I am truly excited and humbled to serve as your current President of NPhA for the biennium 2018-2020. I DO NOT take leadership lightly because for me it is not about the title but it is truly about the service and work to be done for others. There is extensive work to be done in our underserved and minority communities. I am thankful for all my predecessors who laid the foundation and made NPhA what it is today. The theme for my biennium term is A.C.T.I.O.N. in Excellence. A is for Advocacy, with a goal of having more of a legislative presence regarding national and state policies that affect minorities. C is for Collaboration, initiating new collaborations and enhancing current collaborations with national, state and local entities and continuing to collaborate with SNPhA and the NPhA Foundation. “Alone we can do so little, but together we can do so much!” T is for Transformational Branding, in which we will focus on our social media presence and increasing awareness of NPhA being THE organization focused on minority pharmacy issues. We will focus more on leading more clinical initiatives and offering service opportunities for our members to encourage increased membership. I is for Inclusion, creating an environment where all new and renewed members see NPhA as a place that they belong and can engage. O is for Organizational Excellence, making sure that NPhA is striving for excellence in all areas of operation. N is for Next Generation Preparation, cultivating mentor-mentee relationships with members of SNPhA and connecting with SNPhA chapters in our regions. The number “8” has great significance as it represents a new beginning. As my tenure as President begins in 2018, I am excited to take NPhA to the next level. However I cannot do this alone, your support is vital. I need each of you to join in and take A.C.T.I.O.N. in Excellence!
Lakesha Butler, PharmD, BCPS
NPhA President 2018-2020