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2017 Executive Council Candidates
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The following are the declared candidates for the Executive Council positions that will be voted on at this summer's Grand Council.  The candidates are listed in alphabetical order by office.  Details of the Executive Council Election Process can be found here.

 

 Grand President

Traci

Thompson

 

Traci is a born and raised Texan. She grew up in the South Plains area of Texas surrounded by cotton fields. She had no idea what she wanted to be when she grew up, and when filling out her application for college had to select a profession of interest. Her dad said “Why not pharmacy?” and so the box was checked and the rest is history. Traci went across the state to Texas A&M University to get her undergraduate degree in Biomedical Science and graduated in 2001. She worked at the TAMU Veterinary School Large Animal Hospital Pharmacy during undergrad and after being accepted into The University of Texas College of Pharmacy she decided she needed to learn about human drugs and began working at Walgreens. She pledged Phi Delta Chi with Lambda Chapter in 2001 and was initiated that fall.

Traci served Lambda as WKRS and WCC. She attended her first Regional Meeting in Amarillo in 2002 and her first Grand Council in Minnesota in 2003. Traci attended her first South central Regional Founders’ Day in Texas in 2002 and has currently attended for 16 years. She was WCC when Lambda hosted SC Regional Conference in 2004, and has continued to find ways to attend LDS, and GC post-graduation. Traci served as Texas Alumni Chapter President from 2009-2011. Traci was asked to serve on the National Alumni Constitution and Bylaws Committee in 2011. She previously served the fraternity as South central Regional Director for Alumni Affairs from 2011-2013 before being elected to the position of Grand Vice President of Alumni Affairs at the 69th Grand Council in Omaha, NE. Following two years serving as GVPAA and developing programs such as the AAAE Campaign and the Alumni Professional Development Scholarships she ran and became the second female Grand President at the 70th Grand Council in Albuquerque, NM.

Professionally, Traci completed a PGY1 General Practice Residency at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas with Texas Tech University Health Science Center in 2006. She remained on at PHD for almost a year before starting at a small community hospital where she helped to establish clinical services over her 4 years there. She then began working for Methodist Dallas Medical Center as a Clinical Pharmacist. She initially worked on a medicine/telemetry floor focusing on CHF and post-cardiac intervention patients before transitioning to be a member of the Liver Transplant team. She was a preceptor for several pharmacy schools in Texas and for the MDMC PGY1 residency program. After five years with MDMC and 12 years living in the Dallas area her family relocated to Lubbock, TX. Traci currently works for Covenant Medical Center serving both a nephrology and med/surgical floor. She has the privilege to round with an internist and is able to work in her favorite specialty of internal medicine. Personally, Traci has been married to Mike for 15 years and has two daughters, Audrey 12, and Olivia 10. In her spare time as a soccer mom, she is realizing she has no spare time, but she likes to read, share a glass of wine with friends, craft, travel, and relax. 

 Grand Vice President for Alumni Affairs

Andrea

Bourque

  Back in 2007 I could have never imaged just how much of an impact joining Phi Delta Chi would have on the rest of my life. In November of 2007, I was initiated into the Rho Chapter, University of Oklahoma Health Science Center, within the Southcentral Region. I very quickly became active and involved;
serving on various committees, serving as the Worthy Master of Arms, and finally as Worthy Vice Counselor. In 2009, I took my first trip to Grand Council, and that trip would forever change my life.

During that Grand Council in Phoenix, I met my future husband, Jason Hollingworth (Beta Rho). Upon graduation Jason and I return to Louisiana and began to become heavily involved in our local community. From 2014-2016 I spent my spare time serving as the Southcentral Regional Director for Alumni Affairs and supporting our chapters in the Southcentral Region. In 2016 at the 70th Grand Council I was elected as the next Grand Vice President for Alumni Affairs. I knew it would be a great opportunity to take on a larger role within the fraternity and I was an honor for me to have served as Grand Vice President for Alumni Affairs for the past 2 years. 
 
 Grand Vice President for Student Affairs
Ralph Reyes   Originally from Staten Island, NY, I am a class of 2018 student pharmacist at Northeastern University (Boston, MA). At our School of Pharmacy, I am a member of Phi Delta Chi, Phi Lambda Sigma, Rho Chi, Industry Pharmacist Organization, and Pharmacy Student Governing Organization. On the University level, I am a past Community Ambassador in the Off-Campus Student Services office.

My past experience includes working as a pharmacist intern at CVS Pharmacy in Hoboken, NJ and I currently work part time at Shriner’s Hospital for Children – Boston and Alnylam Pharmaceuticals (Cambridge, MA) as a clinical operations intern. I am also employed by a professor at Northeastern, helping design a pharmaceutical website for his research lab for grant proposals and future opportunities for his research group.

My hobbies include photography and running, and I hope to run a marathon one day. My career aspirations include working in the pharmaceutical Industry and eventually in academia as a college professor. 
   
 

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