Registered Pharmacist in the State of California for 45 years, my career has included 11 years with Target, (8 years as Pharmacy Manager), 7 years with Rite Aid as Pharmacy Manager, 2 years at Payless Drugs Northwest and 25 years as an owner in Manteca Drugs. Past President of San Joaquin Pharmacist Association, Board Member of 49er Council BSA, Camp Chairman for San Joaquin County 4-H for 15 years. Honors include the City of Manteca Hall of Fame 2016, Pharmacist of the Year 1995 with Thrifty Payless and San Joaquin Pharmacist Association Hall of Fame 2016. A Registered Pharmacist in California and Nevada, graduating from University of Pacific School of Pharmacy with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Pharmacy in 1969.
Career: Chief Pharmacist & faculty at Univ. of So Cal; CEO of American Assn of Colleges of Pharmacy; CEO of American Pharmacists Assn; CEO of Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery; Founder of Schlegel & Associates, a consulting firm focused on improving leadership & governance in professional and trade associations and other nonprofits. BS Pharm (UOP); PharmD and MSEd (USC); World Health Organization Postdoctoral Fellow (USC School of Medicine); Honorary Alumnus (UOP and USC); Honorary Doctor of Science (Long Island University and Mass. College of Pharmacy); Certified Association Executive certification and selected Fellow of the American Society of Assn Executives. Now retired in Sarasota, FL. In 2020, was internationally honored with the Who’s Who Albert Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award.
Walnut Grove, CA
Larry Gorham spent the first 6 years of his post graduate career with McKell Drug Company of Pittsburg, California first as a pharmacist, then as a store manager. He then joined Bill’s Drugs where he was part of a management team that grew the chain from 3 stores to 30 stores over a 10-year period. In 1982, seeking a career change, Larry purchased Cal-Sierra Pipe, Inc. from his father, becoming its President and CEO. Cal-Sierra Pipe is a wholesale/retail distributor of imported and domestic steel pipe and related items serving the agriculture, construction and manufacturing industries over the western United States. In 2010 Larry sold the company to a private equity investment group. He stayed with the company after the sale, first as its President then as a consultant until he retired in 2014. He remains on its Board of Directors.
San Jose, CA
Graduated from University of the Pacific with BS in Biological Sciences in 2005 and with a PharmD in 2009. Currently working as a long-term care pharmacist in Hayward, CA at Omnicare, a division of CVS/pharmacy. Active preceptor for APPE and IPPE rotations for the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.
Elk Grove, CA
Currently working as a Clinical Ambulatory Care Pharmacist at Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento. Graduated from University of the Pacific with a B.S. in Biological Sciences in 2013 and PharmD in 2017. Former Worthy Chief Counselor for the Phi Delta Chi Alpha Psi chapter from 2015-2016.
Currently a pharmacist with the State of California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Former Worthy Inner Guard (2017-2018) for the Alpha Psi Chapter. Past recipient of the Ivan W Rowland Memorial Scholarship (2021)
After graduation, he returned to his hometown of Pleasanton, CA and purchased part of the existing local pharmacy owned by fellow Alpha Psi alumni Louis Hewitson. Together they would open a medical supply company in the 1980’s, then a second retail pharmacy in 1996 in nearby San Ramon, CA. Next, came a long-term care pharmacy in 1998, and finally a compounding only pharmacy in 2012. He enjoyed a long affiliation with the local hospice starting at its inception in 1980 and carrying over to his retirement in 2016. Always the true entrepreneur, he remained self-employed throughout a 45-year career. He still enjoys spending time when needed at the compounding pharmacy, now run by his son, passing on knowledge and practicing his secundum artem.
Graduated from the University of the Pacific, Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy in 2021 with a PharmD. Former Pacific Regional Correspondent from 2020-2021 and Worthy Vice Counselor for the Alpha Psi Chapter from 2019-2020.
San Jose, CA
Currently working as a geriatrics (ambulatory care) pharmacist for the County of Santa Clara Health System. Graduated from the University of the Pacific, Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in 2017 with a Doctor of Pharmacy Degree. Former Pacific Regional Correspondent from (2016-2017) and past recipient of the Gerald A. Miller Memorial Scholarship (2015) and the Ivan W. Rowland Memorial Outstanding Senior Scholarship (2017).
