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  • Wednesday, September 30, 2020 12:00 PM | Katelyn Shatz (Administrator)

    The Pharmacy Leadership & Education Institute (PLEI) and the Phi Lambda Sigma (PLS), the Pharmacy Leadership Society, have extended and expanded their partnership in the sponsorship and administration of the Albert B. Prescott Pharmacy Leadership Award for an additional five-year term. As part of their partnership, the financial honorarium associated with the Prescott Pharmacy Leadership Award has been doubled from $1,000 to $2,000.

    The Prescott Pharmacy Leadership Award was established in 1987 by the Phi Delta Chi Pharmacy Fraternity to recognize outstanding leadership. PLEI took over the administration of the award from the Fraternity in March 2000. In 2015, PLS partnered with PLEI to sponsor the award. The Prescott Pharmacy Leadership Award recognizes a pharmacist less than 10 years past graduation for demonstration of exemplary leadership qualities indicative of someone likely to emerge as a major leader in pharmacy of the course of their career. The Award recipient presents a lecture on the topic of leadership at the annual APhA meeting which is later published in the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association. Applications for the 2021 Award are due on November 6, 2020 and the application is available at https://plei.org/prescott-award/.

    About Albert Prescott

    Albert B. Prescott was Dean of Pharmacy at the University of Michigan from 1870 to 1905. A maverick, he was rebuffed by APhA for his heretical view that pharmacy should be an education-based profession – not an experienced-based trade. The credentials committee at the 1871 APhA convention rejected Prescott as unworthy of being seated as a voting delegate. But Prescott persevered. By the 1890s, Prescott’s vision and convictions were proven correct. The rest of the country began to follow Prescott’s lead. Ironically, he was eventually elected president of APhA in 1899, and became the first president of the organization we now know as the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), when it was founded in 1900.

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    About the Pharmacy Leadership & Education Institute, Inc.

    The Pharmacy Leadership & Education Institute (PLEI) facilitates engaging professional leader development activities, to enable personal growth that will transform the delivery of healthcare. PLEI envisions a valued and vibrant profession, driven by engaged leaders dedicated to inspiring the healthcare community. PLEI coordinates the Prescott Pharmacy Leadership Award, Leader Development Seminars, Leader Development Institute, the Lead←Grow→Shape leadership workbook, and other educational events for pharmacists and student pharmacists. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recognizes PLEI as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization; EIN 58-2296988. You can learn more about PLEI at www.plei.org.

    About Phi Lambda Sigma

    Phi Lambda Sigma was established in 1965 to develop leadership qualities among pharmacy students and pharmacists and to recognize leaders in the profession. The elected offices on the National Executive Committee includes President: Jordan Ballou, PharmD, BCACP (University of Mississippi); President-Elect: Michael Mueller, PhD (LECOM – Bradenton Campus); Speaker of the House: Alakai Montalbo, PharmD Candidate (Idaho State University); Members-at-Large: Rashid Abdoh, PharmD Candidate (Texas A&M University) and Kira Voyer, PharmD Candidate (University of Buffalo). Appointed officers and staff members include Executive Director: Brandon Jennings, PharmD, BCACP (Abilyn Consulting, LLC, Winchester, VA); Associate Executive Director: Mary Euler, PharmD, FAPhA (West Virginia University); Director of Professional Development: Katelyn Shatz, PharmD, MBA, BCPS (James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital, Tampa, FL); Parliamentarian: Anthony Declue, PharmD (Medical University of South Carolina); and Treasurer: Jaclyn Cole, PharmD, BCPS (University of South Florida). You can learn more about PLS at www.philambdasigma.org.

