Meet our Student Ambassadors

Submit a question to our student ambassadors at pharm.ambassadors@wsu.edu.

Name: Audrey Oleson
Hometown: Richland, Wash.
Program Year: PY2, Class of 2020, Spokane campus
Undergraduate coursework: Eastern Washington University
Do you have a degree? Bachelor of Science in biology

Why did you choose WSU? At my interview, it was so clear that WSU has a positive atmosphere where students and faculty get along very well. Learning is important, but developing relationships is too. It was very apparent that the faculty want to do everything they can to help us succeed.

What do you like best about WSU College of Pharmacy? The people of WSU College of Pharmacy are what make it so great. While walking through campus, you’re almost guaranteed to be greeted by a fellow student or faculty member. We are one big “pharmily” here!

Something unique about you: I have red hair.

Anything fun/interesting/exciting you have done while a pharmacy student? During my first year in pharmacy school, I was fortunate enough to be given three leadership opportunities. I am the vice regent of Kappa Psi Beta Pi, one of our two fraternities on campus. I am also the incoming orientation director, which is a position on our student ambassadors executive committee. For the Washington State Pharmacy Association, I am the finance and fundraising chair. While this sounds like a lot of work, leadership positions are a great way to expand your network!



Name: Nicci Guadano
Hometown: Sedro Woolley, Wash.
Program Year: PY2, Class of 2020, Spokane campus
Undergraduate coursework: Western Washington University
Do you have a degree? Bachelor of Science in behavioral neuroscience

Why did you choose WSU? The most appealing part of WSU was definitely the welcoming environment that all of the current students and faculty have created.

What do you like best about WSU College of Pharmacy? I really enjoy the community feel of WSU and that all of the faculty members truly care about each student.

Something unique about you: I downhill ski raced for 7 years.

Anything fun/interesting/exciting you have done while a pharmacy student? During first year, I became involved in the organization CPNP. I have had an interest for psychological and neurological issues since high school and I have loved being part of an organization where people shared the same interests as me.



Name: Tyler Hogan
Hometown: Battle Ground, Wash.
Program Year: PY2, Class of 2020, Spokane campus
Undergraduate coursework: Washington State University
Do you have a degree? Bachelor of Science in biology

Why did you choose WSU? WSU provided a welcoming feeling, and it was an easy transition for me since I did my undergrad at WSU Pullman. As an added benefit, it was more convenient and close to home.

What do you like best about WSU College of Pharmacy? As with anything, it is less about the actual experience and more about the people who are there with you through the experience. I have met many friends and teachers who have helped me in my time here, and they are what makes WSU College of Pharmacy so enjoyable for me.

Something unique about you: I was valedictorian of my high school class and I am a twin.

Anything fun/interesting/exciting you have done while a pharmacy student? The most fun thing I’ve done as a pharmacy student was travel to Olympia for Legislative Day and meet legislators in the capitol and inform them of my stance on pharmacy related bills.



Name: Melonie Lam
Hometown: Pullman, Wash.
Program Year: PY2, Class of 2020, Spokane campus
Undergraduate coursework: Washington State University
Do you have a degree? Bachelor of Science in basic medical studies and a certificate in molecular biosciences.

Why did you choose WSU? I love the sense of community WSU has to offer. From the moment I stepped foot on campus everyone was so kind and welcoming. I truly couldn’t think of a better place to pursue my education.

What do you like best about WSU College of Pharmacy? The uniqueness of our health sciences based campus. I really enjoy getting to work with students from other programs and learning about their future careers as healthcare professionals.

Something unique about you: Previously I was a make up artist and still have a crazy make up obsession to this day.

Anything fun/interesting/exciting you have done while a pharmacy student? During my first year of pharmacy school, I was really interested in getting involved. I became a member of Kappa Psi Beta Pi Fraternity and the Student National Pharmacy Association. I was also greatly involved with the ASWSU Community Engagement and Legacy committees. Beginning fall 2016, I am so excited to take on the role as ASWSU Pharmacy Senator, as well as Director of Finances for the WSU SNPhA chapter and philanthropy committee head for Kappa Psi.



Name: Peyton Xiao
Hometown: Guang Zhou, China
Program Year: PY2, Class of 2020, Yakima campus
Undergraduate coursework: University of Washington
Do you have a degree? Bachelor of Science in biochemistry

Why did you choose WSU? I was drawn to the focus on rural health care and student well being and success.

What do you like best about WSU College of Pharmacy? The best thing about WSU is the sense of community among the faculty and students.

Something unique about you: I have 20 chickens.

Anything fun/interesting/exciting you have done while a pharmacy student? I enjoy attending the different speaker events that clubs host. These events give me the opportunity to learn about the many facets of pharmacy.



Name: Briea Goods
Hometown: Clarkston, Wash.
Program Year: PY2, Class of 2020, Spokane campus
Undergraduate coursework: Lewis-Clark State College
Do you have a degree? Bachelor of Science in biology with a chemistry minor

Why did you choose WSU? After I interviewed at WSU, I felt like this was the perfect place for me to continue my education. The student ambassadors and faculty were so welcoming and I couldn’t see myself going anywhere else.

What do you like best about WSU College of Pharmacy? There are so many different ways to get involved depending on your interests. It’s easy to join multiple organizations and see where you want to become more involved and help the community.

Something unique about you: I’ve watched Grey’s Anatomy all the way through so many times I’ve lost count.

Anything fun/interesting/exciting you have done while a pharmacy student? Throughout my first year, I became involved in several different organizations. I gained leadership roles through APhA as Operation Diabetes Co-Chair, WSPA as Patient Care Co-Chair, and Student Ambassadors Director of Communications. I’m excited to use these positions to reach out to the community and incoming students throughout the next year.



Name: Kelly Ann Tanaka
Hometown: Honolulu, Hawaii
Program Year: PY2, Class of 2020, Spokane campus
Undergraduate coursework: University of Hawaii at Manoa
Do you have a degree? Bachelor of Arts in biology

Why did you choose WSU? I applied to WSU because the flipped classroom model really appealed to me, since I enjoy learning at my own pace – and after sensing the community atmosphere between faculty and students on the day of my interview, I knew I wanted to be a part of the Coug family!

What do you like best about WSU College of Pharmacy? At WSU College of Pharmacy, it is undeniable that the faculty care about the students and it is demonstrated in their constant efforts and encouragement to ensure that students succeed.

Something unique about you: In the past year, I have lived in three different cities.

Anything fun/interesting/exciting you have done while a pharmacy student? I became a student ambassador, and I also had a wonderful opportunity to assist Dr. Joshua Neumiller on a research project which involved delivering educational presentations in the community that focused on medication management for geriatric patients taking multiple medications.