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Summer 2013 | Volume 30, Number 2






UNC Pharmacy Alumni Association Fall 2013 Events

SAVE THE DATE 20th Annual Golf Tournament October 4 Play 18 holes with us at UNC Finley Golf Course to raise money for student activities and professional development at the School.

Alumni Weekend 2013 CE Connections, October 25 Join us Friday afternoon for two hours of free continuing education credit followed by a happy hour and raffle. Fall Reunion, October 26 Stick around for good food and football at our kid-friendly Fall Reunion on Saturday. Catch up with old friends over Carolina barbecue, and then watch UNC take on Boston College.



Loss, Gain, and Constant Change A solid foundation and strong preparation allow the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy to weather the winds of change.


he UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy completed another incredible academic year. The School has the number-two PharmD program in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report, and is ranked second in total research funding by AACP. Our faculty and students are nationally and internationally recognized, and I am proud of their accomplishments. Despite ongoing reductions in state and federal support, our faculty, staff, and students continue to succeed. But their success is not possible without the strong support and encouragement of our alumni. I hope you are proud of your school. It is our goal to ensure the value of and respect for your degree grows each year. Unprecedented changes have marked this past year. Carolina has faced political-, economic-, and institutional-integrity issues. Sequestration, reductions in NIH funding, health-care reform, and state budget cuts continue to affect the School. Our strategic plan (pharmacy.unc. edu/strategicplan) has accounted for these factors, and we are well positioned for these changes. Change is also evident in our leadership. Carol Folt, interim president of Dartmouth College, became Carolina’s 11th —and first female—chancellor. Jim Dean, the dean of the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School, will take over as the executive vice

chancellor and provost. I look forward to tackling challenges with them. We have also faced change in our own family. Professor Emeritus Boka Hadzija died unexpectedly on June 9. Boka retired from the School in 2009 after 40 years of service and nearly 40 awards for teaching and service. She was a woman of deep compassion, iron determination, expansive intellect, and engaging humor. She positively influenced the education and careers of thousands of UNC pharmacy students. Her legacy lives on through you. She will be dearly missed. Change isn’t always easy, but it is necessary to meet the challenges and seize the opportunities that unfold before us. We are preparing our students for a changing professional landscape and to be agents of change themselves. Dedicated people such as Boka Hadzija, our faculty, and our alumni will make it possible to succeed. By leading change, we honor the work of all the individuals who brought us this far. Thank you for all you do for us.

Bob Blouin, PharmD Vaughn and Nancy Bryson Distinguished Professor Dean of Pharmacy



Advancement News NEW HIRE Heather Lewis is the newest member of our advancement team. She joined the office in June as the executive assistant. Lewis comes to us from the School of Information and Library Sciences at UNCChapel Hill, where she was the health informatics coordinator. Previously, Lewis worked for Nado Life Inc. in San Diego as a project manager. She has a master of fine arts in photography from the Savannah College of Art and Design, an associate’s degree in photographic imaging from the Art Institute of Atlanta, and a bachelor of arts in metal design from East Carolina University.

UNC ESHELMAN SCHOOL OF PHARMACY OFFICE OF ADVANCEMENT Pharmacy Foundation of North Carolina UNC Pharmacy Alumni Association Lorna DeWalle, CPA Director of Foundation Accounting Speed Hallman Director of Development and Alumni Affairs Heather Lewis Executive Assistant Randall Roberts Director of Information and Communications Pharmacy Foundation of North Carolina Inc. 194 Finley Golf Course Road, Suite 106 Chapel Hill, NC 27517 919.966.1929

Published two times a year for alumni and friends of the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, Carolina Pharmacy is printed with private funds from the Pharmacy Foundation of North Carolina Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit separate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. The views reflected in Carolina Pharmacy are those of the PFNC and PAA and do not necessarily reflect the views of the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy or the University. Special thanks to David Etchison, director of communications for the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, and John Zhu, assistant director of communications for the School. ŠCopyright 2013 by the Pharmacy Foundation of North Carolina Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction by any means in whole or in part without permission is prohibited. For reprint information, contact Randall Roberts.




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Contents Departments


Welcome 01 Alumni News 04 School News 10 Student News 18 Research News 30 Class Notes 34

12 Burrus Award Winners Meet this year’s recipients of the Samuel B. Burrus Family Award for Community Service. Our alumna recipient serves her town, and our student recipient serves his country. Read more about their service endeavors in this story.

14 In the Army A chance encounter in the airport led to a successful career with the United States Army for one alumna. Find out why she chose to complete a residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and enlist with the Army.

16 CAPS 101 Two-thirds of the students at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy are members of the Carolina Association of Pharmacy Students. Discover how this group is attracting and benefiting so many of our students.

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50plus Club Reunion 2013 On April 15, the UNC Pharmacy Alumni Association inducted 15 alumni from the Class of 1963 into the 50plus Club, a group of alumni who graduated more than 50 years ago.

Twelve current 50plus Club members, representing previous classes ranging from 1949 to 1962, welcomed the Class of 1963 into the club. Speed Hallman, director of development and alumni affairs at the Pharmacy Foundation of North Carolina, conducted the pinning ceremony. “We were honored to have the 50plus Club members back in Chapel Hill,” Hallman says. “These alumni have made us proud and honored the School through their many accomplishments and contributions to the pharmacy profession.” Russ Mumper, vice dean of the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, spoke to the group about the School’s curriculum and future plans. Following his talk, the alumni reminisced about their time at the School and shared updates on class members who couldn’t attend the reunion. TOP, RIGHT: Omnie Grabs Jr. (’63 BSPharm) receives his 50plus Club pin. RIGHT: Russ Mumper, vice dean of the School, speaks to the 50plus Club.



BACK ROW: Hallie Craven Reaves Jr., John Myhre, John Mitchener III, Heyward Hull, Al Lockamy Jr., Halbert Hill McKinnon Jr., Thomas Williford, and Billy Smyre. FRONT ROW: Joseph Perkins, Linda Tennant Taylor, Morris Hedgepeth, Omnie Grabs Jr., Charles Deadwyler, Clyde Alexander, and Julian Bradley III.

ABOVE: John Mitchener III (’63 BSPharm; left) and Billy Smyre (’63 BSPharm; right) reunite with one of their favorite professors, George Cocolas (’56 BSPharm; center). Cocolas taught at the School for 41 years, retiring in 1999. ABOVE, RIGHT: Daphne Ashworth, wife of Ralph Ashworth (’55 BSPharm), and Sarah Jackson Hackney (’56 BSPharm) catch up.



Big Bash in Las Vegas for ASHP A record number of alumni, current students, and friends attended the Pharmacy Foundation of North Carolina’s reception at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Midyear Clinical Meeting and Exhibition. ASHP Midyear is designed for both students and pharmacists to network, learn, and advance in the pharmacy profession. It also includes a residency showcase for students to identify potential residency opportunities. More than 400 guests joined the Pharmacy Foundation for cocktails and appetizers at the House of Blues in Las Vegas on December 3, 2012.

ABOVE: Heidi Anksorus, clinical assistant professor at the School, with Jamie Shelly, a fellow in the Pharmaceutical Care Labs. TOP, RIGHT: Kim Muehlbauer (PY4), Nastaran Gharkholo (PY4), and Rachel Smith (PY4). MIDDLE, RIGHT: Adrienne Giddens Temple (’11 PharmD) and Jon Temple (’11 PharmD). BOTTOM, RIGHT: Jody Church (PY3), Katie Morgan (’12 PharmD), and Courtney Slough (PY4).



Alumni CareeRx Insights Takes Off The UNC Pharmacy Alumni Association launched Alumni CareeRx Insights for current students on February 18 and followed it up with two more installments on March 20 and April 15. Each web-based lunch-and-learn centered on a topic— pharmacy entrepreneurship, nontraditional pharmacy careers, and pharmacy research— and alumni experts in each area gave online presentations and answered student questions. Students and other alumni could participate in the lecture hall or join the group by phone or online. Gary Bowman (’84 BSPharm), Alan Knight (’81 BSPharm), Joey McLaughlin (’83 BSPharm), Chris Allen (’93 BSPharm), Will Hill (’01 PharmD), Meg Powell (’00 PharmD), Leanne Cartee (’93 MSPharm), and Jivan Moaddeb (’10 PharmD) participated in the discussions.

