Meet the 2017-2018 APhA Academy of Pharmaceutical Research & Science (APhA-APPM) Executive Committee



Sarah Ray, PharmD, BCPS, APhA-APPM President (2017-19), is assistant professor of pharmacy practice at Concordia University Wisconsin School of Pharmacy. 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 postgraduate year 1 (PGY1) pharmacy practice residency at Aurora Health Care. Her past service to APhA includes a term as Member-at-large of the APhA-APPM Executive APhA-APPM Clinical/Pharmacotherapeutic Section and the Community Pharmacy Residency Program Advisory Panel. She is the section advisor for Focus on Anticoagulation Care for the APhA


Wendy Friedig Weber, PharmD, MBA, APhA-APPM Immediate Past President (2017-18), is the clinical pharmacist at Creighton University Medical Center (CUMC) in Omaha, NE. Before 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 most 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.

David Barnes, RPh, BCNP, APhA-APPM Member-at-large (2017-19) began his career as a pharmacist at USA Medical Center in Mobile, AL, and moved into nuclear pharmacy practice. He has held positions as a radiation safety officer, as a manager, and currently as regional director. In his current position, he has the opportunity to do so much more than dispensing and compounding regularly. He has 114 employees in his region and is responsible for hiring practices, HR issues, sales attainment, and regulatory and facility compliance. Working for GE Healthcare has given Barnes access to training and resources from a worldwide company that operates many types of businesses with consumer, industrial, and government implications. He is most proud of his time as a member of the Board of Pharmacy Specialities (BPS) Specialty Council on Nuclear Pharmacy and his current term as council chair. Through this position, he has been able to interact with the BPS Board of Directors and other council chairs; all are top leaders in their field. APhA membership and participation in numerous committees and moderating sessions have been a particularly rewarding part of his personal development, and he hopes to continue it as a Member-at-large of the APhA-APPM Executive Committee.


Sandra Bollinger, PharmD, FASCP, CGP, CDE, CPT, CFts, APhA-APPM Member-at-large (2016-18), 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 nondispensing 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 preventative health, disease management, and diabetes.

Nicole M. Gattas, PharmD, BCPS, APhA-APPM Member-at-large (2016-18), 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 on the Immunizing Pharmacists SIG Education Committee, as a delegate, and APhA media advisor. Gattas is a graduate of the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy, completed a community pharmacy residency with the University of Illinois at Chicago and Dominicks Pharmacy, and is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist.


James A. Kirby, PharmD, BCPS, CDE, APhA-APPM Member-at-large (2016-18), 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 from The Ohio State University and his PharmD from the University of Cincinnati James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy. He has worked as a pharmacist in a variety of settings, including community, mail-service, 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.

Lt Col Ann D. McManis, BSPharm, MPA, Member-at-large (2017-19), currently serves on active duty and is a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Air Force. She is assigned to the Defense Health Agency (DHA) as Deputy Chief, Pharmacy Purchased Care Operations Branch, of the Pharmacy Operations Division. She is responsible for managing all aspects of the current U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) pharmacy purchased care contract estimated at $65 billion. In addition, she contributes to the development of policies and programs to ensure a uniform, consistent, and equitable pharmacy benefit for more than 9.5 million beneficiaries in the Military Health System. Before her current assignment, McManis completed a Medical Education with Industry Executive Fellowship in Pharmacy Practice Advancement and Policy with APhA. She has served in a variety of capacities including Pharmacy Director, Ancillary Services Director, and Medical Support Services Director while deployed to Kirkuk, Iraq, in support of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM. Additionally, she served as the Chief, Emergency Staff Function (ESF) #8, coordinating medical response during contingency and disaster operations at the base Emergency Operations Center.

Wendy Mobley-Bukstein, PharmD, BCACP, CDE, Member-at-large (2017-19), is assistant professor of pharmacy practice in the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at Drake University. She is APhA certificate trained in Diabetes Care, Immunization Delivery, and Medication Therapy Management. Her teaching responsibilities include a Medication Therapy Management elective and various topics in the Pharmacy Skills and Applications course series. She is the course coordinator and teaches topics in the Self Care & Nonprescription Products course. She maintains a clinical practice at Primary Health Care East Side Clinic, a federally qualified health center, where she precepts third-year introductory pharmacy practice experiences (IPPE) student pharmacists. Her specialty areas of practice and scholarship are diabetes care, medication therapy management, and community health education. She also serves as a legislative liaison for the Iowa Coordinating Body of the American Association of Diabetes Educators, and as an active member of the Iowa Pharmacy Association, and served as coordinator for the APhA-APPM Diabetes Management SIG.

After Stephanie Gernant, PharmD, New Officer Practitioner (2017-19), graduated from Missouri with a BS in Biology, she worked research and development at a drug manufacturer, until entering the PharmD program at The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy in 2008. During this time, she did an internship at a 340B community pharmacy - her first encounters with patients, who more often than not were economically depressed and underserved. Serving the underserved drove her to a community PGY1 in Bangor, ME, at a federally qualified health center called Penobscot Community Health Care. This was a newly formed program at a patient-centered medical home health center and an accountable care organization pioneer. The unique opportunities with Penobscot’s transition of care program assisted her in landing a 2-year research fellowship at Purdue University. Gernant also served as the coordinator for the APhA-APPM Transitions of Care SIG. Currently, she is an assistant professor at Nova Southeastern University and has partnered with several of her colleagues to develop the very first Practice-Based Research Network comprising ACOs: the ACO Research Network, Services and Education (ACORN-SEED). The network serves as a vessel for scholarship, postgraduate training, advanced pharmacy practice experiences, and pharmacist-provided clinical services.

APhA-APPM staff contacts:

Margaret Tomecki
APhA-APPM Liaison
Director, Practice and Science Academies
630-312-8864 (voicemail)

Stacie Maass
Senior Vice President, Pharmacy Practice and Government Affairs

James Owen
Vice President, Practice and Science Affairs