Departments

The faculty in the Department of Clinical and Administrative Sciences have expertise and research interest in a wide range of areas, including internal medicine, cardiology, psychiatry, oncology, infectious disease, clinical pharmacokinetics, health care outcomes, public health, health care delivery systems, pharmacy management, and health policy.

 

Mission
The Clinical and Administrative Science Department aims to cultivate the practice of pharmacy within the areas of education, scholarship, and service to the profession and community.

Vision 
The Clinical and Administrative Science Department is dedicated to providing unique educational experiences that serve as a foundation for lifelong professional and personal development, motivating our students and faculty to engage in scholarly activity, and supporting service initiatives to promote the profession of pharmacy within the changing landscape of the healthcare system.

Faculty and Staff

Jeffrey Nehira, BS, PharmD, FCSHP (Department Chair)
Department Chair of Experiential Education/Assistant Professor

CONTACT INFORMATION:
Email: Jeffrey.Nehira@cnsu.edu
Office Phone: 916-686-7951




 

Dr. Jeffrey Nehira obtained his bachelor of sciences degree in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at the University of California, Los Angeles, and his doctorate of pharmacy degree from University of the Pacific, Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy.  Post-graduation he initially participated in a startup independent pharmacy, Elephant Pharmacy, as well as Long’s Drugs. 

Deciding to pursue an inpatient career, Dr. Nehira began working as an inpatient pharmacist for Kaiser Permanente, Walnut Creek Medical Center in 2005.  Throughout 2005-2007, he traveled throughout Northern California and Hawaii assisting in the implementation and improvement of the EPIC electronic medical record.  From 2007-2013, he assisted with the opening of Kaiser Permanente, Antioch Medical Center as Inpatient Pharmacy Supervisor.  Dr. Nehira also worked as an inpatient pharmacist at Sutter Health, and assisted with both Worx and EPIC electronic medical record implementations at several Sutter Health hospitals.  He has a passion for all aspects of pharmacy, although he primarily focused on Sterile Compounding and Critical Care in ICU, OR, ED, and Oncology, as well as some PICU/NICU. 

In 2013, Dr. Nehira moved to Sacramento, CA to be the Director of Pharmacy for Dignity Health, Mercy General Hospital where he had oversite of Inpatient, Outpatient, and Infusion Pharmacy services.  During his time at Mercy General Hospital a transitions of care program, meds-to-beds service, pharmacist insulin dosing program, and an ICU satellite were developed in addition to a fully USP<797> and USP<800> compliant sterile compounding area. 

Throughout his career, Dr. Nehira has been active in new pharmacist development and has served as a preceptor and mentor for various pharmacy schools and PGY-1 residents.  An active member in CSHP, Dr. Nehira is a Past President of his local chapter (Sacramento Valley) and is currently serving as the Mentorship Chair.  He was most recently honored by CSHP with fellowship recognition in the Fall 2018 for his commitment to the profession. 

Currently, Dr. Nehira is serving as Chair of the Experiential Education Department and Assistant Professor at California Northstate University, College of Pharmacy.  In this role, he plans to continue to nurture the pharmacy leaders of tomorrow and advocate for the pharmacy profession.

 


Olivia Phung, PharmD

CONTACT INFORMATION:
Email: Olivia.Phung@cnsu.edu
Office Phone: 916-686-7639

  



Dr. Phung received her PharmD from Northeastern University and completed a two-year Outcomes Research Fellowship at the University of Connecticut/Hartford Hospital Evidence-Based Practice Center. She is trained in conducting systematic reviews and meta-analyses, with research interest specifically in treatment of diabetes and other metabolic syndromes. Dr. Phung is interested in teaching evidence-based clinical practice and research methodology. Her research expertise lies in conducting systematic reviews and meta-analyses (including Bayesian mixed-treatment comparison), with emphasis in the treatment of diabetes and other aspects of the metabolic syndrome.