If you’re interested in serving as a presenter for the next Alumni CareeRx Insights or if you’d like to suggest the next pharmacy topic, please e-mail or call 919.966.1929.


Important IRA Tax Information Retirement plan accounts are one of the most highly taxed assets to leave to loved ones. But they’re also one of the most tax-efficient assets to give to the Pharmacy Foundation of North Carolina. If you are over the age of 70½, you can roll over gifts from your IRA to the Pharmacy Foundation without claiming any income or paying any additional tax. These tax-free rollover gifts can be any amount up to $100,000 in one year. And there’s more good news—your IRA charitable distribution will satisfy all or part of your IRA’s required minimum distribution.

Other ways to make IRA gifts: Bequest of IRA Designate the Pharmacy Foundation as a beneficiary of your IRA. This permits you to continue to take withdrawals from your IRA during your life, leaving the remainder of your IRA to the Pharmacy Foundation. Testamentary IRA Gift Annuity Make a future charitable gift of your IRA to the Pharmacy Foundation while providing lifetime income to an heir. Your heir will receive fixed payments based on their age at the end of your life.

Give it Twice Testamentary IRA An IRA could also be transferred to a Give It Twice Trust that provides income to heirs for up to 20 years. After that time, the trust passes to the Pharmacy Foundation.

We can help you integrate charitable giving into your financial planning. Please e-mail us at or call us at 919.966.1929.



Meet the New Board Members The boards of directors of both the Pharmacy Foundation of North Carolina and the UNC Pharmacy Alumni Association will welcome new board members on July 1. Members of the Foundation’s board serve four-year terms, while members of the UNC PAA’s board serve twoyear terms. All officers serve for one year.

Pharmacy Foundation of North Carolina Inc. Executive Committee Chair: Alan W. Knight (’81 BSPharm) Vice Chair: Tab Lee Waldrop (’84 BSPharm) Treasurer: Chris L. Woody Secretary: Ruth Ann Nassif (’69 BSPharm) George Abercrombie (’78 BSPharm) Gary L. Bowman (’84 BSPharm)

New Members Sarah Beale Cobb (’84 BSPharm) Work: Epic Inpatient Training Manager, Duke University Health System Home: Holly Springs

Dan Hardy Jr. (’82 BSPharm) Al Munday (’80 BSPharm) Directors Stephen B. Archbell (’80 BSPharm) Robert Brown Ronny Buchanan (’62 BSPharm) Jan Lovelace Burrus (’84 BSPharm) Sarah Beale Cobb (’84 BSPharm)

Dianne Creech Kapherr (’84 BSPharm) Work: Clinical Pharmacist, Murdoch Development Center Home: Creedmoor

Del Cranford (’66 BSPharm) W. Keith Elmore (’72 BSPharm) Donna Lee Gutterman (’79 BSPharm) Dianne Creech Kapherr (’84 BSPharm) Harold Malion Jr. (’77 BSPharm) Steve McCombs (’74 BSPharm) Nancy McFarlane Joey McLaughlin (’83 BSPharm) Reid S. Saleeby (’86 BSPharm) Chad L. Terry (’99 PharmD) Aaron C. Wright (’97 BSPharm)



Harold Malion (’77 BSPharm) Work: Contract Pharmacist Home: Fairmont

New Members Craig Anthony (’01 PharmD) Work: Clinical Pharmacist, Frye Regional Medical Center Home: Drexel

UNC Pharmacy Alumni Association President: Sarah Beale Cobb (’84 BSPharm) President-elect: Jennifer Askew Buxton (’03 PharmD) Past-president: Gary L. Bowman (’84 BSPharm) Secretary/Treasurer: Dianne Creech Kapherr (’84 BSPharm) PFNC Representative: Reid S. Saleeby (’86 BSPharm) PFNC Representative: Aaron C. Wright (’97 BSPharm)

Alice Smith Dillard (’89 BSPharm) Work: Pharmacy Manager and Co-owner, Triangle Pharmacy Home: Durham

Directors Susan Alford Allen (’89 BSPharm) Craig Anthony (’01 PharmD) Judy Mabe Atkins (’80 BSPharm, ’91 MSPharm, ’99 PharmD) Valerie Neal Barlow (’96 BSPharm, ’00 PharmD) Rob Barrett (’05 PharmD) Rachel Leder Couchenour (’94 BSPharm) Alice Dillard (’89 BSPharm) Janet Nequelle Edwards (’95 BSPharm)

Jason Foil (’98 BSPharm) Work: Founder and President, Lumberton Drug Company Home: Lumberton

Jason Foil (’98 BSPharm) William Hill (’01 PharmD) Jenna Minton Huggins (’08 PharmD) Alexander Jenkins (’08 PharmD, ’10 MSPharm) Maria Kontoyianni (’92 PhD) Amy Elizabeth Landers (’97 BSPharm) Nayahmka McGriff-Lee (’99 PharmD) Jivan Moaddeb (’10 PharmD) Sandra Nance (’72 BSPharm) J. Dana Outten (’81 BSPharm) Richard Owensby (’81 BSPharm) Meg

Powell (’00 PharmD)

Amy Horn Santaniello (’95 BSPharm, ’97 PharmD) Andy Styron (’80 BSPharm) Christopher J. Sugg (’99 PharmD)

Sandra Norris Nance (’72 BSPharm) Work: Coordinator and Lead Instructor, Pharmacy Technicians Program, Southeastern Community College Home: Whitesville

Andy Styron (’80 BSPharm)

Michael K. Taylor (’76 BSPharm, ’01 PhD) Donald R. Thrower (’75 BSPharm)

Work: Pharmacy Manager, Johnston Medical Center, Smithfield Home: Pine Level




Kashuba Named McNeill Distinguished Professor Internationally known AIDS and HIV researcher Angela Kashuba was awarded the John A. and Deborah S. McNeill Jr. Distinguished Professorship at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. Kashuba studies the role of antiretroviral therapy in preventing the transmission of HIV and the optimal dosing and drug combinations for treating HIV infection. She works to better understand drug interactions and the roles gender and ethnicity play in the way drugs are processed by the body. She plays a significant role in the $32-million UNCled Collaboratory of AIDS Researchers for Eradication, a comprehensive effort to eliminate HIV infection. advisory board for United Carolina Bank and the executive board The McNeills gave $333,000 to create a $500,000 endowed of the Cape Fear Council of the Boy Scouts of America. professorship at the School once it is combined with $167,000 in Kashuba earned a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from the state matching funds. This is the third professorship John “Sandy” University of Toronto and completed a McNeill Jr. (’72 BSPharm) has general practice residency at Women’s endowed at the School. Mr. McNeill has made an College Hospital. She practiced as a “Mr. McNeill has made an impact on health care at every level,” impact on health care at critical care pharmacist at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto before attending says Bob Blouin, dean of the School every level.” — Dean Bob Blouin the State University of New York at and the Vaughn and Nancy Bryson Buffalo to earn her doctor of pharmacy. Distinguished Professor. “We are She completed postdoctoral pharmacology training at the grateful not just for his financial support but also for his expertise Clinical Pharmacology Research Center at Bassett Healthcare in and devotion to the advancement of the School and profession.” Cooperstown, New York. McNeill has distinguished himself as a pharmacist, In 1997, Kashuba joined the UNC-Chapel Hill faculty. She businessman, and entrepreneur during a career that has included is director of the UNC Center for AIDS Research Clinical time in patient care and the pharmaceutical industry. He served as founding director of Pharmaceutical Product Development, one of Pharmacology and Analytical Chemistry Core and director of the Pharmacology Core for the UNC-Delaney CARE HIV eradication the largest clinical research organizations in the world. initiative. She is a diplomat of the American Board of Clinical McNeill has served three terms as a member of the Pharmacy Pharmacology and is the author of more than 140 peer-reviewed Foundation of North Carolina’s board of directors, including publications. She has received more than $18 million in funding. one term as chair. He has also been a member of the Wilmington




Caiola Receives UNC Brooks Award The Carolina Center for Public Service (CCPS) awarded the 2013 Ned Brooks Award for Public Service to associate professor Steve Caiola in a ceremony on March 26. For more than four decades, Caiola has promoted public service through his work with UNC Hospitals and the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. After establishing the clinical pharmacy program at UNC Hospitals, he worked with Orange Chatham Comprehensive Health Service to help UNC improve the health care of the underserved. During that time, he also involved pharmacy students as charter members of the Student Health Action Coalition, the

oldest health affairs student-run clinic in the country. Tim Ivins, who nominated Caiola for the honor, says that Caiola’s role at the University is one of fulfilled service to others, largely through extending health care to every city and town across the state and beyond. According to the CCPS website, the award recognizes staff or faculty members of UNC-Chapel Hill who have in a collaborative and sustained manner made a difference in the community. The award is based on a sustained record of service carried out through the individual’s role at the University rather than as a private citizen. It honors the contributions and values of Ned Brooks,

who has served the University since 1972, making significant contributions in service and engagement, including helping to create the CCPS.

