Pharmacy PGY-2 Preceptors
Residency Program Preceptors for the PGY-2 program.
Janice Taylor, Pharm.D., BCPS, is a program and data manager for the VA Sierra Pacific Network (VISN 21) Pharmacy Benefits Management team. In 2016 she completed her specialty PGY2 residency in Pharmacy Outcomes and Health Care Analytics with VISN 21. Prior to coming to VISN 21, she completed her PGY1 general practice residency training at the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System in Tucson, AZ. Originally from New Mexico; Dr. Taylor graduated with her Pharm.D. in 2014 from the University of New Mexico College of Pharmacy in Albuquerque.
In her current position, Dr. Taylor provides data support and clinical input in various practice areas including: Antimicrobial Stewardship, Anticoagulation, Hepatitis C, Advanced Liver Disease, Pain, Mental Health, Medication Safety, Inpatient services, and Academic Detailing. She also serves as a preceptor for the PGY2 program on site in Reno and enjoys serving as a guest lecturer for the Samuel Merritt Physician Assistant program in Oakland, CA. She has a passion for population health management and enjoys designing and implementing quality improvement projects. She is also active in professional organizations and currently serves as President for the Nevada Society of Health System Pharmacists (NVSHP).
Scott graduated from Idaho State University College of Pharmacy in 1995 and completed a PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at the VA Sierra Nevada Healthcare System (VASNHCS) in 1995-1996. Following his residency, Dr. Mambourg stayed with the VASNHCS and served as a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Ambulatory Care and Inpatient. From 2003 to 2017, he served as the Clinical Pharmacy Coordinator/Associate Chief of Pharmacy and PGY1 Residency Program Director for the VASNHCS. In 2017, he took on the role of VISN Pharmacy Executive. He is an active member of various local, regional, and national committees. Scott was 2009/10 Chair of the Education Committee of NVSHP, Past-Chair of the Western States Residency Conference and is active in ASHP and ACCP. He became BCPS certified 2005 and completed his first marathon (Rock-N-Roll, San Diego June 2007). He can be seen on the Tahoe ski slopes in the winter; camping, hiking, and biking in the summer; and enjoying regional wine tasting in the surrounding valleys.
Diana graduated from the University of the Pacific Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree. She completed her PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of California - Davis Medical Center. She previously worked as a Primary Care Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at the VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System (VASNHCS) in Reno, NV, and eventually accepted a position as the Associate Chief of Ambulatory Care Pharmacy. She is currently the VISN 21 Pharmacy Benefits Management Program Manager and chair/co-chair of numerous VISN 21 workgroups such as the Pharmacy Procurement and MCCF groups and the Pain Committee. Her current practice areas of interest include: medical center cost recovery, pharmacy procurement, pain management, MCCF, and hyperlipidemia/coronary risk reduction. She is located at the VA Northern California Health Care System in Sacramento, CA and precepts the residents for their Formulary Management experience.
Prior to her pharmacy career, Dr. Jennifer Marin was a methods research and development chemist with the US Geological Survey in Denver, CO. Dr. Marin earned her Pharm.D. degree from the University of Colorado, and her love of data drew her to the VA Northern California Healthcare System PGY1 residency with a focus on Pharmacoeconomics. She pursued further training in pharmacoeconomics, informatics, data management, and pharmacy administration with the VA Sierra Pacific VISN 21 PGY2 Managed Care Pharmacy Systems residency in Reno, NV. She served as the VA Desert Pacific VISN 22 Pharmacoeconomist/Data Analyst from July 2012 - December 2016, with primary focus on cost containment, formulary management, opioid use risk reduction, and Hepatitis C patient population management. In December 2016, Dr. Marin returned to the VISN 21 PBM team, embracing a greater focus on Academic Detailing and precepting PGY2 residents. Current interests include outcomes analysis, pharmacy operations efficiency, SQL coding, Pyramid Analytics, and Power BI.
Amy graduated from the University of Rhode Island College of Pharmacy with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree. She completed a PGY-1 residency at the VA Northern California Health Care System and her PGY-2 residency in Applied Pharmacoeconomics with the VA Sierra Pacific Network (VISN 21). Throughout her career she has worked as the Mental Health Data Manager for the Academic Detailing Pilot Program, a National Program Manager for the Program Evaluation Resource Center (PERC) in the Office of Mental Health (OMHO) and is currently the lead data architect for the VISN 21 PBM. Her current practice interests are SQL coding, user experience, multi-dimensional database (Cube) design, dashboard production, and Pharmacoeconomics. She is located at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System in Mountain View, CA and precepts the residents for their Data Management and advanced analytics rotations.
