The 2018 AACP Election Guide can be found below. View the full slate of candidates, learn about their professional background by clicking on their names, and read statements by the president-elect nominees.
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AACP Election Candidates
Philip M. Hritcko, Pharm.D.
University of Connecticut
Philip M. Hritcko, Pharm.D., received his B.S. and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees from Albany College of Pharmacy of Union University in Albany, New York. He is currently Associate Dean for Admission & Student Affairs and Associate Clinical Professor at the UConn School of Pharmacy. Prior to this current position Dr. Hritcko was the Assistant Dean for Experiential Education at UConn where he was both regionally and nationally recognized for his work in the area of Experiential Education.
Dr. Hritcko was a clinical pharmacy specialist in Ambulatory Care at the Veterans Affairs Connecticut (VACT) Health care System and served as a preceptor to pharmacy students prior to joining UConn. In addition he has extensive experience as a community pharmacist practicing throughout Upstate New York and Connecticut.
Dr. Hritcko is an active member of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) where he was elected to several leadership positions including Speaker of the House of Delegates from 2013–15 and Chair of the Experiential Education Section from 2008–09. He is a graduate of the 2008–09 AACP Academic Leadership Fellows Program (ALFP). Dr. Hritcko has served on the AACP Board of Directors and on numerous AACP committees including the AACP Bylaws and Policy Development, Executive and Professional Affairs Committees. Dr. Hritcko has also been an active member of his State Association the Connecticut Pharmacists Association (CPA) Board of Directors, where he served as President for CPA from 2013–14.
It is a great honor and privilege to have been selected by the board’s nomination committee as a candidate for President-elect of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP). This association and its membership have had a great influence on my academic career inspiring me to be a strong and active advocate for pharmacy education and students. AACP is a community of educators in which excellence, learning, and integrity are highly valued. My involvement with the organization has been critical in my development as a pharmacy educator. In addition, collaborations with AACP colleagues have led to modalities and curriculum that are attuned to the ever-changing health care environment our students are rising in.
As you know, the mission of AACP is to “Advance pharmacy education, research, scholarship, practice and service, in partnership with members and stakeholders, to improve health for all.” AACP and its members have been leading the charge, often exceeding the expectations of colleagues in other disciplines. Keeping pharmacy education relevant necessitates listening to the pharmacy, healthcare, insurance and pharmaceutical industries and finding results oriented ways to work new pathways into teaching.
You have likely heard the proverb “It takes a village to raise a child.” Within pharmacy education, AACP and its members serve as that village with uniquely educated voices and experiences supporting and encouraging students to grow and develop into future health care providers and leaders.
If elected I would embrace the opportunity to fully engage my energies to executing the new AACP 2018–2021 Strategic Plan. Its mission driven strategic priorities are the blueprint for the future direction of AACP. Teamwork—that village—will be essential for success, pulling from the experience and wisdom of a group comprised of AACP membership, staff and elected officers. I hope to have the opportunity to lead this effort.
One of the challenges facing the profession of pharmacy is changing the perceptions of the general public regarding our profession. AACP and a small coalition of pharmacy organizations recently hired an advertising firm, RP3, to develop a national campaign to raise the profile of pharmacists and the pharmacy profession. RP3 conducted some preliminary research and their findings showed that limited public exposure and interactions with pharmacists resulted in misconceptions of pharmacists knowledge, abilities and education. One of my priorities would be to execute a strategic communication plan to raise the profile of pharmacists and increase the public’s awareness of the extensive education that pharmacists receive, and ultimately enrich the applicant pipeline for pharmacy schools.
35 years’ experience in the field as a pharmacist, 20 plus years’ as a pharmacy educator, and 25 years’ within pharmacy focused organizations is what gives me the solid foundation I need to lead. I have been fortunate to have served AACP in a number of capacities through the years, including a two-year term as Speaker of the House of Delegates 2013–2015, executive member of the Board of Directors from 2013–2015, Bylaws and Policy Development Committee 2013–2015 and Chair of the Experiential Education Section from 2008–2009.
I continue to serve on numerous committees and task force assignments for the academy where I most recently served as a member on the AACP 2016–2017 Professional Affairs Committee. I was accepted into the AACP Academic Leadership Fellows Program (ALFP) in 2008–09 as part of Cohort 5. The team-based projects associated with the ALFP gave me the opportunity to further develop my own skills by working collaboratively with my colleagues to solve issues that were presented to our group. The ALFP was an exceptional experience that I will always cherish and this has sparked my continued interest and involvement with leadership positions throughout my career.
On a state level I was a board member for the Connecticut Pharmacists Association (CPA) from 2007–2015 where I served as President of CPA from 2013–2014. This was an area of advocacy from a state association perspective that has allowed me to gain experience in the legislative process both at a state and federal level. I believe that I can leverage my knowledge and experiences with AACP, CPA and my professional career to serve effectively in the capacity of the AACP President-elect.
Being selected to serve as the next AACP President-elect is a great honor. If elected, I would work fervently with the AACP staff, Board, and membership to further advance the mission of our great organization. Together, we can continue to advance the mission of AACP and to move forward strategically, creatively, and in a transformative way.
Anne Y. Lin, Pharm.D.
Notre Dame of Maryland University
Anne Y. Lin, Pharm.D., is the Founding Dean of the School of Pharmacy at Notre Dame of Maryland University. Over the course of her career, she has served as Dean of Midwestern University College of Pharmacy – Glendale, Founding Chair of Pharmacy Practice at Wilkes University, and faculty of St. John’s University. She earned her B.S. in Pharmacy and Pharm.D. degrees from St. John’s University, completed a pharmacy practice residency at Virginia Commonwealth University Health System, and is a Fellow of the National Academies of Practice.
An active member of AACP since 1987, she has served in many capacities at the association level and in the Council of Deans, Council of Faculties, Section of Teachers of Pharmacy Practice, Women’s Faculty SIG, and House of Delegates. Currently, she is the Immediate Past Chair of the Council of Deans, and is in her third year of service on the Board of Directors. Her service also includes: dean facilitator in the Academic Leadership Fellows Program, Co-Chair of the Council of Deans/Council of Faculties Pharmacist Patient Care Process Catalyst Team, Task Force on Collaboration with State Associations, and Cost of Experiential Education Task Force. She served as Chair of the Section of Teachers of Pharmacy Practice, Chair of the Women’s Faculty SIG, Chair of the Bylaws and Policy Development Committee, Chair of the Academic Affairs Committee Chair of the Lyman Award Committee, Chair of the Women’s Health Curriculum Task Force, and was a member of the PharmCAS Advisory Panel and Task Force on Recruitment and Retention of Faculty. She was also a contributing author to the “Dean’s Compass”.
Dr. Lin’s work over the course of 32 years has been influenced by her experience in working and mentoring students and faculty. She has focused her efforts on faculty and leadership development within pharmacy and higher education, interprofessional education, curriculum development, and assessment. Additionally, she is committed to the development of non-pharmacy community partnerships that impact patient lives through student pharmacist engagement and helps students develop affective domain competencies that are necessary in the provision of quality patient care.
I am deeply honored to be selected as a candidate for AACP President-elect. As a young faculty member, I admired all the leaders throughout AACP who contributed so much of their expertise and time to move academic pharmacy forward and to mentor those of us who were new to the academy. Now, as a candidate for President-elect, I am excited and honored to have the potential opportunity to give back to AACP, an organization that has and continues to be an important partner in the advancement of our profession. Much has changed since 1987 when I assumed my first faculty position: the adoption of the entry-level Doctor of Pharmacy degree; the broader acceptance of Boyer’s definition of scholarship, which transformed the conversations regarding teaching at many of our schools and colleges of pharmacy; the recognition of faculty members as coaches and facilitators of learning rather than “sages on the stage;” the increased integration of adult learning theory into what we do in the classroom; interprofessional education as a core requirement; and integration of the pharmacist patient care process into our curricula. These changes have all transformed the landscape in which we work. As I reflect on my career and my involvement with AACP, I am grateful for the opportunities I was given to contribute to these progressive transitions in pharmacy education through service on the Academic Affairs Committee that advanced Boyer’s concepts and the report that provided the impetus for the creation of the Academic Leaders Fellowship Program, and as chair of the Council of Deans, among other leadership roles.
