Meet the Future Pharmacy Leaders

P4s

Bethany Carrington

Bethany Carrington

My name is Bethany Carrington and I am currently a P4 student. I have been a part of the Leader track since my P2 year. Leaders Track has taught me how to lead others and not be afraid to voice my position. I joined the track as a shy individual and it has provided me with the necessary skills to overcome that trait.

Matthew Deneff

Matthew Deneff

I am a P4 student from Warwick, Rhode Island who enjoys warm weather, very strong coffee, and all kinds of outdoor activities. I currently conduct research with Dr. Lisa Holle on the implementation of the MyDispense community pharmacy simulator into different areas of the curriculum. I also work as a pharmacy technician at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center and am a brother of the Alpha Zeta Omega pharmaceutical fraternity. After graduation, I plan to pursue two years of residency training, specializing in critical care pharmacy.

Andrew Fratoni

Andrew Fratoni

I chose pharmacy school because I have always found medicine intriguing, and being the "drug expert" is something that has appealed to me since high school. I also appreciate the challenging curriculum and the prestige of the PharmD degree. After graduation I am looking to pursue a PGY1 and hopefully PGY2 residency with my current interests being in ambulatory care or cardiology (although certainly subject to change).

Hannah Gardocki

Hannah Gardocki

I decided to go to pharmacy school because I always liked math and science, and I knew I wanted a career where I could help people every day. The science behind medicine and how we treat conditions was what truly captured my interest. Pharmacy is so innovative and I always feel like I'm on the cutting edge of healthcare. I love feeling like the work I do is important and knowing that I'm helping people. Currently, I am highly interested in industry pharmacy.

Kyle Margison

Kyle Margison

I am a current P4 that has been in the Leaders Track since the end of my P1 year. When I was first joining I wasn't entirely sure where I wanted to end up in a few years with my professional life, but I knew by then that leadership and management were for me. In the ubiquitous field that is pharmacy, I knew that refining these transferable skills would suit me wherever I went. After going through the components of the Leaders Track I'm now looking to apply all that I've learned to the world of community pharmacy and I greatly anticipate a role as a store manager a few years postgraduation.

Kaitlyn McCarthy

Kaitlyn McCarthy

My name is Kaitlyn McCarthy, and I am a current P4 student that is also a part of the Pharmaceutical Science Track. I joined LEADERS Track to get out of my shell, and enhance the transferable skills that employers look for. I am interested in pursuing cardiology or oncology pharmacy, and hope to work as a hospital pharmacist in the future after pursuing a residency or fellowship.

P3s

Jennifer Akosa

Jennifer Akosa

I am a P3 from Newington, CT. As someone aspiring to a career in pharmaceutical industry, the LEADERS track strengthens my professional growth. Since entering the school I have had the opportunity to serve as a class representative and Treasurer in Pharmacy Student Government. I currently sit on the University Diversity Council, serve as Senator of Pharmacy in Graduate Student Senate, and am a School of Pharmacy Ambassador. I currently work in Medical Affairs and also work as a Hospital Pharmacy intern. This track enhances my ability to take initiative and advocate the value of the pharmacist, not only in school, but also in industry and healthcare as a whole.

Erin Casey

Erin Casey

I am a P3 from Pittsburgh, PA (Go Steelers). I chose pharmacy as I was intrigued by the different avenues a PharmD could lead you to in your career. Pharmacists roles are expanding, and they are now found in many different places which creates opportunities for me to explore and find me niche in pharmacy. I decided to join the Leaders Tract as I felt there was a lot of room for growth in my leadership skills. I wanted to learn new skills of how to be a good leader in order to build confidence in that area. I have already made improvements and cannot wait to see what else the course will teach me throughout the year.

Kathleen Flynn

Kathleen Flynn

I'm from Stamford, CT. When I first started UConn I was at the Stamford campus, which has now grown to be quite large. I also first started out as a biology major because I didn't know what I wanted to do. It was only after taking chemistry in the summer of my freshman year that pointed me towards the path of pharmacy. I joined the LEADERS Track because learning and developing leadership skills are things that are transferable across all fields. Even though my path is not very clear yet I wanted to be involved in something that would either help me define it or help me wherever I end up.

John Kassis

John Kassis

With family members in the field of healthcare, it was only a matter of time before I was able to forge my own path. I have always put the well-being of others before myself so pursuing a position in medicine came as no hesitation. I enjoy the idea of being the most accessible health professional and believe that I can make a significant, positive contribution to my community in the near future.

