Dean's Ambassador Program
Lisa M. Deziel, Pharm.D., Ph.D., BCPS, FASHP, Dean
Rochelle Nappi, Ed.D. Director, Student Services, Palm Beach
Blanca I. Ortíz, B.S.Ph., Pharm.D., Assistant Dean, Puerto Rico
The College of Pharmacy (COP) Dean's Ambassador Program was founded in 2009 at the Fort Lauderdale/Davie Campus. In 2015, the program was expanded to the Palm Beach, and Puerto Rico Regional Campuses. Student ambassadors are selected based on academic achievement, Shark pride, and commitment to excellence. The Dean's Ambassador Program serves to further engage students in representing the college and university among alumni, preceptors, constituents, affiliated organizations, professional communities, and the general public. Specifically, the Program focuses on further developing students' professionalism through training and mentoring in leadership, networking, presentation and teamwork, as well as business protocol to better prepare them as future role models and leaders in healthcare. Ambassadors participate with alumni mentors to explore and implement new initiatives to increase and better engage our COP alumni allowing them a window to their career roles as future alumni. It's an exciting time to be a "Shark Ambassador" at the COP!
Mislady (Millie) A. Vélez, M.S.
Director, Alumni Development & Professional Affairs
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Aiman Rahman, M.S.
Administrative Coordinator, Alumni Development & Professional Affairs
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Suasy C. Acevedo-Muñiz, 2017, Puerto Rico
Ambassador Acevedo-Muñiz earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus in 2013. Her professional interests are toxicology and pediatric oncology. She has been involved in various student organizations holding leadership positions and thus gaining valuable experience in event planning, ushering activities, and counseling peers, and most importantly helping others. Currently, Ambassador Acevedo-Muñiz is a participant of College's Curriculum Committee and Membership Vice President of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) - San Juan Campus. Additionally, she is member of the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA), the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), and the Golden Key International Honor Society Alumni. Ambassador Acevedo-Muñiz is an active staff of Bible School Summer Camps since 2009 and actively participates in community health fairs. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, scrapbooking, and dance.
Amie Armbrister, 2019, Ft. Lauderdale
Ambassador Amie Armbrister earned her Associate of Arts degree in 2011 from Miami Dade College and her Bachelors of Science in Biology from NSU in 2014. Ambassador Armbrister has made the Dean’s List in 2012. She has volunteered at various hospitals in Miami and most recently a volunteer in the logistics/ central pharmacy department at Jackson Memorial Hospital. Ambassador Armbrister is currently a member of the Student National Pharmaceutical Association, as well as the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy. Through these organizations, she has gained hands on experience servicing those in the community participating in events such as “A Day for Children” where she educated parents and children on poison control and spending time at Walgreens as an advocate for immunizations.
Leah Bensimon, 2017, Ft. Lauderdale
Ambassador Bensimon received her Bachelor's degree from Concordia University and graduated with distinction in 2012. She completed her Masters in Experimental Medicine from McGill University 2013. She has published numerous articles and a commentary in various journals as the primary author. At Nova College of Pharmacy, she is active in the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) as the Operation Diabetes Chair, as well as the Research Mentoring Program of SCCP. During her free time, she enjoys tutoring and subbing as a chemistry teacher at her local high school. Leah would like to pursue a career in academia and plans on completing a residency post-graduation.
Samantha M. Bezzina, 2018, Palm Beach
Ambassador Bezzina graduated from the Florida State University with her Bachelor of Scinece degree in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. Ambassador Bezzina is a member in a number of student organizations, including the American Pharmacists Association, the Florida Society of Health-System Pharmacists, the Florida Pharmacy Association, and the Alpha Zeta Omega Pharmaceutical fraternity. In the upcoming year, Samantha will hold the position of Operation Heart Chair on the American Pharmacist Association Board at the Palm Beach Campus, where her enthusiastic participation with fellow students will enable her to achieve greater awareness about heart health within the community. Ambassador Bezzina is optimistic and excited about her future education at Nova Southeastern University, and looks forward to expanding her knowledge of the pharmaceutical sciences as well as perpetuating the interdisciplinary care model that health care is striving towards.
Diana Christie, 2017, Ft. Lauderdale
Ambassador Diana Christie obtained her Associates degree in Pre-Pharmacy at Broward College with a perfect G.P.A., and her Bachelors in Biological Sciences at Florida Atlantic University graduating Magna Cum Laude. During her undergraduate training, Diana tutored students with disabilities, was as a Resident Advisor, the VP of Fellowship in the Phi Theta Kappa Chapter, and the VP of the Caribbean Student Organization. As a COP pharmacy student, she has been recognized on the Deans List, actively participates in campus- and community-wide outreach events, and is an active member in numerous pharmacy organizations. Diana plans to pursue a residency in clinical pharmacy upon achieving her PharmD degree.
