Alumni Potpourri: September - October 2012

This page is a miscellany of many kinds of information about people who are alumni of the UA College of Pharmacy. To contribute your own tidbits, use our Stay in Touch form or email your photo and information to the alumni affairs staff.

News from September & October

Two smiling women, seatedLorri Reilly (PharmD 1989), CSPI, has been recertified as a certified specialist in poison information, and Ifat Krase (PharmD 2010) has been newly certified as a CSPI. Affectionately known as “a spy with an i,” these pharmacists at the Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center in Tucson have passed the American Association of Poison Control Center’s CSPI exam. Before they even qualify to take the exam, applicants must have 2,000 hours of experience providing telephone poison center consultations and have handled an accumulated 2,000 cases. The recommendation of the director of the poison center is also mandatory. Recertification is required every seven years.

James Poullard (PharmD 1997) was promoted to vice president of pharmacy for Kindred Healthcare, a Fortune 500 healthcare company, in August 2011. Before this, he was assistant vice president of pharmacy for Houston-based Triumph Healthcare, which was acquired by Kindred. In June of this year he and his family relocated to Louisville, Ky., where Kindred’s corporate office is housed.

Bob Kass (BS Pharmacy 1967) checked in with us from Valencia, Calif., to let us know that he retired April 1, 2012. He has been married to his wife, Rita, for 43 years and they have an 8-year-old grandson. Kass should have more time to enjoy his family these days.

Christina Mnatzaganian (PharmD 2011) competed a residency at the Maui Clinic Pharmacy in Maui, Hawaii, and is now a member of the University of Hawaii-Hilo faculty. The research project she undertook as part of her residency, the effects of sugar cane burning on health, was cited recently in a Maui newspaper.

Smiling white man with silver hair and glassesBill Jones (BS Pharmacy 1972, MS 1979) of Tucson has been selected as this year’s recipient of the College of Pharmacy’s Mortar and Pestle Award. This award, first given in 2011, recognizes individuals or groups who are loyal supporters with a longstanding pattern of giving to the College of Pharmacy. Jones, a veteran preceptor, will receive the honor during a Scholarship and Fellowship Recognition Brunch on Nov. 11.


Jacob Abarca (PharmD 1997, MS 2001) of Tucson recently presented at the Training Program in Health Outcomes and Pharmacoeconomic Research sponsored by the Center for Health Outcomes and PharmacoEconomic Research. He and his wife, Jeanette, are very busy with their three young children, Gabe, Lucas, and Danielle. Abarca is a clinical analysis manager for Wellpoint in Tucson.

Benjamin Bishop (PharmD 2010) has received a Teamwork Technology Award. This award is given for proposals that introduce new ways to use technology to teach teamwork and collaboration skills for students in health professions. Bishop was awarded for his advanced clinical experience module proposal. Bishop is currently attending ASU’s College of Nursing and Health Innovation’s program in regulatory science and health safety. Students from more than 15 colleges and departments at the University of Arizona and Arizona State University participated in the competition. Two awards of $2,000 each were offered at each university as part of a Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation initiative to develop a new interprofessional curriculum in primary care. Funds for the awards were provided by the UA’s Arizona Telemedicine Program and ASU’s College of Nursing and Health Innovation.

Two women standing at podiumMetta Lou Henderson (BS Pharm 1961, MS 1966, PhD 1978) of Tucson is a curator of the new Women in Pharmacy exhibit at the American Pharmacists Association headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Henderson attended the ceremony and reception at which the exhibit and accompanying conference room were unveiled on the Potomac View Terrace at APhA headquarters Sept. 23. Women in Pharmacy Campaign donors and honorees representing 24 states were present.

The exhibit and conference room are designed to serve as an evolving tribute to women in pharmacy. The exhibit includes a library of rotating materials and books by a variety of authors, including Henderson.





Originally posted: August 29, 2013
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