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!
Mark Allen Bibera, Class of 2017
Mark was born in Northern California and was raised in the East Bay Area. Before attending the Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy (DKICP), he received his B.S. in Biology at the University of California, Irvine. Mark serves on Class of 2017 Student Council as the Bulletin Editor. Additionally, he is an active member in the ALOHA project, the National Community Pharmacy Association, and the Phi Delta Chi professional fraternity. He finds the small class sizes of DKICP to be the best part of the program, as it fosters camaraderie between students and facilitates a strong professor and student network. When not on campus, it’s common to find Mark studying at Starbucks or grabbing a poke bowl by the bay.
Rhea Castro, Class of 2017
Rhea was born in Illinois, but grew up in Temecula, California. Before attending the Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy, Rhea received her B.S. in Biology at the University of California, Irvine. Rhea is currently active in APhA, The A.L.O.H.A. Project, and the Phi Delta Chi Professional Pharmacy Fraternity. Her favorite part about DKICP is the ability of student pharmacists to make an impact in the community through local health fairs and events. Never did she imagine herself living in Hawaii, but she couldn't be happier to be able to experience Hawaiian culture and island living. She believes her journey at DKICP is truly the experience of lifetime. Besides DKICP, Rhea also loves spending time with family and friends, coffee, and cooking.
Christopher Diaz, Class of 2017
Chris was born and raised in Ewa Beach on the island of Oahu, and graduated from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa with a B.A. in Microbiology. He is currently serving as President for the Delta Iota Chapter of The Rho Chi Society – The Academic Honor Society in Pharmacy, Vice President of the A.L.O.H.A. Project, Pledge Master for the Phi Delta Chi Professional Pharmacy Fraternity, and is an active member of the Phi Lambda Sigma Pharmacy Leadership Society. Chris has developed a strong interest in clinical pharmacy and plans to apply for a residency. His favorite things about the DKICP are the numerous opportunities available to get involved with the student body, the community, and the profession. Outside of school, he enjoys playing recreational sports with classmates, video gaming, and spending time with family and friends.
Nicholas Ferreira, Class of 2017
Nick was born and raised in Ewa Beach on the island of Oahu. He graduated from the University of Hawaii at Hilo with a B.A. in Chemistry and a Minor in Biology. He serves as President of Phi Delta Chi, a professional pharmacy fraternity, is an active member in the DKICP Tobacco Prevention Project and is involved with various community outreach programs. In his free time he enjoys playing basketball with fellow pharmacy students, watching sports, going to the gym, and hanging out with friends and family. Nick's favorite thing about the DKICP is the dedication its faculty and students have towards helping the community, as well as the cultural diversity the entire campus has to offer.
Shaun Lasky, Class of 2017
Shaun was raised in the oldest city in the country, St. Augustine, Florida. He moved to the island of Kauai with his wife where he spent some time before moving to the Big Island and enrolling in UH Hilo. Upon completion of his prerequisite courses, he was accepted into the DKICP. Shaun is actively involved in many student organizations on campus. He serves as student council president of the Class of 2017, co chair of the American Pharmacists Association Operation Immunization, serves on the Scholastics Committee of the Phi Delta Chi fraternity, and welcomes new students as an ambassador. Outside of school, Shaun enjoys the outdoors, cooking, golf, spending time with his dogs, and coffee.
Kelsea Mizusawa, Class of 2017
Kelsea was born and raised in Mililani on the island of Oahu. She attended the University of Southern California where she earned her B.A. in biological sciences. She chose to attend the UHH Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy because of the faculty, staff, and students' shared passion for serving the community and commitment to improving health care. Kelsea currently serves as the vice president for Rho Chi Academic Honor Society and the historian for Hawai’i Student Society of Health-Systems Pharmacy. She is also actively involved in APhA, the A.L.O.H.A. Project, the DKICP Tobacco Prevention Project, and Phi Delta Chi Professional Pharmacy Fraternity. On O‘ahu, Kelsea interns at Straub Clinic and Hospital’s inpatient pharmacy. In her spare time, she enjoys stand-up paddle boarding, snorkeling, reading, and spending time with her family and friends.
Karen Christian, Class of 2018
Karen was born in Delaware and moved to Idaho in the sixth grade. She graduated from the University of Idaho with a B.S. in microbiology with minors in both business and psychology. She is part of her Class of 2018 student council as an activity coordinator. Karen is also an active member of NCPA, APhA-ASP, and Phi Delta Chi Professional Pharmacy Fraternity. Her favorite part about attending the Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy is the supportive environment of the whole college, including the different pharmacy classes and the faculty and staff. During her free time she enjoys making day trips to Kona and going to Hapuna Beach.
Mathew Eng, Class of 2018
Mathew was born in California, but was raised in Seattle, Washington. He graduated from the University of Washington and received a B.S. in Biology. Mat is part of the Student Council for the Class of 2018 and is a member of the professional fraternity Phi Delta Chi. In his free time he enjoys going on hikes to explore the island and playing basketball with the other pharmacy students. What he likes about the DKICP are the friendliness of the staff and students as well as the unique diversity that makes up the class and the local people.
Kelli Goo, Class of 2018
Kelli was born and raised in Hawaii, on the island of Oahu. Before attending the Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy, she earned her B.A. in Biology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Kelli is an active member of the National Community Pharmacists Association and Phi Delta Chi Professional Pharmacy Fraternity. She is currently Co-chair of the Health Screenings Committee for the DKICP Health Fair, and is involved in various outreach programs such as the American Pharmacists Association Generation Rx and the DKICP Tobacco Prevention Project. Outside of school, Kelli enjoys watching movies, trying out new recipes, and soaking in the beautiful scenery that Hawaii has to offer. Her favorite things about DKICP are the supportive faculty and staff, the diverse student body, and the variety of ways to positively impact the health of the community.
Jessica Lee, Class of 2018
Jessica was born in Southern California and raised in Anaheim, CA. Before joining the Class of 2018 at The Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy (DKICP), she received a B.S. in Biochemistry/Chemistry at the University of California, San Diego and worked as a laboratory manager for Professor Michael Sailor and consultant for Afraxis Inc. During her first year, Jessica became an active member of Phi Delta Chi (PDC), where she was given various opportunities to serve the community. She also works as a part-time student research assistant for Dr. Mahavir Chougule. During her spare time, Jessica likes to watch movies, paddle board, swim and spend time with her friends. Her favorite things about DKICP are the classes that emphasize the importance of culture in health care, the faculty, PDC brothers, and friends that constantly motivate her to grow.
Vicky Nguyen, Class of 2018
Vicky was born in Southern California and raised in Arcadia, CA. Prior to attending DKICP, she received a B.S in Human Biology and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, San Diego. Currently, she is an active member of Phi Delta Chi Professional Pharmacy fraternity and APhA-ASP. Her favorite things about DKICP include its passionate commitment towards community outreach and its visionary mission towards advancing health care and the field of pharmacy. In her free time, Vicky enjoys cooking, traveling, binge-watching Netflix shows, and spending time with family and friends.