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Extracts + Graduates The University of Toledo College of Pharmacy Magazine for Alumni and Friends

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Visiting assistant professor Bob Bechtol presents research from PCOR’s MTM studies.

The Next Generation of Patient Care

PCOR at the 2009 APhA meeting,

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The Pharmaceutical Care Outcomes Research (PCOR) lab in the Department of Pharmacy Practice at The University of Toledo College of Pharmacy is proving that success with medication therapy management is not just for Asheville, NC. Under the leadership of director Dr. Sharrel Pinto, ‘01, PCOR has helped community pharmacies provide regimented patient care that changes lives and supports the bottom line. Since 2005, PCOR has coordinated patient care in pharmacies across the Midwest through practicebased research networks (PBRNs). Medication therapy management (MTM), a group of services that optimize therapeutic outcomes for individual patients, is PCOR’s specialty. They have worked with FrontPath, the City of Toledo, and Lucas County on research projects that manage treatment for patients with diabetes, hypertension and hyperlipidemia. With the support of PCOR, community pharmacists provide pharmaceutical care that allows patients to manage their diseases and improve the quality of their lives.

Patients regularly visit their local pharmacists who make sure they are taking their medications properly and counsel them about diet and exercise. Because of pharmacist interventions, patients’ lab values, including A1c and blood pressure, markedly improved within three months of enrollment in the City of Toledo program. A third of the patients were already nearing their targeted lab values in the first three months. MTM patients reported fewer emergency room visits, less hospitalization, and a better understanding of how to control their disease states. Patients were also much more likely to meet and sustain goals for their blood glucose, blood pressure, triglyceride and cholesterol levels. In addition, they reported lifestyle changes that include decreased smoking and alcohol consumption. Dr. Pinto speculates that these health improvements also prevent numerous eye problems, foot infections and other symptoms that can occur from exacerbated disease states. Besides the physical continued on page 5

From the Alumni Affiliate President

2010 BOARD OF DIRECTORS President: Dr. John Clark, ‘00 Vice President: Joel Levitan, ‘69 Secretary: Dr. Jayne Gibbs-Peseckis, ‘00 Treasurer: Dr. Meghan Fox, ‘09

Dear fellow Alumni, Fall has come to northwest Ohio with football and a slight chill in the air. At the College of Pharmacy, students, faculty, staff, and alumni alike are preparing themselves for a new chapter in the life of the college. Ground has been broken for the College of Pharmacy building on the Health Sciences Campus. Our College of Pharmacy is alive and well, and there are plenty of ways to be involved. Your Pharmacy Alumni Affiliate Board of Directors has been hard at work developing programming for the next year. We hope that you are a member of the affiliate, attend our events, and consider becoming involved on the Board of Directors in the future. We have just finished our alumni outing to the zoo that was a success. Our next major events are around Homecoming, when we recognize our award winners and partake in lunch just steps from the Homecoming Parade route. We want to welcome you back to campus to join us for the camaraderie at the University Alumni Gala and Awards Presentation, Pharmacy Alumni Affiliate luncheon, university alumni tent, and the fostering of a new era as Coach Tim Beckman leads our Rocket football team. Other events lined up for this year (November-April) include a Toledo Walleye hockey game, COSI, bowling, ice-skating, and a casino trip. We look forward to having you as a part of our affiliate and seeing you at the events. We will be actively engaging our students to be a part of our events as well. There has never been a more exciting time to be a part of The University of Toledo. See you soon!! Sincerely,

John C. Clark, ‘00 College of Pharmacy Alumni Affiliate President

Three-Year Term: Neda Archie, ‘08 Lucas Blazejewski, ‘09 Steve Meyer, ‘76, ‘88 Jeff Muszynski, ‘78 Dave Waller, ‘78 Two-Year Term: Jayne Gibbs-Peseckis, ‘00 Joel Levitan, ‘69 One-Year Term: Dr. John Clark, ‘00 Dr. Meghan Fox, ‘07, ‘09 Dr. Laura Manzey, ‘93 Ex Officio Members: Dr. Johnnie L. Early, II Dean, College of Pharmacy Philip Miller, ’71, ‘88 Past President Dr. Robert J. Schlembach, ‘49 UTCPAA Historian Eric Slough, ‘95 Director, Pharmacy Development Dan Saevig Associate VP, Alumni Relations Charisse Montgomery College Communicator & Scientific Editor Donna Haar UTCP Liaison Tan Carlin, Student Council President Student Representative

