David D. Allen, R.Ph., Ph.D.
Dean and Professor
Executive Director of the Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences
The University of Mississippi
Dr. David D. Allen is dean of The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy, professor of pharmacology and executive director and research professor of UM's Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences.
Dr. Allen received his bachelor's degree in pharmacy and Ph.D. in pharmaceutical sciences at the University of Kentucky. He has been licensed to practice pharmacy in five states and has been a visiting scientist in Chile, France and Switzerland, as well as at the Laboratory of Neurosciences' Neurochemistry and Brain Transport Section of the National Institute of Health's National Institute on Aging, where he also was an Intramural Research Training Award Fellow.
He serves as the 2019-2020 immediate past president of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. He was designated a fellow of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists in 2004, the National Academies of Practice in 2009 and the American Pharmacists Association in 2011. He is a member of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists, the Society for Neuroscience and the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy's Council of Deans, which he chaired. He also chaired AACP's Biological Sciences Section and Student Services Special Interest Group.
Ahmd Azab, Pharm.D., MSLOC
Vice Chair of Clinical Sciences
California Health Sciences University
Dr. Ahmd Azab is the vice chair of clinical sciences at California Health Sciences University. His continuing education efforts have revolved around adult development and organizational change as well as certification in organizational and leadership coaching. He is responsible for clinical sciences faculty development and support, practice partnership development, and program excellence efforts. Previous experiences have included director of experiential education, and clinical coordinator for staff development and education.
Jennifer L. Bacci, Pharm.D., M.P.H., BCACP
University of Washington
Dr. Jennifer L. Bacci is an assistant professor at the University of Washington School of Pharmacy. Her research, teaching and service focus in the application of implementation science to evaluate and advance the adoption and reach of innovative patient care models in community pharmacy. Her past research has investigated the implementation and impact of a variety of community pharmacist patient care services, including immunizations, medication therapy management, and pharmacist prescribing facilitated by collaborative practice agreements. Dr. Bacci completed her Pharm.D. at the University of Pittsburgh followed by a PGY-1 community residency with the University of Pittsburgh and Rite Aid Pharmacy. She then completed a two-year community pharmacy research fellowship and master’s in public health at the University of Pittsburgh to gain specialized training in community pharmacy-based research and implementation science. Dr. Bacci currently serves on the Washington State Pharmacy Association Board of Directors, the ACT Pharmacy Collaborative Task Force, and the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association Editorial Advisory Board.
Robert D. Beckett, Pharm.D., R.Ph., BCPS
Director of the Drug Information Center
Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice
Assistant Dean for Assessment
Dr. Robert D. Beckett currently serves as director of the Drug Information Center, associate professor of pharmacy practice, and, as of September 2019, assistant dean for assessment at Manchester University College of Pharmacy, Natural and Health Sciences. Prior to assuming the role of assistant dean, Dr. Beckett served as vice chair for pharmacy practice, where he managed faculty workload and mentorship. He has approximately 35 published peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, most of which are related to drug information practice or teaching. Dr. Beckett was a winner of the 2014 Indiana Distinguished Young Pharmacist Award, the 2017 AACP Emerging Teaching-Scholar Award, and completed the AACP Academic Leadership Fellows Program in 2019.
Arthur Christopoulos, B.Pharm., Ph.D.
Professor, Analytical Pharmacology
Dean, Faculty of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences
Dr. Arthur Christopoulos is professor of analytical pharmacology and dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences, Monash University. His research focuses on novel paradigms of drug action at G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs), the largest class of drug targets, and encompasses molecular and cellular pharmacology, medicinal chemistry, structural and chemical biology, mathematical and computational modeling, and animal models of disease. He has pioneered methods for detection, validation and quantification of GPCR allosteric modulators and biased agonists, been involved in the discovery of first-in-class drugs for numerous receptors, and made seminal contributions to understanding the structural and chemical basis of drug action.
