2013 Next-Generation Pharmacist Award Finalists Announced


Fourth Annual National Event Recognizes, Encourages Leadership in Pharmacy

  • American Idol’s singer-songwriter Kara DioGuardi will headline Las Vegas recognition event
  • Judges selected 30 finalists from more than 400 nominations in 10 distinct categories
  • Next-Generation Pharmacist rewards and encourages excellence in patient care, pharmacy operations and vision

Durham, N.C.—(July 11, 2013)—Parata Systems and Pharmacy Times are pleased to announce the finalists for the 2013 Next-Generation Pharmacist awards, a national program honoring pharmacists who define the future of the industry. In its fourth year, the Next-Generation Pharmacist awards recognize pharmacy leaders across a wide range of practice settings, and this year the program attracted more than 400 entries from 45 states.

Nominations are received across 10 award categories, and all entries are reviewed by an independent panel of esteemed judges, chaired by Pharmacy Times Editor-in-Chief Fred M. Eckel, RPh, MS.

Three finalists are selected in each category, and this year 30 pharmacists, technicians and student pharmacists will be recognized at the 2013 gala awards event. These finalists represent a true cross-section of the industry, from large chain retailers, independent pharmacies, and specialty pharmacies, to military bases, health clinics and educational institutions. This year’s honorees come from 21 states in addition to the U.S. Navy base in Guam.

The 2013 finalists are:

Civic Leader of the Year (Sponsored by Independent Pharmacy Cooperative):

Kay Carroll, RPh, Carroll Pharmacy, Smithfield, NC

Allison Dering-Anderson, PharmD, University of Nebraska College of Pharmacy, Lincoln, NE

Kevin Musto, RPh, Atlantic Apothecary, Smyrna, DE

Entrepreneur of the Year (Sponsored by Upsher-Smith):

Joe Craft, RPh, Plain City Druggist, Plain City, OH

Bob Lomenick, RPh, Tyson Drug Company, Holly Springs, MS

Christian Tadrus, PharmD, RPh, Sam’s Health Mart Pharmacies, Moberly, MO

Future Pharmacist of the Year (Sponsored by BD Medical - Diabetes Care):

Hoda Masmouei, PharmD Candidate, Nova Southeastern University, Davie, FL

Leda Ramoz, PharmD Candidate, Temple University School of Pharmacy, Philadelphia, PA

Natalie Schmitz, PharmD Candidate, Drake University, Des Moines, IA

Lifetime Achievement:

Dave Craig, BSPharm, Rite Aid, Denver, CO

Patricia Johnston, RPh, Colony Drug & Wellness Center, Beckley, WV

COL William Pickard, RPh, Campbell University College of Pharmacy, Buies Creek, NC

Military Pharmacist of the Year:

Lt Col Achilles Hamilothoris, RPh, US Air Force, Barksdale Air Force Base, LA

MAJ Lyle Kolnik, PharmD, Womack Army Medical Center, Fort Bragg, NC

LTC Leslie Walthall, PharmD, US Army Medical Service Corps, San Antonio, TX

Patient Care Provider of the Year (Sponsored by Novo Nordisk):

Alan Atchison, PharmD, MBA, Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy, St. Cloud, MN

Amy Bachyrycz, PharmD, University of New Mexico College of Pharmacy / Walgreens Patient Care Center, Albuquerque, NM

Lisa O’Hara, PharmD, Comprehensive Therapy Management, LLC / GrandView Pharmacy, Indianapolis, IN

Rising Star of the Year:

Julie Liska, PharmD, Methodist Willowbrook Hospital, Houston, TX

LCDR Randy Steers, PharmD, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma Health Care Center, Talihina, OK

Grace Thacker, PharmD, Walgreens Pharmacy, New Orleans, LA

Specialty Pharmacist of the Year (Sponsored by Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy):

Kendra Curry, PharmD, Walgreens Infusion Services, Seattle, WA

Samuel Grossman, BSPharm, PharmD, Diabetes Care On-The-Go Inc., New York, NY

Sterling Koonce, BSPharm, Medicine Mart Health LTC, Tabor City, NC

Technician of the Year:

