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, Rosalyn Hackworth and Ricardo Sanchez.

 

Amy Gutierrez, PharmD, 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 in 2012 and reappointed in 2014.

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 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, 2018.
Deborah Veale, R.Ph., Vice President
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Deborah Veale, of Palos Verdes Estates, was appointed to the California State Board of Pharmacy in 2010 and reappointed in 2013 by Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr.

Ms. Veale 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.
Victor Law, R.Ph., Treasurer
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Victor Law, of Los Angeles, was appointed to the California State Board of Pharmacy by Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. in 2012.

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 since 1982 and has served as president of the San Gabriel Valley Chapter. He has been chairman of the United Pharmacists Network, Inc. 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, 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.

He is a Democrat and his term will expire on June 1, 2016.

Ryan Brooks, Public Member
Board Member Ryan Brooks

Ryan Brooks, of San Francisco, was appointed to the California State Board of Pharmacy in 2008 and reappointed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in 2012.

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, Mr. 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.

His term will expire on June 1, 2016.
Lavanza “Kercheryl” Butler, PharmD
Board Member Lavanza Butler

Lavanza “Kercheryl” Butler was appointed to the California State Board of Pharmacy by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in February 2013 and reappointed in July 2013.

Ms. 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.

She 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., from Benicia, was appointed to the California State Board of Pharmacy by the Senate Rules Committee in 2009 and reappointed in 2012.

Dr. Castellblanch is a Professor of Health Education at California State University, San Francisco and is a member of the American Public Health Association.  He is a vice president of the California Alliance of Retired Americans.  He earned his doctorate in health policy at Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. Castellblanch is a registered Democrat.

His term will expire on June 1, 2016.
Rosalyn Hackworth, Public Member
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Rosalyn Hackworth, of San Diego County, was appointed to the California State Board of Pharmacy by the Speaker of the Assembly in 2009 and reappointed in 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.
Gregory N. Lippe, Public Member
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Gregory Lippe, of Woodland Hills, was appointed to the California State Board of Pharmacy in 2009 and reappointed in 2012 by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.

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.

His term will expire on June 1, 2016.

Gregory Murphy, Public Member
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Gregory Murphy, of Rocklin, was appointed to the California State Board of Pharmacy by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in 2013.

He has been police lieutenant at the University of California, Davis Police Department since 2013. He served as a law enforcement consultant II at the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training from 2004 to 2013 and was police chief at Sierra Community College District in 2009.

Mr. Murphy was a police lieutenant at the University of California, Davis Police Department from 2003 to 2004, police sergeant at the Los Angeles Police Department from 1993 to 2003 and a staff sergeant in the United States Air Force from 1985 to 1991. He earned a Master of Science degree in information technology from American InterContinental University.

His term will expire on June 1, 2017.

Ricardo Sanchez, Public Member
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Ricardo Sanchez, of Hollister, was appointed to the California State Board of Pharmacy by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in 2014.

Mr. Sanchez has been an investigator at the California Department of Motor Vehicles since 1989 and was an officer for the California State Police from 1988 to 1989. He is a member of the San Benito Masonic Lodge. Sanchez is a Democrat.

His term will expire on June 1, 2018.

Allen Schaad, R.Ph.
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Allen Schaad, of Sacramento, was appointed to the California State Board of Pharmacy in 2014 by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.

Mr. Schaad 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. He was director of pharmacy at Woodland Memorial Hospital from 2007 to 2012, where he was pharmacy supervisor from 1997 to 1999.

Mr. Schaad was an acute care pharmacist at the Mercy San Juan Medical Center from 1975 to 1997. He earned a Master of Arts degree in counseling psychology from the University of San Francisco. Schaad is a Democrat.

His term will expire on June 1, 2019.

Stanley C. Weisser, R.Ph.
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Stanley C. Weisser, R.Ph., was appointed to the Board of Pharmacy in 2007 and was reappointed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in 2012.

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

He 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.

Mr. Weisser 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 on June 1, 2019.

Albert C. M. Wong, PharmD
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Albert C. M. Wong, of Orinda, was appointed to the California State Board of Pharmacy in 2012, by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.

Dr. Wong has been 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.