Judith E.N. Albino has served as president of two higher education systems, the University of Colorado, a public research university, and Alliant International University, a private, nonprofit university with multiple campuses in California, Mexico and Kenya. Her higher education experience also includes service at the dean and vice-presidential levels, and she has spent more than 25 years as a faculty member in schools of dentistry and medicine, as well as departments of psychology and educational psychology. She received her baccalaureate and doctoral degrees from The University of Texas at Austin and the Certificate in Professional Coaching from the Zicklin School of Business of Baruch College, City University of New York.
Dr. Albino’s leadership has extended to community and nonprofit groups and she has served on corporate and civic boards. She also has been an officer and served on governance groups of numerous professional organizations, including the American Psychological Association; the Federation of Psychological, Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences; the American Association for Dental Research; the American Council on Education; the National Collegiate Athletic Association; and the Society of Psychologists in Management, a group for which she recently served as president. Dr. Albino’s research in behavioral aspects of health and disease has been supported by the NIDCR and has resulted in numerous scientific publications and presentations. More recently, her work at the University of Colorado has focused on health disparities. At the Academy for Academic Leadership, she works extensively in the areas of planning and evaluation, leadership and board development, and executive coaching.
Heidi M. Anderson, associate provost for faculty affairs at the University of Kentucky, has served in the Provost’s Office since 2006. She is responsible for coordinating the tenure and promotion process, managing the faculty development and leadership programs; and assisting the colleges with faculty hiring and personnel issues. She is a full professor in pharmacy. Prior to her current appointment, she served as assistant dean for education innovation at the College of Pharmacy at the University of Kentucky.
As an academic leader Dr. Anderson has received several notable distinctions. In 2004, she received the honor of being selected as a Fellow in the charter class of the AACP Academic Leadership Fellows Program. The American Pharmacists Association selected Dr. Anderson as a 2005 Fellow for outstanding service and leadership to the pharmacy profession. In 2006, she was selected and completed a leadership and management institute for women in higher education through the Higher Education Resource Services program at Wellesley College. Finally, the American Council on Education selected Dr. Anderson to participate in the 2009 leadership forum for women administrators.
Dr. Anderson has more than 20 years experience in teaching, learning, assessment and faculty development. She has served as principal and co-principal investigator, or project director on numerous research grants and contracts, and published or presented hundreds of papers. Dr. Anderson received her B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Purdue University. She was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) by AACP for a six-year term ending June 30, 2012. Recently, she was elected president of the Board of Directors of ACPE.
John A. Bosso earned his Bachelor of Science in pharmacy and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees from the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York. Since graduation, he has served on the faculties of The University of Utah Colleges of Pharmacy and Medicine, the University of Houston College of Pharmacy and Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. He is currently professor and chair, Department of Clinical Pharmacy & Outcome Sciences at the South Carolina College of Pharmacy–MUSC Campus, and professor of medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina. He is a Fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy and the Infectious Diseases Society of America.
J. Chris Bradberry, Pharm.D.
School of Pharmacy and Health Professions
J. Chris Bradberry earned his baccalaureate in pharmacy and master’s degree in hospital pharmacy from the University of Louisiana at Monroe. He completed his Doctor of Pharmacy degree at The University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center, Memphis, and his residency in pharmacy at The University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston.
Dr. Bradberry served as chief pharmacy officer, Chinle Health Center, Indian Health Service, U.S. Public Health Service, and he has practiced in community, institutional and academic pharmacy. He has been on the faculties of the University of Nebraska, The University of Texas, The University of Oklahoma and The University of Tennessee where he was professor in the Departments of Pharmacy and Family Medicine, and chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Pharmacoeconomics.
Currently, Dr. Bradberry is dean of the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions at Creighton University Medical Center, Omaha, Neb. Dr. Bradberry is active in a number of professional organizations including APhA, ASHP, ACCP and AACP. He has held offices in local and state pharmacy organizations, as well as national offices in ASHP and AACP. He is currently chair of the Council of Deans of AACP. He is a past member of the Specialty Council on Pharmacotherapy of the Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties; a past member of the Board of Directors of ACPE; a member of the Board of Directors of the Midwest Lipid Association and president-elect of the Midwest Lipid Association; Fellow in the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists; Fellow of the American Pharmacists Association; Fellow of the American Heart Association; Fellow of the National Lipid Association and a Diplomate of the Accreditation Council for Clinical Lipidology.