     

    CONTACT: Brandon T. Jennings, PharmD, BCACP | PLS Executive Director | brandon@philambdasigma.org

  • Wednesday, September 23, 2020 9:00 AM | Katelyn Shatz (Administrator)

    Phi Lambda Sigma (PLS), the Pharmacy Leadership Society, is pleased to announce the inaugural PLS Leader Academy Class.  The Society received nearly eighty applications for the original eight Leader Academy slots. Due to the substantial interest, the PLS National Executive Committee has devoted additional resources to expand the program into two cohorts, each with eleven collegiate members. Applicants submitted an application outlining their interest in the Academy and how participation in the program will be shared with their home chapter and school. The twenty-two selected collegiate members are: 

    Name

    PLS Chapter

    University

    Nadia Ahmed

    Beta Rho

    Howard University

    Erin Ballentine

    Delta Upsilon

    Cedarville University

    Celia Boone

    Gamma Nu

    Western University of Health Sciences

    Lauren Busch

    Alpha Theta

    St. Louis College of Pharmacy

    Rachel Chiou

    Delta Kappa

    University of Michigan

    Savannah Elliott

    Beta

    Samford University

    Aicha Fokar

    Epsilon Beta

    University of North Texas 

    Michael Forst

    Alpha iota

    University of Illinois at Chicago

    Samantha Garcia

    Epsilon Lambda

    Keck Graduate Institute

    Jessica Hodgen

    Beta Zeta

    Oregon State University

    Lisa Hsi

    Psi

    University of Texas at Austin

    Kristen Ingold

    Delta Eta

    Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville

    Kaitlyn Legg

    Alpha Eta

    West Virginia University

    Erica McCoy

    Gamma Phi

    Northeast Ohio Medical University

    Aislinn O'Kane

    Alpha Nu

    University of Wyoming

    Karen Cruz Pelham

    Epsilon Zeta

    California Health Sciences University

    Phoenix Riley

    Alpha Zeta

    Campbell University

    Kyle Schuchter

    Alpha Omicron

    University of Cincinnati

    Rebecca Sehnert

    Beta Xi

    University of Nebraska Medical Center

    Rhea Soltau

    Upsilon

    University of Houston

    Kelly Strama

    Alpha Omicron

    University of Cincinnati

    April Wayne

    Beta Nu

    Virginia Commonwealth University


    This intensive leadership training program includes bi-monthly cohort meetings and individual coaching sessions in order for participants to develop an awareness of self and others to become a leader worth following.  One of the Academies will be facilitated by Anthony DeClue, PharmD, Assistant Professor of Clinical Pharmacy and Outcome Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina.  Dr. DeClue also serves as the Parliamentarian for the PLS National Executive Committee.  The other Academy will be led by Brandon Jennings, PharmD, BCACP, Executive Director of PLS.


    When asked about this new initiative, Dr. Jennings stated, “We are so excited to begin this program!  Over the last five years, the National Executive Committee has invested much time and resources in growing our leadership development initiatives.  It is so exciting to see all of these initiatives come to fruition.  This extremely talented group of collegiate members are going to have a great time learning more about themselves and improving their leadership skills.  The group will also work to increase leadership development opportunities at their home chapters, furthering the reach of the Society.  We can’t wait to get started!”  Both cohorts will start in October 2020 and will run until May 2021.  National President, Jordan Ballou, PharmD, BCACP added, “The Leader Academy strongly aligns with Phi Lambda Sigma’s mission and current strategic plan to foster leadership development within the profession of pharmacy. Many of our current and former National Executive Committee members have seen the benefits of the Leader Academy firsthand, through their participation during our partnership with Summit Partner Services and CEO Alan Spies,RPh, JD, MBA, PhD, PCC.  It is evident that the future leaders of the profession of pharmacy are eager to take advantage of these opportunities, as well, and we are ready to offer this benefit to our members.”


    Phi Lambda Sigma was established in 1965 to develop leadership qualities among pharmacy students and pharmacists and to recognize leaders in the profession.  The elected offices on the National Executive Committee includes President: Jordan Ballou, PharmD, BCACP (University of Mississippi); President-Elect: Michael Mueller, PhD (LECOM – Bradenton Campus); Speaker of the House: Alakai Montalbo, PharmD Candidate (Idaho State University); Members-at-Large: Rashid Abdoh, PharmD Candidate (Texas A&M University) and Kira Voyer, PharmD Candidate (University of Buffalo).  Appointed officers and staff members include Executive Director: Brandon Jennings, PharmD, BCACP (Abilyn Consulting, LLC, Winchester, VA); Associate Executive Director: Mary Euler, PharmD, FAPhA (West Virginia University); Director of Professional Development: Katelyn Shatz, PharmD, MBA, BCPS (James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital, Tampa, FL); Parliamentarian: Anthony Declue, PharmD (Medical University of South Carolina); and Treasurer: Jaclyn Cole, PharmD, BCPS (University of South Florida).


