The 2021 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.
Take a moment to review your member profile and confirm membership to Councils and Sections to ensure your ballot will be accurate.
On November 1st, you’ll receive an e-mail to the virtual polling place.
Polls open Monday, November 1st and close Wednesday, December 1st at 11:59 p.m. PT.
AACP Election Candidates
Bradley C. Cannon, Pharm.D.
Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
Bradley C. Cannon, Pharm.D., graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) College of Pharmacy in 1994. After completing a pharmacy practice residency at the University of Illinois Medical Center, he joined the UIC College of Pharmacy as a pharmacotherapist with the Department of Vascular Surgery. Following completion of the UIC College of Medicine’s Faculty Development Fellowship, he served as the director of faculty development for the Department of Pharmacy Practice. In 2014, Dr. Cannon joined the faculty at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science as an assistant professor and director of experiential education. Currently he works closely with the college and university to develop interprofessional experiential courses and preceptor development programs.
It is an honor to be slated by the Nominations Committee for the Office of President Elect. Throughout my twenty-plus years as an AACP member, I have benefitted tremendously from the interactions with colleagues and the association’s staff. AACP is my professional home, and volunteering to serve on task forces, committees, and as the Chair of the Experiential Education Section were my way of giving back. Our association is strong and prepared for leading the changes necessary for growth, even as its leadership is preparing for a significant transition. And I want you to know that throughout all of these changes, my focus will be to inspire, educate, and support the world’s greatest pharmacy practitioners, scientists, and educators.
If we take some time to reflect on the events of the last year and a half, instances of heroic efforts in practice, science, and education are readily apparent. These are the moments we tell our grandchildren about, and when we do, their eyes will widen. While this will be impactful, I feel we must find ways to provide that inspiration to the academy and our students now. This very moment. Today. I see this as an imperative that directly addresses strategic priorities 2 and 3, and will be a charge given to a committee or task force.
Education is a central component of strategic priorities 1–3 and what we do abundantly. So much in fact, that it is difficult to keep up with all we offer. Case in point; there are currently over 60 archived presentations in our Webinar Connect Community library for 2021. While innovative content will come forward – and I look to the Center to Accelerate Pharmacy Practice Transformation and Academic Innovation for a considerable amount of this – I feel that our approaches to the delivery are equally important. Agility has taken on new importance, and I will ask the academy to identify the best ways to provide these resources to the academy.
The focus on support and well-being comprises many aspects of priorities 3–6. Not surprisingly, all of our professional pharmacy associations are working to address matters related to diversity, equity, inclusion, anti-racism, harassment, and burnout. These are ubiquitous, and I believe that the better approaches will come from an informed group with a variety of perspectives. Over the years, I have come to appreciate the importance of consensus, and I will strive to use our seat at the Joint Commission of Pharmacy Practitioners table to establish common ground and work together to advance our collective efforts.
My time as your Speaker of the House and a member of the Board of Directors was both instructive and rewarding. As Speaker, I was thrilled with the level of engagement in both virtual Houses, and pleased by the increased participation in the policy process by the membership. As a Board member, I am particularly thankful for the opportunity to work on the Honors and Awards Policy Task Force, and for my continuing participation on the 50th Anniversary Commission to Reimagine the AACP House of Delegates. However, the part I will take forward with the most pride is the relationships I have developed with the staff. It is through these interactions that I have come to appreciate how AACP strikes a balance between its member and association-driven approach, as well as balancing the needs of its institutional and individual members. They are vital to our success, and for me, have redefined the term “small but mighty”.
Thank you for taking the time to read this, and for your consideration.
Craig D. Cox, Pharm.D.
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
Craig D. Cox, Pharm.D., is a professor of pharmacy practice and vice chair of experiential programs at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Jerry H. Hodge School of Pharmacy (TTUHSC SOP) in Lubbock, Tex., where he has been on faculty for 20 years. He received his Pharm.D. from Washington State University and completed a critical care residency at TTUHSC SOP in Amarillo. Dr. Cox provides clinical pharmacy services on the adult medicine ward at University Medical Center. He has served as the preceptor for more than 400 students and residents on six-week rotations. He has been elected to national leadership positions with the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), including chair of Experiential Education Section, chair of Council of Sections, and chair of Council of Faculties. Each leadership role consisted of a three-year term, with Dr. Cox spending six years on the Board of Directors. Dr. Cox has co-led numerous AACP institutes focused on experiential education both in the United States and abroad. He has participated in multiple strategic planning initiatives with AACP, led development of the annual Teacher’s Seminar focused on diversity and inclusion, and chaired the association wide programming committee that led to major changes to the program selection process. Dr. Cox has a passion in self-discovery and team development. More recently he has led the rollout of the EQi-2.0 (emotional assessment) to all faculty, students, and staff at the School of Pharmacy, while serving as a consultant for other health profession programs at his institution.
I am honored to be considered for the position of President-Elect for the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. I am sincerely interested in this position for many reasons. First of all, AACP is my home. I have received so much from the Association, including teaching and scholarship development, leadership training through the Academic Leadership Fellows Program, support from amazing AACP staff, and significant mentorship from many great leaders. Secondly, I recognize pharmacy is in a challenging time in history, but with these challenges comes opportunities. I know that declining admissions, the pandemic, and the ongoing issues in society surrounding diversity and inclusion will have a long-lasting impact on the profession. Yet, AACP is positioned well to effectively tackle these issues and to explore opportunities to positively influence pharmacy practice transformation, enhance the well-being of students, faculty, and staff, and contribute to the advancement of teaching and learning through innovation, research, and scholarship. Finally, I am excited about contributing to, and being a part of, several initiatives facing the Association in the next five years, including implementation of a new strategic plan, revision of CAPE/EPA outcomes, and refinement of the ACPE standards.
My qualifications for this position come from efforts both within and outside of the organization. As a member of AACP, I have served in three elected positions; Chair of the Experiential Education Section (2010–2013), Chair of the Council of Sections (2013–2016), and most recently Chair of the Council of Faculties (2018–2021). The latter two leadership opportunities included a position on the Board of Directors, which I have served on for 6 years. This experience has provided me valuable insight into the organizational structure, culture, services provided, and both institutional and individual members’ needs. AACP engages membership from a diversity of disciplines including the sciences, practice, continuing education, administration, among others. In my leadership experience with AACP I have had the opportunity to work on initiatives that members of these groups value.
