Board Members

EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBERS 2016-2017

President: Connor Hanson
Email: cthanson2@wisc.edu

As WSPS President, Connor assumes the role of leading WSPS to a successful year of patient care, community outreach and professional development. Non-voting member of the WSPS Executive Board.

 

 

President-Elect: Hannah Hecht
Email: hahecht@wisc.edu

As President-Elect, Hannah promotes PSW events, organizes Writing Club and shadows the President. President-Elect serves as a voting member on the Executive Council.

 

Secretary: Marnie Janson
Email: janson2@wisc.edu
The secretary is a voting member of the executive committee and takes minutes at all executive committee, board, and general member meetings. The secretary plans the Walk to End Alzheimer’s team in the fall and plans American Pharmacist Month activities in October. The secretary is additionally in charge of reporting through APhA.

 

Treasurer: Brad Hettich
Email: hettich@wisc.edu
As treasurer, Brad is responsible for managing the finances of WSPS to ensure that we can fund all community outreach efforts and professional development events. Additionally, the treasurer organizes and directs meetings with the Membership, Professionalism, and Fundraising co-chairs as necessary to aid them in performing their vital functions within WSPS.

 

Treasurer-Elect: Greg Norsten
Email: norsten@wisc.edu
As treasurer-elect,Greg assists in managing the finances of WSPS to ensure funding for all community outreach efforts and professional development events.

 

Student Senate Representative: Sydney Stiener
Email: stiener@wisc.edu
As student senate representative, Sydney attends all Student Senate meetings as the WSPS representative in order to get WSPS funding for its many outreach programs and represent their voices on school wide decisions. Student Senate Representative serves on the WSPS executive board as a voting member.

 

 

Directors of Community Outreach: Allison Martin and Collin Dean

Email: armartin5@wisc.edu and cjdean@wisc.edu

As Co-Directors of community outreach, Allison and Collin oversee all events and activities realated to the Operations and MEDiC. Co-Directors of Community Outreach serves on the WSPS Executive Board as a voting member.

 

DPH-1 Representative: TBD

Email: —

DPH-1 Representative helps to convey information between WSPS and the first year class.

 

WSPS BOARD MEMBERS 2015 – 2016

Policy Liasons: Drew Dretske and Eric Friestrom

Email: dretske@wisc.edu and friestrom@wisc.edu

Eric Friestrom Email: friestrom@wisc.edu

As Policy Liaisons, Drew and Eric help educate WSPS members on legislative issues, write proposed resolutions advocating for the pharmacy profession through APhA-ASP, present these policy proposals at the Midyear Regional Meeting, and host Legislative Day in the spring.

 

 

 

 

Fundraising

Nicole Haebig Email: nhaebig@wisc.edu

Christine Wacek Email: cwacek@wisc.edu

As fundraising co-chairs, Nicole and Christine help coordinate CPR training for the 1st and 3rd years, design and sell the fabulous WSPS t-shirts, create and sell finals goodie bags, and our biggest event is running the WSPS Silent Auction and RxFactor Talent Show. All of the proceeds from the sales and events help support various WSPS outreach events, fairs, and operations.

 

 

Membership

Karissa Fritsch Email: kfritsch@wisc.edu

As Membership Chair, Karissa is responsible for coordinating the membership drive for WSPS, organizing the annual Meet N Greet, continuing membership development, and helping in planning the monthly WSPS meetings. Visit the membership page for additional information.

 

 

 

 

Professionalism

Emily Fong and Abby Smith

Email: efong@wisc.edu and asmith45@wisc.edu

Emily Fong Email: efong@wisc.edu

As Professionalism co-chairs, Emily and Abby help in planning the Round Table Networking Event in the fall and DPH-1 White Coat Ceremony in the spring.

 

 

 

 

 

Operation Heart

Bryan Kazmer and Andrew Osterbauer

Email: kazmer@wisc.edu and aosterbauer@wisc.edu

Bryan Kazmer Email: kazmer@wisc.edu

Bryan Kazmer Email: kazmer@wisc.edu

As Operation Heart Co-chairs, Bryan and Andrew work with community groups and pharmacies to organize blood pressure, cholesterol, and cardiovascular disease risk assessment screenings around southern Wisconsin. In addition, the Operation Heart group provides tips for healthy lifestyle modifications to lower the risks of these conditions.

 

 

 

 

Operation Diabetes

Maren Vanmeighem and Greg Kuhlman

Email: vanmieghem@wisc.edu and grkuhlman@wisc.edu 

Maren Vanmieghem Email: vanmieghem@wisc.edu

Operation Diabetes co-chairs, Maren and Greg, work with pharmacies and community organizations to perform blood glucose screenings and diabetes risk assessments in our community. With the help of student volunteers, we are responsible for educating individuals on healthy living and lifestyle choices to promote diabetes awareness. Operation Diabetes has also teamed up with Madison-area schools to provide presentations encouraging youth to stay active and eat healthy in order to reduce their diabetes risk.

 

 

 

Operation Self Care

Christine Garmoe and Jaehyung (Jason) Choi

Email: garmoe@wisc.edu and jchoi262@wisc.edu

Operation Self Care provides pharmacy students with opportunities to educate the community on prevention and management of disease states that are treatable with over the counter medications and/or lifestyle modifications. Currently, we have education material on the topics of Reducing Heartburn, Low-Dose Aspirin and Safe Label Reading and Dosing.

