APhA-APPM, Special Interest Groups and APhA-APRS Announce 2019 Election Results

The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) today announced the results of elections for the Academy of Pharmacy Practice and Management (APhA-APPM), APhA-APPM Special Interest Groups (SIGs) and the Academy of Pharmaceutical Research and Science (APhA-APRS). The newly elected APhA-APPM and APhA-APRS Officers will be installed at the 167th APhA Annual Meeting and Exposition in Washington, DC, March 20-23, 2020. APhA-APPM SIG leaders will assume their new leadership roles immediately.

APhA-APPM elected the following Officers: 2020-2021 APhA-APPM President-elect - Wendy Mobley-Bukstein PharmD, BCACP, CDE, CHWC, FAPhA; 2020-2022 APhA-APPM Executive Committee Members-at-Large - Nicholas Dorich PharmD (Pair I); Dr. Ashley Lorenzen, PharmD, BCPS (Pair II); and Emily Prohaska, PharmD, BCACP, BCGP (Pair III).


Also, APhA-APPM SIGs leaders were elected, 2019-20: Compounding SIG Coordinator-elect - Jon Pritchett, PharmD, RPh; Diabetes Management SIG Coordinator-elect - Megan Coleman, PharmD, BCPS, CPP; Immunizing Pharmacists SIG Coordinator-elect Gretchen Kreckel Garofoli, PharmD, BCACP; Medical Home / ACO SIG Coordinator-elect - Sara Wettergreen, PharmD, BCACP; Medication Management SIG Coordinator-elect - Laly Havern, MS, BCACP; Nuclear Pharmacy Practice SIG Coordinator-elect - Dao Le, BCNP, FAPhA; Preceptor SIG Coordinator-elect - Morgan Herring, PharmD, BCPS; Transitions of Care SIG Coordinator-elect - Jessica Wooster, PharmD, BCACP.


In addition, APhA-APRS elected the following Officers, 2020-21: Basic Sciences Section Chair-elect - William J. McLaughlin, RPh, PhDClinical Sciences Section Chair-elect- Lawrence J. Cohen, PharmD, BCPP, FASHP, FCCP, FCP, DNAP; and Economic, Social and Administrative Sciences (ESAS) Section Chair-elect - Henry N. Young, PhD.

Elected by the Academy of Pharmacy Practice and Management (APhA-APPM)

Wendy Mobley-Bukstein, PharmD, BCACP, CDE, CHWC, FAPhA, is Associate 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 and is a Certified Diabetes Educator, Board Certified Ambulatory Care Pharmacist and Certified Health and Wellness Coach.  She is a Fellow of the American Pharmacist Association. She is American Pharmacist Association (APhA) certificate trained in Diabetes Care, Immunization Delivery and Medication Therapy Management. She is faculty trained to administer the Delivering Medication Therapy Management Services certificate training program. Currently, she teaches a Medication Therapy Management elective, co-teaches the Advanced Diabetes Care elective and team teaches in the Pharmacy Skills and Applications course series and the Self Care & Nonprescription Products course. She maintains a clinical practice at Primary Health Care East Side Clinic, in Des Moines, Iowa, a Federally Qualified Health Center, where she precepts third year pharmacy students on their drug therapy problem solving or community introductory pharmacy practice experience (IPPE) and advanced pharmacy practice experience (APPE) on their ambulatory care or specialty care rotation. Her areas of interest in practice and scholarship are diabetes, medication therapy management and community education.  She is the chair of the Education Standing Committee for the American Pharmacist Association Academy of Pharmacy Practice and Management (APPM) and APhA-APPM Member-At-Large. Within APhA, she has served as coordinator-elect and coordinator of the Diabetes Management SIG, served on several SIG committees, participated in task force groups, served as a delegate in the House of Delegates and been an abstract captain, reviewer and judge for the Contributed Papers Program. Dr. Mobley-Bukstein also serves as Legislative Liaison for the Iowa Chapter of the American Association of Diabetes Educators Coordinating Body, an active member of the American Association of Diabetes Educators and the Iowa Pharmacy Association.


