Established in 2011, the New Practitioner Executive Committee (NPEC) is made up of eight New Practitioner members, ranging from first years to fifth year post-graduates. This team of knowledgeable and dedicated committee members aims to foster leadership, involvement and communication amongst CSHP’s New Practitioner members, as well as ensure that they have a voice on the CSHP Board of Directors.
The NPEC Chair acts as representative on the CSHP Board of Directors, serves for two years and is a voting member. Below you can find a brief welcome message from our current NPEC Chair, Nicole Nguyen and bio's of all of our NPEC members!
How the NPEC Serves You!
As a group of motivated New Practitioner’s, we are honored to serve in this capacity for CSHP and our members. The New Practitioner Executive Committee (NPEC) understands that it will take hard work and perseverance to make a meaningful impact as leaders within CSHP and in the profession of pharmacy as a whole. We aim to engage young professionals and prioritize their involvement in CSHP activities from the local and state level. It is our goal to target the next generation of health-system pharmacists and address the unique needs of young professionals as they transition into their roles as new practitioners. The NPEC hopes to bring new ideas and a fresh perspective to the organization. We recognize the importance to adapt our engagement strategies in order to attract young leadership, as these new practitioners are essential to the future of CSHP and our profession.
2016-2017 NPEC Members
Nicole Nguyen (Chair)
New Practitioner Year 5 – UCSF
Nicole practices as a clinical pharmacist at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center working within the Neurosurgery, General Surgery, Neurology and Emergency Medicine services. She also serves as an Assistant Clinical Professor within the UCSF School of Pharmacy with teaching and research interests in global health, pharmacotherapy and Women’s health. Originally from Salt Lake City, Utah, Nicole received her Bachelors of Science in Behavioral Science and Health from the University of Utah. She moved to San Francisco for pharmacy school where she obtained her Doctor of Pharmacy and completed a PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at UCSF.
During her professional career Nicole has served in the following leadership capacities: CSHP Board of Directors (2016-Present), CSHP New Practitioner Executive Committee Chair (2016-Present), CSHP Golden Gate Chapter New Practitioner’s Committee Co-Chair (2014-Present), CSHP Chapter Delegate (2015), APhA-ASP New Practitioner Mentor (2015-2016), CSHP Council of Professional Affairs Resident Member (2012-2013).
New Practitioner Year 5 – Keck Graduate Institute
Christine is currently an Assistant Professor of Clinical Sciences at Keck Graduate Institute School of Pharmacy in Claremont, CA. She practices as a clinical pharmacist and serves as the residency program director for the PGY2 Transitions of Care residency at Palomar Medical Center in Escondido, CA. As a transitions of care pharmacist, Christine practices in both the inpatient setting and in the ambulatory care setting, where she has worked on establishing a comprehensive medication management and transitions of care clinic. Her research and practice interests include transitions of care, endocrinology, nephrology, and global health. A California native, Christine received her Bachelors of Science in Aquatic Biology and Bachelors of Arts in Cultural Anthropology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She went on to receive a Master of Arts in Teaching at the University of California, Irvine and a Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of California, San Diego. Christine completed a PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at UCSF.
During her professional career, Christine has been an active member of the San Diego Society of Health-System Pharmacists and is looking forward to serving on the NPEC!
New Practitioner Year 1 – Kaiser Permamente
Pete works as an ambulatory care pharmacist for Kaiser Permanente and currently resides in Walnut Creek, CA. He is a Southern California native who completed of his Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) and Master of Business Administration (M.B.A) at Roseman University in Henderson, NV. Afterwards, he went on to complete his PGY-1 residency at Kern Medical in Bakersfield, CA. Pete enjoys research and writing, his practice interests include anticoagulation, infectious disease, and cardiology.
New Practitioner Year 3 – Children's Hospital Los Angeles
Dr. Lupton is currently the informatics pharmacist for the department of pharmacy at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. In addition to Informatics, Dr. Lupton also serves as the pediatric renal transplant pharmacist at CHLA. Dr. Lupton is the primary Informatics preceptor at CHLA for APPE students from the University of Southern California. Prior to his current role, Dr. Lupton completed a PGY-1 acute care residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California. Dr. Lupton holds a doctor of pharmacy from the University of Kansas and bachelors’ in biology and chemistry from the University of Missouri- Kansas City. His practice interests include solid organ transplant, technology and automation, medication safety, quality improvement, pharmacy administration, and education/training.
In addition to his involvement with CSHP, Dr. Lupton currently serves on ASHP’s Section Advisory Group on Pharmacy Automation. Prior to this role, he has served on ASHP’s Council on Therapeutics, Section Advisory Group on Leadership Development, and Pharmacy Student Forum Executive Committee. He’s also had prior state society experience with serving on the education and programming committee of the Kansas Council of Health-System Pharmacists.
New Practitioner Year 1 – Loma Linda University
An received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California, Riverside. She is a recent graduate of Loma Linda University School of Pharmacy who currently resides in the San Gabriel Valley.
She previously had the opportunity to serve on the CSHP Blue Ribbon Committee. In her spare time, An enjoys traveling, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.
New Practitioner Year 5 - Kaiser Permanente
Umang currently practices as a Diabetes Pharmacist at Kaiser Permanente Napa Solano, where he completed his PGY-1 Residency. He holds a strong teaching interest as he is an Adjunct Clinical Professor at UCSF School of Pharmacy and The University of the Pacific in addition to being a regular guest lecturer for the Family Medicine Residency Program at Kaiser Permanente Napa Solano. Additionally, he currently is the Student Coordinator for all incoming pharmacy interns completing their APPE rotations. His research and practice interests include primary care, herbal supplements, and endocrinology.
New Practitioner Year 2 - Loma Linda University
Caroline Sierra is currently an Assistant Professor at Loma Linda University School of Pharmacy and a general pediatrics pharmacy specialist. She teaches courses on drug information, literature evaluation, and pediatric pharmacy. Caroline received her PharmD from the University of New Mexico School of Pharmacy in 2014. After graduation, she completed her PGY1 Pharmacy Residency and her PGY2 Pediatric Pharmacy Residency at Loma Linda University.
Caroline joined CSHP in 2014 and currently serves as the chair of the New Practitioner Committee with the Inland Empire chapter. She has also held national roles with ASHP and currently is a work group leader for a New Practitioner Advisory Group. Caroline is excited to expand her involvement with CSHP this year through the New Practitioner Executive Committee.
New Practitioner Year 1 - Genentech, Inc.
James Wall was born in San Diego and grew up in La Jolla, California. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Applied Sciences and Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of the Pacific in 2016. James is currently a post-doctoral clinical operations oncology fellow with Rutgers University and Genentech, Inc. in South San Francisco, California. He holds adjunct faculty appointments at Rutgers University, Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy and University of the Pacific, Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. James has always been drawn to the field of medicine and with his step-father's influence, decided to pursue a career in pharmacy. He has been influenced throughout his career by preceptors, peers and patients.