Shannon Alexander is currently a fourth-year student at the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy. Leading up to pharmacy school, Shannon exposed herself to as many healthcare opportunities and experiences as possible. She held an internship in high school where she worked in the labor and delivery department and volunteered over three hundred hours in the inpatient pharmacy of Emory University hospital, to name a few. She decided pharmacy was the rewarding profession she was looking for. Given that pharmacists are accessible, knowledgeable, and trustworthy, she knew this was an excellent opportunity to serve as a bridge between patients and the rest of the healthcare team.
Her college career started at Mercer University where she completed her pre-pharmacy coursework and earned a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences degree. While at Mercer, she served on the executive board of the Association of Pre-Pharmacy Students, the executive board of the National Society of Leadership and Success, and as co-founder and co-captain of a cultural dance team, Rangreli. During her undergraduate studies, she did research in quantum chemistry on mercury chelation for those exposed to improper gold mining techniques in Ecuador. Another way she stayed involved was by serving as a teaching assistant for general and organic chemistry labs.
In pharmacy school, Shannon quickly found herself drawn to several organizations, but ultimately found her niche in the Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA). During her first year, she served as legislative assistant chair and learned all the ways students could help to promote the profession and advocate for our patients. She ran for local president-elect, which launched her incredible experiences as chapter president of UGA SNPhA. Under her leadership, the chapter grew to be defined as large division and held several events that were first of their kind, including Pre-Pharmacy Day. Additionally, Shannon was a member of the winning Prescription for Service team whose project focused on implementing health education training, point of care testing, and addressing barriers to healthcare in underserved minority women.
Apart from her roles in SNPhA, Shannon stayed active in several other organizations and activities. She currently works as a pharmacy intern at Emory University’s inpatient pharmacy. She is involved in Phi Lambda Sigma and Phi Delta Chi. Shannon served as a student representative on the Dean’s Student Advisory Council. She also co-founded a chapter of the Industry Pharmacists Organization (IPhO) at UGA and continued to serve as vice president. Additionally, Shannon participated in research in the Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences Department on G-protein pathways and neuroinflammation. She has been recognized for her leadership and dedication to the profession throughout pharmacy school.
Shannon is honored to have the privilege to serve as the 2019-2020 National Recording Secretary. Using this national platform, she hopes to help the growth and continued success of the organization by emboldening members to Lead, Empower, Generate, Advocate for our Communities and its Youth. This vision today will allow us to leave our L.E.G.A.C.Y. tomorrow!