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Hometown: Buffalo and Lackawanna, NY

Program:  Master of Public Administration, Healthcare Management Concentration & Certificate in Non-profit Management

Undergraduate College and Major:  Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from the University at Buffalo

Expected Graduation Date:  December 2017

Current Occupation: I am a pharmacist with broad experience in several different healthcare settings.  Currently, I hold a position as a community pharmacist at the Holley Pharmacy.

How and why did you decide to apply for The College at Brockport MPA program?

I have been fortunate to have had a career in pharmacy that has provided different positions in diverse healthcare settings. After my two children graduated from college, I had the chance to reassess my career path. Earning an additional degree was an attractive option since it offered fresh opportunities. After considering advanced degrees in pharmacy and business, a suggestion from a relative about the field of public administration, led to a discussion with Dr. Celia Watt about the MPA degree. The MPA degree will allow me to combine my past education and experience in healthcare with new administrative skills.

What have you enjoyed most about the program so far?

I’ve enjoyed the friendly, academic mindset of the students and professors.  It’s an underlying attitude that has made class discussions and class projects very interesting, and has also fostered many new friendships.

What does your job entail?

As a community pharmacist, I dispense medication in accordance with patient safety and legal regulations, counsel patients about medication use, administer immunizations, and communicate with a wide range of health professionals. The work environment in a pharmacy can be fast-paced and a pharmacist needs to pay close attention to the many details associated with patient care.

What are your future goals?

My short-term goal is to secure an internship next year as a capstone to the MPA degree requirements. Beyond that, I hope to find a position where I can utilize my education and experience to create initiatives involving preventive healthcare. Some of my areas of interest include medication use, immunization, prenatal care, nutrition, and exercise.

Last Updated 10/1/18

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