As so aptly stated by John F. Kennedy, “change is the law of life and those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” This statement reminds us that we must continuously renew ourselves so that we can continue to support the development of our members, and educate graduates who will be equipped to be outstanding practitioners, scientists, faculty, and leaders in all aspects of the profession of pharmacy. The Argus Commission 2017–2018 Report focused its attention on the National Academy of Medicine’s Vital Directions for Health and Healthcare report. It is imperative that pharmacists play a critical role in the action priorities set forth by the report: 1) pay for value, 2) empower people, 3) activate communities, and 4) connect care. When one examines these priorities closely, they are aligned with several AACP strategic planning goals: enriching the applicant pipeline; creating a new portrait of pharmacists and pharmacist careers; innovation in education and practice; and expanding research and graduate education. The plan positions us to not “miss the future.” For example, what better way to empower and activate communities than to create a new portrait of the pharmacist through the work of our member schools in improving the health of our communities? In turn, by demonstrating impact we inform the public about the roles pharmacists can play in their health care while attracting individuals to seek the meaningful services of pharmacists. At the same time, we are preparing our graduates to assume, adapt and create roles that will continue to evolve and emerge. This alignment is exciting as the strategic plan focuses actions to achieve our mission: “advance pharmacy education, research, scholarship, practice and service, in partnership with members and stakeholders, to improve health for all.” Through the collective efforts of our members, we have made excellent progress with the plan. I am committed to working with the membership to ensure the plan’s continued success. At the same time, we must keep our eyes on what’s on the horizon and be agile in our thinking and our actions so as to not “miss the future,” and, rather, shape it.
Over the course of my career, I have learned that it is important to look beyond one’s own boundaries to develop a vision for the future. My active engagement outside of academic pharmacy with professional organizations as well community leadership and community service organizations will help me bring a broader perspective to the work of academic pharmacy and AACP. I have also learned that to succeed, we must be relentless in our commitment to what we believe in, stay the course despite the inevitable roller coaster of successes and challenges, and be laser focused on our most important priorities. Simply, to not “miss our future,” we must be the drivers of our future. Working together and embracing opportunities to learn from each other as well as individuals in disciplines other than pharmacy, we will advance our efforts in shaping portraits of pharmacists to build a strong pipeline for the purpose of improving the health of individuals and communities and advancing the foundational sciences of pharmacy education.
I am continually amazed by the talent and commitment of AACP members who pursue excellence in pharmacy education and the care of patients. It is the efforts of AACP members that have allowed us to achieve the success that we have to date and position us to do so much more. AACP and academic pharmacy will continue to be an essential influencer of the profession of pharmacy and health professions education only if it supports the ongoing development and engagement of faculty in all areas of teaching/learning and scholarship in our member institutions. This principle must undergird all of AACP’s efforts. I pledge to work on your behalf to always have this principle included in all of our deliberations. It will be an honor for me to serve AACP as President-elect and give back what the Association has so generously given to me in opportunities for professional development while enabling me to work with so many talented colleagues and friends.
Eric J. Johnson, MBA, CPA
The University of Oklahoma
Eric J. Johnson, MBA, M.S.-MIS, CPA, serves as the Senior Associate Dean for Administration and Finance at the University of Oklahoma’s College of Pharmacy. In this position, he provides oversight and make recommendations to the Dean for financial aspects of the College including budgets and pharmacy operations, personnel decisions, Information Technology, and infrastructure. Johnson also teaches in a variety of courses at the College (including Pharmacy Business and Entrepreneurship – the business side of pharmacy where students develop a business plan for a pharmacy). He serves on multiple College and University committees including the Emergency Operations Committee, Police Advisory Committee, and the Dean’s Executive Council.
Prior to his current appointment, Johnson worked for OU starting in the Internal Audit department and as a Business Administrator in the departments of Dermatology and Pathology. He served as the Chair for the Administrators and Financial Officers SIG, and Chair of the Administrative Services Section of the AACP. Other service activities include serving as Chair of the Fiscal Integrity Committee of the OU Athletic Council, Secretary, Treasurer, Vice President, and President of the Board of Directors for the Oklahoma Society of Certified Public Accountants (OSCPA) as well as President of the Oklahoma City Chapter of the OSCPA, and President for the Lions Club of Downtown OKC. In addition to other community service, he has been interviewed for stories about financial planning and tax issues by OKC Business Journal, OETA, Channel 9 News, Channel 4 News on their Dolls and Dollars segment, The Oklahoman, and Fox 25.
David P. Zgarrick, Ph.D.
David P. Zgarrick, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Department of Pharmacy and Health Systems Sciences in the School of Pharmacy at Northeastern University’s Bouvé College of Health Sciences. His prior positions include Acting Dean of the Northeastern’s School of Pharmacy, Chair of the Northeastern’s Department of Pharmacy and Health Systems Sciences; John R. Ellis Distinguished Chair of Pharmacy Practice at Drake University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and; Vice-chair of Pharmacy Practice at Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy. He is a licensed pharmacist, receiving a BS in Pharmacy from the University of Wisconsin - Madison and a MS and PhD in Pharmaceutical Administration from The Ohio State University. Dr. Zgarrick teaches pharmacy practice management. His scholarly interests include pharmacy workforce research, pharmacy management and operations, pharmacy education, and development of post-graduate programs. He has published over 120 peer-reviewed manuscripts and abstracts, is coeditor of the textbook Pharmacy Management: Essentials for All Practice Settings (4th Ed), and authored the book Getting Started as a Pharmacy Faculty Member. Dr. Zgarrick is active in AACP and many professional associations. Specific to AACP, he has served on the Board of Directors as AACP’s Treasurer since 2016. His previous service on the Board includes chair of the Council of Sections (2007–09) and chair of the Council of Faculties (2011–2013). He currently chairs the Investment Committee and Finance Committee. He has also been Chair of the Social and Administrative Sciences Section, the Annual Meeting Programming Committee, and has served on many other committees and panels. As acting dean he had academic, operational and fiscal responsibility for the School of Pharmacy. As chair he directly managed the operational budgets of his departments. He has administered grants to support research, residency and fellowship programs. Financial management is a focus of his teaching and consulting activities. In addition to teaching financial management to pharmacy students for over 25 years, he has overseen the development of over 100 business plans for the implementation of pharmacy services. Dr. Zgarrick also serves on the Board of Visitors for the University of Wisconsin School of Pharmacy, the Board of Grants for the American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education, and is a Fellow of the American Pharmacists Association.
Council of Deans
Philip D. Hall, Pharm.D.
Medical University of South Carolina
Philip D. Hall, Pharm.D., is Professor and Dean of the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) College of Pharmacy in Charleston, South Carolina. He received his B.S. in pharmacy from the University of Georgia and Doctor of Pharmacy from the Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University. He served as an oncology pharmacy residency at the Audie L. Murphy Veterans Administration Medical Center in San Antonio and completed a fellowship in cancer immunotherapy research at the University of Texas Health Science in San Antonio and the University of Texas College of Pharmacy.
As an academician, Dr. Hall’s passion and commitment to pharmacy education is evident by his work at MUSC over the past 27 years. Since joining the faculty, he has risen from an Assistant Professor to Professor (tenure) and held multiple administrative roles with both the MUSC and South Carolina Colleges of Pharmacy (SCCP). As Associate Dean and subsequently MUSC Campus Dean within the SCCP, he played a significant leadership role in developing the joint SCCP curriculum and program assessment while overseeing admissions and mentoring students.
