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California State Board of Pharmacy

California State Board of Pharmacy

Seung Oh, PharmD, President

Seung Oh, PharmD

Seung Oh of San Diego was appointed to the California State Board of Pharmacy by Gov. Gavin Newsom in 2020.

Dr. Oh has been pharmacist-in-charge at Vons Pharmacy in San Diego since 2014. He was a staff pharmacist at Safeway Pharmacy in 2014, and a pharmacist and director of operations at Rainbow Pharmacy from 2013 to 2014. 

He earned a master of advanced studies degree in leadership of health care organizations from University of California, San Diego, and a doctor of pharmacy degree from University of Arizona. He is a member of the California Pharmacists Association.

His term will expire in 2023.

 

 

 

 

Maria D. Serpa, PharmD, Vice President

Maria D. Serpa, Pharmacist

Maria D. Serpa of Elk Grove was appointed to the California State Board of Pharmacy by Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. in 2018.

Dr. Serpa has been a system support pharmacist at Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, since 1996. She held several positions at Sutter Memorial Hospital from 1993 to 1996, including pharmacy services manager and drug use evaluation/adverse drug reaction and investigational drug service pharmacist. She previously worked in positions at Grossmont Hospital in San Diego from 1989 to 1993, including pharmacy program coordinator of clinical services and staff pharmacist.

Dr. Serpa is a past president of the California Society of Health-System Pharmacists and a fellow of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and the California Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists.

She earned a doctor of pharmacy degree from University of the Pacific and completed a clinical pharmacy residency and critical care residency at University of California, San Diego, Medical Center.

Her term will expire in 2022.

 

 

Jignesh “Jig” Patel, R.Ph., Treasurer

Jignesh Patel, R.Ph.

Jignesh “Jig” Patel, R.Ph., of Roseville was appointed to the California State Board of Pharmacy by Gov. Gavin Newsom in 2020.

Mr. Patel has been a division pharmacy manager for Safeway NorCal Division since 2006. He has held several positions at Safeway since 1999, including pharmacy manager, pharmacist, intern pharmacist, and pharmacy technician.

His term will expire in 2023.

 

 

 

 

 

Lavanza “Kercheryl” Butler, R.Ph.

Lavanza Butler, Pharmacist

Lavanza “Kercheryl” Butler was appointed to the California State Board of Pharmacy by Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. in 2013 and was reappointed in 2013 and 2017.

Ms. Butler has been with the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union Local 770 since 2002, serving as pharmacist, vice president and union representative. Previously, she was head pharmacist at Rite Aid Pharmacy from 1980 to 2002.

She earned her pharmacy degree in 1975 from Xavier University in New Orleans and is a member of the California Pharmacists Association and the United Food and Commercial Workers Professional Division.

Her term will expire in 2021.

 

 

 

Jose De La Paz, Public Member

Lavanza Butler, Pharmacist

 

Jose De La Paz of Southgate was appointed to the California State Board of Pharmacy by the Speaker of the Assembly in 2021.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shirley B. Kim, Public Member

Shirley B. Kim, Public Member

Shirley B. Kim of Los Angeles was appointed to the California State Board of Pharmacy by Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. in 2018.

Ms. Kim is the Director of Government Affairs and Community relations at Byte. Prior to joining Byte, she served as the Motor Vehicle Software Corporation's Vice President of Government and Regulatory Affairs. She was an associate at Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP and Massumi + Consoli LLP from 2016 to 2019. She was a legislative director for the California Faculty Association from 2011 to 2013. She worked for then-Assembly Majority Leader Alberto Torrico and Assembly Member Henry T. Perea from 2007 to 2011.

She earned a bachelor's degree in sociology and political science from University of California, Davis, in 2006. She graduated from University of California, Irvine, School of Law in 2016.

Her term will expire in 2021.

 

 

 

 

Ricardo Sanchez, Public Member

Ricardo Sanchez, Public Member

Ricardo Sanchez of Hollister was appointed to the California State Board of Pharmacy by Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. in 2014.

Mr. Sanchez has been an investigator at the California Department of Motor Vehicles since 1989 and has served as chief financial officer for the California Statewide Law Enforcement Association since 1999. He earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Union Institute and University. He is a member of the San Benito Masonic Lodge.

His term will expire in 2022.

 

 

 

Nicole Thibeau, PharmD

Nicole Thibeau, Phamacist

Nicole D. Thibeau of Los Angeles was appointed to the California State Board of Pharmacy by Governor Gavin Newsom in July 2021.

Ms. Thibeau has been director of pharmacy services at the Los Angeles LGBT Center since 2013. She was pharmacist in charge at Target Pharmacy from 2012 to 2013 and pharmacist in charge at CVS Pharmacy from 2009 to 2012.

She is a member of the American Academy of HIV Medicine. She earned a doctor of pharmacy degree from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Sciences .

Her term will expire in 2024.

 

 

 

Deborah Veale, R.Ph.

Deborah Veale, Pharmacist

Deborah Veale of Palos Verdes Estates was appointed to the California State Board of Pharmacy in 2010 and was reappointed in 2013 and 2017 by Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr.

Ms. Veale has been Director of Payer Relations for CVS Pharmacy since 2006, and from 1983 to 2006 served in several positions with Albertsons/Sav-On Drugs. She is a member of the National Council of Prescription Drug Programs and California Retailers Association. She earned her pharmacy degree from the University of Iowa, College of Pharmacy.

Her term will expire in 2021.

 

 

 

 

Jason Weisz, Public Member

Jason Weisz, Public Member

Jason Weisz of San Diego was appointed to the California State Board of Pharmacy by the California Senate Rules Committee in 2020.

Mr. Weisz is a senior district representative with California Senate President Pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins. He began his career with the California Legislature with then-Assemblymember Christine Kehoe in 2001. His focus has been working on health care and business issues.

Mr. Weisz earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from San Diego State University in 1998. His term will expire in 2024.

 

 

 

 

 

Executive Staff

Board Vacancies

The California State Board of Pharmacy comprises 13 members appointed to four-year terms. Members can serve only two terms. The Governor appoints seven registered pharmacists (“licensees”) who reside in different parts of the state and four public members. The Senate Rules Committee and the Speaker of the Assembly each appoint one public member. Public members are not licensed by the Board of Pharmacy.

To apply for a vacant position, click on the corresponding “Appointment Authority” for information on how to submit an application.

Vacant Appointment Type Term Expiration Date Appointing Authority
Public 6/1/2024 Governor
Public 6/1/2024 Governor
Licensee – Long-term Care/Skilled Nursing 6/1/2024 Governor