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PDA Southern California Chapter

Sheba Zaman

President: Sheba Zaman

Novatek International 


Welcome to the PDA Southern California chapter website. Here you will find information regarding all Southern California chapter activity. We encourage you to stay connected to your local industry community by participating in an upcoming chapter event or forum discussion. Chapter leaders welcome your question/comments and look forward to hearing from you. For a full list of chapter contact information please visit the Chapter Officers.

2021 Calendar - Save the Date

Gold Sponsors

Azzur Group

Boston Analytical


Particle Measuring Systems

PSC Biotech


Bronze Sponsors




SQA Services

Silver Sponsors

Bioscience International



Novatek International

Pace Analytical

Steris Life Sciences

Thomas Scientific


VTI Life Sciences


Association Partner

Opportunities available. Contact us for more information.


Upcoming Chapter Events


PDA Signature Events



Chapter President

Sheba Zaman, B.S. Computer Science
Head of Product Specialists and Training Services
Novatek International

President, 2020-2022
President - Elect, 2018-2020
Chair Person, Speaker Outreach, 2018-2020
Co-Chairperson, Programs, 2018-2020

Sheba Zaman has been serving in a technical role at Novatek International for over 18 years. With degrees in both Health Science and Computer Science, she is an expert in the management of critical pharmaceutical computer systems such as LIMS, Stability, Environmental Monitoring, Cleaning Validation and Quality Management Systems. Currently Head of Product Specialists and Training Services, she is experienced in helping companies manage and analyze their analytical data. She has worked with clients globally for over a decade managing change and implementation of software solution, including establishing procedures, work instructions, validation scripts and training programs. Key areas of expertise include Data Integrity, Process Improvement, FDA compliance and Software Implementation and Optimization in a regulated environment.

Chapter President-Elect

Greg Mills
AxR Tech

President - Elect, 2020-2022
Treasuer, 2018-2020

Greg Mills is the Development Director for AXRTECH since 2009 and working in the contamination control in life sciences and chemical processing, and over thirty years in the high technology field in process engineering.

Greg holds an MS in Engineering Management from Santa Clara University and a BA in Chemistry from Illinois College. He has worked various fields in QA/QC engineering functions plus strategic product development and technical marketing, internationally and of course domestically, as profit centers. The bulk of his career has been in management and executive roles across several organizations in marketing and custom product development in close cooperation with Asian and European companies.

Greg Mills is very active in his community with continuing Rotary International, Booster Club, city council, and special districts, to further enhance an even more rounded professional development and acumen for the benefit of organizations. Mr. Mills is keen to assist in continuing an exceptionally relevant, solvent and vibrant PDA for our SoCal PDA membership.


Amy Stanton
Quality Systems Specialist 
Amgen, Inc.

Secretary, 2020-2022
Committee Member, Speaker Outreach & FDA Liaison, 2018-2020

Since 2003 Amy has held multiple positions within the Quality Organization at Amgen, most recently as a Quality Systems Specialist in External Affairs. While at Amgen she worked to develop, implement and helped to maintain the GMP Regulatory Intelligence Program, which includes surveillance, analysis and communication of GMP related regulations, guidance and enforcement activities. She is co-founder of the Regulatory Intelligence Discussion Group (RIDG), an industry group working together sharing best practices and knowledge in relation to GMP and GDP Regulations. She is an active member of PDA and other industry and local organizations. Previously Project Manager (PM) for PDA Technical Report No. 74 Reprocessing of Biopharmaceuticals and currently, PM for the PDA Team on Achieving ″Zero″ Defects for Visible Particles in Injectables. Amy received both her Bachelor of Science and her MBA from California Lutheran University.


Jason Kerr, MBS, MBA
Senior GXP Specialist

Treasurer, 2020-2022
Chairperson, Student Chapter & Young Professionals, 2018-2020

Jason Kerr is an experienced quality and regulatory professional and has been a champion in engaging, connecting, and promoting regulatory compliance in the dynamic biopharmaceutical landscape. Driven by data, he takes pride in providing the best possible outcome while remaining compliant and efficient. As a GXP Senior Specialist, Jason's goals include enhancing the quality and regulatory knowledge and advancing key topics, such as data integrity, throughout the industry. When not busy, you can find Jason reading how systems work, their rules and regulations, the best practices on other topic areas such as finance, retirements, and cybersecurity.


Herb Matheson
Validation Technologies, Inc.

Chairperson, Vendor Outreach
Committee Member, San Diego Events & Program Committee

Mr. Matheson has been working within the Life Sciences industry for over 35 years after graduating from Michigan State University with a B.S. in Microbiology and Public Health. During that time, he has worked for both operating companies and service providers within the Engineering and Quality Assurance departments in positions mostly related to the commissioning and qualification of facilities and processes. 

