Department of Consumer Affairs Board of Pharmacy

California State Board of Pharmacy

Board of Pharmacy Board Members
Board Members

Pictured, from left, are Dr. Albert Wong, Dr. Amy Gutierrez, Allen Schaad, Lavanza “Kercheryl” Butler, Stanley Weisser, Gregory Lippe,  Dr. Ramon Castellblanch, Deborah Veale, Gregory Murphy and Victor Law.

Not pictured are Ryan Brooks, Shirley Wheat and Rosalyn Hackworth.

 

Stanley C. Weisser, R.Ph., President
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Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed Stanley C. Weisser, R.Ph., to the Board of Pharmacy on November 1, 2007 and was reappointed by Governor Brown. Mr. Weisser graduated from the University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy in 1963 and became a licensed pharmacist in California that same year. 

After opening his first pharmacy in 1969, his business, Network Pharmaceuticals, Inc., eventually grew into a chain of 30 pharmacies located in Southern California and Las Vegas, Nevada. Stan retired in 2000 as CEO and president of NPI.

One of his pharmacies dispensed prescriptions to over 1,000 patients in convalescent homes and over 8,000 inmates in correctional facilities in San Bernardino and Riverside counties. The other pharmacies were located in medical buildings.

Mr. Weisser is presently an associate professor of Pharmacotherapy and Outcomes Science at the Loma Linda University School of Pharmacy, and a member of the California Pharmacists Association.

Stan is very active in many San Bernardino County philanthropic activities as well as civic, cultural, and educational programs. Among them are Redlands Community Foundation, FEMA sponsored Emergency Food and Shelter Program, Redlands Unified School District Oversight Committee, San Bernardino County Schools Reorganization Committee, Redlands Theatre Festival, and Grove Charter School for which he was the founding member and five-year chairman of the board.

He has been on the executive committee of the board of the Redlands Community Hospital for over 25 years and was elected chairman for five of those years. Additionally, he is a trustee on the University of Redlands Board of Trustees, serving as chairman of the finance committee and a member of its executive committee. His term will expire June 1, 2015.

Amy Gutierrez, PharmD, Vice President
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Amy Gutierrez of Trabuco Canyon was appointed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. to the California State Board of Pharmacy on June 1, 2012.

Dr. Gutierrez has served as chief pharmacy officer and director of pharmacy at the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services since 2006. Prior to that, she served in multiple positions with the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services from 1984 to 2006.

Dr. Gutierrez served as a leadership pod advisor at the California Healthcare Foundation’s Health Leadership Fellowship Program from 2007 to 2009. She has been an adjunct professor of clinical pharmacy at the University of Southern California, School of Pharmacy since 2002 and an adjunct professor of pharmacy at Western University College of Pharmacy since 2010.

Dr. Gutierrez earned a Doctorate of Pharmacy degree from the University of Southern California, School of Pharmacy. Her term will expire on June 1, 2016.
Deborah Veale, R.Ph., Treasurer
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Deborah Veale of Palos Verdes Estates has been reappointed to the CA State Board of Pharmacy by Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. Ms. Veale has served on the Board since 2010. She has been director of payer relations for CVS Pharmacy since 2006, and from 1983 to 2006 served in several positions with Albertsons/Sav-On Drugs. She is a member of the California Pharmacists Association, National Council of Prescription Drug Programs and California Retailers Association. Ms. Veale also serves on the editorial review committee for the California Pharmacist Journal. She earned her pharmacy degree from the University of Iowa, College of Pharmacy.

Her term will expire on June 1, 2017.

Ryan Brooks, Public Member
Board Member Ryan Brooks

Ryan Brooks of San Francisco was reappointed to the California State Board of Pharmacy on June 1, 2012, by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. Mr. Brooks was originally appointed to the Board in November 2008.

Since 2002, Mr. Brooks has served as vice president of government affairs for CBS Outdoor Western Region, a leading global media company specializing in network and cable television, radio and outdoor advertising.

Previously, Brooks filled positions as director of administrative services for the city and county of San Francisco, director of business development for EA Engineering, director of community and public relations for the U.S. Navy/Western Division, director of community relations for Planning Research Corporation (an environmental engineering firm now known as Tetra Tech), and Pentagon advisor to the deputy undersecretary of defense for environmental securities. Mr. Brooks currently serves as a member of the New Motor Vehicle Board, the Little Hoover Commission, and the California International Relations Foundation. He also served on the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission from 2003 to 2008, where he assumed the position of president in 2007.

Mr. Brooks’ term will expire June 1, 2016.

Lavanza “Kercheryl” Butler, PharmD
Board Member Lavanza Butler

Lavanza “Kercheryl” Butler has been reappointed to the California State Board of Pharmacy by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. She has served on the Board since February 2013. 

Butler has been with the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union Local 770 since 2002, serving as pharmacist, vice president and union representative. Previously, she was head pharmacist at Rite Aid Pharmacy from 1980 to 2002.

Butler earned her pharmacy degree in 1975 from Xavier University in New Orleans and is a member of the California Pharmacists Association and the United Food and Commercial Workers Professional Division.

Her term will expire on June 1, 2017.

