Medication Safety Committee, and has also served as a pod advisor for the California Healthcare Foundation’s Leadership Fellowship program. Dr. Gutierrez was the leader of a group awarded the LA County Productivity and Quality Commission’s “Golden Eagle First Place Award” and the “Mega Million Dollar Platinum Eagle Award” for a $46 million cost savings project entitled, “System-Wide Pharmaceutical Management.” In addition, this project also won a National Association of Counties (NACO) Award in 2009. Dr. Gutierrez has been a guest speaker for various local and national organizations on topics such as medication safety and regulatory compliance, Federal 340B pricing regulations, and pharmaceutical management.

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Brian HodgkinsBrian Hodgkins, PharmD, FCSHP, FASHP
Executive Vice-President, Heritage California Accountable Care Organization, Coachella Valley and Clinical Operations for Desert Oasis Healthcare

Brian Hodgkins spent 20 years in hospital based leadership positions before coming to HPN. He received his Doctorate from the University of Southern California and completed his residency training at Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, Los Angeles. Dr. Hodgkins is an innovative clinician, educator and advocate for healthcare access issues and has a practice interest in population based health management. Brian holds faculty appointments at USC, Loma Linda and University of the Pacific.

Brian has spent his professional career as a volunteer for his State affiliate California Society of Health-System Pharmacists as well as American Society of Health System-Pharmacists. He served as Presidential Officer of CSHP twice. Brian recently chaired the Council on Pharmacy Practice for ASHP where they developed new professional policy on pharmacy’s role in ACO’s. Dr. Hodgkins has been an invited speaker for over 200 programs nationally, covering topics on a multitude of issues from patient safety, pain management, chronic disease management and healthcare reform.

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John D. Jones John D. Jones, RPh, JD, FAMCP
Senior Vice President of Professional Practice and Pharmacy Policy, Prescription Solutions, Irvine, CA

John D. Jones obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy from Idaho State University and a J.D degree from the University of San Francisco with an emphasis on medical and business law. In the past, John has worked as the Director of Home Therapy Services at the University of California, San Francisco and as Director of Pharmacy Relations at Blue Shield of California in San Francisco. For the last 14 years, John has served as the Vice President of Legal and Regulatory Affairs for Prescription Solutions in Irvine, California. He is currently the Senior Vice President of Professional Practice and Pharmacy Policy. In 2000, John served as President of the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy and in 2002 he was President of the California Board of Pharmacy.

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Roger Klotz Roger Klotz, RPh, BCNSP, FASCP, FACA, FCPhA
Regional Coordinator, Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice & Administration, College of Pharmacy. Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, CA

Roger Klotz obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy from the University of Illinois and is a Board Certified Nutrition Specialist Pharmacist. Currently is an Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice & Administration at Western University of Health Sciences. He has been elected three times to serve as a board member for the CPhA- Academy of Specialty Practice; he was elected to the Board of the Academy of Pharmacy Educators last year; and has been elected to the Chair of the Ambulatory Care, Home Care, and Chronic Care section of the ASHP. Elected to serve as a Trustee for Region 6 of the CphA in 2011. He was the first recipient of the California Pharmacy Foundation Michelotti Public Health Prize in 2005. During his career, Professor Klotz has had over 82 journal publications and has contributed to several pharmacy textbooks. For more information, click here.

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Victor Law Victor Law, RPh
Owner, Pharmacist, Alpha Medical Pharmacy, Alhambra, CA

Victor Law, RPh, is the President and CEO of Alpha Medical Pharmacy Inc., with three locations in Alhambra and San Gabriel. He is a member of the California State Board of Pharmacy, appointed by Governor Jerry Brown, and a member of the California Pharmacists Association PAC Board. Victor also serves as Vice Chairman of the San Gabriel Valley Medical Center. In 2006, he was appointed by the speaker of the state assembly to the California State Board of Behavioral Science, and currently serves as the Chairman of the Board. Victor was elected as the Chairman of the Board for Garfield Medical Center, and has also served as the President of the California Pharmacist Association in the San Gabriel Valley.

Victor Law was born in Hong Kong, and came to the United States in 1971. He studied pharmacy at the University of Oklahoma and graduated with his Bachelor of Science degree in 1976. Victor was a member of the Phi Eta Sigma (Freshman Honorary) as well as the Rho Chi Fraternity, and before opening his own pharmacy in 1987, he held management positions for both the Rite-Aid and Sav-on pharmacy chains over a period of years.

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Vinson C. LeeVinson C. Lee, PharmD, MS, FCPhA
Sr. Regional Medical Liaison, Health Outcomes & Pharmacoeconomics, Scientific Affairs, Amgen, Inc.

Vinson Lee is a Sr. Regional Medical Liaison on the Health Outcomes & Pharmacoeconomics (HOPE) team and covers the Northern California, Nevada, and Utah territory. In this role, Dr. Lee’s primary responsibilities include providing clinical support to managed care customers to optimize appropriate patient access to Amgen products, assisting in the development and communication of pharmacoeconomic analyses and health outcome studies, and building professional relationships with key managed care decision makers. Prior to Amgen, he worked in Managed Care Medical Communications at Genentech and as a Managed Care Clinical Consultant at Rxperts Managed Care Consulting.

