Gevorg Martirosyan bio
PresidentGevorg Martirosyan — President
Gevorg Martirosyan is a fourth year Doctor of Pharmacy candidate at California Northstate University College of Pharmacy (CNUCOP) in Sacramento, California. He has been involved with SNPhA since the beginning of his pharmacy career. SNPhA has allowed him to channel his passion for service in the name of those who have served his family at times of distress. Gevorg is currently a proud and active member of Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity, Inc, where he has served as the Professional Committee Co-Chair. Additionally, he takes active participation in two university boards, serving as a Student Ambassador in the Curriculum Committee and the Dean’s Listening Board. Last summer, Gevorg has had the honor to be one of 44 representatives from colleges around the world who gathered in Udine, Italy to discuss the four principles of medical ethics, which has strongly influenced his character and vision for SNPhA. He is currently a student member of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health.
Gevorg is honored to have been trusted with the membership’s confidence in crafting this year’s National theme. He believes the key to SNPhA’s growth is in opening our minds to new possibilities through our strong vision and in reducing the barriers of distance, race, gender, economic status and geographic location. Gevorg’s fascination with the vastness of SNPhA inspires him to connect the hands that will lift this organization beyond our G.O.A.L.S.. He hopes to visit and learn about as many chapters as he possibly can. Gevorg is a strong advocate of sharing the beautiful mission of SNPhA with resource-limited settings in the international community. Gevorg’s leadership values are based on SNPhA’s collective duty to respect self-determination, fair access to resources, to do good and prevent harm through our national efforts of serving the underserved. He believes that there is little that we cannot do if “We Stand Together. One Mission. No Barriers!”
During his spare time, Gevorg enjoys swimming, learning new cultures, playing and composing minimalistic music. Throughout his travels, he has learned to appreciate cultural artefacts in encyclopaedic museums and the campaigns of their return to their point of origin. Gevorg challenges the entire SNPhA family to serve as global ambassadors to our profession and organization, to become the crossroads of professional and cultural exchange, to revisit our history of success, and to look towards building healthier communities. He believes that it is in the hands of the members to strengthen the bond of our SNPhA family and to charter international chapters across the world. Gevorg promises that his name – originating from Armenia – is not as difficult to pronounce as it may seem: try it, “Geh-VORG”.
Darryl Lewis bio
President-electDarryl Lewis — President-elect
Darryl Lewis is a native of Rocky Mount, North Carolina and is currently a 2nd year Doctor of Pharmacy candidate at the University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy (UNC) located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Prior to attending pharmacy school, he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences with minors in Chemistry and Spanish from North Carolina Central University (NCCU) in Durham, North Carolina. During his time at NCCU he was a recipient of the BRITE Scholarship and was selected as the Roy Darlington Fellow at the Ohio State University College of Pharmacy (OSU). It was at OSU where Darryl was first exposed to SNPhA and discovered how much the organization aligned with his desires to serve the underserved. SNPhA was the first organization he joined on the campus of UNC upon starting his student pharmacist career. His passion for SNPhA led to his appointment to be the Recruitment and Social Chair for his local chapter of SNPhA.
Darryl is an active member of Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity, Inc. where he currently serves on the alumni and rush committees for the Beta Xi Chapter. In addition to Kappa Psi, Darryl is also an active member of the Association of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP), Recruitment Ambassador Program (RAP) for the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, and the Student Health Action Coalition (SHAC) Clinic. In addition, he was initiated into the Gamma Beta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., and is currently an active member in the Beta Theta Lambda Alumni Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., where he serves on the Wellness Committee. Darryl’s hobbies include playing the guitar, playing basketball, and cooking.
As the National President-elect, Darryl is committed to carrying out the presidential theme as he realizes that “We must stand together, One Mission No Barriers!” Darryl encourages the membership to work hard to achieve all their goals and to understand that one’s circumstance does not have to determine their destiny. Obstacles are only opportunities and success is available for the taking.
Robbie Christian bio
Vice PresidentRobbie Christian — Vice President
Robbie Christian is a fourth year student pharmacist at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, School of Pharmacy in Bradenton, Florida. She completed her undergraduate studies at The University of Toledo (UT), receiving her Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences. Her dedication and love for SNPhA has been apparent since undergrad. She served two terms as the treasurer at UT and went on to become a founding member, bylaw author, and inaugural president for LECOM’s chapter. The chapter was recognized as one of the 3 top small chapters during the national convention. Robbie’s enthusiasm and devotion to SNPhA, yielded the nomination for the JB Hills chapter president of the year award in 2014. While Robbie has been involved in multiple organizations, it is very clear that SNPhA complements Robbie’s need to serve the indigent population and promote diversity within the healthcare system.
Robbie is an active member and past president of the American Pharmacists Association – Academy of Student Pharmacists. Robbie was inducted into Phi Lambda Sigma (PLS) at the conclusion of her second year in pharmacy school, mostly ascribing to her dedication to lead in the pharmacy profession. She serves LECOM as a student ambassador promoting the advancement of the profession of pharmacy. Robbie is also actively involved with the Florida Pharmacy Association as a member of the Educational Affairs Council. In her spare time, Robbie enjoys playing spades, spending quality time with her dog, watching NBA games (Go CAVS!), traveling, and catching up with friends and family.
As the National Vice President, Robbie has charged us to embrace change. Robbie knows embracing change is possible following this year’s theme to stand together. Robbie recognizes that together we can accomplish the impossible, together we can support every member, together we can serve globally, together we can cultivate the mission to serve the underserved. Together we stand, one mission, no barriers. Robbie is delighted to serve such a diverse student body and looks forward to meeting each member of the SNPhAM.
