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PPA Outstanding Pharmacy Student Awards

Annually, the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association presents the PPA Outstanding Pharmacy Student Award to one graduating pharmacy student at each of the seven Pennsylvania schools of pharmacy. This award honors and recognizes students who have been most active in pharmacy organizations during his/her academic years. Recipients are selected by their school's faculty or student awards committee and especially PPA.


2018 Recipients

Duquesne University Mylan School of Pharmacy


Brittany Carney, PharmD



I am honored and humbled to be named Pennsylvania Pharmacist Association’s Outstanding Student of the Year for Duquesne University’s 2018 Graduating Class. During my time as a student member, I was able to develop skills in advocacy and leadership in the pharmacy profession. I was able to work with wonderful student members and friends to accomplish our goal of increasing membership of our PPA chapter! I have had a wonderful experience as a student member of PPA and plan to continue being a member as a pharmacist. After graduation, I will be a resident pharmacist at Mainline Pharmacy, completing the PGY-1 Independent Pharmacy Ownership Residency, in partnership with the University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy. I am grateful for my previous experiences in PPA and am excited for what the future has in store.

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine School of Pharmacy


Sally Habusta, PharmD


Thank you PPA for awarding me with the 2018 Outstanding Student Award.  I am truly grateful for this meaningful award and am honored to receive it.  Involvement with PPA has been very important to me, as it has offered many opportunities for me to become involved with the pharmacy profession through advocacy and leadership. I am thankful that I became active with PPA my first year at LECOM because PPA has provided me with a valuable introduction to the practice of pharmacy, improved my communication and advocacy skills with the GRASP program, provided networking opportunities, and informative lectures at conferences. This association cares about its student members and does a great job keeping students up to date on current issues while providing them with the background information needed to understand these issues.  Following graduation, I am excited to start working as the Clinical Documentation Fellow at Sanofi with the Rutgers Pharmaceutical Industry Fellowship Program. I plan on continuing my membership with PPA and look forward to attending PPA conferences, advocating for pharmacy, and networking with other PPA members and students.

Philadelphia College of Pharmacy

Colleen D'Amico, PharmD


I feel so incredibly honored to receive the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association Outstanding Pharmacy Student Award! My plans for this upcoming year are to complete an Ambulatory Care-Focused PGY-1 pharmacy residency at the Yakama Indian Health Center on the Yakama Indian Reservation in Toppenish, Washington. I also plan to stay involved with PPA during my residency year! Even though I will be 2,745 miles away (but who’s counting?!), I look forward to keeping up with PPA as a new practitioner member on the West Coast. I would not be where I am today if it were not for all of the pharmacy leadership, advocacy, and networking opportunities that PPA provided me with over the past four years. PPA has given me so much - I cannot wait until I can start giving back! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for recognizing me with this award!

Temple University School of Pharmacy


 Lin Tran, PharmD


I am extremely honored to receive this award and to join a recipient group of strong and accomplished leaders of pharmacy. Advocating for the advancement of pharmacy has always been a passion of mine, and PPA has provided me with endless support since my involvement began during my P1 year.
Next year, I will be a PGY-1 Resident at the Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VA Medical Center in Philadelphia, PA. I’m excited to continue my involvement in PPA by mentoring future pharmacists and continuing to advocate for my profession as a new practitioner.

 University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy




Brandon Barry, PharmD

To be named Outstanding Student of the year was a true honor. This award deserves to be shared with my talented and dedicated executive board members and advisors during my time as the Pitt Chapter President. Without their hard work and passion for moving the profession forward, we could not have achieved all of our legislative, membership, and charitable successes throughout my years at Pitt Pharmacy. My future plans include completing a fellowship at PANTHERx Specialty Pharmacy in Pittsburgh PA. I hope to bring all of the knowledge I will accrue over the next year to PPA members from across the state through professional networking and live education sessions at future PPA conferences.


Wilkes University Nesbitt College of Pharmacy



Anthony Fanucci, PharmD


PPA is the organization for those that want to make a difference and it has been a privilege to work and advocate with so many incredible students, faculty and pharmacists. My passion for PPA has be unmatched by that for any other group and it was a tremendous honor to be recognized as the Outstanding Student of the Year. I am extremely grateful for the leadership put forth by our remarkable advisors, Dr. Kimberly Ference and Dr. Judith Kristeller, and for the dedication exhibited by our chapter members. Our pharmacy program at Wilkes is small but our impact is substantial. I am proud to be a Colonel and cannot wait to see the progress that our PPA chapter continues to make.

