Founded by Independent Pharmacists, Serving Independent Pharmacists
WSPC is a cooperative of outstanding independent pharmacies. The leaders of WSPC are seasoned independent pharmacy owners, and our staff has significant experience in the pharmacy business. In short, we know the independent pharmacy model inside and out, and our combined experience ensures highest quality services and benefits for our members.
We Leverage Our Wide-Ranging Experience for Our Members
Accessible and Knowledgeable
Our member pharmacies have the opportunity to work with their peer advocates, who are experienced independent pharmacy owners in their region. Our staff is available with tools, advice and resources that help you improve your bottom line. Have a question? We can help.
Diverse and Wide-Ranging Experience
Our board members, staff, and peer advocates have years of experience buying, selling, owning and transforming independent pharmacies of all types—full line, clinical, apothecary, specialty, compounding and more. We understand your business.
Strong Relationships in the Industry
Our members are able to leverage WSPC’s long-term connections with our primary wholesaler and our other suppliers. We’ve established exclusive contacts for you, and can help you navigate those relationships.
Cooperativeco·op·er·a·tive | noun
A business or other organization which is owned and run jointly by its members, who share the profits or benefits.
"As a member of WSPC, you are part of a cooperative of outstanding independent pharmacies!”
To provide outstanding independent pharmacies with a competitive edge.
To be the premier coalition that provides innovative resources and programs to support successful and profitable independent pharmacies.
- Professional. We are loyal, ethical and team-oriented.
- Accountable. We are committed to keeping our promises to members and with the vendors with which we have contracts.
- Focused on patient care. We are dedicated to independent pharmacies and passionate about helping them provide the highest quality patient care.
- Community involvement. We are a community of independent pharmacies who are committed to each other and to each of our local communities too.
- Growth-oriented. We are strategic forward-thinkers constantly looking for growth opportunities.
Our Statement of Commitment
We’re a proud coalition of Good Neighbor Pharmacy® members who share a commitment to achieving the highest-quality patient care. We hold each other accountable, and we take contributing seriously. By collectively aligning with the terms of our contract, we help each other accomplish our common goals.
After retiring as a Vice President at AmerisourceBergen Drug Company, WSPC Founder and Former President, Bob Dominguez, (pictured at right) met up with one of his good friends and former clients, Mike Douglas.
Bob and Mike both felt that many independent pharmacy stores working together to negotiate with suppliers could receive a better deal than an individual store by itself. To that end, Bob suggested they form a coalition of Good Neighbor Pharmacy owners. Together with other pharmacy owners, including our current EVP of Information Technology Jerry Van Pevenage, Bob and Mike co-founded the Tri-States Pharmacy Coalition, serving Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. Since we did not officially have organization funds, Mike presented Bob with $1.00 to legally form the organization.
In 2013, we changed our name to Western States Pharmacy Coalition to reflect our growing geographical reach and hired our first employee. We grew in 2014 to include Generics and Member Services, and launched our semi-annual news magazine in 2015. Our first Strategic Business Managers were hired in 2016; in 2017, we further developed our network of Regional Leaders.
In 2018, John Bruce, Pharm D, became President & CEO. A former independent pharmacy owner, John challenged us to grow our membership and expand our services. His leadership is informed by an intimate understanding of the challenges that independent pharmacists face.
Bob Dominguez passed away in 2019, 10 years after founding WSPC. Through his dedicated and skilled guidance, we grew from an idea to a robust network of pharmacies. In 2019, we also officially changed our name from Western States Pharmacy Coalition to WSPC, extending our reach to the Midwest, South, and East Coast. Our important Regional Leaders are now called Peer Advocates, reflecting their key role in advocating for fellow independent pharmacists. WSPC represents the Well-Served Pharmacy Community, an outstanding coalition of independent pharmacies.
Meet our Board of Directors & Support Staff
All of our board members are actively leading WSPC and are happy to answer your questions. Simply submit a message using our contact form and we will be in touch.
Board of Directors
Kevin DeMass, RPh
Kevin came to WSPC with a background in Hospital, Chain, Long Term-Care and Independent Pharmacy Practice. He has served as a Good Neighbor Pharmacy© Western Regional Advisor and is currently serving on the Good Neighbor Pharmacy® National Advisory Board.
Kevin joined WSPC because of the leadership team’s vision, experience, and unifying attitude toward independent pharmacy owners. He admires the coalition’s strong partnership with ArnerisourceBergen and the GoodNeighbor Pharmacy® program and loves the organization’s fundamental attitude of putting money back into the hands of its members. He shares, “The strong contracting and negotiating, exclusive member pricing files, and transparent model of pharmacists working for pharmacists are the foundation of what makes WSPC a winning organization”.
