Foundation

Kappa Epsilon Foundation

The purpose of the Kappa Epsilon Foundation is to establish, foster, and promote scholarships, educational programs and research projects in the field of pharmacy.

The Foundation provides funding for the Zada M. Cooper Scholarships and the Linda Rodgers Memorial Award. In addition, Educational Grants may be requested through the Foundation to provide individual Kappa Epsilon Members or Chapters incentive money for the implementation of innovative projects in the profession of pharmacy.

The KE Foundation has awarded the Zada M. Cooper Scholarship to more than 350 aspiring collegiates, recognized many exemplary collegiates and alums through the Linda T. Rodgers Memorial Award, bestowed several grants to collegiate and alumni chapters, underwritten educational programming at biennial conventions and the Fraternity’s website, awarded book scholarships and enhanced and strengthened mentoring roles.

During the National Conventions of the Kappa Epsilon Fraternity, a Foundation Luncheon is held offering the opportunity to publicly recognize the Alumni and Chapters for their contributions and generous support that furthered the work of the Kappa Epsilon Foundation. Various levels of giving are recognized during the Foundation Luncheon.

The Kappa Epsilon Foundation was incorporated in Indiana on May 21, 1992, and received its final public charity status, as a 501(c)(3) organization, from the Internal Revenue Service in 1997.

Foundation Officers & Trustees

Donna Heffner 

Foundation President

Donna Heffner is currently the Head of Product Strategy in the Global Product Development & Supply organization of Bristol-Myers Squibb. 

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Donna Heffner is currently the Head of Product Strategy in the Global Product Development & Supply organization of Bristol-Myers Squibb. I Prior to this, she was at Merck for 25 years where she held various positions of increasing responsibility in Quality, Technology, Procurement, Commercial, Product Development, Regulatory, Supply Chain, Product Strategy, and Business Development. Donna has a BS in Pharmacy from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy & Science (now the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia) and an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Donna’s KE Career began at the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science where she was initiated into Omicron chapter and served as Omicron chapter President for two years. She went on to serve at the national level by serving on Grand Council in two offices, serving as a Foundation Board member, co-chairing the National Convention in Philadelphia, and most recently, founding/leading the National Alumni Interest Committee. Donna has been the recipient of multiple KE awards, most notably the Zada Cooper scholarship, the Linda Rodgers award, and the Career Achievement Award.

Laura Wilson

Foundation Vice President

Laura and her husband live in Kansas City, Missouri.  She is an Outcomes Liaison Associate Director for the Primary Care Division of Sanofi Pharmaceuticals.

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Kristin Fish

Foundation Treasurer

Foundation Treasurer Kristin Fish is from a small town in Southeast Missouri. She was initiated in the Omega Chapter at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) in 2006.

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Foundation Treasurer Kristin Fish is from a small town in Southeast Missouri. She was initiated in the Omega Chapter at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) in 2006. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from UMKC in 2010. She also received her Bachelors of Science in Biology with a minor in Criminal Justice at the Southeast Missouri State University in 2005. Upon graduation from UMKC, Kristin completed a PGY-1 pharmacy residency at the Kansas City Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri. Following residency training, Kristin has worked as a clinical staff pharmacist at the University of Missouri Healthcare Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Columbia, Missouri since September of 2011. Currently, Kristin lives in Columbia Missouri.

Kristin’s leadership positions with the Omega Chapter included serving as Treasurer, President, Webmaster and Chaplain. Nationally, she has served as National Project Chair (2009-2011), Alumni-at-Large Delegate (2009), and Omega Chapter Delegate (2011)

Kristin enjoys running, traveling, Celine Dion concerts, and spending time with family and friends. Kristin has also participated on seven medical mission trips to Falmouth, Jamaica serving as the team’s pharmacist. She has completed 24 half marathons and 2 marathons over the last 4 years.

She is presently serving as a Treasurer for the Kappa Epsilon Foundation during the 2017-2019 Biennium.

