Leadership

 

Grand Council

Christine Bryant

Christine Bryant

President

 
Bio

Grand President Christine Bryant was born in Anaheim, California but spent most of her childhood growing up in Indianapolis, Indiana. She joined Kappa Epsilon as a pre-pharmacy student in 2010 and was officially initiated into the Pi Chapter in 2012. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Purdue University in 2016 and continued her post-graduate education with a pharmacy practice residency in Indianapolis at Indiana University Health. She then went on to complete her specialty residency in pediatrics at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health.

Christine now lives in Crozet, Virginia where she is a Pediatric Clinical Pharmacist at UVA Children’s specializing in pediatric solid organ transplant and hospital medicine. Given her passion for preparing the next generation of pharmacist a lot of her practice focuses on precepting students and pharmacy residents in a variety of pediatric subspecialties, to show them that pediatrics isn’t so bad!

Her Kappa Epsilon involvement includes serving as historian, vice president, and president of Pi chapter during her collegiate years. Upon graduation from Purdue, she became involved with the Indiana Alumni Chapter in Indianapolis until she moved to Virginia. This is her fourth biennium on Grand Council, serving previously as VP Membership Recruitment, VP Collegiate Development, and most recently President Elect. She is ecstatic at the opportunity to continue to serve the Fraternity on Grand Council and help pave the way for the next generation of pharmacists, our future pharmacy and fraternity leaders.

In her free time, Christine enjoys running, hiking, rock climbing, country music, dogs, and anything leopard print.

Tatyana Franklin

Tatyana Franklin

Vice President of Communications

Bio

Tatyana Franklin is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana. She recently received her PharmD degree from Xavier University of Louisiana in 2021. Tatyana currently works as a Staff Pharmacist at Walmart Neighborhood Market. Before pharmacy, Tatyana received her BS in Biology and Chemistry from Xavier University of Louisiana in 2014, and her MS in Healthcare Management from the University of New Orleans in 2016. She also worked as a federal government employee for the U.S. Department of State for 2 years. 

Tatyana was initiated into the Alpha Nu Chapter at Xavier University of Louisiana as a pharmacy student in Spring 2018. She previously held the positions of President and Treasurer of the Alpha Nu Chapter. Also, she served as the VP Communications intern for the 2019-2021 biennium. 

Outside of pharmacy, Tatyana enjoys spending quality time with family, binge-watching Netflix Original series, online shopping, crocheting, traveling, and watching skin care routines on YouTube.

Alexis Youngpeter

Alexis Youngpeter

Vice President of Membership Recruitment

Bio

Born and raised in Findlay, Ohio, Alexis Youngpeter will graduate from Ohio Northern University in May 2022 with minors in leadership and business administration. After working as an inpatient pharmacy intern, Alexis has found a love for staffing and clinical pharmacy as well as emergency medicine. Upon graduation she hopes to obtain additional training in one of these settings before landing a job as a health system pharmacist in Columbus, Ohio where she currently resides.

Alexis has been involved with Kappa Epsilon her entire collegiate life and took on a leadership position just one month after being initiated in 2016 and has served as a member of the Psi chapter’s executive board for four years. During her year as chapter president, she also had the opportunity to serve as a voting delegate at the 49th KE Convention in Charleston, SC. It was here that Alexis realized her true passion for KE and the profession of pharmacy and decided to take her service for the fraternity to the next level. Upon finishing her duties as Psi chapter president she became one of the first Grand Council interns working under Past Grand President, Erin Lingenfelter.

In the rare instance she is not working, studying, or dedicating time to Kappa Epsilon, Alexis loves to create and sell pieces of unique artwork, participate in just about any adrenaline-pumping activity, snuggle any cat or kitten that comes her way, and enjoy time visiting with family and friends.

Nikkina Hankins

Nikkina Hankins

President Elect

 
Bio

President Elect Nikkina Hankins, PharmD is a native of Olive Branch, MS. She was initiated into Kappa Epsilon’s Alpha Gamma chapter in 2009 while attending the University of Mississippi. She transferred to the Alpha Pi chapter in 2014 and graduated with her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Howard University in 2018. Nikkina completed her PGY-1 Community Pharmacy Residency in June 2019 with Lipscomb University and Marcrom’s Pharmacy in the Nashville and Central Tennessee area. Nikkina currently serves as a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at an Outpatient VA Clinic in Hopkinsville, KY.

