DOCTOR OF PHARMACY (PHARMD)

Please join faculty and staff at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy in congratulating the members of our PharmD Class of 2020. These individuals have achieved numerous noteworthy accomplishments during their four years at the School of Pharmacy and now prepare to embark on their careers in one of the nation's most trusted health care professions. Visit this webpage for a complete list of this year's PharmD Student Awards.

PLEASE NOTE: The information provided below was self-submitted by members of the Class of 2020. The School of Pharmacy has made every effort to provide a complete and accurate listing of Class of 2020 spring graduates and their awards and honors. If we have made an error or omission, please accept our sincere apology and contact the Office of Communications and Marketing at marketing@rx.umaryland.edu so that we may correct this website.

Tilahun Awoke Abegaz

PharmD

Aburough Washington Abegesah

PharmD

MS in Pharmacometrics

“Every human has genius-level talent. There are no chosen ones. You just have to find what you are great at and tap into it.” - Jay-Z

Note of Thanks: I would like to thank my parents for not only giving me financial support, but also moral support as I went through my struggles in the program.

Adedolapo Adesiyakan

PharmD

"Be willing to embrace wonder, to experience unexpected discovery, and to go in unknown directions."

Note of Thanks: I want to say a BIG thank you to Dr. Trovato for encouraging me to be the best version of myself. Thank you for your selflessness and for being an inspiration.

Thomas Adriaens

PharmD

MS in Regulatory Science

Kudzo A. Adzaklo

PharmD

"Looking over Baltimore from the upper floors of Pharmacy Hall was pure poetry."

Note of Thanks: Foremost, I would like to thank God for always being with me through this journey. I would like to thank my wife and my family for helping make this journey possible. Special thanks to our great professors and preceptors, who provided us with one of the best pharmacy educations in the world. I would also like to thank the great pharmacists that I have worked with.

Kwabena Agyemang Sarkodie

PharmD

"For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding."

Favorite Memory: I wore a burgundy shirt and cap for a lecture once, and was called on to answer a question. I think I got the answer right, so I asked all of my friends to watch the lecture recording and give me feedback. It was one of my proudest moments.

 

Note of Thanks: Dear Pops, I could not have done this without you. From groceries and financial support to random jokes and encouragement, I appreciate you. I love you so much and I hope I made you proud. Thank you for being there; you are the real PharmD.

Seohwee Chloe Ahn

PharmD

Kira Aldrich

PharmD

Academic Distinction: Cum Laude

Serge A. Alexishin

PharmD

Research Pathway

Rosina Annan

PharmD

Samuel Kweku Anti

PharmD

Note of Thanks: I would like to say a special thank you to everyone who has contributed towards this wonderful achievement. I would like to thank God, my family, friends, and the teaching/non-teaching staff who have made this dream become a reality. Such a milestone would not have been attained without you all. I will forever be grateful. To my fellow classmates (pharmacists), I wish you success wherever you find yourselves. This is just the beginning of great things to come. Continue to persevere and never settle for less. Kudos!

Hemanuel Arroyo Seguí

PharmD

"A wise philosopher once said… just keep swimming."

Favorite Memory: I will never forget the first time I saw a team of pharmacists, physicians, and nurses saving a life. Henry and I were about to leave on our last day of rotation when a code blue was called. For more than 30 minutes, my only thought was: wake up, wake up, wake up. When he finally did, it was truly a life-changing moment.

Note of Thanks: I want to thank my family, friends, and mentors, but especially my mom, Vanessa Seguí. She has been my inspiration, my hero, and the reason I can now call myself a doctor!

Winnie Asimwe

PharmD

"My life is my story and the adventure ahead of me is the journey to fulfill my own purpose and potential."

Favorite Memory: I was a very shy student and during group projects, class meetings, or gatherings, I could always hide or sit in the back, sometimes choose to not participate or talk, or just avoid attending stuff. So, most classmates didn't know what I was capable of doing or how much I knew! All of that changed during my fourth year rotations, where I had no choice but to stop hiding or avoiding to attend, and participate in different things.

Note of Thanks: Dear Molly, Sr. Sissy, Dr. Amy, Adrienne, Jackie, Leslie, Mercy, Ronald, Vincent, Josephine, Stuart, and Staron, this is just to thank you for all you've done for me and to tell you that your immense support and care from undergrad to pharmacy school is what got me here today. You will all be remembered long after graduation.

Meron Assefa

PharmD

"If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants."

Favorite Memory: I remember walking off the stage after the White Coat Ceremony to find my entire family and friends cheering me on. Seeing how proud they were watching me cross the stage is a memory I will never forget. Recalling their joy pushed me throughout my pharmacy school journey and got me where I am today.

Note of Thanks: First and foremost, I thank God for guiding me throughout this journey. Thank you to my mother and father for their unrelenting encouragement; my brother for his unconditional support; my Grannyma for her consistent prayers; my aunts, uncles, and cousins for their never-ending love; my friends for their constant positivity; and my mentors for their continued guidance. This degree is not just mine, but ours as a unit. We did it!

