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“With a business mindset and science combined, we will create the future Icons of Pharmacy here.” -Vince Whiting, EA Contribute and Supporter
"The OSU/OHSU College of Pharmacy's Entrepreneurial Academy is dedicated to providing a strong understanding of business practices so that pharmacy graduates are positioned to provide leadership in any cooperate or business environment." - EA President, Kim Ann Tran ('21)
OSU College of Pharmacy's Entrepreneurial Academy Advisor Paige Clark Rph ('85), Director of Alumni Relations, Professional Development & Continuing Education ACPE Accredited, and leads and developed the Entrepreneurial Academy. She leads student business development and engagement in OSU College of Pharmacy's Entrepreneurial Academy. Paige has seen the growth of student business related skills that have helped students evolve into highly effective and sought after employees and entrepreneurs.
Pictured: Paige Clark (pictured front, center) with 2016 Entrepreneurial Academy Members
Tilli Bjornberg, Pharm.D, MBA (’14)
Tilli grew up in John Day, OR, where her parents own Len’s Drug, the only pharmacy for about 70 miles. She grew up watching her parents work there and, eventually, began working there herself. She is currently the Pharmacy Manager at Len’s Drug, where she does everything from compounding to running a smoking cessation program.
She utilizes her EA experience and her MBA almost every day as she works on marketing of services, working with her employees, looking at the finance side of the business, and insuring they are setting and reaching their goals.
Pictured: Tilli Bjornberg '14, Greg Armstrong '84
Long Trinh, Pharm.D, MS, MBA, BCPS (’14)
Dr. Long Trinh, Pharm.D is the Co-Founder and past President of the OSU College of Pharmacy's Entrepreneurial Academy from May 2011 to June 2013. During his tenure as the groups leader, Long led three committees (management, marketing, finance) and 20 students in the development of a business plan, entitled ‘Niapon Pharmacy Health Solutions’. The Entrepreneurial Academy was established as a professional development program which aims to give students new opportunities to develop as future pharmacy business leaders by honing business, leadership and management skills. The Academy also provides an avenue for alumni to share their wisdom and provide support to students who are interested in creating successful business models and exploring entrepreneurial opportunities.
The leadership and managerial skills that Dr. Trinh has developed are highly valued in his role as Inpatient Operations Manager of Pharmacy Services at Oregon Health & Sciences University. As a pharmacy leader within OHSU Dr. Trinh provides support for automation & technology, sterile and non-sterile compounding, general medication distribution processes, and leads the health-system pharmacy internship program. In addition to receiving his PharmD in 2014, Dr. Trinh sought to enhance his clinical and administrative acumen, by completing a combined postgraduate PGY1 and PGY2 residency in health-system pharmacy administration at the Cleveland Clinic and received a Master of Science degree in health-system pharmacy administration from Northeast Ohio Medical University in 2016. He then completed the OSU MBA program in 2018 as it aligns with his long-term goals to become an agent of change in the delivery of health care. The program allowed him to effectively translate his ideas into sound business proposals, generating value to shareholders, all while putting the patient first.
Zach Aalberg (’20)
Past president Zach Aalberg is looking forward to graduation in June 2020 and has this to say about his EA experience.
Natasha Malik (’19)
Natasha Malik anticipates graduation in 2019 and is excited to utilize the many business skills that she has acquired as a leader in the OSU college of Pharmacy's Entrepreneurial Academy.
Kelly Kovl, Pharm.D ('18)
Dr. Kelly Kovl Pharm.D ('18), was president of the Entrepreneurial Academy from 2015 to 2016. As president of the academy, Dr. Kovl led multiple committees through the groups annual projects. She gained intern and technician experience in the Emergency Room, long term care, specialty pharmacy, pharmacy administration, and low income patient clinical settings prior to starting pharmacy school. She is now a Pharmacist at an independently owned compounding pharmacy in Michigan. Dr. Kovl is assisting with the expansion of the business including company branding, website updates, education of sales staff, social media and more. Dr. Kovl intends to start her online MBA through OSU beginning in Fall 2019. Dr. Kovl intends to start her online MBA through OSU beginning in Fall 2019.
Brittany Louie, Pharm.D (’17)
Brittany Louie, recently promoted to Consultant Pharmacist, Consonus Healthcare credits the OSU College of Pharmacy Entrepreneurial Academy with setting her up for success as an independent thinker and a business problem solver.
Courtney Louie, Pharm.D (’17)
Courtney Louie Pharm.D, graduate with the class of 2017, found that her opportunities to develop leadership skills brought her success in moving forward into her professional endeavors.
Mike Sisson, Pharm.D ('15)
Dr. Mike Sisson, Pharm.D ('15) utilized the Entrepreneurial Academy to explore business principles and learn leadership skills. Under Mike's leadership, his team consisted of some of the strongest committee teams the academy has ever seen.
Kristin Kruskamp, Pharm.D (’15)
Dr. Kristin Kruskamp, Pharm.D ('15) led an expansion of the OSU Cop EA overseeing one of the most successful business case developments endeavors.