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2018 College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Gala

Apr 28, 2018
7:00 pm — 11:00 pm
Leonard’s Palazzo
April 28, 2018 7:00 pm
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Third Annual College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Gala
Saturday, April 28, 7 p.m.
Leonard’s Palazzo
555 Northern Blvd.
Great Neck, NY 11021
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For any questions, please contact Diana J. Patino at [email protected]


Mary Ann Howland, Pharm.D., DABAT, FAACT


Mary Ann Howland, Pharm.D., DABAT, FAACT is a Clinical Professor of Pharmacy Practice at St. John’s University’s College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences; an Adjunct Professor of Emergency Medicine at New York University School of Medicine, Bellevue Hospital Center, and New York University Langone Medical Center; and Senior Consultant in Residence at the New York City Poison Control Center (NYCPCC). She is an editor of Goldfrank’s Toxicologic Emergencies (editions three–10) and has a special interest in antidotes. Dr. Howland has been a St. John’s University faculty member for more than 35 years. She has mentored and continues to mentor many students at her rotation sites at the NYCPCC and Bellevue Hospital’s Emergency Department. She works with the medical toxicology fellows and the poison center staff at the NYCPCC on a daily basis, as well as the Bellevue Emergency Department staff. Dr. Howland was named Professor of the Year at St. John’s in 2009 and was honored with the Distinguished Service Award by the American Academy of Clinical Toxicology in 2011.

Janet Mastanduono ’75C, ’77GP, ’79P, ’94Ph.D.


Janet Mastanduono ’75C, ’77GP, ’79P, ’94Ph.D. is currently Regional Scientific Director/Medical Science Liaison Director in United States Medical Affairs at Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation. Her pharmacy career has encompassed all aspects of the practice of pharmacy. Together with her family, she owned and operated a community pharmacy for 23 years. She also practiced in the institutional setting for seven years.

During her time in hospital pharmacy, she was the Director of Drug Information, Clinical, and Educational Services at Mercy Medical Center in Rockville Centre, NY. While at Mercy Medical Center she was selected Preceptor of the Year by St. John’s in recognition of her work with pharmacy students on experiential rotations. Her industry career includes 18 years of field medical experience, where she had responsibility for multiple therapeutic areas including cardiovascular, cardio-renal, osteoporosis, diabetes, allergy/immunology, neurology, dermatology, inflammatory disease, gastrointestinal disorders, multiple sclerosis, and most recently heart failure.

John Navarra


John Navarra graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from St. John’s University’s College of Pharmacy in 1967. Upon graduation, Mr. Navarra ventured into several businesses before entering chain pharmacy practice and working his way to a management position. After several years of working for a corporation, Mr. Navarra opened the first of what would eventually expand into 11 independently owned pharmacies.

Mr. Navarra’s personal career hallmark was the development of Town Total Health, a 20,000-square-foot facility that provides a diverse spectrum of healthcare services including specialty pharmacy practice, IV infusion therapy, respiratory therapy and nursing services, extemporaneous compounding, and disease state management. Through Town Total Health, he served as a preceptor for the College’s pharmacy program and sponsored St. John’s University’s first community pharmacy residency program.

He has been an active member of numerous professional organizations including the Pharmacists Society of the State of New York, for which he served as President in 1995. Mr. Navarra’s dedication to the profession and his commitment to community service is also reflected in his being named by the American Pharmacists Association as the New York State recipient of the prestigious Bowl of Hygeia Award in 2008. He served two terms as a member of the New York State Board of Pharmacy, which oversees all aspects of professional education, licensing, practice, and discipline.

Angela Tomei Robinson ’85GP, ’79P


Angela Tomei Robinson MS, MLS (ASCP)CM,‘85GP, ‘79G, is currently Associate Administrative Director of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at NYU Winthrop Hospital. She began her career as a clinical laboratory technologist, promoted to lead section technology and weekend supervisor. Today, her position encompasses all phases of laboratory practice overseeing anatomic pathology, quality assurance, risk management and clinical laboratory information systems. In addition to her full time position, she has served as consultant for physician office laboratories and has been an adjunct professor at several colleges including St. John’s. While an undergraduate student at St. John’s, she was the first Medical Technology student to be a member of the President’s Society. She received the NYS Outstanding Medical Technology Student of the Year Award given by Scientific Products. She also received the Medical Technology Alumni Award presented by Fisher Scientific in 1992 and the ASCLS-NY Member of the Year in 1995. Angela is also an advocate for the clinical laboratory profession. She served as Chair of the Professional Standards Coalition for Clinical Laboratory Science, an association of over 21 laboratory organizations in New York State that worked for the passage of licensure in New York for clinical laboratory professionals. Today she serves as Chair of the Clinical Laboratory Technology Board in the Office of Professions in the New York State Department of Education. She has also lectured at national seminars and been featured in Newsday and NBC Today promoting Medical Laboratory Professionals Week. As a preceptor for the clinical laboratory science students, she oversees their laboratory experience and mentoring with orientation to the hospital and laboratory. In 2014, Angela was the first recipient of the Preceptor of the Year for Clinical Laboratory Sciences.

Abu Serajuddin ’82Ph.D.


Abu Serajuddin ’82Ph.D. is currently a Professor of Industrial Pharmacy at St. John’s University, which he joined in 2008 after working in scientific and managerial positions for three decades in such major pharmaceutical companies as Novartis, Bristol-Myers Squibb, and Rhone-Poulenc Rorer.

Dr. Serajuddin is internationally recognized for his contribution to pharmaceutical sciences and has served in leadership positions in many professional organizations. He has been elected Fellow of the American Pharmacists Association and the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS). For his research achievements, he received three of AAPS’ most distinguished awards: the AAPS Research Achievement Award for Formulation Design and Development in 2010, the AAPS Research Achievement Award for Manufacturing Science and Engineering in 2014, and the AAPS Lipid-Based Drug Delivery Outstanding Research Award in 2015. In 2016, he was the recipient of the IPEC Ralph Shangraw Memorial Award, the highest scientific recognition given by the International Pharmaceutical Excipients Council for research on pharmaceutical excipients and excipient-related technologies.

At St. John’s, Dr. Serajuddin has built an outstanding teaching and research program dedicated to the development of drug delivery systems and pharmaceutical processing technologies. He helped the University establish the Industrial Pharmaceutical Innovation Laboratory by raising funds from alumni and the pharmaceutical industry.

The Pharmacists Society of the State of New York (PSSNY)


The Pharmacists Society of the State of New York (PSSNY) was established in 1879 as a not-for-profit society representing the pharmacy profession. PSSNY’s mission is to unite pharmacists for mutual assistance, encouragement, and improvement in order to maintain the standard of pharmacy practice at a high professional and ethical level. PSSNY’s vision is to serve New York pharmacists and the profession with advocacy and resources that will improve patient care and the overall public health of the communities they serve.

PSSNY represents pharmacists working in diverse practice settings from academia, community pharmacy, long-term care, managed care, and everything in between. The organization is committed to optimizing the practice environment of pharmacists to enhance the pharmacy patients’ access to care, medications, vaccinations, and counseling in a timely, convenient manner at an affordable cost.

PSSNY works closely with state and federal agencies, elected representatives, patient advocates, national membership organizations, and educational institutions to help inform, educate, and advocate for the practice of pharmacy.