Meet your 2017–18 APhA–ASP National Executive Committee
2017–18 NATIONAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Nimit Jindal, President-elect
I am incredibly excited about serving the profession in this new role and for the opportunity to learn about and work with thousands of student pharmacists from across the country. I was born in Niagara Falls, Canada, in 1995, and immigrated to the United States in 1998. I attended Morris Hills High School in New Jersey, before heading to the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. I have served as the APhA–ASP Region 2 Regional Delegate and as a Chapter Policy Vice President. In my 2 years on the National Executive Committee (NEC), I will work to foster an environment that engages every student pharmacist across the country and empowers them with the tools to develop new programs to advocate for the profession and enhance patient care. As APhA–ASP gets ready to celebrate its 50th anniversary, I am inspired by our history and optimistic about the role of student pharmacists in the future of care. After graduation, I plan to go to law school to enhance my ability to advocate for pharmacists and gain better access to pharmacist-provided services.
Jason Gaines, Speaker of the House
Born in Virginia and raised in Cheverly, MD, I was active in the community and attended Eleanor Roosevelt High School. Subsequently, I attended Morehouse College, where I was active in the Health Careers Society and Army ROTC. After completing my undergraduate degree, I served a year on active duty before returning to Atlanta to attend Mercer University College of Pharmacy. While at Mercer, I have been involved in APhA–ASP, the Georgia Pharmacy Association, and Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity, serving in various leadership roles. Upon graduation, I plan to pursue a career that integrates pharmacy with business and economics while serving in the U.S. Army Reserve. During my term as APhA–ASP Speaker of the House, I aim to increase levels of advocacy among student pharmacists by boosting chapter exposure to the policy process. With health care rapidly changing, the role of the pharmacist will be vital to the advancement of quality, patient-driven health care services. Through selfless service, consistent communication, and strategic relationships, I will work with the rest of the NEC to accomplish these goals and uphold the Academy’s mission.
Allyson Cagle, Member-at-large
I was born in Houston, TX, and later moved to Alabama, where I was raised. I attended West Point High School in Cullman, AL, and after graduation, went to the University of North Alabama as a biology and chemistry double major. During my undergraduate years, I was active in the Pre-Pharmacy Club, a member of the award-winning Pride of Dixie Marching Band, and worked at Massey Drugs, a local independent pharmacy. I was accepted at the Samford University McWhorter School of Pharmacy in spring 2014 and have been very active in pharmacy school from day one. During my time at Samford, I have served as a class officer, a member of the Orientation Team, been inducted into Phi Lambda Sigma, where I served as a chapter officer, and served as President-elect and President of our APhA–ASP Chapter (the largest organization on Samford’s campus). My love for all-things APhA–ASP ultimately led me to pursue the NEC. I look forward to working with the newly elected committee members and APhA staff to continue the incredible efforts of the 2016–17 national officers. The team is excited to help students around the country Begin Your Legacy.
Meryam Gharbi, Member-at-large
I was born in Glasgow, Scotland, to the most amazing Tunisian parents who made sure that I was a world traveler at a young age! I love to meet new people, explore different cultures, and of course, indulge in unique foods from across the globe. I moved to Salisbury, MD, when I was 11 and attended middle school, high school, and completed my undergraduate degree there. After receiving my BS in biology from Salisbury University, I moved to Baltimore, MD, to attend pharmacy school at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, and I am now heading into my final year. My passion for APhA–ASP grew through serving as an Operation Heart Chair at the chapter level and a member of the APhA–ASP National Standing Committee on Communications. The phenomenal impact student pharmacists make on their patients, peers, and profession constantly inspire me. There is so much value to being a member of APhA and APhA–ASP, and I believe every student pharmacist should take that small, positive risk and give it a chance to change their lives. I can’t wait to serve and help you find your home with APhA–ASP so that you can Begin Your Legacy!