Lisa M. Deziel, Pharm.D., Ph.D., BCPS, FASHP, Dean
Nile M. Khanfar, Ph.D., M.B.A, Assistant Dean, 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 San Juan, Puerto Rico Regional Campuses. Selected based on their academic achievement, their Shark pride, and commitment to excellence, the Dean's Ambassador Program serves to further engage students in representing the COP and NSU 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!
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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.
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.
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 the Fall, 2014 semester.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Henry S. Osuji, 2018, Palm Beach
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 M. 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.
Haley B. 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 actively involved in many NSU College of Pharmacy student organizations such as Florida Society of Health-System Pharmacists, the Jewish Pharmacy Students Organization, and is a member of the Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity. Ambassador Perkins has recently been elected as the Jewish Pharmacy Student Organization's Vice President and the Student Society of Health-System Pharmacist's P2 delegate for the upcoming year. Upon graduation Ambassador Perkins plans to complete a post-graduate year one residency specializing in transplant pharmacy.
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.
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.
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.
Samantha E. Shaffer, 2018, Ft. Lauderdale
Ambassador Shaffer graduated from High Point University in North Carolina with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and Biology. Ambassador Shaffer has participated in several research projects alongside faculty at High Point University in the chemistry and biology departments. Since beginning her pharmacy training at NSU's College of Pharmacy, she has become involved in multiple organizations including Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity, Inc., Student Society of Health-System Pharmacists (SSHP), College of Psychiatric & Neurologic Pharmacists (CPNP), and the American Pharmacists Association (APhA). Ambassador Shaffer is currently the P1 social delegate and membership coordinator for the Student Society of Health-System Pharmacists for the 2015-2016 academic year.
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.
Justin Sterling, 2017, Ft. Lauderdale
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.
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 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.
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.