FAMU Inducts College of Pharmacy Alumni into the Gallery of Distinction

FAMU News Release:

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida A&M University (FAMU) College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (COPPS) over the past 25 years has inducted into the Gallery of Distinction 27 distinguished community leaders. The Gallery of Distinction is a formal and public recognition by the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences of the many outstanding contributions of college alumni, administrators, faculty, and staff to the community and society at large. The “Induction” into the Gallery of Distinction is reserved for a very few individuals who have, by their impact, improved the College, the community, the quality of life, and/or enhanced the reputation of the College and University by their actions.

Each of the five inductees epitomizes the qualities of exemplary professionalism, unselfish giving, and have participated in improving the circumstances of others. The Induction Ceremony is scheduled for Friday, May 1, 2009 at 4 p.m. in room 104 of the New Pharmacy Building. It is free and open to the public.

The 2009 Gallery of Distinction Inductees are:

· Dr. Gwenesia Collins, a 1999 doctor of pharmacy graduate of the College of Pharmacy. Collins, who is CEO and managing member of Tri-Unity Infusion Services, LLC, was appointed by Governor Jennefer Granholm to the Michigan Board of Pharmacy in 2007. In December of the same year, she became a member of the Total Quality Care, Quality Assurance Board. Additionally, Collins is an adjunct clinical assistant professor at Wayne State College located in Detroit, Mich.

· Fletcher L. Gibson (posthumously) received a bachelor of science Pharmacy degree in 1963. After serving as a commissioned officer, reaching the rank of Captain and becoming a Purple Heart Medal recipient, Fletcher retired. He later became the owner of Washington Park Pharmacy of Wingate, Fla., where he dedicated more than 35 years of his life to training and transforming the minds of young men and young women, from FAMU and other universities, to become the nation’s “change agents” in the profession of Pharmacy.

· Dr. Cynthia R. Griffin, a 1983 graduate who received both a bachelors and PharmD from FAMU COPPS, is the director of Pharmacy Government Programs with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida.

Dr. Griffin was appointed by Governor Charlie Crist on February 13, 2009, to the Florida Board of Pharmacy. Over the past 20 years, she has served in pharmacy management and on numerous local committees and state and national boards.

Griffin has two daughters Whitney Dionne, a third-year pharmacy student and Crystal Rene, a pre-pharmacy student at Florida A&M University.

· Dr. Estrellita H. Redmon received her undergraduate degree in pharmacy in 1981 from FAMU and in 1986 earned her medical degree from the University of Florida, Gainesville. Before serving as medical director of Internal Medicine, Redmon was medical director for EMSA/Foxcare Health Center located in Hollywood, Florida from 1994-1995 and assistant medical director for EMSA/Foxcare Health Center in Miami from 1992-1994.

Dr. Redmon has served as a member of the Capital Medical Society Board of Governors, the American Cancer Society Board of Directors, and was appointed to the Plan Advisory Forum to the United States Pharmacopeia Model Guidelines Expert Committee. Additionally, Redmon has coordinated and led the team that implemented a state of the art electronic medical record system for the Capital Health Plan health centers, improving the flow of clinical information and ultimately the quality of care for Capital Health Plan members.

· Karl E. White, FAMU Board of Trustees Member, is a 1988 bachelor of science graduate in Pharmacy and a 1995 masters in Business Administration graduate from the University of Chicago. He is founder and CEO of Graciàn & Company, LLC.

White was appointed to the FAMU Board of Trustees in 2007 and serves as chair of the Audit Committee and vice chair of the Budget and Finance Committee.

White is also the chairman of the board of Ancora Phamaceuticals, Inc. Over the past seven years, he has served in key positions as executive director and CIO for Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Retirement Fund and vice chair of the Board of Trustees for the University of Massachusetts, a five-campuses system, serving 45,000 students with an annual operating budget exceeding of $2 billion.

Henry Lewis III, PharmD, dean and professor said, “We are extremely proud to welcome this distinguished class of Gallery of Distinction Inductees. Each has reached a pinnacle of professional success that we want to acknowledge and recognize in this way.”

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