Rodney A. Carter, Pharm.D.
Professor and Associate Dean for Professional and External Relations
College of Pharmacy
University of Minnesota
Rodney A. Carter is professor and associate dean for professional and external relations at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy. Dr. Carter was the first chair of Pharmacy Practice at the Shenandoah University School of Pharmacy. Prior to this, Dr. Carter taught at Purdue University as assistant and then associate professor where he precepted a general medicine clerkship and coordinated and taught in the Pharm.D. therapeutics sequence. He also assisted in the development of and then directed Purdue’s Nontraditional Pharm.D. program.
Dr. Carter is currently president of AACP. He has served AACP as its first elected Speaker of the House as well as several section and council offices. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Minnesota Society of Health-System Pharmacists (MSHP) and the Minnesota Pharmacists Association (MPhA).
In the College of Pharmacy at Minnesota, Dr. Carter teaches a course on the practice of pharmaceutical care, serves as a group facilitator for the Early Pharmacy Experience with Community Teachers course, and mentors first-year students in the college’s mentor program for which he has been selected Mentor of the Year. His administrative responsibilities include developing connections for the college with pharmacy practices and health-systems to meet shared goals in education, research and postgraduate training. Dr. Carter directs the college’s alumni relations and international efforts and is responsible for linking the college to practice through the state’s professional associations.
Nancy Desmond, M.S.
President and CEO
Gingrich Group and Center for Health Transformation
Nancy Desmond is CEO of the Center for Health Transformation and of the Gingrich Group, a consulting firm focused on transformation and chaired by former Speaker Newt Gingrich. In 2006 Ms. Desmond headed up the launch of CHT Press, which she directs. She is the co-author, with Gingrich, of The Art of Transformation and Implementing the Art of Transformation: The Workbook. Business guru Tom Peters called The Art of Transformation "a masterful text" and Oprah’s Dr. Mehmet Oz called it a "brilliant blue print for transformation" and "a must read for any leader."
Ms. Desmond served as chief of staff for the Georgia sixth district congressional and district offices under Speaker Gingrich from 1995–1999. Prior to overseeing his congressional operations, she served as project director for the nationally-televised Renewing American Civilization college course, which Gingrich taught from 1993–1994. In 1994, Ms. Desmond became district director in the sixth district Georgia office, prior to being named chief of staff for Gingrich’s Georgia and Washington congressional operations, overseeing all strategies, projects and communications related to his Georgia activities. She simultaneously served as director of special projects in the Office of the Speaker of the House.
Ms. Desmond earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Eastern Illinois University and master’s and specialist degrees in counseling and psychological services from Georgia State University. Prior to 1994, she worked as a psychologist and educator for 20 years, serving several school systems, educational centers and organizations in the state of Georgia. She also has received training and certification in strategic planning.
An author and freelance writer, Ms. Desmond’s writings have appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers and her books have been favorably reviewed and excerpted in such widely-read publications as People and Ladies Home Journal.
Shane P. Desselle, Ph.D., R.Ph.
Associate Dean, Chair and Professor
College of Pharmacy
The University of Oklahoma
Shane P. Desselle is associate dean for Tulsa programs, and professor and chair of the Department of Pharmacy: Clinical and Administrative Sciences—Tulsa for The University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy. He received his B.S. in pharmacy and Ph.D. in pharmacy administration from the University of Louisiana at Monroe. Prior to joining The University of Oklahoma, Dr. Desselle was professor and director of assessment at Duquesne University for nine years where he won the school’s Creative Teaching and Research & Scholarship Awards. Dr. Desselle’s research interests are in pharmacy faculty quality of work-life and productivity, pharmacy technician labor supply, pharmacists’ roles in the management of migraines and direct-to-consumer advertising of prescription medications. He has published nearly 50 original research articles and more than 100 conference presentations. He co-authored Getting Adjusted as a New Pharmacy Faculty Member and co-edits Pharmacy Management: Essentials for All Practice Settings. He is founder and editor of Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy and has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Managed Care Pharmacy, Journal of the American Pharmacists Association, and American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education. Dr. Desselle currently serves as chair of AACP’s Social and Administrative Sciences section, chair-elect for the AACP Council of Sections and is a member of the AACP Board of Directors. Dr. Desselle has taught courses in healthcare systems, healthcare economics, social/behavioral pharmacy, pharmacy administration research methods and pharmacy management.