Rhoney Named McFarlane Distinguished Professor Denise Rhoney, chair of the Division of Practice Advancement and Clinical Education, is the first recipient of the Ron and Nancy McFarlane Distinguished Professorship in Pharmacy Practice at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. The professorship is a gift of Nancy McFarlane, mayor of Raleigh, and Ron McFarlane. The couple operates MedPro Rx, an accredited specialty infusion pharmacy that provides medications and services to clients with chronic illness. Nancy McFarlane founded the company in 2002 and serves as the company’s president and CEO. Her husband is chief operating officer. “We are very grateful to the McFarlanes for their support of the School and the profession,” say Bob Blouin, dean and the Vaughn and Nancy Bryson Distinguished Professor. “We are especially appreciative of their recognition of how important it is to attract and retain top-notch faculty at Carolina.” Rhoney came to the School at the start of 2012 from Wayne State University, where she spent 16 years working with the neurocritical care team at Detroit Receiving Hospital. Her research has focused on traumatic brain injury and acute stroke, and she has expertise in the pharmacokinetics of pharmacologic agents in cerebrospinal fluid and the therapeutic optimization of neurocritical care. The McFarlanes graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1980 and began their careers in hospital pharmacy. Nancy McFarlane has been a member of the Raleigh City Council since 2007 and was elected mayor in 2012. She is also in her second term as a member of the board of directors of the Pharmacy Foundation of North Carolina. Ron McFarlane has held positions

as sales director, consultant, and executive at several companies in the health-care industry. He has served on the national board of directors for the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation and is a former board member of the local Wake County AIDS Service Agency. When combined with state matching funds, the McFarlanes’s gift will bring the endowment for this professorship to $500,000. Income generated by the endowment, estimated to be $25,000 annually once fully funded, will support Rhoney and her research. Rhoney received her BS in pharmacy and doctor of pharmacy from the University of Kentucky, where she also completed a general clinical pharmacy residency and critical care specialty residency. She was a clinical research/drug development fellow and clinical instructor at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy from 1993 to 1995. She joined Wayne State University from 1995 to 2012. Rhoney is the author of more than 60 papers and 15 book chapters and is a fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy and of the American College of Critical Care Medicine. SUMMER 2013



At the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy’s Awards Ceremony, the Samuel B. Burrus Family Award for Community Service was presented to Evelyn Lloyd (’65 BSPharm) and Jonathan Hale (PY4).

Jonathan Hale (PY4) and Evelyn Lloyd (’65 BSPharm) at this year’s Awards Ceremony where they recieved the Burrus Award.



The Samuel B. Burrus Family Award for Community Service is given by the Burrus family—five of whom are alumni of the School—in memory of Samuel Burrus, a 1915 graduate of the Southern College of Pharmacy in Atlanta. The $750 cash award is presented to alumni and students who exhibit outstanding and unselfish civic, community, or church volunteer service outside the scope of regular pharmacy practice. Recipients designate an additional $750 to the charity of their choice. The Pharmacy Foundation of North Carolina funds the award.

If you would like to nominate a current student, alumnus, or alumna for the Burrus Award, please call 919.966.1929 or e-mail

EVELYN LLOYD (’65 BSPHARM), owner of Lloyd’s Pharmacy


hen Hillsborough pharmacist Evelyn Lloyd received the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy’s Samuel B. Burrus Family Award for Community Service, she protested to Dean Bob Blouin: “I don’t deserve this award.” Blouin knew better. Since 1991, Lloyd has dedicated herself to the town of Hillsborough as a member of its town board. She is a strong advocate for the Hillsborough and Orange Rural Fire Department. (Lloyd is the only nonfirefighter to receive the department’s service award, the Ben Franklin Award.) And she has devoted herself— both officially and as a private contributor—to restoring the town clock, which has become a symbol of historic Hillsborough. But perhaps Lloyd’s greatest contribution to Hillsborough is her help in preserving 66 acres of mountainside and riverfront land along the Eno River, now part of the Occaneechi Mountain State Natural Area. Lloyd’s father, Allen Lloyd (’40 BSPharm), bought the land, and together the two donated it to the Eno River Association. “I urged him in that direction,” Lloyd says. “But it was his

land. Before he died, he said he was happy the mountain would be preserved forever.” Through Lloyd’s Pharmacy, which she opened in 1986, Lloyd listens—and then vigorously responds—to the municipal concerns of a host of townspeople who walk through the door. “The citizens of Hillsborough know they can visit her store on King Street to not only fill their prescriptions but to also share their concerns or ask questions about town matters,” Blouin says. “She takes the time to listen to everyone who comes through her door, and she exemplifies the qualities honored by the Burrus Award.” Among Lloyd’s many awards and recognitions is the Bowl of Hygeia, a service award considered among the pharmacy profession’s most prestigious. But Lloyd ranks the Burrus Award at the top right alongside it. “I am very honored to receive this award,” she says. Lloyd designated her award money to the Allen Lloyd Fund at the Eno River Association.



dd the Burrus Award to Jonathan Hale’s list of many accolades. The U.S. Army and North Carolina National Guard veteran has won the Meritorious Service Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, and the Kosovo Campaign Medal. He has also served as the Carolina Association of Pharmacy Students’ North Carolina Pharmacists Association liaison, and he’s currently a Veterans Administration Learning Opportunities Residency pharmacy intern at the Durham VA Medical Center, and he will join the Nashville VA Medical Center this fall as a PGY1 resident. Kelly Scolaro, assistant professor at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy and Hale’s adviser, nominated Hale for the award. “He was always a super volunteer from the moment I met him,” she says. “He served his country, and now he’s serving veterans.”

Married for 14 years and father of a 7-year-old, Hale has worn many hats for his local Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints congregation: organist, member missionary leader, activities committee chair, and teacher of English as a Second Language. “It seems there is so much more to life than getting a degree or participating in a pharmacy organization,” he says. “Part of this is my faith. As Christians, we try to follow and emulate Christ, and one of the missions in the church is to serve people.” And service, Hale says, informs pharmacy. “We need to treat pharmacy as more than a profession or career,” he says. “The person at the receiving end is a patient. When we are involved in community service, it helps keep us involved with people.” Hale designated his award money to the Humanitarian Aid Fund of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.




ARMY Charlene Warren-Davis dispenses prescriptions and defends her country as a pharmacist in the United States Army.


harlene Warren-Davis (’96 BSPharm) didn’t even need to leave the airport on her way to the 1995 American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Midyear Meeting and Exhibition to identify her ideal career path. A chance encounter with the pharmacy consultant to the Army surgeon general introduced her to the idea of joining the United States Army. “I was surprised,” says Warren-Davis, who is now a lieutenant colonel in the Army. “I didn’t know the Army had pharmacists.” Working with the consultant, Warren-Davis chose to submit her name for a residency position. “The rest is history,” she says.


Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, offers three residency programs: a postgraduate year one (PGY1) pharmacy practice residency, a postgraduate year two (PGY2) oncology residency, and a PGY2 nuclear pharmacy residency. ASHP has continuously accredited all three programs, and both the oncology and nuclear programs are the only accredited residencies of their type in the country. Military and civilian pharmacists can complete Walter Reed’s PGY1 residency 14


or PGY2 oncology residency; only military pharmacy officers can complete the PGY2 nuclear residency. “We have such a tremendous amount of things to see and do in our hospital at Walter Reed Bethesda,” says Michael S. Edwards, director of the PGY2 oncology pharmacy residency at Walter Reed Bethesda. “And we treat the best people in the world— people who serve our country.” Warren-Davis entered her 12-month PGY1 residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC) in Washington, DC in December 1996. At the time, WRAMC was still separate from the National Naval Medical Center, but the two organizations would integrate in 2011. During her residency, Warren-Davis honed her skills in patientcentered care and pharmacy administration, much like any other PGY1 resident, she says, and felt prepared to practice pharmacy in any hospital setting across the country. Unlike pharmacy residents at Walter Reed Bethesda today, Warren-Davis had to be commissioned in the Army in order complete her residency in December 1997. “She just got really interested in serving her country,” says Edwards, who first met Warren-Davis while she was finishing her residency. “The Army obviously suits her.”


Since completing her PGY1 residency and deciding to continue her clinical career in the Army, Warren-Davis has had the opportunity to travel both nationally and internationally for her Army service. “If you’re interested in seeing the world, the Army will allow you to do that,” Warren-Davis says. She has served as a pharmacist at the General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital in Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri; the Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii; United States Army Medical Material Agency at Fort Detrick in Maryland; and Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center at Fort Meade in Maryland. She’s also been to Korea, Vietnam, Honduras, Iraq, and Thailand. “Those are all places I would not have gone had it not been for the Army,” Warren-Davis says. And if it had not been for the Army, Warren-Davis would also have never met her husband, S. Avery Davis. The two met while Warren-Davis was in her residency and Davis was completing his medical internship at Walter Reed Bethesda. Together, the two have forged successful careers in the Army. Davis is now a colonel in the Army and the chief of physical medicine and rehabilitation at Walter Reed Bethesda.


Warren-Davis most recently deployed with the Army to Mosul, Iraq, in 2010. After completing her predeployment training at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas, in December 2009, she served as the senior pharmacy officer for the 21st Combat Support Hospital.

Charlene Warren-Davis (’96 BSPharm) with her husband, S. Avery Davis, and son at the ceremony recognizing her promotion to lieutenant colonel in 2012.

While she was overseas, the Army chose to decrease its activity in Iraq, switching from Operation Iraqi Freedom to Operation New Dawn, but that didn’t decrease the activity at Warren-Davis’ hospital. “We were primarily responsible for providing care to any United States forces or any United States allies,” Warren-Davis says. “We were open seven days a week with a regular inpatient ward and clinic.” The most trying part of deployment for Warren-Davis was the separation from her family. “I missed birthdays, anniversaries, and holidays,” she says.


Today, Warren-Davis is the director of outpatient pharmacy services at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center where she oversees 85 employees across three practice sites. The majority of her patients were injured during service, and last year, her pharmacies filled just shy of a million prescriptions for military beneficiaries, including active duty and retired service members as well as their family. But Warren-Davis says her pharmacy is much like any other pharmacy—she just happens to fill prescriptions for the president of the United States. “President Obama and his wife come here fairly regularly to visit injured service members and their families,” she says. “We take care of people who are very well known around the world, including senators and representatives. And we take care of our warriors.” Warren-Davis says it is the opportunity to care for the latter—the troops—that keeps most pharmacists working at Walter Reed and in the Army. “We join—along with our patient population—to serve our country,” WarrenDavis says. Charlene Warren-Davis (’96 BSPharm) is greeted by a sheikh during her deployment in Iraq in 2010. SUMMER 2013


CAPS 101

CAPS students at APhA2013 in Los Angeles.


The Carolina Association of Pharmacy Students welcomes students and promotes their wide variety of interests at the School and throughout pharmacy organizations.


ne March day, The Price is Right host Drew Carey called up UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy student Katie Traylor to the CBS stage, where she won a hot tub and $10,000. Traylor was in Los Angeles with the Carolina Association of Pharmacy Students (CAPS) for APhA2013, the annual meeting of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA). CAPS excelled on that stage as well, winning several awards and honors.


“This year we had some of our biggest successes,” says Macary Marciniak (’00 PharmD), clinical associate professor at the School. Marciniak should know. She helped start CAPS in 1998. Under her leadership, three student organization—American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP), American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), and North Carolina Association of Pharmacists (NCAP)—joined forces under one umbrella. By joining CAPS, students become members of all three organizations. APhA-ASP backs CAPS patient-care projects and provides access to the International Pharmaceutical Students’ 16


Federation and the Student Political Advocacy Network. ASHP represents pharmacists who practice in hospitals, HMOs, longterm care, and home care. NCAP focuses on uniting, serving, and advancing the pharmacy profession in North Carolina. This breadth helps explain the group’s popularity. With 420 members, CAPS is the largest student organization at the School, attracting two-thirds of the School’s enrollment. It provides more than 50 leadership positions, including 13 executive committee positions and dozens of appointed positions. “One of the great things about CAPS is that it’s open to everyone,” says Todd Knepper (PY3), chair of CAPS. “It’s like a buffet—you can take what you want. By joining CAPS, you have access to a variety of pharmacy areas.” Today, Marciniak is a CAPS faculty adviser, along with Associate Professor Dennis Williams and Assistant Dean Phil Rodgers (’92 BSPharm, ’95 PharmD). Professor Greene Shepherd advises CAPS at the Asheville campus; and Clinical Assistant Professor Anthony Emekalam advises the Elizabeth City campus. When Marciniak returned to the School in 2008, CAPS was accomplishing great things but not broadcasting those successes, she says. Marciniak reorganized the group to improve operations

and spread the word. And she encouraged the association to focus on its mission: serve student pharmacists by fostering professional development, providing direct patient-care opportunities, and promoting awareness of the pharmacy profession.


Today, CAPS is accomplishing all three of its objectives and continuing to provide more direct patient-care opportunities each year. This past year it launched Operation Cholesterol with the help of Brad Wingo, director of student affairs. Wingo encouraged CAPS to apply for a National Association of Chain Drug Stores grant. Helped by other CAPS members, Justin Arnall (PY3) assembled and submitted the proposal. Two weeks later, CAPS was awarded $5,000 for a September series of screenings. But CAPS and Arnall weren’t done yet. The grant covered supplies and materials, but the testing machines cost more than $1,000 each. Arnall was able to get Kerr Drug to donate a few of its unused testing machines. And the project was off the ground. Arnall credits the work of many people for the project’s success. “People bought into it,” he says. “We hope the project is part of the legacy our class leaves behind.”


Operation Cholesterol isn’t the only thing CAPS achieved this year. Knepper sees the growth and development of CAPS at the Asheville campus, which the School launched in 2011, as another big accomplishment. What else? When CAPS hosted the APhAASP Region 3 Midyear Regional Meeting in Raleigh, more than 550 students attended from the southeast region, and it won awards for Operation Diabetes and Operation Cholesterol. CAPS also sent a record number of students to the ASHP 2012 Midyear Clinical Meeting in Las Vegas and to APhA2013 in Los Angeles. “At UNC it’s easy to lose sight of what we’re doing,” Knepper says. “A national stage gives you great perspective.”

CAPS Direct Patient-Care Projects The Carolina Association of Pharmacy Students allows members to work on any of the following patient-care projects:

• Women’s Health • Smoking Cessation and Lung Health • Operation Self-Care • Operation Diabetes • Operation Heart • Operation Immunization • Generation Rx • Project Advancing Geriatric Education • Men’s Health • Operation Cholesterol CAPS also initiated three new patient-care groups this past year in veterinary pharmacy, oncology, and Spanish counseling. Chair-elect Tracy Olejniczak (PY2) will oversee their implementation in the next school year.

CAPS FINDS SUCCESS AT APHA2013 The Carolina Association of Pharmacy Students won multiple awards at APhA2013, the annual meeting of the American Pharmacists Association. CAPS patient-care project Generation • The Rx was selected for the third-place National Generation Rx Award. Generation Rx is a patientcare project designed to educate students and community members about the dangers of prescription drug misuse and abuse. received the Division A First Runner Up • CAPS Chapter Achievement Award. Division A is composed of pharmacy schools across the country with more than 550 students. This is the second time UNC has received a divisional chapter achievement award. CAPS Pharmflix submission was among the • The top 10 videos in the most informative and best picture category. This was only the second time the chapter participated in this competition, and it’s the second year in a row that the submission has landed in the top 10. chapter won the Your Vote, Your Voice • The Facebook Challenge, in which chapters competed to increase social media awareness of the importance of voting.