Dr. Christopoulos has over 300 publications (h index 78), over 180 invited presentations, served on the editorial board of eight international journals, consults for numerous companies, and is a councilor of the International Union of Basic and Clinical Pharmacology (IUPHAR). From 2014 to the present, Thomson Reuters/Clarivate Analytics have named him a Highly-Cited Researcher (top 1% worldwide) in pharmacology and toxicology.
Imogen R. Coe
Professor, Chemistry and Biology
Dr. Imogen R. Coe was the founding dean of the Faculty of Science from 2012 to 2018 and is a professor of chemistry and biology at Ryerson University. She is also an affiliate scientist at St. Michael’s Hospital, where her research group studies drug transport proteins. She is the vice president of the Canadian Molecular Biosciences Society and sits on various boards, including the Michael Garron Hospital and the Canadian Mining Innovation Council. In addition to her work as a research scientist, Dr. Coe is internationally recognized as a Canadian thought leader in the area of equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). She has advised academia, government and industry on best practices and approaches to improve EDI and has contributed to national dialogue about these issues through various platforms. She is much in demand as a speaker and panelist and has received numerous awards for her advocacy work.
Marian Costelloe, M.A., GradDipEd
General Manager, Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Marian Costelloe is general manager in the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at Monash University, Parkville campus. Ms. Costelloe joined pharmacy in 2004, after spending over 17 years at the University of Melbourne in various senior management roles including general manager in the vice-chancellor’s office. Ms. Costelloe’s background is in education and she has had experience in a number of international business development projects involving industry and university collaborations. She holds a Master of Arts degree and a Graduate Diploma in Education from The University of Melbourne.
Vicki L. Ellingrod, Pharm.D., FCCP
Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education
Professor, Psychiatry and Psycholgy
University of Michigan
Dr. Vicki L. Ellingrod is the associate dean for research and graduate education in the College of Pharmacy at the University of Michigan. She is also a professor of psychiatry and psychology. Within the University of Michigan, she serves as associate director of the Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research (MICHR), which provides training to other health professionals wanting training to do clinical research. She obtained her bachelor’s degree and Pharm.D. from the University of Minnesota and then completed a postdoctoral fellowship in psychopharmacology/pharmacogenetics at the University of Iowa, followed by joining the faculty there as an assistant professor. Her research has focused on identification of genetic markers related to drug response in mental illness and has been funded by NIMH (National Institute of Mental Health) the FDA, and industry. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Michigan, Dr. Ellingrod was a practicing clinical pharmacist working on the medical psychiatry unit at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Dr. Ellingrod is a founding member of the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists and a full member of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP). She also serves as scientific editor for Pharmacotherapy and is an editor on the DiPiro textbook Pharmacotherapy, A Pathophysiologic Approach.
Janet P. Engle, Pharm.D., Ph.D. (Hon), FAPhA, FCCP, FNAP
Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education
Dr. Janet P. Engle is the executive director of the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). She is past president of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), the national professional society of pharmacists with more than 60,000 members. She has served as a voting member of the FDA Nonprescription Drug Advisory Committee and continues as a special government employee consultant to FDA. Dr. Engle is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Board of Pharmacy Specialties. Dr. Engle was elected as a Distinguished Practitioner in the National Academies of Practice in Pharmacy. Dr. Engle has also been named a fellow of the APhA Academy of Pharmacy Practice and Management and a Fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy. She also has received the APhA Distinguished Achievement Award for Clinical/Pharmacotherapeutic Practice.
Dr. Engle is an internationally recognized expert on the topics of nonprescription medicines, pharmacy education, and leadership and is very active in international pharmacy. She has served as chair of the ACPE International Commission and is serving a third term as overseas expert of the Post Graduate Allied Health Institute Board at Singapore General Hospital. Dr. Engle has worked with National Taiwan University and was a guest professor at Harbin Medical University in China. She worked with the Pharmacy Council of Thailand and received an honorary Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences from Khon Kaen University in Thailand. She has served as a consultant to the Western Pacific Region of the World Health Organization. She has practiced pharmacy in community, hospital, long-term care and pharmacy-directed ambulatory clinic settings.
