Student Leadership

Meet the 2017-2018 Indiana Pharmacists Alliance Student Executive Committee!

The IPA Student Executive Committee is comprised of six student pharmacist leaders from Purdue, Butler and Manchester Colleges of Pharmacy. The Executive Committee works closely with the IPA Board, and represent IPA at school and state activities, advises the IPA board on student opportunities and membership, and serves as the collective voice of IPA student members. Our SEC leaders provide leadership and guidance to Academy and Council Student Committee members.     

Graduating Class of 2018
       Pat Nelson, Purdue                    Jacob Pollard, Butler            Brooke Vonada, Manchester

Graduating Class of 2019

Anthony Giazzon, Purdue               Michelle DiFatta, Butler             JT Palaika, Manchester

Along with the Student Executive Committee, IPA holds seven additional student committees focused in varying facets of pharmacy practice!

Indiana Academy of Community Pharmacists (IACP) Student Committee

Bailey McGrady Butler 2018
Miranda MacFarlane Purdue 2019
Engy Kheir Manchester 2019

Indiana Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ISHP) Student Committee
Jarred Daugherty Butler 2018
Austin Kurkowski Purdue 2018
Kelvin Reynolds Manchester

Indiana Academy of Non-Traditional Pharmacists (IANTP) Student Committee

Mitchell Cunningham Butler 2018
Sang-A Yun Purdue 2018
Jwan Mustafa Manchester

Education Council Student Committee
Christian Hauser Butler 2018
Matt Plassmeier Purdue 2018
Olga Vlashyn Purdue 2019
Morgan Land Manchester 2018

Membership Council Student Committee
Samuel Ludlow Butler 2019
James McGinnes Purdue 2018
TBD Manchester

New Practitioner Council Student Committee

Jennifer Clementi Butler 2018
Rachel Neal Purdue 2018
TBD Manchester

Legislative and Regulatory Task Force Student Committee
Kody Kavanaugh Butler 2018
Emily Armstrong Butler 2018
Shelby Ramion Purdue 2018
Jeng James Purdue 2019
Ben Slaven Purdue 2018
Cassie Etelamaki Purdue 2019
Sandeep Kaur Manchester 2019

Contact your school's Student Executive representative to learn how you can become engaged with IPA today!

Wondering what the IPA does and how you can play an important role in the profession of pharmacy as a member of the IPA.

Here are the answers you’ve been looking for:
The IPA has been around for well over a century; established in 1882 by a small group of influential pharmacists. The original purpose of the IPA was to unite pharmacists and serve as an effective voice for legislative change in the field of pharmcy. Instead of having legislators decide what was best for pharmacists and their profession, pharmacists wanted to control their own destiny. Serving as a legislative voice still stands as one of the primary purposes of the IPA. The IPA works to find out what its members need and want and partners with lobbyists to drive the legislative process in their favor.  

How can the IPA help you advance your career:

  • Develop leadership skills through participation in various events such as  Pharmacy Day at the Statehouse, the Future Pharmacist Conference and our Annual Convention & Expo 
  • Earn recognition and honors as you compete for the Outstanding Student of the Year Award and the $2,000 McSoley Scholarship
  • Strengthen your clinical skills with free subscriptions to the Indiana Pharmacist Journal and InTouch e-News and be prepared for the board exam with our NAPLEX Licensure review
  • Network with hiring managers from across the state as well as Indiana pharmacist and student leaders 
  • Have fun and relax at the PEF Golf Classic and the Dodgeball Tournament at Skyzone

What will it cost to join?

The cost for a student membership is only $25 annually.

Student Involvement with the IPA

Pharmacy Day at the Statehouse


Date: February 22, 2017 

Location: Indianapolis, IN 

  • Listen as our Senate and House Representatives provided insight into bills that will directly impact the future practice of pharmacy. Members of the IPA Legislative and Regulatory Taskforce will also discuss updates regarding upcoming 2017 legislative activies.  
  • Tour the Indianapolis Statehouse 
  • Registrants will recieve a 2017 Legislative Diretory and packet containing copies of all pharmacy bills relevant to this session 

IPA Annual Convention 
Date: September 28-30, 2017

Location: Indianapolis, IN 

  • Listen as a pannel of pharmacists and healthcare workers discuss key advances in industry, managed care, technology and social aspects of pharmacy
  • Develop and strengthen your clinical and leadership skill set  
  • Network with Indiana pharmacy leaders and hiring managers from across the state 

IPA Spring Conference and Expo

April 12, 2017
Location: Carmel, IN
  • Collaborate with a wide range of healthcare professionals to strengthen the profession of pharmacy
  • Present a poster along side educators, healthcare professionals and students from the three Indiana collage of pharmacies. 
  • Network and meet with numerous hiring managers during the vendor expo; featuring over 30 vendors encompassing a broad spectrum of pharmacy careers  

Compete for the McSoley Scholarship Award 

Each year three $2,000 scholarships are awarded to one student from each of the three Colleges of Pharmacy (Butler, Manchester, Purdue)! 

Information regarding the application process will be posted in February and selection of the scholarship recipients will occur in mid March. Scholarship recipeints will be honored at the upcoming Spring Conference and Expo. 

Complete a Student Rotation at the IPA 
Location: IPA administration building; Indianapolis, IN

  • Work closely alongside the IPA Executive Vice President, Randy Hitchens, to construct 5 year career objectives
  • Lay the foundation for the development of strong leadership, marketing and buisness skills.
  • Assist in the planning and execution of upcoming events such as the Annual Convention & Expo or the Future Pharmacist's Conference

NAPLEX Licensure Exam Review  
Date: May 4, 2017 

Location: Butler University; Indianapolis, IN

A great way to make sure you are prepared to for the upcoming pharmacy licensure exam!

PEF Golf Classic

Date: June 14, 2017 

Location: TBD  

Enjoy the day golfing with fellow students and pharmacists! A great networking opportunity.