Katie Marti

Katie Marti

My name is Katie Marti, and I am a P3 from Windsor, CT. I am currently the Vice President of Lambda Kappa Sigma, a professional pharmacy fraternity, and the Secretary for Phi Lambda Sigma, a pharmacy leadership society. In addition, I am a School of Pharmacy Student Ambassador, a class representative for the Curriculum Committee, and a LEADERS Track Scholar. I am an intern at CVS Pharmacy and greatly value the relationships I form with each of my patients. I joined the LEADERS Track because I think all pharmacists are leaders to not only their co-workers, but also their patients. I hope to further develop my leadership skills in preparation for when I am a manager and future pharmacist.

Kristen Martie

Kristen Martie

My name is Kristen Marti and I am a P3 from Windsor, CT. I chose to join the LEADERS track because I see how valuable a pharmacist is in a health care team and wanted to develop my leadership skills for my future career. I am looking to gain more confidence in communicating with and successfully leading a team. Aside from the LEADERS track, I am the Vice President of Phi Lambda Sigma (a pharmacy leadership society), Treasurer of Lambda Kappa Sigma (a professional pharmacy fraternity), a UConn School of Pharmacy Ambassador, and a class representative for the school's professionalism committee. I am also an intern at CVS pharmacy.

Nancy Scarpelli

Nancy Scarpelli

I always had an interest in pursuing some avenue of the healthcare field, but once I learned what a pharmacist does in their day-to-day practice, I knew that I wanted to pursue pharmacy. Currently, I am interested in hospital pharmacy and industry. I believe leaders motivate others to pursue excellence and are committed to the growth and development of themselves and others around them.

Michael Vessicchio

Michael Vessicchio

I am a current P3 student and am interested in industry as well as clinical psychiatry. To me, being a leader to me means exhibiting integrity and morality in everything you do thus setting a positive example for those around you.

Andrew Vilcinskas

Andrew Vilcinskas

I’m a P3 student from the central Connecticut area. I’m involved within the School of Pharmacy, helping out with different things going on around the school, as well as researching bioimplants and intraperitoneal insulin infusion with the Burgess Pharmaceutics Laboratory, and am proud to be President-Elect and Chair of Operation Diabetes for the UConn Chapter of the American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists. Outside of the School of Pharmacy, I’m on the executive board of the UConn College Diabetes Network, and a pharmacy Intern at Smilow Cancer Hospital of YNHHS. After graduation I hope to put everything I’ve learned from the Curriculum, outside experiences, and the Leaders Track to have an impact on patient care, and advance the profession.

Cedric White

Cedric White

My name is Cedric White, and I am currently a P3 student. I am from Randolph, MA and this is my first year in the Leaders Track. I joined the LEADERS track because I believe that in order to be a successful pharmacist you need to possess leadership like qualities. I know that the LEADERS track will prepare me to go out and make a difference. Along with being a member of the LEADERS track I am on the Professional and Diversity Committee and am the VP of Professional Development for UCONN chapter of Student College of Clinical Pharmacy (SCCP). I also conduct research with Dr. Holle and work at The Hospital of Central Connecticut.

P2s

Sindorela Frroku

Sindorela Frroku

I am a current pharmacy student at the University of Connecticut. I am originally from Albania. I work as a pharmacy intern at Rite Aid and Smilow Cancer Hospital of YNHHS. Outside of pharmacy, I am a mentor for the Pre-Pharmacy Learning Community. Upon graduation, I aspire to pursue a career as a pharmacy director.
I decided to become a Leaders Track student because I believe that having leadership skills is crucial. Being a leader means relating to other people and giving a voice to their opinions. It means being an example that others are inspired by and look up to. It is not easy, it has its own challenges. Lastly, being a leader means becoming aware of your potential and assist, advice, and guide others to achieve the same.

Rita Ejiofor

Rita Ejiofor

I am a current pharmacy student at the University of Connecticut. I am from Peabody, MA. I am currently working as an intern at Walgreens Pharmacy. Some of my school involvements include being an FYE mentor and a Pharmacy Ambassador. After graduation, I am leaning towards pursuing a career in the geriatric field.
I am interested in the Leaders Track because I am involved with some leadership positions at school and I wanted to be able to maximize my leadership potential. After taking the Future Pharmacy Leaders class my P1 year, I learned a lot about the good leadership skills I have as well as the skills I need to improve on. Anyone has the potential to become a leader; but I believe becoming a part of the leaders track is a great way for me to gain insight and knowledge on how to become a great leader.