 

Jennifer Renee Courtney, PharmD
Co-director of Center for Advanced Pharmacy Practice 
Faculty-Community Pharmacy

CONTACT INFORMATION:
Email: Jennifer.Courtney@cnsu.edu
Office Phone:  916-686-7400

  

 

Jennifer Courtney is an adjunct faculty at the California Northstate University College of Pharmacy (CNUCOP).  She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from CNUCOP in 2015.  Dr. Courtney started in pharmacy in 1998 as a Pharmacy Clerk, and is now the Pharmacy Manager at Luckys (Savemart).  She worked as the Lead Pharmacy Technician Instructor prior to teaching at CNUCOP.  Her primary focus is community pharmacy and outreach.  Dr. Courtney is also the adviser for the APhA-ASP Chapter at CNUCOP. 


Bin Deng, PharmD, CDE
Assistant Professor-Ambulatory Care

CONTACT INFORMATION:
Email: Bin.Deng@cnsu.edu
Office Phone: 916-686-7848

 



Bin Deng is an assistant professor at the California Northstate University College of Pharmacy (CNUCOP). He received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from CNUCOP in 2014. After graduation, he stayed on with CNUCOP as a graduate teaching assistant before starting his PGY1 residency in Community Pharmacy Practice with the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. After residency, Dr. Deng also completed an Ambulatory Care and Academic Fellowship with Purdue University College of Pharmacy. His primary research interests include transitions of care, primary care in medically under-served areas, and teaching and learning.

 

Eugene Kreys, PharmD, PhD, BCPS
Co-director, Center for Outcome Research
Assistant Professor – Pharmacoepidemiology


CONTACT INFORMATION:
Email: EKreys@cnsu.edu
Office Phone:  916-686-8475

 


Eugene Kreys is an Assistant Professor of Clinical & Administrative Sciences at the California Northstate University College of Pharmacy. He received his Pharm.D. from the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy in Ann Arbor. He went on to complete a pharmacy practice residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. He subsequently accepted a position as clinical pharmacist at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and then Medical University of South Carolina. After spending several years as a clinician Dr. Kreys returned to academia to further develop his research interests. He received a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences from The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy. Dr. Kreys has extensive experience assessing the effects of medication adherence on clinical outcomes and the impact evidence-based interventions on public health. Dr. Kreys aims to continue conducting pharmacoepidemiological and pharmacoeconomic studies relevant to today’s healthcare system. Specifically, Dr. Kreys is interested in pragmatic comparative effectiveness research focusing on patients treated in a naturalistic setting, which incorporate cost-effectiveness analyses to promote the applicability to public policy and better informed treatment decisions.

 

Tiffany-Jade Kreys, PharmD, BCPP

Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and Admissions
Assistant Professor – Psychiatry

CONTACT INFORMATION:
Email: TKreys@cnsu.edu
Office Phone:  916-686-8762 




Tiffany-Jade Kreys is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Clinical and Administrative Sciences at the California Northstate University College of Pharmacy. She received her Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience from the University of Pittsburgh and worked as a retail pharmacist at CVS/Pharmacy one year prior to beginning her PGY1 general residency and PGY2 psychiatry specialty residency at the University of Pittsburgh and Medical University of South Carolina, respectively. Upon completion of her residency training, she obtained a faculty position at the University of the Incarnate Word Feik School of Pharmacy in San Antonio, Texas. She has practiced in both the inpatient and outpatient psychiatric setting, and currently serves on the editorial board of the Mental Health Clinician, an online psychiatry journal published by the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists. Her primary research interests include evaluating therapeutic outcomes in patients with mood and thought disorders.



Justin Lenhard, PharmD

Assistant Professor – Internal Medicine/Infectious Diseases

CONTACT INFORMATION:
Email: Justin.Lenhard@cnsu.edu
Office Phone: 916-686-8007

 



Justin Lenhard is an assistant professor of Clinical and Administrative Sciences at the California Northstate University College of Pharmacy. Dr. Lenhard received his PharmD from the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, and subsequently completed a two-year fellowship in antimicrobial pharmacology at the University at Buffalo. Dr. Lenhard’s research focusses on the in vitro suppression of antibacterial resistance and utilizing novel PK/PD strategies to combat extensively drug-resistant pathogens.