Yennifer Colón Morales, 2019, Puerto Rico
Ambassador Yennifer Colón graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Integrative Biology from the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras and made the Honor Roll of the Natural Sciences Faculty. Ambassador Colón participated in several research projects and is member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists. Some of her, extracurricular projects and activities include recycling programs, coastal clean ups, setting up a school library in a public school, providing toys to poor children, and proudly supporting St. Jude Hospital. Ambassador Colón was awarded the Chancellor Scholarship to recognize her academic achievements while working towards her bachelor degree. She is a member of the American Pharmacist Association and the National Community Pharmacist Association. Her future goal is to serve these organizations in a leadership capability.
Emison B. Contreras, 2017, Palm Beach
Ambassador Contreras is a first generation high school and college graduate. Shortly after completing high school in 2007, he began running an information technology consulting business whereby he provided IT services for businesses and the general public throughout the Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach areas. Although he enjoys the field of computer science his passion has always been medicine and business. Ambassador Contreras acquired his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Florida International University in 2013 and thereafter conducted research at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami. He studied the mechanisms of glycosphingolipids in the trabecular meshwork of patients who suffered from diabetes. During that time, he also became a volunteer for the American Red Cross as a disaster first responder. Ambasador Contreras is currently the class of 2017 vice president for the Palm Beach campus.
Virginia Davis, 2018, Ft. Lauderdale
Ambassador Davis received her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Stetson University in 2014. While attending Stetson, she was also a D1 collegiate athlete on the women's soccer team. As member of the Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA), Ambassador Davis has been actively involved in the Organizations meetings and has participated in many of its activities as a volunteer member. During her first year as a student pharmacist, Ambassador Davis has enjoyed her training experiences such as reading a patient's blood pressure, properly using and injecting an insulin pen, and learning useful information about the variety of vaccines available. Ambassador Davis' achievements earned her a listing on the Dean's List for 2014-2015 and the Chancellors List for 2015-2016 school year. Upon graduation, she hopes to complete a PGY-1 and a PGY-2 residency with a focus on either pediatrics or transition of care.
Mahsa Fatemi, 2017, Palm Beach
Ambassador Fatemi received her associate degree in science from Paradise Valley Community College , Arizona in 2013 and graduated as an honor student with a GPA of 3.8. Ambassdor Fatemi boasts five years' experience as a pharmacy technician in a mail order pharmacy. Currently, Ambassador Fatemi is actively involved in several professional organizations, including the Florida Society of Health System Pharmacists ( FSHP) and the American Pharmacists Association (APhA). Ambassador Fatemi finds that her previous work experience has proven valuable in helping her manage her academic life balanced with her personal life. Additionally, she has been able to include time with her peers which affords her the opportunity to share learning experiences. Ambassador Fatemi states that "learning from past experiences and applying these to the present makes for a successful future." Upon completion of her doctorate degree, Ambassador Fatemi's goal is to persue a residency program in long term care pharmacy.
Crystal M. Figueroa Mislan, 2018, Puerto Rico
Ambassador Figueroa-Mislan graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Technology in Nuclear Medicine. During her time there, she was honored for academic achievements as part of the Dean's List and as member of the National Golden Key Honor Society representing the top 15% of her class. Ambassador Figueroa-Mislan worked as a volunteer in three different research projects at the Veteran's Affair Caribbean Healthcare Hospital and served as a volunteer at the Inpatient Pharmacy Clinic at the VA Hospital. Ambassador Figueroa-Mislan is member of the American Pharmacists Association and the Student College of Clinical Pharmacy. Her career goal upon graduation is to complete a PGY1 residency in clinical pharmacy and become specialized in nuclear pharmacy.
Cristina Gandarillas, 2018, Ft. Lauderdale
Ambassador Gandarillas received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, with a minor in Business from Nova Southeastern University in 2014. She is currently member of the NSU Chapter of the Student Society of Health-System Pharmacists (SSHP) as Secretary for the 2015-2016 school year, the NSU Alumna Association, the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP), Dr. Hanbury’s President's 64, and member of Delta Rho Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity Inc. where she recently held the position of secretary for the pledge class. Ambassador Gandarillas is working as a research assistant in the Department of Socio-behavioral and Administrative Pharmacy under the supervision of Dr. Silvia Rabionet. Ambassador Gandarillas is also involved in philanthropic events, including Step-Out Walk to Stop Diabetes, the American Red Cross, and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Her career goal is to goal in become a pediatric pharmacist.
