APhA Elections Ballots Closed at Noon ET on May 11, 2020.
The APhA Committee of Canvassers will meet to certify the election results and all candidates will be notified of the results. APhA will issue press releases to announce the results of the Board of Trustee, Academy, and Special Interest Group (SIG) elections by June 2020. Newly elected Board of Trustee and Academy Officers will begin their terms following the APhA2021 meeting in Los Angeles, CA. Newly elected SIG offices begin their terms immediately following the announcement of the election results. Congratulations to the following newly elected individuals from the 2020 APhA Election Cycle!
Newly Elected APhA Board of Trustee Officers
Theresa Tolle - APhA President-elect (2021-2022)
Theresa Tolle, BPharm, FAPhA, is owner of Bay Street Pharmacy in Sebastian, Florida since 1999. Prior to owning an independent pharmacy, she had practice experience in chain, long term care (consultant) pharmacy and hospital. Her pharmacy focuses on patient services such as counseling, MTM, compounding, durable medical equipment, immunizations and pharmacogenomics testing. Her professional activities have spanned local, state and national pharmacy associations including serving as President of Florida Pharmacy Association in 2003, Treasurer of the Florida Pharmacy Political Committee since 2009, APhA-APPM Community & Ambulatory Chair 1995–96, PAC Region 2 Board of Governors 2009–12, Speaker-Elect/Speaker of the House 2014–17 and current Trustee. Other APhA service includes appointments including House of Delegates Policy Committee Chair in 2010–11, AMCP Model Audit Guidelines Task Group, 2010–11 and Center for Pharmacy Practice Accreditation (CPPA) Oversight Committee 2012–13. Additional professional involvement includes Lead Luminary of CPESN Florida since 2017, membership and committee work with NCPA, Cardinal Health National Advisory Board and Health First Health Plans P&T Committee. Activities outside the profession include Sebastian Chamber of Commerce Past Board Chair & LGA Chair, American Cancer Society Treasure Coast Council, and Sebastian River Medical Center Trustee. Tolle graduated from University of Florida in 1988. She has won several professional awards including 2019 Outstanding Alumnus for University of Florida College of Pharmacy, 2018 NCPA Preceptor of the Year, FPA Bowl of Hygeia in 2012, APhA Fellow in 2011, APhA Good Government Pharmacist of the Year in 2004 and Cardinal Health’s Ken Wurster Community Leadership Award in 2011.
Magaly Rodriguez de Bittner - APhA Trustee-at-Large (2021-2024) (2nd term)
Magaly Rodriguez de Bittner, PharmD, FAPhA, FNAP is Professor, Associate Dean for Clinical Services and Practice Transformation and Executive Director of the Center for Innovative Pharmacy Solutions at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. A current APhA Board of trustee and Vice-President of the Forum of the Americas. An APhA Fellow who served on many APhA committees and taskforces. Currently, a Fellow in Population Health at the University of Maryland Health System working in interprofessional value based integrated networks. She has developed and implemented many nationally-recognized programs, pharmacy services in the UMMS Quality Care Network and Maryland P3 Program, a pharmacist-directed MTM and disease management program, site of Ten City Challenge, in partnership with the Maryland Pharmacists Association, government and business organizations. Past director of the Community Pharmacy Residency Program and current preceptor. Her work includes collaborations with the CDC and other government agencies. She is past President of the Maryland Pharmacists Association and APhA Foundation Board. Recipient of the 2019 Creativity in Practice and Education Award from the National Academy of Practice, 2015 APhA Foundation Pinnacle Award for Individual Career Achievement, 2014 Maryland Innovator of the Year, 2013 University of Maryland Entrepreneur of the Year, the 2013 American Pharmacists Association Daniel B. Smith award, the 2010 Group Pinnacle Award; 2007 APhA Community Pharmacy Residency Excellence in Precepting Award; Distinguished Achievement in Pharmacotherapeutic Practice Award in 2006; Bowl of Hygeia 2005 and 1999 Innovative Pharmacy Practice Award by MPhA. She has dedicated her career to advance pharmacy practice and the development of innovative and sustainable patient care programs.