Outside of the organization, I have served as a faculty member for 21 years, working through the ranks from Assistant Professor to Full Professor at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Jerry H. Hodge School of Pharmacy. For 16 of these years I have served as the Vice Chair of Experiential Programs and provided oversight to a team of eight staff spread across 4 campuses. In this administrative role, I have placed a priority on self-discovery and team development of myself and each of my staff. Most recently, I have expanded an emotional intelligence (EQi-2.0) initiative that I began in our office, to all faculty, students, and staff at our institution. I am now serving as the leader of this emotional well-being initiative across the entire Health Sciences Center.
Additional insight into academia has come from serving as a site reviewer on both mock and live site visits for the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. I also review 2–3 promotion dossiers each year which provides institutional knowledge on the focus of faculty around the country. Through international consultations in Canada, Saudi Arabia, Japan, Egypt, and the United Arab Emirates, I have gained an appreciation for the similarities and differences in academia within our global community. These experiences both within and outside AACP have provided valuable insight into the needs of individual members and their home institutions. I would use my knowledge and experience in these areas to help guide my vision, if elected to this office.
I am confident my contributions to the profession, along with my leadership style and character would allow me to be successful with this important position. Success will take a team effort, as no one individual or organization can accomplish these things alone. Additionally, it will take a diversity of ideas, calculated risk, and resiliency to be successful. My top 5 strengths are futuristic, idealistic, strategic, achiever, and self-assurance – each of which are beneficial in times of change. My goals would be to continue initiatives implemented by leadership before me and to be visionary for the future, taking into consideration the status of the profession, AACP strategic plan, and changing accreditation standards. I would work closely with membership to continue initiatives focused on increasing quantity and quality of pharmacy candidates, explore utilization of innovations that occurred as a result of the pandemic, support resources targeting the well-being of our members, look to advance research initiatives that further our association goals, and finally evaluate Association programming and services to ensure we are meeting the needs of our members. I would be honored and humbled to serve in this position.
David A. Holdford, BSPharm., MS, Ph.D.
Virginia Commonwealth University
David A. Holdford, B.S.Pharm., M.S., Ph.D., is professor in the Department of Pharmacotherapy and Outcomes Science and director of International Programs at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Richmond. Dr. Holdford completed his B.S. in pharmacy at University of Illinois in Chicago, M.S. in pharmacy administration at Ohio State, and Ph.D. in pharmacy administration at the University of South Carolina. Prior to his career in academia, he worked as a pharmacist and manager at hospitals in Chicago and Columbia, South Carolina.
At VCU, Dr. Holdford conducts research and teaches professional and graduate students in the areas of health outcomes research, entrepreneurship, and practice management. He has been major advisor to over 20 M.S. and Ph.D. students and has authored and edited several books including Leadership for Pharmacists: Facilitating Change in Pharmacy Practice (APhA) and Introduction to Acute and Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Practice (ASHP).
Dr. Holdford has been an active member of AACP since 1993 and has served the association as a member of the Board of Directors, as chair of Council of Sections, and as chair of Social and Administrative Sciences. He is a recipient of AACP Distinguished Teaching Scholar Award and the AACP Rufus A. Lyman Award.
E. Paul Larrat, Ph.D.
University of Rhode Island
E. Paul Larrat, Ph.D., is dean and professor at The University of Rhode Island College of Pharmacy. His research and teaching have focused on drug use in special populations, health policy, and health economics issues. He has been a member of AACP for over 30 years.
In 2004, he was named a NASA Fellow and spent several months at Kennedy Space Center assisting in life sciences research projects focusing on volatile organic compound production during extended space travel. In 2010–11, he served as AAAS/AACP Congressional Health Policy Fellow in the United States Senate, engaged in developing health care legislation and policy in the office of Finance Committee Chair Sen. Ron Wyden (OR-D).
Dr. Larrat is a past president of several not-for-profit organizations, including the Rhode Island Pharmacists Association, the Rhode Island Pharmacy Foundation and Cornerstone Adult Services. He has been a leader in organizing several more non-profits, including the RI chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association and the Mwea Fund, which assists in advancing health and education in a primary school district in Thika, Kenya.
Dr. Larrat has been married to Amey Larrat for over 35 years and has two grown children, Meghan and Eric. He is an avid outdoorsman, spending time mountaineering, white water canoeing and sailing. His favorite climbs have been Mt. Rainier in Washington and Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, and he has reached his goal of climbing the 48 high points of the continental U.S. with his son, Eric.
Council of Deans
George E. Mackinnon, Ph.D., MS, RPh
Medical College of Wisconsin
George E. MacKinnon, Ph.D., M.S., R.Ph., began responsibilities as founding dean of the School of Pharmacy at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) in 2015. He received his B.S. (Pharmacy) and M.S. (Hospital Pharmacy) from the University of Wisconsin—Madison School of Pharmacy, completing two-years of post-graduate pharmacy residency training at University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics. He earned his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Loyola University Chicago. He is a fellow of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (FASHP) and distinguished scholar fellow of the National Academies of Practice (NAP).
His previous appointments include founding dean of pharmacy and vice provost for health sciences at Roosevelt University Chicago, vice president of academic affairs with the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, and director of global health economics and outcomes research of Abbott Laboratories. Dr. MacKinnon is editor of Understanding Health Outcomes and Pharmacoeconomics. He serves on editorial boards of the journals Pharmacy, the Wisconsin Medical Journal, and Pharmacy Times.
Dr. MacKinnon has assisted in the establishment of four academic pharmacy programs, two as founding dean. He has held academic appointments in medicine and pharmacy engaging in clinical practice, research, teaching, and academic administration. He has participated in four federally funded interprofessional Training and Educational Grants involving medicine, nursing and pharmacy. His research interests align in expanding pharmacist care models (e.g., primary care, pharmacogenomics, immunizations) in collaborative approaches to team-based care and principles of team-science. He co-developed a course on Pharmacogenomics in the MS Precision Medicine program at MCW.
W. Thomas Smith, Pharm.D., J.D.
W. Thomas Smith, Pharm.D., J.D., is a graduate of the St. Louis College of Pharmacy (STLCOP). He began his career as the operations director of Corum Health Services, a long-term care pharmacy in St. Louis. In 2002, he enrolled in law school at St. Louis University, and graduated in 2005 with a Juris Doctorate degree and certificate in health law from the school’s top-ranked Center for Health Law Studies. Smith served on the faculty of STLCOP from 2005–2008 and of the University of Florida (UF) from 2008–2015.
