Meet Our Ambassadors

 

 

Mary Lui, Class of 2020

Mary was born and raised in Honolulu, on the island of Oahu. She graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a B.A. in Biology.

Mary is actively involved in various organizations on our campus. She is currently serving as Vice President of Phi Lambda Sigma, A.L.O.H.A. Project Chair, Ho’omalu Ola Committee Co-Chair of the Phi Delta Chi Professional Pharmacy Fraternity, Rho Chi Quiz Bowl Chair, and is a student representative on the Curriculum Committee. She is also an active member of the American Pharmacists Association-The Academy of Student Pharmacists, and the Hawaii Student Society of Health Systems Pharmacy.

She chose to attend the DKICP because of the supportive environment the upperclassmen and faculty create to facilitate learning both on campus and in the community. When she is not studying, she enjoys building puzzles, painting, and reading thriller novels.

Vincent Manalo, Class of 2020

Vince was born and raised in Fremont, California. He attended San Francisco State University where he earned a B.S. in Business Administration with an emphasis in Management.

He is currently serving as the Historian for Phi Lambda Sigma Pharmacy Leadership Society, Treasurer for American Pharmacist Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists, and is the Treasurer for the Class of 2020 Student Council. He is also an active member of Phi Delta Chi Professional Pharmacy Fraternity and The A.L.O.H.A. Project.

He chose to attend DKICP because of the various opportunities to make an impact in the community. When Vince isn’t studying, you can find him working out, exploring the island, relaxing at the beach, working on his car, playing video games, binging Netflix, or eating a taro pie.

Andrew Nguyen, Class of 2020

Andrew was born and raised in Seattle, Washington. He attended the University of Washington where he earned a B.S. in Biology.

During his first year at DKICP, Andrew became an active member of multiple organizations such as the Phi Delta Chi Professional Pharmacy Fraternity, APhA-ASP, and the National Community Pharmacists Association. Andrew is currently serving as the Fundraising Committee Chair for the Phi Delta Chi Professional Pharmacy Fraternity and Community Service Co-Chair for the National Community Pharmacists Association.

Some of his favorite things about the Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy are the relationships that can be built among the students as well as the faculty, and the opportunities to make a difference in such a welcoming community as well as the field of pharmacy. In his free time, you can find him watching TV shows and movies, hanging out with friends, eating, sleeping, and occasionally working out.

Shaina Saiki, Class of 2020

Shaina was born and raised in Mililani, Hawaii on the island of Oahu. Prior to beginning her first year at the Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy, she graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a B.A. in Biochemistry.

Shaina currently serves as the Vice President for the Class of 2020, Logistics Chair for the Health Fair Planning Committee, SOAP Collaboration Chair for the Rho Chi Honor Society, and Vice President of APhA-ASP. She is also an active member of Phi Delta Chi Professional Pharmacy Fraternity and Hawaii Student Society of Health-System Pharmacy. Shaina is currently planning on applying to a residency to pursue a career as a clinical pharmacist.

One of Shaina's favorite things about DKICP is the amount of opportunities to be involved on campus, as well as in the Hilo community. During her free time, she enjoys studying Japanese, playing the piano, binge-watching shows on Netflix, and online shopping.

Johnson Tran, Class of 2020

Johnson grew up in the greater Seattle area and graduated from the University of Washington, with a B.S in Chemistry and a B.A in Biochemistry. Prior to attending the Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy, he spent his time working as a pharmacy clerk, and being active within his community.

He chose DKICP for its mission, its evolving curriculum and the positive environment created by the staff, faculty and student body. In order to broaden his experiences with his peers, Johnson has taken the leadership roles of the Entertainment Co-Chair for the DKICP Health Fair, Historian of the Class of 2020, and Risk Management Committee Chair for the Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity. He is also a member of the Phi Lambda Sigma Pharmacy Leadership Society.

When he is not studying, Johnson is taking photos of the island, playing sports or eating at poke shops.

Brandon Kozima, Class of 2021

Brandon was originally born in East L.A., grew up in Northern California, and spent a short time doing undergrad work in the Bay Area. He finished his Pre-Pharm work in Cincinnati while working managerial roles at CVS and Walgreens.

Brandon has enjoyed the sense of community that has come with being a student pharmacist at DKICP; which has lead him to take on leadership roles as the Liaison for the 2021 Student Council, Education Board Chair for the DKICP Health Fair, and Chair for the Brotherhood Committee within the Phi Delta Chi Professional Pharmacy Fraternity.

He decided on DKICP as he enjoys the opportunity to learn from different cultures and backgrounds. In his free time Brandon loves to train several disciplines within MMA fighting, as well as spending time playing League of Legends and Overwatch.

Christian Macaspac, Class of 2021

Christian was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, but at the age of 6, moved to Kapolei, Hawaii on the island of Oahu. Before beginning his first year at the Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy (DKICP), he majored in Biology at the University of Hawaii Manoa and worked in a research laboratory.

He is currently serving as Secretary of the Phi Delta Chi Professional Pharmacy Fraternity, Activities Coordinator of the Class of 2021, Chair for the DKICP Health Fair, and is an active member of the American Pharmacists Association - Academy of Student Pharmacists.

One of Christian’s favorite things about DKICP is the great number of opportunities to get involved in the student body and community. During his free time, Christian enjoys singing acoustic music, playing basketball, exploring nature, and playing with his pet animals.

Josephine McDonald, Class of 2021

Josephine was born and raised on the small island of Guam where she attended the University of Guam under the pre-pharmacy track. Throughout her undergraduate career, she was a pharmacy technician, a general chemistry teaching assistant, and a volunteer at the Guam Memorial Hospital.

She is currently serving as Chair-Elect for The A.L.O.H.A. Project, Secretary for HSSHP/AMCP, Community Service Committee Co-Chair for Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity, and Health Screening’s Co-Chair for the DKICP Health Fair.

Her favorite parts about the Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy are the campus’s cultural diversity, the meaningful relationships students develop with each other as well as with the faculty and staff, and the endless opportunities for student pharmacists to grow inside and outside the classroom. When Josephine isn’t studying, she is working out at the gym, hanging out with her friends, looking for new places to eat, and binge watching Youtube.

Karen Pae, Class of 2021

Karen was born and raised in Honolulu, on the island of Oahu. She majored and received her B.A. in Korean language at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. After graduating, she moved to Orange County, California to seek new opportunities and is where she ultimately decided to pursue the field of pharmacy.

Karen currently serves as the President-Elect of the American Pharmacists Association – Academy of Student Pharmacists, and is an active member of several other student organizations such as the Phi Delta Chi Professional Fraternity and the Tobacco Prevention Project.

Some of her favorite things about The Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy are the friendly and encouraging atmosphere of the school that is created by the faculty, staff, and students, and the numerous opportunities for involvement in the local community. During her leisure time, Karen enjoys spending time with friends, watching TV shows/movies, hiking, eating, and sleeping.

Henry Quach, Class of 2021

Henry moved to Hilo from San Francisco, CA. He studied biology and completed his undergraduate coursework at the University of the Pacific while working in a research lab.

Henry has a strong passion for leadership and currently serves as President of the Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity, Lead On-Site Chair for the Pacific Islander Mobile Screening Clinic and Health Screening Coordinator for the DKICP Health Fair.

Some of Henry’s favorite things about the Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy include its opportunities for involvement, student body and faculty support. They have been major contributors to his personal growth and he attributes much of his successes to the incredible people at the College. In his free time, Henry enjoys stargazing, hiking, snorkeling, hanging out with sea turtles, finding good deals online and annihilating others in Catan.