How to Reach Us The University of Toledo College of Pharmacy, MS 608 2801 West Bancroft Street Toledo, Ohio 43606-3390 Alumni Office: 419.530.1934 Fax: 419.530.1907 Dean’s office: 419.530.1997 Student Affairs Office: 419.530.1904 Development Office: 419.530.5320 Email: Internet: Office of University Alumni Relations Local Phone: 419.530.ALUM (2586) Toll Free: 800.235.6766 Fax: 419.530.4994 Email:

TAPping into student success The relationship between the Toledo Academy of Pharmacy (TAP) and The University of Toledo College of Pharmacy seems quite natural; many of the college’s graduates practice locally and work with TAP to give back to their alma mater. Each year, TAP hosts a golf outing and a casino night that generate funds for College of Pharmacy student scholarships. At the TAP golf and service day in June, a record 84 golfers participated and a record 100 guests attended the dinner. The TAP golf day raised over $3500, which will go directly toward student scholarships. UT’s head football coach, Tim Beckman, spoke at the dinner, and pharmacy student and ASP/TAP liaison, Marisa Sochacki also gave remarks. TAP is also involved in the TAP/P4 Challenge, a scholarship fundraising initiative that challenges the fourth professional year class to raise funds for pharmacy scholarships. Students are encouraged to pledge a gift of $300 that will be paid within the first three years after graduation, creating a legacy of giving and an investment in the future of the college. In turn, TAP matches up to $4,000, all of which will go toward scholarships.

This year, TAP added to their philanthropy for the college by presenting a gift to enhance the student experience in the new building. Dr. Curt Black, ’74, President of TAP, came to present a one-time gift of $25,000 to The Future of Pharmacy Capital Campaign for Quality. TAP’s Board stipulated that the gift be used to provide funding for the first floor wireless student lounge and study area, an area of the facility that will have significant student traffic. According to Dr. Black, Dr. Curtis Black,’74, presents the TAP gift to Dean Early “the Board’s desire for this and Provost Gold. designation arises from the Academy’s long-standing “We look forward to seeing the new facility commitment to the students of The University take shape and to the opportunities it will of Toledo College of Pharmacy for whom we provide to advance the education of students currently offer $6000 in annual scholarship enrolled in The University of Toledo College support, $2000 in graduate awards, and $5000 of Pharmacy,” says Black. to support the activities of the APhA-ASP Chapter.” TAP believes it is important that their organization have its commitment highly visible in a student-centered area of the new facility.

Faculty Notes Faculty Honors The University of Toledo’s Chapter of Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society, presented its Young Faculty Award to Dr. Surya Nauli, assistant professor of Pharmacology. This award is intended for a tenure-track faculty member who shows extraordinary promise in their research field. Dr. Nauli received a $200 award and a certificate. Dr. James Slama, professor of Medicinal and Biological Chemistry and director of the BSPS program, has accepted an invitation to serve on a National Science Foundation panel to evaluate scholarship applications in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. UT Adjunct Professor Mike Thomas won TASHP’s Charles I. Hicks Pharmacist of the Year award. Charles I. Hicks is a retired UT Professor Emeritus.

Program News The American Society for Health-System Pharmacists reaccredited the college’s PGY1 Community Pharmacy Residency program. The accreditation team visited Wolfe Hall, Kroger and the Cordelia Martin Health Center in May to evaluate the Community Pharmacy Residency Program that is directed by Drs. Mary Powers and Aaron Lengel.