Nicole Kowalczyk

Nicole Kowalczyk

I am a transfer student at University of Connecticut from Cheshire, CT. I previously attended Fairfield University in Fairfield, CT where I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in 2016 in English/Professional Writing while also completing pharmacy prerequisite courses. I am currently a pharmacy intern at Walgreens and at an independent pharmacy. Along with LEADERS track, I am a Pharmacy Ambassador, Neurology Committee Head and President-elect for CPNP, and a member of SSHP and APhA. I have various interests within pharmacy, but am recently focusing on careers in geriatrics or managed care.
I decided to join LEADERS Track since I believe that leadership skills are vital to a pharmacist’s success, and this is an opportunity to strengthen and develop them. The LEADERS electives I am in challenge me to think more critically, and expand my knowledge and creativity. Leader figures are confident, have great communication skills, and are a driving force when working on a team.

Kevin Kao

Kevin Kao

I am a current student at the University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy. My hometown is Madison, CT. I currently work at Smilow Cancer Hospital as a pharmacy intern and my interests within pharmacy lie in the field of oncology, hospital administration and the pharmaceutical industry. I hope to either complete a PGY1/PGY2 residency program and specialize in oncology or a fellowship within a pharmaceutical company. I am the Regent-Elect and New Member Educator of Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity, Secretary of the Industry Pharmacists Organization (IPhO), a P2 Class representative for the Pharmacy Student Government, Scholarship Chairman of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity, and a member of Student Society of Health-System Pharmacists (SSHP).
I joined LEADERS track because I know I would gain the skills necessary to develop professional, administrative and networking proficiency. I find that these assets are invaluable in the ever-changing pharmacy landscape. Being able to develop strong “soft-skills” while networking with the mentors and leaders that this track puts students in contact with creates an environment that primes students for excellence. I love meeting the new perspectives and learning from the experiences of established professionals who started within pharmacy. I hope to come back to the School of Pharmacy one day as a mentor and share my experiences with the next generation of students.

Joseph Morman

Joseph Morman

I am a current student at the University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy. My hometown is East Haven, CT. I currently work at Stop and Shop Pharmacy as a pharmacy intern and my interests within pharmacy lie in the fields of retail management, academia and managed care. I hope to complete a PGY1 residency program in Managed Care. I am the Treasurer of the Pharmacy Student Government, New Member Educator of Phi Delta Chi Pharmaceutical Fraternity, Professional Development Vice President of the American Pharmacist Association, and a general member of the National Community Pharmacy Association.
I joined LEADERS track to capitalize on the skills necessary for success in my positions on the various executive boards I am a part of. Through this program and its curriculum it has helped me develop both personally and professionally by gaining the soft skills that are absent from the standard curriculum but pertinent for a leader in the area pharmacy. With the things I learned it has gave me the confidence not only to run for Pharmacy Student Government President-Elect this year, but to know I have the ability to succeed in this position. I am grateful for the opportunity to network with the various alumni mentors and leaders that this track exposes us to as students, since their personal anecdotes has propelled my vision as a student and for my future career as a professional. For example, I was completely unaware of the roles of a Managed Care Pharmacist before joining this track and have since made a list of residencies I plan to apply to pertaining to this area of pharmacy. I hope to come back to the School of Pharmacy one day as a mentor to assist the great faculty leaders that make this track possible and share my experiences with the next generation of students.

Samantha Troy

Samantha Troy

I am a current pharmacy student from Westport, CT. Being a student at the UConn School of Pharmacy has led me to so many opportunities for personal development and professional growth. I decided to join the LEADERS Track to further build on my leadership and communication skills. To me, a leader is someone who can motivate and inspire others to achieve their goals and put forth their best efforts. I strive to be a leader who is seen as a trustworthy and considerate individual whom others can come to for support and guidance, and someone who will lead by example. I am involved in multiple organizations in the SoP, which I feel has significantly enhanced my experience here at UConn. I'm currently the President of UConn chapter of Lambda Kappa Sigma, an international professional pharmacy fraternity, Secretary of Pharmacy Student Government, Co-Chair of the No Friend Left nALoxONE Committee focusing on naloxone education and awareness, and a member of SSHP. I am currently interested in pursuing a career working in the pharmaceutical industry or in hospital administration after graduation. I am an intern at the VA Medical Center in West Haven, CT, and it has been interesting to interact with so many pharmacists with different specialties, goals, and interests.