Darryl Lewis bio
PresidentDarryl Lewis — President
Darryl Lewis is a native of Rocky Mount, North Carolina and is currently a 3rdyear 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 decided to get involved on the national level early as he was elected National President Elect during the 2016-2017 academic year.
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, Darryl is committed to carrying out his presidential theme of “Connecting the P.I.E.C.E.S.” and focusing the organizations efforts on the Patients, Inclusion, Empowerment, Community, Education and Service. Darryl encourages the membership to work hard to achieve all their goals and to understand that impact they can have as they help us to connect the pieces.
Colin Lombardi bio
President-ElectColin Lombardi — President-Elect
Colin Lombardi grew up in small-town Milan, Ohio, located about an hour West of Cleveland. While attending his alma mater of Edison High School, he decided to become a pharmacy student for his love of healthcare and helping others. He chose to attend Ohio Northern University’s Raabe College of Pharmacy in Ada, Ohio, where he is now a 2nd year professional student. Ohio Northern’s pharmacy program is one of the few in the nation that functions as a 0-6 year pharmacy curriculum, allowing students to get involved in organizations from day one. Thus, Colin has been involved in SNPhA since his freshman year of school, where he has served as his chapter’s Legislative Chair, President-Elect, and President. Furthermore, he has attended every national and regional conference since becoming a part of the organization. Through his experience in SNPhA, Colin has developed lifelong friendships and created a transcontinental professional network, while having the ability to greatly impact and influence those around him.
As National President-Elect for the 2017-2018 year, Colin is excited to work with such an incredible national board and enthusiastic membership, especially under the leadership of President Darryl Lewis. Colin strongly believes in the Presidential SNPhA theme of Connecting The P.I.E.C.E.S., and will continue to work hard to positively impact all areas that benefit SNPhA’s members, sponsors, and communities served. Colin’s future career goals include pharmacy advocacy, leadership, and administration. He is thoroughly interested in where the profession of pharmacy is moving in the future and wants to be a part of the continuous growth to give patients the highest quality services and care.
Colin has been a part of many clubs, teams, and organizations while in school. He is a proud brother of Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI) social fraternity, works for his campus community as a Resident Assistant, and is also a writer for the Pharmacy and Wellness (PAW) Review that aims to bring current pharmacy issues to light. In the past, Colin played college football for Ohio Northern as a place kicker. This allowed him to join the Student Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC), where he eventually became President of the organization and was a leader among student athletes on campus. He also has conducted research on the disease of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and drug therapy treatment options in rodents. Colin works as an intern at both OhioHealth Marion General Hospital in Marion, Ohio and Discount Drug Mart in Galion, Ohio. In the meantime, Colin enjoys traveling with friends and family, attending concerts of various genres, exercising, reading, and trying to improve his fashion game.
Gifty Gyebi bio
Vice PresidentGifty Gyebi — Vice President
Gifty Gyebi is a PharmD candidate (Class of 2018) at the University of Houston. She was born in Oakland, California to Ghanaian immigrants. Before pharmacy school, she earned a bachelor’s in biology from Prairie View A&M University; a master’s in biology from Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis; and a master’s in management from Wake Forest University.
In her undergraduate years, Gifty’s interest in leadership and community involvement was reinforced after pledging Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. She continued her dedication to service by joining SNPhA during her first year of pharmacy school. She was inspired to become a leader in the organization after learning more about the history of why SNPhA came to be. As a former chapter president, she is committed to moving the organization forward in any way possible. She firmly believes that no other organization does more than SNPhA for the advancement of minority student pharmacists as well as underserved populations.
Gifty is an active member of several organizations, including the Industry Pharmacists Organization, Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity, Inc., and Phi Lambda Sigma. She enjoys going to church, singing, and catching up on her favorite TV shows. She also loves Disney movies, Mexican food, and Ghana jollof.
As National Vice President, Gifty is excited to help members with professional development through the regional and national clinical skills competitions. She is also very passionate about fostering teamwork between chapters through the CAPs program. Gifty is humbled to serve on the National Board and looks forward to an amazing year of “Connecting the Pieces!”
Kayla Harris bio
Recording SecretaryKayla Harris — Recording Secretary
Kayla Harris is a fourth year pharmacy student at Mercer University College of Pharmacy in Atlanta, GA. She completed her undergraduate studies at the Georgia Institute of Technology where she received her Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry. Even before her involvement in SNPhA, Kayla has been dedicated to “serving the underserved” and advancing the pharmacy profession. As a member of both the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), and the GT Pre-Pharmacy Student Association, she has been bridging disparity gaps in the Atlanta community through both education and service.
