NAPSA members have elected their new leadership

Victorian student Sandra Minas will be the next President of the National Australian Pharmacy Students’ Association (NAPSA).

Ms Minas, a student at La Trobe University, Bendigo, was elected at NAPSA’s Annual General Meeting (AGM), held at Monash University, Melbourne, last weekend, to serve for 2017/18.

She heads a board of eight Executive Directors, elected by NAPSA members. The others are:

  • Vasilios Sotiropoulos (University of South Australia, Adelaide)
  • Evangeline Armstrong Gordon (University of Sydney, Sydney)
  • Jordan Gill (Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga)
  • Jess Hsiao (University of South Australia, Adelaide)
  • Tahlia Murador (University of Queensland, Brisbane)
  • Ayomide Ogundipe (Curtin University, Perth) and,
  • Alicia Martin (University of Canberra, Canberra)

Ms Minas (pictured), who has served on the current (2016/17) NAPSA Board as director of public relations, she looked forward to serving NAPSA members and acknowledged the work of her predecessor Shefali Parekh.

“I know that I have big shoes to fill but I’m confident that with the dedication and
collaboration of all the amazing Board members we will be able to succeed in attaining our
goals this term. I’m also extremely excited to continue to push the boundaries in the
pharmacy profession to create the best future of pharmacy for each of our members”, she said

Immediate Past President, Shefali Parekh congratulated Ms Minas and the new board on
their appointment and expressed confidence in their ability to continue to build and shape
the association going forward.

“Sandra comes into the role of President with a great deal of experience and expertise after
being a Director of Public Relations for the past year, and Pharmacy Awareness Chair
before that. Her passion will drive her to be a successful leader amongst her peers. This is
an exciting time for NAPSA and I step down knowing that the association is in good hands”.

Ms Parekh executed her final duties as President by awarding the best NAPSA branch award to Sydney University Pharmacy Association and also inducted two Honorary Life Members to the association:

  • John Quinn (Griffith University, Publications Committee 2015-16, Director of
    Professional Development 2016-17)
  • David Paulmert (Griffith University, Secretary 2015-16, Director of Media and
    Publications 2016-17)