College of Pharmacy

Dean’s Advisory Council


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:

  • Providing advice to the Dean in the area of long-range forecasting and identification of opportunities for the College
  • Assisting the Dean in identifying and cultivating potential major gift donors.


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:

  • A willingness and ability to work actively on the College of Pharmacy’s behalf
  • A broad awareness of the pharmacy community and the issues it faces
  • A commitment to active participation and attendance at all meetings
  • A clear understanding of the Council’s mission and a commitment to assisting the College in raising financial support.


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

For more information contact:

Ola Carr, Director of Development
309 East Second Street
Pomona, CA 91766
Phone: 909-469-8339 
Email: ocarr@westernu.edu



Dean’s Advisory Council Members


Background Information on Advisory Council Members

Rebecca Cupp, RPh
Vice President, National Pharmacy Controls for Kaiser Permanente

Rebecca is currently Vice President, National Pharmacy Controls for Kaiser Permanente.  She joined Kaiser Permanente in January, 2018 as Executive Director, Pharmacy Quality and Medication Safety for National Pharmacy Services.  She retired as Vice President/Merchandiser of Pharmacy for Ralphs Pharmacies, a division of The Kroger Co, in 2017.

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 in 1983, as well as another seven years in the Air Force Reserves.  She is also a 2008 graduate of the USC Food Industry Management Program and Babson College’s Strategic Planning Executive Management Program in 2013 at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA. 

Rebecca is very active in state and national pharmacy organizations and also served as the APhA appointee to the American Society of Health Systems Pharmacists Commission on Credentialing from 2010-2013.  She also served on the Board of Trustees for California Pharmacists Association (CPhA), among many other roles.

In her continuing efforts to promote the advancement of the pharmacy profession, Rebecca was certified as a trainer in Medication Therapy Management and Immunizations, as well as gaining certificates in Smoking Cessation, Asthma, and Osteoporosis Management.  In addition to serving on the Western University of Health Science College of Pharmacy Deans’ Advisory Council, she has also served on the University of the Pacific, University of California – San Diego, and Ketchum’s School of Pharmacy Deans’ Leadership Advisory Councils.  Rebecca received the Innovative Practice Award from California’s Right Care Initiative, and was named one of Progressive Grocer’s Top Women.

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Steve Gray Steven W. Gray, PharmD, JD
Pharmacy Consultant and Educator for Pharmacy Law

Steven Gray has over 45 years of pharmacy experience, including military, hospital, community, pharmacy wholesale and warehousing operations, pharmacy compliance and pharmacy 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 has been teaching pharmacy law and ethics at the University of California, San Diego for more than six years. Steve is a Past President of the American Society for Pharmacy Law. He served on the Boards of Directors of the California Pharmacist Association’s (CPhA), Pharmacy Foundation of California and CPhA’s for-profit subsidiaries’ PBM, the Pharmaceutical Care Network and its Premier Pharmacists Networks.   After serving as CPhA’s Speaker of its House of Delegates, in 2004, Dr. Gray served as president and Chair of the CPhA’s Board of Trustees. In 2006 years on its Board of Directors, he became President of the national association for managed care pharmacists, the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy, and served on the national Joint Commission of Pharmacy Practitioners (JCPP) with the Presidents of APhA, ASHP, NCPA, and other national pharmacy leaders. Between 2012 and 2014 he served as President-elect, President and Chair of the Board, respectively, for the California Society of Health-System Pharmacists. Steve retired in 2018 from being the National Pharmacy Professional Affairs Leader for Kaiser Permanente.

He currently is also teaching Pharmacy Law and Ethics at two more California Schools of Pharmacy and is self-employed as a Pharmacy Consultant and Educator for Pharmacy Law. He is a member of several professional associations including AMCP, APhA, ASHP, CPhA, CSHP, and the CA State Bar.

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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
President and CEO of JDJ-RPhJD Consulting, Inc.

John Jones is an expert on managed care pharmacy practice, law, regulation and policy.   Until recently, he served as the Senior Vice President of Professional Practice and Pharmacy Policy at OptumRx, a UnitedHealth Group Company, in Irvine, California.  He helped OptumRx grow to 65 million covered lives and become the third largest pharmacy benefits management company in the nation during his 21 years of service.  

