Frank North, PharmD
Dr. Frank North is a 4th generation Houstonian and graduate of Houston’s first high school to educate Black/African Americans, Booker T. Washington (BTW) High School. After obtaining his high school diploma, he attended Texas Southern University (TSU) and was admitted to the Doctor of Pharmacy program after his sophomore undergraduate year. Due academic hardship and setbacks, Dr. North, earned the Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. Additionally, through his hardships, Dr. North completed the Integrated Technology Transfer Network Fellowship and received a Certificate of Business Entrepreneurship – Technology Transfer from California State University – San Bernardino funded by the Army Research Laboratory partnered with the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO) and participated in the J. W. Vines Foundation’s Elma Vines Summer Health Academy (EVSHA) while in California. Dr. North then returned to Texas and earned the Doctor of Pharmacy degree from TSU’s College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.
Frank is licensed in Texas and Washington, D.C., and has worked in many different practice settings before establishing a boutique consulting company, Frank North & Associates, LLC. Dr. North’s service was recognized by a former classmate, and she nominated him for the Greater Houston Black Chamber of Commerce’s Houston Black Leadership Institute. This 9-month experience compelled Frank to pursue more education, and he earned the Master of Public Administration degree in Public Policy. He also completed the Higher Education Leadership Foundation Institute (HELF). Dr. North’s service continues as life member of the Booker T. Washington Alumni Association (BTWAA), Texas Southern University National Alumni Association (TSUNAA), Phi Delta Chi Pharmaceutical Fraternity (PDC), Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. (ΩΨΦ), and the National Pharmaceutical Association (NPhA). He is also a member of American Pharmacy Association (APhA), American Society for Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), American Society for Pharmacy and Law (ASPL), American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP), Texas Pharmacy Association (TPA), Phi Lambda Sigma Pharmacy Leadership Society (PLS), and a host of non-pharmacy related professional and recreational associations.
Dr. North was recognized as a 2022 Houston’s 40 Under 40 Honoree by the Houston Business Journal and received the 2022 Texas Pharmacy Association Distinguished Service Award, and Texas A&M University Health Science Center 2021 IPE Teaching Leadership Award given by the Interprofessional Education and Research Office. Dr. North currently serves as an Instructional Assistant Professor in the Irma Lerma Rangel School of Pharmacy at Texas A&M University Health Science Center. He is completing the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Urban Higher Education from Jackson State University in Jackson, MS.
Tamara McCants, PharmD
Originally from Brooklyn, New York, Dr. Tamara McCants received her Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from Florida A&M University in 2001. Upon graduation she came to Washington, DC to complete a community pharmacy residency program with Grubbs Care Pharmacy and Howard University. She has since dedicated her career to increasing the capacity of pharmacists to be a major contributor in the achievement of favorable health outcomes, especially for the underserved population. She has worked in both the managed care and community pharmacy setting throughout her career. In 2002, she co-founded CMS Health Initiatives; a non-profit organization that utilizes pharmacists to address health disparities. Dr. McCants is currently an Assistant Professor and Executive Director of Experiential Programs at Howard University College of Pharmacy. In her role, she is responsible for the practical experience component of the pharmacy curriculum. She is also the residency program director for the Walgreens/Howard Community Pharmacy Residency Program. Her clinical practice site is MBI@ Green Door, a community mental health center. Dr. McCants has always been very passionate about the community, coordinating outreach and training programs for all major diseases states. She was recently reappointed by the Mayor to the District of Columbia Board of Pharmacy. She also serves as the treasurer of Washington DC Pharmacy Association. She is an active member of the FAMU Alumni Association and a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Rho Mu Omega Chapter.
Immediate Past President
Ryan Marable, PharmD
Dr. Ryan C. Marable is a staff pharmacist with The Kroger Company in Cincinnati, Ohio. At Kroger, Dr. Marable strives to build trusting and strong relationships with both patients and peers through integrity and maintaining high standards.
Dr. Marable attended the James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy, located at the University of Cincinnati, graduating in 2013. His collegiate career within SNPhA was highlighted during the successful planning and hosting of the 2012 Regions III, IV, and V Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio. Dr. Marable previously served as NPN Co-Chair and developed successful convention programming for the New Practitioner’s Network at the 2015 and 2016 Annual Meetings. Dr. Marable was also recognized for his outstanding contributions to the organization with the Young Pharmacist of the Year Award in 2016.
In addition to his role within NPhA, Dr. Marable is an active member in several professional organizations including the Cincinnati Pharmaceutical Association, Ohio Pharmacists Association, and continues to serve as a peer advisor to his local chapter of SNPhA. In his spare time, Dr. Marable enjoys spending time with his family, friends, and fraternity brothers as well as taking time for basketball, weight training, and indulging in lively debate.
