AACP Committees

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AACP Committees are organized into the following categories. Participating on an AACP committee is an opportunity for members to share their expertise, connect with fellow members, and collaborate with colleagues on programs and initiatives aimed at advancing the mission and strategic priorities of the Association.

Standing Committees

Standing Committees are established in AACP’s Bylaws and are tasked with creating and carrying out action plans directly related to AACP’s strategic priorities and charges of the current President. 

To access Standing Committee reports please visit the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education.

Academic Affairs Committee

The Committee shall be concerned with the intellectual, social and personal aspects of pharmacy education. It is expected to identify practices, procedures, and guidelines which will aid faculties in developing students and preparing them for the workforce. 

2022–23 Academic Affairs Committee

Melissa S. Medina (The University of Oklahoma), Chair
Michelle Z. Farland (University of Florida), Vice Chair
John M. Conry (St. John’s University)
Nicole S. Culhane (Notre Dame of Maryland University)
Daniel R. Kennedy (Western New England University)
Dawn K. Lockman (The University of Iowa)
Daniel R. Malcom (Sullivan University)
Edith Mirzaian (University of Southern California)
Deepti Vyas (University of the Pacific)
Kelly R. Ragucci (American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy) Staff Liaison

The 2022–23 Academic Affairs Committee will focus on the following charges:

  • Complete final CAPE/EPAs after feedback at annual meeting, including guidance on how CAPE Outcome and EPA statements should be used by member institutions, faculty, preceptor, and students
  • Guide input into the on-going revision of the ACPE standards for the PharmD program

 

Argus Commission

The Argus Commission is comprised of the past five AACP Presidents.

2022–23 Commission

Steven A. Scott (Purdue University) Chair
David D. Allen (University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis)
Stuart T. Haines (University of Mississippi)
Anne Y. Lin (St. John's University)
Todd D. Sorensen (University of Minnesota)
Lee C. Vermeulen (American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy) Staff Liaison

The 2022–2023 Argus Commission will focus on the following charges:

  • Develop guidance for pharmacy curricula to incorporate health, wellness, and health inequities stemming from climate change.
  • Provide support for advancing development activities of AACP.
Professional Affairs Committee

The Professional Affairs Committee may consist of up to ten members, including associate members who represent pharmacy and other health care associations/organizations. The committee will address issues associated with both professional practice and pharmacy education. The work of the committee should strive to establish and/or improve the collaborative relationships with other organizations concerned with practice and education issues. 

2022–23 Committee

Bella Mehta (The Ohio State University) Chair
Megan G. Smith (University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences) Vice Chair
Jennifer Bacci (University of Washington)
Amie D. Brooks (American College of Clinical PharmacyLiaison Member
Anna Dopp (American Society of Health-System PharmacistsLiaison Member
Brigid Groves (American Pharmacists Association) Liaison Member
Philip Hritcko (University of Connecticut)
Anandi V. Law (Western University of Health Sciences)
Clark Kebodeaux (University of Kentucky)
Macary W. Marciniak (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
Melissa A. McGivney (University of Pittsburgh)
Carlie Traylor (National Community Pharmacists Association) Liaison Member
Miranda Steinkopf (American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy)
Lynette R. Bradley-Baker (American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy) Staff Liaison

The 2022–23 Professional Affairs Committee will focus on the following charges:

  • Devise a framework and 3-year workplan for the ACT Pharmacy Collaborative to be integrated within the AACP Transformation Center.  This plan should include the focus area(s) to be continued and developed by the Center, potential milestone dates or events, and necessary resources.  Potential areas to be considered for the framework and workplan include:
    • Community-based pharmacy faculty recruitment, development and retention.
    • Programming and resources for community-based pharmacy practice.
    • Research focus areas for community-based pharmacy practice.
    • Collaborations and recommendations to AACP that are needed to meet the ACT Pharmacy Collaborative goal of supporting the transformation of community-based pharmacy practice from a product-based care model to a community-based pharmacy care delivery model.
  • Provide recommendations on focus areas and/or potential questions for the Pharmacy Workforce Center (PWC) to consider for the 2024 National Pharmacist Workforce Study.
Research and Graduate Affairs Committee

The Research and Graduate Affairs Committee may consist of seven members that will be appointed in such a way as to represent the multiple research disciplines in pharmacy education. The duties of the Committee shall include assistance with the development of the Association's research, graduate education and scholarship agenda. 

2022–23 Committee

Steven M. Swanson (University of Wisconsin-Madison) Chair
Angela Birnbaum (University of Minnesota) Vice Chair
Christopher Brackett (South University)
Wei Lei (Manchester University)
Justina Lipscomb (University of Texas at Austin)
Nader H. Moniri (Mercer University)
Peter W. Swaan (University of Maryland)
Dorothy F. Farrell (American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy) Staff Liaison

The 2022–23 RGAC will focus on the the following charges: 

  • Develop a resource guide of evidence-based best practices that AACP and colleges and schools of pharmacy can follow to enhance recruitment and improve retention of students into graduate education and research careers, with an emphasis on underrepresented learners.
  • Develop a resource guide of evidence-based best practices that AACP and colleges and schools of pharmacy can follow to enhance recruitment and improve retention of underrepresented faculty.
Strategic Engagement Committee

The Strategic Engagement Committee will be comprised of no fewer than five members who will advise the Board of Directors on the formation of positions on matters of public policy and on strategies to advance those positions to the public and private sectors on behalf of academic pharmacy. 