In 2016, he formally became Dean of the MUSC College of Pharmacy upon its re-accreditation as an independent institution.
Board certified in both Pharmacotherapy and Oncology Pharmacy, Dr. Hall is an accomplished writer, presenter, and researcher with over 120 publications, book chapters, & presentations. Dr. Hall is an acclaimed instructor, receiving a number of classroom and bedside teaching awards including professor/teacher/preceptor of the year 10 times and is a Fellow in the American College of Clinical Pharmacy.
Wanda T. Maldonado, Pharm.D.
University of Puerto Rico
Wanda T. Maldonado, Pharm.D., is Dean of the University of Puerto Rico School of Pharmacy, San Juan, PR. She earned both her B.S. in Pharmacy and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees from the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. Dr. Maldonado joined the faculty of the University of Puerto Rico in 1987. Academic appointments include Professor in Pharmacy Practice, and from 2007–2009 served as Chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice. Her research interests in academia include the development of professional and general abilities in pharmacy students and curriculum development. Her research and practice interests in the clinical setting include the therapeutics of anti-infective agents in pediatric patients, area in which she practiced as clinical faculty. She has also been a consultant to Puerto Rico Department of Health Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee. During her tenure as Dean, a Residency Program in Community Pharmacy has been developed and implemented. She also spearheaded the creation of an intramural practice for the School of Pharmacy faculty to offer Medication Management Services, that also serves as a learning scenario for pharmacy students and residents. Dr. Maldonado is engaged in the development of public health policies in Puerto Rico that influence the pharmacy profession. She has also collaborated with international academic institutions in the development of educational programs with emphasis on curricular and faculty development. Dr. Maldonado completed the Academic Leadership Fellows Program in 2018, and was Dean Facilitator for the ALFP in 2013–2014. He has been an active member of AACP since 1987.
Council of Faculties
Michael J. Gonyeau, Pharm.D.
Michael Gonyeau, B.S. Pharm, Pharm.D., M.Ed., FCCP, FNAP, BCPS, received his B.S. and Pharm.D. degrees from Albany College of Pharmacy and completed a PGY-1 residency at Boston Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. He joined the faculty at Northeastern University in 1999 where he practiced in general medicine at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center and initiated a co-funded PGY1 residency, serving as faculty director until 2008. He currently is a Clinical Professor and serves as the Interim Chair of the Department of Pharmacy and Health Systems Sciences. He continues to also focus on curriculum and co-curriculum development and delivery, developing/implementing new instructional strategies, methods & technologies, while maintaining a general medicine practice at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
Dr. Gonyeau has experience as an engaged instructor and active scholar and clinician. He has received six teaching awards and continues to revel in the student-educator dynamic in the didactic and clinical settings. He has published/presented within the scholarship of teaching and learning, focusing on curriculum and course design/innovation, as well as the scholarship of application. He is a board-certified pharmacotherapy specialist and a fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy and the National Academies of Practice and has completed the AACP Leadership Fellows Program (Cohort 5). Additional AACP involvement includes past chair of the Curriculum SIG, past chair of the COS Practice Section Classroom Engagement Task Force, and membership on the Pharmacy Practice JCPP Pharmacist Patient Care Process Task Force, Annual Meeting Programming Committee, Professional Affairs Committee, and just finished serving on the Academic Affairs Committee and chairing the Rules and Resolutions committee.
Adam M. Persky, Ph.D.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Adam M. Persky, Ph.D. received his B.S. in biology from Purdue University and a M.S. in exercise science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He completed his Ph.D. in pharmaceutical sciences at the University of Florida and did an industry-sponsored postdoctoral fellowship in pharmacokinetics/pharmacodynamics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and GlaxoSmithKline. Currently, he is a clinical professor at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy.
Within the pharmacy school, Persky teaches physiology and pharmacokinetics and has received several of the School’s teaching awards, including Best Overall Instructor. Persky was named an Atlantic Coast Conference Teaching Scholar during the program’s inaugural year and has been named a Distinguished Teaching Scholar by the American Associations of College of Pharmacy. He is the associate editor for the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education and on the editorial board for College Teaching. He has given numerous workshops across the country on a variety of topics related to teaching and learning.
Dr. Persky is a graduate of the AACP Academic Leadership Fellows Program. He and his colleagues have been recognized with the AACP Excellence in Assessment Awards 2017. Within AACP, he has chaired the rules and regulations committee, been a member of the quorum committee, was part of the team that developed the distinguished teaching scholars award and has served on the committee for both the emerging teaching scholars award and distinguished teaching scholars award.
Secretary of Knowledge Management
Ana C. Quinones-Boex, Ph.D.
Midwestern University/Downers Grove
Ana C. Quiñones-Boex, M.S., Ph.D., is Professor of Pharmacy Administration at Midwestern University - Chicago College of Pharmacy (CCP). She received her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy degree from the University of Puerto Rico and her Master’s and PhD degrees in Pharmacy Administration from Purdue University. Prior to CCP, she held an academic appointment at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS) University.
In the pharmacy curriculum, Ana has taught in the areas of health care delivery, quality assurance, human resource management, and career management. She also delivers lectures in the Pharmacy Residency and Physician Assistant programs at Midwestern University. Her main research interests include pharmacy workforce issues, with an emphasis on part-time and shift workers. She has published in peer-reviewed journals, including the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education./p>
In the pharmacy curriculum, Ana has taught in the areas of health care delivery, quality assurance, human resource management, and career management. She also delivers lectures in the Pharmacy Residency and Physician Assistant programs at Midwestern University. Her main research interests include pharmacy workforce issues, with an emphasis on part-time and shift workers. She has published in peer-reviewed journals, including the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education.
Ana has been an active member of AACP since graduate school. Within AACP, she has represented both MCPHS and CCP as a faculty delegate and alternate delegate. She has presented at the Annual Meeting, and served in several Social and Administrative Sciences (SAS) Section committees, as an abstract reviewer, and as a reviewer for the New Investigator Award Program.
Ana is currently the Chair of SAS Section. Prior to serving as Chair, Chair-elect, and Chair-elect Designate, she served two consecutive term as Secretary for the SAS Section. Ana is committed to continue her involvement with AACP and looks forward to the opportunity to continue serving the Association for years to come.
Jamie L. Wagner, Pharm.D.
The University of Mississippi
Jamie L. Wagner, Pharm.D., is a Clinical Assistant Professor at The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy. Prior to her position at The University of Mississippi, she completed her Infectious Diseases Outcomes Fellowship at Wayne State University and Henry Ford Hospital. She received her first grant in 2017 to improve management of Clostridium difficile infection in hospitalized patients. Dr. Wagner has also served as a PGY-1 and PGY-2 Infectious Diseases preceptor and research mentor since 2013, guiding residents to hone their project skills. She is currently Chair of the AACP Junior Faculty Learning Community under the Council of Faculties, Treasurer for the Mississippi College of Clinical Pharmacy, Chair of the Long-Term Care Antimicrobial Subcommittee for the Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists, Chair of the Education Committee for the Mississippi Society of Health-System Pharmacists (MSHP), and Chair of the ACCP Infectious Diseases PRN Programming Committee. Other achievements include board certification in pharmacotherapy, AACP Continuing Professional Development Innovation in CPE Award, and MSHP Outstanding Young Health-Systems Pharmacist of the Year Award.
Council of Sections
Bernadette K. Brown, Pharm.D.
Bernadette (Bonnie) K. Brown, Pharm.D., graduated from Purdue University College of Pharmacy with a B.S. Pharmacy (1979) and a Pharm.D. (1981). Dr. Brown worked as a Clinical Pharmacist for 18 years in a variety of health-system and long term care settings, prior to joining the faculty at Butler University in the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in 1998. Tenured in 2005, Dr. Brown is a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and has taught in a variety of areas of the pharmacy program, the health science program and in the university’s core curriculum. Currently Dr. Brown serves as the Associate Dean of the College (since June 2016); previously serving as Assistant/Associate Dean for Student Affairs (2007–June 2016).