For the past 23 years he has been the co-founder and President of VTI Life Sciences (formerly Validation Technologies) and has been responsible for providing commissioning and qualification services to companies within the FDA regulated life science industries both within the United States and internationally.

I look forward to bringing my experience as a service provider and as a business owner who recognizes the importance of professional development to employees, to assist the SoCal PDA to provide continuing education to professionals involved in the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industry.

Chapter Advisors

Bonnie Ward
President & CEO 
Quality Compliance Partners, Inc.

Past Chapter Board Member
Chapter Advisor, Events, Programs & Speaker Outreach

Bonnie Ward is President & CEO of Quality Compliance Partners, Inc., a quality and regulatory compliance consulting firm providing quality systems, quality assurance, audit, validation/qualification, training and regulatory support services. She has over 25 years' experience in the life science, high-tech and financial industries with both private and public companies. She is an active member of PDA and other industry and local organizations. Bonnie served on the PDA SoCal Board for 5 years, as well as serving as President of SDRAN (San Diego Regulatory Affairs Network) and on the Board for 5 years. Bonnie received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Master of Science degree from University of Colorado – Denver.

Gerard Pearce
Executive Vice President at SQA Services, Inc
SQA Services, Inc..

Chapter Advisor, Communications, Marketing and Events & Programs

Gerard is a quality and supply chain expert with over 25 years of experience in combining the disciplines of quality, technology and supply management. His expertise spans a variety of quality-critical industries in a global manufacturing landscape. For the last 15 years, he has focused on defining the processes and infrastructure that provides managed supplier quality programs for numerous global leaders in the fields of pharmaceuticals, defense, medical devices, oil & gas, electronics, aerospace, consumer goods, and more. Central to this infrastructure is the technology required for effectively running global supplier quality operations by connecting all stakeholders in the supply chain. Currently the executive vice president and head of operations with SQA, Gerard is a regular industry commentator and contributor, and is closely involved in shaping and implementing the global supplier quality strategy for SQA's Fortune 500 clients.

John Holmgren
Director QA/QC and Validation 
Allergan, Inc.

Past Chapter President
Chapter Advisor, Events, Programs & Speaker Outreach

Stephanie Powers-Kurtz
Regional Sales Manager 
Eurofins Lancaster Laboratories

Past Chapter Board Officer
Chapter Advisor, Philanthropy & Donations and Speaker Outreach

Stephanie Powers Kurtz is the Southern California Regional Sales Manager for Eurofins Lancaster Laboratories. With Eurofins since 2017, Stephanie has over seven years of sales and business development experience in the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industries. Stephanie earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Villanova University and a Master of Science in Education from Saint Joseph's University. Prior to moving into an Advisory role with the SoCal PDA Chapter, Stephanie held the positions of Treasurer and Chair of Philanthropy and has been a PDA member since 2011.

Tony Steinberg
Director of Validation
Quality Compliance Partners, Inc. 

Past Chapter Board Member
Chapter Advisor, Events, Programs & Speaker Outreach

About Us

The Southern California Chapter was formed in 1996 as a result of discussions between past PDA Chair Floyd Benjamin and former PDA President Edmund Fry. With Glenn Wright as their leader, a group of Southern California PDA members subsequently met to form the chapter. Since the 1996 chapter launch, we have hosted many successful events.

We are very pleased to be a part of PDA’s family of chapters and look forward to holding more successful scientific and technical events in the future. We welcome the active participation of PDA members as well as non-members as we chart our course for the future.


Get Involved

We welcome the active participation of PDA members as well as non-members as we chart our course for 2021 and beyond. If you would like more information about ways to get involved with the PDA Southern California Chapter please contact Sheba Zaman, Chapter President, at [email protected].



2021 Sponsorship Program

All Sponsorships Include:

Exhibitor table at events and programs (except for networking events) with exhibitor logo recognition on SoCal PDA events, program communications, marketing materials, chapter web page, printed agendas, signage, and any event and/or program correspondences with chapter membership. List of attendees before an event or program as allowed by PDA.

