Recognizing Today's Leaders and Innovators in Pharmacy Practice

The Connecticut Pharmacists Association seeks to recognize pharmacy professionals who go above and beyond the call of duty.  You can help us reward these pharmacy leaders by nominating a pharmacist or technician for one of the prestigious awards listed below. Please note that nominations have closed for 2018. Stay tuned for more details about the 2019 nomination form. 

Below are the award descriptions and their former recipients:

Bowl of Hygeia Award

Sponsored by the American Pharmacists Association Foundation and the national Alliance of State of Pharmacy Associations with support from Boehringer Ingelheim.  This award is presented annually to a pharmacist with an outstanding record of community service, which, apart from his/her specific identification as a pharmacist, reflects well on the profession of pharmacy.  The recipient must be a pharmacist licensed in Connecticut, a member of the Connecticut Pharmacists Association, must be living (the award is not presented posthumously), must not have been a previous recipient and is currently not serving, nor has served within the immediate past two years as an officer of the CPA in other than an ex-officio capacity.

Past Recipients  

Nathan H. Hamerman
    Moses W. Doyle
    Raymond T. McMullen
    Edmund E. Goodmaster
    Daniel A. Camilliere
    Murray Abraham
    Sydney Leventhal
    Charles R. Ertelt
    Carmelo Vasquez
    Nicholas W. Fenney
    Ralph E. Gentile
    Robert C. Grieb
    Morris H. Hurwitz
    I. Fred Lear
    Constantine Della Pietra
    Lester H. Ableman
    Philip F. Nangle
    Henry A. Palmer
    Donald Irving Cohen
    William J. Summa, Jr.
    Edward C. Liska
    Robert P. Fineberg
    Daniel C. Leone
    Stephen Prigodich
    William S. Katz
    Benjamin N. DeZinno
    Robert W. Doyle
    Philip F. Ranelli
    Frank R. Seaforth
    Stephen C. Marcham
    Samuel S. Kalmanowitz
    Earle W. Jones
    Milton Smirnoff
    David L. Elkin
    Gerald H. Weitzman
    Barbara Toman Ferguson
    Richard T. Carbray,Jr.
    Shirley G. Ableman
    Ernest Hintz
    Ernest Flesch
    David G. Sharasheff
    Patricia A. Toce
    Judith Cardoni
    Robert Tendler
    Domenic Sammarco
    Rita Marie Doyle Staino
    Jay Palylyk
    Angelo DeFazio
    Thomas Buckley
    Peter Tyczkowski
    Jacqui Murphy
    Harry Egazarian
    Scott Wolak
    Greg Hancock
    Phil Bunick
    Sherman Gershman
    Ernest Mrazik, Jr.
    Mary Petruzzi
    2018: Marghie Giuliano          

Distinguished Young Pharmacist Award

Sponsored by the Pharmacists Mutual Insurance companies, the award is presented annually to recognize one such person for involvement and dedication to the practice of pharmacy.  The goal of the award is to encourage the newer pharmacists to participate in association and community activities.  The recipient must be a pharmacist licensed in CT who has practiced 9 years or less, is a member of the CPA, practicing in community, institutional, managed care or consulting pharmacy and who has participated in national or state pharmacy associations, professional programs, and/or community service.

Past Recipients

    Jennifer A. Osowiecki
    Jeffrey Messina
    Keven Czarzasty
    Theresa Drozd
    Gene and Peggy Memoli
    Mary Ann Dolan
    Cynthia Enright
    Scott Silver
    Daniel M. Vaughan
    Debbie Oleinick
    Jennifer R. Stuckman
    Christopher Weimer
    Michael Moore/Mary Ryan Norbut
    Michelle Koe Page
    Jane Porter
    Jennifer James
    Kimberly Walter
    Christopher Lopez
    Meghan Wilkosz
    Susan Milliken
    Annik Chamberlin
    Karen Hoang
    Crystal Bissonnette
    Bahar Matusik
    Kristy Daub
    Jennifer Trespacz
    Jill Loser St. Germain
    Marissa Salvo
    David Slomski
    Nicholas Falco
   Colleen Teevan
   2018: Christina Polomoff

Professional Pharmacy Performance Award

Sponsored by Professional Pharmacy Personnel, Inc., this award is presented annually to a pharmacist licensed to practice pharmacy in Connecticut who has performed outstanding services to the profession of pharmacy.  The recipient does not have to be a CPA member.

