Zone Directors

Zone I Director

Tamara McCants, PharmD Washington, D.C.

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. She is married with two beautiful sons.

Zone II Director (Interim)

Alftan Dyson, PharmD

Montgomery, AL

Bio coming soon.

Zone III Director

Trishia Shaw, PharmD Chicago, IL

Trishia E. Shaw, PharmD, BCPS is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice at Chicago State University College of Pharmacy (CSU-COP). A native Chicagoan, Dr. Shaw earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology degree from Loyola University Chicago in 2004 and her Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy in 2009.

Dr. Shaw has over 20 years of experience within the profession of pharmacy, starting as pharmacy technician upon graduation from high school. Upon graduation from pharmacy school, Dr. Shaw practiced as a Clinical Pharmacist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in several capacities, including neonatal, women’s health, psychiatry specialties as well as staffing as an overnight pharmacist. She became a board-certified pharmacotherapy specialist in 2013. In 2017, Dr. Shaw completed the Non-Traditional Post-Graduate Year 1 (PGY-1) Residency Program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. After completing the residency program, Dr. Shaw started in her current role as a Clinical Assistant Professor at Chicago State’s College of Pharmacy. In her current role, Dr. Shaw provides didactic lectures throughout the curriculum on a variety of topics and serves as a preceptor for 4th year students completing APPE rotations.

In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Dr. Shaw currently practices as an Ambulatory Care Clinical Pharmacist with Cook County Health (CCH), practicing in the Anti-Coagulation Clinic as well as the Englewood Health Center. She also serves as the advisor for the Chicago State Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA) Chapter. In addition to her clinical responsibilities, Dr. Shaw has served the profession in several leadership roles. Dr. Shaw has been a member of the National Pharmaceutical Association (NPhA) since 2009, and currently serves as the Zone 3 Director and coordinates the Poster Presentation Competition at the Annual Convention. She has previously served NPhA in several capacities including Secretary and Exhibits Co-Coordinator. Dr. Shaw recently started her biennial term as the President of the Chicago Pharmacists Association. Dr. Shaw is also a member of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, the American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists, the American Pharmacists Association, Phi Lambda Sigma Leadership Fraternity, and the Illinois Council of Health-Systems Pharmacists.

Dr. Shaw has received several awards for her leadership and service to the profession of pharmacy. Her honors include receiving the 2013 NPhA’s Young Pharmacist Award. Most recently, Dr. Shaw received the 2019 Rising Star Award from her alma mater, the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy.

Dr. Shaw enjoys spending time with her son, Tre, as well spending time with her family and friends.

Zone IV Director

Lanita White, PharmD

Little Rock, AR

Dr. Lanita S. White joined the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) College of Pharmacy in July 2012. She is the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and Assistant Professor in the UAMS College of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmacy Practice in Little Rock, Arkansas. She is the Residency Program Director of the PGY2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Residency Program. Immediately prior to assuming the position of Assistant Dean, she was Director of the UAMS 12th Street Health and Wellness Center in the Office of Interprofessional Education (IPE), Division of Academic Affairs at UAMS. She had served in that role since the clinic’s inception in 2012 until November 2018.

She graduated with her Pharm.D. from Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans in 2006. After graduation, Dr. White completed a PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency and a PGY2 Ambulatory Care Specialty Residency at the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System (CAVHS) in Little Rock. She served as the full-time clinical pharmacist in the Diabetes and Endocrinology Clinic at CAVHS and Clinical Assistant Professor in the UAMS College of Pharmacy from July 2008 to July 2012. Along with her clinical duties at the VA, she served as the Residency Program Director for the VA PGY2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Residency and was member of the Residency Council and the Residency Research Committee.

