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Daniel Alexander
March 1, 2023

Throughout the month of March, the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy will be highlighting stories from students, faculty, staff and alumni about women at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy who have made an impact in their lives. This week, we spoke to Suzanne Harris, Emma Ives and Devika Manickam.


Suzanne Harris, Associate Professor, Director of Well-being and Resiliency

Where are you from? 

Austin, Texas

What UNC Pharmacy woman has made an impact on you?

From early in my career as a clinical pharmacist to later in my career as I transitioned to full-time faculty at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, Dr. Jo Ellen Rodgers has continued to be an inspiration to me as she is a successful and driven woman faculty member who also is an amazing mother and spouse. I have also learned so many life and career lessons from her, as we worked closely together in co-directing experiential education, co-directed a course together, and a few times collaborated on research. Watching her engage with learners and her fellow faculty in and outside the classroom has truly shaped me as a preceptor, educator, and mentor. I feel so fortunate to have her as colleague who inspires and more importantly as a supportive friend.



Emma Ives, PY2

Where are you from? 

Chicago, Illinois

What UNC Pharmacy woman has made an impact on you?

Dr. Charlene Williams has been so impactful on my experience in pharmacy School so far. Even though she is remote, she does what she can to support me going above and beyond each time. She always has the best advice and encourages me to pursue my non-traditional pharmacy aspirations, even when she has no experiences with them herself.



Devika S. Manickam, Research Assistant Professor (2012-2015)

Where are you from? 

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

kristy_ainslieWhat UNC Pharmacy woman has made an impact on you?

Prof. Kristy Ainslie has made a positive impact on my career even before I started my current position. Her kind willingness to go above and beyond to help people outside of her lab/institution has amazed me! She gave me such helpful and detailed advice on negotiating for faculty positions–that made a huge difference then and still continues to! Her technical insights and grantsmanship input in my proposals, even though the content was outside of her core area of research, speaks to her commitment to helping people with everything she has to share.

We’ll have more perspectives from our pharmacy community next week.

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