FPA Member Since 2013
RETURN TO BALLOT
Melissa is a current Assistant Professor in the Pharmacotherapeutics and Clinical Research Department at the University of South Florida College of Pharmacy. Her practice site is located at Florida Hospital Tampa where she practices in both the Emergency and Internal Medicine Departments. 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 COP student chapter as well as being active through her volunteer efforts. She continues to volunteer at the Annual Meeting and Conventions as a patient counseling and NASPA/NMA Student Pharmacist Self Care Championship judge, student mentor, and poster evaluator. She also participated in the Florida Pharmacists’ Health Fair at the Capitol Council, currently serves as a delegate for FPA, and is a member of the Legislative Days Committee.
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 and CODE Committee member), Kappa Epsilon student advisor, and Phi Lambda Sigma (USF Alumni Coordinator).
Melissa has spoke at multiple local and state FSHP meetings and continues to find opportunities to give back to the profession.
As an active FPA member 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 reach out and teach others how to be become more involved in such organizations and truly make a difference. If elected to the position of board 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 move our profession forward and be proud of what we do. 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!