N. Karl Haden, Ph.D.
Founder and President
Academy for Academic Leadership
N. Karl Haden is the founder and president of the Academy for Academic Leadership. Since its founding in 2005, the Academy for Academic Leadership has worked with more than 100 higher education institutions and associations through faculty development programs and consulting services. Dr. Haden’s consultation and faculty development activities have included clients from dentistry, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, allied health and medicine. Dr. Haden’s areas of expertise include leadership development, organizational change, team building, strategic planning, curriculum development and the scholarship of teaching and learning.
Dr. Haden served as associate executive director and director of the Center for Educational Policy and Research at the American Dental Education Association (ADEA). He continues to direct the ADEA Leadership Institute, a premier leadership development program in health professions education. He has served as a faculty member in AACP’s Academic Leadership Fellows Program since its inception in 2004. Dr. Haden regularly presents to organizations on issues and trends in higher education, health professions education and policy-related matters in higher education. In the past 10 years, he has made more than 300 presentations to groups in higher education. Dr. Haden has authored or co-authored over 80 articles and monographs in educational policy.
Laura Linn, M.S.N.
Director of the Georgia Project and Co-Director of the 21st Century Hospital Project
Center for Health Transformation
Laura Linn joined the Center for Health Transformation in 2003 and is director of the Georgia Project and co-director of the 21st Century Hospital Project. Her responsibilities include management of the state transformation project in Georgia, which includes the Healthy Georgia Diabetes & Obesity Initiative, the Columbus Project and the creation of a Center for Leadership in Georgia which will help expand the state model throughout Georgia and into other states.
Ms. Linn has years of experience in the medical electronics and medical IT fields, and 15 years of healthcare experience as a clinical nurse specialist in critical care. She serves on the Advisory Board for the Duke University Master’s in Nursing Informatics Program and is a consulting associate faculty at Duke University School of Nursing. She also served on the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations’ Health Information Technology Advisory Panel from 2004-2006 and as an ad hoc advisor to the Georgia Health IT and Transparency Board.
Ms. Linn earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Illinois at Chicago; a master’s in nursing from Emory University; and a postgraduate certificate in nursing informatics from Duke University. Ms. Linn has developed training programs, developed and managed a customer Web site, served on product development committees, and has presented at national critical care nursing and information technology institutes. She has also developed tools for educating nurses on the application of complex medical electronics and for enhancing collaboration and networking.
Ms. Linn has co-authored several articles related to the center’s diabetes and obesity project. She was one of 20 applicants world-wide selected to attend the CDC’s 2006 Diabetes Short Course.
Lucinda L. Maine, Ph.D., R.Ph.
Executive Vice President and CEO
American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
Lucinda L. Maine serves as executive vice president and CEO of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. As the leading advocate for high quality pharmacy education, AACP works to develop strong academic scholars and leaders, to support excellent professional doctoral and postgraduate degree programs and build relations with key constituency groups both inside and external to the profession of pharmacy.
Prior to assuming her current role in July 2002, Dr. Maine served as senior vice president for policy, planning and communications with the American Pharmacists Association (APhA). Analyzing trends in healthcare, assessing the implications for pharmacy practice and advocating appropriate recognition for all pharmacists were her top priorities at APhA.
Dr. Maine is a pharmacy graduate of Auburn University and received her doctorate at the University of Minnesota. She served on the faculty at the University of Minnesota where she practiced in the field of geriatrics and was an associate dean at the Samford University School of Pharmacy. Her past research includes projects on aging, pharmacy manpower and pharmacy-based immunizations.