2022–23 Committee

Kyle Turner (The University of Utah) Chair
Brian I. Kawahara (Chapma University) Vice Chair
Jennifer L. Adams (Idaho State University)
Katherine O'Neal (The University of Oklahoma)
Laura C. Palombi (University of Minnesota) 
Julie Akers (Washington State University)
Kayla R. Stover Hielscher (The University of Mississippi)
Dorothy F. Farrell (American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy) Co-Staff Liaison
Sarah P. Shrader (American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy) Co-Staff Liaison

The 2022-23 Strategic Engagement Committee will focus on the following charges:

  1. Identify ways advocacy is being emphasized in PharmD and graduate education curricula to optimize active student engagement and share new resources for the ongoing resource guide being developed by the association.
  2. Identify the Strategic Engagement Champions at each member institution and integrate them into the work of the AACP Policy Advisory Task Force.
  3. Identify strong advocacy partnerships between colleges and schools of pharmacy and state pharmacy organizations that can be replicated to advance the advocacy priorities of the profession.
Student Affairs Committee

The Student Affairs Standing Committee may consist of seven to eight members. The Committee shall be concerned with issues regarding admissions, recruitment, enrollment management, and student affairs related policies and practices and will assist with the development of the Association’s relevant research agenda. 

2022–23 Committee

Evan T. Robinson (Creighton University) Chair
Zara Risoldi Cochrane (Shenandoah University) Vice Chair
Oluwaranti Akiyode (Howard University)
Elias B. Chahine (Palm Beach Atlantic University)
James M. Culhane (Notre Dame of Maryland University)
Duc P. Do (The University of Georgia)
Kari L. Franson (University of Southern California)
Molly Minze (Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center)
Libby J. Ross (American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy) Staff Liaison

The 2022-23 Student Affairs Committee will focus on the following charges:

  1. Identify what environmental factors may be affecting the ability of pharmacy students to be successful in graduate or professional programs.
  2. Determine how colleges and schools of pharmacy are currently meeting their academic preparation, intervention, remediation, and assessment needs to support and monitor student progress.
  3. Conduct a literature review to determine what academic support measures better minimize attrition and the potential stigmas associated with them.
  4. Develop innovative suggestions and recommendations that will better support student success.
Audit Committee

The Audit Committee is responsible for oversight of the annual audit process and selecting the independent auditor.  

2021–22 Committee

Michael J. Malloy (University of Maryland) Chair
Michaela M. Almgren (University of South Carolina) 
Robert E. Lamb (Mercer University)
Philip D. Hall (Medical University of South Carolina)
Kate M. O'Dell (University of the Pacific) 
Sibu Ramamurthy (American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy) Staff Liaison

 

Bylaws and Policy Development Committee

The BPDC is primarily responsible for preparing the work of the House of Delegates. 

2021–22 Committee

Laura H. Waite (University of the Sciences) Chair
Akash J. Alexander (Long Island University)
Lucinda Maine (American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy)
Lawrence M. Brown (Chapman University) Member
Lakesha M. Butler (Southern Illinois University Edwardsville) Member
Christopher Johnson (University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences) Member
Edward M, DeSimone (Creighton University) Member

Rae R. Matsumoto (University of the Pacific)  Member

Jozef Stec (Marshall B. Kethcum University) Member

 

 

 

 

 

Finance Committee

The charges of the Finance Committee are to:

  • Advise the executive vice president on the development of the annual budget for the Association for the approval of the Board of Directors, including guidelines for the budgeting process for each council, section and special interest group.

2021–22 Committee

David P. Zgarrick (Northeastern University) Chair
Russell B. Melchert (University of Missouri - Kansas City) Member
Sibu Ramamurthy (American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy) Staff Liaison
Stuart T. Haines (The University of Mississippi) Member
Raylene M. Rospond (Manchester University) Member
Anne Y. Lin (Notre Dame of Maryland University) Member
Lucinda L. Maine (American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy) Member
Charles T. Taylor (University of North Texas Health Sciences Center) Member
Investment Committee

The Investment Committee shall be comprised of the President, Treasurer, Immediate past chairs of the three Councils and one member at large from the Finance Committee. It shall be the duty of the Committee to advise the Board of Directors on the management of Association investment funds.

2021–22 Committee

David P. Zgarrick (Northeastern University) Chair
Raylene M. Rospond (Manchester University)
Bernadette (Bonnie) K. Brown (Butler University) 
Lucinda L. Maine (American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy) 
Stuart T. Haines (University of Mississippi)
Adam M. Persky (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) 
Anne Y. Lin (Notre Dame of Maryland University) 
Sibu Ramamurthy (American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy) Staff Liaison
Nominating Committee

The Nominating Committee for AACP Officers may consist of five members, including the Immediate Past President who shall be the Chair, and to include two from the Council of Deans and two from the Council of Faculties. 

Members are to select candidates for President-elect from among active members of the Association.

2022–2023 Committee

Stuart T. Haines (The University of Mississippi) Chair
Cynthia J. Boyle (University of Maryland) Member

Renae J. Chesnut (Drake University) Member

Pamela C. Heaton (The University of Toledo) Member

Lee Nguyen (University of California, Irvine) Member
Jennifer M. Trujillo (University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus) Member
Adam Jackson (American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy) Staff Liaison

 

Special and Advisory Committees

Special and Advisory Committees contribute to the Association by providing technical expertise or advice in specific areas such as admissions, the Journal, the AACP Transformation Center etc.

