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ULM College of Pharmacy Office of Outcomes Research & Evaluation

OORESome Office of Outcomes Research & Evaluation staff members at the 2020 Dufilho Society Evening of Thanks event. Pictured (L to R): Shawn Corley, Dr. Larry Humble, Angel Whittington, Director of Prior Authorization Unit Melissa Dear, Eddy Myers and Jheramy Smith 

Dr. Larry Humble received his BS in Pharmacy from ULM College of Pharmacy (COP) in 1994, as well as a PhD from ULM in 2009. Dr. Humble is currently the Director of Outcomes Research and Evaluation (OORE) for the ULM COP. Last year, Dr. Humble and 100% of his 25-member office staff joined the ULM COP Dufilho Society. Their generosity is so appreciated, and their collective support is encouraging, in that they choose to give back for the current and future betterment of the College. 

Regarding why he and his whole team chooses to support the Dufilho Society, Dr. Humble said, “Our support is not out of coercion, and it is not because we are employed by the University. For us, the decision to support the Dufilho Society is intentional. We know that our collective support can make an immediate impact.” He expressed that not many can get anywhere on their own these days. That we all need help at some point on our journey or more likely, at many points. This support can look different for different groups. For pharmacy students, it may be additional support for tuition and books. For professors, it may help implement innovative teaching methods that spark learning in the classroom or in the clinic setting. For the research department, it may be acquiring new equipment to conduct cutting-edge research. Supporting the Dufilho Society now ensures that when support is needed, it is there.

He went on to say, “for my team and for me, the decision to support the Dufilho Society was an easy one. Synergy means that each part benefits all the others, thus making a whole that is greater than the sum of the individual parts. We know that our decision to support produces synergy. Our decision has already impacted others, and our collective support has tremendous potential for not only a financial benefit, but also a substantial social return-on-investment.”

Our pharmily is truly inspiring. Thank you for your dedication and support of the ULM COP.

For more information about the OORE and its mission, visit https://www.ulm.edu/pharmacy/oore.html.

Candace Chelette, Pharm.D.

Dr. Candace Chelette

Candace Chelette is a 2007 graduate of the ULM College of Pharmacy. After pharmacy school, she went on to complete a PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Upon completion of her residency training in 2008, Candace then came back to ULM as an assistant professor for the College of Pharmacy and worked in that capacity until 2014. Currently, she serves as the pharmacy manager for Genoa Healthcare, LLC.

Candace is particularly passionate about community pharmacy and the opportunity to be there and care for her patients. She also loves being a preceptor for pharmacy students and having the opportunity to add to their educational experience by sharing what she’s learned over the years being a pharmacist.

Candace is the newest member of the ULM College of Pharmacy Dufilho Society. On why she chooses to support the college through the Dufilho Society she said, “once the payoff of student loans occurred, I felt it was necessary and important to give back to the school that allowed me to be a part of such a great profession. I love being a pharmacist, and if I can have a little part in helping out ULM for all that they have given me, I will do exactly that.” We are grateful for Candance’s contribution and support of the college, both financially and with her time as a preceptor. 

Candace and her husband, Jody, live in Lake Charles, LA, with their three children, Lillian (10), Joseph (6) and Camille (3). In her spare time, Candace says she enjoys camping or any outdoor adventures, as well as cooking and vacationing with the family. 

We are grateful Candace is part of our pharmily!

Errol Duplantis Jr Rph

Errol Duplantis Jr, Rph, LIA

Errol Duplantis, Jr., is a 1994 graduate of the ULM College of Pharmacy (COP), formerly the NLU School of Pharmacy. During his college years, Errol served as Vice President of Delta Sigma Phi, a 31 Ambassador, and a member of Phi Delta Chi. 

Errol has been offered many opportunities throughout his career as a pharmacist. He has been a staff pharmacist, opened and managed chain pharmacies. In 2008, he opened his own pharmacy, "Mom & Pop's Family Pharmacy,” in Springhill, LA, and operated in until 2013. Currently, he is the owner of Lloyd's Remedies Pharmacy in Gray, LA. 

