Welcome to the School of Pharmacy Alumni Pages

Mark Garofoli

Message from the President of the Alumni Society

Hail to Pitt Pharmacy!

So many things come to mind as soon as I think of our wonderful University: the beautiful campus, “the Victory Lights which shine over Oakland, from our elegant Cathedral of Learning, when we win football games and during our Homecoming firework display, crowded basketball games, and, of course, the School of Pharmacy, nestled comfortably at the top of cardiac hill (now joined by the stunning Salk Pavillion).

The word “family” echoes loudly across all of these images. pharmacy had a huge role in my childhood. My grandfather (William F. Johnson, Jr, ’49) and father (William F. Johnson III, ’85) were always enthusiastic about the University. I remember my grandfather being so proud of how Pitt Pharmacy trained him for success as a pharmacist in the Navy – he was drafted before he graduated and after two years was honorably discharged from his post as a pharmacist, he returned to Pitt to finish his degree.

However, my love for Pitt extends well beyond my legacy connection. The network of professionals that I have met through PittPharmacy has been inspirational; people from different backgrounds, working toward the same goal: high quality care for all. The accomplishments of our PittPharmacy family are vast, but what makes our achievements stand out is that they are completed with kindness and compassion. I have never met another Pitt alumnus who wasn’t willing to help when needed.

As a Pitt Pharmacy graduate, I hope you will become engaged in the exciting things happening at our school. While the pandemic has been devastating to the public, it has also highlighted how innovative the faculty, staff and students are; we truly lead the way!  As alumni, let’s join together and give back to PittPharmacy, which provided us with our first glimpse into what the rest of our professional lives would be.  Let’s continue building and cultivating our family for the next generation.

We want you and your creative ideas, thoughts, and opinions!  A few ways to get involved are:

  • Donate
  • Nominate yourself or a peer to the Alumni Society Board
  • Volunteer and mentor students

My hope is that no matter where life has taken you after graduation, a small piece of you has stayed in the place that was once your home away from home, our alma mater, PittPharmacy.


Amanda S. (Johnson) Korenoski, PharmD, MHA, BCCCP (’12)
President, University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy Alumni Society