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Kevin B. Sneed, PharmD
Dean, University of South Florida College of Pharmacy/USF Health

Dr. Sneed is the founding Dean of the University of South Florida College of Pharmacy, and a tenured Associate Professor in the USF Department of Family Medicine. He was previously a tenured Associate Professor with the Florida A&M University College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. His educational background includes a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology with a concentration in Microbiology from the University of Central Florida. Dr. Sneed received his Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from Xavier University of Louisiana College of Pharmacy, where he received several clinical and leadership awards. He completed an Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Practice Specialty Residency at Bay Pines Veteran’s Administration Medical Center.

Dr. Sneed’s research interests include the pharmacological treatment of patients with Cardio-Metabolic Disorders, and examining Health Care Disparities. He is a natural lecturer on both topics. Recent research interests include reviewing the causes of Statin-Induced Myalgias, and possible contributing pharmacogenomic factors. He is a Co-Director of the Community Outreach and Engagement Core (CEOC) in the Center for Equal Health, a Center of Excellence partnership between USF Health and the Moffitt Cancer Center. He is very active in community healthcare initiatives. He also directs a community initiative known as IN-SHAPE, which is addressing cardiovascular disparities in African-American and Hispanic communities in Tampa, FL. He has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals, and has participated in numerous grant projects and clinical trials.

Dr. Sneed is Chairman of the Cultural Health Initiatives Committee for the American Heart Association- Greater Southeast Affiliate. He also serves on a national advisory board with Humana, Inc., the Board of Directors with the Sickle Cell Anemia Association of Hillsborough County, the Gulfcoast North Area Health Education Center (AHEC), and the University of South Florida Diabetes Education Council Advisory Board. He participates in many community endeavors on an annual basis, most notably the Florida Cancer Education Network Men’s Health Forum in Tampa, FL. Dr. Sneed is very active in national and state organizations, among which include NPHA, ASHP, AACP, FPA, FSHP, and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

Amy H. Schwartz, PharmD, BCPS
Associate Dean for Academic & Clinical Affairs

Dr. Schwartz received her Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy in 1988, and Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in 1994.

Professional Experience
From 1995 through 2000 Dr. Schwartz was a faculty member at Midwestern University, Chicago College of Pharmacy during which time she developed clinical pharmacy services within a multi-specialty physician group practice. The Pharmacotherapy Clinic, a pharmacist-managed program, involved approximately 250 lives, the majority of whom were referred for Cardiovascular Risk Management. In 2001 Dr. Schwartz joined the faculty of Creighton University, School of Pharmacy and Health Professions where she was involved with the development of the Virtual Mentor Program for the newly developed web-based PharmD Pathway. Dr. Schwartz joined the faculty at the University of Southern Nevada College of Pharmacy in 2003 and held the position of Assistant Dean for Clinical Programs through 2005. Responsibilities included the administrative oversight of experiential training, preceptor development, residency development and continuing education. In July 2005 Dr. Schwartz spearheaded the development of post-graduate educational programming for the USN College of Pharmacy. From July 2006 through June 2010 Dr. Schwartz was Assistant Dean and Director of the Cooperative Pharmacy Program (CPP), a joint venture between the University of Texas – Pan American and the University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy. The mission of the CPP is to bring pharmacy education to an underserved region of Texas. The CPP also sought (through faculty and student initiatives) to enhance the awareness of pharmacy services throughout the region. Dr. Schwartz’s professional practice experiences have encompassed a variety of environments including community/retail, hospital, home health and pharmaceutical industry.

Didactic Responsibilities
Didactic responsibilities have included pharmacotherapeutics and pharmacology (pharmacy, physician assistant and nurse practitioner students), drug information, literature evaluation and research methods, professional development, experiential training, and specialty elective courses in advanced therapeutics, physical assessment, practice development and patient management.

Research Focus
Research interests include the evaluation of clinical services, professional socialization, and academic program assessment.

Professional Organizations
Dr. Schwartz is an active member of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, American Pharmacist Association, American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists and American College of Clinical Pharmacy.

Yashwant Pathak, M Pharm, EMBA, MS (Conflict Management), PhD
Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs

Yashwant Pathak has BPharm, MPharm, and PhD in Pharmaceutics from Nagpur University in India and postdoctoral training at Royal Free Hospital, London, UK, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, and American Heart Fellowship at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA. He completed his Executive MBA and MS in Conflict Management at Sullivan University, Louisville, KY, USA.