John is licensed as both a pharmacist and an attorney.  He has broad experience with over forty years of pharmacy practice ranging from chain and independent community pharmacy to hospital, home infusion and managed care pharmacy.  He has applied his legal skills in the fields of managed healthcare legislative policy and regulation, health insurance, healthcare contracting, and interstate regulatory compliance for prescription mail service and pharmacy benefit management companies.  He has advocated on health policy issues before state boards of pharmacy, state legislatures and health insurance regulatory bodies as well as Congressional committees.

John teaches Pharmacy Law and Ethics and Introduction to Health Care Systems and Policy at the University of California at San Diego Skaggs School of Pharmacy and is entering his 7th year of instruction.   He also teaches Pharmacy Law and Ethics at Chapman University School of Pharmacy and Marshall B. Ketchum School of Pharmacy.   He has lectured at numerous schools of pharmacy regarding policy, legal and regulatory issues.

John serves on the Board of Directors of URAC and was its chairman from 2012-2014. URAC accredits over 600 healthcare companies for quality nationwide via its 24 accreditation programs across the healthcare continuum.  It currently has 6 industry leading pharmacy accreditation products.

John has a long involvement with the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) where he chaired numerous committees, served on its Board of Directors, as its Treasurer and its President.  He holds a fellowship with AMCP. He has also led multiple committees for the Pharmaceutical Care Management Association (PCMA), the national trade group for Pharmacy Benefit Managers.

John served on the California Board of Pharmacy for eight years, two of those years as its president.

John is a native of Idaho and graduated from Idaho State University with a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy.  He earned his law degree from the University of San Francisco.

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David A. Kvancz David A. Kvancz, M.S., R.Ph., FASHP
Senior Vice President, Strategic Client Relationships, Visante

David A. Kvancz is Senior Vice President, Strategic Client Relationships at Visante, an established healthcare consulting firm with a focus on medication use and system optimization.  Visante provides services to clients in the managed care, hospital and health system, pharmaceutical manufacturer and pharmacy operations technology marketplaces.

Prior to joining Visante, David served as Vice President, National Pharmacy Programs and Services, for Kaiser Permanente.  Previously, David served as Director of Pharmacy and Chief Pharmacy Officer for the Cleveland Clinic Health System, Associate Director of Clinical Pharmacy Services at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, and Assistant Director of Pharmacy at Tucson Medical Center.

David has served in multiple leadership positions, delivered numerous presentations and published several articles for local, state and national health system pharmacy organizations.  He has also held adjunct and associate faculty positions and served on the Dean’s Advisory Councils at several colleges of pharmacy.

He earned his B.S. degree from the Albany College of Pharmacy in Albany, New York, and a master’s degree in clinical hospital pharmacy from the Ohio State University. He completed his ASHP-accredited residency at Mount Carmel Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio. 

David has received several local, state and national accolades in recognition of his professional commitment and accomplishments including being named as a Fellow of the American Society of Health System Pharmacists, and along with other team members, receiving the ASHP Foundation Award for Achievement in the Professional Practice of Pharmacy in Health Systems.

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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. Lee, PharmD, MS, FCPhA, FAMCP
Vice President, Market Access & HEOR, The Kinetix Group

Vinson Lee is currently Vice President, Market Access & HEOR at The Kinetix Group, an insights-powered healthcare strategy and life science agency with industry-leading expertise in health systems and market access. Dr. Lee has over 15 years of experience in managed care pharmacy, the pharmaceutical industry, and academia. He has held various commercial market access, medical affairs, and HEOR leadership roles within the pharmaceutical industry. His experience includes developing and implementing market access strategies and services, directing value-based contract negotiations, and presenting key clinical and pharmacoeconomic data to formulary decision makers and health systems to ensure brand access.

Dr. Lee has a well-established network of payer opinion leaders and is actively involved within the pharmacy profession and associations, currently serving as a Director for the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) and adjunct assistant professor of pharmacy at the University of Southern California (USC) School of Pharmacy. He also serves on the USC School of Pharmacy Board of Councilors, Western University of Health Sciences College of Pharmacy Dean’s Advisory Council, Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy & Health Sciences, University of the Pacific Continuing Education Advisory Board, and Keck Graduate Institute School of Pharmacy Practitioner Network Council. Vinson is also a past President of the California Pharmacists Association (CPhA).

Vinson holds a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from USC School of Pharmacy, Master of Science degree in Cell & Neurobiology from the Keck School of Medicine of USC, and Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of California, Riverside.

