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bio Felix Tran
President
Felix Tran
President

Felix Tran is a fourth year Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD.) candidate at The Ohio State University (OSU) College of Pharmacy.  In addition, he is currently a first year Master of Business Administration (MBA) candidate at the Fisher College of Business at OSU.  Felix is a native Texan where he was born and raised in Houston.  Prior to pursuing the PharmD/MBA dual degree in Columbus, OH, he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from the University of Houston.  He has been involved in SNPhA for three years at the chapter level and recently as National President-elect.  His previous leadership experiences include:  Pharmacy & Therapeutics coordinator for the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy and Vice President of the American Chemical Society.  He is also a proud member of Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity and Phi Lambda Sigma Pharmacy Leadership Society.  

As the SNPhA National President, Felix is leading 20 others on the national board to push the organization to new heights.  His presidential theme for 2013-2014 is to ACT:   Advance to Achieve, Collaborate to Connect, and Teach to Transform.  His vision is to focus on the professional development of SNPhA members to become the future pharmacy leaders of tomorrow, establish partnerships with other healthcare professional organizations to provide collaborative care for patients, and work towards extending the reach of SNPhA to global populations.  

Email: felixtran@snpha.org

bio Dainielle Fox
President-Elect
Dainielle Fox
President-Elect

My name is Dainielle Fox and I am your 2013-2014 National President-Elect.  I am a P3 student, St. Louis Native, currently attending St. Louis College of Pharmacy in Saint Louis, Missouri.  My hobbies include playing basketball, reading (mainly DiPiro), and relaxing with friends.  I received my Bachelors of Science in Communication Disorders with a Psychology Minor from Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri.  

Through my time at St. Louis College of Pharmacy (STLCOP) I have held various leadership roles. Some of them include immediate past-president for the STLCOP SNPhA chapter, , Student Ambassador for the Student Alumni Association and most recently the current St. Louis Student Pharmacists Association President.  My involvement within the profession of pharmacy goes beyond the local level.  Through active participation of both state and national organizations, I strive to be up to date with issues affecting our profession and make sure that we always do what is best for the advancement of the profession. While I value being an advocate for the profession of pharmacy in many ways, my true passion is SNPhA.  

I first got involved in SNPhA upon my entrance to STLCOP and taking upon the role of chapter secretary. This role led me to gaining insight to the mission and vision of the organization. I firmly believe that everyone has the power and ability to serve the underserved and I am very grateful to be a part of an organization that utilizes all the resources available to fulfill this mission and make a difference in the lives of those in need. 

This year, I am ecstatic to work with an amazing executive board, but most of all, I can't wait to work with all of you. Together, we are going to advance the profession of pharmacy through ACTion. Our President, Felix Tran, has called to us ACT: Advance to Achieve, Collaborate to Connect, and Teach to Transform.   My goals as the 2013-2014 President-Elect include continuing to expand membership, advancing professional development of all members, and building relationships with professional organizations. Now, more than ever, we are focusing on ACTion to further our mission, vision, and continue our impact in the community!

Email: dainiellefox@snpha.org

bio Kimberly Lewis
Vice President
Kimberly Lewis
Vice President

Kimberly Lewis is a 4th year PharmD Candidate at the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. She was born and raised in Colorado Springs, CO. She followed her love for soccer to the University of Iowa where she completed her undergrad as a student-athlete. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdepartmental Studies with a focus in health sciences.

She is a proud member of Phi Lambda Sigma as well as Phi Delta Chi pharmaceutical fraternities. She also served as both the Vice President of Research and the Curriculum Chair for BRANCH, a new interdisciplinary student organization. However, SNPhA has remained her passion since she joined as an affiliate in 2009. Over the past 3 years she has served her local SNPhA chapter as the OTC Counseling Handbook co-coordinator, Chapter Delegate, President Elect, and President. She is honored to be your 2013-2014 SNPhA National Vice President and is ready to ACT. Some of her goals for this year are to develop a national data collection system, encourage chapters to incorporate A1C testing into their diabetes screenings, and to continue to improve upon the clinical skills competition and CIC point system.

In her spare time she enjoys playing soccer, playing fetch with her dog, and watching Shark Week. She also enjoys spending time with her friends and family.

Email: kimberlylewis@snpha.org

bio April Henson
Recording Secretary
April Henson
Recording Secretary

April Henson is 3rd year PharmD candidate at Chicago State University College of Pharmacy.  April was born and raised in a small town called Lufkin in the great state of Texas, but migrated to the city of Austin to further her education.  She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Family Sciences from The University of Texas at Austin in May 2009.