 

Nikkina has a long record of service to Kappa Epsilon and the profession of pharmacy. She has served as Chaplain, Vice President, and President in Kappa Epsilon in her local chapters and the National Grand Council as VP Membership Recruitment during the 2017-2019 biennium and VP of Communications during the 2019-2021. 

 

When Nikkina is not concentrating on the practice of pharmacy, she loves finding new crafts, reading books, and special cuddles with her cat. She is an avid crocheter, knitter, and painter. She finds most of her inspiration from Pinterest.

Kristina Rosus

Kristina Rosus

Vice President of Alumni Development

Bio

VP Alumni Development Kristina Rosus was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She attended Purdue University College of Pharmacy in West Lafayette, Indiana and then returned to the Steel City after graduation in 2018. After a brief stint as a Clinical Pharmacist, she found her professional passion as a Medical Science Liaison with AbbVie in 2020.

 

Kristina has a long record of service to Kappa Epsilon and its members. She has served as Alumni Liaison, Convention Delegate and President for her initiating chapter, Purdue’s Pi chapter. During the 2019-2021 biennium she served her first National Grand Council role as VP Collegiate Development. In 2020 she collaborated with then VP Alumni Development, Dr. Melissa Ruble, to create the Zada Network Book Club. She is excited to continue fostering the lifelong KE bond among our alumni and collegiates!

 

When Kristina is not traveling for work or furthering her KE outreach she can be found reading, planning her next girls’ weekend, or trying the latest workout trend (even if she wonders why she is putting herself through it the entire time). She can also be found showing off pictures of her cat, Astraea, at any time!

Ashley Sotoodeh

Ashley Sotoodeh

Secretary

 
Bio

Secretary Ashley Sotoodeh is originally from Irving, Texas and resides in Chicago, Illinois. She attended The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy and is currently a Managed Care Pharmacy Resident at Health Care Service Corporation/Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois.

Ashley joined Xi chapter where she was initiated in the fall of 2017. She has served as service co-chair and two terms as president of her chapter. During this time, she was awarded the Zada Cooper Scholarship in 2019. Nationally, she has served as VP of Membership Recruitment during the 2019-2021 biennium. She is excited to stay on Grand Council and continue to assist chapters in any form needed!

Ashley enjoys traveling, hiking, trying new coffee shop, and bullet-journaling in her free time. 

Denise Schultz

Denise Schultz

Vice President of Financial Development

 
Bio

Vice President Financial Development, Denise Schultz, was initiated into Zeta chapter at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where she received her Bachelors of Science degree in Pharmacy in 1977.  Denise also received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin, Parkside, in 1987 and a Masters of Science degree in Pharmacy Administration from the University of Texas, Austin, in 1996.  Denise recently retired after working 36 years for SUPERVALU Pharmacies, Inc., Eden Prairie, MN, where she was the Director of Pharmacy Services and Compliance.

Denise has been very involved with Kappa Epsilon on the national level, having held the positions of Vice President Alumnae (1985-1987), Grand President (1987-1991), and Past President (1991-1995).  She has also served on the Kappa Epsilon Foundation board, having held the positions of Trustee (1993-1994; 1999-2001); Vice President (1994-1996; 2001-2003) and President (2003-2005; 2009 to 2011).  Additionally, Denise currently co-chairs the 100thAnniversary Committee, of which she has been an active member since 2013.

Denise is an avid traveler, having been to more than 35 countries around the world.  She has been to all 50 states and to 6 continents.  She hopes to make it all 7 by traveling to Antarctica sometime in the next 3-5 years.  She has also served as the KE Alumnae Cruise Director from 1999 to 2019.

Betsy Stephens

Betsy Stephens

Vice President of Collegiate Development

Bio

Betsy Stephens was initiated into the Rho chapter in 2017 and received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from University of Cincinnati College of Pharmacy in 2021. She is currently enrolled in the Masters in Pharmacy Leadership Program at the University of Cincinnati, and is expected to present her capstone sometime late 2022.

Despite being a recent graduate, Betsy has over 20 years of experience in the profession of pharmacy. She spent 12 years working as a technician in Long Term Care, and then transitioned over to Specialty, where she has spent the last 9 years, first as a tech then as an intern. Although unsure about the next chapter in her career, Betsy is very excited to be able to provide care to whatever population of patients she serves. 