Samira Atashjoo

PharmD

Jessa Caparas Avancena

PharmD

Andrew Felix Bardales

PharmD

Academic Distinction: Magna Cum Laude

"Better to crash as an eagle than fly with pigeons." - Anthony Petrello

Note of Thanks: Mom, thank you for believing in me and making sure I was always stocked with snacks, candy, and tea. You are my biggest supporter and have always put my needs above your own. I am so grateful for everything you have done. Dad, thanks for always making me a priority and checking up on me on a daily basis. I appreciate all of the sacrifices you made to get me to this point. To all of my family and friends, thank you for helping me get to this point; your impact on my life has been so appreciated.

Mary Elizabeth Barrow

PharmD

Academic Distinction: Magna Cum Laude and RhoChi

Note of Thanks: Thank you to my mom and dad, my fiancé Ziyad, my friends at pharmacy school, my family, and all of the other amazing individuals who supported me along the way!

Jason Robert Bender

PharmD

Academic Distinction: RhoChi

Jonathan Aristides Benitez

PharmD

Academic Distinction: Cum Laude and RhoChi

Note of Thanks: Thank you to all of my family, friends, preceptors, and professors.

Andrew Bilodeau

PharmD

Note of Thanks: Thanks to my family and all my friends.

Andrew Thomas Blanco

PharmD

Academic Distinction: Phi Lambda Sigma

Note of Thanks: Thanks to all of my friends and family who have supported me and believed in me. I never would have gotten this far without you. This one is for you.

Kwabena Boateng

PharmD

"By his grace, all things are possible!"

Note of Thanks: I want to say a big thank you to all of the professors at UMSOP, especially Drs. Layson Wolf, Gopalakrishnan and Mullins. May the Almighty God grant your heart's desires and shower His blessings on your family.

PharmD

Joshua Borris

Academic Distinction: Summa Cum Laude and RhoChi

“I learned this, at least, by my experiment; that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.” — Henry David Thoreau

Note of Thanks: I want to thank my family for their continuous support, the faculty and professors at the School of Pharmacy who provided us with such a great education, the preceptors who taught me how to practice pharmacy, my mentors who helped me discover that I wanted to become a pain management clinical pharmacist, and most importantly, my friends and classmates who helped me make it through this journey.

Elena Marie Buff

PharmD

Academic Distinction: Phi Lambda Sigma

"When a child is learning to walk and falls down 50 times, he never thinks to himself 'maybe this isn’t for me.'"

Favorite Memory: Too many memories to count, living with Portland Posse and Calvert Crew, late night study sessions at Fayette, the infamous bowling outing on class trip, meeting up at Pickles Pub after big exams, Bachelor Mondays, and PDC traditions.

Note of Thanks: First and foremost, I want to thank my parents for making me believe from a young age that I can do anything I set my mind to. Without your endless support, I wouldn’t have made it here. Thank you to my amazing family, boyfriend, and friends (both pharmacy and non-pharmacy) for listening to me complain quite often, believing in me when I didn’t believe in myself, and making life more fun (Para la Daisy!). Lastly, thank you to our wonderful faculty for challenging me, inspiring me, and guiding me through this journey. I am especially grateful to my preceptors - thank you for always pushing me to be better and for being the best mentors.

Bernard Carreon Cabatit

PharmD

"History has its eyes on you." – Lin Manuel Miranda, Hamilton: An American Musical

Favorite Memory: I will never forget about the running joke that my friend group had through the first few years of school: that bicarb is 24.

 

Note of Thanks: I would like to thank my family, my girlfriend, and especially the friends I made during my time in pharmacy school. We supported each other through thick and thin.

Kimberly Cai

PharmD

Academic Distinction: Phi Lambda Sigma

"Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Note of Thanks: Thank you to my family, friends, and all of the amazing mentors I've met throughout my years here! I'm so grateful for the time and support I've been given. My everlasting goal will be to share even a fraction of that same care as I move forward in my future career and life! Thank you for allowing me to develop into the person I am today. (I love you, Mom and Dad!)

Natalie Carlyle

PharmD

Mary Eun Hye Chang

PharmD

Saniya Halim Chaudhry

PharmD

Academic Distinction: Phi Lambda Sigma

"What is meant for you, will reach you even if it's beneath two mountains. And what isn't meant for you, won't reach you even if it is between your two lips." - Arabic proverb

Note of Thanks: Thank you Ammi, Aboo, Baji, Lub, and Ata for always being there for me and holding my head high when I could not do it myself. Thank you Layla, Tasha, and Vivian for supporting me even when we could not be together in person. Thank you to my study squad, for making these past four years so much more enjoyable! To my new family, I am excited to step into this next part of my life with you. I am the luckiest girl in the world to have you all by my side.

Ching Chen

PharmD

Academic Distinction: Magna Cum Laude, RhoChi, and Phi Lambda Sigma

Note of Thanks: I would like to thank my parents; my sister, Sy-yu; and my husband, Willy, for their continuous support and belief in me. I would also like to thank my Class of 2020 friends for the late nights, the study sessions, the food sessions, the gym sessions, and the game nights to help get through these tough four years with tears, laughter, and a full stomach.

Carly Cheng

PharmD

Note of Thanks: Thank you, Mom, Dad, Maggie, Van, and all of my pharmacy school friends for always being there for me and supporting me through these four years.

Edwige Chiogo Vouffo

PharmD

"Achievement is the result of hard work. I am very thankful to the Lord for giving me the push I needed to be successful, and I thank Him for His continued blessings."