At UF College of Pharmacy, among other things, he served as the director of the college’s online master’s program in pharmaceutical outcomes and policy and director of the co-curriculum. In 2015, Smith joined Manchester University’s pharmacy program as the assistant dean for assessment and accreditation, and then was appointed dean in May 2017. Smith is also active in several professional organizations particularly AACP and the American Bar Association (ABA). Among his notable service accomplishments, he has served as chair of AACP’s Health Disparities and Cultural Competence special interest group, served on numerous committees, and completed the Academic Leadership Fellows Program. Smith has also been very active in the Health Law Section of the ABA – serving on its leadership council and chairing a number of committees. In 2016, he was appointed to the Food and Drug Administration’s Nonprescription Drugs Advisory Committee. Smith has served as an author, speaker and leader in areas such as pharmacy law, cultural competency, health disparities, bioethics, and disability law.
Secretary of Knowledge Management
Amy H. Schwartz, Pharm.D.
University of South Florida
Amy H. Schwartz, Pharm.D., received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Pittsburgh and Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Texas at Austin/University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.
Dr. Schwartz began her academic career in 1995 as the first non-tenure track faculty member at the Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy. In 2001, Dr. Schwartz joined Creighton University School of Pharmacy and Health Professions where she was involved with the development of the web-based Pharm.D. Pathway. In 2002, Dr. Schwartz joined Roseman University to serve as assistant dean for clinical programs. Responsibilities included oversight of faculty placements, experiential education, residency development and continuing education. In 2006, Dr. Schwartz assumed the role of assistant dean and director of the Cooperative Pharmacy Program, a joint venture between the University of Texas–Rio Grande Valley and the University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy.
In 2010, Dr. Schwartz joined the University of South Florida as an inaugural faculty member and administrator, currently holds the position of professor and associate dean for academic affairs. Dr. Schwartz oversees administration of the Pharm.D. curriculum and programmatic accreditation.
Professional experiences encompass a variety of practice environments. Dr. Schwartz has continuously participated in didactic and experiential training of pharmacy students and has also taught physician assistant and nurse practitioner students. Dr. Schwartz is a survey researcher whose investigations have included clinical services, professional socialization, and academic programming.
Julie M. Sease, Pharm. D.
University of South Carolina
Julie M. Sease, Pharm.D., is senior associate dean and a clinical professor at the University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of South Carolina in 2003 and completed a primary care pharmacy practice residency at the Dorn VA Medical Center in 2004. Dr. Sease then joined the faculty of her alma mater teaching there for five years and practicing in primary care at the Dorn VA. In 2009, she joined the Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy faculty, teaching a variety of topics including evidence-based medicine, anticoagulation, hypertension, dyslipidemia, and cirrhosis among others. She developed a practice site delivering diabetes and anticoagulation management at the Good Shepherd Free Medical Clinic and then provided clinical services and medical resident education at the Montgomery Center for Family Medicine. In 2012, Dr. Sease was honored with the school’s Teacher of the Year Award. From January 2013 until June 2019, Dr. Sease served as an administrator within the Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy, eventually as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. She returned to the University of South Carolina in July 2019 in her current role. Dr. Sease has experience relative to program assessment, accreditation, curriculum, experiential education, student progression, academic integrity, interprofessional education, and faculty development. She has published various articles and book chapters. In 2014, she was elected Fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy and, in 2017, completed the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Academic Leadership Fellows Program.
Representative to Administrative Board
Rodney A. Larson, Ph.D., RPh
Ferris State University
Rodney A. Larson, Ph.D., R.Ph., earned his B.S. in pharmacy from Ferris State University in 1988 and his Ph.D. in social and behavioral pharmacy from the University of Minnesota in 1994. He spent the next six years as an assistant professor of administrative sciences at Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho. In 2000, Dr. Larson returned to Ferris State University as the assistant dean of admissions and student academic affairs. In 2007, he left Michigan to become the founding dean of the Husson College School of Pharmacy in Maine. There, he led the program through full accreditation and five graduating classes before coming back to Ferris as the College of Pharmacy’s first assistant dean of academics and practice in 2018.
Dr. Larson’s involvement with AACP spans over three decades, as a graduate student, faculty member and administrator, attending many of the Annual or Interim meetings during this time period. He was member of the inaugural class of the Academic Leadership Fellow Program, and later served as a dean mentor to two other ALFP fellows. His dedication to the association is reflected in the service he has provided over the years. This includes serving as a reviewer for the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, as well as being an active member of the following AACP committees: Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT) Advisory Committee, Council of Deans Nomination Committee, Rufus A. Lyman Award Selection Committee, Planning Committee for the Social Administrative Sciences Academics Section of the Annual Meeting, Computer Technology Committee, and Finance Committee.
Steven J. Martin, Pharm.D.
Ohio Northern University
Steven J. Martin, Pharm.D., is dean of the Raabe College of Pharmacy at Ohio Northern University, joining the 137-year-old program in 2014. Prior to that, he was chairman of the Department of Pharmacy Practice and professor at The University of Toledo College of Pharmacy for 17 years. He previously served on the faculty at The University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Martin received B.S. and Pharm.D. degrees from Ferris State University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in critical care and infectious diseases pharmacotherapy at The University of Illinois at Chicago.
Dr. Martin has been a pharmacist for more than 35 years and engaged in pharmacy education for more than 25 years. He is a third-generation pharmacist, and has practiced pharmacy in independent community, chain-based community, and hospital and other institutional pharmacy settings, with each serving as an educational platform for students and residents. His research and practice have focused on critical care and infection during critical illness. Dr. Martin has published numerous books, book chapters, and manuscripts on infection, antimicrobial resistance, and critical illness. In recent years he has focused on growing novel pharmacy practices and expanding academic training throughout all aspects of the profession. Practice expansion has included institutional and ambulatory care settings, community pharmacy, care transition services, inbound and outbound call centers, mobile health clinics, and managed care.
Council of Faculties
Jennifer Danielson, Pharm.D., MBA
University of Washington
Jennifer Danielson, Pharm.D., MBA, began her career in pharmacy education in 1996—the last fourteen years of which on faculty at the University of Washington. She leads the team that oversees experiential education (EE) and student professional development and is an active instructor in skills and diabetes education courses. She has served as academic lead in interprofessional education (IPE) and was a member of her school’s change team that re-envisioned the curriculum to align with innovative educational methods as well as advances in state law that established financial reimbursement for provider roles. Prior to her current position as an endowed professor, she has been on faculty at Oregon State University, Campbell University, and University of Colorado. She earned her bachelor’s degree in pharmacy and Master of Business Administration degree from Drake University, followed by her Pharm.D. degree from the University of Colorado. She has also been a certified diabetes educator for over 20 years.
In addition to serving as chair of the EE Section (2015–2016) and chair of the Council of Sections (2017–2020) for the Academy, she is currently serving on the Professional Affairs Committee tasked with creating a resource for schools to use in support of faculty working as providers in clinical practice. As a member of the Board of Directors (2017–2020), she served as a member of the Strategic Planning Committee and the Leadership Development Taskforce seeking ways to diversify our pipeline for students and upcoming faculty leaders. Dr. Danielson has been a regular presenter at AACP Annual and Interim Meetings as well as presenting numerous other programs about IPE and EE-related topics at the international, national, and regional levels. She has been awarded the AACP Excellence in Experiential Education Scholarship twice (2015, 2017).