April was recently inducted into Phi Lambda Sigma and she will serve as the President of the Delta Gamma chapter this year.  She is also a member of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS), and previously served as the Vice President of the Class of 2015.  Of all the commitments she has made however, Student National Pharmaceutical Association is her main focus.  April was introduced to SNPhA in 2006 as a pre-pharmacy student at UT Austin.  It was her initial gateway to the profession of pharmacy.  Roles that she has played in the organization include serving on the publicity committee, Chair of Professionalism committee, Chapter Delegate and Chapter Vice President.  This year, she will serve locally as Corresponding Secretary.  Outside of school, she is a member of New Life Covenant Church Southeast of Chicago where she serves underserved populations through the Medical Ministry and Urban-to-Global Missions team.

In her spare time, April enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, watching football (it is a TEXAS thing!) and has a guilty pleasure of reality television.April is honored and humbled by the opportunity to serve as the 2013-2014 National Recording Secretary and is ready to take ACTion to assist in taking SNPhA to greater heights not only locally and nationally, but globally.  Some of her goals for the year include increasing communication between local and nationals to ensure that all the information required to be successful at ACHIEVING our goals is available, encouraging COLLABORATION between chapters across the nation to help our SNPhA family grow stronger and stronger on all levels, and lastly, working diligently with all of you to TRANSFORM SNPhA into a global organization through projects, initiatives, and the like.

“Advance to Achieve. Collaborate to Connect.  Teach to Transform.”

Email: aprilhenson@snpha.org

bio Diana Garcia
Corresponding Secretary
Diana Garcia
Corresponding Secretary

Diana Garcia was born and raised in Houston, TX, where she is now a fourth year student at the University of Houston College of Pharmacy. Diana completed her pre-pharmacy curriculum at the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Houston-Main Campus. She became involved with SNPhA as a pre-pharmacy student and has continued to be a dedicated member. She has carried the mission of SNPhA, helping the underserved, in various ways from educating people about HIV/AIDS, raising funds for various charities and volunteering her time in numerous health fairs.

During her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, friends and significant other. She also enjoys catching up on her favorite television shows, going to the movies and watching football. Diana is a proud member of Phi Lambda Sigma and a brother of Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity Incorporated. When it comes to her studies, she plans to pursue and complete a PGY1 residency. Her fields of interest include infectious disease, pediatrics, cardiology and critical care. Diana is currently a part of a longitudinal clinical experiential program at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center. The objective of the program is to help her prepare for a post-graduate residency and become a successful clinical pharmacist.

Serving on the national executive board this previous year, as Region 4 Facilitator, was a wonderful opportunity and experience she will never forget. Most importantly, she was able to work alongside one of the closest and best executive boards SNPhA has ever seen, the Strong 18 + 1. Coming back to the board this year as corresponding secretary will be an entirely different journey. The corresponding secretary position was created last year to help ease the responsibilities of the recording secretary. Since it’s a fairly new position, she saw this as an opportunity to grow and strengthen the responsibilities of the corresponding secretary. Diana is excited for her new role and her new executive board team members and cannot wait of the great things that are yet to come.

Email: dianagarcia@snpha.org

bio Idris Yakubu
Public Relations Liaison
Idris Yakubu
Public Relations Liaison

Idris Yakubu is a fourth year Pharm.D. student at The University of Toledo College of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences, where he also earned his Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences degree  and a chemistry minor in May 2012. Idris was born and raised in Nigeria, and has enjoyed being a college student in The United States since 2008.

Idris has been involved with his SNPhA chapter since his freshman year, and served as the public relations chair for two consecutive years. In addition, he serves as The University of Toledo College of Pharmacy ambassador, and has also served on the diversity and admissions committees at The University of Toledo College of Pharmacy. He currently volunteers at The University of Toledo Medical Center, as a diabetes educator. 

Idris enjoys travelling and spending time with his friends in his spare time. He also loves watching and playing sports. Specifically, he enjoys playing soccer and ping pong.

He is honored to serve as the 2013-2014 National Public Relations Liaison, and excited to be on the ACT team. His goal is to continue to promote SNPhA, and Advance our national and global initiatives. He plans to ensure that all SNPhA chapters have a public relations liaison, to help promote SNPhA’s initiatives on college campuses and communities. He also plans to encourage SNPhA chapters to have their own newsletters, and to improve the national signatura. He encourages SNPhA members to stayConnected and informed through our national website and social media network (Facebook, Twiiter & Instagram).