Justin Arnall (PY3) won one of four Student Leadership Awards given annually to students in their third year. This is the third time a UNC student has received this award. Previous winners are Elizabeth Alford (’12 PharmD) and Virginia Suiter (’87 BSPharm). Stephanie Craycroft (PY3) represented the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy in the National Patient Counseling Competition. Craycroft won the UNC Patient Counseling Competition in the spring semester and went on to compete at the annual meeting. This meeting also signaled the conclusion of PY4 David Steeb’s term as president of APhA-ASP. Steeb’s presidential theme of Make Your Mark was shared with student pharmacists across the country. Other CAPS members also served in leadership roles at APhA2013: Coleman (PY2) and Audrey Schnell (PY2): • Heather chapter delegates to the House of Delegates Turingan (PY2): National Nominating • Erin Committee member Smith (PY4): Education Standing • Megan Committee vice chair, House of Delegates Credentials Committee member

Wolcott (PY3): Awards Standing • Michael Committee incoming vice chair





The UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy’s 153 new doctors of pharmacy. BELOW: The students who graduated with an MS or PhD in pharmaceutical sciences in the Class of 2013.

The UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy awarded degrees to 153 doctors of pharmacy, 23 doctors of philosophy in pharmaceutical sciences, and 8 masters of science in pharmaceutical sciences at its Commencement Ceremony on May 11, 2013. Russ Mumper, vice dean of the School, delivered the keynote address, and Gary Bowman (’84 BSPharm), president of the UNC Pharmacy Alumni Association, administered the Oath of the Pharmacist and welcomed graduates to the profession.



LEFT: Russ Mumper, vice dean of the School, delivers the keynote speech at the 2013 Commencement Ceremony. BELOW: Gary Bowman (’84 BSPharm) administers the Oath of the Pharmacist.







2013 Awards Ceremony The UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy held the 2013 Awards Ceremony on April 14, recognizing some of the best and brightest among its faculty and staff. The Pharmacy Foundation of North Carolina sponsored the event. Here are this year’s award recipients.

ACADEMIC AND PROFESSIONAL AWARDS TEVA Outstanding Student Award Rachel Dorothea Smith This award, sponsored by TEVA Pharmaceuticals, is given to the graduating student who has excelled in the study of pharmacy.

T. R. Burgiss Family Award Funded by the Pharmacy Foundation Christina Helms Sherrill This award is based on a student’s personal involvement in an intervention case that best illustrates the profession of pharmacy in action. Candidates submit a paper describing their professional involvement with a patient in the area of health promotion and disease prevention. This award is given in memory of T. Roy Burgiss (’25 BSPharm) by family members Patsy Burgiss Sanders (’48 BSPharm) and Thomas Reeves Burgiss (’53 BSPharm).

Buxton Williams Hunter Award Funded by the Pharmacy Foundation Michelle Janan Sarwar This award was established in 1937 and continued by David R. Davis (’58 BSPharm) in honor of his great-uncle, a well-known pharmacist of New Bern. The award is given annually to a student who excels in campus citizenship and scholarship.

Ralph P. Rogers Sr. Award Funded by the Pharmacy Foundation John Taylor Schimmelfing This award is given each year to third- or fourth-year professional student who has expressed a keen interest in community pharmacy and has performed well in relevant classes. Candidates are also judged on a prepared essay. This award is given in memory of Ralph P. Rogers Sr. (’13 BSPharm), a prominent Durham-area pharmacist, by his family.



Ballenger-Smith Award for Excellence in the Pharmaceutical Care Laboratory Funded by the Pharmacy Foundation Benjamin Ahlers This award is presented for outstanding performance by a first-, second-, or third-year student in the Pharmaceutical Care Laboratory who demonstrates excellence in professionalism, written and verbal communications, pharmaceutical compounding, medication administration, and patient care. This award is given by E. Scott Ballenger (’91 BSPharm) and Jennifer Smith Ballenger to honor William L. Ballenger’s 23 years of mathematical teaching at North Carolina State University and Robert L. Smith’s 26 years as a lab instructor at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy.

Molecular Pharmaceutics Award Leah Bethany Edenfield The Division of Molecular Pharmaceutics selects a graduating student whose overall performance in the divisional course sequence is judged to be superior.

John C. Hood Sr. Award in Practice Advancement and Clinical Education Funded by the Pharmacy Foundation Lucas Shane Wind The Division of Practice Advancement and Clinical Education recognizes a graduating student who excels in clinical-therapy courses and demonstrates the highest level of professionalism and exemplary patient care during his or her pharmacy practice clerkship. This award is given by the Hood family in memory of John C. Hood Sr., a third-generation pharmacist whose father was a charter member of the North Carolina Pharmaceutical Association.

John T. and Rebecca B. Henley Award in Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy Funded by the Pharmacy Foundation Alina Robyn Sayner The Division of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy recognizes a student who achieves excellence in the division as evidenced by his or her involvement in pharmaceutical policy and outcomes research, teaching, or service projects. This award is made possible through the generosity of John (’43 BSPHarm) and Rebecca Henley.

Pharmacotherapy and Experimental Therapeutics Award Jamielynn C. Sebaaly The Division of Pharmacotherapy and Experimental Therapeutics selects a graduating student who has demonstrated a high degree of professional motivation and concern about the role of the pharmacist in the delivery of health care.

Jacobs Award in Medicinal Chemistry Funded by the Pharmacy Foundation Chun Ying “Kinny” Lin The Division of Chemical Biology and Medicinal Chemistry selects a graduating pharmacy student who achieved excellence in medicinal chemistry coursework and research. This award is named in honor of M. L. Jacobs, a medicinal chemist who was dean of the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy from 1946 to 1950.

F. O. Bowman Award Funded by the Pharmacy Foundation Andrea Yuen Logan This award is presented to a student in the Honors Program in recognition of the best honors paper. It is given by Fred O. Bowman in honor of his father, who served as general counsel to the North Carolina Pharmaceutical Association and the North Carolina Board of Pharmacy.

Wendy Cox (’98 BSPharm), assistant dean for professional education, presents David Steeb (PY4) with the Boka Hadzija Student Excellence Award.

ACTIVITIES AND SERVICE AWARDS Kappa Epsilon Award Ashley M. Campbell The Lambda Chapter of Kappa Epsilon recognizes a student who has demonstrated leadership, character, service, and scholarship.

Phi Lambda Sigma Leadership Award Justin R. Arnall The Epsilon Chapter of Phi Lambda Sigma recognizes a student who has most noticeably developed and exercised effective leadership skills within the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy by creating positive change, developing relationships, and empowering others.

Boka Hadzija Student Excellence Award Funded by the Pharmacy Foundation David Robert Steeb The student body presents this award as peer recognition for allaround service and dedication to the profession of pharmacy. The award was established in 1998 by the Student Senate and named in honor of Boka W. Hadzija, a retired pharmacy faculty member, in recognition of her many contributions to the students and educational programs of the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy.

The Dorothy Virginia Stroud Memorial Award Funded by the Pharmacy Foundation Andrew T. Beaty This award is given in memory of Ginny Stroud, a member of the Class of 2001, to a second-year pharmacy student who exhibits the qualities that were representative of Stroud’s character. The selected recipient must be well-rounded, trustworthy, caring, and genuine; exhibit concern for others; and demonstrate genuine concern for patients and their well-being.

George H. Cocolas Pharmacy Student Body Award

Pam Joyner (’74 BSPharm, ’77 MSPharm; right), executive associate dean for professional education, presents Christina Helms Sherrill (PY4; left) with the T. R. Burgiss Family Award.

Maya Chen Wai The student body recognizes a member of the graduating class who has demonstrated the highest qualities of character, deportment, scholarship, participation in extracurricular activities, and promise of future distinction in the profession of pharmacy.



