COP Alumni

Celebration of Excellence

The Annual Celebration of Excellence (COE) is Nova Southeastern University’s annual signature event hosted by the University President, George L. Hanbury II, Ph.D.  It provides the President with an opportunity to showcase the University, share NSU achievements with the community, and discuss the future vision of the university.  The Celebration of Excellence also provides the university with an opportunity to acknowledge the outstanding accomplishments of NSU alumni.  The Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award is the highest award that an individual can receive from the NSU Alumni Association.  The College of Pharmacy proudly honors our Distinguished Alumni Honorees for "changing lives and changing the world" through their professional and academic achievements as well as their selfless dedication and contributions to communities world-wide. 

Distinguished Alumni Achievement Honorees

wall of honor

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Avello
Elena Avello
Banchs-Sandoval
Nilda Banchs-Sandoval
Bohan
Thomas Anthony Bohan
Brown
Deborah Brown
Finkel
Richard Finkel
Fueyo-Medina
Cristina Fueyo-Medina
Graber
Geneen Graber-Maxwell
Harris
Betty J. Harris

Hawthorne
Patrick S. Hawthorne

Kaplan
Michael Kaplan

Marcus
Joy J. Marcus

O'Brien
John Michael O'Brien

Prince
Venessa S. Price

Delgado
Osmel Delgado

   

Profiles of Excellence

Our Alumni play many critical roles in the pharmacy profession and stay in touch to share their accomplishments and successes with the College of Pharmacy and fellow graduates. Thank you to all those alumni who share their knowledge and experiences, provide us the support and involvement crucial to execute our Mission, and help us develop the nation’s most promising pharmacy graduates for roles as future leaders in global healthcare. Give us your feedback, keep us informed, or if you would like to shine the spotlight on your fellow alumni, please email Mislady Velez (mislady@nova.edu).

Pharmacy Alumni Deborah Brown, M.S., Pharm.D., C.Ph., Class of 2000 Was Named a 2013 American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Fellow
Deborah Brown, M.S., Pharm.D., C.Ph.

Deborah Brown, M.S., Pharm.D., C.Ph., Class of 2000 was named a 2013 American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Fellow under ASHP's Practitioner Recognition Program. The ASHP Practitioner Recognition Program is intended to recognize excellence in pharmacy practice and promote public awareness of pharmacists who have distinguished themselves in practice. Dr. Brown was recognized at 2013 ASHP Summer Meeting in Minneapolis. Dr. Brown received her B.S. in Pharmacy from the Harrison School of Pharmacy in 1976, a M.S. in Management from Troy State University in 1995, and her PharmD from Nova Southeastern University in 2000. She currently serves as market director of pharmacy (Florida, Louisiana, Texas, and Arkansas) for Cardinal Health Pharmacy Solutions. She serves on the ASHP Council on Pharmacy Management, ASHP PAC Advisory Council, ASHP delegate, and actively participates in the support of the ASHP Foundation.

Pharmacy Alumni Dionis Malo Jr., Pharm.D. Director of Pharmacy Over a Three-Hospital System
Dionis Malo Jr.

Dionis Malo Jr., Pharm.D., class of 2010, has been recently promoted to Director of Pharmacy over a three-hospital system - St Luke's Medical Center, St. Luke's Behavioral Health, and St. Luke's Tempe - in Phoenix, Arizona.  Although Malo will be located in Arizona, and will continue to stay as actively involved with NSU’s College of Pharmacy as he has been since graduationg in 2010.  We look forward to seeing Malo in upcoming pharmacy conferences and NSU/COP alumni events.  Congratulations, Dr. Malo.

Aneesh Lakhani Pharm.D., Class of 2004 Garden Drug Owner/Pharmacist
Aneesh Lakhani and his pharmacy team

In December 2011, NSU College of Pharmacy Alumni, Aneesh Lakhani (Class of 2004) purchased his own drug store in Fort Lauderdale, Garden Drugs & Medical Supply. After 12 years of working at the Pill Box Pharmacy in Pembroke Pines he was finally able to fulfill a lifelong dream of owning his own pharmacy. Garden Drugs has served Fort Lauderdale for more than 50 years. The pharmacy has a 110 seat mom and pop breakfast and lunch cafe in addition to the pharmacy. It really gives you that old fashioned neighborhood feel with excellent customer service, a large medical supply department and full line of vitamins and over the counter products.
Lakhani have also initiated a Medication Therapy Management Program, Diabetes Education Program and Vitamin & Herb Consultations. Lakhani told us: "I am extremely proud to be a NSU Alumni and truly believe NSU has helped me achieve my dreams."
Recently the Garden Drugs & Medical Supply store had a grand re-opening party where they had several hundred customers come out to celebrate with them. During the party they offered free blood glucose and blood pressure screenings as well as consultations with Lakhani and several NSU COP Students on Disease State Management. Please stop by and visit – in person or via their website:   www.gardendrug.com
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Latrice Roebuck, Pharm.D., Class of 2006, featured in Hollywood Gazette for offering medication therapy management services in Hollywood
Roebuck in Hollywood Gazette