Her Kappa Epsilon involvement has included National Project Committee Member (2019-2021), and from 2020-2021 she served as the Alumni Liaison for her local chapter.  Throughout her collegiate membership, she served as an unofficial mentor and sounding board for her chapter’s executive team, and was involved in the programming that helped Rho chapter win the Outstanding Chapter designation at the 2021 National Convention.  She is very excited to take on her new role as VP of Collegiate Development and work with the other members of Grand Council to provide personal and professional growth opportunities to our collegiate and alumni members!

Betsy spends most of her free time volunteering at a local urban farm that focuses on addressing trauma healing and food insecurity.  She also enjoys visiting the wide variety of breweries Cincinnati has to offer. 

Erin Lingenfelter

Erin Lingenfelter

Immediate Past President

 
Bio

Immediate Past President Erin M. Lingenfelter, originally from Sandusky, Ohio. She was initiated into the Psi chapter in 2001 and received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Ohio Northern University in 2005. She continued her post-graduate education with a pharmacy practice residency in Kalamazoo, Michigan at Borgess Medical Center and completed her specialty residency in Critical Care with University of Utah Health Care in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Erin Lingenfelter currently serves as a Clinical Emergency Medicine Pharmacist and Residency Program Coordinator for the PGY2 emergency medicine residency at University of Utah Health Care. She and her team started the first emergency medicine pharmacy practice in the state of Utah. In addition to her clinical responsibilities, she provides lectures and clinical rotations for the colleges of pharmacy, medicine, and paramedics. Erin is also active in her local community and orienting the refugee population to the health care system.

Her Kappa Epsilon involvement has includes Grand Council President Elect (2017-2019),  Grand Council VP Alumni (2011-2013), Grand Council VP Communications (2007-2011), Grand Council Secretary (2005-2007), Chair National Projects Committee (2003-2005), Psi Chapter President (2003-2004), Psi Chapter National Convention Delegate (2003), Psi Chapter New Member Educator (2002-2003). Erin is also a recipient of the Unicorn Award.

In all of her free time, Erin enjoys cross country skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, camping, fly fishing, scuba diving, vegetable gardening, and photography. She lives in Salt Lake City with her partner Dr. Kashyap Yellepeddi and her goldendoodle, Cleveland.

KE Foundation Officers & Trustees

Donna Heffner

Donna Heffner

Foundation President

 
Bio

Donna Heffner is currently the Head of Product Strategy in the Global Product Development & Supply organization of Bristol-Myers Squibb. I Prior to this, she was at Merck for 25 years where she held various positions of increasing responsibility in Quality, Technology, Procurement, Commercial, Product Development, Regulatory, Supply Chain, Product Strategy, and Business Development. Donna has a BS In Pharmacy from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy & Science (now the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia) and an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Donna’s KE Career began at the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science where she was initiated into Omicron chapter and served as Omicron chapter President for two years. She went on to serve at the national level by serving on Grand Council in two offices, serving as a Foundation Board member, co-chairing the National Convention in Philadelphia, and most recently, founding/leading the National Alumni Interest Committee. Donna has been the recipient of multiple KE awards, most notably the Zada Cooper scholarship, the Linda Rodgers award, and the Career Achievement Award.

Laura Wilson

Laura Wilson

Foundation Vice President

 
Bio

Laura and her husband live in Kansas City, Missouri.  She is an Outcomes Liaison Associate Director for the Primary Care Division of Sanofi Pharmaceuticals. She received her Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of Kansas in 2001 and participated in a Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research fellowship with Thomas Jefferson University.  Out of her fellowship Laura joined the Pharmaceutical industry.  She has as worked in various field-based medical affairs roles, with increasing levels of responsibility, for over 17 years.   She has experience bringing 10 new investigational products to market, playing a pivotal role in the pre and post-launch activities.

While at the University of Kansas, Laura was a member of the Mu Chapter of Kappa Epsilon.  She served as Mu chapter President 1999-2000.  Laura was elected as Vice President of Membership and served on Grand Council from 2000-2002.  Laura is a member of the Greater Kansas City Alumni Chapter.

Laura enjoys gardening, practicing yoga and is learning how to quilt.  She and her husband enjoy traveling, scuba diving, and hiking. Laura plans on hiking the Camino Santiago in 2020.

