Alumni News and Events

Upcoming Alumni Events

Sunday, October 27, 2019 - Alumni Dinner at NCPA Annual Convention in San Diego. For more info and to RSVP, please contact Sarah Bigorowski.

Saturday, November 9, 2019 - College of Pharmacy Tailgate at Homecoming in Macon, 11am-2pm. For more info and to RSVP, please contact Sarah Bigorowski. Need tickets to the 3pm game against the Wofford Terriers? Visit or call Mercer Ticket Sales at 478-301-5470. 


Alumni News

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September 2019

Earl Ward, PHARM '78, recently co-authored a publication (No More Smoking) in the American Medical Group Association Group Practice Journal (July/August 2019). The study highlights drivers and challenges facing comprehensive tobacco treatment programs in health systems.

Jefferson Drug Store & Soda Fountain owned by Jack Greene, BSPHARM '71 in Oak Ridge, TN, celebrates 75 years in business. Jefferson is now the oldest operating pharmacy and the oldest restaurant in Oak Ridge, having been in business since 1944.

Nikki Adams Bryant, PHARM '03, was named one of Georgia Trend magazine's 40 Under 40 for 2019! Her hometown of Preston in rural Webster County had been without a pharmacy for more than 60 years before she opened Adams Family Pharmacy. Earlier this year she opened Preston Family Medicine to provide a prescribing medical professional.

Sharon Sherrer, PHARM '84, co-owner of Poole's Pharmacy in Marietta, Ga., will be named Preceptor of the Year by the National Community Pharmacists Association Foundation at their annual meeting in October.

Charity Calhoun, PHARM ’13 married Michael Wagenti on August 10 in Columbus, GA. 

Lauren Howell, PHARM ’11 and her husband, David, announced the birth of their son, Chandler David on May 9, 2019.

Nikki Adams Bryant, PHARM '03 received the 2019 Walt Orenstein Champions for Immunization Award at the 26th Annual Immunize Georgia Conference on September 12. The award honors individuals, public/private agencies or coalitions who demonstrated excellence in providing immunization care which exemplifies the immunization guidelines set forth in the Standards for Child, Adolescent and Adult Immunization Practices.

The Kirk Healing Center for the Homeless in Hinesville, GA will honor State Representative Ron Stephens, BSPHARM '78 on October 3. Stephens, who represents District 164, will be recognized with The Good Samaritan Award during a presentation event at the Liberty County Performing Arts Center.

August 2019

Dan Buffington, PHARM '87 was the keynote speaker at Marshall University School of Pharmacy’s White Coat Ceremony in Huntington, WV on August 30th. 

After completing two years of residency training specializing in critical care, Lisa Sagardia, PHARM '17 accepted a job offer at Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital as their evening Critical Care Clinical Pharmacist.      

Mandy Reece PHARM '01 was selected as Teacher of the Year for the Department of Pharmacy Practice at PCOM Georgia School of Pharmacy. 

July 2019

Sera McNutt, PHARM '17 is now the Psychiatric Clinical Pharmacist at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY.

Mary Cooper, PHARM '96 has been promoted to National Account Manager at Novo Nordisk.

Nikki Adams Bryant, PHARM '03 is a finalist for the 2019 Next-Generation Pharmacist® in the entrepreneur category presented by Pharmacy Times and Parata Systems.   

June 2019

News from the 2019 Alumni Dinner at GPhA: Bradford Loo, PHARM '91, received the Alumni Meritorious Service Award, Johnathan Hamrick, PHARM ' 10, received the Young Alumni Award and Earl Ward, PHARM '78, received the Carlton Henderson Award for his contributions to the reputation and enhancement of the pharmaceutical profession in the state of Georgia. 

Johnnie Early, BSPHARM '73, received the Distinguished Alumni Award on May 10, 2019, from the College of Pharmacy. 

Ashley London, PHARM ' 09 received GPhA’s AEP Outstanding Member of the Year Award at their annual convention. 

Joshua Kinsey, PHARM ' 05 was the recipient of the Mal T. Anderson Region President of the Year Award at GPhA’s annual convention. 

Tracie Lunde, PHARM ' 08 was a general session keynote speaker at GPhA’s convention. She spoke on the role of community pharmacy in a changing healthcare environment. 

Walter Fitzgerald BSPHARM '79 is now Dean at the Idaho State University College of Pharmacy. 

Michelle McCarthy, PHARM '94 was recently recognized as an AACP Master Preceptor. She is the Pharmacy Education and Graduate Programs Coordinator and the residency program director for the PGY1-Pharmacy residency program at the University of Virginia (UVa) Health System. The program recognizes preceptors for their sustained commitment to excellence in experiential education and professional practice.

April 2019

Lakesha Butler, PHARM '05 was recently inducted into Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society as a Distinguished Faculty and is also the co-author of the pharmacy textbook, Patient Communication for Pharmacy. 

March 2019

Jasper Drug Store and owner Jack Dunn, BSPHARM ’78 earned the National Community Pharmacists Association’s Innovation Center Excellence (NICE) award for Best Customer Convenience Improvement.  The store now includes a section catering to the needs of babies as well as expectant mothers and also includes a nursing room. 

Mandy Reece, PHARM ‘01, was named Outstanding Allied Health Professional by the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce. The Healthy Hall Awards of Excellence honor those in the local healthcare industry who have impacted the community through excellence in health and wellness.   

January 2019

Congratulations to Stephanie White, PHARM '16, who received an APhA Foundation grant for her proposal on increasing pneumococcal vaccination rates in a rural community.