LCDR Andrew Gentles - APhA Trustee-at-Large (2021-2024) (1st term)
LCDR Andrew Gentles, PharmD,BCPS AQ-ID is a United States Public Health Service Officer at the FDA where he is a Senior Regulatory Program Coordinator within the Division of Antiviral Products and Medical Countermeasures Ebola Therapeutics Regulatory Team Lead. In this role he oversees the FDA’s portfolio of investigational drugs to treat emerging infectious disease outbreaks such as the 2018 Ebola Virus disease outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo. LCDR Gentles is an ASHP Residency trained, BCPS credentialed pharmacist with added qualifications in infectious disease. With over 10 years of public health and clinical pharmacy experience including the Indian Health Service, he is a proud District of Columbia (DC) resident where he continues to practice in an underserved community clinic as a credentialed healthcare provider. He is also a passionate pharmacist leader with a forward thinking mindset. Having served as the 1st USPHS Officer to become President of the State Pharmacy Association for DC, he successfully spearheaded an advocacy initiative that resulted in the passage of regulations for Collaborative Practice Agreements between Physicians and Pharmacists. As a result, this historic legislative victory now advances the District’s pharmacy profession for 2,000 licensed pharmacists and stands to increase access and quality of care for 600,000 residents in the District of Columbia. The recipient of the prestigious 2019 National 40 under 40 Health Leaders Award and RADM George Lythcott Award for public health impact, LCDR Gentles’s wealth of experience and dedication has provided him with a progressive and collaborative mindset to address the challenges and opportunities facing our pharmacy profession today.
Gregory J. Higby - APhA Honorary President (2021-2022)
Gregory J Higby, PhD, RPh earned a BS in Pharmacy degree from the University of Michigan in 1977. After 9 months in practice as a pharmacist, he returned to graduate school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, receiving an MS in Pharmacy (1980) and a PhD in Pharmacy (1984). He did his graduate work in the history of pharmacy under Glenn Sonnedecker. From 1984 to 1986, he served as a research associate at the UW, teaching the then required history of pharmacy course (Pharmacy 401) and serving as the Assistant Director of the American Institute of the History of Pharmacy. In 1986, he became the Associate Director of the Institute, which is American pharmacy’s historical society, founded at the UW-Madison in 1941. In 1987, he became Acting Director of the Institute, and full-time Executive Director in 1988. In this capacity, he served as Editor of Pharmacy in History, the quarterly journal of the Institute. Greg retired as Executive Director of the AIHP at the end of 2018 and assumed his new position as Fischelis Scholar. In this new part-time role, Greg curates the Institute’s collection of reference materials, books, and artifacts. He also continues to teach the pharmacy history course at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Pharmacy as well as serving as Senior Curator at the School. Greg’s publications include the books, In Service to American Pharmacy: The Professional Life of William Procter, Jr. (1992) and The Spirit of Voluntarism: The United States Pharmacopeia 1820–1995 (co-authored with Lee Anderson). He has co-edited about another dozen books including Pill Peddlers, American Pharmacy: A Collection of Historical Essays, and Drugstore Memories. Greg’s honors include the Edward Kremers Award, the Antoine-Augustin Parmentier Medal, the Hermann Schelenz Plakette, and the George Urdang Medal. In 2011, he received the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy Distinguished Alumni Award. He was elected to the honorific International Academy of the History of Pharmacy in 1991.
Newly Elected APhA-APRS Officers
Spencer Harpe - APhA-APRS President-elect (2021-2022)
Spencer E. Harpe, PharmD, PhD, MPH, FAPhA is Professor of Pharmacy Administration at Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy where he teaches courses in practice development and evaluation, epidemiology, and statistics. He holds a BS in Pharmaceutical Sciences and a PharmD from the University of Mississippi. Harpe earned his PhD in Pharmaceutical Administration with a focus on health outcomes research from the Ohio State University, as well as an MS in Pharmaceutical Administration and an MPH with a concentration in biostatistics. His scholarly interests include pharmacoepidemiology, outcomes research, health care quality, educational research, and meta-research. Harpe frequently collaborates with colleagues in various practice settings to evaluate the outcomes of pharmacy services. He has a keen interest in improving research and evaluation capacity among pharmacists. His research has resulted in numerous peer-reviewed publications and presentations at national and international meetings. Harpe has served on committees for several professional organizations. He has previously chaired the APhA-APRS ESAS Contributed Papers Review Committee, the APhA-APRS ESAS Awards and Nominations Committee, and the APhA-APRS Education Committee. He is currently finishing his term as APhA-APRS ESAS chair. Harpe was selected as a Fellow of APhA by APhA-APRS in 2017. In addition to serving as a peer-reviewer for a variety of healthcare journals, he has served on the editorial boards of several pharmacy-related journals, including the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association (JAPhA), the American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy, the Annals of Pharmacotherapy, and Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning. He is currently Deputy Editor for JAPhA.