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Nayan Patel, PharmD
President/CEO of Central Drugs Compounding Pharmacy and Auro Pharmaceuticals, Inc, La Habra, CA

Nayan Patel graduated from USC School of Pharmacy in 1996. Over the last 22 years, Nayan has built multiple sterile and non-sterile compounding labs including 503B outsourcing facility from the ground up. Nayan has 20 years of clinical experience specializing in non-sterile compounding and sterile compounding.  He lectures and consults nationally and internationally on Hormone Replacement Therapy, IV Nutrition and setting up sterile and non-sterile compounding pharmacy.

Nayan has worked closely with the USC School of Pharmacy in designing their compounding lab and currently teaches students the regulations governing sterile compounding.  He continues to speak at national pharmacy conferences on compounding and has helped many pharmacists in starting compounding within their pharmacy.

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Daniel 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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Karen ShapiroKaren Shapiro, PharmD, BCPS
CEO, Clinical Pharmacist Educator, RxPrep, Inc. (retired)

Dr. Shapiro was one of the founders and CEO of RxPrep, the primary board review company for pharmacy licensure exam preparation. RxPrep has provided the RxPrep Course Book (with annual sales that exceed the number of graduates), NAPLEX video courses, test bank assessments, and law review courses for all 50 states. RxPrep was acquired by UWorld in 2020 and will carry on a tradition of providing high quality test-prep resources. 

Karen studied Urban Planning and Public Policy at Boston University and Pharmacy at the University of Southern California. She completed her Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Residency at USC before joining the faculty of Western University, where she taught for six years, and worked in a geriatric clinic. After leaving her position at the College, Karen took a position as an inpatient clinical pharmacist for Los Angeles County in the amputation and orthopedic units, and later served as Director of Medication Therapy Management for a managed care company. In this role, she developed one of the first MTM programs and a program that used a novel approach to enroll members in patient assistance programs in the managed care setting.  

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John Sie

John Sie, PharmD, 
Clinical Operations Manager and PGY1 Residency Program Director, Kaiser Permanente, Downey, CA

John Sie, Pharm.D. graduated from USC School of Pharmacy in 1985.  Over the last 30 years, John built his career from various facets of pharmacy practice which include inpatient, ambulatory care, and management.  He was instrumental in establishing many clinical pharmacy programs in the early years of Ambulatory Care.  He continues to build justifications to expand the role of the clinical pharmacist and to add value to patient care in the realms of chronic disease management and cost-effective drug utilization.  It is John’s vision to advance the ambulatory clinical practice where pharmacists are an integral and invaluable part of the heath care team.

John is currently the Clinical Operations Manager and PGY1 residency program director for the Kaiser Permanente (KP) – Downey Medical Center.  It is his passion and dedication to the profession that has allowed him to step into these roles so that he can continue to precept and mentor residents.  To this date, he has successfully mentored over 60 residents in the last 30 years. 

John also serves on various committees within Kaiser Permanente and is a member of the KP-SCAL residency project review committee.  He is a member of both the CSHP and ASHP professional organizations.

During John’s spare time, he enjoys trying new foods at fun restaurants, searching for his next Yelp foodie destination, and spending time with family and friends.

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Brian G. Yamate Brian G. Yamate, PharmD
Director of Pharmacy, Inter-Community Hospital, Covina, CA

Brian Yamate has over 35 years of experience in acute care hospitals, hospice care and as an independent pharmacy consultant. He obtained his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Southern California and is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Western University of Health Sciences. Dr. Yamate holds similar appointments as Associate or Assistant Professor of Pharmacy at 12 other schools of pharmacy across the nation. He has been awarded Preceptor of the Year from Western University of Health Sciences. Dr. Yamate is active with a number of local schools of pharmacy on various committees and councils; Practitioner Network Council, Management Curriculum Committee, Program Advisory Committee and Preceptor Advisory Committee. He has devoted a significant portion of his professional career to develop and promote experiential education; providing the opportunity for students to blend their didactic education with real-world practice settings. Dr. Yamate has been invited to speak at various schools of pharmacy, seminars and the National Heart Failure Advisory Board on a diverse group of topics from readmission reductions, operational management, professionalism, communication, and hospice care.

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Ray Yutani Ray M. Yutani, DO, MS, PharmD, FACOFP
Associate Professor of Family Medicine, Patient Care Center, Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, 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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