Kayla is an active member of Kappa Epsilon Fraternity, Inc., the National Community Pharmacists Association, and also serves as the Treasurer for the Mercer Class of 2018. Her past leadership experiences during her pharmacy career include serving as the Mercer University Council of Students Secretary and the Interfraternity Council Vice President. Kayla also had the honor of serving as the Secretary for the Mercer SNPhA chapter for two consecutive years, which sparked her interest in running for SNPhA National Recording Secretary. As the chapter Secretary, Kayla helped her chapter implement new and innovative events on campus and in the community to fully capture the essence of the SNPhA mission. During her two year term, she proudly helped the Mercer SNPhA chapter maintain their status as one the top three large chapters within the organization. Her favorite event that she had the pleasure of coordinating, was the KITES Science and Engineering Festival, where she worked with elementary school students in the local Atlanta area and introduced them to the healthcare field and the profession of pharmacy through activities such as Epipen tutorials and pill-counting competitions. Kayla hopes to bring this type of innovation and creativity to SNPhA on a grand scale while she serves as National Recording Secretary.
In her spare time, Kayla enjoys reading, running, scrapbooking and sewing. Originally from Southern California, she loves warm weather, being outdoors and any opportunity to visit the beach. Kayla is also interested in traveling and visiting new places both in the U.S. and across the world. She has already made trips to Jamaica and Puerto Rico, and will be participating in the Indian Health Services initiative in Arizona during her fourth year rotations. Kayla is interested in independent pharmacy and plans to open her own establishment in the future.
Kayla is honored to be serving as the SNPhA National Recording Secretary for the 2017-2018 year, and she cannot wait to see all of the great things that our chapters are able to accomplish! Her goal for this year is to encourage and improve the connection of chapters through the chapter reporting system, to collaborate on events and share ideas. As we are “Connecting the P.I.E.C.E.S.” in the communities around us, Kayla strives to ensure that the innovative strategies that we use to improve the health of those in our local community can be shared and replicated to help close health care disparity gaps across the nation!
Swathi Varanasi bio
Corresponding SecretarySwathi Varanasi — Corresponding Secretary
Swathi Varanasi is currently a third year Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) student at the South Carolina College of Pharmacy at the Medical University of South Carolina, in Charleston, SC. Swathi was raised in Connecticut and New Jersey before relocating to Minnesota to attend Carleton College in idyllic Northfield. She studied Spanish and Neuroscience, and spent two semesters studying abroad in Spain and Ecuador. She was also a Summer Intern for the non-profit organization, MEDLIFE, where she helped organize mobile clinics in the outskirts of Lima and Cuzco, Peru. Upon graduation, she worked for her university as the Program Associate for the Global Engagement Initiative, which involved graphic/web design, event planning, and booking thought-provoking guest speakers on international issues. During this year before pharmacy school, she spent her time away from work volunteering and interpreting at the local free clinic for Spanish-speaking patients, as well as compounding in an independent pharmacy. Once beginning pharmacy school, Swathi found her place in SNPhA. Swathi spends her extracurricular time doing research on substance dependence, tutoring students as a Supplemental Instructor, and working with a start-up on an educational headset to help alleviate psychiatric illnesses.
SNPhA has had a lasting impact on both her professional and personal growth. In the past year as President-Elect for her local chapter, she had an incredible experience working with the Executive Board to help increase membership and overall event involvement. She organized the first series of mental health-related pharmacy service events at her school, which proved to be a highly gratifying experience. She also participated in events such as World AIDS Day with the Lowcountry AIDS Services, as well as forged a relationship with the Charleston Transplant Home, an organization dedicated to provide housing to patients and their families undergoing the transplant process. In addition, she has participated in the Clinical Skills Competition and has served as Alternate Chapter Delegate and Chapter Delegate at regional and national conferences respectively.
In her free time, Swathi can be found scouring airfare websites to get the best deal to plan her next trip abroad. As of Summer 2017, Swathi has been to almost thirty countries and she tries to squeeze in as much as travel as she can on school breaks. When in the States, she can be found testing new vegan recipes, catching up on TV, trying Asian restaurants, going to barre class, and visiting too many thrift stores.
Swathi is filled with excitement and honor to be elected as your SNPhA National Corresponding Secretary. The previous board demonstrated that when working as a team to realize their goals, anything is possible, such as the new(!) Mental Health Initiative. She looks forward to working with the other dynamic members on the National Board in an effort to promote SNPhA as the premiere student pharmacy organization. She hopes that in due time every health professional will know who we are and what we stand for as an organization because there are no barriers to our potential. Swathi aims to work with our SNPhAm to connect the pieces by serving every advisor, chapter, student, and community member, to make this the best year SNPhA has ever seen!
Justin Bui bio
Public Relations LiaisonJustin Bui — Public Relations Liaison
Justin Bui is a 3rd year Doctor of Pharmacy and Master of Business Administration dual-degree student at SUNY-University at Buffalo Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in Buffalo, New York. He graduated from the School of Management’s LeaderCORE program, which strengthens the development of leaders personally and professionally. Prior to his graduate career, he was a California resident and was raised in the hub of the Silicon Valley, San Jose and has always been fascinated with technology and the impact of social media. He received his Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from University of California – Davis.
