Number of years on the board: 2006-2008; I will serve on the board during my P-3 and P-4 years.
Year of graduation/school/degree: 2008. UNMC College of Pharmacy. Pharm.D.
Hometown and current place of residence: Hometown: Shenandoah, IA. Current: Omaha, NE.
Work title and site: (or school of pharmacy for students) I work as a pharmacist intern at Immanuel Medical Center in Omaha.
Reasons why you decided to run for the board: I was interested in SIPA as this association serves the people of my hometown and surrounding areas. This was a wonderful opportunity to meet pharmacists who have chosen to live and work in rural Iowa, and to learn about how their location impacts their career and the way they practice pharmacy. I was eager to be a part of SIPA to experience the impact that a professional association has in its field and to be a part of an organization that advocates for pharmacy and is excited to continue educating its members.
Reflections on board/association involvement: I have, in addition to participating in monthly board meetings, been able to work with Tony to help in setting up a CE program for pharmacists and local students. It involves a lot of paperwork, communication, and organization. It gave me a taste of the processes to follow if I would choose to offer CE for pharmacists in my future practice site. I have also served as a scholarship committee member in the awarding of the Lou Carta Scholarship for the 2007-2008 school year.
Your goals for our profession:
I am excited about the opportunities pharmacists have to educate patients and give them the tools that they need to make important decisions about their own health. It is great to see pharmacists being tapped as the first resource patients will go to when they need information, clarification, and healthcare advice. I am looking forward to patient counseling, educational talks, MTM services and simply establishing lasting relationships with patients.
Other professional organizational involvement: Member of APhA, ASP, Nebraska Pharmacists Association, Christian Pharmacist Fellowship International, Rural Pharmacists Student Association, Phi Lambda Sigma, and Kappa Epsilon. I have served as the co-editor of UNMC College of Pharmacy’s monthly newspaper The Capsule, chair of the Heartburn Awareness Challenge, UNMC College of Pharmacy’s Class of 2008 treasurer, and Kappa Epsilon New Member Educator. Completed University if Utah’s School on Alcoholism and Other Drug Dependencies.
Community service activities: Participated in patient counseling competitions, operation immunization, the Sharing Clinic, legislative screening days, American Cancer Society’s colon cancer screenings, and Habitat for Humanity.
Awards/honors: Recipient of Plough Foundation Scholarship, Dean’s Pharmacy Leadership Award, and the Alumni Scholarship.
Other items of interest: I was married this past September to a fellow classmate at UNMC, Brant Hanisch. We met here at school and became study partners…and the rest is history! So my experiences here at pharmacy school have certainly been life-altering. We hope to move to a rural area in the midwest and practice pharmacy after our May graduation. He cares deeply about patient counseling and diabetes management, and I have my heart set on working with the geriatric population.