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AACP Article

David D. Allen, Ph.D.

Dean, School of Pharmacy
Executive Director and Research Professor, UM Research of Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Professor, Pharmacology
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.

Dean 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 2018-2019 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 Sciences, 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.

Ranjini Ambalavanar, Ph.D.

Scientist Investigator, Division of Investigative Oversight
Office of Research Integrity

Dr. Ranjini Ambalavanar is a scientist investigator in the Division of Investigative Oversight (DIO), Office of Research Integrity (ORI). DIO conducts oversight review of cases of Research misconduct in Public Health Service (PHS)-funded research at U.S. institutions. Since joining ORI in 2009, Dr. Ambalavanar has handled more than 100 allegations of research misconduct. 

Prior to joining ORI, Dr. Ambalavanar was at the University of Maryland, Baltimore School of Dentistry, for nine years where she conducted research and taught and mentored graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. During her 19 years of experience as a neuroscientist, she explored the neural mechanisms of chronic craniofacial pain disorders and made important contributions to the field. Dr. Ambalavanar is a veterinarian who completed her Ph.D. in 1992 from the University of Liverpool, United Kingdom, and completed two years of postdoctoral training at Cambridge University, UK. In 1994, she joined the National Institutes of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD, NIH), as a Fellow, where she earned the NIDCD Research Excellence Award.

Teresa A. Beam, Ph.D.

Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pharmacogenomics
Department Chair, Pharmaceutical Sciences
Manchester University

Dr. Teresa A. Beam is professor of pharmaceutical sciences and pharmacogenomics and serves as department chair of pharmaceutical sciences at Manchester University College of Pharmacy, Natural & Health Sciences. Dr. Beam joined the Manchester pharmacy program in July 2015 and has 25 years of academic experience in teaching, research, faculty leadership and administration. She has earned numerous teaching awards and grants from organizations including the National Science Foundation, Independent Colleges of Indiana and the US Department of Energy. In addition to AACP, she is a member of the Indiana Academy of Science (IAS) and the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB). Dr. Beam is recognized for her expertise in medical genetics, molecular biology and pharmacogenomics.

Robert D. Beckett, Pharm.D., R.Ph., BCPS

Associate Professor, Pharmacy Practice
Director, Drug Information Center
Manchester University

Dr. Beckett currently serves as associate professor of pharmacy practice and director of the Drug Information Center at Manchester University. Prior to his appointment at Manchester, he completed two ASHP-accredited residency programs: a general PGY1 at Rush University Medical Center, and a drug information specialty PGY2 with Indiana University Health and Purdue University. He coordinates didactic, pharmacy practice laboratory, and experiential coursework for topics related to drug information and drug literature evaluation. In his role at the Drug Information Center, he works closely with three large health care systems to provide comprehensive drug information services based on site needs. He has published approximately 40 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, most of which are related to drug information practice or teaching. Dr. Beckett currently serves at immediate past chair of the AACP Library and Information Sciences Section, editor of the AACP Core List of Journals for Pharmacy Education, was a winner of the 2017 AACP Emerging Teaching-Scholar Award and was recognized as the 2014 Indiana Distinguished Young Pharmacist.

J. Gregory Boyer, Ph.D.

Director, Professional Degree Accreditation
Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education

Greg Boyer joined the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) in August 2002 as Assistant Executive Director, and in March 2013 he was appointed Director, Professional Degree Program Accreditation. His primary responsibilities at ACPE are to provide staff support to ACPE comprehensive and focused on-site evaluations and consultations on the accreditation process and ACPE procedures to Colleges and Schools of Pharmacy. Prior to ACPE, he held positions in pharmacoeconomics/outcomes research within the pharmaceutical industry. Greg has also held positions in independent community pharmacies in Illinois and Texas. Greg is a graduate of St. Louis College of Pharmacy (B.S.), Eastern Illinois University (MBA), and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Ph.D. Health Policy and Administration).

Willette S. Burnham-Williams, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
University Chief Diversity Officer
Title IX Coordinator 
Medical University of South Carolina

Dr. Willette S. Burnham-Williams is an experienced executive leader in higher education with over 30 years of progressively complex executive-leadership roles. Currently, she serves as Assistant Professor, University Chief Diversity Officer and Title IX Coordinator at the Medical University of South Carolina. 
During Dr. Burnham-Williams’ career she has held leadership positions at four distinct institutions of higher education in South Carolina - Williamsburg Technical College, The Citadel Military College of SC, The College of Charleston and the Medical University of South Carolina. Her tenure at each organization has contributed to developing and strengthening her expertise in student affairs administration, organizational strategic planning, institutional effectiveness, resource allocation, fundraising, crisis management, facilities management, access, equity and workforce and student engagement and inclusion as well as co-curricular program development. 