Past Recipients

    Richard Dudley & Dorothy Romanelli
    Philip Varnum
    Thomas Corazzo
    Not given
    Thomas Cremona
    William Ward
    Stanley Labinger
    Stephen C. Marcham
    William S. Katz
    Thomas Buckley
    Henry A. Palmer
    Sheldon Sones
    Leo Roberge
    Peter Tyczkowski
    Seth Cioffi
    Ed Karvosky
    John Gadea
    Geriann Bradley
    John C. Dobins
    Anthony Bartholomeo
    Jean Keating
    Ed Schreiner
    Rebecca Curtin
    Ruth Kalish
    John Capuano
    Cynthia Huge
    Kenneth Wasserman
    2018: Al Viner

Upsher-Smith Excellence in Innovations Award

Sponsored by Upsher-Smith Laboratories, the recipient of this award is a practicing pharmacist who is a member of the Connecticut Pharmacists Association and has demonstrated Innovated Pharmacy Practice resulting in improved patient care.

Past Recipients

    Stephen Piechota
    Donald Zetterval
    Jay Palylyk
    Keith Lyke
    Peggy Memoli & Gene Memoli
    John Parisi
    Sam Kalmanowitz
    Marla Campbell
    Elliot Colasanto
    Michelle Benish
    Sean Jeffery
    Denise Romeo
    Lisa Bragaw
    Richard Gannon
    Michael Roberge
    Darlene Able
    Tom Buckley
    Charles Caley
    Nick Tamborrino
    Amy Kurzatkowski
    Jennifer Dizney
    Ellen Jones
    2018: Lukasz Jamrozek

Daniel C. Leone Pharmacist of the Year

This award is presented annually to a CPA pharmacist member (cannot be presented posthumously) who demonstrates a proactive unique approach to pharmacy practice.

Past Recipients

    Gene Memoli
    Daniel C. Leone
    John Parisi
    Richard Carbray, Jr.
    Cynthia Huge
    William Summa, Jr.
    Thomas Buckley
    Angelo DeFazio
    Sherman Gershman
    Roy Katz
    Robert Guynn
    Stephen Marcham
    Annie Pacyna
    Robert Wollenberg
    Maria Summa
    Devra Dang
    Daniel Lupariello
    Joyce B. Cormier
    Peter Sposato
    John Gadea
    Ed Funaro, Jr.
   Bob Wollenberg
   2018: Peter Tyczkowski

Cardinal Health Generation Rx Champions

This award, initiated in 2012, honors a pharmacist who demonstrates outstanding commitment to raising awareness of the dangers of prescription drug abuse in the general public and in the pharmacy community.  The award is also aimed at improving education efforts aimed at patients, youth and members of the community.  In recognition, Cardinal Foundation will make a $500 donation to a charity of the recipient’s choice.

Past Recipients

    Ernest Mrazik, Jr.
    John Dobbins
    Ralph Frank
    John Gadea
    Gillian Kuszewski
    Laura Craven
    Lydia Tran

Special recognition award

Sponsored by the CPA, this award is not presented on an annual basis.  It is given to individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary support of the pharmacy profession.

Past recipients

    William P. Ward
    Dean Michael Gerald
    Michael Starkowski
    Dennis Chapron
    Daniel C. Leone    
    2018: Ellen Zoppo-Sassu                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Legislator of the year award

This award is presented to a legislator who has demonstrated support for and championed legislation and policy issues for pharmacy.

Past recipients

    Christopher Caruso, (D)
    Pamela Z. Sawyer, (D)
    Melodie Peters
    Peggy Sayers (presented at mid-winter 2006)
    John Geragosian


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