Pharmacy Residents and Faculty

Learn more about our Current Residents, Preceptors, and Past Residents.

What our residents say

“I chose Lehigh Valley Health Network for my PGY-1 residency for a variety of reasons. There are endless opportunities in multiple areas of pharmacy including longitudinal experiences, unique rotations and the opportunity to pursue a teaching certificate! The preceptors are all very welcoming and passionate about pharmacy and teaching the residents!” – Michelle Gronski, PharmD, 2022-2023 PGY-1 resident

“I chose Lehigh Valley Health Network for my PGY-1 residency because it provides residents with the opportunity to gain experience with a diverse range of patient populations, both adult and pediatric, through its selection of elective rotations. Upon speaking with the preceptors during my interview, it was evident that they were all dedicated not only to the success of the program overall but also to the success and development of each individual resident based on their interests and goals.” – Brianna Schafer, PharmD, 2022-2023 PGY-1 resident

“I chose LVHN because of the dedicated preceptors, progressive pharmacy practices and expansive clinical experiences. After my interview, I knew that LVHN was the best choice for me. The program offers a cutting-edge and well-rounded experience that allows me to explore all areas of clinical pharmacy.” – Kimberly Sharpe, PharmD, 2022-2023 PGY-1 resident

“Lehigh Valley Health Network is an institution that will make me an adaptable, well-rounded clinician. I chose LVHN for my PGY-1 residency because they offer a variety of rotations that appeal to my interests of critical care and cardiology. Everyone I have met has a passion for health care and cares about the outcomes in their patients, and I am excited to be a part of this culture.” – Peter Yakoub, PharmD, 2022-2023 PGY-1 resident

“I chose Lehigh Valley Health Network for my PGY1 residency program because the preceptors are incredibly passionate and enthusiastic about their specialty. They truly care about teaching their residents to become well-rounded and talented pharmacists. LVHN offers excellent required and elective rotations that will allow me to pursue my interests and explore various specialties in clinical pharmacy.” Sara Frey, PharmD, 2021-2022 PGY1 resident

“I chose Lehigh Valley Health Network for my PGY1 training for a variety of reasons. In my search for a residency, I wanted a program that offered a variety of experiential and longitudinal learning opportunities, the opportunity to pursue a teaching certificate, and a health network that prioritized patient care and learning – all of which I found in LVHN. My interview day solidified my choice; the preceptors were so kind and welcoming, and it was very evident they were not only extremely qualified and knowledgeable, but they cared about the program and their residents.” Megan Taylor, PharmD, MSCR, 2021-2022 PGY1 resident

Our current residents

Class of 2023

Michelle Gronski, PharmD 
Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, Pa. 

Dr. Gronski was born and raised in Wilburton, Pa. She completed her Doctor of Pharmacy at Wilkes University Nesbitt School of Pharmacy. During pharmacy school, she was involved in many pharmacy professional organizations such as LKS, ASHP and PLS. She was a pharmacy intern at Lehigh Valley Hospital–Schuylkill for three years. After completing her first year of residency, she hopes to pursue a PGY-2 residency in pediatrics or critical care. In her free time, she loves going to concerts, reading and spending time outside. 

Brianna Schafer, PharmD
University of Rhode Island College of Pharmacy, Kingston, R.I.

Dr. Schafer is originally from New Windsor, N.Y., and but attended pharmacy school at the University of Rhode Island. Throughout pharmacy school, she worked as an intern in central pharmacy at Yale New Haven Hospital in New Haven, Ct., and also was involved in a variety of different pharmacy organizations on campus. Following the completion of a PGY-1 residency, she hopes to continue her career with either a PGY-2 residency or working as a clinical pharmacist in her areas of interests. Currently her interests include pediatrics, but she is excited to have the opportunity to explore a variety of areas of pharmacy throughout the year. In her free time, she likes to spend time with friends and family, try out different local coffee shops and enjoy live music.

Kimberly Sharpe, PharmD
Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, Philadelphia

Dr. Sharpe was born and raised in Middletown, Del. She completed her Doctor of Pharmacy at Philadelphia College of Pharmacy in Philadelphia. During pharmacy school, she interned at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. After PGY-1, she hopes to pursue a PGY-2 in emergency medicine or critical care. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, traveling and spending time with her family. 

Peter Yakoub, PharmD
Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Dr. Yakoub was born in Egypt and raised in the Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania. He completed his Doctor of Pharmacy from Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy at Long Island University. Peter worked as a pharmacy intern at CVS Pharmacy and LVHN. After completing a PGY-1, he plans to pursue a PGY-2 in critical care or cardiology. In his free time, Peter enjoys trying new restaurants, fishing and spending time with his friends. 

