OCPhA Leadership and Board

Officers

Dara Nguyen

President / Membership Committee Chair

Dr. Dara Nguyen, PharmD, BCPS, APh, earned her Doctorate of Pharmacy from Western University of Health Sciences, and completed her PGY1 training in community practice with WesternU/Ralph’s Pharmacy, and her PGY2 training in medication use safety and policy, with an emphasis in drug information and managed care with Kaiser Permanente. Her professional experiences include community practice, ambulatory care, home infusion, and specialty pharmacy. She has been involved with Orange County Pharmacists’ Association since 2016 as a student, and has continued to remain active into her professional career. During her time with the chapter, she has served in various capacities including student liaison, mentorship committee member, chapter of excellence coordinator, board member, and now president.
 

Mary Ngo

President-Elect / Digital Outreach Co-Chair

Dr. Mary Ngo attended Chapman University for both undergraduate and pharmacy graduate programs and completed her Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2019 at the age of 23. Up until 2022, she worked as an outpatient pharmacist and has had an active role in organizing health fairs and precepting students within Southern California. She was thus awarded the GoodRx 2021 Breakout Pharmacist Award for her early accomplishments as a new practitioner. As a pharmacist who had taken the non-traditional route towards residency, she completed her PGY-1 pharmacy residency at VA Medical Center, San Diego in June 2023. She currently works as an ambulatory care clinical pharmacist at the Edward R. Roybal Comprehensive Health Center, a primary care clinic of Los Angeles County Department of Health Services. Her pharmacy interests have been in diabetes, academia, MTM, pain management, geriatrics and health literacy. In her post-graduate years, she has served multiple leadership roles in various pharmacy organizations including OCPhA, CSHP, and VPhA and enjoys creating graphics, digital media, and dance choreography.

Azita Alipour

Immediate Past-President

Azita Alipour, PharmD, BCPP, BCGP is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice at Marshall B. Ketchum University College of Pharmacy. Dr. Alipour is a board-certified psychiatric and geriatric pharmacist. Her academic and professional degrees consist of a BS in Psychology and Doctor of Pharmacy. Dr. Alipour completed a post-graduate year one (PGY1) pharmacy residency at the Boise VA Medical Center and a post-graduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency in psychiatric pharmacy at University of Maryland School of Pharmacy.

Dr. Alipour’s commitment to excellence in patient care is exemplified throughout her nearly decade of clinical pharmacy experience. She started the first pharmacist run psychiatric clinic at the Boise VA. As the Psychiatric Clinical Pharmacist for Kaiser of the Mid-Atlantic States, she received a service excellence award, three customer service awards and a pharmacy MVP award. Prior to joining MBKU, Dr. Alipour was Psychiatric Pharmacy faculty at the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.

Dr. Alipour has served in various leadership positions at the national level. She served on the mental health workgroup for Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA). For the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists (CPNP) she was a co-leader for the Geriatric Psychopharmacotherapy Community and Chair of the Hub and Perspectives Newsletter Subcommittee. Currently she is Vice Chair of the Student Committee and Co-leader of the Substance Use Disorder Strategies (SUDS) Community for CPNP.

Tony Park

Secretary

After receiving his Pharm.D. degree from the University of the Pacific in 1996, Tony Park started his career as a Walgreens P.I.C. and Store Manager. Then from 1998 until 2008, he created and operated start-up pharmacy-related businesses: a sterile compounding pharmacy, a hispanic community pharmacy, a mail order pharmacy, a hemophilia homecare company, and a specialty drug wholesaler. He then sold everything to attend law school, earning his J.D. degree in 2010 from the Western Michigan University – Thomas M. Cooley Law School. He is now principal attorney of his independent law firm: “CPL – California Pharmacy Lawyers.” He counsels and represents in all aspects of pharmacy practice and business. He also serves as General Counsel for both the California Pharmacists Association and the California Korean-American Pharmacists Association, and teaches Pharmacy Law & Ethics at both the Western University of Health Sciences, and the University of the Pacific. Dr. Park is a Registered Pharmacist and a member of the State Bar, of California.

Coco Yang

Treasurer

Dr. Sun Yang is a Tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice at Chapman University School of Pharmacy. She completed an oncology translational research fellowship at the University of California Irvine and PGY1 and PGY2 residencies in Pediatric Pharmacy at CHOC Children’s Hospital of Orange County. She holds certifications as a Board-Certified Pediatric Pharmacy Specialist and a CA board of pharmacy-certified Advanced Practice Pharmacist. Her professional and research interests are focused on various aspects of pediatric oncology, medication safety, oncology pharmacology, and anti-cancer drug development.