Recently, Errol has served as a pharmacy consultant for Alford and Associates Insurance Services. In this role, he has helped create a partnership with Lifestyle Health Plans and Southern Scripts PBM to produce an Alford Health Plan. This plan gives the profession of pharmacy a chance to lead and share with industries a viable insurance product that lowers premiums and deductibles, slashes out of pocket exposure and produces a practical PBM model. This partnership is the first of its kind and is a great healthcare alternative to traditional insurance plans. If you are interested in learning more about the Alford & Associates Pharmacy Benefits Program contact Errol by email at errol@AlfordLLC.com.    

Always an advocate for the profession of pharmacy, Errol can say this work started with his involvement in the Louisiana Pharmacists Association (LPA) and the Louisiana Independent Pharmacists Association (LIPA). He has been honored with many LPA awards, served as the 2016 LPA President, and was named the 2019 LPA Pharmacist of the Year. He also is honored to serve as a member of the ULM COP Dean's Advisory Board, the ULM COP Dufilho Society and the Louisiana Wholesale Drug Board. 

Errol said that none of these things would have been possible with the love and support of his wife, Tina, and children, Cullen and Madelyn. 

Dr. Oscar Garza

Dr. Oscar Garza

Dr. Oscar Garza was recently selected as the new Regional Dean for the University of Louisiana Monroe (ULM) College of Pharmacy New Orleans campus, and began working for the University in February.

Dr. Garza spent his early years in various places across the Southwestern United States including New Mexico, South Texas, and West Texas, eventually settling in Central Texas. He graduated high school from Northside Health Careers (Magnet) High School in San Antonio, Texas. After high school, he left Texas to attend college at the University of Toledo in Toledo, Ohio, where he completed two bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Pharmacy Administration, as well as an MBA with specializations in Finance, International Business, and Marketing.  

Shortly before, during and after the MBA program, Dr. Garza spent some time working at Microsoft Corp., Audio-Technica Corp., Fortune Brands, and the International Business Institute (at the University of Toledo). Upon realizing he missed pharmacy and academia, he decided to return to school, pursuing a PhD at the University of Iowa in Pharmaceutical Socioeconomics with concentrations in Global Health and Health Services Research.

After completing his Ph.D., Dr. Garza began working at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy in the Department of Pharmaceutical Care and Health Systems. He served in many roles during his time there: Assistant Professor, the founding Director of the PRAXIS Institute for Community Health and Education, and a Grand Challenges Community-Engaged Scholar in-residence for the Office of the Vice President and Provost. The latter focused on providing strategic direction for positioning the university to more effectively integrate interdisciplinary and community-engaged research and teaching related to the university's strategic goals of Fostering Just and Equitable Communities and Assuring Clean Water and Sustainable Ecosystems.

While working on his Ph.D. at the University of Iowa and as a faculty member at the University of Minnesota, most of Dr. Garza’s career work was related to international and rural health care infrastructure development, built upon a global health-oriented training and experience working with urban and rural communities in the US and abroad. His program of research is largely focused on the economic, historical, institutional, and socio-cultural determinants of health and health policy; leadership development; and innovation in pharmacy and health care services development. His research and teaching often intersect—examining pharmacy's role in addressing health disparities among rural and urban medically underserved populations, and preparing future pharmacists for their roles in contributing to the broader population health and ensuring equitable, as well as optimal, health outcomes both locally and abroad. 

In his spare time, Dr. Garza enjoys long walks on the beach (or riverbanks when he can’t be near a beach) and quiet sunsets. He also enjoys traveling, both locally and abroad, and experiencing different music, food and drinks. When not working or traveling, you may find him golfing, going to the movies, gaming, reading books, or, most importantly, spending time with his wife and their dogs. As he and his wife are involved in various animal rescue organizations, other critters like guinea pigs, rabbits, etc., can also be a part of their lives from time to time but, for now, they share their home with three rescue dogs, a Brussels Griffon mix, a Chihuahua and a Miniature Pinscher/Chihuahua mix. They love their senior dogs as they tend to match their generally quiet and laid-back demeanor. 

On his new role as Regional Dean for the ULM College of Pharmacy New Orleans Campus, Dr. Garza stated, “ I am extremely excited to be at the ULM College of Pharmacy - being closer to home, in warmer weather, and having the opportunity to get to know the greater Louisiana and ULM Pharmily.”

Welcome, Dr. Garza. We are glad to have you!