Anna Poston bio
Recording SecretaryAnna Poston — Recording Secretary
Anna Poston is a P4 Doctor of Pharmacy student at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy in Lexington, KY. SNPhA’s mission to serve the underserved inspired Anna to become actively involved in SNPhA prior to serving as University of Kentucky’s chapter Vice President and Delegate during her third year. Serving as Vice President allowed Anna to assist the initiative chairs and develop creative ideas for community service events. During her time as a delegate, Anna had the opportunity to meet delegates and members from other chapters, work with them to improve resolutions, and form lifelong friendships.
In addition to SNPhA leadership, Anna served as the Professional Development and Recruitment (PD&R) Co-Chair for her college. In this role, she oversaw all college of pharmacy admission interviews, Open Houses, P1 orientations, and other professional development activities. She also developed a mentor program, pairing first year students with upperclassmen, to ensure a smooth transition into pharmacy school. Anna was inducted into Phi Lambda Sigma Leadership Society due to her passion for and promotion of the pharmacy profession.
In her free time Anna enjoys playing piano, exploring outdoors, and volunteering. She also loves to travel; after her P2 year, she traveled to Santo Domingo, Ecuador, to provide medical services for underserved patients. Anna hopes to attain a PGY1 residency position upon graduation and ultimately wants to specialize in infectious disease.
Anna is honored and grateful for the opportunity to serve as your SNPhA National Recording Secretary. Her main goal this year is to continue to improve the chapter reporting system while ensuring strong communication among the national board and SNPhA membership. She also looks forward to having an active role in the House of Delegates and to working alongside the Legislative / Membership Benefits Chair. Anna is excited to see the ways in which SNPhA chapters will stand together to impact patient’s lives through our mission to serve the underserved. As this year’s presidential theme attests, with SNPhA’s powerful mission and passion, there will be no barriers to our success.
James Agtuca bio
Corresponding SecretaryJames Agtuca — Corresponding Secretary
James Agtuca is currently a fourth-year Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) student at Wingate University School of Pharmacy in Charlotte, NC. James was born and raised in San Antonio, TX where, before relocating to North Carolina at the age of 23, he not only earned his 2011 Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Biology, Health Professions and Research from the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW), home to the Feik School of Pharmacy, but interned as well for a year in Louisiana, gaining exposure in working with the indigent population. Upon beginning pharmacy school, SNPhA was the first organization James joined, energized by its passion to serve minority communities and underserved neighborhoods. In addition to SNPhA, James is a proud member of the American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP), Christian Pharmacist Fellowship International (CPFI), WUSOP’s Society of Integrative Medicine, Phi Delta Chi (ΦΔΧ), and Sigma Alpha Pi (ΣAΠ), the National Society of Leadership and Success.
Throughout his P1, P2 and P3 years, James worked meticulously alongside his school’s Diabetes, Operation Immunization, Bridging the Gap, and Remember the Ribbon committee chairs to ensure productive events, successful community outreaches, and strong representation of both WUSOP and, more importantly, SNPhA as one of today’s leading pharmaceutical associations led by students. In his free time, James is an enthusiast for the road(s) less traveled, backpacking wherever Airbnb leads him. He enjoys running, biking, hiking, camping, eating and reading. An established foodie, you can find James at your local Indian food truck, or writing a new restaurant review for his home city’s Yelp Elite Squad. James is never without coffee… nor is he ever without a Spotify playlist in ear or Hulu episode in hand. He is a BBQ lover, avid Spurs fan, roller coaster junkie, and enthusiast of all things water-related.
James is beyond excited and grateful to be SNPhA’s newly instated Corresponding Secretary. The 2015-2016 Executive Board set a tremendous standard, effectuated countless milestones, and persevered throughout several challenges… and James looks forward to working hand-in-hand with the entire organization, both general membership and governing officers, to not only continue this excellence, but to further propel the association into unprecedented territory. As the National Corresponding Secretary, James is fully committed to SNPhA’s campaign as set forth by National President Gevorg Martirosyan: “We Stand Together – One Mission, No Barriers!” James’ absolute goal is having every single student, delegate, chapter advisor, committee member, sponsor and affiliate perform in unity and endeavor to make SNPhA one of the richest voices in today’s ever evolving healthcare environment.
Kalyann Kauv bio
Public Relations LiaisonKalyann Kauv — Public Relations Liaison
Kalyann Kauv is a fourth year Doctor of Pharmacy Candidate at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), where she also received her Bachelors of Science in Biology (Chemistry minor). She developed her personal passion of being the voice of diversity and advocate for change for healthcare in the underserved community from her upbringing, being raised by immigrant and refugee parents from Cambodia.
She joined the SNPhAmily her P1 year and has not looked back ever since. At her Chapter she served as the P1 Representative, President-elect and President. Kalyann has served as the Worthy Alumni Liaison of Phi Delta Chi Pharmaceutical Fraternity, Alpha Delta Chapter. She has been involved in interdisciplinary medical mission trips to the Dominican Republic, where she served as the Public Health Chair. In addition, she was inducted into Phi Lambda Sigma Leadership Society, Beta Nu Chapter.
Kalyann has been active at SNPhA Regional and National levels, participating in the Clinical Skills Competition, NPhA poster presentation, and serving as an Alternate Delegate during Regional and National conferences. She is a past recipient of the Rite Aid Community Leader of the Year, finalist for SNPhA Chapter President of the Year, RESPy Award from Pharmacy Times and Walmart, SNPhA – Target Innovation Challenge (1 st place), and the NPhA Gayle Tuckett Book Award.
She is humbled and grateful for the opportunity to serve the SNPhAM nationally. As Public Relations Liaison, Kalyann is ready to showcase the community work and talent to the public. Kalyann encourages all Chapters to submit to the Signatura so their events and Chapter can be recognized! In reaching out to other organizations, she plans to spread the word about the ideals of SNPhA and promote the profession of pharmacy. Her mission to “WRITE LOCAL, PUBLISH GLOBAL” will further cement that “We Stand Together. One Mission. No Barriers!”
