Alumni Potpourri January-March 2014

smiling manPatrick O'Brien (PharmD 1989) of Shire Pharmaceuticals spoke at the March 6 Coit Seminar on "When Innovation and Marketplace Collide: Challenges, Ethics and Judgment." The seminar, also known as "Why People Cheat," is available on streaming video. The Coit Seminar series is sponsored for the students of the UA College of Pharmacy by the R. Ken Coit Endowed Chair. Nancy Alvarez (PharmD 1992) will speak about a pharmacist's role in pain management at a Coit Seminar April 10.

Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center staff members Maryam Fazel and Keith Boesen (PharmD 2002) coordinated a course for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Arizona for the spring 2014 semester. “Drugs, Diseases and Beyond” has been a popular class and features several COP alumni guest speakers, including J. Lyle Bootman (BS Pharmacy 1974), Bill Jones (BS Pharmacy 1972, MS 1979), Walter Klimecki (PhD 1994), Kelly Boesen (PharmD 2000), Marion Slack (PhD 1989) and Rose Martin (PharmD 2007).

sandy-haired man with mustachewoman smilingNancy Mellor (BS Pharmacy 1984) and Mark Murphy (BS Pharmacy 1984), both certified specialists in poison information at the Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center, retire this spring. Murphy expects to return as a part-time employee to the center following a long trip to Europe. Murphy has been with the poison center for 25 years and Mellor has worked there for 30 years.

Rachael and Andrew Cook (PharmD 2012) are enjoying life in Atlanta. Andrew is a full-time pharmacist at Costco and Rachael works for the United States Health Service at a penitentiary in Atlanta. She is also working on becoming a certified diabetes educator. The Cooks are busy renovating their first home, and expect their first child in late June.

Swaranjit "Mickey" Chowhan (PharmD 1998) writes that he is a retail pharmacist in Phoenix and a preceptor for pharmacy students. He and his wife, Anchal, an accountant, are parents to a 7-year-old son, Arjun, and a 5-year-old daughter, Saanvi.

older fans in arena seatsJoe Mendez (BS Pharmacy 1950) and his wife, Aida, renewed their UA  football season tickets early this year, and in the process won a free trip to the Pac-12 basketball tournament in Las Vegas. Here's a photo of the lucky pair with Athletic Director Greg Byrne at one of the early games.

Michael Thomas (PharmD 2001) was featured in the February 2014 Member Spotlight of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists NewsLink. The story highlights Thomas’s work as a clinical pharmacist in a community hospital in northern Michigan and as an associate professor at a school of pharmacy in Savannah, Ga., as well as his service to ASHP.

Janet Cooley (PharmD 2006) was selected to receive the Albert E. Rosica, Jr. Memorial Award given by the American College of Apothecaries. Criteria included service on college committees, participation in alumni activities, currrent activity as an instructor in the capacity of professor, lecturer or preceptor and recommendations from faculty and students. Cooley received her award at the ACA Educational Conference in Fort Lauderdale in February.

Rob Sulzbach (PharmD 2008) practices in Whiteriver, Ariz., with the Indian Health Service. "Pharmacy here is very proactive," he writes. "We are involved in several clinics in the outpatient setting of the hospital, along with the ED, the inpatient ward and now we are starting to participate in home visits and other community progams...."  The health service location is also a participant in the College of Pharmacy's Rural Health Professions Program.

Brian Erstad (PharmD 1987)  has been named the chair of the Specialty Council on Critical Care Pharmacy by the Board of Pharmacy Specialties.  He also co-authored an article published in the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education entitled "Report of the 2012-2013 Professional Affairs Committee: Tables of Influence-Is Pharmacy Hungry Enough?"

Angel Fabriguze Nervik (PharmD 2011) writes that she works for Albertson's on Tucson's east side and keeps in touch with her Kappa Epsilon friends. In addition to her pharmacy career, she is a busy mom of two girls.

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