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When: Tuesday, October 24, 2017
4:00 PM
Where: Virtual conference hosted by each NY School of Pharmacy
United States
Contact: Jamie Cullis

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PSSNY, along with all NYS Schools of Pharmacy, is hosting a virtual panel discussion to help students understand different specialties within the pharmacy profession.  Panelists will give a brief description of their specialty and their different involvements with PSSNY.  After the panelists finish, we will ask for questions from students, one campus at a time. 

Campus meeting locations will be posted as they are available.

  • Albany College of Pharmacy, OB 110 
  • Binghamton University, UU 110
  • D'Youville College of Pharmacy, DAC409
  • Long Island University
  • St John's University, D'Angelo Room 306
  • Touro College of Pharmacy
  • University of Buffalo
  • Wegman's School of Pharmacy


Panel of pharmacists include:

  • Charles Catalano (consulting and long-term care) 
  • John Croce (regional chain manager and independent owner)
  • Heather Ferrarese (Independent owner)John Marraffa (chain pharmacist and state board)
  • Joseph Navarra (Compounding)
  • Keith Rowe (managed care)


More about our panelists:

  • Charles Catalano, RPh

Charles R. Catalano, RPH, a graduate of Brooklyn College of Pharmacy, is the President of C & S Pharmacy Consultants and supervisor of World’s Fair/Total Care Pharmacy Long Term Care Division located in Flushing, Queens, New York.  He previously owned World’s Fair Pharmacy from 1977-2010.  World’s Fair/Total Care Pharmacy, an independent community pharmacy, specializing in providing care to hemo-dialysis centers, post- transplant patients and individuals who reside in group homes for the developmentally disabled.  For the past twenty-five years Charles has been working as a Consultant Pharmacist servicing thirty agencies throughout New York City, Long Island, Westchester and Ulster County.

Charles served as the President and Chairman of the Board of The Pharmacists Society of New York (PSSNY) from 2014 to 2015. Charles has also served as President and Chairman of Board of the Italian American Pharmacist Society (IPS), as well as President and Chairman of the Board of the New York City Pharmacy Society (NYCPS).  While NYCPS President, he was called upon to work with the Emergency Preparation Team from the New York City Department of Health (DOH) to develop a plan to mobilize pharmacies if a chemical bio terrorism attack should occur.  Charles’ most noted accomplishment was during his NYCPS leadership role when he coordinated a team, consisting of NYCPS and PSSNY leadership along with their respective lobbyists. Their combined effort accomplished the impossible by successfully having two laws in successive years passed by the legislature and signed into law by NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo.  The new laws allow patients in NYS to have a choice in having a community pharmacy fill their prescription rather than mandated to use mail order. NYCPS and PSSNY accomplishments under Charles’ leadership forged the advancement of Pharmacy within the state of NY and their successes have been followed and emulated by other states in similar situations facing the pharmacy profession. 

Charles recently has become the consultant pharmacist for Samaritan-Daytop Addiction treatment Centers and Metro Health Centers in NYC, which are, designated Federal Qualified Health Centers.  Charles was the recipient of the St. Johns University Preceptor of the Year Award in 1998 and the Bowl of Hygeia Award in 2005. 

Charles can be reached at 

  • John Croce, RPh

John Croce is a 84 graduate of Albany College of Pharmacy and co-owner of Four Corners Pharmacy in Delmar NY.  He past experiences in community pharmacy include Bantam store manager with Fays Drugs as well as 18 years as a Pharmacy District manager with both Fays drugs and Eckerd Corporation.  His final 2 years with Eckerd Corporation was as Regional Manager, overseeing and being accountable for all aspects of the operation of over 50 locations in the Albany and Hudson Valley region.  He opened Four Corners Pharmacy in 2005 as brand new location in the Delmar area of Albany county, offering services of home delivery, durable medical equipment, immunizations, compounding, including vetinarian prescriptions, medication synchronization and compliance packaging.

John has served 10 years on the NYS Board of Pharmacy and is currently an extended member.  He served as Chair of the Board in 2013, was Chair of the Part III committee and currently serves on several subcommittees.   John currently sits on the Pharmacy Advisory Committee for NYS Medicaid and serves as a medical volunteer for Albany County. John is active with PSSNY as a panelist for the student Business Plan competion and the NCPA/PSSNY mentor program. 

