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 2021-22
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.
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.
Lydia Tran, PharmD, BCPS
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. In 2017, Lydia completed her PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency at Yale New Haven Hospital (YNHH) and joined the YNHH HVC pharmacy team as a Multispecialty Clinical Pharmacist, predominately in the Heart and Vascular ICU and surgery service lines. She was promoted to Cardiovascular Clinical Pharmacist II in 2018 and was a mentor and clinical preceptor to PGY1 and PGY2 pharmacy residents and students in General Cardiology. She has been involved in multiple clinical, cost containment, and quality improvement projects. Lydia is currently the Senior Clinical Pharmacy Specialist for the Heart and Vascular Services at YNHH. She also is a board certified pharmacotherapy pharmacy specialist (BCPS), an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy, and is actively involved in giving didactic lectures for the Yale School of Medicine Physician Associate Program on cardiology and nephrology topics. Lydia serves on several professional pharmacy and cardiology organizations and is an active member of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy in Cardiology Practice and Research Networks and the American College of Cardiology in the Cardiovascular Team Pharmacists Education Committee. Lydia received Cardinal Health RX Champion Award for her integral role in the development of the State of Connecticut Naloxone Training and Certification Program in 2018 and the Exceptional Service and Leadership Award in 2016. Her areas of interest include cardiology, anticoagulation, transitions of care, educating and training the next generation of health care professionals.
First Vice President
Julian Koruni, PharmD
Julian received his Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy in 2009. Over the past 18 years, he has held numerous positions at Walgreens, where he began his career as a store manager before taking on the role of Community Leader from 2012 to 2015. Julian then became the District Manager for Central Connecticut before taking on his current role as Healthcare Supervisor for the Greater New York City area. Through his role on the CPA Board of Directors, Julian serves on the CPA’s Legislative Committee, setting the legislative agenda for the Association.
Second Vice President
Eric Halpern, PharmD
A 2012 Graduate of the UCONN School of Pharmacy, Eric Halpern is currently a pharmacist at Fine Fettle Dispensary in Newington, CT. Prior to this position, Eric worked in community pharmacy for 12 years. Eric was a Pharmacy Manager in retail, independent and grocery industries. In his current role, Eric advises patients in the CT Medical Marijuana Program (CTMMP) on the usage of medical marijuana products and oversees dispensing of these products. 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, his children Addison and Noah, and dog Joker.
Adam Krakowiak, PharmD
Adam is a 2017 Pharm.D. graduate from the University of Connecticut, where he cultivated exemplary leadership skills through his involvement with the student chapter of the American Pharmacists Association as well as the community health fairs for National Primary Care Week. During his pharmacy school years, Adam interned in community practice between grocery chain stores and independent pharmacies. After graduating, he launched his career as a pharmacist in the community setting, where he applies his leadership skills to his most recent role at Walgreens. Outside work, Adam, is an active member of CPA. Besides attending board meetings, Adam serves on CPA’s Education Committee, planning several CE events throughout the year, including the Mid-Winter Conference and the Fall CE Series.
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 Small, 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.
Krysten Rychalsky, PharmD
Kristen graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2008 as valedictorian of the Doctor of Pharmacy Class, and earned an additional degree in psychology. After working as a community pharmacist for three years, she completed a PGY1 pharmacy practice residency at the VA Connecticut Healthcare System. She worked as an inpatient clinical medicine pharmacist and gained exposure to oncology practice at the VA. Currently, she works as a clinical medical oncology pharmacist at Smilow Cancer Center at Yale New Haven Hospital, with experience in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. Since 2010, Kristen has been an appointed board member of the Connecticut Pharmacists Association.
Bisni Narayanan, PharmD, MS
Bisni received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and Master of Science in Pharmacology from St John’s University in New York. She is currently pursuing her Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. She has over fifteen years of community pharmacy experience and is currently a Pharmacy Supervisor for the Yale New Haven Health System specialty pharmacy, Outpatient Pharmacy Services at YNHHS. Previously, she has worked for a startup biotech, Curagen Corporation in Branford, CT. She freelances as a medical writer, writing educational needs assessments and home study continuing education activities. She is one of the faculty for the University of Connecticut’s Medical Writing Certificate Program. She is a member of the Medical Reserve Corps for the Westport Weston Health District and an active member of the education committee at the CPA.
Lisa DeGennaro, PharmD, BCPS, CDE
A Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (BCPS) and Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist (CDCES), Dr. Lisa DeGennaro is currently the Assistant Professor at the University of Saint Joseph School of Pharmacy and Physician Assistant Studies and the Residency Program Coordinator for the Middlesex Health/University of Saint Joseph PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program. She earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Connecticut and completed a PGY1 Residency at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford, Connecticut. Dr. DeGennaro has held various positions such as Ambulatory Care Pharmacist, Residency Program Director and Clinical Manager.
She has worked with CPA for several years as prior member of the Education Committee and has served as a speaker at several of CPA’s CE programs, including diabetes programs. She also has enjoyed her involvement in events such as Pharmacy Day at the Capital.
Dr. Stefanie Nigro is an Associate Clinical Professor at UConn School of Pharmacy in Storrs, CT. Dr. Nigro is a practicing clinical pharmacist and has been providing direct patient and population-based care over the past 14 years in both MA and CT. Dr. Nigro received her PharmD from Northeastern University’s Bouve College of Health Science in Boston, MA. She is a board certified ambulatory care pharmacist and a certified diabetes care and education specialist.
Annik Carrier, PharmD
Currently the co-owner of Beacon Prescriptions in Southington, Annik has served as an elected board member of the CPA. She graduated from the University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy in 2004 and has worked in independent community pharmacy since then. In 2010, Annik bought Beacon Prescriptions with her business partner Ashley Colasanto. She has a passion for the profession of pharmacy and serving her human and animal patients, alike. Nothing is more exciting to Annik than going above and beyond for positive patient outcomes.
David Gardner, PharmD (New Practitioner)
David became involved in the Connecticut Pharmacists Association when he interned during his APPEs with former CEO Marghie Giuliano in 2016. It was here he learned the important role that the CPA plays in advocating for the profession and the role that every pharmacist can play in it. Since graduating from the University of Saint Joseph in 2017, he has worked in community pharmacy, learning the ups and downs associated with independent pharmacy. As an active CPA member, he serves on the Awards and Scholarship Committee and facilitates the Connecticut Law and Quality Assurance Review course. He fulfills his days off with per diem work in a local hospital pharmacy, and is a part of the CPA’s team-taught pharmacy technician program at Tunxis Community College. When he is not working, he enjoys spending time kayaking and hiking.
Andrew Vilcinskas, PharmD
Andrew graduated from the UConn School of Pharmacy in 2020, and is currently completing a 2 year Fellowship at Sanofi through the Rutgers Institute for Pharmaceutical Industry to gain experience in public affairs and patient advocacy. In this role he is learning to build strategic partnerships on public health solutions to improve patient outcomes. His fierce passion for patient centricity drives his motivation to position pharmacists in Connecticut as recognized healthcare leaders. During his down time, Andrew enjoys hiking, snowboarding, or enjoying numerous cups of coffee across CT and New England.
Nicholas LaRiviere, PharmD, BCGP
Nick graduated from UCONN with his PharmD in 2004. Upon graduation, he entered practice in the community setting with Walgreens, helping to launch pharmacy based immunization delivery across Connecticut. Nick then went into pharmacy management with Walgreens, CVS, and most recently Yale New Haven. Nick now works for Yale New Haven as the Associate Director for Retail and Specialty Pharmacy where he works on a number of projects and initiatives aimed at improving medication access, improving patient transitions of care, and overall growth of the community and specialty business lines for YNHH.
A lifetime Connecticut resident, Nick currently resides in Monroe with his wife Danielle and their three children Luke, Adrienne, and Brigitte.
Christina Polomoff, PharmD, BCACP, BCGP
Dr. Christina Polomoff is a Population Health Clinical Pharmacist at Hartford Healthcare Integrated Care Partners. She is responsible for managing the complex pharmacy care needs of high-risk patients in addition to population health management strategies that focus on network pharmacy performance metrics. She is also an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy.
Dr. Polomoff graduated from the University of Connecticut with her Doctor of Pharmacy and Business Minor. She completed her PGY1 residency at the VA Connecticut Healthcare System followed by a PGY2 ambulatory care residency at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. She holds dual board certifications in ambulatory care and geriatrics.
Michael Vessicchio, PharmD
Michael Vessicchio is a 2020 PharmD. graduate from the University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy who also earned an additional degree in Biochemistry from Fairfield University. Michael currently works as a pharmacist for Rite Aid in addition to the freelance medical writing he does on the side. He has always been passionate about creating the best outcomes for patients as well as advancing the entire field of pharmacy. When he isn’t working, he enjoys watching/playing sports, cooking, and spending time with his family.
Roxanna Monshi, University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy
Marco Esteban Fallas, University of Saint Joseph School of Pharmacy