Kayla D. Hale, 2019, Ft. Lauderdale
Ambassador Kayla Hale completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Sciences from the College of Agriculture at the University of Florida where she was also member of the National Collegiate Scholars Honor Society. During her undergraduate studies, she earned over $20,000 in merit-based from her college and from private organizations in her hometown. Hale worked Florida Healthcare Plans in Daytona Beach, Florida, a managed care pharmacy. Ambassador Hale is currently involved in the Student National Pharmaceutical Association, the Vaccination Awareness Committee at NSU College of Pharmacy, and is also pledging the professional pharmaceutical fraternity Kappa Psi. She is certified in CPR, Blood Pressure and Blood Glucose monitoring. Ambassador Hale performed as a Dance Marathon Captain and helped raise $2M for the Children’s Miracle Network at Shand’s Hospital.
Tiffany A. Harrison, 2017, Ft. Lauderdale
Ambassador Tiffany Harrison received her Bachelor's of Science in Biology with a minor in Business from the H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business & Entrepreneurship. Prior to joining the College as a pharmacy student, Tiffany worked as a pharmacy technician at Publix. Tiffany is involved in several student organizations including the Florida Society of Health-System Pharmacists as Secretary for the College, the American Pharmacist's Association- Academy for Student Pharmacists, and the Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity. Tiffany will be participating in the 2014 Travel Study Program to Spain and the European Union this upcoming summer. Tiffany is from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
Vanessa Huffman, 2019, Ft. Lauderdale
Ambassador Vanessa Huffman attended Florida International University and received her Associates degree in biology from Miami Dade College. She served as treasurer of Phi Theta Kappa honor society for two consecutive years. Ambassador Huffman has participated in fundraisers, volunteered in a Feed the Homeless initiative, and attended many Relays for Life. She currently interns at CVS Pharmacy. Ambassador Huffman is involved in several organizations, including the Student National Pharmacy Association, the Student Society of Health System Pharmacy, and also Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity. Ambassador Huffman plans to pursue a residency in critical care pharmacy.
Tomona Iso, 2018, Ft. Lauderdale
Tomona Iso, born in Ibaraki, Japan, earned her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy in 2006 from Tohoku Pharmaceutical University in Sendai, Japan. After graduation, she worked at Sonoda Daiichi hospital in Tokyo, Japan where she practiced evidence based medicine as a clinical pharmacist. Ambassador Iso was a member of Pressure Ulcers Control Team, and she contributed to making patient care plans, as well as educating other practitioners about the effective methods for the treatment. Iso presented at the annual congress of Japanese Society of Pressure Ulcers. She also co-founded a Nutrition Support Team for inpatients, especially the elderly. She made a great achievement as a clinical pharmacist, and as a business person. Her interest in cross-cultural communication led her to the English school at the University of La Verne in Los Angeles, California and was awarded the “best student in the class” for her academic performance. Currently, Iso is member of the NSU COP Student College of Clinical Pharmacy, Student National Pharmaceutical Association, and International Pharmaceutical Students Association.
Shanique K. James, 2018, Ft. Lauderdale
Shanique James received her Bachelor of Pharmacy degree at the University of Technology (UT), Jamaica. During her tenure at UT, she held leadership positions in the Association of Pharmacy Students and UTech Halls of Residence. She was also an active volunteer in the Pharmaceutical Society of Jamaica outreach programs. Ambassador James participated in research to investigate the stability of extemporaneously prepared suspensions for children at the Bustamante Hospital for Children, Jamaica. Presently, Ambassador James is Advanced Standing P1 Class Treasurer. She is also member in organizations such as APhA-ASP, SNPhA, CPFI and IPSA. James has volunteered in several events such as a Day for Children, Blood Pressure workshops and screenings and the Diabetes Walk. Ambassador James aspires to pursue a PGY-1 residency.
Julian N. Lamptey, 2018, Ft. Lauderdale
Julian Lamptey obtained his Bachelor of Pharmacy degree from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. He was an active member of the International Pharmaceutical Studentsâ€™ Federation and the Ghana Pharmaceutical Student Association, where he was involved in drug safety campaigns in the rural and underserved areas of Ghana. Ambassador Lamptey is member of the Pharmaceutical Society of Ghana and worked as the pharmacist in charge for a community pharmacy. He was also a medical representative for Janssen [Pharmaceutical Company of Johnson and Johnson and was awarded the Best Medical Representative in his country. Ambassador Lamptey is an active member of the American Pharmacist Association, the Student National Pharmaceutical Association as well as the International Pharmaceutical Student Association. He has placed on the Chancellor's List. After earning his Pharm.D degree, Ambassador Lamptey plans to pursue a fellowship program in industry.