Kristin Fish

Kristin Fish

Foundation Treasurer

 
Bio
Foundation Treasurer Kristin Fish is from a small town in Southeast Missouri. She was initiated in the Omega Chapter at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) in 2006. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from UMKC in 2010. She also received her Bachelors of Science in Biology with a minor in Criminal Justice at the Southeast Missouri State University in 2005. Upon graduation from UMKC, Kristin completed a PGY-1 pharmacy residency at the Kansas City Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri. Following residency training, Kristin has worked as a clinical staff pharmacist at the University of Missouri Healthcare Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Columbia, Missouri since September of 2011. Currently, Kristin lives in Columbia Missouri.

Kristin’s leadership positions with the Omega Chapter included serving as Treasurer, President, Webmaster and Chaplain. Nationally, she has served as National Project Chair (2009-2011), Alumni-at-Large Delegate (2009), and Omega Chapter Delegate (2011)

Kristin enjoys running, traveling, Celine Dion concerts, and spending time with family and friends. Kristin has also participated on seven medical mission trips to Falmouth, Jamaica serving as the team’s pharmacist. She has completed 24 half marathons and 2 marathons over the last 4 years.

She is presently serving as a Treasurer  for the Kappa Epsilon Foundation during the 2017-2019 Biennium.

Gay Dodson

Gay Dodson

Foundation Trustee

 
Bio

Gay Dodson is a 1969 graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, College of Pharmacy. After graduation, Gay worked as a community pharmacist in the Dallas area for 13 years. While working as a community pharmacist, she was an active member of the local, state, and national pharmacy associations.

Gay has retired from her employment with the Texas State Board of Pharmacy on December 1, 2017. She began her employment with the agency in November 1982 by serving for 2 years as Field Compliance Officer in the Houston Area, 3 years as Senior Compliance Officer in the Austin office, and almost 10 years as Director of Compliance.  On June 28, 1997 she was appointed as Executive Director/Secretary of the Board. In her position as Executive Director, Gay served as the chief executive officer of the agency and an ex-officio member and secretary of the Board of Pharmacy. She also served as the District 6 Representative to the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy Executive Committee from 2016 to 2017.

Her awards and recognitions include: 2013 Kappa Epsilon Career Achievement Award; 2012 State Agency Council to the Governor’s Commission for Women, Outstanding Women in Texas Government; 2010 Texas Society of Health System Pharmacists’ Distinguished Service Award; 2007 National Association of Boards of Pharmacy’s Lester E. Hosto Distinguished Service Award; 2006 Texas Pharmacy Association’s Distinguished Service Award; 2000 University of Texas College of Pharmacy William J. Sheffield Outstanding Alumnus Award; 1997, Recognition Award from the Texas Society of Health-System Pharmacists in “ recognition of her commitment, leadership, and dedication in advancing the practice for pharmacists and the patients they serve ,” 1993 award for Outstanding Service from the Texas Pharmacy Association; and the 1989 Linda T. Rodgers Memorial Leadership Award from Kappa Epsilon. She is a member of the American Pharmaceutical Association, American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, Texas Pharmacy Association, Texas Society of Health-System Pharmacists, Capitol Area Pharmacy Association, and the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy. She is currently serving as Chair of the Texas Health Professions Council. Ms. Dodson is also a Past-President of the University of Texas College of Pharmacy Alumni Association and is an active member of the University of Texas Longhorn Alumni Band (LHAB). As a member of LHAB, Ms. Dodson marched in the 2017 London New Year’s Day Parade and in 2019 participated with LHAB in two parades and 3 concerts during the 75thAnniversary of D-Day in Normandy and Paris, France.

Monica Knott

Monica Knott

Foundation Trustee

 
Bio

I received my Doctor of Pharmacy degree from University of Kansas in 2003. I received my Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology degree from Purdue University in 1991. After graduating from KU, I returned to Indiana and took a staff position with Walgreens. I am currently pharmacy manager with Walgreens.

During my time at KU, I was initiated into the Mu Chapter in 1999. I served as President and was awarded a Zada M. Cooper scholarship 2001. I was a member of Phi Lambda Sigma and was awarded the 2003 Pfizer Outstanding Leader award.

