John (Lou) Woods is a 2014 Pharm.D. candidate from Mercer University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Atlanta, GA. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Georgia. Lou is from a small town in Reidsville, GA, where the city and surrounding communities thrive off of the exceptionally helpful and affable pharmacists who practice in their independently-owned pharmacies. He has experienced and witnessed firsthand the significance of the pharmacist in a growing community where the pharmacist is not only considered invaluable to customers for healthcare services, but also accommodating to them as a friend. It is through these hometown roots that Lou has developed a desire to effectively and appropriately help others, and he hopes to give back to his community through much diligence and hard work in his profession.

Lou is currently a fourth year pharmacy student serving as a senior member of the Student Leadership Council. Throughout his didactic studies at Mercer University, he has held positions as President of NCPA, APhA Vice President of Membership Development, and Secretary of Phi Lambda Sigma within his school's chapters. Outside of school, he has had experience in specialty services such as home infusion and contemporary compounding. Lou is very motivated and willing to serve on NCPA's Student Leadership Council and hopes to help both pharmacists and student pharmacists alike in their collaborative efforts to help the pharmacy profession stand out in the world of health care.

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