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2018-2019 Student Leadership Award 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.

2017-2018 Student Leadership Award Recipients

Class of 2018 Recipients

allyssa webbAllyssa R. Webb
University of Florida School of Pharmacy, St. Petersburg, FL

Allyssa has proven over the course of her education to not just be a motivational leader in the pharmacy profession but also one with the ability to inspire future leaders and strongly embrace the ideals of SSHP.  She has served as Chair for the Pharmacy Student Forum Leadership Development Advisory Group, President of the Florida Society of Health-System Pharmacists (FSHP) at the University of Florida, and served as the historian for Rho Chi Iota. Among her many leadership roles, Allyssa has also presented several posters in numerous different forums from topics ranging from Medication Evaluations in Organ Transplant Recipients to the Evaluation of a Pharmacist-Led Prediabetes Education Consult Service. Allyssa continues to advance the field of pharmacy via her aforementioned posters, usage of clinical methods within her place of work, continued research, and encouragement of fellow students. As a former distance runner, Allyssa has proven that she can go the distance in any challenge she embarks on.

ashley lorenzAshley M. Lorenz
University of Iowa College of Pharmacy, Iowa City, IA

Ashley’s background has proven her a dominant force of Practice Advancement Initiative with instincts that should help to promote the future of PAI either via her ideas to spread the word through the student body in the way of added SSHP information or as a clinician as she steps out of the student sector and into the role of a practicing pharmacist.  She has been a contributing member of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists operating as a Student Forum member, namely sitting on the Student Leadership Development Committee.  Ashley has also received her Master’s in Public Health while writing her practicum she had a strong desire to keep her writing revolving around the better good of the public, so she chose the topic of the relationship between time to a Pharmacist’s reaction/initiation of therapy post blood culture notification.

elizabeth kramerElizabeth Kramer
Ohio Northern University Raabe College of Pharmacy, Ada, OH

The foundation of the Practice Advancement Initiative is realized and utilized by Elizabeth. She has been involved in numerous system-wide medication utilization evaluations to better benefit the health system. Professionally, she currently serves as the President of the Student Society of Health-System Pharmacists, Kappa Psi Officer of Professional Affairs, Ohio Pharmacists Association Student Trustee, among many other accolades. Elizabeth helped coordinate the Ohio Northern University first strategic planning retreat as well as representing the school on a national level while participating at the Clinical Skills Competition at Midyear. Additionally, to emphasize the interdisciplinary nature that is required of the PAI, Elizabeth facilitated numerous activities between the College of Pharmacy and the Nursing students.

hayley brazealeHayley S. Brazeale
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Pharmacy, Abilene, TX

Hayley has gone above and beyond to illustrate the pillars off the Practice Advancement Initiative.  She served as the one of the primary liaisons between her hospital, Hendrick Medical Center, and her school by acting as the primary contact and promoting the addition of fellow interns to participate in the clinical setting at her hospital. Within the practice spectrum she has worked on numerous different publications, and journal articles from topics such as rivaroxaban usage in obese patients to the added fall risk when using benign prostatic hyperplasia medications in conjuncture with beta blockers. Elizabeth’s leadership ability is exemplified as she serves as the president of the Texas Tech Student Society of System-Health Pharmacists, Region 6 National Liaison Phi Lambda Sigma Pharmacy Leadership Society, two separate chair positions within the American Pharmacist Association Academy of Student Pharmacists. A true embodiment of one of the pillars of PAI, Hayley founded the Interprofessional Ambassadors, which brings together nursing, pharmacy, public health, and biomedical sciences. 

kaitlyn kowalskiKaitlyn E. Kowalski
Medical University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy, Charleston, SC

The Medical University of South Carolina was able to successfully embrace many of the concepts of the Practice Advancement Initiative, but that success can be attributed to Kaitlyn and her team.  As president of the Student Society of Health-System Pharmacists she met with each individual board member to craft a shared vision and goals. She established an effective week of PAI celebrations by incorporating the community, other Pharmacy organizations, and any other professional students who happened to be in the library. In addition to her PAI week enhancements, Kaitlyn served as the National Speaker of the House for Phi Lambda Sigma.She helped enhance community involvement, student engagement, and leadership.

william justin mooreWilliam J. Moore
University of Georgia College of Pharmacy, Athens, GA

William seeks to empower everyone around him to become a strong, capable leader. He demonstrates a firm grasp of the Practice Advancement Initiative and the relating five pillars and seeks to incorporate them into every facet of the organizations he is involved in. William currently serves as the President of the Phi Lambda Sigma Pharmacy Leadership Society, Leadership Development Advisory Group Lead for the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, the Ambulatory, Infectious Disease, and Critical Care PRN for the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, and the former President of the Georgia Society of Health-Systems Pharmacy. He had the opportunity to hone his leadership and clinical experience while working as one of two individuals selected for the extremely competitive VALOR program.

