APhA Announces Results of 2018 Board Elections

The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) today announced the election of Michael D. Hogue, PharmD, FAPhA, FNAP, of Gardendale, AL, as 2019–2020 APhA President-elect. Hogue will succeed Brad Tice, of Thompsons Station, TN, to the office of APhA President on March 23, 2020, at the conclusion of the 2020 APhA Annual Meeting & Exposition in Washington, DC. 

Also elected to serve a three-year term on APhA’s Board of Trustees, beginning in March 2019, are Sean Jeffery, PharmD, BCGP, FASCP, AGSF, of Branford, CT, and Wendy Weber, PharmD, MBA, BCPS, FAPhA, of Bellevue, NE. Elected as 2019–2020 Honorary President was Dorothy L. Smith, PharmD, of McLean, VA. All officers will be installed at the 166th APhA Annual Meeting & Exposition in Seattle, March 22–25, 2019.

Michael D. Hogue, PharmD, FAPhA, FNAP, is Professor of Pharmacy and Associate Dean at Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama. He is regarded as an expert in the area of immunization practice, vaccines, and vaccine-preventable diseases. He is currently the Speaker of the APhA House of Delegates and Trustee for APhA. He formerly served as the APhA-APPM President, and was the APhA-ASP National President. Dr. Hogue was awarded the APhA Practice Management Excellence Award in 2015. Dr. Hogue has practice experience in Ambulatory Care practice with CHD Meridian Healthcare, a closed-model HMO; and with the Jefferson County (AL) Department of Public Health where he worked with the under- and uninsured. He is a previous independent pharmacy owner, and co-owner of a home infusion company. In addition, Dr. Hogue has experience in chain community pharmacy as a staff pharmacist and clinical coordinator. He was on the APhA staff in industry relations, and completed an executive residency in association management with APhA and NCSPAE (now NASPA). He is active in the Alabama Pharmacy Association where he has served on the Board of Trustees and chaired numerous committees in the past. He has served as APA's parliamentarian for the past 10 years. In addition to his service to the profession of pharmacy, Dr. Hogue is active in his church and community.

Sean Jeffery, PharmD, BCGP, FASCP, AGSF, is a Director of Pharmacy Services at Integrated Care Partners, a physician-led, clinically integrated network responsible for Hartford Healthcare’s value-based practice transformation. His career has focused on caring for seniors by implementing innovative patient care services that promote the value of pharmacists in care coordination. Currently, he oversees pharmacy network development and strategy, population health management, and provides clinical support to the care-management team. He is also a Clinical Professor at the University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy. Previously, Dr. Jeffery was a consultant pharmacist at the VA Connecticut Healthcare System where he served as a PGY2 Geriatrics Residency Program Director. Sean has been active in several organizations.  He served on the APhA Policy Committee (’16), chaired the American Geriatrics Society Polypharmacy Special Interest Group (SIG), and chaired the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Geriatrics SIG. Sean was also President (’12) and Chairman of the Board of Directors for the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists. He has co-founded several community coalitions to raise awareness among seniors about medication safety. He was recognized as a Fellow of the American Geriatrics Society (2016), and an Ohio State University Distinguished Alumni (2013). Dr. Jeffery earned his bachelor of science from the University of Connecticut and PharmD from the Ohio State University and is a Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacist.

Wendy Weber, PharmD, MBA, BCPS, FAPhA, is a pharmacy consultant with almost 20 years of experience in acute care, management, and community practice.  Her practice areas over the years include internal medicine, emergency medicine, trauma intensive care, pediatrics and neonatology. Other areas of interest include clinical research, precepting pharmacy practice residents and student pharmacists, and leadership development. While she has spent the majority of her career in the inpatient clinical environment, Wendy has also practiced in community pharmacy and worked as a government contractor developing educational materials for providers. Her practice experience has given her a front row seat to the opportunities and challenges facing pharmacy in both acute care and community practice. Wendy has served in numerous leadership roles within the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) and the APhA Foundation, including APhA Academy of Pharmacy Practice and Management (APhA-APPM) President, APhA Trustee, and APhA Foundation Director. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy from North Dakota State University and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Wendy is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist and a Fellow of the APhA.

Dorothy L. Smith, PharmD, is CEO of Consumer Health Information Corporation.  She has dedicated her career to developing patient education programs that patients can “understand” so they can make informed decisions about their medications, medical devices, and disease management. Dorothy has been a champion for patient-centered pharmacy practice since completion of her BSP degree and residency at the University of Saskatchewan. After watching patients suffer from a lack of medication management and being told “do not counsel patients”, she realized that looking at healthcare problems from the “patient’s point of view” was the answer. Dorothy later received her Pharm. D. degree from the University of Cincinnati, and went on to develop one of the first clinical pharmacy training programs at the University of British Columbia and Vancouver General Hospital. She also developed one of the first ambulatory patient pharmacies where every patient was counseled by a pharmacist in a private room and given written instructions to take home.  She has been active in APhA as a pharmacist and former staff member serving as Director of Clinical Affairs. She represented APhA as a founding member of the National Council on Patient Information and Education and has continued to serve APhA on many committees including APhA’s recent Policy Report on Patient Safety. She has written 23 books including “Medication Guide for Patient Counseling” and “Understanding Prescription Drugs” for health professionals and consumers across the U.S. and Canada and has published 125 articles and presented more than 200 presentations to professional and consumer organizations. In 1983, Dorothy founded Consumer Health Information Corporation. The company has developed more than 1000 patient education programs that have significantly increased patient adherence. She has collaborated with many national organizations, FDA, academia, pharmaceutical companies, publishing companies, consumer associations, and the mass media to promote the role of the pharmacist in patient education and helped decrease the communications gap between patients and their health care providers. She is the recipient of multiple awards including the APhA Foundation Pinnacle Award; University of Cincinnati Master Alumni Award, Honorary Life Membership of the Canadian Pharmacists Association (CPhA); and The Honorable Paul G. Rogers Medication Communicator Award. She has served on many national professional committees. She was a founding member of ACCP.

Dorothy is a patient advocate believing that “Patients are smart and always have a reason for not following the prescription label instructions. As health care providers, we just need to learn what their daily hurdles are and figure out how to provide the information they need. I am convinced that consumers hold the key to controlling health care costs.”