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Katelyn Alexander, PharmD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice at East Tennessee State University (ETSU) Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy. She received her PharmD from The Ohio State University (2011), and completed a PGY1 community-based residency at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy (2012) in partnership with Wheeler Pharmacy and American Pharmacy Services Corporation. She joined the faculty at ETSU in August of 2012. Dr. Alexander currently coordinates and teaches in various courses throughout the curriculum, including the nonprescription medicines courses; pharmacotherapy lab series; IPPE community simulations; and the APhA Delivering Medication Therapy Management Services certificate training program. Dr. Alexander helped develop the ETSU Charitable Pharmacy, which provides medications to indigent and uninsured patients in the Tri-Cities area. Today, she collaborates with and provides support to local and regional pharmacies as they grow their clinical services. Dr. Alexander serves as the director of ETSU’s PGY1 community-based residency program. She maintains service and leadership roles at the local, state, and national levels, particularly within APhA and AACP, and co-advises the APhA-ASP chapter at ETSU. Dr. Alexander’s areas of interest include geriatrics, nonprescription drug therapy, pharmacy ownership and management, strategies to expand clinical serves in the community pharmacy sector, and teaching innovation.
Toie Alston, PharmD, BCPS, is the Pharmacy Account Director for Amerigroup-TN. Dr. Alston received her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Tennessee before starting her vibrant career in pharmacy. Dr. Alston has extensive experience in managed care and pharmacy administration. Having served on the American Drug Utilization Review Society and the TennCare Drug Utilization Review Board, including time as Chairman, Dr. Alston has the proven ability to assess client needs, analyze utilization data, and identify opportunities to improve patient care and control costs. Well versed in Medicare and Medicaid, Dr. Alston provides a unique perspective into pharmacy practice with her strong clinical, analytical, and organizational skills. She is an active member of AMCP.
Monica Barrett, PharmD is a PGY-2 Psychiatric Pharmacy Resident at VA Tennessee Valley Healthcare System. She also completed her PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at the Tennessee Valley VA. Dr. Barrett is a proud graduate from Union University College of Pharmacy, where she held leadership roles in local chapters of several pharmacy organizations, including Rho Chi, Phi Lambda Sigma, and SSHP. She has served on TSHP and TPA committees during her residency and is looking forward to a long career in pharmacy.
Richard Breeden, PharmD, BCNSP, BCPS, is an Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice and the Clinical Education Director for South College School of Pharmacy. Dr. Breeden’s background includes clinical pharmacy training and practice, primarily achieved while working at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center in Knoxville from 1998-2013. Clinical practice areas of interest include Nutrition Support, Cardiac Outpatient Rehabilitation Program, Neuro-intensive Care Unit, Med/Surgical Intensive Care Unit, and Intermediate Intensive Care Unit. He has served as a residency and student preceptor in nutrition support and critical care. Dr. Breeden also has experience as a PGY1 Residency Program Director. He was recently appointed to the Tennessee Board of Pharmacy by Governor Bill Lee.
Shelby Brooks, PharmD, is originally from Asheville, North Carolina. She attended the University of North Georgia and received her B.S. degree in biology, then attended pharmacy school at the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy. Her practice interests include family medicine, internal medicine, academia and neurology. After completing residency, Dr. Brooks hopes to obtain a clinical pharmacist position at an academic medical center and a faculty position with a college of pharmacy. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her dog, Kermit, riding horses, boxing, and obsessing about Harry Potter!
Allison Brunson, PharmD, attended pharmacy school at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, and is now completing her PGY1 pharmacy practice residency at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis. Dr. Brunson recently developed a nationally available webinar in collaboration with Cardinal Health to provide education on antimicrobial resistance and recently approved antibiotics.
Angela Clauson, PharmD, joined the Belmont College of Pharmacy faculty during the summer of 2014. She graduated from the University of Tennessee-Memphis College of Pharmacy, then completed a PGY-1 residency with an emphasis in ambulatory care and psychiatric pharmacy at Shawnee Mission Medical Center in Shawnee Mission, KS. After completing her residency, Dr. Clauson became clinical coordinator at Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. She has also worked for Walmart, CVS, and Walgreens pharmacy. After gaining experience in the clinical setting, she entered academia at Palm Beach Atlantic University College of Pharmacy in West Palm Beach, FL, where she developed an Ambulatory Care Practice site at the West Palm Beach Community Health Center. Dr. Clauson later became the Director of Experiential Education at Palm Beach Atlantic University. In her current role of Director of Experiential Education at Belmont College of Pharmacy, she is responsible for developing and coordinating the different Introductory and Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences that the students participate in throughout the curriculum.
