Melissa is a current Assistant Professor in the Pharmacotherapeutics and Clinical Research department at the University of South Florida College of Pharmacy. Prior to her role at USF she helped establish an emergency medicine pharmacist position at St. Anthony’s in St. Petersburg Florida. During her three years at St. Anthony’s she worked as an Emergency Medicine Clinical Pharmacist with an emphasis on medication reconciliation, discharge counseling, and acute care management (CODE blue, STEMI, Stroke alert, etc.). Melissa received her degree from Shenandoah University in Winchester, VA in 2009 and went on to complete her PGY1 at Tampa General Hospital in Tampa, FL.
Since becoming a member of FPA, Melissa has shown her dedication towards the organization by serving as the advisor/liaison for the USF student chapter as well as being active through her volunteer efforts. She volunteered at the 124th Annual Meeting and Convention as the patient counseling event coordinator, judge of the FPA NASPA/NMA Student Pharmacist Self Care Championship, student mentor, and poster evaluator. She also participated in the Florida Pharmacists’ Health Fair at the Capitol Council and currently serves as a delegate for FPA.
Melissa is also an active member of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, Florida Society of Health-System Pharmacists (Emergency Preparedness Committee member), the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (Chair elect CODE Committee member), Kappa Epsilon, and Phi Lambda Sigma (USF Alumni Coordinator).
Although I have only been a member of FPA for a short time my enthusiasm and passion for this organization has shown through my volunteer efforts and insistence to make a difference through my participation in FPA. As an educator I am always looking for ways to involve and teach others how to be become a more holistic pharmacist. If elected to the position of director I will incorporate the ideas of the group to further promote pharmacy and encourage future and current pharmacists to become active in their profession. I continue to encourage my students to become involved in an organization not so that it looks good on paper but to truly make a difference. I believe that I can do this for our district and given the chance I can bring a refreshing and passionate leadership style that listens to its members and strives for excellence. It is an honor to be nominated for such a great district and I ask you to please vote for me and feel confident that we can make a difference together!
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