Class of 2019 Recipients

andrew webbAndrew J. Webb
University of Rhode Island College of Pharmacy, Kingston, RI

From his very first year at the University of Rhode Island, Andrew has embraced his role as a future leader and has never ceased to improve himself and those around him.  His very first year he began as the Kappa Psi pharmaceutical fraternities pledge class president and since then worked his way through several positions becoming the president of the Student Society of System-Health Pharmacists at the University of Rhode Island as well as the liaison for the Rhode Island Society of System-Health Pharmacists.  He has frequently engaged in interdisciplinary work amongst his medical team at the Westerly Hospital where he serves as the Pharmacy and Medication Reconciliation intern.  Through Andrew’s continued endeavors through his role as SSHP president have ignited the passion of the members to be knowledgeable of PAI through initiatives that he started such as the video challenge, began an interdisciplinary challenge between fledgling pharmacy students and nursing students, and taking his chapter to the state house of Rhode Island to promote provider status.

austin greenAustin L. Green
University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy, Austin, TX

An acute awareness of those surrounding him and embodying the most important qualities of a leader are a few things that can be said of Austin.  Austin as a leader places massive emphasis on the utilization of groups, the shared idea of a common vision, and a unified collaboration amongst all levels of the organization.  He presently holds the position of Pan-American Regional Office Regional Projects Officer in the International Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation which boasts over 300,000 members, Clinical Administration PRN Student and Resident Committee within the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, and Advancement of Pharmacy Practice Advisory Group Work Group Lead in the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.  In addition to his numerous positions, Austin has also contributed copious amounts of effort to the American Academy of HIV Medicine helping to illustrate proper treatments and writing a protocol for dosage, as well as participating on a local level teaching methods of harm reduction, safe sex practices, and creating additional material for patients.

 jordan mendkoffJordan M. Mendkoff
University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy, Minneapolis, MN

The ability to amalgamate groups of individuals with a shared vision is one of the goals of an effective leader.  Jordan embodies the traits of leadership, fostering relationships within his community and profession to vulcanize individuals and provide for the greater good of the health care profession.  Jordan has established the Twin-Cities Inpatient Pharmacy Intern Collaborative that allows interns from different hospitals to meet up once a month and discuss best pharmacy practice ideas and future concerns.  He also sat as the Facilitator of the Midyear Clinical Meeting SSHP Leaders Workshop with the American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists.  In addition, he is heavily involved in the Minnesota Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists where he sits as the co-chair for Residency Research Forum Planning Committee.  He believes to properly incorporate and promote the pillars of PAI; we should take a more affirmative stance and incorporate it into didactic learning as well as having a portion included in the IPPE/APPE rotations.

laura roccograndiLaura Roccograndi
University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy, Austin, TX

As a student leader with a variety of clinical, research, leadership and advocacy experiences Laura consistently used her platform to encourage involvement and professional development in student colleagues.  Laura has promoted a history of excellent with her heavy involvement in her chapter of the Student Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists, sat as a chair member for Pharmacy Student Forum Policy and Legislative Advocacy Advisory Group (PLAAG) and Pharmacy Student Forum Community and eCommunications Advisory Group (CeCAG) Member.  Laura has an extensive research background pushing the foregrounds of medical science in the field of oncology which produced an impressive databank.  Through her active role in the student government she also sat as an executive member and representative between the schools of nursing, medicine, and social work.

Class of 2020 Recipients

jenna summerlinJenna E. Summerlin
Union University College of Pharmacy, Jackson, TN

Jenna has the tenacity to pursue any goal that she lays before her while still having the consideration to observe around her and be a courteous and encouraging leader.  Within her first year of pharmacy school she was elected the President-Elect of the Student Society of Health Systems Pharmacists for which she is currently the president.  She also discovered a distinct need for a pediatric pharmacy society and thus she founded the Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group.  She continues to be adamant about research revolving around the efficacy of topiramate solutions as well as observing the surrounding populations motivation/apathy for vaccinations.

jennifer philipponJennifer S. Phillipon
The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy, Columbus, OH

Jennifer knows no borders as she bounds forward in her pharmacy career and continuously challenging the status quo of the past.  Jennifer strives to imbue her passionate, and leadership within everyone she interacts with by finding new and innovative ways that allow her fellow peers to become increasingly involved in the planning and execution of events.  Jennifer served as the President-Elect for the Student Society of System-Health Pharmacists.  She also intends to plan the 2018 Buckeyes Without Borders to plan her and 19 other students trip to Honduras.  In addition to her aptitude for leading she has an extreme passion for the clinical sector with a focus in Oncological research having conducted over 100 articles of review regarding scope of a Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Practice, Medication Use and Evaluation of daptomycin which ended with an institutional change from 250 mg to 100 mg, amongst several other papers.

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