Coming into his first year of pharmacy school, he saw early on that his values aligned with the Student National Pharmaceutical Association and has not looked back. He served his local chapter as an Operation Immunization Co-Chair, President-Elect, and President, which he attributes to developing his passion for the organization. One of the challenges his chapter faced was its inability to gain visibility and a presence within his school and community. While the organization was just as active as other organizations, his chapter found itself traditionally flying under the radar. He wanted to address this challenge and consistently came up with innovative ways to broadcast and expand the SNPhA brand within the School of Pharmacy. He established various media platforms for his chapter and created monthly Snapchat filters to raise awareness for meeting days. He was also given the opportunity to be active on the National level as a member of the National Public Relations Committee. Justin’s enthusiasm and passion for SNPhA helped him get nominated as a finalist for the JB Hillis Chapter President of the Year award. Justin is also involved in his community as a proud member of Lambda Kappa Sigma and a Dean’s Student Ambassador.
In his spare time, he is almost always either playing sports or following his two favorite teams: the Dallas Cowboys and New York Knicks. He welcomes anybody to convince him that those are not the two best sport franchises in the world. When he is not relentlessly cheering on his favorite teams, he enjoys trying new foods with his buddies, traveling, and practicing photography.
Justin is honored for the opportunity to serve this organization as the National Public Relations Liaison. His vision is to develop a brand that falls in line with our Presidential Theme of Connecting the Pieces, while still staying true to our two values of Service and the SNPhAmily. He plans on focusing the spotlight on our chapters and our members this upcoming year. He looks forward to seeing what you all, individually, as well as collectively, as a SNPhAmily, are able to accomplish this year.
Gevorg Martirosyan, PharmD bio
Executive ChairmanGevorg Martirosyan, PharmD — Executive Chairman
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.
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”.
Anna Poston, PharmD bio
Executive ConsultantAnna Poston, PharmD — Executive Consultant
Anna Poston is a PGY1 Pharmacy Resident at The Jewish Hospital, Mercy Health, in Cincinnati, OH. She earned her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy. SNPhA’s mission to serve the underserved inspired Anna to become actively involved in this organization during pharmacy school, which included representing the University of Kentucky as chapter Vice President and Delegate during her third year. Anna went on to become the 2016-2017 SNPhA National Recording Secretary.
In addition to SNPhA leadership, Anna served as the University of Kentucky 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 is excited to serve as a 2017-2018 SNPhA Executive Consultant in order to help SNPhA members connect the pieces throughout the year.
Robbie Christian, PharmD bio
Executive ConsultantRobbie Christian, PharmD — Executive Consultant
Dr. Robbie Christian is a PGY-1 Resident at the Miami VA Healthcare System and recent graduate from 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 treasurer at UT and went on to become a founding member,
bylaw author, and inaugural president for LECOM’s chapter. 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.
Nationally, Robbie served SNPhA as the Vice President, encouraging us to embrace change. She
worked with Kroger and Wolters Kluwer in preparation for the clinical skills competition. Robbie
recognizes that an organization is stronger when linked together and is excited to help connect the
P.I.E.C.E.S this year as an executive consultant. She looks forward to meeting more SNPhAM and
watching the growth of each individual chapter.
In her spare time, Robbie enjoys playing spades, spending quality time with her dog Stormy, watching NBA games (Go CAVS!), traveling, and catching up with friends and family.
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.
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!
Chris Donald, RN bio
Executive AssistantChris Donald, RN — Executive Assistant
Chris Donald is a pediatric cardiology nurse at Driscoll Children’s Hospital in Corpus Christi, Texas. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Texas Tech University Health Science Center. Chris’s involvement with SNPhA started when her husband (Bryan Donald, PharmD) was elected as the National Recording Secretary for the 2015-2016 term. At the 2016 SNPhA convention in Atlanta, Georgia, Chris joined her husband and ended up working the registration table. Chris discovered how unique, dedicated, and truly exceptional the students of SNPhA are.
In November 2016, Chris decided to join the SNPhA family and became the executive assistant. In her spare time, Chris enjoys spending time with her husband and her two daughters (doggies), Daisy and Zelda. She also enjoys jogging, gardening and cooking.
Chelsea Sumner bio
Region IChelsea Sumner — Region I
Chelsea Sumner is a third year pharmacy student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Eshelman School of Pharmacy located in Chapel Hill, NC. Originally from Raleigh, NC, Chelsea received her B.S in Clinical Research degree with minors in Biology and Spanish from Campbell University in Buies Creek, NC.
When she started pharmacy school, she wanted to join an organization that made her feel like a part of the family and SNPhA was that organization. She immediately felt at home and has been actively involved in community outreach, assisting with screening patients for chronic diseases and providing counseling for patients who do not have regular access to healthcare providers. Chelsea has a particular passion for serving the underserved after her participation in a pharmacy consult service within a dental clinic. It inspired her to encourage her classmates to develop a health intervention to provide educational materials for chronic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes and chronic pain to implement within a free dental clinic. Her passion for serving underserved populations stems from her parents’ teachings from her childhood to always give and help those who were unable to help themselves. She believes that together everyone can accomplish more and looks forward to carrying out this year’s theme of “Connecting the P.I.E.C.E.S.”