Dr. Maine has been active in leadership roles in and out of the profession. Prior to joining the APhA staff she served as speaker of the APhA House of Delegates and as an APhA trustee. She currently serves on the Board of Research!America.
Wayne Oliver, J.D.
Center for Health Transformation
Wayne Oliver is a vice president at the Center for Health Transformation. Mr. Oliver leads the center’s Health Justice, FDA Modernization, Right to Know and the 21st Century Intelligent Pharmacy Projects. He also works closely on the Georgia Project, a multi-strategy implementation project, and also leads the center’s health information technology efforts in Georgia. He joined the Center for Health Transformation in 2006.
Mr. Oliver was formerly the lead lobbyist and chief spokesperson for the Georgia Pharmacy Association (GPhA), a position he has held for 19 years. Additionally, he served as the managing editor of the Georgia Pharmacy Journal, a monthly magazine. He also directed the association’s media and public relations efforts. After leaving his hometown of Albany, Ga., Mr. Oliver received undergraduate degrees from Mercer University–a dual B.A. in political science and speech and communications. After completing his undergraduate work at Mercer, he continued his studies and received a law degree in 1981. The primary focus of his entire career has been in the field of healthcare policy.
Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue recently appointed Mr. Oliver to the Georgia Commission on Men’s Health, which serves as a catalyst to promote and improve the quality of the physical, social and mental health of men in the state of Georgia. The commission has been effective in addressing men’s health issues across the state.
He is a prolific writer, publishing hundreds of articles on a host of issues, including rural healthcare, professional liability, diabetes care and management, healthcare reform, Medicaid, Medicare and healthcare financing. He has been published in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, POLITICO, Memphis Commercial Appeal, Kansas City Star and many other publications.
Cecilia M. Plaza, Pharm.D., Ph.D.
Director of Academic Affairs and Assessment
American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
Cecilia M. Plaza received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2000, her master’s in pharmaceutical sciences in 2003 and her Doctor of Philosophy degree in 2006 from The University of Arizona. Her M.S. and Ph.D. had a concentration in pharmaceutical education with a minor in educational psychology and included research in experiential education and curricular evaluation.
Dr. Plaza maintained an active part-time community pharmacy practice while attending graduate school, serving as a staff pharmacist and then as an assistant pharmacy manager for Fry’s Food & Drug. She is a 2000–2002 Kappa Epsilon-American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education Nellie Wakeman Graduate Fellowship Scholar as well as a 2005–2006 American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education Pre-Doctoral Fellow. Dr. Plaza is currently the director of academic affairs and assessment for AACP. Her activities in the area of academic affairs focus on curricular and institutional quality improvement, instructional design and assessment. She has program development responsibilities for the annual AACP Teachers Seminars, Institutes and Education Scholar.
Cynthia L. Raehl, Pharm.D.
Professor and Chair, Clinical Research & Development
Head, Division of Clinical Research & Science
School of Pharmacy
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
Cynthia L. Raehl is the founding chair (1996) for the Department of Pharmacy Practice at the nation’s first new publicly funded School of Pharmacy in over 50 years–the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) School of Pharmacy. Dr. Raehl was the 2007–2008 president of AACP.
She also served as the 1994–1995 president of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), representing 30,000 pharmacists practicing in integrated health-systems. Among her awards are: 2006 Texans Caring for Texans Award, 7-time recipient of an ASHP Research and Education Foundation Research Award, 3-time Teacher of the Year Award, 2010 TTUHSC Presidents Outstanding Faculty Award, National Award of Merit from the Kappa Epsilon Fraternity, past president and Pharmacist of the Year (Wisconsin Society of Hospital Pharmacists), lifetime honorary member of the Texas Society of Health-System Pharmacists, and Fellow of ASHP and ACCP. Over the years, she has led the recruitment efforts for more than 150 faculty members and is highly regarded as a mentor to junior and senior faculty.
Anthony D. Rodgers, M.S.
