Pharmacy Student Council Leaders
Pharmacy Student Council president
Javier Saenz II of McAllen, Texas
Between his role as class representative and student council president, Saenz would work with almost every professor and administrator at the college. He found that being class representative was perhaps the most work intensive and rewarding role he played at the college. “I used to count my outgoing emails pertaining to class rep issues and by the end of first semester second year it was close to 200,” he said. “I have since given up keeping track of that statistic.” In addition to class representative and president of the Pharmacy Student Council, he served as a member of multiple organizations including Phi Delta Chi, APhA-ASP Project SHINE as co-chair, Phi Lambda Sigma and the Professional Review Committee. He also had the opportunity to share his experience with the community at the Inaugural Town Hall Meeting in McAllen, Texas.
American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) president
Katherine “Katie” Kidd of Menard, Texas
In addition to APhA-ASP president, Kidd was the Kappa Psi corresponding secretary, and SSHP Medication Safety Committee co-chair. These positions allowed her to lead quality service learning projects to fellow students, reach out to underserved populations, network with pharmacy leaders across the nation, and form lasting friendships with her peers. “I was also able to see the impact I was making, which was extremely rewarding,” she said. “I encourage all students to hold at least one leadership position while in pharmacy school.”
Kappa Psi president
LeAnthony Salazar of Beeville, Texas
Salazar served as the regent (the equivalent to chapter president) and recording secretary of the Kappa Psi chapter, Epsilon Epsilon, and secretary of the Cultural Diversity Committee. “It took a lot of juggling studying, commitments to organizations and my job as a pharmacy intern,” he said. “A lot of my cherished memories of school came from those organizations and I have no regrets with my involvement.” He work alongside some of the most phenomenal people at the college whose talents and abilities surpassed his expectations on a daily basis. “To my brothers of Kappa Psi, I will always be proud to be your brother,” he said.
National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) president
Brittany Bateman of Boerne, Texas
In addition to NCPA president, Bateman was inducted into the leadership society of Phi Lambda Sigma, attended the Texas Pharmacy Congress meeting with Indra K. Reddy, Ph.D., professor and founding dean, and built lifelong relationships with her fellow classmates and professors. During her third year on campus, she served as the chair of the Ties & Tennis Shoes Committee. The 5K run was a student-led event that she and a group of students built from the ground up. Working on this project with the committee is Bateman’s most treasured memory from her years in Kingsville and is something she will remember forever.
Phi Delta Chi president
Ernesto Gonzalez of Brownsville, Texas
Gonzalez served in Phi Delta Chi leading events that helped the community of Kingsville, including mentoring and tutoring children at the Boys & Girls Club. He also led cleaning up the highways in the community and raised funds for St. Jude Hospital through the annual Dodging Diseases DodgeBall Tournament. He was also a member of the Student Society of Health-System Pharmacists.
Phi Lambda Sigma president
Annie Lozano of Premont, Texas
In addition to the leadership society of Phi Lambda Sigma, Lozano was highly active in the American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP). She was involved with Generation RX and the Operation Diabetes committee, and served as the Diabetes Committee co-chair. During her second year, she was inducted into the honor society of Rho Chi and Phi Lambda Sigma pharmacy leadership society. In addition, she won first place in the local APhA-ASP and Texas Pharmacy Association Patient Counseling Competitions in January and April 2014.
The Rho Chi Society president
Quyen Dau of Sugar Land, Texas
Dau was actively involved in many student organizations including Student Society of Health-System Pharmacists, Phi Delta Chi pharmaceutical fraternity and Phi Lambda Sigma leadership society. She served as the president of chapter of Rho Chi, treasurer of Phi Delta Chi, and Chapter Delegate for the 2013-2014 academic year.
Student Society of Health-System Pharmacists (SSHP) president
Jacob George of Garland, Texas
As part of SSHP, George participated in discharge counseling service learning event at a local hospital in Corpus Christi. Through this event he saw firsthand the impact a pharmacist has in an inpatient setting, ultimately forming the foundation of his interest in health-system pharmacy. “One of my favorite SSHP events is the clinical skills competition,” he said. In his fourth year, he received first place in the clinical skills competition with Meghan Thibeaux of Sugar Land, Texas.
Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA) president
Mahmoud Sabawi of Portland, Texas
Sabawi was involved in many student organizations that aided him in developing his leadership skills. In addition to SNPhA, he was a member of Phi Delta Chi and the Student Society of Health-System Pharmacists. He was inducted into the honor society of Rho Chi and the leadership society of Phi Lambda Sigma. He served as vice president of Phi Lambda Sigma. “The leadership positions really helped me learn how to effectively manage my time,” he said. “They also taught me the meaning of responsibility. If I fail, it affects beyond just me so it made me realize how important commitment is.”