Quyen Nguyen

Recording Secretary

Quyen Nguyen is a PharmD Candidate, Class of 2025, at Western University of Health Sciences (WesternU) in Pomona, California. She currently serves as the recording secretary for the Orange County Pharmacists Association (OCPhA). Prior to this, she served as the WesternU student liaison for OCPhA from January 2022 to January 2024 and was her student chapter’s representative for CPhA-ASP’s Board of Directors from January 2023 to April 2024. She hopes to continue increasing student engagement with local chapters through her current position.

Board of Directors

Micah Hata

Board Member / Legislative Committee Chair

Micah Hata received his Pharm.D. from Western University of Health Sciences, College of Pharmacy. He also completed his residency in community pharmacy practice at Western University of Health Sciences, College of Pharmacy. Dr. Hata has been actively involved in educating seniors on the Medicare Part D prescription drug benefit.​ In addition to currently holding a position as an associate professor to Western University of Health Sciences, he is also an active member of the Orange County Pharmacists Association and served a number of terms as the chapter’s president in the previous years.

Tony Dao

Board Member / Digital Outreach Committee Co-Chair

Tony received his Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Southern California, School of Pharmacy in 2012. After graduating, Tony worked on the build and implementation of the pharmacy module for the new electronic health record at the Ventura County Healthcare Agency (VCHCA). After several years of maintaining and implementing new projects at VCHCA, he moved back home to Orange County where he continues to work as an informatics pharmacist in new initiatives at Children’s Hospital Orange County (CHOC) . He also works as an inpatient pharmacist for Kindred Healthcare and volunteers his time precepting health fairs, providing guest lectures on clinical informatics, and participating in multiple professional organizations and section advisory groups. He is also the founder and host of the Pharmacy, IT, & Me podcast that focuses on the subject of pharmacy informatics.

Linh Lee

Board Member

Dr. Linh Lee is the Director of Pharmacy for Ralphs, a division of The Kroger Co. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from USC Mann School of Pharmacy and completed a PGY1 Community Pharmacy Residency Program at USC. Linh has held several positions with Ralphs Pharmacy, including Pharmacy Manager, Pharmacy Human Resources Manager, Division Clinical Care Coordinator, and Division Pharmacy Sales Manager/Assistant Director of Pharmacy. She has also the Pharmacy Development Manager at Kroger Specialty Pharmacy and was responsible for the operations and business development for the West Coast, successfully achieving licensure to offer services across 9 states. Some of her professional affiliations include the APhA, CPhA, Phi Delta Chi Pharmacy Fraternity, and Phi Lambda Sigma Leadership Society. Linh was a Past-President for the Orange County Pharmacists Association and is active in several committees within the industry and profession, including UCI School of Pharmacy Dean’s Leadership Council, UCI Preceptor Advisory Committee, Chapman University Dean’s Professional Advisory Group, and CDPH/CIC Pharmacy-Based Immunization Workgroup. She was designated as a Fellow of CPhA, received the USC Distinguished Alumni of the Year Award and honored as a Rising Star with Progressive Grocer Top Women in Grocery.

Elizabeth Shtiwi

Board Member / Education Committee Co-Chair

Dr. Shtiwi started her career in the community setting as a pharmacy intern with the Kroger Company in 2006. Her responsibilities included reviewing prescription orders for appropriateness, resolving duplicate therapies & drug-drug interactions, collaborating with physicians to optimize treatments, providing consultations, and administering vaccinations. After receiving her Pharmacist License in 2008, she was hired on with Ralphs Pharmacy and continues to practice in the community setting with a focus on clinical aspects of pharmacy. During her time with Ralphs she held multiple Pharmacy leader positions, in addition to a Pharmacy Practice coordinator position for the Inland Empire and Orange county area. Dr. Shtiwi provides clinical services such as biometric screenings, smoking cessation, memory screening, diabetes coaching, medication therapy management, travel medicine consultation and hormonal contraceptive furnishing.

Furthermore, Dr. Shtiwi is an Adjunct Assistant Professor for Chapman University School of Pharmacy and a Clinical Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Administration with Western University of Health Sciences. Dr. Shtiwi enjoys the rewarding experience to teach and coach pharmacy interns who rotate through her pharmacy as well as the pharmacy residents.

Sharon Xavioer

Board Member / Mentorship Committee Co-Chair

Dr. Sharon Xavioer is an Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Chapman University School of Pharmacy where she teaches women’s health topics and self-care pharmacotherapy. Her research interests include evaluating the impact of pharmacist provided services, women’s health, and innovations in pharmacy education. In addition to her teaching and research activities, she currently maintains an ambulatory clinical practice site with AltaMed Health Services. 

