The Nominations Committee and the Board of Directors of the Alumni Association are pleased to present what we consider to be an excellent slate of candidates for officers and directors on the Alumni Association Board. Thank you.
Victoria Rehill Elliott P’89, MBA, CAE
Ms. Elliott is a senior account executive at Association Headquarters, where she serves as executive director of the American Neurological Association. Prior to that, she served as executive director of the Dermatology Nurses’ Association, Attention Deficit Disorder Association and the society for Biomaterials. Before joining Association Headquarters, Ms. Elliott served for eight years as the executive vice president of the Pennsylvania Society of Health-System Pharmacists (PSHP). While with the PSHP, she was also responsible for the operations of the society's education and research foundation, the Center for Proper Medication Use.
Ms. Elliott is a past president of the Mid-Atlantic Society of Association Executives (MASAE) and the Delaware Valley Society of Association Executives. She is also a member of the American Society of Association Executives and in 2003, she received her Certified Association Executive designation, the highest honor in the association management industry.
Ms. Elliott recently received the MASAE Service Award for her distinguished service to the Association.
In 2001, Ms. Elliott was the recipient of the USciences Young Alumnus Award. As an active member of the Alumni Association since 1997, she chaired the Student Relations Committee for two years, co-chaired the Growth and Development Committee for three years and is currently serving as secretary. Ms. Elliott is also a member of Lambda Kappa Sigma Fraternity.
Rosemarie O’Malley Halt P’89, MPH’12
Ms. Halt is a registered pharmacist currently employed as safe medication instructor for the PA Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and USciences adjunct faculty in the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences. She has also served on the USciences alumni board and on numerous alumni committees since 1989. She currently serves on the Mayes College Health Policy and Public Health Community Advisory Board.
Ms. Halt is the current chairwoman of the Delaware County Pharmacists Association, and is an active member of the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association previously serving as Southeast Regional Director and Speaker of the House. Through her work with the Delaware County Strategic National Stockpile Team and Medical Reserve Corps, she has lead the charge to expand public health in Delaware County, forming the Working Group for the Delaware County Health Department.
Mrs. Halt serves on a number of non-profit boards including Maternity Care Coalition in Philadelphia, Rotary Club of Media, The Media Rotary Foundation, the Central Delaware County League of Women Voters and Hands for Life Sierra Leone.
She is recipient of the 2000 USciences Young Alumnus Award and the 2009 Wyeth Bowl of Hygeia Award for outstanding community service.
Ms. Halt resides in Media, Delaware County with her husband Gerald and their three children.
Karen Salzman Bliss P’89
Ms. Bliss is the pharmacy quality and compliance program manager at the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center. She spent the first part of her professional career as a community pharmacist, working as a pharmacy manager in various CVS stores in South Jersey. In the past, Ms. Bliss has served on the Student/Alumni and Student Recruitment and Placement committees of the Alumni Association. She is a member of the New Jersey Pharmacists Association. In her spare time, Ms. Bliss is an active member of various non-profit organizations, including the Goodwin Holocaust Museum and Education Center, and Hadassah, where she serves as a Vice president of her group.
She lives in Cherry Hill, NJ with her husband Jerry Bliss P’87 and their three children.
Julie Gerhart-Rothholz P’94, BW’05
Ms. Gerhart-Rothholz is an associate director in Pharmacy Affairs and is lead for the Differently Able Employee Business Resource Group for Merck & Co, Inc. She remains active with USciences, serving the Alumni Association interacting with students at state and national pharmacy meetings. Her goal is keep current and future alumni engaged with the University, and she notes that giving back to the school doesn’t always mean giving within your own major.
Ms. Gerhart-Rothholz is an active member in many associations including the American Pharmacists Association, the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists, the National Community Pharmacists Association, and the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association (PPA).
Throughout her career, Julie has been involved with the many facets of pharmacy and has built a strong network of professional relationships. She hopes these experiences will continue to benefit the USciences Alumni Association Board of Directors.
Leo Ross P’73, MBA
Mr. Ross received his B.S. degree in Pharmacy in 1973 from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science and a MBA degree in 1985 from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA.
Mr. Ross currently works as a staff pharmacist at CVS Pharmacy and as a volunteer pharmacist at Crossoverministry Free Clinic in Richmond, VA. He previously worked at A.H. Robins/Wyeth as a research pharmacist and manager of pharmacy respectively for 24 years. He is a member of the Virginia Pharmacists Association, American Pharmacists Association, National Pharmaceutical Association, National Association of Boards of Pharmacy, and the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP).