More about Kevin: Kevin and his wife have four children. Their eldest son is a
pharmacist, and his daughter is a pharmacy technician. He enjoys working side by
side with them in the pharmacy. When they are not in the store caring for patients,
they prefer to be on the bottom of the ocean scuba diving as a family.
Vic Allen, RPh
Vic Allen has operated Vic’s Family Pharmacy in Nampa, Idaho for 30-years. A pharmacy graduate of Idaho State University, Vic has developed three successful pharmacy locations over his career, including one pharmacy he sold to another independent owner who is now thriving in his community.
Vic believes in the strong negotiating position WSPC maintains with key business partners. He notes, “WSPC believes in utilizing the experience of successful pharmacists to improve cost of goods and services necessary to run a profitable business”. Vic also values the support given to all aspects of community pharmacy ownership; especially in selling pharmacies to pharmacists, rather than big box corporations.
More about Vic: Vic enjoys skiing and spending time on the tennis court with his wife and their two children.
Craig Burgess, PharmD
Craig grew up working in his father’s independent pharmacy. After receiving his bachelor’s in Biology and Business from UNM, Craig decided to follow in his father’s footsteps and go to pharmacy school; earning his Doctorate in Pharmacy in 2010. Craig studied several niche pharmacy sub-specialties in bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, veterinary compounding, hospice care, and long term care.
Determined to keep his family’s legacy thriving, Craig opened Four Corners Compounding in the same building as Pinon Family Pharmacy. In 2015, he received the ”Innovator of Pharmacy” award from the New Mexico Pharmaceutical Association.
More about Craig: In his free time, Craig loves spending time in the mountains with his wife and daughter.
Robert Leark, PharmD
Robert “Robbie” Leark owns two pharmacies in Ventura County and joined WSPC as a regional leader in 2013. He got his start in independent pharmacy at age 16 as a delivery driver, and went on to learn every aspect of ownership while attending the University of La Verne and USC School of Pharmacy. Robert was selected to pilot a program with USC School of Pharmacy and AmerisourceBergen to keep independent pharmacy thriving. He has served as a CPhA Academy of Pharmacy Owners Board Member since 2013.
More about Robert: Robert and his wife have three boys. He loves spending time with his family, and enjoys playing basketball, soccer, or golf. He is excited for the future of independent pharmacy and is looking forward to the expansion of WSPC.
Dana Porter, MBA
Dana Porter is a business-woman by education and a pharmacy owner by experience. She was educated at USC and has a degree in Business Management and Finance and received a MBA degree from Pepperdine University. She, along with her husband, Toby, and pharmacist partners, own a chain of four community pharmacies in Southern California. These pharmacies range in size from 1,500 square feet to 3,000 square feet and include USPS sub-stations, UPS Drop Off Stations, Amazon locker locations, Hallmark, DME and gift boutiques. She has been working in the pharmacy business for over 20 years. In those years, she has negotiated purchases, sales, acquisitions, build outs and remodels of multiple pharmacies, as well as created and implemented concepts to increase front end sales and gross margins. She has also taught Business Management as Adjunct faculty at USC’s Pharmacy School’s Community Pharmacy Elective. She currently runs all the operations of the four independent community pharmacies she owns and makes sure all of her pharmacies are current on technology trends to stay on top of the changing pharmacy environment.
More about Dana: In her free time, Dana enjoys spending time with her husband and two boys. This time is usually on the soccer field, basketball or tennis court watching her sons’ play.
Michael Saad, RPh
Michael Saad is the owner of two Community Pharmacies in Point Loma San Diego, and has been in business for the past 35-years owning pharmacies in both South Africa and the USA.
Michael believes that his membership in WSPC has been one of the best business decisions he has ever made. He goes on, “I am an ardent supporter of independent pharmacy and know that WSPC will keep me competitive and abreast with all the latest innovations and developments in community pharmacy”.
More about Michael: He was born, studied, and graduated in South Africa before emigrating to the USA 30 years ago. One of Michael’s hopes is that we pass on our passion for independent pharmacy to our students and future pharmacists.
Dirk White, RPh
Dirk White, along with Trish White, own the Harry Race Pharmacy in Sitka, Alaska. Dirk is a deeply passionate individual who lives to help those in need of pharmacy expertise. Problem solving and giving the individual attention a patient deserves are just two ways Dirk helps his community. Living local is especially inherent to the Harry Race Pharmacy. Dirk comments, “When you walk into the pharmacy, chances are we know you through neighbor and friend connections”.
Recently awarded the Good Neighbor Pharmacy® of the Year, Dirk is an influential piece of the authentic and sustainable community surrounding his independent pharmacy.
Dirk actively follows legislative topics of importance to independent pharmacies for WSPC and his home state of Alaska.
More about Dirk: Dirk has been a problem solver all his life. He takes great pride in his community.