Lizmarie Morales Lopez, 2017, Palm Beach
Ambassador Lopez completed her Bachelor of Science degree in the field of dietetics & nutrition at Florida International University in 2012. She is an active member of the American Pharmacist Association (APhA) and is also the vice-president of the National Community Pharmacist Association (NCPA) at the Palm Beach Campus. Ambassador Lopez is currently an intern at Publix Pharmacy and has worked as a pharmacy technician since 2006. With the knowledge acquired from her Bachelor's degree in the area of dietetics and nutrition, Ambassador Lopez' career goal is to specialize as a pharmacist and work with a nutrition support team within a hospital setting upon graduation. Ambassador Lopez states that "having both the knowledge of a dietitian and a pharmacist will give me an edge to help others."
José J. Lugo Muñoz, 2018, Puerto Rico
Ambassador Lugo-Muñoz completed his undergraduate studies at the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico and received his Bachelor of Science degree General Sciences / PharmD Binary Program with NSU's College of Pharmacy. During his undergraduate studies, he was honored on the Dean's List in 2011 and 2014 as well as the President's List in 2012 and 2013. Ambassador Lugo-Muñoz is a member of American Chemical Society Student Chapter, co-founder and Vice President of the MEDLIFE PCUPR Chapter and a missionary student for North American Mission Board. As a pharmacy student, Ambassador Lugo-Muñoz is a member of the National Community Pharmacists Association and the American Pharmacists Association, Academy of Student Pharmacists. He served as Class Secretary during 2014-2015 and has been elected as the American Pharmacy Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists finance vice-president for 2015-2016. He is also a volunteer at Farmacía Sonia, a community pharmacy in Juana Díaz, Puerto Rico, and was appointed as participating student of the Public Relations Commission of the College of Pharmacists of Puerto Rico. Ambassador Lugo-Muñoz plans to practice in either a community or hospital setting upon graduation.
Monet Luloh, 2019, Palm Beach
Ambassador Monet Luloh attended Indian River State College where she earned the honor of Magna Cum Laude with an Associate of Arts in Biology. She was on the Dean's List for majority of the semesters and in her first semester at NSU is on the Chancellors List. She has worked at Publix Pharmacy from and has learned about processing prescriptions, dispensing medications, and patient care. Ambassador Luloh is a member of the American Pharmacists Association and the Student Societies of Health-System Pharmacy. Through these organizations she has actively participated in community events, including the SSHP Clinical Skills Competition as a P1. One of her goals for pharmacy school is to build and improve her analytical reasoning skills, problem solving, and teamwork skills.
Saba Mahdavi, 2017, Palm Beach
Ambassador Mahdavi's interest in the field of pharmacy was prompted while working with a biochemist on dermal patches using nano technology. The aspect of drug interactions in the human body enticed her to continue her education in this field. Ambassador Mahdavi completed her undergraduate studies at Paradise Valley Community College in Phoenix, Arizona in 2013 during which time she also worked as a tutor. During her studies at Paradise Valley, she was part of the Honor Society and was honored in the "Who is Who Among Students" for three consecutive years. Ambassador Mahdavi also worked at Henkel Company as a research associate which enhanced her interested in pharmacy research. Her academic achievements have been noted on the College's COP Dean's List for two semesters. Ambassador Mahdavi was elected as the class of 2017 historian and is an active member in several organizations, such as the American Pharmacists Association, the Florida Pharmacy Association, the Florida Pharmacy Association, and the American, and the American College of Clinical Pharmacy.
Leanne Minimo, 2019, Ft. Lauderdale
Ambassador Leanne Minimo, originally from Glendale, California, attended Riverside City College. There, she was recognized on the Dean’s List, invited to join the honor society, Alpha Gamma Sigma. She then transferred to Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, Tennessee where she placed the honor roll and was exposed to research synthesizing compounds. Minimo received her Bachelors of Arts in Chemistry with a minor in Biology. Ambassador Minimo traveled on a medical mission trip to Lascahobas, Haiti where she worked in a makeshift pharmacy counseling and providing vitamins and medications to the people of the village. Leanne also volunteered at Mountain View Pharmacy in Loma Linda, California and learned about home infusion pharmacy services. Today, as a College of Pharmacy student pharmacist she has joined various organizations such as the American Pharmacists Association – Academy of Student Pharmacists, Student Society of Health-System Pharmacists, Student National Pharmaceutical Association, and is a newly initiated brother of Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity Incorporated.
Lindsay Musoff, 2019, Ft. Lauderdale
Lindsay Musoff graduated Florida Atlantic University Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, making President's List and Dean's List for throughout her undergraduate education. Musoff has participated in several research projects, including the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory. Ambassador Musoff also helped open an urgent care center from the ground up, acting the chief marketing director and manager for the center, thus garnering skills needed to run a business such as, medical coding and billing, experience addressing patient needs, as well as managing social media outlets, websites, and creating advertising design. Ambassador has made the NSU COP Dean's List and has thus far joined APHA-NSP and AMCP. Ambassador Musoff seeks to find an area of pharmacy that will satisfy her scientifically oriented desire for knowledge.
