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Travis Lester
Project Keepsake

I am a fourth-year pharmacy student at the University of Illinois-Chicago College of Pharmacy.  I was born in Alexandria, VA and moved to Jacksonville, FL when I was 10 years old.  For undergrad, I attended the University of Florida (Go Gators!) where I majored in Food Science and Human Nutrition.  Following my time at the University of Florida, I accepted a job offer from the railroad with CSX Transportation which brought me to Chicago.  After working for the railroad for 8 years, I decided to pursue my healthcare passion and attend pharmacy school. 

During my time as a pharmacy student, I have been very involved with SNPhA in roles including fighting to end diabetes vice-Chair, chapter delegate, and chapter president.  In addition to my SNPhA service, I have also served as student liaison for American College of Clinical Pharmacists (ACCP), professional chair for Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity, Inc., and Pharmacy Student Council treasurer.  I am also a member of my college's Urban Health Program College Advisory Council which functions to ensure that issues affecting minority students are addressed.  

Outside of school, I work as a pharmacy intern at the Jesse Brown VA and Walgreens.  After graduation, I plan to pursue a PGY-1, followed by a PGY-2 in either emergency medicine, transplant, or critical care.  I am an avid sports fan and my favorite teams include the Washington Redskins, Jacksonville Jaguars, Miami Heat, and of course the Florida Gators.      

I am looking forward to a wonderful year serving as your National Project Keepsake chair.  I am inspired by the foundation that my predecessor has laid, and I look forward to building upon this foundation to increase SNPhA's impact on preventing chronic kidney disease and promoting organ donation.  I hope to serve as a resource to lead and empower chapters to generate programming to advocate for underserved populations living with CKD and educate our youth to promote early prevention.

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