David Fuentes, Pharm.D., MSOL, SHRM-CP, Ed.Dc.
Executive Associate Dean
California Health Sciences University
Dr. David Fuentes is the executive associate dean and professor at California Health Sciences University. He oversees all of the chief operations of the college and ensures organizational health and collaboration across all departments, offices, and functional units. Additionally, he has served as an academic, practitioner, and preceptor for across five different pharmacy programs in faculty and administrative roles. Dr. Fuentes is certified in Gallup strengths-based coaching, lean systems and human resources, in addition to having formal education in organizational leadership and organizational psychology.
Diane B. Ginsburg, Ph.D., M.S., R.Ph., FASHP
Associate Dean for Healthcare Partnerships
G.D. Searle Endowed Fellow in Pharmacy
The University of Texas at Austin
Dr. Diane B. Ginsburg completed her B.S. in pharmacy at the University of Pittsburgh School of pharmacy and M.S. at the University of Houston College of Pharmacy. She completed a two-year ASHP-accredited residency in hospital pharmacy administration at the Methodist Hospital in Houston, Tex. She received her Doctor of Philosophy degree in higher education administration and leadership in the College of Education at The University of Texas at Austin. She is currently clinical professor in the Pharmacy Practice Division, associate dean for healthcare partnerships, and G.D. Searle endowed fellow in pharmacy at The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy. She is also a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach.
She has been active with the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and served as president and a three-year term on the Board of Directors. She has served ASHP in several capacities including: chair, Council on Educational Affairs; AJHP Editorial Advisory Board; Texas delegate, co-coordinator, National Clinical Skills Competition. She is co-editor of Infectious Disease Pharmacotherapy Self-Assessment and an author and editor of ASHP’s Preceptor’s Handbook for Pharmacists. She was inducted as fellow the ASHP in 1998. She also served as chair of the ASHP Research and Education Foundation Board of Directors.
She is a past president of the Texas Society of Health-System Pharmacists (TSHP) and TSHP Research & Education Foundation. She has received several honors and awards including the 2005 Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy and is a 2016 recipient of the Texas Ex Students Association Texas Ten Award recognizing the 10 most talented and inspiring professors at The University of Texas at Austin.
Dr. Ginsburg is internationally known for her work on ethics and the legal and regulatory aspects of pharmacy and healthcare.
Eliud Hernández, Ph.D.
University of Puerto Rico
Co-founder and COO
MBQ Pharma, Inc.
Dr. Eliud Hernández is associate professor of medicinal chemistry in the School of Pharmacy of University Puerto Rico. He graduated in 2006 of a Ph.D. in Chemistry in the area of organic synthesis and methodology from University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus. In 2008, he completed a post-doc in the area of medicinal chemistry in the School of Pharmacy Medical Sciences Campus at the University of Puerto Rico, also working as an adjunct professor. Also in 2008, Dr. Hernández became member of the faculty of the UPR School of Pharmacy as an assistant professor. Dr. Hernández teaches medicinal chemistry and drug discovery courses in the graduate and Pharm.D. programs of the School of Pharmacy. In 2013, was promoted to associate professor, and his major area of research is the discovery of anti-metastatic drugs through targeted inhibition of key proteins that regulates actin-rich structures. In 2013, he received the New Investigator Award funded by the AACP, to investigate new inhibitors of the protein Rac1 in neuroblastomas. Currently, his investigations are funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to investigate the synthesis and discovery of inhibitors of N-WASP proteins in metastatic cells. Dr. Hernández is co-founder and chief operating officer (COO) of MBQ Pharma, Inc. MBQ Pharma is a biopharmaceutical company with the goal to develop anti-metastatic drugs for the treatment of breast cancer patients.
Jeremy Hughes, Pharm.D., Ed.Dc.
Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and Enrollment
California Health Sciences University
Dr. Jeremy Hughes is the assistant dean for student affairs and enrollment and associate professor at California Health Sciences University. He is responsible for co-curricular student activities, student issues, student senate and student organizations within the school. Additionally, he manages the admissions process, student matriculation, and faculty guidance regarding service and student advising. He has served as a practitioner and preceptor for several years and has served in academia for the past seven years in both experiential education and student affairs.
Angela Kashuba, Pharm.D.
John A. and Margaret P. McNeill, Sr. Distinguished Professor
Dean, Eshelman School of Pharmacy
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Dr. Angela Kashuba received her bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from the University of Toronto and her Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from SUNY Buffalo. She completed a residency at Women’s College Hospital, and a clinical pharmacology research fellowship at the Clinical Pharmacology Research Center at Bassett Healthcare in Cooperstown, NY.
She has been on faculty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill since 1997, and is past chair of the Division of Pharmacotherapy and Experimental Therapeutics in the Eshelman School of Pharmacy. She leads a research laboratory focused on optimizing antiretroviral pharmacology in the treatment, prevention, and eradication of HIV infection. Her laboratory has authored over 250 manuscripts and received over $25 million in research funding. As of October 1, 2019, she is the John A. and Margaret P. McNeill, Sr. Distinguished Professor and dean of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Eshelman School of Pharmacy.
Richard J. Kasmer, Pharm.D., J.D.
Dean, College of Pharmacy and Vice President, Academic Affairs Northeast Ohio Medical University
Dr. Kasmer has over 30 years of diversified clinical, development, operations and leadership experience. A strategic minded individual with a documented history of building and leading teams to accomplish short- and long-term goals & objectives. His primary area of expertise is Pharmacy Law and legal related matters.
Richard “Tripp” N. Logan, III, Pharm.D.
Medical Arts Pharmacy
Dr. Tripp Logan received his Pharm.D. from the University of Missouri–Kansas City School of Pharmacy in 2002. After graduation, he returned to his native Charleston, Mo., to practice pharmacy with his father, Richard. The Logan family currently owns and operates two independent community pharmacies in the Southeast Missouri area with a strong focus on patient care and pharmacy quality. In early 2013, they launched MedHere Today, a Nashville-based pharmacy quality consulting firm. Their mission is to help healthcare stakeholders expand and grow their quality initiatives by leveraging the true value driven by community pharmacies. That mission was expanded in December of 2017 with launch of the community pharmacy industry's first enhanced service driven GSO, ESPhA.
Dr. Logan is a registered pharmacist in the state of Missouri and currently practices at L&S Pharmacy and Medical Arts Pharmacy. He also serves in measure development leadership at the Pharmacy Quality Alliance, is NCPA’s board liaison to the Pharmacy Quality Alliance, is an NCPA Innovation Center board member, a Community Pharmacy Enhanced Service Network (CPESN-USA) national luminary, Missouri’s Community Pharmacy Enhanced Service Network (CPESN-MO) lead luminary, the 2014 NCPA Outstanding Adherence Practitioner of the Year Award recipient, 2018 Next Generation Pharmacist finalist, partner at MedHere Today Consulting, and chief operating officer at the Enhanced Service Pharmacy Alliance (ESPhA).
Lisa J. Merlo, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychiatry
University of Florida
Dr. Lisa J. Merlo is a licensed clinical psychologist and associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Florida. Dr. Merlo earned her B.A. (summa cum laude) from Transylvania University, then completed her M.A. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Wayne State University. She completed postdoctoral training in clinical child psychology at the University of Florida, then earned a second master’s degree in psychiatric epidemiology from Washington University in St. Louis while completing postdoctoral training in drug abuse epidemiology and prevention. Dr. Merlo’s research focuses primarily on health professionals’ well-being and impairment. She currently serves as the Director of Research for the Professionals Resource Network, Inc. (Florida’s impaired practitioners monitoring program). Dr. Merlo also serves as the Director of Wellness Programs for the University of Florida College of Medicine, where she collaborates with the Office of Student Affairs, the Office of Graduate Medical Education, and the Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development to improve the wellbeing of faculty, residents, and other physicians- and scientists-in-training.