In Memoriam Michael Blaine McKeown, ‘67, passed away at his home on March 30, 2009. Most recently, Mike was corporate manager for regulatory compliance and contracting at Kroger’s headquarters in Cincinnati. He also taught pharmacy law at The University of Toledo and was past president of the Ohio Pharmacists Association and the Toledo Academy of Pharmacy. He has received numerous awards for his service and leadership to the pharmacy profession. Memorial donations may be sent to


Vol 19, No. 2 FALL 2009 Extracts & Graduates is published twice yearly for alumni and friends of The University of Toledo College of Pharmacy Copyright 2009, The University of Toledo College of Pharmacy; All rights reserved. Editor Charisse Montgomery Contributing Writers Dean Johnnie Early Phil Miller Jim Winkler Photographers Dean Johnnie Early Jack Meade Dan Miller Charisse Montgomery Support Staff Donna Haar Cynthia Soncrant Design Stephanie Delo Special Thanks Development Office Office of Alumni Relations Office of Public Information Office of Publications UT Foundation Dean’s Cabinet

Dear Alumni and Friends, It’s hard to believe that nearly a year has passed since we all gathered for Homecoming. We have begun a new academic year, and we are a year closer to our expansion. In the rush of our daily lives, it is easy for us to postpone activities, putting off a phone call or forgetting to type an email to an old friend. Before you know, a year has passed, and it sometimes seems difficult to reopen the lines of communication when they have been dormant for a while. I encourage you to get back in touch with those who were important to you and to stay close to your UT family, never forgetting the role that your classmates and instructors played in your personal and professional development. I’m pleased to invite all alumni to Homecoming, a weekend that seems to get better every year; this year’s theme is Homecoming for the Heroes. We look forward to celebrating the heroes of our profession, those who are involved in caring for the health of others and contributing to the sciences that provide the treatments we use each day. On behalf of the college, I thank our many engaged alumni for their involvement, which has enriched our college and supported our students. As you will read in the pages that follow, your College of Pharmacy continues to advance patient care and provide an excellent environment for educating our students. Come back to UT and see what you’ve been missing. With warm regards and Rocket pride,

Johnnie L. Early, II, RPh, PhD Dean and Professor, UT College of Pharmacy

The College of Pharmacy has broken ground for the new building under construction on the health science campus. For updates and information, visit


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Pledge Your Support The support of our alumni is paramount to the success of our students. Through the generous giving of our alumni and supporters, more than 125 merit and need based scholarships were awarded last year through our pharmacy endowments, reflecting more than $108,000 in scholarship support for our students. Please consider making a gift to the college, or to a specific program or fund. Your support will impact the lives of current and future students at The University of Toledo College of Pharmacy.

Dr. Pinto chats with Dr. Curtis Black about PCOR at the 2009 APhA meeting.

benefits, patients showed better performance at work, took less time off for illness, and increased participation in social activities, all of which contributed to a better quality of life. Patients are not the only ones feeling the benefits PCOR’s hard work. Community pharmacists attract new patients and gain access to university resources to evaluate the care they provide. The employers working with PCOR, including the City of Toledo and Lucas County, have taken notice of the decreased number of sick days taken by participants and the actual cost savings. In fact, the City of Toledo reported cost savings of over $200,000 in the first six months of the FrontPath program for its 92 participating employees. Faculty and researchers at PCOR work with pharmacists to market the MTM programs, identify funding, and evaluate the results of care. They review the results of each patient visit and record the overall impact of the MTM programs they facilitate, creating research opportunities for pharmacy faculty and students. UT is one of few colleges of pharmacy in the nation in which each pharmacy student develops an MTM program as part of the curriculum. PCOR’s Bob Bechtol, ’05, ’07, and Dr. Pinto presented a poster entitled “An Evaluation of Clinical Outcomes of a Community Pharmacybased Medication Therapy Management Program for Diabetes and Hypertension” at the recent APhA meeting in San Antonio. This poster, which detailed the MTM program for Lucas County employees and beneficiaries, was selected as the Best Postgraduate Paper in the Economic, Social and Administrative Sciences Section. In addition, the MTM program with the City of Toledo was mentioned in the