John Bruce, PharmD
Born in Anchorage, Alaska, John grew up from humble roots as the son of a gold-miner and a nurse. He discovered his passion at a young age, as he admired two of his parents’ best friends who were community pharmacists. John graduated from the USC School of Pharmacy and in 1973, opened Cal-Med Pharmacy in Mission Viejo, CA. He awards his successful 43-years in business to the invaluable networking opportunities he was exposed to while attending college and the support from his wife, Cheryl. John also served for nine years as a National Advisor to Good Neighbor Pharmacy and made lifelong friends who were peers and executives of AmerisourceBergen.
John was one of the early directors, but on the sidelines, serving the coalition’s three initial states: Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. A couple years later, permission was given to expand membership and services; first to the West region, and later to the entire United States. John’s responsibility was to lead and create a strategy to expand across the US. He then became CEO/President in 2018.
As WSPC’s leader, John’s root of decision-making stems from his experience of being a community pharmacist for 43-years. He understands the complexities that today’s pharmacists are going through, having lived through each speed bump that comes along with owning a store. “It is my time to give back to independent pharmacy and everything it has afforded me to accomplish in my life. It’s time to pay-it-forward”.
John is most proud of WSPC becoming a national Group Purchasing Organization and the growth he continues to see year after year. He believes this progress is made possible by the individuals on the WSPC leadership team, who share the same vision and strive to advance independent pharmacies.
John and his wife have five children together and nine grandchildren. His favorite things to enjoy are watching his grandkids grow up, traveling, golf and fly-fishing.
Deanna has over 25-years in the pharmacy healthcare industry – with a focus on relationship building, business growth, people leadership and talent development. She has extensive industry experience with all types of business partners; Retail and Specialty Pharmacies, Long-Term Care Facilities, Employers, Managed Care Payors, TPAs/GPOs, Hospitals, Unions and Governmental Agencies. Deanna’s leadership roles in Sales, Account Management and Operations includes leading teams of six to over 80 associates.
Deanna’s knowledge and expertise will help continue to honor the tradition WSPC has in the industry while creating new opportunities that will stimulate growth in revenue, profit and value for our members. In looking to the future, Deanna says, “WSPC will help our Members and Partners navigate industry changes, reimbursement pressures and the growing competitive landscape.”
To maintain her edge and focus, in her spare time Deanna plays pool (billiards) competitively and has even appeared in several national tournaments.
Vince Cardinale, RPh
Vince Cardinale became a member of the board at WSPC when he was invited to the table by Bob Dominguez and the other board members at the time. He joined because he wanted to help pharmacies become more competitive within the complex structure of pharmacy purchasing, and he wanted to help set the direction of pharmacy and wholesaler relationships.
Vince’s work on the board, and now as a staff member, has been personally fulfilling; he enjoys the fact that WSPC is at the top of the industry. He’s proud of what it’s been able to accomplish, and he’s proud of what he knows it will continue to accomplish.
Vince was chairman of member benefits/services and secondary vendor agreements.
More about Vince: “I am Italian!!!!”
“WSPC is our voice. Without it, we’re single independent pharmacies with little ability for change.”
Alex joins WSPC after 10 years of wholesaler experience working for AmerisourceBergen. In his first job after college he worked in financial planning and analysis, building reports and projecting performance for ABC each year. Alex moved to the underwriting team where he became a subject matter expert on independent pharmacy buying groups. In that role, he underwrote deals and worked with the sales team to develop and participate in presentations to WSPC and other national buying groups.
During that time, Alex grew a deep love and respect for how impactful and important independent pharmacies are to the success of their communities. Those feelings and his immense respect for the leadership at WSPC led him to the buying group. Alex is excited to use his expertise to help members better understand and maximize the value of their pricing. By developing tools and translating data into information, Alex wants to enable the members and the team at WSPC to make the best decisions for long-term success and growth.
Alex grew up in West Chester, PA, graduated from LaSalle University, and still lives in the Philadelphia area. He is excited to marry his brilliant, beautiful fiancé Tori, a huge fan of the 76ers, and recommitting to golf.
Don retired in 2014 after a distinguished career with AmerisourceBergen drug Corporation. Most recently as Lead Vice President, he was responsible for overall activities, performance and results for Community & Specialty Pharmacy sales in the Western U.S.
Growing up and working in his family’s drugstore, Don learned the business at an early age and remains a passionate advocate for independent pharmacies. From its inception, he was instrumental in the foundation and growth of Good Neighbor Pharmacy®.
Don serves as chairman of WSPC sales and marketing strategies.
Tim Cooper is excited to be part of WSPC and its expansion as an independent pharmacy advocate. During his 20 years with AmerisourceBergen, he worked in both hospital and retail pharmacy and was a four-time recipient of AmerisourceBergen’s distinguished President’s Club honor. He has developed key relationships in independent pharmacy through his involvement in the New Mexico Pharmacy Association (NMPHA), serving on the Wholesaler Golf Tournament Committee and presenting the Legend of Pharmacy Award. He is also active in the El Paso Community College Pharmacy Tech Advisor Board and served in 2007 and 2008 as President of the EL Paso Pharmacy Association.