AACP Transformation Center Expert Advisory Council

The AACP Transformation Center (ATC) Expert Advisory Council (EAC) will provide value to ATC and AACP members by helping achieve the 2021–2024 Strategic Priorities 1 and 2 to advance pharmacy practice transformation and academic innovation. The Council will serve as subject matter experts to:

  • Expand the scope and steer the work of ATC 
  • Provide insight and experience from real-world healthcare settings
  • Create and develop partnerships within pharmacy and with external stakeholders

The Council includes 14 individuals from diverse professional disciplines, different areas of expertise in pharmacy education and pharmacy practice, and various geographic regions. The Council will participate in quarterly meetings with AACP Center Staff and Executive Leadership, including one in-person meeting per fiscal year. 

EAC Members

Samm Anderegg

Samm Anderegg
DocStation, TX

Samm Anderegg, PharmD, MS is Chief Executive Officer at DocStation, a software platform that helps pharmacies get paid for services. As CEO, Samm plays an active role in product, strategy, marketing, partnerships, and customer engagement.

Dr. Anderegg graduated from the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy. He completed residency training and a combined Master’s program specializing in Pharmacy Administration & Leadership at the University of Kansas Health-System.


Oriana Beaudet

Oriana Beaudet
Nursing Association Enterprise, DC

Oriana Beaudet, DNP RN, PHN is the Vice President of Nursing Innovation for the American Nurses Association Enterprise (American Nurses Association, American Nurses Credentialing Center, and the American Nurses Foundation). Dr. Beaudet completed her doctorate in nursing practice with an emphasis in Health Innovation Leadership and Design from the University of Minnesota School of Nursing.

Dr. Beaudet has been leading innovation initiatives for more than 20 years through strategic and operational change management work on behalf of and with health systems looking to transform their organizations. Her last position as the Vice President of Transformation for a national healthcare design firm focused on strategy and business development for national health system clients around operational innovations; business, operational, and financial modeling; including technology and care delivery redesign for the built space.

According to Oriana, "The ANA Enterprise organizations have created a bedrock for nursing practice across our country. Our profession has a rich history of inventing solutions for patient needs. Redefining and reimagining the future role of nursing, begins with the work we lead today."


Al Carter

Al Carter
National Association of Boards of Pharmacy, IL

Dr Carter is the executive director of the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy® (NABP®) and the secretary of the Association’s Executive Committee. NABP is an international organization whose membership includes the state boards of pharmacy in all 50 United States, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Bahamas, and all 10 provincial pharmacy regulatory agencies in Canada.

Dr Carter currently serves as a governor of the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) Board of Directors and chair of the PTCB Certification Council. Over the years, he has provided expert witness testimony and consultation in the areas of pharmacy practice and regulation. Dr Carter is a former member and chair of the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, Division of Professional Regulation – State Board of Pharmacy. In addition to serving on the Board, he was appointed by the Illinois House of Representatives to serve two terms on the Illinois Collaborative Pharmaceutical Task Force. 

Previously, Dr Carter oversaw pharmacy operations and professional affairs in the community pharmacy setting. In this position, he was responsible for the day-to-day operations and pharmacy regulatory oversight of more than 9,200 pharmacies in the US as well as oversight, management, and execution of all commercial, Medicare Parts B and D, and state Medicaid plans. 

Dr Carter has served on numerous committees and task forces for pharmacy organizations, including as chair of the 2019 NABP Overview Task Force on Requirements for Pharmacy Technician Education, Practice Responsibilities, and Competence Assessment. He graduated from Xavier University of Louisiana, College of Pharmacy, with a doctor of pharmacy degree, and received his master of science degree with studies focused on pharmacy regulation and policy from the University of Florida.


Caroline DeLongchamps

Caroline DeLongchamps
The Medical University of South Caroline, SC

It started out simply as a tugging at her heart. Not long after her experience in the pediatric ICU, Caroline went back to the hospital where she could give back to those who cared for her son. Volunteering led to her service on the Patient and Family Advisory Council and then to numerous medical conferences around the country learning about Patient-and Family-Centered Care. 

Today, she is a speaker at many of those conferences she attended years ago. The South Carolina Hospital Association, Vizient and the Children’s Hospital Association have invited Caroline to work with them to host workshops and webinars for other healthcare organizations, thus recognizing MUSC as a leader in this work. Caroline is the Manager of Patient-and Family-Centered Care for The Medical University of South Carolina Health System. She is collaborating with others to transform the organization to a system that honors and respects partnerships with patients and families.  

Caroline was the 2019 Commencement speaker for The Medical University’s Graduation Ceremony, receiving an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters…a sign they are well on their way to realizing that transformation.


Nicole Foster

Nichole Foster
Vanderbilt University Medical Center - Certified Technician Training Program, TN

Nichole Foster is the Program Director of the Pharmacy Technician Education and Training Program at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN. She has more than 19 years of experience in many facets of pharmacy practice and is very committed to growth and advancement of pharmacy technicians. Her efforts to advance pharmacy practice for technicians at the state and national level earned her the honor of being the first pharmacy technician to receive the distinguished service award from ASHP in 2020. Nichole earned her Master’s in Education and Bachelor’s in Biology from Cumberland University and her Master’s in Business Administration from Trevecca Nazarene University. Nichole was one of the first group of technicians in the United States to gain the credential of CPhT-Adv. She is a member of the Pharmacy Technician Accreditation Council for ASHP and a member of the Certification Council for PTCB.


