Alumni Associations

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The Midwestern Alumni Network provides opportunities for collaboration and interaction among graduates from all of MWU's colleges and programs. All graduates of Midwestern University share the same values of holistic healthcare, student-focused teaching, and patient-centered practice. The Midwestern University Alumni Network promotes collegiality, interdisciplinary learning, cross-professional collaboration, and mutual support of the University. 

Alumni Associations & Councils

Midwestern University alumni stay connected to each other and the University through events held during the year and across the country. Why not join us at future MWU alumni receptions, fundraisers, and continuing education programs?

Purpose
The Midwestern University (MWU) Alumni Diversity Council’s purpose is to serve as alumni leaders and mentors to current Midwestern University students of color and to provide thoughtful insight and recommendations to the Office of Development and Alumni Relations on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion related initiatives.

Council Members

  • Roaya Braqa, M.S. (Class of 2019)
  • Andrea Brezill, M.M.S. (Class of 2008)
  • Aleasha Bryant, Pharm.D. (Class of 2014)
  • Alondra Davis Otto, M.P.T. (Class of 1999)
  • Amin Elsaeed, D.M.D. (Class of 2020)
  • Celine Gabai, O.D. (Class of 2017)
  • Nicolo Geralde, D.O. (Class of 1993)
  • Danielle Green, D.M.D. (Class of 2019)
  • Jada Green, D.P.T. (Class of 2020)
  • Kristen Hainey, M.M.S. (Class of 2004)
  • Cherie, Hawkins, D.O. (Class of 2010)
  • Magdy Issa, D.P.M. (Class of 2017)
  • Juan Martinez, D.O. (Class of 2011)
  • Asfia Mohammed, M.O.T. (Class of 2012)
  • Gabriel Osemwegie, D.P.T. (Class of 2019)
  • Terrence Partee, Psy.D. (Class of 2019)
  • Marquie Price, O.T.D. (Class of 2020)
  • Chara Reid-Reed, Pharm.D. (Class of 2004)
  • Raman Saini, Psy.D. (Class of 2016)
  • Jasdeep Singh Soni, O.D. (Class of 2020)
  • Theron Washington, M.A. (Class of 2009)
  • Shirley Yang, Psy.D. (Class of 2017)

 

Mission
The mission of the Midwestern University (MWU) Alumni Senate is to create a sense of connection to and pride in Midwestern University among all of its alumni. The MWU Alumni Senate provides opportunities for networking and collaboration between alumni of the many colleges and programs within the university.  The MWU Senate will serve as a resource for, and the voice of, all alumni of the university. 

Alumni Senators

  • Mohammed S. Alo, D.O. `06
  • Iqbal Atcha, RPh, MBA, SPHR, RACR `99
  • Nina Dallal, M.S. `18
  • Elizabeth Escobedo, O.D, `17
  • Carl Gisnarian, M.S., CP `09
  • Bryce A. Larson, D.M.D. `15 - Vice Chair
  • Charlotte Milas, M.O.T., OTR-L `13
  • Daniel M. Provencher, M.S., PA-C `02
  • Joy Reese, Pharm.D. `06 -  Chair
  • Peter Santos, D.O. `02
  • Henry Sargent, CRNA `12

Mission Statement
The mission of this Council is to create a mechanism for graduates of the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine (AZCOM) to further professional opportunities, continue friendships, participate as a mentor, and to enhance the educational opportunities of any member of the AZCOM program of Midwestern University, including students, faculty, and alumni. Alumni will maintain a close relationship with AZCOM and the University as a whole to ensure that the above objectives are met.

Council Officers

  • Dane Caputo, D.O. `13 - President
  • Connie Tucker, D.O. `00 - Vice President 
  • Jacob Mathew, D.O. `12
  • Maia Uli, D.O. `13
  • Luis Vazquez, D.O. `09
  • Randall Nydam, Associate Dean, Ph.D. - Faculty Representative

Get Involved
Get involved with your alma mater.

For more information, please contact azalumni@midwestern.edu.

Mission
The mission of the CCOMAA is to represent the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (CCOM) alumni in relations with Midwestern University (MWU); to foster fellowship of the CCOM family including students, alumni, and post-graduate physicians; and to promote the stewardship of CCOM's legacy and traditions.