Chelsea enjoys spending time with friends and family and can be seen frequently traveling to visit them. Her favorite things including eating, sleeping, reading, and UNC basketball, #GoHeels! As the 2017-2018 Region I Facilitator, Chelsea is determined that her region will have the most fun and is excited to integrate the pieces of Patients, Inclusion, Empowerment, Community, Education, and Service. Her goals for this year include connecting with chapters through visits, open and clear communication, and serving as an advocate whenever needed. She knows that this will be an amazing year as we connect the pieces and encourage each other to carry out SNPhA’s mission of serving the underserved.
Kiera Miller bio
Region IIKiera Miller — Region II
Kiera Miller is a fourth year Doctor of Pharmacy candidate at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). She earned her B.S. in Exercise Science at the University of South Carolina (USC) in 2013. Her love for SNPhA began at the pharmacy student organization fair, where a diverse group of students made her fall in love with SNPhA’s mission. She then went on to serve as the P1 liaison, operation immunization chair, president-elect, chapter delegate, and chapter president. SNPhA has allowed her to have purpose during her pharmacy school journey. Through SNPhA, she has had the opportunity to travel, network, and become more self aware, all while serving the underserved community.
Kiera is also an active member of CPFI, APhA-ASP, SSHP, PDC, and PLS. During her P2 and P3 school years, Kiera served on the MUSC COP diversity committee. During her 2 years on the committee, she helped to create 3 student diversity groups, the Underrepresented Minority Mentor group, the Non-Traditional Student Peer Support group, and an umbrella student diversity group. She also helped to launch the PREP (Pharmacy Readiness Engagement Program) program, which allows interested students to have the opportunity to simulate the pharmacy school interview process and learn about the different career paths of a pharmacist.
Kiera’s interests include trying new foods, meeting new people, laughing, and traveling. For one of her elective rotations she traveled to Masindi, Uganda where she worked at an outreach health clinic as well as the Masindi-Kitara Medical Centre. During this rotation the had the opportunity to serve the underserved community on a global level, and fulfill each of her aforementioned interests.
Kiera is honored to be appointed as the 2017-2018 Region II Facilitator, and excited to facilitate growth and witness greatness! Kiera is a true advocate for peer learning, and will aim to push chapters to participate in multiple CAPS events. It takes teamwork to Connect the P*I*E*C*E*S, and Region II is ready to link up, learn, and serve!
Jasmine Woods bio
Region IIIJasmine Woods — Region III
Jasmine Woods is a current 4th year pharmacy student at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science- College of Pharmacy (RFUMS- COP) in North Chicago, IL. Born and raised in Salem, NJ, she attended Xavier University of Louisiana in which she received her degree of Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and a minor in Biology. From high school to undergrad, she has always had a passion for service by finding ways to serve in the community that she resides in. Therefore once she entered pharmacy school, it was easy for her to continue serving the underserved population, which is why she knew SNPhA was the perfect organization for her. Not only is she an active member, but she has served as Secretary and then Chapter President where she has helped grow membership, provide the student body a better understanding of SNPhA, and work directly with her chapter’s initiative chairs through volunteering and assisting. She has volunteered with SNPhA and other pharmacy organizations to provide the surrounding community with educational sessions and health screenings.
During this past academic year Jasmine has had the pleasure of serving as the Student Dean for RFUMS- COP; serving as liaison between the faculty and students. Currently, she is a proud brother of Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity, and has served as Professional Chairperson for two consecutive years for her chapter where she coordinated community service and philanthropy events. Also, she is a present member of Phi Lambda Sigma Leadership Society, American Pharmacists Association- Academy of Student Pharmacists, and Illinois Council of Health- System Pharmacists.
In her spare time, Jasmine enjoys traveling, sports, spending time with friends and family, and volunteering. One of her personal goals is to serve the surrounding community; not solely because she is a student pharmacist, but because she loves making a difference in people’s lives.
Jasmine is very much honored to serve as the Region III Facilitator, and she aims to assist chapters in accomplishing their goals, encouraging membership, collaborating, and building relationships. Her vision for Region III is to continuously grow and impact communities in a unified way by “Connecting the P.I.E.C.E.S.” this year. She looks forward to connecting with local chapters of Region III, and hopes to inspire members to continue serving and making an impact within their communities.
Vivian Lieu bio
Region IVVivian Lieu — Region IV
Vivian Lieu is currently a 3rd year student at the University of Houston College of Pharmacy (UHCOP). Vivian was born and raised in Houston, Texas, where she successfully completed her undergraduate coursework. During her time at the University of Houston, Vivian was able to experience first-hand the importance of giving back to those in need. She worked alongside the Muscular Dystrophy Association, a non-profit organization that raises funds dedicated to curing muscular dystrophy, ALS and other related diseases. Her interest towards serving the local community has only grown since the start of her academic career at UHCOP.
