Lisa M. Deziel, Pharm.D., Ph.D., Dean Rochelle Nappi, Ed.D., 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 Puerto Rico Regional Campuses. Student ambassadors are selected based on academic achievement, Shark pride, and commitment to excellence. The 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!
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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.
Aime Armbrister, 2019, Fort Lauderdale
Adrian Burgos Avilés, 2020, Puerto Rico
Ambassador Adrian E. Burgos Avilés was born in Bayamón, Puerto Rico. He graduated Summa Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras, UPPR. His proficient research skills led him to work at Stony Brook University in Long Island, New York as part of a Research Experience for Undergraduates Summer Program Chemistry Excels. Ambassador Burgos’ an active membership in the American Chemical Society Chapter of the UPRRP Campus, Board of Directors for three consecutive years, as a vocal, a sub-secretary, and as Vice President enabled him to develop his leadership skills. He attained community service skills by participating in many of the activities of the Chapter, including interactive demonstrations and service activities in Puerto Rico, and the American Chemical Society’s national meetings in the U.S. Ambassador Burgos was elected the College of Pharmacy’s Social Delegate of his Class, and is a member of American Pharmacists Association, Academy of Student Pharmacists.
Chelsey Axelrod, 2020, Fort Lauderdale
Ambassador Chelsey B. Axelrod was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She attended the University of Miami, (UM), where she consistently made the President’s Honor Roll, the Provost’s Honor Roll, and the Dean’s list while also a member of the Psi Chi National Honor Society in Psychology. She graduated the UM Cum Laude and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and a Biology minor in 2014. While at UM Medical Campus, Ambassador Axelrod became interested in research involving the brain, drugs and behavior, and drug abuse in rats, all which furthered her passion for pharmacology. Ambassador Axelrod also participated in UM’s Psychology Research Initiative Mentorship Experience (PRIME), in which she compiled her research findings into a poster presentation on cognitive and neuropsychiatric symptoms in individuals with memory complaints. As a pharmacy doctor candidate at NSU’s College of Pharmacy, she is also a member of the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists, the Student Society of Health-System Pharmacists, and a brother of the Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity. After pharmacy school, she plans to do a residency and eventually obtain a career in Psychiatric or Neurologic pharmacy.
Joel A. Báez Rodríguez, 2019, Puerto Rico
Ambassador Joel Báez was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s degree in General Sciences from the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico, where he was involved in many community service activities that helped him develop his skills as an outstanding leader. Ambassador Báez was a member of the American Chemical Society and the American Cancer Society fund-raising activity “Relay for Life.” He also worked as an undergraduate research student in organic chemistry and in behavioral neuroscience studies. Since enrolled in NSU’s College of Pharmacy, he finished his first year honored on the Dean’s List for the two consecutive semesters. Ambassador Báez is considered by his peers to be a compassionate, empathic, and committed student and leader. He is currently a member of the Student College of Clinical Pharmacy and the American Pharmacists Association, Academy of Student Pharmacists. Additionally, Ambassador Báez is currently the Regional Student Government Association Vice President for the Puerto Rico Campus and the Vice President for the American Pharmacist Association.
Anme Bass, 2019, Puerto Rico
Ambassador Anme Bass was born in Caracas, Venezuela. She graduated as a classical soloist dancer from the Escuela de Ballet Teatro Teresa Carreno, and performed with the Ballet Nacional de Caracas and Ballet Contemporáneo de Caracas. She retired in 2007 after performing for six years with the Sarasota Ballet of Florida as a soloist performer and teaching advanced dance students at Brandon Ballet, Flex Dance Studios, and Zero Gravity in Sarasota, Florida. Ambassador Bass earned her associate in arts degree from the State College of Florida, (SCF) and attended Universidad Central de Venezuela and University of Phoenix. She was awarded Outstanding Student in Organic Chemistry for her academic accomplishments and her contributions as the Chemistry Club President at SCF. Ambassador Bass is a member of American Pharmacist Association- Academy of Student Pharmacists, Student College of Clinical Pharmacy, and Student Societies of Health-System Pharmacy. Ambassador Bass was recognized in the Chancellor's List for the 2015 fall semester and 2016 winter and fall semesters and was elected Class Vice-president for 2016-2017. Ambassador Bass was recently awarded "Student of the Month" for demonstrating ethical leadership, problem-solving skills, and community engagement.