Augustine Obi, 2018, Ft. Lauderdale
Ambassador Obi received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Florida in 2014. During his undergraduate career, he volunteered at an independent pharmacy and was heavily involved in pre-pharmacy student organizations, as well as the Student Government Association. Ambassador Obi is a current and active member of Student Societies of Health-Systems Pharmacy, Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy, (SSHP-AMCP), and Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity, Inc. Ambassador Obi is currently the Media Chair of the Student Societies of Health-Systems Pharmacy as well as the Alumni Liaison for Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy. Upon graduation, Ambassador Obi plans to pursue a pharmaceutical industry fellowship or residency.
Jose A. Ojeda, 2017, Palm Beach
José Ojeda his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Florida International University and graduated with honors with . While attending FIU, he was involved in the local Pre-Pharmacy organization visiting pharmacy schools, including NSU’s COP community pharmacies. As an undergraduate, Ojeda was a teacher assistant and a peer mentor for other students. Currently, he is an active member of the APhA’s involved in meeting, health fairs, vaccination drives and helping the organization officers plan for future events. Ojeda is also vice-president of his Class where, together with the officers, plans social events to get the students more involved. Upon completion of his pharmacy degree, Ambassador Ojeda plans to either practice in a community pharmacy or as a clinical pharmacist.
Henry S. Osuji, 2018, Ft. Lauderdale
Ambassador Osuji graduated with Honors from El Camino College, located in California with three Associate Degrees (AS) in Biology, General Science, and Physical Science. He is a Licensed Pharmacy Technician and also holds a certification in Microsoft Office 2010 Word. In his time in El Camino College, ambassador Osuji participated in an Internship with California Connects where he conducted digital literacy training to the community members. He also volunteered at Watts Health Center, St. Francis Center, and a permanent member of the Alpha Gamma Sigma honor society. Ambassador Osuji is currently an active member in the American Pharmacy Association (APhA) and the Florida Society of Health System Pharmacists (FSHP).
Gabrielle Palevoda, 2018, Palm Beach
Ambassador Palevoda graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biotechnology and a minor in Biology. She currently works as an intern at Publix Pharmacy. Ambassador Palevoda is a member of American Pharmacist Association- Academy of Student Pharmacist (APhA-ASP) and Alpha Zeta Omega Pharmaceutical Fraternity (AZO). She is actively involved in the Generation Rx Program, and has participated in multiple presentations at local schools. Ambassador Palevoda enjoys her involvement with students and is active in high schools within the local communities, particularly performing mock trials for students in a local middle school. Ambassador Palevoda has been elected as the 2015-16 Generation Rx chair for the Palm Beach Chapter of American Pharmacy Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists.
Keena A. Patel, 2019, Ft. Lauderdale
Keena Patel earned her Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences at Florida State University and was on the Dean’s List for three consecutive semesters. Ambassador Patel studied hyperactivity and working memory as a research assistant giving her insight on the methods and techniques by which drug interactions are tested and studied. Along with her research team, she presented at the Society of Neuroscience Conference in Washington, D.C. Her team’s research is currently in the process of being published. Ambassador Patel is a member of Student National Pharmaceutical Association and Student Societies of Health-System Pharmacy, where she is actively involved in healthcare training and healthcare fairs. Patel is fluent in English, Gujarati, and knows basic Spanish.
Daisy R. Perez-Laboy, 2019, Puerto Rico
Ambassador Daisy R. Pérez Laboy attended Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico, Ponce Campus and obtained a B.S. in Chemistry and was recognized as the Best Chemistry Student in Puerto Rico. She was a member of the American Chemical Society working as Supplemental Instruction Leader offering group and individual tutoring sessions. Ambassador Pérez-Laboy placed in the Dean’s Honor List and received the President’s Award. In her senior year, she was nominated as the Best Chemistry Student of Puerto Rico. The Examining Board of Chemist recognized Ambassador Pérez-Laboy for attaining the highest grade in the Chemist’s Board Exam. She also worked at Advalligence Tutorial Center as tutor for students and at Washburn School as math and science teacher. Currently, she serves as the Puerto Rico P1 Class Secretary. She is a member of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy and the American Pharmacists Association. She has participated in several health fairs and participated in various workshops and meetings. Ambassador Pérez-Laboy plans to work in the academia and do a residency in compounding.