Anthony J. Di Pasqua - APhA-APRS Basic Sciences Section - Chair Elect (2021-2022)
After receiving a doctorate in chemistry from Syracuse University, Anthony J. Di Pasqua, PhD, was a Ruth L. Kirschstein Postdoctoral Fellow in the Oncology Department at the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center at Georgetown University, and a postdoctoral research associate and then research assistant professor in the Department of Molecular Pharmaceutics and the Center for Nanotechnology in Drug Delivery in the Eshelman School of Pharmacy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Di Pasqua joined the University of North Texas System College of Pharmacy in November 2012, where he was involved with the development of the school, including all facets of the curriculum, admissions, procedures and policies, and faculty hiring. He then moved to Binghamton University in August 2016, to contribute to their new School of Pharmacy. Di Pasqua is also the CEO and President of the biomedical device startup company, DB Therapeutics. He has expertise in teaching and directing Pharmaceutics 1 and 2 and non-sterile extemporaneous compounding, and is committed to teaching his students to think critically about science and how it applies to the practice of pharmacy. In 2015, Di Pasqua’s Radiotherapeutic Bandage for the Treatment of Skin Cancer work was highlighted as a EurekAlert!, and Di Pasqua was Chair of the Basic Sciences section of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) in 2016/17.
Mark Decerbo - APhA-APRS Clinical Sciences Section - Chair Elect (2021-2022)
Mark Decerbo, PharmD, BCPS, BCNSP received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts and went on to complete a PGY-1 pharmacy practice residency at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina. He currently provides direct patient care with the internal medicine service at University Medical Center of Southern Nevada as an Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Roseman University of Health Sciences and Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine with the University of Nevada School of Medicine. He is credentialed by the Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS) as both a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (BCPS) and Board Certified Nutrition Support Pharmacist (BCNSP). Decerbo currently serves a member of both the NABP NAPLEX Review Committee and Advisory Committee on Examinations (ACE), and has been appointed to 2015–2020 United States Pharmacopeia Healthcare Quality & Safety Expert Committee. The current Chair of the State of Nevada Medicaid Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committee, he is additionally active through this role with the National Governor’s Association, assisting key Nevada stakeholders with access to prescription medications. An APhA-ASP Chapter Advisor since 2002, Decerbo was a past Non-Specialist Member on the BCNP Nuclear Specialty Council, and was honored in 2015 as a Pharmacy Times NextGeneration Pharmacist™ finalist, and in 2017 as the recipient of APhA’s Bowl of Hygeia Award for the State of Nevada.
Marc Fleming - APhA-APRS Economic, Social, and Administrative Sciences (ESAS) Section - Chair Elect (2021-2022)
Marc Fleming, PhD, MPH, RPh is Associate Professor and Chair Department of Pharmacotherapy at the University of North Texas (UNT) System College of Pharmacy in Fort Worth, Texas. He has over 15 years of pharmacy practice experience, including working in both community chain and independent pharmacies as well as hospital pharmacy. He is a licensed pharmacist in Texas and Virginia, where he completed a Master of Public Health degree in 2000. Currently, he is working with Texas Health and Human Services Commission and collaborators at the University of Houston College of Pharmacy on SAMHSA funded projects aimed at preventing prescription drug misuse and promoting safe disposal of unused controlled substance prescriptions. Throughout his academic career, Dr. Fleming has excelled at bringing together multidisciplinary groups of clinicians and researchers to address pharmacist and physician behavior related to pain management care and prescription opioid misuse prevention. His research has been presented internationally and he has numerous publications in addition to presentations regarding prescription drug monitoring programs at the local, state and national level. Dr. Fleming is currently working to develop a pharmacists’ education plan to enhance pharmacists’ controlled substance prescription counseling as part as the SPF-Rx grant. In addition to research, Dr. Fleming has been recognized for his service to the community and profession for his involvement in working with local substance abuse coalitions, presenting at community college career day and serving as student chapter advisor for multiple organizations, including the Industry Pharmacists Organization.