Favorite Memory: Having the opportunity to work in collaboration with my classmates was very appreciated. I was very impressed to get assistance over the phone or via email from professors for clarification on class material.

 

Note of Thanks: Many thanks to my husband and children for all of their support during my academic journey. Thank you to the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy faculty and staff for all they have done to help me learn during my four years in school.

Jennifer J. Cho

PharmD

Ruth-Ann Christie

PharmD

Justin Scott Collazo

PharmD

MS in Pharmacometrics

Academic Distinction: Magna Cum Laude and RhoChi

Note of Thanks: To Meghan, for your patience and wisdom, thank you. Our future together is the real reward. To Dya, you taught me my first life skills and helped me through the most difficult period of my life. You are a hero. To my grandmother, the provider, teacher, enforcer, and motivator, there is no way to quantify your impact on every success I've had. None of this is possible without you. To my mother, you sacrificed everything for me, and in our short 15 years together, you prepared me for every battle. This accomplishment is yours. I wish we could celebrate it together.

Jeidimar Colón Miranda

PharmD

Note of Thanks: I want to thank my family, who were always by my side, supporting me during this journey. Mom, thank you for being my inspiration to continue with this beautiful profession. Dad, thank you for always encouraging me to do my best no matter how hard this journey was. To my grandparents, thank you for your eternal love and support.

Ulices Dominguez

PharmD

"Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called present." - Master Oogway

Favorite Memory: After many trials and errors, our study group has determined that Chick-fil-A can induce sleep. Two out of two times.

Note of Thanks: Quiero darle las gracias a mis padres, hermana, my future wife, mis tíos, y primos. I want to thank my friends and pharmacists who kept me sane and on track with my goals.

Leena Monica Doolabh

PharmD

Academic Distinction: Cum Laude, RhoChi, and Phi Lambda Sigma

“What lies behind us, and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Favorite Memory: I will never forget the time I volunteered at the HIV clinic and a young woman came in to be tested. When I asked if she had any plans for the holidays, I realized she was homeless and didn’t have any food to eat. I quickly found some snacks for her and watched as she ate for the first time in days. I was touched by the gratitude she gave for such a simple act. It gave me a different perspective, which I carry with me to every patient encounter. I hope I can continue to help those in need.

Note of Thanks: I wouldn’t be celebrating today if it wasn’t for the support from my parents, unconditional love from my brothers, encouragement from family, laughs from friends, confidence from bosses, and excellent treatment from my doctors. Without your help, none of this would be possible. Thank you!

Cory Jonas Duke

PharmD

Academic Distinction: Phi Lambda Sigma

Adrian Maximilian Eiden

PharmD

Note of Thanks: The School of Pharmacy faculty were always eager to make time for us. I would particularly like to thank Drs. Hynicka, Moreton, and Dalby, who made time whenever I had something I wanted to discuss.

Brian Ennis

PharmD

Palliative Care Pathway

Note of Thanks: I would like to thank the following individuals for all of their help and support throughout my time in pharmacy school: my parents (especially my mother), my sister, my grandmother; Drs. Natalie Eddington, Andrew Coop, Cherokee Layson-Wolf; Ms. Margaret Hayes; Dr. Paul Vitale; every faculty member, staff, and preceptor; and other family members, friends, and classmates.

Esther Haein Eom

PharmD

"Be yourself; everyone else is already taken." - Oscar Wilde

Favorite Memory: I'll never forget the countless times I spent cramming material with the best study group I could ask for on the third floor of PH, the spring breaks I decided to venture to national parks on my own, serving in the SGA, and exploring coffee shops in Baltimore.

Note of Thanks: Many thanks to my most influential mentors, Drs. Cherokee Layson-Wolf and Joanna Lyon; the Johns Hopkins Adult Inpatient Pharmacy pharmacists, technicians, and students; and mom and dad, Liz, and Jonathan for being a part of it all!

Azadeh Erfani

PharmD

MS in Palliative Care (Summer 2020)

"Human beings are members of a whole, in creation of one essence and soul. If one member is afflicted with pain, other members uneasy will remain. If you've no sympathy for human pain, the name of human you cannot retain!" - Sa'adi

Note of Thanks: I would like to wholeheartedly thank my uncle for being incredibly supportive and understanding throughout my pharmacy school journey.

Nabila Manzoor Faridi

PharmD

"Do the right thing even when no one is watching."

Favorite Memory: My favorite memories as a student were volunteering with various student organizations, especially the American Pharmacists Association – Academy of Student Pharmacists’ (APhA-ASP) Operation Heart, and spending time in class with my friends. I am also going to miss all of the discounts available to students.

 

Note of Thanks: I am thankful for my family, friends, mentors, and preceptors who have been so supportive throughout this challenging, yet rewarding journey. My father, my sister (Fazila), Nazi/Tanny, Farida/Mashood, Abeer, Esther, Love, Raisa, Diamond, Laetitia – thank you for always being there when the going got tough, and to celebrate the milestones along the way. I could not have asked for a more supportive bunch. Drs. Watson, Layson-Wolf, Mattingly, and dosReis; my APPE preceptors, Drs. Masters, Kelly, Leiman, Kim, Bathula, Bernadelli, Fonge, Mattingly, SeJeong, and Kim Williams; my pharmacists at Giant, Vera, Ruth, and Gail, where it all began; and so many more – thank you for helping me become the pharmacist I am today. You all are so incredible and I am so grateful to have role models like you. And lastly, the amazing friends I made during pharmacy school – I have enjoyed riding this roller coaster with you; we made it through the tunnel!

