Fox is Pharmacy Leader of Tomorrow

Fifth-year student Dainielle Fox has been a leader both in the classroom and in the community. She was named president-elect of the Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA) at the organization’s annual meeting in July 2013 and will become president of the organization this July.

Fox began her rise to president-elect of SNPhA the day she set foot on campus more than two years ago. She was one of 50 students to transfer to the College at the start of the 2011-12 school year—the largest class of transfer students by far, to date. To better fit in with their new classmates, many of the transfer students, including Fox, began to look into organizations to join. The group settled on SNPhA, an organization that had been less active on campus, but that was well respected at other pharmacy schools across the country.

Dainielle Fox holds a puppet.

The students set out to revamp SNPhA at STLCOP, with Fox taking a lead role. In her first year with the organization, Fox served as secretary. She took over as president in fall 2012. During her time as president of the STLCOP chapter, Fox has helped double student membership. She has also played a key role in the chapter winning a $2,500 grant from Walmart through the Prescription for Service Competition. Fox and the STLCOP chapter used the money to create a mobile service initiative in which pharmacists and student pharmacists provided tests for blood pressure and blood glucose screenings and reviewed medication in the St. Louis region in April 2013.

Fox has similar plans for the national chapter of SNPhA, which is dedicated to representing the views and ideas of minority pharmacists on critical issues affecting health care and pharmacy; as well as advancing the standards of pharmaceutical care among all practitioners. Fox is keeping her vision for the organization to herself until she is officially installed as president, but says she can “guarantee it will be inspiring.”