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Congratulations, class of 2020!

A message from Interim Dean Linda Garrelts MacLean

Keynote Address

Rear Admiral Scott Giberson

Rear Admiral (RADM) Scott F. Giberson is an Assistant U.S. Surgeon General, serving our Nation as an active duty officer for over 25 years. He has served with multiple U.S. Departments including Department of Homeland Security (as a founding member), Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Defense, and the U.S. State Department. Currently, he is the acting Director of Human Capital at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Prior to this, RADM Giberson served as Chief Pharmacist of the U.S. Public Health Service, supporting over 1,500 pharmacists nationwide; Director, Commissioned Corps Headquarters from 2011 through 2015; Senior Advisor to the Office of the Surgeon General; overall Commander of the Corps’ Ebola Response in West Africa in 2014; and acting Deputy U.S. Surgeon General from 2013 until Jan 2015.

RADM Giberson maintained dual licensure as a pharmacist and clinician for over 20 years of his career. He served 15 years of his career in the Indian Health Service as a credentialed and privileged provider, performing clinical duties both in the pharmacy and in family medicine.

Graduating student reflections

Panshak Dakup

Doctor of Philosophy in Pharmaceutical Sciences
Panshak, an international student from Nigeria, began pursuing his Ph.D. in 2015. His studies focused on understanding the mechanisms of how the body’s biological clock and sex differences influence cancer development and treatment outcomes. Having written eight research articles and contributed to two others, Panshak has won numerous awards including the prestigious American Heart Association Predoctoral Fellowship, WSU’s 3-Minute Thesis competition, and Graduate Program Student of the Year. He served as the Ph.D. Senator on ASWSUHS from 2017-18, and communications secretary for the Graduate Research Student Association from 2016-18. In his free time, Panshak co-host’s the Greetings from America radio show aired in Nigeria and is the drummer for the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences’ Serious about Science (SAS) band. Panshak will continue to pursue cancer research following graduation.

Cody Damman

Doctor of Pharmacy candidate, Spokane
Born and raised in Vancouver, Washington, Cody received an Associate of Arts from Clark College and then went on to receive a Bachelor of Science in basic medical sciences from Washington State University. Having previously witnessed the prestige of WSU alumni pharmacists while working as a pharmacy assistant, Cody continued his education at WSU to pursue his Doctor of Pharmacy. During his studies, Cody served as vice regent from 2018-19 for the Beta Pi Chapter of the Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity and policy vice president for the American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists at WSU from 2018-19. His greatest accomplishment at WSU was the development of his YouTube-based health sciences education platform, the Carbidopa Sofa. Following graduation, he plans to specialize in psychiatric medicine.

Peter Tang

Doctor of Pharmacy candidate, Yakima
From a young age, Peter has always been interested in the pharmacy business. One of his great accomplishments as a student pharmacist was working with fellow students Frank Nenninger and Chad Schmitt in the National Community Pharmacists Association’s 2018 Student Business Plan, winning first place in the national competition. Peter’s leadership positions include class representative for the Pharmacy Student Advisory Council in 2016-17 and 2019-20, chapter president for the National Community Pharmacists Association from 2017-19, and founding chapter secretary of the Student National Pharmaceutical Association from 2017-19. Peter was also an active member in the American Pharmacists Association and Phi Lambda Sigma Pharmacy Leadership Society. Following graduation, Peter will work as a graduate intern for Rite Aid Pharmacy in the greater Seattle area and become a community pharmacist upon passing his licensure exam.

Congratulations on behalf of Albertsons Companies

Proud sponsor of the 2020 WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences graduation celebration.

Timothy Maynard, Class of 2007

Senior Director of Talent Acquisition, Albertsons Companies

Hannah Mason, Class of 2019

Pharmacy Manager, Albertsons Companies

Doctor of Philosophy in Pharmaceutical Sciences

Madalyn Brown
Metabolomic approaches to the detection and treatment of succinic semialdehyde dehydrogenase deficiency, a heritable disorder of gaba catabolism
Mentor: K. Michael Gibson

Panshak Dakup
Roles of the circadian clock- and sex-related mechanisms in melanomagenesis and therapeutic applications
Mentor: Shobhan Gaddameedhi

Xinyue Dong
Design and engineering of nanoparticle-based drug delivery systems for improved therapy of ischemic stroke and glioma
Mentor: Zhenjia Wang

Mahamudul Haque
The role of guanylate binding protein 5 in the pathogenesis of rheumatic diseases
Mentor: Salah-uddin Ahmed

Shannon Marie James Kozlovich
Impact of genotype and tobacco additives on clearance of NNAL, an important tobacco carcinogen
Mentor: Philip Lazarus

