Elmer J. Gentry, Ph.D., is the Associate Dean of Pharmacy Academic Affairs for the Chicago State University College of Pharmacy (CSU-COP). Dr. Gentry received
his B.S. from Missouri Western State College (1993 in Chemistry) and M.S. (1996) and
Ph.D. (1999) in Medicinal Chemistry from the University of Kansas. He served on the
faculty at Midwestern University, College of Pharmacy-Glendale from 1999-2007.
He was named the 2007 Teacher of the Year for both the first and second year pharmacy
classes at the College of Pharmacy-Glendale. Additionally he has received the Edgar
C. Little Outstanding Chemistry Graduate Award from Missouri Western State College,
the Pharmacy Graduate Student Honors Symposium Award from the University of Kansas,
and an American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education Pre-doctoral fellowship from
1997-1999. He was honored as the National Advisor of the Year runner-up by the Phi
Delta Chi pharmacy fraternity.
Dr. Gentry is a member of numerous scientific and professional organizations and has
served as the Chair of the Section of Teachers of Chemistry of the American Association
of Colleges of Pharmacy. His research interests include: synthetic manipulation
of antimicrobial agents to modulate potency and spectrum of activity, use of combinatorial
chemistry for drug discovery and development, and improving delivery of science courses
for professional and pre-professional students.
LaTania C. Milner is the Office Administrator in College of Pharmacy, Academic Affairs and Development at Chicago State University.
She is currently pursuing an Individualized Curriculum degree with a minor in Criminal
Justice and Psychology. She has worked at Chicago State University in various departments
on campus for 13 years. Ms. Milner sits on the Employee Advisory Council (EAC), representing
the Civil Service work at CSU.
Naomi Simwenyi, M.S., is the Director of Continuing Professional Education at Chicago State University College of Pharmacy (CSU-COP). Ms. Simwenyi has over
12 years of experience in medical education accreditation combined with continuing
medical education both in the academic and hospital setting. She has extensive experience
in all components of education program management that include: design, marketing,
delivery, and assessment. Her leadership is focused on the delivery of exceptional
customer service and quality of programs, accomplished through an internal team approach
with an emphasis on external outreach collaboration.
Ms. Simwenyi received her Masters of Science degree in corporate communication from
Northwestern University, and her Bachelor of Science degree in communications from
Eastern Michigan University. Prior to joining Chicago State University, Ms. Simwenyi
worked as the Residency Education Program Administrator for the University of Illinois/Metropolitan
Group Hospital Residency in General Surgery where she oversaw all aspects of operations
as well as providing implementation support for new initiatives and was instrumental
in the programs reaccreditation process.