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Current Recipients

Class of 2019 Recipients


allyssa webbEmily Buatois 
Purdue University College of Pharmacy

Emily has proven herself to be a motivational leader and an inspiration to others. She was elected President-Elect of the Purdue Student Society of Health-System Pharmacists and served as President the following year. Emily has shown a passion for education as a teaching assistant at the Purdue University College of Pharmacy. She has also been involved in research with a focus on diabetes management and a focus on anticoagulation in rural western Kenya. Emily has held leadership positions in other organizations which include the Rho Chi Society as the Assisting Classmates to Elevate Success Chair, Phi Lambda Sigma Pharmacy Leadership Society as the Secretary, Purdue Student Society of Health-System Pharmacists as the Red Dress and Tie Event Committee Chair, and the Purdue Pharmacy Ambassadors as a Recruitment Committee Member.


Geannette GreenGeannette Green
University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy 

Geannette is an inspiration to anyone that is interested in healthcare at the global level. Geannette’s passion for providing healthcare in global communities began with her participation in the Ecela Spanish Immersion Program in Santiago, Chile and Lima, Peru. There Geannette volunteered and shadowed at a local clinic and hospital to gain healthcare experience in different cultural settings. Shortly after this experience, Geannette went to Piedras Negras, Mexico for a one day clinic with the Hill Country Bible Church Medical Mission. At this clinic, she collaborated with a team to develop a medication dispensing area, implemented a standardized medication formulary, updated medication inventory, dispensed medication, and counseled patients. The following year, Geannette travelled to Yangon, Myanmar to take part in a four day clinic for the Be the Change Global Outreach Medical Mission. There she collaborated with a team to prepare a medication dispensing area, perform physical assessments, dispense medication, counsel patients, and develop a dehydration prevention presentation for a clinic of 650 patients. Geannette has served as a Senior and Junior Project Collaborate Representative for the University of Texas at Austin Student Society of Health-System Pharmacists (UTSSHP). She is the founding member of the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy at the University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy. She has also been a Student Ambassador, Mentor, Curriculum Committee Member, and Project Collaborate Co-Chair at her school. She was the Treasurer for The University of Texas at Austin Black Graduate Student Association. 


Lauren HammondLauren Hammond
Samford University McWhorter School of Pharmacy 

Lauren has been a leader since her first year in pharmacy school when she was elected as the Alpha Delta Pi Chapter President. This was only the beginning of Lauren’s leadership and involvement in the pharmacy profession. She is on the Medication Management Section Advisory Group Section of Ambulatory Care Practitioners within ASHP and on the Student Affairs Standing Committee for the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. Lauren is on the Student and Resident Activities Committee as well as the Education Committee for the Alabama Society of Health-System Pharmacists. She is also on the Annual Meeting Campaign Team, the Operation Immunization Committee, and the “Mr. MSOP” Committee for APhA-ASP. She was elected to the Media Relations Coordinator position for APhA-ASP. Lauren is also the Class of 2019 Fundraising Chair and Student Ambassador. Lauren’s leadership is also exemplified by her involvement in many volunteer and community service activies. She frequently participates in immunization clinics and health screening fairs. She has volunteered as the ASHP Experience Center Volunteer at the Midyear Clinical Meeting in December of 2018. Lauren is also active in her community, giving her time at the Ronald McDonald House Charities, as an endocrinology clinic aide at Children’s of Alabama, as well as volunteering at various camps, a blood drive, and on a Mission Trip to Montrouis, Haiti.


Daniel PonsDaniel Pons
University of Kansas School of Pharmacy 

Daniel has taken an active leadership role in his school and community. He has served as the President of the Kansas University Student Society of Health-System Pharmacy and he is currently the Chair of the Career Development and Education Advisory Group within the ASHP Pharmacy Student Forum. Daniel is also the Chair of the Professional Development and Student Subcommittee in the Kansas Council of Health-System Pharmacy (KCHP), the Alumni Liaison of the Kansas University Phi Lambda Sigma Beta Iota Chapter, and a Mentor and Student Ambassador at the Kansas University School of Pharmacy. In addition to Daniel’s leadership positions he also finds time to volunteer in his community. Daniel has participated in community service projects such as the Kansas University Big Event where he helped to rake and clean yards for the elderly, through flu clinics and health fairs providing immunizations and health screenings to individuals in the community, as well as promoting the pharmacy profession at school science clubs.


Nicholas PuglieseNicholas Pugliese
University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy 

Nicholas has demonstrated his commitment to the pharmacy profession through his involvement in professional organizations as well as his volunteerism in his community. Nicholas was the President-Elect of the SSHP UConn Chapter where he scheduled and coordinated Clinical Specialist and Residency Director Nights. He is the founding member and secretary of the American College of Clinical Pharmacists - Student College of Clinical Pharmacy at the University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy (SCCP UConn). Nicholas was also the Alumni Committee Chair for the Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity, Secretary for the Phi Lambda Sigma Pharmacy Leadership Society, and a Representative for the class of 2019 UConn Pharmacy Alumni Association. Some of his volunteer work includes Presentations on Poison Prevention, conferences, and CE events. Nicholas has also worked in a multidisciplinary clinic and on interprofessional teams to evaluate and treat patients.