Samantha M. Bezzina, 2018, Palm Beach
Stacy Bien-Aime, 2019, Palm Beach
Ambassador Stacy Bien-Aime attended Broward College in Coconut Creek, where she earned her Associate Degree in Art. She started working for Walgreens Pharmacy in 2010 as a pharmacy technician where she collaborates with staff pharmacists on improving Medication Therapy Management (MTM) with great results for over past three years. Ambassador Bien-Aime is a member of the Student College of Clinical Pharmacy (SCCP), American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP), Nova Southeastern University Public Health Association (PHSA), and International Pharmacy Student Association (IPSA) and served as Palm Beach Secretary of the Class of 2019 during her P1 year. Additionally, Stacy is involved in research projects under the supervision of Dr. Hale, Assistant Profession in the College of Pharmacy at Palm Beach campus. As the journey continues, she looks for new opportunities to improve herself.
Lauren Blue, 2020, Fort Lauderdale
Ambassador Lauren Blue earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Florida, (UF), in 2016. Through her experience working at Budget Drugs, a privately owned pharmacy, she has gained skills in efficient patient communication and drug information research via databases. During her senior year at UF, Ambassador Blue volunteered at Health Shands Hospital Operating Room’s Satellite Pharmacy where she developed skills on how to perform under pressure as well as skills pertaining to communication with other healthcare professionals, including surgeons and nurses. Ambassador Blue’s many professional interests include research and psychiatric and neurological pharmacy. As a doctor of pharmacy candidate at NSU’s College of Pharmacy, she is currently a member of the College of Psychiatric & Neurological Pharmacists and the Student National Pharmaceutical Association. As a future alumni professional, Ambassador Blue hopes to contribute toward the overall growth of the pharmacy profession.
Keishla M. Cortés Vera, 2019, Puerto Rico
Ambassador Keishla Cortés Vera is from Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. She initially trained as a biologist, receiving a bachelor of science degree from the University of Puerto Rico, Aguadilla (UPRAG), where she earned Magna Cum Laude Honors. She was an active member and the historian of the directive of the American Chemical Society Chapter from UPRAG, and was part of the directive of the Beta Beta Beta National Biological Honor Society. Ambassador Cortés worked in the mentor program Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program helping freshman students to adapt to college life, and as a tutor for science and math classes. She remains active in community activities and is a volunteer at the children's home “Casa Juan Bosco,” the nursing home “Splendor.” She also serves in the health fairs hosted by the Oncological Hospital "Dr. Isaac González Martínez." At NSU’s College of Pharmacy, Ambassador Cortés is part of the Regional Student Government Association of the Puerto Rico Campus, where she serves as the Campus Involvement Chair. Currently, she is an active member of the American Pharmacist Association, Academy of Student Pharmacists, and the National Community Pharmacist Association.
Virginia Davis, 2018, Fort Lauderdale
Ambassador Davis received her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Stetson University in 2014. While attending Stetson, she was also a division 1 collegiate athlete on the women's soccer team on a full athletic scholarship. Now as a College of Pharmacy student, Ambassador Davis is actively involved in various organizations and programs, including peer mentor program, Dean's Ambassador program, Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA), and Rho Chi Honor Society. Ambassador Davis' academic achievements earned her a listing on Dean's List for 2014-2015 and the Chancellors List for 2015-2016 school year. Upon graduation, she hopes to pursue a postgraduate first-year residency (PGY-1).