At UAMS, Dr. White is the course coordinator for the Pharmacy Practice Assessment and Skills course taught in the third didactic year and she offers an elective for pharmacy students as well as fourth year medical students. She serves as co-faculty advisor for the UAMS Student National Pharmaceutical Association chapter, as a member of the Residency Review Committee, and as a mentor for the Teaching Certificate Program. She also serves as a member of the Arkansas Medicaid Drug Utilization Review Board and was recently appointed by the Governor of Arkansas to the State Employees Health and Life Insurance State Board. Her research interests include social determinants of health and health literacy and their impact on overall health and wellness and how interprofessional education and collaboration can improve the patient experience, improve population health and reduce the cost of care. In addition to the National Pharmaceutical Association, Dr. White is a member of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), Arkansas Medical, Dental and Pharmaceutical Association (AMDPA), the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, a current board member of the Arkansas Pharmacists Association, a founding member of the Arkansas College of Clinical Pharmacy, and a Past President of the Arkansas Association of Health-System Pharmacists (AAHP).

In 2013, Dr. White was invited for induction into the UAMS Rho Chi National Honor Society. In 2014, she was awarded the Chancellors Award for Diversity and Inclusion and in 2015 was recognized as a UAMS Phenomenal Woman. In 2016, she was a finalist for the Arkansas Business Health Care Heroes award in Innovation and was awarded the Dr. Joycelyn Elders Living Legend Award by the Arkansas Medical, Dental and Pharmaceutical Association (AMDPA). In 2017, she was served as the Coordinator of the American Pharmacists Association Preceptor Special Interest Group and became the first pharmacist to serve as President of the Student- Run Free Clinics Faculty Association, a national interprofessional faculty association. She serves on the Arkansas Pharmacists Association Board of Directors and in 2018, was elected President of the AMDPA. AMDPA is the state’s only interprofessional medical organization serving physicians, dentists, pharmacists, and other terminal degree medical professionals. Most recently, she was awarded the 2017 – 2018 UAMS Chancellor’s Award for Society and Health Education Excellence which is the highest award given at the university.

Zone V Director

Martha N'dungu, PharmD

Stockton, CA

Martha Ndung’u obtained her Doctorate in Pharmacy at the University of Pittsburgh in 2019 with a concentration in global health. She completed a primary care residency at the LifeLong federally qualified health care center in East Oakland, CA through Touro University. She is currently a registered pharmacist in California and her current role as a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of the Pacific Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy is centered on skills and case-based practice with first- and second-year pharmacy students.

Martha joined SNPhA as an undergraduate at the University of Pittsburgh and took on the roles of vice president, president-elect and president during pharmacy school. She was active nationally as she presented and acted as a delegate at several conferences; she was also nominated for SNPhA Chapter President of the Year in 2018.

Martha was inspired to stay active with NPhA after giving a panel presentation at the 2020 SNPhA regional conference in Pittsburgh. Her interests lie in mentoring pharmacy students and new grads while cultivating a network of diverse pharmacists in Zone 5. She hopes to utilize virtual platforms to connect the several states in Zone 5 to create avenues to build and form relationships in community outreach, research and more


NPhA Foundation Representative

Sybil Richard

Bio coming soon.

SNPhA President

Aliyah Cruz

Chapel Hill, NC

Aliyah Cruz is a third year Doctor of Pharmacy Candidate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Eshelman School of Pharmacy. She is originally from Havelock-Cherry Point, North Carolina, which is a small military base on the coast of North Carolina. It was her experience growing up as a Latinx female in a predominately white, southern, rural town where she learned how diverse the underserved community could really be. Her encounters with socioeconomic poverty and language barriers within her family helped push her towards a path that serviced those that could not receive equitable and holistic healthcare.

Upon entering pharmacy school, Aliyah knew that she wanted to be involved in her community and serve not only the underserved, but also help promote minority healthcare professionals that she did not see growing up. Following this mission, Aliyah quickly joined SNPhA as it highlighted these two pillars in their mission statement. In SNPhA, she was able to quickly find her passion in advocacy and became the delegate for her local chapter, successfully defending two resolutions at the National Convention that year. From there, Aliyah was able to serve as the National Fighting Diabetes Chair, resulting in the highest number of student participants and events for the 2019-2020 year. Her time in this role allowed her to understand how passionate SNPhA members are, and what energy they would need from a national board to continue the amazing work they do on the ground.