Micah Cost, PharmD, MS, works for members of the Tennessee Pharmacists Association as the Executive Director. His educational training includes a bachelor’s degree from Lipscomb University, a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Pharmacy, and a post-graduate Master’s degree in Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Health Policy from the University of Florida College of Pharmacy. Dr. Cost has been with TPA since 2008, serving as the Executive Resident and the Director of Professional Affairs prior to accepting his current position. Dr. Cost has been fortunate to speak to many pharmacists, student pharmacists, health care providers, and other important stakeholders, on a variety of topics such as pharmacy practice innovation, legislative and regulatory issues, and professional development, among others. Dr. Cost currently resides in Nashville, TN with his wife, Kyle, and their family of furry pets.
Catherine Crill, PharmD, FCCP, BCNSP, graduated cum laude from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 1992 and received her Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree from The University of Tennessee Health Science Center in 1996, where she was the recipient of the Roche Pharmacy Communications Award. She completed residency and fellowship training in Pediatric Pharmacotherapy and Nutrition Support at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital and The University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) from 1996 to 1999. Dr. Crill is Associate Professor of Clinical Pharmacy and Pediatrics at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, TN. She has served as Director of Experiential Learning and International Programs at the UTHSC College of Pharmacy since January 2017. Dr. Crill is a Board Certified Nutrition Support Pharmacist (BCNSP) and sees patients and trains pharmacy students and residents at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, where she serves as Clinical Pharmacy Specialist on the Parenteral Nutrition Service. In addition to active involvement in numerous professional organizations, Dr. Crill has published over 40 peer-reviewed manuscripts and book chapters.
Susie Crowe, PharmD, is the Experiential Education Director and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice at the Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy. She joined the ETSU faculty in August 2016, where she coordinates APPE experiences and preceptor development programs. She first became acquainted with the East Tennessee region through attending Milligan College (BS, 1997). She later graduated with a PharmD from Purdue University in 2005. Dr. Crowe also completed a PGY-1 residency at University of Louisville Health Care (2006) and a PGY-2 residency in global health with the Purdue Kenya Partnership (2013). For the first six years of her career, she practiced as a critical care clinical pharmacist at University of Louisville Health Care, where she precepted APPE students and pharmacy residents. Dr. Crowe spent the next 4 years of her career working with the Purdue Kenya Partnership in Eldoret, Kenya, where she precepted internal medicine APPE students for Purdue University and also helped to develop and implement clinical pharmacy training programs for interns and post-graduates within Kenya. Her interests include training students to become competent practicing pharmacists through experiential learning, preceptor best practices, and developing clinical pharmacy services for rural and underserved patients.
Reggie Dilliard, DPh, is the Executive Director of the Tennessee Board of Pharmacy. Prior to his current role, he worked as a pharmacy manager at Walgreens for almost 30 years. He was also the pharmacist and manager of Super D Drugs for more than a decade. As a member of the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy® (NABP®), Dr. Dilliard has served on various task forces and committees, including the Task Force on the Regulation of Pharmacist Care Services, the Task Force to Develop Recommendations to Best Reduce Medication Errors in Community Pharmacy Practice, the Committee on Law Enforcement/Legislation, the Committee on Constitution and Bylaws, and a three-year term on the Executive Committee. He has been an active member of the Tennessee Pharmacists Association, where he has served as president and chaired several committees. He has earned the National Community Pharmacists Association Pharmacy Leadership Award, Merck Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Profession of Pharmacy, Award of Merit from the TPA, and the Outstanding Leadership Award from the University of Tennessee. He is married to Dr. Jennifer Dilliard, who is also a pharmacist, and is the proud father of four children.
Morgan Honeycutt, PharmD, works with long-term care communities to ensure the highest quality pharmacy services are provided in a manner and approach that best suits the individual needs of each community and their patient population. He does this by developing a strong, team-based style approach to health care. Dr. Honeycutt believes that long-term care cannot be treated with a cookie cutter method and that each community requires a unique system. He works directly with administrators, directors, nurses, and practitioners to develop a care plan to optimize the experience for both their staff and their residents. He believes that strong and constant communication is the foundation of any strong relationship. Dr. Honeycutt has worked within the Mac’s Pharmacy family of pharmacies since 2012 and has served as Director of Pharmacy for Mac’s LTC since July 2015. He holds a Doctorate of Pharmacy and Bachelors of Science in Biochemistry from the University of Tennessee.
