2017-2018 Student Leadership Award Recipients
Class of 2018 Recipients
Allyssa 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 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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
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 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 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.
2016-2017 Student Leadership Award Recipients
Class of 2017
Erin L Hickey
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy, Richmond, Va.
Throughout her pharmacy education, Erin has always been deeply involved with hospital internships, research projects, community outreach programs, and student organizations all while maintaining academic excellence. She served on the ASHP Career Development and Education Advisory Group for two years, where she developed valuable resources that introduce students to ASHP and its affiliates, as well as an interview preparation tool with a built in reflection log. Her responsibilities as the SSHP Class Representative, President-Elect, and President have demonstrated her dedication and commitment to the pharmacy profession. She has also been instrumental in creating alliances and projects in conjunction with the Virginia Society of Health-System Pharmacists (VSHP).
Jola N Salavaci
Temple University School of Pharmacy, Philadelphia, Pa.
Jola has demonstrated excellence in pharmacy leadership through her involvement with the ASHP Pharmacy Student Forum Leadership Development Advisory Group, Delaware Valley Society of Health-System Pharmacists (DVSHP), Pennsylvania Society for Health-System Pharmacists (PSHP), Phi Lambda Sigma Pharmacy Leadership Society, and many more. She was awarded the prestigious Renzulli Scholarship Award and was a finalist for numerous academic competitions locally including the ASHP Clinical Skills Competition. As the SSHP President in 2015-2016, Jola emphasized teamwork by collaborating with other disciplines, Temple’s Alumni Association, and cooperating with other local pharmacy school leaders to establish multiple new student events that received local and state recognition.
Medical University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy, Charleston, S.C.
Megan is a strong advocate of the Practice Advancement Initiative (PAI) and she believes the opportunities for students are multidimensional. At the 2016 ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting and Exhibition, State Affiliate Conference she spoke as a South Carolina representative regarding the great work that her state has done in exposing students to the PAI. Megan was involved with her SSHP since her first year as the student liaison. Since then, she was elected as the Oncology Special Interest Group Chair, Vice President, and President. She has also served as an ASHP Student Society Development Advisory Group Member, Junior Board Member for the South Carolina Society of Health-System Pharmacists (SCSHP), Committee Member for the SCSHP Antimicrobial Stewardship Committee and Professional Affairs Committee.
Stephanie C Sollis
University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy, Jackson, Miss.
Stephanie has a passion for leadership development and challenging the status quo to advance pharmacy practice. She has been a member of the ASHP Pharmacy Student Forum Leadership Development Advisory Group for two years, and is serving as the current Chair. She is also involved with the Mississippi Society of Health-System Pharmacists (MSHP), American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP), Phi Lambda Sigma Pharmacy Leadership Society, Rho Chi Academic Honors Society, and many more. As the SSHP President, Stephanie spearheaded multiple events including residency panels, service projects, and benefit events. She is very passionate about her research projects, including the development of a grant proposal to obtain funds for a medication care coordination pilot program in a prominent mid-south health system.
Class of 2018
The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy, Columbus, Ohio
Brooke is a current member of the ASHP Student Society Development Advisory Group, in which she is developing a co-mentorship program between SSHPs across the country and organizing the graduation cord application process. On a state level, she is an active member on the Educational Affairs division of the Ohio Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists (OSHP) and plays a significant role in the planning of the OSHP Residency Showcase as well as the OSHP annual meeting. As the SSHP President this year, she actively promoted the Practice Advancement Initiative (PAI) by hosting events including the SSHP member appreciation breakfast, legislative letter writing, PAI roundtable dinner with residents and pharmacists, interprofessional trivia night, and PAI speaker presentation.
Laura J Nice
Northeast Ohio Medical University, Rootstown, Ohio
Laura’s goal as a pharmacy student leader has been to actively create opportunities for her peers to learn about health system pharmacy and to develop leadership skills. She is actively involved in ASHP as a SSHP student liaison, Pharmacy Student Forum Advancement of Pharmacy Practice Advisory Group member, and will be at the ASHP Headquarters in September 2017 for an Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) rotation. On a state level, she is serving as a student representative on the Ohio Society of Health-System Pharmacists (OSHP) Executive Board and has participated in the Professional Affairs and Organizational Affair divisions. As the SSHP President, Laura worked to increase student participation with PAI activities and led a video project for her chapter, which was recognized with an ASHP Outstanding Professional Development Project Award.