    CONTACT: Katelyn Shatz, PharmD, MBA, BCPS  | Director of Professional Development | katelyn@philambdasigma.org

  • Thursday, July 16, 2020 9:00 AM | Katelyn Shatz (Administrator)

    Phi Lambda Sigma, the Pharmacy Leadership Society, is excited to announce that Jaclyn Cole, PharmD, BCPS has been appointed as its new treasurer for the 2020-2022 term.  Dr. Cole has served the Society on the national level since being elected as President-Elect in 2018 and serving as President the following year.  During her term as the Immediate Past-President, Dr. Cole chaired the National Finance Committee which is responsible for the financial oversight of the organization.  Incoming Executive Director, Brandon Jennings, PharmD, BCACP commented, “We are so excited that Dr. Cole has been appointed to the treasurer position and she agreed to continue to serve the organization.  Her past experience as National President will help to make her transition to the treasurer role seamless.  I am looking forward to working with her!”

    Phi Lambda Sigma was established in 1965 to develop leadership qualities among pharmacy students and pharmacists and to recognize leaders in the profession.  The elected offices within the National Executive Committee also includes President: Jordan Ballou, PharmD, BCACP (University of Mississippi); Immediate Past-President: Brian Esters, PharmD, CPPS (James H. Quillen VA Medical Center, Johnson City, TN); President-Elect: Michael Mueller, PhD (LECOM – Bradenton Campus); Speaker of the House: Alakai Montalbo, PharmD Candidate (Idaho State University); Members-at-Large: Rashid Abdoh, PharmD Candidate (Texas A&M University) and Kira Voyer, PharmD Candidate (University of Buffalo).  Appointed officers and staff members include Executive Director: Brandon Jennings, PharmD, BCACP (Abilyn Consulting, LLC, Winchester, VA); Associate Executive Director: Mary Euler, PharmD, FAPhA (West Virginia University); Director of Professional Development: Katelyn Shatz, PharmD, MBA, BCPS (Bay Pines VA Healthcare System, St. Petersburg, FL); Parliamentarian: Anthony Declue, PharmD (Medical University of South Carolina).


    CONTACT: Jordan Ballou, National President

    Phi Lambda Sigma Pharmacy Leadership Society | Jordan@philambdasigma.org

  • Wednesday, July 01, 2020 6:15 AM | Katelyn Shatz (Administrator)

    Phi Lambda Sigma, the Pharmacy Leadership Society, has announced that Brandon Jennings, PharmD, BCACP has been named the Society’s next Executive Director after longtime Executive Director, Mary Euler, PharmD, FAPhA stepped down on June 30, 2020.  The Society has entered into a contract with Abilyn Consulting, LLC for Dr. Jennings’ services. His tenure begins on July 1, 2020.

    Dr. Jennings has spent over 14 years in the pharmacy education and health care environments.  Serving as a clinical faculty member at both the University of Utah College of Pharmacy and Shenandoah University School of Pharmacy, Dr. Jennings helped to establish collaborative relationships between community partners and the University.  In his current role as founder and President/CEO of Abilyn Consulting, LLC, Dr. Jennings collaborates with organizations to build stronger teams, improve operational efficiencies and establish realistic strategic goals. 

    Dr. Jennings has been involved with Phi Lambda Sigma on the national level since being elected President-Elect in 2013 and serving as President the following year. He has also served as National Finance Committee Chairperson following his year as Immediate Past-President and most recently as National Treasurer since 2017. Additionally, he served as chapter advisor to the collegiate chapters at both institutions where he was on faculty.

    When asked about his appointment to be the new Executive Director of Phi Lambda Sigma, Dr. Jennings commented, “It is truly an honor to be selected for this role.  I have so much respect for Dr. Euler and all of her hard work over the last 20+ years.  I hope that I can continue her legacy and continue to lay the foundation each day for the National Executive Committee and the chapters to be successful and grow.  We continue to be at an interesting crossroads within the profession and the country as whole.  Developing the next generation of leaders is something that I value greatly, and I know the Society does as well.  I want to thank the National Executive Committee for selecting me to serve in this role and I am looking forward to our continued collaboration!” 