Yeiry M. Pérez-Rivera, 2018, Puerto Rico
Ambassador Pérez-Rivera completed her undergraduate education in Chemistry at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus. During her undergraduate career, Ambassador Pérez-Rivera conducted extensive research in marine natural products in organic chemistry. Her interest in research continues as a College of Pharmacy student pharmacist currently conducting research in clinical pharmacy. Ambassador Pérez-Rivera is actively involved in student organizations, including the Student College of Clinical Pharmacy (SCCP) and the American Pharmacists Association (APha). Ambassador Pérez-Rivera will participate in the College's 2015 Travel Study Program to Slovakia. Upon completion of her Doctor of Pharmacy degree, Ambassador Pérez-Rivera plans to pursue a residency program in oncology.
Haley Perkins, 2018, Ft. Lauderdale
Ambassador Perkins graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science degree in Food Science & Human Nutritional Sciences. During her undergraduate career, she was an active member of the University of Florida Pre-Pharmacy Society and volunteered at Shands Hospital for the Pharmacy- Investigational Drug Service division. Ambassador Perkins is currently the NSU Student Society of Health-System Pharmacist's (SSHP/FSHP) President for the 2016-2017 academic year. Ambassador Perkins has also recently been elected as the Jewish Pharmacy Student Organization's Vice President, has been chosen to be inducted into the Rho Chi National Pharmacy Honor Society, and is an active member of the Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity Inc. Upon graduation she plans to complete a post-graduate year one residency and continue on to a post graduate year two residency specializing in transplant pharmacy.
Raju Rajan, 2019, Ft. Lauderdale
Raju Rajan received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology at the University of Florida. While there, Rajan became a member of Sigma Beta Rho Fraternity Inc. holding the positions of Secretary, Vice President, and President. Ambassador Rajan has also conducted research in the improvement of corticosteroids in DPIs and MDIs. He is currently an active member in Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity Inc. and the Student Society of Health-System Pharmacists. In addition, he works as a pharmacy technician at CVS/Pharmacy. Upon graduation, Ambassador Rajan plans to pursue an Ambulatory Care residency to broaden his career goals.
Orlando R. Rivera Perez, 2019, Puerto Rico
Ambassador Orlando R. Rivera Pérez studied Interdisciplinary Sciences in the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus. He has volunteered in several entities such as ACLS training in Hospital Pavia Santurce, and the Clinical Pharmacy in HIMA San Pablo-Caguas Hospital, the Children’s Hospital. Ambassador Rivera has worked on and presented a research project in the SIDIM at Ponce and CAPSTONE presentation of the University of Puerto Rico. Ambassador Rivera developed his skills in the computer programing language Matlab and Python to be able to write and edit the codes necessary for the analysis of heart rate monitor time series data. Ambassador Rivera is a member of APHA and the ASHP-SSHP and has assisted in community projects with Walgreens Massive Activity of Vaccine Festival on the diabetes walk.
Keyla G. Rodriguez-Zayas, 2019, Puerto Rico
Ambassador Keyla Rodríguez has a bachelor degree in Marketing with a minor in Human Biology from the University of Puerto Rico. She graduated as a Magna Cum Laude student and was a member of the Honor Society. She earned her associate degree as a Pharmacy Technician, from the National University College of Puerto Rico. She has worked in several pharmacy settings and did internships and shadowing rotations at Costco pharmacy, Walgreens, VA Hospital of PR and Johnson & Johnson. Also Ambassador Rodríguez is member of pharmacy student organizations and has participated as a volunteer in health clinics at Kmart and Costco. Recently, she participated in a Johnson & Johnson’s panel, at the Pharmacy Convention of PR, to encourage pharmacy students’ interest in the pharmaceutical industry. She speaks Spanish, English and Portuguese.
Laura Saladrigas, 2017, Ft. Lauderdale
Ambassador Laura Saladrigas received her Bachelor's degree in Biology at NSU and . received a full academic and athletic scholarship with the Women's Softball Team while maintaining honors throughout the program. Laura is involved in many student organizations including Florida Society of Health-System Pharmacists as Coordinator for NSU's Chapter, the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy, and member of Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity, Inc. Upon completion of her Doctor of Pharmacy degree, Laura plans to pursue a postgraduate first year residency (PGY1) with a focus on pediatrics.
Nour H. Samra, 2017, Ft. Lauderdale
Ambassador Nour Samra completed her undergraduate education at Florida International University and Broward College. In fall of 2013, she began the Pharm D program at Nova Southeastern University. She held the position of Delegate for the NSU Chapter of the Student National Pharmaceutical Association during 2013-2014. She is currently conducting research in Socio-behavioral and Administrative Pharmacy. Despite her extensive involvement on campus, she has achieved the honor of Chancellor's List distinction. Upon completion of her Doctor of Pharmacy degree, she plans to pursue a residency program.