"Bridging the gap btween you and your health care provider, Pharmaceutical Care Associates is a new business in Hollywood that helps patients manage their medications and coordinates them with their physicians.
Dr. Latrice Roebuck, Phann D., is a licensed phannacist from Florida and a graduate of Nova Southeastern University. She currently works at a local hospital in the ICU. Roebuck is an advocate for patients who don't understand their medications, who experience hospitalizations because of their medications, and patients who have difficulty getting their prescribers to address their concerns..." Click here to read the article in the newspaper.

U.S. Navy Medical Service Corps Promotes NSU College of Pharmacy Alumni, Christopher G. Lynch, Pharm.D., M.Ed., to Commander
Christopher Lynch
Christopher G. Lynch, Pharm.D., M.Ed., is congratulated by
Rear Admiral, Bob Kiser, US Navy Medical Service Corps

Christopher G. Lynch, Pharm.D., M.Ed., College of Pharmacy alumni, class of 1997, was officially promoted to Commander by Rear Admiral, Bob Kiser, Inaugural Commandant for the Military's Medical Education & Training Campus (METC), on October 7, 2011 at Ft. Sam Houston, TX. Dr. Lynch’s promotion by the U.S. Navy to the rank of commander designates him as a "senior officer". Officers promoted to this rank commensurately wear a cover that has clusters of oak leafs on the brim to distinguish them from junior officers. Dr. Lynch has received numerous awards for his overall leadership and professional achievement, including four (4) Navy & Marine Corps Commendation Medals; the Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal; two (2) Admirals’ Letter of Commendation for specific leadership actions; and (4) Commanding Officers’ Letter of Commendation for the superior performance of his duties. Read more...

Gina Marie Pettineo, College of Pharmacy Alumni, 2011, Selected as “Future Pharmacist of the Year”
Dr. Pettineo

NSU Alumni, Gina Marie Pettineo, Pharm.D., Class of 2011, has been selected as a “Future Pharmacist of the Year” finalist for the “Next-Generation Pharmacist Awards Program.”  Pettineo was chosen for her leadership and service representing NSU’s College of Pharmacy in national, regional, and local meetings, community events, and for maintaining the highest academic standards and participation in the classroom while a pharmacy student with a 92.14 GPA. 
Pettineo served on the Student Chapter of the Florida Pharmacy Association Executive Committee and was the 2009-10 President of the American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists NSU Chapter.  Pettineo has also been actively involved in Florida’s legislative affairs, most significantly as the primary author of a resolution allowing pharmacy interns to immunize in Florida which eventually became a bill.  Pettineo’s advocacy exemplifies the philosophy of promoting leadership, education and training of pharmacy students to enable them to become proactive, motivated, and highly skilled future practitioners. 

The Latin Chamber of Commerce of Broward County (LCCB) Scholarship Luncheon
Latin Chamber of Commerce Luncheon

College of Pharmacy Alumni, Licet Martel, Pharm.D., (2008) addressed attendees of the Latin Chamber of Commerce of Broward County (LCCB) Scholarship Luncheon held in May, 2011 at the Renaissance Plantation. Dr. Martel was recipient of a LCCB scholarship in 2006 in partnership with NSU’s Health Professions Division (HPD) College of Pharmacy. Dr. Martel’s message to 2011 LCCB scholarship recipients reinforced the importance and meaning of scholarships, life-long learning and leadership roles in their personal and professional lives. Dr. Martell shared some of her achievements made possible through the LCCB/HPD and how the scholarship experience broadened her positive impact on public health and pharmacy careers.

NSU College of Pharmacy Alumni Named The Florida Society of Health-System Pharmacists "2010 Pharmacist of the Year"
Brown

The Florida Society of Health-System Pharmacists (FSHP) named Deborah Brown, M.S., Pharm.D. C.Ph., NSU College of Pharmacy Alumni, Class of 2000, as the Florida pharmacist of the year at the society's 44th annual meeting in Orlando last month.