University of California, San Diego Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, San Diego, Calif.
As a future pharmacist, Rachelle’s philosophy is that outstanding patient care is as much about cultural and interpersonal connectivity as it is about clinical knowledge. She is currently serving as the student chapter President for the California Society of Health-System Pharmacists (CSHP) at her school, Student Liaison for the San Diego Society of Health-System Pharmacists (SDSHP), and Student Representative for the CSHP Section Executive Committee. Under Rachelle’s leadership, her chapter received the 2016 CSHP Chapter of Distinction and CSHP Community Service Project Awards for their Tobacco Cessation project, as well as the 2016 ASHP Outstanding Professional Development Project Award for their Humanitarian Missions – Asthma Education in Ensenada, Mexico.
Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences - Albany Campus, Albany, N.Y.
Stephanie’s passion and dedication to the pharmacy profession has been demonstrated through her many years of working at St. Peter’s Hospital, experience as a peer tutor, and increasing involvement with her SSHP, the New York State Council of Health-System Pharmacists (NYSCHP), as well as ASHP. As the SSHP President, she oversees four unique patient care projects, each involving student participation and outreach to the community, in addition to leading her executive board to carry out various student events. After attending the last ASHP Summer Meetings and Exhibition, Stephanie utilized what she learned and used it to develop events towards policy and advocacy, such as a collaborative effort with her school chapter of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) to advocate for interns as immunizers.
Violet S Valencia
Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, Calif.
Violet leads by example through her professionalism, empathy, and friendly personality to guide her team and to encourage priority of deadlines. She has served as the House of Delegate Representative at the 2015 California Society of Health-System Pharmacists (CSHP) Seminar, SSHP Nutrition and Poison Prevention Subcommittee Member, and Director of Legislative Affairs for the Western University Student Government Association. Through her internship at the Veteran Affairs (VA) Loma Linda Healthcare System, she gained experience with the Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT) while working to provide continuity of care to the veterans. Along with the anticoagulation clinic pharmacists at this facility, she researched on the efficacy and safety of direct oral anticoagulants within the veteran population at VA Loma Linda.
Class of 2019
The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy, Columbus, Ohio
Aaron is heavily involved with ASHP as a leader for the Pharmacy Student Forum Advancement of Pharmacy Practice Advisory Group, in which he is working to create a recognition award for SSHP Practice Advancement Initiative (PAI) programming, and as a member of another Pharmacy Student Forum workgroup to update the Collaborative Practice Resources for students. As the SSHP President-Elect, Aaron organized the ASHP Clinical Skills Competition, PAI week activities, as well as the Mock Residency Interview Night for his school this year. Aside from his professional organization involvements, he has been maintaining excellence in his academics and has extensive work expensive as a Pharmacy Intern at the Ohio State University (OSU) Wexner Medical Center Inpatient Pharmacy and Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy.
Amanda Van Matre
University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Aurora, Colo.
Amanda is currently serving as the President-Elect of the Colorado Student Society of Health-System Pharmacists (CSSHP) and works with ASHP state affiliate to establish professional relationships among students and clinical pharmacists. She has held leadership positions in numerous organizations, including Phi Lambda Sigma Pharmacy Leadership Society as Secretary-Elect, American Pharmacists Association – Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) as Operation Heart Committee Member, and American College of Clinical Pharmacists (ACCP) as Student Network Advisory Committee Member at Large. Amanda is also heavily involved in a student-run free clinic, Dedicated to Aurora’s Wellness and Needs (DAWN) as the clinic manager.
2015-16 Student Leadership Award Recipients
Class of 2016
Northeastern Ohio Medical University College of Pharmacy
Danielle Beltz has been an advocate and a leader in pharmacy. She created the Pharmacy Advocacy wall to support Provider Status for pharmacists during her time as SSHP President. She served as a member of the ASHP Advocacy and PAC Advisory Committee and the 2016 ASHP Student Advocate Training and Legislative Day Planning Committee. She has attended various Legislative Days at both state and national levels. Outside of advocating, she has also served as President of Rho Chi Honor Society, Delta Phi Chapter and Vice President of Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group, and interned with Louis Stokes VA Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio.