Email: idrisyakubu@snpha.org

bio Dr. Carmita Coleman
Executive Director
Dr. Carmita Coleman
Executive Director

Carmita A. Coleman, PharmD is the Associate Dean, Office of Student Affairs, and Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice at the Chicago State University College of Pharmacy.

Dr. Coleman holds a bachelors degree in chemistry from the University of New Orleans, a Doctor of Pharmacy degree with honors from Xavier University of Louisiana, and has recently completed a Masters of Art in Administration with Distinction from the University of the Incarnate Word. Dr. Coleman completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at Hermann Hospital in Houston, Texas.

1999, Dr. Coleman joined the faculty as Assistant Professor, and later Director of Continuing Professional Education, at Hampton University School of Pharmacy. There, she developed and taught a variety of courses, including the integrated components of Drug and Disease Management. She then went on to help establish a new school of pharmacy at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas. In 2005, she joined as Assistant Dean in the Office of Student Affairs and received tenure and promotionto Associate Professor.

She currently serves as the National Executive Director for the Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA), the nation’s premier professional organization for minority pharmacists. She has held this position since 2006. Under her tutelage, the organization has seen substantial membership growth and professional impact.

Her research interests include patient and student outcomes, health disparities, and cardiovascular and women’s health. 

bio Elaine Anderson
Executive Assistant
Elaine Anderson
Executive Assistant

Mrs. Anderson recently moved to Midway College School of Pharmacy in Paintsville, Kentucky as the Academic Affairs Office Manager from the University of the Incarnate Word, Feik School of Pharmacy in San Antonio, Texas.  She has been employed in Academia for the past 3 years and under the guidance of Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Dr. Carmita Coleman.

Mrs. Anderson background includes 12 year of military service and 12 years in the hospitality industry.  Along with MCSOP, she is also Executive Assistant for the Student National Pharmaceutical Association, which is now headquarter at Midway School of Pharmacy.  Mrs. Anderson is looking forward to the newest School of Pharmacy’s opening and thrilled to be a part of the SNPhA team.

Email: contactsnpha@snpha.org

bio Dr. George Okpamen
Executive Consultant
Dr. George Okpamen
Executive Consultant

George Okpamen is recent graduate of Texas Southern University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences.  He has been a member of SNPhA since his pre-pharmacy days at the University of Houston, where he was initiated into the Eta Mu Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated.  Because of the relationships formed on both campuses, he naturally took up his first leadership position with TSU-SNPhA as their CAPs Coordinator.  In the following years, he would eventually grow in leadership with the chapter and among other things chair the 2011 Region III, IV, & V Conference as well as his chapter’s efforts to win “Chapter of The Year.”  That same year he was inducted into Phi Lambda Sigma Pharmacy Leadership Society and initiated into the Delta Theta Chapter of Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity, Incorporated. He has had the amazing privilege of serving SNPhA on the national scene for the last three years – starting as the National Vice-President, moving to the first ever Executive Chairman, and now as the National Executive Consultant.

When George is not working or serving he enjoys spending time with his friends and family.  He specifically likes watching or playing sports with his two brothers. His favorite teams include the L.A. Lakers and the Dallas Cowboys.  He also plays drums every Sunday with those same two brothers at their father’s church, Abounding Love Christian Center.

His goals for this year include finding innovative ways to A.C.T. with both SNPhA and NPhA to better our respective communities, pharmacy profession, and healthcare as a whole.  Get a birds eye view of the vision by following @NPhAPharmacy on both twitter and instagram.

Email: georgeokpamen@snpha.org

bio Dr. Pejman Ahmadi
Executive Chair
Dr. Pejman Ahmadi
Executive Chair

Pejman Ahmadi is a recent graduate of California Northstate University College of Pharmacy. He was one of ten founding members of their chapter in 2009. He initiated his journey in SNPhA locally as the Project coordinator and chapter delegate. In the following year, he continued his involvement as the delegate of SNPhA during Regional and National conferences. During the end of his P2 year, he decided to get involved nationally and represented SNPhA for the past two years as National President-elect and President. With the help of the membership and his amazing Dream Team Executive Board they were able to take SNPhA into new heights in the profession. His passion for SNPhA allowed him to continue to stay involved with SNPhA post Presidency with him taking on the roll of National Executive Chairman. 

