Atlanta Academy of Institutional Pharmacy


Board Members


Ellie Kamarjian

PharmD - President

Northside Hospital
1505 Northside Blvd, Suite 4300
Cumming, GA 30041
(770) 205-1331



Ellie Kamarjian is an Atlanta native that graduated with her Doctor of Pharmacy from Mercer University College of Pharmacy in 2015. Ellie's love for pharmacy started long before school, when Sudafed didn't require a license and HIPAA was just becoming popular. In 2006, after graduating with her Bachelor's in Chemistry from Emory University, Ellie moved to Cairo, Egypt with her husband, where she taught at Cairo American University in the core sciences and gained international pharmacy knowledge as a Healthcare Business Analyst. After site-seeing and eating her way through Egypt, Ellie and her husband moved back home to Atlanta so she could pursue her Pharm.D. She worked her way through pharmacy school as an intern for Kaiser Permanente in Georgia and was so excited to finally get back into the hospital setting during her fourth year rotations. Some of her favorite clinical rotations were at Atlanta hospitals she grew up around such as Grady, Emory, Piedmont, and Northside. Ellie commutes daily from Norcoss, GA, where she currently resides with her husband, to Cumming, GA, where she works as the Oncology Pharmacist for Georgia Cancer Specialists affiliated with Northside Hospital. She has been an active member of AAIP since she was a student, and is honored and grateful for the opportunity to give back to the pharmacy community by actively serving in AAIP.


michael saxon

PharmD, BCPS - President Elect

Northside Hospital
1000 Johnson Ferry Road
Atlanta, GA 30342
(404) 845-5203



Michael Saxon, PharmD, BCPS is a critical care float pharmacist in the ICU, ED, NICU, surgery, and labor and delivery areas at Northside Hospital in Atlanta. He graduated from the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy in May 2015 and subsequently completed a PGY1 Pharmacy residency at Northside Hospital. Michael obtained Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist credentials at the conclusion of his residency. He is the team leader and champion for the Vermont Oxford Network iNICQ 2017: Choosing Antibiotics Wisely committee at Northside. Michael acts as a liaison to disseminate pertinent NICU antimicrobial stewardship data to the hospital’s Antibiotic Subcommittee. Additionally, Michael has served as a NICU preceptor to fourth year APPE pharmacy students as well as PGY1 residents. He has been as a resident mentor to Mercer University GSHP-SSHP students interested in pursuing a residency. In his spare time, Michael enjoys attending sporting events and spending time with friends and family.


Lindsey jackson

PharmD, BCPS - Board Chairman

Northside Hospital
1000 Johnson Ferry Road
Atlanta, GA 30342
(404) 303-4339



Lindsey Jackson, PharmD, BCPS is a University of Georgia College of Pharmacy graduate. After graduation, she completed a PGY1 Pharmacy Practice residency at the Atlanta VA Medical Center in Decatur, GA and became a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist. She is employed by Northside Hospital where she has served as the Women’s Surgical Unit pharmacist and is currently the Labor and Delivery Clinical Pharmacist. She is a preceptor to both students and residents, is a mentor to aspiring student clinical pharmacists, and serves on the Perinatal Committee and Gynecology Committee at Northside. She teaches nursing education classes and presented at the 2016 GSHP Fall Meeting. She is also a member of AAIP, ACCP and GSHP. Lindsey has been a member of the AAIP Executive Board since 2013 as the Secretary and President-Elect and is currently President. In her free time, Lindsey enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, and volunteering for Beloved. She recently served on a Women’s Health Medical Mission trip to Kenya.


ann means

PharmD, MBA, MHA - Treasurer

Emory University Hospital Midtown
550 Peachtree Street
Atlanta, GA 30308
O: (404) 686-1267
F: (404) 686-4350



Ann Means is the manager of the OR pharmacy at Emory University Hospital Midtown.  She received her BS in Pharmacy from University of Georgia, Pharm D from University of Florida , and MBA and MHA  degrees from Georgia State University.  Ann is a long-time member of AAIP, serving as a past-president.  She now serves as treasurer of AAIP.  Ann has twice been awarded Pharmacist of the Year by AAIP membership.