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Joshua Blackwell, PharmD bio
Executive ConsultantJoshua Blackwell, PharmD — Executive Consultant
Dr. Joshua Blackwell is a graduate of Ohio Northern University (ONU) and has been a member of SNPhA since he was a pre-pharmacy student. Through SNPhA, Joshua has been able to serve his local chapter at ONU in various capacities including pharmacy council representative, outreach coordinator, and chapter president. He has also had the honor of serving on the national executive board as the Region III Facilitator, President, and Executive Chairman. As one of the Executive Consultants, Joshua continues to challenge all members to serve with unprecedented passion, dedication, and excellence within the organization and the profession of pharmacy.
Currently, Joshua is a PGY2 Health System Pharmacy Administration Resident at CHI St. Luke’s Health – Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center in Houston, TX. As he matriculates through his residency program, he will also be studying to obtain his Masters of Sciences in Pharmacy Leadership and Administration at the University of Houston. Outside of his pharmacy program, Joshua enjoys traveling, good music and movies, and attending sporting events.
This year, Joshua will continue to stand with the SNPhA membership, ensure our one mission is achieved, and abolish all barriers to advance our profession. Dr. Blackwell is honored and humbled to be serving on the national level and expects greater achievements for SNPhA in the coming year.
Pejman Ahmadi, PharmD bio
Executive ConsultantPejman Ahmadi, PharmD — Executive Consultant
Dr. Pejman Ahmadi is a graduate of California Northstate University College of Pharmacy (CNU-COP), and was one of ten founding members of the CNU-COP SNPhA chapter. Pejman had the honor to lead SNPhA nationally as National President-elect, President, Executive Chairman, and now the Executive Consultant for the 2nd year. He is the current Grand Council Deputy (Advisor) for his local Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity, Epsilon Iota Chapter. Additionally, he is a board member in local associations, including the Sacramento Valley Pharmacist Association and the Northern California Education Foundation.
Pejman currently works at Dignity Health Clinic in the Outpatient Pharmacy in Woodland, CA. He is also the Director of Operations at Supply Doc Inc. When he is not working, Pejman spends most of his time with his beautiful wife and family. He spends the rest of his time with his friends, and playing sports like tennis and soccer. Even though he is from the west coast his favorite teams are mostly from the east: the Boston Celtics, Boston Redsox, San Francisco 49ers; and too many European soccer teams (one from each country).
Pejman challenges all current SNPhians to always advocate for the profession. Opportunities to educate our communities are endless and passion is what separates us from all other organizations. He challenges you to continue to lead your chapters to great new heights, and at the same time get involved with the national office through sub-committees. Finally, he challenges members to always mentor at least one person. Giving back to the profession by mentoring new prospective student pharmacists will take our profession to a bigger and better future.
This is your organization SNPhAM, and without you we could have not gotten to where we are today.
Felix Tran, PharmD, MBA bio
Executive ConsultantFelix Tran, PharmD, MBA — Executive Consultant
Dr. Felix Tran achieved his Doctor of Pharmacy degree at The Ohio State University (OSU) College of Pharmacy and is also a graduate of the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program at the OSU Fisher College of Business. Felix is a native Texan where he completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from the University of Houston. His involvement in SNPhA spans over five years on both the local and national level. Beyond SNPhA, his previous leadership experiences include: Pharmacy & Therapeutics coordinator for the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy and Vice President of the American Chemical Society. He is also a proud member of Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity and Phi Lambda Sigma Pharmacy Leadership Society.
As the former SNPhA National President, Felix worked with 20 others on the national board to push the organization to new heights. His presidential theme for the 2013-2014 SNPhA year was ACT: Advance to Achieve, Collaborate to Connect, and Teach to Transform. He focused on the professional development of SNPhA members to become the future pharmacy leaders of tomorrow, established partnerships with other healthcare professional organizations to provide collaborative care for patients, and extended the reach of SNPhA to global populations. In addition, SNPhA was able to launch the new SNPhA website being used today under his leadership.
To sustain the momentum of growth and impact of SNPhA, he will be streamlining processes between SNPhA chapters and the national office. His insights on strategic planning, resource utilization, and operational excellence continues to serve as an asset for the organization.
Bryan J. Donald, PharmD bio
Executive ConsultantBryan J. Donald, PharmD — Executive Consultant
Bryan Donald is a PGY1 Pharmacy Resident at Corpus Christi Medical Center in Corpus Christi, Texas. He earned his Doctor of Pharmacy from the Texas A&M Health Science Center Rangel College of Pharmacy. Before pharmacy school, he lived in Lubbock, Texas, where he earned his Bachelor of Music in Music Composition and met his wife, Chris, and his two “daughters” (puppies), Zelda and Daisy. In pharmacy school, Bryan joined SNPhA because he wanted to serve both his community and his peers in the pharmacy profession. He served his chapter as a “VIP,” doing miscellaneous work where needed, then as President-Elect, and finally as President before his bid for National Recording Secretary. As Recording Secretary, he was given the opportunity to contribute to the SNPhA Chapter Reporting system, the House of Delegates, and the Clinical Skills Competition, among other projects.
In his spare time, Bryan enjoys spending time with his wife and puppies on walks through the neighborhood or on the beach, on fishing or camping trips, or just spending time around the house. He loves barbecue and grilling, and will use any excuse to fire up his barbecue for an all-day cookout. Although he has many practice interests which include medication safety, informatics, pediatrics, and emergency medicine, he is looking forward to solidifying one of these interests and is always seeking out experiences to develop as a new practitioner pharmacist.
Bryan is truly honored to continue serving SNPhA. His mission for this year is simply to serve the students and members in whatever way he can and contribute to the amazing body of work performed by the organization.
