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!
Matt Chen, Class of 2018
Matt was born and raised in Kalihi, on the island of Oahu. After completion of the prerequisite courses at UH Hilo, he was accepted into the Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy (DKICP). Matt is actively involved in various organizations around campus. He is currently serving as the President of the American Pharmacists Association – The Academy of Student Pharmacists, Vice President of the A.L.O.H.A. Project, and Vice President of Phi Lambda Sigma – The Pharmacy Leadership Society. He chose to attend the DKICP because of the numerous amount of student-led initiatives encouraged and supported throughout the school. This ensures that the pharmacists produced by the college are well-rounded individuals who can contribute to the profession as a whole. In his free time, he enjoys playing tennis, reading weekly shōnen manga, and spending time with 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. Karen currently works part-time at the campus library and is actively involved in many student organizations on campus. She is currently active in APhA-ASP, Class of 2018 Student Council, NCPA, and Phi Delta Chi Professional Pharmacy Fraternity. Her favorite part about attending the Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy is experiencing the supportive environment of the whole college among the students, faculty, and staff. During her free time she enjoys making day trips around the Big Island enjoying the breath-taking scenery, through hiking, snorkeling, and Mauna Kea stargazing.
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. She is currently serving as President for the Delta Lambda Chapter of Phi Lambda Sigma – Pharmacy Leadership Society, Corresponding Secretary for the Phi Delta Chi Professional Pharmacy Fraternity, and is an active member of the National Community Pharmacists Association. Her favorite things about DKICP are the supportive faculty and staff, the diverse student body, and the many opportunities to positively impact the health of the community. Kelli is Chair of the DKICP Health Fair and is involved in various outreach programs such as the DKICP Tobacco Prevention Project. Outside of school, she enjoys watching movies, trying out new recipes, and soaking in the beautiful scenery that Hawaii has to offer.
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. As a third year student pharmacist, Jessica is the Research Coordinator for The A.L.O.H.A Project, the Pledge Educator for Phi Delta Chi and the Fundraising Executive of The Blue Zones Advisory Committee. She also works as a part-time student research assistant for Dr. Mahavir Chougule. During her spare time, Jessica likes to watch movies, hike, swim and spend time with her friends. Her favorite things about DKICP are the classes that emphasize the importance of culture in health care and 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. She is currently serving as Secretary for both Rho Chi Academic Honor Society and Phi Lambda Sigma Pharmacy Leadership Society. Additionally, she is an active member of Phi Delta Chi Professional Pharmacy fraternity, the ALOHA project, 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.
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 opportunities to become involved with organizations that focus on serving the community. This has led her to take on roles within such organizations such as Operation Diabetes Co-Chair for APhA, Secretary for the A.L.O.H.A. Project, and the Health Screenings Committee Co-Chair for the DKICP Health Fair. She is also actively involved with the Phi Delta Chi Professional Pharmacy Fraternity as well as the DKICP Tobacco Prevention Project. When she's not studying or participating in extracurricular activities, Cathlyn enjoys lounging at the beach, hiking, watching Netflix, and spending quality time with friends and family.
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 year at DKICP, San became an active member of multiple organizations such as the Phi Delta Chi Professional Pharmacy fraternity, APhA-ASP, and the Tobacco Prevention Project. San is currently the 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-Elect of the American Pharmacists Association – Academy of Student Pharmacists, Site-Coordinator of the A.L.O.H.A Project, 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.