In 2013, the American College of Apothecaries chose to recognize one ACA member, on an annual basis, for exceptional accomplishment and effort in promoting the College and community pharmacy. The “Member of the Year Award” was officially established by the Board of Directors to recognize this member.

The award criterion was established to ensure that the individual chosen to receive the award has contributed valued accomplishments, and exhibits enthusiasm and eagerness. Examples of the criterion include involvement in the areas of membership recruitment, committee involvement, and willingness to serve the College in any area that is needed. Deserving nominees must also have spent time serving his/her own community, promoting community pharmacy through mentoring, entrepreneurship and education.

The current ACA President selects the new award recipient from nominations submitted by the Board of Directors and the Nominations Committee. The individual nominated does not know of the award until he/she receives it at the Annual ACA President’s Reception and Banquet each year.

2018 ACA Member of the Year Recipient:
Marisol Lopez, RPh, MPH, FACA, FACVP

Marisol Lopez excels in the field of education and mentoring as she has dedicated herself to the promotion of community pharmacy and the continued development of pharmacy professionals.

As an ACA Fellow, Lopez has served the organization through roles on the ACA Board of Directors and as a compounding training class instructor. She has been instrumental in expanding ACA’s compounding training into the Caribbean and is an outstanding teacher and mentor to class participants.

A 1990 graduate of the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) with a bachelor’s degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Lopez completed a Master’s degree in Public Health with a major in Public Health Administration in 2007.

Lopez works as an Adjunct Professor at the School of Pharmacy of Puerto Rico and has offered continuing education presentations for the Continuing Education Division of the School of Pharmacy, University of PR, and the Puerto Rico Pharmacists Association (Colegio de Farmaceuticos de PR). In addition, Lopez has collaborated in the development of the compounding sections of the Pharmacy Act of Puerto Rico.

In 2014, Lopez received the honor of being named the Innovative Pharmacist of the Year Excellence in Innovation Award by the Puerto Rico Pharmacist Association, sponsored by Upsher-Smith Laboratories.

At the present, Lopez is the President of International Society of Pharmaceutical Compounding (ISPhC) based in Spain, a member of the International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists (IACP) and a Fellow of the American College of Apothecaries (ACA) and the American College of Veterinary Pharmacists (ACVP).

Previous Winners

Recipient Year
Ernest P. Gates 2013
Ben Smith 2014
Linda McElhiney 2015
Nathan Pope 2016
Dixie Leikach 2017
ACA Member of the Year Nomination Form