George Okpamen, PharmD bio
Assistant Executive DirectorGeorge Okpamen, PharmD — Assistant Executive Director
Dr. George Okpamen is a graduate of Texas Southern University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences. He has been a member of SNPhA since his pre-pharmacy days at the University of Houston, where he was initiated into the Eta Mu Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated. George has had the unique privilege of serving SNPhA on the national scene for the last six years – starting as a Regional Conference Host, being elected the National Vice-President, appointed the first ever Executive Chairman and Executive Consultant, and now Assistant Executive Director.
Currently, George is living in Indianapolis, Indiana. He recently transitioned from the Eli Lilly Visiting Scientist Fellowship to his current full-time role in Payer Marketing. When he is not working or serving George enjoys exploring his new city and making plans to travel and explore other cities both in and outside of the United States.
This year George’s ONE MISSION is to nurture, mentor, and support the leadership of both SNPhA and NPhA. In STANDING TOGETHER with both organizations, each prepares and expects to “bridge the gap” and remove the BARRIERS of their respective communities, the pharmacy profession, and our healthcare as a whole.
Kimberly Lewis, PharmD bio
Executive DirectorKimberly Lewis, PharmD — Executive Director
Dr. Kimberly Lewis, PharmD, BCACP, CPP is a 2006 Doctor of Pharmacy graduate of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. She has been involved with SNPhA in some capacity since 2002. As a student, she served as chapter president-elect and president. She also served as National Operation Immunizations Chairperson and Region 2 Facilitator in the same year. Upon graduation, she traveled to Columbus, OH to complete a pediatric ambulatory care residency at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in 2007. While there, she worked with the SNPhA Chapter at The Ohio State University and Dr. Darrel Bryant. In August 2007, she became a Clinical Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Campbell University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Buies Creek, NC, where she practices as a clinical pharmacist at Southern Regional Area Health Education Center (SRAHEC) in Fayetteville, NC. Until recently, she served as the chapter advisor for the SNPhA Chapter at Campbell University.
Dr. Lewis is also a member of numerous other national and local organizations. She is a proud member of the National Pharmaceutical Association (NPhA), where she has served as poster presentation coordinator, clinical initiatives chairperson and Zone 2 director and an active member of Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity, Inc, where she is currently an advisor for the Delta Lambda Chapter at Campbell University and Secretary/Treasurer of the Buies Creek Graduate Chapter. She is also an Executive Committee Member for the Health-Systems Practice Forum for the North Carolina Association of Pharmacists, a member of Phi Lambda Sigma, Rho Chi, ASHP, ACCP and AACP.
It is such an honor and privilege to serve as Executive Director of an organization that gave so much to her. It was through SNPhA that Dr. Lewis discovered her passion for health disparities and serving in underserved communities. It is her hope that SNPhA continues to grow and flourish during her executive director tenure. Dr. Lewis is an advocate for student involvement and leadership. She is wholeheartedly dedicated to establishing a great relationship with the leadership and members of SNPhA, while enhancing the relationship with our parent organization, NPhA, and establishing affiliations with other organizations who have the same goals.
In her spare time, Dr. Lewis enjoys traveling, spending time with family, water activities and music. Occasionally, you may find her singing karaoke or just randomly! Fun fact: If Dr. Lewis could do something that she loved, besides pharmacy and education, she would be the lead singer of a cover band!
Helen Mitchell bio
Region IHelen Mitchell — Region I
Helen Mitchell is a fourth year pharmacy student at Mercer University in Atlanta, Georgia. Helen completed three years of pre-pharmacy coursework at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina in May 2013. Originally from Marietta, Georgia, Helen was excited to start her pharmacy career at Mercer close to home and with a well-connected network of students, faculty, and alumni in the Atlanta area.
Helen fell in love with the Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA) during her first year of pharmacy school. No other organization on Mercer’s campus expressed a primarily service-oriented mission or seemed as close-knit as SNPhA. Helen served as a P1 Mentor, President-Elect, Chapter Delegate, and President of the Mercer SNPhA chapter. Through attending several regional and national SNPhA meetings, Helen finds that all SNPhA chapters maintain these same priorities of service, leadership, and friendship.
Helen is also involved in other professional student pharmacy organization. She is a sister of Kappa Epsilon, serving on the selection committee for two years and as the Chapter Corresponding Secretary her P3 year. Helen is a member of the Rho Chi Society, and serves as a tutor for both group and individual tutoring sessions for Mercer students. Additionally, Helen is a member of Phi Lambda Sigma and APhA-ASP.
Outside of pharmacy school, Helen enjoys spending time with her husband and her friends, playing trivia at local restaurants, trying new foods, and cooking and baking new recipes. She also loves shopping, SCUBA diving, travelling, water skiing and wake boarding, and spending time on the lake.
Helen is excited and honored to serve as the Region I Facilitator for the 2017-2017 year. Her goal is to make her relationships with the chapters in Region I as personal as possible and to be available as an advocate, support system, and brainstorming sounding board whenever necessary. Clear communication, chapter collaboration, and personal goal-setting will drive Helen’s vision for Region I this year. Helen wants to integrate her personal goals and strategy into the presidential theme this year: one mission, no barriers. She will target and eliminate the barriers that both small and large chapters face in participating in SNPhA’s many initiatives, encouraging them to fulfill the mission of SNPhA to serve the underserved to the best of their abilities.
Daniel Pearson bio
Region IIDaniel Pearson — Region II
Daniel Pearson is a 4 th year (P4) Doctor of Pharmacy candidate at Nova Southeastern University College of Pharmacy in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Prior to moving to FortLauderda le, FL for pharmacy school, Daniel lived in Danville, Kentucky where he attended Centre College focusing on a degree in Spanish Linguistics. His mother and her selfless efforts as a home health physical therapist inspired Daniel’s interest in healthcare, so after leaving Centre, Daniel spent a year at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Mississippi finishing up his pharmacy pre-requirements.
