Chair

Yolanda HardyYolanda M. Hardy, PharmD, is a Clinical Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice at Chicago State University College of Pharmacy (CSU-COP). Dr. Hardy holds a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy degree from the University of Toledo in Toledo, Ohio (1999). She earned a Doctor of Pharmacy degree at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio (2001). Following this, she completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency in Community Care with The Ohio State University School of Pharmacy and the Columbus Neighborhood Health Centers, Inc. in Columbus Ohio. She served on the faculty of Northeastern University School of Pharmacy in Boston, Massachusetts from 2002-2008.  Dr. Hardy joined CSU-COP in 2008 as an Assistant Professor.  

Dr. Hardy’s clinical practice focuses on providing ambulatory care services in underserved communities. She has experience in establishing clinical pharmacy services in related to anticoagulation and chronic disease state management. Dr. Hardy’s research interests consist of examining the role of pharmacists in reducing health disparities and exploring the role career exposure programs have on underrepresented students’ perception and selection of careers in pharmacy. Dr. Hardy has held leadership roles within professional and community organizations.  She is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, the Illinois Pharmacists Association, and National Pharmaceutical Association.  She has received numerous awards, including the Terrence Bourroughs Pharmacy Leadership Award and the CSU-COP Teacher of the Year award.  


 Faculty 

Ahmd AzabAhmd K. Azab, PharmD is the Director of Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences and Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Chicago State University College of Pharmacy (CSU-COP). Dr. Azab obtained his Pharm.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Eshelman School of Pharmacy in 2009, and is currently completing a Master’s in Learning and Organizational Change at Northwestern University that will include an Organizational and Leadership Coaching Certificate.

Dr. Azab’s research interests include approaches to teaching and learning in higher education and coaching for development. Prior to joining Chicago State University, Dr. Azab was a Clinical Coordinator for Staff Development and Education at the University of Chicago Medicine. He played an integral role in the on-boarding of all new staff as well as developing a clinical competency and compliance program. Also, he has worked very closely with pharmacy students during this time as a preceptor and in a professional advisory capacity. Dr. Azab is a member of several professional organizations that include American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP). 


Luba Burman, PharmD, BCPS, CDELuba Burman, PharmD, BCPS, CDE is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practiceat Chicago State University College of Pharmacy (CSU-COP). Dr. Burman received her Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy and completed her residency at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor, MI. She is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist and a Certified Diabetes Educator.

Prior to joining CSU, Dr. Burman practiced as a clinical pharmacist at the University of Chicago Medical Center. Her areas of interest and research include anticoagulation as well as transitions of care and patient safety outcomes. She is a member of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and the Illinois Council of Health-System Pharmacists. 


Heather FieldsHeather Fields, PharmD, MPH, is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practiceat Chicago State University College of Pharmacy (CSU-COP). Dr. Fields received her Bachelor of Science degree in Community Health from the University of Illinois, in Urbana-Champaign, Illinois (2002), her Master of Public Health from University of Illinois, in Chicago, Illinois (2005), and her Doctorate of Pharmacy degree from University of Illinois College of Pharmacy, in Chicago, Illinois (2009). Following this, she completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency in Community Care with The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy and the Clinical Partners Program, in Columbus, Ohio.

Prior to joining CSU, she was a clinical staff pharmacist at a 340B pharmacy affiliated with a group of federally qualified health centers (FQHC) in Baltimore, MD. Her research interests include investigating healthcare disparities among minority and underserved populations, and the role public health plays in influencing these disparities. She is a member of Phi Lambda Sigma Leadership Society, Illinois Council of Health-System Pharmacists, American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, and the American Pharmacists      Association. 


Deborah Harper-BrownDeborah Harper-Brown, PharmD, is a Clinical Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practiceat Chicago State University College of Pharmacy (CSU-COP). Dr. Harper-Brown earned a Bachelor of Arts from Earlham College and both the Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy (1983) and the Doctor of Pharmacy (1985) degrees from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) College of Pharmacy. She also completed an Advanced Residency in Drug Information Practice from the University of Illinois Medical Center (UIMC) in 1986.