As a U.S. Army Veteran, he values such qualities as loyalty, integrity, and a strong work ethic. In his off-time, he loves to spend time with his wife Bonnie of 29-years and his six grandchildren. His favorite hobbies include riding his Harley Davidson cross-country and being Santa Claus every year with The El Paso HOG Chapter.
Melissa’s love and passion for independent pharmacy began from her experience working at a local independent pharmacy on the Central Coast of California at the age of 15. She worked her way up to pharmacy technician, to store manager.
In 1992, she went to work for Bergen Brunswig, which we now know as AmerisourceBergen. In Melissa’s 25-year career with AmerisourceBergen, she held several different positions. Her most recent role was as a sales executive for community and specialty pharmacy. Her knowledge and love for Good Neighbor Pharmacy® are inspiring.
Melissa understands the rewards and complexities of owning an independent business. Together with her husband, she owns a dry cleaner business which has been family-owned since 1960. Melissa enjoys helping independent pharmacy owners grow and succeed in today’s changing market.
Kimmie has over 17-years of marketing experience acquired from various roles within corporate, nonprofit, and franchising organizations. She has worked with B2B brands and consumers on a global scale gaining insight into sales, strategic planning, digital marketing, management, and customer relations best practices.
Growing up, Kimmie became exposed to the construction industry from working in and around her father’s business. With this background, she took on her initial Marketing roles within custom home-building and wholesale. Her knowledge of business acumen began to expand at a very early stage in her career.
Throughout Kimmie’s career journey, and positions held, she’s been fortunate to have worn many hats, built or re-built processes from the ground up, and participated in high-level decision making. Above all, Kimmie’s true passion lies in helping others, “I love to interact with individuals; learn about their business, customers, challenges, and how it all affects them. My joy is offering an action plan, simplified processes, or savings that will truly make a difference while allowing them to focus on their expertise”. As WSPC’s Director of Marketing, Kimmie looks forward to growing the brand into an industry leader and developing marketing resources for members.
Kimmie is an Alumni of Texas Woman’s University, community volunteer, and resides in Arlington, Texas (Go Cowboys and Texas Rangers!) with her two daughters. She enjoys spending time with her family, cheering on her girls playing volleyball, and checking off her bucket-list aspirations.
For many, Wayne is an independent pharmacy living legend with a career spanning 55-years in the wholesale drug business. In 2017, Wayne retired from his distinguished 30-plus-year career with AmerisourceBergen. Throughout his years in the drug wholesale industry he developed a strong network and was known for his ability to problem-solve and apply his adept business skills.
Wayne went to work for AID Wholesale Drug as a delivery truck driver and married the love of his life, Debbie. His dynamic career includes playing professional baseball for the Hawaiian Islanders, working for multiple drug wholesalers like AID Wholesale Drug, serving as regional VP at Amfac Electronics, being honored multiple times as an AmerisourceBergen President’s Club recipient, and being recognized as a national sales person of the year. Wayne also brings a wealth of knowledge as an experienced business owner. He has a deep understanding of what is needed to make pharmacies thrive in today’s marketplace and has extensive knowledge of the West Coast pharmacy industry, including Alaska and the Pacific Northwest.
Alex brings over 10 years of experience working with business owners and decision makers to help improve their businesses.
Alex was born in Fall River, Massachusetts, and grew up in Kentucky. He spent four years in the US Navy, working in Air Operations on the aircraft carrier, USS Eisenhower. Alex went on to attend the University of Kentucky and Strayer University, graduating with a Bachelor of Business Administration. He began his career in sales, gaining experience in retail management and business to business sales, insurance sales, medical device sales, and pharmaceutical wholesale.
With WSPC’s goal to expand across the US, Alex’s skill and experience is set to spread our message to pharmacy owners in the Mid-West. He shares, “I have been very impressed with the WSPC personnel that I have communicated with, and I expect this company to grow tremendously. The sky is the limit with WSPC, and that is very exciting”.
Alex is married to his wife, Rhea, with one daughter, Emerson. His father is from Cali, Colombia, residing there when Alex was age six to eight. At one time, he mentioned he could speak Spanish better than English! Alex is an avid golfer and loves the outdoors, traveling, and most sports.
Sheila’s role with WSPC is focused on generics, working closely with members and with AmerisourceBergen to ensure WSPC has a competitive edge with generics. Sheila’s responsibilities have included membership services and other development projects.