Michael Munday, D.Phil.
Professor of Pharmaceutical Biochemistry
Vice Dean (Education), Faculty of Life Sciences
Associate Director of Education
University College London
Dr. Michael Munday is professor of pharmaceutical biochemistry at University College London. He is vice dean (education) in the Faculty of Life Sciences and associate director of education at UCL School of Pharmacy. He graduated from Chelsea College, University of London in 1979, with a first-class honours degree in biochemistry after a four-year course that included a year working on the obesity project at Beechams Pharmaceuticals under the supervision of Dr. Mike Cawthorne.
In 1982, he completed his D.Phil. in the Metabolic Research Laboratory of Professor Sir Hans Krebs in Oxford under the supervision of Dr. Derek Williamson. From 1982-1987, Dr. Munday carried out post-doctoral research on the phosphorylation and regulation of acetyl-CoA carboxylase with Professor Grahame Hardie in the MRC Phosphorylation Unit, University of Dundee, led by Professor Sir Philip Cohen. He joined UCL School of Pharmacy (formerly the School of Pharmacy, University of London) as a lecturer in 1987.
His research interests are the identification of key drug targets and potential modulators for the treatment of hyperlipidaemia and type 2 diabetes mellitus and the identification of biomarkers in liver disease. He teaches biochemistry and drug discovery in the undergraduate pharmacy degree and is director of the postgraduate M.Sc. in Drug Discovery.
Olivia (Mandy) O’Neill, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Management
Center for the Advancement of Well-Being
George Mason University
Dr. Olivia (Mandy) O'Neill is an associate professor of management at the George Mason University School of Business and senior scientist at the university’s Center for the Advancement of Well-Being. Dr. O’Neill holds a doctorate in Organizational Behavior from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, where she was a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow. Dr. O’Neill is an expert on organizational culture, emotions in the workplace, and employee careers. She consults and conducts academic research across a wide range of organizations including Fortune 500 corporations, global technology firms, major medical centers, and emergency response teams. Her work has been published in a variety of scholarly and practitioner journals, including Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Journal, Fast Company, Wall Street Journal, and Harvard Business Review. Prior to being on the faculty at Mason, Dr. O'Neill taught at The Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania) and The Terry School of Business (The University of Georgia).
Darin Ramsey, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCACP
Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice
Director of Assessment, College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Dr. Darin Ramsey is an associate professor of pharmacy practice and is the director of assessment for the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at Butler University. After 16 years in a practice-based role of ambulatory care and having precepted over 200 students, he transitioned into the role as of assessment for the college. Dr. Ramsey serves as the co-chair of the ACPE Self-Study and serves as a mentor to both faculty and students for the accreditation visit. Currently, he is an associate editor for the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association (JAPhA).
Pamela Schweitzer, RADM (ret.)
Former Assistant Surgeon General
Former Chief Pharmacist Officer
United States Public Health Service
Rear Admiral (RADM) Pamela Schweitzer retired in September 2018 from a four-year term as the assistant surgeon general and 10th chief pharmacist officer of the United States Public Health Service (PHS). As chief pharmacist officer (first female in this role), RADM Schweitzer was responsible for providing leadership and coordination of more than 1,300 PHS pharmacy officers in 13 agencies with the Office of the Surgeon General and the Department of Health & Human Services.
Of her 29-year career in federal service, she most recently served at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Previously, she served in varied assignments in the Indian Health Service (IHS) and the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). RADM (ret.) Schweitzer has a wide variety of experiences with developing clinical programs and managing large projects. While at CMS, she worked with states on modernizing their Medicaid eligibility and enrollment systems, drug pricing and public health. During her time with Indian Health Service, she was the national transformation lead for transitioning from paper to electronic medical records, the national lead for the IHS-VA mail-out partnership project involving the IHS transferring prescription refill workload to the VA Consolidated Mail Outpatient Pharmacy (CMOP) and implementing processes to improve health and healthcare and optimize reimbursement.