LCDR Marcia Fields, PharmD
Marcia Fields graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University Medical College of Virginia School of Pharmacy in 2012. In 2015, she was commissioned in the Commissioned Corps of the Public Health Service (PHS). The mission of PHS is to protect, promote, and advance the health and safety of the nation. Her first duty station was with the Federal Bureau of Prisons where she was able to establish a comprehensive collaborative practice agreement for pharmacy services and meet the needs of the underserved population. Her career with PHS has allowed her to serve in public health deployments including pharmacy services during Hurricane Irma, epidemiology support of COVID-19 cases, COVID-19 immunizations, monoclonal antibodies for treatment of COVID-19, and Operation Allies Welcome.
Brian Lawson, PharmD
Brian Lawson is the Associate Executive Director for the Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS) in Washington, DC. BPS is an autonomous division of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) and recognizes pharmacy specialties and certifies pharmacists’ knowledge and skills at the advanced practice level. In this role, he oversees the Professional Affairs, Communications, and Engagement (PACE) team that is responsible for monitoring the professional pharmacy landscape in the U.S. and around the globe and developing collaborative relationships within the healthcare community to promote the value of BPS board certification. He currently serves as the staff liaison to the APhA Task Force on Addressing Structural Racism in Pharmacy. Lawson was named the University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy inaugural Global Executive in Residence in 2019 and the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (I.C.E.) Next Gen Professional Award recipient in 2021.
Prior to BPS, he was the Associate Director, Governance for APhA with responsibilities related to the activities of the Board of Trustees, the House of Delegates, policy development, profession-wide awards, and Board elections. Lawson earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from West Virginia University (WVU) in 2008 and was subsequently named the first Knowlton Center Executive Resident in Association Management and Leadership at the APhA Foundation.
Lawson is a former president of the WVU School of Pharmacy Alumni Association and received the Margaret Buchanan Cole Young Alumni from the WVU Alumni Association in 2018 for outstanding service and mentorship. He remains active with WVU through his appointment as an adjunct assistant professor and service on the School’s Leadership Council as well as the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. He is a native of Huntington, WV.
Angela Riley, PharmD Binghamton, NY
Angela Riley currently serves as a Clinical Pharmacist and Councilwoman for the City of Binghamton.
Riley’s practice, service, and scholarship activities are closely intertwined within her areas of interest, focusing on health promotion and education in underserved populations and older adults. Didactically, Riley developed several pharmacy graduate-level professional practice courses, that equip students for success in the experiential and post-graduate experiences.
Riley has obtained several grants and contracts, including a Community Action Grant from the American Heart Association and the Stephen David Ross University and Community Projects Fund.
Riley graduated from Texas Southern University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences with her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy and obtained her PharmD. degree from Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy. Riley serves on several national, regional, and local boards and committees within various organizations in addition to the National Pharmaceutical Association including, the Phi Lambda Sigma Leadership Society, the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Kendrea Jones, PharmD
Little Rock, AR
Dr. Kendrea Jones is the Pharmacy Operations Manager and PGY1 residency program director for Arkansas Children's Hospital. She previously served as a clinical pharmacist for the Arkansas Children's Hospital Burn Center and associate professor for the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) College of Pharmacy. Dr. Jones received her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Pharmacy in 2005. Her involvement in Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA) began as a student while serving as SNPhA chapter P1 liaison, president-elect, and president. After graduation she completed a PGY1 residency at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee and PGY2 residency in Critical Care at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Pharmacy & VA North Texas Healthcare System in Dallas, Texas. Dr. Jones maintains and adjunct faculty appointment with UAMS where she serves as a co-advisor of their SNPhA chapter. She is actively involved in the Arkansas Association of Health-System Pharmacists previously serving as president and now treasurer. She is a member of several local, state, and national organizations.
Robbie Christian, PharmD, BCIDP, AAHIVP
Dr. Robbie Christian received her Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Toledo and further went on to obtain her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2017. She completed her PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at the Miami VA Healthcare System in Miami, Florida, in 2018 and completed her PGY2 Infectious Diseases Residency at the VA Northeast Ohio Healthcare System in Cleveland, Ohio, in 2019.
She worked in Baton Rouge, LA for 4 years as an Infectious Diseases clinical specialist and Residency Program Coordinator for a PGY1 residency program. She returned to the VA Northeast Ohio Healthcare System in Cleveland, Ohio in 2022 as the PGY2 ID Residency Program Director and ID Clinical Specialist.
Dr. Christian has led and presented research involving BacterioScan Diagnostics to Eliminate Treatment of Asymptomatic Bacteriuria, Influence of Microbiological Culture Results on Antibiotic Choice for Veterans with Hospital-Acquired Pneumonia, and Inappropriate use of Azithromycin in Upper Respiratory Tract Infections. She was also integral in dismantling misinformation surrounding COVID-19 in her community by being a recurring panelist for a CandID conversations podcast.
Dr. Christian has dedicated her early career to pharmacy organizations focused on minoritized individuals. She has had local, state, and national roles in SNPhA, LSHP, SHEA, and SIDP. She serves as the past chair of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for the Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists (SIDP). She is board certified in infectious diseases and HIV. She is very excited to serve SNPhA as the Interim Executive Director with the goal to stay in the role on a permanent basis.