Fortunately, that wasn’t the last the University would see of a Jackson. Just as Leland Jackson was exiting, his daughter Anita Jackson Derreza joined our College of Pharmacy as a clinical assistant professor in pharmacy practice. In her role as an instructor in the Professional Pharmacy Practice Laboratory, she teaches students about patient counseling, cultural competence, medication reconciliation, inter-professional healthcare teams, and the prevention of adverse medication events
“I grew up on South Road in Kingston,” Derreza recalled. “I learned to throw and hit a softball on the Quad and took many after-dinner walks through the URI gardens. I remember spending lots time at the Fine Arts Building where my mother accompanied opera students on the piano and in Kelly Hall with my father, drawing on the board and reading.”
“It has always been my dream to be at URI. I hope I can be even a shadow of the professor, teacher and mentor that my father was for so many students,” she adds.