Meet the 2023 Alumni Award Honorees
Alumni Trailblazer Award
This award is presented to one alumnus in recognition of their significant impact in their communities and profession. Nominations were submitted to showcase how the alumnus’ legacy has lived on and impacted Roseman, their professional colleagues, and the community they serve.
DR. REED HOWE
Henderson, College of Pharmacy, Class of 2004
Dr. Howe has been an unwavering ally of Roseman University since its early days as Nevada College of Pharmacy. As the Pharmacy Director at Dignity Health for nearly two decades, he plays a pivotal role in educating student pharmacists by facilitating clinical rotations and providing mentorship. Dr. Howe consistently supports Roseman through generous contributions and active involvement in the annual Scholarship Golf Tournament. Above all, he serves as a champion and enthusiastic ambassador for the pharmacy profession, making a lasting impact on both the university and future pharmacists.
Alumni Roadrunner Award
The Alumni Roadrunner Award is presented to one alumnus who has made a difference in giving back to Roseman with their time, resources, mentorship, etc. Nominations were asked to showcase how the alumnus’ legacy has lived on and impacted our faculty, staff, students, and University as a whole. The Roadrunner Award specifically took into consideration the alumnus’ exemplification of our core values beyond graduation and how they have carried Roseman’s spirit with them into their career.
DR. KEDY SHEN
South Jordan, College of Dental Medicine, Class of 2016
Dr. Shen was an outstanding student leader at Roseman. He served as Class President, led the American Student Dental Association at various levels, and represented the College of Dental Medicine in the Utah Dental Association’s House of Delegates. Dr. Shen received multiple awards during his time in Roseman’s DMD program. He completed an Endodontics post-doctoral program at Temple University and is now a Partner at Expert Endodontics Northwest in Vancouver, WA. He remains dedicated to dental education as a Clinical Assistant Professor at Oregon Health and Sciences University.
DR. YOUSEF TOMA
Henderson, College of Pharmacy, Class of 2019
Dr. Toma embodies the essence of Roseman. He’s made a significant impact in healthcare and the community by volunteering his time to aid underserved and undocumented patients. His compassion uplifts those in need as he assists newly arrived refugees in acclimating to the U.S. healthcare, education, and everyday life. As a former refugee himself, Dr. Toma’s personal experiences uniquely enable him to empathize and support fellow newcomers. His journey demonstrates how adversity can fuel positive change, fostering personal growth and fulfillment through service to others. Yousef is an inspirational figure in both pharmacy and community service.
Alumni Service Award
The Alumni Service Award is presented to one alumnus who has shown outstanding service in their community and/or field of practice. Nominations focused not only on the act of service, but the overall impact of their actions.
South Jordan, College of Nursing, ABSN, Class of 2021
Amanda Barrett has displayed remarkable dedication to patients by pursuing her passion in a challenging state-run facility in Lander, Wyoming where she lacked a support network. Barrett thrived in this new environment, earning respect from peers and patients while refining her critical thinking and nursing skills. In the coming year, she has her sights set on continuing her education and becoming a nurse practitioner.
LT. COL. FRANCISCO BORAL
Henderson, College of Pharmacy, Class of 2010
Dr. Boral leads the Customer Pharmacy Operations Center at the Defense Logistics Agency in Philadelphia. He oversees a diverse team of pharmacists, managing a $9.5 billion budget for delivering 100 million prescriptions to 9.6 million beneficiaries globally. Francisco pioneered the Pharmaceutical Provenance Solution, enabling precise tracking of pharmaceutical ingredients’ origins, crucial for military operations. He’s also reported vital national security concerns to Congress, highlighting vulnerabilities in the Defense Department’s pharmaceutical supply chain. Committed to enhancing resilience, he collaborates on domestic production of active pharmaceutical ingredients to combat nationwide drug shortages.