Professional Experience
Dr. Yashwant has worked in academics for over 15 years in various capacities -- as Chair and Professor and later as Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs, Assistant Dean of Research, and presently as Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Pharmacy, Tampa, Florida. He also directed the Center for Nanotechnology Education, Research and Applications (CENTRA) for two years. Here at USF Tampa he is associated with Nanotechnology Education and Research Center in College of Engineering and Translational Nanomedicine Center in the College of Medicine. He has several years of Industrial experience, the last job he had was director of R and D for formulation and drug delivery systems. Yashwant has over 100 research publications in many peer reviewed journals, abstracts, review articles and over 20 chapters in many books, and in pharmaceutical education. He has edited 4 books in Nanotechnology, 2 books in Nutraceuticals and many books in cultural studies. He has received several research grants, the recent one for Antioxidant nano delivery systems in neurodegenerative diseases.

Dr. Pathak is actively involved in many professional organizations as well as cultural organizations and has organized many conferences in professional and cultural areas. He has travelled over 70 countries for professional and cultural work. His recent area of interest is eastern and indigenous perspectives in global sustainability and conflict resolution besides nanotechnology and Nutraceuticals and complimentary medicines.

Heather MW Petrelli, MA
Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and Assessment

PhD candidate in Educational Leadership, Higher Education Administration Barry University, Miami, FL 2013. MA in Counseling Psychology, concentration in Bereavement Towson University, Towson, MD, 1998. BS in Psychology, Frostburg University, Frostburg, MD, 1994

Professional Experience
Heather Petrelli comes to us from LECOM School of Pharmacy where she was an inaugural faculty member, the Director of Admissions and Student Services, and the Director of Assessment and Faculty Development. Her most recent previous position was Assistant Dean of Student Services at the University of Maryland, School of Pharmacy. Other previous positions include the Director of Academic Support and Career Services at Trinity University, and Psychological Counselor with Coppin University in Baltimore Maryland. Her teaching experience includes lecture in effective communications, medication adherence, social and behavioral aspects of pharmaceutical care, death and dying, general psychology, techniques of counseling, African American history, English composition, career development, freshman seminar, and instruction methods for peer tutoring.

Mrs. Petrelli began her student affairs career in residential life in 1991. Since that time, she has had the opportunity to focus on access to education and serving under-represented populations in the areas of counseling, academic support, academic advising, disability services, admissions, experiential learning, career services, records & registration, financial aid, residential life, and study abroad. She also has several years experience counseling the dually diagnosed and children, adolescents, and adults in the areas of bereavement and substance abuse prior to her entrance into higher education. She is an active member of the American Association of Colleges and Pharmacy, National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, National Career Development Association, National Tutoring Association, and the Association of Higher Education and Disability.

Medical Discipline and Research Focus
Assessment of learning outcomes and administration in higher education; Best practices for student development and admissions; Student generational differences in educational outcomes; Substance Abuse and Bereavement Counseling; Career Development.

Shufeng Zhou, MD, PhD
Professor and Chair, Department of Pharmaceutical Science

Nanchang University College of Medicine (China, MD), Sun Yat-sen University of Medical Sciences (China, Certificate in Clinical Oncology), The University of Auckland (New Zealand, PhD).

Institutions of Employment prior to USA
RMIT University (Melbourne, Australia, Associate Professor); Queensland University of Technology (Brisbane, Australia, Senior Lecturer), National University of Singapore (Singapore, Assistant Professor), The University of Auckland (Research Fellow), and Guangzhou College of Medicine & Guangzhou First People’s Hospital (Clinical Specialist in Gastroenterology).

Professional Experience
Dr Zhou is presently working for University of South Florida College of Pharmacy as a professor and Chair of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences. Professor Zhou completed his clinical medical training in China in 1989 and his PhD and postdoctoral training at the Faculty of Medicine, the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Since 2002, Dr Zhou has served as a faculty member for the National University of Singapore, Queensland University of Technology, and RMIT University.

Professor Zhou has published more than 320 peer-reviewed papers in various pharmacy, pharmacology, and medicine journals such as New England Journal of Medicine, Cancer Research, Journal of Biological Chemistry, Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics and Clinical Cancer Research. He has also published 12 books and book chapters and more than 160 conference abstracts. His work has been cited more than 3,000 times by other colleagues. He has received more than US$5.0 million grants from various government funding bodies and industries. To date, he has trained 24 PhD students, 12 MSc/Honors students and 8 postdoctoral staff.