Gold Sponsor


Total Package Regular Value $6,000 includes the following:

  • 2 min elevator pitch at one virtual event
  • Banner ads in all newsletter/emails (5000 + contacts)
  • Post on LinkedIn Page & Group (200+ members)
  • Complimentary 4 Guest Passes to virtual marquis (paid) events
  • Logo listed on the PDA SoCal Website with hyperlink connection
  • Exhibitor workshop at Fall Symposium
  • PDA SoCal will advertise your webinar by newsletter, & LinkedIn
  • Post a 1-2 min video on our PDA SoCal Website
  • Vendor night Exhibitor and Sponsor (planned in person for 2 vendor attendees, but may become a virtual exhibit)
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Silver Sponsor


Total Package Regular Value $4,000

  • Banner ads in all newsletter/emails (5000 + contacts)
  • Post on LinkedIn Page & Group (200+ members)
  • Complimentary 2 Guest Passes to virtual marquis (paid) events
  • Logo listed on the PDA SoCal Website with hyperlink connection
  • PDA SoCal will advertise your webinar by newsletter, & LinkedIn
  • Vendor night Exhibitor and Sponsor (planned in person for 2 vendor attendees, but may become a virtual exhibit)
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Partner Sponsor


Sponsorship Includes: Logo Recognition Only No Sponsor/Exhibitor Benefits. Partner program is only for marketing and brand recognition and does not include sponsorship or exhibitor benefits; for those benefits an Annual Sponsorship or Exhibitor Only must be purchased. If an Annual Sponsorship is purchased, partner program benefits are included in each sponsorship level:

  • Recognition as a partner supporter
  • Logo listed on the SoCal PDA Website with hyper-link capability
  • Logo placement on all promotional materials and event handouts
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Student Chapter Sponsor


Sponsorship Includes:

  • Special name recognition as student chapter sponsor at all SoCal PDA chapter and student chapter events
  • Recognition as a supporter for student chapter scholarship program, poster competition, career day and related student chapter activities  
  • Ability to participate in Student Chapter Career Day
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Exhibitor Only


Exhibitor Only Fee Per Event Includes:1

  • Recognition as an exhibitor
  • Logo listed on the SoCal PDA Website as an exhibitor
  • Logo placement on all promotional materials and event handouts
  • First come first serve for exhibitor space at an event
  • (1) Vendor attendee pass
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Event Add-ons

The following can be purchased at additional cost (per event):

  • Electricity - $50
  • Hyper-ink connection to logo - $100
  • Additional vendor attendee passes - $50-$150
  • End-user guest/customer passes - $50-$150
  • Special recognition and vendor announcement at event - $100
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Student Chapter

Established in May 2012 on the Keck Graduate Institute (KGI) campus, the PDA Southern California Student Chapter was founded with a mission to develop future leaders in the applied life sciences, establish a culture of life-long learning and professional development, and foster stronger relationships between students and pharmaceutical/biotechnology professionals.

Located in the beautiful college town of Claremont, informally known as “the City of Trees and PhDs”, we are the first student chapter in Southern California. To carry out our mission, we set 2-year term goals, mirroring the length of a Master’s program at KGI, so as to ensure continuity in the pursuit of goals and overall organizational growth. 

Our chapter is best known for organizing semester learning/networking events each of which involves at least three industry speakers and the annual bio-facility tours which have been done at sites such as Baxter and Gilead Sciences. With three core project teams, motivated officers, and team members, we remain focused on professional development and organizational growth while aligning ourselves closely with the PDA SoCal regional chapter.

For more information about becoming a PDA Student Chapter Member and its benefits, contact Student Chapter President Indah Kusumawardhani, or visit PDA Southern California Student Chapter for more information.



Giving Back

Are you interested in volunteering side-by-side with fellow PDA members to benefit our community?  As we build upon the Philanthropy arm of our chapter, we are asking members who are interested in participating in future philanthropic events to please contact us as we create a database of volunteers.


What We've Been Doing


On April 2, 2017 the Southern California Chapter participated in the PDA Annual Meeting Charity Walk/Run benefiting Global Genes of Aliso Viejo, CA, which is one of the leading rare disease patient advocacy organizations in the world. Global Genes promotes the needs of the rare disease community under a unifying symbol of hope – the “Blue Denim Genes Ribbon”

BigBrothers BigSisters 2017

In March 2017 the SoCal chapter presented Big Brothers Big Sisters Los Angeles with a check for $1,500 at the Aseptic Processing & Contamination Control Symposium (from left to right - John Holmgren (PDA Chapter Advisor), Laurel Hacche (PDA Chapter Program Manager), Randy George (PDA Chapter President), Daniel Rodriguez (Recruitment and Outreach Coordinator), Stephanie Kurtz (PDA Chapter Treasurer), Amy Stanton (PDA Chapter Volunteer), Ileana Ayala (PDA Chapter Secretary), Ruchika Raval (PDA Chapter Corporate Outreach).

San Diego Food Donations

2016 Food donation delivery in conjunction with PDA National to local San Diego charities (Mama's Kitchen, Father Joe's Villages, and The Salvation Army).

Pipeline to a Cure 2015

2015 Pipeline to a Cure, benefitting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Volunteer of the Quarter

Stephanie Lee

Stephanie Lee

President of the PDA SoCal Student Chapter, Keck Graduate Institute (KGI)
Member since 2019
Featured Volunteer, October