She has published multiple articles in AJPE that have become recommended reading for faculty in EE and IPE. She has spearheaded multiple projects aimed at integrating IPE and EE as well as mentored others in the academy to present and publish in her field. Her professional experience is a platform for establishing experiential education as a field in which to build an academic career. Her work in IPE is a launching pad for exploring how interprofessional collaboration will change health professions education in our future. She continues collaborate with others around the nation to seek ways to innovate practice-based education to expose students to pharmacist provider roles and advocates for providing explicit training in diagnosis skills as a part of pharmacy education.
Seena L. Haines, Pharm.D.
University of Mississippi
Seena L. Haines, Pharm.D., is chair, Department of Pharmacy Practice, and professor at The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy. Prior to her position at The University of Mississippi, she served as associate dean for faculty at Palm Beach Atlantic University (PBA-GSOP). She received more than $750,000 from local foundations for the creation and site replication of the pharmacotherapy model, Integrated Pharmacotherapy Services™ (a pharmacist-run, primary care, indigent clinic for the underserved in Palm Beach County). She served for seven years as director of pharmacy services at four community health centers and co-director of the Diabetes Education and Research Center. Dr. Haines has served as residency director for the ASHP (PGY-1) residency from 2008 to 2014. Achievements include board certification in ambulatory care practice, Fellow of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, Fellow of the American Pharmacists Association, Fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, AACP Outstanding Service Award, Pharmacy Practice Section, Distinguished Fellow National Academies of Practice, ASHP Distinguished Practitioner from the section of ambulatory care practitioners, AACP Innovation in Teaching Award, Preceptor of Distinction, Hero in Medicine, inaugural AACP academic leadership fellow, residency wellbeing coordinator, lead faculty for wellbeing and resiliency in the office of wellbeing, national board certified health and wellness coach, certified yoga instructor (RYT 500), and Ambassador for the Whole Health Institute.
Representative at Large
Jeff J. Cain, Ed.D., MS
University of Kentucky
Jeff J. Cain, Ed.D., M.S., is an associate professor and vice-chair for education in the Department of Pharmacy Practice & Science at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy. He also directs the Office of Teaching Innovation & Scholarship, as well as the UK-ASHP Teaching Certificate for Pharmacists Program.
Dr. Cain teaches a pharmacy management course and a creative thinking for innovation elective and is a faculty mentor for the community service learning and scholarship courses. He also mentors pharmacy students and residents through his academia rotation. He is actively involved in social and behavioral sciences research with numerous publications and presentations pertaining to digital media, well-being, and the scholarship of teaching and learning.
Dr. Cain has over 15 years of service and leadership within AACP. He has chaired numerous committees and groups including the Academic Affairs Committee, the Technology in Pharmacy Education & Learning SIG, the Council of Faculties (COF) Quorum Committee and is current chair of the COF Faculty Affairs Committee. Other service within the Council of Faculties includes COF Emerging Teaching Scholars Committee, COF Nominations Committee, COF Teaching Seminar Planning Committee, and COF Task Force for Best Practices in Quality Educational Programs. He is currently on the AACP Professionalism & Social Media Task Force and has also served on the Lyman Award Selection Committee, the Teaching Innovations Award Committee, and as a faculty mentor for the annual meeting’s New Faculty Mentor Program.
Dr. Cain was a 2013 AACP Academic Leadership Fellow and in 2017 was named an AACP Distinguished Teaching Scholar. He currently serves as associate editor of Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning and was the founding editor for Pulses scholarly blog.
Katherine O’Neal, Pharm.D., MBA
University of Oklahoma
Katherine O’Neal, Pharm.D., MBA, has been with The University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy since 2010, and is currently an associate professor in the Department of Pharmacy: Clinical and Administrative Sciences. Her clinical practice is with OU Health General Internal Medicine ambulatory care. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy from The University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy and completed a PGY1 in Community Practice with USA Drug and The University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy and a PGY2 in Ambulatory Care with The University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy in Tulsa, OK.
Dr. O’Neal’s practice area is within adult ambulatory medicine focusing on chronic disease states, especially diabetes, hypertension, dyslipidemia, and asthma. Her research interest centers on approaches to improve patient empowerment in self-management of chronic conditions as well as health literacy. She received her undergraduate degree (BSBA) in marketing with a communication minor and then Masters in Business Administration with an emphasis in computer information systems, both, from the University of Tulsa, Tulsa, Okla. In the past few years, she has had the honor of participating in cohort 14 of AACP’s Academic Leadership Fellow Program and locally, she served The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center as faculty senate chair.
Council of Sections
Timothy J. Bloom, Ph.D.
Timothy J. 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, to support his work on alterations in cyclic nucleotide phosphodiesterase expression in a mouse model of muscular dystrophy. His current scholarly interest is in aspects of the Pharm.D. curriculum, including communication with patients and service-learning. While at Campbell, Dr. Bloom served as vice chair for the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, chair of the Department Assessment and Curriculum Committees, co-chair of the College Assessment Committee, and co-chair of the College Curriculum Committee during a revision of the Pharm.D. curriculum. He was chair of the Campbell University’s Faculty Senate twice. Dr. Bloom currently serves at 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, serves as the COS Secretary of Knowledge Management, and has been on the AACP Student Affairs Committee for the past two years.
Adam Pate, Pharm.D.
University of Mississippi
Adam Pate, Pharm.D., is a clinical associate professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice at The University of Mississippi and maintains an active ambulatory care practice site. His research focuses on the scholarship of teaching and learning with an interest in student and faculty motivation, grit, resilience, and student success. He has been involved in projects ranging from evaluation of the impact of item writing on student performance, influence of grit on student success and faculty writing productivity, to most recently the impact of student test anxiety on NAPLEX performance. He has been actively involved in service to AACP most recently completing his term as Immediate past chair of the pharmacy practice section which has been one of the professional service highlights of his career.
Jeremy Hughes, Pharm.D.
Chicago State University
Jeremy Hughes, Pharm.D., EdD.c., currently leads the Office of Academic Affairs as the associate dean of academic affairs within the College of Pharmacy at Chicago State University. He oversees academic standards and progression, academic scheduling, and curricular and programmatic assessment. Dr. Hughes has also developed and implemented a cross-cohort case-based learning and case-based interprofessional activities and have designed and executed student portfolios targeting affective domain development utilizing reflective journal writing and competency assignments. He has served in academia for the past nine years in academic affairs, experiential education, and student affairs roles, and as a practitioner and preceptor for five different colleges of pharmacy since 2002.