Ivan Petrzelka, PharmD, JD, MBA
Faculty, Law and Ethics

CONTACT INFORMATION:
Email: Ivan.Petrzelka@cnsu.edu
Office Phone: 916-686-7400

 



Dr. Petrzelka is a pharmacist-attorney specializing in representation of pharmacists and other healthcare professionals before government regulatory agencies in licensing and disciplinary matters. He has extensive experience in pharmacy management, having practiced pharmacy for over 20 years in various clinical and administrative roles before shifting his focus to legal matters.  Dr. Petrzelka is the principal attorney of the Gemini Law Firm and of counsel attorney at the California Pharmacy Lawyers Firm. 



Peter Tenerelli, PharmBSc
Assistant Professor
Co-Director of Center of Advanced Pharmacy Practice

CONTACT INFORMATION:
Email: Peter.Tenerelli@cnsu.edu
Office Phone: 916-686-7400

 
Peter Tenerelli is an Assistant Professor of Clinical & Administrative Services at the California Northstate University college of Pharmacy and Director of the Center for the Advancement of Pharmacy Practice. He received his pharmacy degree from the University of Washington, School of Pharmacy in Seattle. He has an extensive community pharmacy business background, with positions of management, leadership and critical thinking expertise, including Pharmacy Manager, Coordinator, District Manager, Regional Vice President of Pharmacy Operations and Vice President of Strategy and Business Development.  As V.P. of Pharmacy Operations, he attended the Wharton School of Business Executive Management Program for Pharmacy Leaders.


Erika Titus-Lay, PharmD, BCPS, BCPP
Vice Chair
Assistant Professor-Psychiatry

CONTACT INFORMATION:
Email: Erika.Titus-Lay@cnsu.edu
Office Phone: 916-686-7917

 
Erika Titus-Lay is an Assistant Professor of Clinical & Administrative Sciences at the California Northstate University College of Pharmacy. She earned her PharmD degree from Purdue University College of Pharmacy. She completed her PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Eskenazi Health in Indianapolis and her PGY2 Psychiatric Pharmacy Residency through Purdue University College of Pharmacy and Eskenazi Health. Her primary research interests include evaluating therapeutic outcomes in patients with thought disorders and substance use disorders.

Tuan Tran, PhD
Assistant Professor of Clinical and Administrative Sciences

CONTACT INFORMATION:
Email: Tuan.Tran@cnsu.edu
Office Phone: 916-686-7400





Tuan Tran is an assistant professor at the California Northstate University College of Pharmacy (CNUCOP). He received his Ph.D. degree in computer engineering with a focus on data processing and coding for data systems from Oregon State University in 2010. He has involved in many projects funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), Department of Defense (DoD), and Department of Energy (DoE). His main research interests include data analytics, data mining, text mining and predictive modeling for business and public health intelligence.

Linda Buckley, PhD 
Associate Dean of Academic Affairs

CONTACT INFORMATION:
Linda.Buckley@cnsu.edu
Office Phone: 916-686-7300

 

 



Prior to this appointment, Dr. Buckley served as Chief Planning Officer at University of the Pacific for four years.  From 2006 – 2014 she was Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs at San Francisco State University and Interim Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs and Professor at Sacramento State University for 11 years.  She is currently an Emerita Professor at Sacramento State University.  Buckley also served as Associate Director of the International Training and Education Center at UC, Davis.  She earned her BA in English from University of Georgia; MA in Linguistics from UC, Davis; and MA and PhD in Anthropology from UC, Davis.  In addition to her work in academic affairs on strategic planning, accreditation, assessment, curriculum planning, and institutional research, she has worked extensively on teacher training grants with the Fulbright Association, Institute of International Education, Amideast, and USAID in Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East.  Buckley has been a Commissioner for the Western Association of Schools and Colleges since 2013.

