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Alumni Spotlight: Meet Nicole Pezzino

LKS spotlights student and alumni members that are making a difference in their chapters, in their communities, and in the field of pharmacy.

Tell us about yourself: (school, chapter, work, hobbies, LKS activities, meetings attended):

Most importantly, I am the mommy to a sweet baby boy named Carson, who was born on June 5, 2018, and two of the cutest mini Australian Shepherds. I am the wife of a law enforcement officer, a sister to two sisters & a brother, and a daughter. I enjoy going on adventures through hiking and traveling, and have made it a goal to run a half marathon in every state (4 done with a plan of making it 15 total this year!)

I graduated from the University of Pittsburgh (Delta chapter) in 2014, and currently serve as the faculty advisor for Wilkes University (Alpha Phi chapter). I joined as an Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Wilkes University in 2015, after completing a community residency at the University of North Carolina in Asheville, NC with the Asheville Project. My practice site is Weis Pharmacy in Schnecksville, PA where I focus on advanced community pharmacy services and mentoring student pharmacists. At this site, I have implemented point-of-care testing, a successful AADE accredited Diabetes Self Management and Support (DSMES) program and a CDC recognized Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP).I specialize in program implementation and developing community partners that enhance community pharmacy services.

I am very active in APhA, AACP, PPA and LKS! I have attended all APhA annual meetings since 2011, the past 2 AACP, and all of our Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association (PPA) organization meetings. I have attended the LKS meeting in Scranton, PA and Atlanta, GA.

I joined LKS because:

If I’m being honest, my initial reasons for joining LKS were more superficial and centered around the relationships I created in pharmacy school. Then as I was going through the new member education, I realized the mission and values of this organization, which led me to running for leadership positions within LKS. Since then, the connections and relationships I have developed through local and national LKS have truly been lifelong and ever-growing. I continue to collaborate, work and maintain amazing friendships with these incredible sisters. The core values and everything LKS represents, directly aligns with my core values and vision for my career. As I continue my service to the organization as a faculty advisor, I continue to be amazed by each person in this fraternity living the mission and values of LKS every single day.

My most memorable LKS experience:

My most memorable LKS experience was during APhA 2011 in Seattle, Washington. I remember feeling lost as a first year pharmacy student at a seemingly overwhelming meeting. I went to the LKS meet-up at Ruth’s Chris for dessert and remember meeting incredibly warm, welcoming sisters that took me under their wing and supported me through my first professional meeting. It was from that experience my desire was sparked to get more involved and hold leadership positions within the organization. As I continued through my pharmacy-school journey, I was invited by sister Stefanie Fererri to stay at her house during my residency interviews at University of North Carolina (where I ultimately decided to do a residency as well). You will find caring, welcoming sisters across the country and these experiences continue to add to my passion for the fraternity.

Career Plans: 

My hope is to one day create and serve as the Dean for Community Innovation, where I have a small army of faculty, residents and fellows working with me to transform community practice in Northeast PA (NEPA). Part of this dream is beginning to come true, as I was recently approved for a new title “Director of Community Outreach and Innovation” at Wilkes… one step closer to my career plan! My vision is that pharmacists (and pharmacists in training) that practice at the top of their licensure be fairly reimbursed for optimizing medication use and serve their community by promoting positive health outcomes.

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