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Senior Staff

Day-to-day activities of the 130 dedicated APhA professional staff are led by Executive Vice President & CEO Scott Knoer, MS, PharmD, FASHP, and the senior management team

Scott Knoer


APhA Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer

Scott Knoer, MS, PharmD, FASHP, is the 13th Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Pharmacists Association. He received his BA in psychology from Creighton University in 1988 and his PharmD from the University of Nebraska in 1996. He completed a 2-year administrative residency with a concurrent MS degree in hospital pharmacy from the University of Kansas in 1998.

Before his current leadership role at APhA, Dr. Knoer was the Chief Pharmacy Officer at the Cleveland Clinic from 2011 to 2020, where he led an international pharmacy enterprise with a $1.4 billion dollar drug budget and 1,558 FTEs in 18 hospitals with facilities in Ohio, Florida, and Nevada; Toronto; London; and Abu Dhabi.

After graduation from pharmacy school, he was an Operations Manager at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston for 3 years. Moving to Minnesota, he was the Director of Pharmacy at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview, for a decade before being recruited to the Cleveland Clinic in 2011.

Dr. Knoer has served the profession extensively through involvement in professional organizations at the local, state, and national levels. He is published widely on a variety of pharmacy and leadership topics. He is a frequent invited lecturer to state, national, and international audiences. He is often quoted as a health care expert on a broad array of topics in newspaper, radio, and television outlets.

Dr. Knoer is a passionate advocate for patients and the profession of pharmacy. He has successfully lobbied boards of pharmacy in Ohio and Minnesota to allow the advancement of pharmacy practice, and he has led initiatives that changed Ohio and federal law related to the elevation of pharmacy practice and reducing the impact of drug shortages.

Rafael Saenz


Chief of Staff

Rafael Saenz received his Pharm.D. from the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy, and his Master of Science in Pharmacy Administration from the University of Wisconsin, while concurrently completing the Pharmacy Administration Residency Program at the University of Wisconsin Hospital.

Between 2011 and 2019, Rafael served as the Chief Pharmacy Officer at the University of Virginia (UVA) where he oversaw the pharmacy enterprise for the health system. In this role, Rafael led an expert team that successfully deployed clinical pharmacist services throughout the system, implemented LEAN medication distribution workflows, oversaw a $250M drug expense budget, increased the department’s revenue to attribute to over 45% of all medical center net revenues, and created several new business lines for UVA including a full service specialty pharmacy. Further, Rafael led the expansion of pharmacy residency programs at UVA, tripling the availability of positions during his tenure.

Prior to UVA, Rafael served as Pharmacy Operations Manager for UPMC in Pittsburgh. In this role, he had oversight for clinical unit-based pharmacy services and retail operations, before switching his focus to the pharmacy practice sites within UPMC’s international ventures in Palermo, Italy and Dublin, Ireland. Rafael has deployed clinical services, information technology systems, created supply chains, met regulatory and accreditation requirements, implemented best practices in medication use safety, and launched new pharmacy business initiatives domestically and internationally.

Rafael has served the profession through active membership in state and national pharmacy organizations. He has served on workforce and education committees with various organizations aimed at increasing the pharmacist and technician scope of practice. In 2015, Rafael was appointed to the Virginia Board of Pharmacy and served as Chair of the Board from 2018-2019.

Angel Baltimore


Vice President, Digital Information Systems

Ilisa Bernstein


Senior Vice President, Pharmacy Practice and Government Affairs

Dr. Bernstein is responsible for leading the development and implementation of APhA’s strategies related to professional affairs, pharmacy practice, advocacy, and government affairs.

She has over 30 years of experience advocating for pharmacy and patients at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), where she has held several senior leadership positions. Prior to joining APhA, Dr. Bernstein was deputy director of FDA’s Office of Compliance in the Center for Drug Evaluation & Research, leading domestic and global policies, compliance, and enforcement in areas such as drug compounding, supply chain security, drug quality, drug shortages, and post-market drug safety. Dr. Bernstein also served as director of pharmacy affairs for FDA and senior advisor for regulatory policy in the Office of the Commissioner. She started at FDA as clinical pharmacology reviewer of investigational and new drug applications.

