MPhS Officers

Nkem Nonyel

Nkem P. Nonyel, PharmD, MPH, BCPS is an Assistant Professor with clinical practice focus in Ambulatory Care at Peninsula Regional Medical Group, Salisbury, Maryland where she is developing, implementing, and managing a model ambulatory care clinical pharmacy services within a primary care family practice. Prior to joining UMES, she was a clinical pharmacist at Holy Cross Hospital, Silver Spring, Maryland where she completed PGY1 pharmacy residency. Her credentials include Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD, University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, Baltimore), Master of Public Health (MPH with Global Health, University of Maryland School of Medicine Department of Epidemiology and Public Health), and Bachelor of Science in Physics/Education (BSc, University of Nigeria, Nsukka). Dr. Nonyel also has some nursing background in acute and sub-acute care settings, and in pediatric home care since 1999 as Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN, UDC). She is a Board-Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist.

Dr. Nonyel is the current advisor for the UMES chapter of the Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA). She is very passionate about the pharmacy profession, as well as mentoring current and prospective PharmD students. While a PharmD student, she was a SNPhA chapter president (2012-2013), professionalism Chair for the Omicron Chapter of Lambda Kappa Sigma (LKS), an international pharmacy fraternity (LKS). Her professional pharmacy leadership roles include President, Maryland Pharmaceutical Society; Chair, Maryland Pharmacy Coalition (MPC); and Chair, MPC Public Relations/Public Health Committee, and served on the MPC Provider Status Task force. Her other professional pharmacy organization membership includes National Pharmaceutical Association (NPhA), American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP), American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), and American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). Her other interests include Health Disparity/Cultural Competency, Medication Safety, professional development, and traveling.

Jummy Amuwo
Vice President/President-Elect

Bio coming soon!

Ashley Bivins
Immediate Past-President

Ashley Bivins, Pharm.D., MBA is a 2010 graduate of the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy and a 2011 graduate of UB/Towson University with a degree in business management. While at Maryland, she was a member of SNPhA, AMCP and Kappa Psi. Ashley served as Vice President of SNPhA from 2008-2009. Currently, Ashley is employed full time at CVS. Outside of pharmacy she enjoys spending time with friends and family, reading, knitting and crocheting, and participating in fitness activities.

Sharonjit Sagoo
Treasurer/Website Manager

Sharonjit Sagoo earned her Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from the University of Kansas in 2005; and earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Maryland, School of Pharmacy in 2010. She also holds a Certified in Public Health (CPH) credential. During pharmacy school, she was an active member of the Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA) and served one term as the chapter's Delegate. Sharonjit began her career as a floating retail pharmacist throughout the Baltimore district. She also served as President of the Maryland Pharmaceutical Society from 2011-2013. 

Currently, Sharonjit is works with the Executive Program and Project Management Staff within the Office of Clinical Pharmacology at the Food and Drug Administration. She is also a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Public Health Service. As a commissioned corps officer she has taken temporary duty assignments as a pharmacist for the Indian Health Service; as a Public Health Advisor for the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health; and deployed to serve Hurricane Irma/Maria relief efforts, and the Unaccompanied Children Humanitarian Crisis. She also served as a Public Health Advisor with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Sharonjit is passionate about public health and international outreach. She has participated in multiple medical and public health missions in Honduras, Haiti, Cameroon, and Tanzania.


       Hoai-An Truong
       Member at Large

Hoai-An Truong, PharmD, MPH is Associate Professor and Assistant Dean for Professional Affairs at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) School of Pharmacy. Dr. Truong teaches medication management, public health, and professional development in several courses. His primary responsibilities include facilitating professional development seminars and opportunities for students, faculty and staff, coordinating residents’ teaching and certificate program, and leading the Eastern Shore Collaborative Interprofessional Education (ESCIPE) initiative. Additionally, Dr. Truong has been faculty/trainer for the American Pharmacists Association Medication Therapy Management national certificate program and trained over 450 pharmacists. Dr. Truong also provides medication management for underserved patients in an interprofessional collaborative model at Mercy Health Clinic, part of the Primary Care Coalition of Montgomery County.