Yanelys Duarte, 2020, Fort Lauderdale
Ambassador Yanelys Duarte completed her undergraduate career at Florida International University, (FIU), where she was involved in the Pre-Pharmacy Student Association. Through this association, she was able to further her involvement within the pharmaceutical field while participating in community outreach and engagement. Ambassador Duarte has gleaned many professional skills as a volunteer at Leon Medical Center Pharmacies while shadowing a variety of pharmacists to expand her knowledge in the field. Ambassador Duarte is currently a P1 Liaison for the American Pharmacist Association (APhA) at NSU’s College of Pharmacy. She is also actively involved in the Student Societies of Health-Systems Pharmacy (SSHP). Her accomplishments were recognized as the awardee of the 2017-18 Generation RX Chair Award in the APhA. Upon graduation, Ambassador Duarte plans to pursue a Cardiology residency.
Amneh Fares, 2020, Fort Lauderdale
Ambassador Amneh Fares was born and raised in South Florida and graduated from the College Academy at Broward College’s dual enrollment program, where she completed her Associate of Arts degree. In 2014, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Florida Atlantic University (FAU). After graduating from FAU, she acquired a job as a pharmacy technician at Walmart Pharmacy, attaining knowledge about different types of medications and their uses. She also learned how a pharmacy is organized and run; effective patient care; time management; and how to deal with different social and health care situations. Ambassador Fares was accepted to NSU’s College of Pharmacy and began her pharmaceutical journey in 2016. Currently, Ambassador Fares is a member of the Student College of Clinical Pharmacy (SCCP) acquiring experience in the field of clinical research in the areas of oncology and women’s health. Ambassador Fares is interested in the clinical side of pharmacy, while also very excited to learn about the many fields the pharmaceutical world. She looks forward to gaining additional experience as an intern while also getting involved in community outreach as a student pharmacist.
Juan Fernandez, 2019, Palm Beach
Ambassador Juan Fernandez is a native of Spain, where he was educated at Colegio San Jose, one of the most well-known institutions in Spain. He attended Palm Beach State College and St. John's River State College in St. Augustine, Florida, before returning to Palm Beach State College in 2011, where he earned an Associate in Arts Degree. Ambassador Fernandez combines school and a job as a server in the hospitality industry, where he has been serving guests from 2005 until the present. In the summer of 2016, he gained a valuable experience at Palm Beach Compounding Pharmacy, where he was given the opportunity to work as an intern. He is currently a member of the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (SSHP). His experience in the hospitality industry, combined with his energy, hard work and dedication are all attributes he will bring with him to his role as a representative of the Dean and the College of 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 Dean's List and as a 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 a 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, Fort Lauderdale/Davie
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.
Zuleska González, 2019, Palm Beach
Ambassador Zuleska González attended the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras campus where she earned the honor of Cum Laude with a Bachelor Degree of Cellular Molecular Biology. She has worked as a volunteer in a doctoral research project, where the focus was on ecology and the project was studying evolutionary patterns in butterfly wings as a survival mechanism. She participates in community events, health conventions, and continuous education programs and is a dog-rescuing volunteer. Ambassador González trained as a medical laboratory scientist at Hospital Auxilio Mutuo Español in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico. She has received her American Society licenses for Clinical Pathology (ASCP). As a student pharmacist, she became a member of the American Pharmacist Association (APhA-ASP). Her motivation, leadership and professional skills will be a key in her community engagement endeavors and success as a Dean Ambassador.
Christian González, 2020, Puerto Rico
Ambassador Christian González was born in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico. He joined the workforce at the early age of nineteen at a fast food restaurant, where he acquired the ability to work under pressure, coexist with coworkers, and hone his customer service focus. Ambassador González was awarded his bachelor of science degree with honors from the University of Puerto Rico in Aguadilla, UPRAG. While there, he was an active member of the Board of Directors of the Childhood Cancer Association, and an active member of the American Chemical Society, (ACS), where he specialized in helping families suffering from cancer and educating them about the disease. During his free time, Ambassador González volunteered to help the ACS organize events on the Puerto Rico Hope Lodge. Ambassador González recently joined the American Pharmacist Association- Academy of Student Pharmacists, the National Community Pharmacists Association, and the Students College of Clinical Pharmacy.