Dr. Hughes is currently serving as the co-chair of the Resolutions Committee with the Administrative Services Section. During this time, and during his time as a member of AACP since 2012, he has also been involved with the Council of Faculties, Council of Deans, Leadership Development SIG, and Experiential Education Sections. Previously, in the Student Services SIG, he has served as chair-elect, chair, and immediate past chair.
Secretary of Knowledge Management
Tracy M. Hagemann, Pharm.D.
The University of Tennessee
Tracy M. Hagemann, Pharm.D., is professor and associate dean-Nashville, at the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy. She received her Pharm.D. degree in 1994 from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, completed a pharmacy practice residency at Regional One Health in Memphis, Tennessee and a pediatric pharmacotherapy residency at the University of Oklahoma. She has practiced in acute care pediatrics, specializing in pediatric hematology/oncology and palliative care. She maintains an active role in women’s health, leadership and immunization research. She has served on many state and national committees and organizations including a term on the Board of Directors for the Pediatric Pharmacy Association (PPA) and as a member of the Board of Regents for the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP). She has been recognized for her teaching and precepting. Dr. Hagemann is a Fellow of both ACCP and PPA and an alumnus of the AACP Academic Leadership Fellows Program. She has been an active member of AACP since 1996, serving on several standing committees, as faculty delegate, and past-chair of the Pediatric SIG. She has served on both the Nominations and Awards, as well as the Membership Engagement committees for the Administration Services Section. Currently, she is the co-chair of the Membership Engagement committee for the section. In her spare time Dr. Hagemann is a voracious reader, and loves to volunteer and travel.
Ajay K. Bommareddy, Ph.D.
Ajay K. Bommareddy, Ph.D., has been associated with AACP, serving in various roles since the beginning of his academic career in 2009. Within the Biological Sciences section, he most recently completed a two-year term as secretary and also served as a chair of “Innovations in Teaching” sub-committee for 2019–20. Additionally, he also served on the programming committee and mentorship program sub-committee within the section. He continues participating in reviewing proposals for new faculty research awards and also serves as an abstract reviewer for the annual AACP conference. Outside the section, he has volunteered at the in-person annual meetings and helped with the meetings/sessions.
On the academic side, Dr. Bommareddy continues instructing several courses within the biological sciences including A&P, medical microbiology, pharmacology, pharmacogenomics and phytochemicals at Nesbit School of Pharmacy, Wilkes University. He previously chaired different standing committees within the school and university. He maintains an active research program in the area of cancer and have thus far published 34 peer-reviewed articles and 40 abstracts. He received funding from AACP (New Faculty Research Award, 2010–11) and Wilkes University for his research activities.
Emily R. Esposito, Ph.D.
Emily R. Esposito, Ph.D, has promoted her love of biological sciences at Sullivan University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (SU-COPHS) focusing on pharmacology and medicinal chemistry education for over 11 years. In 2013, 2015 and 2021, she was awarded SU-COPHS Teacher of the Year. Dr. Esposito’s training includes a M.S. and Ph.D. in pharmacology and toxicology with an emphasis on xenobiotic induced fetal birth defects from the University of Louisville School of Medicine with training from the department of molecular, cellular, and craniofacial biology.
Dr. Esposito has held several leadership positions within her university, including, chair of health science education and resource development, chair of academic progressions, chair of Scholarship Committee, and interim director of student government. She currently advocates for students as the chapter advisor for two student organizations: AAPS and CPFI.
Nationally, Dr. Esposito continues to serve AACP through the Biological Sciences section. She has held various positions such as founding chair of the Innovations in Teaching Committee, and member of the Programming, Mentoring, and Membership committees. After working with many of her colleagues and obtaining diverse leadership roles within the Biological Sciences section, she was encouraged to continue to seek a role as chair elect to continue her service to the section. If elected, her goal is to engage the biological sciences community through novel programming, continue to promote innovations in teaching, and foster communication. Her vision is to re-promote the basic sciences community as fundamental building blocks to prepare compassionate pharmacists. S.D.G.
Kirk E. Hevener, Ph.D.
The University of Tennessee
Kirk E. Hevener, Ph.D., received his Pharm.D. (2005) and Ph.D. (2008) degrees from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, followed by postdoctoral fellowship training at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (2009) and University of Illinois at Chicago (2013).
From 2013 to 2017, he was a faculty member at Idaho State University College of Pharmacy with teaching responsibilities in pharmacology and medicinal chemistry of infectious disease agents. Since 2017, he has been a tenure-track faculty member at The University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy. His pharmacy teaching responsibilities at UT include medicinal chemistry of antimicrobial agents, steroids, adrenergics, cholinergic agents, and Intro Pharmacy small groups. He also directs several graduate-level courses, including computer-aided molecular design and macromolecular structural biology.
He has recently been recognized with a UTHSC SGAEC Excellence in Teaching Award (2020) and an Outstanding Teacher Award from The University of Tennessee National Alumni Association (2020). He is an active member of the American Chemical Society, American Society for Microbiology, Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists, AAAS, and AACP. He is a past recipient of an AACP New Investigator Award and has served as a member of the AACP Nominating Committee (2017).
He also served on the SIDP Research Committee (2016) and as a member of several funding agency study sections (NSF, NIH, DoD). He leads an active research laboratory at UT focusing on structure-guided design of novel antibacterial agents. He has over 40 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters and has successfully competed for nearly $2M in federal funding as principal investigator.
Jozef Stec, Ph.D.
Marshall B. Ketchum University
Jozef Stec, Ph.D., serves as a professor of pharmaceutical sciences at Marshall B. Ketchum University's College of Pharmacy. He obtained degrees and training in molecular and pharmaceutical biotechnology (M.Sc. with honors, Gdansk University of Technology, Poland); Synthetic Organic and Medicinal Chemistry (Ph.D., University of Southampton, England, U.K.); and medicinal chemistry (postdoctoral fellow, University of Illinois at Chicago).
Throughout his academic career, Dr. Stec has been teaching the principles of medicinal chemistry and biochemistry as well as mentoring and advising student pharmacists. His passion for teaching was recognized by multiple awards, including Teacher of the Year Awards.
Dr. Stec’s research interests are in the field of widely understood synthetic organic and medicinal chemistry. Along with his group members, Dr. Stec is focused on the rational design and synthesis of small molecules with prospective antibacterial and antiprotozoal activity as well as chemical probes for investigating the function of orphan nuclear receptors. His scholarly productivity is reflected in manuscripts published in peer-reviewed journals, frequent conference presentations, and invited research seminars.
