Meet our Ambassadors
Our College of Pharmacy Ambassadors are here to help you as you decide which Pharmacy program is best for you. They are helpful and willing to answer any questions you may have about the UH Hilo DKICP from a student perspective. Feel free to send them an e-mail!
Cathlyn Goo, Class of 2019
Cathlyn was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii on the island of Oahu. She attended the University of Southern California where she majored and received her B.A. in Health and Humanity. One of the many things she loves about attending the Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy is the number of community outreach opportunities available. This has led her to take on roles in organizations that focus on serving the community, such as Chair for the DKICP Health Fair, Research Coordinator for The A.L.O.H.A. Project under APhA-ASP, and Chapter Liaison for the Phi Delta Chi Professional Pharmacy Fraternity. When she's not studying or participating in extracurricular activities, Cathlyn enjoys going to the beach, hiking, watching Netflix, and spending quality time with friends and family.
Vance Hill, Class of 2019
Vance was born and raised in Mesa, Arizona. Before being accepted in to the Daniel K Inouye College of Pharmacy (DKICP) Class of 2019, he majored in Biochemistry and Middle Age History at Arizona State University and worked as a pharmacy technician. Vance is the current Vice-President of Policy for the American Pharmacist Association - Academy of Student Pharmacists and serves on the Distance Learning Committee for DKICP. His favorite part of DKICP is the amazing staff and faculty that make this school one of a kind. In his free time, Vance enjoys debating random life facts, buffets and video games.
San Ly, Class of 2019
San was born in the city of Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam and moved to U.S. at the age of 12 where she resided in a small city called Camarillo in sunny Southern California. Prior to coming to the Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy, she attended the University of California, San Diego where she earned her B.S. in Biological Sciences and had the opportunities to be a part of multiple research projects with the Center for Renal Translational Medicine and UCSD Division of Biological Sciences under Professor Kumar Sharma's and Gurol Suel’s guidance. During her first two years at DKICP, San became an active member of multiple organizations such as the Phi Delta Chi Professional Pharmacy fraternity, APhA-ASP, A.L.O.H.A project, and the Tobacco Prevention Project. Some of the leadership positions that San has held include Co-Chair for Operation Heart of APhA-ASP and also the DKICP Tobacco Prevention Project. During her leisure time, San enjoys watching TV shows and movies, hanging out with her friends, hiking, going to the beach, and trying out new foods. Some of her favorite things about the Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy are the nurturing relationship between the faculty and students, the cooperative culture amongst the students, the college’s passion for serving the community and its commitment to improving health care and the field of pharmacy.
Kara Paulachak, Class of 2019
Kara was born and raised in Hilo on the island of Hawai‘i, and graduated from the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo with a B.A in Chemistry and a minor in Biology. She is currently serving as President of the American Pharmacists Association – Academy of Student Pharmacists, Activities Coordinator of the Class of 2019, and is an active member of various other student organizations and outreach programs such as Phi Delta Chi Professional Fraternity, Health Fair Planning Committee, What About Tobacco Project, and the Curriculum Committee. Her favorite things about the DKICP are the wide variety of opportunities available to the student body to interact with and serve the local community, the unique campus culture, and the relationships that the students are able to develop with each other as well as with the faculty and staff. Outside of school, she enjoys finding adventures of all sizes and shapes, baking, sleeping, and spending time with family and friends.
Kevin Phu, Class of 2019
Kevin was born in Northern California and raised in Elk Grove, CA. Before attending the Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy (DKICP), he graduated from the University of California, Davis with a B.S. in Chemistry. Kevin is currently active in APhA, HSSHP, and Phi Delta Chi Professional Pharmacy Fraternity. His favorite things about DKICP are the numerous opportunities to get involved with the community and student body. In his free time, he enjoys going to the beach, watching movies, exploring the island and hanging out with family and friends.
J. Preston Young, Class of 2019
Preston was born in Virginia but raised in Torrance, California. He attended the University of California at Riverside where he received his B.A. in Sociology. His positive experiences with the students, faculty, and staff of the pharmacy school influenced his decision to attend the Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy. He is currently involved with many organizations on campus. He serves as the Vice President of the Hawaii Student Society of Health Systems Pharmacy and is the Activities Coordinator for the Class Council of 2019. He is an active member of APhA as well as the Phi Delta Chi Professional Pharmacy Fraternity. He is passionate about clinical pharmacy and is looking forward to the opportunity to apply for a residency. During his time in Hilo, he has truly enjoyed the opportunity to meet new people, get involved with the community, and learn more about the pharmacy profession. In his free time he enjoys spending time with friends, exploring the island, playing sports, cooking, and binge-watching Netflix.
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 A.L.O.H.A. Project Chair Elect, Ho’omalu Ola Committee Co-Chair of the Phi Delta Chi Professional Pharmacy Fraternity, 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 the San Francisco Bay Area in 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 Professional Development Chair for Phi Delta Chi Professional Pharmacy Fraternity, Operation Diabetes Chair for APhA-ASP, and is the Treasurer for the Class of 2020 Student Council. He is also an active member of the National Community Pharmacist Association. 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, Scholastics Chair of Phi Delta Chi Professional Pharmacy Fraternity, and Vice President of APhA-ASP. 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, 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, as well as being involved within the 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 roles of the Entertainment Co-Chair for the DKICP Health Fair, Historian of the Class of 2020, and Finance and Fundraising Committee Co-Chair for the Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity, along with being an active member in numerous organizations DKICP offers. When he is not in class or studying, Johnson is taking photos of the island, playing sports or hanging out at local poke shops.