Brown was awarded the “2010 Pharmacist of the Year” award for her significant contributions to the practice of pharmacy in Florida as well as her outstanding performance and achievements during throughout her pharmacy career.  FSHP presented her with a plaque and pin at a dinner ceremony on July 29 that kicked off the four-day meeting.  The FSHP pharmacist of the year award is presented annually to a Florida pharmacist who is recognized for outstanding career performance and achievements and is selected by a special committee of past recipients.

Brown is the market director of pharmacy for Florida and Louisiana for the Pharmacy Solutions business. She is responsible for the pharmacy operations of four acute care hospitals.  Brown has worked for Cardinal Health for 15 years and has previously served as an FSHP president and as a board member; currently she serves as the society's treasurer.

Anna Marie González-Wolstenholme, Pharm.D., CPH and Brian Wolstenholme, Pharm.D., CGP, FASCP - NSU College of Pharmacy Alumni Team Up to Address Medication-Related Problems

Anna Marie González-Wolstenholme, Pharm.D., CPH and Brian  Wolstenholme, Pharm.D., CGP, FASCP

Anna Marie González-Wolstenholme, PharmD, CPH
and Brian Wolstenholme, PharmD, CGP, FASCP
both graduated from NSU's COP in 1999

Anna Marie González-Wolstenholme, PharmD, CPH and Brian Wolstenholme, PharmD, CGP, FASCP both graduated from NSU's College of Pharmacy in 1999. As a team, they have both been helping people, especially seniors, meet their health and wellness goals to reduce or eliminate medication use whenever possible.

To follow his passion, Wolstenholme has joined Senior Care Pharmacists and is president of MediSort Medication Consultants, PA, where as health and wellness coach he provides education to create awareness regarding medication-related problems. According to Wolstenholme, if categorized as a disease, medication-related problems would be the 5th-leading cause of death in the United States. He goes on to state "my practice was started to spread the word that data shows that our type of practice will save lives, improve our population's health and significantly reduce healthcare expenditures."

Wolstenholme and González-Wolstenholme help identify, resolve and prevent medication-related problems by working with patients, their caregivers, physicians and others to optimize the medication regimen for optimal outcomes. Wolstenholme is a Certified Geriatric Pharmacist, Senior Care Pharmacist, Consultant Pharmacist, and also specializes in Aging Parents and Clinical Medication Therapy Management. His other specialties include 30's, 40's, and beyond; weight loss; and cardiovascular health. González-Wolstenholme graduated with Honors from Nova Southeastern University and is licensed as both a Pharmacist and a Senior Care Pharmacist and is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Florida College of Pharmacy.

Dr. Armando Bardisa

Dr. Armando Bardisa, Pharm.D.

Mr. Brian Brito, VP Operations and Armando
Bardisa, Pharm.D., NSU Alumni, Class of 1997,
Owner & CEO, South Miami Pharmacy

Armando Bardisa, Pharm.D., NSU Class of 1997, was awarded an Honorary Masters in Business Administration from Florida International University's Chapman Graduate school of Business.  The award was presented by Mr. Brian Brito, Vice President of Operations at South Miami Pharmacy to acknowledge Dr. Bardisa for his role as a pharmacist entrepreneur and role model for his business team.
For over ten years Dr. Bardisa has served as an inspirational mentor, leader, and employer for Mr. Brito.  Mr. Brito's drive was greatly supported by Dr. Bardisa who inspired and guided him to return to school and complete his business degree. "Since joining the South Miami Pharmacy team in 2003, Dr. Bardisa has continually provided me the opportunity to help expand his growing business, manage new projects and develop procedures to help improve our patients’ quality of life.  Dr. Bardisa's leadership and vision have been indispensable for completing my graduate degree, and I thank him for this," indicates Mr. Brito.
Dr. Bardisa serves as a College of Pharmacy preceptor mentoring and training pharmacy students at South Miami Pharmacy.

Dr. Maritza Aguayo
Maritza Aguayo, Pharm.D.

Maritza Aguayo, Pharm.D., Class of 2009 was recently promoted to a District Manager overseeing the pharmacy operations of fourteen Navarro Discount pharmacies. On behalf of the NSU College of Pharmacy - congratulations, Dr. Aguayo!



Dr. Michael Escudero
Michael Escudero, Pharm.D.

