Don Backos

Donald Backos, Class of 2010

Don is the current president of the Pharmacy Alumni Association Board. He oversees the Computational Chemistry and Biology (CCB) Core Facility, which provides a wide array of advanced tools and services for computational-based simulations and modeling of chemical and biological systems. The CCB Core offers specialized expertise and services to researchers in both academia and the biotech/pharmaceutical industries.


Deborah Gallegos, Class of 2010

Deborah (Debbie) is currently the Director of Pharmacy for Colorado Plains Medical Center in Fort Morgan, Colorado. As a clinical pharmacist and administrator directing pharmacy and lab departments, Debbie is interested in advancing pharmacy services and patient safety in rural settings. She has worked to achieve her BCPS and CPPS to advance her knowledge in working with the care teams in all departments.

“I believe with my 10 years of pharmacy service and rural practice setting, I could offer many qualities to the school and students as a member of the alumni board; as well as continuing to learn from the school myself, ” Debbie states.



Bryan Killam, Class of 2006

Bryan is semi-retired, last working as a pharmacist with the University of Colorado, Anschutz Outpatient Pharmacy. His goal for serving on the board is to assist in community program participation.

“I feel it is imperative that our profession continue to advance an effective volunteer management system that supports the objective of engaging alumni in meaningful volunteer opportunities and serving as a source for alumni talent and resources for students, faculty, and staff,” Bryan expresses.


Andrew Maurer, Class of 2010

Andrew presently holds the position of Pharmacy Operations Supervisor/Environment, Health, and Safety Lead Coordinator at the Ra-223 Nuclear Pharmacy for Cardinal Health. He hopes to draw from his networking and social strategy experience to engage alumni.

“My position as a nuclear pharmacist has allowed me to collaborate with many stakeholders and pharmacists across the United States, exposing me to many different perspectives and ways of thinking. I look forward to collaborating and connecting with fellow CU alumni,” Andrew says.

Paul Minne

Paul Minne, Class of 2002

Paul has spent the last 20 years of his career in medical affairs within the bio-pharmaceutical industry.  During his career, he has had substantial experience with all phases of drug development and six new product launches.  Paul’s broad cross-functional experience extends into vendor contracting and budgeting, product resource support, team member mentoring and training, brand team planning, design and execution of Medical Science Liaison (MSL) goals and strategies, key performance indicator development, piloting and implementation of technology, and as a manager of MSL teams.  He has earned a BS from Drake University and both a BS and Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, is a licensed pharmacist in Colorado, and stays involved with the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy as much as possible. He resides in Parker, Colorado with his wife, Kris.  Paul has two adult children in college at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa (Roll Tide!) and enjoys traveling, attending sporting events, and is an active private pilot.  

Wes Nuffer

Wes Nuffer, Class of 1999


Wes has been a member of the alumni board since its inception. As faculty at the School of Pharmacy, Dr. Nuffer is in clinical practice at the University of Colorado Hospital in Endocrinology and provides diabetes care and management to both Type I and Type II patients with diabetes. Dr. Nuffer is interested in experiential teaching and learning, as well as diabetes care. His primary focus has been to establish and manage a network of pharmacy student-supported diabetes clinics in community pharmacies across the State of Colorado. He is part of a large interdisciplinary effort on campus to integrate students across multiple professions into work environments, focusing specifically in rural areas.



Harold Okocha, Class of 2012

Harold is a PharmD graduate from the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus, and received his MBA from Arkansas State University. He received his CPM certification from the Institute of Supply Management (ISM).

Harold is involved in clinical pharmacology services. His experience as a community leader along with his national and international involvement in various pharmacy organizations provides him global exposure and an understanding of various cultures.

“With my multifaceted cultural experience and competency, as well as over 20 years of managerial experience in the business and pharmaceutical sectors, I believe that I can provide a specialized skill set and perspective to the board of directors. I bring a unique ability to understand individuals from various backgrounds and integrate various viewpoints toward a common outcome. I have mentored and empowered future professionals in the community and I hope to continue to have such a positive impact while serving on the Board of Directors” says Harold.

Lokendra Upadhyay

Lokendra Upadhyay, Class of 2018

Lokendra has been committed to the University of Colorado since starting his undergraduate studies in 1986 working up to the completion of his PharmD in 2018. His specialties include healthcare and informatics. He is currently an Associate Director at Willis Towers Watson in Atlanta, Georgia.