Meet our 2020-2021 NorCal Chapter Board Members

Lovelle Yano
Pharm.D., MA, BCPS

Current Position(s): IV Lead Pharmacist at John Muir Medical Center for 14 years

Previous Position(s): Clinical Pharmacist, Manager, Small Business Owner

NCCCP Involvement: Previously served as President-Elect and the CE Coordinator for East Bay

Clinical Interests:  Psychology; IV medications, DoseEdge

Goals: To increase interdisciplinary interactions in patient care

Hobbies: Taiko Drumming; knitting, reading, sewing

Accomplishments:  Survived my 3rd TaikoBAKA in Sacramento!

Patricia A. Montgomery

Pharm.D., HACP


 CE co-coordinator for greater sacramento area

Current Position(s): Director of Quality at Mercy General Hospital for 2 years (enjoys working in an unusual area for pharmacists)

Previous Position(s): Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at Mercy General Hospital in Department of Quality and Department of Pharmacy; Member of the Board, Secretary of Sacramento Valley Chapter of CSHP; Assistant Clinical Professor of Pharmacy at University of Michigan

Clinical Interests:  Quality and Safety, Diabetes, Diseases of the Pancreas

Goals: To be influential in supporting pharmacy practice and patient care with respect to pharmacotherapy

Accomplishments:  Long history of teaching to pharmacy students/residents and other HCPs

Julianna Burton


Past President

Current Position(s): Assistant Chief of Pharmacy at UC Davis

NCCCP Involvement:  Joined many years ago, served as Publicity Chair 4 years ago, more recently as President-Elect and President in 2019-2020

Clinical Interests: Ambulatory Care, TOC 

Goals: Recently focusing in inpatient care learning about medication and patient safety bringing over 14 years of ambulatory care experience

Accomplishments: Starting outpatient pharmacy clinics (e.g. refills, specialty clinic services, primary care services

Tina Denetclaw

Pharm.D., APh, BCPS

Students/Residents Coordinator


Diane Wong



Maria M. hearns-Rivas

Pharm.D., APh, BCGP, cde

Past Secretary
Puzzle co-Author and co-Editor
CE Coordinator for Napa Valley Area 

Current Position(s): Ambulatory Care Clinical Pharmacist at Kaiser Napa-Solano managing 1500+ Spanish-speaking patients with diabetes in the PHASE program; Student Preceptor in Spanish-speaking APPE Phase Rotation

NCCCP Involvement:  Served as Secretary in 2019-2020

Clinical Interests: Health Disparities, Diabetes, Hispanic/Latino(a) Health, Health Literacy

Goals: To promote Clinical Pharmacy across Northern CA and raise awareness of vulnerable population needs as it relates to the field of Clinical Pharmacy


Erin Hamai

Pharm.D., BCACP

Publicity Chair

Current Position(s): Clinical Pharmacist at UC Davis Health specializing in GI and rheumatology for 2 years (helps providers start/manage biologics)

Previous Position(s):  Ambulatory Care Resident at USC School of Pharmacy

Clinical Interests: Ambulatory Care; Inflammatory Conditions

Goals: To advance opportunities for pharmacists in ambulatory care settings; To collaborate with other clinicians to expand the pharmacy profession; To provide NCCCP members with an interesting and useful newsletter

Accomplishments: Established pharmacist-run clinics for diabetes management in Southern CA

Jennifer Cocohoba


Membership Co-Chair

Current Position(s): Professor of Clinical Pharmacy at UCSF School of Pharmacy; Clinical Pharmacist for UCSF Womens’ HIV Program (WHP)

NCCCP Involvement: Member since 2008; Served as Past President, Secretary and Membership Co-Coordinator

Clinical Interests: Clinical Research, HIV/AIDS, Health Disparities, Pharmacoepidemiology, Pharmacy Practice, Medication Adherence

Maryam Havaei


Membership Co-Chair 

Current Position(s): Community Pharmacist in Northern CA region

Previous Position(s): 

ACCP Involvement: Served as webmaster/historian for ACCP UCSF student chapter

Goals: To support NCCCP members in achieving their professional goals

Accomplishments: Finalist at the 2017 ACCP National Clinical Pharmacy Challenge


Julia Lee

Pharm.D. Candidate

Lead CE COordinator

Current Position(s): Pharmacy Student at UCSF School of Pharmacy

Clinical Interests: Oncology, Pain Management, Social Determinants of Health, Pharmacy Education

Goals: To promote opportunities for sustained learning within our pharmacy profession

Accomplishments: Represented UCSF at ACCP Clinical Research Challenge and Clinical Pharmacy Challenge Teams

Jaekyu Shin

Pharm.D., M.S., BCPS

Lead CE Coordinator



CE Coordinator for San Francisco Area

Current Position(s): Clinical Pharmacist at Kaiser Permanente since 2007; Assistant Professor at UCSF School of Pharmacy since 2013

Clinical Interests: Antibiotic Stewardship to reduce Clostridium difficile infection (CDI)

Goals: To serve NCCCP members and pharmacist community in improving patient care and safety

Accomplishments: Developed/Implemented multiple clinical pharmacy programs (Antibiotic Stewardship, TOC, Critical Care); Mentor students/residents on rotations



CE Coordinator for San Francisco Area



CE Coordinator for Monterey Bay Area

Kristapor Thomassian


CE Coordinator for Chico

Brent Hall


CE co-Coordinator for Greater Sacramento Area

Current Position(s): Senior Pediatric Pharmacist at UC Davis Health; PGY-2 Pediatrics Resident Program Director (RPD)

Jade Vitug


Associate Newsletter Editor

Current Position(s): Senior Portfolio Executive at Vizient, Inc. managing national pharamcy contracts for GPO members

Previous Position(s): PGY-2 Pharmacy Informatics Resident at Vizient, Inc. in 2019; PGY-1 Pharmacy Resident at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center; Graduated from UCSF School of Pharmacy in 2017

ACCP Involvement: Helped establish the UCSF ACCP-SCCP student chapter

Clinical Interests: Outcomes Research, Oncology, Diabetes, Underserved Populations

Goals: To expand the reach of NCCCP and advocate for the profession of pharmacy.

Additional Comments: Feel free to reach out regarding the profession of pharmacy or just to say hi!

Matthew Sugidono



Current Position(s): Clinical Drug Development Fellow at UCSF and Genentech, Inc.

Previous Position(s): Graduated from UCSF School of Pharmacy in 2019

ACCP Involvement: Served as UCSF ACCP-SCCP student chapter President; ACCP National Advisory Committee Member-at-Large from 2017-2018; ACCP Hematology/Oncology Practice and Research Network (PRN) Learner’s Committee Chair from 2018-2019 

Clinical Interests: Drug Development (early/late phase), Hematology, Oncology, Precision Medicine

Goals: To improve investigational drug service and research; To encourage colleagues to join NCCCP to build the pharmacist network across clinical practice and drug development settings



Past President

Victoria sun-huie


Past CE coordinator for South Bay

Lisa Le


Past Students/Residents Co-coordinator

Previous Position(s): PGY-1 Resident at Kaiser Permanente in Santa Clara CA

Goals: To expand membership involvement and ACCP reach in the Northern CA region

Accomplishments: Finalist at the 2017 ACCP National Clinical Pharmacy Challenge