Samantha E. Shaffer, 2018, Ft. Lauderdale
Ambassador Shaffer graduated from High Point University in North Carolina with a Bachelors degree in Chemistry and Biology. She also spent a semester studying at St. Mary’s University College in Twickenham, England, UK during her undergraduate career. Ambassador Shaffer began the PharmD program in the fall of 2014. Since beginning her pharmacy training at NSU's College of Pharmacy, she has become an active member of Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity, Inc., Student Society of Health-System Pharmacists (SSHP), and College of Psychiatric & Neurologic Pharmacy (CPNP). Ambassador Shaffer was also recently inducted into Phi Lambda Sigma, the pharmacy leadership society, where she will serve as secretary for the upcoming year. Ambassador Shaffer will also be serving as President of CPNP and Pledge Master of Kappa Psi this year. Her interest includes psychiatric and neurologic pharmacy. Upon completing her Doctorate of Pharmacy, Ambassador Shaffer plans to pursue a post-graduate first year residency.
Justin J. Silangil, 2017, Palm Beach
Ambassador Silangil completed the prerequisites towards pharmacy as well as his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at Florida State University in Tallahassee in 2010. He has worked at CVS Pharmacy years as a pharmacy technician for two years. Ambassador Silangil has also volunteered and worked at Holy Cross Hospital for over four years and shadowed a clinical, nuclear and hospital pharmacist for a year. Ambassador Silangil is currently an active member of the Florida Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists (FSHP) and the professional fraternity Alpha Zeta Omega (AZO). Through the Florida Society for Health-System Pharmacists, he has promoted awareness for immunizations at Walgreens to educate patients on the importance of being vaccinated. Ambassador Silangil is CPR Certified and a registered pharmacy technician in the state of Florida.
Ambassador Justin Sterling received his Associate of Arts degree (Pharmacy A.A.) at Broward College, where he graduated with high honors while working as a pharmacy technician at a local independent pharmacy. He is a current active member of the Florida Society of Health-System Pharmacists, College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists, as well as a member of the Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity. Justin recently became the Chair of Informatics Special Interest Group of FSHP. Upon graduation, Justin plans to pursue a clinical pharmacy residency to further broaden his career goals.
Antonio J. Suarez Colón, 2019, Palm Beach
Ambassador Antonio Juan Suárez Colón received his Bachelor’s Degree in General Science from the University of Puerto Rico and his Master’s Degree in Public Health, with a concentration in Biostatistic. During his undergraduate years, he participated in research in Neuroscience and in Mutagenesis. While completing his MPH degree, he was President of his department’s Student Association, earning him a leadership award upon graduation. Ambassador Suárez also worked on a profile of the Utilization of Mental Health Services in Puerto Rico. He currently serves as an Academic Senator for the Student Government Association of the Palm Beach Campus and is a member of the American Chemical Society, the American Pharmacists Association, the Alpha Zeta Omega pharmacy fraternity (Psi Chapter) and the Society of Cannabis Clinicians.
Monica W. Tadros, 2018, Ft. Lauderdale
Ambassador Tadros completed her undergraduate education as part of the Dual Admission Pharmacy Program at Nova Southeastern University. During her undergraduate years, Ambassador Tadros was a member of Delta Epsilon Iota Honor Society and was involved in the Clinical Explorations program. As a College of Pharmacy student, she is actively involved with various organizations, including the Student Society of Health-System Pharmacists (SSHP), where she has been elected to serve as Community Service Chair, the American Pharmacy Association (APhA), and the Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity, where she serves as the Province Assistant Webmaster. Ambassador Tadros has also participated in various extracurricular and philanthropy events including the Walk for Diabetes, Community Fest, and a river clean up. Additionally, Ambassador Tadros' academic achievements were recognized in the Chancellor's list this past semester. Upon graduation, Ambassador Tadros hopes to complete a PGY-1 and PGY-2 residency to practice in Oncology.
Chloe M. Tamargo, 2017, Ft. Lauderdale
Ambassador Tamargo is a Dual Enrollment Student at Nova Southeastern University in her second year at the College of Pharmacy. Her initial interests where in consulting pharmacy but because of the multiple exposures offered in the Program, Ambassador Tamargo has found a new interest in critical care pharmacy as well. During this last year Ambassador Tamargo she has become actively involved in Kappa Psi, the Delta Rho Chapter secretary; and President of NSU's chapter of American Society for Consultant Pharmacy (ASCP). Besides academics, Ambassador Tamargo has great interest in serving the community. As such she is a committed to the Girl Scouts of America as the Girl Scout Troop # 970 Leader.