Pejman currently works for Target and is an Executive Team Lead for the Pharmacy in Sacramento, CA. He looks forward to represent both Target and SNPhA in all the future events and to be apart of the continued fostering of the two entities relationship. Pejman is also involved with NPhA as joining the Executive board team as their new Webmaster. During his down times he likes to spend time with his amazing wife and family and play catch up with his friends. He follows almost every sport and has a favorite team or player as well. If you ever like to talk to him about sports or anything make sure to follow him of Facebook, Twitter (@PejAhmadi), or Instagram (PejAhmadi). He loves to continue to mentor pharmacy students, undergraduates, and high school students so please contact him if you ever need anything.

A.C.T.ion's speak more than words and one of his goals is too inspire and accomplish all his goals for SNPhA and NPhA through that theme.

Email: pejmanahmadi@snpha.org

bio Michael Danny Jean
Head of Interprofessional Relations
Michael Danny Jean
Head of Interprofessional Relations

Greetings SNPhA Nation,

My name is Michael Danny Jean or simply Danny and I am a fourth year pharmacy student at the University Of Houston College Of Pharmacy.  I have been involved with various pharmacy organizations including Phi Lambda Sigma, Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity and most notably the Student National Pharmaceutical Association. SNPhA has been an integral part of my student leadership experience having served on various UH SNPhA committees before being elected as U. Houston chapter delegate in 2011-2012. The following 2012 -2013 year I brought my desire to impact our underserved communities to the national level by serving as your National Vice President which turned out to be a life changing experience! I am now honored to serve as your new Head of Interprofessional Relations in what I expect to be a game changing 2013 -2014 year for both SNPhA and the pharmacy profession.

In my spare time I enjoy routine bible study, working out, watching most sports and playing basketball, long intellectual conversations with those who enjoy the same, and experiencing good times with friends and family.

My goal this year is to begin facilitating interprofessional collaborations to reach out to the underserved communities with national organizations of different disciplines other than pharmacy such as the National Optometric Student Association to bridge the gap in our distance as student healthcare professionals. By this effort we hope to gain a better understanding of the capabilities of other healthcare professionals while delivering education and patient care to the underserved communities.

GO SNPhA!! GOOD TIMES AHEAD!!!

Email: dannyjean@snpha.org

Region Facilitators

bio Jenena Ferguson
Region I
Jenena Ferguson
Region I

Jenena is a 4th year Doctor of Pharmacy candidate at Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia. She is a native to Norfolk, Virginia, where her passion for pharmacy practice was first ignited. During her senior year in high school, she enrolled in a pharmacy technician program at Norfolk Technical Center where she became a certified technician upon graduation.

Since enrollment at Hampton University, Jenena has taken on an active leadership roll in her scholastic endeavors, pharmacy practice and her community. She is currently serving her second term as the Representative to the Dean for the class of 2014 and as the newly appointed SNPhA National Region I Facilitator.

Jenena has been a dedicated SNPhA member since her first year in pharmacy school. She has served as the HU SNPhA Chapter Alternate Delegate, Operation Immunization Chair, New Member Committee Chair, and Chapter President. Her most  significant contribution to the organization and personal accomplishment was serving as the host and Planning Committee Chair for the 2013 SNPhA Region I & II Conference. 

Although Jenena spends majority of her time serving her Hampton Roads Community, she also makes plenty of time for her family. She is the third eldest of six children, and a proud aunt to her niece and nephew. She is the designated holiday planner in her family and the goofy glue that holds everyone together.

She is excited to serve as the 2013-2014 Region I Facilitator and ready to engage everyone in the new presidential theme to ACT!

Email: jenenaferguson@snpha.org

bio Amanda Capino
Region II
Amanda Capino
Region II

Amanda Capino, from Yorktown, VA is a fourth year pharmacy student at South Carolina College of Pharmacy-Columbia.  Amanda completed her pre-pharmacy coursework at the University of South Carolina.  Amanda was very excited to learn about SNPhA and has been a member since beginning pharmacy school.  She has participated in a variety of SNPhA events in an effort to serve the underserved.  Some of her favorite events have been helping with the Beat the Pack Program, participating in health fairs, attending Service Saturdays, and volunteering at nursing homes.  Amanda served as Chapter Vice-President during her P2 year and Chapter President this past year.  She enjoyed being able to work with all of the officers and members to build that bridge!  Amanda has liked being able to build an even bigger bridge through interactions with SNPhA Members from across the country at SNPhA Regional and National Conferences. 