Previously, Dr. Bernstein was senior associate director of worldwide regulatory affairs for Pfizer and completed a post-doctoral clinical residency at the National Institutes of Health. She earned her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Michigan and her Juris Doctor from American University Washington College of Law

Scott Knoer


Scott Knoer, MS, PharmD, FASHP, is the 13th Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Pharmacists Association. He received his BA in psychology from Creighton University in 1988 and his PharmD from the University of Nebraska in 1996. He completed a 2-year administrative residency with a concurrent MS degree in hospital pharmacy from the University of Kansas in 1998.

Before his current leadership role at APhA, Dr. Knoer was the Chief Pharmacy Officer at the Cleveland Clinic from 2011 to 2020, where he led an international pharmacy enterprise with a $1.4 billion dollar drug budget and 1,558 FTEs in 18 hospitals with facilities in Ohio, Florida, and Nevada; Toronto; London; and Abu Dhabi.

After graduation from pharmacy school, he was an Operations Manager at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston for 3 years. Moving to Minnesota, he was the Director of Pharmacy at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview, for a decade before being recruited to the Cleveland Clinic in 2011.

Dr. Knoer has served the profession extensively through involvement in professional organizations at the local, state, and national levels. He is published widely on a variety of pharmacy and leadership topics. He is a frequent invited lecturer to state, national, and international audiences. He is often quoted as a health care expert on a broad array of topics in newspaper, radio, and television outlets.

Dr. Knoer is a passionate advocate for patients and the profession of pharmacy. He has successfully lobbied boards of pharmacy in Ohio and Minnesota to allow the advancement of pharmacy practice, and he has led initiatives that changed Ohio and federal law related to the elevation of pharmacy practice and reducing the impact of drug shortages.

Rafael Saenz


Rafael Saenz received his Pharm.D. from the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy, and his Master of Science in Pharmacy Administration from the University of Wisconsin, while concurrently completing the Pharmacy Administration Residency Program at the University of Wisconsin Hospital.

Between 2011 and 2019, Rafael served as the Chief Pharmacy Officer at the University of Virginia (UVA) where he oversaw the pharmacy enterprise for the health system. In this role, Rafael led an expert team that successfully deployed clinical pharmacist services throughout the system, implemented LEAN medication distribution workflows, oversaw a $250M drug expense budget, increased the department’s revenue to attribute to over 45% of all medical center net revenues, and created several new business lines for UVA including a full service specialty pharmacy. Further, Rafael led the expansion of pharmacy residency programs at UVA, tripling the availability of positions during his tenure.

Prior to UVA, Rafael served as Pharmacy Operations Manager for UPMC in Pittsburgh. In this role, he had oversight for clinical unit-based pharmacy services and retail operations, before switching his focus to the pharmacy practice sites within UPMC’s international ventures in Palermo, Italy and Dublin, Ireland. Rafael has deployed clinical services, information technology systems, created supply chains, met regulatory and accreditation requirements, implemented best practices in medication use safety, and launched new pharmacy business initiatives domestically and internationally.

Rafael has served the profession through active membership in state and national pharmacy organizations. He has served on workforce and education committees with various organizations aimed at increasing the pharmacist and technician scope of practice. In 2015, Rafael was appointed to the Virginia Board of Pharmacy and served as Chair of the Board from 2018-2019.

Angel Baltimore


Ilisa Bernstein


Dr. Bernstein is responsible for leading the development and implementation of APhA’s strategies related to professional affairs, pharmacy practice, advocacy, and government affairs.

She has over 30 years of experience advocating for pharmacy and patients at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), where she has held several senior leadership positions. Prior to joining APhA, Dr. Bernstein was deputy director of FDA’s Office of Compliance in the Center for Drug Evaluation & Research, leading domestic and global policies, compliance, and enforcement in areas such as drug compounding, supply chain security, drug quality, drug shortages, and post-market drug safety. Dr. Bernstein also served as director of pharmacy affairs for FDA and senior advisor for regulatory policy in the Office of the Commissioner. She started at FDA as clinical pharmacology reviewer of investigational and new drug applications.

Previously, Dr. Bernstein was senior associate director of worldwide regulatory affairs for Pfizer and completed a post-doctoral clinical residency at the National Institutes of Health. She earned her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Michigan and her Juris Doctor from American University Washington College of Law

Anne L. Burns , BSPharm, RPh


Vice President, Professional Affairs

Anne L. Burns, BSPharm, RPh, is responsible for the Association’s strategic initiatives focused on advancing pharmacists’ patient care services in team-based care delivery models, as well as payment for pharmacists’ services, collaboration with other health care practitioner organizations, and health care quality. She leads the Association’s practice initiatives on pain management and the opioid crisis, and also works on APhA’s medication management, medication safety, Health IT, and credentialing and privileging programs. She has served on many medication management, quality, and prescription drug misuse and abuse advisory councils. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA), the National Advisory Board for the National Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit, and the Council for Credentialing in Pharmacy.

