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UH APhA-ASP 2012-2013 Officers
President: Rachel Harvey
Bio: Hi! My name is Rachel Harvey, and I’m a P3 this year. I’m originally from Austin, and went to the University of Texas for my undergraduate degree in Biochemistry. I love road tripping and going to concerts, and I am a caffeine addict. I am so excited to be APhA-ASP President this year! I have been actively involved in APhA since the start of my P1 year during which I served as P1 liaison, and I can’t wait to see what the new school year brings for our organization. I hope APhA-ASP continues to grow and improve through the next year, and I look forward to going to the annual conference in Los Angeles, California this year. I love hearing from APhA-ASP members, so please email me if you ever need anything at all. Let’s have a great year!
Bio: Hello! My name is Thuy Vo, and I am really excited to be your APhA-ASP President-Elect. Before going to the UH College of Pharmacy, I went to the University of Texas at Austin and graduated with a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts. I also obtained a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology at the University of Houston. I teach Vovinam Vietnamese Martial Arts five days a week. I enjoy cooking and baking for family and friends. Most people eat to live, but I live to eat! I love to play football, volleyball, kickball, badminton, and ping pong. This is just a little something about me, now I look forward to meeting you all and learning more about you! Please do not hesitate to contact me for anything. I hope you let APhA-ASP help keep you moving forward, open new doors, and lead you down new paths.
Bio: Hi everyone! My name is Trang Tran, and I am extremely thrilled to be your Vice President of Patient Care! I graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration and a Master’s in Public Accounting. I LOVE to travel, eat, and explore new things all over the WORLD! My passion for APhA-ASP sparked after attending my first APhA Annual Convention in Seattle, WA in 2011. Seeing how involved other chapters were in terms of making an impact in the community as student pharmacists inspired me to take an active role in APhA-ASP and to seek opportunities to make a difference! I believe our APhA-ASP chapter is a great umbrella organization that represents all types of interests in pharmacy. We have very exciting events planned for 2012-2013 in areas of patient care and policy & advocacy, so I hope you all are ready to take the leap to be a part of this new journey with us! Our profession is constantly changing and as student pharmacists, we should take a pro-active role in advocating for what we believe the future of pharmacy should look like!
Bio: Hi everyone! My name is Brittney Bussell and I am very excited to be this year’s Vice President! I graduated in 2010 from Texas A&M University with a B.S. in Biology with a minor in Creative Studies. I grew up nearby in Katy, TX and I enjoy visiting my family when I have time away from school work. I had a great time at APhA Annual this past year and I can’t wait to work with all of our officers and members this year! Don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns!
Bio: Hello everyone! My name is Chau Kha, and I am excited to be your treasurer for APhA-ASP this year! I’m currently a P2. I did my undergraduate work at the University of Texas at San Antonio. In my free time, I enjoy cooking, sewing, and spending time with my friends and family. I look forward to getting to know everyone. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
Bio: Hello, my name is Monica Lee and I am thrilled to be the Secretary for APhA-ASP this year. I received a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and a Minor in Spanish in 2011 from the University of Texas at Austin, and am a huge longhorn fan. I like traveling to foreign countries, meeting new people, listening to new music, and playing with my black lab mix, Sammie. I love animals and instruments—basically sums me up in a nutshell. I am excited to work with the officers of APhA-ASP and hope to contribute to this amazing organization and watch it grow!
Bio: My name is John Herman and I am the Publicist for APhA-ASP this year. If you have any questions about upcoming APhA events I am the man to see. I will also be overseeing the APhA website and Facebook page. Before coming to the University of Houston College of Pharmacy, I was living in Colorado. I obtained a Bachelor of Science from the University of Colorado in Boulder. In my free time I enjoy reading, playing video games, and sleeping. I can always be talked into a game of Texas Hold ‘em or trivia night at one of the many fine establishments in Houston. I look forward to a very exciting and productive year in APhA-ASP with all our members.
3rd Year Membership Vice-President: Jennifer Collins
Bio: Hi! My name is Jennifer Collins and I’m a P3. I graduated from SMU in Dallas where I received a BS in biochemistry, a BA in Spanish and chemistry, and a minor in psychology. I’ve lived in Garland, a Dallas suburb my whole life. I love going out dancing, especially country dancing. I also enjoy rowing and jogging to relieve stress. I’ve
worked as a tech (now intern) at Walmart since the start of my senior year of undergrad. I have absolutely loved my two years here at U of H and am looking forward to the rest of my time here, especially with APhA!