John is also a luminary for the Community Pharmacy Enhanced Service Network for Upstate NY.  It is a network of close to 20 high quality pharmacies providing enhanced services in a clinically integrated network structure to assist healthcare providers in improving patient health outcomes.  

John can be reached at

  • Heather Ferrarese, RPh

Dr. Ferrarese is a 1996 graduate of Albany College of Pharmacy. She is also a second generation independent pharmacy owner. Her pharmacy, Bartle’s Pharmacy, is located in Oxford, NY. Bartle’s Pharmacy was founded in 1963 by Brian Bartle.  The practice is a community pharmacy with an emphasis on medication synchronization and patient adherence.

Dr. Ferrarese is board member of the Pharmacists Society of the State of New York. She also serves on the National Independent Advisory Board for HealthMart and is a member of McKesson’s Customer Advisory Board for PharmacyRx.

Dr. Ferrarese is very active community volunteer serving as a board member for Chenango Health Network, Chenango SPCA, Chenango County Public Health Professional Advisory Committee, and Oxford Youth Sports. She enjoys spending time with her family, travelling, and is an avid reader.

Heather can be reached at

  • John Marraffa, Jr, RPh

John M. Marraffa Jr. is the Area Healthcare Supervisor for Upstate and Western NY for the Walgreens Co.  John is responsible for executing regional healthcare strategies that integrate all Walgreens healthcare offerings.   He advises on pharmacy strategy, engages and empowers others, leads change, and drives results using management principles, employee development and relationship building.  John is also responsible to ensure that his area is in compliance with laws, company polices, DEA and BOP regulations.  John is licensed to practice Pharmacy in New York, Illinois and Vermont. 

On September 16, 2014, Mr. Marraffa was appointed to the New York State Board of Pharmacy.  In March of 2016, John was appointed as Chair of the NYS Board of Pharmacy Counseling Committee.  The committee is charged with ensuring that patients are appropriately counseled on their medication regimens in the community setting.  The committee will also study the barriers that currently exist in various setting preventing pharmacists from adequately counseling.  John also serves on the NYS Board of Pharmacy’s technology committee and the Part III committee.

John serves as an adjunct experiential preceptor for the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Binghamton University’s School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences University.  He is an active member of the ACPHS Professionalism Task Force, Experiential Education Advisory Panel and was President of the ACPHS Alumni Council from 2008 – 2011. 

John can be reached at

  • Joseph Navarra, RPh

Joseph P. Navarra, R.Ph. is the owner of the Town Total Compounding Center, in Melville, N.Y.  Joseph P. Navarra graduated from St. John’s University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Queens, New York.   Town Total Compounding Center is a PCAB Accredited compounding only pharmacy providing sterile and non-sterile compounding prescriptions.  Previous to this he was the Executive Vice-President of the Town Total Health, independent pharmacies that have a focus on specialty pharmacy.  The specialties served there are HIV, Transplant and Hepatitis-C patients in the New York Metropolitan Area.  He has been involved with adherence programs, refill alignment services, MTM and investigational drug studies while owning Town Total Health.   At the Town Total Compounding Center, compounds for humans and veterinary patients are compounded daily.  Double blind investigational compound studies are also worked on here.  The compounding pharmacy follows USP <795> , <797>, and <800> guidelines and Joseph has been compounding for over 25 years.  Joseph has been very involved in professional organizations promoting and enhancing the practice of pharmacy at a high level.  He is a past President and past Chairman of the Italian-American Pharmacists Society and a past President and past Chairman of the Pharmacists Society of the State of New York and is a board member of the New York City Pharmacists Society.  Joseph is certified in delivering Medication Therapy Management and in Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery training.  He has received many awards while practicing pharmacy including the Distinguished Young Pharmacists Award, Preceptor of the Year and Innovative Pharmacy Practice Award.  Some of his other interests include classic car restoration and is an active, long time martial artists ranked in multiple styles. 

Joseph can be contacted at

  • Keith Rowe, PharmD, MBA

Keith Rowe graduated from the University at Buffalo’s School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Science with dual Pharm.D. and MBA degrees. During his education, he was active in both PSSNY and the regional affiliate, PAWNY. Upon graduation, he was offered a job at Independent Health, a managed care organization where he had worked as an intern.

Currently, Keith is in charge of pharmacy analytics and is involved with regulatory compliance in Independent Health’s Pharmacy Department. Additionally, he is the current PAWNY president and he sits on the PSSNY board of directors.   

Keith can be reached at