plenary address of incoming APhA President, Ed L. Hamilton. Dr. Pinto presented four research papers resulting from PCOR’s work at the recent ISPOR conference. Of these four papers, two received the Finalist Award, indicating the impact and reach of MTM programs and the research that they yield. Dr. Steve Martin, chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice at UT, notes the importance of collaborators who have a stake in the success of PCOR’s research, including Dennis Newsom, ’70, and Bryan Coehrs, ’03, and the Coalition of Independent Pharmacies in Toledo. In addition, Martin credits Jim Wells for seeing the value in MTM and supporting PCOR’s research. “We have some novel and successful pharmacist-based programs happening here in Toledo that are being recognized around the country!” For more information, visit the Research and Faculty section of the College of Pharmacy’s website:

“Medication therapy management is a partnership of the pharmacist, the patient or their caregiver, and other health professionals that promotes the safe and effective use of medications and helps patients achieve the targeted outcomes.” — American Pharmacists Association

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Alumni Association Scholarship was awarded to David Green, a P1 pharmacy student.

Student Features

Star Students

Scarlett M. Lynn, a P2 PharmD student, received the 2009-2010 Frank E. Horton Presidents Club Scholarship.

L-R Sarah Fedorka, Brian Muntean, Dr. Liyanaaratchige Tillekeratne, Dr. Kathy Wall, Dr. Jim Slama, Meenakshi Bhansali and Pravin Bhansali.

At UT’s Alumni Association Annual Meeting last May, the Alumni Association Graduate Scholarship was awarded to Lisa Dumkow and Daniel Kirgesner, P4 PharmD students. The Student Pharmacology students had the opportunity to rub elbows with fellow researchers and scientists at the 2009 Experimental Biology meeting in New Orleans. Dr. Wissam AbouAlaiwi, Christine Horvat, Shao Lo, Maki Takahashi, and Zhenxian Zhang presented posters on their research, with topics ranging from cilia biology to the cardiovascular functions of Dr. Wissam A. zebrafish. The UT AbouAlaiwi, a post students also served doc in Dr. Surya Nauli’s as hosts for the pharmacology lab, workshop for high presents his research at school life science the 2009 Experimental teachers Biology meeting. and students. PhD student Paul Brown, BSPS ’05, presented his poster entitled “IFN-y in Passive Experimental Autoimmune Myasthenia Gravis,” a paper he co-authored with medicinal chemistry professor Dr. Kathy Wall, at the American Association of Immunologists (AAI) Annual Meeting in Paul Brown and Dr. Wall Seattle.

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At the Central AAI Annual Meeting. Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society (CERMACS), BSPS student Sarah Fedorka presented a poster for her research on “Synthesis of Open Chain Epothiolones,” and Brian Muntean presented a poster about “Quinone-Capped Molecular Wires as Electrocatalysts to Detect Thiols: Synthesis and Electrochemical Studies.”


P1 BSPS student Alaina Schnapp received an undergraduate research award for summer 2009 and a USRCAP for $3000 to cover her stipend and laboratory costs. Honors student Andrew Wash’s proposal entitled “Microemulsion Formulations and Their Effect on Microbial Growth” received the Charles A. Sullivan Honors Fellowship Award for undergraduate research under the mentorship of Dr. Jerry Nesamony.

This fall’s P1 class shows outstanding academic aptitude and great promise. Year



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BSPS P1 CLASS PROFILE (Majors include Medicinal & Biological Chemistry, Pharmaceutics, Pharmacy Administration, and Pharmacology/Toxicology)

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PHARMD P1 CLASS PROFILE In addition to considering Cumulative GPA and Science GPA, the College of Pharmacy Admissions Committee considers a personal Essay, personal Interview, and other supplemental materials in determining the final PharmD class. All factors are crucial to the selection process.