Daniel became involved with SNPhA towards the end of his P2 year after participating in a few of the charity walks and community service events his local chapter had planned. The team and family atmosphere that Daniel witnessed in his local SNPhA chapter drew him in and reminded him of being a college athlete and the comradery of his teammates. Furthermore, the mission of SNPhA to “serve the underserved” really spoke to Daniel and coincided with his core values and during the following year he became the Chapter Delegate for the NSU chapter.
Daniel is currently an active member of Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity, Inc., a member of Phi Lambda Sigma Pharmacy Leadership Honor Society, and a student representative on the College of Pharmacy’s curriculum committee. As a member of the curriculum committee, Daniel provides feedback and assistance as the college revamps its current curriculum. Most recently Daniel finished serving as the College of Pharmacy Student Government Association President and Pan-Student Government Pharmacy Representative. As President, Daniel oversaw all of the student organizations for the NSU COP, managed the student organization’s budget, led new student orientation, and sat as head of the SGA Student Travel Grant Committee.
During his spare time, Daniel enjoys crossfit, mud races, tennis, long runs, and cooking. He also loves to travel and do mission trips. Last summer, Daniel ran his first half marathon and spent 6 weeks in South Africa, Mozambique, and Swaziland educating the youth on basic water and hand sanitation as well as building new houses for local orphanages.
Daniel is thrilled to have the opportunity to serve as SNPhA Region II Facilitator. Daniel will use his experiences as former SGA president to maintain excellent communication between the chapters and the national office, be a source of encouragement and motivation for chapters, and promote more collaboration between all the chapters. Most importantly his ONE MISSION is to ensure there are NO BARRIERS that stand in the way of chapters meeting their fullest potential.
Steffany Nguyen bio
Region IIISteffany Nguyen — Region III
Steffany Nguyen is a current 4th year Doctor of Pharmacy candidate at the St. Louis College of Pharmacy (STLCOP) in St. Louis, MO. Her desire to pursue pharmacy originated as a high school student, and paved the way to her commitment to a 6-year pharmacy program. Prior to pharmacy school, Steffany was involved in local community organizations in her hometown of Houston, TX, which influenced her interest and dedication to cultural awareness. SNPhA holds a place near and dear to her heart and has played an immense role in assisting her transition and progression through pharmacy school.
Since the start of her academic career at STLCOP, she has developed a passion to stay active with extra-curricular activities. She has served as a representative for the Class of 2017 in the Student Body Union and Curriculum and Curricular Assessment Committee of the College. As a Student Ambassador, she has been able to channel her appreciation of adapting to new environments through aiding and orienting others to the College. She has been active in various other pharmacy student organizations including the Student Pharmacist Association in which she served as an Executive to guide others in finding their niche amongst many student organizations, Rho Chi Pharmacy Honor Society, and various operations of APhA-ASP. She is also a proud active brother of the Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity, Inc. where she has served on the professional development and recruitment committees.
Since her involvement with SNPhA, she has had the opportunity to serve as the Power to End Stroke Initiative Chair, Alternate Delegate, and Chapter President. Among her favorite experiences include being part of her chapter’s Regional Conference Planning Committee to help plan and host the 2015 SNPhA Regions III, IV, V Regional Meeting, as well as being a part of the National Web Focus Group subcommittee. All of the eye-opening and memorable experiences in SNPhA on a local level have influenced her decision in pursuing leadership on a national level. She believes that SNPhA is for life, and that the warm, welcoming, and enriching environment of the organization that serves as a foundation for which bonds are built upon is what makes SNPhA so unique.
In her spare time, Steffany enjoys fitness, keeping up with health trends, and has interest in a wide variety of sports especially tennis, synchronized swimming, and most recently, aerial yoga. She has an interest for art and likes to visit and check out the most updated exhibits of the art museums each time she goes back home to Houston. Other hobbies of hers include cooking and home shopping/interior design. She keeps a lengthy travel bucket list consisting of various countries of fame, history, as well as several underserved countries in which she would like to take part in humanitarian aid trips to in the future.
Steffany looks forward to working alongside her fellow SNPhAmily in strengthening the goals and objectives of SNPhA, as well as augment the impact of the organization nationally and globally. She is humbled and blessed with the opportunity to serve as the Region 3 Facilitator and to learn from her peers from the National Executive Board, Region III, and elite SNPhA membership. She aims to assist in strengthening the values of SNPhA in order to envision new opportunities for chapter membership, empower members and leaders to find their drive and passion for service, and engage others in the mission to fulfill the duties of our profession. Steffany believes in the power of cultural diversity, combined with cross-functional collaboration, as elements of continuous personal and professional growth. Throughout this journey, she is committed to maintaining transparency and uniting chapters through active listening and streamlined communication as we stand together. Additionally, she seeks to encourage others to live out their fullest capabilities and maximize their leadership potentials to emphasize SNPhA as a premiere student-led organization with one mission, no barriers.
Steffany happily welcomes meeting each and every single SNPhA member with open arms. If you’ve met her already, she might have introduced herself to you with a handshake and saying, “Hi, I’m Steffany with 2 F’s and a Y”.
Kwan Yuet bio
Region IVKwan Yuet — Region IV
Kwan Yuet was born and raised in Enid, Oklahoma– home of the world’s third largest grain storage capacity. Kwan earned a B.S. in Multidisciplinary Studies with a Minor in Chemistry at the University of Oklahoma (OU). She is currently a 4 th year Pharm.D. student at the OU College of Pharmacy. In addition to her fondness for Oklahoma sports, Kwan enjoys watching HGTV, eating donuts, and spending time with friends and family.