Nicholas Dorich, PharmD, became interested in the profession of pharmacy during a high school career fair, after being introduced to a Long-Term Care Pharmacist. While attending the University of Rhode Island (URI) College of Pharmacy, Nicholas’ interest grew in public policy and leadership development to enhance the opportunities for pharmacists in healthcare. These activities lead to active involvement with the APhA-ASP Chapter at URI and with the Rhode Island Pharmacists Association. During his final year of pharmacy school, Dorich served as an APhA-ASP National Member-at-large. Upon graduation Nicholas completed an Executive Residency at the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) Foundation and then remained at NACDS to oversee Pharmacy Care and Foundation Programs. During this time the NACDS Foundation expanded Community Pharmacy Residency Programs, launched the Faculty Scholars Program and other research projects related to pharmacist involvement with public health initiatives.


In 2014, he joined the startup company Pharmacy Quality Solutions (PQS) as a Quality Consultant. Now serving as the Director, Client Services at PQS, Dorich oversees PQS’ operations with community pharmacy organizations to understand quality measures and implement improvement strategies.

Nicholas remains active as a volunteer leader in various capacities. This includes active involvement with the Pharmacy Quality Alliance for more than three years with measure development, student mentorship with the URI College of Pharmacy, frequent volunteer opportunities with APhA-ASP, member of the Pharmacy Today Editorial Advisory Board and currently serving on the APhA Policy Committee.


Ashley Lorenzen, PharmD, BCPS is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice at Concordia University Wisconsin School of Pharmacy in Mequon, Wisconsin. Dr. Lorenzen’s teaching focus includes rural and underserved cultural competency, preparing students for clinical practice through the Applied Patient Care series, and pharmacotherapy series, and an undergraduate Introduction to Pharmacy course.


Dr. Lorenzen practices as a clinical pharmacist at Ascension Medical Group, a primary care clinic in rural, northern Wisconsin, caring for patients with multiple, complicated, chronic disease states through several collaborative practice agreements. Dr. Lorenzen’s scholarship has focused on pharmacist impact on patient outcomes through pharmacist disease state management, the impact of transitions of care services on patient outcomes, and rural, underserved pharmacy service expansion and adoption. She currently is a member of APhA’s Education Standing Committee and Fellow Sub- Committee, a member of PSW’s ambulatory care advisory board and on the leadership board for the Saint Vincent De Paul free health clinic in Marshfield. She is also the head golf coach at Marshfield Middle School in Marshfield, Wisconsin. Dr. Lorenzen received her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri in 2007 and her PharmD from The University of Missouri- Kansas City School of Pharmacy in Kansas City, Missouri in 2012. She also completed a PGY-1 Residency in Green Bay, Wisconsin at Aurora BayCare Medical Center. Dr. Lorenzen earned her BCPS certification in 2015.


In January 2019, Dr. Lorenzen transitioned to the Clinical Pharmacy Manager for the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain, Michigan where she will both oversee the ambulatory care programs and continue to practice as an ambulatory care pharmacist.


Dr. Lorenzen truly enjoys improving outcomes in her patients through building relationships with the patient and the entire medical team.


Emily Prohaska, PharmD, BCACP, BCGP, received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy and went on to complete a PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice residency with Campbell University and the Wilson Community Health Center in Wilson, North Carolina. She then completed a second year Drug Information specialty residency at the University of Kansas Health System in Kansas City, Kansas. She is the 2018 president of the Kansas Pharmacists Association as well as chair of the Professional Affairs Committee, and a member of the education and government affairs committees. She has extensive volunteer involvement within APhA, including serving as a member of the New Practitioner Network Advisory Committee, service on all four Academy of Pharmacy Practice and Management (APPM) standing committees, volunteering on multiple committees within the Diabetes Special Interest Group, and has served as a Kansas delegate to the House of Delegates since 2013. Additionally, she is currently serving as a luminary for the Kansas Community Pharmacy Enhanced Services Network. She is a board-certified ambulatory care pharmacist, board-certified geriatric pharmacist, and has also completed the APhA certificate course in pharmacogenomics. Dr. Prohaska is currently employed as a clinical services coordinator with Balls Food Stores in Kansas City, Kansas, and is the site preceptor for the PGY- 1 Community-Based Pharmacy residency program at Hen House Pharmacy in Olathe, Kansas. She is an adjunct clinical assistant professor with the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy and serves as an advanced experiential clerkship preceptor for the University of Kansas and University of Missouri- Kansas City Schools of Pharmacy.