The Kristen Carol Burke Memorial Award Funded by the Pharmacy Foundation Jessica Nomina This award is given in memory of Kristen Carol Burke, member of the Class of 2012, to a third-year pharmacy student who exhibits the qualities that were representative of Burke’s character— integrity, compassion, perseverance, caring, and leadership. The recipient shares concern for others over themselves while inspiring others to do their best.

TEACHING AWARDS PY1 Instructor of the Year Russell Mumper, John McNeill Distinguished Professor and Vice Dean, Division of Molecular Pharmaceutics The PY1 class recognizes a faculty member who teaches coursework in the first year of the professional curriculum in recognition of exemplary instructional ability and interest in the students and the educational programs of the School.

PY2 Instructor of the Year Robert Dupuis, Clinical Associate Professor, Division of Pharmacotherapy and Experimental Therapeutics The PY2 class recognizes a faculty member who teaches coursework in the second year of the professional curriculum in recognition of exemplary instructional ability and interest in the students and the educational programs of the School.

PY3 Instructor of the Year Heidi Anksorus, Clinical Assistant Professor, Division of Practice Advancement and Clinical Education The PY3 class recognizes a faculty member who teaches coursework in the third year of the professional curriculum in recognition of exemplary instructional ability and interest in the students and the educational programs of the School.

Overall Instructor of the Year Adam Persky, Clinical Associate Professor, Division of Pharmacotherapy and Experimental Therapeutics The graduating class recognizes a faculty member who has demonstrated the most exemplary instructional ability and interest in the students throughout the four years of the professional program.

Experiential Faculty Instructor of the Year Debra Kemp (’04 PharmD), Duke Region The graduating class recognizes an experiential faculty member for outstanding contributions to the educational development of future pharmacists. This individual has demonstrated high standards of professionalism, leadership, ethics, and clinical practice.



Edward and Pamela Sredzienski pose after the 2013 Awards Ceremony. Edward was presented with the 2013 Claude Paoloni Preceptor of the Year Award.

Claude Paoloni Preceptor of the Year Award Funded by the Pharmacy Foundation Edward Sredzienski, UNC Hospitals The graduating class recognizes a preceptor for outstanding contributions to the educational development of future pharmacists. This individual has demonstrated high standards of professionalism, ethics, and clinical practice. This award is given by the Paoloni family in memory of Claude Paoloni in recognition of his many years of service to the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. Paoloni was instrumental in the evolution of the clinical pharmacy program and is credited with initiating and leading the growth and development of the AHEC system for statewide pharmacy student education.

SPECIAL RECOGNITION Samuel B. Burrus Family Award for Community Service Funded by the Pharmacy Foundation Jonathan Craig Hale (PY4) Evelyn Lloyd (’65 BSPharm) This award is presented to members of the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy family who exhibit outstanding and unselfish civic, community, or church volunteer service outside the scope of their regular pharmacy practice. One award is presented to a student currently enrolled in the School. The second is presented to an alumnus or alumna of the School. This award is given by the Burrus family in memory of Samuel B. Burrus, who graduated in 1915 from the Southern College of Pharmacy in Atlanta.

UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy Distinguished Service Award Shelley Earp This award is given to an individual whose accomplishments and contributions have enhanced the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy as well as the profession of pharmacy at the local, state, national, or international level. In particular, the recipient has provided distinguished service to the School and is therefore considered an exceptional supporter of the School’s service and outreach initiatives.

PHI LAMBDA SIGMA PHARMACY LEADERSHIP SOCIETY The goal of Phi Lambda Sigma is to recognize outstanding leaders in the profession of pharmacy. Phi Lambda Sigma members are expected to uphold the high standards of the

CLASS OF 2013 Patrick Brown Leah Edenfield Caitlin Frese Nicholas Fritz Peter Graham Jonathan Hale Sharon Martin Mollie Sheron David Steeb Maya Wai

Amanda Woods Christopher Woodward

CLASS OF 2014 Justin Arnall Jamie Basham Ashley Campbell Jody Church Whitney Davis Brian Decker Jesse Fletcher

society and of the profession and to dedicate themselves to furthering the advancement of pharmacy through exemplary leadership, character, and achievement. Brianna Glynn Todd Knepper Anne Kome Laura Long Laura Meleis Emily Peedin Allison Presnell Katie Traylor Michael Wolcott Jacqueline Zeeman

CLASS OF 2015 Bryan Gendron Marti Guidotti Tracy Olejniczak Mariel Pereda Stephanie Roach Audrey Schnell Alex Sherman Richard Tran Erin Turingan Sara Winters

RHO CHI NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY Rho Chi’s fundamental objective is to stimulate and recognize academic excellence. Those elected to membership have displayed a capacity

CLASS OF 2013 Emily Ashijan Ashley Bonnell Courtney Bradley Jessie Casberg Wenyang Chen Melissa Cotterman Leah Edenfield Caitlin Frese Nicholas Fritz Lindsey Green Bethany Lazear Chun-ying Lin Shuyu Lin Andrea Logan Sharon Martin Bonnie Merrell Kimberly Muehlbauer Christina Paniccia Jennifer Petschauer Katherine Sandison Jamielynn Sebaaly Mollie Sheron Rachel Smith David Steeb Lauren Strawser

George Taylor Maya Wai Chan Win Lucas Wind Paul Wong

CLASS OF 2014 Michelle Adams Benjamin Ahlers Oyshik Banerjee Samantha Bochenek Bryan Casciere Jon Collins Sarah Cox Whitney Davis Logan Dawson Brianna Glynn Jessica Greene Jenelle Hall Lauren Hamm Kayla Huneycutt Peter Hur Lauren Kane Jay Kim Ming Li Laura Long

for achievement in the science and art of pharmacy and the allied sciences and a strength of character, personality, and leadership. Brittany Loy James Mangum Joseph Moore Hanna Park Emily Peedin Miriam Pulsipher Danielle Schlafer Brant Segura Katie Traylor Robin Trew Nicholas Watts Anna Weaver Michael Wolcott

CLASS OF 2015 Lori Armistead Mary Banoub Rebecca Call Michael Chargualaf Juinting Chiang Erin Christensen Monique Conway Ryan Danford David Garbarz Bryan Gendron Brandon Gufford

Marti Guidotti Jennifer Hopper Melanie Hurtt Javeed Jattan Mary La Amanda Lee Kira Letvak Mariana Lucena Margaret MacMillan Mary McMillan Emily Monds Erin Nemecek David Ogbonna Caroline Pascual Kevin Poindexter Johanna Robertson Elizabeth Tevepaugh Sarah Timaeus Stacy Tse Kylie Weigel Taylor White Susan Woody





YES 81%


NO 19%













Pharmacy Practice Position

Residency/Fellowship Position

North Carolina 92%

South Carolina 4% Maryland 2% Singapore 2%

North Carolina 45%

84% of students who accepted a pharmacy practice position received their first choice position.

69% of students who matched for a residency or fellowship

Virginia 8% California 6% Tennessee 6% Georgia 4% Ohio 4% South Carolina 4% Illinois 3% Maryland 3% Washington 3% 9 states with <2%

matched with their first choice program.

*151 professional students surveyed





YES 91%

NO 9%




NO 22%

YES 78%


PhD 74%

MS 26%




(salary reflects 8 postdoc positions) LESS THAN $60,000








ABOVE $120,001


North Carolina 52%

83% of graduating PhD or MS

California 10% Massachusetts 10% Kansas 4% Marylond 4% Michigan 4% New York 4% Ohio 4% Tennessee 4% International 4%

students found a job in less than six months. *23 graduate students surveyed




It’s exciting to welcome the students to the pharmacy practice.” — Registrar Rosa McDonald

White Coat Ceremony On February 23, 149 third-year pharmacy students at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy received their white coats, the traditional symbol of health professionals, in a ceremony held at Memorial Hall on campus.

The White Coat Ceremony marks the students’ transition into the final year of the PharmD program and is designed to commemorate the switch from the classroom to the pharmacy profession. The ceremony is meant to reflect the responsibility, professionalism, and commitment expected of pharmacy professionals. “The ceremony was a success,” says Rosa McDonald, registrar at the School. “It’s exciting to welcome the students to the pharmacy practice, and we appreciate the participation of all the PY3s, family, friends, faculty, staff, and volunteers.” The White Coat Ceremony was sponsored by CVS and the UNC Pharmacy Alumni Association.