Kwan works as a Poison Information Provider at the Oklahoma Center for Poison and Drug Information. She has been involved in several organizations and committees throughout pharmacy school. Notable leadership positions include serving as a committee member for the annual Make-A- Wish Foundation silent auction and Co-Chair of a campus-wide fundraiser for the Children’s Hospital Foundation at OU Medical Center. She is a member of Rho Chi Honor Society, Phi Lambda Sigma Pharmacy Leadership Society, and Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity.
To date, Kwan’s most rewarding leadership role is serving as the Chapter President of OU SNPhA this past year. She is humbled to serve as the Region IV Facilitator and is thrilled to connect with local chapters. Her goals highly resonate with this year’s theme: “We Stand Together. One Mission. No Barriers!” To achieve her goals, she aims to encourage collaboration via CAPS events, maximize transparency between local chapters and the National Executive Board, and extend service events into neighboring communities. She hopes to inspire all members to take an active role in expanding the impact on our underserved populations. Let’s get down to business, SNPhAM!
Yasmyn Knight bio
Region VYasmyn Knight — Region V
Yasmyn Knight is a fourth year pharmacy candidate at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) School of Pharmacy. Yasmyn was born and reared in the St. Louis Metropolitan East Area. She enjoys spending quality time with her family and participating in church activities. Yasmyn also enjoys traveling the world, singing (…or yodeling, as some would say), bowling, playing her violin, and most of all SLEEPING!
Her first exposure to SNPhA was during her senior year of high school through SIUE’s SNPhA annual high school outreach program. Ever since then, Yasmyn knew that pharmacy was her future career and that SNPhA was the pharmacy organization for her. Yasmyn’s involvement in SNPhA has influenced her to become a more dynamic student pharmacy leader and a change agent in her community. Throughout Yasmyn’s pharmacy education, she has been an extremely active member of SNPhA. She has organized children outreach programs, assisted in health fairs, and served as the SIUE’s SNPhA Chapter President-Elect and President. Her love and passion for SNPhA and her SNPhAmily is extreme and contagious.
In 2016, Yasmyn was inducted into Phi Lambda Sigma (PLS) and was elected as SIUE’s PLS Leadership Growth and Development Chair. She is an active member of SIUE’s Student Society Health-System Pharmacists (SSHP), has served as the SSHP American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Liaison, and was the nominated student representative of SIUE’s SOP Diversity and Inclusion Committee.
Yasmyn considers it a blessing and an honor to be appointed as the 2016-2017 Region V Facilitator! She is motivated to advocate for the globalization of SNPhA! She believes the opportunity for SNPhA members to aid underserved foreign communites will be remarkable. Yasmyn is excited to witness the continued growth and representation of Region V at SNPhA regional and national conferences. She would like to remind Region V that when We Stand Together as a SNPhAmily the sky is the limit! One Mission. No Barriers! #RegionVIsOneOfAKind
Ojong Bate bio
Operation Immunization ChairOjong Bate — Operation Immunization Chair
Ojong Bate is a fourth year student pharmacist at the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy. Born and raised in Cameroon, she has enjoyed being a college student in the USA since 2010. Ojong attended Delaware Technical Community College (DELTECH) for her undergraduate career where she later received two Associates degrees in Biotechnology and Chemistry. Her experience at DELTECH instilled in her the passion for community service and the spirit of leadership.
Upon joining the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy (UCSOP) family, Ojong has been a very proactive leader at her college. She was the Power to end stroke initiative chair for her school’s Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA) chapter during her first professional year and the chapter delegate for the past two years. She has a burning passion for the SNPhA’s mission and its role in developing student pharmacists. In addition to SNPhA, Ojong is also an active member of the American pharmacy association (APhA-ASP), American society of consultant pharmacists (ASCP), American Association of pharmaceutical scientists (AAPS), West Virginia Rural Health association (WVRHA), Delaware Pharmacy Society (DPS), student member of the University of Charleston Quality assurance committee, proud brother of Phi Delta Chi (gamma chapter) Pharmaceutical fraternity, UCSOP Phi Lambda sigma (PLS) Vice President, and SNPhA’s immediate past National Power to End Stroke Chair. On Ojong’s spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends. She is very passionate about traveling and learning new cultures. She loves to read, cook, clean and she enjoys volunteering.
Ojong is humbled to serve as the 2016-2017 National Operation Immunization Chair. Her goal for the upcoming year is to challenge every SNPhA member to fulfill the 2016-2017presidential theme of “We Stand Together. One Mission. No Barriers!” She plans to work together with various chapter committee chairs by assisting them to collaborate with the United Nation Foundation to take vaccine education global. She is calling upon all SNPhA members to join forces and eradicate the myths surrounding vaccinations at home and abroad.
Brian Nwokorie bio
Bridging the Gap ChairBrian Nwokorie — Bridging the Gap Chair
Brian Nwokorie is a 3rd year student at the University of Houston College of Pharmacy. After joining the powerful organization of SNPhA during his undergraduate years, he quickly noticed the immense help that was needed in the 3rd Ward community. As the recent delegate of his chapter, he orchestrated a partnership between the American Lung Association, University of Houston, and Texas Southern University. This allowed pharmacy students to visit underprivileged elementary schools and counsel them on properly maintaining their asthma conditions. He hopes that this program can soon be implemented on a national scale.
Brian is the past president of Christian Pharmacist Fellowship International (CPFI), where he brought the organization outside the walls of the University of Houston, and led them into participating in health fairs and community outreach for the close areas in need. In his fraternity, he serves as the Alumni Liaison, keeping alumni involved in current school activities, while also opening the door for active brothers to receive mentorship and guidance. Fascinated by the field of pharmaceutical industry, he hopes to gain more insight as he serves as Treasurer of Industry Pharmacists Organization (IPhO). He is currently a corporate pharmacist intern for CVS, where he just took part in the first Summer Leadership Development Program in Washington D.C. Through this program, he has learned much about the managerial duties for in-field community pharmacist.