Dunxin Shen
Medicinal chemistry of lanthionine ketimine analogues: development of new small molecule treatments for neurodegenerative diseases
Mentor: Travis Denton

Ana Vergara
Utilization of alternative UDP-sugars in the metabolism of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons by UDP-glycosyltransferases
Mentor: Philip Lazarus

Master of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Jinita Bhupendra Modasia
Understanding the role of the circadian clock in radiation and immunotherapy efficacy in melanoma mouse model
Mentor: Shobhan Gaddameedhi

Doctor of Pharmacy Research Honors Program

Ali Ahmad
Review of literature related to vaccination for people taking ocrelizumab
Mentor: Brian Gates

Nadia Bamfo
Ability of animal models to predict a lack of metabolism in humans for biopharmaceutics drug disposition classification system (BDDCS) class 3 and 4 drugs
Mentor: Connie Remsberg

Justin Chen
Pharmacophore-based virtual screening for gamma-Hydroxybutyric acid Ligands
Mentor: Senthil Natesan

Beverly Etchey
Hazards and health risk assessment associated with electronic cigarettes
Mentor: Ayesha Ahmed

Frank Nenninger
Naloxone use at Virginia Mason Memorial Hospital
Mentor: Shannon Rodriguez

Ila Srivastava
Molecular docking of cannabinoid receptor 2 (CB2) selective agonist JWH-015 to potential targets
Mentor: Senthil Natesan

Doctor of Pharmacy Student Awards

APhA-ASP Senior Recognition: Yongmin Ko
For the greatest contribution to advancing the pharmacy profession through outstanding service to APhA-ASP.

College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Faculty Award: Nancy Johnson, Nadia Bamfo, Johanna Pantig, Megan Baker, and Debbie Li
For outstanding grades, membership and participation in pharmacy organizations, and work characteristics as evidenced in the laboratory, classes and internships.

Wolters Kluwer Clinical Drug Information: Facts and Comparisons Award Excellence in Clinical Communication: Yaoyi (Peyton) Xiao
For being in the top 25% of the class and demonstrating superior verbal and written clinical communication skills.

The Merck Manual Award for Academic Excellence: Kelsey Snyder and Irene Mendoza-Sanchez
For students with the highest GPA in the class.

Mylan Pharmaceuticals Excellence in Pharmacy Award: James Nguyen
For being in top 25% of the class academically. The recipient demonstrates high personal motivation and possesses a unique ability to communicate drug information.

Providence Health Care Foundation: Larry G. Bettesworth Providence Sacred Heart Health System Pharmacy Award:  Johanna Mae B. Pantig
For a future health system pharmacy resident that demonstrated health system pharmacy excellence in student leadership, state and national pharmacy organization engagement, pharmacy quality or service project(s), and positive impact while on health system rotation at Providence Sacred Heart.

Doctor of Pharmacy Cord Colors

American College of Veterinary Pharmacists (ACVP): Turquoise and Orange

APhA-ASP Graduation Honor Cords: Baby Blue and White

Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity, WSU Beta Pi chapter: Scarlet and Cadet Gray

National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA): Royal Blue

Phi Delta Chi pharmacy fraternity, WSU Gamma Psi chapter: Maroon and Gold

Phi Lambda Sigma Pharmacy Leadership Society, WSU Gamma Upsilon chapter: Green and Gold

Rho Chi, the Academic Honor Society in Pharmacy: Purple and White

Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA): Black and White

Doctor of Pharmacy candidates


Casey Aaby

Kebron Tamerat Abebe

Ali Abdelkhaleq Ahmad

Candice Boyd Armstrong

Megan Baker

Nadia Okyere Bamfo

Angela Marie Barnick

Courtney Marie Beason (Beers)

David Ater Bol

Thomas James Borden

Jasmeet Braich

Vinh ThiThe Bui

Lindsey May Byers

Justin Chen

Randy Cho

Gabriella Colon

Tracie-Lynanne Comer

Michael Todd Corbitt

Mikayla Cornwall

Anastasia Corolenco

Cody James Damman

Anatoliy Amosovich Datskiy

William Riley Devine

AmberLeah Simpliciano Duldulao

Samantha Ehrenfelt

Lwam Dori Ekubazgi

Jordan Lee Erickson

Beverly Emefa Etchey

Aaron Wade Eversaul

Khaled Fares

Diana Jane Forrest

Emily Justine Gallagher

Hugo Garcia

Abigail Gheorghies

Brieana Michelle Goods

Joanna C Gourley

Vanessa Gutierrez

Surafel Haile

Tyler Gregory Hogan

Andre Huang

Sally Christina Hughes (Blackner)

Tanner Dalton Hull

Nancy Johnson


Anne Marie Keef (Fleming)