Jessica Frasier

PharmD

Shadi Ganjavi

PharmD

Xin Gao

PharmD

Pharmacotherapy Pathway

Academic Distinction: RhoChi

Pooja G. Ghelani

PharmD

Note of Thanks: I would like to thank my parents for their love and support throughout these past four years. I couldn't have done it without them and the support of my family, friends, and mentors. I am so grateful and excited to start the next chapter of my life.

Christa Joanne Giannaccini

PharmD

Master of Business Administration

Note of Thanks: Thank you to my wonderful and supportive parents as well as my two amigos, Amita and Taylor. Your support and friendship made this journey one to remember!

Michael Van Ho

PharmD

Taylor Constance Hopwood

PharmD

"Do well by doing good."

Note of Thanks: Thank you to my mom and dad for their constant support and guidance, and to all of the family, friends, and colleagues who have helped me along the way. I am immensely grateful and could not have accomplished this without them.

Karen Huang

PharmD

Academic Distinction: RhoChi and Phi Lambda Sigma

Note of Thanks: To all of the wonderful people I have met on this journey, we have bonded, studied, cried, and survived together, and it is my privilege to call you my friends. I would not be here without your support, and you know who you are! Also, a special thank you to everyone who checked in on me or held a door open for me during the many times I was on crutches throughout pharmacy school!

PharmD

Amita Jain

Note of Thanks: Thank you to Dr. Stephen Hoag, who was a great research mentor and allowed me to gain a lot of knowledge and experience in his lab. After spending four years of pharmacy school in his lab, he has definitely played a large role in getting me to where I am now. Thank you to Dr. Patricia Ross for supporting everything I have done and encouraging me to do my best. She never hesitated to take time to help me and answer any and all of my questions.

Dorsa Jalali

PharmD

Academic Distinction: Magna Cum Laude and RhoChi

Hyo Jin Jang

PharmD

Matthew Jo

PharmD

William Lafon Jones II

PharmD

Academic Distinction: Phi Lambda Sigma

Adrian T. Jones-Dove

PharmD

Jennifer Mi Joo

PharmD

Academic Distinction: Phi Lambda Sigma

Henry Steven Kamdem

PharmD

Taylor Nicole Kaminsky

PharmD

Palliative Care Pathway

Sam Khosraviani

PharmD

MS in Pharmacometrics

Nirali S. Khusal

PharmD

Academic Distinction: Phi Lambda Sigma

"Put your hair in a bun, drink some coffee, and handle it." - Probably a pharmacist

Note of Thanks: Thank you to every single person who has been on this journey with me. Friends, family, and faculty - I am all that I aspired to be because of you. Class of 2020 - I arrived not knowing a single person, but will leave having met some of the most amazing people in my life. We have endured many difficulties these past four years, but always managed to get through it together. I am a better person having known all of you and cannot wait to see what our futures hold. Cheers!

Quyen Giang Kieu

PharmD

Academic Distinction: Magna Cum Laude and RhoChi

Hye Nam Kim

PharmD

Jaeil Kim

PharmD

Academic Distinction: Phi Lambda Sigma

Note of Thanks: Thank you to my family for supporting me throughout pharmacy school. Shout out to Sam for being the best friend you can ask for!

Jiye Kim

PharmD

Note of Thanks: There are many people I want to thank for supporting me throughout my four years of pharmacy school. First and foremost, I want to thank my family for always providing me with comfort and a place to rely on whenever I needed time away from school to relax. I want to thank my mentors for guiding me through this career path. Lastly, I want to thank my roommate, who has always been there over the past four years as we shared this journey together.

Michelle Minjee Kim

PharmD

Swati Koirala

PharmD

Sara Kreshpanji

PharmD

Leann Young Kwak

PharmD

Academic Distinction: Summa Cum Laude and RhoChi

Alexander Le

PharmD

Master of Business Administration

PharmD

Andrew Jeongkyun Lee

Note of Thanks: I would like to thank my parents and friends, as well as UMSOP faculty members, staff in the Office of Student Affairs, preceptors from the UMMC Clinical Track APPE rotations, and Chloe Her for their love and support during my academic journey.

Merton Evan Lee

PharmD

Palliative Care Pathway

Note of Thanks: I want to thank Jess Heley and our children, Abbot and Mercer, for all of their love and support. I am also grateful to my parents, Young Lee and Jung Lee; to my mother-in-law, Joyce Heley; to Kate Heley and Sean Pink; and my niece Frances Pink. I'm thankful for my sister, Ki Lee Milligan, who has been positive and supportive; and Marc Milligan and my nephews, Liam and Quinn. My mentors Drs. Sarah Michel, Nicole Brandt, and Stacy Dalpoas (at Johns Hopkins Bayview) continue to support and advise me. I'm grateful to have been a student at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy and to now join a group of distinguished and generous alumni, including so many amazing peers in the Class of 2020! I’m also thankful for, and want to remember, the support of the late John Heley, my father-in-law.