RADM (ret.) Schweitzer received her bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from California State University Fullerton (CSUF), earned her Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) from the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) School of Pharmacy, completed an Ambulatory Care/Administrative Residency at University of California Irvine Medical Center.
RADM (ret.) Schweitzer has been recognized for her leadership contributions, including the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Distinguished Federal Pharmacist Award (2014), the USPHS Mary Louise Anderson Leadership Award (2012), IHS Senior Pharmacist of the Year Award (2013), the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) School of Pharmacy 2015 Distinguished Alumnus of the Year, 2016 American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) William Zelmer Lecture Award, National Council for Prescription Drug Program (NCPDP) Champion Award (2017) and Surgeon General Exemplary Service Medal (2018), ASHP 2019 Distinguished Leadership Award.
Melissa Somma McGivney, Pharm.D., FCCP, FAPhA
Associate Dean for Community Partnerships
University of Pittsburgh
Dr. Melissa Somma McGivney is professor and associate dean for community partnerships at the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy. Dr. McGivney is committed to advancing pharmacist-provided patient care in the community. She has led the development of numerous innovative patient care, learning and research initiatives including the creation of the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Care Network (PPCN)—a CPESN Network—that has engaged over 160 pharmacies in Pennsylvania in providing enhanced services to their communities. She is leading the ACT (Academia-CPESN Transformation) Pharmacy Collaborative—a nationwide action collaborative to engage colleges/schools of pharmacy with community pharmacy practice transformation. She has led the development and coordinated the NACDS Foundation Faculty Scholars Program which has engaged 31 community pharmacy faculty from 27 colleges of pharmacy nationally. Dr. McGivney teaches and supports community pharmacy practice transformation in the classroom and through research initiatives.
Dr. McGivney has been honored as fellow by both the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, American Pharmacists Association, and the fellow of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Academic Leaders Network. She has been recognized by the National Association of Chain Drug Stores as community faculty member of the year in 2011, the American Pharmacists Association community residency preceptor of the year in 2012, the University of Pittsburgh Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award in 2015, and the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association Excellence in Innovation Award in 2018, among other awards.
Dr. McGivney received her Pharm.D. degree from the University of Pittsburgh and completed an Ambulatory Care Residency at UPMC Presbyterian/University of Pittsburgh. She previously served on the faculty of Wilkes University Nesbitt School of Pharmacy and UPMC St. Margaret Family Medicine Residency Program before joining the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh in 2003.
David Steeb, Pharm.D., M.P.H.
Clinical Assistant Professor
Director of Global Engagement
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Dr. David Steeb is clinical assistant professor and director of global engagement at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Eshelman School of Pharmacy. He teaches in the area of global public health and has primary research interests around the impact of international experiences on student pharmacists, as well as the use of implementation science and quality improvement in developing countries. Administratively, Steeb coordinates international student rotations, assists faculty in developing international partnerships, and manages strategic initiatives within the Office of Global Engagement. Steeb is a former American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Board of Trustees member and serves as immediate past chair of the AACP Global Pharmacy Education Special Interest Group. Steeb received his Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Eshelman School of Pharmacy, and his Master of Public Health degree in global health and implementation science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health.
Troy Trygstad, Pharm.D., MBA, Ph.D.
Executive Director, CPESN USA
Vice President, Provider and and Pharmacy Partnerships
Community Care of North Carolina
Dr. Troy Trygstad is vice president of provider and pharmacy partnerships for Community Care of North Carolina (CCNC) and its 14 care management and provider networks serving 2,200 primary care practices, as well as the executive director for CPESN USA, a nationwide clinically integrated network of nearly 2,000 community-based pharmacies in more than 40 states.
