Vice Dean of External Relations Linda Garrelts MacLean is a veteran of the pharmacy community. As co-owner of Jones Pharmacy & Home Health Care Center for over 20 years, a past-president of the Washington State Pharmacy Association, past trustee for the American Pharmacists Association, and a recipient of the Bowl of Hygeia Award (the highest honor in the profession), Garrelts MacLean knows a thing or two about building a successful career, seeking out opportunities, and above all, caring for patients. In this video, she shares her lifelong experience working in community pharmacy, running a business, and working to advance the practice.
Spotlight on Success
We had a chance to visit with Rusty, class of 1987, and Sheri Crawford, class of 1988, during a recent visit to Tucson. Rusty and Sheri are both retired from the VA Hospital in Tucson, a career that Rusty praised as “the best he could have asked for.” During the pandemic, Rusty and Sheri are finding creative ways to stay busy. Literally! Check out these photos of their nifty craft projects…and yes, they do admit to enjoying a cocktail while creating them. Which leads us to wonder…what the rest of the CougaRx Nation is doing to stay busy and positive during the pandemic? Email your photos and stories to firstname.lastname@example.org for us to share in the newsletter or on social media!
Randy Legg, class of 1987, recently celebrated 20 years with Astra Zenica. This milestone also brought memories of his work as an intern at age 19 (34 years ago) at Jones Pharmacy, the independent pharmacy that was formerly owned and operated by Vice Dean Linda Garrelts MacLean. We asked Randy to find a of photo of his 19-year-old self and wait until you compare the two! Congratulations, Randy, on a successful career at Astra Zenica, and 34 years in the pharmacy world!
Congratulations to Natasha (Heimbigner) Olson, class of 2014, for her selection as one of two 2020 “Living the Mission” award recipients for the National Community Oncology Dispensing Association. The award was presented at the NCODA Fall Summit, which took place virtually last month. Natasha is an oncology pharmacist at Summit Cancer Centers and serves as Adjunct Faculty at the WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.
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Sue Merk, class of 1976, is enjoying living full time at her beautiful cabin in the woods in Easton, Washington. Following her retirement from OneHealth Port in Seattle, Sue stays busy by entertaining family and friends who visit her at the lake, crafting homemade greeting cards, volunteering for activities at the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences such as the Dean’s Advisory Council and the CougaRx Nation board, and she’s also organizing a class reunion for her pharmacy classmates to coincide with the 2021 Pharmacy Crimson Gala. In fact, next year marks the 45-year anniversary of the class of 1976’s graduation from the college! To get in touch with Sue, please email her at email@example.com.
Congratulations to Steve Riddle, class of 1984, for winning Cougar Crest wine in the trivia contest during the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences virtual homecoming celebration last month. Steve has been staying busy during the pandemic working from home for employer, Wolters Kluwer, and is also volunteering for the college to help with curriculum enhancements related to data/informatics. Thank you, Steve!
Check out Steve’s recent interview with third-year student pharmacist Shannon Patterson on the future of pharmacy.
We received this wonderful note from Loan Lam, class of 2019:
“I recognize it has been a tremendously tough time for many of us during these unprecedented times. From what seems to have been a long time coming, I am beyond ecstatic to have recently accepted a position as an ambulatory oncology pharmacist! Since the age of 9, I have vivid memories of joking with my pediatric oncologist that we would share a practice together someday (and perhaps this vision will still come into fruition). I feel extremely fortunate to have the support system including my personal health care providers, family, friends, mentors, and the incredible Cougar ‘pharmily’ who helped pave this professional path. I sincerely thank all of you. Upon embarking on this journey and moving forward: ‘I promise to devote myself to a lifetime of service to others through the profession of pharmacy’ as we continue to adapt to the paradigm shift in our profession and health care system. I hope everyone is staying safe, healthy, and as always–Go Cougs!”
We recently visited with Meridee Febus, class of 1988, in Tucson, Arizona. Meridee serves as hospital pharmacy director at Oro Valley Hospital, and sent the snake photo to show it’s never a dull moment at their pharmacy. “We recently had an uninvited visitor upon opening in the morning. He didn’t even get his temp taken at the door or put on a mask. Sheesh, the nerve of some snakes!”
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Allen I. White Distinguished Associate Professor of Pharmacotherapy Joshua Neumiller and co-presenters lead a virtual town hall titled, “Focus on the evolving role of GLP-1 receptor agonists,” for Postgraduate Healthcare Education on October 15, 2020. The topic examined the role of GLP-1 receptor agonists in the management of Type 2 diabetes is continually evolving, challenging pharmacists to stay current with the latest science.
Josh Neumiller served on the Steering Committee for the IDEA 2.0: Innovating Decisions and Empowering Action in Diabetes Management program on use of continuous glucose monitors (CGM) sponsored by the American Association of Clinical Endocrinology (AACE).
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