Amanda has enjoyed being involved in a number of other organizations at SCCP-Columbia.  Some of these organizations include Student Societies of Health-System Pharmacy, Phi Lambda Sigma, and Institute for Healthcare Improvement, and Student Advocates for Pediatric Pharmacy.  In SSHP, she completed arts and crafts with children at a local children’s hospital and served as co-fundraising chair for two years.  In PLS, she helped plan CV workshops and served as secretary this past year.  In SAPP, she participated in Children and Healthcare Week, completed service projects with the Ronald McDonald House, and served as chair of the committee.  Outside of pharmacy school organizations, Amanda has volunteered at a free medical clinic, pre-school, and elementary school in Virginia and participated in Relay for Life.  Amanda plays the trombone and loved being able to participate in the Mighty Sound of the Southeast Marching Band!  During her free time, Amanda loves spending time with her family and friends, cheering on the Gamecocks, listening to country music, and doing arts and crafts.   

Amanda is very honored and grateful to be able to serve as the Region II Facilitator this year.  She hopes to encourage open communication between the national office and each chapter.  Goals include getting to know each chapter, to have all chapters in Region II share ideas with each other for events, to plan at least one region wide event, and to encourage participation in all initiative events.  Amanda can’t wait to ACT this year with the SNPhA family!    

Email: amandacapino@snpha.org

bio Joshua Blackwell
Region III
Joshua Blackwell
Region III

Joshua Blackwell is a third-year pharmacy student at Ohio Northern University (ONU) with a double minor in business administration and management.  As a pre-pharmacy student at ONU, Joshua joined SNPhA and has thoroughly enjoyed “L.E.A.Ding” and “building the bridge” with other SNPhA members.  Throughout his years as a member, he was the pharmacy council representative, the outreach coordinator for two years, and then was previously his chapter’s president.

Joshua has served and participated in several organizations during his time at ONU.  Some of those organizations include being a member of the professional affairs division for the Ohio Society of Health-System Pharmacists (OSHP), serving in the outreach committee for Student Societies of Health-System Pharmacy (SSHP), and vice president of Student Senate.  He is currently an inpatient pharmacy intern at the main campus of the Cleveland Clinic and has previously worked as an intern at his local CVS.  In his spare time, he loves to travel, spend time with family and friends, and loves watching his ONU Polar Bears and Pittsburgh Steelers push for a victory.

Joshua will have the honor to serve as your National Region III Facilitator and has several goals to make this region thrive within the organization.  Some of these goals include:  1) increase the cohesiveness of the region’s chapters through social media, 2) increase the presence of SNPhA by assisting in chartering at least one new chapter within the region, 3) challenge the region to set and achieve high goals, and to develop or encourage leadership development, and 4) increase the presence of the regional facilitator in order to better serve the chapters.  Through these goals, Region III will advance the profession and achieve greatness within and outside of their communities, collaborate with other chapters and other health care professionals in order to better connect with patients, and teach to transform society in how quality healthcare is provided.  Joshua Blackwell is prepared to A.C.T. and propel not only this region, but also the mission and vision of SNPhA towards greatness!      

Email: joshuablackwell@snpha.org

bio Patrick Maranon
Region IV
Patrick Maranon
Region IV

Patrick Maranon is a 3rd year student at the University of Houston College of Pharmacy. After completing his undergraduate studies at the University of Houston, Patrick joined the Student National Pharmaceutical Association in his P1 year.  SNPhA’s leadership, goals, and impact on the community stood out to him as he became a part of the UH SNPhA family. Patrick previously served as the Vice President of the UH SNPhA Chapter and currently serves as the P3 liaison. Patrick is also a proud brother of the Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity Delta Delta chapter.

In Patrick’s spare time, he enjoys playing the piano and the guitar. Patrick also enjoys watching and playing sports and is a fan of the Houston Rockets and the Houston Texans.

Patrick’s goals as the Region IV facilitator include increasing SNPhA’s reach and impact towards each chapter’s respective communities. Further, he aims to recognize and reward the chapters for their creative and meaningful events. Patrick also wishes to increase collaboration between chapters and plans to implement a direct means to collaborate and share ideas. Patrick is delighted to start his journey with his new family and is excited to see the impact that each person will make.

Email: patrickmaranon@snpha.org

bio Tope Osiyemi
Region V
Tope Osiyemi
Region V

Tope Osiyemi is a 4th year PharmD Candidate at the University of Washington School of Pharmacy located in Seattle, Washington. She is of Nigerian descent and grew up in Houston, Texas. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Texas Southern University in 2009 and was awarded a one-year graduate fellowship in the Integrated Technology Transfer Network Program at California State University, concentrating on Science, Business and Entrepreneurship. In 2011, she was involved in organizing a multidisciplinary project trip with the school of pharmacy’s Bridges to Health organization for the Global Medical Brigades to provide health care services and outreach in Honduras, in which she also participated. Her love for international health care and public health led her to study abroad in Italy, Europe in 2012, where she learned about how the cultural and ethnocentric aspects shaped the Italian health care system.