Bio: My name is Marisa Smith. I am currently serving as APhA-ASP Membership Vice President. I grew up in Cypress, TX right outside of Houston. I received my bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University in Chemistry before attending pharmacy school. One of my favorite things to do is to spend time with my amazing husband, Kyle, and our precious dog, Ruby. I am really enjoying life in pharmacy school and can’t wait to see where my career will take me after graduation.
Bio: My name is Zach Roberman and I am an APhA-ASP MVP. I am going into my P2 year and I’m very excited to serve in this position in such a great organization. I am a huge sports fan and I love to not only watch but also participate. I’m huge into working out, eating, and hanging with my friends. Also I’m an avid bowler and I consider it my hobby. Anywho I look forward to serving as MVP and I can’t wait to get everyone pumped about APhA-ASP at the University of Houston!
Bio: Howdy! I’m Amy Isbell, an Aggie graduate from Robbins, Texas. I grew up in a really small town that helped shape who I am and the things I like to do. I enjoy running, baking, cooking, laying out, fishing, playing sand volleyball, riding four wheelers, sitting around campfires, floating rivers, and just being outside in general. I am a P2 now, ready to serve APhA and all it’s members!
Sr. Patient Counseling Chair: Amber Curry
Bio: Hey Everyone! My name is Amber Curry, and I am so excited about being your Senior Patient Counseling Chair for APhA! I had a lot of fun and learned so much by competing in last year’s patient counseling competition. I hope we can increase our participation even more this year and impact every student pharmacist to apply their counseling skills in every pharmacy setting. I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Science from Auburn University in 2009 (War Eagle!!) and moved to Houston with my husband shortly thereafter. I have two adorable Cocker Spaniel dogs (my babies!) and love to take them for walks around Hermann Park. I also enjoy reading by the pool, putting together puzzles, and hanging out with friends and family. If yall have any questions about the Patient Counseling Competition please feel free to contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) at any time!
Jr. Patient Counseling Chair: Ashley Leinweber
Bio: Hi everyone! I’m Ashley Leinweber. I’m a proud Aggie and enjoy going back to College Station to watch Texas A&M Football. Being from Arlington, I also grew up with a passion for the Dallas Cowboys and Mavericks. I’m happily married and have the most amazing husband in the entire world. We bought a cute little house out in Katy where we live with our two adorable little puppies. I enjoy yoga, cooking yummy food, traveling, hanging out with friends (and my pups), and drinking wine in what little free time I can find from studying.
Sr. Professionalism Chair/Texas Pharmacy Association (TPA) Director: Andrew Morris
Bio: My name is Andrew Morris and I am the Sr. Professionalism Chair / TPA Director. I am currently a P3 and graduated from Texas A&M University with a B.S. in Biology. I am originally from Lufkin, TX and I love living here in Houston and all the city has to offer. Music is a huge passion of mine and I love discovering new bands and attending concerts. I also enjoy cooking and trying new recipes, traveling, running, and hanging out with friends. I am looking forward to the upcoming year with APhA. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask!
Bio: Hello! My name is Daniel Nguyen. and I am honored to serve as your Professionalism Jr. Chair / TPA Director. I went to The University of Texas at Austin where I got a bachelors and masters in Accounting, and I am now happy to be at The University of Houston for pharmacy school. I enjoy going bowling, playing football, and working out hard so I can eat as I please. As your Professionalism Jr. Chair / TPA Director I will work on developing your leadership skills while providing great networking opportunities to ensure your future career as a pharmacy leader of tomorrow.
Student Political Advocacy Network (SPAN) Co-Coordinator: Nammu Ganesan
Bio: Hi, my name is Nammu Ganesan. Currently, I am a P3 and the SPAN co-chair for APHA-ASP. With all the stresses of pharmacy school, I have found a few activities that keep me going. Some of those include running, watching movies, reading, and cooking. Of course, the most fulfilling thing for me is being involved with the school in organizations, and working together with my fellow classmates. I’m very excited for the upcoming year with APhA. If you have any questions, feel free to ask.
Student Political Advocacy Network (SPAN) Co-Coordinator: Jerod Braschler
Bio: Originally from Amarillo, TX. I went to Texas Tech University for 3 years before coming to UHCOP. I enjoy watching or playing any kind of sport. When I am not studying or working I am at a concert or hanging out with good friends. I would love to talk about any legislative issues.
Bio: Hello! My name is Bobbie Quach, and I am one of your IPSF Co-Chairs alongside Catherine Carey. We are extremely ecstatic for all the upcoming community outreach events we have planned for this coming year! I am currently a P3, and I am originally from Dallas, TX. Aside from school, I work part-time at an independent pharmacy that specializes in long-term care, ostomy supplies, and compounding. In my free time, I enjoy volunteering, music, baking, and spending time with family and friends. I strongly believe that together we can all make a positive impact serving our community locally, nationally, and globally. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about anything! I’ll be glad to help!