She joined APhA in 1997. Prior to APhA, she served on the faculty at The Ohio State University (OSU) College of Pharmacy. She received her BS in pharmacy from OSU and completed the Wharton Executive Management Program for Pharmacy Leaders.

Mallery Hobbs


Vice President, Information Technology Infrastructure & Network Operations

Mallery Hobbs is responsible for the information technology infrastructure; network operations and the information security controls for the organization. In this role, she serves as an advisor on IT infrastructure initiatives and provides strategic leadership on technology matters.

She has 30 years of professional information technology experience in IT infrastructure, information systems, database management and data analysis. Prior to this role, she served as the Senior Director, Information Technology, providing oversight and guidance on the organization’s enterprise information systems and network.

Before joining APhA, she served in a data management role for the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), which promotes and support public higher education, academic quality, access, inclusion and facilitates educational innovation. Previously, she served in various computer/data analyst roles providing statistical analysis for books and publications for the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), a philanthropic organization that funds scholarships for students for private colleges and universities and Meharry Medical College, a global academic health sciences center advancing health equity through innovative research, transformative education, and health services.

She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Tennessee State University.

Windy K. Christner, CMP


Associate Vice President, Meetings & Expositions

Responsible for the production, organization, management, and logistics for APhA’s meetings and events, Windy K. Christner, CMP is a professional meeting planner with a 23 history at APhA. Along with her dynamic team, she has primary responsibility for the APhA Annual Meeting and Exposition (6,000 attendees and 200+ exhibitors), the Joint Federal Pharmacy Seminar (1,000 attendees and 150+ exhibitors), and rental of APhA’s beautiful rooftop venue, the Potomac View Terrace, located on the National Mall.

Antonio Ciaccia


Antonio Ciaccia is chief strategy officer for 3 Axis Advisors (3AA), a consultancy that partners with private and government sector organizations to solve complex, systemic problems, and propel industry reform through data-driven advocacy.

Ciaccia and 3AA were instrumental in exposing the drug pricing distortions and supply chain inefficiencies embedded in Ohio’s Medicaid managed care program, which led to the discovery of $244 million in hidden PBM spread pricing in just one year. This set off a tidal wave of national scrutiny and reform, and their more recent data analyses have exposed new ways in which middlemen abuse a lack of transparency, poor incentives, conflicts of interest, and unchecked power to undermine patient care and siphon value out of the healthcare system.

Ciaccia is also a co-founder of 46brooklyn Research, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the transparency and accessibility of drug pricing data for the American public. He previously served as the government affairs director at the Ohio Pharmacists Association, where in addition to his work exposing PBM waste, he also advanced pharmacist provider status to a point where four out of five of the state’s Medicaid managed care plans redesigned incentives to elevate the role of the pharmacist as a clinical service provider.

Anne Burns


Anne L. Burns, BSPharm, RPh, is responsible for the Association’s strategic initiatives focused on advancing pharmacists’ patient care services in team-based care delivery models, as well as payment for pharmacists’ services, collaboration with other health care practitioner organizations, and health care quality. She leads the Association’s practice initiatives on pain management and the opioid crisis, and also works on APhA’s medication management, medication safety, Health IT, and credentialing and privileging programs. She has served on many medication management, quality, and prescription drug misuse and abuse advisory councils. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA), the National Advisory Board for the National Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit, and the Council for Credentialing in Pharmacy.

She joined APhA in 1997. Prior to APhA, she served on the faculty at The Ohio State University (OSU) College of Pharmacy. She received her BS in pharmacy from OSU and completed the Wharton Executive Management Program for Pharmacy Leaders.

Mallery Hobbs


Mallery Hobbs is responsible for the information technology infrastructure; network operations and the information security controls for the organization. In this role, she serves as an advisor on IT infrastructure initiatives and provides strategic leadership on technology matters.