Throughout her academic career, Tope continues to remain active and strive to build herself professionally and personally. She chartered the first SNPhA chapter in Washington State at the University of Washington, and was also President of her chapter. She has served as the Co-President for her proud fraternity, Lambda Kappa Sigma Pharmacy Fraternity, Chi chapter for 2012-2013. She is also a proud member of Phi Lambda Sigma Leadership Society. Her other organizational activities involve ASHP, American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP) and Academy of Managed Care Pharmacists (AMCP). She currently works as a Pharmacy Intern at Albertson’s Sav-On Pharmacy in Seattle.

Tope continues to advocate that teamwork makes dream work. A collaborative effort between a group of people working towards a common goal is the key to sustained success! “ To my SNPhA family and friends, it is my deepest honor to serve as your Region 5 Facilitator! My goal for this year is to build on the incredible momentum from the SNPhA chapters across the nation, and to encourage and inspire members to align with our vision and ACT. I am elated for what is to come for SNPhA this year, nationally and globally.” In her spare time, she enjoys exercising, running, dancing, shopping, cooking and spending time with her friends and family!

Email: topeosiyemi@snpha.org

Project Chairs

bio Samantha Adams
Operation Immunization Chair
Samantha Adams
Operation Immunization Chair

Samantha Adams is a third year pharmacy student at the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy.  Samantha was born and raised in Memphis, TN where she also received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Memphis. 

Samantha served as treasurer/fundraising chair for her SNPhA chapter that was awarded the overall chapter of the year Rite Aid/Chauncey I. Copper Chapter Excellence Award at the national conference in New Orleans, LA. In addition, she was the co-chair of Operation Immunization for her ASP Chapter who received the National Operation Immunization Award this year. Recently, Samantha was inducted into Phi Lambda Sigma and Rho Chi. She will be serving as President of Rho Chi this year.  She is also a proud brother of the Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity. Besides participating in pharmacy organizations, Samantha frequently volunteers for the Alpha Epsilon Delta a pre health honor society at the University of Memphis mentoring pre pharmacy students.

During her free time, Samantha goes to as many Memphis Grizzlies basketball games during the season. Samantha also enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, and shopping.

Samantha is honored to serve as your National Operation Immunization Chair. She truly believes this position incorporates all her passions SNPhA, pharmacy, immunizations, community service, and humanitarian aid.  Her goals for the upcoming year include increasing SNPhA member’s involvement with a Shot @ Life.  Moreover, she would also encourage members to advocate for our right to provide immunizations ADVANCING our profession.  Lastly, Samantha aims to CONNECT with every SNPhA chapter developing, TEACHING, and assisting service chairs to increase the number of SNPhA chapters who participate in the Operation Immunization initiative. “Advance to Achieve, Collaborate to Connect, Teach to Transform”-ACT.

Email: samanthaadams@snpha.org

bio Juanita Bruce
Bridging The Gap Chair
Juanita Bruce
Bridging The Gap Chair

Juanita Bruce is a fourth year pharmacy student at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). She graduated from Iowa State University with her B.S. with a double major in biology and marketing.

Since her first year in pharmacy school, Juanita has been dedicated to advancing the mission of SNPhA. In addition to her involvement with SNPhA, she is an active member of APhA-ASP, Illinois Council of Health Sytems Pharmacists, and UIC’s Urban Health Program. She is also a proud brother of Phi Delta Chi Pharmaceutical Fraternity.

This past year, Ms. Bruce served as your National Chronic Kidney Disease Chair, in addition to being her chapter’s president. This year, she is proudly serving as your National Bridging the Gap chair. Her goals for this position are to highlight the achievements of the new practioners in NPhA so that student members can see firsthand the benefit of a membership in NPhA, increase attendance at regional and national meetings by fourth year students, improve upon the NPhA/SNPhA mentoring program, and to ultimately increase the amount of graduating students who transition from SNPhA to NPhA.