She has held leadership positions with the Indiana Pharmacists Alliance (ISHP President, district representative, IPA President) and is currently the President of the Indiana Pharmacists Education Foundation.
Dr. Brown has been a member of AACP since 1998. In 2006–2007, she participated in the Academic Leadership Fellows program. In addition to serving as the college’s faculty and administrative House of Delegates representative on three occasions, Dr. Brown served as Chair of the Student Services SIG (2010–11) and Chair of the Pharmacy Practice Task Force on student engagement/involvement (2011–14). She has been a member of the Leadership Development SIG (Toolkit task force) and Administrative Services Section (programming committee, nominating committee). In 2016, Dr. Brown was elected to the Chair-Elect position of the Administrative Services Section, and she is currently serving as Chair (2017–2018).
Pamela C. Heaton, Ph.D.
University of Cincinnati
Pamela C. Heaton, Ph.D., is Chair and Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Administrative Sciences at the Winkle College of Pharmacy at the University of Cincinnati. Her current research focuses on the use of secondary databases to evaluate clinical, humanistic and economic outcomes of drug therapy. Partnering with Kroger Pharmacy, she has developed a two‐year MS/residency with an emphasis in community pharmacy and received a grant from NACDS to determine whether community pharmacists can reduce 30‐day readmissions for patients with priority conditions. Dr. Heaton is an associate editor of the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association. Dr. Heaton is an active member of AACP. She currently serves as Chair Elect of the SAS Section and is responsible for planning programming for the 2018 Annual Meeting. Her AACP service has included Chair of the Ethics Sig (2008–2009), College Delegate (2008) and Alternate (2007), Speaker for AACP Special Session programming (2008), Mentor for WalMart Scholarship (2012), Section Programming Committee (2012–2013), Member of Rising Stars Ad Hoc Committee (2013), Chair of the SAS Awards Committee (2013–2016), Facilitator for SAS Section Roundtables (2014) and Chair of a Council of Faculties Ad Hoc workgroup examining the use of the Patient Care Process as approved by JCPP (2016). Working with a subgroup of the SAS section, she coauthored a publication titled “Characteristics of Social and Administrative Sciences Graduate Programs and Strategies for Student Recruitment and Future Faculty Development in the United States.” Additionally, in 2012–2013, she participated in the in the Academic Leadership Fellows Program.
Secretary of Knowledge Management
Timothy Bloom, Ph.D.
Timothy Bloom, Ph.D., received his B.A. in Zoology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1985 and Ph.D. in Pharmacology from the University of Washington in 1996. During his graduate studies, he cloned and characterized the first members of PDE7, a novel cAMP-specific phosphodiesterase family. Dr. Bloom joined the faculty at Campbell University’s College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences as a research assistant professor in 1997. He is the only CPHS faculty member to have obtained multiple NIH AREA grants, used to support his work on alterations in cyclic nucleotide phosphodiesterase expression in a mouse model of muscular dystrophy. His current research interest is in factors that impact student outcomes, including using StrengthsFinders, computer-based testing, and service-learning. While at Campbell, Dr. Bloom served as Vice Chair for the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, chair of the department’s Assessment and Curriculum Committees, co-chair of the College’s Assessment Committee, and co-chair of the College Curriculum Committee during a revision of the Pharm.D. curriculum. He also served as chair of the Campbell University Institutional Biosafety Committee and was twice chair of the University’s Faculty Senate. Dr. Bloom recently joined the Bernard J. Dunn School of Pharmacy at Shenandoah University as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Dr. Bloom was in the tenth ALFP cohort, has been a poster and NIA reviewer for the Biological Sciences section for multiple years, served on the AACP Taskforce for NIA rubric review and is currently finishing a term as the Immediate Past Chair of the Biological Sciences section.
Jennifer L. Adams, Pharm.D.
Idaho State University
Jennifer Adams, Pharm.D., Ed.D., FAPhA is a graduate of Boise State University, Idaho State University, and The George Washington University. She is employed as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the Idaho State University, College of Pharmacy providing oversight for the Pharm.D. curriculum, experiential education, interprofessional education, and assessment. Dr. Adams also teaches Pharmacy Law to third year student pharmacists.
Dr. Adams served for nearly 10 years as the Senior Student Affairs Advisor at the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, providing leadership and oversight for association national student affairs activities including PharmCAS, PCAT, the Pharmacy Career Information Council, and student recruitment. Her previous experience also includes working in hospital and community pharmacy settings and the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) with student pharmacists, helping them to develop as professionals and leaders in the pharmacy profession. Dr. Adams’s experience at APhA included developing and managing several co-curricular activities including professional development, national patient care programs, and the National Patient Counseling Competition. She has received national awards in recognition of her leadership skills.
Emily R. Esposito, Ph.D.
Emily Esposito, Ph.D., received a biological science degree (2001) from Bellarmine University, a Master of Science (2006) and later was awarded a Ph.D. in Pharmacology and Toxicology (2008) from the University of Louisville in Kentucky. Investigational work was completed at the University’s Birth Defects Research Center in the department of Molecular, Cellular and Craniofacial Biology under Dr. Michele Pisano. Research included toxicological studies of cigarette smoke exposure and defining the molecular mechanisms of abnormal fetal development. Details of her research are found in over a dozen publications. Post-graduation studies investigated the effects of several plant-based essential oils on lung cancer cell growth as potential adjuvants to cancer treatment.
Upon joining Sullivan University College of Pharmacy (SUCOP) in 2010 as assistant professor and later promoted to associate professor in 2016, her plant-based research studies have coincided with development of innovative pharmacy elective courses such as “Aromatherapy Science” and “Wilderness Medicine” which have been detailed in the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education and presented at the annual AACP conferences. Dr. Esposito’s interests include pharmacognosy, evidence-based phytotherapeutics, toxicology, and innovations in pharmaceutical science education.
In 2013 and 2015 she was awarded AACP Teacher of the Year. She has held several leadership positions within her University such as Academic Progressions Chair, Scholarship Chair, and Interim Director of SGA. She is currently the chapter advisor for two student organizations: AAPS and CPFI. For the past three years she has provided service to Biological Sciences section serving on programming and membership committees. Her goal is to engage the community with innovations in teaching while keeping the heart of the basic sciences as building blocks to prepare compassionate pharmacists.
Lila P. LaGrange, Ph.D.
University of the Incarnate Word
Lila P. LaGrange, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) Feik School of Pharmacy in San Antonio, Tex. Dr. LaGrange received her Ph.D. in physiology from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Tex. She completed four years of postdoctoral studies in the areas of neural control of the cardiovascular system and ion transport in the kidney, with an overall interest in control of arterial blood pressure. She joined UIW in 2006 and has since taught physiology in the first year of the pharmacy program. Over the past few years, Dr. LaGrange’s research interests have shifted to include the scholarship of teaching and learning.
Dr. LaGrange is an active member of the Biological Sciences Section. She has served as chair of several task forces whose charges included updating of the strategic plan (2013–2014) and reviewing of the strategic plan alignment and the standing rules of procedure (2017–2018). She also served on the AACP Council of Sections strategic plan task force (2013–2016).
Dr. LaGrange also is an active member of the American Physiological Society and recently served a three-year term on the Education Committee. Building off her involvement in physiology education, Dr. LaGrange envisions an opportunity within the Biological Sciences Section to build relationships with established basic science societies and ultimately create a list of resources that support science education and teaching in professional programs.
Secretary of Knowledge Management
Ajay K. Bommareddy, Ph.D.
