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Distinguished Young Pharmacist Award

The Distinguished Young Pharmacist Award is presented annually to young pharmacists, across the United States. This award recognizes individual excellence and outstanding contribution to pharmacy associations and communities. Pharmacists Mutual Insurance Company proudly sponsors this award, while each state pharmacy association selects the recipient for each year.  The criteria to be selected for this award is as follows:

  • Obtained a Degree in Pharmacy within the last ten years  (2009 graduation date or later)
  • Must be a licensed Pharmacist within the state selected and be in good standing to practice
  • Must be a current member of the state association with active participation
  • Must participate in national pharmacy associations, professional programs, and/or community service

2019 Distinguished Young Pharmacist Award Recipients

  • West Virginia Pharmacists Association - Matthew M. Rafa, Pharm.D.
  • Hawaii Pharmacists Association - Shanele Shimabuku, PharmD
  • Vermont Pharmacists Association - Lauren E. Bode, PharmD, BCPS
  • Washington State Pharmacy Association - Jennifer Bacci, Pharm.D., MPH, BCACP
  • Massachusetts Pharmacists Association - Ashley M. Rogers, Pharm.D., BCPS
  • Oklahoma Pharmacists Association - Lucas Coody, Pharm.D.
  • Florida Pharmacy Association - Sarah G. Haley, PharmD
  • Nebraska Pharmacists Association - Jolyn N. Merry, PharmD, RP
  • Louisiana Pharmacists Association - Daniel Newsom, PharmD
  • Texas Pharmacy Association - Catherine Parra, Pharm.D.
  • Virginia Pharmacists Association - Angela Olenik, PharmD
  • Connecticut Pharmacists Association - Dr. Ralph J. Riello III, PharmD, BCPS
  • Missouri Pharmacy Association - Roxane L. Took, PharmD, BCACP
  • South Dakota Pharmacists Association - Eric Grocott, Pharm.D.
  • Maine Pharmacy Association - Katherine A.H. Patstone, PharmD
  • Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin - Ed Portillo, PharmD
  • Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association - Sarah Dombrowski, PharmD, BCACP
  • North Carolina Association of Pharmacists- Patrick Brown, PharmD
  • Kansas Pharmacists Association - Jorden Gagnebin, Pharm.D.
  • Minnesota Pharmacists Association - Anthony W. Olson, Pharm.D.
  • Oregon State Pharmacy Association - Amanda Meeker, PharmD
  • Illinois Pharmacists Association - Tomasz Jurga, PharmD, BCPS
  • New Jersey Pharmacists Association - Ayse Elif Özdener,
  • Mississipppi Pharmacists Association - Meagan A. Brown, Pharm.D.
  • Colorado Pharmacists Society - Morgan H. Payne, PharmD
  • Iowa Pharmacy Association - Wesley Pilkington, PharmD
  • Tennessee Pharmacists Association - Brooklyn Nelson, PharmD, BC-ADM
  • Kentucky Pharmacists Association - Kyle Harris, PharmD, LDE, BCGP
  • Maryland Pharmacists Association - Lauren Lakdawala, PharmD, BCACP
  • Arizona Pharmacy Association - Nicholas Ladziak, PharmD, BCACP
  • New Mexico Pharmacists Association - Bart Gatewood, Pharm.D.
  • Wyoming Pharmacy Association - Leena Myran, PharmD
  • Pharmacists Society of the State of New York - Kara Wilcox, PharmD
  • Arkansas Pharmacists Association - Brandon Achor, PharmD
  • Alabama Pharmacy Association - Bruce Harris, Pharm.D.
  • Rhode Island Pharmacists Association - Madeleine Wei-Mon Ng, PharmD
  • Georgia Pharmacy Association - Jonathan Sinyard, Pharm.D.
  • South Carolina Pharmacy Association - Maggie Blauert, PharmD
  • Montana Pharmacy Association - Levi Shypkowski, Pharm.D.
  • Alaska Pharmacists Association - Michelle Vaughn, PharmD
  • North Dakota Pharmacists Association - Allison Hursman, PharmD, BCGP
  • Ohio Pharmacists Association - Kelli D. Barnes, R.Ph, PharmD
  • Indiana Pharmacists Alliance - Veronica Vernon, PharmD
  • Delaware Pharmacists Society - Elizabeth N. Hauss, Pharm.D.
  • Utah Pharmacy Association - G. Benjamin Berrett, PharmD, BCACP. BCPS. BC-ADM
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