Kathy Monangai (Class of 2020) was elected as the National Vice President of the Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA) during the NPhA/SNPhA 72nd Annual National Convention July 2019 in Houston, Texas. SNPhA is a national student pharmacy organization whose mission includes serving the under-served and increasing minority representation within pharmacy and other healthcare professions. Monangai will serve her 2019-2020 term on the National Executive Committee of the National Board. While in her new role as National Vice President, she will coordinate both Regional and National Clinical Skills Competitions as well as the Chapter Achievement Partners (CAPs) Program.

Monangai served as the Chapter President at PittPharmacy the year prior to her election. During her chapter presidency year, she led a group of students as the first student pharmacy organization to represent the School of Pharmacy at the university-sponsored Community Engagement Center Homewood in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. These efforts resulted in winning a bid to host the 2020 SNPhA Region 1 and 2 Conference.

The chapter’s efforts this past year were recognized by being named one of the top-three national finalists for the Rite Aid Chauncey I. Cooper Small Size Chapter of the Year and receiving honorable mention for participation in two national initiatives: Power to End Stroke and Operation Immunization. Both efforts were lead by Kaycie Gavin (Class of 2021) and Funto Babalola (Class of 2020), respectively.

PittPharmacy won the bid to host the Region 1 and 2 SNPhA 2020 Conference. The 2019-2020 SNPhA National Theme is Lead Empower Generate Advocate Community Youth (LEGACY). The conference will be held Friday, February 21- 23, 2019 at the Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel, Station Square.

Photo Above: Kathy Monangai (SNPhA National Vice President, (Class of 2020), Marcia Borrelli (SNPhA Chapter Advisor), Hager Mohamedein (SNPhA Chapter President, Class of 2021), Aarti Zaver (Class of 2022)

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