Fellow Of The American Pharmacists Association

The APhA Fellow Award was established to honor APhA members for exemplary professional achievements in professional practice and outstanding service to the profession up to that period of time through activities in APhA and other organizations. Recipients of the APhA Fellow Award may continue to utilize the designation, FAPhA, as long as their professional license, if a licensed pharmacist, is in good standing, and they maintain their APhA membership.

The designations “APhA Academy of Pharmacy Practice and Management (APhA-APPM) Fellow” and “APhA Academy of Pharmaceutical Research and Science (APhA-APRS) Fellow” to honor respective Academy members for exemplary service and achievements in their professional area were established in 1987. In 1995, the APhA Board of Trustees acted to designate all Fellows, regardless of their Academy affiliation, as “APhA Fellows” (no Academy specific designation). However, the selection of Fellows is still made by the respective Academies. In 2018, the Board also set a maximum number of Fellows that each Academy may select (ten for APhA-APPM and five for APhA-APRS).

APhA Fellows Selected by APhA-APPM

Kelli Barnes, PharmD, BCACP

Kelli D. Barnes, PharmD, BCACP serves as Associate Professor – Practice in The Ohio State University Department of Internal Medicine and Lead Pharmacist at The Ohio State University General Internal Medicine Clinics. She received her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Ohio Northern University and her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Cincinnati. She then completed a PGY1 pharmacy practice residency and PGY2 ambulatory care residency at The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy and is a Board Certified Ambulatory Care Specialist. Kelli provides innovative primary care including chronic disease, transitional care and population health management for complex patients. Kelli also leads an outstanding team of primary care pharmacists who provide outstanding care to patients every day. While doing this, she is committed to ensuring sustainability of pharmacy practice models to create and advance opportunities for pharmacist-provided care in innovative healthcare models. Kelli also has a passion for residency training and serves as a primary preceptor for PGY1 and PGY2 residents in the Ohio State University pharmacy residency program.

Andrea L. Brookhart, PharmD, BCACP

Dr. Andrea Brookhart is a community pharmacist who is passionate about helping people live healthier lives. In her role, she is responsible for Kroger Health’s strategy to achieve population health via value-based care. Andrea leads the development of products and services that enable delivery of personalized care at scale in partnership with patients, primary care, and the larger healthcare ecosystem. She believes Kroger Health’s community-based providers, including pharmacists, nurse practitioners, and dietitians, are uniquely poised to change the way healthcare is delivered – by improving access, equity, quality, and cost. She has been with Kroger since 2012, and her primary focus areas include developing interventions that improve medication adherence, immunization rates, access to care, and gaps in care. Through the COVID-19 pandemic, she designed technology-enabled testing and vaccine solutions. Dr. Brookhart is a graduate of the University of Toledo College of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences and of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Community-based Pharmacy Residency Program. She is an active member of the American Pharmacists Association and a Board Certified Ambulatory Care Pharmacist.

Karl D. Fiebelkorn, BS Pharm MBA

Karl D. Fiebelkorn is an Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Administration and Senior Associate Dean at the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (UBSPPS). Mr. Fiebelkorn holds a BS in Pharmacy from the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and a Masters of Business Administration from the UB School of Management. He teaches several subject areas and is a speaker regionally as well as nationally in a variety of subjects. Mr. Fiebelkorn is an active member of numerous professional organizations where he sits as an officer, board member or delegate to many of them. Mr. Fiebelkorn sits on the Erie County Opiate Epidemic Task Force and is Secretary of the NYS Pharmacy Conference for 2022. Mr. Fiebelkorn is an advisor to numerous professional student organizations and was the recipient of several awards most recently: The 2014 Bowl of Hygeia Award the APhA Foundation, the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations and the Pharmacists Society of the State of New York; The 2016 Faculty Advisor of the Year Award by SIGNA, UBSPPS Yearbook Staff; The 2018 Hall of Fame from the Pharmacists Association of Western New York. Mr. Fiebelkorn is one of the first certified pharmacist immunization trainers in NYS (March 2001), a certified Medication Therapy Management trainer, and a really nice guy.