Throughout his free time, Brian likes to eat, exercise, and sleep. Whenever he is home, he dedicates his full attention to his two loving rabbits, Kim and Kanye. Brian enjoys keeping up with the NBA as well, catching all 82 games of the Houston Rockets in the midst of his tremendous work load. A minor hobby of his is to collect hats from every city he has visited through pharmacy. He hopes to accumulate more than 20 hats by the time of his graduation in 2018. Although not much of a reader, Brian loves picture books like Hey Arthur, Captain Underpants, and The Little Engine that Could.
As a member of the 2016-2017 National Executive Board, Brian plans to live out “One Mission, No Barriers” by continually serving the underserved, expanding his knowledge in the profession, and empowering others to go out and achieve their dreams. This organization and mission is near and dear to his heart because it was SNPhA who gave him the mindset that he can do ANYTHING he puts his mind to. With the great team by his side, his family on his mind, and God in his heart, no barrier is impossible for him to overcome.
Billie Don Evans III bio
Legislative/Membership Benefits ChairBillie Don Evans III — Legislative/Membership Benefits Chair
Billie Don Evans III is a Third Professional Year PharmD Candidate at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU), in Tallahassee, Florida, born and reared in Pensacola, Florida. Prior to pharmacy school Billie pursued a Bachelors in Biochemistry at the University of West Florida in Pensacola. Since his first semester of pharmacy school Billie has been an active member of the Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA) as 2014-2015 chapter historian and 2015-2016 chapter president-elect. Billie has been active in the coordination and action of community health fairs, various initiative walks and informative sessions, and state legislative advocacy days. Billie was honored to represent FAMU as alternate chapter delegate to the 2015 SNPhA Regions I and II meeting, and as chapter delegate to the 2016 SNPhA Regions I and II, and National meetings. Additionally, Billie has served as chapter historian and chapter president-elect of the American Pharmacist Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP)
and the Florida Pharmacist Association (FPA); Billie is active in the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, staying abreast of trends and new technology in drug utilization and medication safety, and is a member of Rho Chi Society, the Beta Sigma Chapter of Phi Lambda Sigma, and a proud brother of the Delta Iota Chapter of Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity, Incorporated.
In addition to staying active within pharmacy related organizations, Billie places top value on academic excellence, maintaining a high GPA and ever striving to better utilize study time. In free time, Billie enjoys singing with the FAMU Pharmacy Gospel Choir, as director, at various FAMU alumni, college of pharmacy, and community engagements, including middle and high school visits and the Black History Month Celebration. Other hobbies include karaoke, laughing ridiculously with friends, meeting new people, reading science fiction, and the occasional workout at either the FAMU REC or Planet Fitness.
In accordance with the 2016-2017 presidential vision of “We Stand Together. One Mission. No Barriers!” Billie plans to use the platform of Legislative/Membership Benefits Chair to unite all SNPhA chapters in support of current state and national legislation to 1.) expand the pharmacists’ scope of practice, 2.) mandate compensation for pharmacists’ provision of essential health services, and 3.) bring to an end the inaccessibility of quality health services to underserved communities. Billie plans to use a multi-pronged approach to achieving said goals: continuing to streamline the chapter resolutions process, facilitating working relationships between chapter members and their state advocacy associations, and the promotion of influential relationships between chapter members and their locally elected officials. As we find ourselves in the midst of an election year, Billie feels it is time to seize our potential as a unified body of future pharmacists as well as our proximity to our elected officials as they return home to campaign for office, and be the voice that speaks for the underserved, that advocates for the disenfranchised, and that removes barriers to access to and provision of quality health services.
Grace Go bio
Chronic Kidney Disease ChairGrace Go — Chronic Kidney Disease Chair
Grace Go is a 3rd year pharmacy student at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She earned her Bachelor’s in Public Health at UC Berkeley. She has been involved in SNPhA since her first year when she was the Diabetes Initiative Vice Chair. She then went on to becoming her chapter’s Diabetes Chair and also served on the National Diabetes Subcommittee as the Data Analyst. She recently served at her chapter’s delegate for the national conference. Grace is also the president of Phi Lambda Sigma and is active in Kappa Psi and APhA. Outside of school she is a senior pharmacy technician at Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. She does research on the drug Precedex to gather information on how it can be used in the pediatric population.
Grace is extremely excited to serve as the next Chronic Kidney Disease Chair. She is looking forward to working with the committee to continue past successful events and create new ones. To the best of her ability she will uphold the presidential theme of One Mission, No Barriers. Grace’s passion for SNPhA was inspired by being able to do community service in the organization and serving the underserved.
During her spare time, Grace likes to go traveling to explore as much culture and food as possible. She moved to Chicago from California for exactly this reason, although California will always be home for her. One of her favorite places that she has been to is Hawaii. She recently began swimming so that next time she goes, she can do activities like surfing and swimming with the wild life. She also likes rock climbing, strolling around the city and going to concerts and musicals.
Wanda M. Azu Owoh bio
Diabetes ChairWanda M. Azu Owoh — Diabetes Chair
Wanda M. Azu Owoh is a fourth year student pharmacist at Hampton University School of Pharmacy as well as a graduate of the William R. Harvey Leadership Institute at Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia. She is a native of Aba, Abia State, Nigeria and was raised in Columbia, South Carolina.
Since her acceptance into Hampton, she has demonstrated time management skills, dedication, and ambition through involvement in various organizations and employment as a pharmacy intern. Her participation in professional associations stems from her commitment to advancing pharmacy practice and patient care. She has served her school’s chapters of the Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA) as Chapter Delegate, the Rho Chi Pharmacy Honor Society as Historian, and the American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists as the immediate past Chapter President. Throughout these various endeavors, she maintains a commitment to academic excellence.
