Leslie Lotano-Saba

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Pharmacy executive and problem solver Leslie Lotano-Saba, in brief.

Leslie Lotano-Saba

Home: Saratoga, NY.  Age: Older than I look (I hope).  Birthplace: Schenectady, NY.  Profession: Pharmacist by training, managed care pharmacy executive most of my career.  Organization: AArete, LLC.  Title: VP, Pharmacy Solutions.  Pronouns: She/Her/Hers.  Alma mater: Union College (M.S.); Albany College of Pharmacy (B.S.).

Current project: Building a pharmacy consulting practice.  Recent professional development: Joined CHIEF and opened my world to a new level.  Latest contribution to others: Mentoring others, including my colleagues, my sons, my siblings.  Hobbies: Horses and harness racing; spending time with family.  Recent travel or adventure: Planning my first overseas trip for September.  Last book read: Women Mentoring Women, by Michelle Renaldo Ferguson.  Recent unique acquisition: An equestrian pleasure cart.

Personality profile: Caring, honest; problem solver.  What one word would your closest friend use to describe you? Kind.  What occupation, other than your own, do you most admire? Farming.  We take it for granted.  What is your favorite place (or way) to spend money? Shopping.  What is at the top of your bucket list? Travel to Europe.  How do you relieve stress? Watching mindless television.  What ingredient is essential to your perfect vacation? Family

What was your first paying job? A pharmacy clerk.  What was your favorite childhood toy or game? Baseball.  What movie have you repeatedly watched? The Prince of Tides.  What’s prominently featured on your home or office wall? Nobody gets in to see the wizard, not nobody, not no how!  What modern technology innovation do you most appreciate? Gene therapy.  What world event has had the greatest influence on your life? 9/11.

What is your big idea? 

Self-scheduling medical appointments.

What change would you like to see in the world? Tolerance and acceptance of differences.  What mega-trend most concerns you? The mental wellbeing of the world’s children.

Who would you like to spend an evening with, in heaven? My grandparents.  I have so many questions about their lives growing up.  As a kid, what did you first want to be when you grew up? A professional baseball player.  How would you choose to spend tomorrow, if you knew it was your last day on earth? With my family, a bottle of wine, sharing funny stories and laughing.  What advice would you give your younger self? Don’t be so hard on yourself.  What day in your life would you choose to re-live? My wedding day.  

Personal motto: There, but for the grace of God, go I.  Favorite quote: “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all” (Mom).  Desired epitaph: She made a difference in our lives.

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