Kevin James Kelly

Krista L Killmer

Heebeen Kim

Hyunjin Kim

Yongmin Ko

John Norman Kortus

Veronika D Kovaleva

Melonie K Lam

TuongVan Lam

Sean Michael Lattanzi

Brittany Diane Leaf

Hyeran Lee

MeShine NouChi Lee

Michael Anthony Lee

Cynthia SinTing Li

Yen-Chun Lin

Rhonda Khunnary Long

Lucy N Mambo

Anthony Sean McDonald

Andrew Moore

Janet Amanda Murphy

Numneet Nagi

Connor Nathaniel Netz

Angela Nguyen

Geneva Nguyen

James Nguyen

Katelyn Tuyen Nguyen

Linh Thuy Nguyen

Loc Nguyen

Lynn H Nguyen

Michele Nguyen

Ngan Thithao Nguyen

Tricia Le Nguyen

Vivianne Khanh Nguyen

Tea Nikolic

Yoo Jung Oh

Yoon Jung Oh

Michelle Ezinne Okocha

Audrey Paige Oleson

Zachary John Ostarello

Kailey Ann Paavola

Johanna Mae Pantig


James Jichul Park

Ji-Min Park

Ankita Tushar Patel

Blaine Anthony Pervinich

Allison Marie Pettersen

Ashton Scott Powell

Lauren Powell

Bianca Pries

Estera Pruteanu

Tyler Hadley Reed

Jonah Southerland Richards

Brandy Renee Seignemartin

Rebecca Lynn Severns

Megan Richelle Sherman

Soyoung Shin

Kylee Ann Shriver

Serge Siliuk

Denis Sinchenko

Racheal Lynn Slater

Kelsey Snyder

Mona Solooksaran

Emily KayeAnn Spenker

Ila Srivastava

Vladimir Stoianov

KellyAnn Tanaka

Katherine Christine Taylor

Jesse Brandon Tegtmeyer

Denise Lu Tran

Michelle Uyen-Thi Tran

Natty Tran

Vi Thuy-Thi Tran

Taylor Renae Trevino

Liya Wuhib Tsegaye

Charlotte Rose Valleroy

Pang Vang

Carolann Kay Warren

Bryanna Weller

Yosef Hailu Woger

Cameron Ryo Yang

Fareed Zerafat


Guhdar Burhan Abdullatif

Tiba Almaaroof

David Byon

Luan Ngoc Dang

Ly Ngoc Dang

Barun Dhakal

Mercedes Estella Felix-Contreras

Danielle Nicole Fitzpatrick

Mesfin Demissie Gedil

Ryan Michael Horner

Tina Huynh-Pham

Christy R Kang

Alexandria Michelle Kemper (Blake)

Linda Vu Lang

Debbie Li

JianQing Liang

Irene MendozaSanchez

Zachary Edward Miller

Lejla Mlivic

Frank Stephan Nenninger

Nancy Hang Nguyen

Zebadiah Porter

Chantel Elizabeth Robinson

Chad Schmitt

Jacob Andrew Stutzer

Jessica Ta

Peter Mingyang Tang

Eunka Youssef Tobia

Stefanija Michelle Tubbs

Timothy Nai Tzeo

Kate Vijarro

Tracy Vuong

Yaoyi Xiao

Ling Yin

Rozita Zandkargar

Oath of a Pharmacist

Thank you to all of the students who submitted videos for the Oath of a Pharmacist.

I promise to devote myself to a lifetime of service to others
through the profession of pharmacy.
In fulfilling this vow:

I will consider the welfare of humanity and
relief of suffering my primary concerns.

I will apply my knowledge, experience,
and skills to the best of my ability to assure
optimal outcomes for my patients.

I will respect and protect all personal and
health information entrusted to me.

I will accept the lifelong obligation to improve
my professional knowledge and competence.

I will hold myself and my colleagues to the
highest principles of our profession’s moral,
ethical and legal conduct.

I will embrace and advocate changes that
improve patient care.

I will utilize my knowledge, skills, experiences, and values to
prepare the next generation of pharmacists.

I take these vows voluntarily with the full
realization of the responsibility with which
I am entrusted by the public.

Additional WSU Celebrations

All Campus Virtual Celebration
WSU system-wide virtual celebration video; featuring WSU leaders, Jay Inslee, Ryan Leaf, Luke Falk, Jim “Mad Dog” Mattis, Maria Cantwell, Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Macklemore (!) and more.

Virtual celebration webpage; featuring #CougGrad tagboard and graduate profiles.

WSU Health Sciences Spokane Graduate Video
Watch the full length video showcasing each WSU Health Sciences graduate by college/degree, and search for a specific student clips.

Watch the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences specific video.