Bio: Hi, my name is Catherine and I am a P3 student. I completed my Bachelor’s at Texas A&M University in Biomedical Science before coming to UH. Outside of school I enjoy baking cookies, playing with my puppy, Stella, and running half marathons that I should actually train for. On weekends when I don’t work I go to Lake Jacksonville (Tomato capital of the world!) in East Texas and help work on my parents’ fixer-upper. I haven’t decided what I want to do once I get out of pharmacy school, but I’m leaning towards veterinary compounding. I am so excited for all the things Bobbie and I have planned for IPSF this year!
Bio: Hi, I’m Sam Wilson. I am currently Vice-President for Pharmacy Council, Events Coordinator for APhA-ASP, and Social Chair for the class of 2015. I graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelors of Science in Health (Allied Health Option). I grew up on a ranch and went to a tiny school in a tiny Texas town. I enjoy almost anything that has to do with outdoors and I really enjoy movies.
Bio: Hey everyone! My name is Jamie Folk and I’ll be your Reports Chair this year. I attended Stephen F. Austin State University for my undergraduate work and am currently a P3. I’m originally from Mansfield, Texas, just outside Arlington and I absolutely love reading in my free time! I’ve worked as a pharmacist intern at Kroger and really enjoyed my time there. Other things that I occupy my time with include watching Survivor, hanging out with my friends, and relaxing by the pool. I can’t wait for the upcoming year and see all the great things our chapter accomplishes! If you have any questions feel free to ask!
Bio: Though I like to stay busy with several activities outside of academics it has been difficult to do that since pharmacy school. I definitely like to take part in several kinds of physical activities such as tennis, volleyball, and golf. Also any new projects that I find on pinterest is always fun to do with you have time.
Bio: Hi! My name is Alex Whiddon and I will be your APhA-ASP Operation Immunization Senior Chair for this year. I’m currently a P3 and I graduated from LSU with a BS in biological sciences and minors in chemistry and French. In my free time, I love to read, cook, bake, and spend time with my friends and family. I’m looking forward to a great year–feel free to contact me with any questions!
Bio: Hello my name is Nin. I’m a Taurus. I love a lot of things, including but not limited to: bowling, swimming, working out, Diablo 3, mushrooms, care bears, kites, painting, Usher, Justin Bieber, comic books, comedies, Anchorman, my dog Tofu, actual tofu, sushi, kim chi, pho, traveling, basketball, Disney, Glee, buffalo wings, and spinach.
Bio: Hello everyone! My name is Lynsey Smith and I am thrilled to be your Sr. operation diabetes chair this year. I am currently a P3 and attended The University of Oklahoma for my undergrad. I was born and raised in Houston, Texas. In my free time I like to run, travel, shop, and hang out with my friends. Feel free to contact me with any questions!
Bio: I graduated from Texas A&M University in May 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry. I am originally from the Dallas/Fort Worth area. I am currently going in to my second year at the University of Houston College Of Pharmacy. I enjoy reading, playing games, especially board games, and sports. My favorite TV shows are New Girl, The Big Bang Theory, and The Mentalist.
Sr. Operation Self Care Chair: Troy Zapata
Bio: I’m Troy. I got my B.S. Biochemistry at UT. Hook ‘em. Now I’m a P3 at UH. Go Coogs. I’ve worked in pharmacy 5 years now from technician to trainer positions. I’ve run 5 marathons. I loved APhA Annual and plan to go again this year. I’m Native American not Mexican but patients always speak Spanish to me. Please come tell me something about yourself and let me teach you how to help your future patients suffering from heartburn.
Bio: Hello, my name is Minoosh Sobhanian I am a current P2. I grew up in Coppell, Texas and attended the University of Texas at Dallas where I received a Bachelor of Arts in Science Degree in 2010. My favorite color is red, and I love Phish food flavored ice cream from Ben n’ Jerry’s. I also enjoy watching bollywood films because they are always so happy and filled with fun songs! My ultimate favorite non-bollywood movie is She’s The Man.
Bio: Hello APhA-ASP members, I am excited to serve you as the senior officer for Operation Heart. My goals for the upcoming year is for you to be involved with our initiative as well as learn to make life changes for a better and healthier heart. As a four year member in this organization, I encourage you to stay active in APhA-ASP by participating in our events and be ready to step up as a leader to represent the field of pharmacy in the community.