Palm Beach Atlantic University Lloyd L. Gregory School of Pharmacy
Jillian DeGuzman has demonstrated passion and dedication to the pharmacy profession through her numerous leadership roles in her school, state affiliate, and ASHP. Her interest in health-system pharmacy practice began even before starting pharmacy school. As SSHP Membership Vice President and Mentor Match Research Coordinator of Phi Lambda Sigma Pharmacy Leadership Society, she has raised awareness among the student body on the wide range of opportunities health-system pharmacy offers. She has also participated in various committee and organizations including, serving as Chair of the ASHP Pharmacy Student Forum Advisory Group on Policy and Legislative Advocacy, participating in the FSHP Public Affairs Council, and Phi Delta Chi Professional Pharmacy Fraternity.
University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy
Valerie Nolt has promoted advancement of pharmacy practice and collaboration in both national and international levels. As the Professional Project Chair in SSHP, she has initiated numerous projects that led to recognition and awards such as ASHP Outstanding Professional Development Project Award. She has also participated in Student Exchange Program organized by IPSF in Ankara, Turkey, and has promoted participation in the international level through her involvement in the IPSF Development Fund Committee.
University of Cincinnati James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy
Tyler Vest has demonstrated excellence through his various leadership roles in local, state, and national organizations since early in his pharmacy school career. He has served as Practice Advancement Initiative (previously PPMI) Committee, team lead for the OSHP Professional Affairs Division, and Chair for the ASHP Pharmacy Student Forum Advisory Group on Practice Advancement. He leads by example and encourages others to be involved in advancing pharmacy practice.
The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy
Mary Vincent has shown commitment and leadership in the pharmacy profession. She served as administrative pharmacy intern for the Latiolais Leadership Program, pharmacy intern for the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, and served as the Columbus-Athens fellow for Albert Schweitzer Fellowship. She has been involved at the state level, serving as a member of the Professional Affairs Division for the OSHP and was nominated by Sara White to participate in the ASHP Women in Leadership Focus Group.
Class of 2017
University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy-Chapel Hill Campus
Evan Colmenares believes active participation in professional organizations and allowing your voice to be heard is essential to advance the pharmacy profession. He has demonstrated excellence in leadership, serving as an active member of APhA-ASP, ASHP, and North Carolina Association of Pharmacists (NCAP). He currently serves as chair for ASHP Pharmacy Student Forum Advancement of Pharmacy Practice Advisory Group. He was an invited speaker at the Asheville Summit for Provider Status, and an intern at the University of North Carolina Medical Center (UNCMC). During his time at UNCMC, Evan developed visual dashboards for the operational pharmacist managers across UNCMC.
Pacific University School of Pharmacy
Kiri Golleher’s passion for pharmacy began prior to pharmacy school as a pharmacy technician for almost a decade, at Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center. She has served as OSHP Student Chapter President and Chair for her SSHP, Phi Lambda Sigma President, and Worthy Correspondent for Phi Delta Chi Professional Pharmacy Fraternity. She encourages other to reach their potential. Kiri excels in leadership positions, but is rewarded by being a mentor to others.
University of Charleston School of Pharmacy
Brian Hancock has demonstrated leadership through research experiences and in professional pharmacy organizations. As a clinical research assistant at Charleston Area Medical Center, Memorial, he served as a team leader of the project, “Evaluation of the effectiveness and safety of low dose (100mg/day) oral amiodarone for prevention of recurrence of atrial fibrillation” with other health care professionals and patients. He actively advocates for advancement of the pharmacy profession through participation in committees at the local, state, and national levels. He has served as SSHP President, Student Board Member for the West Virginia Board of Pharmacy, and Student at Large for the ASHP Political Action Committee. He supports inter-professionalism by creatively incorporating competition and collaboration among different health care professions.
University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy
Katherine Sencion has been an active member in her school and state organizations since her P1 year. Currently she is a quality assurance hospital pharmacy extern with University of Illinois Hospital and Health-Sciences System, auditing various medication administration processes. She also holds various leadership roles, including SSHP President, Pharmacy Student Council Career and Professional Development Committee Chair, and member of Phi Lambda Sigma Professional Leadership Society.