Elected by the Academy of Pharmacy Practice and Management (APhA-APPM) Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

Jon Pritchett, PharmD, RPh, began his pharmacy career as a teenager working in a chain retail pharmacy and quickly learned that pharmacy would become a lifelong passion. During pharmacy school, he developed an interest in serving his community patients with clinical knowledge and found the right mix in compounding. Upon graduation, he worked with a diversified independent pharmacy that specialized in sterile and nonsterile compounding, as well as retail and clinical services. Today, he serves the profession as Associate Director with the Accreditation Commission for Health Care, primarily overseeing the implementation of compounding standards in our pharmacy programs, most notably the Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board (PCAB). He loves being able to work with pharmacies that want to ensure best practices are being met to serve their patients, staff, and prescribers and elevate compounding as a whole.

Megan Coleman, PharmD, BCPS, CPP, Megan Coleman earned her Doctor of Pharmacy from Wingate University School of Pharmacy (WUSOP). Upon graduation, she completed a PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in Charleston, SC. Megan has been on faculty at Wingate University School of Pharmacy since 2012 and was recently promoted to Associate Professor of Pharmacy. In addition, she maintains an ambulatory care practice site at Matthews Free Medical Clinic, where she precepts third- and fourth-year student pharmacists and works as a Clinical Pharmacist Practitioner. One of her greatest passions is working closely with students through pharmacy organizations. Megan currently serves as faculty co-advisor for the APhA-ASP and Phi Delta Chi chapters at WUSOP.


Dr. Coleman has served as co-chair for the Diabetes Management SIG Communications Committee for the past two years. Her other service to APhA includes reviewing Foundation incentive grants and abstracts for the contributed papers program and serving as an active member of the preceptor toolkit task force within the Preceptor SIG. Dr. Coleman also holds leadership positions within the North Carolina Association of Pharmacists, serving as a member of the Health Systems Practice Forum Executive Committee and co-chair for the Communication and Outreach Committee. Additionally, she serves on the Board of Directors for HealthQuest of Union County, a non-profit pharmacy that provides free prescriptions to residents of five counties in North and South Carolina.


Gretchen Kreckel Garofoli, PharmD, BCACP, is an Associate Professor at West Virginia University School of Pharmacy in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy. She is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy and completed a Community-Based (PGY-1) Pharmacy Residency through Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. Her current practice site is Waterfront Family Pharmacy in Morgantown, West Virginia, where she focuses on immunizations, diabetes care, medication synchronization and medication therapy management, along with program development and implementation. She serves as the site coordinator and preceptor for a community-based (PGY 1) pharmacy resident. Dr. Garofoli was the 2011 recipient of the West Virginia Pharmacists Association Distinguished Young Pharmacist Award, the 2015 national recipient of the American Pharmacists Association Distinguished New Practitioner Award, the 2018 recipient of the West Virginia Pharmacists Association Excellence in Innovation Award and was a National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) Faculty Scholar. Her research interests include diabetes, immunizations, and pharmacist provided screenings.


Sara Wettergreen, PharmD, BCACP, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy at the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Dr. Wettergreen received both her B.S. in Pharmaceutical Science and Doctorate of Pharmacy degrees from South Dakota State University. She completed a PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center and a PGY-2 Ambulatory Care Specialty Residency at the University of Colorado. Dr. Wettergreen then held a faculty appointment at the University of North Texas System College of Pharmacy for two years. While in Texas, she had a clinical practice site at the UNT Health Central Family Medicine Clinic, where she initiated billing for pharmacist-provided patient care services. After her time at the University of North Texas, Dr. Wettergreen ventured back to Colorado to join the clinical pharmacy faculty. Currently, Dr. Wettergreen has two clinical practice sites within UCHealth at Lone Tree Primary Care and the Women’s Integrated Services in Health (WISH) clinics. Dr. Wettergreen’s professional areas of interest include population health, women’s health, cardiovascular risk reduction, diabetes management, and the scholarship of teaching and learning.  Professionally, Dr. Wettergreen is involved in many organizations, including APhA and the Colorado Pharmacists Society. She currently serves as chair of the APhA New Practitioner Advisory Committee, member of the APhA Medical Home/ACO SIG Education and Resources Committee, and as an executive committee member for the Colorado Pharmacists Society New Practitioner Section.