HM1 Angela Calalo, US Naval Hospital Guam Pharmacy, Guam

HM1 Edwin Dumpit, Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton, Camp Pendleton, CA

Tricia Rampersad, CPhT, Naval Health Clinic Quantico, Quantico, VA

Technology Innovator of the Year:

Eric Beyer, RPh, Granite Pharmacy, Frenchtown, MT

Michael Einodshofer, RPh, MBA, Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy, Belle Vernon, PA

CDR Marc Young, PharmD, US Navy, San Antonio, TX

“The competiveness of this unique program, honoring the accomplishments and innovations in pharmacy, increases each year as more and more applicants are nominated for this national recognition,” Eckel said. “Our judging panel has so many dedicated professionals to choose from who are making a difference in health care and in the profession.”

Each finalist will be profiled in the July 2013 issue of Pharmacy Times and on www.pharmacytimes.com.

The winner for each category will be announced at the 2013 Next-Generation Pharmacist awards event on Sunday, August 11, at The Joint at The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, concurrent with the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Total Store Expo.

Accomplished singer, songwriter, producer to headline awards event

The awards event will include a special performance and keynote from American Idol’s Kara DioGuardi. As an accomplished singer, songwriter, producer, music executive and TV personality, DioGuardi will discuss her songwriting career and perform songs she has written for award-winning artists. In honor of her attendance, Next-Generation Pharmacist will make a $10,000 donation to the Phoenix House, an organization committed to protecting and supporting individuals, families, and communities affected by substance abuse and dependency.

“We are thrilled to have Kara DioGuardi serve as our guest as we recognize pharmacy rock stars,” Tom Rhoads, CEO of Parata Systems, said. “Her performance will add a special element to the evening and fits perfectly with the Hard Rock venue.”

Also at the event, one winner from the pharmacist categories will receive the program’s highest honor, “2013 Next-Generation Pharmacist,” a prestigious award that recognizes a licensed pharmacist who embodies the highest standards of patient care, management and operations, while demonstrating an uncompromising vision for the pharmacy industry.

Sponsors for this year’s Next-Generation Pharmacist program are Pharmacy Development Services, Novo Nordisk, Upsher-Smith, BD Medical, Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy, Independent Pharmacy Cooperative and Parata Financial.

For more information about the Next-Generation Pharmacist program, the August awards event in Las Vegas or sponsorship opportunities, visit www.nextgenerationpharmacist.com.


About Parata

Parata is a trusted brand, providing intuitive pharmacy automation technology that enables pharmacists to improve accuracy, productivity, medication adherence, and patient health outcomes. Parata PASS™ organizes medications by date, time and dose in strip packaging that makes it easy for patients, caregivers and nurses to ensure they are taken at the right time, every time. Parata Max® and Parata Mini® ensure fast, accurate dispensing in vials. Pharmacy 2000™ workflow software extends accuracy across a pharmacy’s entire prescription volume. Founded in 2001, Parata is based in Durham, N.C. To learn more, visit www.parata.com, info@parata.com, 888-PARATA1 (727-2821), Facebook or Twitter.

About Pharmacy Times

Pharmacy Times is the industry’s leading publication, providing practical, clinical information pharmacists can use in their everyday practices when counseling patients and interacting with physicians. Each issue contains articles and features covering medication errors, drug interactions, patient education, pharmacy technology, disease state management, patient counseling, product news, pharmacy law, and specialty pharmacy. The Pharmacy Times Office of Continuing Professional Education (CPE) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. Learn more at www.PharmacyTimes.com, info@pharmacytimes.com or 609-716-7777 and on Facebook at Facebook.com/PharmacyTimes and on Twitter @Pharmacy_Times. Pharmacy Times is published by Michael J. Hennessy Associates, Inc., a leading provider of health care publishing, research, information, and education.

Available for interviews:

Tom Rhoads, CEO

Parata Systems

Bea Riemschneider, Vice President, Group Editorial Director

Pharmacy Times

Media contact:

Allie Artur

For Next-Generation Pharmacist™

267-932-8760 x304


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