She has 30 years of professional information technology experience in IT infrastructure, information systems, database management and data analysis. Prior to this role, she served as the Senior Director, Information Technology, providing oversight and guidance on the organization’s enterprise information systems and network.

Before joining APhA, she served in a data management role for the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), which promotes and support public higher education, academic quality, access, inclusion and facilitates educational innovation. Previously, she served in various computer/data analyst roles providing statistical analysis for books and publications for the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), a philanthropic organization that funds scholarships for students for private colleges and universities and Meharry Medical College, a global academic health sciences center advancing health equity through innovative research, transformative education, and health services.

She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Tennessee State University.

Windy Christner


Responsible for the production, organization, management, and logistics for APhA’s meetings and events, Windy K. Christner, CMP is a professional meeting planner with a 23 history at APhA. Along with her dynamic team, she has primary responsibility for the APhA Annual Meeting and Exposition (6,000 attendees and 200+ exhibitors), the Joint Federal Pharmacy Seminar (1,000 attendees and 150+ exhibitors), and rental of APhA’s beautiful rooftop venue, the Potomac View Terrace, located on the National Mall.

Antonio Ciaccia


Antonio Ciaccia is chief strategy officer for 3 Axis Advisors (3AA), a consultancy that partners with private and government sector organizations to solve complex, systemic problems, and propel industry reform through data-driven advocacy.

Ciaccia and 3AA were instrumental in exposing the drug pricing distortions and supply chain inefficiencies embedded in Ohio’s Medicaid managed care program, which led to the discovery of $244 million in hidden PBM spread pricing in just one year. This set off a tidal wave of national scrutiny and reform, and their more recent data analyses have exposed new ways in which middlemen abuse a lack of transparency, poor incentives, conflicts of interest, and unchecked power to undermine patient care and siphon value out of the healthcare system.

Ciaccia is also a co-founder of 46brooklyn Research, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the transparency and accessibility of drug pricing data for the American public. He previously served as the government affairs director at the Ohio Pharmacists Association, where in addition to his work exposing PBM waste, he also advanced pharmacist provider status to a point where four out of five of the state’s Medicaid managed care plans redesigned incentives to elevate the role of the pharmacist as a clinical service provider.

William M. Ellis, MS, RPh


Executive Director, Board of Pharmacy Specialties

William M. Ellis, MS, RPh was named Executive Director of BPS in 2011. From 1997-2011, Mr. Ellis served as CEO and Executive Director of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Foundation. He was the Executive Vice President for the Pennsylvania Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists from 1986-1997.

Ellis also served as the elected Chair of the Council on Credentialing in Pharmacy (CCP) from 2012-2015; CCP provides leadership, guidance, public information, and coordination for the profession of pharmacy’s credentialing programs. In 2014, he was appointed a commissioner to the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) and was elected as the 2016 Chairman. The NCCA helps to ensure the health, welfare, and safety of the public through the accreditation of a variety of individual certification programs that assess professional competency. The NCCA is an administratively independent resource recognized as the authority on accreditation standards for professional certification programs.

After receiving his pharmacy degree from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy (PCP), where he served as the chair of the College’s Board of Visitors. He completed an executive residency with the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists in 1986 and earned his Master of Science degree in health education from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia in 1994.

Yvonne Evans


Senior Director, Employee Relations and Talent Management

Frank Fortin


Senior Vice President, Communications, Marketing & Media Relations

Mr. Fortin is responsible for the development and implementation of leading-edge communications, marketing and media relations strategies to to ensure that APhA is effectively represented to members, the public and other stakeholders.

Fortin has worked as an association executive for more than 20 years. Prior to joining APhA, he held senior positions with the Massachusetts Medical Society, the Infectious Diseases Society of America and the Society of General Internal Medicine. He has served as a consultant and advisor to a wide variety of for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, both as president of High Rock Strategies in Alexandria, Va., and as a vice president with RDW Group in Providence, R.I. He began his career in journalism, serving as a reporter, editor and producer for 10 years in print and broadcast news organizations in New York, Rhode Island and Massachusetts. He has been a Certified Association Executive (CAE) since 2011 and is an active volunteer with the American Society of Association Executives. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in English (cum laude) from Providence College.