Class of 2018
University of Florida College of Pharmacy-Gainesville Campus
Emilie Bergsma has served as the University of Florida Student Society President and President-Elect, Treasurer for the Christian Pharmacists Fellowship International, and Residency Forum Chair and Service Chair for Kappa Epsilon Pharmaceutical Fraternity. She also serves on various committees of the Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group. Her personal experience with cancer fueled her passion for hospital pharmacy, specifically pediatric oncology. In her role as University of Florida Student Society President, she created new positions such as Organ Transplant/Blood Donation Chair, and implemented a Medication Reconciliation program with UF Health Shands Hospital. She also works on cell-based research in oncology.
Thomas Jefferson University Jefferson School of Pharmacy
Dena Lehmann is involved in both pharmacy organizations and global health organizations. She served as the Jefferson College of Pharmacy Student Society of Health-System Pharmacy (JCP-SSHP) President-Elect, ASHP Pharmacy Student Forum Leadership Development Advisory Group Member, and Delaware Valley Society of Health-System Pharmacists (DVSHP) Student Working Group Member. She is also a Jefferson College of Pharmacy Representative in Global Health Initiatives Committee and was involved in bringing global health presence to her school. Additionally, she initiated a partnership between Magee Rehabilitation Hospital and JCP-SSHP to start a medication reconciliation volunteer program.
2014-15 Student Leadership Award Recipients
Class of 2015
University of New England
Greta Astrup has been actively involved the local, state, and national levels. As SSHP president, she has implemented the development of a student scholarship. She serves as the student liaison for her state affiliate and was also appointed to the ASHP Pharmacy Student Society Development Advisory Group. In addition to her school activities, she has worked in two inpatient hospitals, assisted in training new employees, and was recognized as the employee of the month.
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
Jordan Burdine has shown a passion for educating her peers about PPMI in her role as SSHP president. She has demonstrated excellent leadership capabilities as the founding president of the Texas Tech Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group, president of Phi Lambda Sigma, and being awarded the US Public Health Service Award for her commitment to public health. In addition, she was appointed to the ASHP Commission of Affiliate Relations and has worked as a certified technician in a hospital-system.
Temple University School of Pharmacy
Nicole Hollinger currently serves as a member of the ASHP Pharmacy Student Forum Leadership Development Advisory Group. As SSHP President, she collaborated to develop a HIV “Share Your Story” roundtable event which was awarded an ASHP Outstanding Professional Development Project Award. As an intern at a large teaching hospital, she has participated in a Heart Failure Transition of care Program.
Chicago State University College of Pharmacy
Bernice Man has 5 ½ years of experience working as a Certified Technician in a health- systems hospital. Nationally, she served in a Pharmacy Student Forum Advisory Group and is currently appointed to a Section Advisory Group for Pharmacy Practice Experiences (Section of Inpatient Care Practitioners). She served SSHP president and ASHP liaison for her SSHP, and has been on numerous committees for her state affiliate.
Class of 2016
University of New Mexico College of Pharmacy
Brittni Gross has gained experience with patient care and maintained a database to track interventions and clinical impact of outpatient pharmacists as a Veteran Affairs Learning Opportunity Residency (VALOR) program pharmacy intern. As SSHP president, she has helped to organize collaborative projects with PT students and creation of an interprofessional clinical competition. In addition, she serves as a student representative for her state affiliate and serves as PLS treasurer.
The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy
Mary-Haston Leary serves on her state affiliate PPMI task force and has initiated a chapter PPMI task force to her SSHP. The SSHP PPMI task force has a goal for 50% of health-systems in Mississippi to complete the Hospital Self-Assessment. As community service chair for her SSHP, she has helped increase student community service participation to record highs and initiated the creation of “Healthy Packs”, which provides first aid kits and basic hygiene supplies for impoverished children. In addition, she has had the opportunity to intern in Pokhara, Nepal, John Hopkins Hospital, and Mississippi Medical Center.