Email: juanitabruce@snpha.org

bio Ishita Gandhi
Legislative/Membership Benefits Chair
Ishita Gandhi
Legislative/Membership Benefits Chair

Hello my wonderful SNPhA family, I am honored and excited to be your National Legislative and Member Benefits Chair for 2013-2014! I am a fourth year dual degree PharmD/ MBA student at Wingate University School of Pharmacy (WUSOP), in North Carolina.  I am a Tarheel, and attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for my pharmacy prerequisites. In my local SNPhA chapter I served as Chapter Delegate and the Power to End Stroke Chair. Our WUSOP SNPhA chapter proudly hosted the 2011-2012 Region I and II meeting in Charlotte, NC. SNPhA has enriched my pharmacy career by providing community service opportunities, leadership roles, clinical skills challenges, and creating social and networking relationships.
I have a fierce passion not only for our profession but for pharmacy advocacy. I have had the opportunities to speak with both state and federal legislative officials regarding current pharmacy legislation. My P2 year I served as the Government Affair Chair for the North Carolina Association of Pharmacy Chapter at Wingate. The summer after my second year of pharmacy school, I was a corporate government affairs intern for Rite Aid.  During my P3 year I served as Vice President of the WUSOP Student Senate. Additionally I am a proud member of the Phi Delta Chi Pharmacy Fraternity and Phi Lambda Sigma Pharmacy Leadership Society. With these past experiences, I aim to motivate our members to grow the Legislative Initiative at both the chapter and national level.  

Outside of the pharmacy world I have varied hobbies and interests. I have danced since I could walk, and was on an Indian dance team in college. Now I am a Zumba instructor and teach classes at the Wingate rec center. I love to travel whether its hopping on a plane to a new country or a road trip to the beach with my friends.  I am a huge foodie; I enjoy trying new cuisines, and experimenting in the kitchen. Additionally, I love spending time with my amazing family and friends. 

This year I look forward to working along side the ACT 18+3 to serve you, our amazing SNPhA members.

Email: ishitagandhi@snpha.org

bio Adrienne Kercsak
Chronic Kidney Disease Chair
Adrienne Kercsak
Chronic Kidney Disease Chair

I am a 4th year student at the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.  I have been actively involved in our SNPhA chapter since P1 year and have served as P1 liaison and as the CKD Chair for the past two years.  Other involvement includes President of Phi Lambda Sigma, Vice President of CSSHP, serving on the Student Council Philanthropy committee the past three years, and as VP of internal relations for BRANCH, an interdisciplinary organization that works to bring community gardens and provide health fairs to the surrounding underprivileged communities.  Outside of school I am usually working at The University of Colorado Hospital on the inpatient side, and finishing up my research regarding post kidney transplant patients.  

In my free time (if there is any!), I like to run, play soccer, hike and take advantage of Colorado’s beautiful mountains.  I am excited to serve as your National CKD Chair and have a deep passion for bringing awareness to chronic kidney disease.  I was diagnosed with PKD (polycystic kidney disease) in 2006, and since then have made it my goal to educate people about this disease that affects millions of people worldwide. 

My goals this year are to provide each chapter with contacts for walks in their areas, continue with the webinars to educate students about CKD, and provide all chapters with a pamphlet to use at all health fairs.  I look forward to working with you all and I am very excited to serve on the national e-board this year.

Email: adriennekercsak@snpha.org

bio Jennifer Tieu
Diabetes Chair
Jennifer Tieu
Diabetes Chair

Jennifer Tieu is a fourth year pharmacy student at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City, OK.  Prior to pharmacy school, she attended the University of Oklahoma in Norman, OK where she completed her pre-pharmacy coursework.  She has been and continues to be an active member in her local SNPhA chapter.  She has a passion for community service, which can be seen through her participation in numerous health fairs reaching out to the Korean, African American, Vietnamese, and Latino communities.  This past year, she had the honor to serve as the chapter Vice-President and Remember the Ribbon Initiative Chair.  Aside from service, she is involved in internal medicine research with assistant professors at OUHSC.  She is actively working with her professors and hopes to have the research published by the end of this year.  

In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys playing badminton, drawing, shopping, watching Netflix and professional basketball, and spending time with her family and friends.  

As the Diabetes Chair, her goals are to increase chapter participation through outreach and awareness to underserved communities, integrate interdisciplinary collaboration at health fairs, increase chapter participation in Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes, and to create a database for diabetes education resources that can be easily accessed and shared among chapters.

