2023 APhA Honorary Membership Recipients
John A. Witkowski, Jr., AA
John Witkowski was Operations Manager at UPPI LLC before becoming its President 2013. John’s experience in the Nuclear Medicine and Radiopharmacy crossed many functional areas including sales, marketing, business operations and the network distribution channel at Amersham and GE Healthcare. Prior to Amersham, John was Marketing Director at Nuclear Pharmacy, Inc. and was Adjunct Professor with the Mercer University Nuclear Pharmacist Authorized User training program for radiation safety and quality control.
Lee Ann Stember, BS
Lee Ann Stember is President & CEO of NCPDP, a not-for-profit multi-stakeholder forum for developing healthcare business solutions, including ANSI-accredited standards for electronic exchange of healthcare information. As President & CEO for four decades, she has led NCPDP to continued success in its transformative role in pharmacy services, creating and promoting adoption of consensus-based standards and best practices that improve patient safety and decrease costs. Stember represents the Council and work of its membership to government agencies, other standards development organizations, healthcare industry associations and coalitions seeking to achieve HIT interoperability and other reforms that improve the coordination and quality of care while reducing system costs. She currently serves on the board of the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI), NCPDP Foundation Board, and University of Arizona School of Pharmacy Board. She also serves on the Advisory Boards for CAQH/CORE, CoverMyMeds, and ScriptDrop. She is a member of the American Management Association (AMA) and the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) as well as numerous healthcare organizations, including the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP), National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS), National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA), American Pharmaceutical Association (APhA),American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP), and Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). Stember has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Arizona College of Business.
Honorary Membership in the American Pharmacists Association is conferred by the APhA Board of Trustees upon individuals, either within the profession of pharmacy or outside of it, whose activities and achievements have had a significant impact upon public health, the profession, and its practitioners.
Individuals nominated for Honorary Membership shall meet the following criteria:
Individual is not a pharmacist or is a non-American pharmacist.
Individual has documented activity that has significantly impacted public health or has created or supported the expanding role of pharmacists, the profession, or Association.
Awarding of the designation to the individual will advance the Association’s public perception.
The Board of Trustees may make exceptions to the above criteria, except for the second bullet.
The nominator is responsible for submitting a complete award nomination at the following link: Award Nomination Form. The deadline for nominations is September 10 annually.
The nomination is to include the following items:
A letter from the nominator describing the most important achievements of the nominee and explaining why the nominee meets the criteria for the award
Letters of recommendation are optional; two letters are preferred with a maximum of six accepted letters
A current curriculum vitae or detailed résumé
The selection is made by the APhA Board of Trustees based upon careful review of complete nominations.
Nature of award
The honor, first presented in 1856 and conferred at each APhA Annual Meeting & Exposition, consists of a plaque, a complimentary APhA Annual Meeting & Exposition registration and reimbursement for meeting-related travel expenses, according to current travel policies and up to the maximum amount budgeted by APhA.
2021 John Clymer, USA and Eric Johnson, USA
2019 Kathy Keough, USA and Linda Gibson, USA
2018 Partricia Worthen, USA
2016 Kristen G. Betts, USA
2015 Roger Lea Williams, USA
2014 Benjamin Jacobs, USA, and N. Lee Rucker, USA
2013 Frank Bennicasa, USA
2012 CAPT S. Miles Rudd, USA
2010 Mark B. McClellan, USA
2007 Peter M. Fernandes, USA
2006 William L. Atkinson, USA
2005 Edward G. Feldmann, USA
2005 A. J. M. (Ton) Hoek, the Netherlands
2004 Richard H. Carmona, USA
2002 Peter J. Kielgast, Denmark
2001 David G. Schulke, USA
2000 Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, USA
2000 Donna E. Shalala, USA
1999 José Manuel Cárdenas, Mexico
1999 Dieter Steinbach, Germany
1997 Rep. Henry A. Waxman, USA
1996 Leroy C. Fevang, Canada
1996 Nils-Olaf Strandqvist, Sweden
1995 Thomas R. Fulda, USA
1992 Paul. L. O’Brien, Esquire, USA
1991 Sen. David H. Pryor, USA
1990 C. Everett Koop, USA
1989 Stanley Siegelman, USA
1987 J. H. M. Martens, the Netherlands
1987 Shoji Shibata, Japan
1986 Arthur Hull Hayes, Jr., USA
1985 Charles A. LeMaistre, USA
1982 Hector Zayas-Bazan y Perdomo, USA
1981 Mary Kelly Mullane, USA
1979 C. Joseph Stetler, USA
1979 Charles C. Edwards, USA
1976 Desmond Lewis, Great Britain
1975 Frederick M. Garfield, USA
1971 Kozaburo Takeda, Japan
1971 Morizo Ishidate, Japan
1969 John C. Turnbull, Canada
1969 J. H. M. A. Winters, the Netherlands
1967 Winton D. Rankin, USA
1967 Alberto Garcia Ortiz, Spain
1966 Gen-Ichiro Fukuchi, Japan
1965 Svend A. Schou, Denmark
1963 George P. Larrick, USA
1962 Vice President Hubert Humphrey, USA
1962 Sir Hugh N. Linstead, Great Britain
1955 George D. Armstrong, USA
1937 A. U. R. Wasicky, Austria
1930 Armando S. Parado, Chile
1929 Juan Manuel Noriega, Mexico
1927 John Cameron, Great Britain
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