Touro University California
Jasmine Reber currently serves as the program director for her school’s Student Run Free Clinic and has since implemented or expanded services in diabetes care, MTM, immunization, and identifying high-risk patients with multiple medications. In addition to serving on the ASHP PSF Career Development and Education Advisory Group, she has national positions with ACCP and SNPhA and a state position with the California Society of Health-System Pharmacists. As PLS president, she assisted in creating a leadership workshop and a residency panel discussion.
South Carolina College of Pharmacy - Columbia
Amy Yanicak is enthusiastic about finding innovative and fun ways to engage and educate students about PPMI. As a SSHP president, she has helped to organize events such as a community “Get Smart” on antibiotic use, a Healthy Heart event at a local farmer’s market and a multi-organization collaboration to produce a Residency Series. She is also a Junior Board Member for her state affiliate and has worked on several interprofessional collaboration projects.
Class of 2017
Jefferson School of Pharmacy
Jenna Fancher is an intern at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center and involved in the local, state, district, and national levels of ASHP. As her SSHP’s President-Elect, she helped to implement a new program allowing SSHP student to provide counseling and medication reconciliation to patients on anticoagulants. As future SSHP president, she is planning for a PPMI week and creation of a PPMI Task Force to help educating and engaging students in PPMI.
University of Maryland School of Pharmacy
Jonathan Meyer organized three health fair servicing over 200 community members as his SSHP’s President-Elect. He is currently planning to implement a three part series to engage students about PPMI and provide them with the skills needed to become catalysts for leading practice model changes In addition, he is currently an intern at John Hopkins Hospital in the pediatric inpatient pharmacy is taking an active role in a Medication History Pilot Project.
Touro University- California
As her SSHP’s president, Punam Patel worked with a strong team that received five recognitions at the California Society of Health-System Pharmacist seminar, including Student Chapter of Distinction and Student Chapter Leader. She helped lead her SSHP grow in membership and fundraising, which allowed more outreach events and beginning the process of implementing a Smoking Cessation Clinic at the local Student Run Free Clinic. In addition she serves on her state affiliate Student Executive Committee.
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine – Bradenton, FL
Kaylee Toole provides medication reconciliation services as an intern in an Emergency Hospital. As SSHP president, she has collaborated to create exciting programming for students to learn about PPMI and gain direct patient care experiences through community brown bag session and interdisciplinary outreach events. She also serves on her state affiliate Student Affairs council and has participated in annual summer medical missions to Nicaragua.
2013-14 Student Leadership Award Recipients
Class of 2014
University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy
Mr. Arnall has demonstrated great passion and commitment for professional pharmacy organizations over the past years. He serves as a member of the ASHP Pharmacy Student Forum Advancement of Pharmacy Practice Advisory Group and serves as the PLS Region 3 Member-at-large. He also has held leadership positions for his SSHP and PLS chapters. He has initiated several PPMI-related discussions on ASHP Connect and continues to promote PPMI through interdisciplinary activities.
Liza M. Castro-Rosario
School of Pharmacy of the University of Puerto Rico
Ms. Castro-Rosario has served as Vice President for her SSHP for the past two years, developing a PPMI workshop for hospital pharmacists and an educational campaign on antimicrobial awareness. She also served as her SSHP’s Standing Committee Director. Additionally, she has been active as the Strategic Planning Committee Student Representative for her Student Council. She continues to demonstrate leadership, commitment and enthusiasm for the profession.
Temple University School of Pharmacy
Ms. Chin currently serves as a member of the ASHP Pharmacy Student Forum Leadership Development Advisory Group. She has been very active in her SSHP, serving as past President and Student Liaison, Secretary, and Historian. With her SSHP involvement, she has been part of a regional student workgroup where she has collaborated with other local pharmacy schools to organize large-scale events. She also has served as chair of Operation Diabetes for her school’s APhA chapter.
Alyson M. Clough
Purdue University College of Pharmacy
Ms. Clough has served as the past President for her SSHP chapter and as Student/Alumni Liaison for her school’s Society of Nuclear Pharmacy. In addition, she is an active member of many school committees, including co-secretary for her Class of 2014 Gift Committee. She has been involved in volunteer projects through the Tumaini Fundraising Committee with the goal to create income-generating projects to benefit children in Kenya. She has received numerous awards for her commitment to leadership.