Dr Zhou serves as an editor for Drug, Healthcare and Patient Safety, Drug Metabolism Letters, and Current Drug Metabolism and is a reviewer for numerous medical and pharmacological journals. Dr Zhou has given more than 70 invited seminars/keynote presentations to a variety of institutes, government agencies, and high-profile international conferences, he is a recipient of several teaching and research awards, a member of several national and international professional societies, an a visiting professor of multiple universities.

Medical Discipline and Research Focus
Dr Zhou’s major research interests are drug metabolism, drug transport and pharmacokinetics, pharmacogenetics/pharmacogenomics, nanomedicine, and herbal medicines.

Renee C. Brown, B.A.
Director of Experiential Programs

Ms. Brown graduated in 1998 from University of South Florida with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology. She is completing coursework at USF towards a master’s degree in Public Health with a concentration in behavioral health.

Professional Experience
Ms. Brown is the Director of Experiential Programs of the University Of South Florida School Of Pharmacy. She was previously the Coordinator of Student Affairs at Florida A&M University College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Tampa Division, a position she held for ten years. As coordinator, she was responsible for APPE rotation scheduling, academic advising and counseling, and liaison between adjunct faculty and the College of Pharmacy.

Nazach Rodriguez-Snapp, MSW, MPH
Director of Admissions

University of South Florida

Professional Experience
Mrs. Rodriguez-Snapp is a skilled professional with nine years of experience. In July 2010, Mrs. Snapp joined the USF College of Pharmacy as the Director of Admissions. Her higher education experience began in 2003 when she served as an Adjunct Instructor with the University at Albany in Albany, NY where she supervised social work students during their clinical internship. In 2006, Mrs. Snapp joined the USF Health College of Medicine Office of Student Diversity and Enrichment. In this role she was responsible for the identification, recruitment and retention of underrepresented and disadvantaged students in medicine and coordinating diversity in medical education curricular and co-curricular activities. Mrs. Snapp worked in collaboration with the MD Admissions Office involved in a variety of admissions-related activities to include yet not limited to reviewing and making initial admission recommendations for regular decision applications, coordinating on campus recruitment events, developing recruitment and advising procedures as well as recruitment publications, and serving as interim coordinator of the BS/MD program. In addition to her role within the College of Medicine, Mrs. Snapp has served as an Adjunct Instructor in the College of Public Health and School of Social Work.

Before entering higher education, Mrs. Snapp was a public health social worker with a focus on using an epidemiologic approach to identify and address social problems that affect the health status and social functioning of populations. She has experience in the delivery of clinical and health education services to diverse and medically underserved populations, implementation of interventions that address primary and tertiary prevention at multiple levels, design and facilitation of training curricula for health care and human service professional, and coordination of public health research activities.

Research Focus
Past research projects have included the design and development of effective media campaigns to promote preconceptional use of folic acid among migrant Hispanic women and the development of culturally, linguistically, and literacy relevant cancer communications. 

Amanda DeBruin, PharmD, BCPS, CGP
Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice

Dr. DeBruin graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology and Molecular Biology and later earned her Doctorate of Pharmacy from the University of Florida College of Pharmacy. She completed an ASHP-accredited Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Practice Specialty Residency at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in Charleston, South Carolina.

Professional Experience
Dr. DeBruin is an Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice with the University of South Florida College of Pharmacy and an Assistant Professor and Clinical Pharmacist in the University of South Florida College of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine. Additionally she serves as Coordinator for the Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPE) within the USF College of Pharmacy. Previous to joining USF, Dr. DeBruin served as an Assistant Professor with the St. Louis College of Pharmacy in St. Louis, Missouri, with a pharmacist-managed primary care clinical practice at the John Cochran VA Medical Center.

Additionally, Dr. DeBruin has clinical practice experience in inpatient acute care in the community hospital setting, as well as managed care experience managing a Medication Therapy Management (MTM) program for a national Medicare and Medicaid provider. She has served as an experiential preceptor for both introductory and advanced practice pharmacy students in the ambulatory care, hospital, and managed care settings. She has also served as preceptor for multiple PGY1 pharmacy residency programs in various settings, and developed a PGY1 Managed Care Pharmacy Residency Program which achieved ASHP accreditation.