Vivian developed her passion and commitment towards becoming a leader within her community and the profession of pharmacy by being an active member of Student National Pharmaceutical Association, National Community Pharmacists Association, as well as being a proud active brother of Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity, Inc. Her most humbling leadership role exemplifying passion was with her local SNPhA chapter by serving as a Smoking Cessation Co-chair for the past two consecutive years. She wholeheartedly believes that whether it is impacting 1 or 100 patients, the rewarding feeling comes from how a life can be impacted with the knowledge provided by a healthcare professional.
During her free time, Vivian loves to sleep, eat, and spend time with her family. She also loves to try local independently owned coffee shops around the Houston area to expand her palate and her love towards coffee. Along with her coffee addiction, Vivian has an uncanny obsession towards sweets that she is infamously known for.
Vivian is excited and honored to have the opportunity to serve as the 2017-2018 Region IV Facilitator. She envisions strengthening this year’s theme of: “Connecting the P.I.E.C.E.S.” focusing on patients, inclusion, empowerment, community, education and service. She strives to obtain her goals by assisting in breaking down barriers that each chapter may encounter and help in the efforts to reach the ultimate goal of serving the underserved community on a national level. Vivian believes that by having optimal transparency and strong interpersonal communication skills, each chapter will achieve goals that were once unattainable. She hopes to empower and motivate others to take a more active role within their community and to lead by example. She is eager to meet and work with everyone in the SNPhAM!
Meron Mezgebe bio
Region VMeron Mezgebe — Region V
Meron Mezgebe is a fourth year pharmacy student at Mercer University in Atlanta, Georgia. Meron received her Bachelor of Health Sciences with a minor in Health, Aging and Society from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada in 2013. She was born in Toronto, Ontario and grew-up in Mississauga, a suburb just outside of Toronto. Meron moved to Atlanta for the exciting opportunities that pharmacy school at Mercer University had to offer.
Meron first began her involvement with the Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA) during her first year of pharmacy school. Her first community service event was Black Pride in Atlanta’s Piedmont Park with the Remember the Ribbon (RTR) committee during the first weeks of pharmacy school. No other organization on Mercer’s campus held a mission of service and generated a lasting bond between its members like SNPhA. Meron served on the Remember the Ribbon committee during her first year, and was elected as the Vice-President for her P2 and P3 years. Through the hard work of its members, Mercer University placed top three chapters both years that Meron served on the executive board.
Meron has also been extensively involved in research endeavors before and during pharmacy school. During the 2017 National Pharmaceutical Association (NPhA)/SNPhA National Convention, Meron presented a poster with her colleague Kayla Harris on the perceptions of HIV pre-exposure prophylactic (PrEP) therapy among African-American women. Meron also presented a poster at the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR) 20th and 21st annual meeting, as well as the 2017 Georgia Society of Health-System Pharmacists (GSHP) spring meeting. During her P3 year Meron was the Journal Club Coordinator for the Mercer Chapter of GSHP. During her time with GSHP, she facilitated sessions to help students understand and evaluate medical literature, furthermore, she created and executed the first Journal Club Competition for pharmacy students at Mercer University.
Meron is excited and honored to serve as the Region V Facilitator for the 2017-2018 year. Her goals are to build lasting relationships with the members of Region V, increase representation on a national level, and to create innovative programs that provide all members an opportunity to grow as healthcare professionals. She aims to use available resources and alumni to assist in the development of new chapters in Region V and continue to strengthen the membership of existing chapters. She hopes to encourage others to find their drive and passion for service and empower her team in Region V to pursue leadership positions within the organization. Finally, she is committed to helping all members find their place in this extraordinary organization as we strive to #ConnectThePIECES.
Rachel Barr bio
Operation Immunization ChairRachel Barr — Operation Immunization Chair
Rachel Barr is a fourth year student pharmacist at The University of Tennessee Health Science Center, College of Pharmacy in Knoxville, Tennessee. She completed her undergraduate pre-pharmacy studies at The University of Tennessee. Her love for SNPhA began during “Pharmacy Weekend” which is held for incoming first year students. During this orientation members of the UTHSC SNPhA Chapter stood up to tell their stories about how they were able to serve the underserved. It would appear that the ideals of this organization were in line with Rachel’s passion. SNPhA captured her heart that very day. She continued to serve as service co-chair during her first year and then as vice-president of the Knoxville campus for the UTHSC SNPhA chapter during her second year. During her third year of pharmacy school she chose not to serve in any leadership positions, which would she would regret more than she knew. Consequently, with SNPhA pulling at her heartstrings, she applied for many national positions at the beginning of her fourth year and was appointed as Operation Immunization Chair.