Ajay K. Bommareddy, Ph.D., has been associated with AACP serving in various roles since the beginning (2009) of his academic career. He has actively participated in reviewing proposals for NIA awards and abstracts for the annual meeting. Most recently, he has served on the programming committee of Biological Sciences section and participated in discussions pertinent to finalizing the programs under the section for the annual conference. For the upcoming year, Bommareddy will be serving on the awards and mentoring committee of the Biological Sciences section.
On the academic side, Bommareddy currently serves as an Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences and continue instructing several courses within the biological sciences including anatomy, physiology, pharmacology of endocrine disorders & anticancer agents, pharmacogenomics and the phytochemicals elective at the Nesbitt School of Pharmacy, Wilkes University. He has served on several committees within the School of Pharmacy and University including strategic planning, student affairs, faculty development and animal care and use committees. He maintains an active research program in the area of cancer research and have thus far published 15 articles and twenty abstracts including three book chapters from the funding received through AACP (New faculty research award, 2010–11) and Wilkes University.
Gurkishan K. Chadha, Ph.D.
University of New England
Gurkishan S. Chadha, Ph.D., has been at UNE for three years, and has been an active member of AACP. He is a part of the Research and Graduate Education Committee that is looking to assess the challenges of research in small, non-research intensive institutions. He is an active reviewer for the NIA award and AJPE.
At UNE, Chadha has been a part of numerous committees, at College and University level. He has served on Student Affairs & Awards committee (Co-Chair), Admissions committee, Academic Affairs and Self-Study committee. At University level, he was elected as the college representative for University Faculty Assembly, where I was a part of Faculty Affairs Committee (FAC) and Library committee.
Chadha feels a large part of the job of Secretary of Knowledge Management is to be a lead person for contributing to AACP connect and facilitating discussion on this platform. He would like to further increase the online presence of AACP connect. This is a novel medium for connecting various professions in the pharmacy academic world, but it still is in its early stages. An increase in its use may be facilitated by getting the officers to initiate a post every week or other week.
Guiseppe Gumina, Ph.D.
Giuseppe Gumina, Ph.D., is Associate Professor and Chair at Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy in Clinton, SC. In the past he has held academic positions at South University, the Medical University of South Carolina and Georgia Southern University. His postgraduate research was conducted at the University of Georgia. His undergraduate and graduate studies in medicinal chemistry were completed at the University of Catania, Italy.
Dr. Gumina has been a member of AACP for 14 years, has served in numerous committees and chaired the Council of Faculties Rules and Resolutions Committee and the Chemistry Section Awards Committee. He has been a reviewer for the New Investigator Award Program for several years. He is currently serving as a member of the 2019 Interim Meeting Planning Committee and chair of the Chemistry Section Resolution Committee. He also served as APhA National Meeting abstract reviewer and as chair of the Coastal Georgia Local Section of the American Chemical Society.
Dr. Gumina is a member of Phi Lambda Sigma Pharmacy Leadership Society and the Rho Chi Pharmacy Honor Society. As a preceptor and through research electives, he has mentored over 30 pharmacy students. He has been a recipient of the AACP New Investigators Program Award. He has received a Teacher of the Year Award, a Faculty Researcher of the Year Award, and an Exemplary Service to Admissions Faculty Award from Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy, as well as two Mortar and Pestle teaching awards from South University School of Pharmacy.
Ronny Priefer, Ph.D.
Western New England University
Ronny Priefer, Ph.D., is a Professor of Medicinal Chemistry within the Department of Pharmaceutical and Administrative Sciences at Western New England University, College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. He received his B.Sc. degree in Chemistry from the University of Northern British Columbia and his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from McGill University. He was awarded a National Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), Industrial Post-doctoral Fellowship Award which afforded him the opportunity to work as a Medicinal Chemist at Neurochem Inc. on neurological diseases. He began his academic career in 2005 as an assistant professor of Organic Chemistry at Niagara University, NY. He ascended the ranks becoming Associate Professor in 2008, Chair in 2011, and Full Professor in 2012. Also in 2012 he moved to Western New England University.
Ronny has been involved within various facets of Pharmacy. At the College level he has been the Chair of the Promotion and Tenure Committee, Chair of the Safety Committee, Chair and Secretary of the Curriculum Committee, the designer of the Departmental web-page, an AACP delegate, Member of the Student Affairs, Faculty Affairs Committees, Enrollment Committee, Academic Standards Committee, Department Strategic Planning taskforce, and the University Budget Advisor Committee, to name a few. He completed the 2015–16 American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy-Academic Research Fellow Program (AACP-ARFP). He is the past Secretary of the Chemistry Section of AACP and for the last two consecutive years was part of the AACP-Research and Graduate Affairs Committee. Finally, he was the inaugural chair of the University Faculty Senate and currently still serves as a sitting Senator.
Continuing Professional Development
Hoai-An Truong, Pharm.D.
University of Maryland Eastern Shore
Hoai-an Truong, Pharm.D., has been public health pharmacist and educator over thirteen years. He provided patient-centered care in interprofessional clinics to optimize medication use and health outcomes, as well as developed and implemented population-based programs to improve community health. He has served as coordinator and preceptor for pharmacy, physical therapy, physician assistant, and public health students on five medical missions to Haiti and Vietnam.
Currently professor of pharmacy and director of public health at University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) School of Pharmacy and Health Professions, Dr. Truong was founding chair of the Eastern Shore Collaborative for Interprofessional Education, an interprofessional, inter-institutional initiative with Salisbury University. In these roles, Dr. Truong has developed, implemented and facilitated CPD activities and opportunities for students, faculty and preceptors. He has incorporated the application of the CPD model into required longitudinal professional development courses. He is a trainer for the American Pharmacists Association’s medication therapy management certificate program and trained over 600 pharmacists, as well as multiple preceptor development and teaching certificate seminars for residents.
Dr. Truong published over twenty peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and presented at multiple national and international conferences. He is co-editor and co-author of a book, The Pharmacist in Public Health: Education, Application, and Opportunities, published by the American Pharmacists Association. He is past chair of the Public Health Special Interest Group (PHSIG) of AACP. He is past president of the Maryland Pharmacists Association (MPhA) and received the MPhA Excellence in Innovation Award.
Secretary of Knowledge Management
Glen Baumgart, Ph.D.
The University of Texas at Austin
Glen E. Baumgart, Ph.D., is Director of the Continuing Pharmacy Education office at The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy. Dr. Baumgart obtained his Master of Science in Counseling from Minnesota State University at Mankato, and completed his Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Psychology at University of Texas at Austin. The University of Texas CPE office is a large comprehensive continuing pharmacy education operation including live conference seminars, certificate programs, and production of online CE activities.
He served as Continuing Professional Development Section Chair for 2017–2018 and was installed as immediate past chair in July of 2018 in Boston. Dr. Baumgart’s research interests include pharmacy and medical leadership development, adult education, and assessment of continuing education learning outcomes. He has performed extensive research on continuing pharmacy education providers in the academic setting and shared this information with section and association in order to provide appropriate programming to meet the professional development needs of providers.
Dr. Baumgart is an innovative director, organizational planner, consultant, trainer, operations manager, and change manager with over eighteen years of experience in managing all facets of planning and operations management from small ventures to large high‐profile organizations. He is an exceptional communicator and staff manager with proven results in developing and delivering program strategic planning, organizational development, and building cost-effective operations.
Dr. Baumgart's key strengths include: Educational Psychology and Learning Assessment, Pharmacy and Professional Leadership Education, Organizational Development, Change Management, Quantitative and Qualitative Research, Training & Development, Curriculum Design & Analysis, and E‐learning.
Paige Clark, B.S.
