APhA-APPM Elections 2016

APhA-APPM Executive Committee - Member-at-Large Pair I (2017-2019) 

David Barnes RPh, BCNP, started his career as a pharmacist at USA Medical Center in Mobile, AL and was convinced that was all he ever wanted to do, he really loved being at a premier facility with educational programs in nursing and medicine. In working on the night shift he did side jobs on his week off in home healthcare and retail pharmacy. He got the opportunity to move into nuclear pharmacy through a friend purely by accident and realized he had found his niche. He has held positions as a radiation safety officer, manager, and currently as regional director. In his current position, he has the opportunity to do so much more than dispensing and compounding regularly, he has 114 employees in his region and is responsible for hiring practices, HR issues, sales attainment, regulatory and facility compliance. While many of these things are not what pharmacists typically receive structured training in, they are necessary leadership activities that make companies and organizations successful. Working for GE Healthcare has given Barnes access to training and resources from a world wide company that operates many types of businesses with consumer, industrial, and government implications. He is most proud of his time as a member of the BPS nuclear council and his current term as council chair, through this position he has been able to interact with the BPS Board and other council chairs, all are top leaders in their field. APhA membership and participation in numerous committees and moderating sessions has been a particularly rewarding part of his personal development and he hopes to continue it as a member at large of the Executive Committee.

Email: DavidBarnes@ge.com

I feel that ability to change in response to current conditions should be a top priority. Pharmacy has changed during my career to the point it only bears some resemblance to my initial position. Advances in healthcare and technology are bringing on new changes at an ever increasing rate. In my current position at GE, this is what we are trained for and do on a daily basis. I believe I can use these skills to advance the profession of pharmacy across all practice settings. Next, the role of the pharmacist in healthcare is being recognized in more areas nationwide, we must not lose this focus and continue to build on it. Increasingly myself and my colleagues have the opportunity to provide educational and training presentations to other healthcare providers. Keeping our skills and abilities at the forefront of our colleagues expectations, enhances our position on the healthcare team and ultimately leads to recognition by the patient and the public in general. Finally, we have to develop the next generation of pharmacists to insure they are ready to continue the long standing position of pharmacists as trusted and valuable healthcare providers. When I was a new practitioner, pharmacist topped the list of most trusted professions, while we have had years where we have slipped some, we are always near the top. Only by instilling strong values for quality, safety, and patient care in our new graduates, can we continue to remain strong and trusted by the public. We must provide the expectation that established pharmacists take the time necessary to give guidance and share experience with the next generation.

 

Larry Selkow, RPh, BSPharm, has been a pharmacist for over 33 years. He has worked in retail his entire career. After having lived on the East Coast his entire life, he moved to the Palm Springs area of California in 2004. He graduated from the Arnold and Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy with a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy and Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. He is currently a pharmacy manager for Walgreens.

Email: Larselk@aol.com

It is an honor to be nominated to serve as APhA-APPM Executive Committee Member at Large. I have been a member of APhA for many years. I feel there are many challenges facing the profession of Pharmacy. I have been more involved with APhA over the last several years. I feel that being a Member at Large will allow me to use my career experiences to further advocate the great things about APhA. I love being a pharmacist! I look forward to going into work every day. The profession is constantly changing. APhA is on the forefront of meeting the challenges of pharmacy. I would like to spread the word about APhA to pharmacists who are NOT members. I am surprised to see how many pharmacists are not members, or do not know what APhA really does for the profession. Many of my colleagues have never been to an APhA meeting. They do not know what they are missing! Provider Status is a main issue facing APhA. My home state of California has recognized pharmacists as providers of health care, and legislation has been passed. The entire Nation has to be on board and follow California. If I am elected, I will do everything I can to promote the importance of provider status. I would love to be a Member at Large, and count on your support.

 

APhA-APPM Executive Committee - Member-at-Large Pair II (2017-2019)

Amber Bynum, PharmD, grew up in a small farming community, she learned the importance of a strong work ethic, as alongside her father and brothers she learned early about responsibility and accountability on their farm. In town, their pharmacist also had an impact on her childhood, as the pharmacy was a regular stop on the way home from school for a snack. He was a friend who they trusted—someone who helped her mom make the right decisions for their family’s healthcare.

Later, she attended the University of Arkansas. She was chosen by the faculty as a Distinguished Athens Communications Scholar in recognition of outstanding academic achievement and service to the community and was inducted in Lambda Phi Eta National Communication Honor Society. And, she had an incredible opportunity to serve as the official ambassador of Arkansas as Miss Arkansas and competed in the Miss America Pageant in 2006.

Attending UAMS College of Pharmacy was a great experience. She immediately became involved in APHA and the Arkansas Pharmacy Associations. She collaborated with other health care providers to improve immunization rates in Arkansas through the Immunization Action Coalition.