Outside of SNPhA, Aliyah works at UNC Health as a Medication History Specialist as well as serves as teaching assistant for two courses at her program. She holds outside leadership positions in the Student Health Action Coalition (SHAC), where she helps facilitate chronic care management screenings for the Latinx population and homeless community, as well as in Phi Lambda Sigma (PLS), where she serves as chapter president.

Aliyah is honored to serve as the SNPhA National President-Elect for the 2020 – 2021 year. In this role, she hopes to promote chapter bonding both within regions and across regions, along with continuing to grow the relationship between SNPhA and NPhA in the next two years.

SNPhA President-Elect

Tierra Jackson

Athens, GA

Tierra Jackson is a third-year student pharmacist from the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy. She is passionate about supporting underserved communities and offering equitable resources to patients and students of color.

Tierra began her journey with SNPhA as her Pre-pharmacy Society President, where she served as a liaison between students and her local SNPhA chapter. She continued her involvement by serving on the local Pre-Pharmacy Committee, and the National Virtual Conference Committee. Outside of SNPhA, Tierra served as a Clinic Manager at Mercy Health Center where she learned to manage an interprofessional team full of diverse perspectives to benefit the community. She also co-founded the UGA Chapter of the Black Student Pharmacist Organization where she collaborated with community sponsors to promote quality patient care and provided professional development opportunities for minority students.

Through SNPhA, Tierra is excited to continue creating safe spaces for minority patients and professionals in healthcare. She will strengthen resources that will allow everyone to reach their full potential.

Committee Leaders

New Practitioner’s Network Chair

Starr Shands, PharmD

Gallup, NM

Dr. Starr Shands is a native of Stony Creek, Virginia, a small town 45 min outside of Richmond, VA. She is currently an ambulatory care Clinical Pharmacist at Gallup Indian Medical Center under Indian Health Services (IHS) in Gallup, New Mexico. She serves the Native American population for different tribes such as the Navajo, Zuni, and Hopi. Dr. Shands graduated with her Pharm.D from Hampton University in May 2018. She is a mentor/resource to pharmacy students in different spaces like Pharmacy Initiative Leaders (PILs), Inc., [a non-profit corporation which seeks to establish quality connections within the pharmacy profession and serve as a premier resource for the success of aspiring pharmacists]; and the Pharmacy Student Mentorship Program under NPhA/SNPhA. She was recently appointed to the Board of Directors for the National Pharmaceutical Association as the New Practitioners Network co-chair for the 2020-2022 term. Dr. Shands currently has experience in ambulatory care, mail order pharmacy, behavioral health, family medicine, internal medicine and medication reconciliation. In her spare time, she loves to mentor students, get involved in pharmacy organization work initiatives, and work on ways to live a healthier lifestyle overall. Her goals in her career is to impact the lives of her patients in a positive way and make a difference in the communities she serves.

New Practitioner's Network Vice-chair

Kirstyn Hill, PharmD

Cleveland, OH

Dr. Kirstyn Hill, originally from the Chicagoland area, currently practices as a clinical pediatric pharmacist at The Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio. She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Health and Health Disparities from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her Doctor of Pharmacy and Master of Public Health degrees from the University of Kentucky. While at the University of Kentucky, she served as the Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA) chapter president and the treasurer of Phi Lambda Sigma (PLS). She then completed her PGY-1 pharmacy practice residency at Lee Health in Fort Myers, Florida.

As a pediatric clinical pharmacist, Dr. Hill practices in multiple pediatric departments and interacts with a variety of patient populations. She is an active member of the National Pharmaceutical Association (NPhA) and American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP). Her passions and interests include public health, health equity, precepting, career development and mentorship.