In an effort to create a more culturally aware campus Wanda served as the former Chapter President of the African Students Association. As a result of her involvement, she founded African Hearted, an emerging non-profit organization established to promote cultural competence to the youth.
Through it all, she still receives a sense of fulfillment from helping the community through public service. Wanda is a Spring 2016 Initiate of the Gamma Iota Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. In her free time, she enjoys exploring new places and creating memories with loved ones.
As the appointed SNPhA National Diabetes Chair, Wanda aims to increase awareness and education in underserved communities. Her goal is to encourage patients to take an active role in their diabetic care to achieve optimal outcomes. Additionally, she hopes to continue developing national and local community partnerships, to increase global participation in diabetes events.
Wanda Azu Owoh will be graduating from Hampton University School of Pharmacy in May 2017. Upon graduation, she would like to pursue a post-graduate fellowship in Global Regulatory Affairs.
Anh Dao Le bio
Power to End Stroke ChairAnh Dao Le — Power to End Stroke Chair
Anh Dao Le is currently a P3 at Ohio Northern University-ONU. She was born in Illinois when her family first came to the United States. She first became involved with SNPhA during her P1 year in efforts to volunteer and perform community service. She became interested in SNPhA due to its core focus of serving the underserved, a message that hit home due to facing countless culture barriers growing up. The following year as a P2, she served as the Power to End Stroke (PTES) Chair for her chapter. During her time as the PTES chair, she organized blood pressure screenings at local pharmacies, health fairs, and community centers. She also focused on nonpharmacological methods such as diet and exercise to help hypertensive patients.
At the 2016 National Convention held in Atlanta, Georgia, she was appointed the National Power to End Stroke Chair. With this role, she looks forward to moving chapters to work with the underserved. She aspires to uphold this year’s presidential theme, “We Stand Together, One Mission, No Barriers,” by bringing blood pressure screenings to community centers, soup kitchens, food pantries, and immigration centers. At these locations, she aims to unite the medically underserved to close the gap on health disparity imposed by cultural barriers. Due to stroke being a co-morbid disease, she plans to collaborate with other project chairs to prevent and combat stroke. She believes that if healthcare professionals strive to stand together in pursuit of one mission of preventive care, no barriers of culture, race, economic status will persevere.
Outside of SNPhA, Anh Dao has served as pharmacy representative in the ONU Student Senate and Pharmacy Council to discuss issues at her college of pharmacy. She also is an active member of Omicron Delta Kappa and an active writer and lead editor in the Pharmacy and Wellness Review (PAW), a student led health review. She also serves as a medical interpreter for Vietnamese patients. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring restaurants of all cuisines. She also takes a liking in playing basketball, cooking, cleaning, and traveling.
Shutian Kathy Ju bio
Remember the Ribbon ChairShutian Kathy Ju — Remember the Ribbon Chair
Shutian Kathy Ju is an old soul who lives on both sides of the spectrum. She enjoys reading and watching movies by herself, but also loves talking to new people. She likes being surrounded by pure, rustic nature but is also able to appreciate the works of modern architects, such as Rem Koolhaas and Frank Gehry. With her free time, Shutian loves trying new things and learning about new topics she has not encountered before.
Shutian Kathy Ju is a third year Doctor of Pharmacy candidate at University of Houston College of Pharmacy. Before this, she received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin. Shutian was introduced to SNPhA at the beginning of her first year of pharmacy school and immediately fell in love because of SNPhA’s mission to love on those who do not get this on a daily basis. Ever since then, she has been involved with SNPhA by serving as the RTR junior chair during the second semester of her first year. And even while serving as her chapter’s vice president during her second year of pharmacy school, RTR is something that stayed close to her heart because of how much this initiative has impacted her during her first year and because of how HIV/AIDS is increasingly impacting the world without the similar growth in awareness.
For the year of 2016-2017, Shutian hopes to start at the core of student awareness within as many chapters as possible – regardless of the chapter size – and spread this awareness to the surrounding communities and to other organizations. She believes that as we educate ourselves, it will empower us to educate others and help rid of prejudice. And as SNPhA plants the right mindset within the student body, this will not just enable the awareness of the general public, but also enable the empowerment of those who are affected by HIV/AIDS. Shutian also hopes to set up a medical missions trip that will allow SNPhA members to get out of their pharmacy bubble and continue this fight for awareness globally. Because we will definitely NEED to stand together to win this battle – to accomplish our one mission with no barriers.
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The Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA) was founded in 1972 on the campus of Florida A & M University, when Sharon Roquemore (now Sharon Lovick Edwards) and John J. Scrivens organized that first meeting. In addition to the students from Florida A & M University, students from Howard University, Texas Southern University, Xavier University and other schools were in attendance. The meeting participants numbered about one hundred. Our many years of success are in part due to the outstanding leadership the association has had over the years. Mr. Clinton C. Cunningham was the first Executive Secretary; serving from 1972-1974. Mr. Ralph Arline (deceased) succeeded him from 1974-1979. It was in 1979 that SNPhA gained its first female leader, named Heidi Anderson (Currently Dr. Heidi Anderson-Harper). For ten years, she provided impeccable leadership bringing SNPhA into a new era. Dr. Marisa Lewis took the helm in 1989 and continued for the next 16 years in the capacity, the longest tenure of any Executive Director. The current SNPhA administration includes Dr. Carmita Coleman as the executive director and Elaine Anderson as the executive assistant. Over the years, SNPhA has been blessed with several assistant executive directors, who included Dr. Terri Smith-Moore, Dr. Monica Lahoz, and Dr. Patricia Lieveld. Dr. Julie Smith served as the current assistant executive director from 1995 to 2007.