Jonathan Hughes, PharmD, BCPS, BCACP, is the Ambulatory Care Clinical Pharmacist Specialist at the Saint Louise Family Medicine Center, affiliated with Ascension Saint Thomas Rutherford in Murfreesboro, TN. Dr. Hughes provides comprehensive medication management services with prescribing privileges for fourteen chronic conditions, including diabetes, hypertension, heart failure, asthma, COPD, and hepatitis C. He holds a joint faculty appointment with the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy and College of Medicine, precepting students and residents from both disciplines in addition to participating in their didactic education. Dr. Hughes’ pharmacy interests include patient care, interdisciplinary education, and implementation of pharmacist services in the outpatient setting. He has received board certification in pharmacotherapy and ambulatory care, and is an active member of ACCP and the Tennessee Pharmacists Association. Outside of pharmacy, he is an incredibly lucky husband, a proud father of four, an Ole Miss Rebel (Hotty Toddy!), and a hobbyist woodworker and landscaper.
Jason Kizer, PharmD, received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 1997 from Samford University McWhorter School of Pharmacy. He began his career with Kroger Pharmacies in Nashville, TN, where he served in a pharmacy manager role at several locations before becoming a district manager. Dr. Kizer worked at Reeves-Sain Drug Stores in Murfreesboro before moving to Union City to open Kizer Pharmacy in 2003. In 2010, he founded AmeriClear Rx to offer a transparent, conflict-free pharmacy benefits service as an alternative to the large, traditional PBM model. Dr. Kizer has served on the Tennessee Board of Pharmacy and the Tennessee Controlled Substance committee, and was appointed to the select committee to draft the Collaborative Practice Agreement rules for Tennessee pharmacists. In 2018, he was named the Tom C. Sharp Pharmacist of the Year for his distinguished work in the profession of pharmacy and excellence in the areas of teaching, patient care, leadership, service delivery and advocacy for the profession. Dr. Kizer is a member of TPA and TSIP, and currently serves as the TPA President-Elect.
Anna Birg Mitchell, PharmD, earned her doctorate in pharmacy at the University of Tennessee in Memphis, TN in 2018. She then pursued a PGY-1 residency at the Memphis VA and stayed on as a PGY-2 resident in internal medicine. During her time at the Memphis VA, Dr. Mitchell has researched and analyzed novel practices within the facility. She evaluated the use of vitamin C, thiamine, and hydrocortisone for patients with sepsis and septic shock in the ICU, demonstrating similar mortality rates with a reduced ICU length of stay compared to patients who received hydrocortisone alone. She presented these findings at the Society of Critical Care Medicine in 2019 and has published the results in the American Journal of Medicine. Most recently, Dr. Mitchell has played an active role in implementing the beta lactam allergy assessment program at the Memphis VA. This initiative includes interviewing patients to evaluate and clarify their allergies, in addition to bringing eligible patients to a pharmacist run outpatient skin testing clinic to potentially clear their allergy. Dr. Mitchell is in the process of collecting data to assess the impact on this innovative approach and is eager to share her results with the pharmacy community.
Alyssa Morgan, PharmD, was born and raised in Durham, North Carolina. She attended The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (go Heels!), where she received a BA in chemistry with a minor in Spanish for the health professions and African American studies. Dr. Morgan continued her education at UNC to complete her Doctor of Pharmacy degree. Currently, she is completing her PGY1 at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis, TN. Her current interests include hematology/oncology, infectious diseases in immunocompromised patients, and academia. After residency, Dr. Morgan hopes to obtain her BCPS and complete a PGY2 in hematology/oncology, to further her career goals.
Sneha Patel, PharmD, is currently a PGY1 pharmacy practice resident at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Dr. Patel received her Doctor of Pharmacy in May of 2019 from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Pharmacy in Memphis, TN. Her current interests include sedation and analgesia. Upon completion of her PGY1 pharmacy residency, Dr. Patel will be continuing her education as a PGY2 critical care pharmacy resident at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Lisa Piercey, MD, MBA, FAAP, was honored to join Governor Bill Lee’s cabinet upon his inauguration in January 2019, as the 14th commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Health. Preceding her public service, Dr. Piercey spent a decade in health systems operations, most recently as Executive Vice President of West Tennessee Healthcare, a public, not-for-profit health system with over 7,000 employees servicing 22 counties. Dr. Piercey is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics in both General Pediatrics and in the specialty field of Child Abuse Pediatrics. She has remained active in evaluating children for suspected abuse and neglect and serves in a volunteer capacity as Medical Director for the Madison County Child Advocacy Center and faculty member at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Professional awards include Senior Healthcare Executive of the Year (2016), Rural Healthcare Executive of the Year (2017), and the WestStar Make-a-Difference Award (2018). Dr. Piercey received her B.S. in Chemistry from Lipscomb University, her M.D. degree and Pediatrics residency training from East Tennessee State University Quillen College of Medicine, and her M.B.A. from Bethel University. Both Dr. Piercey and her husband, David, an industrial safety specialist, are west Tennessee natives and have four children. In her personal time, she enjoys cooking, traveling, drumming, and competing in triathlons.