Kate Gainer

Kate Gainer
Iowa Pharmacists Association, IA

Kate Gainer serves as the Executive Vice President and CEO of the Iowa Pharmacy Association. The Iowa Pharmacy Association is the sole organization representing the profession of pharmacy in Iowa and pharmacists in all practice settings. IPA’s mission is to empower the pharmacy profession to improve health outcomes. Since IPA was founded in 1880, Kate is the 7th Executive Vice President, and the first female in this role. 

Kate received her PharmD degree from the University of Wisconsin and completed a pharmacy residency with emphasis in community care at Medicap Pharmacy and Drake University. She is a graduate and past co-chair of Leadership Iowa and was named to the Des Moines’ Business Record 40 under 40. She has received the Young Alumnus award from the University of Wisconsin and an honorary alumni award from the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy. She is currently president of NASPA (National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations). Kate and her husband Bob have 4 young children and reside in central Iowa. She is passionate about work-life integration, authentic leadership, and acknowledging failure as a key step to success.  

Her leadership at IPA has fostered significant innovation and collaboration while accelerating IPA’s reputation as a national leader among strong state associations. Gainer oversees strategic planning for IPA and its subsidiaries, as well as business development, professional affairs, and government relations. Recent activities the Iowa Pharmacy Association has provided national leadership on include: PBM legislation and regulation, advancing roles of pharmacy technicians, pharmacist well-being and mental health, Medicaid pharmacy provider status, medical billing, health equity, and pharmacy-public health collaboration throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. 


Rick Gates

Rick Gates
Walgreens, IL

Rick Gates is senior vice president of pharmacy and healthcare at Walgreens, based in Deerfield Ill.  He is responsible for commercial development and sales across health plans, PBM, Pharma and Health System partners.  This includes specialty pharmacy, clinical programs, contracting, pharmacy supply chain and alliances.  Rick plays a key role in aligning and advancing the Walgreens Pharmacy division with the Walgreens Health division.

He has served in roles of increasing responsibility since joining Walgreens in 1995 after graduation from pharmacy school.  Some key examples of roles include in store care delivery, field leadership, Duane Reade pharmacy integration lead and pharmacy operations where he led the strategic development, alignment and delivery of pharmacy-led health and wellness programs. 

Rick serves as a current board member with the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS), Shields Health Solutions and Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA) and is the executive lead for the Latino Professional Network (LPN) business resource group at WBA.

Rick received a B.S. in pharmacy from the University of Iowa in Iowa City.  He is an active member of the American Pharmacist Association, NCPDP, NASP and the University of Iowa Alumni Association.


Melissa Somma McGivney

Melissa Somma McGivney
ACT Pharmacy Collaborative, University of Pittsburgh, PA) 

Melissa Somma McGivney, PharmD, FCCP, FAPhA, is Professor and Associate Dean for Community Partnerships at the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy.  Dr. McGivney is committed to advancing pharmacist-provided patient care in the community.  She has led the development of numerous innovative patient care, learning and research initiatives including the creation of the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Care Network (PPCN) – a CPESN Network - that has engaged over 170 pharmacies in Pennsylvania in providing enhanced services to their communities. She is leading the ACT (Academia-CPESN Transformation) Pharmacy Collaborative – a nationwide action collaborative to engage 93 colleges/schools of pharmacy with community pharmacy practice transformation.  She is currently serving as the Deputy Director of the University of Pittsburgh COVID Medical Response Office and leads the Pitt CoVax Vaccination Center delivering over 26,000 COVID-19 vaccinations and over 1,200 volunteers University-wide.  Dr. McGivney teaches and supports community pharmacy practice transformation in the classroom and through research initiatives.

Dr. McGivney has been honored as Fellow by both the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, American Pharmacists Association, and is a Fellow of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Academic Leaders Network.  She has been recognized by the National Association of Chain Drug Stores as Community Faculty member of the year in 2011, the American Pharmacists Association as Community Residency Preceptor of the year in 2012, the University of Pittsburgh Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award in 2015, and the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association with the Excellence in Innovation Award in 2018, among other awards.  

McGivney received her PharmD degree from the University of Pittsburgh and completed an Ambulatory Care Residency at UPMC Presbyterian/University of Pittsburgh. She previously served on the faculty of Wilkes University Nesbitt School of Pharmacy and UPMC St. Margaret Family Medicine Residency Program before joining the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh in 2003. 


Laurie Plewinski

Laurie Plewinski
University of Madison-Wisconsin Health Pharmacy Services, WI

Dr Laurie Plewinski is a PGY2 Health System Pharmacy Administration and Leadership (HSPAL) resident at UW Health in Madison, WI. Originally from Buffalo, NY, Laurie received her Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences and PharmD from the University at Buffalo.
She is an active leader within APhA and Vizient, and at the local level within the Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin’s Practice Advancement and Leadership Team.
As a new practitioner, Dr. Plewinski continues to embrace the changes within healthcare and lifelong opportunities for learning.


Kelly Smith

Kelly Smith
University of Georgia College of Pharmacy, GA

Kelly M. Smith is Dean of the College of Pharmacy at the University of Georgia. Serving as the first female dean in the College’s more than 115-year history, she has overseen several key initiatives since joining the College in Fall 2018, including developing and implementing a five-year strategic plan; more than doubling research funding; intensifying and expanding Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; and increasing the number of degree offerings. These advances led to the College’s elevation in the U.S. News and World Report rankings to 24th among more than 140 colleges of pharmacy in the nation.