Chun Yin Li

PharmD

Karen Yueni Li

PharmD

Academic Distinction: Summa Cum Laude and RhoChi

George Ndongai Limen

PharmD

"Daddy, I learned from you that 'there are far better things ahead than any we leave behind.' I left accounting for pharmacy because I hoped to take care of your health challenges. I always dreamed you would be my first patient. I did not have the opportunity to be your pharmacist, but I am grateful that even prior to graduating from pharmacy school, I have already served hundreds of fathers and mothers in different parts of the world. As I move on from here, I promise to stay focused on the bigger things ahead. I dedicate this to you, Mr. Limen!"

Favorite Memory: In December 2019, I submitted applications for 16 fellowship programs. I was invited to interview for 12 programs at ASHP Midyear. Five programs invited me for a second round of interviews. Two programs invited me to their reception. One program invited me for an onsite interview. The onsite interview went well, but a week later I received an email that the program was canceled. I am glad I did not give up. Thank you, WVU and Mylan Pharmaceuticals, for trusting me!

Note of Thanks: Sincere gratitude to my academic advisors, Drs. Kristin Watson and Cherokee Layson-Wolf. Thank you for teaching me to build a door whenever opportunities did not come knocking. Thank you for teaching me to strive for progress, not perfection. Sincerely grateful!

Lewis Liu

PharmD

Academic Distinction: RhoChi

Xinqi Liu

PharmD

Academic Distinction: Cum Laude and RhoChi

Rochelle Leslie Magne Longkeng

PharmD

Academic Distinction: Phi Lambda Sigma

"Don't limit your challenges, challenge your limits."

Favorite Memory: One of my favorite memories as a student was being in SNPhA, and the lifelong connections I've made with some people in the organization. The Java House event was one of my favorite events that I have organized and attended. We combined HIV trivia and performances to put on a fun and educational evening that I will never forget!

Note of Thanks: I want to give thanks to God, my parents, loved ones, and my core group of friends here at UMSOP. Without them, my success would not have been possible. It was so important to me to have a trustworthy group of friends during my time at UMSOP, and the specific friends I want to thank include Salwa Saif, Yolanda Peprah, Christine Nkobena, Odera Ekwunife, Laetitia N'Dri, Hilary Unaegbu, and Kevin Ukaegbu. Pharmacy school is extremely difficult and will test your strength, but having a solid group makes the journey worthwhile because of the support they provide. The faculty and staff whom I'd like to give special thanks to include Dr. Charmaine Rochester and Ms. JuliAna Brammer. I thank you two for believing in me and providing me with many opportunities and keen advice during my time at UMSOP. Your support will never be forgotten, and has helped me mature professionally and personally. There were times throughout my journey that were filled with uncertainty, but through everything, I prevailed. Coming out of UMSOP, I feel accomplished, empowered, and ready to begin my career in pharmacy and see how my journey unfolds.

Mia Ahn Lynch

PharmD

Julia Anna Mahler

PharmD

"Just keep swimming." – Dory

Note of Thanks: Thanks to mom, dad, Rachel, Aleya, and Sam.

JC Emmanuel N. Mbimba

PharmD

Academic Distinction: Cum Laude, Phi Lambda Sigma, and RhoChi

Michael Warren McDaniel

PharmD

“All progress takes place outside the comfort zone.” – Michael John Bobak

Favorite Memory: My favorite memory from pharmacy school was my journey to obtaining a fellowship. I met so many incredible people from all across the country along the way. I grew exponentially during the process and I learned so much about myself.

 

Note of Thanks: I would like to thank Drs. Julia Slejko, Ryan Pearson, Bijan Bandani, Colin Vechery, Kristine Parbuoni, Matt Staso, Bridget McDonald; my mentors; the members of Group 3; my colleagues; my friends; and my family for their incredible support, advice, and guidance throughout my time at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy.

Erin Paige McGuire

PharmD

Academic Distinction: Magna Cum Laude and RhoChi

Rosina Grace Epolle Mesumbe

PharmD

“The size of your dreams must always exceed your current capacity to achieve them. If your dreams don’t scare you, they aren’t big enough.” - Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Favorite Memory: The annual international fiesta was an event I loved because it celebrated the School’s diversity. I always looked forward to it because it allowed me to celebrate my African roots and other cultures through food, music, dance, and colorful cultural attires.

Note of Thanks: First, I would like to thank the Almighty God; without Him, this journey would not have been possible. My friends and family, especially my mother; without their emotional, moral, spiritual, and financial support, I would not have come this far. Lastly my preceptors, mentors, and professors for their guidance and the knowledge they bestowed in me.

Gina Elizabeth Migneco

PharmD

Academic Distinction: Cum Laude, Phi Lambda Sigma, and RhoChi

Note of Thanks: Thank you to my family and friends for all of the love and support these past four years!

Jennifer Elise Miller

PharmD

Academic Distinction: Summa Cum Laude, Phi Lambda Sigma, and RhoChi

"I am ready to face any challenge that might be foolish enough to face me.” – Dwight Schrute

Favorite Memory: Working hard and playing hard with Joseph Michael, Portland Posse, Calvert Crew, PDC, and all of my other pharm and non-pharm friends! We had late nights of studying and late nights of fun. I will always cherish the memories we made.

