Registered Pharmacist Darnell Jones received his Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from the University of Illinois College of Pharmacy in 1984. For 17 years, he practiced as a pharmacy supervisor, manager and staff pharmacist for Walgreens. He then spent 12 years as a pharmacy team leader for CVS, serving as an immunization trainer, community outreach participant and preceptor to Wayne State University Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences student pharmacists. For this he was one of the first community pharmacists ever nominated as Preceptor of the year. Additionally, while practicing at CVS, he was a two-time winner of the CVS Caremark Paragon Award, a recipient of the Community Outreach Award for region 41 and a recipient of the Values in Action Breakthrough Achievement Award for charitable work in the Trans and Gender Variant community. After serving one year as the clinical project leader for CET Pharmacy Group from 2013-2014, Darnell transitioned to his current position as a pharmacy team leader for Rite Aid.
Darnell first became connected to the Trans and Gender variant community by being asked to present at various events in Affirmations in Ferndale and later at Ruth Ellis in Detroit approximately 5 years ago. Over the years his connection and passion to serve and assist grew stronger and he developed many affiliations , mentors and friends to help guide him.
Starting 4 years ago he began working to establish a pharmacist-centered model of holistic transgender care. This model focuses on eliminating the roadblocks in place against current flow of care, addressing the total client social and medical needs in order to increase overall patient health, directly addressing the health disparities for the transgender community outlined in the Healthy People 2020 goal and building a sustainable and replicating model for further expansion. Based largely on community interest and requests This pursuit evolved into the formation and establishment of Transcend the Binary, an organization co founded with Brayden Misiolek , focused on assisting the transition of individuals with the emphasis on, among other things, reducing roadblocks to their care, empowering clients via education to be an equal driver in their transition, being a hub to connect clients to the individuals and resources needed, and most importantly, being a continuous partner in their holistic care for as long as needed.
Darnell is currently a member of the Board of Directors for Affirmations, a nonprofit organization in the Ferndale and metro Detroit area that serves people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. He was honored by the organization with the 2014 Affirmations Ally of the Year Award. In addition, he is vice president of the Gender Identity Network Board, and volunteer for numerous activities and presenting opportunities around the topic of Trans and Gender variant support and care.
In February 2015 Darnell was honored as Michigan Pharmacist of the Year based primarily based on his work with Transcend the Binary. Most recently he and Transcend have been a pivotal contributor to an University of Michigan College of Pharmacy data study and was a contributor to one of the first ever articles focusing on Pharmacy’s needs to better serve the Trans and Gender Variant population, an article featured in the March edition of nationally published “Pharmacy Times” magazine.
Darnell sees his future to be based on continuing to grow his role , presence, and positive impact on both the medical community and the Trans and Gender variant population he serves and loves.