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.
Daniel A. Hussar P’62, MS’64, PhD’67 Chair, Nominations Committee
Roger Wetherill P’68
Roger Wetherill P’68, the current President-Elect, will assume the Office of President.
Siobhan Duffy P’84, BW’05
Ms. Duffy is a Safety, Epidemiology, Registries and Risk Management, Project Manager at United BioSource Corporation (UBC) in Blue Bell, PA. Her functional area at UBC consults with pharmaceutical companies to develop Risk Evaluation Mitigation Strategies (REMS), and registries for medications or health conditions. Prior to this position, she worked at Ortho-McNeil Janssen Scientific Affairs in Scientific Publications and at McNeil Consumer and Specialty Pharmacy in Pharmacovigilance. Siobhan is a member of the American Pharmacists Association, Drug Information Association, and American Medical Writers Association. She has been actively involved with the USciences Alumni Association Board of Directors since 2002, and was inducted into the USciences Athletic Hall of Fame in 2002.
Hong Jin Na PhTx’92, BW’011
Mr. Na, MS, CCMEP works with the Global Marketing Communications group at Merck & Co, Inc. and manages Global Medical Education for the oncology, and neuropsychiatry franchises. Known by his friends & colleagues as "Jin", he has over 11 years of experience in the pharmaceutical & medical education industries. Jin is a graduate of the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science (1992) where he received a bachelor’s degree in Pharmacology and Toxicology and then earned a Master of Science in Biomedical Writing from the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia (2001). He also holds a Certificate in Paralegal Education from Villanova University (1999).
In September 2008, Jin became a Certified Continuing Medical Education Professional (CCMEP) and is registered with the National Commission for Certification of CME Professionals (NC-CME). Jin is a member of the Alliance for Continuing Medical Education (ACME), Global Alliance for Medical Education (GAME), American Medical Writers Association (AMWA), Healthcare Communications & Marketing Association (HCMA), and volunteers time to the NC-CME and the Coalition for Healthcare Communications (CHC). In addition, Jin writes articles on continuing professional development and attends various medical education industry and association meetings during the year.
Franklin Rooks MPT’91, MBA, JD
Mr. Rooks graduated from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science in 1991 with a Master of Physical Therapy Degree (MPT). From there, he went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Drexel University in 1995. That same year, Frank and a fellow PCPS graduate started PRO Physical Therapy, an outpatient physical therapy practice. Eleven years and 18 locations later, Frank and his partners sold the business to a private equity firm. After the sale, Frank enrolled at Widener University School of Law in Wilmington, graduating cum laude in 2010 with a juris doctor (JD) degree.
Frank is admitted to Pennsylvania and New Jersey bars. His practice of law focuses on health care related matters, which include Stark and Anti-kickback compliance, Medicare compliance, employment contracts, medical billing issues and contract matters. Frank is also an operating partner with Shore Capital, a Chicago based private equity firm which invests in health care businesses. In 2012, Frank and his former partner in PRO Physical Therapy established WorkPRO Occupational & Employee Health, an occupational medicine business that employs occupational medicine physicians specializing in the evaluation, treatment, and management of injured workers. The business has four locations throughout the state of Delaware.
Meredith Carter Bishop ‘96PharmD
Dr. Bishop has over 15 years of experience in pharmaceutical marketing and has worked for a number of top global pharmaceutical companies. Currently, Meredith works at AstraZeneca within Global Marketing and has extensive experience in product management, brand marketing and insight/market research across multiple therapeutic areas. She is a member of the American Pharmacists Association and maintains her pharmacy license in New Jersey.
Scott Greene P’92
Mr. Greene graduated from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science in 1992. Scott has been working at USciences as an Experiential Field Supervisor for PCP since 2008. In addition, Scott serves as the Director of StEPP (Student Excellence and Professional Preparation) Program. Scott has practiced in many aspects of community pharmacy since graduating and in addition to working at USciences also works part time for ACME Pharmacy. He is very pleased to have the opportunity to serve the Alumni Association.
Marlene Furgiuele Mentzer P’81
For more than 20 years, Ms. Mentzer was employed with Amgen, Lederle -Oncology and Lederle - General Medicine as a sales representative. She maintains her Pharmacy Licensure in PA. Professionally, Marlene was responsible for all facets of customer businesses in academic teaching hospitals, the community setting, integrated healthcare systems, Group Purchasing Organizations (GPOs), home infusion/retail, insurers/managed care & support of customer economics, reimbursement and patient access for products used in oncology/ hematology, HIV/AIDS, infectious disease, nephrology, and general medicine. Examples of additional responsibility included training, interviewing and Pharmacy Affairs Liaison throughout the Tri State area.