*includes students with contingent admission

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Matt Fettman, PharmD ‘03, is president-elect of the Ohio Pharmacists Association. Michele Beach, PharmD ‘06, recently received her certification as a Board Certified Nuclear Pharmacist. Semere Tedla, PharmD ’07, has been accepted to Howard Medical School in Washington, DC. Heather Walker, BSPS ’08, was accepted into the physician’s assistant program at UTMC. Eramais Gabremichal, BSPS ’08, is currently pursuing a master’s degree in UTCP’s Industrial Pharmacy program. Nathan Kuns, BSPS ’08, is currently working as a hospital technician at Firelands Hospital in Sandusky, OH. LeAnne Moore, BSPS ’08, is attending the University of Kentucky to pursue a Doctor of Pharmacy degree. Christina Rengifo, BSPS ’08, is working at Forest Pharmaceuticals in Cincinnati, OH as Quality Assurance

Auditor. She is also earning a Master’s in Public Health from the Northwest Ohio Consortium for Public Health. Suchetta Sachdeva, BSPS ’08, has been accepted into the Physician’s Assistant program at The University of Toledo Medical Center. Catharine Szefcyk, BSPS ’08, is an Assistant Manager in the Pharmacy Department at Cleveland Clinic. Alex Adams, PharmD ’09, has accepted a position as the Director of Pharmacy Programs for National Association of Chain Drug Stores. Alex, one of the 2009 PharmD valedictorians, will focus on the development and implementation of pharmacy initiatives that advance community pharmacy practice and enhance patient care. Kunal Amin, PharmD ’09, has accepted a full-time position with Rite Aid Pharmacy and a part-time position with an independent compounding pharmacy, Nature’s Pharmacy & Compounding Center.

AlumniCapsules Daniel Babcock, PharmD ’09, is a pharmacist for Walgreens. Mary Anne Bafunno, PharmD ’09, is completing PGY-1 Residency for Mercy Health Partners in Oregon, Ohio. Amy Balata, PharmD ’09, is working as a pharmacist with Cleveland Clinic. Jessica Barnett, PharmD ’09, has accepted an assignment with the U.S. Air Force. Jordan Blaney, PharmD ’09, has accepted a pharmacist position with CVS Pharmacy. Abby Brewer, PharmD ’09, is working as a pharmacist for Giant Eagle Pharmacy. Emily Brewster, PharmD ’09, is working as a pharmacist for Giant Eagle Pharmacy. Ryan Brodman, PharmD ’09, has taken PGY-1 residency position with The Ohio State University’s Kroger Patient Care Center. William Burger, PharmD ’09, is working as a pharmacist at Louis Stokes VA Hospital in Cleveland, OH. Tyler Campbell, PharmD ’09, is completing a PGY-1 residency with the U.S. Public Health Service in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Janine Cannell, BSPS ’09, is attending the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health in Fall 09. I will be studying nutrition and dietetics. Monika Coletto, PharmD ’09, is completing a PGY-1 residency at The Ohio State University. Natasha Conley, BSPS ’09, has been accepted into the Doctor of Pharmacy degree at University of Kentucky. Ashlee Csortos, PharmD ’09, is a pharmacist for Wal-Mart Pharmacy. Courtney Curry, PharmD ’09, has accepted a pharmacist position with CVS Pharmacy. Hussein El-Khatib, PharmD ’09, is a pharmacist with Good Neighbor’s Family Pharmacy. Meghan Fox, PharmD ’09, has accepted a pharmacist position with Kroger in northwest Ohio. Marni Frank, PharmD ’09, is working as a pharmacist at Rite Aid Pharmacy in Toledo. Larissa Gatz, PharmD ’09, has accepted a pharmacist position with Discount Drug Mart. Amanda Goodwin, PharmD ’09, has accepted a pharmacist position with CVS Pharmacy in Nashville, TN. Lindsay Harlow, PharmD ’09, is a staff pharmacist at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton‚ OH. Danielle N. Herner, BSPS ’09, received a fellowship to Wayne State University in Dr. Christine Chow’s laboratory for summer 2009. Beginning in fall 2009, she will pursue a PhD in the department of chemistry at Wayne State University. Tristan Hill, PharmD ’09, is a pharmacist for Kroger Pharmacy in Toledo.

