TTUHSC School of Pharmacy



About the School of Pharmacy Alumni Association

The mission of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) School of Pharmacy Alumni Association (SOPAA) is to promote the continuous development and training of practitioners, researchers and educators. Alumni can help by:

  • Promoting the TTUHSC School of Pharmacy
  • Promoting and advocating for the pharmacy profession and the ongoing professional development of our graduates
  • Supporting other School of Pharmacy alumni through fellowship and networking opportunities
  • Informing fellow graduates about existing opportunities to partner with the school in developing and mentoring current pharmacy students

Board Members, Staff Members and Bylaws

The School of Pharmacy Alumni Association is one of seven school alumni chapters of the TTUHSC Alumni Association. The mission of the SOP AA is to promote the continuous development and training of practitioners, researchers and educators. We do this by promoting the school and our profession; supporting our alumni via fellowship and networking; providing graduates with information about the school and opportunities to mentor students; and by engaging in activities to support scholarship for current students.

Current SOPAA Bylaws

Board Members



We are seeking members to serve on the SOP Alumni Association Board of Directors. Starting January 1, 2017, we will have 2 vacancies to fill and are seeking your input on possible nominees. If you know someone who would be great for this role or would even like to nominate yourself, please complete the nomination form and return it to by Monday, September 5

Click HERE for the nomination form.

The mission of the SOP Alumni Association is to promote the continuous development and training of practitioners, researchers, and educators. We do this by promoting the SOP and our profession; supporting our alumni via fellowship and networking; providing graduates with information on the SOP and opportunities to mentor students; and by engaging in activities to support scholarship for current students.

The SOPAA is comprised of seven members, with each member’s term of service being three years. The Board has six meetings annually, with two of those being face-to-face; the rest are conducted via conference call.

2017-2018 Board Members

Name City, State
Email Board Position Year Appointed Term Expires Graduation Year
Antonia (Toni) Edgar Vilella Parrish, FL Chair 2015 2017 2011
Mallory McGarry Dallas, TX Chair-Elect 2017 2019 2014
Sarah Carman Rivas Big Spring, TX Secretary 2016 2018 2011
Holly Haralson Carbon, TX Treasurer 2015 2017 2009
Vibin Thomas Irving, TX Member 2016 2018 2014
Latisha Tomlinson Lubbock, TX Member 2017 2019 2007
Keenan Hamouie Houston, TX Member 2017 2019 2014


2017-2018 Staff Members

Kenna Payne 1300 Coulter, Suite 112J Amarillo, TX 79106 806-414-9309 Associate Dean, Professional Affairs
Assistant Professor, Pharmacy Practice
Rebecca Perry 1300 Coulter, Suite 112L Amarillo, TX 79106 (806) 414-9352 Coordinator, Professional Affairs
Julie Doss 3601 4th Street, MS 6236 Lubbock, TX 79430 (806) 743-3229 Senior Director of Alumni Relations
Danette Weler 3601 4th Street, MS 6236 Lubbock, TX 79430 (806) 743-4307 Membership Coordinator, TTUHSC Alumni Association


Distinguished Alumni

Our alumni have dedicated their lives to the betterment of others, and the School of Pharmacy considers it a privilege to celebrate that commitment. The Distinguished Alumni Award is the highest honor the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center bestows upon its alumni. The award recognizes alumni who have demonstrated leadership in professional organizations, health care, and/or community service and whose accomplishments and careers have brought significant credit to the TTUHSC School of Pharmacy.

HellwigOur 2015 honoree was Dr. Tadd Hellwig, a 2006 graduate. Hellwig went on to complete his residency in pharmacy practice with Christiana Care Health System in Newark, Delaware, and spent a year at the renowned Mayo Clinic. He then took a position at South Dakota State University College of Pharmacy, where he teaches second- and third-year students, as well as serving as a preceptor for fourth-year students in internal medicine rotations.

Hellwig is described by staff and students as someone who motivates others to become involved, challenging them to help solve problems and increasing their confidence without making them feel incompetent. He has been recognized as the South Dakota State University College Pharmacy Teacher of the Year and most recently as the South Dakota Society of Health System Pharmacists 2014 Pharmacist of the Year.

Do you know a TTUHSC SOP alumnus making the best of his or her pharmacy education? Please take a moment to honor your classmates and colleagues by nominating a deserving candidate.

Online nomination forms can be found at the TTUHSC Distinguished Alumni Nominations website. For a list of previous Distinguished Alumni honorees from the School of Pharmacy, please click here.

If you have any questions regarding a a nomination, or if you need additional help or information, please contact Laura Ray at (806) 743-3239 or


Alumni in the News

Our alumni are doing great things! We love hearing about the success of all our former students, and any news stories or tips are welcomed at Here are a few headlines we've passed along recently:

DFW Residency Alumna Wins National Award

Belinda Hong, Pharm.D., and a PGY2 geriatrics residency program alumna from the Dallas/Fort Worth campus, won the Best Poster Award ... Click to Read More.

Abilene Alumna Names to PDC Posts

Tiffany Johnson, class of 2013, joined current SOP student Megan Fenney, P4, in new Phi Delta Chi roles ... Click to Read More.

Alumnus Named Pharmacist of the Year

Tadd Hellwig, class of 2006, received the 2014 Pharmacist of the Year Award ... Click to Read More.

Alumni Scholarship Created

The SOP Alumni Association has created a new scholarship and awarded the first recipient ... Click to Read More.



Have you adopted your white coat?


Each year, the School of Pharmacy seeks the support of our faculty, staff, alumni and donors for an important project: the White Coat Ceremonies.

The SOP Alumni Association Board decided several years ago to launch an "Adopt a White Coat" initiative in conjunction with the School of Pharmacy. This initiative ultimately aims to provide every incoming pharmacy student with a white coat.

To this end, the Alumni Association asks each of its members to support future SOP students by sponsoring a white coat.

We all have experienced the excitement of putting on our white coat for the very first time, the nervousness of walking into an unfamiliar environment on our first day of class, and the countless hours of lectures, exams, and training. Our members can be a part of that excitement.

The White Coat Ceremony emphasizes the importance of the SOP mission: to enhance the lives of the diverse people of Texas and beyond through excellence and innovation in educating health care practitioners, researchers, and educators; and providing pharmaceutical care and service.

Please join us in adopting a White Coat today! The cost to adopt one coat per student is $50. Of course, any size gift is welcomed and multiple coats may be adopted.

To donate, please visit and select "Give Online." Then select the School of Pharmacy Fund for Excellence for your donation.

You may also send a check payable to the Texas Tech Foundation, Inc. to "Adopt a White Coat" at TTUHSC School of Pharmacy, 5920 Forest Park Road, Suite 400, Dallas, TX 75235.

Thank you again for considering this request. Your generosity will create a legacy of support for generations to come!


SOPAA Social Media

For more SOPAA information and updates, please visit our Facebook page.

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Upcoming SOPAA Events

We love when our alumni get involved with our current students and faculty! Here is a list of our upcoming events for students, faculty and alumni in 2016. For a list of upcoming events for faculty, students and alumni, click here


TTUHSC Alumni Relations and Updates

For more information and news about alumni relations at TTUHSC, please visit the TTUHSC Alumni Relations Office

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