A native of Statesboro, Georgia, Dean Smith is a proud alumna of the College, graduating in 1992 with a B.S. in Pharmacy degree and in 1993 with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree. She completed postgraduate residency training in drug information at UFHealth Jacksonville and then began her career as a clinical practitioner at University of Kentucky Healthcare. Prior to returning to her alma mater as Dean and Professor, she served at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy in various capacities, including Director of Residency Program Advancement, Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs, and Interim Dean of the College.

She is a Fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy and received the Zeta Tau Alpha Foundation’s 2018 Outstanding Alumna Award in recognition of her national leadership in Pharmacy and Pharmacy education. 
An academic leader with a record of advancing research and pharmacy education, Dean Smith is a Past President and Fellow of the 58,000-member American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), one of the largest pharmacy membership organizations in the world.  She currently serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the ASHP Foundation, the philanthropic arm of ASHP.  Her  other contributions to that organization also include; Chair, Section of Clinical Specialists and Scientists; Chair, Commission on Credentialing; Council on Therapeutics; Council on Education and Workforce Development; Pharmacy Technician Accreditation Commission; House of Delegates; PPMI delegate; Task Force on Organizational Structure; Task Force on Science; and AJHP Editorial Board. 

Her additional professional leadership roles have included UHC/Vizient Executive Committee; Chair, ACCP Drug Information PRN and Residency Task Force; and Chair, AACP Deans’ Task Force. She has received awards from ASHP, KSHP, KPhA, ACCP, and AACP.


Todd Sorensen

Todd Sorensen
University of Minnesota, MN

Dr. Sorensen is Professor and Senior Executive Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives and Faculty Affairs at the College of Pharmacy, University of Minnesota.  He also serves as the Executive Director of the Alliance for Integrated Medication Management, a non-profit organization that engages health care institutions in practice transformation activities that support improved medication use.  

Dr. Sorensen’s work concentrates on identifying strategies that facilitate clinical practice development and developing change management and leadership skills in student pharmacists, pharmacy residents and practitioners.  His research and service activities have focused on working with health care organizations to implement strategies that improve health outcomes associated with chronic illness, specifically identifying leadership strategies that allow organizations to integrate and sustain medication management services delivered by pharmacists within interprofessional teams.  This work has been greatly influenced by diffusion of innovation theory, principles of quality improvement, the discipline of implementation science, and over ten years of experience participating in and leading national quality improvement collaboratives for health systems seeking to optimize medication use in outpatient settings.

Dr. Sorensen is a past President of AACP.


Magaly Rodriguez de Bittner

Magaly Rodriguez de Bittner
University of Maryland, MD

Magaly Rodriguez de Bittner, PharmD, FNAP, FAPhA is the Gyi Endowed Professor in Pharmapreneurship, Associate Dean for Clinical Services and Practice Transformation and Executive Director of the Center for Innovative Pharmacy Solutions at University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. Fellow in Population Health at the University of Maryland Health System working with interprofessional value based integrated networks and American Pharmacists Association Board of Trustee. 

She has implemented a variety of innovative advanced pharmacy programs including the Maryland P3 Program, the e-Heath Center at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, Interprofessional Care Transition Clinic, and pharmacy services within Primary Care and Integrated Primary Care Network (QCN) in value-based models.  

She is recipient of the 2019 NAP Creativity in Practice and Education Award, 2015 APhA Foundation Individual Pinnacle Award, 2014 Maryland Innovator of the Year, 2013 UMB Entrepreneur of the Year, 2013 APhA Daniel B. Smith award and 2005 Bowl of Hygeia. She has many publications and presentations at the national and international levels. 


Linda Tyler

Linda Tyler
University of Utah College of Pharmacy, UT

Linda S. Tyler, PharmD, is a Professor (Clinical) in the Department of Pharmacotherapy, College of Pharmacy, at University of Utah Health. Dr. Tyler is currently serving as Immediate Past President of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).  

Dr. Tyler earned her BS in Pharmacy and Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Utah and completed a residency in pharmacy practice at University of Nebraska Medical Center.  Previously, Dr. Tyler was the Chief Pharmacy Officer (CPO) for University of Utah Health and Associate Dean at the College of Pharmacy. She served as Residency Program Director for the two-year combined health system pharmacy administration and leadership residency and Master of Science degree program.  Prior to serving as CPO, Dr. Tyler was Director of the University of Utah Drug Information Service.  

Dr. Tyler was the 2015 recipient of the John Webb Award, given by ASHP in recognition of outstanding pharmacy leadership.  She is recognized as a fellow in ASHP.  Dr. Tyler’s areas of interest include leadership development, strategic planning for pharmacy services, new drugs, literature evaluation, medication safety, drug shortages, evidence-based decision making, and drug policy development.  


Troy Trygstad

Troy Trygstad
CPESN USA, NC

Troy is the Executive Director of CPESN USA, a clinically integrated network of community-based pharmacy networks that endeavors to improve the quality and effectiveness of enhanced services provided by participating pharmacies and align them with the workflows and payment reform incentives of physicians, their support staff and other healthcare providers.  He also serves as the Vice President of Pharmacy Provider Partnerships for Community Care of North Carolina, an organization providing wrap-around population health management supports for nearly 2,000 primary care practices.

Troy possesses over twenty years of experience with multi-disciplinary care teams and intervention development under alternative payment and support models. He was the Project Director for a Center for multi-year Medicare & Medicaid Innovation Award that tested new models of payment and pharmacy connectivity to primary care providers.  Troy co-founded the Pharmacy Home Project in 2007 and a web application to accompany that combined more than 50 different medical list contexts into a single portal utilized by multiple care team members and care managers, including pharmacist in multiple settings of care. 