Bio: Hey everyone! My name is Ryan and I’m a P2. I was born in Kingwood, just north of Houston, and moved to San Antonio after the sixth grade. I’m really outgoing, enjoy meeting new people and having fun. My hobbies include basketball, working out, running and hanging out with family and friends. I’m looking forward to working with and enjoying the company of all the current and new members of APhA-ASP this year!
Bio: After graduating with a bachelors in Psychology from State University of New York at Purchase College in Westchester, NY I spent five years working in an in-patient duel diagnosis psychiatric unit. Working with substance abuse patients, particularly those who were addicted to prescription medications lead to my decision to become a pharmacist. My goal is to work towards improving two of what I feel are current major issues in health care, medication compliance and safety. After moving back to Texas with my husband and starting pharmacy school I was blessed with the birth of my daughter Lilith Eve Rickert on 5/22/2011. This year I am excited to be the GenerationRX committee chair and tackle these issue which are closest to my heart. If lucky, I may even find some time to play video games (HUGE Final Fantasy addiction) attend some Zumba classes, cook some new dishes during my free time.
Bio: Hello! My name is Jenny Choi and I am a P2. I graduated from UT in 2010 with a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics. I love Taylor Swift and One Direction, and enjoy getting on Pinterest during my free time. I am really excited to be your upcoming Junior Generation RX Chair for APhA and can’t wait to meet everyone!
Bio: Hi! I’m Joel Araujo. But everyone calls me by “Hazel” because my eye color changes frequently. This will be my 2nd year at UH as a biochemistry major/pre-pharmacy student. I joined Alpha-ASP my first semester at UH and fell in love with the association! I decided to contribute to APhA-ASP by being their new Liaison. Outside of school I take part in competitive cheerleading, ballet, jet skiing, volunteering, dancing, and photography. This year we’re doing a tremendous amount of action!
Bio: Hello everyone my name is Robin Nkem Igbinoba. I was born in Houston, Texas on December 26, 1990. When it comes to my personality, I am very laid back and I have a competitive nature. I have a mother, a father and three younger brothers. My hobbies are playing basketball, working out, listening to all kinds of music, and playing video games. I am an undergraduate student enrolled in the University of Houston. I aim and work hard to enter pharmacy school around the year 2014. I am very proud to be a cougar. Also I am very proud to be a representative of AphA-ASP as the Pre-Pharmacy Liaison of 2012-2013. Every day I feel blessed to have this position and look forward to meeting the old and the new faces of AphA-ASP.
Bio: Hello! My name is Sarah Louise Suerte and I am so excited to be your UH APha-ASP Mid-Year Regional Liaison this year! I am currently a P1 and even though I am new to the world of pharmacy policy, I am so pumped to learn more about how WE , as student pharmacists, can become more active in our communities and in legislature. As for myself, I graduated from the University of Houston with a BS in Nutrition in 2012. I love to go to church, have fun in waterparks, sing, and dance! Please let me know if you have any questions at all—I would be happy to answer them for you or direct you to someone who can answer for you. Hope to see you at MRM in November!
Bio: Hello, everyone! My name is Michelle Lam, and I am honored to serve as your American Pharmacists Month Coordinator for this year! I am currently a P1, and I graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio with a degree in Biology before coming to U of H. During my free time, I enjoy playing the piano, baking, and painting. I love meeting new people and look forward to working with all the members of APhA-ASP! Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or suggestions!
Bio: Hey guys, my name is Adin Khan and I was born in South Africa and moved to Stephenville, TX when I was 8 years old. I love the small town atmosphere as well as the big city atmosphere and some of my hobbies are: watching sports (football, basketball, and soccer), food, chilling, hanging with friends, and most importantly joking around. I am a P1 and am ready to serve as your Global Health Jr. Chair!
Bio: Hi my name is Scarlett Najera and I am super excited to be your P1 liaison! I am originally from San Antonio, TX but have lived in College Station, TX for the past four years. I love sports and love doing anything outdoors! I am looking forward to an exciting year as an APhA officer.
Bio: Hey everyone! My name is Ashley Trojcak and I am one of your P1 liaisons this year! I am originally from Nederland, Texas and graduated in 2011 from Texas A&M with a BS in biomedical sciences. In my free time I enjoy hanging out with friends, watching movies, and traveling! I am very excited to represent the class of 2016 and can’t wait to get involved with APhA-ASP! Please feel free to contact me anytime!!!!
Bio: Hi my name is Morgan Mai. I was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. I attended The University of Texas at Dallas where I majored in Biology and Business. I am currently interested in compounding and retail and a little curious about clinical. I currently am an intern at Sam’s Club Pharmacy where I have been employed for about 3 years.