Kayla D. Hale, 2019, Fort Lauderdale
Vanessa Huffman, 2019, Fort Lauderdale
Tomona Iso, 2018, Fort Lauderdale
Shanique K. James, 2018, Fort Lauderdale
Julian N. Lamptey, 2018, Fort Lauderdale
Pablo Lapetina, 2020, Fort Lauderdale
Ambassador Pablo Lapetina was born in Mar del Plata, Argentina and moved to the United States at the age of eight. He pursued his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at Florida International University, (FIU). While at FIU, he was Treasurer of the Pre-Pharmacy Student Association where he was active in numerous community outreach events hosted by FIU. Ambassador Lapetina began working at Publix Pharmacy in 2013, making his way to currently performing as a Publix intern. During his first semester at NSU’s College of Pharmacy, Ambassador Lapetina was inducted into Phi Delta Chi professional fraternity, became a member of Student Society of Health-System Pharmacist Association and is currently Vice President of Policy Elect of the American Pharmacist Association. Ambassador Lapetina hopes to complete a PGY2-Critical Care residency upon graduation.
José J. Lugo Muñoz, 2018, Puerto Rico
Monet Luloh, 2019, Palm Beach
Aliethia McLeod, 2019, Fort Lauderdale
Ambassador Aliethia McLeod was born in St. Ann’s Bay in Jamaica. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Saint Vincent College, (SVC), in Latrobe, Pennsylvania earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. While at SVC, she held memberships in Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, Alpha Chi Honor Society as President, the Tri-Beta Biology Honor Society as Vice President, and the International Student’s Union. She was honored on the Dean’s List for eight semesters; awarded Residence Life Programmer of the Year; named to Who’s Who Among American Colleges and Universities; was a finalist for the President’s Award. Ambassador McLeod hosted almost a hundred programs at SVC and presented at the Alpha Chi National Conference. She was awarded an A.J Palumbo Research Grant which allowed her to complete her research thesis. Ambassador McLeod organized annual events at Emeritus Nursing Home in Latrobe and volunteered at the Basic School for Orphans in Jamaica. Ambassador McLeod is a member of the NSU’s College of Pharmacy chapters of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), the Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA), the International Pharmacy Student Association (IPSA), and the Christian Pharmacists Fellowship International (CPFI). She currently serves on the SNPhA and CPFI eboard and as a peer mentor leader. Upon graduation, Ambassador McLeod’s vision is to make an impact on healthcare for the underprivileged, specifically in the area of oncology.
Leanne Minimo, 2019, Fort Lauderdale
Lorraine M. Mora Colón, 2019, Puerto Rico
Ambassador Lorraine M. Mora Colón is from Hatillo, Puerto Rico. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in Microbiology from the University of Puerto Rico at Arecibo (UPRA). She held several membership positions in Rotaract, Chapter of Microbiology Students at Arecibo, Biology Students Association (, Honor Students Program, and the Future Pharmacists Association, where she serviced the community by giving support to those in need. Ambassador Mora Colón’s research experience in microbiology and chemistry enabled her ability to work in a team-structured environment. It also improved her communication and decision-making skills. As a pharmacist student of NSU College of Pharmacy, Ambassador Mora holds memberships in the American Pharmacists Association, the Academy of Student Pharmacists, the Student Societies of Health-System Pharmacy, and the Student College of Clinical Pharmacy. Ambassador Mora Colón is part of the Student Government Association for the Puerto Rico Campus and serves as its Secretary.
