Class of 2022 Recipients
University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy
Aliyah Cruz is a fourth-year student pharmacist from the University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy. Originally from Cherry Point, NC, a small military base on the coast of North Carolina. It was her experience growing up as a Latinx female in a predominately white, southern, rural town where she learned how diverse the underserved community could really be.
Upon entering pharmacy school, Aliyah knew that she wanted to be involved in her community and serve not only the underserved, but also help promote minority healthcare professionals that she did not see growing up. Following this mission, Aliyah quickly joined initiatives that allowed her to pursue her passions and interests. This included being involved as an Outreach Director for a local free clinic in the Triangle area of North Carolina, as well as being involved in national leadership for the Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA), with her serving as National President for the 21-22 years. With her involvement in SNPhA, Aliyah has been able to serve as a voice on DEI initiatives in other spaces, such as ASHP. Through ASHP, Aliyah has been able to work on a podcast and a recorded webinar on DEI in pharmacy spaces, serve on the Pharmacy Student Forum in the DEI subcommittee of the Advancement of Professional Practice Advisory Group, as well as work as an Extern for ASHP and develop materials for the DEI focused Guided Mentorship program.
Moving forward, Aliyah is excited to continue her journey of leadership and advocacy as an incoming HSPAL resident at UW Health. While her interests vary across the pharmacy professions in topics such as population health, informatics, policy, and 340B, Aliyah is steady in her desire of support minority populations and making an impact on each community she is in.
University of Florida College of Pharmacy
Chris is member of the University of Florida (UF) College of Pharmacy Class of 2022. His involvement with ASHP began with UF’s SSHP chapter where he served as the vice president of oncology and the clinical skills competition coordinator simultaneously for two years. Through those positions he was inspired to become involved with ASHP on a regional and national level and currently serves on the Professional Affairs Council for FSHP and the Advancement of Professional Practice Advisory Group (APPAG) for ASHP. During his time at UF, Chris has served in a wide variety of professional student organizations including Phi Delta Chi, Phi Lambda Sigma, Student Council, NCODA, HOPA, APhA, and as a student ambassador for the college. Chris has also been completing a longitudinal pharmacy internship at UF Health and UF Health Jacksonville over the past 4 years. Chris has matched with the University of Kansas Health System (KU) to pursue his PGY1 & PGY2 in Health-System Pharmacy Administration and Leadership with a master’s degree. He strives to continue learning and developing his leadership skills at KU over the next two years.
Binghamton University School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Brian Kam is a fourth-year pharmacy student (Class of 2022) at Binghamton University School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Before pharmacy school, he chartered Binghamton University’s Pre-Pharmacy Association where he found a passion for leadership and inspiring others. During pharmacy school, Brian assumed the roles of P1 Liaison (2018-2019), President-Elect (2019-2020), and President (2020-2021) for the Student Society of Health-System Pharmacy. He also served the Student Liaison role for the Southern Tier Society of Health-System Pharmacists (STSHP) and the Southern Tier Grassroots Advocacy Committee. In these roles, Brian coordinated a webinar with Miss America, raised money for the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, and helped organize legislative meetings with local senators and assemblypersons for the New York State Council of Health-System Pharmacists (NYSCHP) Advocacy Week. Other leadership roles outside of ASHP include serving as the Student Dean for the Pharmacy School (2019-2020), Secretary for Phi Lambda Sigma Epsilon Iota (2021-2022), and a member of Phi Lambda Sigma’s National Communications Committee (2020-2021). Following graduation, Brian will be a PGY-1 pharmacy resident at Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital where he hopes to continue to develop my leadership skills and advocate for the pharmacy profession.
Class of 2023 Recipients
University of Georgia College of Pharmacy
Diana Dang is a 2023 PharmD candidate at the University of Georgia (UGA) College of Pharmacy. Her passion for health-system pharmacy has led her to become involved through serving as President of her SSHP and UGA Student Representative of the Georgia Society of Health-System Pharmacists Board of Directors. At the national level, she is a member of the ASHP Pharmacy Student Forum Student Society Development Advisory Group. She also holds leadership positions in other student organizations. Currently, she serves as the Vice-President of the Phi Lambda Sigma Leadership Society and Secretary of the Rho Chi Honor Society. Outside of school, she works as a Pharmacy Intern at Wellstar Health System, and is involved with research in critical care pharmacotherapy. In the future, she hopes to pursue a residency with long-term goals of becoming a critical care pharmacist.
University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy
Lauren Dietz and is a PharmD/MSPS candidate in the Class of 2023 at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy (UKCOP). She is currently finishing my term as the President of the UKCOP SSHP chapter. Lauren is also involved in ASHP at the national level as a member of the Career and Leadership Development Advisory Group, and with the Kentucky state affiliate, KSHP, as a member of the Pharmacy Practice Committee. Outside of ASHP, she serves as the Vice President of the UKCOP Rho Chi Chapter and spends her additional time working as inpatient intern at UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital.
University of Cincinnati James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy
Michelle Johnston is a 2023 PharmD candidate at the University of Cincinnati College of Pharmacy. Her leadership experiences in pharmacy organizations this year include serving as the president of her SSHP chapter, Operation Diabetes Patient Care Chair for APhA, and Treasurer for ACCP. Outside of school, Michelle devotes her time to her internship at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and serves as a Resident Advisor on campus.