    National Phi Lambda Sigma President, Jordan Ballou, PharmD, BCACP commented, “Dr. Jennings’ previous service with the Society made him a perfect fit for this role. In his role as Treasurer for the past several years, he has worked closely with Dr. Euler and it seemed like a natural transition when she announced her intentions to step down. His career experiences bring a great deal to the National Executive Committee as we continue to grow as an organization and establish ourselves as the premiere leadership society in pharmacy.”

    Dr. Jennings will work closely with the elected officers and appointed positions in order to fulfill the mission of the organization which since 1965 has been to develop leadership qualities among pharmacy students and pharmacists and to recognize leaders in the profession.  The elected offices within the National Executive Committee also includes President: Jordan Ballou, PharmD, BCACP (University of Mississippi); President-Elect: Michael Mueller, PhD (LECOM – Bradenton Campus); Speaker of the House: Alakai Montalbo, PharmD Candidate (Idaho State University); Members-at-Large: Rashid Abdoh, PharmD Candidate (Texas A&M University) and Kira Voyer, PharmD Candidate (University of Buffalo).  Other appointed officers and staff members include Associate Executive Director: Mary Euler, PharmD, FAPhA (West Virginia University); Director of Professional Development: Katelyn Shatz, PharmD, MBA, BCPS (Bay Pines VA Healthcare System, St. Petersburg, FL); Parliamentarian: Anthony Declue, PharmD (Medical University of South Carolina); and Treasurer: Jaclyn Cole, PharmD, BCPS (University of South Florida).

    CONTACT: Jordan Ballou

    National President, Phi Lambda Sigma Pharmacy Leadership Society | Jordan@philambdasigma.org

  • Wednesday, July 01, 2020 6:04 AM | Katelyn Shatz (Administrator)

    Mary Euler, PharmD, FAPhA, formally stepped down as the Executive Director of Phi Lambda Sigma, the Pharmacy Leadership Society, on June 30, 2020.  Dr. Euler had served in this role since the Spring of 1999 and has guided the organization through tremendous growth during her tenure.

    Incoming Executive Director, Brandon Jennings, PharmD, BCACP, who has worked with Mary on the National Executive Committee for the past 7 years commented, “Mary is such an amazing leader and role model for me and so many pharmacists in our profession.  She has had a strong commitment to the Society and helping it to grow over the last 20+ years. It brings me such pleasure to know that we are continuing to work to make her dreams for the Society come true, like a stand-alone Annual Meeting.  Whether she is in a formal role with the Society or not, Dr. Euler will continue to have an influence on Phi Lambda Sigma and the Profession of Pharmacy!”

    Following the virtual 45th House of Delegates on April 19, 2020, Dr. Euler was honored during the awards ceremony with a speech by friend, colleague, and former PLS treasurer, Alan Spies, RPh, JD, MBA, PhD:

    "When I look to a leader, especially one who has served an organization for the duration Mary has, I ask myself 2 questions regarding that leader:

    1.  Who, if any, is following the leader?

    1. Is the organization better, worse or the same now than when the leader first assumed the role?

    In answering these questions for Dr. Mary Euler and her time as Executive Director of Phi Lambda Sigma, it becomes very apparent that Mary's legacy will live on for generations to come.  What a gift she is to PLS and to our profession!

    First, it is impossible to quantify Mary's influence and impact on our profession but let's make an attempt.  If we look at merely PLS initiates during her 20+ years as Executive Director, the number exceeds 20,000 new members to the organization.  Given Mary's influence beyond PLS, these numbers are easily doubled as Mary replicates leaders.  Who is following Mary?  Tens of thousands of people, including me.

    These numbers do not even begin to capture the person Mary Euler is to all she meets.  Her selfless nature and love for seeing others thrive inspires all.  Dr. Euler invests in people and does so because she loves to do it!  Mary cannot be replaced for her love of PLS and our profession remains as strong today as when she first took the reins some 20 years ago.  Thank you Mary for never losing the passion to serve.

