ACP Professor Named CASA Volunteer of the Year

OAKWOOD, VA (OCTOBER 27, 2020) – Appalachian College of Pharmacy Professor Caterina Hernandez was named the 29th Judicial Circuit Court-Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Program Volunteer of the Year.

Hernandez was recognized October 23 at the 2019-2020 Volunteer Appreciation “Drop In” which was held in lieu of CASA’s annual banquet due to COVID-19 precautions.

“We are so proud of Professor Hernandez and this well-deserved recognition of her efforts,” said ACP Dean Susan Mayhew. “We extend our sincere congratulations to her.”

Hernandez was first sworn in as a CASA volunteer April 17, 2018 and took her first case two days later on April 19, 2018. To date, she has advocated for 11 children, seven of them this year.

According to CASA, Hernandez has logged 214 case hours to date, 144 of those hours this year.

The Appalachian College of Pharmacy is the only three-year Doctor of Pharmacy program in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Founded in 2003, the college accepted its first students in 2005. It is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Its mission is to cultivate a learning community committed to education, community outreach and the professional development of pharmacists. Its graduate pharmacists are now practicing throughout the United States.

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