Dr. Stec is involved in numerous College- and University-wide service activities and has held various committees’ leadership positions. At national and international level, Dr. Stec serves as a reviewer for 25 scientific journals, symposium and grant proposals; editorial board member; organizer and chair of scientific symposia and outreach events. He also contributes as an active committee and task force member within professional organizations such as the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), the American Chemical Society (ACS), and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
Continuing Professional Development
Stephen A. Brown, J.D., Pharm.D.
Stephen A. Brown, J.D., Pharm.D., is an assistant professor of pharmacy practice at McWhorter School of Pharmacy at Samford University. He has been an active member of AACP since joining in 2019 and has been involved in the CPD section since that time, to include developing and delivering programming for annual meetings.
Dr. Brown received his B.S. from Middle Tennessee State University, his J.D. from Cumberland School of Law, and his Pharm.D. from McWhorter School of Pharmacy.
Dr. Brown’s research interests include CPD, pharmacy law, and advancing community pharmacy practice. He currently serves as principal investigator on a grant aimed at increasing the number of practices accredited to provide diabetes self-monitoring education (DSME).
Dr. Brown serves on committees for the Alabama Pharmacy Association and Alabama Medicaid. He teaches pharmacy law in both the Doctor of Pharmacy and pharmacy technician curricula, maintains a part-time advanced community pharmacy practice, and serves as residency program director for the community-based pharmacy residency.
Oliver Grundmann, Ph.D.
University of Florida
Oliver Grundmann, Ph.D., is clinical professor and director of graduate studies in pharmaceutical chemistry and clinical toxicology at the University of Florida College of Pharmacy. He has been an active member of the AACP CPD section since 2019 serving as the chair of the resolutions committee and has been an AACP member since 2012.
Dr. Grundmann received his B.Pharm. from the University of Münster in Germany in 2004 before joining the University of Florida (UF) for his graduate studies focusing on CNS active natural products. During his graduate studies, he completed an M.S. in forensic toxicology, before completing his Ph.D. in 2007, followed by his postdoctoral research at the University of Arizona. He returned to UF as an assistant professor to lead two graduate programs in pharmaceutical chemistry and clinical toxicology which he has been directing since 2014 after completing a Master of Education degree in curriculum and instruction.
Although his position is primarily centered on teaching, Dr. Grundmann shares a passion for life-long learning given many of his learners are working professionals seeking to advance their careers. His publications do include novel teaching approaches and technologies to assist both instructors and learners alike. He still remains active in the area of natural products research as well.
Past and present leadership positions include secretary and chair of the education committee of the American College of Clinical Pharmacology (ACCP), and chair of the international advisory board for the National Science Teaching Association (NSTA).
Jamila J. Jorden, Pharm.D.
Jamila J. Jorden, Pharm.D., received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the Howard University College of Pharmacy and her MBA from Drexel University both in 2013. She completed a PGY-1 at the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. She worked in a variety of roles in pharmacy practice, including hospital clinical-staff pharmacist and managed care pharmacist. Dr. Jorden developed a passion for working with student pharmacists and pharmacists just starting off in their careers while precepting IPPE and APPE students who completed an experience at her practice site. Dr. Jorden also precepted summer interns at the Foundations of Managed Care Pharmacy/ Pfizer. For over 10 years, Dr. Jorden was the residency program director for the ASHP accredited PGY-1 managed care program at PerformRx. Dr. Jorden returned to her alma mater as an assistant professor and the assistant director of experiential programs at Howard University College of Pharmacy, and then expanded her role to become the director of experiential program for the College of Pharmacy. She is responsible for the practical experience component of the pharmacy curriculum. In addition to her work with the College of Pharmacy, Dr. Jorden is also a member of the Washington, D.C., Pharmacy Association (currently the director of government and professional affairs), the Washington Metropolitan Society of Health Systems Pharmacists (a past board member), the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (currently a member of the Legislative and Regulatory Action Committee), the American Pharmacists Association, the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy and various civic organizations.
Lindsey H. Welch, Pharm.D.
The University of Georgia
Lindsey H. Welch, Pharm.D., is the APPE director at The University of Georgia College of Pharmacy. Dr. Welch has 11 years of faculty experience in pharmacy experiential education, beginning with a role as the third year IPPE coordinator where she coordinated ambulatory care-based IPPEs. She has served as the APPE director since 2013. Dr. Welch graduated with her Pharm.D. from The University of Georgia College of Pharmacy and completed a PGY-1 pharmacy residency at Columbus Regional Healthcare System in Columbus, Ga.
Dr. Welch has been an active member of AACP since 2011 and a regular attendee at Annual Meetings and EE Institutes. She has served AACP on the following committees: COS Standing Rules and Procedures Committee, EE Section Task Force for Mapping EPAs to APPEs, EE Resolutions, EE Scholarship (chair, 2015–2016), EE Abstract Review, EE Programming, Leadership Development SIG Communications Subcommittee member and Programming Committee member. She served as the EE Section Secretary of Knowledge Management from 2019–2021 and has represented EE in multiple ACPE-facilitated invitational conferences. Dr. Welch is an active member and past chair of the Southeastern Pharmacy Experiential Education Consortium. She has authored/co-authored over 30 publications and presentations in the area of EE, including being an invited speaker at state, regional and national levels.
Dr. Welch is also active in the Georgia Pharmacy Association and received the 2015 Distinguished Young Pharmacist Award. In addition, she has served as the faculty advisor for UGA’s American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists since 2012.
Library and Information Science
Kayce Gill, MS
Kayce Gill, M.S., is the associate health sciences librarian for the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at Lipscomb University. She earned a Master of Science degree in information science from The University of Tennessee–Knoxville and a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Lipscomb University. In her role with the College, Gill is responsible for teaching faculty and students how to effectively and efficiently use health sciences library resources and research tools, collaborating with faculty on research projects, and managing the health sciences library resources and budget. She works with approximately 25+ courses across the health sciences programs. Her research interests include health sciences students’ confidence in their literature evaluation skills, health sciences students’ information-seeking behaviors, and the use of gamification to teach information literacy principles. She is actively involved in AACP and currently serves on the LIS Membership Committee and Professional Resources Committee.
Christopher Giuliano, Pharm.D.
Wayne State University
Christopher Giuliano, Pharm.D., 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 at Ascension St. John Hospital. In addition to providing clinical service and teaching, he has published over 40 papers across multiple journals including the Journal of the Medical Library Association. Research topics include pharmacy student use of drug information resources, improving patient education on medications, and developing new pharmacy services. He has received grants from ACCP on a multicenter project developed in partnership within another LIS member and from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to build capacity to evaluate disparities in atrial fibrillation outcomes in the Detroit community.
