David S. Forbes, R.Ph., M.S., Ph.D.
Dean, College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences
The University of Montana
Dr. David S. Forbes currently serves as dean and professor of pharmacy for the College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences at The University of Montana. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in pharmacy administration from the University of Wisconsin.
While dean at The University of Montana, Forbes built a strong alumni support base for annual giving, and coordinated two capital campaigns to secure funding for the additions to the pharmacy/psychology (Skaggs) building. In addition, Forbes served in a leadership capacity by working with faculty in a number of funding areas used to support minority student and faculty recruitment. Forbes’ research has examined drug product use in long-term care facilities, pharmacist place of practice satisfaction levels, determining the cost of dispensing prescription medication, and the impact of state and federal government legislation on pharmacy practice.
Forbes has been an active member of AACP since 1969, serving on numerous committees and has served as an administrative board representative for the Council of Deans. In addition to membership in AACP, Forbes has been active in pharmacy organizations, both academic and professional, in excess of 35 years at the local, state, regional, national and international level.
Kimberly A. Galt, Pharm.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Vice President for Multidisciplinary Health Sciences Research
Associate Dean for Research, School of Pharmacy and Health Professions
Dr. Kimberly A. Galt is professor, assistant vice president for multidisciplinary health sciences research, and associate dean for research in the Schools of Dentistry, Nursing, and Pharmacy and Health Professions at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. She has both an earned Ph.D. in qualitative, quantitative, psychometric and mixed methods research (education psychology-University of Nebraska) and a clinical doctorate (Pharm.D.) in the profession of pharmacy from the University of Michigan. She has served as principal investigator on 48 grants and contracts in excess of $6 million.
Galt’s federal peer review experience spans 12 years for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the National Institutes of Health, the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute, the Veterans Affairs HSR&D and the United States Office of the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology. Her focus has been on leading and participating in interdisciplinary research teams to improve the quality and safety of care through interprofessional work. She has interdisciplinary care practice experience in hospital, community, ambulatory care and the Veterans Affairs settings. Galt is an ASHP fellow and was elected a member of the National Academies of Practice in 2011.
Terry McInnis, M.D., M.P.H., FACOEM
President and Founder
Blue Thorn Inc.
As president and founder of Blue Thorn Inc., Dr. Terry McInnis interacts nationally with government, providers, payers, academia, patient advocacy groups and plans to help forge a more financially sustainable and quality enhanced delivery system. An active executive since 2006 in the Patient- Centered Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC), she continues to lead strategies including policy and benefit design changes with key stakeholders aimed at successfully coordinating care, improving patient outcomes and reducing overall healthcare costs. In 2010 and 2012, her leadership efforts were accredited for the successful compilation, launch and wide-spread adoption of the PCPCC Resource Guide: Integrating Comprehensive Medication Management to Optimize Patient Outcomes, where she and a large group of key stakeholders definitively defined comprehensive medication management as a critical component for success in the transformation to a coordinated care system.
McInnis has suggested language and demonstration projects at the state and federal level that have become law or agency adopted policy by working with both legislators and their staffs, federal and state agencies, and multiple stakeholders, while continuing to work on meaningful reform. She continues to work extensively on the value proposition and practical implementation of patient-centric “coordination of medications,” including the uniform expansion of practice and documentation standards for pharmaceutical care, delivery system integration and payment reform realignment. Dr. Paul Grundy, PCPCC president and IBM’s global director of healthcare transformation, wrote: “The world’s foremost expert on Real ‘Pharmacy of the future’ and the integration of that into a working delivery system is Terry McInnis.”
Michael F. Middaugh, Ed.D.
Higher Education Consultant
Dr. Michael F. Middaugh is currently a full-time higher education consultant, specializing in planning and assessment, and institutional accreditation activity. He retired in June 2011 as associate provost for institutional effectiveness at the University of Delaware. In that capacity, he directed all analytical activity directed at assessing institutional effectiveness at the university. He had been at the university for 26 years, with prior experience on two campuses of the State University of New York. For the past 20 years, he has directed the Delaware Study of Instructional Costs and Productivity, a national data-sharing consortium of more than 500 four-year colleges and universities.
Middaugh is a past-president of the Society for College and University Planning, as well as a past-president of the Association for Institutional Research. He was a commissioner and chair of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, one of six regional accrediting agencies in the United States. He is the author of Planning and Assessment in Higher Education: Demonstrating Institutional Effectiveness (Jossey-Bass Publishers, 2009) and Understanding Faculty Productivity: Standards and Benchmarks for Colleges and Universities (Jossey-Bass Publishers, 2001), as well as numerous book chapters and articles on instructional costs and faculty productivity. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Fordham University, a Master of Arts in liberal studies from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and a Doctor of Education from the State University of New York at Albany. Middaugh lives in Wilmington, Delaware.
Cecilia M. Plaza, Pharm.D., Ph.D.
Senior Director of Academic Affairs
Dr. Cecilia M. Plaza is currently the senior director of academic affairs for the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. Her activities in the area of academic affairs focus on curricular and institutional quality improvement, instructional design and assessment. She has program development responsibilities focusing on faculty development in teaching and assessment. Plaza is the head of the Center for the Advancement of Pharmacy Education (CAPE) which is responsible for producing educational outcomes for pharmacy graduates and associated resources.