Lindsay L. Kunkle, PharmD, MBA


Associate Vice President, Pharmacy Profiles and ADVANCE®

Dr. Kunkle leads APhA’s strategic technology solutions for credentials verification and workforce development for Pharmacy Profiles and APhA ADVANCE®. Dr. Kunkle has spent her career at APhA and the APhA Foundation advancing pharmacy practice and supporting APhA members. She has experience directing practice-based research, consensus development, and innovation projects, developing translational guides to facilitate public health–pharmacy partnerships, strengthening infrastructure for APhA’s Special Interest Groups, creating dozens of resources to advance pharmacy practice, facilitating business and partnership development, and launching innovative start-up products that support the role of pharmacists on the health care team.

Dr. Kunkle is an active member of Phi Delta Chi, Virginia Pharmacists Association, Phi Lambda Sigma, and ASAE The Center for Association Leadership. She received the 2020 PLEI/PLS Albert B. Prescott Pharmacy Leadership Award. She graduated magna cum laude from Rutgers University, Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy and earned her MBA with a special focus on Entrepreneurship and Strategic Innovation from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Geis School of Business.

William M. Ellis


William M. Ellis, MS, RPh was named Executive Director of BPS in 2011. From 1997-2011, Mr. Ellis served as CEO and Executive Director of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Foundation. He was the Executive Vice President for the Pennsylvania Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists from 1986-1997.

Ellis also served as the elected Chair of the Council on Credentialing in Pharmacy (CCP) from 2012-2015; CCP provides leadership, guidance, public information, and coordination for the profession of pharmacy’s credentialing programs. In 2014, he was appointed a commissioner to the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) and was elected as the 2016 Chairman. The NCCA helps to ensure the health, welfare, and safety of the public through the accreditation of a variety of individual certification programs that assess professional competency. The NCCA is an administratively independent resource recognized as the authority on accreditation standards for professional certification programs.

After receiving his pharmacy degree from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy (PCP), where he served as the chair of the College’s Board of Visitors. He completed an executive residency with the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists in 1986 and earned his Master of Science degree in health education from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia in 1994.

Yvonne Evans


Frank Fortin


Mr. Fortin is responsible for the development and implementation of leading-edge communications, marketing and media relations strategies to to ensure that APhA is effectively represented to members, the public and other stakeholders.

Fortin has worked as an association executive for more than 20 years. Prior to joining APhA, he held senior positions with the Massachusetts Medical Society, the Infectious Diseases Society of America and the Society of General Internal Medicine. He has served as a consultant and advisor to a wide variety of for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, both as president of High Rock Strategies in Alexandria, Va., and as a vice president with RDW Group in Providence, R.I. He began his career in journalism, serving as a reporter, editor and producer for 10 years in print and broadcast news organizations in New York, Rhode Island and Massachusetts. He has been a Certified Association Executive (CAE) since 2011 and is an active volunteer with the American Society of Association Executives. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in English (cum laude) from Providence College.

Lindsay L. Kunkle


Dr. Kunkle leads APhA’s strategic technology solutions for credentials verification and workforce development for Pharmacy Profiles and APhA ADVANCE®. Dr. Kunkle has spent her career at APhA and the APhA Foundation advancing pharmacy practice and supporting APhA members. She has experience directing practice-based research, consensus development, and innovation projects, developing translational guides to facilitate public health–pharmacy partnerships, strengthening infrastructure for APhA’s Special Interest Groups, creating dozens of resources to advance pharmacy practice, facilitating business and partnership development, and launching innovative start-up products that support the role of pharmacists on the health care team.

Dr. Kunkle is an active member of Phi Delta Chi, Virginia Pharmacists Association, Phi Lambda Sigma, and ASAE The Center for Association Leadership. She received the 2020 PLEI/PLS Albert B. Prescott Pharmacy Leadership Award. She graduated magna cum laude from Rutgers University, Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy and earned her MBA with a special focus on Entrepreneurship and Strategic Innovation from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Geis School of Business.

Keith Marciniak


Vice President, Member Relations

Shannon Morrison CPA


Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President, Finance and Administration

Shannon Morrison, CPA, is responsible for all aspects of the financial affairs of APhA and the APhA Foundation, including banking, investment programs, financial management, budgeting, long-range planning and forecasting, financial analysis, and internal control systems. She also has responsibility for the fiscal and operational oversight of the Association’s office building and related office lease operations, as well as APhA’s Administrative Services and Information Technology Departments. She was previously Associate Vice President of Finance for APhA, having joined the organization in 2008 as Assistant Controller. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Greater Washington Society of CPAs, and a graduate of Salisbury University in Salisbury, MD.