Prior to joining the faculty at Chicago State University, Dr. Harper-Brown served on the faculty of the UIC College of Pharmacy in the Department of Pharmacy Practice, was Assistant Director for the UIMC Drug Information Center, a Clinical Pharmacist at the Mile Square Neighborhood Health Center in Chicago and a member of the Clinical Formulary Department at CVS Caremark. Her research interests include ambulatory care pharmacy practice, the application of adult learning theories in the development of individualized education material for patients with chronic illnesses and the use of reflective writing/journaling as an instructional technique for Doctor of Pharmacy students.

Dr. Harper-Brown has authored and co-authored several articles in peer-reviewed, professional publications and is currently a member of the editorial board of the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education. She has received a number of awards and accolades, the most recent being the Urban Health Program Alumni Trailblazer Award from the University of Illinois. 


Sabah HusseinSabah Hussein, PharmD, is a Clinical Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Chicago State University College of Pharmacy (CSU-COP). Dr. Hussein received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy in 1991.She also completed a Community Pharmacy Practice Residency in 2004 with Dominick’s Pharmacy and Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy.

Dr. Hussein has held academic appointments at Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy and South Suburban College. She has been actively involved in the education of student pharmacists and pharmacy technicians for several years. Dr. Hussein has served the Chicagoland community through her clinical and staff positions at Dominick’s Pharmacy and Rush University Medical Center and through her dedicated participation in numerous outreach, disease prevention, and health education activities and events.

Dr. Hussein’s research interests include evaluating the impact of patient-centered pharmacy care services on patient health outcomes and determining the causes of low enrollment rates of Hispanic students in Illinois pharmacy schools. Dr. Hussein was awarded an Incentive Grant for Practitioner Innovation in Pharmaceutical Care in 2003 by the American Pharmacists Association Foundation for the development of a weight management program at Dominick’s Pharmacy. Dr. Hussein is a member of several pharmacy professional organizations including the American Pharmacists Association, the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, and the Illinois Pharmacists Association. She currently serves on the Professional Affairs Committee of the Illinois Pharmacists Association. 


Antoine JenkinsAntoine T. Jenkins, PharmD, BCPS, is a Clinical Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Chicago State University College of Pharmacy (CSU-COP). Dr. Jenkins received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2005 from the University Of Tennessee Health Science Center located in Memphis, TN. In 2006, he completed a pharmacy practice residency at Methodist University Hospital also located in Memphis. He became a board certified pharmacotherapy specialist in 2007. Prior to joining CSU, he worked as a clinical pharmacist. His duties included providing pharmaceutical care services to general medicine and cardiology patients, precepting students, and participating in several community outreach programs.

Dr. Jenkins clinical areas are internal medicine and cardiology. His specific areas of interest include inpatient anticoagulation and ensuring appropriate management of hospitalized patients with heart failure, diabetes, asthma, hypertension, dyslipidemia, and stroke. His research interests include minimizing health disparities among African-Americans and promoting preventative health measures. Dr. Jenkins is a member of several organizations including American College of Clinical Pharmacy, American Society of Health-System Pharmacy, National Lipid Association, American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, Anticoagulation Forum, and the North American Thrombosis Forum. 


Charisse JohnsonCharisse Johnson M.S., PharmD, is the Assistant Dean of Experiential & Professional Education and Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practiceat Chicago State University College of Pharmacy (CSU-COP).

Dr. Johnson received both her Doctor of Pharmacy degree (1998) and Master of Science degree in Pharmacy Administration (2003) from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy (UIC COP). Possessing formal teaching experiences in both didactic and experiential arenas with student pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, Dr. Johnson has served in various capacities as a guest speaker, course instructor, and graduate teaching assistant lecturing on topics such as regulatory policy, patient safety, and the pharmacist’s role in community health.

Prior to joining Chicago State University, Dr. Johnson was the Professional Affairs Manager at the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy. She has also has practice experience in community and health-systems pharmacy.

Dr. Johnson is a past board member of the National Pharmaceutical Association and Chicago Pharmacists Association. She is also a member of Rho Chi Honor Society, Phi Lambda Sigma Leadership Fraternity, Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity, and the American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists. She has received a number of awards and accolades, the most recent being the Urban Health Program Distinguished Alumni Award from (UIC COP), the Sister Margaret Wright Graduate Award (UIC COP) and the Jean's Award for Outstanding Faculty Service (CSU COP). 