Dr. Giuliano has been a member of the LIS section since developing his first course in 2012, drug literature evaluation. He now coordinates a problem-based learning course that incorporates evidence based medicine with clinical problem solving. He has served as the resolutions committee chair in the LIS section and has been actively engaged in the mentorship program. Lastly, he serves as a multidisciplinary leader for the Michigan Chapter of American College of Cardiology cardiovascular team, which is composed of nurses, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, technologists, social workers, pharmacists, rehabilitation specialists, spiritual support, administrative support staff and many others.
Secretary of Knowledge Management
Ivan Portillo, MLIS
Ivan Portillo, MLIS, is the health sciences librarian and coordinator of Rinker Campus Library Services at the Leatherby Libraries at Chapman University. He is the subject liaison for the School of Pharmacy as well as the departments of physical therapy, physician assistant, and communication sciences and disorders in the Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences. He oversees the Health Sciences Study Commons at the Harry and Diane Rinker Health Science Campus, where he provides reference, instruction and research services. Portillo has been a health sciences librarian since 2013 and has been actively involved in the AACP LIS Section since 2015. He has been a member of the Communications Committee, Membership Committee, Programming Committee, and Professional Resources Committee. Portillo is also one of the co-editors of the AACP Basic Resources of Pharmacy Education.
Jason Reed, MLIS
Jason Reed, MLIS, joined Purdue University Libraries and School of Information Studies in the fall of 2016 as an assistant professor and health sciences information specialist and a courtesy appointment with the Department of Pharmacy Practice since 2020. Prior to joining Purdue, Reed was an assistant professor at Kansas State University for three years. He earned his Master of Library Science degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2013.
At Purdue, he serves as a liaison to the College of Pharmacy Professional Program and the departments of Health and Kinesiology, Public Health, and Consumer Science. Reed is active within the College of Pharmacy where he teaches within the Professional Program’s Professional Skill Labs, co-teaches an elective course “Conversations About Death and Dying,” and serves as an ex-officio member of the curriculum committee. Reed has been an active member of LIS since joining AACP in 2017, serving at various times on the awards committee, communication committee, programing committee, and he has contributed to the LIS basic resources list.
Bhaskara R. Jasti, Ph.D.
University of the Pacific
Bhaskara R. Jasti, Ph.D., is a professor of pharmaceutics and medicinal chemistry at University of the Pacific. He received his Ph.D. in pharmaceutics from University of the Pacific, California, M.S. in pharmacology from Jadavpur University and B.S. in pharmacy from Kakatiya University, India. He is a fellow of AAPS, and life-long member of AACP.
Dr. Jasti’s laboratory research is focusing on the transport and predictive modelling in oral mucosal drug delivery. He is also designing micelles with integrin ligands for the targeted delivery of chemotherapeutic agents. Dr. Jasti was recognized by University of the Pacific with Long’s Fellowship and Eberhardt Teacher Scholar, Distinguished Faculty of the Year awards. Dr. Jasti is a founding member and served as the chair of AAPS Bay Area Discussion Group (BADG). Dr. Jasti has published over 90 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters and co-edited two books. His work is funded by both federal (NIH, NSF) and pharmaceutical industry. Dr. Jasti serves on NIH study sections and is the referee for over 10 journals.
Michael Gonyeau, Pharm.D.
Michael Gonyeau, Pharm.D., 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, Mass. 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 assistant dean of academic affairs and assessment in the Bouvé College of Health Sciences School of Pharmacy. He focuses on curriculum and co-curriculum development and delivery, developing/implementing new instructional and assessment strategies, methods and 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 numerous teaching awards and continues to revel in the student-educator dynamic in the didactic and experiential settings. His published/presented works focus on curriculum and course design/innovation and the scholarship of application. He is a board-certified pharmacotherapy specialist, a fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy and the National Academies of Practice and has completed the AACP Leadership Fellows Program (go Cohort 5!). AACP involvement includes past chair of the Curriculum SIG, the COS Practice Section Classroom Engagement Task Force, Rules and Resolutions committee and membership on the Pharmacy Practice JCPP Pharmacist Patient Care Process Task Force, Professional Affairs Committee, Annual Meeting Programming Committee, and just completed service on the Academic Affairs Committee.
Pamela Moye-Dickerson, Pharm.D.
Pamela Moye-Dickerson, Pharm.D., received her Pharm.D. from The University of Georgia. Dr. Moye-Dickerson joined the faculty at Mercer University College of Pharmacy in Atlanta, Ga., after completing a PGY-1 pharmacy residency at Duke University Hospital and a PGY-2 internal medicine specialty residency at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center. She is now a clinical associate professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice.
In academia, Dr. Moye-Dickerson is passionate about team-based learning and preparing students to be competent, caring, and patient-centered clinicians. Her practice and research focus on the expansion of clinical pharmacy globally and transitions of care with an overall goal of making a difference in today’s society through contributions in advancing pharmacy practice by expanding the role of a clinical pharmacist that will improve patient outcomes.
Since 2013, Dr. Moye-Dickerson has assisted in developing and facilitating six international pharmacy preceptor development workshops in Nigeria. Her most recent global endeavors include being appointed as a faculty member at the American University College of Medicine's Allied Health Professional College in the Republic of Ghana.
Dr. Moye-Dickerson’s past and current leadership roles include appointment as chair of AACP’s Pharmacy Practice Section Faculty Development Committee, standing member of AHRQ’s Healthcare Information Technology Research Study Section, and the GA Steering Committee and Mentoring Taskforce for American Academy of HIV Medicine. Recently, Dr. Moye-Dickerson received the Distinguished Educator Award for her innovations in teaching and the Excellence in Service Award for her dedication to her profession and community.
Secretary of Knowledge Management
Jane E. Krause, MS, RPh
Jane E. Krause, M.S., R.Ph., is clinical associate professor of pharmacy practice at Purdue University College of Pharmacy. Her teaching/course coordinator responsibilities are associated with introductory pharmacy topics, pharmaceutical calculations, nonsterile compounding, patient counseling, substance use disorders, and service-learning initiatives. She offers an academic pharmacy APPE along with teaching and research assistant positions. She is chair of the Pharm.D. Curriculum Committee, co-chair of Pharmacy Women for Purdue, board member of the Purdue Pharmacy Alumni Association, faculty advisor to Phi Lambda Sigma, faculty fellow for the Pre-Pharmacy Learning Community, and past-chair of the College’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee. Recent awards include the College’s Innovation in Teaching and Learning Award, the College’s Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award, and is a Purdue Teaching Academy Fellow. Corresponding to community outreach, she received the Cardinal Health Generation Rx Champions Award and the Bowl of Hygeia Award.