Clinical Initiatives Coordinator

Dr. Jacqueise Unonu PharmD 

Washington, DC

Dr Jacqueise Unonu is a Clinical Assistant Professor and Community Pharmacy Practice faculty at Howard University College of Pharmacy (HUCOP). She earned a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from HUCOP in Washington, DC and completed a pharmacy practice residency at Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte, NC. Dr Unonu is a national speaker providing education to both healthcare professionals and individuals in the community. She has a long-standing passion for providing the knowledge that is necessary to enable patients to take charge in successfully improving their health. She provides medication education to members of the community by way of programs put in place to support those with chronic conditions.

Dr Unonu also strives to mentor pharmacy students of today to further their education through post graduate programs such as residencies and fellowships. She is the Residency and Fellowship Readiness Program Coordinator at HUCOP and strongly feels that these programs can provide growth in mindset and ability empowering young pharmacists to initiate programs and impact the healthcare field and community earlier in their careers.

Her research interests are in medication adherence in HIV and other chronic diseases, cultural competence, and the impact of medication adherence programs initiated at the community pharmacy level on patient health outcomes. She has been recognized with awards for innovation in pharmacy practice and excellence in precepting Advanced Pharmacy Practice Education pharmacy students in the ambulatory care setting.

Publicity Vice-Chair

Myla Marshall, PharmD

Dr. Myla F. Marshall is a Memphis, Tennessee native and 2020 Samford University McWhorter School of Pharmacy graduate. While in her didactic program, Dr. Marshall served in a number of leadership roles including 2 full terms as the National Patient Advocacy Chair for the Student National Pharmaceutical Association, Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy Chapter President, Phi Lambda Sigma Vice President and several more. After completing her doctorate, Dr. Marshall immediately went on to serve as a Clinical Research and Quality Improvement pharmacist Fellow at the Birmingham Veteran Affairs hospital in Birmingham, Alabama while simultaneously serving as an Executive Consultant on the national level for the Student National Pharmaceutical Association in 2020. She now serves as the National Pharmaceutical Association and Industry Pharmacy Organization publicity and marketing consultant, and is a full-time student pharmacist mentor in collaboration with organizations such PILs Inc. Through these endeavors, Dr. Marshall has showcased her desire for mentorship, cultivating innovative approaches in improving medication safety and healthcare through pharmacy administration, quality improvement, and research. She is adamant in aiding in the refinement of healthcare while ensuring optimal patient experiences which she has been able to execute in her new role as a Janssen Pharmaceuticals of Johnson and Johnson Quality and Compliance Fellow. Dr. Marshall's dedicated to representing and advocating for minority patient populations, and has set a personal goal to lead in interprofessional collaborations to improve healthcare through innovation, integrity, advocacy, and accountability to address social determinants of health and instill groundbreaking innovation that will help people live the life they desire.

Convention Planning Coordinator

Meagan Brown, PharmD

Jackson, MS

Dr. Meagan Brown is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Coordinator of Community Pharmacy Development with the Division of Pharmacy Professional Development, within the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy in Jackson, Mississippi. She earned a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Xavier University of Louisiana’s College of Pharmacy in 2010. Upon graduation, Dr. Brown completed a PGY-1 Community Pharmacy Practice Residency and joined faculty immediately upon finishing.

Her clinical practice site is mainly a federally-qualified health center in rural Mississippi, where she provides clinical services to patients under grant funding focused on cardiometabolic diseases. Additionally, she is the primary residency preceptor for the independent pharmacy experience, and helps resident pharmacists develop clinical services in this setting as well. In the classroom, Dr. Brown’s coursework is mainly focused on chronic disease and developing coursework around rural health.

She currently serves on the Diversity and Inclusion Task Force within the School of Pharmacy, search committees for faculty and state organizations, course committees, and many committees with other national pharmacy organizations and state organizations- Mississippi Society of Health Systems Pharmacists (Secretary), Magnolia State Pharmaceutical Society, and Mississippi Pharmacists Association.

