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USC Named Student Chapter of the Year Third Year in a Row

Anaheim, Ca. - October 14, 2007 Linda Garrelts MacLean, faculty liaison for the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) student chapter at Washington State University College of Pharmacy, today was named the 2007 NCPA Faculty Liaison of the Year. The award is sponsored by the NCPA Foundation and was presented at NCPA's 109th Annual Convention and Trade Exposition held October 13—17 in Anaheim, California.

“Educating and inspiring the next generation of pharmacists is the greatest commitment you can make to the profession,” said Charles M. West, PD, president of the NCPA Foundation.  “Linda Garrelts MacLean's dedication to her students and to independent pharmacy is outstanding, and we are pleased to recognize her important and ongoing contributions with this award.”

MacLean, a pharmacist and certified diabetes educator is the previous co-owner of Jones Pharmacy in Spokane, Washington. A graduate of Washington State University, MacLean now serves as Chair and Clinical Associate Professor for the University's Department of Pharmacotherapy. Her class is the Over-the-Counter Medications course, focusing on the pharmacist's role in advising and counseling patients with regard to proper nonprescription product usage.

An active NCPA member, MacLean currently serves on the Committee for Home Health Care Pharmacy Services and is a previous recipient of the NCPA National Preceptor Award. She is also a member of the national advisory board for the National Institute for Pharmacist Care Outcomes. She is also an active member of the American Pharmaceutical Association (APhA) as well.  Named as one of the nation's “Fifty Most Influential Pharmacists", MacLean was recently asked to become a part of the newly formed Metrics Reporting Group for the Pharmacy Quality Alliance. A success in the academic arena is seen in her coaching and mentoring of pharmacy student teams for the NCPA Pruitt-Schutte Student Business Plan Competition.  She has been involved with three teams, all of whom ranked within the top three in the nation, including the 2007 WSU team competing live in Anaheim, CA.

MacLean received a trophy commemorating this honor and a $1,000 cash award.

The NCPA Foundation also presented the Dargavel Student Chapter of the Year Award. For a third year in a row, the University of Southern California won this designation. The school received a $2,000 cash award for earning this honor.

Selection is based on the chapter's activities during the preceding school year, including community service projects, chapter programming, fundraising, national NCPA meeting attendance, and promotion of pharmacy ownership.

First runner-up and second runner-up were the University of Kansas and University of Texas at Austin, respectively. The University of Southern Nevada chapter was named the “Most Improved Chapter.”

In addition, NCPA announced the outstanding student members for 2006-2007.

  • Jennifer Kelly
    Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy
  • Raewyn Tamer
    Samford University McWhorter School of Pharmacy
  • Mark Parmenter
    Midwestern University College of Pharmacy-Glendale
  • Ahmad Rkein
    University of Arizona College of Pharmacy
  • Stacy Boeckmann
    University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Pharmacy
  • Andrea Balog
    Loma Linda University School of Pharmacy
  • Samson Kitahara
    Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy & Health Sciences at the University of the Pacific
  • Harutyun Kagoyan
    University of Southern California School of Pharmacy
  • Solomon Lopez
    Western University of Health Sciences College of Pharmacy
  • Charli Strebig
    University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center School of Pharmacy
  • Pamela Allen
    Howard University College of Pharmacy, Nursing, and Allied Health Sciences School of Pharmacy
  • Shreya R. Parikh
    Nova Southeastern University College of Pharmacy
  • David Han
    Mercer University Southern School of Pharmacy
  • Benjamin Smith
    South University School of Pharmacy
  • Tom Teasley
    University of Georgia College of Pharmacy
  • Daniel Petersen
    Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy
  • Jeremy Hanon
    Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy
  • Vytautas Damasius
    Purdue University School of Pharmacy
  • Viktorija O. Trakis
    Drake University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
  • Nathan Wiehl
    University of Kansas School of Pharmacy
  • Lindsey White
    University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy
  • Damon Douglas
    University of Maryland School of Pharmacy
  • Amina-Lousie Asabigi
    Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences School of Pharmacy-Boston
  • Afton Yurkon
    Northeastern University School of Pharmacy
  • Anna Marie Smith
    University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy<
  • Brooke Jason
    Ferris State University College of Pharmacy
  • Jonathan Bergman
    University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Pharmacy
  • Dustin Rewinkel
    Creighton University Medical Center School of Pharmacy and Health Professions
  • Amanda Oman
    University of Southern Nevada College of Pharmacy
  • Jonathan Lee
    Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy
  • Roberto Gomez
    University of New Mexico College of Pharmacy
  • Abie Alkada
    Long Island University Arnold and Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy
    and Health Sciences
  • Jeremy Schrader
    University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Traci E. Phelps
    Campbell University School of Pharmacy
  • Patrick Fletcher
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Pharmacy
  • Anna Ginzburg
    Wingate University School of Pharmacy
  • Amanda Hoersten
    Ohio Northern University College of Pharmacy
  • Casey Woltz
    Southwestern Oklahoma State University School of Pharmacy
  • Jeremy J. Peek
    University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy
  • Briana Fasano
    Duquesne University Mylan School of Pharmacy
  • Adam Perkins
    Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, School of Pharmacy
  • Melissa Sweigart
    Nesbitt College of Pharmacy and Nursing at Wilkes University
  • Nickolas Kernich
    University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy
  • Sherry Bous
    University of the Sciences in Philadelphia College of Pharmacy
  • Brandy N. Shetley
    Medical University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy
  • Whitney Fisk
    Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Pharmacy
  • Candice Bailey
    University of Houston College of Pharmacy
  • Daniella R. Bailey
    University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy
  • Megan Jolley
    University of Utah College of Pharmacy
  • Olayinka Fowowe
    Hampton University School of Pharmacy
  • Sheel Mehta
    University of Appalachia College of Pharmacy
  • Melissa Carroll
    Virginia Commonwealth University at the Medical College of Virginia Campus
    School of Pharmacy
  • Whitney Stoffel
    University of Washington School of Pharmacy
  • Corinne Gavrun
    Washington Sate University College of Pharmacy
  • Caitlin Frail
    West Virginia University School of Pharmacy
  • Austin Capper
    University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Pharmacy
  • Krista Tafoya
    University of Wyoming School of Pharmacy


The NCPA Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization established in 1953 to honor former NARD Executive Secretary John W. Dargavel. Contributions to the NCPA Foundation are tax-deductible to the extent permitted under federal tax law. The Foundation supports the growth and advancement of independent community pharmacy through low-interest educational loans and scholarships to pharmacy students in need, critical research and programs to improve the success of independent pharmacy, and financial assistance to community pharmacy owners for their recovery in the event of disaster, accidents, illness, or adverse circumstances.

The National Community Pharmacists Association, founded in 1898 as the National Association of Retail Druggists, represents the nation's community pharmacists, including the owners of more than 24,000 pharmacies. The nation's independent pharmacies, independent pharmacy franchises, and independent chains dispense nearly half of the nation's retail prescription medicines.


Valerie Briggs
Director, External Communications and Marketing Outreach
National Community Pharmacists Association
100 Daingerfield Road
Alexandria, VA 22314