As a Pharmacy Clinical Service manager, she has an opportunity to provide medication therapy services and immunizations to patients across central Arkansas as well as train other pharmacists on best practices and providing clinical services and was asked to appear on the Dr. Oz show last year to promote pharmacist role in Healthcare for Walmart.

She resides in Little Rock and loves spending time with her family. She and her husband have a 4 year old son and 1 year old twins. She is an avid Razorback fan and in her free time she enjoys spin class, barre class, gardening, going to the lake and just about anything outdoors!

Email: Amber.Bynum0@walmart.com

My goal is to make the most out of every opportunity I’m provided—my passion is to help others live a higher quality of life—to make a difference. As pharmacists, we have a unique opportunity to change the face of healthcare in this country. We are already doing it. But, the goal should be to increase awareness and raise the baseline knowledge level on what are true capabilities are for patient care. Improving healthcare access, decreasing medication related problems and mismanagement, and improving the quality of life of Americans are the top priorities of the APhA and our top responsibilities as pharmacists.

Gaining provider status is going to change the face of healthcare. In my state—Arkansas—there are many medically underserved areas which I view as a challenge and an opportunity to provide training and other quality MTM services including comprehensive medication reviews and monitoring, patient education, adherence monitoring, wellness services, and immunizations and consultations.

Unfortunately, our care has limitations. To combat this I believe we must accomplish two tasks: 1) provide all pharmacists with the education to provide these services confidently and, and 2) we must work with our payers and policy makers to realize the potential of our profession.

Encouraging patients to stay vocal with our elected officials is also critical, as they can best tell how their lives have been positively impacted by improved pharmacy services. True change will only come from having the support of our patients and communities. In return, pharmacists will be granted provider status which will allow our full potential to improve the quality and care to be reached.

I would be grateful for the opportunity to serve as an APhA-APPM executive committee member at large and work hard for positive changes in our profession.

 

Lt Col Ann D. McManis, currently serves on Active Duty and is a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Air Force. She is assigned to the Defense Health Agency (DHA), as Deputy Chief, Pharmacy Purchased Care Operations Branch, of the Pharmacy Operations Division. She is responsible for managing all aspects of the current Department of Defense (DoD) pharmacy purchased care contract estimated at $65 billion dollars. Additionally, she contributes to the development of policies and programs to ensure a uniform, consistent, and equitable pharmacy benefit for over 9.5 million beneficiaries in the Military Health System.

Prior to her current assignment, Ann McManis completed a Medical Education with Industry Executive Fellowship in Pharmacy Practice Advancement and Policy with the American Pharmacists Association in Washington, DC. She has served in a variety of capacities including Pharmacy Director, Ancillary Services Director, and Medical Support Services Director while deployed to Kirkuk, Iraq in support of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM. Additionally, she served as the Chief, Emergency Staff Function (ESF) #8, coordinating medical response during contingency and disaster operations at the base Emergency Operations Center.

Ann McManis graduated from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center where she received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Pharmacy in 1995 and from the American Military University where she received her Master of Arts Degree in Public Administration with a focus in emergency and disaster management in 2011.

Prior to entering active duty in 2003, she worked as a staff pharmacist in both hospital and community pharmacy settings at a number of different locations.

Email: ann.mcmanis@gmail.com

The top 3 Priorities of the Academy are (1) to support the top priority for the organization: Provider Status (2) to support the membership in expanding the role of the pharmacist as a member of the integrated health care team (3) to support the growth of the APhA-APPM Special Interest Groups.

My experience of 20-years as a pharmacist working in hospital, community, and federal pharmacy settings allows me to bring a broad perspective. As a military officer, I have had the opportunity to develop my skills as a leader. Finally, my recent fellowship at APhA Headquarters has given me the fantastic opportunity to be directly involved in APhA activities.

It will be an honor to have the opportunity to bring my previous experiences and perspective to represent the members and to achieve the priorities of APhA-APPM.

 
APhA-APPM Executive Committee - Member-at-Large Pair III (2017-2019)

Patricia Fabel, PharmD, BCPS is a Clinical Assistant Professor on the University of South Carolina campus of the South Carolina College of Pharmacy. She received her PharmD from the University of Rhode Island and completed a community pharmacy practice residency at the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy and Kroger Pharmacy. She practices pharmacy at Medicine Mart Pharmacy in West Columbia, SC and is responsible for developing and growing their patient care programs. Patti also serves as the Director for the SCCP Community Residency Program. She has published articles in the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education on MTM and pharmacy advocacy. She has also written book chapters on vaccines, GI disorders, and managing insect bites and stings. She has given several presentations on immunizations, MTM, and self-care related topics. Her research interests involve conducting patient care services in a community pharmacy setting. Patti is a former president of the South Carolina Pharmacy Association (SCPhA) and currently serves on their Board of Directors as the Immediate-Past President. She is also actively involved in the American Pharmacist Association, serving on committees and as a delegate in previous years.

