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Alumni Spotlight: Meet Jeanine Ballinger!

LKS spotlights student and alumni members that are making a difference in their chapters, in their communities, and in the field of pharmacy.
About Jeanine:
A graduate of Duquesne University in 1982 with a BS in Pharmacy, I later attended NOVA Southeastern University’s Non Traditional Pharm D program with graduation in May 2005. It was at Duquesne where I pledged the Tau chapter of LKS and made many wonderful, lifelong friends.
I initially worked in Retail pharmacy for approximately 8 years (Revco then Giant Food, Inc.), after which travels took me to Southern California where I worked as an in-patient pharmacist for the VA Hospital in Long Beach. It was there that I realized I was meant to work in a hospital setting. I moved to the Orlando, Florida area in 1993 and have worked as a Clinical Staff Pharmacist at Orlando Regional Medical Center for nearly 25 years with a focus on Critical Care and Pulmonary Hypertension.  I currently serve as a preceptor for PGY2 residents for their ICU staffing component, co-facilitate the Pharmacy Practice Council and participate on the Collaborative Quality Advisory Council (CQAC) which is a corporate multidisciplinary forum for discussing quality and safety issues.  I recently became a Courtesy Clinical Assistant Professor with the University of Florida’s College of Pharmacy precepting IPPE students and was honored to receive the Educator/Preceptor /Mentor ” Allied Health Service Excellence Award in 2015  for Orlando Regional. Presentations within the community include “Medication Usage in Stage IV Kidney Patients”  and “brown bag” lunches at the senior citizen’s center. 
My favorite hobby is traveling, especially to countries outside of the US and experiencing the various cultures. We have friends in New Zealand and family in Greece whom we have visited and been able to see and do things off the beaten path. I also enjoy spending time doing outdoor activities with my husband and attending Auburn football games with my son who graduates from there in May.
When did you last attend convention:
It was a long time since I last attended a National LKS convention and I enjoyed my time this past August in Atlanta. I assisted fellow Tau sisters with the auction and made a number of new friends.
My most memorable LKS experience:
My most memorable LKS experience was the period of time I acted as Pledge Mistress. It was a big responsibility being “Mom” to the pledges, but allowed me to get to know the new sisters one on one.
The advice you would give to others:
Don’t settle in your career because a position falls within your comfort zone. Challenge yourself and find your niche.  
Why are you a lamb for life:
The connections and friends I made through LKS while at Duquesne and since are an integral part of my life.
If you weren’t a pharmacist, what would you do for work?
If I were not a pharmacist, I would be a veterinarian for small animals or a travel agent.
Erin RogalaAlumni Spotlight: Meet Jeanine Ballinger!