Michael A. Jackson, BS Pharmacy

Michael has been a licensed pharmacist in both Florida and Alabama for over 42 years. His practice experience includes independent and chain pharmacy as well as hospital and veterinary hospital pharmacy. His previous management experience including responsibilities of over 58 pharmacies in the states of Florida, Alabama and Mississippi. He has also served on various state councils and boards included the Drug Utilization Review Board (Florida Medicaid), Collaborative Drug Therapy Management Task Force, Florida Health Insurance Advisory Board, Florida Commission on Excellence in Health Care (2001), ePrescribe Florida Advisory Council, Florida Health Information Exchange Coordinating Committee, Florida Governor’s Health Information Infrastructure Advisory Board, the Florida Agency for Health Administration Electronic Prescribing Advisory Panel, and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection-Biomedical Pharmacy Technical Advisory Committee. Michael also served 3 years in academia coordinating the professional experiential learning program at Florida A&M University as well as teaching and pharmacy practice responsibilities at Tuskegee University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. He has published over 400 articles and newsletters and has been quoted in several national publications. Michael has recently retired as the Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the Florida Pharmacy Association and is past treasurer and past president of the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations.

Elizabeth Keyes, BS Pharmacy

Elizabeth Keyes is an accomplished executive leader, who previously served in multiple roles on APhA staff, including Chief Operating Officer, Executive Director of the APhA Foundation, Senior Vice President of Business Strategy and Operations, and more. Keyes has extensive experience in the health care association industry, which includes program design, professional continuing education development and administration, membership development, and business management. Keyes played an integral role in the development of certificate training, including innovation of the first diabetes, cardiovascular, and asthma CTP's in the United States.

Marissa Schlaifer, M.S., R.Ph.

Marissa Schlaifer currently serves as Vice President, Policy, for the Optum businesses. For Optum, she has overall responsible for public policy related to Optum Rx, Optum Health and Optum Insight, and their component businesses. Prior to her current position she worked as an independent consultant focused on health care policy analysis, issue advocacy, practice advancement and business development. As a former director of pharmacy and regulatory affairs at the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP), Marissa worked on the development of pharmacy benefits under Medicare Part D, Medicaid and the Healthcare Exchanges, and regulations and practice improvements impacting pharmacy benefits. Her thirty-year career includes experience within managed care organizations and retail pharmacy, including as the head of policy in the government affairs department for CVS Health, as director of patient care programs for H-E-B Grocery Company, as pharmacy director for PacifiCare of Texas, and in managed care contracting and as a pharmacy manager for Eckerd Drug Company. Marissa is a past president of AMCP. In addition, she currently works as a volunteer pharmacist at the Arlington Free Clinic. Marissa received her B.S. in Pharmacy and M.S. in Pharmacy Administration from The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy.

Nora Stelter, PharmD

Nora Stelter, PharmD, CHWC, is an Associate Professor, Pharmacy Practice, and Coordinator, Community Pharmacy Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences at Drake University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. She is a 2000 graduate of the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy and completed a residency in association management at the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS). Dr. Stelter is also a certified health and wellness coach. In her current role, Dr. Stelter’s passion is mentoring and teaching future pharmacy leaders at Drake. She teaches the Self-Care course, Continuing Professional Development III course, and an elective course on Health Coaching. Dr. Stelter also works with students to provide wellness services for university employees including immunizations and health coaching. Dr. Stelter serves as a preceptor for introductory and advanced pharmacy practice experiences. Dr. Stelter also enjoys dedicating her time as a chapter advisor for the American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) at Drake. Dr. Stelter has a deep connection with APhA dating back to her collegiate days, which she accredits to helping shape her pharmacy career path. As a student pharmacist at the University of Iowa, she served as Chapter President, as well as Region 5 Midyear Regional Meeting Coordinator. After graduation, in her position at NACDS Dr. Stelter collaborated with APhA on a multitude of initiatives, such as the development of an MTM training program. In her faculty role at Drake University, Dr. Stelter’s passion is mentoring students as the APhA-ASP Chapter Advisor for more than a decade. Her extensive involvement in APhA also has included serving as reviewer and chapter author for the Handbook of Nonprescription Drugs textbook as well as a Contributed Papers Program abstract reviewer and poster judge. She has served on the APhA Pharmacy Today Editorial Advisory Board, Taskforce on Digital Transformation, and two terms on the APhA-APPM Education Committee. Additionally, Dr. Stelter has served as an Iowa representative in the APhA House of Delegates.