Ramón Castellblanch, Ph.D.
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Ramón Castellblanch, Ph.D., a registered Democrat from Benicia, has been reappointed as a public member to the Board of Pharmacy. Castellblanch is an Associate Professor at San Francisco State University and a member of the American Public Health Association. His term on the Board ends June 1, 2016. The purpose of the Board is to adopt rules and regulations for the proper and effective enforcement and administration of the pharmacy profession including licensing and enforcement of state and federal laws.

Rosalyn Hackworth, Public Member
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Rosalyn Hackworth of San Diego County was reappointed to the Board of Pharmacy by Speaker of the Assembly John A. Perez on June 1, 2012. Ms. Hackworth is the Secretary-Treasurer of United Food & Commercial Workers Union, Local 135. She represents 14,000 members in the San Diego County area, including pharmacists employed in major grocery stores and chains, as well as various other industries. Ms. Hackworth serves as a trustee for multiple benefit and pension trust funds in Southern California

Her term will expire on June 1, 2016.
Victor Law, R.Ph.
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Victor Law of Los Angeles has been appointed to the California State Board of Pharmacy by Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr.

Mr. Law has been chief pharmacist and president at Alpha Medical Pharmacy, Inc. since 1987. From 1982 to 1986, Mr. Law held several positions at Thrifty Corporation, including pharmacy manager and staff pharmacist.  Law was a staff pharmacist for Sav-On Pharmacy from 1979 to 1981.

Mr. Law has been a member of the California Pharmacists Association (CPHA) since 1982 and has served as president of the San Gabriel Valley Chapter. He has been chairman of the United Pharmacists Network, Inc. (UPNI) since 2006 and serves as chairman of the board for the Garfield Medical Center in Monterey Park. Mr. Law is also a member of the governing board for the San Gabriel Valley Medical Center and the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA), and served on the Dean’s Advisory Board of the Western University of Health Science Pharmacy School.

Mr. Law earned his Bachelor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Oklahoma in 1976. His term will expire on June 1, 2016.

Gregory N. Lippe, Public Member
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Gregory Lippe of Woodland Hills has been reappointed to the California State Board of Pharmacy by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. Lippe began his first term on the board in February 2009.

Mr. Lippe, a CPA, has been president at Gregory N. Lippe Accountancy Corporation since 1981. He was also a managing partner at Lippe Hellie Hoffer and Allison LLP from 1994 to 2009 and president at Solomon Ross and Company from 1983 to 1994. Mr. Lippe was chief financial officer at Riverside Lumber Yard from 1981 to 1983 and a certified public accountant at Solomon Ross and company from 1969-1981.

Mr. Lippe has been active in civic and business affairs and served on the boards of multiple community organizations. He has also authored several newspaper articles.

Mr. Lippe’s term will expire June 1, 2016.

Allen Schaad, R.Ph.
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Allen Schaad, of Sacramento, has been a staff pharmacist at RxRelief since 2013. He was director of pharmacy at Mercy General Hospital from 2012 to 2013 and from 1999 to 2007. Schaad was director of pharmacy at Woodland Memorial Hospital from 2007 to 2012, where he was pharmacy supervisor from 1997 to 1999. He was an acute care pharmacist at the Mercy San Juan Medical Center from 1975 to 1997. Schaad earned a Master of Arts degree in counseling psychology from the University of San Francisco. Schaad is a Democrat.

Shirley Wheat, Public Member
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Shirley Lee Wheat, a graduate of University of California, Irvine, spent most of her early career in Washington D.C.. Ms. Wheat served as a congressional staff member for the Committee on the Budget in the U.S. House of Representative and held the positions of budget analyst from 1994 to 1999 and director of coalitions in 1999. As a budget analyst, Ms. Wheat worked on federal budget policies and legislations to reduce the size of federal budget and was a member of the congressional staff that balanced the U.S. Federal budget in 1995. As a director of coalitions, Ms. Wheat coordinated and implemented grassroots plans for the committee.

In late 1999, Ms. Wheat joined the Republican National Committee as a senior policy analyst on economy, budget, and social security during the 2000 presidential election. 

As an appointee of President George W. Bush to the Department of the Treasury, Ms. Wheat worked closely with various corporate executives and political leaders.  As a Special Assistant to the U.S. Treasurer, Ms. Wheat played a vital role in efforts to launch and implement the National Financial Education Initiative in 2002 and 2003.

In 2003, Ms. Wheat returned to California to serve as Deputy Campaign Manager for Rosario Marin for U.S. Senate. Soon after, Ms. Wheat joined Capital Campaigns, a political and non-profit fundraising company as the operations and finance executive. She currently serves as a consultant in private practice.

Ms. Wheat was reappointed to the Board by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in December 2010. Her term will expire June 1, 2014.
Albert C. M. Wong, PharmD
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Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. appointed Albert C. M. Wong of Orinda to the California State Board of Pharmacy on June 1, 2012. Dr. Wong has been a co-owner of Oakland Pharmacy Inc. since 1980. Previously, he was a pharmacist at the Oakland Children’s Hospital Medical Center from 1980 to 1983 and an intern pharmacist at Kaiser Permanente in San Francisco from 1976 to 1979.

Dr. Wong earned a Doctorate of Pharmacy degree from the University of California, San Francisco School of Pharmacy. His term will expire on
June 1, 2016.