Melanie E. Laine
University of Houston College of Pharmacy
Ms. Laine has been an active member of her SSHP chapter, serving as past Vice President of Communications, Secretary, and P1 Liaison. Furthermore, she was elected to be a member of the Texas Society of Health System Pharmacists Student Section Executive Committee where she collaborated with students from other schools to improve patient care initiatives. She also has been an active member of her PLS chapter, serving as past Secretary.
University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences
Ms. Won has demonstrated excellence through her various leadership roles in organizations. She has served as past President of her SSHP chapter, focusing on promoting student professional development through launching a Mock Residency Interview Program. She currently also holds a leadership position in ACCP and has held past leadership positions in her PLS and APhA chapters. She has received several awards for her great involvement over the past years.
Class of 2015
Kellie L. Evans
Ohio Northern University College of Pharmacy
Ms. Evans currently serves as the President of her SSHP chapter, working on initiatives including PPMI week and Organ Donation Awareness week. On the state level, she is a member of the Organizational Affairs Division of the Ohio Society of Health System Pharmacists where she is planning to host a PPMI meeting for local pharmacy directors. Furthermore, she serves as the ASHP Student Liaison and is the current membership chair for NCPA.
Lauren E. Grecheck
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy
Ms. Grecheck has demonstrated passion and dedication to the pharmacy profession through her numerous leadership roles. As President of her SSHP chapter, she has implemented new programs including the VSHP Mentorship Program, the Virginia Residency Grid, and the Midyear Registration Scholarship. Her other roles include Class of 2015 Executive Officer and Medical Outreach Leader where she has participated and lead outreach programs in Honduras.
Northeast Ohio Medical University College of Pharmacy
Ms. Sherritt serves as the current ASHP Student Society Development Advisory Group Chair. She is also the President of her SSHP chapter where she has developed student round table discussions during PPMI week. On the state level, she is a member of the Ohio Society of Health System Pharmacists Professional Development Division where she is collaborating to plan a regional meeting for PPMI awareness. In addition, she has volunteered on service trips to Costa Rica and Ecuador.
Angela N. Skaff
Palm Beach Atlantic University Lloyd L. Gregory School of Pharmacy
Ms. Skaff has shown great passion for the pharmacy profession through her leadership roles in organizations. She serves as President of her SSHP chapter and as a member of the ASHP Advocacy and PAC Advisory Committee where she has encouraged other student societies to get involved in ASHP advocacy efforts and donate to the ASHP-PAC. In addition, she is on the Florida Society of Health System Pharmacists Council where she is developing new position statements on issues such as provider status.
Class of 2016
Katelin H. Anderson
Ferris State University College of Pharmacy
Ms. Anderson has been an active member in her school organizations during her first two years of pharmacy school. As an active member of her SSHP, she has participated in Pharmacy Day taking blood pressure readings of various congress members and their staff. She serves as chair of Operation Self-Care for her school’s APhA chapter and plays an active role in her PLS chapter. In addition, she has extended her leadership through peer-mentoring.
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy
Ms. Kabbes serves as President-Elect for her SSHP chapter where she has hosted Residency Happy Hours to help prepare students for residency application. She also serves as Membership Vice President for her school’s APhA chapter. By working collaboratively with her SSHP and APhA chapters, she has helped create “Rx for Destruction” where she has been working on the development of interactive presentations for middle to high school students to combat prescription drug abuse.
2012-13 Award Recipients
Class of 2013
David a. Aguero
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy
Mr. Aguero has held multiple leadership roles over the past years. He serves as student liaison to the Virginia Society of Health System Pharmacists Board of Directors and as a member of the affiliate’s communications team. He is also an active member of the ASHP Pharmacy Student Forum Community and eCommunications advisory group. Furthermore, he has worked to organize an event for adding meaningful content to the PPMI ASHP Connect community by students and professionals.
Temple University School of Pharmacy
Ms. Hayes has held progressive leadership positions in her SSHP, including historian, secretary, and president. She has also been a student representative to the DVSHP board of directors and a member of the DVSHP work group. As a member of the ASHP Pharmacy Student Forum Leadership Development Advisory Group, she worked to raise PPMI awareness among student societies. She is actively involved in community service and has received multiple awards in recognition of her achievements.