Graduated from the University of the Pacific, Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in 2008 with a Doctor of Pharmacy Degree. Currently working as a Pharmacy Manager for CVS Pharmacy in Stockton, CA. Active preceptor for Introductory and Advance Pharmacy Practice Experiential rotations for the University of the Pacific. Former Alpha Psi Chapter Worthy Chief Counselor from 2006-2007 and Alpha Psi Alumni Association President from 2009-2014.
Ralph Saroyan has spent over half of his life associated with the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy; five years as a student and thirty-two years on the faculty. Hired in 1970 to become the first Student Affairs officer of the School of Pharmacy, Ralph also developed and implemented the School’s Externship program in 1971. When he retired in 2002, he was serving as Director of Pre-Health programs where he developed the Pre-pharmacy Advantage program. During his faculty years Ralph taught and advised over 3000 pre-pharmacy and pharmacy students. Ralph’s leadership within the Profession is exemplified by his twenty-five years as a regional and national office of Phi Delta Chi Fraternity, his presidency of the California Pharmacy Association and by his service as the Inaugural Chairman of the Board of the Pharmacy Leadership & Education Institute. The 2010 CPhA Pharmacist of the Year, Ralph Saroyan was inducted into the California Pharmacists Hall of Fame in 2013.
Currently working as an Oncology Pharmacist at Kaiser Permanente, Downtown Sacramento. Graduated in 2011 from UC Davis with a B.S. in Biological Sciences and in 2014 from University of the Pacific with a PharmD. Serves as President-Elect on the Sacramento Valley Pharmacists Association Board of Directors. In her free time, Kristen enjoys weightlifting, hiking, reading, and playing with her dog, Fonzie.
Director on the Community Foundation of San Joaquin, Board Graduate of University of Pacific with Bachelor of Arts in 1963 and a Masters Degree in 1965. Career began with 15 years as a High School Football Coach, Athletic Director and Administrator. Followed by 15 years as a Manager with New York Life and ended with 15 years at University of Pacific serving as Director of the Pacific Athletic Foundation and Director of Planned Giving. Retired in 2008.
Currently working as an appeals pharmacist at CVS/Caremark in the Los Angeles metropolitan area. Former Worthy Correspondent (2016-2017) and Worthy Alumni Liaison (2018-2019) for the Alpha Psi chapter. Past recipient of the Charles Magnasco Endowed Memorial Scholarship and Gerald A. Miller Memorial Scholarship.
Currently working as a Lead Pharmacist at the Kaiser Permanente Regional Pharmacy Call Center in Sacramento, CA. Graduated from University of the Pacific with Bachelors in Science degree in Biological Sciences in 2010, and with a Doctorate in Pharmacy in 2013. Former Alpha Psi Alumni Association President from 2016-2020, Alpha Psi chapter Worthy Chief Counselor from 2011-2012, and past recipient of the MAX scholarship in 2013.
Jon took his Bachelor of Pharmacy degree from the University of the Pacific, School of Pharmacy, in 1967. He practiced pharmacy for one year in Sheraton, Wyoming before returning to his home town of Bakersfield. After one year of hospital pharmacy he took the position of store manager and pharmacists at Country Club Drug in Bakersfield. In 1972 he established Bakersfield Drug Co. Inc. Prior to the sale of the company to Payless Drug in 1992, he had sole ownership or interest in eight pharmacies. In 1992 he obtained a Master’s of Science, Healthcare Administration from the California State University, Bakersfield, where he earned the honor of receiving the Graduate Deans Award for outstanding graduate for the ’92 graduating masters class of the University. In 1993 he joined the administrative staff at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital (a Dignity Health Hospital), and was named hospital president in 2001, a position he currently holds. In 2010, he was chosen by Dignity Health as the Corporate Senior Vice President Operations, Central California, a position he also remains in today. In this position he is responsible for seven Dignity Health Hospitals from Bakersfield to Stockton.
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