Western University: A Graduate University of Medical Sciences, will bestow

its humanitarian award to the employees of a single corporation at the

university’s annual fundraising gala, “”A Tribute to Caring,”” Saturday,

November 4, at the Ritz Carlton Huntington Hotel in Pasadena.

Kal Kan Pet Care, a division of Mars, Incorporated, will receive the

university’s “”Corporate Humanitarian Award”” during the dinner. The 1,664

employees of the Vernon-based company are being honored for their service

to the community.

“”The people who work at Kal Kan very much exemplify the values inherent in

Western University’s philosophy of compassion,”” said Philip Pumerantz,

PhD, Western University president. “”The corporation and its employees are

also playing a leadership role in addressing the problems associated with

the overpopulation of animals. As we continue with our plans to open our

College of Veterinary Medicine, we felt it very fitting to honor a company

which takes so seriously its responsibility to the well being of animals.””

Western University has held “”A Tribute to Caring”” each year since 1980.

Proceeds from the event benefit the university’s student scholarship


The university also will honor three graduates as “”Distinguished Alumni.””

They are: Angelyn Moultrie-Lizana, DO, MS, a 1987 graduate of the

university’s College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific and a 1994

graduate of its Master of Science in Health Professions Education (MSHPE)

program; Michael S. Burney, MS, PA-C, who graduated from the university’s

Primary Care Physician Assistant Education program in 1982 and from the

MSHPE program in 1984; and Dusty J. Rippelmeyer, MS, ATC, IPNFAI, a 1994

graduate of Western University’s Master of Physical Therapy program.

Kal Kan Foods, Inc. has long been committed to the health and welfare of

animal companions and actively supports a wide range of programs to

encourage responsible pet ownership.

The company also has programs to support the education of veterinary

students and veterinary technicians. All Kal Kan brands support humane

societies and animal shelters across the country to promote responsible

pet ownership and to encourage the adoption of the millions of homeless

pets in the United States.

Since its founding more than 60 years ago, Kal Kan Foods, Inc. has

produced high-quality products for America’s cats and dogs. Today, as one

of the largest pet food manufacturers in the U.S., Kal Kan remains

committed to the pet owning population and will continue to support

responsible pet ownership while offering high quality products.

Western University/COMP alumna Dr. Moultrie-Lizana has been practicing

family medicine for more than 10 years. In March 2000, she was selected by

Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala to advise

the Health Care Financing Administration on physician payment issues as a

member of the Practicing Physician Advisory Council.

Dr. Moultrie-Lizana currently practices at the Mullikin Medical Center in

Artesia, California, and is on active status with the United States Navy

Reserve at Camp Pendleton.

She currently serves on the board of directors of the Osteopathic

Physicians and Surgeons of California and is president of the Los Angeles

County Osteopathic Medical Association. She served as president of the

Western University Alumni Association and is entering her fourth year as

chair of that organization’s continuing medical education committee. Dr.

Moultrie-Lizana received several academic awards during medical school and

post-graduate training and continues to be active in numerous professional


Burney is the chair of Western University’s Master of Science in Health

Professions Education (MSHPE) program – a program from which he graduated

in 1995.

He graduated from Western University’s Primary Care Physician Assistant

program in 1992 and became vice chair of that program in 1996. He became

director of operations at the Western University Regional Office in Chico

in 1998 and was named chair of the MSHPE program in January 2000.

Since becoming department chair, Burney has created an online Master of

Science in Health Sciences-Licensed Physician Assistant Track (MSHS-LPAT)

program, a program designed for working PAs with baccalaureate degrees who

wish to obtain their master’s. The courses are multidisciplinary in

approach and delivered using technologies that take into consideration the

busy lives of working physician assistants.

Burney received a bachelor’s degree in exercise science from USC in 1984.

Since graduating as a member of Western University’s charter class of

Master of Physical Therapy (MPT) students in 1994, Rippelmeyer has gone on

to become an internationally renowned instructor in one of the most

dynamic of physical therapy techniques, Proprioceptive Neuromuscular

Facilitation (PNF).

Rippelmeyer undertook a three-month PNF training program at Kaiser

Foundation Rehab Center in Vallejo right after graduating from Western

University’s MPT program. She has since taught PNF in Japan, Korea and –

just this past May – in Brazil, as well as throughout California.

She currently works as rehabilitation supervisor at AltaMed Senior

BuenaCare in East Los Angeles.

Rippelmeyer also holds a master of science degree in athletic training

from the University of Arizona and a bachelor of science degree in

physical education from St. Cloud State University in Minnesota.

La Verne resident Sharon Williams is chair of this year’s “”A Tribute to

Caring.”” Donald J. Krpan, DO, FACOFP, university provost and president of

the American Osteopathic Association, will serve as master of ceremonies.

The gala also includes a silent auction with numerous items and a special

drawing for a for a framed gallery proof limited edition lithograph of an

original Thomas Kinkade painting. Tickets are $20 each; three for $50. In

addition, there will be a reverse drawing for a $5,000 grand prize.

Reverse drawing tickets are $100 each.

Major sponsors of “”A Tribute to Caring”” include: President’s Circle:

Elfrieda Nardulli, Pacific Hospital of Long Beach; Gold Sponsors: Caremore

Medical Group, the Hethumuni Family; Silver Sponsors: Banfield, The Pet

Hospital; Doug Bradley; Casa Colina Centers for Rehabilitation; Coast

Plaza Doctors Hospital; Vicenti Lloyd & Stutzman; and Westek Presentation

Systems, among others.

Tickets to “”A Tribute to Caring”” are $200 per person. For more

information, contact the Western University Events and Programs Department

at (909) 469-5359.