Deanna Tran, PharmD, BCACP

Dr. Deanna Tran is an associate professor at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy and currently serves as a APhA-APPM Member-at-Large as well as Maryland Pharmacists Association’s (MPhA) President. She is known for her passion and service dedication to the pharmacy profession and her mentorship of students. Past APhA leadership roles include Coordinator of APhA-APPM Immunizing Pharmacists SIG and New Practitioner Advisory Committee (NPAC) Member-at-Large. As a clinical pharmacist, Dr. Tran provides care to her patients at the University of Maryland Family & Community Medicine. Her interdisciplinary work incorporates outreach to underserved and vaccine hesitant populations that has reached over 70,000 individuals. Some of her past accolades include 40 Under 40 from the Baltimore Business Journal, APhA-ASP Outstanding Chapter Advisor Award, MPhA Mentor Award, and MPhA Distinguished Young Pharmacist Award. She received her degree from the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy in 2011 and subsequently completed a PGY1 Community Pharmacy Residency with Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Tran’s professional areas of interest include immunizations, point of care testing, and the scholarship of teaching and learning.

CDR Kelly Valente, USPHS, PharmD

CDR Kelly Valente is a Regional Medical Countermeasures Advisor for the Administration of Strategic Planning and Response, Region 1 Office in Boston, MA. CDR Valente began her career in the United States Public Health Service as a Student Pharmacist in 1996. She was accepted to Junior COSTEP and had three tours of duty with the Bureau of Prisons. In 1999, she was accepted for Senior COSTEP and was stationed at the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, CT. She continued her career at the Federal Medical Center in Devens, MA, where she served as a clinical pharmacist for the prison’s dialysis patients. In 2006, she transferred to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Region 9 in San Francisco, CA where she served as the Division of Survey and Certification’s pharmacy consultant and a consultant in Emergency Services. In 2012, she transferred to CMS Region 1 and became a Part C and D account manager for the Division of Medicare Health Plans Operations and then the Regional Pharmacist until 2022. CDR Valente received her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Rhode Island and received master’s in science in Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy from the University of Florida. She became Board Certified in Ambulatory Care Pharmacy in 2016 and Certified in Public Health in 2022.

Alexa S. Valentino, PharmD, MBA, BCACP

Alexa Sevin Valentino, PharmD, MBA, BCACP is an Associate Professor of Clinical Pharmacy and Director of the BuckIPE Curriculum at The Ohio State University and Clinical Pharmacist at PrimaryOne Health, a federally-qualified health center and NCQA Tier III Patient-Centered Medical Home. Dr. Valentino completed her Doctorate of Pharmacy at Duquesne University and a Post Graduate Year 1 Residency in Pharmacy Practice with a focus on Ambulatory Care and a Post Graduate Year 2 Residency in Ambulatory Care and Community Engagement at The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy. She led the development of clinical pharmacy services at PrimaryOne Health. In particular, she expanded service lines, hired additional pharmacists, and initiated pharmacists billing for services and practicing under consult agreements. Dr. Valentino serves as a preceptor for the PGY2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Residency Program at PrimaryOne Health in partnership with Ohio State, as well as pharmacy student rotations. She is passionate about expanding pharmacists’ roles in team-based care for underserved patient populations and promoting interprofessional collaborative practice. She serves as course coordinator for numerous interprofessional education courses. In her role in the Office of Interprofessional Practice and Education, Dr. Valentino leads the development and implementation of the BuckIPE curriculum core modules for all health science students at Ohio State. For her work in these areas, Dr. Valentino has been awarded grant funding, presented at state and national meetings, and published in peer-reviewed journals. She is the recipient of the Ohio Pharmacists Association 2021 Upsher-Smith Excellence in Innovation Award.

APhA Fellows Selected by APhA-APRS

Radhika Devraj, PhD

Radhika Devraj, Ph.D. is Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Her primary research interests are in the areas of health literacy, patient education, and patient-reported outcomes with more than 30 publications and presentations in these areas. Additionally, she teaches social and administrative science topics and mentors pharmacy students at her institution. She has served on editorial boards of J American Pharmacists Association (JAPhA), and American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education (AJPE), has been a journal reviewer for more than 20 journals. Additionally, she has served on multiple committees both nationally as well as internationally for organizations such as American Pharmacists Association, American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, International Health Literacy Association, and Dutch Kidney foundation. In addition, she has served as a United States Pharmacopoeia (USP) health literacy Expert Panel member and has also participated in designing teaching modules about health literacy for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). She was the recipient of the Sabra Wooley best oral presentation award at the Annual health literacy research conference. She received the SIUE School of Pharmacy Research award in 2018, and was recognized as a top reviewer for the journal Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy. Dr. Devraj has a BS in Pharmacy from Univ of Bombay, India, a Masters in Pharmacy Administration from the University of Toledo, and a PhD in social, behavioral, and administrative sciences from Purdue University.