Yennifer Colón Morales, 2019, Puerto Rico
Lindsay R. Musoff, 2019, Fort Lauderdale
Kiomaris M. Nieves Villanueva, 2020, Puerto Rico
Kiomaris Nieves was born in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Microbiology from the University of Puerto Rico, (UPR), Arecibo campus. She participated in two summer internships, at Michigan State University and the University of Michigan, where she developed invaluable research skills in the area of neurotoxicology. Ambassador Nieves won the Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students travel award, the largest professional conference for minority students in the United States to present their research collaborations. After finishing her bachelor’s degree, she was admitted to the post-baccalaureate program at the University of Pennsylvania, where the professional development plan included mentoring, research experience, and pharmacology courses. Ambassador Nieves also has volunteered in different activities aimed at bettering the quality of life for disadvantaged communities.
Augustine C. Obi, 2018, Fort Lauderdale
José A. Ojeda, 2019, Fort Lauderdale
Camir M. Ortíz Rodríguez , 2019, Puerto Rico
Ambassador Camir María Ortíz Rodríguez was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico. She completed her undergraduate studies at the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico, where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in General Sciences with a minor degree in Biology. She also belonged to the Students’ Association of the Institutional Honor’s Program, where she had the opportunity to be treasurer and president, the American Chemistry Society, Premedical Circle, and MEDLIFE. Ambassador Ortíz Rodríguez has participated in health fairs, community walks in awareness of different causes, volunteered at centers for children with cancer, elderly people, and has been part of chemistry demonstrations and competitions. Ambassador Ortíz Rodríguez was recognized on the Dean's Honor list for two consecutive years and was honored with the President's Award for her academic excellence. As a member, she represents the profession in the American Pharmacists Association- Academy of Student Pharmacists, the Student College of Clinical Pharmacy, the Student Society of Health-System Pharmacist, and the National Community Pharmacists Association.
Henry S. Osuji, 2018, Palm Beach
Gabrielle M. Palevoda, 2018, Palm Beach
Keena A. Patel, 2019, Fort Lauderdale
Keena Patel earned her Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences at Florida State University. Ambassador Patel studied hyperactivity and working memory as a research assistant which gave her insight into the methods and techniques by which drug interactions are tested and studied. Along with her research team, she presented at the Society for Neuroscience conference in Washington, D.C in 2014. Ambassador Patel is currently an active member of Student Societies of Health-System Pharmacy and Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity. Upon graduation, Ambassador Patel plans to pursue a residency program.
Daisy R. Perez-Laboy, 2019, Puerto Rico
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) as PR Vice-President, American Pharmacists Association (APhA), American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) and National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA). Ambassador Pérez-Rivera academic achievements were recognized in the Dean’s Honors List this past semester. She is also part of Rho Chi Honor Society. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and CrossFit training.
Haley B. Perkins, 2018, Fort Lauderdale
Raju Rajan, 2019, Fort Lauderdale
Stephanie T. Ramírez, 2019, Puerto Rico
Ambassador Stephanie Toledo Ramírez is from Ponce, Puerto Rico. She obtained a Bachelor’s degree in General Sciences and a Medical Technology certification, through a combined bachelor of science in the medical technology program, from the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico (PCUPR) in Ponce, Puerto Rico. During medical technology school, Ambassador Toledo earned the top award of the clinical practice session, the highest score of blood bank and hematology classes, clinical chemistry, and hematology clinical practice. She received her Medical Laboratory Scientist license from the American Society for Clinical Pathology. Ambassador Toledo has been working as a medical technologist in the Clinical Laboratory Coliseo. She has been involved in extracurricular activities employing her communication and leadership skills during health fairs, such as “Relevo por la vida”, and “UNETE 5k run” to benefit children with cancer. She is an active member of the Medical Technology Association of Puerto Rico and served in the position of secretary during for the Southern Chapter. Recently, Ambassador Toledo became a member of American Pharmacist Association- Academy of Student Pharmacists.