Email: pattifabel@gmail.com

The three top priorities for the Academy are to create opportunities for pharmacists to expand patient care services, advocate for equitable reimbursement for services provided by pharmacists, and to educate members on how to perform and bill for these services. As a faculty member at a college of pharmacy, I am able to network with pharmacists who are offering innovative services in various practice settings. As the residency program director, I oversee residency projects that involve implementing patient care services. I am also responsible for implementing and growing sustainable patient care services at Medicine Mart Pharmacy. I am able to bring innovative ideas to the table and adapt them for use in a community practice, based on my own experience and those of our residents. As a former president of SCPhA and in my current role at Medicine Mart Pharmacy, I have experience advocating for pharmacist-provided patient care services to legislators, employer groups and third-party payers. I will use this experience to continue to advocate for equitable reimbursement at the regional and national level. Lastly, with busy professional and personal lives, our members need access to education programs that provide explicit instructions and guidance on how to implement patient care services. My extensive experience providing education programs to student pharmacists, technicians, and pharmacists will help me assist the Academy in developing their education agenda and member resources. I would welcome the opportunity to continue to serve the profession and APhA as a Member-at-Large for the APPM Executive Committee.

 

Wendy Mobley-Bukstein PharmD, BCACP, CDE is Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice in the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at Drake University. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Drake University in 1999. She is APhA certificate trained in Diabetes Care, Immunization Delivery and Medication Therapy Management. Her teaching responsibilities include a Medication Therapy Management elective and various topics in the Pharmacy Skills and Applications course series. She is the course coordinator and teaches topics in the Self Care & Nonprescription Products course. She maintains a clinical practice at Primary Health Care East Side Clinic, a Federally Qualified Health Center, where she precepts third year IPPE students. Her specialty areas of practice and scholarship are diabetes care, medication therapy management and community health education. Prior to joining Drake, she was the instructor for a pharmacy technician course at Heartland Community College in Illinois and maintained a pharmacy practice at Hopedale Medical Complex. She is the coordinator for the American Pharmacist Association Special Interest Group on Diabetes Management, legislative liaison for the Iowa Coordinating Body of the American Association of Diabetes Educators and an active member of the Iowa Pharmacy Association.

Email: wendy.mobley-bukstein@drake.edu

Although not from Iowa, I call it home now. When you cross the state line the sign says Welcome to Iowa: Fields of Opportunity. The APPM Academy’s mission inspires me to think about the future opportunities for our profession. I often ask students about their views of pharmacy in the future. My encouragement to the students is “You can make it look however you want it to look.” The Academy’s priorities of enhancing the profession of pharmacy, improving medication use and advancing patient care provide boundless opportunities for pharmacy practitioners. I spend a majority of my time mentoring and teaching students to be leaders and innovators; dreamers of sorts. The profession must join together to advocate for provider status, dream about opportunities available to us upon receiving provider status, gain recognition for the contributions we make to improve our patients’ quality of life and generate revenue that will allow us to sustain an evolving model of pharmacy practice.

I have practiced as a community pharmacist, a hospital and long term care pharmacy director, an ambulatory care pharmacist and a pharmacy educator. My breadth and depth of experience gives me a foundation of common sense, while my forward thinking, out of the box approach to problem-solving evokes innovative ideas from others. We must continue to advocate for provider status and educate pharmacists on the importance of providing high quality clinical services to their patients. I will continue to encourage future pharmacists to envision pharmacy of the future and to dream big. I humbly ask that you elect me Member-At-Large, where I will lend my enthusiasm for innovation to advance our common mission.

 

APhA-APPM Executive Committee - New Practitioner Officer (2017-2019)

Stephanie Gernant, PharmD, became a pharmacist because of Belle Zimmerman—a fiery woman she called “grandma.” When they moved to the same city, Stephanie for college and her grandma for assisted living, they knew no one but each other. It was her grandma’s relationship with a certain mom-and- pop pharmacy in rural Missouri that inspired her to join our profession. Once she graduated from Missouri with a BS in Biology, she worked R&D at a drug manufacturer, until Ohio State’s PharmD program accepted her in 2008. During this time, she was lucky enough to land an internship at a 340B community pharmacy, and it was there that she had her first encounters with patients, whom more often than not were economically depressed and underserved. Serving the underserved drove her to a community PGY1 in Bangor Maine at an FQHC called Penobscot Community Health Care. Despite being a newly formed program in a little town almost in Canada, little did she know how advanced Penobscot really was; this health center was a patient centered medical home, and a pioneer ACO (words at the time she had no idea the meaning of). The unique opportunities with Penobscot’s transition of care program assisted her in landing a two year research fellowship in with Purdue University, and a position as Coordinator for a newly developed APhA Transitions of Care Special Interest Group.