David Hon, PharmD ’09, is starting a medical-related business and plans to further his education. Jennifer Howe, BSPS ’09, is a teaching assistant in the Pharmacy Healthcare Administration graduate program at UT. Julie Hrinko, BSPS ’09, was accepted to Long Island University and Farleigh Dickenson University for the MS in Cosmetic Science programs. Sin-yi Huang, PharmD ’09, is working as a pharmacist for CVS in San Francisco, CA. Curtis Ingold, PharmD ’09, plans to work as a pharmacist at Barberton Hospital. David Katich, PharmD ’09, has accepted a pharmacist position with CVS Pharmacy in Akron, OH. Muaz Kawadri, PharmD ’09, has accepted a pharmacist position with CVS Pharmacy. Ali Khalil, PharmD ’09, is working as a pharmacist for Walgreens. Tyler Kitchen, PharmD ’09, is working for Target Pharmacy in the Akron/Canton region. Heather Kittredge, PharmD ’09, has taken an inpatient pharmacy position on Cleveland Clinic’s main campus. Chelsea Kitzmiller, PharmD ’09, is a pharmacist for Kroger Pharmacy. Brittany Koester, PharmD ’09, is employed by Walgreens in the Dayton area as a pharmacist. Kraig Korbas, PharmD ’09, has accepted a pharmacist position with Walgreens Pharmacy. Brian Krieg, BSPS ’09, is attending the University of Michigan in the fall to obtain a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences. Ben Kulow, BSPS ’09, is attending medical school at Indiana University. Emily Leckwatch, PharmD ’09, is working for Walgreens in the Cleveland area. Ashley Luebke, PharmD ’09, has accepted a pharmacist position with Kroger Pharmacy. Erin Mahoney, PharmD ’09, is completing a residency at Kaiser Permanente Valleys Services in Woodland Hills and Panorama City‚ CA. Shawn Meinhardt, PharmD ’09, is a pharmacist for Kroger Pharmacy. Ashlee Miller, PharmD ’09, is working for Walgreens in Norwalk‚ Ohio. John Moorman, PharmD ’09, is participating in a PGY-1 residency program at Akron General Medical Center in Akron‚ OH. Christina Mock, PharmD ’09, is completing a 1 year PGY-1 residency at the Cincinnati VA Medical Center. Truong Nguyen, PharmD ’09, is a pharmacist for CVS. Adaeze Okafor, PharmD ’09, has accepted a pharmacist position with Walgreens Pharmacy.

Andrea Pallotta, PharmD ’09, is completing a PGY-1 residency at the VA Medical Center in Cleveland, OH. Anthony Pattin, PharmD ’09, is completing a community pharmacy PGY-1 residency at The University of Toledo Medical Center. Jessica Pellman, BSPS ’09, completed a toxicology internship position over the summer at NSF International in Ann Arbor, MI and is now attending Indiana University School of Medicine in the BioMedical Gateway Ph.D. Program. Katie Pullum, PharmD ’09, is working as a pharmacist for Wal-Mart Pharmacy. Emily Rygalski, PharmD ’09, is a pharmacist for Kroger Pharmacy. Ameneh Sarsour, PharmD ’09, is working as a pharmacist for Rite Aid Pharmacy. Al-Amir-Ibrahim Sarsour, PharmD ’09, is employed with Rite Aid Pharmacy. Katherine Sauer, PharmD ’09, is completing a pharmacy residency with Kaiser Permanente in Los Angeles, CA. Tessa Schnipke, PharmD ’09, is working for Wal-Mart Pharmacy. Andrew Schwind, PharmD ’09, is working as a pharmacist for Giant Eagle Pharmacy. Randy Shaneck, PharmD ’09, has accepted a pharmacist position with Kroger Pharmacy. Natalia Shkaev, PharmD ’09, is working as a pharmacist for Giant Eagle Pharmacy. Kori Slates, PharmD ’09, is a staff pharmacist at Wal-Mart in Fremont‚ OH. Mate Soric, PharmD ’09, is completing a PGY-1 ambulatory care residency at the W.W. Knight Family Practice Center at the Toledo Hospital. Sally Strautman, PharmD ’09, is working as a Clinical Generalist at Parkview Hospital in Ft. Wayne‚ IN. Jared Stroud, PharmD ’09, is completing a PGY-1 pharmacy practice residency at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Ryan Summers, PharmD ’09, is a pharmacist for Walgreens in the Cleveland South District. Katherine Swiatek, PharmD ’09, is employed with Wal-Mart Pharmacy. Joseph Ventura, PharmD ’09, works as a pharmacist in the Cleveland West District for Walgreens Pharmacy. Jacob Wargacki, PharmD ’09, is working as a pharmacist with Giant Eagle Pharmacy. Allison Wash, PharmD ‘09, is a pharmacist for Kroger. Amanda Weller, BSPS ’09, is working at the Alloway Environmental Lab in Marion, Ohio. Samantha Wright, PharmD ’09, is completing a PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Jesse Brown VA Medical Center in Chicago.