Norymar M. Rivera Ortíz, 2020, Puerto Rico
Ambassador Norymar Rivera is a native of Ponce, Puerto Rico. She was admitted at the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico, Ponce Campus, PCUPR, as part of the Bachelor/Pharm.D. Dual Program in General Sciences. While at the PCUPR, she received a scholarship for the Honors Program Scholarship, “Farmacias González” Scholarship, and was recognized by the American Chemical Society as a Chemistry Ambassador for her community involvement. As a College of Pharmacy student, Ambassador Rivera is a member of the American Pharmacists Association – Academy of Student Pharmacists, the Student Society of Health-System Pharmacists, and the Student College of Clinical Pharmacy. Recently, Ambassador Rivera Ortíz won the Puerto Rico Pharmacist Association Poster Competition with her poster entitled: “Farmacéutico, educador y proveedor de salud,” which will be the official promotional poster of the Puerto Rico Pharmacist Week for the year 2017.
Orlando R. Rivera Perez, 2019, Puerto Rico
Keyla G. Rodríguez-Zayas, 2019, Puerto Rico
Stephanie N. Román González , 2019, Puerto Rico
Ambassador Stephanie N. Román González is from Juana Díaz, Puerto Rico. She completed her pre-pharmacy courses at the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico (PCUPR). Ambassador Román González was a member of the Institutional Honor Students Program of the PCUPR, where she was awarded a full scholarship. As a member of MedLife, she worked in community and professional education activities. Currently, she is a member of National Community Pharmacists Association, the American Pharmacist Association- Academy of Student Pharmacists, and the Student Society of Health-System Pharmacy. Her involvement in these entities, she has participated in varied activities and competitions that have helped her develop her skills as a leader. Besides her academic and community endeavors, Ambassador Román González has been a professional salsa dancer for many years. In 2014, she won first place in the World Salsa Open Championship, Professional Couples Category.
Carolina I. Rosario, 2020, Puerto Rico
Ambassador Carolina I. Rosario Cruz was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in science with a major in medical microbiology from the University of Puerto Rico, Arecibo Campus (UPRA). She participated in undergraduate research experiences, not only in the laboratory but also in the field. Ambassador Rosario Cruz held membership in various student associations at UPRA, including the Microbiology Students Chapter, the Lions Club Chapter, the Future Pharmacist Association, and Legacy Program Association. These associations allowed her to develop leadership skills through her participate in different activities, such as workshops, conferences, and performing meaningful community work. Ambassador Rosario-Cruz is currently a member of the American Pharmacist Association- Academy of Student Pharmacists, the National Community Pharmacist Association, and the Student College of Clinical Pharmacy.
Ariel Tarraza Santos, 2019, Puerto Rico
Samantha E. Shaffer, 2018, Fort Lauderdale
Ambassador Samantha Shaffer is entering into her fourth year at Nova Southeastern University’s College of Pharmacy. Ambassador Shaffer got involved within the program the moment she entered pharmacy school. In her time at the College of Pharmacy, she has been President of College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacy (CPNP), Pledge Master and co-Philanthropy Chair in Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity, Inc., a member of the Legislative Task Force, and a Dean’s Ambassador. Ambassador Shaffer’s biggest accomplishment since starting pharmacy school has been the implementation of the Mental Health Awareness Festival with CPNP, which promoted open dialogue and knowledge about the resources available within Broward County. She plans on presenting the organization of such festival and community’s outtake on the event at future conferences. Upon graduation, Ambassador Shaffer would like to pursue a residency and specialize in Neurology or Psychiatry where she can continue to be an advocate for the mental health community.
