Stories from Leadership Emphasis Area Graduates

The University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy offered its first leadership course in 2007. At that time, we also began the development of the Leadership Emphasis Area (LEA). The LEA is a coordinated 18 credit series of didactic, experiential and self-directed coursework aimed at preparing pharmacy students to lead change.

Approximately 10% of U of M pharmacy students graduate having completed the Leadership Emphasis Area. 

Read stories from our LEA graduates

Colleen Berg FlahertyUsing Leadership Skills to Shape Your Work 
Colleen Berg Flaherty, PharmD
PharmD Clinical Program Manager for Government Programs,
Prime Therapeutics LEA Class of 2009



Alison KnutsonPlaying to One’s Strengths: Communicating a Vision and Educating to Gain Buy-In 
Alison Knutson, PharmD
Ambulatory Care & Leadership Resident,
Park Nicollet LEA Class of 2010



Arinze Nkemdirim OkerePutting Pharmacists in the Emergency Department 
Arinze Nkemdirim Okere, PharmD
Assistant Professor, Ferris State University College of Pharmacy
LEA Class of 2010 


Rachel RootLeadership: A Process to Learn and Apply 
Rachel Root PharmD, MS 
Inpatient Operations Manager, Oregon Health and Science University 
LEA Class of 2009


Jonathan E. Schulz(Learn to) Step Up
Jonathan E. Schulz, PharmD
Staff Pharmacist, North Memorial Medical Center
LEA Class of 2011



 Stacey (Rewitzer) VanSickleEmbracing Leadership During Professional Transitions
Stacey (Rewitzer) VanSickle, PharmD
Emergency Department Pharmacist 
LEA Class of 2010




Ashley (Gray) PhilibertPrepare for Change
Ashley (Gray) Philibert, PharmD
Clinical Pharmacist, Mercy-Unity Hospital 
LEA Class of 2010