Oregon State University
Paige Clark, B.S., is a pharmacist and is professional faculty at Oregon State University College of Pharmacy, where she is the Director of Alumni Relations, Professional Development and Continuing Education. In this role, she creates professional development opportunities for students and alumni, manages ceremonial collegiate events and builds and directs national continuing education programming including those in support of pharmacist prescribing of birth control therapies. The certification required by Oregon’s legislature, enabling pharmacists to prescribe, has put OSU College of Pharmacy at the center of implementation of this groundbreaking provision of service.
Paige is a graduate of Oregon State University College of Pharmacy and is an active participant in Oregon’s Pharmacy Coalition, the state association managed body that directs pharmacy legislative engagement. She also coordinated and serves on the ad hoc committee with the Oregon Health Authority and stakeholders, whose mission is to fully implement Medicaid billing for pharmacist prescribing.
In Paige’s former position as the Pharmacist Consultant for the Oregon Board of Pharmacy, she authored policy, managed focus groups, crafted statute, and rule language, provided research and assisted the board in legislative endeavors.
Paige has been honored as Oregon’s Pharmacist of the Year in 1997, received the APhA National Merit Award from the Academy of Pharmacy Practice and Management and was a Value Rite National Awardee. She serves on APhA’s Media committee and served national advisory committees and statewide committees in Oregon. Paige was named the National ‘Good Government’ Pharmacist of the Year by the American Pharmacist Association, and she was awarded Bowl of Hygeia in 2011. Most recently, she was honored a second time as Oregon’s 2016 Pharmacist of the Year.
Seth D. Heldenbrand, Pharm.D.
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Seth D. Heldenbrand, Pharm.D., received his Pharm.D. degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) College of Pharmacy in 1997. He returned to UAMS to complete a PGY1 pharmacy practice residency at the University Hospital in 2003. In 2016 he completed a fellowship in the Academic Leadership Fellows Program offered by AACP.
Following his residency, Dr. Heldenbrand practiced clinically in Bone Marrow Transplantation at UAMS from 2003–2008, and then transitioned to a Solid Organ Transplant academic appointment as an assistant professor in July of 2008. Dr. Heldenbrand currently serves as an Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice and the Associate Dean of Experiential Education at the UAMS College of Pharmacy. He has remained active in organ transplantation serving as the chairman of the of the board of the Arkansas Regional Organ Recovery Agency.
Nationally, Dr. Heldenbrand’s has held multiple leadership positions with the American Society of Transplantation (AST), winning three AST organ donation awareness challenges. He is an active member in the AACP Experiential Education Section where he currently serves as the co-chair of the Mapping Entrustable Activities (EPAs) Taskforce.
Dr. Heldenbrand’s focus as Chair of the Experiential Education Section would be to continue the current efforts of promoting scholarship, and improving communications and collaborations with other special interest groups, and outside organizations. In addition to these core strategic areas, Dr. Heldenbrand places the development and validation of nationally defined sets of IPPE and APPE competencies as a top priority.
Dr. Heldenbrand’s scholarship interests include IPPE and APPE assessment and performance, the multiple-mini interview, medication adherence, solid organ transplantation, and EPAs.
Kim D. Tanzer, Pharm.D.
Western New England University
Kim D. Tanzer, Pharm.D., received her Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from the University of Maryland at Baltimore and her Pharm.D. degree from MCPHS University, Boston. She completed a fellowship in Academic Leadership (ALFP) through the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) in 2014. Dr. Tanzer currently serves as the Assistant Dean for Experiential Affairs/Professor of Pharmacy Practice, and Director of Continuing Education at Western New England University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.
On the local level, Dr. Tanzer is the former Vice President of the Western Massachusetts Pharmacists Association. She currently serves as a member of the Massachusetts Pharmacists Association (MPhA) Foundation Board as well as serving as a consultant and subject matter expert in experiential education for the Massachusetts Pharmacists Association. Most recently, in 2017, Dr. Tanzer was appointed by Governor Charlie Baker to serve on the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Pharmacy, where she currently serves as secretary.
Regionally, Dr. Tanzer has served as secretary and chair of the New England Regional Departments of Experiential Education (NERDEE) consortium and currently serves as a member of the New England Quality Innovation Network- Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) Advisory Group.
On a national level, Dr. Tanzer serves as an Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) accreditation site team member. Additionally, she has served as a member of and chaired various AACP committees.
Before joining the administrative team at Western New England University, Dr. Tanzer’s professional experience included an extensive background in institutional, retail, home infusion, and clinical pharmacy, as well as employee management and compliance. Dr. Tanzer’s area of scholarship includes the topics of pharmacy education, experiential education and assessment.
Secretary of Knowledge Management
Janet H. Cooley, Pharm.D.
University of Arizona
Janet H. Cooley, Pharm.D., is the Director of Experiential Education and the Associate Director of Interprofessional Education for the College. Additionally, she is an Assistant Professor in Pharmacy Practice and Science at the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy (UA COP).
Janet received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the UA COP. She practiced in the community for five years before becoming faculty in 2011. Janet is the course coordinator for Preparation for Rotations and the Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences, as well as a co-coordinator for the Self-Care Pharmacotherapeutics course. Additionally, she is a lecturer in the Pharmacotherapeutics series (dermatology), lecturer and mentor in the UA Pharmacy Resident Scholars in Teaching and Learning Program and frequent presenter for the Arizona Pharmacy Association Preceptor Workshop. She is heavily involved with service commitments, including serving as the delegate or alternate delegate for the UA COP at AACP Annual Meetings since 2013, continued participation in the Experiential Education Section in AACP (serving as an abstract reviewer, chairing the resolutions committee, and participating in the program committee), representing the college in the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center for Transformative Interprofessional Healthcare (CTIPH), serving on multiple college committees, and participating in the Tucson Refugee Primary Care Working Group. Her publications and presentations are in the following areas: preceptor education, interprofessional education, and curriculum development and assessment. In 2014, she won the UA COP Clinical Science Educator of the year and in 2017, she was awarded the AACP New Investigators Award and was part of a team that won the AACP Innovations in Teaching Award.
Lindsey Welch, Pharm.D.
The University of Georgia
Lindsey Welch, Pharm.D., BCPS, is the APPE Director at the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy in Athens, Ga. Dr. Welch has eight years of faculty experience in pharmacy experiential education, beginning with a role as the third year IPPE coordinator where she developed and implemented an employee wellness clinic and precepted other ambulatory care-based IPPEs for student pharmacists. She has served as the APPE Director since 2013. Dr. Welch graduated with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy and completed a PGY-1 pharmacy residency at Columbus Regional Healthcare System in Columbus, GA. After her residency, she accepted a position as a clinical pharmacist in the Employee Health Pharmacy at Columbus Regional where she coordinated the employee influenza vaccination campaign and precepted student pharmacists.
Dr. Welch has been an active member of AACP since 2011 and a regular attendee at Annual Meetings, Teachers’ Seminars, and Institutes. She has served AACP on the following committees: EE Section Task Force for Mapping EPAs to APPEs, EE Resolutions, EE Scholarship (Chair 2015–l2016), EE Abstract Review, EE Programming, Leadership Development (LD) SIG Communications Subcommittee Member and Programming Committee Member. She is an active member and past Chair of the Southeastern Pharmacy Experiential Education Consortium (SPEEC), a six member-school organization. Dr. Welch is also active in the Georgia Pharmacy Association (GPhA) where she was selected for the 2015 Distinguished Young Pharmacist Award. In addition, Dr. Welch is involved in the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), serving as the Faculty Advisor for the College’s American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) since 2012.
Library and Information Science
Christopher A. Giuliano, Pharm.D.
Wayne State University
Christopher A. Giuliano, Pharm.D., M.P.H., is an associate professor (clinical), for the Department of Pharmacy Practice at Wayne State University (WSU) Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and a pharmacy clinical specialist in internal medicine at Ascension St. John Hospital. He earned his Pharm.D. from the University of Toledo in 2008, his M.P.H. from WSU in 2017, and completed a two-year pharmacotherapy residency at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in 2010.