Meena Murugappan - APhA-APRS Postgraduate Officer (2021-2023)
Meena Murugappan, PharmD, MPH is a pharmacist, public health professional, and an aspiring Health Policy and Outcomes researcher. She is passionate about promoting the rational and safe use of medications across populations worldwide and ensuring medication accessibility and affordability among underserved communities, through a policy-driven approach. She conducts research to inform the development, implementation, and evaluation of health policies that impact health care delivery, quality, and outcomes. During her Pharm.D. Meena was an active member of APhA-ASP, serving as her chapter’s Policy Vice President and later as the Regional Delegate for Region 5. Upon graduation, she worked as a clinical pharmacist at the University of Utah Hospital, gaining experience in critical care, HIV, and transitions of care. She also worked as a community pharmacist at Rite Aid Pharmacy in Salt Lake City, serving a community of low-income migrant workers. She later completed her MPH with a minor in Epidemiology and certificate in Global Health at the University of Minnesota. Meena currently serves as a Mixed-Methods Research Associate in Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders at University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy. Her most recent work focuses on the safety of psycho-stimulant use during pregnancy. She is also in her second year of the PhD program in Social and Administrative Pharmacy and is excited to further her research skills in the area of commercial claims database analysis. She is looking forward to continuing her work with APhA, to expand the role and impact of pharmacists in public health.
Newly Elected APhA-APPM Officers
Amy Kennedy - APhA-APPM Executive Committee - Member-at-Large (2021-2023)
Amy Kennedy, PharmD, BCACP is an Assistant Professor in Pharmacy Practice and Science at the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy (UACOP). Dr. Kennedy earned her Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree from the University of Wisconsin- Madison and completed a community practice residency and community-based participatory research fellowship at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy. She is Board Certified in Ambulatory Care. As a Clinical Pharmacist, Dr. Kennedy provides care to her patients at El Rio Health in a patient centered medical home model specializing in chronic disease care and pain treatment. She also serves as the Residency Program Director for the Post-Graduate Year 1 (PGY-1) Pharmacy Residency and PGY-1 Community Pharmacy Residency at El Rio Health. She was recently awarded Clinical Educator of the Year at UACOP and the Arizona Pharmacy Association (AzPA) Excellence in Innovative Practice Award. Dr. Kennedy is passionate about policy and has served as a member on the following APhA policy committees: APPM policy standing committee, House of Delegates Policy Reference and House Rules Review committees. She has also served on the APhA New Practitioner Advisory Council, the APhA Community Pharmacy Residency Advisory Council, as a New Practitioner mentor to her ASP chapter, and, most recently, on the Board of Directors for her state association. Her current teaching and research interests include preventive health, harm reduction, outpatient pain management, pharmacists’ professionalism and well-being, and the pharmacist’s role in caring for the underserved.
Olivia Kinney - APhA-APPM Executive Committee - Member-at-Large (2021-2023)
Olivia Kinney, PharmD, is a community-based pharmacist who is passionate about helping people live healthier lives. She graduated with her Doctor of Pharmacy degree and an area of emphasis in Gerontology from West Virginia University before continuing her education as a pharmacy resident with Virginia Commonwealth University and Kroger Pharmacy. After completing her residency, Olivia remained with Kroger as a pharmacist and Patient Care Coordinator where her focus was on coordination, pharmacist training, and implementation of clinical services in a district of 18 pharmacies. Olivia now works on the Clinical Services Team at Kroger Health in Cincinnati, Ohio. In this role, she designs preventive health programs which close gaps in medication therapy, increases access to health screenings, and promotes safe opioid use. She is also completing a master’s degree in Health Outcomes Research through the University of Cincinnati James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy. Olivia is committed to simplifying healthcare by evolving pharmacy practice from product preparation to service provision that optimizes medication use.