Preceptors

Pharmacy administrators

Janine Barnaby, RPh, BS, BCOP
Manager, Outpatient Hospital Pharmacy
Philadelphia College of Pharmacy & Science, Bachelor of Science in pharmacy

Anthony Gabriel, PharmD, BCPS
Director of Clinical Pharmacy Services
Philadelphia College of Pharmacy & Science, Doctor of Pharmacy
ChristianaCare, Newark, Del., PGY-1 residency

AnnMarie Higgins, PharmD, MBA
Administrator, Pharmacy Services
Lock Haven University, Bachelor of Science
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy, Doctor of Pharmacy
DeSales University, MBA

Rhonda Thomas, PharmD, MBA, BCPS
Administrator, Pharmacy Services, Lehigh Valley Hospital–Muhlenberg
Wilkes University, Doctor of Pharmacy
Wilkes University, MBA

Clarence Kyle Walker, PharmD, BCPS
Manager of Pharmacy Operations
Millersville University, Bachelor of Science in biochemistry
Temple University School of Pharmacy, Doctor of Pharmacy

Clinical pharmacists

Matthew Fair, BS, PharmD, BCPS, BCGP
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Internal Medicine
West Virginia University, Bachelor of Science in pharmacy
Duquesne University, Doctor of Pharmacy

Lauren Geerlof, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Pharmacist, Population Health 
Rutgers University Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, Doctor of Pharmacy 
Lehigh Valley Health Network, PGY-1 residency

Laura Hayn, PharmD
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, PICU/NICU/CHER
Moravian College, Bachelor of Science in biology, psychology
Temple University, Doctor of Pharmacy
University of North Carolina, PGY-1 residency
University of North Carolina, PGY-2 pediatric pharmacotherapy residency

Katarzyna (Katrina) Jabbour, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Pharmacist, Family Medicine
Northeastern University, Doctor of Pharmacy
Coastal Medical Inc.,/University of Rhode Island, primary care pharmacy residency

Jarrod Kile, RPh, BCPS
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Infectious Diseases
Philadelphia College of Pharmacy & Science, Bachelor of Science in pharmacy

Katelin Kimler, PharmD, BCPPS
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Pediatrics and Maternal Health 
Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, Rutgers University, Doctor of Pharmacy 
Lehigh Valley Health Network, PGY-1 residency
Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, Rutgers University, PGY-2 pediatric pharmacotherapy residency 

Laura Koons, PharmD
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Adult Emergency Medicine 
Temple University, Doctor of Pharmacy 
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, PGY-1 residency
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, PGY-2 emergency medicine residency 

Jason Laskosky, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Critical Care
Philadelphia College of Pharmacy & Science, Doctor of Pharmacy

Arun Mancheril, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Investigational Drugs/Inpatient Oncology
University of Kansas School of Pharmacy, Doctor of Pharmacy
Long Island University Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy, Bachelor of Science in pharmacy

Katie Nesbitt, PharmD, BCPS

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Cardiology and Anticoagulation
Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, Doctor of Pharmacy
Reading Health Network, PGY-1 residency

Jessica Price, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, Doctor of Pharmacy
Crozer-Chester Medical Center, Chester, Pa., PGY-1 residency

Milisha Shah, PharmD, BCPS, BCTXP
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Solid Organ Transplant
Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, Rutgers University, Doctor of Pharmacy
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, PGY-1 Residency

Kristin Held Wheatley, PharmD, BCOP
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Pediatric Oncology and Infectious Diseases 
Program Director, PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency
University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy, Doctor of Pharmacy 
Lehigh Valley Health Network, PGY-1 residency 
Children’s Mercy Hospitals & Clinics, Kansas City, Mo., PGY-2 pediatric

Past residents

 

2020-2021

Alexis Nicholson, Pharm.D.
Education: Wilkes University – Wilkes-Barre, PA
Plans following PGY1 Residency: Clinical Pharmacist, Integrated Care Coordination at Lehigh Valley Health Network – Allentown, Pennsylvania

Alex Walter, Pharm.D.
Education: Thomas Jefferson University - Philadelphia, PA
Plans following PGY1 Residency: Clinical Staff Pharmacist at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2019-2020

Rachael Gerstein, Pharm.D.
Education: Duquesne University – Pittsburgh, PA
Plans following PGY1 Residency: PGY2 Oncology Residency – Yale New Haven Health – New Haven, CT

Clarence Kyle Walker, Pharm.D.
Education: Temple University School of Pharmacy – Philadelphia, PA
Plans following PGY1 Residency: Clinical Staff Pharmacist at Lehigh Valley Health Network – Allentown, Pennsylvania

2018-2019

José Román, Pharm.D.
Education: Northeastern University School of Pharmacy – Boston, MA
Plans following PGY1 Residency: Clinical Pharmacist at Tower Health – Reading, PA

Jasica Truong, Pharm.D.
Education: Temple University – Philadelphia, PA
Plans following PGY1 Residency: Clinical Staff Pharmacist at Lehigh Valley Health Network – Allentown, Pennsylvania

