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Residency Advisory Committee

The Residency Advisory Committee  (RAC) is a 9-member committee with oversight of all the pharmacy residency programs. This committee consists of a Residency Program Director (RPD), PGY2 RPDs, Residency Coordinators, and Committee  Members.

The purpose of the RAC is to establish and maintain ASHP- accredited pharmacy residency programs and to serve as the advisory and organizational structure of all pharmacy residency programs.

Back Row (Left to Right): Jonathan D. Hoffman, PharmD, MBA, BCACP; Nathan Kamerath, PharmD, BCPS Middle Row (Left to Right): Chad Nelson, PharmD; David Denio, PharmD, BCPP; Katie Simons, PharmD, BCPS; Kelly Starman, PharmD, BCPS, BCACP; Jesse Sutton, PharmD, BCPS Front Row (Left to Right): Sadie Roestenburg, PharmD, BCPS; Natalie Valentino, PharmD, BCCP

The RAC shall assure:

  • Mentorship and guidance to residents
  • Respective residents’ goals are met
  • Residents’ adherence to residency program
  • Residents’ advocacy to other faculty, staff, and Departments
  • Residency programs adhere to the Pharmacy Department, Hospital and ASHP mission and guidelines
  • Develop new programs and rotations as needed due to: department needs, future pharmacist roles, and job market pressures


Current Residency Advisory Committee

 Chad Nelson, PharmD, PGY1 Residency Program Director Chad Nelson, PharmD
PGY1 Residency Program Director

Chad Nelson was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona.  He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of New Mexico in the beautiful Land of Enchantment.  He remained at the University of New Mexico and received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2005. Chad completed his PGY1 residency at the VA Salt Lake City, where he focused on Acute Medicine and Critical Care.  After completing his residency he was hired by Intermountain Healthcare to their flagship hospital, LDS Hospital. 

Chad was a member of the Critical Care Team, and practiced on the Surgical/Transplant/Trauma Intermediate Care Unit, and rotated between, the Medical Intensive Care Unit, Pulmonary Critical Care Unit and the Shock Trauma Critical Care Unit.  Intermountain Medical Center opened in October 2007, he moved to this brand new hospital, practiced full time in the Shock Trauma Intensive Care Unit, and was a member of the Trauma team, and also served on the Code Blue Team and Medical Emergency Team (MET). 

In 2009, Chad returned to the VA Salt Lake City Healthcare System, and mainly practiced in the Medical Intensive Care Unit for 8 years.  In 2016, he became the Associate Chief of Clinical Pharmacy and Education and currently manages the Clinical Pharmacy Specialists in Acute Care and in Mental Health. He has served as the Residency Program Director for the PGY1 residency since 2013, and this remains a large focus within his career. Chad is very passionate about our residency program and is continually trying to improve and grow the program. 

Away from work, Chad loves to spend time with his family, which includes his wonderful wife Beth, and their 4 beautiful daughters.  He also spends a good amount of time trying to get faster each year on his road bike, and has recently started a cycling club within his community.

David Denio, PharmD, BCPP, PGY2 Mental Health Residency Director David Denio, PharmD, BCCP
PGY2 Mental Health Residency Director

David Denio was born and raised in New York State.  He graduated from Fjölbrautaskoli Vesturlands in Iceland in 2005 then went to the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences; graduated with a PharmD in 2011.  His PGY-1 was completed at the Togus VA in Maine and PGY-2 in mental health at the Salt Lake City VA.  Post residency he went to work for the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) in Sitka, Alaska.  After a year in Alaska he returned to Salt Lake City as a clinical pharmacist and eventually took over the residency program. 

David spends most of his work day on the inpatient psychiatry unit but also devotes time for projects around the hospital such as the psychoactive drug safety initiatives, the annual mental health nursing stand downs, and the high utilization of services workgroup.  He is a preceptor for both the PGY-1 and PGY-2 residency programs. 

 Volunteering, skiing, snowboarding, hiking, martial arts, marathons, traveling and tennis are activities David enjoys outside of work.


 Kelly Starman, PharmD, BCPS, BCACP, PGY2 Ambulatory Care Director Kelly Starman, PharmD, BCPS, BCACP
PGY2 Ambulatory Care Director

Kelly grew up on a farm on the outskirts of the tiny town, Elgin, Nebraska. She received her PharmD degree from Creighton University in Omaha, Neb., and then moved to Boise, Idaho, where she completed both her PGY1 pharmacy practice and PGY2 ambulatory care residencies at the Boise VA. She worked in the private sector for a year in Portland, Oregon before moving to Salt Lake City for her current position as a PACT Clinical Pharmacy Specialist here at the George E. Wahlen VA Medical Center.

Outside of work she loves running, hiking, reading, and cheering on the Nebraska Cornhuskers from afar.