Terry Smith, 2020, Palm Beach
Ambassador Terry Smith joined the US Army and Florida National Guard in 2000 where he dedicated his time to serving his country as a radar team leader, combat lifesaver, and Air Defense Specialist, receiving the Army Achievement Medal. While performing his National Guard Reservist duties, he completing his undergraduate degree from South University – Savannah in Georgia, in Business Administration. He is a licensed Pharmacy Technician where he became experienced with Enterprise Rx software and Moments MTM. He was on the President’s List for the majority of the semesters at Palm Beach State College and in his first semester at NSU is on the Dean’s List for his academic achievements. Ambassador Smith is a member of the American Pharmacists Association- Academy of Student Pharmacists, (APhA-ASP), the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA), American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (SSHP) and served as Palm Beach Treasurer of the Class of 2020 during his P1 year.
Antonio J. Suárez Colón, 2019, Palm Beach
Monica W. Tadros, 2018, Fort Lauderdale
Ambassador Tadros completed her B.S. in Biology as part of the Dual Admission Pharmacy Program at Nova Southeastern University, knowing from very early on that her passion was pharmacy. As a College of Pharmacy student, Ambassador Tadros is actively involved with various organizations including the Student Society of Health-System Pharmacists, where she serves as Liaison, and Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity, where she serves regionally as the Southeast Province Secretary and locally as the chapter's Vice President. Ambassador Tadros is also extremely proud to have been inducted into Phi Lambda Sigma Leadership Society, where she serves as the Omega Chapter President and has impacted the College of Pharmacy with diligently planned events such as the P1 Leadership Workshop and Annual PLS Leadership Summit. Another one of Ambassador Tadros' most notable accomplishments is her presence on the newly-initiated Legislative Task Force, a year-long committee dedicated to preparing students for advocacy of the pharmacy profession. On her own time, Ambassador Tadros realizes the importance of giving back to the community; she has participated in various philanthropy events and serves as a Sunday school teacher to 3rd through 5th grade children at her church. Additionally, Ambassador Tadros is honored to have consistently achieved Chancellor's list and Dean's list recognition since her first semester. Her efforts have allowed her to reach the ranks of Rho Chi Academic Honor Society, where she uses her proficiency of pharmacy knowledge to tutor and assist her fellow students. Upon achieving her Pharm D. degree, Ambassador Tadros hopes to complete a PGY-1 and PGY-2 residency to practice in Oncology.
Nicole Tadros, 2020, Fort Lauderdale
Ambassador Nicole Tadros received her Bachelor of Science degree with honors in Biological Sciences from Florida Atlantic University, (FAU). She is currently an active member of NSU’s Student Society of Health-System Pharmacists (SSHP), the American Pharmacists Association – Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP), and served as the 2020 Secretary for the Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity, Inc. Ambassador Tadros has engaged in various extracurricular and community-focused activities including A Day for Children, Give Kids a Smile, and NSU’s Community Fest. Outside of her pharmacy school, Ambassador Tadros is an avid member of her church where she serves as a Sunday school teacher to middle school children and is on the Youth Committee in charge of hosting community events and statewide conventions. Upon graduation, Ambassador Tadros hopes to complete a post-graduate residency with a focus in academia fulfilling her passion for teaching and molding the minds of future pharmacists.
Luis M. Taveras Grullón, 2020, Puerto Rico
Ambassador Luis Manuel Taveras Grullón was born in Carolina, Puerto Rico. He completed his pre-pharmacy coursework at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus (UPR-RP), being part of the Dean’s List of the College of Natural Sciences. He was the co-founder of the Future Pharmacists Association, Inc., the first pre-pharmacy student organization in Puerto Rico. Ambassador Taveras Grullón is a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society, the Student College of Clinical Pharmacy, and the National Community Pharmacists Association. Currently, he is the President-Elect of the American Pharmacist Association- Academy of Student Pharmacists, and the Policy Chair of the Student Societies of Health-System Pharmacy. Besides his goal to become a pharmacist, Ambassador Taveras Grullón is also a tenor at the San Juan Philharmonic Chorale, the official choir of the Symphonic Orchestra of Puerto Rico, and was part of the Choir and the Lyric Theater of the UPR.