Particularly adept at women’s leadership development, program management and team building for diverse communities, Dr. Burnham-Williams is committed to a coaching and mentoring individuals and groups who include women and historically by-passed groups in complex organizations. Burnham-Williams’ is a staunch advocate of building communities through comprehensive and intentional professional practices of inclusion. 

Dr. Burnham-Williams earned a Bachelor of Arts from Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut and a Master of Education and Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Administration from the University of South Carolina. She completed two post-graduate programs: Health Care Executive Leadership in Diversity and Inclusion from Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., and Harvard University’s Summer Institute for Educational Management (IEM). She is also a past participant in the American Council on Education and South Carolina Women in Higher Education’s Women’s Leadership Development Forums. 

Dr. Burnham-Williams has served in national, regional, state and local leadership roles that include: the National Association of Student Affairs Professionals (NASPA) Region III Board, the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Group on Student Affairs and Committee on Diversity Affairs (GSA-CODA), the Advisory Board for The Citadel Military College of SC’s Counselor Education Degree Program, the American Council on Education’s (ACE) Office of Women in Higher Education’s (OWHE) Network Executive Board, the American College Personnel Association’s (ACPA) Commission for Assessment Directorate and the Executive Board for South Carolina Women in Higher Education (SCWHE) for which she served two terms as President. In her local community she has served on the Summerville Rotary, the Board for the Dorchester County Center for Children and the Board for Owens Christian Academy.

The recipient of numerous honors and awards Dr. Burnham-Williams is a 2008 MUSC Trustees Leadership Academy participant, a 2009 Riley Diversity Lowcountry Institute Fellow, is a member of the Leadership South Carolina Class 2014, the 2014 recipient of Burnham-Williams Bio the Martha Kime Piper Award, given annually by South Carolina Women in Higher Education (SCWHE) and the 2015 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Distinguished Service Award in the Charleston area community. 

Margarita V. DiVall, Pharm.D., M.Ed., BCPS

Clinical Professor and Assistant Dean of Assessment
Northeastern University

Margarita V. DiVall is a clinical professor and assistant dean of assessment at Northeastern University School of Pharmacy. She received her Pharm.D. and M.Ed. degrees from Northeastern University and completed her pharmacy practice residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Mass. 

Dr. DiVall currently teaches in the pharmacotherapy course series and offers an elective course focused on leadership and advocacy in health care. As a board certified pharmacotherapy specialist she has served as a preceptor to P4 students and PGY1 pharmacy residents at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She is actively engaged in the scholarship of teaching and learning and has presented and published research related to instructional design, assessment, and documentation of clinical services. Her work has been recognized with the AACP Excellence in Assessment Awards in 2011 and 2016. 

Dr. DiVall has been an active member of AACP. Most recently she has completed a two-year service as the COF secretary and is currently serving on the AJPE editorial board, chair of the AACP Assessment SIG, and the chair of COF Faculty Affairs Committee. Dr. DiVall has chaired the Institutional Research and Assessment Committee, COF Quorum Committee, and co-chaired COF Taskforce on Consortia and Collaborations. She has also served as the faculty delegate to the AACP house, on the AACP Academic Affairs Committee, COF/COD Joint Taskforce on Mentorship, and the AACP/ACPE AAMS Advisory Committee, COD PCOA Committee, and Assessment SIG Executive Committee. Dr. DiVall is a graduate of the AACP Academic Leadership Fellows Program in 2011.


Stephanie Saunders Fouch, B.A. 

Senior Advisor Outreach & Communications 

Stephanie Saunders Fouch is a senior marketing and communications executive, who has led successful campaigns for national and international clients in the corporate, non-profit and government sectors. Her experience includes planning and implementing integrated campaigns across the multiple disciplines of marketing, public relations, corporate communi¬cations, media relations and government relations. 

A graduate of Vassar College, Ms. Fouch began her career in New York at Benton & Bowles, a global marketing agency. After moving to Washington, D.C., she became a partner at several leading com-munications companies, before launching her own branding and communications practice. In 2009, Ms. Fouch joined the British Embassy as the first Ameri¬can to head strategic communications. In 2011, she was named vice president of outreach and communi¬cations at the United States Institute of Peace. 

During her career, Ms. Fouch has supervised the development and implementation of strategic com-munications plans on critical international issues, such as climate change, the Afghanistan-Pakistan conflicts, the Middle East region and the global economy. She has served as the media spokesper¬son for a multinational corporation during sensitive international labor negotiations, as well as the media spokesperson for a U.S. government institute. She managed a successful $40 million integrated com-munications campaign for the U.S. Mint; directed the first multi-media national awareness campaign for National Public Radio; developed an international non-profit brand, including all messaging, for US AID; and led the successful launch campaign for the International Spy Museum. 

Ms. Fouch is active in volunteer and pro bono work with local, national and international organizations. She was recently named as a member of the advi¬sory board of the Quorum Initiative, an international women’s leadership network.