Hillary Blackburn - APhA-APPM Executive Committee Member-at-Large (2021-2023)
Hillary Blackburn, PharmD, MBA is a clinically trained pharmacist who’s been practicing for almost a decade in a variety of healthcare settings. She has experience in healthcare strategy, business development, formulary development and management, consulting, and establishing successful medication access programs. Dr. Blackburn is a graduate of the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy and completed a PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. She currently serves as the Director of Pharmaceutical Services at Dispensary of Hope, a national non-profit medication distributor hosted by Ascension where she oversees the formulary, leads research initiatives, and manages the network of strategic advisors on Dispensary of Hope’s Pharmacy Advisory Council. She also precepts Belmont University student pharmacists and serves on the Dean’s External Advisory Committee. Additionally, she serves as Co-Chair for the Advocacy Committee for APhA’s Care of the Underserved Special Interest Group and as a member on the Membership Engagement and Legislative and Policy committees for the Tennessee Pharmacist Association. Hillary is passionate about promoting the pharmacy profession and delivering expert patient care which led her to found the Pharmacy Advisory Group which provides pharmacy expertise in consulting and education. Her popular podcast, Talk to Your Pharmacist, has over 100 episodes highlighting successful pharmacy leaders and sharing about current healthcare trends. In 2012, Hillary returned to her Tennessee roots and met her wonderful husband, Chad, in Nashville where she enjoys staying involved in her community through volunteering, living an active lifestyle, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.
Jordan Rowe - APhA-APPM New Practitioner Officer (2021-2023)
Jordan Rowe, PharmD, BCACP is an assistant professor in the Division of Pharmacy Practice and Administration at the University of Missouri–Kansas City. She provides comprehensive chronic disease management within the endocrinology and internal medicine clinics at Truman Medical Centers (TMC) in Kansas City, Missouri, an urban safety-net healthsystem dedicated to providing interprofessional, patient-centered care for all. At her clinic sites, she precepts third- and fourth-year pharmacy students as well as PGY-1 TMC pharmacy residents. She also serves as a volunteer preceptor and faculty advisor to the board at Sojourner, a free, student-run, interprofessional clinic for the uninsured and homeless of Kansas City. Jordan was born and raised in Arkansas. She received her bachelor of science in chemistry degree from John Brown University and her doctor of pharmacy degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Pharmacy in Little Rock, Arkansas. She completed a PGY-1 residency at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville, Tennessee, and a PGY-2 ambulatory care residency at CoxHealth in Springfield, Missouri. Jordan has been an active member of APhA since her first year of pharmacy school in 2012. She currently serves as a faculty advisor for the UMKC chapter of APhA-ASP. She held multiple leadership roles in her alma mater’s APhA-ASP chapter while in pharmacy school and volunteered as a preceptor and mentor to the UMKC‑Springfield’s chapter of APhA-ASP during her PGY-2 year.
Newly Elected APhA-APPM Special Interest Group (SIG) Officers
Jason Martinez - APhA-APPM Care of Underserved Patients SIG Coordinator-elect (2020-2021)
Jason Martinez, PharmD, BCACP of Marysville, OH is the director of pharmacy services for a multicenter Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC). He received his doctor of pharmacy degree from Ohio Northern University and has worked in both the retail and ambulatory pharmacy sectors. He oversees the chronic care management program and is an Apexus 340B Certified Expert. Dr. Martinez has been active in his FQHC’s 340B program, increasing the number of contracted pharmacies from one to nine and saving patients over four million dollars on the cost of their prescription medications. Most recently, he has served as the APhA-APPM Care of Underserved Patients SIG Communications Committee Chair from 2018–2020. His clinical interests include population health, diabetes, substance use disorders, and pharmacogenomics. Dr. Martinez has helped develop and implement multiple sustainable service lines at his FQHC over the past five years including anticoagulation, tobacco cessation, and pharmacogenomics clinics as well as an accredited diabetes self-management education program and medication assisted treatment for alcohol and opioid use disorder program. In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Martinez has precepted many pharmacy, medical, and nursing students. Professionally, Dr. Martinez is involved in many organizations including APhA, Ohio Pharmacists Association, American College of Clinical Pharmacy, American Association of Diabetes Educators, and Association for the Treatment of Tobacco Use and Dependence.
