Alumni News and Events

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The College of Pharmacy recently hired its first Director of Alumni Services, Sarah Bigorowski. Sarah already knew many of the faculty and alumni prior to joining the College, as she previously served as the director of events at the Georgia Pharmacy Association. Contact her.


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.

Johnnie L. Early, II, BSPHARM '73, received the 2018 Achievement in Diversity Award from the Student National Pharmaceutical Association chapter of the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). Dr. Early served as the first and as of 2018, the only, African American dean of MUSC. He is dean of the University of Toledo College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. He began his decanal exeperience as dean of Florida A&M University College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. 

James Carter, BSPHARM '58, of Willacoochee, Ga., passed away Feb. 18. He worked as a pharmacist in Albany until 1963. From 1963-2005, he was owner r of Carter Pharmacy in Willacoochee. 

Nathan “Andy” Tillis, PHARM '99, received the coveted Pharmacy News Today Florida Pharmacist of the Month award for January 2018. Dr. Tillis was recognized for his compassion and willingness to go above and beyond to ensure that his patients are taken care of in every possible way. He is the pharmacy manager at a Winn-Dixie in Fleming Island, Fla. 

Ted R. Walker, Jr., BSPHM '67, who served on the Georgia Board of Pharmacy from 1987 – 1992, died Feb. 11.

Dennis M. Troughton Sr., PHARM '86 (magna cum laude), was appointed director of the Georgia Drugs and Narcotics Agency in September 2017. 

Ivy Simmons, PHARM '13, and Shirin Zadeh, PHARM ' 17, were selected for the LeadershipGPhA program. The program takes Georgia pharmacists who demonstrate leadership potential and hones those leadership skills, motivating them to participate not only in the association but as community leaders representing the pharmacy profession.

Yaw Adu-Agyei Gyamfi, PHARM '85, was elected as president of the Association of Ghana Industries. He is the CEO of the Danpong Group of Companies and Danadams Pharmaceuticals Industry Ltd. He is a National Council Member of Ghana's Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association, the board chair of the Ghana Cylinder Manufacturing Company, and commissioner for Ghana's Public Utilities Regulatory Commission. He is an executive council member of the Ghana Employers Association and an examiner for the Ghana Pharmacy Council Professional Examination. He has B.S. in chemistry and mathematics from Clark College in Atlanta and an executive MBA from the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), Accra, Ghana.

Hewitt W. “Ted” Matthews, BSPHM '68, received the Bowl of Hygeia award from the Georgia Pharmacy Association's (GPhA) annual convention in June. He was honored for his 44 years of service to Mercer University's College of Pharmacy and to the profession of pharmacy. More than 50 years ago, the Bowl of Hygeia Award Program was developed by the A.H. Robins Company to recognize pharmacists across the nation for outstanding service to their communities. Selected annually through state pharmacy associations, each recipient of the Award is recognized for making unique contributions to a strong, healthy community through service and personal leadership. Dr. Matthews retired in June 2017 after 44 years of service to Mercer, including 27 years as Dean of the College of Pharmacy. 

Alexander Garrad, PHARM '08, accepted a new position with BTG, a UK-based pharmaceutical company, as its North American medical affairs scientific expert on the rattlesnake antivenom, CroFab. He'll be collaborating nationwide with providers on research, clinical guidelines, health care professional education and government affairs. He was the clinical managing director of the Washington State Poison Control Center. Dr. Garrad is one of only 120 board certified (PharmD) pharmacists in the country. In August 2015, at the invitation of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, he traveled to Uzbekistan to present to the Ministry of Health on emerging drugs of abuse in Central Asia. He was the only PharmD invited.

Cedric Barrett Baker, PHARM '91, recently lectured at the John Milner Nutrition and Cancer Prevention Research Practicum, an annual series given by the Nutrition Science Research Group, Division of Cancer Prevention, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health.

Stephanie White, PHARM ’16, was selected for a PGY-2 in ambulatory care at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

Katherine Wolf Khachatourian, PHARM '11, was appointed to the Washington State Pharmacy Quality Assurance Commission by Governor Jay Inslee. This appointment is a four year commitment. The Washington State Pharmacy Quality Assurance Commission promotes public health and safety by establishing the highest standards in the practice of pharmacy and advocates for patient safety through effective communication with the public, profession, Department of Health, governor and the legislature.

Shontelle Dodson, PHARM '95, senior vice president and head of medical affairs Americas at Astellas, joined the board of directors of the National Pharmaceutical Council (NPC), a health policy research organization dedicated to advancing good evidence and science and fostering an environment that supports medical innovation in the United States.

Mandy Reece, PHARM '01, vice chair and associate professor of pharmacy practice at PCOM's Suwanee, Ga., campus,  was named a fellow of the American Association of Diabetes Educators for "outstanding contributions to diabetes education through clinical practice, research, education or health policy."

Liza Chapman, PHARM '02, was installed as president of GPhA at its annual convention in June. She received the NCPA Pharmacy Leadership Award, McKesson Leadership Award and Smith Drug Visionary Award for her time and effort given to the profession of pharmacy and to GPhA. She previously was named a fellow of the American Pharmacists Association’s (APhA) Academy of Pharmacy Practice and Management. The fellowship is earned by pharmacists with a minimum 10 years of professional experience who have demonstrated exemplary professional achievements and service to the profession through activities with APhA and other national, state or local professional organizations. Dr. Chapman also is president of the Mercer University National Alumni Association Board of Directors for 2016-2017.

C. Lindsay DeVane, PHARM '77, received the College's 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award for achievements in pharmacy. He is professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina. There he directs the Laboratory for Drug Disposition and Pharmacogenetics in the Children’s Research Institute. He is an internationally-recognized authority on the pharmacokinetics and drug disposition of psychoactive drugs.  He is the only member of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology with a pharmacy background to be credentialed with the status of Fellow.