It wasn’t in Melissa Hogan’s plans to go into the pharmacy industry, but life doesn’t always go according to plan—and sometimes that’s just what the doctor ordered. Having graduated from APSU in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology, Hogan had every intention of continuing her education to the PhD level and working in drug addiction. But as she put herself through school, her work as a cashier at one of the major drug stores in town led to a shift in her career path, and she soon found herself filling a new role and standing behind the pharmacy counter.
Fifteen years into her career in retail pharmacy, Hogan’s life redirected yet again when she began working at Comprehensive Wellness Pharmacy; and three years with the company has led her into the position of management at CWP as well as a certified pharmacy technician. To put it into Hogan’s words, a certified pharmacy technician is the “often forgotten” member of the team, the "worker bees" of the pharmacy world. For Hogan, the work that she does is a privilege and a position that has led to an opportunity to grow as an individual as well as become a contributing member of the community and a strong young professional. “I've been very fortunate in my career to have been surrounded by pharmacists and retail managers who have given me the freedom and trust to reach beyond the limits of the predefined pharmacy technician field,” she says.
While managing the pharmacy requires a great deal of time and dedication, Hogan also makes it a priority to stay involved in the community, serving as the Service Projects chair of Clarksville Rotary Club, working on the Relay for Life planning committee, and holding the position of Mental Health sub-committee chair of the Montgomery County Health Council. Hogan is also a member of the Healthy Clarksville Council and serves as the Secretary of Allies for Substance Abuse Prevention (ASAP) in Montgomery County.
As a young member of Clarksville’s professional community, joining Clarksville Young Professionals was what Hogan considers “a natural and obvious next step” for career advancement. “It's vitally important to ‘know’ someone in any business; and you'll find if someone in CYP doesn't know someone directly, they can find you the contact you need.” Such networking is invaluable at any age, and it forges connections that will take a career far.
Clarksville Young Professionals MISSION:
To create a platform for Young Professionals to build relationships, develop professionally, become politically and philanthropically active and contribute to the economic development and high quality of living in our community. Clarksville Young Professionals is dedicated to the advancement of our community through community service, professional development and networking opportunities for the emerging business and community leaders ages 21-45.
Cultivate the next generation of leaders.
Provide opportunities for professional development through workshops, mentors and education.
Facilitate opportunities for building business relationships.
Require members to be invested in the community through volunteering and community involvements.
Bridge the generation gap.
Enhance the local community and encouraging economic development by creating an atmosphere of mutual respect and professional growth.