Ali Roberts, PharmD, BCPS, is currently a Regional Medical Affairs Liaison at Puma Biotechnology, where she contributes to the development and implementation of medical education initiatives to support Nerlynx (neratinib), an oral kinase inhibitor approved in HER2+ breast cancer. Dr. Roberts completed her undergraduate degree from Middle Tennessee State University and her PharmD at Belmont University College of Pharmacy. Afterwards, she completed her Post-Graduate Pharmacy Residency at Memorial Hospital in Chattanooga, TN. Dr. Roberts began her career with Aegis Sciences, where she was instrumental in the launch of pharmacogenetic testing to pain and behavior health markets. Following her position with Aegis, she joined Guardant Health, as a Medical Science Liaison II, within Oncology. Dr. Roberts developed and fostered strong, collaborative working relationships with oncologists to promote and provide education on their novel diagnostic technologies in the somatic cancer setting. She collaborated with thoughts leaders within multiple NCI and NCCN academic institutions. During her tenure with Guardant, Dr. Roberts conducted research with Mayo Clinic, and these manuscripts were subsequently accepted by JCO PO and JGO. Additionally, she had abstracts accepted in 2018 and 2019 by ASCO, ASCO GI and ASCO GU. In her spare time, Dr. Roberts enjoys spending time with her husband, Zach, and their little boy, Sawyer (3). They stay busy with Sawyer and frequently travel or visit the Nashville Zoo. She enjoys watching terrible reality TV shows during her “alone” time, mostly the Real Housewives franchise.
Jessica Robinson, PharmD, is an Assistant Professor at East Tennessee State University (ETSU) Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy, where she serves as a community pharmacy practitioner in the Department of Pharmacy Practice. Robinson earned her PharmD at ETSU in 2017 before completing a Community Pharmacy Practice Research Fellowship at UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy and an Interprofessional Geriatrics Fellowship at UNC School of Medicine at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Robinson is the lead coach for the Greater Appalachian Transformation Effort, one of 20 teams across the United States selected to receive grant funding through Flip the Pharmacy, a community pharmacy practice transformation initiative funded by the Community Pharmacy Foundation. At Gatton, she works closely with local community pharmacy networks and a team of coaches across East Tennessee, Virginia and Western North Carolina to oversee implementation of practice transformation training in more than 100 community pharmacies. She is also partnering with faculty to implement Gatton’s Community Pharmacy Initiative, a three-year strategic plan to support community pharmacy practice, teaching and research across the region.
Adam Rodgers, PharmD, is a Divisional Professional Practice Leader for CVS Health. In this role on the Pharmacy Professional Services team, Dr. Rodgers is responsible for leading the professional practice of pharmacy within stores in the Southeast region. Previously serving as a pharmacy supervisor for CVS Health and Target, he was responsible for 28 Target pharmacies in Tennessee and Alabama. Dr. Rodgers has a long history of work in the community setting, previously serving as a Target Healthcare Business Partner, Target Executive Team Leader for Pharmacy, Walgreens Pharmacy Manager, and Walgreens Pharmacist. Dr. Rodgers received his pharmacy doctorate from the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy in 2002 and is a current member of TPA. He was appointed to the Tennessee Board of Pharmacy by Governor Haslam in the fall of 2017.
Alec Sain, PharmD, currently serves as the Tennessee Pharmacists Association’s Executive Fellow in Association Management and Health Policy. Originally from Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Dr. Sain completed his undergraduate prerequisites and earned his BS in Chemistry from Middle Tennessee State University. From there, he went on to earn his Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy in May 2019. Upon graduating, he was recognized by the United States Public Health Service for Excellence in Public Health Pharmacy Practice. In his role at TPA, Dr. Sain is involved with various pharmacy-based patient care projects, including those surrounding technician roles and workplace issues, as well as learning more about association management and the legislative process. In his free time, Dr. Sain enjoys golfing, cooking, and spending time with his friends and family. He is a current member of TPA and APhA.
