RIO GRANDE, PR, February 25, 2022: The American College of Apothecaries presented the 2021 ACA Member of the Year Award to Vinnie Dam, PharmD, FACA, FACVP, of Los Angeles, California.
The award, established in 2013, recognizes an ACA Member for exceptional accomplishment and effort in serving his or her community and promoting community pharmacy through mentoring, entrepreneurship, and education, as well as support of the ACA. The presentation was made during the Opening Session at the College’s 2022 Annual Conference and Expo hosted at the Wyndham Grand Rio Mar.
This year’s receipient of the ACA Member of the Year Award, Vinnie Dam, PharmD, FACA, FACVP, truly embodies the ACA entrepreneurial spirit and attitude:
“Entrepreneurship allows for freedom and flexibility in creating and shaping a company. While entrepreneurs face operational challenges on a daily basis, it’s what makes me excited to come to work. I always liked puzzles growing up, and I feel that being an entrepreneur requires constant utilization of one’s critical thinking skills. If you don’t mind hard work and long hours, and if you’re an innovative thinker who is up for the challenges of the unknown, I highly recommend becoming an entrepreneur.”
In 2017, Vinnie applied his love for animals and compounding medications to an entrepreneurial path. A co-founder of MixLab, a customer-driven veterinary compounding pharmacy, Vinnie currently serves as the Chief Pharmacy Officer.
Vinnie earned his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2003 and received a PharmD in Pharmacy Practice and MS in Regulatory Science from the University of Southern California in 2007. As a dual ACA and ACVP Fellow, Vinnie has served the organization through serving on committees and encouraging his staff pharmacists to pursue Fellowship in ACA and ACVP.
ACA 2021 Member of the Year Marisol Lopez with Executive Vice President Quentin Srnka
ST. PETE BEACH, FL, February 8, 2019: The American College of Apothecaries presented the 2018 ACA Member of the Year Award to Marisol Lopez, RPh, MPH, FACA, FACVP, of Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico.
The award, established in 2013, recognizes an ACA Member for exceptional accomplishment and effort in serving his or her community and promoting community pharmacy through mentoring, entrepreneurship, and education, as well as support of the ACA. The presentation was made during the Presidents’ Banquet Friday evening, at the College’s 2019 Annual Educational Conference hosted at the Don CeSar.
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).
ACA 2018 Member of the Year Marisol Lopez with 2018 Chairman of the Board Ryan Oftebro
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL, March 2, 2018: The American College of Apothecaries presented the 2017 ACA Member of the Year Award to Dixie Leikach, RPh, MBA, FACA, of Finksburg, Maryland, Vice President of Operations for YOUR Community Pharmacy and President of PEER Rx. The presentation was made during the Presidents’ Banquet Friday evening, at the College’s 2018 Annual Educational Conference hosted at the Ponte Vedra Beach Club Resort. The award is presented to a member of the College for exceptional accomplishment and effort in promoting the College and community pharmacy.
Dixie and her husband, Neil, also a pharmacist, are committed to preserving independent pharmacy and are working to provide opportunities for other pharmacists to become owners of their own pharmacies. Dixie and Neil opened their first pharmacy, Catonsville Pharmacy, in February of 1999. Finksburg Pharmacy followed in 2003 and Paradise Professional Pharmacy opened in 2007. In June 2017, Dixie and Neil were honored with Excellence in Innovation Award by the Maryland Pharmacists Association, the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations (NASPA) and Upsher-Smith.
Recognizing the need for increased awareness of the role of ethics in pharmacy, Dixie founded Pharmacy Ethics, Education and Resources, Inc. (PEER), a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to educating health care professionals on ethics in order to improve patient safety. Dixie has also created the PEER Ethics Continuing Education Series and certificate program for individuals.
A 1992 graduate of the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, Dixie is a Past President of the Lambda Kappa Sigma International Pharmacy Fraternity, the Maryland Pharmacists Association, and the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy Alumni Association.
In 1998, Dixie was selected as the Distinguished Young Pharmacist of the Year for both the state of Maryland and LKS. In 2012, she received the LKS Distinguished Service Citation. In 2015, she received the LKS Merck Vanguard Leadership Award.
As an ACA Fellow, Dixie has served the College through roles on the ACA Board of Directors and on multiple committees, including admissions, membership and programs.
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