Diane B. Ginsburg, Ph.D., M.S., R.Ph., FASHP

Clinical Professor and Interim Head, Pharmacy Practice Division
Associate Dean for Healthcare Partnerships
G.D. Searle Endowed Fellow in Pharmacy
University of Texas at Austin

Diane B. Ginsburg,completed her B.S. in Pharmacy at the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy in 1984 and a M.S. at the University of Houston College of Pharmacy in 1990. She completed a two-year ASHP-accredited residency in hospital pharmacy administration in 1987 at The Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas. 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 a Clinical Professor and Interim Head 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 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.

Kristin Kari Janke, Ph.D.

Professor, Pharmaceutical Care & Health Systems
Director, Wulling Center for Innovation and Scholarship in Pharmacy Education
University of Minnesota 

Dr. Janke has a longstanding interest in leadership development. Since 2007, she has been teaching in the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy’s Leadership Emphasis Area for Doctor of Pharmacy students. Currently, Dr. Janke takes primary responsibility for Leadership Bestsellers (Phar 6941) and Leadership Capstone (Phar 6942), as well as serving as an emphasis area advisor and supporting students during the Leading Change Experience (Phar 6939/6940). She is also actively involved in planning leadership instruction for the core curriculum, serving as the lead for the Leadership and Engagement Domain Team.

In addition to teaching in leadership, Dr. Janke enjoys supporting student leadership development outside of the classroom. Since 2010, she has served as co-advisor for the Alpha Phi Chapter for Phi Lambda Sigma. In addition, she served as chair of the Leadership Development Special Interest Group at AACP from 2011-2013 and continues to be active in its committees. 

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.  


Mary E. Kiersma, Pharm.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Director of Professional Degree Program Accreditation
Accreditation Council for Pharmaceutical Education

Dr. Kiersma’s roles include engaging professional degree program stakeholders, leading site visits, designing and conducting research, and speaking about ACPE activities at training sessions and professional meetings. Prior to joining ACPE, Dr. Kiersma was the director of assessment and assistant professor of pharmacy practice at Manchester University College of Pharmacy in Fort Wayne, Ind. Dr. Kiersma received her Pharm.D. from Purdue University. After working as a community pharmacist, she returned to Purdue to pursue M.S. and Ph.D. degrees, with a focus on evaluation and assessment in pharmacy education.

Richanne C. Mankey, Ph.D.

Defiance College

Dr. Richanne C. Mankey’s career as a leader in independent higher education spans three decades. In January 2016 she became the 19th and first female president of Defiance College. Prior to her election as a college president, she served in three vice presidencies at two separate institutions, Daemen College and Ohio Northern University. In her short tenure as president, she has turned challenges into opportunities by inspiring constituent groups to work together on long-term sustainable solutions using a three-prong strategic direction to frame collaborative initiatives. 
Early measures include higher than forecast enrollment for spring semester 2017, higher than anticipated retention from fall 2016 to spring 2017, and a placement rate that is up almost 15 points and approaching her goal of 90% or above. Ensuring that work is student-focused and that the appropriate tools are in place to meet administrative expectations is an important component of her early efforts.

In 2016 she was elected to the ProMedica Board of Trustees for the Defiance Regional Hospital. From 2006 - 2015 she served as member of the Board of Directors for the Buffalo-Niagara YMCA and chaired the Strong Kinds (now Annual Campaign) from 2007-13 to raise $1.6 million.

In the Western New York region she was a founding member of the Women’s Leadership Institute (WLI) through the Western New York Consortium for Higher Education in 2011. She has also been selected to participate in international, national and regional discussions about critical issues and/or women in higher education.
In June 2017 she will be awarded the Distinguished Alumna Award from Ohio Northern University. She received the Women of Influence for Nonprofit Leadership award in 2014 to women who display high energy and skill in a leadership role; the Bernice Poss award in 2014 that is given annually to a woman in higher education who exemplifies leadership, professionalism, concern for others, and steady advocacy of women; and the campus-wide Daemen College National Girls and Women in Sports Day Campus Award in 2014 as a professional who supports student athletes and athletics. She was selected as one of five Athena Award finalists in Buffalo in 2013. 
Dr. Mankey graduated cum laude in Psychology from Ohio Northern University (Ohio); received her master’s degree in Social Agency Counseling from the University of Dayton (Ohio); and earned her doctorate in Adult Education from Teachers College, Columbia University (New York, New York). 

Evan Robinson, Ph.D.