Postclerkship Day Fourth-year pharmacy students were welcomed back to campus after completing their rotations on April 30 for Postclerkship Day.

The celebration marked the end of the students’ time at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. It also gave students the opportunity to reconnect with their colleagues and faculty, gather information about planning for their financial future, learn about next steps toward obtaining their licenses, and hear the virtues of involvement with the UNC Pharmacy Alumni Association. The Class of 2013 also presented a class gift, a picnic table for the courtyard between Beard and Kerr Halls, to Dean Bob Blouin. “The festive nature of the day coupled with the fact that it serves as the culmination of fours years of dedicated study and learning really make Postclerkship Day a special event for all involved,” says Brad Wingo, director of student affairs at the School. The UNC Pharmacy Alumni Association hosted a luncheon for students and staff after the event.


The festive nature of the day coupled with the fact that it serves as the culmination of four years of dedicated study and learning really make Postclerkship Day a special event for all involved.” — Director of Student Affairs Brad Wingo




Inaugural Alumni Connections Forum The Office of Student Affairs at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy hosted its first Pharmaceutical Sciences Alumni Connections Forum on May 16. The event was designed to foster closer, long-term relationships between current students and alumni of the School’s graduate program.

The event featured a divisional student poster viewing, an alumni panel discussion, and an awards ceremony. Four alumni—Shyh-Dar Li (’08 PhD), Stephen Letrent (’98 PhD), Joshua Thorpe (’05 PhD), and Chris Waller (’92 PhD)—also gave presentations to the students about their career paths. “This event allowed us to define and express more of what we’re about in the Office of Student Affairs,” says Aaron Todd, assistant director of student affairs at the School. “We’re focused on the entire student—professional and personal development.” Todd says the group learned a lot from the first event and is looking forward to hosting the forum next year.




We’re focused on the entire student—professional and personal development.” — Aaron Todd, Assistant Director of Student Affairs



Grad Student Lauffenburger Receives PEO Scholar Award Julie Lauffenburger, a graduate student in the Division of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy, has received a PEO Scholar Award from the Philanthropic Educational Organization. Lauffenburger is beginning her fourth year of graduate studies at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy with Assistant Professor Gang Fang as her adviser. Her research focuses on pharmacoepidemiology and health-services research, specifically on the use, adherence, and health outcomes of medications for cardiovascular diseases using large administrative health-care databases. She completed her PharmD at the University of Pittsburgh in 2010. The PEO Scholar Award was established in 1991 and provides a $15,000 merit-based award for women of the United States and Canada who are pursuing a doctoral-level degree. In addition to the PEO award, Lauffenburger is supported by a T32 fellowship funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research and is a five-year Royster Fellow of the UNC Graduate School.

Age, Depression Help Predict Nonadherence in Vasculitis Patients Younger patients and patients showing clinical signs of depression are less likely to adhere to their vasculitis medication, according to a study conducted by a team of researchers led by Delesha Carpenter, a research assistant professor at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. The study, published on the website of the journal Clinical Rheumatolog y, surveyed 228 patients who were on vasculitis medication and found that overall they reported a high level of adherence to their regimens. However, patients who were younger and had more symptoms of depression reported worse adherence on a follow-up survey three months after the initial questionnaire. “Past studies have shown a strong association between depression and nonadherence, so we believe health-care providers should evaluate vasculitis patients for depressive symptoms and discuss adherence-related issues with those who show clinical signs of depression,” says Carpenter, a faculty member in the School’s Division of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy. “As for younger patients, one possible reason for their higher rate of nonadherence might be that they have less experience managing vasculitis medication regimens or that they have busier lifestyles interfering with those regimens.”



The study also found a lower level of adherence among patients who experienced side effects. While that correlation was not statistically significant when other factors were taken into account, the researchers say this finding and past studies suggest that providers should help vasculitis patients manage drug-related side effects because it may ultimately improve adherence. The study was funded in part by the National Institutes of Health. The coauthors on the paper are Susan Hogan, a research associate professor at the UNC Kidney Center, and Robert F. DeVellis, a professor at the Thurston Arthritis Research Center.

School Researchers Discover First-in-Class Chemical Probe A team of scientists led by researchers at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy have discovered a first-in-class chemical probe that will give researchers a powerful tool to investigate the function of malignant brain tumor domains in biology and disease. The discovery is discussed in the cover story of the March 2013 issue of Nature Chemical Biolog y. Lindsey James, a research assistant professor at the School, is the first author for the article. Stephen Frye, a Fred Eshelman Distinguished Professor at the School and director of the School’s Center for Integrative Chemical Biology and Drug Discovery, is a corresponding author. The probe, named UNC1215, targets the L3MBTL3 methyl-lysine reader domain. Domains are structural and functional units within proteins, and they are usually responsible for a particular function or interaction. L3MBTL3 mediates interactions between proteins, which have historically been difficult to target with small, drug-like molecules. “Many people believe that protein-protein interactions are difficult to target,” James says. “Often they have a large surface area, so it is hard for small molecules to go in and intervene.” UNC1215, the researchers say, is the first known chemical probe for a methyl-lysine-reader domain. Protein methylation dynamics, James says, have been shown to play an important role in a number of biological processes. In addition, aberrant methylation levels are one mechanism by which those processes can contribute to disease. “High-quality, potent, and selective chemical probes of methyl-lysine reader domains will serve as excellent tools in improving our understanding of their targets,” James says. “Before UNC1215, there were no known chemical probes for the more than 200 domains in the human genome that recognize methyl lysine. In that regard, it is a first-in-class compound. The goal is to use the chemical probe to understand the biology of the proteins that it targets.” Almost 40 percent of the genes that drive cancer can be mapped to dysfunction within signaling pathways. In the last five years, chemical probe development has allowed researchers to make fundamental observations of the role of these pathways in

cancer development and has pointed to potential targets for new therapies. Each of the complex interactions within the signaling pathways represents a potential point where a therapy can be applied, and the probes allow researchers to observe the overall effect of their perturbation on the disease state. Frye’s lab will provide UNC1215 to researchers free of charge on request, and the probe is already available through commercial vendors as well. This research was supported by NIH grants (RC1GM090732 and R01GM100919) and the University Cancer Research Fund.


Before UNC1215, there were no known chemical probes for the more than 200 demains in the human genome that recognize methyl lysine.” —Research Assistant Professor Lindsey James



CLASS NOTES 1980s John Mackowiak (’83 PhD) is the new editor-in-chief of the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy’s Journal of Managed Care Pharmacy.

1960s Al Lockamy Jr. (’63 BSPharm) and Ginger Lockamy (’73 BSPharm) received the Bowl of Hygeia Award from the American Pharmacists Association and the National Association of State Pharmacy Associations. Both Al and Ginger had received the award individually before.

1990s Jessica Smith Beaver (’95 BSPharm, ’01 PharmD) was promoted to senior director, regulatory affairs and quality compliance, with Targacept Inc., a biopharmaceutical company in Winston-Salem. Chad Duke (’95 BSPharm) was promoted to head of pharmacy operations at Mast Drug Co. Inc.

Photo credit: Robb D. Cohen Photography

Stephen Eckel (’95 BSPharm, ’97 PharmD) was named clinical associate professor and vice chair for graduate and postgraduate education in the Division of Practice Advancement and Clinical Education at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy.

Ty H. Kiser (’02 PharmD) was given the 2013 Chancellor’s Teaching Recognition Award by the University of Colorado’s Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Kiser is an assistant professor at the school. Sarah McBane (’03 PharmD) was named the 2012-2013 Faculty of the Year by students at the University of California at San Diego’s Scaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. McBane is an assistant clinical professor at the school. Laura Morgan Frankart (’01 PharmD) and her husband, Jeff Frankart, welcomed a baby boy, Otto Morgan Frankart, on January 11, 2013. Debra Kemp (’04 PharmD) received the Experiential Faculty Instructor of the Year Award at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy’s 2013 Awards Ceremony.