Dr. Lee is actively involved with the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) and California Pharmacists Association (CPhA). He is a member of the AMCP Educational Affairs Committee, co-Diplomat to the UCSF School of Pharmacy, State Advocacy Coordinator for Nevada, peer reviewer for the Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy, and previously chaired the Schools of Pharmacy Relations Committee. He is also the current Speaker-Elect for the CPhA House of Delegates, a member of the CPhA Board of Trustees and Executive Committee, Chair of the CPhA Academy of Managed Care, and on the Editorial Review Committee for CPhA’s journal, the California Pharmacist. He currently serves on the University of Southern California (USC) School of Pharmacy Alumni Association Board of Directors, Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy & Health Sciences, University of the Pacific Continuing Education Advisory Board, Western University of Health Sciences College of Pharmacy Dean’s Advisory Council, and Keck Graduate Institute School of Pharmacy Practitioner Network Council.

Dr. Lee received his Doctor of Pharmacy from the USC School of Pharmacy, Masters of Science in Cell & Neurobiology from the Keck School of Medicine of USC, and Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of California, Riverside. He was designated a Fellow of CPhA in April 2014 and honored as the 2012 CPhA Distinguished New Practitioner of the Year.

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Jesse Martinez Jesse Martinez, PharmD, FASCP
Vice Dean, Academic Diversity and Development, College of Pharmacy, Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, CA

Jesse Martinez obtained his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Southern California. He has thirty years of experience in several areas of pharmacy administration including pharmacy ownership, management of home health nursing agencies, clinical laboratories and government reimbursement programs. He has developed pharmacy operations on a national scale to include Infusion Services, Nutritional Support, Ancillary Services, Pharmacy Consulting Services, Marketing and Sales. He has been CEO and Divisional President for Summit Care and has held senior executive positions with several national health care organizations. Dr. Martinez is currently the Vice Dean of Academic Diversity & Development at Western University of Health Sciences and is one of the charter members of the Board of Advisors for the College of Pharmacy. For more information, click here.

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Dan Robinson Daniel C. Robinson, PharmD, FASHP
Dean, Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Administration, College of Pharmacy, Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, CA

Daniel Robinson obtained his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of California, San Francisco. He is currently the Dean of Western University of Health Sciences, College of Pharmacy as well as a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Administration. Dr. Robinson has over 30 years of experience as a licensed pharmacist & health care educator and over 20 years of experience in academic and health care administration. He has established nine international academic exchange agreements in seven countries and has co-founded the California Center for Pharmaceutical Care. He has served on the International Pharmacy Education Advisory Committee for American Association for Colleges of Pharmacy, the Academic Leadership Fellows Program as Dean Facilitator, the Board of Directors for the Center for Community Health Education Research and Service, the Board of Directors for the Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts, and he is past national president of Rho Chi Pharmacy Honor Society. For more information, click here.

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Sam Shimomura Sam Shimomura, PharmD
Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Administration & Associate Dean for College Advancement, College of Pharmacy, Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, CA

Sam Shimomura obtained his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of California, San Francisco. After graduating, he spent almost twenty years teaching at the UCSF School of Pharmacy. Dr. Shimomura currently serves as the Associate Dean for College Advancement at Western University of Health Sciences- College of Pharmacy and has been a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Administration at WesternU for over a decade. His areas of clinical practice have included drug information, internal medicine, family practice and geriatrics. He has been a certified Geriatric Pharmacist for over 20 years. For more information, click here.

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Joel N. Weber Joel N. Weber, PharmD, FCSHP, FASHP
Vice President, Professional Services, Amerisource-Bergen, Clovis, CA

Dr. Joel Weber is Vice president, Health System-Professional Services for AmerisourceBergen Corporation. Dr. Weber is responsible for executive messaging, solution assessments and positioning of professional services and supply chain consulting engagements. Prior to this position, Dr. Weber was Vice President of Health Systems Sales with AmerisourceBergen. He joined Bergen Brunswig Drug Company as Director of Health Systems Solutions in October 1998. As the Solutions Director, he was involved in development of prototype processes that were streamlined while maintaining cost effectiveness and safe intuitive solutions to the distribution, clinical, and administrative problems related to pharmacy practice. In December 1999, his role changed when he was promoted to Vice President for the West Region. In October 2001, Amerisource and Bergen Brunswig merged to form AmerisourceBergen, an S & P 500 Company and the largest drug wholesaler in the world. Following the merger, Joel’s responsibility continued with Health Systems for the Southwest Region, In 2003, this was expanded to the West Region (13-state area and the Pacific Rim). Dr. Weber’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Science (Pharmacy) and a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of the Pacific, School of Pharmacy. He also completed an ASHP-approved Hospital Residency program at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in San Francisco. Additionally, he has completed the VHA Pharmacy Business training and the Advanced Business training programs held at Auburn University.

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Ray Yutani Ray M. Yutani, DO, MS, PharmD, FACOFP
Module Coordinator, Family Medicine, Kaiser Permanente, Downey, CA

Ray Yutani obtained his Doctor of Pharmacy and Masters degrees from the University of Southern California and a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Western University. He currently works as a Family Medicine Practitioner for Kaiser Permanente in Downey, covering both outpatient and hospital medicine.

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