Dean, College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Western New England University

Dr. Evan Robinson is the dean at the Western New England University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences where he has served since 2008. As the founding dean for the pharmacy program within the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Dr. Robinson has been involved in a variety of the foundational considerations of the program’s development including accreditation, assembly of the leadership team, facilities design, academic master plan development and implementation, marketing and advancement activities, and faculty, staff, and learner recruitment. He served as associate provost for academic affairs from September 2016 through July 2018. Dr. Robinson received his B.S. degree in Pharmacy and M.S. in Pharmacy Administration from St. Louis College of Pharmacy. He received his Ph.D. in Pharmacy Administration from Auburn University, the Department of Pharmacy Care Systems. 

Andrew P. Traynor, Pharm.D., BCPS

Professor, Pharmacy Practice
Chair, Department of Pharmacy Practice
PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Director
Coordinator, Milwaukee Area Resident’s Academic Rotation
Concordia University Wisconsin

Dr. Andrew P. Traynor is Professor and Chair of Pharmacy Practice at Concordia University Wisconsin School of Pharmacy (CUWSOP). Dr. Traynor is also the Residency Director for CUWSOP’s PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency Program. The program is a multi-site program that focuses on urban underserved ambulatory care practice and preparation for an academic career. Dr. Traynor’s teaching focus includes the development of patient care and leadership skills with teaching responsibilities in the Applied Patient Care Labs, Pharmacotherapy series (Chronic Kidney Disease Module), and coordination of the required Servant Leadership focus of the program. He also coordinates the teaching skill development of pharmacy residents in the Milwaukee area, training over 175 residents in the past eight years. Dr. Traynor’s scholarship has focused on access to pharmacy services in rural areas and the development of curriculum to prepare students to be leaders in pharmacy. His rural pharmacy work has resulted in publications, research grants, testimony at government committee hearings and presentations to local and national audiences. The work of Dr. Traynor and colleagues on the use of StrengthsFinder in student leadership development was recognized nationally through the receipt of an Innovations in Teaching award from AACP in 2010. He currently serves as Section Editor for Community Engagement and Leadership for Innovations in Pharmacy and Associate Editor for Peer Reviewer Development for Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning. Dr. Traynor is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and completed a two-year residency in ambulatory care at the same institution. Prior to CUWSOP, Dr. Traynor served for four years as Assistant Professor and Assistant Residency Director for the Ambulatory Care Residency Program at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy, Duluth campus. 

Ben Varquez

Managing Director
Youth Marketing Connection

Ben Varquez is the managing director at YMC, the largest student-focused marketing and communications firm in the U.S., headquartered in Washington, D.C. Throughout his career, he has worked closely with industry leaders like Google, Capital One, and Spotify and leading trade and professional associations like the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, and the Center for Audit Quality to create custom student recruitment and workforce development strategies. Ben is a graduate of The George Washington University's School of Business, an outdoor enthusiast, and a lifelong learner. He enjoys cooking, building furniture, and playing ultimate frisbee.

Damon A. Williams, Ph.D.

Chief Catalyst, Center for Strategic Diversity Leadership and Social Innovation
Senior Scholar and Innovation Fellow; Wisconsin Equity, and Inclusion Laboratory, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Dr. Damon A. Williams is one of the nation’s recognized experts in strategic diversity leadership, youth development, corporate responsibility, educational achievement, social impact, and organizational change.
For four years, he led a $250M social impact portfolio for the world’s largest youth development company, the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, representing the interests of nearly 4M diverse youth and teens as Senior Vice President for Programs and Chief Education Officer.
One of the original architects of the Inclusive Excellence concept in American higher education, he is author of the best-selling Strategic Diversity Leadership and the Chief Diversity Officer, he is a global thought leader having worked with more than 1,000 colleges and universities, Fortune 100 companies, foundations, and government agencies, as keynote speaker, strategist, educator, and social impact leader.
As the University of Michigan celebrates its 200-year anniversary, he was recently awarded the Bicentennial Leadership Award, a one-time honor given to 20 alumni who exemplify the best of the academic and leadership values of the university’s 200,000 living alumni. 
He is currently chief catalyst for the Center for Strategic Diversity Leadership & Social Innovation and a Senior Scholar and Innovation Fellow at the Wisconsin Equity, and Inclusion (Wei) Laboratory of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he previously served as Associate Vice Chancellor and inaugural Chief Diversity, Equity, and Educational Achievement Officer.
Dr. Williams received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan Center for the Study of Higher and Post-Secondary Education (CSHPE) in Organizational Behavior and Management, and his M.S. and B.S. degrees from Miami University in Educational Leadership and Sociology and Black World Studies, respectively.

Jonathan Wolfson, J.D.

Litigation Attorney
Principal, The Great Debate

Jonathan Wolfson is a litigation attorney at McGuireWoods in Richmond, Va., where his practice focuses on toxic torts, environmental litigation, and consumer product safety. He is the author of The Great Debate, a debate textbook used by students around the globe, and 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. Between undergrad and law school, Jonathan was a policy analyst at the White House Council of Economic Advisers where he focused on health care, energy, environmental, tax, and labor policy.