 

Victor Phan, PharmD, CDE
Assistant Professor of Clinical and Administrative Sciences

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Office Phone: 916-378-3494



Victor Phan is an assistant professor of Clinical and Administrative Sciences at the California Northstate University College of Pharmacy.  Dr. Phan received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Temple University School of Pharmacy in Philadelphia and subsequently completed a community pharmacy residency with ACME/Temple University School of Pharmacy.  Dr. Phan’s primary research interests are in global health initiatives in underserved areas and in assessment of teaching and learning.

 

 

Phuong-Tan Nguyen-Ha, PharmD, BCPPS

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Phuong-Tan Nguyen-Ha, PharmD, BCPPS is an adjunct faculty at the California Northstate University College of Pharmacy (CNUCOP). She received her Bachelors degree in Pharmacy as well as her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Dr. Nguyen-Ha has been with UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh for over 25 years in which she was the Clinical Coordinator of Pharmacy Services as well as the Neonatal Pharmacy Specialist prior to her move to California. Dr. Nguyen-Ha continues to work for UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh remotely from home as a Pediatric Clinical Pharmacy Specialist with a focus in Quality, Medication Safety, Infusion Safety & Management as well as Pharmacy Clinical Informatics.

 

Matthew Horton, BS, PharmD
Assistant Professor
Faculty Advisor to Kappa Psi


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Office Phone: 916-686-3522

 

Dr. Horton graduated Magna Cum Laude from San Diego State University with a BS in Chemistry with an emphasis in Biochemistry. He received his PharmD at the UCSD Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Dr. Horton completed a PGY1 residency at VA Long Beach, and continued on to do a PGY2 residency specializing in Nephrology at the VA San Diego.

 

Song Oh, PharmD, BCCCP
Assistant Professor - Critical Care

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Office Phone: 916-686-7300

 

 

Song Oh is an Assistant Professor of Clinical & Administrative Sciences at the California Northstate University College of Pharmacy. She earned both Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Studies and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees from Philadelphia College of Pharmacy at University of the Sciences. She completed her PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia and her PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency at Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Cooper University Hospital in Camden, New Jersey. Her primary research interests include resuscitation education and pharmacotherapy in critical illness.

 

Welly Mente, PharmD, FCSHP
Vice Chair and Assistant Professor of Clinical Sciences
Residency Program Director


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Phone: (916) 686-7400

 

Dr. Mente began his inpatient pharmacy experience in 1994 as an intern pharmacist for USC University Hospital in Los Angeles, California. After graduation from pharmacy school in 1997, inpatient residency training opened the doors to opportunities that allowed Dr. Mente to serve as USC School of Pharmacy Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice while employed as an inpatient pharmacist with Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital. In addition, valuable inpatient experience came from working per diem as an inpatient pharmacist at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center. In 2004, he began his northern California career with Kaiser Walnut Creek as inpatient pharmacist and was promoted to pharmacy management in 2007 where he served as the Kaiser Antioch inpatient pharmacy Drug Education Coordinator to help the team open the new hospital pharmacy. In 2010, his career in academia began upon joining CNUCOP with the desire to share his experience and passion for inpatient pharmacy practice to the students.

 

Jason Bandy, PharmD, FCSHP, FCPhA
Associate Professor and Vice Chair of Experiential Education


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Phone: (916) 686-7379

 

Dr. Bandy is an Associate Professor and Vice Chair for the Experiential Education Department. He received his PharmD from the University Of the Pacific, School of Pharmacy in Stockton, CA. Dr. Bandy went on to complete his PGY1 residency at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Stockton, CA. Dr. Bandy has served as faculty at the University of the Pacific school of pharmacy, and practices at the University of California Davis as an Ambulatory Care Pharmacist and Preceptor. He has numerous presentations, certifications and publications, and is very active in professional pharmacy organizations, pharmacy advocacy and student development.

 

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