Note of Thanks: Thank you first and foremost to my parents, Jim and Jeanie, who supported me completely in my journey from preschool all the way through pharmacy school. Thank you also to my closest friends who stuck by my side and believed in me even when I didn't believe in myself. And finally, thank you to all of my teachers, coaches, professors, preceptors, bosses, and mentors. With their invaluable guidance and mentorship through these four years, I go into the workforce with excitement and a clear vision of the pharmacist I want to become. Cheers!

Troy Peter Miller

PharmD

Sarah Mufti

PharmD

Joy M. Musaerenge

PharmD

“As you grow older, you discover you have two hands: one for helping yourself, the other for helping others." – Maya Angelou

Favorite Memory: The walks to and from class would not be the same without my friend Betlihem. I'll miss sitting in my car waiting for you (and vice versa) to arrive at the student's parking lot at Shady Grove campus.

 

Note of Thanks: Thank you to all of my fellow classmates who sent reminders about assignments and quizzes due to help us all stay on top of our expectations. Thank you to my Shady Grove classmates for a warm, friendly, and inclusive atmosphere in class. Thank you to Ms. Lisa at Shady Grove and all faculty!

Isha Harish Nagar

PharmD

"Make the most out of the present moment."

Favorite Memory: The most memorable moments for me were the times when we were in study groups, enjoying learning together, laughing together, and making lifelong memories together.

Note of Thanks: I would like to express my deepest, heartfelt gratitude to my family and friends for their unconditional love and support throughout my professional journey.

Arnold Kai-Cheng Ng

PharmD

Duyen Nguyen

PharmD

Academic Distinction: Cum Laude and RhoChi

Irene Nguyen

PharmD

Uyen Nguyen

PharmD

Yujin Noh

PharmD

Palliative Care Pathway

Academic Distinction: Magna Cum Laude and RhoChi

Note of Thanks: My most sincere thanks go to my family members for their love and warm support throughout my academic journey. Their endless and selfless encouragement shaped me to be a persistent learner.

Khang Nong

PharmD

Academic Distinction: Phi Lambda Sigma

Arit Uloma Ntekim

PharmD

"When the root is deep, there is no reason to fear the wind."

Favorite Memory: My best memory from school is meeting all of my amazing life-long friends and now sisters.

Note of Thanks: I would like to thank God, first and foremost. I would also like to thank my parents, my sister, and my grandparents for supporting all of my dreams. I would like to thank my family, all of my aunts and uncles, cousins, and friends who supported and encouraged me. Love you all dearly.

Edwin Guilhwan Oak

PharmD

Chigoziem Claire Oguh

PharmD

"Not because we were welcomed, but because we wouldn't stop winning." - Serena Williams

Note of Thanks: I would like to thank all of the faculty and staff at the School of Pharmacy, with special thanks to Drs. Qato, Noel, Doshi, Layson-Wolf, and Dean Eddington for their guidance through this journey.

Precious Chinagoro Ohagwu

PharmD

Academic Distinction: RhoChi

"You've got to find the tools within yourself to feel visible, and to be heard, and to use your voice. We can't afford to wait for the world to be equal to start feeling seen." - Michelle Obama

Favorite Memory: One memorable memory from my time at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy occurred during my time as a student researcher for the Center for Global Engagement's international project in Nigeria. I was able to work with an interprofessional team of students and team lead from the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) to conduct an audit of health systems in Nigeria serving adolescents for the purpose of evaluating how health care facilities are currently managing adolescents living with HIV. This experience helped me gain valuable research skills and create strong connections and networks with students from other UMB schools.

Note of Thanks: I would first and foremost like to thank my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, with whose help I have successfully completed this journey! I would also like to thank my family, including my mom, Mrs. Bernadette Ohagwu, for her sacrifice and support, as well as my sister, Joy Ohagwu. I love you both very much! In addition, I would like to thank Dr. Erin VanMeter for her professional guidance on numerous projects I undertook at UMSOP. My profuse thanks also go to the pharmacy team, especially the clinical pharmacists at Baltimore Washington Medical Center, including Drs. Emily Zoelle, Christine Meaux, and Claire Leocha. Your mentorship and advice have propelled me to be my very best! Finally, I would like to thank my professors, UMSOP school administration, as well as my classmates at the Baltimore and Shady Grove campuses. You all made this journey enjoyable and memorable. I wish you all success in your future endeavors!

Kevin Pacquing

PharmD

"When you feel like giving up, remember why you held on for so long in the first place." - Anonymous

Favorite Memory: The most memorable parts of pharmacy school for me were the experience and friends I gained during KY pledging, and being able to work with the amazing Group 7. I am glad we all clicked and had a great time throughout all of the cases and lab work. I'm glad the class I entered with was so amazing that I would not have wanted it any other way.

Note of Thanks: First and foremost, I want to thank my amazingly supportive family. They've provided me with support and guidance towards all of my endeavors. I cannot thank them enough, and I hope I can continue to make them proud!

Aaron Sangil Park

PharmD

MS in Pharmacometrics

Yolanda Konadu Peprah

PharmD

"Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus." - 1 Thessalonians 5:18

Favorite Memory: As a student, I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to experience pharmacy abroad not once, but twice! I did research in Banjul, Gambia at The University of The Gambia School of Medicine and I completed a rotation in Ancona, Italy at the Ospedali Riuniti Ancona. Both were very rewarding experiences that shaped my outlook on pharmacy as a profession. I was able to immerse myself in Gambian and Italian culture, and fell in love with both countries. I was even able to make new friends along they way and share my extended experience in these countries with some of my closest friends outside of pharmacy who came to visit me. The memories I mad during both trips are priceless.