Marlene is the recipient of numerous awards while at Amgen & Lederle. Ms. Mentzer volunteers in numerous community and school organizations. Specifically at USciences some examples of volunteer activities include continuing participation in the Accepted Student Day Panel-spring/fall; Interviewer for U-1 Pharmacy Applicants; role playing with students in a Pharmaceutical & Healthcare Business course; Student Appreciation Day; first year on USciences Parents Committee & Career Services Student Mock-tail Networking Reception. In 2009 she and her husband, Lee provided their story as alumni, Legacies & parents of two USciences Pharmacy students for use in USciences marketing material.
Robert Spera P’88
Upon graduation Mr. Spera began working in community pharmacy. Over the years he worked for Thrift Drug, CVS Pharmacy, Eckerd Drugs and RiteAid Pharmacy in Delaware County, PA. After twenty years in retail pharmacy he took a position as the overnight pharmacist at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby, PA in November, 2008. In addition, he is a pool pharmacist with Wal-Mart Pharmacy. Bob stays current in both community and health systems pharmacy practice and procedures.
Bob has been an active member of the USciences Alumni Association since 1999 and has served as a director and committee chair. He participates in several USciences activities on campus, especially student oriented activities. He has been a moderator for the Alumni Career Panels for two years. He is a facilitator in the P3 Experiential Course in Community Pharmacy Practice at USciences.
Bob served as an executive board member of the Delaware County Pharmacists Association for ten years, and is a member of the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association.
Bob also served on the board of directors of the Delaware County Children’s Camp Organization for five years. He has been a preceptor for pharmacy graduate interns for nine years. He is certified as an immunizing pharmacist, pain care consultant, asthma counselor, diabetes counselor, and a charter member of the USciences Stars. He has authored articles published in Pharmacy Times, Drug Topics, and the Pennsylvania Pharmacist. He has been featured twice on cover stories in NewsLine for Pharmacists.
Jennifer Szilagyi PharmD’08
Dr. Szilagyi is a community pharmacist at Gateway Pharmacy and also a compounding pharmacist at Custom Prescriptions in Phoenixville, PA. She has worked as a pharmacist at both places since graduation in 2008, but has worked at both independent pharmacies for a majority of her career as a pharmacy student. Jennifer has been an active member of the National Community Pharmacists Association during both her college years and post-graduation.
She is currently a preceptor for 6th year pharmacy students from USciences. She has been an active member of the USciences Alumni Association choosing to focus on recruiting young alumni and planning events for younger alumni of the University.
Patricia Walsh MedTech’83, BW’01, MBA
Ms. Walsh has 29 years of experience in various areas of pharmaceutical industry documentation including Clinical Writing and Global Labeling at Wyeth Pharmaceuticals and Global Labeling Operations at Bristol-Myers Squibb. Pat has her BS in Medical Technology from Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science, a MBA from LaSalle University, and a MS in Biomedical Writing from University of the Sciences. In addition, Pat has been an adjunct professor, teaching Labeling, in the Biomedical Writing program at U Sciences. Pat is a member of the American Management Association, American Society of Clinical Pathology, and the American Medical Writers Association. Pat’s son, RJ, is a 4th year PT major. In addition to the Alumni Association, Pat assists on Accepted Student Day Panels and Student Appreciation Day, generally wherever her services are needed at USciences.
Oleg Zvenigorodsky PharmD’08
After graduation Dr. Zvenigorodsky joined Johnson & Johnson as a fellow in the Global Medical Safety Fellowship Program and was subsequently hired in 2009 as a drug safety scientist. Over the last 5 years, Oleg has supported the clinical and post-marketing safety of numerous products across various therapeutic areas, including infectious disease, neuroscience, and oncology. Most recently, he was appointed to a new role of managing and supporting the implementation of a new drug safety system across J&J.
Oleg has lectured and published on the topic of drug safety in the pharmaceutical industry. He has mentored fellows, and recently helped develop a drug safety APPE rotation in the department. Since 2009, he has also been an adjunct faculty member in the pharmacotherapeutics lab course and has worked as a part time pharmacist at an independent pharmacy in Bucks County, PA. Oleg is APhA-certified in Medication Therapy Management and has been a member of the Alumni Association since 2010 currently serving on the Student Relations Committee.