 Katie Simons, PharmD, BCPS, Residency Coordinator Katie Simons, PharmD, BCPS
Residency Coordinator

Katie is a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at the VA Salt Lake City Healthcare System.  She is originally from New Hampshire, completed pharmacy school at Idaho State University in 2011, and a subsequent PGY1 residency at VA Salt Lake City. She worked as a clinical pharmacist on the acute medicine unit at the George E. Wahlen VA Medical Center for 5 years prior to moving in the Pharmacy Quality Program Manager position. In that position, she currently collaborates with nursing and provider staff ,as well as, the facilities Quality, Patient Safety, and Systems Redesign departments to ensure safe and quality care within pharmacy and throughout the facility.

In her free time, Katie is an avid back country skier and also enjoys live music and mountain biking.

 Natalie Valentino, PharmD, BCCP Natalie Valentino, PharmD, BCCP
Residency Coordinator

Natalie grew up on a Christmas tree farm in South Jersey. She completed her undergraduate and pharmacy education at the University of Pittsburgh, and completed PGY1 and PGY2 psychiatric pharmacy residencies at VA Salt Lake City Healthcare System. Upon completion of residency training, she accepted a position as a substance abuse and mental health clinical pharmacist in the primary care setting at the VA Salt Lake.

When outside of work, Natalie enjoys rock climbing, snowboarding, and live music.

 Jonathan D. Hoffman PharmD, MBA, BCACP, Committee Member Jonathan D. Hoffman PharmD, MBA, BCACP
Committee Member

Jonathan is a board certified Ambulatory Care clinical pharmacy specialist at the VA Salt Lake City Healthcare System, where he provides direct patient care in Primary care and Gastroenterology. He earned a Bachelors degree in Biology/Psychology from Skidmore College, his PharmD from Nova Southeastern University College of Pharmacy, and his MBA from H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship.  His pharmacy experience includes clinical practice in primary care, specialty care, and community pharmacy settings.

Dr. Hoffman serves on national Veteran Affairs pharmacy committees that support the clinical advancement of pharmacy practice and board certification.  He also serves on local committees that support the progressive development of the medical home as well as other collaborative efforts that support the evolution of clinical pharmacy services.

 Jesse Sutton, PharmD, BCPS, Committee Member Jesse Sutton, PharmD, BCPS
Committee Member

Jesse is a board certified pharmacotherapy specialist from Wisconsin and Minnesota. He went to pharmacy school at the University of Montana. Jesse completed a PGY1 residency at Meriter Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin, and a PGY2 residency in infectious diseases at the Detroit Medical Center in Detroit, Michigan. Following residency, he worked as an Infectious Diseases Pharmacist for Baptist Health System in Louisville, Kntucky. He started as the Antimicrobial Stewardship Pharmacist at the VA Salt Lake City Healthcare System in 2016. He is the preceptor for the elective antimicrobial stewardship rotation.

For fun, Jesse enjoys hiking, skiing, watching sports, and reading.


 Sadie Roestenburg, PharmD, BCPS, Committee Member Sadie Roestenburg, PharmD, BCPS
Committee Member

Sadie grew up in Utah and received her Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Westminster College. She earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Montana Skaggs School of Pharmacy in Missoula, Montana in 2013.

Her PGY-1 pharmacy residency was completed at Utah Valley Hospital with Intermountain Healthcare, and her PGY-2 psychiatric pharmacy residency was completed in Salt Lake City, Utah at the VA Salt Lake City Health Care System. She is currently working with addiction medicine services and the Substance Abuse Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (SARRTP) at George E. Wahlen VA Medical Center.

Sadie's other interests include traveling the world, rock climbing, and biking.  

 Nathan Kamerath, PharmD, BCPS Nathan Kamerath, PharmD, BCPS
Committee Member

Nathan is a board certified pharmacotherapy specialist and currently practices within the Medical Intensive Care Unit (mICU). Nathan received his PharmD from Roseman University in Salt Lake City and completed PGY1 residency at VA Salt Lake City Health Care System.

Nathan's professional experience includes 4 years as an Emergency Department Pharmacist at two different facilities including a level 2 trauma center,  and 2.5 years as MICU Pharmacist at the George E. Wahlen VA Medical Center.  His preferred practice sites include critical care, but Nathan has worked as a Clinical Pharmacist on General Medicine, Neuro Rehab, and Mom Baby practice sites. Nathan was on the Residency Advisory Committee (RAC) at his previous facility helping to start their residency program and has been on the RAC at the VA upon being hired as a Clinical Pharmacist.  He enjoys working with all learners at the VA including Resident Pharmacists as well as Resident and Fellow Physicians.

Outside of pharmacy Nathan enjoys spending time with his family, riding dirt bikes in the mountains, and spending time outside.