Governors

  • Andrew Kotis, D.O., M.S., FACC, FSCAI, FACOI `91 - President
  • Glenn J. Milos, D.O., J.D., M.B.A., M.P.H., CPE `98 - Vice President
  • Marie R. Fleury, D.O., M.B.A., FACOI '93 - Treasurer
  • Patricia A. Higgins, D.O. `87 - Secretary
  • William C. Campbell, D.O. `05
  • Pamela A. Georgeson, D.O., FAAAAI `83
  • Jennie H. Kwon, D.O., MSCI, FIDSA `09
  • Harald Lausen, D.O., M.A., FAODME, FACOFP, CPE, CMPE `00
  • Creagh E. Milford, D.O., M.P.H., FACOI `08

Alumni Awards 

Nomination Requirements

As part of the nomination form, nominators must submit a 250 word or more statement establishing the candidate's qualifications with clear and concise detail as to why he/she should be selected for the award.

CCOM Alumni Association Awards Nomination Form


The Dr. Karen J. Nichols Leadership Award will be considered annually and bestowed at the discretion of the CCOM Alumni Association Board of Governors to a "physician who has served CCOM and has demonstrated extraordinary leadership furthering the osteopathic medical profession.”

The Ward Perrin, D.O. Distinguished Service Award is granted annually by the CCOM Alumni Board of Governors to a recipient "in recognition of his or her devotion and loyal support in the advancement of his or her college."  

The Alumni Association Citation is presented annually by the President of the CCOM Alumni Association to a CCOM alumnus or other deserving individual(s) "in recognition of distinguished and devoted service to the college and its alumni."

The Outstanding Achievement Award is granted annually by the CCOM Alumni Board of Governors to CCOM alumni or other deserving individual(s) "in recognition of distinguished and devoted service to the Osteopathic profession and having brought credit to CCOM."  

Emerging Leader Award is granted annually to a CCOM alumnus who has had a demonstrated impact on individuals and organizations in the osteopathic community. The recipient is one who inspires young leaders to make a difference and shows evidence of commitment to future contributions as a leader in the osteopathic profession.

How to Pay Your CCOM Alumni Association Dues

The CCOM Alumni Association (CCOMAA) stays busy all year teaching and upholding the long-standing traditions of the College. Your annual membership dues to the CCOMAA are devoted to scholarships and enrichment programs that support CCOM students and honor outstanding alumni.

Please consider joining or renewing your tax-deductible membership by clicking on the link below.

  • Life Membership:  $1,000 
  • Annual Membership:  $100 
  • Resident/Fellow, Retired/Disabled Membership: $25  

Online Membership Link

(select MWU alumnus under "relationship" and CCOM under "gift designation")  

Please print out the Membership Form (PDF), complete it and send or fax the form back to the address listed on the document.

Your membership supports:

  • CCOMAA Merit Scholarships
  • Educational Student Lecture Programs
  • Student/Alumni Networking Opportunities
  • Guatemala DOCARE Mission: 
    Students gain valuable real-life medical experience while providing much-needed medical services to local village residents.

Mission
The mission of this Council is to encourage alumni to participate actively in the College of Dental Medicine Arizona (CDMA) community by fostering fellowship amongst peers and faculty, enriching the lives and learning experiences of the newest classes of CDMA student dentists, embracing the ideals of life-long learning and service and contributing to the culture of our esteemed college and University as a whole.

Our vision is to engage the alumni of CDMA on a quarterly basis by creating a range of appealing programs and activities that alumni will seek out to remain involved with each other, current and future dental interns, and our college.

Executive Board and Committee Chairs

  • Jackie Hilton Caster, D.M.D. `15  - Committee Chair: Social & Networking Events
  • Tyler Fix, D.M.D. `17 - President 
  • Shylah Gabriel, D.M.D. `14 - Committee Chair: Ambassador Program
  • Chrissy Hammer, D.M.D. `13 - Committee Chair: Specialty Engagement
  • Garrick Pfeiffer, D.M.D. `17
  • Alex Sales-Burnham, D.M.D. `17 - Vice President
  • Tom Schuh, D.M.D. `12  - Committee Chair: Student Mentorship
  • Garrick Pfeiffer, D.M.D. `17 - Committee Chair: Social & Networking Events

Faculty Advisors

  • James Pashayan, D.D.S., M.A -Ed,
    Associate Dean for Admissions, Continuing Education and Graduate Studies
  • Mark A Stieg, D.D.S., 
    Clinical Assistant Professor

Get Involved
The College encourages you to join us in the tradition of excellence and help us inspire a new generation of students by getting involved.  For more information, please contact Kimberly Hastings, Manager of Alumni Relations by phone at 623-572-3780 or email khastings@midwestern.edu.  