He has coordinated a drug literature evaluation course for six years at WSU and is designing a new problem based learning course with a focus on drug literature evaluation. Additionally, he takes both students and residents on an internal medicine rotation throughout the year. In addition to teaching, he has published over 20 articles in a variety of journals in areas such as the scholarship of teaching and learning and therapeutic topics in internal medicine. He has presented at national meetings, including at AACP for the LIS section, and has recently recorded a podcast with an international internal medicine group. In the past year, he received a grant through PCORI to build capacity to evaluate disparities in atrial fibrillation outcomes in the Detroit community. He has served on AACP committees to assess the Pharmacists’ Patient Care Process and serves and as the current WSU AACP faculty delegate. At the college level, he is the vice-chair of the assessment committee. Additionally, he serves on the advisory board for the Michigan Chapter of the American College of Cardiology.
Rebecca Hoover, Pharm.D.
Idaho State University
Rebecca Hoover, Pharm.D., joined the faculty of Idaho State University’s College of Pharmacy in 2013 upon completing a specialty residency in drug information. Before studying pharmacy, she graduated from the University of Idaho with bachelor’s degrees in Biochemistry, Microbiology, and English. She also earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Nebraska Lincoln and is a Board of Pharmacy Specialties Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (BCPS).
Hoover currently serves as an assistant professor and director of Idaho Drug Information Center (IDIC). Since she became director, IDIC has provided drug information services for Wolters Kluwer, American Pharmacists Association, Therapeutic Research Center, and the pharmacy benefit manager, MedImpact. IDIC is also a proud member of InpharmD, a network of academic drug information centers.
Hoover’s research interests include comparative drug information resource evaluation and scholarship of teaching and learning in drug information education. AACP’s New Investigator Award allowed her to study drug information education for non-pharmacy, non-prescribing health professions. She has also published manuscripts on evaluating open-access medication identification databases, assessing the current status of academic drug information centers, and determining the frequency of drug-herb interactions in commonly prescribed outpatient prescription medications.
AACP’s LIS has been an immense support during the early stages of her career, and she’s grateful for the opportunity to give some of that support back.
Asish K. Dutta, Ph.D.
Notre Dame of Maryland University
Asish K. Dutta, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Notre Dame of Maryland University, School of Pharmacy since 2009. He teaches Pharmaceutics, Pharmacokinetics and Biopharmaceutics, Pharmaceutical Calculations and various didactic and research Electives. He is the current Chair of the Curriculum Committee, Past-Chair of the Assessment committee, and has been a Member of Admissions and Student promotions committees for the School of Pharmacy. He is also serving as the Chair of the Committee of Faculty Research and Development at Notre Dame. He has over 16 years of experience at various stages product and process development of pharmaceutical and nutraceutical products such as powders, immediate-release and controlled-release tablets and capsules, solutions, suspensions, ointments and creams etc. Dr. Dutta has worked on several pharmaceutical products that are currently on the market. He also has an extensive experience in analytical method development and validation as well as preformulation analysis of active pharmaceutical ingredients and nutraceutical products. Dr. Dutta has extensively published his research in peer-reviewed journals, presented at national conferences and is a recipient of numerous intramural grants. He serves as a Reviewer for a number of journals and actively participates in Leadership roles at American Associations for Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS). Most recently, he served as Chair of Abstract Screening Committee of FDD and the Chair of the Ambassador Program of MSE sections. He has also served as the Student and Post-doc Outreach and Development (SPOD) Committee Representative of MSE, and is the past Co-Chair of Greater Maryland Discussion Group (GMDG-AAPS). Dr. Dutta holds a B.S. in Pharmaceutical Technology from Jadavpur University, and a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutics from The University of Mississippi.
Secretary of Knowledge Management
Bill J. Bowman, Ph.D.
Bill J. Bowman, Ph.D., received his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Sciences and his Doctor of Philosophy in Pharmaceutics from the University of the Science in Philadelphia, where he also completed a one-year postdoctoral fellowship as a research instructor in pharmaceutics. He then joined Midwestern University College of Pharmacy–Glendale (MWU-CPG) in 2002, and in his current position as Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, his primary teaching responsibilities are in physical pharmacy, dosage forms, pharmaceutical calculations, and pharmacy compounding. In addition, he currently offers an Introduction to Teaching and Learning elective course that provides an opportunity for student pharmacists to serve as lab instructors within the College’s compounding labs. He also serves as a faculty co-advisor for MWU-CPG’s chapter of the American Pharmacists Association - Academy of Student Pharmacists and as a co-coordinator of MWU-CPG’s Student Leadership Development program. Dr. Bowman’s scholarly interests currently include enhancing student learning within pharmaceutics-related courses, developing the teaching skills of student pharmacists, and maximizing the professional development of student leaders. He has also been an active leader within AACP, including as Chair of the Pharmaceutics Section (2008–2009), and is currently an active member of the American Pharmacists Association, American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists, and Arizona Pharmacy Association. Dr. Bowman’s primary interest in serving as the Secretary of Knowledge Management for AACP’s Pharmaceutics Section is to assist the Section in achieving its mission and executing its strategic plan. This would primarily be accomplished through the creation of a quarterly newsletter with the intent of enhancing communication within the Section and facilitating the continued development of its members.
Werner J. Geldenhuys, Ph.D.
West Virginia University
Werner J. Geldenhuys, Ph.D., graduated from Potchefstroom University, South Africa (now North-West University) in 1999 with a bachelor of pharmacy degree. He then went on the receive a Doctor of Philosophy in medicinal chemistry/neuroscience (2004) after completing a master’s degree in medicinal chemistry (2002), both from North-West University. After graduation, he did a post-doctoral research at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Pharmacy. In 2007, he joined as the first faculty member in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences of the newly established College of Pharmacy at Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED), Rootstown, Ohio. He is currently an associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences and graduate program director at West Virginia University. His research is focused on the development of novel neuroprotective compounds to slow the progression of neurodegenerative diseases including Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease and stroke. His research has shown that due to the role of the BBB in the selective permeability of drugs to the CNS, these diseases require optimization of drug delivery of small molecules to the CNS. These studies showed that is feasible to design compounds based on the anticipated use of the nutrient transporter to shuttle drugs into the brain for brain tumors. In particular nanoparticle drug delivery were evaluated by the formulations of glutathione-coated nanoparticles which can increase the delivery of drugs to the striatum, as compared to cortex. Werner has more than 150 publications that have been cited more than 3,000 times. His h-index is 35. He teaches pharmaceutics and drug delivery courses within the Pharm.D. and graduate programs at School of Pharmacy at West Virginia University.
Eytan A. Klausner, Ph.D.
Eytan A. Klausner, Ph.D., received his BPharm magna cum laude from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem at 1995. He holds a Ph.D. in pharmaceutical sciences from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (2002). His Ph.D. work concentrated on the design and characterization of novel gastroretentive dosage forms and involved clinical trials in over 120 healthy volunteers. The patented technology that resulted from his PhD work led to the establishment of a biopharmaceutical company, Intec Pharma, which is now traded publicly.
After his Ph.D. work, Dr. Klausner completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship with Dr. Kam Leong at the Department of Biomedical Engineering of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (2005). During the fellowship Dr. Klausner secured a National Research Service Award from the NIH to support his salary. After his fellowship Dr. Klausner joined Midwestern University’s Chicago College of Pharmacy as an Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences. There he was involved in teaching pharmaceutics and developed a research program about gene therapy in the cornea that led to publications in leading journals in the field.
Dr. Klausner joined South College School of Pharmacy as an Assistant Professor in 2011 and became Associate Professor in 2013. He has been teaching mostly in the pharmaceutics courses and Pharmacy Calculations. He received a Distinguished Teaching Award in Pharmaceutical Sciences in 2013. Dr. Klausner has been a member and a chair of several school of pharmacy committees as well as committees of the AACP Pharmaceutics Section. He is a member of the South College Academic Council. He also serves as a Consulting Editor of International Journal of Nanomedicine. Dr. Klausner’s current research is about pharmacy teaching and learning.