Rachel has served in leadership roles for many other organizations within UTHSC including Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity and Christian Pharmacists Fellowship International (CPFI). She is also an active member of the American Pharmacists Association – Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP), American Society of Health- System Pharmacists (ASHP), College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists (CPNP), and Imhotep Society. Due to her active role within her school of pharmacy, she was inducted into Phi Lambda Sigma (PLS) at the end of her second year. She was also awarded the UTHSC College of Pharmacy Community Service Award at her third year pinning ceremony as voted upon by her classmates. This extreme honor was in great part due to the amount of service hours she put forth while serving her SNPhA chapter. In her spare time, Rachel enjoys spending time with her ever-supportive husband, cuddling her cats, and watching YouTube videos.
As National Operation Immunization Chair, Rachel is excited to connect the underserved patient populations with important pieces of information and education about vital immunizations. She is honored to serve the community by including them in their own education and empowerment. With the help of her SNPhAM she believes we can all work together to connect the pieces.
Chidi Iroegbu bio
Bridging the Gap ChairChidi Iroegbu — Bridging the Gap Chair
Chidi Iroegbu is a third year student pharmacist at the University of Houston College of Pharmacy. He was born in Nigeria and grew up in Houston, Texas. He developed a passion for serving others since his childhood, which was exemplified by his various volunteer experiences in high school. Due to SNPhA’s apparent leadership, goals, and impact on the community, he quickly became an active member of the UH-SNPhA family once he began his undergraduate studies. Eventually, Chidi served as the Community Outreach Co-Chair during the 2016-2017 school year, where he helped coordinate health fairs and foster positive relationships with various community centers to assist underserved populations in the Houston area. In addition to SNPhA, he is a proud member of Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity, Inc, where he currently serves as the Graduate Relations Sr. Chair. In this role, he has been instrumental in exhibiting the core values of Kappa Psi’s philanthropic endeavors by creating the chapter newsletter. He also holds active membership in the Christian Pharmacists Fellowship International (CPFI) and National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA). Additionally, he is a Pharmacy Extern at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.
In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with loved ones, traveling, exercising, listening to music, self-reflecting, and satisfying his taste buds with savory sushi and mouth-watering steak. However, no food has surpassed his mom’s one-of-a-kind jollof rice. Chidi also enjoys watching and playing sports. He is a die-hard Houston Rockets fan and when he is not cheering for his favorite team in the Western Conference, he is debating with others on who should rule Westeros in Game of Thrones. In addition, Chidi’s positive attitude and social nature make meeting new people by far one of his greatest enjoyments.
As the National Bridging the Gap Chair, Chidi is committed on improving upon the NPhA/SNPhA mentoring program, increasing attendance of the Bridging the Gap events, and empowering members and leaders in finding their voice and passion for service. Chidi is humbled and honored to have the opportunity to serve as the 2017-2018 National Bridging the Gap Chair and is fully committed in embodying SNPhA’s powerful campaign as set forth by National President, Darryl Lewis, “Connecting The P.I.E.C.E.S.” He is eager to begin working with the visionaries in the National Office and building upon the incredible momentum from the SNPhA chapters who stood together “One Mission. No Barriers!”
Lauren Latten bio
Legislative/Membership Benefits ChairLauren Latten — Legislative/Membership Benefits Chair
Ms. Lauren Latten is a native of Charleston, South Carolina. She is a rising 3rd year pharmacy student at Howard University College of Pharmacy, which is located in Washington, DC. Lauren completed her undergraduate studies at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill (UNC), where she majored in International Studies with concentrations in Global Health and Latin America and minored in Business Administration and Spanish for the Professions. While at UNC, she held various leadership roles and had the opportunity to work for Bank of America as a Global Wealth & Investment Management summer intern.
During her first week at Howard University College of Pharmacy, she learned about various campus organizations. The Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA) was the only organization that stood out to her. Chapter members seemed genuinely passionate and excited about SNPhA! Lauren was motivated by their enthusiasm and quickly joined SNPhA. Shortly after becoming a member, she learned about the vast history between SNPhA and Howard University College of Pharmacy. Chauncey I. Cooper founded NPhA, our parent organization, and previously served as Dean of Howard University College of Pharmacy.
Lauren is passionate about SNPhA and dedicated to serving underserved populations. Throughout her pharmacy career, Lauren has remained active in SNPhA and has served in various leadership roles. While a 1st year pharmacy student, Lauren got involved with her chapter’s CIC Subcommittee and was chosen to serve as a member of the National Public Relations Sub-Committee. In that role, she worked closely with the National Public Relations Liaison and made significant contributions to The Signatura, SNPhA’s newsletter. Lauren implemented “Disease Dialogue”, which educated SNPhA members on various disease states and pharmacotherapy options. As a 2nd year pharmacy student, Lauren was elected Vice President of her chapter.
She is honored to serve as this year’s Legislative/Membership Benefits/Immigration Chair and is excited to begin this wonderful journey with her fellow executive board members! Lauren looks forward to implementing this year’s presidential theme, which is “Connecting the P.I.E.C.E.S.”. Lauren enjoys meeting new people, gaining mentors, implementing innovative ideas, and increasing membership benefits. She plans to promote advocacy of various topics, including Pulmonary Fibrosis. Lauren’s biggest inspiration, her mother, was diagnosed with Pulmonary Fibrosis in 2006.