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. have a concentration in pharmaceutical education with a minor in educational psychology, and included research in experiential education and curricular evaluation. She is a 2000-2002 Kappa Epsilon-American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education Nellie Wakeman Graduate Fellowship Scholar, as well as 2005-2006 American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education Pre-Doctoral Fellow.
Lawrence G. Smith, M.D., MACP
Physician-in-Chief, North Shore-LIJ Health System
Dean, Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine
Dr. Lawrence G. Smith is the physician-in-chief of the North Shore-LIJ Health System and founding dean of the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine. Previously, he served as the Health System’s Chief Medical Officer. Smith joined North Shore-LIJ in May 2005 as chief academic officer and senior vice president of academic affairs.
Smith earned his medical degree from New York University School of Medicine, along with a Bachelor of Science in physics from Fordham University. His residency in internal medicine at Strong Memorial Hospital was followed by military service as captain in the Army Medical Corps at Fitzsimmons Army Medical Center in Denver. He practiced general internal medicine at SUNY Stony Brook, where he served as director of education and program director of the residency in internal medicine for six years. During the following 11 years, at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in Manhattan, he served as dean and chairman of medical education, founder and director of the school’s Institute for Medical Education, professor of medicine and an attending physician. Prior to his appointment as dean, Smith had been vice chair of medicine and program director of the internal medicine residency at Mt. Sinai.
Smith is a national leader in medical education with many peer reviewed publications and national presentations. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of the American Board of Internal Medicine and has served in multiple capacities in the Association of Program Directors of Internal Medicine, including president. He is a former Regent of the American College of Physicians.
Rebecca P. Snead, R.Ph.
Executive Vice President and CEO
National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations
Ms. Rebecca P. Snead is the executive vice president and CEO of the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations (NASPA). Prior to assuming this position she was the executive director of the Virginia Pharmacists Association for more than a decade. She also proudly serves as a preceptor for many colleges and schools of pharmacy throughout the nation.
Snead is the secretary/treasurer for the Alliance for Patient Medication Safety Pharmacy, a non-profit supporting entity to NASPA. In 2008, APMS was listed as a Patient Safety Organization with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. The mission of APMS is to foster a culture of quality within the profession of pharmacy that promotes continuous systems analysis to develop best practices that will reduce medication errors, improve medication use and enhance patient care.
In addition, Snead serves on the Alliance for Integrated Medication Management Board, Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board and the Pharmacy Quality Alliance Board, currently serving as PQA’s treasurer. From March 2005 to June 2011, Snead served on the Advisory Panel on Outreach and Education (formerly known as the Advisory Panel on Medicare Education), a Federal Advisory Committee. She was the first pharmacist appointed to the committee and from 2008 to 2011 she served as chair. The purpose of this panel is to advise the secretary and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator in the development of beneficiary and stakeholder outreach and education in all programs administered.
Randy L. Swing, M.A., Ed.S., Ph.D.
Association for Institutional Research
Dr. Randy L. Swing is the executive director of the Association for Institutional Research. AIR is a professional association of more than 4,200 institutional researchers, planners and decision makers representing over 1,500 higher education institutions around the world. Prior to joining AIR, Swing served as co-director and senior scholar at the Policy Center on the First Year of College and as a fellow in the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition at the University of South Carolina. He has worked with numerous research teams in Japan and served as an advisor to the Quality Assurance Agency of Scotland.
Swing has authored articles, chapters, monographs and books, including Achieving and Sustaining Excellence in the First College Year (2006) and Proving and Improving: Tools and Techniques for Assessing the First College Year (2004). He is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences on institutional change, assessment, retention and undergraduate student success. He serves on the editorial/review boards for the Journal of General Education, The Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, and Innovative Higher Education. For two decades prior to 1999, he held various leadership positions at Appalachian State University in assessment, advising, Upward Bound and Freshman Seminar. He holds a Ph.D. in higher education from The University of Georgia, M.A. and Ed.S. from Appalachian State University and a B.A. in psychology from the University of North Carolina–Charlotte. Swing began postsecondary education as a first-generation college student at Davidson County Community College in Lexington, N.C.
Danielle A. Taylor, M.P.P.
Associate Director of Institutional Research and Effectiveness
Ms. Danielle A. Taylor joined the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy in April 2008 and is currently the associate director of institutional research and effectiveness. She is responsible for providing supervision and management of the Association’s institutional research and institutional effectiveness functions, such as tracking trends in pharmacy education and producing national publications and peer comparison reports. Taylor earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from La Salle University in 2005 and a master’s degree in public policy from American University in 2007. Her master’s degree had a concentration in nonprofit management and international development.
Taylor is an active member of the Association for Institutional Research and North East Association for Institutional Research. In recognition of her academic achievements, Taylor was a recipient of the John F. Byrne Memorial Scholarship (La Salle University) and was selected as a 2008 finalist for the Presidential Management Fellows Program.