Laly Havern, PharmD, MS, BCACP, is a Manager of Clinical Programs & Quality at Walgreens. Pharmacy has been a part of her life since before she was born. Her grandfather owned a pharmacy in Cuba. Her father, who moved to Puerto Rico as a teen, still owns and operates a pharmacy serving her hometown of San Juan, Puerto Rico. Her mother, also a pharmacist, worked for GlaxoSmithKline and moved her to Pennsylvania where she did most of her education. As a pharmacist, she has spent her whole career at Walgreens but in many different roles. She has been a floater, a staff pharmacist, a pharmacy manager, a front store assistant manager, a specialty pharmacy manager and, most recently, a clinical pharmacist in the support office. As an active-duty Air Force spouse, she has been licensed in Pennsylvania, Missouri, Nevada and, currently, in Washington, D.C. She has been actively involved in APhA since 2016 and is looking forward to continuing this journey and advocating for our profession for many years to come.


Dao Le, PharmD, BCNP, FAPhA, is Director of Diagnostic Imaging, Radlopharmacy Operations at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. She studied biology and chemistry at Westminster College in Fulton, MO where she earned her BA in Biology. She proceeded to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences In Little Rock, AR to obtain her Doctorate in Pharmacy and Nuclear Pharmacy Authorized User status. After receiving her education, she joined Mallinckrodt Nuclear Pharmacy in Houston, TX. lt was also during this time that she obtained her Board Certification in Nuclear Pharmacy.


While at Mallinckrodt, she found her excitement for teaching which led to her career as faculty at UAMS College Pharmacy as an Assistant Professor of Nuclear Pharmacy. After five years with UAMS and experience in the development of several nuclear education training programs, Le decided to pursue an interest in research and oncology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. As Director of Diagnostic Imaging, Radiopharmacy Operations, she serves as an advisor and consultant to the following: Department of Nuclear Medicine, the Division of Diagnostic Imaging, the IRB, Institutional Compliance and other departments on all stages of design and implementation of research involving FDA approved and investigational radiopharmaceuticals.


Passionate about nuclear pharmacy, Le is actively involved with nuclear pharmacy and imaging societies. As an item writer and reviewer for the BPS Nuclear Pharmacy Specialty Council, of which she was Vice Chair, Le upholds the high standards of the specialty. She played a key role in developing the Nuclear Pharmacy Technician training program according to APhA guidelines and the APhA Nuclear Pharmacy Vendor Credentialing guidelines. Le has served as New Practitioner Officer and Chair of the education committee on APhA-APPM's Nuclear Pharmacy Practice Section in addition to holding leadership and committee roles with other pharmacy organizations.


Morgan Herring, PharmD, BCPS, is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy and Clinical Pharmacist/Faculty with the Iowa Lutheran Family Medicine Residency Program in Des Moines, Iowa. Dr. Herring manages medication therapy for patients with chronic diseases, teaches pharmacotherapy topics to the family medicine residents and medical students as well as precepting student pharmacists at the Unity Point Family Medicine Clinic at East Des Moines/La Clinica de la Esperanza. Dr. Herring graduated from the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy and completed a PGY1 residency in community pharmacy with the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy and Mercy Family Pharmacy in Dubuque, Iowa. After completing her residency she was a community pharmacy shared faculty member at the University of Utah College of Pharmacy until she joined the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy in 2012. She has been involved with APhA since she was a community resident and has served as the communications subcommittee chair within the Preceptor SIG for the past three years and had also served as an APhA representative for a PQA stakeholder advisory panel in 2016. Along with her involvement in APhA, Dr. Herring is involved at the state level, with the Iowa Pharmacy Association and was named the 2018 Distinguished Young Pharmacist of the Year. She also continues to be involved with the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, Society of Teachers in Family Medicine , American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and maintains Board Certification in Pharmacotherapy.


Jessica Wooster, PharmD, BCACP, is a Clinical Assistant Professor at The University of Texas at Tyler’s Fisch College of Pharmacy. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy from The University of Tennessee and completed her PGY-1 residency with Midwestern University and Albertsons Companies in Phoenix, Arizona. Dr. Wooster’s clinical practice is at UT Health East Texas, which involved the development and implementation of a transition of care service to include medication reconciliation, discharge education, and patient follow-up post-discharge. The pilot service is to be implemented across the health system this year to include rural sites that may benefit greatly from the service. Dr. Wooster coordinates the Nonprescription Medications and Medication Therapy Management courses. She serves as the chair of the admissions committee and a member on the experiential education committee assisting in preceptor development events and training.


