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!