Advisory Boards within SPHS

  • Bill Aurora, PharmD 
    Senior VP, Medical Affairs and Compliance, Demira Inc. K.

    David Becker, PhD, MB (ASCP) 
    Sr. Director Laboratory Operations, Helix

    Karen Bernstein, PhD 
    KGI Trustee, Co-founder and Chairman of BioCentury

    Daniel Bradbury, B.Pharm, DMS
    KGI Trustee; Managing Member, BioBrit, LLC

    Gayle Brazeau, PhD 
    Dean, University of New England School of Pharmacy

    Craig V. Byus, PhD 
    Emeritus Professor of Biomedical Sciences and Biochemistry, University of California, Riverside School of Medicine

    Peter Clagett, MBA 
    Senior Vice President of Integrated Cost of Care and Specialty, Prime Therapeutics

    Norm Enriquez, PharmD 
    Senior Vice President, The Medical Affairs Company

    Ramin Farhood, PharmD 
    Vice President, Head of Global Medical Affairs, AveXis

    Bob Fuladi, PharmD 
    Vice President, Mission Health Care Pharmacy Corporation

    Sean R. Gallagher, PhD 
    Vice President, Chief Technology Officer, UVP LLC

    Brian Hodgkins, PharmD 
    Executive Vice President Heritage ACO, Coachella Valley & Clinical Operation Desert Oasis Healthcare

    Edward Jai, PharmD 
    Interim Pharmacy Service Chief, Office of the Medical Director, Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health

    Victor Law, BS Pharm 
    California State Board of Pharmacy, Alpha Medical Pharmacy Inc.

    Charles Leiter, PharmD
    Leiter’s Compounding

    John Maguire, PhD 
    Claremont Graduate University President Emeritus

    Louis Martinelli, PhD, PharmD 
    Partner and Co-founder Health Alliance Strategies; Trustee and past Chair, Board of Trustees, Institute for Safe Medication Practices; Board of Directors, Med-ERRS Inc.; former Dean, Creighton and U. of the Pacific Schools of Pharmacy

    Ruth Nemire, PharmD, Ed.D 
    Associate Executive Vice President, American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy

    Ralph Rewers, PharmD 
    US Medical Science Liaison Head, AbbVie, Inc.

    Marilyn Standifer Shreve, BPharm, MS 
    President, Tailored Interactive Patient Health

    David Swenson, RPh 
    Vice President, Clinical Strategy, Medical Affairs, CareFusion

    Curtis Tyree, PhD 
    Vice President of Operations, Huya Bioscience International

  • Teresa Hodgkins, PharmD, BCACP 
    Associate VP, Clinical Performance and Outcomes, Desert Oasis Healthcare

    Ethan Huynh
    Chief Operating Officer, Alpha Plus Network Inc.

    Paul Huynh, PharmD 
    Healthcare Supervisor, Pharmacy and Retail Operations, Walgreens

    Laila Khoury-Chamoun
    Director Global Scientific Communications, Amgen

    Jimmy Overton
    Assoc. VP, Global Medical Scientific and Library, Allergan

    Julie Park, PharmD 
    VP National Pharmacy Services, Prospect Medical Group

    Manisha Patel, PharmD 
    Indian Pharmacists Association President

    Shushma Patel, RPh 
    President, Prescription Shop

    Andrew Simental, PharmD 
    Pharmacy Services Kaiser Foundation Hospital

    Martin Torres, PharmD 
    Director of Pharmacy, UC Irvine Medical Center

    Deborah Veale, RPh 
    National Director, CVS Caremark Corporation

  • The KGI Human Genetics and Genetic Counseling Board of Advisors represents genetic counseling educators and health care industry professionals. The Board of Advisors provides input on current standards and emerging trends in practice and industry, acts as a liaison between program development and actual practice, suggests ways to achieve stated goals, assists in identifying internship and employment opportunities, and gives feedback on the effectiveness and success of activities related to program goals.