Sheila’s experience and expertise includes multiple, diverse areas within the regional chain pharmacy and the wholesale industry. Sheila served 20-years in the generics arena, including a role as a key player in developing the industry’s first generic contract program for independent pharmacies. In addition, she successfully led her inside sales team, directed a regional generics team, and developed and implemented a number of analytical tools. At WSPC Sheila demonstrates the same analytical, and research skills, along with 30-plus years of solid connections in the pharmaceutical industry, to ensure members receive the best over-all value.
Julie was born in Barnsville, Ohio, and grew up in the small town of Powhatan Point. Her strong work ethic began at just 7 years old, holding a paper-route and delivering by foot. She went on to attend Belmont College, earning degrees in Business Administration & Leadership and an Associate of Applied Business.
In 1984, she moved to Tampa, Florida to begin her career in CIGNA Healthplan’s corporate office. Over time, Julie met a mentor and franchisee owner of 100 Taco Bell and KFC restaurants, 25 Papa John’s Pizza and 2 Fun Bike Centers. She started out as an Executive Secretary and worked her way to Director of Corporate Affairs. Julie was later recruited to take on roles such as Senior Account Manager and Director of Marketing before being presented with an opportunity from AmerisourceBergen. She would go on to work with AB for 10 years as a GNP Manager/Advertising Manager and Sales Executive. During her time with GNP, Julie was able to work with WSPC members on the west coast to help drive advertising and solutions. Julie had the following to say about working for WSPC, “Most of my entire career, I have worked for independent business owners. I want to help them be successful. Starting out with AmerisourceBergen and knowing most of the WSPC board members, and the passion they possess, the enthusiasm to drive opportunity to ensure members are successful, fit hand-in-hand with my own passion: dedication and commitment to independent community pharmacy.”
Julie has been married to an independent businessman, for 33 years. He is a home inspector and handy-man. She loves home projects, design, and working right beside him to pull up tile, take down walls, etc. Julie loves HGTV, football, especially her Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and being a Glam-ma to her only son’s child, Kailana Ann.
Jim is an experienced Account Manager with over 10 years in Sales and Marketing. He recently served as a Business Development Manager for a small sterile compounding pharmacy; specializing in medications for intrathecal pain pumps. He gained extensive knowledge in the inner workings of an independent pharmacy, compounding, and Medicare reimbursements.
Born and raised in Southern California, Jim is a second generation Korean American. He attended California State Polytechnic University of Pomona with a degree in English and also completed his certificate in Culinary Arts at Le Cordon Bleu, Pasadena. Jim values the importance of his mise en place technique not only in the kitchen, but also at work. It has contributed to the success with his relationships by ensuring proper steps are never missed and key resources are easily accessible to create positive outcomes.
Jim enjoys cooking but not cleaning, playing instead of watching, and being outside rather than inside. He values bringing energy and strength in support to the community, driving through challenges, and sharing rewards in the many victories to come.
Chris enjoyed a successful career on Wall Street, where he forged long lasting client relationships over the course of 22-years. He built global sales teams (from Hong Kong to Brazil) that were dedicated to delivering the best products available to help their clients succeed. Many of those clients are still lifelong friends, with relationships that extend well beyond the scope of investments, like taking family trips together or enjoying a casual hike on a Saturday afternoon.
Chris has experienced high levels of success in the financial world, but he walked away to relocate to Portland, where his wife has roots, to raise his young family and to focus on a career that does good for others. He comes from a family of physicians and grew up using independent pharmacies as he still does today, so the mission of WSPC is a perfect fit. Chris is excited to use his dedication to his clients and his sales management experience to supporting community health care and independent business.
Chris says, “I’m going to be a strong advocate for the success of independent pharmacies.” He brings his energy, openness to listen, and creative problem solving to empower your pharmacy. Why don’t you contact Chris for coffee or a hike and understand how WSPC could support you?
Karina’s career began as a national sales representative covering 25 states and supporting small local teams, colleges, and communities with their sports apparel needs after graduating from Linfield College. She graduated from Linfield in 2014 with a Major in Business Management while becoming a National Champion Softball Pitcher in 2011.
Her competitive drive, passion and desire to succeed has led her to being a champion on the field and amongst the local organizations she has supported the past five years. Karina brings her experience, compassion, and drive to support community health and independent businesses.
In her spare time, Karina enjoys exploring the small communities around Portland with her miniature Australian Shepard, Macey. Her hobbies also include DIY crafts and enjoying Washington and Oregon wine country.
Dave grew up on Florida’s Space Coast working in his father’s drug store as a Pharmacy Technician. They used Bergen Brunswig as their pharmacy wholesaler, and the relationships he built within Bergen Brunswig inspired him to join their team after graduating from Campbell University in North Carolina.