Troy proudly practices in a community pharmacy setting on nights and weekends and served recently as a board member for the American Pharmacists Association Foundation and the Pharmacy Quality Alliance, as well as Editor-in-Chief of Pharmacy Times.   Troy received Doctor of Pharmacy and Master’s in Business Administration degrees from Drake University and a PhD in Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

Admissions Workshop Advisory Committee

The AACP Admissions Workshop Advisory Committee will counsel the Association on programming with the goal of providing relevant and high-value content that will enhance the professional development of workshop attendees. The Committee was formed in response to a recommendation in the 2018-2019 AACP Student Affairs Standing Committee report.

2022–23 Committee

Thomas TenHoeve (University of Illinois Chicago) Chair
Melissa A. Burmeister (William Carey University) 
Olivia Buncher (University of Minnesota) 
Suzanne Clark (California Northstate University)
Julie Olenak (Wilkes University)
Steven C. Stoner (University of Missouri-Kansas City)  
Susan S. Vos (The University of Iowa)
Libby J. Ross (American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy) Staff Liaison
Katie O. Bruce (American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy) Staff Liaison

The AACP Admissions Workshop Advisory Committee will counsel the Association on programming with the goal of providing relevant and high-value content that will enhance the professional development of workshop attendees. The committee will assist with the following objectives:

  • Assist AACP in revamping the annual admissions workshop to promote a greater alignment with the AACP Strategic Plan and enrich the applicant pipeline.
  • Develop a program theme, outline, and educational content structure that will further promote the professional development and leadership skills of personnel in the areas of admissions, recruitment, and student affairs.
  • Identify programming models for other organizations that might be adopted or modified for use in the admissions workshop program.
  • Review the call for session abstracts communication and assist in the identification of potential external speakers (pending budget approval).
  • Review and recommend abstracts to be presented with an understanding that institutional and member representation must be balanced.
  • Assist in the development of a post-workshop assessment instrument for attendees.
AJPE Editorial Board

The Journal shall be advised by an Editorial Board consisting of faculty representing a variety of institutions and disciplines from within the Academy. Board members shall be consulted regarding various operations associated with the Journal, including but not limited to manuscript types and guidelines, strategic planning and goals, and mission and scope. Board members are expected to help advance the Journal in collaboration the Editorial Team. The Board shall consist of 24 members serving an initial term of 3 years with an option to renew for a second 3-year term. Board members shall be appointed by the AACP president in consultation with the Journal editor and associate editors.     

2020–2021 Editorial Board

Aspiring Academics Advisory Committee

The Aspiring Academics Advisory Committee will counsel and work in congruence with Association staff to develop a year-long program for individuals who aspire to a career in academic pharmacy.

2022–23 Committee

Jeff J. Cain (University of Kentucky) Chair
Jennifer D. Arnoldi (Southern Illinois University Edwardsville) 
Angela Chu (Roseman University of Health Sciences) 
Lukas J. Everly (Northeast Ohio Medical University) 
Kevin T. Fuji (Creighton University) 
Brooke Griffin (Midwestern University) 
Elizabeth A. Hall (The University of Tennessee)
Michelle L. Hilaire (University of Wyoming) 
James J. Nawarskas (The University of New Mexico) 
Elena M. Umland (Thomas Jefferson University)
Libby J. Ross (American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy) Staff Liaison
Katie O. Bruce (American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy) Staff Liaison
Sarah Shrader (American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy) Staff Liaison

The committee will assist with the following objectives: 

  • Develop the framework for a new Aspiring Academic program that will be designed to inform and inspire students, residents, fellows, and graduate students from diverse backgrounds who are interested in a pursuing an academic pharmacy career. 
  • Identify goals, learning objectives, and action strategies for the virtual longitudinal program that are aligned with the AACP Strategic Plan and culminate at the AACP Annual Meeting.  
  • Identify potential sponsors and partners that might be interesting in supporting the program. 
     
Diversity in Student Recruitment and Retention Advisory Committee

The Diversity in Student Recruitment and Retention (DSRR) Advisory Committee will counsel and work in congruence with Association staff and selected governance groups in support of Strategic Goal (3.1) to cultivate and support a more diverse population of learners.

2022–23 Committee

Trenika R. Mitchell (University of Kentucky) Chair
Mario Browne (University of Pittsburgh)
Juan J. Bustamante (Texas A&M University)
Christine Chim (St. John's University)
Jennifer L. Clutter, West Virginia University 
Christine Dimaculangan (Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey)
Patricia Jumbo-Lucioni (Samford University)
Sean Nebergall (The Ohio State University)
Heather A. Nyman (The University of Utah)
Tyan F. Thomas (Saint Joseph’s University)
Libby J. Ross (American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy) Staff Liaison

The committee will assist with the following objectives:

  • Bring attention to and address the cross-cutting issues in enrollment management that can adversely affect pharmacy learners from diverse backgrounds.
  • Promote the recruitment, admission, retention, and graduation of diverse learners in pharmacy.
  • Develop diversity programs, policies, and resources to support pharmacy educators, staff, and learners
     
Institutional Research and Assessment Committee

The charge of the Institutional Research and Assessment Committee is to provide the Association with discussion and recommendations for changes or additions to existing surveys and/or additional surveys to be added to AACP's Institutional Research and Effectiveness portfolio. The committee will have two virtual meetings with potential additional conference calls to finalize items.  

