ACCP Appoints Stormmy Boettcher to National Student Committee

Boettcher will urge for more student involvement as chair of the Student Network Advisory Committee

Stormmy Boettcher, a fourth-year PharmD student, was appointed chair of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy’s Student Network Advisory Committee. 

In her role, she will serve the student community and organization overall by developing new programs and tools for students as they transition to becoming residents and pharmacists.

“One of my goals for the Student Network Advisory Committee (SNAC) is to push for student involvement by reaching members at their level, mostly through social media,” Boettcher said. “We are also hoping to increase collaboration between chapters, by having Student College of Clinical Pharmacy (SCCP) chapters work together to fundraise, host events, and hold ‘get to know you’ meetings so students can meet with others from across the country and even internationally.”

Boettcher has served as president-elect and president of the R. Ken Coit College of Pharmacy’s SCCP chapter. In the last year, she was president of Rho Chi and a hypertension coordinator for health fairs. She says she has always found herself seeking leadership positions and made it a priority to shape and refine her leadership skills.

Following graduation, her goal is to pursue a residency at an academic medical center and to complete a second-year residency in either infectious diseases or cardiology.

“Eventually, my dream job would be to work at the Centers for Disease Control as an infectious disease pharmacist supporting, advocating, and improving the health and well-being of our population. But no matter where I end up, I will always treasure the experiences I have had with the University of Arizona,” she said.

She recently was selected for a rotation within the Office of Antibiotic Stewardship at the CDC in the spring. A highly competitive placement as the CDC only takes one student for one rotation every year and applicants come from pharmacy schools from across the United States. 

Nancy Alvarez, associate dean for Academic and Professional Affairs and Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, said Boettcher’s appointment reflects positively on the college and is an example of the supportive and enriching environment students can find.

“I can only imagine the impression she will leave with the students and practitioners she will meet,” Alvarez said. “She believes everyone should have a great experience and it deepens the value she brings to the table.” 

Dr. Alvarez was Boettcher’s assigned mentor during her orientation and made a significant impact on her academic career.

“Dr. Alvarez empowers me, pushes me to stretch and supports me each step of the way,” Boettcher said. “I truly would not be the person I am today without her guidance, and I will never be able to thank her enough.”

Other faculty who have helped her along the way include Mandana Naderi, PharmD, BCIDP, Brian Erstad, PharmD, MCCM, FCCP, FASHP, Kathryn Matthias, PharmD, BCIDP, Chris Edwards, PharmD, BCPS, and Nathan Cherrington, PhD, ATS.

“Dr. Naderi is the type of pharmacist I hope to be one day. I will forever be thankful for her guidance on career paths and the connections she has made in the profession. I am lucky to have someone to share all my nerdy infectious diseases facts with and to receive the same from her,” Boettcher said.

Dr. Edwards, an assistant professor, said he looks forward to seeing what she accomplishes in the future.

“Stormmy has an inclusive leadership style that ensures everyone’s voice is heard,” he said. “She seeks leadership positions not just to build her CV, but to get a seat at the table to advocate for the ideals she believes in.”