AACP Announces Inaugural Cohort of Community Pharmacy Student Scholar Leaders

AACP Article

The program aims to develop student pharmacists into leaders in community-based pharmacy practice.


For Immediate Release

Contact: Maureen Thielemans, 703-408-6140


The Academia-Community Transformation (ACT) Collaborative and the AACP Transformation Center, with support from the Community Pharmacy Foundation, have selected 66 students for the inaugural cohort of the Community Pharmacy Student Scholar Leaders Program, recognizing their dedication to, and aspirations towards becoming leaders in community-based pharmacy practice.

The program consists of four monthly sessions from January 2024 through April 2024, culminating with an immersive virtual workshop across three half-days in the summer. The program aims to help students develop leadership skills through the process of self-discovery and reflection, create a practice transformation philosophy to guide community-based pharmacy practice, and create their own career development plan. Students will be recognized at the 2024 AACP Annual Meeting in July in Boston, MA.

"The ACT Community Pharmacy Student Scholar Leaders Program is such a timely and important program to engage student pharmacists to learn more about the challenges and opportunities of community-based pharmacy, develop future community-based pharmacy leaders, and cultivate a network of colleagues who share a passion for community-based practice,” said Randy P. McDonough, Pharm.D., BCGP, BCPS, FAPhA, program co-lead; CEO of Towncrest Pharmacy Corp; and professor of pharmacy management and innovation at Loma Linda University School of Pharmacy.

"This unique program provides student pharmacists with an incredible interactive educational experience."

The 2023-2024 Community Pharmacy Student Scholar Leaders are:

  • Kirsten Adkins, Palm Beach Atlantic University
  • Abbi Akin, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
  • Michael Alder, Palm Beach Atlantic University
  • Stevie Allen, Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED)
  • Delancy Anderson, University of Mississippi
  • Libby Baines, Samford University
  • Thomas Barish, University of Pittsburgh
  • Brittany Bullock, University of Iowa
  • Allison Chan, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Leilanie Crespo Hernandez, University of Florida
  • Kaylee Dean, West Virginia University
  • Caroline Eason, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Maria El-azzi, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Gretchen Erdmann, Butler University
  • Gwyneth George, Shenandoah University
  • Amir Giurgius, University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • Baleigh Goddard, University of Charleston
  • Kiranpreet Grewal, St. John Fisher College
  • Noah Gurr, University of Georgia
  • Shannon Habba, Wayne State University
  • Nicholas Hammond, Idaho State University
  • Joann Hi, University of Texas at Austin
  • Theresa Ho, University of Illinois Chicago
  • Casey Hourigan, University of the Incarnate Word Feik School of Pharmacy
  • Kayla Huber, Washington State University
  • Anna Ingamells, University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • Anisha Jackson, Samford University
  • Elizabeth Jenkins, University of Mississippi
  • Ashley Joseph, Saint Joseph's University Philadelphia College of Pharmacy
  • Jordyn Koontz, Temple University of the Commonwealth System of Higher Education
  • Christopher Le, University of Illinois Chicago
  • Jonathan Marquess, University of Georgia
  • Haley McKeefer, University of North Texas Health Science Center
  • Corey McLemore, Union University
  • Mariam Mekhael, Chapman University
  • Desiree Molina, Idaho State University
  • Makenna Moll, St. John Fisher College
  • Leda Moreno, Nova Southeastern University
  • Andrew Mullins, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Marissa Narvaez, University of the Incarnate Word
  • Hannah Nebel, University of Iowa
  • Allyson Nelson, University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis
  • Caleb Nelson-lange, University of Minnesota
  • Mai Tram Nguyen, University of Colorado
  • Allison Notestine, University of Toledo
  • Natalie Novak, Mercer University
  • Morgan Oettinger, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Bruno Onwukwe, University of Texas at Austin
  • Trisha Otwell, University of Houston College of Pharmacy
  • Samantha Paddock, D'Youville College
  • Janki Patel, University of Iowa
  • Erin Pearson, University of Mississippi
  • Jonathan Reynolds, University of Georgia
  • Anna Robichaud, High Point University
  • Monica Samaan, Temple University
  • Samuel Smith, Mercer University
  • Shane Spurlock, Creighton University
  • Victoria Stone, Touro College of Pharmacy - New York
  • Thomas Taylor, University of South Carolina
  • Rachel Thurman, Ohio State University
  • Tin Tran, University of Iowa
  • Haley Weaver, Harding University
  • Allison Welsh, North Dakota State University
  • John White, University of Mississippi
  • Amar Yousif, University of Maryland Eastern Shore School of Pharmacy
  • Samantha Ziemniak, Manchester University

“The large number of applicants we had for this program in its inaugural year shows students are eager for the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills for community-based practice,” said Shelby Jensen, Pharm.D., program co-lead and clinical assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science, and Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. “Community-based pharmacy is the front door to our profession. I am excited to have led the development of this program, which will help graduates navigate the rapidly changing landscape of community-based pharmacy practice.”

The student scholars were selected from over 100 submissions and represent 50 schools and colleges of pharmacy across the nation. In their applications, students highlighted their passion for serving as leaders and healthcare providers in their communities. The inaugural cohort begins the program on Monday, Dec. 18 with a virtual kick-off meeting.