 

Operation Immunization

Niki Krancevich and Paige Shapiro

Email: krancevich@wisc.edu and pshapiro3@wisc.edu

Niki Krancevich Email: krancevich@wisc.edu

As Operation Immunization Co-chairs, we work to educate the community about the importance and impact of immunizations, screen at pharmacies, and participate at health fairs. Operation Immunization also organizes the School of Pharmacy Fall Flu Clinic offering certified third year students the opportunity to administer vaccinations.

 

 

 

 

GenerationRX

Matt Huppert and Michael Kolarchek

Email: mjhuppert@wisc.edu and kolarchek@wisc.edu

Matt Huppert Email: mjhuppert@wisc.edu

GenerationRx is a pharmacy student driven outreach program that aims to educate the community on the dangers of prescription drug misuse and abuse. Prescriptions are often thought to be ‘safe’ to consume because they are so often prescribed, yet this is incorrect. Prescription drugs can be quite dangerous, and this is why they are accompanied by strict directions and specific doses. Generation Rx organizes and delivers presentations on this topic at the high school and collegiate levels, as well as at community health fairs.

 

 

Operation Airways

Rachel Gibbons and Elyse Keating

Email: rgibbons2@wisc.edu and ekeating2@wisc.edu

Rachel Gibbons Email: rgibbons2@wisc.edu

As Operation Airways co-chairs, Rachel and Elyse promote airway health by participating in local health fairs to supply tobacco cessation and prevention information and resources, while also facilitating lung function screenings. Additionally, Rachel and Elyse work to educate younger members of the community by presenting about the dangers associated with tobacco products and providing asthma management education.

 

 

 

Operation Organ Donation Awareness

Noah Budi and Brooke Holloway

Email: nbudi@wisc.edu and bholloway2@wisc.edu 

Noah Budi Email: nbudi@wisc.edu

As Organ Donation Awareness co-chairs, Noah and Brooke work directly with the University of Wisconsin Organ and Tissue Donation service to plan events to promote the Wisconsin Donor Registry. Organ Donation Awareness coordinates with WSPS to educate the community about pharmacist involvement in organ donation awareness, and encourages people to become an organ donor. ODA also holds an educational colloquium each year on the importance of organ donation, facilitates fundraisers throughout the year in support of the Restoring Hope Transplant House in Middleton, WI, and prepares a submission for a national contest among pharmacy schools through the American Society of Transplant (AST).

 

PHP-PSW/United Way Liaisons

Meredith Frey and Jordan Hilsenhoff

Email: mlfrey@wisc.edu and jhilsenhoff@wisc.edu 

Meredith Frey Email: mlfrey@wisc.edu

As Personal Health Partners Co-Chairs, Meredith and Jordan work to form an interprofessional collaboration between pharmacy and dietetics students to work with undeserved, diverse populations at both The River Food Pantry, and Porchlight — an organization that provides emergency shelter and low-cost housing to the homeless. Each month, pharmacy students have the opportunity to team up with dietetics students to educate residents about important health topics, such as bone health, hypertension, cholesterol, and diabetes. We also coordinate with other WSPS Community Outreach programs to provide free health screenings.

The Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin has teamed up with the United Way of Dane County for the Safe and Healthy Aging Initiative. This initiative provides Dane County senior citizens with pharmacist led comprehensive medication reviews in order to reduce the number of medication associated falls in this population. Student pharmacists work as intake volunteers to provide an accurate list of each patient’s demographics, allergies, immunizations, and medications prior to meeting with the pharmacist.

 

MedDrop

Macy McConnell and Sarah Wagman

Email: memcconnell@wisc.edu swagman2@wisc.edu

Macy McConnell Email: memcconnell@wisc.edu

As MedDrop co-chairs,  Macy and Sarah work to coordinate and schedule MedDrop events within Safe Communities, Oakwood Village, the UW campus, and local police stations. MedDrop events range from medication collection events to educational events, such as MedDrop Scoop. Pharmacy student volunteers are recruited to help host medication collection events and educational events as needed. MedDrop partners with Generation Rx and Safe Communities as appropriate to help promote safe medication disposal and expand opportunities. Overall, the main goal of MedDrop is to promote safe and secure disposal of unwanted medications. By promoting safe medication disposal, we prevent drug diversion, abuse and environmental damage.

 

Public Relations Coordinator: Alanna Benaszeski
Email:benaszeski@wisc.edu

As Public Relations Coordinator, Alanna promotes WSPS events through social media and other outlets. She also designs and updates the website, keeps track of attendance at meetings, facilitates event sign-ups.

 

 

APhA Liaison: Zach Pedretti
Email: zpedretti@wisc.edu

As APhA Liaison, Zach is responsible for promoting and facilitating student involvement in the Midyear Regional Meeting, the APhA Annual Meeting, as well as coordinating the Patient Counseling Competition.

 

 

ASHP Liaison: Kellyn Engstrom
Email: kkengstrom@wisc.edu

As ASHP liaison, Kellyn is responsible for coordinating the Clinical Skills Competition, promoting and facilitating student involvement in the ASHP Midyear Annual Meeting, and promoting Pharmacy and Therapeutics (P&T) committee meetings. She also organizes roundtables for students to discuss the Pharmacy Practice Model Initiative (PPMI) and other issues in pharmacy.

 

MEDiC Liaison: Kate Berlin

Email:  kberlin@wisc.edu

MEDiC Student-Run Free Clinics is an interprofessional program made possible by many health science programs at UW-Madison. Student volunteers from these programs work together with health professionals to provide health care to community members with limited or no access to health care. With over 20 MEDiC clinics each month, student volunteers are able to practice their knowledge in a real-life setting while providing care to community members who need it most.