Virginia Athanas Markos P’87, MBA
After graduating from Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science with honors, Ms. Markos began her career with Merck & Co. She held positions of increasing responsibility in three different divisions including Manufacturing, Marketing and Sales. Her skills in these positions required project management, people management, strong interpersonal communication, analysis and planning. In addition, she held several leadership and management positions and worked in various therapeutic groups. She received her MBA in Business Marketing in 1997 from Villanova University. From 1992 to 1998 she worked as a part time staff pharmacist at Montgomery Hospital. Ms. Markos served on the parish board at her church in leadership positions, including president and vice-president. Currently, she serves as president of the Parents Association at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy. Ms. Marko’s daughter, Elena, is a Doctor of Pharmacy student at USciences.
Cornelius (Neil) D. Pitts P’73, PharmD’04
Dr. Pitts is an adjunct faculty member at USciences. Prior to serving at USciences, Dr. Pitts worked in the pharmaceutical industry for 26 years having held various positions of managerial responsibility within the clinical research unit of GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals. There, he was a director of neuroscience research, leading much of the clinical investigations for antidepressant and antianxiety agents. Currently, Dr. Pitts is manager of Clinical Operations at Invion Corporation. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Health Promotions Council of Philadelphia and is a former chairperson of the NAACP health committee. Dr. Pitts has also served on the faculty of the Drug Information Association. In the field of public health, Dr. Pitts works with a network of non-profit organizations in Philadelphia who endeavor to educate and advocate for improved health among underserved populations in the city. He is currently developing a non-profit Patient Centered Medical Home in collaboration with other health care professionals and students in the Philadelphia area.
He is an active participant in advocating for improved health in underdeveloped nations. He travels frequently to Kenya, East Africa, where he works with other health professionals in areas where medical and pharmaceutical services are limited. Additionally, he collaborates with clinics in Haiti to attend to health needs of underserved populations.
Dr. Pitts is frequently requested to speak on health issues pertaining to health in the immediate community and the role of pharmacists in the global arena.
Daniel A. Hussar P’62, MS ’64, PhD’67
Dr. Hussar is the Remington Professor of Pharmacy at the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy at University of the Sciences. He is a member of numerous professional organizations and has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Pharmacists Association, Christian Pharmacists Fellowship International, World Vision, and as President of the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association and Drug Information Association. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Dr. Hussar has written and spoken extensively on topics such as new drugs, drug interactions, patient compliance, and issues facing the profession of pharmacy. He developed and serves as the author of the monthly newsletter, The Pharmacist Activist.
Erin Fadden HS’08
Since graduating from USciences, Erin Fadden has remained an active part of the community, working in the Admission Office. She has occupied shifting roles over the last eight years, from coordinating student visits to processing applications, from working with prospective students at the high school level (and their teachers and families), to counseling all transfer students seeking admission to any of the bachelor degree programs. Her own student experience has proved priceless in her work to recruit the next generation of USciences students. Ms. Fadden feels that working with students to help them refine their professional goals, and working together to establish a plan to achieve those goals is the most rewarding aspect of her job.
Jay Greenberg BInf’08, MS
Mr. Greenberg has over 30 years of experience in Information Technology and has guided the successful completion of important aspects of major projects. Currently, Mr. Greenberg works at Boeing, Philadelphia within Boeing Military Aircraft, Global Services & Support. He provides extensive technical knowledge, ingenuity, leadership, and innovation to lead resolution of complex aerospace problems. In addition to his USciences degree, he has earned degrees from Temple University and Drexel University.
Mr. Greenberg is a senior member of both the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He is very active with IEEE-USA in Washington, D.C. Through this government outreach program, he endeavors to address imbalances in engineering work-force demand, reform immigration policy, ensure tax incentives for continuing education, protect inventors' rights, provide incentives for innovation, and combat employment discrimination.
Catherine Burns Purzycki B’83, MS
Ms. Purzycki received a BS in Biology from USciences and a MS in Biology from Rutgers University. She is the assistant chair of the Department of Biology and teaches the Introductory Biology Laboratory course. In 2010, she was one of six USciences faculty members awarded the Patricia Leahy Award for Learning Innovation. In 2008 she received the Educational Bright Idea Award. Kate has been nominated for the Outstanding Freshman Teacher of the Year award and was named Woman Faculty Member of the Year in 2007. Her recent publications include Fungal toxins and multiple sclerosis: A compelling connection in the April 2010 issue of Brain Research Bulletin and Integration of Information and Scientific Literacy: Promoting Literacy in the December 2010 issue of CBE Life Sciences Education. She is a member of the National Association of Biology Teachers and Sigma Xi.
Ms. Purzycki and husband Michael have three children and reside in Mullica Hill, NJ.