Alumni Potpourri May-August 2013

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More than 300 middle-school students across Arizona took part in the five PharmCamps offered by the College of Pharmacy this summer. PharmCamp, which has been conducted every summer since 1997, is a weeklong experience that includes workshops, laboratory exercises, field trips and classroom learning activities. Camps took place in Tucson, Yuma, Casa Grande, Sierra Vista and Phoenix this year. Thank you to the following COP alumni volunteers who helped make this year another resounding success:

Robert Goodwillie (PharmD 1998), Jacob Schwartz (PharmD 2010), Morgan Stimson (PharmD 2010), Robert Squire (PharmD 2009), Tracy Post (PharmD 2012), Matt Bertsch (PharmD 2012), Lee Bartes (PharmD 2011), David Lee (BS 1977), Ann Walenga (PharmD 2009), Katie Steffel (PharmD 2004), Scott Hall (PharmD 2011), Chris Chavez (PharmD 2006) and Lydia Lai (PharmD 2003).

Bill Jones (BS 1972, MS 1979) of Tucson received the Theodore G. Tong Distinguished Leadership and Service Award in April. The award recognizes a member of the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy whose impact reaches students and members of the profession in ways that emulate the outstanding service and leadership that Tong demonstrates. Nominations for the award are made by members of the college community, with the recipient selected by executive officers of Student Council.

Diane Sheehey (PharmD 1988) who recently moved to Oro Valley, Ariz., has logged 25 years as a pharmacist for Fry’s.

Ashlee Gerfen (PharmD 2012) and Theresa Stehmer (PharmD 2012) this past spring gave continuing education presentations as part of their residency training program at UAMC-University Campus in Tucson. Stehmer’s presentation was titiled “Is There A Fungus Among Us? The Challenges of Utilizing the (1,3)-beta-D-glucan and Galactomannan Assays in Guiding Clinical Decisions.” Gerfen presented “Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension: A Focus on Medication Management.”

Two smiling men and two smiling women
A tradition was continued when three graduates from the Class of 2013 became official Wildcats forever. Sara Azimian, Jessica DiLeo and Ryan Pett were the recipients of free three-year memberships in the UA Alumni Association. The memberships were sponsored by dedicated alumni Bill Jones (1972), Alan Barreuther (1973) and Ali Ricci (2011). This was the third year alumni sponsored memberships for new graduates.


John Arrendondo (BS Pharmacy 1971) retired after serving patients at El Rio Community Health Center in Tucson for nearly 40 years. Read all about Arrendondo’s legacy at the clinic in the Arizona Daily Star Article published in May.

Kelly Boesen (PharmD 2000) of Tucson, writes to say, “I started working as a clinical pharmacist at El Rio Community Health Center in December 2012. I assist in the management of diabetes, hypertension, dyslipidemia and provide preventive care services for Medicare patients. El Rio provides predominately underserved populations. I really like the integrative team approach to patient care, and to make positive impacts in the health outcomes of patients.”

John Michael Sauer (PhD 1996) joined the Critical Path Institute as executive director of the Predictive Safety Testing Consortium. Sauer most recently led research teams at Pfizer-CovX in San Diego and Covance in Chandler, Ariz.

Carol Rollins (PharmD 1987) COP alumna and pharmacist at the University of Arizona Medical Center - University Campus, was awarded the Exemplary Patient Care Award by the Arizona Pharmacy Association for her significant contribution to the pharmacy profession during the past year. Rollins received her award at the AzPA annual convention in June.

There are some brand new Wildcats to get to know!

family with parents, baby and toddlerDanielle Russell (PharmD 2009) and her husband, Phil, as well as new big brother Ryan, welcomed Caitlin Madison Russell to their family July 16.




naked baby on UA blanketJennifer and Jeremy Smart (both PharmD 2007) of Seattle welcomed their first child, Madelyn River Smart, to their family in July.

We love the Wildcat photos. Send more pictures of your offspring or yourselves showing the Wildcat spirit!


Originally posted: July 1, 2014
Last updated: August 16, 2014
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