Deputy Administrator and Director
Center for Strategic Planning Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Anthony D. Rodgers has more than 30 years of healthcare executive management experience in public hospital systems, health plans and Medicaid programs. In March 2010, he was appointed to the position of CMS deputy administrator for the Center for Strategic Planning and Innovation. In this position he is responsible for enterprise-wide strategic planning, Medicare and Medicaid research and demonstrations, policy research and development, and CMS enterprise decision support.
Previously, Mr. Rodgers was a principal with the national consulting firm Health Management Associates. Mr. Rodgers also held the position of agency director of the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System. In this role he was responsible for the Arizona Medicaid and Children Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
As the Medicaid/CHIP agency director, Mr. Rodgers reported to the governor and was responsible for health coverage for over 1.3 million Arizonans. The agency administered multiple sources of governmental and private funds and was responsible for oversight and compliance of Medicaid managed care health plans and healthcare providers to assure quality of care, fiscal accountability and cost containment. Mr. Rodgers is also chair of the Multi-State Collaboration on Medicaid Health System Transformation and was a member of the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics.
Mr. Rodgers has a Master of Science degree in public health and a B.A. degree in economics and political science from UCLA. He holds visiting professor appointments at Arizona State University, the W.P. Carey School of Business and at UCLA School of Public Health.
Christopher K. Surratt, Ph.D.
Division Head of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Associate Professor of Pharmacology
Mylan School of Pharmacy
Christopher K. Surratt, division head of pharmaceutical sciences and associate professor of pharmacology, received B.A. and Ph.D. degrees in chemistry from the University of Virginia. After postdoctoral training in biochemistry/molecular biology (University of California, Berkeley) and neuropharmacology (National Institute on Drug Abuse, NIH), he accepted an assistant professorship in neuroscience and psychiatry at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine (Bronx, N.Y.). He joined Duquesne University’s Mylan School of Pharmacy in 2001.
Dr. Surratt’s laboratory has contributed to identification of cocaine binding sites within the drug’s primary CNS target, the dopamine transporter protein. His laboratory has collaboratively developed computer molecular models of the dopamine and serotonin transporters as in silico screening tools in identifying novel lead compounds for treatment of CNS disorders. In 2010, a consortium involving the Surratt laboratory published work on discovery of a novel monoamine transporter ligand that partially antagonizes cocaine actions without itself displaying cocaine properties. This compound also shows antidepressant properties in a rodent model. Dr. Surratt has been awarded $3M in funding from NIH and other sources while at Duquesne. He has received several teaching awards at the school and university levels, and has been recognized for a service-learning project in which his Pharm.D. students present to area teenagers a neuroscience-based argument against experimenting with and abusing illicit or prescription drugs. He has served as a department chair since July 2007.
Peter H. Vlasses, Pharm.D., D.Sc. (Hon.)
Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education
Peter H. Vlasses received his Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science (PCPS) and served a residency in hospital pharmacy at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pa. His professional experience includes service as a clinical faculty member at The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy (1973–74) and PCPS (1974–78). He has practiced community pharmacy and served as a practitioner-educator in the critical care, nursing home and ambulatory care environments. He served as head of the Clinical Research Unit and research associate professor of Medicine and Pharmacology, Jefferson Medical College, in Philadelphia, Pa. (1978–1989). Before joining ACPE in August 1999, he served as associate director, Clinical Practice Advancement Center, and director, Clinical Research & Investigator Services, University HealthSystem Consortium, Oak Brook, Ill. (1989–1999).
Dr. Vlasses has numerous research publications related to the rational use of pharmaceutical agents in man and pharmacy-related issues. He is a founding member, Fellow and past-president of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) and holds membership in AACP, the American Pharmacists Association and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. Dr. Vlasses has received a number of awards including the Russell R. Miller Award from ACCP in recognition of his sustained and outstanding contributions to the biomedical literature, the PCPS Alumnus of the Year Award in 2006, and an Honorary Doctor of Science degree from Mercer University in Atlanta, Ga. in 2009. Dr. Vlasses is a board certified pharmacotherapy specialist and was elected to the National Academies of Practice in 2007. He currently serves as the chair of the Board of Directors of the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors.