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 annual Installation Banquet in September.
Board President, 2022-23
Senior Clinical Pharmacy Specialist for Heart and Vascular Services , Yale New Haven Health
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. Lydia is currently the Senior Clinical Pharmacy Specialist for the Heart and Vascular Services at YNHH. Her areas of interest include cardiology, anticoagulation, transitions of care, educating and training the next generation of health care professionals
Immediate Past President, 2022-23
Associate Clinical Professor, UConn School of Pharmacy
Dr. Marissa Salvo is an Associate Clinical Professor of Pharmacy Practice at the University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy. Dr. Salvo provides clinical pharmacy services at UConn Health within the Internal Medicine clinic in Farmington, CT and serves as an ambulatory care advanced pharmacy practice experience preceptor there. She coordinates and teaches the Pharmacy Communications course, along with teaching in the Patient Assessment and Endocrine modules. Dr. Salvo graduated from the University of Rhode Island with her Doctor of Pharmacy and minor in Leadership Studies. Following graduation, she completed an ASHP Accredited PGY1 residency, focusing in ambulatory care and academia, at the St. Louis College of Pharmacy in St. Louis, MO. She is a Board Certified Ambulatory Care Pharmacist and holds certifications in medication therapy management, immunization, anticoagulation, and teaching.
Healthcare Supervisor, Walgreens
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.
First Vice President
Specialty Pharmacy Operations Supervisor, Yale New Haven Health
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.
Second Vice President
Population Health Clinical Pharmacist, Hartford Healthcare Integrated Care Partners
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.
Pharmacy Manager, Walgreens
Adam Krakowiak is a licensed pharmacist working as a pharmacy manager for the Walgreens in Bloomfield, CT. He graduated with a Pharm.D. from the University of Connecticut in 2017. Alongside his work in the community setting, Adam has an active role in CPA as Treasurer, and has consistently participated in many events with the association. Adam continuously maintains a passion for the pharmacy profession.
Assistant Professor, University of Saint Joseph School of Pharmacy and Physician Assistant Studies
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.
Lead Advisor of the Clinical Pharmacy Program, SoNE Health
Katherine is the Lead Advisor of the Clinical Pharmacy Program at SoNE Health in Hartford, CT. SoNE Health is a clinical integrated network consisting of Trinity Health of New England and other private provider offices that provides population health services and clinical support to their providers and patients. She also collaborates with payors and providers in designing a strategy to improve pharmacy-related quality performance measures. Prior to this role she was involved in direct patient care managing type 1 and type 2 diabetes, hypertension, anticoagulation, travel medicine, and COPD at Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) in Massachusetts.
Student Liaison 2022-23, UConn School of Pharmacy
Guillermo is currently a PharmD Candidate for the University of Connecticut School Of Pharmacy. As a driven student, he aspires to help those around him in the healthcare industry.
Supervisor of Ambulatory Care Clinical Pharmacy Services, Yale New Haven Hospital
Dr. Jenna Lee is a Supervisor of Ambulatory Care Clinical Pharmacy Services at Yale New Haven Hospital (YNHH) and is the Residency Program Director of the Ambulatory Care PGY2 program at YNHH. Dr. Lee has led initiatives to expand ambulatory pharmacy services at YNHH. Dr. Lee graduated from Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy with her Doctor of Pharmacy. Following graduation, she completed an ASHP Accredited PGY1 residency at YNHH and PGY2 Ambulatory Care residency at YNHH. She is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist and Board Certified Ambulatory Care Pharmacist.
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.
Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Allissa graduated from Western New England University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences with her Doctor of Pharmacy in 2019. She then completed a post-graduate residency (PGY1) at UConn John Dempsey Hospital and a second year of residency (PGY2) in ambulatory care and academia at Veterans Health Indiana and Butler University. Allissa trained primarily in primary care in the geriatric patient population. After completion of her residencies, Allissa transitioned into the role of Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Boston, MA. Her practice site is at Whittier Street Health Center where she acts as the Clinical Pharmacist and Diabetes Specialist for underserved patient populations. Allissa’s teaching responsibilities are patient assessment skills in the laboratory courses and in case-based courses.
Student Liaison, USJ School of Pharmacy
Current P2 at the University of Saint Joseph's Pharmacy School. Currently working on pursuing an interest in pharmaceutical research by working as a graduate research assistant under the supervision of Dr. Li, and working as a PCA at Connecticut Children's in Hematology/Oncology to fulfill my patient centered mindset. These roles and previous experience have led me to pursue a meaningful career within pharmacy, with a focus on patient-centered care.
Director of Pharmacy Operations, Meridian Community Pharmacy
Lead start-up community pharmacy to direct pharmacy operations and start wellness initiatives, including MTM, immunization, naloxone clinics, and patient compliance.
Associate Clinical Professor, Conn School of Pharmacy
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.
Certified Pharmacy Technician, Walgreens
Dispensary Manager, Affinity Health & Wellness
Michael graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2020 and has served on the Board of Directors for CPA since. Following graduation, Michael worked in medical affairs and medical writing focusing primarily on hematology/oncology. Currently, Michael is the Dispensary Manager at Affinity Health & Wellness in New Haven, CT. In his current role, Michael prides himself on being the essential bridge between the public and the medical marijuana industry to ensure patients receive optimal, patient-centered care.
Associate Director of CVM Health Equity, Johnson & Johnson
Chris received his PharmD from St. John’s University in 2008. He started out his career as a geriatric consultant pharmacist for Omnicare Pharmacy. For over 10 years he enjoyed serving the long-term care facilities from New York City to Connecticut. To keep his acute care skills, on weekends, he also worked at Yale-New Haven Hospital St. Raphael Campus. In 2019, he transitioned into industry and became a medical science liaison with Johnson and Johnson. Chris is currently the Associate Director of CVM Health Equity. His passion is diversity, equity and inclusion in and out of the workplace. Chris lives in Milford, CT with his family: Jennifer, Miles (7) and shih tzu Teddy Spaghetti (12). He dedicates his diligent work ethic to his parents Michael and Man-Lai. If Chris isn’t working or hanging out with his family, he is either boxing, playing basketball or buying sneakers to play basketball in