Alexander Kantorovich, Pharm.DAlexander Kantorovich, PharmD, BCPS is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Chicago State University College of Pharmacy (CSU-COP). Dr. Kantorovich earned his Associate of Science degree with an emphasis in chemistry from William Rainey Harper College in 2008 and received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2012 from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy. He went on to complete a two-year Pharmacotherapy residency with an emphasis in cardiology and critical care at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio and earned his board certification in pharmacotherapy in 2014.

Dr. Kantorovich currently practices as a clinical pharmacist, specializing in the area of internal medicine at Advocate Christ Medical Center. His clinical areas of interest include cardiology, critical care, and internal medicine. His research interests include anticoagulation and anticoagulation reversal. Dr. Kantorovich is an active member of several professional organizations including the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, the Illinois Counsel of Health-System Pharmacists, the Rho Chi Honor Society, and the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.  


Ayesha Khan, PharmD, BCPS is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Interim Associate Dean of Student Affairsat Chicago State University College of Pharmacy (CSU-COP) specializing in Internal Medicine. Dr. Khan was part of the Dual Acceptance Pharmacy Program at Loyola University Chicago and received her Doctor of Pharmacy from Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy in 2012. She then went on to complete a PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at The University of Toledo Medical Center in Toledo, Ohio (2012-2013).

Dr. Khan currently maintains a practice site at Rush University Medical Center serving as a clinical pharmacist for one of the general adult medicine teams. Her research interests include renal therapeutics, pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics in special populations, and the role of pharmacists in a medical team. Dr. Khan is an active member of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, and the Illinois Council of Health-System Pharmacists. She is also an Albert Schweitzer Fellow for Life and committed to reducing healthcare disparities in the Chicago-land area. Dr. Khan serves as faculty advisor of CSU-COP’s Student Society of Clinical Pharmacy and Muslim Students Association. 


Janene MarshallJanene L. Marshall, PharmD, is a Clinical Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Chicago State University College of Pharmacy (CSU-COP).  Dr. Marshall received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from the University of Illinois at Chicago, in Chicago, Illinois, and her Doctorate of Pharmacy degree from Mercer University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, in Atlanta, Georgia. She also completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at Atlanta Medical Center and is a board certified pharmacotherapy specialist. 

Dr. Marshall currently serves as a clinical pharmacist specializing in internal medicine with Sinai Health System.  Her research interests include examining evidence based medicine practices in internal medicine, examining the role of the pharmacist clinical intervention in improving patient safety and therapeutic outcomes, and examining health disparities among African-American and Latino patients. She is a member of Kappa Epsilon Pharmacy Fraternity, Phi Lambda Sigma Leadership Fraternity, the National Pharmaceutical Association, the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, the Illinois Council of Health Systems Pharmacists, and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. 

 


Darilyn McClainDarilyn N. McClain, PharmD is the Director of Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences at Chicago State University College of Pharmacy (CSU-COP). Dr. McClain received her Doctor of Pharmacy Degree in 2005 from Florida A&M University College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (FAMU-COPPS) located in Tallahassee, FL. In 2006, she completed a pharmacy practice residency at Veterans Affairs Medical Center located in Washington, D.C.
Prior to joining CSU, Dr. McClain practiced as a clinical/staff pediatric pharmacist at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C., consultant pharmacist for a pharmacist led non-profit The Center for Minority Studies, Inc. in Washington, D.C., and clinical/staff pediatric pharmacist at Comer Children’s Hospital at The University of Chicago Medical Center. Her areas of interest include pediatrics, anticoagulation, and HIV/AIDS. Dr. McClain is a member of the American Pharmacists Association, Illinois Pharmacists Association, American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc

 


Tatjana PetrovaTatjana Petrova, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Chicago State University College of Pharmacy (CSU-COP).  She holds both a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy and a Specialist in Clinical Pharmacy degree from the University of Ss. Cyril and Methodius in Skopje, Macedonia (1996 and 2005).  She completed her Doctorate in Pharmacy Care Systems from Auburn University, in Auburn, Alabama (2011).

Prior to joining Chicago State University, Dr. Petrova worked as a community pharmacist, marketing and sales representative for Abbott and Becton Dickenson and as a state inspector in the Ministry of Health-Health Insurance Fond of Macedonia.  During her graduate program, she was a teaching and research assistant at the Department of Pharmacy Care Systems at Auburn University.

