Meet the 2016-2017 APhA-APPM Executive Committee

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Wendy Friedig Weber, PharmD, MBA, APhA-APPM President (2015-2017), is the clinical pharmacist at Creighton University Medical Center (CUMC) in Omaha, NE. Prior to her tenure at CUMC, Weber worked for a government contractor developing educational materials for providers. Her clinical experience includes emergency medicine, pediatric/neonatology, and women’s health. She has also practiced in community pharmacy. Weber is a board-certified pharmacotherapy specialist. She has been extensively involved in APhA and the APhA Foundation. She mostly recently served as vice president of the APhA Foundation. Weber is also a member of the North Dakota State University College of Pharmacy, Nursing, and Allied Sciences National Pharmacy Advisory Board. bisonrx@cox.net

 

 

Sarah Ray, PharmD, BCPS, APhA-APPM President-elect (2017-2019), is Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Concordia University Wisconsin School of Pharmacy (CUWSOP). She also serves as a clinical pharmacist at Milwaukee Health Services, a Federally Qualified Health Center. She is a graduate of Creighton University and completed a PGY1 pharmacy practice residency at Aurora Health Care. Her past service to APhA includes a term as Member-at-large of the APhA Academy of Pharmacy Practice and Management (APhA-APPM) Executive APhA-APPM Clinical/Pharmacotherapeutic Section and the Community Pharmacy Residency Program Advisory Panel. She is the anticoagulation section editor for the APhA DrugInfoLine. 

 

           

Sandra Bollinger, PharmD, FASCP, CGP, CDE, CPT, CFts, APhA-APPM Member-at-Large (2016-2018), received her BSPharm from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Pharmacy (UMKC) and her PharmD from Creighton University (CU). She holds adjunct faculty positions for UMKC, CU, and the St. Louis College of Pharmacy. Bollinger serves as the Provider Outreach Coordinator for the State of Missouri's CyberAccess web-based provider program. In 2000, Bollinger established a non-dispensing pharmacy that focuses on the prevention and management of the complications of chronic diseases. She has held various postitions in community, hospital, and long-term care pharmacy, is a Certified Diabetes Educator, and is a Certified Geriatric Pharmacist. Her major practice and research interests are in the areas of preventative health, disease management and diabetes.

 

 

Nicole M. Gattas, PharmD, BCPS, APhA-APPM Member-at-Large (2016-2018), is Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Coordinator of Community Pharmaceutical Programs at St. Louis College of Pharmacy (STLCOP). In this role, she serves as the Community Pharmacy Residency Program Director and teaches on a number of topics. She is the advisor for the STLCOP Student Pharmacists Association (umbrella organization). She was elected as APhA-APPM New Practitioner Officer for the Community and Ambulatory Practice Section and served APhA in a number of roles, including Immunizing Pharmacists SIG Education Committee, Delegate and APhA Media Advisor. Gattas is a graduate of the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy and completed a community pharmacy residency with the University of Illinois at Chicago and Dominicks Pharmacy and a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist. 

 

Amy K. Kennedy, PharmD, BCACP, APhA-APPM Member-at-Large (2015-2017),  is an Assistant Professor in Pharmacy Practice and Science at the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy. She also serves as the Residency Program Director for the Post-Graduate Year 1 (PGY-1) Pharmacy Residency at El Rio Health Center. She is Board Certified in Ambulatory Care. As a Clinical Pharmacist, Kennedy provides care to her patients at El Rio Community Health Center in a patient centered medical home model. In addition to seeing patients, Kennedy precepts residents and students in this practice setting. She was recently awarded the Arizona Pharmacy Asso­ciation Excellence in Innovative Practice Award. Kennedy has served as a member of the APhA-APPM Policy Stand­ing Committee, the APhA New Practitioner Advisory Council, the APhA House of Delegates, the APhA Community Pharmacy Residency Advisory Council, and as a New Practitioner mentor to her ASP chapter. Her current teaching and research interests include preventive health, the impact of mental health on medical outcomes, outpatient pain management, pharmacy professional­ism, and the pharmacist’s role in caring for the underserved. kennedy@pharmacy.arizona.edu

 

James A. Kirby, PharmD, BCPS, CDE APhA-APPM Member-at-Large (2016-2018), is the Clinical Services Coordinator for the Kroger Company. In this position, his responsibilities include: establishing and implementing a comprehensive clinical pharmacy strategy; overseeing Kroger's vaccination, medication therapy management, health screening, and disease management/education programs; and many more related activties/initiatives. Kirby received his BSPharm fromt The Ohio State University and his PharmD fromt he University of Cincinnati. He has worked as a pharmacist in a variety of settings, including community, mail-order, hospital, and managed care/specialty pharmacy. He is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist, a Certified Diabetes Educator, and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Cincinnati. 