Dr. Brown is an active member in her community- serving on her health ministry at New Jerusalem Church, a 2017 Honoree of Best Dressed Jackson with the American Cancer Society, a member of the Circle of Red for the Metro Jackson Chapter of the American Heart Association, an active member of the Junior League of Jackson, and founding board member of the Jackson Professional Group. She enjoys spending time with her friends and family- especially her loving husband, Dr. Terrence H. Brown and three children- Joshua, Tristin, and Mason.

Legislative Liaison Chair

Sienna Miller, PharmD Kingman, AZ

Dr. Sienna Miller obtained her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy in Clinton, South Carolina. During pharmacy school Sienna was an active member of SNPhA, serving on many committees providing forums (HIV, diabetes, stroke prevention) and completing clinical skills competitions. Later, Sienna completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. Throughout her residency, Sienna developed the skills to provide excellent care to patients and create valuable relationships with patients and providers.

Since completing residency, Sienna has been practicing in an ambulatory outpatient clinic setting in Arizona. Within the clinic, Sienna strives in providing safe, effective, and compassionate care to each patient, drawing from multiple specialties for a well-rounded approach. Sienna is also dedicated to giving patients the tools and resources needed to manage chronic disease states, including face-to-face counseling, medication management, transitions of care, barrier identification, and problem-solving skills. Sienna is also a member of American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and Arizona Pharmacy Association, currently serving as Director-at-Large.

In her spare time Sienna enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, exercising, and watching sports. Dr. Miller is excited for the new opportunity to provide a positive impact to new practitioners to help enhance their pharmacy career.

Research, Education, and Scholarship Chair

Hope Campbell, PharmD, BCPS

Brentwood, TN

Dr. Hope Campbell joined the Belmont faculty in August 2010. She completed her undergraduate training at the University of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica where she majored in Chemistry and minored in Biochemistry and Zoology. In 1993 she was awarded the Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Maryland, in Baltimore Maryland. She completed an ASHP accredited residency training in Pharmaceutical Care at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. For the next 17 years Dr Campbell remained at Vanderbilt serving as a Clinical Research Pharmacist. She served as the coordinator of the Investigational Drug Service, clinical pharmacist for the Infectious Disease-HIV service and administrator for pharmacy continuing education. As an Adjunct Professor of the University of Tennessee she served a preceptor for University of Tennessee School of Pharmacy, third- and fourth-year students. In addition she served as preceptor for residents in the Pharmacy Practice Residency program at Vanderbilt.

Dr Campbell’s practice focus is Internal Medicine, with an interest in HIV pharmacotherapy. Her research interests are diversity in pharmacy, student success modalities and student retention strategies. As Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice, Dr. Campbell teaches courses related to clinical science and practice, such as Pathophysiology and Therapeutics and Health Assessment. Dr. Campbell currently serves as the clinical pharmacist at Metropolitan Nashville General Hospital, where she supports the Family Medicine service. Her practice site serves as an Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience site for student pharmacists in their fourth year of the pharmacy curriculum.

Continuing Pharmacy Education Chair

Raven Jackson, PharmD

New Orleans, LA

Raven Jackson is from Palmetto, Louisiana and currently resides in New Orleans serving as Clinical Assistant Professor of Pharmacy at Xavier University where she too received her PharmD degree. Raven completed her postgraduate training through a community residency program with Walgreens Co. and Purdue University in 2014. Her residency focused mainly on the integration of MTM in major chain settings, diabetes education, and pharmacy administration. Upon completion of the program, she went on to serve as pharmacy manager of a Walgreens location in Houston, TX. Raven returned to her alma mater in 2016 as faculty and currently teaches in several courses including professional practice, professional abilities lab, Interprofessional Education and within the therapeutics series. Raven also manages a Diabetes MTM program at West Jefferson Medical Center. A majority of her community service is completed with the Delta Eta Chapter of Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity, Inc where she serves as Advisor. She also volunteers annually with various health fairs and church organizations through the College of Pharmacy. In her own time, Raven volunteers with the Youth Empowerment Project in New Orleans, geared towards providing job readiness skills for young adults, and in her hometown with the Community Celebration Committee aimed at creating annual community events for the children and adults in the area.


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