    My favorite leadership quote is such a depiction of Mary and who she is:

    "If you want to build a ship, don't drum up men to gather wood, divide the work and give orders. Instead teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea." - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

    Thank you Mary for teaching me and so many others to yearn for the vast and endless sea."


    Dr. Euler has agreed to continue to support the Society as Associate Executive Director and she will continue to be a valuable resource for all elected and appointed positions. She starts in that role immediately.

    Phi Lambda Sigma was established in 1965 to develop leadership qualities among pharmacy students and pharmacists and to recognize leaders in the profession.  The elected offices within the National Executive Committee also includes President: Jordan Ballou, PharmD, BCACP (University of Mississippi); President-Elect: Michael Mueller, PhD (LECOM – Bradenton Campus); Speaker of the House: Alakai Montalbo, PharmD Candidate (Idaho State University); Members-at-Large: Rashid Abdoh, PharmD Candidate (Texas A&M University) and Kira Voyer, PharmD Candidate (University of Buffalo).  Appointed officers and staff members include Executive Director: Brandon Jennings, PharmD, BCACP (Abilyn Consulting, LLC, Winchester, VA); Associate Executive Director: Mary Euler, PharmD, FAPhA (West Virginia University); Director of Professional Development: Katelyn Shatz, PharmD, MBA, BCPS (Bay Pines VA Healthcare System, St. Petersburg, FL); Parliamentarian: Anthony Declue, PharmD (Medical University of South Carolina); and Treasurer: Jaclyn Cole, PharmD, BCPS (University of South Florida).

    CONTACT: Jordan Ballou

    National President, Phi Lambda Sigma Pharmacy Leadership Society | Jordan@philambdasigma.org

  • Wednesday, June 10, 2020 8:49 AM | Katelyn Shatz (Administrator)
    The new national officers for Phi Lambda Sigma, the Pharmacy Leadership Society, were sworn in on April 19, 2020 during the 45th House of Delegates. Michael Mueller, PhD, Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice at LECOM School of Pharmacy, Bradenton Campus, was elected National President-Elect. Speaker of the House for the next year will be Alakai Montalbo, PharmD Candidate from Idaho State University and the new Members-at-Large are Rashid Abdoh, PharmD Candidate from Texas A&M University and Kira Voyer, PharmD Candidate from the University at Buffalo. 

    Upon learning about the election of the new officers, incoming National President, Dr. Jordan Ballou, stated, “I am so excited to work with this amazing group over the next year. Phi Lambda Sigma is rapidly expanding and I know our new officers will play an important role in shaping our future. We have an exciting year ahead of us!” Each officer’s term will run until the 46th House of Delegates which will be held in the Summer of 2021. 

    Phi Lambda Sigma was established in 1965 to develop leadership qualities among pharmacy students and pharmacists and to recognize leaders in the profession. The other elected offices within the National Executive Committee includes President: Jordan Ballou, PharmD, BCACP (University of Mississippi); Immediate Past-President: Brian Esters, PharmD, CPPS (James H. Quillen VA Medical Center, Johnson City, TN). Appointed officers and staff members include Executive Director: Mary Euler, PharmD, FAPhA (West Virginia University); Director of Professional Development: Katelyn Shatz, PharmD, MBA, BCPS (Bay Pines VA Healthcare Center, St. Petersburg, FL); Parliamentarian: Anthony Declue, PharmD (Medical University of South Carolina); and Treasurer: Brandon Jennings, PharmD, BCACP (Abilyn Consulting, LLC, Winchester, VA).

    CONTACT: Jordan Ballou

    National President, Phi Lambda Sigma Pharmacy Leadership Society Jordan@philambdasigma.org

  • Friday, May 29, 2020 10:33 AM | Katelyn Shatz (Administrator)

    May 29, 2020

    Phi Lambda Sigma, the Pharmacy Leadership Society, has announced the appointment of their Regional Liaisons for the 2020-2021 year. The Regional Liaisons serve a vital role in the Society as they interact with each collegiate chapter in their region to ensure seamless communication between the National Office and those chapters.