Ashlee N. Mattingly - APhA-APPM Compounding SIG Coordinator-elect (2020-2021)
Ashlee N. Mattingly, PharmD received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University Of Kentucky College Of Pharmacy in 2011. After graduation, she started working as a pharmacist at Kindred Hospital, a long-term acute care hospital, in Louisville, Kentucky. While at Kindred, she revamped the Advanced Hospital Practice Rotation for fourth-year student pharmacists, served as the medication safety officer, was the pharmacy representative for weekly Interdisciplinary Team Rounds, and was on the National Darbepoetin Policy Workgroup. She left Kindred in 2013 and took a position as a clinical pharmacist at Community Hospital South in Indianapolis, IN. At Community Hospital, she precepted first-year student pharmacists and served as the primary trainer for residents on the Electronic Health Record, Epic, utilized at the hospital. She currently is an assistant professor and Director of the PharmTechX Program in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. Her teaching is focused on sterile and non-sterile compounding. She also conducts research through a grant funded by the FDA evaluating the clinical need of bulk drug substances nominated for use in compounding by outsourcing facilities.
Adam Davies - APhA-APPM Diabetes Management SIG Coordinator-elect (2020-2021)
Adam Davies, PharmD is a very dedicated and passionate pharmacist and active duty Army Officer. He has a vast background and experiences in pharmacy. He started his career working retail pharmacy and then decided to transition and join the US Army as a pharmacy officer in 2012. He has had many leadership positions within the Army and most recently completed an ASHP/AMCP accredited PGY-1 Managed Care Pharmacy Residency which greatly enhanced and broadened his scope of knowledge and practice. He had insight into the Department of Defense (DoD) TRICARE pharmacy benefit and the unique structure and responsibilities involved with it. After completion of this residency he was selected to serve as the Deputy Chief of the Formulary Management Branch of the Pharmacy Operations Division which is part of the Defense Health Agency and which he received his residency training through. Adam has had many projects and presentations involving diabetes and has become very focused and interested on this topic, specifically looking at agents used second-line in Type 2 patients. He completed an APhA pharmacist and patient-centered diabetes care certificate training program in October 2019. He is a privileged provider and looks forward to starting to see patients at one of the patientcentered medical homes at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, TX in winter 2019. He feels honored to serve and work alongside a great team of Soldiers and civilians giving the best care to the DoD beneficiaries.
Ashley Pugh - APhA-APPM Immunizing Pharmacists SIG Coordinator-elect (2020-2021)
Ashley Pugh, PharmD, BCACP is the Assistant Director of Experiential and Interprofessional Education and an Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Union University College of Pharmacy in Jackson, TN. She also maintains a practice site at Kroger Pharmacy where she precepts students on advanced pharmacy practice experiences and provides patient care services including immunizations. Ashley is an alumna of Union University College of Pharmacy and completed a Community Pharmacy Residency with Union University College of Pharmacy and Kroger Pharmacy. She serves as a program coordinator and instructor for APhA’s Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery certificate training program. She is also a trainer for APhA’s Medication Therapy Management and Diabetes Care certificate training programs. Ashley enjoys serving as the chapter co-advisor for the APhA-ASP chapter at Union University. As a new practitioner, she served APhA’s New Practitioner Network as a New Practitioner Advisory Committee Member-at-large, Awards Standing Committee member, and Transitions Editorial Advisory Board member. Her leadership involvement within APhA-APPM includes recent completion of terms of service as the Immunizing Pharmacists SIG’s Webinar Task Force Chair, Medication Management SIG’s Communications Committee Chair, and the Preceptor SIG’s New Practitioner Committee Co-chair. She also recently served on the APhA-APPM Communications Committee. Ashley is also actively involved in the West Tennessee Pharmacists Association, having recently completed a two-year term as its president and serving as a speaker for the organization’s Immunization Update continuing education program. She is also actively involved in the Tennessee Pharmacists Association.