Samarth Shah, PharmD, BCPS, received his Doctorate of Pharmacy from Union University College of Pharmacy in 2015. He completed a PGY1 at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis, TN, and then subsequently finished his PGY2 in Internal Medicine at Methodist University Hospital/University of Tennessee. Dr. Shah is a board-certified pharmacist who currently works as an internal medicine specialist at Methodist University Hospital, specializing in vascular neurology/stroke.
Mark Stephens, PharmD, BCPS, is a Professor and Assistant Dean for Experiential Education at the Union University College of Pharmacy in Jackson, Tennessee. Dr. Stephens is a founding faculty member and has served in his current role since the College began in 2008. Dr. Stephens is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy. He completed an ASHP-Accredited PGY1 residency at The Regional Medical Center at Memphis and joined their staff as a Clinical Pharmacist, where he spent thirteen years as an Ambulatory Care Specialist. Dr. Stephens has also served as the Director of Pharmacy and Disease Management for Memphis Managed Care and as the Director of Clinical Pharmacy for Ampharm Personal Pharmacy Care. He is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist. He also completed the AACP Academic Leadership Fellows Program and certification as a Tobacco Treatment Specialist.
Gabe Trahan is the Senior Director of Store Operations and Marketing for the National Community Pharmacists Association. In this role, he has worked with hundreds of community pharmacies of all sizes to help them improve their images and ultimately boost front-end profits. From conducting in-store and virtual consultations to presenting at educational workshops and writing extensively on front-end retailing, Trahan has established himself as the leading expert in effective and innovative front-end design and merchandising. Before joining NCPA in 2011, Trahan gained retail and wholesale experience in the drug store industry, working for Burlington Drug Company, a regional wholesaler, as the Director of Retail Services, and before that for City Drug Stores, a 14-store, independently owned chain of pharmacies. During that time, Trahan also worked as an independent consultant. Trahan has published many resources for pharmacy owners and front-end staff. He created the Store Report Card and the Retail Fairy Test to help store owners methodically work through their stores from the outside to the back room, looking for ways to improve sales. He is the author of the Daily Pharmacy Planning Guide, now in its third edition. He has also been quoted in periodicals such as Drug Store News, Pharmacy Times, and Elements magazine
Michael Veve, PharmD, MPH, is an assistant professor at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) College of Pharmacy, and an infectious diseases clinical pharmacy specialist at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville, TN. Dr. Veve received a PharmD at the Albany College of Pharmacy in Albany, New York, and completed a PGY-1 pharmacy practice residency at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan, as well as an infectious diseases pharmacotherapy fellowship at Wayne State University/Henry Ford Hospital, also in Detroit. He concomitantly earned his MPH at Wayne State University. Dr. Veve is an active infectious diseases researcher, and has been acknowledged for his work in understanding the epidemiology and management of multi-drug resistant organisms. He has received a teaching award at UTHSC’s College of Pharmacy, where he coordinates infectious diseases therapeutics. Dr. Veve maintains a practice in antimicrobial stewardship and is an active member of the Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists. His other professional interests include public health practice and access to care in underserved populations.
Heather Weese, PharmD, MSHI, BCPS, BCPPS, received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Eschelman School of Pharmacy. Upon graduation, Dr. Weese completed a pharmacy practice residency at Moses Cone Health System, and a pediatric pharmacy specialty residency at the University of Kentucky. She is a published author and has spoken at numerous regional and national meetings. Previously working as a pediatric and neonatal clinical pharmacy specialist, she now is the Senior Director of Pharmacy Services for Community Health Systems Professional Services Corporation. In this role, she manages large-scale pharmacy operations, clinical services, formulary, and purchasing budget. She recently received the Gita Wasan Patel Pharmacy Excellence Award, which recognizes HealthTrust members who have implemented and demonstrated best practices in pharmaceutical initiatives. Dr. Weese is a member of TPA, TSHP, ACHE, PPAG, ACCP, and ASHP.
Greg Young, PharmD, received his PharmD degree from the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy in 1988. Since that time, he has held pharmacy positions in community and hospital pharmacy, long-term care consulting, nuclear pharmacy, and now academics. He joined Lipscomb University’s College of Pharmacy in 2007 as a founding member of the leadership team and faculty that established Lipscomb’s College of Pharmacy. Dr. Young serves as Associate Dean for Experiential Education, as well as Assistant Professor in the Pharmacy Practice Department, and he has held these positions for the past 12 years. He serves as a preceptor for IPPE and APPE students, serves on multiple pharmacy committees (both locally and nationally), and serves in various teaching and support roles within the College.
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