    2020-2021 Phi Lambda Sigma Regional Liaisons:

    Region 1: Shannon Lyn Bailey, Western New England University

    Region 2: Jessica Phan, Virginia Commonwealth University

    Region 3: Asia Johnson, University of South Carolina

    Region 4: Jennifer Bingham, Shenandoah University

    Region 5: Patty Maglalang, University of Minnesota

    Region 6: Lamees Loubani, University of Houston

    Region 7: Hanie Barakat, Medical University of South Carolina

    Region 8: Tess Bernstein, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

    Jordan Ballou, PharmD, BCACP, serves as the Phi Lambda Sigma National President and said, “The National Executive Committee is so excited to the work with the newly appointed Regional Liaisons this year. We received many outstanding applications and this group of individuals has demonstrated a remarkable commitment to leadership and advancing the pharmacy profession. We are looking forward to a great year!” All of the newly appointed Regional Liaisons will begin working with the National Members-at- Large within the next month.

    Phi Lambda Sigma was established in 1965 to develop leadership qualities among pharmacy students and pharmacists and to recognize leaders in the profession. The elected offices within the National Executive Committee also includes President: Jordan Ballou, PharmD, BCACP (University of Mississippi); Immediate Past-President: Brian Esters, PharmD, CPPS (James H. Quillen VA Medical Center, Johnson City, TN); President- Elect: Michael Mueller, PhD (LECOM – Bradenton Campus); Speaker of the House: Alakai Montalbo, PharmD Candidate (Idaho State University); Members-at-Large: Rashid Abdoh, PharmD Candidate (Texas A&M University) and Kira Voyer, PharmD Candidate (University of Buffalo). Appointed officers and staff members include Executive Director: Mary Euler, PharmD, FAPhA (West Virginia University); Director of Professional Development: Katelyn Shatz, PharmD, MBA, BCPS (Bay Pines VA Healthcare System, St. Petersburg, FL); Parliamentarian: Anthony Declue, PharmD (Medical University of South Carolina); and Treasurer: Brandon Jennings, PharmD, BCACP (Abilyn Consulting, LLC, Winchester, VA).


    CONTACT:
    Jordan Ballou
    National President, Phi Lambda Sigma Pharmacy Leadership Society Jordan@philambdasigma.org

  • Thursday, April 30, 2020 8:00 AM | Katelyn Shatz (Administrator)

    April 30th, 2020

    Phi Lambda Sigma, the Pharmacy Leadership Society, held its first ever Virtual Awards Ceremony on Sunday, April 19, 2020. The event was presided over by incoming President, Jordan Ballou, PharmD, BCACP from the University of Mississippi. The Society was forced to hold the event virtually since in-person meetings were prohibited as a result of COVID-19. 

    The following deserving award recipients were honored during the ceremony: 

    Albert B. Prescott Award: Lindsay Kunkle, PharmD, MBA, American Pharmacists Association 

    Chapter of the Year Award: University of Wisconsin at Madison (Beta Alpha Chapter) 

    Charles C. Thomas Scholarship: Jaspreet Bhullar, PharmD Candidate, Long Island University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (Beta Kappa Chapter) 

    Charlie Thomas Leadership Challenge: University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy (Zeta Chapter) 

    Kathleen A. Hawkins Travel Awards: Angela Baalman, PharmD Candidate, University of Kansas School of Pharmacy (Beta Iota Chapter); Whitney Dovel, PharmD Candidate, Southwestern Oklahoma State University College of Pharmacy (Alpha Psi Chapter); Guileonne Tegomo, University of Kansas School of Pharmacy (Beta Iota Chapter) 

    National Alumnus of the Year: Jodi Taylor, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP, FASHP 

    Outstanding Chapter Advisor: Brianne Dunn, PharmD, University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy (Zeta Chapter) 

    Proctor and Gamble Leadership Award: Tina Brock, MS, EdD, Monash University, Australia 