Amanda Thompson, 2020, Fort Lauderdale
Ambassador Amanda Thompson was born in Winter Park, Florida and graduated from the University of Central Florida, (UCF), with a double major in Biology and Psychology. Ambassador Thompson has been playing soccer since she was six years old, learning how to be part of a team and how to work hard and “win” at achieving goals. Ambassador Thompson worked at Publix Supermarkets and was promoted from cashier to customer service, to a registered pharmacy technician handling more responsibility as a result of her hard work and dedication. Ambassador Thompson demonstrates her leadership and role model capabilities for her peers and is skilled at mentoring to help others. Ambassador Thompson was accepted into NSU’s College of Pharmacy in 2016. She is currently a member of the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists, (CPNP), and is a member of the Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity Inc. Her goal to is to perform as a pharmacist who gets involved and gives back to the community she will serve in the future.
Yaritza G. Torres Santos, 2019, Puerto Rico
Yen Tran, 2019, Fort Lauderdale
Ambassador Yen Tran received his Bachelor of Science Pharmacy degree from the University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam and his Master of Business Administration from Solvay School of Business in Belgium. He has over 10 years’ working experience in the pharmaceutical industry with emphasis in commercial management for multinational corporations such as Merck, AstraZeneca, Abbott and Les Laboratories Servier. Within these entities, Ambassador Tran has performed across therapeutic areas including cardiovascular, diabetes, oncology and respiratory. He was awarded Best Product Marketing Manager by Merck Vietnam. Currently, Ambassador Tran is an active member of NSU’s College of Pharmacy Student Society of Health-System Pharmacist, College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists, International Pharmacy Students’ Association, and Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity, Inc. Upon graduation, Ambassador Tran plans to pursue a residency program or an industry fellowship.
Juan C. Vargas Loyselle , 2020, Puerto Rico
Ambassador Juan C. Vargas Loyselle is a native of Ponce, Puerto Rico. He earned both a bachelor of science degree in biomedical sciences from the University of Puerto Rico, Ponce Campus. He also holds a master’s in public health in Epidemiology from Ponce School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Ambassador Vargas received an Academic Honor Award for his performance in graduate studies and placed first in the Environmental Health research poster presentation. Additionally, he earned a Fellowship whilst working in Infection Control and Alcohol/HIV research at the Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center in Birmingham, Alabama. During his undergraduate studies, Ambassador Vargas was a member of the Biology Honor Society, the American Marketing Association, and the Society of Astronomy. His graduate studies afforded him the opportunity to be part of the Public Health Association and served as the Secretary of Health in Action. Ambassador Vargas worked with DGF Consulting Group teams focused on evaluating and improving institution-wide sanitary practices in a tertiary healthcare hospital in Ponce, Puerto Rico, and a secondary healthcare hospital in Panama City, Panama.
Annette Vidal, 2019, Fort Lauderdale
Krisjon Wilkerson, 2019, Palm Beach
Brianna Wood, 2020, Fort Lauderdale
Ambassador Brianna Wood attended the University of Tampa, (UT), where she was inducted into the National Honor Society of Phi Eta Sigma and then transferred to the University of Connecticut, (UC), where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. Ambassador Wood has held numerous leadership positions throughout her college career, including the title of Community Service Director for programs at both the UT and UC. Her community involvement has included tutoring underprivileged children, organizing benefit concerts for individuals undergoing mental health issues, and supervising a community service trip to Mississippi for Hurricane Katrina restoration. Ambassador Wood also worked at the Yale-New Haven Hospital as a pharmacy technician. As an NSU pharmacy doctor candidate, Ambassador Wood currently holds the position of pharmacy intern, where she performs standard technician duties, such as compounding and packaging medication, in addition to working on specialized projects designed to improve the workflow of NSU’s Pharmacy Clinic. She is also an active member of the Student Societies of Health-System Pharmacy Organization and is a part of their community service committee. Upon graduation, Ambassador Wood aspires to complete a general residency along with a specialized residency in transplant pharmacy.