Meet the Executive Advisory Council
The purpose of the University of Washington School of Pharmacy Executive Advisory Council is to provide guidance to the School as it works to refine and execute its strategic mission, educational priorities and philanthropic goals. The Council is designed to function in an advisory capacity to the Dean, the Associate Dean for Professional Pharmacy Education, and the Assistant Dean for Advancement, providing advice and support that advances the School’s mission, programs, faculty and students.
Consisting of pharmacy, academic, health care, industry and business leaders, the Council meets twice per year to review and discuss the School’s strategic plan, matters related to curriculum and accreditation, trends in employment and pharmacy practice, and philanthropy. To achieve this, School leadership will provide Council members with deep knowledge of, and engagement with School administration, faculty and students, as appropriate.
Leon Alzola is a National Director of Health and Wellness of the Kroger Co. Leon has over 25 years’ experience working in Community Pharmacy.
Deborah Atherly is Global Head of Policy, Access and Introduction for PATH’s Center for Vaccine Innovation and Access. The Center works to develop and deliver lifesaving vaccines to women, children and communities around the globe.
UW Medical Center
Karen Bamert is Assistant Director of Pharmacy for UW Medical Center. She joined the UW Medicine team in 2008 as a pharmacy intern at Harborview Medical Center. Since completion of her residency at UW Medicine, she has worked in leadership roles at Cedars Sinai in Los Angeles and at both UW Medical Center campuses.
Amber Barni has 20+ years of pharmacy experience from hospital to multi-store leadership and is currently the Director of University Relations and Early Career Staffing Strategies for Rite Aid/Bartells. She is a UWSOP graduate and a life-long Western Washington resident but represents the entire Rite Aid enterprise. Rite Aid is a national community pharmacy chain dedicated to serving their community’s health needs.
Ryan Bashaw is a 2002 graduate of the UWSOP. He is a District Manager with Walgreens with over 20 years of community pharmacy experience.
Kathryn Brown is the Vice President of Pharmacy Operations and Services for Kaiser Permanente Northern California Region, accountable for pharmacy care delivery and medication management strategy for 4.2M members across 176 patient care sites including hospital and outpatient pharmacy, home infusion, mail order, call center, formulary and benefits.
The Burchfield Group, Aon Consulting
Brian Bullock is the founder of The Burchfield Group which was acquired by Aon plc in 2018. He led that business as CEO for 20 years growing it from startup into a diversified professional services firm providing pharmacy benefit consulting, audit and government programs compliance services to large employers and health plans throughout the United States.
Seattle Children’s Hospital
John Cadwalader completed his doctorate of pharmacy at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and his Master’s of Health Administration at the University of Pittsburgh. He completed three years of residency; one focused in pharmacy practice at UPMC Mercy hospital, and two in pharmacy administration at UPMC Presbyterian hospital. John’s interests are pharmacy health systems and automation, effective team building, and the broadening of pharmacy influence within healthcare culture.
Chhang Chhay graduated from the University of Washington School of Pharmacy in 2000, completed his residency at Franciscan Health, and joined EvergreenHealth in 2001. He later obtained his MHA from the University of Phoenix and received his BCPS in 2010. At EvergreenHealth, Chhang has participated in coordinating the P&T Committee, hospital formulary, student and intern activities, EMR medication builds, and inpatient clinical services. Currently, Chhang is the Assistant Pharmacy Director at EvergreenHealth and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the hospital pharmacy.
Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Washington
Tom has overall accountability for all Pharmacy service provided in the Kaiser Permanente Washington region. This includes service provided in all 25 outpatient Pharmacies, 7 infusion Pharmacies ( Includes Home Infusion) , Specialty Medication, Patient Contact Center and Centralized Fulfillment Center. Additionally, Centralized and Decentralized Clinical services which include areas of focus such as MTMP, CDM, Med Rec, Oncology, AMS, 5 STAR /HEDIS management, MUM and Health Plan which includes P&T, formulary management, benefit design and PBM Help Desk.
Collin Conway PharmD has 15 years of experience in managed care pharmacy practice. He is currently responsible for pharmacy benefit design, implementation, and management for all lines of business at Kaiser Permanente Washington.