In 1992, Dave began his career as a Hospital Marketing Consultant with Bergen Brunswig, but his love for Independent Pharmacy inspired him to move back into the Independent Retail arena. During his 27-year career with AmerisourceBergen, he has had the pleasure of working with Hospital Directors, Long-Term Care and Independent Owners. He was a four-time recipient of AmerisourceBergen’s prestigious Presidents Club Award, and also won the National Top Regional Performer and Top Account Manager awards.
Dave is excited to be a part of the WSPC team and its mission to help independent pharmacy owners navigate the changing healthcare industry and continue to grow and thrive. During his time off, he enjoys spending time with his wife Ann of 28 years and their two boys. His hobbies include boating, fishing, scuba diving and salt water reef aquariums.
Brian J. Rangitsch, CPA
Brian joins our WSPC team with over 34 years working in Public Accounting, providing a rare opportunity to be involved with and serve a wide variety of small businesses in many industries. He has seen the many challenges facing small business behind the scenes and has a passion to do what he can to help them succeed.
Brian was born and grew up in the rural town of La Grande, Oregon until the age of 24. He has had a long and rich work history being around small business for as long as he can remember. Brian’s parents were small business owners and strong community supporters, impressing on him how important it was to give back to the community you live in. Brian attended Eastern Oregon University and graduated in 1984 with a BS in Business / Economics. Upon graduation, he began a career in management with Albertson’s Grocery Stores. He enjoyed the fast pace and the wide range of knowledge required to run stores but had always aspired to become a CPA.
He made that change in 1987 after attending Portland State University and Western Oregon State University to obtain post graduate accounting classes needed to take the CPA exam. After earning his CPA License, Brian joined the Public Accounting Firm, Windedahl, Peters and Thompson, CPA’s and worked as a Staff Accountant until 1995 when he became a partner with Windedahl, Rangitsch and Thompson, CPA’s. The Firm has grown over the years and is now known as WRGN, LLC Certified Public Accountants.
Brian enjoys being a part of non-profit organizations and has served on various boards over the years including the Salem Area Institute of Management Accountants, Salem Art Association, Salem Chamber of Commerce, Salem Downtown Lions Club, Oregon Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation, Camp Fire USA Willamette Council, and more.
He shared, “I have always had a passion for being a part of small business success as this is the fabric of our nation. I feel that cooperatives such as WSPC are critical in helping small business succeed and prosper when competing with large national chains. I am very excited to be a small part of this great organization that has contributed to the success of so many small pharmacies”.
Brian is married to the love of his life, Sherri, and has three daughters and grandchildren. He loves to spend time with his family and friends, as well as be outdoors, camping, hiking, golfing, and traveling with his RV whenever time allows.
At WSPC, Victoria’s role is to create, develop and deliver strategic programs and solutions to existing and future members, with the focus on executing on WSPC’s mission to provide Outstanding Independent Pharmacies with a Competitive Edge.
Victoria’s career began at AmerisourceBergen during her senior year at Chapman University. She graduated from Chapman in 2013 with a Major in Communications and Minor in English/Journalism. She started as a Sales Intern for Community & Specialty Pharmacy and was quickly promoted to an Account Manager- Pharmacy Solutions Specialist role, and a Sales Executive role in the Southern California territory. Victoria started with WSPC in July of 2016 as our first Strategic Business Manager in the Southern California/ Hawaii territory and moved on to become our Senior Account Director. Today, she serves as our Senior of Key Accounts + Project Manager.
Victoria has had experience working with Independent Retail and Long Term Care Pharmacies. She has had a very strong focus on Independent Pharmacies along with utilizing Good Neighbor Pharmacy® programs and solutions. Victoria’s passion and excitement for her job comes from the reward of seeing our members succeed in a constantly changing industry!
Ashley carries a passion for independent pharmacies as the third generation in her family. Her grandfather owned his pharmacy for 26-years, and her parents have now operated their own store for 12-years. Ashley’s love for this niche of the healthcare industry began to develop at a young age, “Experiencing first-hand, the impact of a small pharmacy on its local community, is indescribably moving. The level of personalized care, compassion, ethic, and advocacy behind the scenes is value that cannot be replicated outside of independents”.
In 2018, Ashley graduated from the University of Arizona; earning degrees in Business Entrepreneurship and Business Management. She went on to gain experience in the technology industry, assisting small business owners with their financial systems.
Ashley came to WSPC with a background in Marketing and Communications, previously working for a nonprofit organization and her parent’s pharmacy. She values the unique position she is in to expand our message and communicate directly with independent pharmacies across the country. Outside of work, Ashley enjoys spending time with family, trying new restaurants in the Phoenix area, and exploring outdoors with her fiancé and golden retriever.
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Nate is tasked with developing and implementing business solutions that maximize WSPC’s competitive edge and helps member pharmacies thrive in a highly competitive, dynamic industry. As Business Systems and Analytics Architect, Nate will be heavily focused on establishing “tools”, processes, and analytics for our organization and membership.