Ambassador Ariel E. Tarraza-Santos completed his Bachelor degree in Natural Science Human Biology Focus at the University of Puerto Rico at Bayamón. During his undergraduate experience, he has participated in various science organizations such as the American Medical Student Association where he served as the social delegate and historian for two years. He has participated in health fairs, food giveaways and multiple community cleanups. Additionally, he was a member of the Student Chapter of the Society of Microbiologist and the American Chemical Society. He also had the opportunity of being part of the deacons at the Disciples of Christ Church. Ambassador Tarraza-Santos worked in a pharmacology research lab at the University of Puerto Rico Medical Science Campus. At NSU Ambassador Tarraza-Santos is a member of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy and the American Pharmacists Association were he has developed leadership skills which he will apply seeing patients in the community.
Antonio J. Suarez Colón, 2019, Palm Beach
Ambassador Yaritza Griselle Torres obtained her BA in Natural Sciences Major in chemistry at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras where she was a member of American Chemistry Society and Golden Key Honor Society. Ambassador Torres completed her pharmacy technician studies at National University College. She worked in Farmácia Caribe in Rio Grande prior to becoming a pharmacy technician. She also worked a professor for pharmacy technician students at the National University College and the Universidad Del Este. Currently, Ambassador Torres is a member in various organizations such as, the American Pharmacist Association and the National Community Pharmacist Association.
Stacy Tran, 2017, Palm Beach
Ambassador Tran graduated the University of California Riverside with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry. She furthered her education with additional pharmacy classes at Santa Ana College where she earned her Advanced Certificate in Pharmacy Technology, and became a certified Pharmacy Technician. Ambassador Tran also volunteered as a senior pharmacist at the University of California, Irvine Medical Center, was an extern at Kaiser Permanente's inpatient pharmacy, and an externship at Walgreen's outpatient pharmacy. Ambassador Tran has a couple years of paid work experience as a pharmacy technician at Riverside Community Hospital. Ambassador Tran is currently a member of American Pharmacy Association, the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists organizations both state and nationally. Ambassador Tran's academic achievements have been noted on the 2014 Deans Honor List.
Sinziana (Ana) Ungureanu, 2017, Ft. Lauderdale
Ambassador Sinziana (Ana) Ungureanu graduated magna cum laude from Furman University with a B.S. in Chemistry. During her undergraduate years she did extensive research in medicinal organic chemistry, and was primary author of a peer reviewed article in Tetrahedron Letters. Before attending pharmacy school she worked as an analytical chemist at an industrial company in Greenville, SC. Sinziana (Ana) is a brother of Kappa Psi, elected President for CPNP, secretary for ASCP, and has been recognized on the Chancellor's List for. Ana plans to pursue and complete a PGY1 and PGY2 residency and become specialized in geriatric care.
Annette Vidal, 2019, Ft. Lauderdale
Annette Vidal graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Miami with a Bachelor of Science in Health Science, and minor in Chemistry and Marketing. Vidal is an active member of the Student College of Clinical Pharmacy (SCCP) and the Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA). As a member of SCCP, she demonstrates her ability to lead by attending motivational interview workshops and volunteering at community events - she aspires to be the organization’s next President. Outside of her involvement in pharmacy organizations, Vidal has been recognized on the Chancellor’s List and is conducting research in the field of individualized pharmacotherapy. Upon graduation, Ambassador Vidal plans to pursue a fellowship and become a professor.
Carly L. Weisser, 2017, Ft. Lauderdale
Ambassador Carly Weisser graduated Cum Laude from the University of Florida in with a Bachelor of Science degree in Food Science & Human Nutritional Sciences. During her undergraduate career, she volunteered and shadowed pharmacists at Shands Hospital in Gainesville, FL, and at Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood, FL. Carly is very passionate about alternative medicine and nutrition. Carly planned and organized the College's "Clinical Nutrition for the Pharmacist" event and works at a local health food store. Carly made the Dean's List, will perform Professional Service Chair for FSHP, and is a member of Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity, Inc. Upon graduation Carly plans to complete a post-graduate year one (PGY-1) residency.
Krisjon Wilderson, 2019, Palm Beach
Ambassador Krisjon “KJ” Wilkerson obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Arkansas and was a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and played baseball for the university. The FCA was involved in providing families with food for Thanksgiving as well as raising money to buy gifts for less fortunate families on Christmas. He was involved in “The Miracle League,” which is an organization that provides the opportunity for individuals that have physical and mental disabilities the opportunity to play baseball. Ambassador Wilkerson is a member of the American Pharmacists Association and the National Community Pharmacist’s Association. As a former student athlete he has learn that teamwork, integrity, strong work ethic and dedication are qualities in a leader and he looks forward to bring these attributes to his role as a representative of the Dean.