Adriane N. Irwin, MS, PharmD

Adriane N. Irwin is an Associate Professor (Clinical) with the Oregon State University (OSU) College of Pharmacy, where she also serves as Chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice. Dr. Irwin earned her PharmD degree from the University of New Mexico, and then completed a PGY1 residency at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and a research fellowship in ambulatory care & pharmacy practice-based research at Kaiser Permanente Colorado. Dr. Irwin practiced as an ambulatory care pharmacist in a rural health center for seven years, and then transitioned to Salem Health Hospitals & Clinics, where she provides data analytic support to department initiatives focused on quality and medication safety. Outside of her clinical practice site, Dr. Irwin maintains an active research program focused on opioid safety and improving care for those with substance use disorder. This includes serving as a co-investigator for Respond to Prevent, a study funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) aimed at providing training, resources, and tools to improve the quality and success rate of naloxone offers by community pharmacists and foster engagement in harm reduction. Her work has been funded by multiple organizations, and she has contributed over 50 publications to the peer-reviewed literature.

Randall J. Voytilla, PharmD, DSc

Randall J. Voytilla, PharmD, DSc, is an Investigational Drug Service Pharmacist at the Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH. Dr. Voytilla earned his pharmacy and graduate degrees from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA and doctorate in health sciences from A.T. Still University, Mesa, AZ. He is board certified in pharmacotherapy. He has authored numerous peer-reviewed publications and presentations on topics including non-destructive pharmaceutical analysis using near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) and chemometrics, thermal effusivity, process analytical technology (PAT), tablet dissolution testing, pharmacogenomics, and investigational drug service pharmacy. He has served APhA as an elected officer and contributed to several committees and publications.

Marc L. Fleming, BSPharm, MPH, PhD

Dr. Marc Fleming is Professor and founding Chair of the Department of Pharmaceutical Economics and Policy at Chapman University School (CUSP) of Pharmacy in Irvine, California. Before joining CUSP, he was on faculty at two pharmacy schools in Texas, where he was actively involved in funded projects with the Texas Health and Human Services Commission and collaborators at the University of Houston aimed at preventing prescription drug misuse. Dr. Fleming is a noted expert regarding behavioral factors associated with pharmacists’ utilization of prescription drug monitoring program patient data as a dispensing decision support tool. Additionally, he has been involved with research studying medication adherence of statins and antihypertensive medications. Dr. Fleming is also interested in health care disparities related to chronic disease burden among African American HIV patients. He is currently the APRS-ESAS Section Chair and active member of ESAS since joining the Post-graduate Committee over a decade ago. Throughout his academic career, Dr. Fleming has excelled at bringing together multidisciplinary groups of clinicians and researchers to examine pharmacist and physician behavior related to pain management care and prescription opioid misuse. In addition to research, he has been recognized for his service to the community and profession for his involvement in working with state and local substance abuse coalitions and for his roles serving as student chapter advisor for multiple organizations. Dr. Fleming earned his Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin, a BSPharm from Texas Southern University, and an MPH from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Evaluation Criteria

The nominee must be an APhA-APPM or APhA-APRS member with a minimum of 10 years APhA membership with exemplary professional experience, as well as demonstrated achievements in and contributions to pharmacy practice and/or research. An APhA Fellow also has rendered outstanding service to the profession with specific emphasis on APhA-related activities. APhA Fellows have also made substantial contributions to the profession of pharmacy through practice, scholarship, education and mentoring, and advocacy. Self-nominations are allowed. Nominees for recognition in 2022 must met the membership requirement at the time of application. Membership as a student pharmacist (e.g., APhA-ASP membership) does not count toward the 10-year membership requirement.

  • Applications will be evaluated based upon the following criteria: (listed in decreasing relative emphasis):
  • APhA-related activities (leadership, committees, speaker, publication contributor/reviewer, etc.)
  • Contributions to the profession of pharmacy
  • Interprofessional education and practice
  • Service to and recognition from other professional associations
  • Healthcare advocacy
  • Community service

Nomination process

The nominator is responsible for submitting a complete award nomination.

The nomination is to include the following items:

A letter from the nominator describing the most important achievements of the nominee and explaining why the nominee meets the criteria for the award is optional

Two (2) letters of recommendation are required

A current CV or detailed resumé is required

Selection process

The selection is made by the APhA-APPM or APhA-APRS Awards Committee, based upon careful review of complete nominations and criteria as listed above.


Nature of award

The recipient will receive a complimentary APhA Annual Meeting & Exposition registration, engraved plaque, and an APhA Fellow pin.

Past Fellows Selected by APhA-APPM

Past Fellows Selected by APhA-APRS