Note of Thanks: First and foremost, I would like to thank my parents for the love and support they have given me. I could not have made it through these four years without you both. I am honored to be the first and only doctor in the family. I would like to give a big thank you to my wonderful mentors and UMSOP alumni, who have been there to advise me from my first day of pharmacy school until my last. Thank you Odera Ekwunife, Stephanie Udoye, Olivia Akubuilo, Alvileen Diggs, Laetitia N'Dri, and Christine Nkobena. It is a blessing to have strong and ambitious African women such as you all setting the standards that you did. Thank you for being the role models that you were and giving me the support that I needed. I would also like to thank my closest friends, who have supported me in this extremely long journey. Thank you Alisha, Segun, Opey, Abriana, Saron, Nardos, Wingnay, Jack, Bongnwi, Noella, Olivia, Damilola, Adeola, Kendrah, Nicole, Ya Awa, and Monique. Also, thank you to my cousins Jennifer, Vivian, and Trudy. I appreciate you all for being my biggest fans, checking on me frequently, and always sending encouragement. Everyone played a vital part in my academic journey and I cannot thank you enough!

Deidre Peters

PharmD

Academic Distinction: RhoChi

"My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style." - Maya Angelou

Note of Thanks: Even though I cannot walk the stage, graduating from pharmacy school is still one of my greatest achievements. This accomplishment is not just for me, it is for everyone who has supported me throughout my pharmacy school journey. To my church family, who kept me lifted in prayer, thank you. Your prayers have been an amazing support and I am grateful. To my friends and family, who have supported me through the good and the bad and love me unconditionally, thank you. Your constant encouragement has helped me to push through and continue towards the finish line. Lastly, and most importantly, to my mother and father, THANK YOU! Words could never express how grateful I am for all that you have taught me and sacrificed for me. You have made me into the woman I am today and I could not have made it without your love and support. I love you now and forever.

Anthony Petrello

PharmD

"Better to crash as an eagle than fly with pigeons." - Me

Peter P. Phan

PharmD

Jim Pheils

PharmD

MS in Palliative Care (Summer 2020)

Anoopa Poovathodi

PharmD

Shakib Pourifarsi

PharmD

Note of Thanks: I have no words to describe the amount of support my family has provided me. Both emotionally and mentally, they have been everything. This diploma belongs to them as much as it does to me. We are also still deliberating their percent cut of my salary.

Danielle Katherine Reeves

PharmD

Pharmacotherapy Pathway

Academic Distinction: Phi Lambda Sigma

Note of Thanks: I would like to thank my parents, my fiancé, my grandparents, and my brother, as well as my extended family, friends, and classmates. I could not have done it without all of your support and guidance. I am so blessed that I have gotten to know so many people in the pharmacy community, and I will always cherish those memories and friendships. It is bittersweet to end this academic journey, but I am so excited to see what the future has in store for me. I can't wait to start my career as a PGY-1 resident. Thank you.

Yesenia Rodriguez

PharmD

Mercy Chepkorir Rop

PharmD

"Keep your face towards the sunshine and shadows will fall behind you."

Favorite Memory: Group 3, I hope you guys had as much fun as I did. No more struggling to get full points on the cases (did we ever got full points anyway?). Andrew, the champ of "getting us more points."

Note of Thanks: The last four years wouldn’t have been easy without the help of my family. You have been my number one cheerleaders, source of reasoning, motivation, and comfort during difficult times. Thank you so much for your support. Mama, without your sacrifice I wouldn't be here today. Thank you, mum. Also, my "pharmily" friends and other friends, thanks so much to you wonderful people.

Rachel Leigh Rowland

PharmD

Research Pathway

Academic Distinction: Magna Cum Laude, Phi Lambda Sigma, and RhoChi

Erin Elizabeth Ryan

PharmD

Academic Distinction: Cum Laude and RhoChi

Jordan Robert Sachs

PharmD

Salwa Saif

PharmD

Rodrigo Sanchez

PharmD

Caitlin Marie Sas

PharmD

Academic Distinction: RhoChi

Betlihem Asfaw Semma

PharmD

“What feels like the end is often the beginning.”

Favorite Memory: Balancing pharmacy school responsibilities while parenting two young children has been by far the most challenging aspect of pharmacy school. Striving to be both a successful student and parent was incredibly exhausting, both emotionally and physically. I vividly remember the night before my first exam, when I was hugging my youngest in my lap, while scrolling through notes on my laptop with one hand and rubbing my other child’s back with the other hand. I wondered to myself if this was what they meant by "balance." These four years took a lot of work and sacrifice, from me and my family, but it was more than worth it!

Note of Thanks: The past four years of school have been exciting and time-consuming, but above it all, fulfilling! I have made some lifelong friends and I have also discovered myself in a different way than I ever thought I could. God has gotten me through so much and I can say with confidence that He has been there since the beginning to get me where I am today. With the encouragement of my entire family, friends, and mentors, who have been there for me through it all, I made it. Thank you to every single one of you who have supported me on this journey!

