Preceptor Honors

2018 Wm. Arlyn Kloesel Preceptor of the Year Award

Steven Villarreal, RPh speaks during the Preceptor Conference.

Pharmacist Steven Villarreal earned his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy degree from The University of Texas at Austin.  Since 2008 he has served as a community pharmacy manager at Kroger in Houston.  Prior to that time, he worked in long-term care, and before that, at Randall’s. One student nominator wrote:

My community pharmacist preceptor, who goes by Steve, has been the best mentor and professional role model to look up to. Coming from a pharmacy student who just matched with a pharmacy residency program for next year, I was not so sure how much I would be able to take away from this community rotation. I was so wrong to think like that! Steve has taught me skills that will be applicable anywhere! Starting from the very first day, he expressed incredible enthusiasm to not only teach me what he has learned in the past 30 years of being a pharmacist and preceptor, but also to learn from me as a student. Steve has shown me in many ways that he is the biggest advocate for our patients in the community by promoting vaccines and other public health, serving the profession as a leader in Kroger pharmacy organizations, and is committed to providing quality patient care and customer service to each and every patient. I hope to become a pharmacist advocate like Steve one day. He has taught me what it means to be a community pharmacist, what it means to provide quality customer service, how to multi-task under pressure, how to counsel patients effectively, how to problem-solve in retail pharmacy, and most importantly, how to never stop learning. Steve is an excellent mentor who speaks to me about my future goals and an excellent teacher who actively participates in my learning and finds ways to teach me effectively.  Thank you, Steve.

Master Preceptor Recognition Program

Todd Canada, Pharm.D. receives national preceptor award

Todd Canada, Pharm.D. receives national preceptor award

The Master Preceptor Recognition Program was inaugurated in 2014 by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. Designed to honor the “best of the best”, this program recognizes preceptors who not only demonstrate a sustained commitment to excellence in the areas of teaching, practice, experiential education, and professional citizenship, but who also teach others to excel in these areas. Nominees must have served a minimum of ten years as a preceptor for the nominating college of pharmacy.

Dr. Todd Canada, was one of seven preceptors selected from across the nation to receive this national award.  Canada is also a recipient of the 2004 Kloesel Preceptor of the Year Award, and has served previously as regional director and currently as a coordinator for the Galveston/Houston regional experiential program. He is employed by The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, where he precepts students on critical care/nutrition support rotations, and also serves as a preceptor to pharmacy residents.


Wm. Arlyn Kloesel Preceptor of the Year Award Recipients

From left: Arlyn Kloesel, Steve Villarreal, Associate Dean Renee Acosta, and Todd Canada celebrate the 2018 Kloesel Preceptor of the Year Award.

1989 Bill Edwards
1990 Charles Barnes
1991 Julia Janich
1992 George Holmgreen
1993 Cynthia Meyers
1994 Emory Martin
1995 Jason Wong
1996 Jeanine Love
1997 John C. “Bud” Johnson
1998 Conrad Gamboa
1999 Jon Herrington
2000 Danny Hernandez and Scott Soefje
2001 Pam Leal
2002 Holli Temple
2003 Gilbert Parra
2004 Todd Canada
2005 Bob Talbert
2006 William Linn
2007 Jon Albrecht
2008 Curtis Triplitt
2009 Reba Williams
2010 Randy Ball
2011 Diane Schuetze
2012 Steven Knight
2013 Aida Garza
2014 Megan Fleming
2015 Lance Ray
2016 Celeste Vinluan
2017 Lucas Hill
2018 Steven Villarreal

 Regional Preceptors of the Year

From left: Arlyn Kloesel; 2016 regional preceptor award winners Sueli Tovar, Reba Williams, Jacqueline Navarrete accepting for Celeste Vinluan, Rania Kattura; Dean Lynn Crismon

From left: Arlyn Kloesel; 2016 regional preceptor award winners Sueli Tovar, Reba Williams, Jacqueline Navarrete accepting for Celeste Vinluan, Rania Kattura; Dean Lynn Crismon

Austin/Temple/Waco: Rania Kattura, Pharm.D.
Dallas/Fort Worth: Reba Williams, R.Ph.
El Paso: Celeste Vinluan, Pharm.D.
Galveston/Houston: Todd Canada, Pharm.D.
Rio Grande Valley: Sueli Tovar, Pharm.D.

Austin/Temple/Waco: Archana Banerjee, R.Ph.
Dallas/Fort Worth:  Lance Ray, Pharm.D.
El Paso: Terri Martinez, Pharm.D.
Galveston/Houston: Dehuti Pandya, Pharm.D.
Rio Grande Valley: Ben Fry, R.Ph.

Austin/Temple/Waco: Angela Solis, R.Ph.
Dallas/Fort Worth: Megan Fleming, Pharm.D.
El Paso: Jenny Splawn, Pharm.D.
Galveston/Houston: Nga Nguyen, Pharm.D.
Rio Grande Valley: Marcos Reyes, Pharm.D.
San Antonio: Conrado Gamboa, R.Ph.

Austin/Temple/Waco: Aida Garza, Pharm.D. and Katherine Shea, Pharm.D.
Dallas/Fort Worth: Chris McGough, Pharm.D.
El Paso: Enrique Soto-Ruiz, Pharm.D.
Galveston/Houston: Jeffrey Bruno, Pharm.D., Susan Loughlin, Pharm.D., Phung Kim Nguyen, Pharm.D., Hanna Palmer, Pharm.D., Dehuti Pandya, Pharm.D., Melanie Ruegger, Pharm.D., Walter David Spence, R.Ph.,and Anila Thomas, Pharm.D.
Rio Grande Valley: Stephen Gore, Pharm.D. and John Smith, Pharm.D.
San Antonio: Jodie Gee, Pharm.D.