Dr. Petrova's research interest include health behavior change and improving treatment adherence, as well as developing a new role of the pharmacist, putting an accent on the relationship between the pharmacist (health care provider) and the patient, and using motivational interviewing as a consulting technique.  She is interested in identifying the factors affecting adherence to prescribed medication from the patient perspective and health care systems perspective.  Dr. Petrova's research focus is oriented toward the role of the pharmacist in behavioral changes and adherence to medication when counseling patients.  Specifically, she is interested in increasing medication adherence in patients with chronic conditions or illnesses.  Her clinical research interest is in the area of COPD and asthma.


Lalita Prasad-Reddy, Pharm.D., MS, BCPS, BCACPLalita Prasad-Reddy, PharmD, MS, BCPS, BCACP, is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Chicago State University College of Pharmacy.  Dr. Prasad-Reddy received her PharmD degree from Creighton University, in Omaha Nebraska,  in 2006, and her Masters in Health Communication (with an emphasis in public health) from Boston University.   After working as a staff pharmacist, she went back to pursue residency training, and completed a PGY1 residency at the University of Chicago Medical Center and a PGY2 specialty residency in ambulatory care at Butler University College of Pharmacy/Indiana University Health in 2010.  After residency completion, Dr. Prasad served as a pharmacy practice faculty member at Sullivan University College of Pharmacy in Louisville, Kentucky from 2011-2013.

Dr. Prasad’s clinical interests include disease state management, cardiovascular risk reduction, endocrinology, women’s health, health communication and outreach, and patient adherence.  She is actively involved in global pharmacy initiatives, and most recently traveled to Peru and China on pharmacy mission trips.  She is a member of several pharmacy organizations including the Rho-Chi Honor Society, American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP), and the American Society of Health Systems Pharmacists (ASHP).   


 Betty Vu, PharmD. is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Chicago State University College of Pharmacy (CSU-COP) specializing in Infectious Diseases. Dr. Vu received her Bachelor of Science in Neurobiology at the University of California, Irvine, then obtained her Doctor of Pharmacy from University at Buffalo in Buffalo, New York, in 2015. She then went on to complete a PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, New York, then subsequently completed her PGY-2 Pharmacy Residency in Infectious Diseases at Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy with her clinical practice site at Rush University Medical Center.

Dr. Vu currently maintains a practice site at Rush University Medical Center, serving as a clinical pharmacy specialist in pediatric infectious diseases. Her clinical and research interests include the epidemiology and treatment of multi-drug resistant pathogens, the impact of antimicrobial stewardship, HIV/AIDS pharmacotherapy, and global health. Dr. Vu is an active member of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists, and American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists.

Staff

 Naomi Simwenyi, M.S., is the Director of Continuing Professional Education at Chicago State University College of Pharmacy (CSU-COP). Ms. Simwenyi has over 12 years of experience in medical education accreditation combined with continuing medical education both in the academic and hospital setting. She has extensive experience in all components of education program management that include: design, marketing, delivery, and assessment. Her leadership is focused on the delivery of exceptional customer service and quality of programs, accomplished through an internal team approach with an emphasis on external outreach collaboration.

Ms. Simwenyi received her Masters of Science degree in corporate communication from Northwestern University, and her Bachelor of Science degree in communications from Eastern Michigan University. Prior to joining Chicago State University, Ms. Simwenyi worked as the Residency Education Program Administrator for the University of Illinois/Metropolitan Group Hospital Residency in General Surgery where she oversaw all aspects of operations as well as providing implementation support for new initiatives and was instrumental in the programs reaccreditation process. 


Tamaria ThomasTamaria Thomas, B.S., B.A., is the Program Specialist for Chicago State University College of Pharmacy(CSU-COP) Office of Experiential and Professional Education.  Ms. Thomas holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration and Management from Chicago State University in 2007 and was also a member of the Business Honors Laboratory Program.  Ms. Thomas served as a Program Coordinator and Test Prep Instructor at the University of Chicago for over 10 years helping Chicago land area elementary and high school students’ transition, graduate and obtain a college degree. She also worked as an Administrator and Liaison within the Chicago Public Schools.  Ms. Thomas joined the College of Pharmacy in 2011.