Dr. DeBruin is a board-certified pharmacotherapy specialist, certified geriatric pharmacist, as well as a licensed consultant pharmacist.

Practice interests
cardiology, diabetes management, and geriatrics. Professional memberships include ACCP, ASHP, and AACP.

Daniel C. Lee, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacy Science

Dr. Lee received his B.S. degree in Chemistry in 1999 at Lincoln University, Pennsylvania and his Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences in Pharmacology/ Toxicology at Florida A&M University College of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences in 2005.

Professional Experience
Dr. Lee’s postdoctoral work at the University of South Florida focused on novel therapies for Alzheimer’s disease models and the role of inflammation on Tau and amyloid beta pathology. Dr. Lee has received numerous accolades at USF including the USF Research Interdisciplinary Post-doctoral Scholar Outstanding Presentation Award, Symposium Winner three times and seven travel awards to international conferences. He has published in ten peer reviewed journals and has presented his research at 15 international conferences. His doctoral work was in the area of Parkinson’s disease and lysosomal dysregulation. Previous work over ten years was in hematology, chemistry, pathology, cancer, apoptosis, and inflammation at VA Medical Center PA, Institute for Cellular Therapeutics PA, Eli Lilly and Company IN.

Dr. Lee is a member of the Society for Neuroscience and The American Society for Neural Therapy and Repair, and has served as a Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology MARC peer mentor since 2006.

Medical Disciplines & Research Focus
Current research interest includes the role of ageing, neuroinflammation, and microglia activation in various neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.

Glenn Whelan, PharmD, Director of Academic Technologies
Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice

Dr. Whelan graduated from the University of Florida in 1999 earning a Doctorate of Pharmacy (with honors). Dr. Whelan completed a clinical and basic research fellowship from Nemours Children’s Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida.

Professional Experience
Dr. Whelan is an Assistant Professor at the University of South Florida College of Pharmacy and serves as Director of Technology within the College. Additionally, Dr. Whelan serves as an instructor for pharmacology courses with the College of Nursing and College of Medicine at the University of South Florida. He is also the manager of the Clinical Investigational Research Pharmacy. Dr. Whelan serves on several committees and roles within the administration at the College of Pharmacy, and holds a faculty seat with the Division of Asthma/Allergy/Immunology at USF.

Prior to joining USF, Dr. Whelan was a medical director at ClineDavis & Mann in Manhattan, NY, where he was involved in the platform development of drugs which were coming to market, as well as managing several portfolios of drugs which were currently on the market. Dr. Whelan worked as a medical liaison with AstraZeneca, LLP, in which he specialized in the respiratory therapeutic area managing the drugs relevant to respiratory diseases. Prior to this Dr. Whelan worked as a clinical pharmacist specialist at National Jewish Medical and Research Center in Denver, CO, where he worked and published in the areas of asthma/allergy/immunology, and infectious disease.

Practice/Research interests
Asthma/allergy/immunology, pulmonary related diseases, and infectious diseases. Therapeutic drug monitoring/pharmacokinetics are included for these areas. Dr. Whelan has research interests which involve the aforementioned disease states, while focusing on the pharmacokinetics and pharmacogenomics of the drugs involved. Dr. Whelan also serves as the program's Director of Academic Technology

Professional memberships include ACCP, ASHP, ASCPT and FSHP.

Kimberly S. Barrett
Administrative Specialist, Student Affairs & Assessment

Ms. Barrett graduated from Cleary College, Ypsilanti, Michigan, with an Associate degree in Business Administration.

Professional Experience
Ms. Barrett has worked for the University of South Florida since September, 2010. Her position is Administrative Specialist to the department of Student Affairs and Assessment for the College of Pharmacy. Her responsibilities include travel arrangements, purchasing, calendar management, and all primary administrative support for the Student Affairs and Assessment department and support to the Assistant Dean.

Before coming to USF, Ms. Barrett worked as the Administrative Coordinator to the Dean of Academic Affairs, DeVry University, Tinley Park, Illinois, and as the Department Coordinator for the Mechanical, Materials and Aerospace Engineering department of Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, Illinois. 

Jacqueline Grosser, B.S.
Admissions Advisor

Ms. Grosser has a Bachelor of Science Degree from University of Lowell in Business Administration.