Hoai-An received his Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy and completed an APhA-ASHP accredited community pharmacy practice residency. He obtained his Master of Public Health at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. After his post-graduate training, Dr. Truong was clinical coordinator/pharmacist at Happy Harry’s Patient Care Center, followed by serving as Assistant then Acting Executive Director of the Experiential Learning Program at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. Dr. Truong has published many peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters and presented numerous ACPE-accredited continuing pharmacy education programs and posters at state, national, and international conferences. He is co-editor and co-author of a book, The Pharmacist in Public Health: Education, Application, and Opportunities, published by the American Pharmacists Association in 2010. He currently serves as chair of the Public Health SIG of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy and president of the Maryland Public Health Association. He has served as co-chair of Professional Development Committee and trustee of the Maryland Pharmacists Association for 8 years during which he co-organized three Medication Therapy Management summits involving state and national stakeholders. He is also past president of the Alumni Association of his alma mater. Hoai-An received the Excellence in Public Health Pharmacy Practice Award from the U.S. Public Health Service in 2005 and the Life-saving Patient Safety Team PCC Award from the Health Resources and Service Administration in 2012. He was inducted into the Phi Lambda Sigma Leadership Society, the Rho Chi Academic Honor Society in Pharmacy, and the Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health. Most importantly, he enjoys swimming and traveling and resides with his wife Tanya and two daughters Angelina and Catalina.

Personal Quote:

See not just with your eyes, but your heart. Care not just with your mind, but you open hands.


Gina McKnight-Smith
Member at Large

Dr. Gina McKnight-Smith has earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biology in 1993 from the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC); a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Maryland Baltimore (UMB) School of Pharmacy in 1997, and a Masters in Business Administration in 2000 from the University of Baltimore Merrick School of Business. Dr. Smith’s various professional organization affiliations include the Maryland Pharmaceutical Society (MPhS), American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP), Association of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP), and the National Pharmaceutical Association (NPhA). Dr. Smith has practiced in a variety of pharmacy settings including community, hospital outpatient, long-term care pharmacy consulting, PBM pharmacy management, independent medication consulting, government/regulatory pharmacy practice. She continues to give to others making their way in the profession by serving as a mentor and preceptor for several schools of pharmacy. Dr. Smith is a member of the Board of Directors for University of Maryland Medical Systems Midtown Campus (formerly Maryland General Hospital), a member of the Board of Visitors for the UMB School of Pharmacy, a Certified Geriatric Pharmacist (CGP), a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (BCPS), and a Certified Health Information Technology Specialist – Clinical Practitioner (CHTS-CP). Dr. Smith has also co-authored a chapter entitled Strategies for Identifying Health Disparities and Improving Cultural Competence in the book titled The Pharmacist in Public Health: Education, Applications and Opportunities. She also continues to demonstrate her civic responsibility through her service as a Commissioner on the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights (MCCR). Additional affiliations with social and community service oriented organizations include the Baltimore Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc.; Rho Xi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.; and the Patapsco River Chapter of The Links, Inc. As President/CEO of an independent healthcare consulting firm called Medication Information Means Empowerment (MIME), LLC, Dr. Smith continues to drive her passion by giving back to the community that has given her so much.     Jason Noel
    Member at Large

Dr. Jason Noel received his Bachelors of Science in Pharmacy (B.S.) and Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degrees at Rutgers University College of Pharmacy.  He completed a residency in Psychiatric Pharmacy Practice at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy.  He then joined the faculty at University of Maryland School of Pharmacy.  His clinical practice focus is  in mental health and developmental disabilities.  He teaches therapeutics of psychiatric and neurologic disorders in Maryland Pharm.D. and Nursing programs as well as to audiences of training and practicing clinicians, including pharmacists, physicians, nurses, and social workers.  He is a Board Certified Psychiatric Pharmacist and serves as the Administrator for the School’s ACPE-Accredited Continuing Education Program.



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