Rebecca Yantko, BSPS ’09, is attending Optometry School at the Ohio State University.


Matt Buderer, PharmD ‘93, was awarded the Ohio Pharmacists Association’s 2009 Innovative Pharmacy Practice Award. Michael Doherty PharmD, BSPS ‘95, is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Pharmacy and Director of Experiential Training at the University of Cincinnati’s James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy. Dr. Doherty was honored with OSU’s 2008 Josephine Sitterle Failer Alumni Award. Sushma Ramsinghani, PhD ’98, has joined the faculty of University of the Incarnate Word as an associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences for the Feik School of Pharmacy.


Willard “Bill” McCall, ’81, was presented with The University of Toledo College of Pharmacy’s first Pharmacy Icon Award at the college’s Spring Commencement Exercises. The award is given to a practitioner who has served the college and exemplified pharmaceutical care. Mary F. Powers, ‘82, ‘96, was chosen as Outstanding Professor of the Year by the graduating students at the College of Pharmacy commencement ceremony in May 2009. Mike “Mingo” Kendrach, ‘89, was promoted to Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at the McWhorter School of Pharmacy at Samford University in Birmingham, AL.


Jay Mirtallo, ’76, is currently serving as vice president of the Board of Directors for The American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition. Deborah Jaffee Saine, ‘79, edited the recently published ASHP’s Safety and Quality Pearls 2, which contains creative approaches to improving patient safety and quality of care. Deb is Medication Safety Manager at the Valley Health Winchester Medical Center in Winchester, VA and chairs the Medication Safety Advisory Group of the Section of Inpatient Care Practitioners. She modereated the 2007 and 2008 Safety and Quality Pearls sessions at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting.


Marty Davis, ’59, was presented with the 2009 Bowl of Hygeia Award sponsored by Wyeth Pharmaceuticals.


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UPCOMING EVENTS Thursday, September 24, 2009 Fall Convocation & Awards

Friday, October 9, 2009

Golden Alumni Anniversary Reunion (Class of ’59) 10:30 a.m. Alumni Gala and Awards Presentation 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Pharmacy Alumni Affiliate luncheon 11:30 a.m. University alumni tent Homecoming Parade Homecoming Game, UT vs. Western Michigan


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Sunday, October 11, 2009

Golden Alumni Society Luncheon at the Inverness Club 1:30 p.m. Homecoming Alumni CE Program Dana Conference Center on the Health Science Campus “Approaching Medication Therapy Management In 2010: Where We’ve Been, and Where We’re Going” The CE will include discussions of MTM delivery, collaborative practice for pharmacists, billing and reimbursement for pharmacist services. In addition, the CE will include a state of the State address by OPA President Ernie Boyd that focuses on Ohio MTM programs and a Law CE on collaborative practice, prescribing, and other topics by Donny Sullivan. Reserve online at

December 6-10, 2009

American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Midyear Meeting Las Vegas, NV

May 9, 2010 Spring Commencement

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