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Who We Are:
The Kansas New Practitioners Network (KNPN) consists of KPhA members who have earned a Doctor of Pharmacy degree within the last five years.

Our Mission:
To engage final year student pharmacists and recent graduates during the transition from student pharmacist to practitioner by promoting peer networking, professional development, and political advocacy in Kansas.

Graduation Checklist

Welcome to KNPN

New Faces to the Community

Take a look at this short video to see some of the new faces on our committees and learn more about what KNPN has to offer!

Class of 2020, Oh the places you’ll go...

To formally welcome our transitioning students as they become new practitioners we will be featuring all graduating KPhA members on the KNPN Facebook page with a new series this year called "Oh the places you'll go..." To be featured as a debuting new practitioner, please use the link to complete the form and attach a high-resolution photo to be posted to KNPN social media. We will be accepting entries for this series through July 31, so if you aren't sure of your plans post graduation quite yet have no fear! Send us your details!

New Practitioner News

Have you recently published research? What about accepted a new job or post-grad residency? Have you been the recipient of an award or other type of recognition? Have you led a new or innovative idea that our members would benefit from learning more about? The Kansas New Practitioner Network wants to celebrate your successes with you! If you or someone you know has news that should be celebrated and shared with our members please submit the information via the below form. Our goal is to build a network of professionals that use their professional successes to elevate those around them and one way we can live into that mission is by connecting and sharing our stories. Our members stories will be featured on KNPN social medial and in KNPN Newsletters. Tell us your good news!

Annual Social Events

Spring Financial Planning Dinners

  • Who should attend: All KU student pharmacists are welcome!
  • Goal: To give students an opportunity to ask a financial expert questions about how to manage educational debt after graduation and improve understanding of financial planning resources.
  • Note: These meetings will occur in the Spring of each year. Please watch this site and your email for next year's dates and locations once announced!

Study Break Socials

  • Who should attend: All KU student pharmacists are welcome!
  • Goal: To give students an opportunity to take a break from studying and enjoy a night out with friends.
  • Note: These socials - one in Lawrence and one in Wichita - will occur in the Fall and Spring each year. Please watch your email for upcoming dates and locations to be announced!

    KPhA Annual Meeting & Trade Show | September 24-26

    • Who should attend: All KU student pharmacists & KNPN members
    • Goal: Network with fellow students and new practitioners. The educational topics and speaker changes each year. Details will be available on this website as the Annual Meeting approaches.
    • Note: Advance registration is required.

    Meet the Chairperson

    Tessa Schnelle, KNPN Committee Chair, has been a member of KPhA since 2016 and is a member of the class of 2020 from the University of Kansas. Tessa currently resides in Louisburg, KS, and is employed by Olathe Health System.

    Committee Members

    Erica Wilkinson (Class of 2017)
    Lesley Johnson (Class of 2019)
    John Rosa (Class of 2019)
    Ali DeBoest (Class of 2020)
    Amanda Martin (Class of 2020)
    Leah Taliaferro (Class of 2020)
    Angela Baalmann (Class of 2021)
    Devon Barry (Class of 2021)
    Sami El-Qadi (Class of 2021)
    Mady Moore (Class of 2021)
    Melanie Sharpnack (Class of 2021)
    James Walker (Class of 2021)

    KPhA appreciates the generous support provided by

    Kansas Pharmacists

    Preserving, protecting and advancing Kansas pharmacy practice through education, engagement and advocacy.

    Contact Us

    • 1020 SW Fairlawn Road
      Topeka, KS 66604
    • 785.228.2327
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