A pharmacist and health economist by training, Dr. Trygstad spent his formative years building and deploying innovations to help support the patient-centered medical home with community-based care management and pharmacy supports. Over the past two decades, he has led innovative efforts to allocate limited resources across large geographies and diverse populations, with interdisciplinary care and community-adaptive approaches to population management.
In addition to serving on multiple advisory panels addressing medication non-adherence, he has co-developed novel adherence programs and technologies that use multiple types and sources of drug use data to predict, intervene and triage medication management interventions and coaching opportunities under a multi-state collaborative called The Pharmacy Home Project.
As part of that work, Dr. Trygstad co-created the PHARMACeHOME™ platform which captures a community-level drug use narrative with drug therapy problem-finding utilities. He also co-created Care TriageTM analytics and care logistics engine which organizes interventions and interventionists based on predictive models, taking into account available resources within a given ecosystem. Both were utilized with more than 40 distinct licensures, settings and roles, across multiple geographies with more than 4,000 distinct users. He was also the project director for a CMMI Round 2 Innovations award that tested new models of payment and pharmacy connectivity to primary care providers and the “Medical Neighborhood.”
Dr. Trygstad received his Pharm.D. and MBA degrees from Drake University and a Ph.D. in pharmaceutical outcomes and policy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He proudly practices in a community pharmacy setting on nights and weekends and serves as a board member for the American Pharmacists Association Foundation, and the Pharmacy Quality Alliance, as well as editor-in-chief of Pharmacy Times.
Caroline Welles, Pharm.D., BCPS
Dr. Caroline Welles is the current PharmAlliance Fellow with the Eshelman School of Pharmacy at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; The UCL School of Pharmacy, London, and the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Monash University, Melbourne. Dr. Welles completed pharmacy school at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, graduating in 2017. After graduation she completed two residencies at Cone Health in Greensboro, N.C., specializing in population health and ambulatory care. Dr. Welles is a native of rural North Carolina and aspires to be an educator that contributes to discovering and exacting steps towards improvement in pharmacy education and care delivery systems worldwide.
Noel E. Wilkin, R.Ph., Ph.D.
Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Professor of Pharmacy Administration
Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences
The University of Mississippi
Dr. Noel Wilkin is provost & executive vice chancellor for academic affairs, professor of pharmacy administration, and research professor in the Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences at The University of Mississippi. Dr. Wilkin is a pharmacist, scientist, faculty member, and administrator.
Prior to joining the Provost Office, he was an accomplished faculty member in the School of Pharmacy at The University of Mississippi, and was recognized for his outstanding teaching and service. He has been awarded substantial external funding; and his many contributions, publications, and accomplishments contributed to his induction as a fellow of the American Pharmacists Association.
Having served in multiple administrative and service roles, Dr. Wilkin has had extensive involvement in facilitating change through roles that include 60 university-level committees, task forces, and initiatives, almost 50 school-level committees, task forces, and initiatives, 25 national-level service roles, and over 15 years of service in administrative roles within the school and Office of the Provost. Dr. Wilkin has a keen awareness of the factors that lead to successful change based on his responsibilities in facilitating and implementing change at multiple-levels within the university.
Jonathan Wolfson, J.D.
Principal, The Great Debate
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy
U.S. Department of Labor
Jonathan Wolfson is an attorney, policy advisor, author, teacher, and speaker whose career includes various roles in both the private and public sectors. He has been a litigation attorney at an international law firm, an adjunct faculty member at the Honors College at the University of South Florida, a policy analyst at the White House, and a debate and public speaking coach and consultant. As the author of The Great Debate, a debate textbook used by students around the globe, he has provided debate, public speaking, and organizational decision-making training to businesses, nonprofit organizations, academics, and students alike. He studied economics at Washington University in St. Louis and later earned his law degree at the University of Virginia School of Law. He presently serves as the deputy assistant secretary for policy at the United States Department of Labor. Jonathan lives in Richmond, Va., with his wife and three children.