Grayson K. Peek
University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Pharmacy
Mr. Peek has demonstrated leadership skills as well as a strong desire to advance pharmacy practice. He currently serves as Chair for the ASHP-Pharmacy Student Forum Policy and Legislative Advocacy Advisory Group. He led a letter writing campaign for enhancing student involvement for pharmacy advocacy. He is also Class President and Executive Vice President of the Pharmacy Student Government Association.
Danielle N. Smidt
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Ms. Smidt has served in numerous leadership positions among several student organizations, including secretary of the Colorado Student Society of Health System Pharmacists, treasurer of the Student National Pharmaceutical Association, and member of the ASHP Pharmacy Student Forum Leadership Development Advisory Group. She is very passionate about promoting health, wellness, and infectious disease prevention for professional development and advancing pharmacy practice.
Class of 2014
University of New Mexico College of Pharmacy
Mr. Koury is dedicated to promoting pharmacy practice and expanding opportunities for pharmacy students. In his role as Health Sciences Center Student Council Vice President, he worked to foster relationships between pharmacy students and those studying disciplines within the medical field in order to institute an inter-professional community of learning. Additionally, in his current role as SSHP President, he organized and planned the first Community Outreach Day which included health fairs and other outreach events.
Western University of Health Sciences College of Pharmacy
Ms. Levbarg has undertaken various leadership roles and increased student awareness on professional development. She currently serves as student representative to the California Society of Health System Pharmacists Committee on Goals. In addition, she has also held the position of Chair of the International Pharmacy Student Federation. During her tenure, she organized several events, including AIDS Walk LA, World TB Day, and World AIDS Day. She is highly motivated about promoting community outreach and educational projects that focus on public health in underserved communities.
Stephen R. Polley
University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy
Mr. Polley has held a variety of leadership positions across several professional organizations and has continuously worked to provide pharmacy students with enriching professional development activities. In his current role as SSHP President, he helped establish the first ever Residency Week which focused on educating students about the variety of opportunities available to them post-graduation. He is also an active member of Phi Lamda Sigma and has assisted in organizing an annual leadership workshop for all first year students.
University of toledo college of pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences
Ms. Rabatin has demonstrated the depth of her leadership abilities through her involvement with various professional organizations. Currently, she serves as SSHP President, UT College of Pharmacy Ambassadors Vice President, and as the SSHP Representative to the UT Pharmacy Student Council. As SSHP President, she worked to establish a partnership with APhA’s Generation Rx for improving medication safety. She is also a board member of the Ohio Society of Health System Pharmacists Organizational Affairs Division and has engaged in numerous community service activities.
Harding University College of Ppharmacy
Ms. Suh is very involved in professional student organizations and has contributed much to pharmacy practice. She currently serves as President of her SSHP and Chair of the ASHP Pharmacy Student Forum Student Society Development Advisory Group. In the latter role, she has worked to develop the growth of SSHPs across the country. She is also a member of the state affiliate’s PPMI task force.
Meghan E. Tolan
Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, University of the Sciences
Ms. Tolan has been recognized for her efforts involving the advancement of health- systems pharmacy through a number of professional organizational leadership positions. Most recently as SSHP Vice President, she collaborated on a very successful transplant donor awareness initiative and educational program. In addition, she is actively involved with the Delaware Valley Society of Health-System Pharmacists. As the senior member of their student work group, she helped create professional and leadership opportunities for pharmacy students and led the team that administered these activities to her peers. Additionally, she currently serves as a member of the ASHP Pharmacy Student Forum Student Society Development Advisory Group.
Class of 2015
University Of Pittsburgh School Of Pharmacy
Ms. Bondar has actively worked to expand the scope of the SSHP and engage more students in the organization. As the current SSHP President, she helped institute several new committees and Chair positions which provided SSHP members with additional opportunities for involvement as well as increased the number of available educational, professional, and public service activities. Furthermore, she has been able to combine her interests in public and international health with those in health system pharmacy practice to enrich fellow students’ understanding of and appreciation for pharmacy practice abroad. Her newest challenge is developing a P4 rotation at the hospital in Peru where she interned as part of the IPSF Student Exchange Program.