Dr. Wooster remains involved at a local and national level. She attends Texas Pharmacy Association meetings and serves as the faculty advisor at the college. She attends Pharmacy Day at the Capitol to facilitate student meetings with legislators and hopes to inspire them to advocate for the profession. She currently serves as a co-chair for the APhA Transitions of Care Practice Committee and is passionate about current projects and future plans to advance the pharmacist’s role in care continuity. Dr. Wooster serves on the AACP Self Care Communications Committee and enjoys writing newsletter articles. She serves as APhA-ASP Operation Heart faculty advisor at the college and enjoys attending meetings to instill her passion for service in the future pharmacists. Advocacy for the profession is extremely import to Dr. Wooster and she dedicates herself to this mission by inspiring student pharmacists, initiating novel clinical services at her site, and through research projects to determine best practices.


Elected by the Academy of Pharmaceutical Research and Science (APhA-APRS)

William J. McLaughlin, RPh, PhD, holds a PhD in Industrial Pharmacy from Purdue University and a BS in Pharmacy from Northeastern University. He is former Director, Oral Dose Development at Bayer Healthcare LLC (formerly Merck, Inc; formerly Schering- Plough HealthCare Products, Inc) where he was responsible for development and regulatory support of products for local and global markets. Previously, he held positions in Formulation and in International R&D.


Prior to joining Schering- Plough in 1997, Dr. McLaughlin was with Rhone- Poulenc Rorer, Inc. in the area of Pharmaceutical Technology and Engineering where he was responsible for scale-up, validation and global technical support of prescription and OTC products.


Since retiring from industry, he has continued part- time teaching through the Schools of Pharmacy at both the University of Tennessee and the University of Mississippi and looks forward to continuing the privilege of providing patient care as a member of international missions.


Lawrence J. Cohen, PharmD, BCPP, FASHP, FCCP, FCP, DNAP, is Coordinator of Interprofessional Education and Professor of Pharmacotherapy (Tenured) at the University of North Texas, where he previously served as Associate Dean for Clinical Programs and is Emeritus Professor of Pharmacotherapy at Washington State University College of Pharmacy.


Dr. Cohen has been elected Fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and American College of Clinical Pharmacology. Dr. Cohen was inducted as a Distinguished Practitioner and Fellow of the National Academies of Practice (Pharmacy Academy). Dr. Cohen is a Board Certified Psychiatric Pharmacist has served as a member of the Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS) Psychiatric Pharmacy Specialty Council and currently serves on the BPS Geriatric Pharmacy Specialty Council and the BPS Employer Advisory Committee.


Dr. Cohen's scholarly interests include pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of psychotropic medications, geriatric psychopharmacology, pharmacoeconomics and health outcomes, pharmacoepidemiology, and emergency preparedness (specifically, access to healthcare during times of crisis. He has service on numerous editorial boards and as a reviewer for many pharmacy, medical and healthcare journals. He also has fulfilled an extensive invited lecture schedule and has both authored and co-authored numerous articles in professional journals.


After earning his Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the University of Southern California School of Pharmacy, he completed his postdoctoral residency in psychiatric pharmacy at the LA County/USC Medical Center. Throughout his professional career, Dr. Cohen has been recognized for his clinical skills, management abilities and professional activities. Dr. Cohen’s interest in interprofessional education and practice began during his undergraduate years at UCLA and while attending USC, working as a Nursing Assistant and ECG Technician at UCLA Medical Center. He has experience in community pharmacy, office and hospital-based clinical practice, management of multi-hospital/clinic pharmacy and clinical operations and drug development including managing clinical trials.


Henry N. Young, PhD, is the Kroger Associate Professor in the Clinical and Administrative Pharmacy Department and the Director of the Pharmaceutical Health Services, Outcomes, and Policy Graduate Program at the University of Georgia, College of Pharmacy. Dr. Young is also currently engaged in the NIH- funded Georgia Clinical and Translational Science Alliance (Georgia CTSA) as a Co- director of the Integrating Special Populations function. He is working with Georgia CTSA members to address health needs of minority, rural, and underserved populations throughout Georgia. He received his doctorate in Pharmaceutical Sciences – Pharmacy Health Care Administration from the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. Dr. Young also completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, Davis in the Center for Health Services Research in Primary Care (now known as the Center for Healthcare Policy and Research).