During the past 10 years, Nate developed a deep understanding of pharmacy from the wholesale perspective working at AmerisourceBergen in many leadership capacities in the areas of distribution, sales operations, and finance. He regularly led and participated in cross-functional projects related to maximizing customer contract realization, implementing new technology, and enhancing customers’ experience. Lastly, Nate established many solid relationships with teams nationwide and served as a trusted adviser for his colleagues and senior business leaders.
Jerry Van Pevenage, RPh
Jerry Van Pevenage is a co-founder of Tri-State Pharmacy Coalition, the forerunner to WSPC. He wanted to help independent pharmacies not just to survive in a challenging environment, but to grow. He sees the relationship between WSPC and AmerisourceBergen as a partnership. Jerry adds, “Of all the independent pharmacies that ABC serves, Good Neighbor Pharmacy® members are the cream of the crop, deserving the best service and the best prices”.
Jerry serves as Secretary of the Board for WSPC and is in charge of information technology and member communication.
More about Jerry: Jerry comes from hard-working, Belgian ancestors who were willing to do whatever it took to give their families a better life. Jerry is committed to family, faith, and the future of the independent pharmacy.
“WSPC has helped my own pharmacy remain profitable, putting me in a better position to serve my community in Davenport, Washington.”
Ahmed Atallah, PhD, RPh
Ahmed Atallah, PhD, RPh has been a community pharmacist for the last 30-years. After graduating from the Cairo University School of Pharmacy in 1975, he worked in the industry for five years before deciding to return to school. He then received a master’s degree in Radio Pharmacy and a Ph.D. in Toxicology from USC in 1986.
In 1988, together with his wife Samia, who is also a pharmacist (she was his pharmacy school sweetheart), they purchased Fox Drug of Torrance, CA. Realizing early on that to survive in such a competitive environment they needed to be at the forefront of innovation, they make of use new advances and are able to maintain a viable practice.
Today they own three pharmacies in the South Bay and two of their children are pharmacists, making theirs a four-pharmacist family.
All three of their pharmacies are members of WSPC, and they believe our coalition is essential for independents. We have strength in numbers, and not only does WSPC ensure the best contracts with our suppliers, but most importantly they ensure that our suppliers honor their commitment.
Ahmed plans to help more independent pharmacists like him join WSPC in order to strengthen the position of independent pharmacies and keep them viable in the ever-challenging field of pharmacy care.
Trenton Jenks, PharmD
Trenton Jenks received his Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from Idaho State University in 2006. Trenton spent the first six years of his pharmacy career in a community retail pharmacy. For the past five years, Trenton has practiced clinical pharmacy at a local hospice agency that serves 300 patients in both Idaho and Oregon. This role fulfilled his desire to grow as a leader and educator while increasing his knowledge in another aspect of pharmacy.
In 2014, Trenton purchased an independent community pharmacy in
Fruitland, Idaho. The pharmacy had been about to close its doors, but he and his staff were able to turn the business around quickly. They were one of three pharmacies nominated for Good Neighbor Pharmacy® of the Year in 2016.
In addition to his experience as an independent pharmacy business owner, Trenton brings extensive knowledge in hospice. In 2015, he became one of nine Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacists (BCGP) in Idaho. Trenton is also a current committee member of the National Council of Hospice & Palliative Professionals (NCHPP) pharmacist section.
Through his diverse career experiences, Trenton has learned the ins and outs of operating a successful pharmacy business. He understands the struggles pharmacy owners face. Trenton’s passion lives with the independent pharmacies, and he hopes to assist his comrades in the industry in any way possible. In his free time, Trenton loves traveling and spending time with his wife and four kids.
Shane Jensen, PharmD
Shane Jensen began his career as a pharmacist in 2002 at Family Plaza
Pharmacy in West Jordan, Utah, as the Director of Pharmacy. He helped grow the business and establish a respected customer-service-based practice. In 2007, Shane purchased Family Plaza Pharmacy. Shane is an entrepreneur at heart and loves the opportunity to be both a pharmacist and a business owner. He is heavily involved in the Utah Pharmacy Association as a board member and is now serving as the president elect.
He enjoys practicing as a pharmacist and interacting with his patients. As a cancer survivor, Shane can understand and empathize with many patients.
He now enjoys a healthy life and, as a result of his experiences, he has a unique perspective on life and his profession as a pharmacist. Shane enjoys being with his family, his wife Lyndsay and their four daughters who keep life exciting. As a family, they enjoy camping, boating, skiing, and traveling. Shane looks forward to meeting more pharmacy professionals and helping to improve this trusted profession.
Eugene Medley, PharmD, MS
Dr. Medley comes from a family of pharmacists, yet his professional journey began far from the pharmacy. For thirteen years he worked for the State of California Department of Parks and Recreation as an emergency medical responder ocean lifeguard for the San Diego Coast District. Through this work he developed a passion for assisting individuals in need.