Jelena Lewis - APhA-APPM Medical Home / ACO SIG Coordinator-elect (2020-2021)
Jelena Lewis, PharmD, BCACP, APh is an Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Chapman University School of Pharmacy in Irvine, CA. She is also a Board Certified Ambulatory Care Pharmacist and she holds and Advanced Practice Pharmacist license in CA. Dr. Lewis developed and implemented a chronic disease management program at her current practice site which is within an ACO/PCMH at St. Jude Heritage Medical Group in Fullerton, CA and part of Providence St. Joseph Health. Dr. Lewis received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree and completed her PGY-1 pharmacy practice residency at the University of Southern California. Upon completion of her residency, she worked as a clinical pharmacist in an ACO/PCMH at Cedars-Sinai Medical Care Foundation. During her time at Cedars-Sinai, she managed patients with chronic conditions, and she provided travel and smoking cessation consultations. In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Lewis has been very involved with the APhA-APPM Medical Home/ACO SIG group and she has worked with the SIG leaders closely over the last two years. She is currently in her second year as the chair for the SIG’s Education and Resources Committee. Dr. Lewis is also a member of the APhA-APPM Communications Standing Committee. Her research interests include population health and implementation and outcomes of a pharmacist run chronic disease management program within an ACO/PCMH. Most recently, Dr. Lewis had a manuscript accepted in a journal which describes the impact of an Advanced Practice Pharmacist in an ACO/PCMH on management of patients with type 2 diabetes.
Olivia Strain - APhA-APPM Medication Management SIG Coordinator-elect (2020-2021)
Olivia Strain, PharmD, is a Clinical Services Pharmacist for Walgreens in Jackson, Mississippi. She is also the Residency Program Director for the Walgreens—Jackson, MS PGY1 Community-based Pharmacy Residency Program. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy in 2007. Originally from Madison, Mississippi, Olivia began working for Walgreens 14 years ago in Knoxville, Tennessee, in 2005 as a pharmacy intern. Upon graduating, she began working for Walgreens in the Jackson, Mississippi area holding various positions such as market pharmacist, pharmacy manager (for seven years), immunization and travel health lead and trainer, MTM lead, pharmacy intern coordinator, and residency preceptor. Currently, Olivia is a preceptor to Ole Miss APPE students, a residency preceptor with both Walgreen’s and the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy’s PGY1 community residency programs, as well as, a problem-based learning facilitator. Olivia presently serves as MPhA Education Committee Chair, MPhA Awards and Nominations committee member, and has represented Mississippi at the annual APhA House of Delegates meeting for the past four years. Olivia also serves on the APhA Immunization SIG Travel Health Committee and the APhA Medication Management SIG Payment Based on Quality Measures Project Committee. Nationally, Olivia received a SIG Certificate of Recognition in 2017 and 2019 for her work done within these committees. Outside of work, Olivia, her husband, and house full of girls enjoy traveling, being outside as much as possible, watching or playing sports, and spending quality time with friends and family.
Akram Hussein - APhA-APPM Nuclear SIG Coordinator-elect (2020-2021)
Akram Hussein, PharmD, MBA, BCNP has more than 10 years of experience in hospital and commercial nuclear pharmacy. He is currently the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center’s (OSUWMC) hospital nuclear pharmacy manager and also worked several years as a nuclear pharmacist at Cardinal Health. He serves as a clinical instructor for OSUWMC’s Department of Radiology and as a preceptor for radiology residents, PharmD students and nuclear medicine technologists. Dr. Hussein sits on the Ohio State University’s radiation safety and medical use committees, where he previously served as chair, and OSUWMC’s nuclear medicine technologist education advisory committee. He is currently chair of the American Pharmacy Association’s (APHA’s) nuclear pharmacy education committee. Dr. Hussein has presented as a national expert at local and national conferences on new diagnostic and treatment radiopharmaceuticals including for Ohio’s Nuclear Medicine Technologist chapter, the Florida Pharmacist’s Association, APHA and the Society of Nuclear Medicine. Dr. Hussein is a board certified nuclear pharmacist, receiving his PharmD from the University of Findlay College of Pharmacy. Dr. Hussein also has a Masters of Business Administration from Franklin University Ross College of Business and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science from the Ohio State University.