Albert Bach

Board Member

Dr. Bach is currently an Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Chapman University’s School of Pharmacy (CUSP). He also practices at Providence Medical Foundation, where he works with PCPs to provide chronic disease state management. Dr. Bach earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences from the California State University, Fullerton followed by a Doctor of Pharmacy from Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, CA. He completed his postgraduate residency training in Community Pharmacy Practice at the University of Southern California (USC). His residency training included providing clinical pharmacy services within a community pharmacy-based physician clinic and in an independent community pharmacy. During his residency at USC, Dr. Bach also served as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice for the USC School of Pharmacy, where he earned a teaching certificate. Upon completing his residency and before joining CUSP, Dr. Bach practiced as a clinical pharmacist at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center (RR-UCLA). At RR-UCLA, he was responsible for the medication reconciliation process to maintain and ensure the accurate communication of patient medication information and prevent medication errors during the patient’s transition of care.

Transon Nguyen

Board Member

Dr. Transon Nguyen earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Midwestern University, and his BS in Physics with a minor in Psychology from the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Transon is an assistant clinical professor and the Director of Experiential Education at the American University of Health Sciences, School of Pharmacy. He has continued to serve as an ambulatory pharmacist for Lestonnac Free Clinic in Orange over the last two decades.
Besides his passion for serving as an educator and a healthcare provider, Dr. Transon has also authored several books. Although the majority of his time is devoted to teaching healthcare students and serving patients at AUHS and Lestonnac Free Clinic, he also volunteers with the American Red Cross and the Community Emergency Response Team of the City of Irvine.

Cynthia Bennett

Board Member

Cynthia Bennett, CPhT, CSPT is the Executive Assistant to the Vice President of Medication Management and Laboratory Services at PIH Health. Her career within the pharmacy profession spans over 20 years in various specialties. More than 20 years was dedicated to the in-patient hospital pharmacies within the Memorial Healthcare System, starting as a staff Pharmacy Technician and eventually moving into the role of an In-Patient Pharmacy Technician Supervisor. Home Infusion and Oncology Pharmacy were specialties she also worked in for over 20 years. She was the inaugural Director of Experiential Education at MBKU, College of Pharmacy, where she still teaches Sterile Compounding. She has many years of pharmacy experience to share with the students. She also teaches a Pharmacy Technician course to better prepare the Pharmacy Technician Students for a successful career in Pharmacy. As the first Pharmacy Technician on the Board of Directors for OCPhA, Cynthia can expand our organization to Pharmacy Technicians. In her free time, she enjoys everything and anything Star Wars and spending time with her husband, children, and grandchildren.

Lisa Kipper

Board Member

Lisa Kipper, PharmD, serves as the Director of Experiential Education and an Assistant
Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Marshall B. Ketchum University in Fullerton, Ca. In
her role, Dr. Kipper is dedicated to managing and enhancing the quality of Introductory
Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPE) and Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences
(APPE). Her work focuses on assessing experiential teaching with an emphasis on
competencies and outcomes, ensuring continuous improvement in student education
and preceptor retention. Dr. Kipper is also committed to student mentorship and
professional development.
Dr. Kipper earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of the Pacific. Her
career began as a Community Pharmacist with Target Corporation, then as a Clinical
Ambulatory Care Pharmacist in a medical facility. She then transitioned to Saddleback
Medical Center, as a certified Transition of Care pharmacist. There, she developed a
successful Meds-to-Beds Program to increase compliance upon discharge and reduce
readmissions. Her expertise includes disease management, physician engagement,
patient education, compliance, quality assurance, and process improvement.
Dr. Kipper has actively contributed to various professional organizations. She serves as
a faculty advisor for the California Pharmacists Association (CPhA) and the American
Pharmacists Association (APhA) at the University. Her involvement extends to
numerous committees within these organizations, where she advocates for legislative changes, enhances professional education, and mentors future pharmacists.
Her dedication to the profession of pharmacy is evident in her extensive teaching roles,
professional event coordination, and numerous presentations and publications. Dr.
Kipper is strongly committed to improving patient outcomes, educating future
pharmacists, and advancing the field of pharmacy.

Diana Roman

Board Member / Social Committee Co-Chair

Diana Roman serves as a board member for the Orange County Pharmacists’ Association. Diana obtained her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Western University of Health Sciences in 2022. She then completed her PGY1 in Ambulatory Care at UC San Diego Health in 2023. Diana is an assistant professor of pharmacy practice at Marshall B. Ketchum University, College of Pharmacy. Diana’s clinical interests include primary care, diabetes management, weight management, and cardiovascular risk reduction. Her professional affiliations include the California Pharmacist Association (CPhA), the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), the California Society of Health Systems Pharmacy (CSHP), and the Rho Chi Society.

Committees

Education Elizabeth Shtiwi, Albert Bach
Membership Dara Nguyen
Mentorship Sharon Xavioer
Social Diana Roman, Vian Khoury
Legislative Micah Hata, Ryan Kwok, Quyen Nguyen
Digital Outreach Tony Dao, Mary Ngo
Community Outreach Kim Ngan Tran, Loan