APhA-APPM and APhA-APRS Announce 2015 Election Results


The American Pharmacists Association today announced the results of recent elections for the Academy of Pharmacy Practice and Management and the Academy of Pharmaceutical Research and Science.


WASHINGTON, DC — The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) today announced the results of recent elections for the Academy of Pharmacy Practice and Management (APhA-APPM) and the Academy of Pharmaceutical Research and Science (APhA-APRS). The newly elected Officers will be installed at the 163rd APhA Annual Meeting and Exposition in Baltimore, March 4-7, 2016.

APhA-APPM elected Sarah Ray, PharmD, BCPS, of Mequon, WI, as APhA-APPM President-elect (2016-2017), and Sandra Bollinger, PharmD, FASCP, CGP, CDE, CPT, CFts, of Sikeston, MO, Nicole M. Gattas, PharmD, BCPS, of Saint Charles, MO, and James A. Kirby,PharmD, BCPS, CDE, of Cincinnati, OH, as 2016-2018 APhA-APPM Executive Committee Members-at-Large.

APhA-APRS elected Eric J. Jarvi, PhD, of Bangor, ME, as 2016-2017 APhA-APRS Basic Sciences Section Chair-Elect, Kimberly Scarsi, PharmD, MS, BCPS-ID, of Omaha, NE, as 2016-2017 APhA-APRS Clinical Sciences Section Chair-elect, and Salisa C. Westrick, PhD, of Auburn, AL, as 2016-2017 APhA-APRS Economic, Social and Administrative Sciences (ESAS) Section Chair-elect.

Elected by the Academy of Pharmacy Practice and Management (APhA-APPM)

Sarah Ray, PharmD, BCPS, is Assis­tant Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Concordia University Wisconsin School of Pharmacy (CUWSOP), where she coordinates a semester-long course in the Applied Patient Care lab series, precepts an aca­demic APPE, co-precepts a PGY1 pharmacy practice resident, co-precepts an ambulatory care APPE, and teaches in the pharmacogenomics and ambulatory care electives. She also serves as a clinical phar­macist at Milwaukee Health Services, a Federally Qualified Health Center. Prior to joining CUWSOP, Ray was the Ambula­tory Clinical Coordinator at Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center, where she served as the PGY1 Community Pharmacy Residency Director. 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 Committee, where she chaired the Education Standing Committee. She also previously chaired the APhA-APPM Clinical/Pharmacotherapeutic Section and the Community Pharmacy Residency Pro­gram Advisory Panel. She is the anticoagulation section editor for the APhA DrugInfoLine. Ray is a member of several organizations, including the Inter­national Pharmaceutical Federation, the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, the Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin, and the Greater Milwaukee College of Clinical Pharmacy, where she was a founding member and currently serves as President.

Nicole M. Gattas, PharmD, BCPS, is Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Coordinator of Community Pharmaceutical Care 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 related to community practice, including self-care, patient education, and immu­nizations. She has a research interest in health lit­eracy and coordinates the community pharmacy lab, Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences, and Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences. Gattas previously developed and implemented various patient care programs as the Clinical Pharmacy Coordinator for Schnucks Pharmacy. She is the advisor for the STLCOP Student Pharmacists Association (umbrella organization) and previously advised the STLCOP chapter of APhA Academy of Student Pharmacists. She is an active member of the APhA Academy of Pharmacy Practice and Management (APhA-APPM) and par­ticipates in a number of APhA-APPM Special Interest Groups (SIGs). She was elected as the APhA-APPM New Practitioner Officer for the Community and Ambulatory Practice Section and has served APhA in a number of roles, including the Immunizing Pharmacists SIG Education Committee and as a Delegate and APhA Media Advisor. Gattas is a graduate of the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy, and she completed a community pharmacy residency with the University of Illinois at Chicago and Dominicks Pharmacy. A Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist, Gattas is also an active mem­ber of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, the Missouri Pharmacy Association, and the Illinois Pharmacists Association.

Sandra Bollinger, PharmD, FASCP, CGP, CDE, CPT, CFts, 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 positions 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 preventive health, disease management, and diabetes. Bollinger has received a number of professional recognitions and awards, including the Missouri Pharmacy Association (MPA) President’s Award, the MPA Innovative Pharmacy Practice Award, the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) Pharmacy Leadership Award, and the UMKC Alumni Outstanding Service to the Profession of Pharmacy Award. She previously served as Past President of MPA and is the current President of the Cape Girardeau County Pharmacy Association. She has also served on Missouri’s Drug Utilization Review Board since 2000. Bollinger is an active member of a number of pro­fessional organizations and has been recognized as a Fellow of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists.

James A. Kirby, PharmD, BCPS, CDE, is the Clinical Services Coordinator for the Kroger Company. In this position, his main responsibilities include: establishing and implementing a com­prehensive clinical pharmacy strategy; overseeing Kroger’s vaccination, medication therapy manage­ment, health screening, and disease management/ education programs; training and developing phar­macy staff in core clinical content areas and emerging therapies; driving innovation in patient care through the creation and/or support of pilot programs that improve the medication use process and integrate pharmacists into team based care environments; measuring and developing interventions that will improve clinical quality metrics in pharmacy practice; and leads and supports Kroger advocacy efforts for the advancement and diversification of the profession of pharmacy. Kirby received his BSPharm from The Ohio State University and his PharmD from the 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.

Elected by the Academy of Pharmaceutical Research and Science (APhA-APRS)

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. In addition to being a member of the Maine Pharmacy Association, he holds membership and has held committee positions in the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) and the American Pharmacists Association. He is a past member of the Michigan Pharmacists Association.

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. Through her role with PEPFAR and other international collaborations, Scarsi provides training and education to healthcare provid­ers, thus building capacity of HIV treatment programs in sub-Saharan Africa. She emphasizes the role of the clinical pharmacist, evidenced by the devel­opment of didactic and self-learning Clinical Pharmacy Training Programs for pharmacists in low- and middle-income countries. Scarsi has 15 years of experience in conducting infectious diseases and HIV pharmacotherapy research. Highlights from her diverse research portfolio include pharmacoki­netic evaluations of antiretroviral drug-drug interactions with hormone con­traception, virologic outcomes in HIV treatment programs, and novel roles of pharmacists in HIV care, including implementation of HIV testing programs in community pharmacies and a pharmacist-provider patient-centered care model. In addition to her academic responsibilities, 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.

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, and she partners with the Alabama Department of Senior Services to offer Medicare insurance plan selection assistance for beneficiaries. As a member of APhA and the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), she has served as the Chair of the APhA Academy of Pharmaceutical Research and Science Economic, Social, and Administrative Sciences (APhA-APRS ESAS) Research Roundtable Committee for 2014—2015 and the Chair of the AACP Social and Administrative Sciences Graduate Pro­gram Committee for 2011–2013. In addition, she has served as an Associate Editor for the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association (JAPhA) since January 2014.

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