Gay Dodson

Foundation Trustee

Gay Dodson is a 1969 graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, College of Pharmacy.

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Gay Dodson is a 1969 graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, College of Pharmacy. After graduation, Gay worked as a community pharmacist in the Dallas area for 13 years. While working as a community pharmacist, she was an active member of the local, state, and national pharmacy associations.

Gay has retired from her employment with the Texas State Board of Pharmacy on December 1, 2017. She began her employment with the agency in November 1982 by serving for 2 years as Field Compliance Officer in the Houston Area, 3 years as Senior Compliance Officer in the Austin office, and almost 10 years as Director of Compliance.  On June 28, 1997 she was appointed as Executive Director/Secretary of the Board. In her position as Executive Director, Gay served as the chief executive officer of the agency and an ex-officio member and secretary of the Board of Pharmacy. She also served as the District 6 Representative to the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy Executive Committee from 2016 to 2017.

Her awards and recognitions include: 2013 Kappa Epsilon Career Achievement Award; 2012 State Agency Council to the Governor’s Commission for Women, Outstanding Women in Texas Government; 2010 Texas Society of Health System Pharmacists’ Distinguished Service Award; 2007 National Association of Boards of Pharmacy’s Lester E. Hosto Distinguished Service Award; 2006 Texas Pharmacy Association’s Distinguished Service Award; 2000 University of Texas College of Pharmacy William J. Sheffield Outstanding Alumnus Award; 1997, Recognition Award from the Texas Society of Health-System Pharmacists in “ recognition of her commitment, leadership, and dedication in advancing the practice for pharmacists and the patients they serve ,” 1993 award for Outstanding Service from the Texas Pharmacy Association; and the 1989 Linda T. Rodgers Memorial Leadership Award from Kappa Epsilon. She is a member of the American Pharmaceutical Association, American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, Texas Pharmacy Association, Texas Society of Health-System Pharmacists, Capitol Area Pharmacy Association, and the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy. She is currently serving as Chair of the Texas Health Professions Council. Ms. Dodson is also a Past-President of the University of Texas College of Pharmacy Alumni Association and is an active member of the University of Texas Longhorn Alumni Band (LHAB). As a member of LHAB, Ms. Dodson marched in the 2017 London New Year’s Day Parade and in 2019 participated with LHAB in two parades and 3 concerts during the 75thAnniversary of D-Day in Normandy and Paris, France.

Monica Knott

Foundation Trustee

I received my Doctor of Pharmacy degree from University of Kansas in 2003.

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I received my Doctor of Pharmacy degree from University of Kansas in 2003. I received my Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology degree from Purdue University in 1991. After graduating from KU, I returned to Indiana and took a staff position with Walgreens. I am currently pharmacy manager with Walgreens.

During my time at KU, I was initiated into the Mu Chapter in 1999. I served as President and was awarded a Zada M. Cooper scholarship 2001. I was a member of Phi Lambda Sigma and was awarded the 2003 Pfizer Outstanding Leader award.

When not working, I enjoy traveling and sampling craft beers. We are season ticket holders of our local soccer team, Indy Eleven. We have 3 cats and 2 greyhounds. We support and help with the local greyhound rescue group, Prison Greyhounds.

Jeanie Brown

Foundation Trustee

Jeanie Brown was initiated into Kappa Epsilon Mu Chapter at the University of Kansas in 1984.

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Jeanie Brown was initiated into Kappa Epsilon Mu Chapter at the University of Kansas in 1984. She received her BS Pharmacy, PharmD and MBA from KU. Jeanie has served as the Mu Chapter Advisor or Co-advisor since 1989 and was the Grand Council VP Alumni Development from 2003-2005. Her professional pharmacy career includes retail, university student health, long term care, pharmacy benefit management, pharmacy director at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas, and currently as a pharmaceutical medical science liaison.