Mitchel C. Rothholz


Chief of Governance & State Affiliates; Executive Director, APhA Foundation

Mr. Rothholz is responsible for organizational governance, policy development, state relations, public health activities, and management of APhA alliance participation and other external activities. He also serves as the Executive Director of the APhA Foundation and is Secretary for the Joint Commission of Pharmacy Practitioners (JCPP). He is a 1984 graduate of the University of Florida College of Pharmacy and has worked as an association executive for more than 36 years. In 2005, he earned a masters of business administration with an emphasis in health care management from Regis University.

Before taking a position with APhA, Mr. Rothholz served as Executive Director of the Alabama Pharmacy Association from 1989 to 1994 and was the first pharmacist executive for that organization. Prior to his tenure in Alabama, he served on the staff of the Florida Pharmacy Association from 1984 to 1989. He has practiced in chain and independent community pharmacies as well as nursing home, hospital, and managed care practice settings. His professional experience includes developing continuing education programs, editing professional publications, overseeing legislative and regulatory activities, and developing pharmaceutical care programs such as the implementation of pharmacy-based immunization services.

Mr. Rothholz is a member of several immunization coalitions and serves on the Executive Committee of the AMA/CDC National Influenza Vaccine Summit and Advisory Board of the Immunization Action Coalition. He has worked on projects involving collaboration between pharmacists, physicians, and other health care professionals leading to improved patient care outcomes.

Mary Warner, MS


Vice President, Publishing

Mary Warner is responsible for leading the publication and strategic direction of the Association’s periodicals, books, news, and related communication efforts and for APhA’s relationship with its publishing partner, Elsevier. Prior to joining APhA, Mary was with the American Geophysical Union publications program, where she was responsible for managing the peer review, editorial processes, business management, and strategy for AGU’s19 peer-reviewed journals, including serving as the primary contact with vendors providing copyediting, production, and content hosting. Prior to AGU, she served as Director of Special Publications at the American Chemical Society, where she responsible for editorial and business management of a group of scientific journals, magazines, and directories. A chemist by training, she worked as an environmental analytical chemist at the Research Triangle Institute before moving into the publishing world.

Warner is a Certified Association Executive and an active volunteer with the Council of Science Editors. She earned a BS in chemistry and biology from Eckerd College and an MS in analytical chemistry from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Keith Marciniak


Shannon Morrison


Shannon Morrison, CPA, is responsible for all aspects of the financial affairs of APhA and the APhA Foundation, including banking, investment programs, financial management, budgeting, long-range planning and forecasting, financial analysis, and internal control systems. She also has responsibility for the fiscal and operational oversight of the Association’s office building and related office lease operations, as well as APhA’s Administrative Services and Information Technology Departments. She was previously Associate Vice President of Finance for APhA, having joined the organization in 2008 as Assistant Controller. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Greater Washington Society of CPAs, and a graduate of Salisbury University in Salisbury, MD.

Mitchel C. Rothholz


Mr. Rothholz is responsible for organizational governance, policy development, state relations, public health activities, and management of APhA alliance participation and other external activities. He also serves as the Executive Director of the APhA Foundation and is Secretary for the Joint Commission of Pharmacy Practitioners (JCPP). He is a 1984 graduate of the University of Florida College of Pharmacy and has worked as an association executive for more than 36 years. In 2005, he earned a masters of business administration with an emphasis in health care management from Regis University.

Before taking a position with APhA, Mr. Rothholz served as Executive Director of the Alabama Pharmacy Association from 1989 to 1994 and was the first pharmacist executive for that organization. Prior to his tenure in Alabama, he served on the staff of the Florida Pharmacy Association from 1984 to 1989. He has practiced in chain and independent community pharmacies as well as nursing home, hospital, and managed care practice settings. His professional experience includes developing continuing education programs, editing professional publications, overseeing legislative and regulatory activities, and developing pharmaceutical care programs such as the implementation of pharmacy-based immunization services.

Mr. Rothholz is a member of several immunization coalitions and serves on the Executive Committee of the AMA/CDC National Influenza Vaccine Summit and Advisory Board of the Immunization Action Coalition. He has worked on projects involving collaboration between pharmacists, physicians, and other health care professionals leading to improved patient care outcomes.

