Meet the 2016-2017 APhA-APRS Executive Council

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Robert DiCenzo, PharmD, BCPS, FCCP- APhA-APRS President (2016-2018)
Robert DiCenzo, PharmD, BCPS, FCCP, is currently Professor and Chair of the Department of Phar­macy Practice at the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Adjunct appointments include Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Infectious Disease Unit of the Department of Medicine and the Center for Human Experimental Therapeutics at the University of Rochester Medical Center. After almost 10 years of hospital pharmacy experience, completion of a PharmD degree at Albany College of Pharmacy and a post-doc Fellowship in Antiretroviral Pharmacology and Pharmacometrics at the University at Buffalo, he began an academic career which evolved from a faculty appointment at the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University at Buffalo to an administrative and leadership role as the Director of Experiential Education at the Wegmans School of Pharmacy at St John Fisher College. After contributing to the development and operation of a new Experiential Education program, he was appointed the Chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice at the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.

APhA-APRS Immediate Past President (2016-2017)
Melody Ryan, PharmD, MPH, GCP, BCPS, received her PharmD and master’s of public health degrees from the University of Kentucky. She completed a pharmacy practice residency at Duke University and a neurosciences fellowship at the University of Kentucky. Ryan holds appointments as Professor in the Departments of Pharmacy Practice and Science and Neurology and is the Director of International Professional Student Education at the College of Pharmacy. She practices in neurology ambulatory care. Ryan serves as Regional Councilor for the Rho Chi Society and is on the Medicare Model Guidelines Expert Panel for the United States Pharmacopeia.

Basic Sciences Section Chair (2016-2017)

Anthony J. Di Pasqua, PhD, is an Assistant Profes­sor of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of North Texas (UNT) System College of Pharmacy, in the UNT Health Science Center. He obtained his PhD in chemistry from Syracuse University, was awarded the College of Arts and Sciences Doctoral Prize, and received postdoctoral training in tumor biology at Georgetown University and molecular pharmaceutics at the University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy, where he then became a Research Assistant Professor. His research interests include nanomaterials for the delivery and improved efficacy of cancer chemo- and radio-therapeutics, and the elucidation and measure of potential cancer biomarkers. Work in his laboratory focuses on translating novel ideas into cancer preventive and thera­peutic applications for use in the clinic. He has published more than twenty research papers in peer-reviewed journals. Pasqua has a great passion for teaching, and is Course Director of Pharmaceutics 1 and 2, and teaches compounding in Pharmacy Practice Skills Laboratory. He strives to teach students how to apply basic scientific concepts to the practice of pharmacy.

Basic Sciences Section Chair-elect (2016-2017)

Eric J. Jarvi, PhD, is Associate Dean of the Husson University School of Pharmacy. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Care Services from Southern Illinois University, a Masters in Forensic Science from George Washington University, and a PhD in Pharmacology/Toxicology from Oregon State University. His career in phar­macy education has spanned the last 30 years, with positions at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Pharmacy; the Idaho State University College of Pharmacy; and the Ferris State University College of Pharmacy. Over the course of his professional career in pharmacy educa­tion he has generated in excess of $3 million in extramural funding and has authored or co-authored 33 abstracts, seven invited presentations, and 24 publications

Clinical Sciences Section Chair (2016-2017)

Darius Mason, PharmD, BCPS, is a graduate of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center Col­lege of Pharmacy. He has clinical training in inter­nal medicine, general nephrology and is a board certified pharmacotherapy specialist. After clinical training, he received nephrology pharmacotherapy research training at the University of Illinois College of Pharmacy. Currently, Mason is an assistant professor at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (ACPHS) in Albany, NY. As an Associate Pro­fessor at ACPHS, Mason is responsible for training pharmacy students, residents, and fellows. He conducts clinical research studies focused on vita­min D and phosphorus interventions. Additionally, responsibilities include laboratory training of graduate students and research fellows. Mason has authored a number of publications and book chapters related to chronic kidney disease. He is also a member of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP), the American Society of Nephrology (ASN), and National Pharmaceutical Association (NPhA).

