It is an honor to be nominated to serve as Secretary and represent the HOPA community on the Board of Directors. From its inception, HOPA has aimed to advance the field of oncology pharmacy and, if elected, I would strive to continue that mission through education, research, and professional practice. In the words of John G. Kuhn, HOPA’s Founding Board Chair, “One reason hematology/oncology pharmacists are so special is that they believe it can happen and they make it happen.” I believe that through providing members with the necessary resources and tools, the HOPA organization can harness their expertise and generosity in an effort to expand the reach of oncology pharmacists. My background has uniquely prepared me to support the organization as we further build on our strong foundation. I have served on HOPA committees since 2016, including Chair of the Publications Committee over the past year. In my current role as an oncology clinical pharmacy specialist, I have prioritized training the next generation of oncology pharmacists and physicians through mentorship, lectures, and other educational offerings. My experience directing international research and pharmacology courses has prepared me with the necessary skills to elevate BCOP programming through expert speakers and creative design. In addition to education, I’m also passionate about promoting the practice of oncology pharmacy. Through innovation and collaborations, I support diverse oncology career paths and expanded roles that would result in HOPA members being integrated into all aspects of the oncology community. One method to advance both the profession and patient care is through pharmacist-led research.
As a clinical trials investigator, I’m intimately familiar with research and the impact of pharmacist-driven clinical and quality studies. If elected to the Board of Directors, I would assist with research support including establishing mentorships, and providing an avenue to promote collaborations and information sharing. The intelligence and drive of HOPA members are truly inspiring and these attributes will propel our profession forward to improve the care of patients with cancer. With the guidance of mentors, inspiration from colleagues, and opportunities in my current position, I’ve learned to become an effective leader who is focused on representing and supporting oncology pharmacists. I would be grateful for the opportunity to represent the HOPA community as Secretary on the Board of Directors.