Mary Warner


Mary Warner is responsible for leading the publication and strategic direction of the Association’s periodicals, books, news, and related communication efforts and for APhA’s relationship with its publishing partner, Elsevier. Prior to joining APhA, Mary was with the American Geophysical Union publications program, where she was responsible for managing the peer review, editorial processes, business management, and strategy for AGU’s19 peer-reviewed journals, including serving as the primary contact with vendors providing copyediting, production, and content hosting. Prior to AGU, she served as Director of Special Publications at the American Chemical Society, where she responsible for editorial and business management of a group of scientific journals, magazines, and directories. A chemist by training, she worked as an environmental analytical chemist at the Research Triangle Institute before moving into the publishing world.

Warner is a Certified Association Executive and an active volunteer with the Council of Science Editors. She earned a BS in chemistry and biology from Eckerd College and an MS in analytical chemistry from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Daniel P. Zlott


Senior Vice President, Education and Business Development

Prior to joining APhA, Dr. Zlott worked for 10 years as a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist with the National Cancer Institute’s Immunotherapy, Surgery, Endocrine Oncology, and Thoracic/GI Malignancy Branches at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He was part of the team that developed and administered the first Chimeric Antigen Receptor T-cell therapy given to treat B-cell cancers. Dr. Zlott was also the Director of the NIH PGY2 Oncology Pharmacy Residency Program and a clinical investigator on more than 40 NCI-sponsored clinical trials, examining new and innovative ways to treat cancer. While at NIH, he served for 5 years on the National Cancer Institute’s Institutional Review Board. Dan has served two terms on the Board of Trustees of the American Pharmacists Association and has also chaired numerous committees with the Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association. He is a graduate of the University of California San Francisco and completed his PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency there before moving to the NIH, where he completed his PGY2 Oncology Pharmacy Residency.

Brian Lawson, PharmD


Associate Executive Editor, Board of Pharmacy Specialties

Brian E. Lawson, PharmD, assumed the role of Associate Executive Director in 2021 after having joined BPS nine years previously as Director, Professional Affairs and subsequently serving as the Senior Director. Dr. Lawson is responsible for developing relationships with the healthcare community to promote the value of BPS board certification. He monitors the professional pharmacy landscape and seeks collaborative relationships in the U.S. and around the globe, and currently serves as the staff liaison to the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Task Force on Addressing Structural Racism in Pharmacy. Lawson was named the University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy inaugural Global Executive in Residence in 2019.

Prior to BPS, he was the Associate Director, Governance for APhA with responsibilities related to the activities of the Board of Trustees, the House of Delegates, policy development, profession-wide awards, and Board elections. In 2008, he was named the first Knowlton Center Executive Resident in Association Management and Leadership at the APhA Foundation and earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from West Virginia University. He is a former president of the WVU School of Pharmacy Alumni Association and serves on the School’s Leadership Council as well as the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee.

Daniel P. Zlott


Prior to joining APhA, Dr. Zlott worked for 10 years as a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist with the National Cancer Institute’s Immunotherapy, Surgery, Endocrine Oncology, and Thoracic/GI Malignancy Branches at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He was part of the team that developed and administered the first Chimeric Antigen Receptor T-cell therapy given to treat B-cell cancers. Dr. Zlott was also the Director of the NIH PGY2 Oncology Pharmacy Residency Program and a clinical investigator on more than 40 NCI-sponsored clinical trials, examining new and innovative ways to treat cancer. While at NIH, he served for 5 years on the National Cancer Institute’s Institutional Review Board. Dan has served two terms on the Board of Trustees of the American Pharmacists Association and has also chaired numerous committees with the Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association. He is a graduate of the University of California San Francisco and completed his PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency there before moving to the NIH, where he completed his PGY2 Oncology Pharmacy Residency.

Brian Lawson


Brian E. Lawson, PharmD, assumed the role of Associate Executive Director in 2021 after having joined BPS nine years previously as Director, Professional Affairs and subsequently serving as the Senior Director. Dr. Lawson is responsible for developing relationships with the healthcare community to promote the value of BPS board certification. He monitors the professional pharmacy landscape and seeks collaborative relationships in the U.S. and around the globe, and currently serves as the staff liaison to the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Task Force on Addressing Structural Racism in Pharmacy. Lawson was named the University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy inaugural Global Executive in Residence in 2019.