Lauren Cessna

PharmD, BCPS - Secretary

Northside Hospital
1000 Johnson Ferry Road
Atlanta, GA 30342
(404) 845-5203


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Lauren Cessna, PharmD, BCPS, is a critical care pharmacist at Northside Hospital. Lauren received her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Florida College of Pharmacy in 2012. After graduation, she completed a PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Northside Hospital and became a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist.  She served as an oncology pharmacist for two years prior to becoming a critical care pharmacist. Currently, she is an active lecturer for the Northside Hospital critical care nurse interns as well as other staff, and is adjunct faculty at the University of Florida College of Pharmacy. Lauren precepts pharmacy students at Mercer, University of Georgia, and PCOM, and maintains active pharmacist licenses in Florida and Georgia. She enjoys cycling and traveling in her free time.


Rosemary Cross

PharmD, BCPS - CE Secretary
Piedmont Hospital
1968 Peachtree Road
Atlanta, GA 30309
O: (404) 605-3098
F: (404) 588-2677



Rosemary Cross is a transplant clinical pharmacist at Piedmont Hospital Transplant Institute in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Cross received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2003. She completed an ASHP-accredited PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Piedmont Hospital in 2004, and has been a member of the transplant team since the completion of residency. In 2005, she received Board Certification in Pharmacotherapy (BCPS). Currently she is adjunct faculty at Mercer University School of Pharmacy, and precepts pharmacy students for Mercer, University of Georgia and PCOM.

Dr. Cross has been an active member of AAIP since residency and a member on the board in a variety of roles: Secretary (2009-10), President-Elect (2011), President (2012), Chairman of the board (2013), and currently CE Secretary (2014-present). As a recipient of the AAIP pharmacist of the year award in 2014, she is committed to enhancing the future of transplant pharmacy.


Donna Ghazi

PharmD, BCPS - Board Member
Wellstar Health System
2540 Windy Hill Road SE
Marietta, GA 30067
(770) 644-1723


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Emily Kraus

PharmD - Board Member
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite
1001 Johnson Ferry Road
Atlanta, GA 30342
(404) 785-5122



Emily Kraus attended pharmacy school at University of Georgia. She completed a PGY -1 residency at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta in 2015. After residency, Emily stayed on as a full time pharmacist at CHOA where she staffed in different areas of pharmacy.  Emily Kraus currently works as the pharmacy team lead for the ICU, OR and Meridian Mark pharmacies on the Scottish Rite campus. She enjoys outdoor activities and dining at the many restaurants Atlanta has to offer.



PharmD Candidate, 2019 - Student Board Member
University of Georgia College of Pharmacy



Originally from Atlanta, Alessia Jankowski is a third year pharmacy student at The University of Georgia College of Pharmacy in Athens, Georgia. She earned her Bachelors of Science in Biology from Mercer University with a minor in Chemistry. Alessia currently works at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston Hospital, Kroger pharmacy, and Augusta University Medical Center Hospital as a pharmacy intern. On campus, Alessia is a pharmacy ambassador, UGA Senior Legacy Committee Executive Member, and the Lambda Kappa Sigma Officer for the Augusta campus. She was honored with the AAIP University of Georgia College Of Pharmacy Student Scholarship and the Lambda Kappa Sigma Ruth Davies Flaherty Service Award for the 2016-2017 school year. Alessia’s clinical interests include pediatrics, antimicrobial stewardship and internal medicine. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling the world, cooking with her mom and spending time with her friends.


Hiba Yacout

PharmD Candidate, 2020 - Student Board Member
Mercer University College of Pharmacy



Hiba Yacout is a second year student at Mercer University, College of Pharmacy and is from Macon, Georgia. She received her Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences from Mercer University with a minor in Spanish and Chemistry. She currently works at Atlanta Medical Center and CVS pharmacy. On campus, Hiba is a pharmacy ambassador, the SNPhA Power to End Stroke Co-Chair, and the GSHP Fundraising Co-Chair. Hiba's interested in practicing ambulatory care pharmacy one day. She also enjoys spending her free time with friends and family and exploring new places


Alex Ramirez

PharmD Candidate, 2020 - Student Board Member
PCOM School of Pharmacy



Alexandro Ramirez graduated from Georgia Southern University with a Bachelor's degree in chemistry with a concentration in biochemistry and He is currently a pharmacy student at Georgia Campus Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is interested in learning about as many aspects of pharmacy as possible while in school, so he can be the best pharmacists that he can be. One of his areas of focus is diabetes education, and he volunteers at a clinic where spanish speaking patients come in to learn about how to handle their conditions and medications. In his free time he enjoys the outdoors, his two favorite activities are fishing, and grilling on charcoal. He aspires to be an empathetic pharmacist who builds strong professional relationships with patients.

Past Board Members