Mission

The mission of this Association is to create a mechanism for graduates of the  College of Pharmacy  - Downers Grove (CPDG) to further professional opportunities, continue friendships, participate as a mentor, and enhance the educational opportunities of any member of the CPDG program of Midwestern University, including students, faculty, and alumni. This Association will maintain a close relationship with CPDG and the University as a whole to ensure that the above objectives are met.

Council Members

  • Tolulope P. Akinwale, Pharm.D. `13
  • Ralitza Anguelova, Pharm.D. `14
  • Daniel S. Barone, Pharm.D. `13
  • Nisha Bhat, Pharm.D. `11
  • Haresh Desai, Pharm.D. `14
  • Sara Giaimo, Pharm.D. `06
  • Michelle Groen, Pharm.D. `96
  • Laura Licari, Pharm.D. `06
  • Neel Jani, Pharm.D. `08
  • Ryan Morris, Pharm.D. `09
  • Jay Nadas Pharm.D ` 03 - President
  • Shan Siddique, Pharm.D. `14
  • Sarah E. Slater, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCOP `12
  • Scott W. Snyder, Pharm.D. `13 
  • Paul E. Windt, Pharm.D. `00
     

Alumni Awards

Online Nomination Form 
 

Alumnus of the Year

This award recognizes an alumnus who has worked to promote the presence and reputation of the  College of Pharmacy - Downers Grove.  The recipient is one who has made significant contributions to the profession of pharmacy and/or to the community and has been publicly acknowledged by another organization for their leadership and service.

  • CPDG alumni may nominate individuals for this award  
  • The CPDG Alumni Council will choose the recipient
     

Award Year - 2002

Amir Masood, Pharm.D.  - Class of 2000

Award Year - 2003

Edward Cohen, Pharm. D. - Class of 2000

Award Year - 2004

Sheri L. Stensland, Pharm.D. - Class of 1995

Award Year - 2005

Susan Cornell, Pharm.D. - Class of 2002

Award Year - 2006

Timothy Todd, Pharm.D. - Class of 1996

Award Year - 2007

Lynette Audickas, Pharm.D. - Class of 1995

Award Year - 2008

Elaine Ladd, Pharm.D. - Class of 2005

Award Year - 2009

Amber Briggs, Pharm.D. - Class of 2002

Award Year - 2010

Charles Turck, Pharm.D. - Class of 2004

Award Year - 2011

Bryan Kuhn, Pharm.D. - Class of 2000 

Award Year - 2012

Jennifer D'Souza, Pharm.D. - Class of 2003

Award Year - 2013

Sarah M. Wieczorkiewicz, Pharm.D., BCPS - Class of 2005

Award Year - 2015

Iqbal Atcha, R.Ph., M.B.A., SPHR - Class of 1999

Award Year - 2016

Mayur V. Shah, Pharm.D. - Class of 2000

Award Year - 2017

Laura E. Licari, Pharm.D. - Class of 2006

Award Year - 2018

Rohin N. Kasudia, Pharm.D. - Class of 2010

Award Year - 2019

April M. Goocher, Pharm.D. - Class of 2006

Award Year - 2021

Chara Reid – Reed, Pharm.D. - Class of 2004

Award Year - 2022

Carlos Torrado, Pharm.D., J.D. - Class of 2002


Alumni Service Award

This award recognizes an alumnus for outstanding service to the College of Pharmacy - Downers Grove. Service includes precepting students, interviewing prospective students, and participating in alumni council activities.    

  • CPDG faculty or staff may nominate alumni for this award
  • The College Executive Committee will choose the recipient
     

Award Year - 2015                              

Dana Puljan, Pharm.D. - Class of 2008

Award Year - 2016

Anna (Bogdanowicz) Suwada, Pharm.D., BCPS - Class of 2011

Award Year - 2017

Gyula J. Nadas, Pharm.D. - Class of 2003

Award Year - 2018

Shehrbano Hasan, Pharm.D. - Class of 2009
Samuel A. Olson, Pharm.D. - Class of 2012

Award Year - 2019

Lisa (Santangelo) Ejsmont, Pharm.D. - Class of 2012

Award Year - 2021

Jay R. Fajiculay, Pharm.D. - Class of 2014

Award Year - 2022

Amanda Dominguez, Pharm.D. - Class of 2021


Rising Star Alumni Award

This award recognizes an alumnus with five or fewer years of pharmacy practice for their outstanding service to the profession, clinical practice, scholarship support, or teaching.  This award also recognizes the recipient's potential for future activities.