Lauren is also involved with other organizations on campus. This year, she serves as the Student Advocacy Chair of Student Council, VP of Communications of APhA, and Treasurer of ASHP. Lauren is also a member of APhA, ASHP, IPhO, and ISPOR. In her spare time, she loves to network, cook, organize events, travel, attempt to parallel park, and spend time with her family and friends.
Elizabeth Ojo bio
Chronic Kidney Disease ChairElizabeth Ojo — Chronic Kidney Disease Chair
Elizabeth Ojo is a fourth year pharmacy student at the University of Georgia. She has been involved with SNPhA for many years, and has served as her chapter’s Chronic Kidney Disease Chair and Vice President. She has also served as a member of the National Chronic Kidney Disease Subcommittee. Outside of SNPhA, Elizabeth is an active member of ACCP and IPhO and works as a pharmacy intern at CVS Health.
Elizabeth is incredibly excited to serve as the next Chronic Kidney Disease Chair. Since her mother became a dialysis nurse 8 years ago, Elizabeth discovered a passion for promoting kidney health. She is looking forward to working with other initiative chairs to bring Chronic Kidney Disease to the spotlight and erase the stigma associated with organ donation. Elizabeth looks forward to a challenge, and is excited to execute the presidential theme of Connecting the P.I.E.C.E.S. to the best of her ability.
In her spare time, Elizabeth volunteers with her church to mentor middle school and high school students in her community. She teaches her students the importance of a formal education, making a SMART plan, and setting fulfilling personal goals. Elizabeth is an avid cyclist, and her favorite trail is The Silver Comet in Atlanta, Ga. She also enjoys listening to podcasts, cooking, and staying up to date with the latest pharmacy news.
Janet Akinduro bio
Diabetes ChairJanet Akinduro — Diabetes Chair
Janet Akinduro is a fourth-year Doctor of Pharmacy Candidate at Notre Dame of Maryland University (NDMU). Before pharmacy school, she attended the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP) where she received her Bachelor of Science degree. Janet was exposed to the world of pharmacy during her undergraduate years. She served as the Community Service Co-Chair for the UMCP Pre-Pharmacy Society. Janet’s passion for pharmacy has grown through her experiences such as working as a Pharmacy Intern. She continues to advocate for the profession and serve the underserved through community service.
Janet’s participation in the Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA) began prior to starting at NDMU in the fall of 2014. Janet helped to charter the NDMU SNPhA chapter and served as the President-elect and President from 2015-2017. There is no family like the SNPhAmily. She has found a home within SNPhA as she joins other passionate students to break down barriers to improve minority representation within pharmacy and give a voice to those who cannot advocate for themselves.
As a member of Phi Lambda Sigma-Delta Beta Chapter and President of Bethel Campus Fellowship (NDMU Chapter), Janet has had numerous leadership experiences that have prepared her to serve as the 2017-2018 National Diabetes Chair. To create better communities as illustrated in the 2017-2018 presidential theme, “Connecting the P.I.E.C.E.S”, she vows to devote herself to this new position and empower SNPhA members by creating national opportunities to educate and serve patients
In her free time, Janet enjoys cooking, reading, and spending time with her family. She is urging members of SNPhA to reach out with ideas and goals for the National Diabetes Initiative. Janet would like SNPhA members to know that they are the true leaders of SNPhA. SNPhA does not exist without its members and, as we proceed into the 2017-2018 academic year, she is ready to work with each chapter to help increase the organization’s impact in the lives of those at the center of the SNPhA’s mission.
Kiara Fairman bio
Power to End Stroke ChairKiara Fairman — Power to End Stroke Chair
Kiara Fairman is a 3rd year pharmacy student at the University of North Texas System College of Pharmacy in Fort Worth, Texas. She received her B.S. and M.S. from Alabama State University and University of Texas Southwestern, respectively. Ms. Fairman was born and raised in Las Vegas, NV with her mom and two brothers.
Kiara was first introduced to SNPhA during her P1 year by interviewing a hospital pharmacist who spoke about the service aspect of the organization. Since there was no SNPhA chapter on her campus she decided to start one. During her year as president, Kiara worked diligently to establish events and programs for the underserved communities. She also aimed to increase involvement and increase membership. One of her most memorable events was the PTES Soup Kitchen Blood Pressure Screening which the previous chair, Anh Dao Le, made a national service event. Thus, with the previous PTES chair’s template, Kiara plans to continue promoting blood pressure screenings at soup kitchens, American Heart Association involvement, and national awareness days. Furthermore, she will encourage collaboration with other initiatives to have joint events such as health fairs, walks, and more. For all of SNPhA’s P.I.E.C.E.S to come together, Kiara believes that this year’s presidential theme is essential. Thus, we must make sure that we Empower our Patients through Inclusion, Education, and Service to make the Community a better place.