Jay Prashant Shah

PharmD

Pasang K. Sherpa

PharmD

Xiangling Shi

PharmD

Benjamin M. Shin

PharmD

Winnifer J. Shin

PharmD

Jeeyeon Shon

PharmD

Alexandra Leigh Simms

PharmD

MS in Palliative Care (Summer 2020)

Chioma Simon-Ebughu

PharmD

"The only person you should try to be better than is the person you were yesterday."

– Anonymous

Favorite Memory: I enjoyed attending round table meetings in the Pharmacy Hall Atrium. It was very nice to meet with pharmacists and be exposed to different opportunities in practice. While enjoying the gourmet food, I made new friends and built my professional network.

 

Note of Thanks: To Drs. D.Z. Mansour, N.J. Brandt and C.S. Raman, I want to express my deepest gratitude for believing in me. You inspired and encouraged me to work hard in pursuit of my goals. I learned a lot from you. The knowledge you imparted is greatly appreciated. I would also like to thank my family for their undying support. These last four years have been very challenging. I commuted daily to school while trying to satisfy all of my requirements as a pharmacy student. I tried my best in meeting the needs of my immediate family as a mother and wife. I supported and cared for my aging father, who unfortunately passed away a few months before graduation. All in all, it wasn’t a smooth ride, but it was worth it. I give thanks God!

Caitlin L. Soto

PharmD

Academic Distinction: Phi Lambda Si

"Do or do not. There is no try." - Yoda

PharmD

Samuel Yin Suen

Academic Distinction: Phi Lambda Sigma

Note of Thanks: I would like to express my sincere gratitude to my parents, friends, preceptors, and mentors, who have all supported me along this journey.

Elodie Nwognwe Tendoh

PharmD

Palliative Care Pathway

MS in Palliative Care (Summer 2020)

Academic Distinction: Phi Lambda Sigma

Note of Thanks: I would like to thank my husband Atim Tendoh for the unwavering support he has given me over the last four years; my mother and mother-in-law for providing childcare; and my children for being very understanding when I was away for long hours because I was studying. I would also like to thank my dad for instilling in me a love for studying and my siblings for their moral support. Special thanks to my mentors Drs. Heavner and Layson-Wolf for believing in me and supporting me along this journey. To all of my friends and extended family, I am very grateful for your constant presence in my life and reminders to keep moving towards my goal. Ultimately, I praise and glorify the Almighty God for giving me the strength to complete this program and for providing me with numerous opportunities to excel.

Rebekah Yilma Tesfaye

PharmD

Tieu-Long Ton-Nu

PharmD

Academic Distinction: Summa Cum Laude and RhoChi

Henry Tran

PharmD

Palliative Care Pathway

Jonathan Ly Tran

PharmD

"Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be." - John Wooden

Note of Thanks: I would like to thank everyone who has supported me, especially my family and friends. You've made this all possible for me!

Tina Thao Tran

PharmD

Terry Tsui

PharmD

MS in Regulatory Science

Academic Distinction: Phi Lambda Sigma

Note of Thanks: Thank you to my family and friends for all the love and support!

Evelyn Stephanie Umana

PharmD

Hilary Ogbenna Unaegbu Jr.

PharmD

“The inner machinations of my mind are an enigma.”

Favorite Memory: One memory I have is co-hosting "Rock The Smoke Out" in Pickles Pub. The audience seemed to enjoy their time at the event, I had a great time behaving like a fool on stage, and we raised awareness for a good cause: smoking cessation.

 

Note of Thanks: I would like to give a shout out to Drs. Layson-Wolf and Fletcher for helping me in and out of the classroom. Without these two, I know for a fact that I wouldn't be where I am today. I would also like to thank my "ΦΔΧ Skwaaaaa" members Salwa, Rochelle, Kevin, Yolanda, and Anthony. Even with the many challenges I faced coming into pharmacy school, these individuals made sure that failure would not be an option for me. Lastly, I would like to thank my family and God almighty. We made it!

Boluwatife Lewis Williams

PharmD

Heather Lynn Wittkorn

PharmD

Academic Distinction: Phi Lambda Sigma

Sarah Won

PharmD

Prudence Yuen Ying Wong

PharmD

"Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go." - Joshua 1:9

Note of Thanks: I would like to say thank you to my family and friends for their support over the past few years, and thank you God for your abundant blessings!

Jessica Woodward

PharmD

Pharmacotherapy Pathway

Academic Distinction: Cum Laude, Phi Lambda Sigma, and RhoChi

Note of Thanks: I could not have achieved this degree without significant support. I give thanks to my family, friends, classmates, upperclassmen, teachers, mentors, and preceptors! Without your help, I would not have been able to receive this degree, and I thank God that I have you in my life. I would like to give a special thanks to my sister, Rachel Woodward, and best friend, Liana Knapp, for their significant emotional support! Thank you to Dr. Quynh Nguyen and Dr. Aamira Ali for your mentorship and friendship! A special thanks to my classmates Tina Tran and Dani Reeves for your academic and professional assistance and encouragement throughout pharmacy school! And finally, thank you to Dr. Iyvonne Etchu for your mentorship and support from the beginning.

Jeong Un Yang

PharmD

Ah Lim Yoo

PharmD

"My family immigrated here for better education. My sister and I were the first ones to get college degrees. And now, I am graduating with a PharmD! I will keep pushing and achieving."

Note of Thanks: Thank you to my family for being my rock, my mentors for their endless support, and my friends for listening to all my problems for the past four years!