Krause is active with the Indiana Pharmacists Alliance (IPA) and was co-chair of the IPA Education Council for eight years. Since 2010, she has served as a speaker at the IPA NAPLEX Review offered each spring. She is also active with AACP. Within the AACP pharmacy practice section, she has served as Membership Committee vice-chair (one year) and chair (two years). This year, she was vice-chair of the Awards Committee within the section and a mentor for the section’s newly created Mentorship Program. She has also served on the COF Teacher’s Seminar Planning Committee and has been an AACP-Walmart Scholar faculty mentor six times.
Jamie L. Wagner, Pharm.D.
The University of Mississippi
Jamie L. Wagner, Pharm.D., is a clinical associate professor at The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy. She has been an active member of AACP since she became a faculty member in 2015 through her service within the Leadership Development SIG, Women’s Faculty SIG, CPD Section, Pharmacy Practice Section, and the Council of Faculties. She has also had the opportunity to serve the Academy on the Academic Affairs Committee and the Bylaws and Policy Development Committee. Additionally, Dr. Wagner has been elected twice by The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy to serve as the School’s delegate to the AACP House of Delegates. Not only has Dr. Wagner served on committees within the Academy, but she has also had the opportunity to lead. Within the Council of Faculties, she served as the chair of the Junior Faculty Learning Community from 2017-2018 and just recently completed her tenure as the Secretary of Knowledge Management. Through these roles, she was able to network with multiple other faculty, develop and employ educational ways to engage the Council of Faculties members on AACP Connect, and help develop the COF Annual Meeting Ambassador program. Her passion for education and service are evident within her current and past involvement within AACP, and she wishes to continue serving as the Secretary of Knowledge Management for the Pharmacy Practice Section.
Social and Administrative Sciences
Aleda M. H. Chen, Ph.D.
Aleda M. H. Chen, Ph.D., is associate dean and associate professor at Cedarville School of Pharmacy (CUSOP), where she oversees assessment and research. She earned her Pharm.D. from Ohio Northern University and her M.S. (pharmacy practice) and Ph.D. (dual-title in pharmacy practice & gerontology) from Purdue University and then joined the faculty at Cedarville, where she has been for 10 years. Dr. Chen is a member of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), and the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP). She is a fellow of APhA and has served or chaired several committees at APhA and AACP, including organizing several webinars for AACP SAS Programming Committee.
Dr. Chen has an active research program, with a focus on motivational interviewing and pharmacy education assessment. She has published over 60 papers and presented over 130 papers at professional meetings. She has received the Cedarville University Scholar of the Year award in 2020, and her paper received AACP SAS Best Research Publication Award in 2021. She currently serves as an associate editor for the Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy journal.
Dr. Chen teaches research methods and integrates the social and administrative sciences (SAS) throughout the curriculum, including working with the faculty to integrate SAS into every disease-based module. She received the AACP Teacher of the Year Award in 2014.
Kimberly B. Garza, Ph.D.
Kimberly B. Garza, Ph.D., is an associate professor of health outcomes research and policy at Auburn University’s Harrison School of Pharmacy. She received her Pharm.D. from Auburn and both her MBA and Ph.D. from West Virginia University. Dr. Garza’s research involves the application of behavioral economics to study preventive health behaviors, including medication adherence, diet, physical activity, and immunization. Specifically, she studies incentive systems that help individuals engage in and maintain preventive health behaviors, and the use of digital technologies, such as virtual reality and haptic devices, to influence perceived risk and severity of disease. Dr. Garza has over 40 peer-reviewed publications and is currently funded by an NIAMS P30 grant. She teaches in both the Pharm.D. and graduate programs at the Harrison School of Pharmacy and has played an instrumental role in curricular redesign for the Practice Ready Curriculum. Her passion for graduate education is exemplified by her role as Graduate Program Officer. Dr. Garza was recognized by the Harrison School of Pharmacy as the Dr. Lucinda Maine Pharmacy Education Fellow in 2018 and by the Graduate Student Council as an Outstanding Graduate Mentor that same year. In 2019, she received the American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education William M. Heller Mentor of the Year Award. She has been a member of the SAS section for 14 years and served as chair of the SAS Graduate Programs Committee for two. Other service to AACP includes past chair of both the Research and Graduate Affairs Committee (2020–21) and the Graduate Education SIG (2019–20).
Secretary of Knowledge Management
Amany K. Hassan, Ph.D.
Amany K. Hassan, Ph.D., is an associate professor and the director of assessment and accreditation at D’Youville School of Pharmacy in Buffalo, N.Y. Dr. Hassan has been a member of AACP since 2013 and served on many of the SAS section committees and co-chaired the curriculum committee in 2019. She has also served as a reviewer of the SAS section New Investigator Award and the annual meeting abstracts for several years. Dr. Hassan’s research interests include health outcomes research with a focus on the comparative safety and bleeding risk of Direct Oral Anticoagulants. She also conducts scholarship of teaching and learning to evaluate innovative teaching approaches such as longitudinal learning and use of educational games in the Pharm.D. curriculum. In the local community, Dr. Hassan is helping students address the needs of vulnerable and minority patients by identifying and addressing risk factors related to the social determinants of health.
Ranjani Varadarajan, Ph.D.
Ranjani Varadarajan, Ph.D., is an associate professor at the Department of Pharmacy Practice at the Bernard J. Dunn School of Pharmacy at Shenandoah University. She earned her bachelor’s in pharmacy from Mumbai University, India, and pursued her master’s and doctorate degrees from Auburn University, Alabama, in pharmaceutical health outcomes and policy with a special focus on patient safety and health care quality. She underwent her post-doctoral training at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis. Prior to entering academia, Dr. Varadarajan worked as a patient safety researcher, and collaborated with pharmacy and physician researchers, human factors engineers and healthcare design architects on projects focusing on patient safety and designing safer hospitals. Her service philosophy stems from the belief that the best way to optimize service contributions to your organization, as well your community, is by fostering a collaborative culture, and constantly finding personal and professional growth opportunities within and outside the organization you wish to serve. Dr. Varadarajan currently serves as the chair of the ESAS Abstract review committee at APhA (American Pharmacists Association). She has also served at the education co-chair for the Academic Affairs Committee at the Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA). During her academic tenure at Shenandoah University, she has constantly strived to achieve competence and excellence in the core areas of academia and foster a collaborative culture by being involved in innovative pedagogical, as well as outcomes related projects, in the areas of pharmacy administration, health informatics and healthcare quality and safety.