    One of the most significant announcements of the event came from Executive Director, Mary Euler, PharmD, FAPhA. During the 45th House of Delegates session earlier in the afternoon, Dr. Euler formally announced that she will be stepping down as the Executive Director of the Society on June 30, 2020 after over 20 years of service in that role. Dr. Euler was honored during the awards ceremony with a tribute speech by friend and colleague, Alan Spies, RPh, JD, MBA, PhD. When learning of Dr. Euler’s anticipated retirement, outgoing National President, Dr. Brian Esters, commented, “I have been lucky enough to observe Dr. Euler's leadership since my induction into the society and now serving on the National Executive Committee. Dr. Euler is truly a servant leader, her focus has been on the well-being of Phi Lambda Sigma and the growth of the organization. Dr. Euler has inspired pharmacists for over twenty years and put the needs of the profession, organization and more importantly the individual first over her own aspirations and desires.” National President 2018-2019, Dr. Jaclyn Cole, added, “There will never be enough words to thank her for her time, effort, and contribution to the evolution of our organization during her tenure. She will truly be missed as a mentor and a friend.” 

    The National Executive Committee was made aware of Dr. Euler’s intent to step-down during the Society’s leadership retreat last summer and have successfully completed a search for a new Executive Director who will start on July 1, 2020. 

    Phi Lambda Sigma was established in 1965 to develop leadership qualities among pharmacy students and pharmacists and to recognize leaders in the profession. The Society will hold its 46th House of Delegates and Award Ceremony in the Summer of 2021.

  • Tuesday, April 28, 2020 8:00 AM | Katelyn Shatz (Administrator)

    April 28, 2020

    Phi Lambda Sigma, the Pharmacy Leadership Society, held its first ever Virtual House of Delegates on Sunday, April 19, 2020. The 45th installment of the Society’s House of Delegates was presided over by Briana Reyna, PharmD Candidate from the University of Houston. All of the National Executive Committee’s elected and appointed officers reported on the status of the Society. The House of Delegates was immediately followed by the PLS Annual Awards Ceremony presided over by Jordan Ballou, PharmD, BCACP from the University of Mississippi and incoming National President. Both events were held virtually since in-person meetings were prohibited as a result of COVID-19. 

    The House of Delegates concluded with the election of the new national officers: President-Elect: Michael Mueller, PhD from LECOM School of Pharmacy, Bradenton Campus; Speaker of the House: Alakai Montalbo, PharmD Candidate from Idaho State University College of Pharmacy; and Members-at-Large: Rashid Abdoh, PharmD Candidate from Texas A&M University College of Pharmacy and Kira Voyer, PharmD Candidate University of Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. 

    One of the most significant announcements of the afternoon came from Executive Director, Mary Euler, PharmD, FAPhA. Dr. Euler formally announced that she will be stepping down as the Executive Director of the Society on June 30, 2020 after over 20 years of service in that role. Dr. Euler was honored during the awards ceremony with a tribute speech by friend and colleague, Alan Spies, RPh, JD, MBA, PhD. Dr. Ballou shared, “Dr. Euler’s impact on PLS was significant and will be lasting. She has ushered the Society through so much growth and we will always look to her as a role model for her professionalism and commitment to the profession. She will be missed in the day- to-day Executive Director role, but we are so excited that she has decided to stay on in an appointed role starting in July.” The National Executive Committee was made aware of Dr. Euler’s intent to step-down during the Society’s leadership retreat last summer and have successfully completed a search for a new Executive Director. 

    Phi Lambda Sigma was established in 1965 to develop leadership qualities among pharmacy students and pharmacists and to recognize leaders in the profession. The other elected offices within the National Executive Committee includes President: Jordan Ballou, PharmD, BCACP (University of Mississippi); Immediate Past-President: Brian Esters, PharmD, CPPS (James H. Quillen VA Medical Center, Johnson City, TN). Appointed officers and staff members include Executive Director: Mary Euler, PharmD, FAPhA (West Virginia University); Director of Professional Development: Katelyn Shatz, PharmD, MBA, BCPS (Bay Pines VA Healthcare System, St. Petersburg, FL); Parliamentarian: Anthony Declue, PharmD (Medical University of South Carolina); and Treasurer: Brandon Jennings, PharmD, BCACP (Abilyn Consulting, LLC, Winchester, VA).


    CONTACT: Jordan Ballou National President, Phi Lambda Sigma Pharmacy Leadership Society Jordan@philambdasigma.org

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