2022–23 Committee

Bupendra Shah (Touro College of Pharmacy-New York) Chair
Erin M. Behnen (Belmont University)
Pamela MacPherson (Thomas Jefferson University) 
Ajoy Koomer (Marshall B. Ketchum)
Dale E. Rush (University of Illinois at Chicago) 
Rashid Mosavin (Texas Southern University)
Osama A. Shoair (The University of Texas at Tyler)
Terri L. Warholak (The University of Arizona)
Mary E. Kiersma (Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education) Liaison Member
Estela Lopez (American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy) Staff Liaison
Nancy Nguyen (American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy) Staff Liaison
PCAT Advisory Committee

The PCAT Advisory Committee counsels the Association and The Pearson Corporation in the development, administration and promotion of the Pharmacy College Admissions Test and related assessment tools for pharmacy applicants and students. The Panel assists in the enhancement of the standardized test so institutions may better use it as an effective tool to predict the academic success of pharmacy applicants. 

2022–23 Committee

Lisa Lebovitz (University of Maryland) Chair
Shauna M. Buring (University of Florida)
Renee M. DeHart (Samford University) 
Kamila A. Dell (University of South Florida)
Jamie L. Hall (University of Missouri-Kansas City) 
Jason S. Haney (Medical University of South Carolina) 
Ann M. Philbrick (University of Minnesota) 
Caroline Sierra (Loma Linda University) 
Libby J. Ross (American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy) Staff Liaison
Pharm4Me Champions Advisory Committee

The purpose of the Pharm4Me Champions Advisory Committee is to promote the pharmacy profession. The vision of the committee is that prospective students, educators, advisors, and communities understand and appreciate contemporary pharmacy education and career opportunities. The expected outcome is an increase to the number of qualified applicants who apply to pharmacy school.

2022–23 Committee

Heidi Fuchs (Touro College of Pharmacy - NY) Chair
Lisa N. Stone (Roseman University of Health Sciences) Vice Chair
Tiffany Davis (Marshall University)
Lindsey Dayer (University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences)
Amy D. Grant (University of South Carolina)
Christine Krewson (Penn State Abington) NAAHP Liaison
Mohd Shahid (Chicago State University)
Nora L. Stelter (Drake University)
Amy B. Werremeyer (North Dakota State University) 
Elizabeth S. Yett (The University of Texas at Tyler)
Libby J. Ross (American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy) Staff Liaison
PharmCAS Advisory Committee

The PharmCAS™ Advisory Committee counsels the Association and Liaison International on the development and promotion of the Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS). 

2022–23 Committee

Gwen Chretien (University of South Florida) Chair
JuliAna G. Brammer (University of Maryland) 
Dustin T. Christensen-Grant (Roseman University of Health Sciences)
Amy Diepenbrock (University of the Incarnate Word)
Amanda M. Galindo (Texas A&M University)
Amber Hawk (University of Nebraska Medical Center)
Christine Krewson (Penn State Abington) NAAHP Liaison
Nikki Mellen (University of South Carolina)
Kimberly Mickey (Washington State University)
Jonathan M. Parker (Samford University)
Kevin O. Rynn (University of Illinois Chicago) 
Kristopher G. Virga (William Carey University)
Krystal L. Ward (The University of New Mexico)
Nicole Iarossi (Liaison International) PharmCAS Liaison
Katie O. Bruce (American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy) Staff Liaison

The PharmCAS™ Advisory Committee will assist with the following objectives:

  • Ensuring the centralized application service is designed to meet the needs of academic pharmacy and prospective student pharmacists;
  • Ensuring the centralized application service is operationally and fiscally sound;
  • Promoting PharmCAS™ to AACP member institutions, prospective applicants, health professions advisors, and other related organizations; and
  • Evaluating system performance and recommendations for enhancements.
PharmGrad Advisory Committee

The PharmGrad Advisory Committee counsels the Association and Liaison International on the development and promotion of the Pharmacy Graduate Application Service (PharmGrad). 

2022–23 Committee

Lori M. Altenbaugh (University of Pittsburgh) 
Lori Berg (Western New England University)
Jordana S. Berry (Mercer University)
Megan Chauncey (Manchester University)
Justin Hadley (Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences)
Innokentiy Maslennikov (Chapman University) 
Brendan Stamper (Pacific University Oregon)
Ainsley Watkins (Northeastern University)
Nicole Iarossi (Liaison International, Inc.) PharmGrad Liaison 
Katie O. Bruce (American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy) Staff Liaison

The PharmGrad Advisory Committee will assist with the following objectives:

  • Ensuring the centralized application service is designed to meet the needs of academic pharmacy and prospective graduate students in the pharmaceutical sciences;
  • Ensuring the centralized application service is operationally and fiscally sound;
  • Promoting PharmGrad to AACP member institutions, prospective applicants, health professions advisors, and other related organizations; 
  • Evaluating system performance and recommendations for enhancements; and
  • Counseling AACP on the challenges and opportunities in the recruitment of students in pharmacy graduate programs.
Strategic Planning Committee

Practice has been to engage a seven-member committee, with the president-elect as chair, the treasurer, and the chairs-elect of all three sections and immediate past chairs of the Council of Deans and the Council of Faculties as members.

