Members of the Board of Directors are elected to leadership positions by the membership. Of the twelve active members of the Board, six are elected for 3 year staggered terms. The other six active members are appointed by the incoming President for one year terms. Terms commence immediately following the Installation Banquet held at the New England Pharmacists Convention.
CPA Officers 2018-19
Elizabeth Bragaw, PharmD
Lisa Bragaw, PharmD, graduated with honors from Northeastern University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Pharmacy. She earned her PharmD from the University of Florida, where she earned the Professional Leadership Award in 2011. She has served on the board of directors for the CPA since 2005. In 2008, Lisa received the National Alliance of Pharmacy Associations (NASPA) Innovative Pharmacy Practice Award. Lisa also owns and manages Zen and Now Wellness Studio in Niantic, CT, where she serves as a yoga, cycle, fitness and wellness instructor. She feels that the wellness studio overlaps very nicely with her pharmacy career as she continues to educate and empower her patients and clients to live the best and healthiest lives they can. Lisa resides with her husband and three sons in the coastal community of Niantic.
Jean Keating, PharmD
Jean Keating graduated from American University in Washington, D.C. with a Bachelor of Arts degree in literature. Shortly after graduation, she began pharmacy school earning a Bachelor of Science degree and a Doctorate of Pharmacy from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy in Boston. After graduation, Jean began her career at Granby Pharmacy, a locally owned independent pharmacy in Granby, Connecticut. While at Granby Pharmacy, Jean has implemented a vaccine program and a compliance packaging both of which are successful and growing. Jean is also a past recipient of a CPA scholarship while at pharmacy school and CPA’s Professional Pharmacy Performance Award. Jean lives in North Granby, CT with her husband Brian and their two children, Daniel and Olive.
Gillian Kuszewski, PharmD
Gillian Kuszewski was raised in Jersey City, NJ, where she started her pharmacy career as an intern at Pathmark Supermarket Pharmacy. She attended the UConn School of Pharmacy and graduated with her PharmD. Currently, she is Inpatient Pharmacy Clinical Coordinator at UConn Health in Farmington, CT. At UConn, Gillian is active in a variety of clinical committees; she is Secretary of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee and is Co-Chair of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Committee. Gillian also serves as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice for the UConn School of Pharmacy and enjoys participating in the training of residents and students. Gillian has been on the Board of Directors and has served on a variety of committees for the CPA since 2010. Gillian lives in Cheshire, CT with her husband Eric, a pharmacist with VA Healthcare of Connecticut, and her two sons, Elliot and Oscar.
First Vice President
Rob Picone, RPh, PhD
Rob Picone earned his BS Pharmacy, Cum Laude, as an Honors Scholar from UCONN in 1994. Upon receiving his PhD in 2001, Rob joined the Center for Drug Discovery at UCONN as a Research Scientist and taught courses in pharmacology, pharmacokinetics and drug design/development at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Most recently, he joined Alexion to gain experience in the arena of rare metabolic diseases. Rob has been a member of the Board of Directors at CPA since 2014 and currently serves as the Vice President and Chairs the Education Committee. Beyond CPA, he is a member of the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry, Society for Neuroscience and the Endocrine Society.
Second Vice President
Marissa Salvo, PharmD, BCACP
Marissa graduated from the University of Rhode Island with her Doctor of Pharmacy and minor in Leadership Studies. She also completed a 1 year post-graduate residency (PGY-1) at the St. Louis County Department of Health in conjunction with the St. Louis College of Pharmacy. The focus of her training was in primary care practice (in an underserved population) and academia. In early 2015, Marissa transitioned practice sites to UConn Health General Medicine Associates clinic, specifically working in the general medicine resident clinic. In Fall 2017, Marissa was promoted to Associate Clinical Professor. Since 2016, she had an academic appointment in the UConn School of Medicine. In addition to primary care clinical practice, Marissa teaches Pharmacy Communications, Patient Assessment, and Endocrine therapeutics within in the UConn School of Pharmacy curriculum in Storrs. Marissa is originally from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton area of Pennsylvania, and her family still resides there.
Peter Tyczkowski, RPh, MBA
Peter’s career includes several years as a community pharmacist and Director of Pharmacy for a company that owned three community pharmacies and contract managed four hospital pharmacies. Joining the University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy in January 2005, Peter served first as Coordinator of Educational Outreach and then as Director of Experiential Education from October 2015 to May 2017. In this position he worked to align students with clinical rotations, develop preceptor relationships and engage students and the school on a variety of community service projects. Currently, Peter is employed by Yale New Haven Health system where he serves as 340B Pharmacy Program integrity manager. Through this role, his work is focused on ensuring compliance with 340B Program requirements across three hospitals participating in the 340B Program. Peter is a past president of the Connecticut Pharmacists Association and currently serves asTreasurer. He is active in the American Pharmacists Association in addition to community volunteer programs.
CEO & Board Secretary
Nathan Tinker, PhD
Nathan Tinker joined CPA as CEO in October 2018. In this role, Nathan is responsible for overall leadership of the CPA and its two other entities, the Connecticut Pharmacists Foundation and the Connecticut Pharmacy Services Corporation. He also serves as Editor-in-Chief of The Pharmacy Journal of New England. Nathan holds a PhD from Fordham University. He lives in Trumbull, Connecticut, with his family.
Laura Craven, PharmD
Laura received her Doctorate in Pharmacy from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy in Boston. Her passion for this field started at a young age while working for her local pharmacy. Upon graduating, she committed to this same chain pharmacy, CVS Health, where she currently works. While always keeping her foot in community pharmacy, she explored other areas of the profession through her experience at the Karen Davis Krzynowek Infusion Center at Johnson Memorial Hospital.
In 2010, Laura joined the Connecticut Pharmacists Association, and has served on the Board of Directors since 2016. She is committed to educating youth about medication safety and preventing prescription drug misuse. Laura was instrumental in developing a protocol for Connecticut Pharmacists dispensing NARCAN at off-site locations. Laura was the recipient of the Cardinal Health Rx Generation Award in 2017, and continues to educate the public through CVS One Choice Program.
Lydia Tran, PharmD
Lydia graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science, Neuroscience and went on to complete her PharmD from the University of Saint Joseph School of Pharmacy. Lydia is actively involved in giving didactic lectures for the Yale School of Medicine Physician Associate Program on cardiology and nephrology topics, and is the Advisor for the Pharmacy Residency Alumni Committee at YNHH. Furthermore, she recently received the Cardinal Health RX Champion Award for her integral role in the development of the state of Connecticut Naloxone Training and Certification Program. She also serves as an elected board member of the Connecticut Pharmacists Association. Her areas of interest include cardiology, anticoagulation, transitions of care, educating and training the next generation of health care professionals.
Eric Halpern, PharmD
Eric Halpern is a 2012 Graduate of the UCONN School of Pharmacy. He has held staff pharmacist and pharmacy manager positions within both chain and independent pharmacy settings. Most recently, he works as a pharmacist at Stop & Shop in Waterbury, CT. Throughout his tenure as a student and career as a pharmacist, Eric has been actively involved in promoting the work of pharmacists in the state of Connecticut and is invested in the progression of the pharmacy profession. This past year, Eric has sat on the Board of Directors, which further influenced his interest in the factors influencing current and future pharmacists. Eric is a lifelong Connecticut resident. He grew up in South Windsor and currently resides in Wethersfield. He enjoys spending time with his wife Grace, daughter Addison and dog Joker.
Ellen Jones, PharmD
Dr. Ellen Jones is a graduate from the University of Connecticut School of
Pharmacy. After graduation, she completed a 1 year PGY2 residency in Primary Care at the Providence VA Healthcare System. She is currently the Associate Chief of Clinical Pharmacy Services at the Central Western Massachusetts VA Healthcare System. During her employment at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Dr. Jones has worked in the Anticoagulation Clinic, Hepatitis C Clinic, Erythropoetin Stimulating Agent Clinic, and was a member of the Home Care Interdisciplinary Team. She also has served as the regional Anticoagulation Coordinator for all of the VAs in New England. Dr. Jones has more than 20 years of retail experience. She has worked for an independent pharmacy as a clerk as well as the Rite Aid Corporation as a pharmacy technician/intern and subsequently a per diem pharmacist.
Kristen Rychalsky, PharmD
Krystal Scinto, University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy
Yasir Aziz, University of Saint Joseph School of Pharmacy