APhA Senior Staff Biographies


Ilisa Bernstein, Senior Vice President of 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

Frank Fortin, CAE, Senior Vice President, Communications and Member Engagement

Mr. Fortin is responsible for the development and implementation of leading-edge strategies to grow APhA membership and business line revenue, and ensuring 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 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.

Joseph J. Janela, Chief Financial Officer

As Chief Financial Officer, Joe serves as a business partner to the Chief Executive Officer and Senior Management Team, assessing organizational performance against both the annual budget and long-term strategy. He is responsible for all aspects of the financial affairs of APhA including banking, investment programs, financial management, budgeting, long-range planning and forecasting, financial analysis, and internal control systems, as well as fiscal and operational oversight of the Association’s office building and related office lease operations. In addition, he oversee the effective and efficient operation of APhA’s Administrative Services and Information Technology Departments in support of APhA’s association-wide activities.

Prior to joining APhA, Joe served as Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), a not-for-profit trade association with 26,000 school and clinical psychologists. As the COO, he is responsible for the business and office operations of NASP and the finance and governance of two related charitable organizations. Prior to NASP, Joe was the Director of Finance and Accounting at the American Association of Blood Banks and Chief Financial Officer and Senior Director, Business Operations for The Endocrine Society. Joe, a certified public accountant, received his Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and Finance from the Catholic University of America.

 Elizabeth K. Keyes, Chief Operating Officer

Ms. Keyes is responsible for developing partnerships and alliances with health care stakeholder groups to advance the Association’s professional practice and business agendas. In addition, she creates strategies to market APhA education and communication capabilities and develops specific APhA projects and opportunities to promote the APhA medication therapy management agenda. The APhA business units she oversees include Industry Relations, Chain Relations & National Accounts, Federal Pharmacy Programs, Meetings and Expositions, Access/Sponsored Programs, Live Programming and Training, Marketing, Membership, e-Business, Books and Electronic Products, and Periodicals Publishing.

Ms. Keyes earned a bachelor's degree in pharmacy from West Virginia University School of Pharmacy and a bachelor's degree in biology with a minor in technical writing from Wheeling Jesuit University. Prior to joining APhA in 1993, she worked as a community pharmacist. She is active in many professional and civic organizations.

Thomas E. Menighan, Chief Executive Officer

Thomas E. Menighan is Executive Vice President and CEO of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), the oldest, largest, and most diverse pharmacists’ organization in America. He serves the APhA leadership and the pharmacy profession.

Menighan has served many roles within the profession of pharmacy, including president of APhA from 2001 to 2002 and a member of the APhA Board of Trustees between 1995 and 2003. He was a senior staff member of APhA from 1987 to 1992. As Senior Director of External Affairs, he managed state affairs, membership, public relations, new business development, and practice management issues. He became Chief Executive Officer and CEO of APhA in 2009.

Menighan was owner of the Medicine Shoppe in Huntington, W.Va., for 20 years, and remains a founding partner in Pharmacy Associates, Inc., DBA CompreCare, a multistate home infusion and specialty pharmacy that today serves patients in much of the United States. Previously, Menighan managed the PharMark Corporation, creator of RationalMed, the drug utilization system used by millions of state Medicaid enrollees. He founded SymRx, Inc., developer of CornerDrugstore.com, and SynTegra Solutions, Inc, a consulting firm focused on supply chain security for worldwide clients.

He currently serves as an elected board member of the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP), Chair of the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB), the Center for Pharmacy Practice Accreditation (CPPA) and a board member of Pharmacy Quality Solutions. He received his BSPharm from West Virginia University School of Pharmacy, an MBA from Averett College, and honorary Doctor of Science degrees from West Virginia University and the University of Charleston.

Mitchel C. Rothholz, Chief Strategy Officer

Mr. Rothholz is responsible for implementation of key strategic initiatives within the Association’s Strategic Plan as well as management of APhA alliance participation and other external activities. He is a 1984 graduate of the University of Florida College of Pharmacy and has worked as an association executive for over 24 years. In 2005, he earned a master 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.