Johnson & Johnson Healthcare Systems Inc.
Leslie Fox is the healthcare policy and advocacy director for Johnson & Johnson Healthcare Systems.
Providence Health and Services
Eric Harvey is the System Director of Clinical Pharmacy and Utilization Management for Providence. Providence encompasses 52 hospitals, 950 clinics, and a health plan with 1.9 million covered lives, all located throughout seven western US states.
Kelley-Ross Pharmacy Group
Scott Herzog is the Chief Operations Officer for the Kelley-Ross Pharmacy Group in Seattle, WA.
SOP Campaign Co-Chair
Dana Hurley is a freelance consultant health economist and outcomes researcher. Her experience has included hospital pharmacy, managed care and the pharmaceutical industry.
Dr. Armen Khachatourian, PharmD, MBA, HEOR has experience across many areas within the pharmacy landscape and has held leadership positions therein. Currently, he is the National Clinical Director for Myriad Genetics and is responsible for strategy and clinical development of solutions within the autoimmune and mental health spaces using novel precision medicine technologies.
Randall (Randy) Legg
Randy Legg has been a registered pharmacist in the state of Washington since 1988. He has degrees from: WSU, Gonzaga and University of Washington.
For the last 19 years, Randy has been in medical affairs with AstraZeneca.
Al Linggi is a private healthcare consultant, has over 45 years of pharmacy experience specializing in M&A, regulatory affairs, Specialty Pharmacy, oncology, investigational drugs, pharmacy process, product development and healthcare IT.
Amanda has over a decade of experience as a clinical pharmacist in the ambulatory clinic setting and was recently the Ambulatory Director for two Ambulatory Medical Centers leading an interdisciplinary team of 300 healthcare professionals. Currently, Amanda works at Google supporting Public Health Departments and University Medical Centers with their digital modernization strategies.
Mark Lyons has 20 years of experience in medical and pharmacy benefits specifically in the self-insured employer market. He is currently serving as a principal in pharmacy special projects at Amazon.
Sam Maddula is an accomplished entrepreneur, investor, and pharmacist with an impressive track record in the finance and pharmaceutical industries. After working in the retail chain space, Sam founded a specialty pharmacy in Philadelphia in 2010, focusing on mental and substance disorders. As the CEO and chief clinical officer, Sam led the company from a startup with zero revenue to a $300 million ARR powerhouse with a presence across 16 states. This model specialty pharmacy became an industry leader and led to a successful sale in 2022. With his years of insider knowledge as a pharmacist, clinician, CEO, and founder, Sam is now looking to make a significant impact in the finance and PE worlds by helping with M&A deals.
Kelley-Ross Pharmacy Group
Ryan Oftebro is a pharmacist and CEO/Principal at Kelley-Ross Pharmacy Group located in Seattle, WA.
For the past twenty years, Chuck Paulsen has served as Director of Pharmacy Services at Quality Food Center (QFC), a division of the Kroger Co.
MultiCare Health System
Steve Pickette, PharmD, BCPS, is Director Pharmacy Clinical Services for the MultiCare Health System. In this role Steve is responsible for the Drug Information, Medication Safety & Quality Improvement, Diabetes Education/Nutrition, Antimicrobial Stewardship programs as well as pharmacy clinical services in both the acute care and ambulatory settings.
Steve is a graduate of the UW School of Pharmacy for both his bachelors and doctor of pharmacy degrees. He is an Affiliate Associate Professor and has been involved with the school for over 30 years as a preceptor and in other roles, most recently as a member of the curriculum innovation steering committee.
Jeff Rochon earned his Pharm.D. from University of Washington School of Pharmacy in 1999 and completed a Community Practice Residency at Kelley-Ross Pharmacy. Rochon is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Pace Alliance.
Over his career, Jeff has practiced at UW Medicine, The Polyclinic and Kelley-Ross Pharmacy. He is a past president of the University of Washington Pharmacy Alumni Association and received the Pharmacy Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2012. Rochon also served of the University of Washington Alumni Association Board of Trustees for 11 years and served as president from 2015-16.
Virginia Mason Medical Center
Roger Woolf is the Chief Pharmacy Officer at Virginia Mason Medical Center.