Region I Facilitator
Alysa Vereen is a native of Zebulon, North Carolina, a small town with an estimated population of 5100 located half an hour East of Raleigh. She is currently a 4th year pharmacy student at Hampton University School of Pharmacy in Hampton, Virginia.
Alysa was first introduced to SNPhA as a freshman, pre-pharmacy student. She was involved in the chapter’s Bridging the Gap Pre-Pharmacy Mentorship Program that partnered professional pharmacy students at Hampton with pre-professional students. She joined the HU-SNPhA at the start of her P1 year with hopes of advancing her professional career and sharpening her leadership skills but found that SNPhA became her professional home. Being from a rural area with limited access to health care, Alysa found that the organization’s mission, to “serve the underserved”, aligned with her personal values. She is dedicated to the organization and has served her chapter as P1 Liaison, Legislative Chair, Chapter Achievement Partners (CAPs) Chair and Bridging the Gap Co-Chair. She has served the organization nationally on the Legislative National Sub-committee as the House of Delegates Chair. Moreover, she has attended every regional and national conference since she joined the organization in 2015.
As the 2018-2019 Region I Facilitator, Alysa is looking forward to establishing lifelong relationships with members, assisting chapters in reaching their goals, collaborating with Chapter Presidents and celebrating their accomplishments along the way. Her vision is to inspire members to find “Strength in Purpose” by encouraging members to capitalize on their motivation for pursuing a career in pharmacy.
In addition to SNPhA, Alysa has interests in research, and has worked as a research assistant during her P2 year with the Men’s Minority Health Initiative (MMHI) on an NIH grant supported by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD). Her research looked at dynamics and causal pathways of disparities in cardiovascular disease—hypertension, stroke and heart disease—among rural African American males.
Alysa currently works as a clinical pharmacy intern for Riverside Regional Medical Center in Newport News, Virginia and as community pharmacy intern at Walgreens Pharmacy in Hampton, Virginia. She is a writer for the Pharmacy Times and an active member of many professional and service organizations including VSHP, HU-SSHP and an initiate of the Gamma Theta Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.
Outside of her academic pursuits, Alysa enjoys spending time with friends and family, self-reflecting, traveling, shopping, baking, cooking and trying new restaurants.
Alysa has a passion for service and is committed to continuous education. Her career goals include pursuing her MBA to advance into an administrative career that integrates business and pharmacy. She believes that every interaction you have with anyone in pharmacy should be treated like a job interview or a marketing opportunity. She lives by a simple, yet powerful quote by Maya Angelou, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel”.