When not working, I enjoy traveling and sampling craft beers. We are season ticket holders of our local soccer team, Indy Eleven. We have 3 cats and 2 greyhounds. We support and help with the local greyhound rescue group, Prison Greyhounds.

Jeanie Brown

Jeanie Brown

Foundation Trustee

 
Bio

Jeanie Brown was initiated into Kappa Epsilon Mu Chapter at the University of Kansas in 1984. She received her BS Pharmacy, PharmD and MBA from KU. Jeanie has served as the Mu Chapter Advisor or Co-advisor since 1989 and was the Grand Council VP Alumni Development from 2003-2005. Her professional pharmacy career includes retail, university student health, long term care, pharmacy benefit management, pharmacy director at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas, and currently as a pharmaceutical medical science liaison.

Kathy Nguyen

Kathy Nguyen

Foundation Secretary

 
Bio
Foundation Secretary Kathy Nguyen is originally from Falls Church, VA, a suburb of Washington DC.  She was initiated into the Tau Chapter at the Medical College of Virginia (Virginia Commonwealth University) in Richmond, VA in 2010.  Kathy received a bachelor’s degree in Biology and Chemistry from Virginia Tech in 2009. Upon graduating in 2013, she was a staff pharmacist and pharmacist in charge for CVS Pharmacy in Arlington, VA. She later went on to the Mirixa Corporation as an MTM pharmacist. Kathy currently works in Medical Information with Envoy Health, a subsidiary of Diplomat Pharmacy.
Kathy attended her first Kappa Epsilon National Convention in 2011 in Phoenix, AZ, serving as a delegate for the Tau Chapter. She was elected to Grand Council in 2013 in Richmond, VA as Vice President of Communications and re-elected to the same position in 2015 in Orlando, FL.
In her free time, Kathy runs an online boutique featuring custom pharmacy and medical gifts. She also enjoys Virginia Tech Football and hanging out with her dogs, Bella and Chloe.
Salvatore Bottiglieri

Salvatore Bottiglieri

Foundation Ex Officio

 
Bio

Foundation Ex Officio Salvatore Bottiglieri, originally from Montrose, New York, received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Albany College of Pharmacy in 2008. Sal was initiated into the Alpha Upsilon Chapter at Albany College of Pharmacy in 2004. Sal Bottiglieri completed his pharmacy practice residency in North Carolina at The Moses Cone Health System in Greensboro. Additionally, he completed his specialty residency in Hematology/Oncology with The University of Kentucky in Lexington, under the direction of Dr. Val Adams.

Sal Bottiglieri is currently the Clinical Pharmacy Coordinator in Medical Oncology at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida. Dr. Bottiglieri oversees all clinical pharmacy services in medical oncology and provides direct patient care services to the gastrointestinal, head & neck, and endocrine cancer clinics. In addition to his clinical responsibilities, he provides lectures and clinical rotations for several colleges of pharmacy in Florida. His professional memberships in addition to Kappa Epsilon include Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association (HOPA), Phi Lambda Sigma, and Rho Chi.

His Kappa Epsilon involvement includes Grand President (2017-2019), President-Elect (2015-2017), Grand Council Secretary (2009-2011), Chair National Projects Committee (2007-2009), Alpha Upsilon Chapter Past-President (2006-2007), Alpha Upsilon Chapter National Convention Delegate (2005 & 2007), Alpha Upsilon Chapter President (2005-2006), and Alpha Upsilon Chapter Vice President (2004-2005). He is also a 2007 Zada M. Cooper Scholarship recipient.

For fun, Sal enjoys long distance running and foot race competitions, exploring the many restaurants and activities of Tampa Bay and Orlando regions, traveling, and various outdoor activities. He lives in Tampa Bay Florida with his wife Sue, daughter Abrianna, and Dalmatian Kona. Sal and his wife are also expecting their second child, a baby boy in October 2019.

Staff

Cayla Marconi

Cayla Marconi

Executive Director

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Cayla Marconi has been a part of the Affinity Strategies (Association Management Company for Kappa Epsilon) team since July of 2016 and is currently manages Affinity Strategies’ orthopedic and health care fraternity clients. Cayla was previously in the logistics field working on the business development team as an account manager. With her logistics background she is able to bring an array of experience to our team and clients.

Interns

In the process of recruiting interns, the new intern class will be announced this October!