When not involved with SNPhA, Kiara participates in other organizations, such as ASHP, ACCP, and Phi Lambda Sigma, in varying capacities. She is a member of Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She enjoys drawing, eating, and playing soccer or any other competitive sports.
Precious Dadzie bio
Remember the Ribbon ChairPrecious Dadzie — Remember the Ribbon Chair
Precious Dadzie is a fourth-year pharmacy student at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy in Richmond, Virginia. Though born and raised in Durham, North Carolina, her family roots stem from Ghana.
Inspired by her favorite quote from Jackie Robinson, “A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives”, Precious has framed her life’s purpose around its meaning.
Upon entering pharmacy school, she knew that she wanted to continue fulfilling her personal mission of engaging in service to the underserved, and immediately became an active member of SNPhA. Throughout her time with SNPhA she has served as the Historian, Legislative Chair, and Chapter Delegate. It was at her first SNPhA national meeting in Orlando, Florida after P1 year, that she developed an interest in one day becoming a national officer.
Outside of SNPhA, Precious is actively involved in the Student Association of Consultant & Geriatric Pharmacists (SACGP), American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Students in Pharmacy (APhA-ASP), and Student Pharmacist Policy and Advocacy Association (SPAA). She is also a proud brother of Phi Delta Chi Fraternity, and a member of Pharmacy Leadership Society (PLS). During her first two years of pharmacy school, she served as a mentor at a local youth center for the underserved where she worked one-on-one with a mentee, helping her achieve academic goals, while serving as a positive role model. Throughout her pharmacy education she has maintained her commitment to serving through numerous volunteer efforts with her various organizations. During the 2016-2017 school year she had the opportunity to serve as a Student Council for an Inclusive Environment (SCIE) Ambassador, working with students from other health science disciplines who identify as coming from an underrepresented background. This afforded Precious the invaluable opportunity to receive leadership training on cultivating diversity and inclusion across the medical campus, and she was able to engage in conversation about experiences as an underrepresented minority.
In her free time, she enjoys working out, shopping, dancing, and skiing whenever she has the opportunity to do so. Additionally, she loves watching college football and basketball and is a “die hard” Duke Blue Devils fan.
Precious is extremely excited for the opportunity to serve SNPhA on the national level. As the appointed Remember the Ribbon Chair, she aims to increase awareness and education about HIV/AIDS in an effort to continue breaking down the stigmas associated with the disease. Her goal is to increase conversation about HIV/AIDS in order to empower everyone to end the silence of this global pandemic, especially in underserved communities. Furthermore, Precious hopes to promote more awareness campaigns, build additional national and community partnerships and provide more opportunities for SNPhA members to get involved. Reaching as many people as possible no matter one’s background, race, or HIV status, will be the key for us to Connect the Pieces and continue the fight against this disease.
Ruth Aminu bio
Mental Health ChairRuth Aminu — Mental Health Chair
Ruth Aminu is a fourth year pharmacy student with a minor in business administration at Ohio Northern University’s Raabe College of Pharmacy located in Ada, OH. She began her journey with SNPhA as a young inquisitive first year pre-pharmacy student. During that time, she quickly noticed the passion that resonated within her SNPhA peers and caught the SNPhA bug. From then on, she became an active member participating in community outreach and attending national conferences. The unique opportunity SNPhA gave her to connect with her community was unmatched by any other organization she was a part of. Joining an organization whose mission is to serve the underserved fell right in line with what she felt her purpose was as a future pharmacist.
During her time with Ohio Northern University’s Chapter, she served as the National Projects Chair and Vice President. Through her innovative thinking and business mindedness, her chapter was awarded Regional Finalists for the Prescription For Service Award for two consecutive years. Working with Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club to bring new services and new outreaches to her small, rural college town has been a very rewarding experience for her.
Aside from her active SNPhA roles, she has served as a teaching assistant at her University’s compounding lab and college of pharmacy representative at the University’s student senate. She has also enjoyed helping cultivate Ohio Northern’s multicultural department. She served as the Vice President of the Black Student Union, was an international student mentor, and secretary of multicultural affairs. In her spare time, Ruth loves to make pretty much any breakfast food (French toast, crepes, pancakes, etc.) and watch psychological thrillers. She also loves to travel and hopes to one-day visit the beautiful Santorini, Greece.
Ruth is honored to serve as the inaugural chair for this position. Her goals are to implement a strong foundation, paving the way for SNPhA’s future leaders. Her first order of business will be to provide resources and guidance for each SNPhA chapter to have their own Mental Health chair. Collaboration with national and state level mental health organizations is also a goal of Ruth’s. As she begins this endeavor, she hopes each SNPhA member will join her in connecting the pieces to strengthen the mental well being of the communities we serve.
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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. Dr. Carmita Coleman served as the executive director from 2008 until 2016. The current SNPhA administration includes Dr. Kimberly Lewis as the executive director and Chris Donald, RN 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, Dr. Patricia Lieveld, Dr. Julie Smith. Dr. George Okpamen is the current assistant executive director.