Email: jennifertieu@snpha.org

bio Nasheet Quraishi
Power to End Stroke Chair
Nasheet Quraishi
Power to End Stroke Chair

Nasheet Quraishi is a second year pharmacy student at the St. Louis College of Pharmacy. She has been attending St. Louis College of Pharmacy for three years now, and she is going into her fourth. She has been chapter delegate and diabetes initiative chair in the past and currently resides as chapter president-elect.  She has an endless passion for SNPhA’s mission and its role in developing student pharmacists. Along with SNPhA, Nasheet is also an active member in Illinois Pharmacists Association (IPhA), as she is from the Chicago land area. Nasheet is also a proud brother of the Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity. She has served as recording secretary and currently resides as vice-regent professional for this chapter. Nasheet has also been volunteering at the St. Louis Children’s Hospital for 3 years, and going on 4.

On Nasheet’s spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends. She enjoys watching sports, especially football, and is a true Chicago fan. Nasheet is also a big kid at heart and loves to watch animated movies.  Volunteering in the community is another one of Nasheet’s passions.

Her goals for Power to End Stroke for the upcoming year include assisting and guiding more chapters in completing two smoking cessation initiative. She also would like to see more collaboration with the other initiative chairs to advance their initiative of encompassing the educational background of both initiatives, as in diabetes leading to a stroke and preventative methods. She hopes to communicate with the initiative chairs personally and implement their ideas nationally. Very excited and honored to be a part of the national executive committee, Nasheet is ready to work alongside the other board members to make this year extraordinary as we will “Advance to Achieve, Collaborate to Connect, and Teach to Transform”- ACT.

Email: nasheetquraishi@snpha.org

bio Sam Zakkour
Remember the Ribbon Chair
Sam Zakkour
Remember the Ribbon Chair

Sam Zakkour is a fourth year PharmD Candidate at the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Science (CU-SSPPS). He received his Bachelors of Arts in Sociology and Anthropology with a focus on gender and sexual minorities from Florida International University in Miami, FL., and has been involved in HIV/AIDS outreach and prevention for nearly 10 years.

Upon entering into the CU-SSPPS pharmacy program, Sam has taken leadership roles within SNPhA as the Remember the Ribbon (RTR) Committee Co-chair in 2011 and RTR Committee Chair in 2012. Sam also serves as his class’s student representative on the Student Ethics and Conduct Committee since 2010, and was elected as Vice President of the Alpha Xi Chapter of Phi Lambda Sigma in 2012. Outside of pharmacy school, he volunteers his time as an HIV/STD tester and risk reduction counselor for the Colorado AIDS Project (CAP). Despite his dedicated involvement within SNPhA and CAP, his passion for HIV/AIDS patient outreach began prior to his admission into pharmacy school. Having grown up in South Florida, Sam witnessed the impact of living with HIV/AIDS, both within his immediate social circle and within the community he lived in. Through his undergraduate fraternity, Delta Lambda Phi, he began volunteering as an event fundraiser and shift leader for Care Resource during the Miami AIDS Walk and White Party Week fundraiser. Once he completing his undergraduate degree, Sam continued his involvement with Care Resource and, later, began volunteering with the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, where he eventually served as the finance committee team leader during the 2008 Winter Party Festival—the youngest volunteer to ever take on this role.

What began as a casual involvement in HIV/AIDS philanthropic activities quickly grew into a deep passion for HIV/AIDS outreach and prevention. It is Sam’s goal to pursue a career in public health project development and ambulatory care pharmacy, focusing on the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, and sexually transmitted infectious.

Email: samzakkour@snpha.org

Past Officers

Our History

The Student National Pharmaceutical Assoication (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.

The current SNPhA administration includes Dr. Carmita Coleman as the executive director and Elaine Anderson 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, and Dr. Patricia Lieveld. Dr. Julie Smith served as the current assistant executive director from 1995 to 2007.

Contact Info

Mailing Address:


PO Box 761388

San Antonio, TX 78245

P: (210) 383-7381
F: (210) 579-1059

Email: contactsnpha@snpha.org

Mission Statement

SNPhA is an educational service association of pharmacy students who are concerned about pharmacy and healthcare related issues, and the poor minority representation in pharmacy and other health-related professions.

The purpose of SNPhA is to plan, organize, coordinate and execute programs geared toward the improvement for the health, educational, and social environment of the community.

Objectives

  1. To offer student members the opportunity to develop leadership and professional skill.
  2. To educate students about and promote active participation in national health care issues.
  3. To develop the role of the minority health professional as a vital member of the health care team.
  4. To develop within communities a positive image of minority health professionals.
  5. To educate communities on better health practices and to increase their awareness and understanding of diseases.