2017-2018

Kyle O’Brien, Pharm.D.
Education: Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, University of the Sciences – Philadelphia, PA
Plans following PGY1 Residency: Unit Based Clinical Pharmacist at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Elizabeth Shober, Pharm.D.
Education: Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson College of Pharmacy – Philadelphia, PA
Plans following PGY1 Residency: Clinical Staff Pharmacist at Lehigh Valley Health Network – Allentown, Pennsylvania

2016-2017

Aubrey Goertel, Pharm.D.
Education: Duquesne University, Mylan School of Pharmacy – Pittsburgh, PA
Plans following PGY1 Residency: PGY2 Ambulatory Care Residency – Kaiser Permanente – Denver, Colorado

Breana Goscicki, Pharm.D.
Education: Northeastern University School of Pharmacy – Boston, MA
Plans following PGY1 Residency: PGY2 Pediatric Oncology Residency – Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center – New York, New York

2015-2016

Marissa Csovelak, Pharm.D.
Education: University of Pittsburgh, School of Pharmacy – Pittsburgh, PA
Plans following PGY1 Residency: Clinical Pharmacist – Pinnacle Health – Harrisburg, PA

Samantha Spishock, Pharm.D.
Education: Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, University of the Sciences – Philadelphia, PA
Plans following PGY1 Residency: PGY2 Pediatric Residency – Rutgers University – Piscataway Township, NJ

2014-2015

Lindsay Fakete, Pharm.D.
Education: University of Pittsburgh, School of Pharmacy – Pittsburgh, PA
Plans following PGY1 Residency: PGY2 Pediatric Residency – Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, WI

Morgan Myers, Pharm.D.
Education: Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, University of the Sciences – Philadelphia, PA
Plans following PGY1 Residency: Clinical Pharmacist – Hershey Medical Center – Hershey, PA

2013-2014

Jessica Degiacomo, Pharm.D.
Education: University of Rhode Island – Kingston, RI
Plans following PGY1 Residency: PGY2 Pediatric Residency – Texas Tech – Amarillo, TX

Christine Lam, Pharm.D.
Education: Temple University – Philadelphia, PA
Plans following PGY1 Residency: PGY2 Ambulatory Care Residency – Medication Management Clinic at St. Rita’s Medical Center – Lima, OH

2012-2013

Katelin Van Leer, Pharm.D.
Education: Rutgers University, Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy – Piscataway Township, NJ\
Plans following PGY1 Residency: PGY2 Pediatric Residency – Rutgers University – Piscataway Township, NJ 

Rebecca Sumner, Pharm.D.
Education: Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences – Boston, MA
Plans following PGY1 Residency: PGY2 HIV/ID Residency – University at Buffalo/Erie County Medical Center Immunodeficiency Services Clinic – Buffalo, NY 

2011-2012

Kenneth Lupi, Pharm.D.
Education: University of Connecticut – Storrs, CT
Plans following PGY1 Residency: Clinical Pharmacist – Yale-New Haven Hospital – New Haven, CT

Lauren Maurer, Pharm.D.
Education: Rutgers University, Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy – Piscataway Township, NJ
Plans following PGY1 Residency: Clinical Staff Pharmacist – Lehigh Valley Health Network – Allentown, PA

2010-2011

Jennie Mathew, Pharm.D.
Education: Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, University of the Sciences – Philadelphia, PA
Plans following PGY1 Residency: Clinical Staff Pharmacist – Lehigh Valley Health Network – Allentown, PA

Lindsay Pokallus, Pharm.D.
Education: University of Wyoming – Laramie, WY
Plans following PGY1 Residency: Clinical Staff Pharmacist – Lehigh Valley Health Network – Allentown, PA

2009-2010

Meredith Dempsey, Pharm.D.
Education: Temple University – Philadephia, PA
Plans following PGY1 Residency: Clinical Staff Pharmacist – Lehigh Valley Health Network – Allentown, PA

2008-2009

Christina Foley, Pharm.D.
Education: Texas Tech University, School of Pharmacy – Amarillo, TX
Plans following PGY1 Residency: Clinical Pharmacist, Medication Therapy Management Services – Geisinger Health System – Danville, PA 

Shannon Lenner, Pharm.D.
Education: University of Pittsburgh, School of Pharmacy – Pittsburgh, PA
Plans following PGY1 Residency: Clinical Staff Pharmacist – West Penn Allegheny Health System Forbes Regional Campus – Pittsburgh, PA

2007-2008

Kristin Held, Pharm.D.
Education: University of Pittsburgh, School of Pharmacy – Pittsburgh, PA
Plans following PGY1 Residency: PGY2 Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Residency – Children’s Mercy Hospitals & Clinics – Kansas City, MO

2006-2007

Peter Hlavinka, Pharm.D.
Education: Wilkes University, Nesbitt School of Pharmacy and Nursing – Wilkes-Barre, PA
Plans following PGY1 Residency: Critical Care Pharmacist – St. Luke’s University Hospital – Bethlehem, PA