Cedarville University School of Pharmacy
Zach Krauss is a third-year student pharmacist at Cedarville University School of Pharmacy. Before pharmacy school he received a bachelor of science in pharmaceutical science, a bachelor of science in molecular biology, as well as a bachelor of arts in music. He received his MBA with a focus in healthcare administration in 2021.
Zach has been involved in the Cedarville University Student Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists. He began his involvement as an undergraduate student as the Marketing and Engagement Committee Co-Chair, moving into a position as secretary, which he has held locally for the past three years during graduate school. He has also served in ASHP on the national scale, serving first as a member of the Pharmacy Student Forum Student Society Development Advisory Group (PSF SSDAG) where he served as the workgroup lead for the Liaison Webinar workgroup and as a member on the Spotlight workgroup. He currently serves as the Vice Chair of the same advisory group and will be serving as the Chair during the 2022-2023 academic year.
Outside of his involvement in ASHP, Zach has also served in pharmacy organizations on campus including SNPhA, APhA-ASP, SCCP, CPFI, Kappa Psi, and his pharmacy student council. He currently holds a job at a local Walgreens pharmacy, a long-term care pharmacy, a managed care consulting company, and also works in research for his school of pharmacy. He is personally interested in ambulatory care pharmacy and mental health/psychiatric focus areas, with a strong passion for serving the underserved and offering affordable services to those in need.
The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy
Carolyn Kusoski is a Class of 2023 PharmD candidate at The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy. From the start of pharmacy school, her passion has been in health-system pharmacy, sparked by her first pharmacy experience as a pharmacy technician at Nationwide Children's Hospital. Carolyn continued on as a clinical inpatient intern, as well as began as a pharmacy administration intern at the James Cancer Hospital to expand her health-system pharmacy experiences. She immediately got involved in the SSHP chapter and served as P1 liaison, President-Elect, and currently as President to support and uplift students to stay curious and pursue their own individual passions. Carolyn also became involved in her ASHP state affiliate through their organizational divisions, and national involvement by serving as a member on the ASHP Pharmacy Student Forum's Career and Leadership Development Advisory Group. Her experiences thus far have given her the skills and confidence to serve as an advocate for the profession.
Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at UC San Diego
Kaitlin McFarland is a PharmD candidate in the Class of 2023 at UC San Diego (UCSD) Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. She has enjoyed being an active member of professional pharmacy organization student chapters throughout her time in pharmacy school, particularly as President of UCSD’s ASHP Student Society. Kaitlin has also made an impact in her community as an immunization manager at the UCSD Student-Run Free Clinics, where she and her team were able to obtain and administer Shingrix, Pneumovax 23, and Prevnar 13 vaccines to many of San Diego’s undocumented folks. She also served as a member of the California Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists (CSHP) Student Section Executive Committee, where she helped to implement student programming at the 2021 CSHP Seminar. Kaitlin has also enjoyed bonding with her classmates as the P3 Social Chair, and has grown her passion for inpatient pharmacy services and pediatrics as a pharmacist intern at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego.
University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Brittney is a third year pharmacy student at the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy, graduating in 2023. She has served on numerous organization executive boards throughout her time at CU, including her role as President of CU's student-society of health-systems pharmacists. She is an intern at Children's Hospital Colorado, and hopes to pursue a residency in pharmacy administration in her future.
Class of 2024 Recipients
University of North Texas Health Science Center College of Pharmacy
Haley McKeefer is a Class of 2024 PharmD/MHA candidate at the University of North Texas Health Science Center College of Pharmacy in Fort Worth, TX. She currently serves ASHP as the PSF Advancement of Professional Practice Advisory Group’s Well-being & Resilience Charge Lead. Haley has held multiple pharmacy leadership roles, most notably as Student Editor of the Texas Journal of Health-Systems Pharmacists, Social Media Coordinator for Metroplex Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists, and 2021 & 2022 APhA Region 6 Midyear Regional Meeting Coordinator. Her current practice interests include infectious disease, health-system administration, and pharmacy advocacy.
Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville School of Pharmacy
Khushali Sarnot is a P2 at Southern Illinois University- Edwardsville School of Pharmacy. Sarnot completed two years of the undergraduate prerequisites for the School of pharmacy on main campus at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Sarnot was the recipient of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) summer internship for summer 2021. She is also highly involved with the school of pharmacy serving as the Class Vice President and historian, President-Elect, and president for the Student Society of Health-System Pharmacists (SSHP), and Fundraising and Social Chair for the American Pharmacists Association- Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP). Sarnot is the Secretary and treasurer for Phi Lambda Kappa and a member of the Rho Chi honor society and Lambda Kappa Sigma professional fraternity. Sarnot is also involved in her university’s Indian Student Association on main campus. Along with being involved at school and serving in many executive positions, Sarnot also brought her passion project Love For Our Elders volunteering program to her class and to SSHP. Aside from school, Sarnot works as a Pharmacy Intern in St. Louis, Missouri at a major level 1 trauma center at SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital. In her free time, Sarnot likes to give back to the community by volunteering at immunization clinics. Her hobbies include knitting, painting, and baking. After pharmacy school, Sarnot is planning on pursuing a residency and learning more about the profession of pharmacy. Sarnot is very grateful for the opportunity ASHP provided to her through the Student Leadership Award and hopes to use it in paving the path for the profession of pharmacy.