Janene Marshall, PHARM '07, has been named Acting Chair of Pharmacy Practice at Chicago State University. 

Brian Esters, PHARM '03, is now Inpatient Pharmacy Supervisor at the James A. Quillen VA in Mountain Home, TN.  

Monali Majmudar, PHARM '98, was named a fellow of APhA Academy of Pharmacy Practice & Management. Majmudar, a provider educator for GlaxoSmithKline’s adult vaccine portfolio, is a champion for immunizing pharmacists everywhere, serving as a mentor and expert resource within Georgia and across the country.

Paul Wolfe,  PHARM '07, celebrated the grand opening of his pharmacy, Asheville Mountain Pharmacy, on January 10th.

Nikki Bryant, PHARM '03, owner of Adams Family Pharmacy, has opened Preston Family Medicine in Preston, GA (Webster County). Until now, Webster had been without a healthcare provider for many years.

November 2018

Silky Beaty, PHARM '05, joined UCB as the Real World Evidence & Data Alliances Lead for Neurology. 

Leonard Bennett, PHARM '89, is now Director, Medical & Outcomes Liaison at EMD Serono, Inc.

Phillip Mensah, PHARM '12, received the IPPE Preceptor of the Year Award on October 18, 2018, from the College of Pharmacy.

Audie Britton, PHARM '04, was promoted to Director of Pharmacy at Redmond Regional Med Centre in Rome, GA.

Vivian Bradley Johnson, PharmD '83, has been named Senior Vice President of Clinical Services at Parkland Health & Hospital System in Dallas, TX.

Michael Grindstaff, PharmD '89, just published his first novel, Moon Over Knoxville, a pharmaceutical mystery.



Tommy Lindsey, BSPHARM '74, was selected as the independent pharmacist of the year by the Georgia Pharmacy Association Academy of Independent Pharmacist. The award is presented each year for “Outstanding, loyal, and dedicated service to Independent Pharmacy.”

Lindsey began working at Keith Drug Company in Omega as a clerk at age 14. He  attended Mercer University College of Pharmacy in Atlanta where he received his pharmacy degree in 1974. In 1975, he purchased the pharmacy where he had worked as a teenager and Omega Pharmacy was established.

Shontelle Dodson, PHARM '95, was appointed to senior vice president of health systems for Astellas. She previously served as senior vice president of medical affairs for the Americas. In her new role,  she will oversee strategic analysis, contracts and pricing, payer and channel account management, reimbursement and market access strategy, health systems marketing, key account management, and health systems operations.

Johnnie L. Early II, BSPHARM '73, will return to Florida A&M University as dean of the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, effective Oct. 22.

The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB), the nation's leading certifying body for pharmacy technicians, announces the addition of Liza Chapman, PHARM ‘02, as vice president of partnership development.

Lea Bonner, PHARM '98, associate dean for student affairs at the College, married Larry WInkles on June 30 in Milner, GA.

Jared Safran, PHARM '14, has joined Pursuant Health as vice president of quality innovation. Safran has more than 10 years of experience in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industry. He previously served as a senior clinical pharmacist at Centene Corporation for the past four years. His role centers on developing new ways to improve quality metrics for Pursuant’s health plan partners, improve medication adherence for members and better utilize Pursant's kiosk and online dashboard platforms.

Our alums who have had their pharmacist license for at least 50 years: 
     Jack M. Cantrell, R.Ph., Ph.D., BSPHARM ‘68
     Mark C. Cooper, R.Ph., BSPHARM ‘68
     Herbert W. Hatton, R.Ph., BSPHARM ‘67
     Curtis L. Pickels, R.Ph., BSPHARM ‘68
     Terry D. Shaw, PHARM ‘80

Georgia Gov. Deal appointed Hal Henderson, BSPHARM '76,  to the State Board of Pharmacy. Henderson is a strategic account executive for Omnicare. 

The results of the GPhA election were announced at the Georgia Pharmacy Convention in June. Nikki Bryant, PHARM '03, was elected as GPhA Region 3 President (Columbus area) and Matt Crist, PHARM '99, was elected as GPhA Region 6 President (Macon area). Ashley London, PHARM '09, was elected to the Board of Directors and will represent Academy of Employee Pharmacists (AEP).

Congratulations to our GPhA awardees: 
     Bowl of Hygeia: Sharon M. Sherrer, PHARM ‘84
     Distinguished Young Pharmacist: Hannah G. Head, PHARM ‘09
     President’s Award: James W. Bartling, BSPHARM ’76, PHARM ‘77

News from the 2018 Alumni Dinner at GPhA: Brandall Lovvorn, PHARM '86, received the Alumni Meritorious Service Award and the President Appreciation Plaque for his outstanding leadership as president of the College of Pharmacy Alumni Association Board of Directors. Derek Polly, PHARM ' 09, received the Young Alumni Award. Barry Patel, PHARM '92, received the Carlton Henderson Award for his contributions to the reputation and enhancement of the pharmaceutical profession in the state of Georgia. 

Dean Emeritus Hewitt "Ted" Matthews, BSPHARM '68, received the Distinguished Alumni Award on May 11, 2018, from the College of Pharmacy. 

Professor Emeritus of Pharmacy Practice Earl Ward, PHARM ‘78,  received the Pfizer's North American Medical Affairs Internal Medicine Excellence Award for Leadership.

The University of Virginia Health System's PGY-1 residency program, directed by Michelle Wilson McCarthy, PHARM ’94, received the 2017 ASHP Foundation Residency Excellence Program Award.