Clinical Sciences Section Chair-elect (2016-2017)

Kimberly Scarsi, PharmD, MS, BCPS-ID, is an Associate Professor at the University of  Nebraska Medical Center College of Pharmacy and an HIV pharmacotherapy specialist. Scarsi received her PharmD from Drake University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and earned her Master of Science degree in Clinical Investigation from Northwestern University. After completing a PGY1 residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital (NMH), she served as an infectious diseases clinical pharmacist. After 5 years of HIV-focused practice at NMH, Scarsi joined the faculty at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and began working with the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) program in Nigeria. Dr. Scarsi remains clini­cally active in her institution’s HIV Clinic and served on the Department of Health and Human Services Panel on Antiretroviral Guidelines for Adults and Adolescents.

Economic, Social and Administrative Sciences Section (ESAS) Chair (2016-2017)
Kevin C. Farmer, RPh, PhD, FAPhA, is Professor and Vice-chair of Department of Pharmacy: Clinical & Administrative Sciences at the University of Okla­homa College of Pharmacy. Prior to his academic career, he practiced as a hospital pharmacist, a retail pharmacist, and a market research analyst for a startup pharmaceutical company in Missouri. Farmer has been a faculty member at the University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy since 1991. He teaches courses in the professional PharmD program and graduate program in health policy, pharmaceutical marketing, outcomes research, and financial management. Farmer has served on the JAPhA editorial advisory board from 2010–2013, and as a peer reviewer for the journal since 1996. He has served as a member in the APhA House of Delegates, a reviewer of ESAS abstract sub­missions, and as a judge for the ESAS postgraduate podium presentations. He has published papers in APhA publications related to pharmacist-managed diabetes and hypertension programs. He contributed 13 poster presentations to ESAS or APhA-APPM, and provided three contributed podium presentations. Farmer was a co-author on the APhA-APRS Clinical Research Paper Award in 2010.

Economic, Social and Administrative Sciences Section (ESAS) Chair-elect (2016-2017)

Salisa C. Westrick, PhD, is Associate Professor of Health Outcomes Research and Policy at Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy, where her primary teaching responsibilities include the U.S. health care system, pharmacy manage­ment, research methods, and program evaluation. Westrick received her BSPharm from Chulalongkorn University (Thailand), her MS in Industrial Technol­ogy from Illinois State University, and her PhD in Social and Administrative Sciences in Pharmacy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research expertise includes organizational change and program evaluation, with significant work related to the adoption, sustainability, and abandonment of pharmacy-based immu­nization services. She has served as the lead researcher for the RxVaccinate project provided by APhA, Chair of the APhA-APRS ESAS Research Roundtable Committee for 2014–2015 and Associate Editor for the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association (JAPhA) since January 2014.

Postgraduate Officer (2015-2017)

Jill Augustine, PharmD, MPH, is a third-year PhD student in pharmaceutical economics, policy, and outcomes at The University of Arizona College of Pharmacy. As a graduate student, her research has focused on medication safety and pharmacy education. Her experience has involved community and hospital pharmacy, industry, and research. Augustine is currently working with faculty and staff at the University of Arizona to examine the impact of pharmacist-driven medication therapy management, curriculum assessment, and the use of social media. As a member of APhA, she has been involved at the national, state, and local levels. She currently is a member of APhA Academy of Pharmaceutical Research and Science (APRS) Postgraduate Committee and Awards Standing Committee and serves as the New Practitioner Mentor to the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy. Previously, she was the 2011–2012 Vice-Chair of the APhA-ASP National Awards Standing Committee, a previous Region III Member-at-Large, and the Mercer University APhA-ASP Chapter President. Augustine is also a member of Phi Lambda Sigma (PLS), Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP), American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), the Interna­tional Society of Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR), and Kappa Epsilon (KE).



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