2021–2022 Committee

Russell B. Melchert (University of Missouri-Kansas City) Chair
Lucinda L. Maine (AACP) Staff Liaison
Margarita DiVall (Northeastern University)  Member
Toyin Tofade (Howard University College of Pharmacy) Member
Adam M. Persky (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)  Member
Lakesha M. Butler (Southern Illinois University Edwardsville)  Member
Wanda T. Maldonado (University of Puerto Rico) Member
David P. Zgarrick (Northeastern University) Member

Awards Committees

Awards Committees aid in selecting and recommending candidates for the Association’s awards

Robert K. Chalmers Distinguished Pharmacy Educator Award

The charge of the Robert K. Chalmers Distinguished Pharmacy Educator Award Committee is to:

  • Select one candidate to forward to the Board of Directors to be recognized as the recipient of the 2023 Robert K. Chalmers Distinguished Pharmacy Educator Award.
  • Review the current selection criteria and suggest necessary changes for consideration by the Board of Directors.

2022–23 Committee

Cynthia J. Boyle (University of Maryland), Chair

Krystal L. Edwards (Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center)

   

Abby A. Kahaleh (Roosevelt University)

 

Eytan A. Klausner (South College)

Pramit A. Nadpara (Virginia Commonwealth University)  

Steven A. Scott (Purdue University)

 
Maria M. Thurston (Mercer University)

Kelly Ragucci (American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy) Staff Liaison

Paul R. Dawson Award for Excellence in Patient Care Research

The charge of the Paul R. Dawson Award Committee is to:

  1. Select one recipient to forward to the Board of Directors to be recognized as the recipient of the 2023 Paul R. Dawson Award.
  2. Review the current selection criteria and suggest necessary changes for consideration by the Board of Directors.

2022–2023 Committee

Rajender Aparasu (University of Houston), Chair

Brian L. Erstad (The University of Arizona)

Karen M. Gunning (The University of Utah)

Christina H. Sherrill (High Point University)

Angela O. Shogbon Nwaesei (Mercer University)

Mate M. Soric (Northeast Ohio Medical University)

Jamie L. Wagner (The University of Mississippi)

Kelly Ragucci (American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy) Staff Liaison
Distinguished Teaching Scholar Award

Shankar Munusamy (Drake University) Chair

Elizabeth W. Blake (University of South Carolina) 
Paul O. Gubbins (University of Missouri-Kansas City)
Michelle R. Musser (Ohio Northern University)
Amy L. Seybert (University of Pittsburgh)
Robin M. Zavod (Midwestern University)
Michelle T. Assa-Eley (AACP Staff Liaison)

Rufus A. Lyman Award

The Rufus A. Lyman Award is presented annually to the author(s) of the best paper published in the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education.

2020–2021 Committee

Gayle A. Brazeau, Marshall University (Chair)
Frank Romanelli, University of Kentucky (Co-chair)
Daniel R. Kennedy, Western New England University
Pramit A. Nadpara, Virginia Commonwealth University
Anastasia M. Rivkin, Fairleigh Dickinson University
Prashant Sakharkar, Roosevelt University
Ashley Woodruff, University at Buffalo
Kristine Krebs, AACP Staff Liason

Master Preceptor Recognition Award

The purpose of the Master Preceptor Recognition Program (MPRP) is to recognize preceptors who are not full-time employees of a school/college of pharmacy for their sustained commitment to excellence in experiential education and professional practice. 

2022–2023 Committee

Kim D. Tanzer (Texas A&M University) Chair
Thomas Maggio (American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy) Staff Liaison
Angela Brownfield (University of Missouri-Kansas City) Member
Eliza Dy-Boarman (Drake University) Member
Angela L. Goodhart (West Virginia University) Member
Zachary N. Jenkins (Cedarville University) Member
Nancy E. Kawahara (Loma Linda University) Member
Monica L. Miller (Purdue University) Member
Mate M. Soric (Northeast Ohio Medical University) Member
Mabel Truong (University of Houston) Member
Volwiler Research Achievement Award

The charge of the Volwiler Research Achievement Award Committee is to:

  1. Select one recipient to forward to the Board of Directors to be recognized as the recipient of the 2023 Volwiler Award.
  2. Review the current selection criteria and suggest necessary changes for consideration by the Board of Directors.

2022–23 Committee

Marilyn E. Morris (University at Buffalo, The State University of New York), Chair

 

Melissa A. Burmeister (William Carey University)

 

Maria Charbonneau (Western New England University)

 

Giuseppe Gumina (Presbyterian College)

 

Shantanu Rao (University of Findlay)

 

Nathan Shankar (The University of Oklahoma)

 

Rajesh Vadlapatla (Marshall B. Ketchum University)

Kelly Ragucci (American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy) Staff Liaison

Ad hoc Committees and Task Forces

Ad hoc committees and task forces appointed for very specific tasks and timeframes

Global Engagement Advisory Committee

The Global Engagement Advisory Committee will help guide AACP’s strategic decision making in regard to programs, products and services related but not limited to global pharmacy education. The Global Engagement Advisory Committee will use strategic priority 5, Strengthening the Financial Health of AACP and our Members, to guide their work. 

  1. Recommendation on the need/value of a new global standing committee.
  2. Considerations for the modification and viability of a revised global institutional membership category.
  3. Development and implementation of engagement and collaboration initiatives targeting global members and non-members. 
  4. Considerations on how to make AACP programming and professional development opportunities more visible and accessible for global members and non-members. 
See-Won Seo (Albany College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences) Chair
Matt Cipriani (American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy) Staff Liaison
Shaun E. Gleason (University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus) Member
Crystal K. Howell (University of North Texas Health Science Center) Member
Jodie V. Malhotra (University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus) Member
Monica Miller (Purdue University) Member
Nisreen Mourad (Lebanese International University) Member
Caroline W. Sasser (UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy) Member
Hoai-An Truong (University of Maryland Eastern Shore) Member
Michael J. Rouse (Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education) Ex-Officio Member