Professional Experience
Ms. Grosser has worked for the University of South Florida since November, 2010. Her position is Admissions Advisor Recruiter for the College of Pharmacy. Her responsibilities include the data management of Admissions to include collecting, processing, and maintaining records and administrative information including applications and student files. She will also be responsible for developing and maintaining recruitment and admissions databases used to collect and analyze data.

Before coming to USF, Ms. Grosser worked as an Admissions Counselor at LECOM Bradenton School of Pharmacy. While there she gained experience in maintaining and analyzing applications to the doctor of pharmacy program in addition to providing counseling to prospective and matriculating students. She provided direct support to the Director of Student Affairs, prepared weekly reports on the admissions process for the School of Pharmacy, and planned and implemented special events.

S. Nicholas Kovacs, MS, CPhT

Mr. Kovacs graduated in 2009 from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biomedical Science, with a minor in Public Health. Further, Mr. Kovacs graduated in 2010 with a Master of Science Degree in Pharmacology. Also in 2010, he became nationally certified as a pharmacy technician and is registered with the Florida Board of Pharmacy. In 2011 Mr. Kovacs will matriculate into medical school.

Professional Experience
Mr. Kovacs is the leading technician under Glenn Whelan, PharmD in the USF CTSI Investigational Research Pharmacy. In this position he is responsible for assisting Dr. Whelan with the maintenance of the day-to-day operations of the Investigational Pharmacy, including dispensing study drugs, receiving drugs and compiling the appropriate records in accordance with study protocols. He is a detail oriented and skilled technician, aseptically preparing infusions and injections for study patients. Currently he dispenses drug treatments for clinical trials involving Alzheimer’s, AIDS, and asthma, amongst others. 

Kathy R. Pendergrass
Administrative Specialist, Dean's Office

Mrs. Pendergrass holds an Associate of Arts degree in Business Administration from Hillsborough Community College and is currently enrolled at the University of South Florida, Tamp and has a Certificate from USF in the Fundamentals of Supervision.

Professional Experience
Mrs. Pendergrass joined the staff at the University of South Florida in December, 2007. She is currently the Administrative Specialist to the Dean of the College of Pharmacy.

Mrs. Pendergrass spent 12 years in a corporate environment supporting upper-level management and executives, and another 12 years at The College of William and Mary in Virginia -- 6 years in student affairs and 6 years as the department administrator for an academic department.

Prior to joining the College of Pharmacy she provided direct support to the Chair of Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine at USF; she also supported several physicians and the department administrator where she coordinated and arranged meetings and travel, maintained several calendars, composed correspondence, and processed purchase orders, and served as the Affiliate Faculty Program and Attendance and Leave Coordinator. Mrs. Pendergrass has a good understanding of the policies and procedures for USF and the USF Physician’s Group.

At USF Mrs. Pendergrass served on the Staff Senate and as a member of the President’s Substance Education and Awareness Team (SEAT-Tampa).

Maria H. Rutter, B.S.
Manager, Fiscal & Business Administration

Ms. Rutter graduated in 1981 from Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology.

Professional Experience
Ms. Rutter has worked at the University of South Florida since 1997. Her position has been in the office of the Vice President for USF Health and Dean of the College of Medicine. She is currently the Manager for Fiscal and Business Administration for the College of Pharmacy. She is knowledgeable about the policies and procedures of the university; coordinated special events; provided assistance and support to the Associate VP for Strategic Planning and Policy; provided human resources responsibilities with hiring personnel, payroll and attendance and leave coordination. She has acted as liaison for many projects, consultants, and administrative personnel.

Before coming to USF, Ms. Rutter worked in pharmaceutical research as a senior research assistant primarily exploring drugs used to treat eye diseases. After graduating from college her first position was as a research assistant in corneal physiology and biophysics.

Botija Zephir
Administrative Specialist, Department of Pharmacy Practice

Ms. Zephir attended the Georgia College and State University and was in the Management Information Systems B.A. program. She is currently enrolled to complete her degree.

Professional Experience
Ms. Zephir is currently the Administrative Specialist to the Chair of Pharmacy Practice for the College of Pharmacy at the University of South Florida. She comes from a strong Communications background. She served 7 years as a Communications Technician in the United States Air Force. She provided communications as well as administrative support to Special Forces troops while deployed to Afghanistan.

Prior to her joining the USF team, Ms. Zephir was an Information Specialist with Community Coordinated Care for Children in Orlando, Florida where she processed and managed over 60 childcare centers.

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