Kathy Nguyen

Foundation Trustee

Foundation Trustee Kathy Nguyen is originally from Falls Church, VA, a suburb of Washington DC. She was initiated into the Tau Chapter at the Medical College of Virginia (Virginia Commonwealth University) in Richmond, VA in 2010.

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Foundation Trustee Kathy Nguyen is originally from Falls Church, VA, a suburb of Washington DC. She was initiated into the Tau Chapter at the Medical College of Virginia (Virginia Commonwealth University) in Richmond, VA in 2010. Kathy received a bachelor’s degree in Biology and Chemistry from Virginia Tech in 2009. Upon graduating in 2013, she was a staff pharmacist and pharmacist in charge for CVS Pharmacy in Arlington, VA. She later went on to the Mirixa Corporation as an MTM pharmacist. Kathy currently works in Medical Information with Envoy Health, a subsidiary of Diplomat Pharmacy.

Kathy attended her first Kappa Epsilon National Convention in 2011 in Phoenix, AZ, serving as a delegate for the Tau Chapter. She was elected to Grand Council in 2013 in Richmond, VA as Vice President of Communications and re-elected to the same position in 2015 in Orlando, FL.

In her free time, Kathy runs an online boutique featuring custom pharmacy and medical gifts. She also enjoys Virginia Tech Football and hanging out with her dogs, Bella and Chloe.

Salvatore Bottiglieri

Foundation Ex Officio

Salvatore Bottiglieri, originally from Montrose, New York, received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Albany College of Pharmacy in 2008.

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Foundation Ex Oficio Salvatore Bottiglieri, originally from Montrose, New York, received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Albany College of Pharmacy in 2008. Sal was initiated into the Alpha Upsilon Chapter at Albany College of Pharmacy in 2004. Sal Bottiglieri completed his pharmacy practice residency in North Carolina at The Moses Cone Health System in Greensboro. Additionally, he completed his specialty residency in Hematology/Oncology with The University of Kentucky in Lexington, under the direction of Dr. Val Adams.

Sal Bottiglieri is currently the Clinical Pharmacy Coordinator in Medical Oncology at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida. Dr. Bottiglieri oversees all clinical pharmacy services in medical oncology and provides direct patient care services to the gastrointestinal, head & neck, and endocrine cancer clinics. In addition to his clinical responsibilities, he provides lectures and clinical rotations for several colleges of pharmacy in Florida. His professional memberships in addition to Kappa Epsilon include Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association (HOPA), Phi Lambda Sigma, and Rho Chi.

His Kappa Epsilon involvement includes Grand President (2017-2019), President-Elect (2015-2017), Grand Council Secretary (2009-2011), Chair National Projects Committee (2007-2009), Alpha Upsilon Chapter Past-President (2006-2007), Alpha Upsilon Chapter National Convention Delegate (2005 & 2007), Alpha Upsilon Chapter President (2005-2006), and Alpha Upsilon Chapter Vice President (2004-2005). He is also a 2007 Zada M. Cooper Scholarship recipient.

For fun, Sal enjoys long-distance running and foot race competitions, exploring the many restaurants and activities of Tampa Bay and Orlando regions, traveling, and various outdoor activities. He lives in Tampa Bay Florida with his wife Sue, daughter Abrianna, and Dalmatian Kona. Sal and his wife are also expecting their second child, a baby boy in October 2019.

Foundation Goals

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Education & Research

Sponsor and promote educational programs and research projects in the field of pharmacy

Continuing Education

Promote and support continuing education programs for alumni

Scholarship & Character

Promote the scholarship, character and morality of collegiates by providing educational advantages

Intellectual Excellence

Foster intellectual excellence through grants, fellowships, scholarship incentives and awards

Levels of Giving

 

Order of the Diamond
Contributions exceeding $5000

Order of the Pearl
Contributions of $1000-$5000

Order of the Scroll
Contributions of $101-$999

Order of the Rose
Contributions up to $100