We salut Michael Escudero, Pharm.D., c/o 2007 West Palm Beach, for his outreach to the Hispanic community of South Florida regarding health promotion and disease prevention.
Dr. Escudero will be a monthly guest speaker on Univision TV 23 - Despierta Ameríca "Pregúntale al Farmacéutico," (Ask the Pharmacist), speaking on different topics of interest addressing health concerns amongst Hispanics. He has presented on topics such as medications and your pharmacist, diabetes, healthy bones, medications and children, drug interactions, and heart disease.
You may view his presentation videos in the Spanish language on the following link: http://www.univision.com/content/channel.jhtml?secid=25636#

Dr. Eddy Blanco
Eddy Blanco, Pharm.D.

Residents in Overtown Miami, received over 150 First Aid Kits on January 16, 2010, as part of Hands on Miami’s Martin Luther King Day of Service thanks to Dr. Eddy Blanco, graduate of Nova Southeastern University's College of Pharmacy (Class of 2002) and co-owner of VH Pharmacy, a three generation, family-owned business since 1923 located in Miami.  Under the direction of Dr. Blanco, more than 700 volunteers went door-to-door handing out the kits, and were involved in landscaping, restoration, painting murals and greening of the Town Park Village property.

Dr. Blanco's VH Pharmacy has been an integral part of the South Florida community, and has been in business for almost 90 years.  The pharmacy conducts numerous community outreach events such as free Glucose and Cholesterol screenings and bi-Monthly Health Screenings to help educate the community about the importance of preventative care, lifestyle changes and routine checkups.Dr. Eddy Blanco also has an active roll in training Pharmacy Technician students, the new generation of pharmaceutical practitioners, allowing him to pass on his knowledge and love of his field.   Dr. Blanco is very proud to be co-owner of VH Pharmacy

The pharmacy's roots date back to 1923, when his great grandfather and family patriarch, Roberto Hernández started “La Farmacia Roberto” in Havana, Cuba.  In 1963, the family and the pharmacy moved to Miami growing the VH Pharmacy to seven locations throughout Miami, resulting in the first Hispanic-owned pharmacy chain in South Florida. For more information about VH Pharmacy, please call at (305) 324-8777 or log onto www.vhpharmacyRx.com.

Dr. Michelle M. Carter, Captain, USAF, BSC, Chief, Pharmacy Services
Michelle Carter, Pharm.D.
Joseph T. Guastella, Jr., Colonel, USAF
Commander, 20th Fighter Wing and
Dr. Michelle M. Carter, Captain, USAF, BSC,
Chief, Pharmacy Services, 20th Fighter Wing.

Captain Carter commissioned in the Air Force in 2007 as the Chief of Pharmacy Services with the 20th Medical Group at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina. She assumed this command as her first and only duty assignment to date, immediately after earning her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at Nova Southeastern University. She is licensed in both Florida and South Carolina.
Captain Carter immersed into her profession with a demanding charge. In less than two short years of her initial assignment, she has excelled in the management and leadership of a team of pharmacists, technicians, and volunteers who, under her administration, directed over 200K prescriptions filled to 30K Shaw beneficiaries at 2 sites. As Chief of the Pharmacy, she managed a $7.6M budget; maximized the High Dollar Drug Program/National Contracts/Basic Core Formulary usage and returned $1.1M for redistribution. She also executed a $198K pharmacy renovation within her first year which relocated the entire operation twice in one day; this led to an increase in efficiency and cut patient wait times by 30%.
Also within her first year, Captain Carter implemented the medication refill clinic which was a crucial relief during nursing/provider shortage and saved the Base's Family Practice Clinic staff 80 hours per month. She also established the Force Health Protection Prescription Program for the Base which increased critical information by 70% and saved providers 50+ walk-ins quarterly.
Not only is Captain Carter a great leader but she is also an outstanding Base and community activist. Captain Carter is currently the 20 Fighter Wing American Red Cross blood drive coordinator organizing drives on a quarterly basis averaging a collection of 50 units per drive. She is also an active AADD volunteer and is credited with 54 saves this year alone. Impacting and saving lives, Captain Carter has participated in the American Heart Association Sumter Heart Walk and the American Cancer Society Relay for Life and has helped fund raise over $165K. It is no surprise that Captain Michelle Carter has been awarded the highest honors bestowed upon a pharmacist in the military:

On behalf of Nova Southeastern University College of Pharmacy - and especially the West Palm Beach site - Congratulations Captain Carter - we are very proud of you!