Class of 2020 Recipients

Justin CulshawJustin Culshaw
University of Rhode Island College of Pharmacy

Justin has an awareness of those surrounding him, making him an effective leader. He emphasizes the importance of collaboration amongst individuals in varying organizations and professions. Justin has served as the President and Professional Development Chair/President Elect of the Student Society of Health-System Pharmacy at the University of Rhode Island. He is currently serving on the ASHP Student Society Development Advisory Group. He has a passion for interprofessional collaboration and expresses that passion through his volunteer activies and involvement in organizations. Justin holds several positions that promote collaboration, he is the Student Event Coordinator for the Interprofessional Education Task Force, Coordinator as well as past Student Pharmacist Team Member for the Rhode Island Care Planning Collaborative, a Scientific Collaborator and Academic/Creative Material Creator for the Creating Outreach About Addiction Together (COAAST) initiative, and as a Student Chair on the Diversity Committee at the University of Rhode Island. Justin also has the opportunity to obtain a global perspective while completing a semester at sea studying abroad during his pharmacy education. He is a talented individual, spending his free time as a singer, guitarist, leading actor, camp counselor, theatre director/intern, and run crew at the University of Rhode Island Theatre.


David GiangDavid Giang
University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy 

David has embraced the role of leader and has never ceased to improve himself and those around him. David is the current President of the SSHP at University of Texas and previously served as Secretary. He previously served on the Student Society Development Advisory Group for ASHP. He was President of the Longhorn Pre-Pharmacy Association where he initiated the first pharmacy tours at the University of Houston College of Pharmacy and Texas A&M Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy. He has held positions at the St. David’s Medical Center Student Advisory Committee as a Board Member and Chair. He also served as the Community Service Chair at the Hispanic Association of Pharmacists, the P1 and P2 Class Representative for the Pharmacy Council, the Social Chair and local Mental Health Chair with the Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA), part of the Core Team for Primary Care Progress, the Social Chair, Membership Vice President, and Communications Vice President for APhA-ASP. He was the Education Committee Chair for the Texas Pharmacy Association (TPA) and was part of the Student Section Executive Committee for the Texas Society of Health-System Pharmacists (TSHP). David has served as the National Mental Health Chair for the Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA). David’s commitment to advancing the profession and developing others can be seen not only in his organizational involvement, but also through his teaching experience. David has served as a Teaching Assistant at the University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy. He has also provided Academic Tutoring in Biopharmaceutics, Physiology and Pathophysiology, Drug Targets, and Pharmaceutics Lab.


Hecht HannahHannah Hecht
University of Wisconsin - Madison School of Pharmacy

Hannah has a passion for research and helping others. She has worked as a Clinical Research Coordinator and Assistant at Froedtert and The Medical College of Wisconsin Division of Gynecological Oncology and as a Research Assistant at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Pharmacy. She is a Student Connections Leader providing mentoring for first-year pharmacy students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Pharmacy Student Connections Program. She is also a Student Ambassador, assisting in mock interviews and campus tours for prospective pharmacy students as well as serving on the student-panel for pharmacy school admissions interviews. Hannah was also the President of the Wisconsin Society of Pharmacy Students (WSPS) where she served as the Chapter President of both APhA-ASP and SSHP. Hannah also had the opportunity to complete the Veteran Affairs Learning Opportunities Residency (VALOR) in Madison, MI where she was able to increase her clinical skills and clinical judgement.


Jenny NguyenJenny Quynh Tho Nguyen
MCPHS University School of Pharmacy - Boston

Jenny has demonstrated excellence in pharmacy leadership. She is the current President of ASHP-SSHP at MCPHS University. She is the Chair for the Community and eCommunciation Advisory Group (CeCAG) within the ASHP Pharmacy Student Forum. She is the Student Representative for the MCPHS University Vice President of Academic Affairs Search Committee. Jenny is also on the Outreach Committee for the American College of Clinical Pharmacy PK/PD/PG Practice and Research Network (PRN) where she utilizes social media to expand the visibility and utilization of PK/PD/PG PRN. She has served as the Student Representative for the Massachusetts Society of Health-System Pharmacy (MSHP) and the Treasurer of SSHP. Jenny also has an interest in Research and has been a Research Assistant at MCPHS University as well as the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, MA, and the Newton-Wellesley Hospital in Newton, MA. An interesting fact about Jenny is that she is fluent in English, Norwegian, Vietnamese, and is intermediate in Spanish.


Cassandra SchmittCassandra Schmitt
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy

Cassandra’s passion and dedication to the pharmacy profession has been demonstrated not only through her involvement but also through her work with Pfizer Consumer Healthcare where she was an Analytical R&D Contractor and Product Design Scientist. Cassandra is currently serving as the President of the Student Chapter of the Virginia Society of Health-System Pharmacists (SVSHP). She simultaneously holds other leadership positions in the Virginia Pharmacists Association Academy of New and Future Practitioners (VPhA ANFP) as the Secretary and the American Pharmacists Association – Academy of Student Pharmacists as the VPhA Liaison. Last year, Cassandra completed the Veteran Affairs Learning Opportunities Residency (VALOR) in Ann Arbor, MI where she had the opportunity to increase her clinical skills and clinical judgement. Cassandra also volunteers her time by taking part in immunization and blood pressure clinics, the drug take-back day booth, advocating for the pharmacy profession at the Virginia State Capitol, and being a student volunteer.




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