During this time he also attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas undergraduate Biological Sciences program. While at UNLV, he worked at the Mirage Resorts Dolphin Habitat and Secret Garden of Siegfried and Roy. His time spent with the aquatic marine mammals and Siegfried and Roy’s exotic menagerie inspired a great deal of respect for veterinary companions.
Eugene then traveled east of the Rockies to Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO where he received his Master of Science in Anatomy. At CSU he was also a graduate teaching assistant for the human and veterinary anatomy curriculum. On a whim, he submitted an application to the University of Colorado, Denver Health Sciences Center School of Pharmacy and was accepted to the Doctor of Pharmacy Program. Thereby began his career as a pharmacist.
He and his wife Jennifer moved to San Clemente, CA where he is now in business with his father as an owner/operator of San Clemente’s only independent compounding pharmacy, Sea View Pharmacy, which is located across from the hospital. Jennifer and Eugene have three beautiful children named Dylan, Trevor, and Madeline, and live happily in San Clemente.
Josh Pierce, PharmD
Josh grew up in Mendenhall, Mississippi on his family’s farm. He attended Ole Miss, earning both his undergraduate degree (B.S. Pharmaceutical Sciences, 2010) and professional degree (Pharm.D., 2013).
As soon as he graduated from pharmacy school on a Saturday, Josh went to work the following Monday at McGuffee’s Drug Store in Mendenhall. He had worked at McGuffee’s through pharmacy school and was blessed to be able to go right to work there after graduation, pending licensure. Josh worked at McGuffee’s for four years as a pharmacist, and in 2017 he and his wife, along with another couple, purchased the pharmacy. It was a lifelong dream to own his own business and to do so by the time he was 30 years old. Josh was able to accomplish this goal at the age of 27. Since that purchase in 2017, he has also purchased an additional pharmacy, Little’s Pharmacy, about 25 miles away.
Looking to make a change in buying group, Josh came to WSPC with his team’s needs and pharmacies’ expansion in mind. He noted, “We really liked the forward thinking of WSPC, the rebate program, and the cost of goods. On our cattle farm, we always say, in reference to our genetic selection, ‘If you are satisfied with where you are today, you will be behind tomorrow’. After talking with several of the WSPC team members, it was evident to us that WSPC is moving forward and thinking about ways to be better tomorrow”.
Josh went on to share his thoughts about joining the WSPC team, “It is an honor and privilege to be a part of an organization that is looking to push independent pharmacy to the next level. Nobody cares for their community and patients more than independent pharmacists, and I think WSPC gives us a more competitive edge to ensure that we are here to serve those folks for years to come”.
Josh and his wife just celebrated their six-year wedding anniversary, and have one daughter, who is three years old. Outside of the drug stores, the couple owns and operates a registered Red Angus cow herd in Mississippi. Josh also enjoys hunting, fishing, and cheering on the Ole Miss football team.
Jeff Sherman, PharmD
Pharmacy is definitely “in the blood” for Jeff. Jeff grew up in a small central coast California town where he worked in his father’s drugstore. “My dad set a standard for taking care of patients. I couldn’t see myself doing anything else,” Jeff said of the experience. After graduating Pharmacy school in 1990 from the University of Pacific, he worked in independent pharmacies for 20 years.
Jeff opened Sherman’s Apothecary Pharmacy in Salinas, California, in
2010 with his wife, Mindy. Jeff and Mindy strive to provide the very best service at their pharmacy. They value the chance to build relationships with their patients by providing services such as custom compounding and bio-identical hormone replacement.
“Joining the WSPC team as a National Advisor is an honor,” Jeff said. “This group does so much to help the independent pharmacy owner. My wish is to see independent pharmacy continue to be a valued resource in every community.”
Dan Vacca, RPh, MBA
A Pennsylvania native through and through, Dan was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy (BS Pharm) degree, and later earned a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Clarion University of Pennsylvania.
Dan has been in community pharmacy for over 30 years. He was introduced to the industry by working at a local community pharmacy in high school and held his job during college. After college graduation, Dan went on to work for a national chain(s) as a community pharmacist and several district management roles in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Florida. In 2012, Dan bought his first community pharmacy in North Palm Beach, Florida with his wife Heidi, who is also a pharmacist. Together, they opened their second pharmacy in 2017 and have since been serving the community with both pharmacies.
Dan was drawn to WSPC by the cooperative’s business model, operating by pharmacists and its members, who share in the profits and benefits. He noted, “I’m inspired to work with WSPC due to the strong commitment and support this team provides to the partnership with independent pharmacy owners.”
Dan and his wife, Heidi, have two children together and enjoy traveling and spending time with family.