  • CPDG alumni may nominate individuals for this award
  • The CPDG Alumni Council will choose the recipient
     

Award Year - 2015                            

Lisa DiGrazia, Pharm.D. - Class of 2011

Award Year - 2016

Veeral Tushar Vyas, Pharm.D. - Class of 2015

Award Year - 2017

Ayesha M. Khan, Pharm.D. - Class of 2012

Award Year - 2018

Tolulope P. Akinwale, Pharm.D. - Class of 2013

Award Year - 2019

Eileen Hang, Pharm.D. - Class of 2017

Award Year - 2021

Edith Liang, Pharm.D. - Class of 2017

Award Year - 2022

Musa Musleh, Pharm.D. - Class of 2019

 

Midwestern University Regional Receptions

Consistent with our mission to enhance relationships with alumni and inspire affinity and philanthropic support, the Office of Development & Alumni Relations has made it a priority to work with interested alumni to co-host Regional Alumni Receptions. The benefits of holding Regional Alumni Receptions include providing alumni with updates about academic programs, sharing facility improvements on campus and providing opportunities for alumni to mix and mingle. Remarks by the co-host, key faculty, and representatives of the Office of Development & Alumni Relations are part of the evening.

Mission

The mission of this Council is to encourage alumni to participate actively in the College of Pharmacy-Glendale (CPG) community by fostering fellowship amongst peers and faculty, enriching the lives and learning experiences of the newest classes of CPG student pharmacists, embracing the ideals of life-long learning and service and contributing to the culture of our esteemed college and University as a whole.

Our vision is to engage the alumni of CPG on a quarterly basis by creating a range of appealing programs and activities that alumni will seek out to remain involved with each other, current and future pharmacist interns and our college.

Executive Board

Travis Shelton, Pharm.D. '09  - President
Alison Sutton, Pharm.D. '12 - Vice President
Tiffany Gordon, Pharm.D. '14 - Secretary/Treasurer
Joy Reese, Pharm.D. '06  - Alumni Senate Representative
Mary Gurney, Ph.D., RPh  - Faculty Representative

Get Involved

The College encourages you to join us in the tradition of excellence and help us inspire a new generation of students by becoming a preceptor. After all, who better to train CPG students than those who were once in their shoes? Preceptors receive the following benefits:

  • Earn free CE credit through Pharmacists Letter, live training, and membership in the Collaborative Education Institute (CEI).
  • Access MWU library resources and utilize CPG faculty as teaching and clinical resources
  • Access CPG's drug information service
  • Received reduced rates for CPG's CareeRxpo
  • Recruit top students to your practice site
  • Infuse your practice site with new ideas and insights
  • Contribute to the education of future colleagues
  • Give back to the profession and your alma mater 

To request a preceptor application or for more information, please contact the Office of Experiential Education by phone at 623-572-3557 or email azoee@midwestern.edu.  

For other ways to stay connected, review the Be Involved with your Alma Mater (PDF).

Why Not Join Us?

Interested in learning more about Alumni leadership? Reach out to your campus manager of alumni relations.

Stay Connected to Your College

While the Midwestern University Alumni Network represents the entire academic family, your college alumni associations and councils remain strong and vital organizations. At the college level, our alumni leaders organize events, host student/alumni networking opportunities, enjoy receptions at professional conferences, and support student scholarships and programs. Both the Midwestern University Alumni Network and the College Alumni Associations/Councils play important roles in keeping you connected to your alma mater.

Benefits of Being Involved in the Midwestern University Alumni Network

  • Lifetime membership upon graduation
  • No dues affiliated with participation
  • Special event invitations and exclusive publications
  • Access to the Alumni Directory so you can stay in touch with classmates and other Midwestern University practitioners
  • Access to the Alumni Job Finder, where you can post openings or search for other career opportunities
  • Continued access to your university email account
  • Library resources and services listed below:
    • Use of the library at both our Downers Grove, Illinois and Glendale, Arizona campuses for 90 days since last day of attendance. All alumni are welcome to visit either library location indefinitely once temporary COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted. Contact the alumni office to learn more.  
    • Reference help while librarians are on duty.
    • Access to computer resources and databases within the library.

How to Stay Involved with Midwestern University as an Alumnus

  • Visit the Alumni page for alumni related resources and benefits at your fingertips
  • Use your student login/password on MWUNET to search for former classmates in the Alumni Directory, and access the Alumni Job Finder to post positions or search for job openings
  • Update us with your latest professional and personal news
  • Attend alumni events, receptions, and programs
  • Visit us on social media
  • Connect with your college
    • Learn ways to mentor current students, participate in admissions interviews, volunteer with the Health Outreach through Medicine and Education (H.O.M.E.) program, become a preceptor, or make a gift.

 

Get in Touch

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