Bethany Sibbitt - APhA-APPM Preceptor SIG Coordinator-elect (2020-2021)
Bethany Sibbitt, PharmD, completed her PGY1 residency training at Kettering Medical Center. Since joining Cedarville University School of Pharmacy as an Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice, she has enjoying precepting students in an ambulatory oncology elective rotation. Recently she began offering the rotation to two local residency programs as an elective experience. This setting has created an opportunity to precept learners as they engage in multidisciplinary, holistic patient care. She maintains active involvement in the pharmacy profession, including serving on committees of several professional organizations. Her areas of interest include interprofessional education, student development, infectious disease, and hematology/oncology.
Danielle M. Candelario - APhA-APPM Transitions of Care SIG Coordinator-elect (2020-2021)
Danielle M. Candelario, PharmD, BCPS is an Associate Professor at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science (RFUMS) and is primarily responsible for teaching in Pharmacy Skills Lab , a 9-course series spanning three years of the didactic curriculum. Dr. Candelario is a preceptor for APPE Academic rotation students and serves as a faculty advisor for the Interprofessional Community clinic, a student-run free clinic that serves the uninsured patients of North Chicago. Danielle received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey and completed a PGY-1 residency in Community Practice at A&P Pharmacy in conjunction with The Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy at Rutgers University. Prior to her academic appointment at RFUMS, Dr. Candelario assisted in the creation and development of an innovative inter-professional transitional care unit at Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, New Jersey. She helped develop, implement and manage the transitional care service where she facilitated patient discharge through resolution in care gaps. She is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (BCPS), and an active member of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA). In her involvement at APhA, she has helped develop the Transitions of Care (TOC) Toolkit and has served as the TOC Webinar Committee Co-Chair. Dr. Candelario’s research has focused on Transitions of Care as well as the scholarship of teaching and learning.
About the APhA Election
The APhA Election includes elections for the APhA Board of Trustees -- President-elect and two Trustees -- and for the leadership of APhA-APPM, APhA-APRS, and Special Interest Groups (SIG). The APhA Honorary President is also determined during this election. The results of the election for the Board of Trustees and for the leadership of APhA-APPM and APhA-APRS are certified by the Committee of Canvassers, which is appointed by the APhA President.
Slating and introduction of candidates
Candidates for the Board of Trustees are slated by the APhA Committee on Nominations in early December and are introduced to Annual Meeting attendees at the First Session of the APhA House of Delegates. Annual Meeting attendees also have the opportunity to interact with these candidates at caucus events and "Meet the Candidates" sessions.
The APhA-APPM Committee on Nominations is composed of the APhA-APPM President, who serves as the chair of the committee, and the four Immediate Past Presidents of the academy. During years when there is a President-elect of the academy, the President-elect will serve as an ex-officio member of the committee. The APhA-APRS Committee on Nominations is composed of the APhA-APRS President, who serves as chair of the committee, and the three APhA-APRS Section Chairs. The election slates for these two Academies are finalized in December. Annual Meeting attendees have the opportunity to interact with APhA-APPM and APhA-APRS candidates at two "Meet the Candidates" sessions.
All individuals interested in applying to serve on the APhA Board of Trustees are required to review the APhA Conflict of Interest Statement and submit a corresponding Disclosure and Confidentiality Statement to APhA’s Legal Counsel.
Other APhA elections
The leadership of the APhA Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) -- President-elect, Speaker of the House, and Members-at-Large -- are elected at the final session of the APhA-ASP House of Delegates, held during the APhA Annual Meeting.
The Speaker-elect of the APhA House of Delegates is elected every even year by the APhA House of Delegates. The Speaker-elect serves until the end of the Annual Meeting following his/her election, at which time he/she is installed as Speaker and serves for two additional years.
*With the exception of those members appointed to serve in the APhA House of Delegates, student pharmacists are not eligible to vote in the APhA Election. Per election guidelines, the list of eligible voters is finalized 30 days prior to the opening of the official voting period. Individuals who join APhA within 30 days of the opening of the official voting period are not eligible to vote in the current election.