Al Lockamy Jr. (’63 BSPharm) and Ginger Lockamy (’73 BSPharm)

Evelyn Lloyd (’65 BSPharm) received the Samuel B. Burrus Family Award for Community Service at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy’s 2013 Awards Ceremony. (See page 12.)

Debra Kemp (’04 PharmD)

Stephen Eckel (’95 BSPharm, ’97 PharmD)

Dionne Lowder Knapp (’96 BSPharm, ’97 PharmD) and her husband, Gregory, welcomed a baby girl, Sierra Georgianna Knapp, on August 16, 2012.

2000s Macary Marciniak (’00 PharmD) and her husband, Keith Marciniak, welcomed a baby boy, Luke Edward Marciniak, on December 13, 2012.

Evelyn Lloyd (’65 BSPharm)



Amy Hatfield Seung (’00 PharmD) and her husband, Leo, welcomed twin girls, Hannah Meejan and Rebekah Eunhee, on January 21, 2013.

Andrew Trella (’04 PharmD) and his wife, Jeanette Trella, welcomed a baby boy, Nolan Joseph Trella, on January 10, 2013. Andrew recently accepted a position with Foulkeways at Gwynedd, a continuing care retirement community, as the pharmacy manager. Meredith Sheetz Brown (’08 PharmD) and her husband, Jamie Brown, welcomed a baby girl, Lauren Alease Brown, on October 19, 2012.

2010s Elizabeth Connolly (’11 PharmD) and Keith Woods (’11 PharmD) were married on November 3, 2012, in Bethany Beach, Delaware. Sarah Johannes (’12 PharmD) married Ryan Moore (’13 MSPharm) on June 8, 2013, in Raleigh.

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OBITUARIES 1940s Charles Herman Beddingfield (’44 BSPharm), 90, of Clayton; June 11, 2013. Beddingfield served two terms as president of the Clayton Chamber of Commerce, and he was a member of its board of directors for several years. He began his career with Walgreens in Durham. He was later employed by Toms Drug Company in Wilmington and Beddingfield Drug in Clayton.

1950s James Benjamin Patton Jr. (’54 BSPharm), 81, of Canton; May 28, 2013. Patton owned and operated Hendrix Drug Store in Canton for many years. He was later employed by Revco Drugs and CVS Pharmacy.

1960s Robert Lonn Hood Sr. (’60 BSPharm), 79, of Richlands; January 31, 2013. Hood served as a pharmacist for 50 years and owned Hood’s Pharmacy in Pink Hill for 26 years. Robert Lee Gordon (’61 BSPharm), 79, of Cary; February 11, 2013. Gordon was a registered pharmacist for 50 years and owned Gordon’s Pharmacy in Cary until 1974. Jessie Van Putnam (’61 BSPharm), 73, of Bessemer City; March 21, 2013. Putnam owned and operated Central Drug Store since 1962.

James Haywood Gooch (’62 BSPharm), 78, of Burlington; December 21, 2012. Gooch was a pharmacist with K-Mart for 171/2 years. He was also a Junior Olympic championship swimmer and diver and received several medals in the Senior Games in swimming. Larry Kent Neal (’62 BSPharm), 72, of Concord; February 28, 2013. Neal also completed his dental degree at the UNC School of Dentistry.

1970s Robert Huntley Taylor (’76 BSPharm), 61, of Kinston; March 10, 2013. Taylor founded Duplin Management Associates in 1985 to provide pharmacy management services to Vidant Duplin Hospital.

1990s Charles Alan Clark (’90 BSPharm), 46, of Pleasant Mount, Pennsylvania.

FACULTY Boka Hadzija, 85, of Chapel Hill; June 9, 2013. Professor Emeritus Hadzija retired from the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy in 2009 after 40 years of service. By the time she retired, she had received 39 awards from the School and University. In 2000, Hadzija created and funded an award to recognize distinguished University service by graduate and professional students.

1980s Douglas Kent Bettenhausen (’86 BSPharm), 50, of Raleigh; May 17, 2013. Bettenhausen was vice president of medical affairs and product safety at Salix Pharmaceuticals. Susan Smith Hoover (’87 BSPharm), 49, of Charlotte; January 2, 2013. Hoover worked as a pharmacist for Stanley Labs. James Joseph Cwengros (’89 PharmD), 54, of Grand Rapids; January 11, 2013. Cwengros passed away while on his fifth mission trip to Haiti. He was employed by Pfizer International as a Regional Medical Research Specialist.




Sean Hatfield (’05 PharmD) BY BROOKS DAREFF


ean Hatfield (’05 PharmD) didn’t win any scholarships, didn’t even apply for any. “I never even looked into it,” he says. “I guess I was just lazy.” Hatfield certainly could have used the money. But he definitely wasn’t lazy. Raised in Morehead City and Havelock by his mother, who was a retail pharmacy technician and then a teacher’s assistant, and his stepfather, who worked in construction, Hatfield held a variety of jobs growing up and into adulthood. He waited tables, sold insurance, and worked as a pharmacy technician himself while attending East Carolina University for two years as a chemistry major. He eventually found his calling in pharmacy and bartended his way through the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. Student loans largely made up the difference. “I was responsible for paying for school,” Hatfield says. “I’m still paying for school.”


Today, Hatfield is a staff pharmacist in Durham with Siemens PETNET Solutions, which operates the world’s largest network of PET radiopharmaceutical drug manufacturing facilities and dispensing nuclear pharmacies. PETNET’s core business involves imaging of biomarkers for cancer through the PET scan, a widely used diagnostic scan. And while eight years after graduating, Hatfield is still paying for school, he gives back to his alma mater. Why? “It’s just to make it easier on somebody else,” Hatfield says. “I was an older, nontraditional student and had done various jobs growing up. I think I valued my education so much because I had to pay for it myself.” In the Cassandra Thompson Scholarship, Hatfield found the ideal match. Started in 2008 by Radu Ciocan (’05 PharmD), his classmate and PETNET coworker, the award is named for a Ciocan family friend who died from cancer, and it’s bestowed annually to two students taking courses in nuclear pharmacy. Hatfield has even precepted for one of the student recipients. Ciocan named the scholarship for a high school math teacher in Charlotte who mentored him into pharmacy school and also formed an enduring friendship with Ciocan’s family, who emigrated to North Carolina from Romania when he was in high school. “She had a huge influence on my career,” says Ciocan, who worked in Durham and now works for PETNET in Knoxville, Tennessee. Hatfield’s grandmother died from cancer, as did his girlfriend’s mother. “I think everyone’s been touched by cancer,” he says.



Sean Hatfield (’05 PharmD) and his girlfriend, Jill Doran.


While nuclear pharmacy is a specialized field, there are many patients at the receiving end. Just a few pharmacy schools in the country offer nuclear pharmacy electives—they’re taught by Associate Professor Richard Kowalsky at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy—and training to be an authorized user outside of school costs between $10,000 and $12,000. “That’s another reason I give,” Hatfield says. Hatfield’s annual gift is matched by Siemens, and he expects the scholarship’s focus on nuclear pharmacy also made the match a particularly pleasing obligation for the company. Finding that Siemens might match his donation while thumbing through the company benefits was a little like hitting the lottery, and he advises others to do the same research. “It’s free money,” he says. “A lot of times if you work for a corporation it does offer a match.” Hatfield offers more advice to anyone thinking about giving. “Find something you’re passionate about,” he says. “Give what you can give. The amount is small compared to what you make.” Give to the Pharmacy Scholarships Fund by going to and clicking on “make a gift.” For more information on giving, e-mail or call 919.966.1929.



vv The Pharmacy Foundation of North Carolina invites donors, scholarship recipients, and guests to attend this year’s Annual Foundation Dinner. Members of the Foundation’s Centennial Society (donors who gave $500 or more in fiscal year 2013) will receive invitations. UNC Athletic Director Bubba Cunningham is this year’s keynote speaker. Cunningham received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration from Notre Dame. He was previously athletic director for the University of Tulsa and Ball State University.

Bubba Cunningham

Gary Yingling (’62 BSPharm)


The UNC Pharmacy Alumni Association will also present Gary Yingling (’62 BSPharm), partner at Morgan Lewis in Washington, DC, with the Distinguished Service Award for his dedication to community service both locally and nationally.

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Carolina Pharmacy Summer 2013  
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