 

Bella H. Mehta, PharmD, RPh, FAPhA, APhA-APPM Member-at-Large (2015-2017), is a faculty member at The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy, Division of Pharmacy Practice and Admin­istration and Director of the Clinical Partners Pro­gram. Her areas of focus include herbs/dietary supplements and establishing reimbursable models of pharmacist-managed direct patient care services. Mehta has been the primary preceptor for 10 PGY-1 Community/Ambulatory Care residents. Mehta was selected to be a 2013–2014 American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, Academic Leadership Fellows Program participant, is a past recipi­ent of the American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists Foundation Best Practices in Health Systems Pharmacy Award, two APhA-APPM Presentation Merit Awards, was selected as a 2012 APhA-APPM Fellow, and received OSU’s Josephine S. Failer Award. She has been actively involved in pharmacy and has served APhA as a Member-at-Large for the APhA-APPM Clinical/Phar­macotherapeutic Section, as a member of JAPhA’s Editorial Advisory Board, is an annual reviewer for abstracts, serves as a poster judge at the Annual meeting, and is a faculty presenter for APhA certificate training programs including Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery and MTM. Most recently, she initiated the APhA-APPM Medical Home/Accountable Care Organization Special Interest Group. mehta.6@osu.edu

 

Michael J. Schuh, BS, PharmD, MBA, APhA-APPM Member-at-Large (2015-2017), has more than 30 years of pharmacy experience. Schuh is a clinical, ambulatory phar­macist and an Assistant Professor of Pharmacy, Family and Palliative Medicine at Mayo Clinic Florida. He currently serves as the primary clinical provider and coordinator of Mayo Clinic Florida’s MTM pharmacy practice, serving lung, kidney and liver transplant, bariatric, and pharmacotherapy patients. He is an active member of the Northeast Florida Society of Health System Pharmacists, Florida Society of Heath System Pharmacists, and Florida Pharmacy Association. Schuh has served as an active member of the APhA-APPM MTM Task Force and is co-founder and past Coordinator of the APhA Medication Management Special Interest Group. He is also a Clinical Assistant Pro­fessor of Pharmacy Practice at the University of Florida, a Coordinator of the UF MTM Master of Science program and holds clinical appointments at other lead­ing universities. Outside of pharmacy, he served as a National Quality Forum Advisory Panel Member and is an adjunct professor of business and science at DeVry University. His interests are Entre­preneurship, Ambulatory Care, Pharmacy Administration and Management, Pharmacy Business Models and Structure, Pharmacy/Business Interfacing, and participating in local, state and national pharmacy organizations. mschuhrx1@gmail.com

 

Phillip Lawrence, PharmD, APhA-APPM New Practitioner Officer (2015-2017), is a licensed practi­tioner with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Lawrence currently practices as a provider for the Salt Lake City Bone Health Team: a disease specific, high volume clinic, for the management of osteoporosis and closely related endocrine conditions. Phillip has a long history of practicing at the top of his license. Prior to pharmacy school, he worked for three years as a Pharmacy Specialist with the U.S. Army. During this time he served throughout the world and often worked as the sole pharmacy staff member for hospitals and clinics. He was selected by the Army to be honored with the Ralph D. Arnold Pharmacy Specialist of the Year award. In addition to his time as a pharmacist and pharmacy specialist, Lawrence has five years’ experience as an inpatient and outpatient pharmacy technician. His professional interests include geriatrics, endocrinology, political advocacy, clinical informatics, and leadership. Since joining APhA in 2008, he has served in vari­ous leadership roles at both the local and national level ever since. philliplawrence@outlook.com

 

APhA-APPM Staff Contacts:

Margaret Tomecki
APhA-APPM Liaison
Director, Practice Development and Research
630-312-8864 (voicemail)
mtomecki@aphanet.org

Stacie Maass
Senior Vice President, Pharmacy Practice and Government Affairs
202-429-7533
smaass@aphanet.org

James Owen
Vice President, Practice and Science Affairs
202-429-7540
jowen@aphanet.org
 

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