Beginning this Fall, I will be attending Penn State Dickinson Law in pursuit of my JD. It has been a dream of mine for many years to improve our healthcare system and the treatment that patients receive, from the unique perspective as a pharmacist attorney. My journey is still in its infancy, just as is my involvement with PPA. I am looking forward towards my future with this organization and am enthusiastic about the difference that can be made by the extraordinary men and women that advocate for our profession and for our patients.

Jefferson College of Pharmacy


Matthew McGuire, PharmD


I am humbly honored with this recognition; it is with great appreciation that I accept this award.

Thank you to Pat Epple and the rest of the hard working PPA staff who keep this organization thriving and beneficial. Thank you to Dr. Nicholas Leon for opening my eyes to the ocean of opportunities that exist. Thank you to Robert Frankil, John Gatto, and PJ Ortman who have always made time to positively influence students, such as myself, through activities and scholarships with BMPA and the PPA Educational Foundation. Lastly, thank you to all the great PPA members who make this organization the organization it is today. As I embark on my journey as a pharmacist, I will begin my career as a Health System Pharmacy Administration Resident (HSPA PGY1/2) at Cleveland Clinic Akron General while completing an MS program in Health System Pharmacy Administration at the Northeast

Ohio Medical University (NEOMED). I recognize that outliers are those who have been given opportunities and had the strength and determination to seize them; for those opportunities and the support during the experiences, I am thankful. My roots run deep within Pennsylvania and I plan to remain as active as possible within PPA. I look forward to joining you as a colleague and for the chance to help the next generation of student pharmacists as a member of PPA.




2017 Recipients

Duquesne University: Rachel Richter, PharmD

Jefferson College of Pharmacy: RJ LaCoursiere, PharmD

LECOM: Emily Petrak, PharmD

Philadelphia College of Pharmacy: Nirali Patel, PharmD

Temple University: Hamad Juboori, PharmD

University of Pittsburgh: Jennifer Fever, PharmD

Wilkes University: Jennifer Smith, PharmD


2016 Recipients
Duquesne University:
Mariah Deibert, PharmD

Jefferson College of Pharmacy:

LECOM:Jamie Shepherd, PharmD

Philadelphia College of Pharmacy: Breanna Kester, PharmD

Temple University: Nissa Tasnim, PharmD

University of Pittsburgh: Kelsey Moss, PharmD

Wilkes University: Trina Patel, PharmD

2015 Recipients

Duquesne University: Benjamin Andrick, PharmD

Jefferson College of Pharmacy: Marcell Martinez, PharmD

LECOM: Alicia Shontz, PharmD

Philadelphia College of Pharmacy: Antonella Frattarelli, PharmD

Temple University:Michael Bellano, PharmD

University of Pittsburgh: Kyle McGrath, PharmD

Wilkes University: Alysha Lopez, PharmD, RPh

2014 Recipients

Duquesne University: Haley Wochner
Jefferson University: Yuliya Barett
LECOM: Katherine Trexler
Philadelphia College of Pharmacy: Lydia Watkins
Temple University: Parth Bhatt
University of Pittsburgh: Brandon Antinopoulos
Wilkes University: Courtney Graham


2013 Recipients

Duquesne University: Keith Miller
Jefferson University: Kristine Manlangit
LECOM: Erin Sypolt
Philadelphia College of Pharmacy: Victoria Hart
Temple University: Ramzan Ali Judge
University of Pittsburgh: Erin Burke
Wilkes University: Benjamin Beidel


2012 Recipients

Duquesne University: Kyle Hampson
Jefferson University: Ryan Moser
LECOM: Brooke Spino
Philadelphia College of Pharmacy: Greg Yugov
Temple University: Jolita Burbulyte
University of Pittsburgh: Nick Wytiaz
Wilkes University: Tia Hickman


2011 Recipients

Duquesne University: Rebecca Watson
LECOM: Jennifer Bailey
Philadelphia College of Pharmacy: Thomas Franko
Temple University: Megha Patel
University of Pittsburgh: Jennifer Bacci
Wilkes University: Sarah Witkowski


2010 Recipients

Duquesne University: JJ Leffler
LECOM: Jaime Caputo
Philadelphia College of Pharmacy: Kristin Katra
Temple University: Narin Ahmed
University of Pittsburgh: Karleen Melody
Wilkes University: Adam Wood


2009 Recipients

Duquesne University: Christie Williamson
LECOM: Ashley King
Philadelphia College of Pharmacy: Denise Alexander
Temple University: Albert Cheng
University of Pittsburgh: Gretchen Kreckel
Wilkes University: Todd Weibel



2008 Recipients

Duquesne University: Megan Barnes
LECOM: Mariya Pacak
Philadelphia College of Pharmacy: Elizabeth Mills
Temple University: Sejal Patel
University of Pittsburgh: Nickolas Kernich
Wilkes University: Melissa Sweigart






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