Brian Train, Ph.D.
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Brian Train, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences who has been highly involved in the Pharmaceutics Section of AACP. Dr. Train received his Bachelors of Arts in Biochemistry from Washington and Jefferson College in 2007 and his Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical and Pharmacological Sciences from West Virginia University in 2014. His doctoral work involved determining the conformational effects of arylhydrazine modified DNA adducts on DNA structure, particularly in relation to Z-DNA formation. As an educator, he has taught student pharmacists sterile and non-sterile compounding and integrates basic science principles into clinically relevant activities, which has resulted in several teaching awards. Dr. Train develops structured cooperative learning activities both in the classroom and in the laboratory to improve students' understanding and retention of foundational science principles. At his previous institution, Dr. Train recruited student volunteers to establish Marshall University School of Pharmacy Rho Chi chapter. He has served on several school and university committees, including serving as the Admissions Committee Chair and as a co-advisor for Marshall University School of Pharmacy American Pharmacists Association student chapter in which he helped develop "Operation" activities for student outreach. Dr. Train has also published educational research in Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning and presents posters annually at AACP's Pharmacy Education meetings. His educational research interests include faculty perceptions of active learning, effect on question-type on learning retention and student pharmacists APPE readiness in regard to basic science principles. He will strive to keep Pharmaceutics Section members informed through AACP Connect.
Jill S. Borchert, Pharm.D.
Midwestern University/Downers Grove
Jill S. Borchert, Pharm.D., BCACP, BCPS, FCCP, is Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Midwestern University’s Chicago College of Pharmacy in Downers Grove, Ill. She received her Pharm.D. at the University of Michigan and completed residency training at the University of California, San Francisco. With 20 years of clinical experience in ambulatory care, Dr. Borchert currently provides patient care in Health Management at Advocate Medical Group in Aurora, Ill., where she focuses on the management of chronic diseases including diabetes, osteoporosis and anticoagulation. She joined the faculty at Midwestern University in 1999. In her current role, she serves as Vice Chair for Teaching and Learning in the Department of Pharmacy Practice. She has served on various AACP Practice Section committees, most recently serving as Vice Chair of the Programming Committee. Her research interests include methods to optimize methods of training students and residents, evidence-based practice, and stress in pharmacy students. She completed the AACP Academic Leadership Fellows Program and is a fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy.
John M. Conry, Pharm.D.
St. John’s University
John M. Conry, Pharm.D., AAHIVP, FNAP is a Clinical Professor of Pharmacy Practice and the Chairperson of the Department of Clinical Health Professions in the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at St. John’s University. He earned his B.S. in Pharmacy and Pharm.D. from St. John’s University. He completed a primary care specialty residency at the VA Medical Center in Baltimore, MD. He initially served on the faculty at the Nesbitt School of Pharmacy at Wilkes University, where he practiced in ambulatory care. He subsequently returned to his alma mater as clinical pharmacy practice faculty in 2002. In addition to his didactic teaching responsibilities, Dr. Conry maintains an active clinical practice for experiential teaching at Project Renewal in New York City. At Project Renewal he provides pharmacy care for the homeless and urban indigent- with a special emphasis on HIV, hypertension, diabetes and health literacy issues. He has authored numerous publications in peer-reviewed professional journals/books and frequently presents at the local, regional and national level. At his college, he also serves as Director of the Urban Institute that provides community outreach initiatives to the urban indigent patient population. He is a Senior Vincentian Research Fellow for the Vincentian Center for Church and Society at St. John’s University, and serves as Chair of the Faculty Research Consortium of the Vincentian Institute for Social Action. He is active in AACP, and has served as Chair of the Public Health SIG (2010–2011), has been appointed to various task forces and committees including those for the Pharmacy Practice Section. Dr. Conry has completed the AACP Academic Leadership Fellows Program (ALFP). A licensed pharmacist in the State of New York, he resides on Long Island in New York with his wife and three children.
Theresa U. Ofili, Pharm.D.
Texas A&M University
Theresa U. Ofili, Pharm.D., is an instructional assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice at Texas A&M University Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy (ILRCOP). She earned her Pharm.D. from the University of Houston, and her M.P.H. from Texas A&M University. In 2013 she joined the faculty at the College of Pharmacy at Texas A&M University in College Station. There, she provided didactic (classroom and laboratory) and experiential training, and participates in service commitments to the College each year to matriculating professional year one (P1) students. For over 23 years, she practiced in various practice settings including managed care/pharmacy benefit management/mail order, hospital, ambulatory (community, home health, long-term care). Previously, a registered nurse with over 10 years of experience in maternal child health, pediatrics and medical/surgical care.
Dr. Ofili is passionate about cultivating people skills in the students that encompass ethical behavior, professionalism, interpersonal skills, and leadership abilities. Her research and teaching interests focus in the areas of communications, education strategies, impact of nutrition on holistic health, integrated and active learning in the areas of clinical pharmacy skills, interprofessional/experiential education, maternal child health, healthcare in low-resource settings and trends in healthcare that indirectly impact healthcare costs. She was instrumental in activating the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) student chapter of at ILRCOP and currently serves as its founding faculty advisor. She has also served on the 2017–2018 Education Affairs Committee of AMCP National, and was elected as 2018–2019 co-chair of Education Committee for AMCP-Southwest Affiliate. Previously a member of 2016 Pharmacy Quality Assurance Measure Development Team Task Force (PQA MDT 12- Duplicate Therapy), and APhA 2016 Delegate.
Social and Administrative Sciences
Jamie C. Barner, Ph.D.
The University of Texas at Austin
Jamie C. Barner, Ph.D., received her B.S. in Pharmacy from The University of Texas (UT) and her Ph.D. degree in Pharmacy Administration from Purdue University. She has been a faculty member at UT College of Pharmacy for 20 years and is the Division Head for Health Outcomes and Pharmacy Practice and co-director for the Texas Center for Health Outcomes Research and Education. Dr. Barner is a member of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) and the International Society of Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR). She is a Fellow of APhA and has held several leadership positions in the organization, including chair of the Economic Social and Administrative Sciences section. She was appointed by APhA to serve on the Pharmacy Quality Alliance Medication Adherence committee and she served as a member of the APhA MTM Advisory Board. Dr. Barner served as an MTM key informant and technical expert for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. She also served as chair of AACP's Graduate Program Standards Academic Careers committee and is a Fellow of the AACP Academic Leadership Program.
Dr. Barner's research interests involve understanding factors that impact health care utilization and outcomes, medication adherence/persistence and pharmacist-provision of medication therapy management (MTM) services. Dr. Barner has published over 95 peer-reviewed papers and presented over 215 papers at professional meetings.
Dr. Barner teaches healthcare systems, pharmacy services, pharmacoeconomics, research methods and data analysis. She received the inaugural College of Pharmacy Educator of the Year award in 2013 and the Teaching Excellence Award for the P2 class in 2017.
Jon Schommer, Ph.D.
University of Minnesota
Jon C. Schommer, R.Ph., Ph.D., is a professor at the University of Minnesota. He received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Since graduating with his Ph.D. in 1992, he has devoted his career to teaching and research.
His research is focused upon information processing and decision making related to the provision, use, and evaluation of drug products and pharmacist services. He recently completed the National Consumer Survey on the Medication Experience – a study of over 36,000 individuals.
Dr. Schommer has served as: (1) Peters Chair for Pharmacy Practice Innovation, (2) President for the Academy of Pharmaceutical Research and Science, and (3) Member of the American Pharmacists Association Board of Trustees. He holds a Distinguished Teaching Professor appointment and was inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Teachers at the University of Minnesota.