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Every year, Pacific’s doctor of pharmacy students fill 230 leadership positions. The American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) serves as an umbrella organization that oversees all of the pharmacy-related student groups, including health care outreach committees, student chapters of professional organizations and professional pharmacy fraternities.

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Brian Lee ’20
President

Hometown: Cupertino
Pre-Pharmacy Advantage Program (3+3), University of the Pacific

Personal goals: “I want to establish a deeper connection between University of the Pacific and other pharmacy schools within our region.”

Advice for future leaders: “Start working on your time-management skills. If you have multiple leadership roles, you will need a good sense of time-management and balance.”

Jessica Ho ’20
VP of Communications

Hometown: San Jose
BS in Biological Sciences, University of California, Irvine

Personal goals: “To increase awareness of Pacific’s pharmacy program so that more students who are interested in pursuing a career in pharmacy will consider Pacific.”

Advice for future leaders: “Talk to upperclassmen as much as possible. They are valuable sources of knowledge and help. Also, take advantage of the numerous leadership positions offered throughout campus.”

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Mathew Yap ’20
VP of Correspondence

Hometown: Union City
Pre-Pharmacy Advantage Program (2+3), University of the Pacific

Personal goals: “To inspire other students to take up leadership roles on campus as well as in their journey through pharmacy.”

Advice for future leaders: “Just go for it. Regardless of experience or social backing, each person has the potential to be a leader and leadership is not limited to committees or APhA-ASP.”

Jessica Ocegueda ’20
VP of Legislative Affairs

Hometown: Tracy
BS Molecular and Microbial Biology, California State University, Stanislaus

Personal goals: “My goal is to be a positive role model for students of all types. I want to make an impact in my profession and encourage others to be involved in the evolution of pharmacy.”

Advice for future leaders: “Never give up if you want to be involved. Even if you don’t get a position that you apply for you can still participate and contribute.”

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Nanki Bains ’20
VP of Membership and Finance

Hometown: Madera
BS in Chemistry, California State University, Fresno

Personal goals: “We have a very large and diverse class. I want to build relationships with the students so that I can understand what they want to get out of their experience in pharmacy school. By better understanding their ideas, I can help implement changes that tend to their needs and, hopefully, the needs of future classes as well.”

Advice for future leaders: “Step out of your comfort zone and take on any challenges that come with being in a leadership role.”

Tammy Rodriguez ’20
VP of Professional Affairs

Hometown: Stockton
BS in Business Administration, Humphreys University

Personal goals: “I plan to collaborate within the Pacific network to address teen prescription drug misuse and abuse.”

Advice for future leaders: “Lead by example. Stay humble, remember you are a manager and a leader. Communicate effectively to be heard and understood. Also, know your limits, be emotionally intelligent and continue to improve yourself.”

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Amanda Ho ’20
VP of Student Affairs

Hometown: San Jose
Pre-Pharmacy Advantage Program (2+3), University of the Pacific

Personal goals: “I’d like to help make the transition for the transfer students into the established pre-pharmacy community smoother and faster.”

Advice for future leaders: “Keep surprising yourself! Take opportunities you would normally pass up.”

They shared what they love about Stockton: 
J. Ho: “I like how Stockton is such a small community and how interconnected the students are.”

Ocegueda: “I love the potential that Stockton contains. Stockton has always been a neighboring community that I have been involved in and I hope that I can give back to the people who need help to strive and succeed.”

Rodriguez: “We are just a short distance from the fast-paced Bay Area, a snow vacation in Lake Tahoe or a fun adventure at Yosemite National Park.”

Their favorite local spot to get dessert:
Bains, Lee and Yap: Boba from T4

A. Ho and J. Ho: Anything from Dream Ice Cream

Ocegueda: Monkey Bread Pizookie from BJ’s Restaurants and Brewhouse

Rodriguez: Strawberry shortcake from The Creamery Restaurant

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