Robert graduated from the University of California, San Francisco School of Pharmacy with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree. He completed a PGY-1 Ambulatory Care Residency at VA Northern California Health Care System. Afterwards, he worked as an Ambulatory Care pharmacist and Division Manager at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System (Livermore Division), and served as the Pharmacoeconomics pharmacist at the VA Northern California Health Care System. He is an active member of numerous VISN 21 taskforces: Mental Health, Medication Use Management, Oncology, Pain, PBM Formulary Committee and Endocrine. His current practice interests are pharmacoeconomics and formulary management, pulmonary medicine and rheumatology. He currently precepts PGY-2 residents in Pharmacoeconomics and Formulary Management.
He is physically located in San Leandro, California and in his free time enjoys working at St. Mary’s Medical Center in San Francisco, teaching pharmacology to physician assistant students at Samuel Merritt University in Oakland and providing expert witness testimony in medical malpractice claims.
Joy graduated from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree and completed her PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency at the DVA Medical Center in Martinez, CA. Prior to her pharmacy career she was a physician assistant, and over the years has held numerous faculty appointments, including assistant professor at Samuel Merritt Physician Assistant program for the past 18 years. She retired from VISN 21 as the Chief Health Informatics Officer in December 2020. Currently she still precepts the residents for their Academia/Education experiences. Her current practice interests include: informatics, data analysis, clinical dashboard development, oncology (previous VISN 21 oncology task-force chair), and health outcomes analysis.
Ramona Shayegani, PharmD, VISN 21 Academic Detailing Program Lead
Ramona received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Oregon State University in 2014. She completed her residency training at the VA Valley Coastal Bend Healthcare System in 2015 and moved on to complete 17 months out of a 24-month Interprofessional Advanced Fellowship Program in Addiction Treatment at the South Texas VA Healthcare System (July 2015 to December 2016). Since joining the Academic Detailing service in 2017, Ramona has led numerous safety initiatives concerning high-risk medications such as opioids and benzodiazepines. During her tenure as Las Vegas VA's academic detailer, Ramona also provided clinical care and medication management for mental health, pain and addiction treatment. In her current position, Ramona is leading V21’s academic detailing program to promote some of our national, VISN and local safety initiatives across our network. She was also the first academic detailer in the VA to pilot electronic detailing (e-detailing). She is passionate about improving access to care that is effective and safe for patients.
Cherie L. Dillon, PharmD, VHA PBM Prior Authorization Program Clinical Coordinator
Cherie graduated from University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree. She completed her PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at San Francisco VA Health Care System. She was previously the Director of Drug Information and a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at VA Northern California Health Care System. She is currently the clinical coordinator of VHA PBM Prior Authorization Pilot Program based in VISN 21 and is chair of the Adverse Event Reporting System Subcommittee and VISN 21 point of contact for drug information resources. She currently precepts residents in formulary management.
Rachel Gonzalez, MPH – Management Analyst, VISN 21 Pharmacy Benefits Management & Clinical Pharmacy Practice Office (CPPO)
Rachel is a public health practitioner and has been fortunate to serve in diverse roles in her field. Before joining VISN 21 and CPPO, she was the Assistant Director for the National Hepatic Consortium for Redesigning Care (NHCRC), VA’s national initiative to increase Veterans’ access to Hepatitis C and cirrhosis care. She has held membership in the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, the Society of Clinical Research Associates and is certified in Lean and Six Sigma. She has worked for non-profit organizations, NGOs and at the University of California, Irvine Medical Center, including positions in bench and clinical research and global health systems management. She received her Master of Public Health from Columbia University and completed her undergraduate studies at the Johns Hopkins University.
She is located in Long Beach, CA, enjoys agonizing over the LA Dodgers’ playoff performance, traveling, and watching movies. Her family is her inspiration to continue working in healthcare. Rachel is committed to combining her public health expertise with the application of quality improvement and performance measurement to drive clinical progress and serve patients. She is excited to support residents in development of their Lean process improvement skills and application of those skills to their residency projects.