    The Board of Advisors meets at least once per year. Members are nominated by MSGC leadership. Members are approved by the Program Director to serve an initial two or three-year term with a renewable three-year term. 

    Additionally, the Board of Advisors will:

    • Support the Mission of the Program
    • Support continuous improvement, growth, and development
    • Provide ongoing assessment of clinical and didactic curriculum
    • Be knowledgeable about needs in health care, biotechnology, and future direction of Genetic Counseling and anticipate how the Program can help fulfill those needs
    • Make recommendations to program leadership
    • Support the goal of increasing Program resources, financial, etc
    • Promote Program as a resource

    External members

    • Monica Alvarado, MS, LCGC Regional Genetic Services Administrator, Kaiser Permanente – SCPMG
    • Kathleen Blazer, EdD, MS, LCGC Associate Director Cancer Genomics Education Program at City of Hope
    • Allan Bombard, MD Chief Medical Officer, Progenity
    • Sharon Chan, MPH, MS, LCGC Director of Clinical Genetic Program at Palo Alto Medical Foundation
    • Bill Herbert, MS, LCGC Genetic Counselor, Kaiser Permanente
    • Molly McGinniss, MS, LCGC Sr Market Development Manager, Applied Genomics, Illumina
    • Marissa Porter-Little, Camp Director, Our Own Family Camp
    • Julie Truong, PharmD, BCACP, MACM, Keck Graduate Institute
    • Catherine Wicklund, MS, CGC Director of Graduate Program in Genetic Counseling at the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University
  • The KGI MSPA Program Advisory Board (PAB) is composed of physician assistant educators and members of the local healthcare community. Through this important collaboration, the PAB provides input on program and curricular development; acts as a liaison between the program and clinical practice by sharing current standards and emerging clinical trends; offers recommendations on how to achieve the program’s stated goals; assists in identifying clinical sites and employment opportunities; and provides feedback on the effectiveness and success of activities related to program goals. The Program Advisory Board meets a minimum of one time per year. Members are nominated by KGI administrators and SPHS Faculty and Staff.

    External members

    • Hrayr Basmajian, MD Orthopaedic Trauma Medical Director at Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center
    • Brett Bergman, MBA, MPA, PA-C Regional Director of Advanced Practice for Kaiser Permanente in Southern California; Interventional Radiology PA; Past President of the California Academy of PAs
    • Karen Bernstein, PhD Co-Founder and Chairman, BioCentury; Member of the KGI Board of Trustees
    • Ji (CJ) Chun, MPAS, PA-C, BC-ADM PA at OptumCare Medical Group: Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism; Past President of the American Society of Endocrine PAs
    • Leah Dixson, PA-C Director of Outreach & Priority Care Services at Desert Oasis Healthcare
    • Beth Donovan, PA-C Clinical Strategist, Care Innovation & Technology Integration at Blue Shield of California
    • Don Garcia, MD Medical Director at Clínica Romero
    • Kenneth Granados, DMSc, PA-C Emergency Medicine PA with Vituity; Psychiatry PA with Riverside University Health System
    • Steven Hochman, MD Primary Care Physician, JWCH Center for Community Health Downtown Los Angeles
    • Taif Kaissi, MD Chief Executive Officer at The Neurology Group, Inc.
    • Gail Knight, MD, MMM Senior Vice president and Chief Medical Officer at Rady Children’s Hospital
    • Lawrence B. Kong, MD Chief of Thoracic Surgery, Regional Thoracic Robotic Lead, Kaiser Permanente
    • Lesa Maugh, MS, PA-C, DFAAPA Urgent Care PA and PA Educator
    • Kristin Neal, PA-C, MPH Senior Vice President, Stars & Clinical Quality, Optum
    • Lakshmi Savitala-Damerla, DMSc, PA-C, MHA PA at USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center
    • Dennis Tankersley DMSc, PA-C Chairman of the Board of Directors for San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital; EMPA Fellowship Director at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center; President Elect at The Association of Postgraduate PA Programs
    • Carol A. Wood Director of Clinical Operations for DAP Health (formerly Desert AIDS Project)