Prior to BPS, he was the Associate Director, Governance for APhA with responsibilities related to the activities of the Board of Trustees, the House of Delegates, policy development, profession-wide awards, and Board elections. In 2008, he was named the first Knowlton Center Executive Resident in Association Management and Leadership at the APhA Foundation and earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from West Virginia University. He is a former president of the WVU School of Pharmacy Alumni Association and serves on the School’s Leadership Council as well as the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee.

 

Complete list of APhA headquarter department contacts

 

Academy of Pharmaceutical Research and Science; Academy of Pharmacy Practice & Management
Margaret Tomecki

Director, Practice & Science Academies

(202) 429-6313
Board of Pharmacy Specialties
William M. Ellis

Executive Director

(202) 429-7195
 

 

 
Parisa Vatanka

Senior Director, Corporate Alliances

(202) 497-5358
Capital Campaign
Mitchel C. Rothholz

Chief of Governance & State Affiliates; Executive Director, APhA Foundation

(202) 429-7549
Careers; Chain Pharmacy Relations
Christopher McKerrow

Director, Corporate Alliances

(202) 429-8733

 

Communications and Media Relations
Frank Fortin

Senior Vice President, Communications, Marketing and Media Relations

(202) 223-7189
 

 

Editorial Department - Pharmacist.com News
Mary Warner

Vice President, Publishing

(202) 429-6316
 
Loren Bonner

Senior Editor

(202) 448-8728

 

Education
Daniel Zlott

Senior Vice President, Education and Business Development

(202) 760-3828
 
General Education Questions

 

(800) 237-2742
Licensed Partner Coordinators
Misty L. Knack

Associate Director, Advanced Training

(202) 429-7512

 

Webinars - APhA-ASP & APhA-NPN (Students & New Practitioners)
Lynette R. Plowden

Senior Manager, Student & New Practitioner Meetings and Operations

(202) 429-7514
Executive Assistant to the CEO
Kathi Gollwitzer

Associate Director, Executive Office Operations

(202) 794-2193
Federal Pharmacists
Windy K. Christner

Associate Vice President, Meetings & Expositions

(202) 429-7513

 

Finance
Shannon Morrison

A Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President, Finance and Administration

(202) 429-6302
 
Christopher Arnold

Senior Director, Financial Reporting and Compliance

(202) 429-7506
 

 

Government Affairs
Alicia Kerry Mica

Senior Lobbyist

(202) 429-7507
Historical Building Tours
Kathi Gollwitzer

Associate Director, Executive Office Operations

(202) 794-2193
House of Delegates
Wendy Y. Gaitwood

Senior Administrative Manager, Policy & Governance

(202) 429-7572

 

Human Resources
Yvonne Evans

Senior Director, Employee Relations and Talent Management

(202) 429-7579
 
Aldo Hueramo

Human Resources Business Partner

202-602-0812

 

Library/Knowledge Management
Gwen Norheim

Senior Knowledge Management Specialist

(202) 429-7524

 

Membership
Keith Marciniak

Vice President, Member Relations

(800) 237-2742, Ext. 7595
 

For individual inquiries regarding membership activation, renewals, or payments, please contact

infocenter@aphanet.org

 

(800) 237-APhA (2742) ext. 2.
 

 

Meetings
Windy K. Christner

Associate Vice President, Meetings & Expositions

(202) 429-7513
 
Todd McDonald

Director, Meeting Services and Special Events

(202) 429-7547
Newsroom
Frank Fortin

Senior Vice President, Communications, Marketing and Media Relations

(202) 223-7189

 

Pharmacy Practice
Ilisa BG Bernstein

Senior Vice President, Pharmacy Practice and Government Affairs

(202) 429-7753
Policy
Ilisa BG Bernstein

Senior Vice President, Pharmacy Practice and Government Affairs

(202) 429-7753
Political Action
Mary-Ryan Douglass

Associate Director, Grassroots Advocacy & PAC

(202) 223-7181

 

Publishing
Mary Warner

Vice President, Publishing

(202) 429-6316
Shop APhA
Robert Hodges

Associate Director, Publication Sales & Marketing

(202) 429-7560

 

State Relations
Mitchel C. Rothholz

Chief of Governance & State Affiliates; Executive Director, APhA Foundation

(202) 429-7549
Student & New Practitioner Development - APhA-ASP & APhA NPN
Keith Marciniak

Vice President, Member Relations

(202) 237-2742, Ext. 7595