Recently, she has settled into a permanent position with Nova Southeastern University as an assistant professor. Two months ago was her very first white-coat ceremony as a faculty member; it was both surreal and thrilling to be the one giving the coats. Since then, she has partnered with several of her colleagues to develop the very first Practice Based Research Network comprised of ACO’s. This network, The ACO Research Network, Services and Education (ACORN-SEED), will serves as a vessel for scholarship, post-graduate training, APPE experiences and pharmacist-provided clinical services. In the future, she hopes to continue her involvement in APhA and encourage other pharmacists in advancement of our profession.

Email: sgernant@nova.edu

“No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible”—Voltaire

When I threw my hat into the New Practitioner race, I was asked how I would advance the Academy’s priorities. It was a straightforward question that left me completely daunted. How was I—just barely out of school—ever really going to make APhA’s dreams come true in a healthcare environment virtually ambivalent and blind to pharmacists?

As a student, for years I witnessed countless mentors struggle and endure to promote the profession. If they—with all their knowledge and expertise far surpassing mine—were still trying, what made me think I held any answers? It just didn’t seem feasible to me as I reflected on the last 10, 20, 30 years of frustrations and waiting we’ve endured. Yes, it has been frustrating. Yes, it feels we’ve been shouting at a wall for years, and YES, yes it does feel like every small win requires a tremendous uphill battle of time and energy.

But it’s worth it.

As a New Practitioner, sometimes I miss just how much the profession has come because our advancements are so small and so gradual. Our predecessors have done amazing things! They integrated themselves into amcare clinics, they created collaborative practices, and they developed residencies and board certifications and specialties that didn’t even exist in the mid-last century. Thirty years ago, “pharmaceutical care” wasn’t even coined! Now, with the passage of the ACA, our profession’s change is skyrocketing and the opportunities are like never before- if we have the gumption to go for it.

So how am I going to advance APhA’s priorities? I hope to be another snowflake in our avalanche. Therefore, I’m running on a platform of shared priorities and collaborative effort. When my mentors shared their perseverance, endeavors and frustrations, they instilled in me the same values and fever to enhance the profession, and I hope to do the same for others. As a teacher and a SIG Coordinator, I hope to continue this chain reaction by mentoring other pharmacist, and spark a students’ passion. Our duty as New Practitioners is to bridge the insightful veterans with the students and assure students remain engaged and passionate after graduation. It is absolutely imperative for the sake of our profession’s future.

 

Rachael McCaleb, PharmD, is a 2014 graduate of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) College of Pharmacy. She completed a pharmacy residency at Georgia Regents Medical Center and the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy in Augusta, Georgia. McCaleb currently practices as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice at the UAMS College of Pharmacy and is a clinical consultant for the National Center for Toxicological Research. As a student pharmacist, she was an active member of the UAMS APhA-ASP chapter and served in various leadership positions. She was awarded the United States Public Health Service Excellence in Public Health Pharmacy Practice Award for her development of health education and programing for Arkansas youth. Her professional interests include internal medicine, drug information, pharmacy professionalism and advocacy, and leadership.

Email: RVMccaleb@uams.edu

As APhA-APPM New Practitioner Officer, I hope to make a large contribution to the advancement, recognition, and compensation of pharmacists as health care providers. I will strive to educate policy makers and other health care professionals on the value and impact of pharmacists in the health care system. Additionally, I will encourage New Practitioners and all other Association members to develop and implement innovative pharmacy services that will allow them to practice at the top of their licensures. Another priority is to promote the participation of New Practitioners in the Association and Special Interest Groups. I will aim to provide support through the transition from student to pharmacist. I also hope to facilitate unity and collaboration among all pharmacy organizations, including state and national associations.

As a student pharmacist, I was actively involved in APhA-ASP and benefited from the opportunities provided to me through that involvement. As a student leader, I sought out underserved patient populations, focused on extraprofessional collaborations, and encouraged fellow students to take an active role in their future profession. As a New Practitioner, I want continue to serve and advance the Association. I am grateful for the advice and mentoring that I have received and recognize the importance of providing mentorship and career development to young practitioners. The graduates of today will become the leaders that will define the future of our profession for decades to come. As a leader, I will commit my strengths and skills to serve and engage the Association and its members. I would love the opportunity to serve as the New Practitioner Officer.

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