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Denise Barker
BARKER, Denise

Denise Ellis Barker is a Pharmacy Practice Coordinator for Kroger Pharmacy in Nashville, Tennessee. She has worked in various positions for Kroger Pharmacy for the past 33 years. In her current role, she has been instrumental in directing Kroger Pharmacists to delivering advanced patient care services such as Medication Therapy Management, Biometric Health Screenings, and full service immunization services, as well as patient coaching services. Prior to her employment with Kroger Pharmacy, she worked at Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center in Memphis. She received her BS Pharmacy degree from the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy. Since her licensure, Dr. Barker has been an active member of TPA, where her involvement has extended across various leadership positions and committees. She serves as a current member of the TennCare Drug Utilization Review (DUR) Board and United Health Care Commercial Drug Utilization Board. She is a volunteer faculty member and preceptor for the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy, South College School of Pharmacy, and Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy. Dr. Barker served as president of ASP at the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy and received the TPA Young Pharmacist of the Year Award in 1986. Her APhA certifications include Immunization, Diabetes, and Medication Therapy Management. She and her husband, Les Barker, also a pharmacist, live in Hendersonville, TN. She has a son, Rob Leonard, a graduate of UT Knoxville College of Law.

Don Branam

Don Branam, PharmD, BCPS, FASHP, graduated from UT College of Pharmacy in 2001, and in 2002, he completed a post-graduate residency in pharmacy practice at the VA Medical Center in Memphis, TN. He is a Past-President for both TSHP and TPA, as well as a Fellow in ASHP. His current position is Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice at South College School of Pharmacy. His practice interests include antimicrobial stewardship and infectious diseases.

Samantha Boldin
BOLDIN, Samantha

Samantha Boldin, PharmD, is the Director of Patient Care Services at Belew Drug Family of Pharmacies in Knoxville, TN. She is a 2014 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy. Following completion of pharmacy school, she completed a Community Pharmacy Residency through the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy at Belew Drug.  Dr. Boldin’s areas of interest include transitions of care, MTM, and patient and student education.  She has been married to her husband, Tyler, for 9 years, and they have a two-year old daughter, Bailey.

John Brannon

John Brannon, PharmD Candidate, is a fourth-year pharmacy student from Nashville, TN who attends Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy. He is involved in multiple pharmacy organizations and has held leadership positions in various organizations. He was initiated into Rho Chi for his academic achievements and Phi Lambda Sigma for his student leadership last year. John has a strong interest in clinical pharmacy, especially in critical care and emergency medicine. This is John’s first time presenting.

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BRAY, Corey

Corey Bray, PharmD Candidate, is a final-year student pharmacist from LaFollette, TN who attends South College School of Pharmacy. Corey has served the past year as the Power to End Stroke Initiative chair for the Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA) chapter at South College School of Pharmacy. Corey is an active member of the Tennessee Pharmacists Association (TPA), the Rho Chi Society, the American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP), and Student Society of Health-System Pharmacy (SSHP), and he is a brother of the Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity.

Jennifer Byrd
BYRD, Jennifer

Jennifer S. Byrd, PharmD, BCACP, BC-ADM, received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in 2010. Her postgraduate training includes a residency with emphasis in Ambulatory Care at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Dr. Byrd has been an Assistant Professor at Union University College of Pharmacy (UUCOP) since 2011. She has been practicing as an Ambulatory Care Clinical Pharmacist at The Jackson Clinic since 2012. Her practice includes chronic disease state management, transitions of care, and comprehensive medication management under a collaborative practice agreement. Dr. Byrd is a Board Certified Ambulatory Care Specialist (BCACP). She teaches in the didactic curriculum at UUCOP and serves as an Ambulatory Care Preceptor for students on their advanced pharmacy practice experiences.

Micah Cost
COST, Micah

Micah Cost, PharmD, MS, works for members of the Tennessee Pharmacists Association (TPA) as the Executive Director. His educational training includes a bachelor’s degree from Lipscomb University, a Doctor of Pharmacy 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 Thompson’s Station, Tennessee with his wife, Kyle, and their family of furry pets.

Reginald Dilliard
DILLIARD, Reginald

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. He is currently serving a three-year member term on the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy® (NABP®) Executive Committee (representing District 3). As a member of NABP, Dr. Dilliard served on the Association’s 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, and the Committee on Constitution and Bylaws. 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.

Stephan Foster
FOSTER, Stephan

Stephan Foster, PharmD, FAPhA, retired as a Captain from the U.S. Public Health Service in 1998. As a strong advocate for the pharmacist’s role in public health, he has served as the APhA liaison representative on the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) since 2001. He is a national faculty and writer with APhA’s Pharmacy-based Immunization Certificate Training Program, has been a featured speaker and author in many immunization education programs, and has personally trained thousands of pharmacists and students as immunizers. Dr. Foster retired as a professor from the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy in 2016, however, he continues his consulting work in the area of vaccines.

Justin Gatwood

Justin Gatwood, PhD, MPH, has a research program that focuses on improving medication adherence and outcomes by optimizing pharmacist involvement in patient care. While at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), this has included analyzing veterans’ antidiabetic medication use for racial and regional variation in adherence and outcomes, testing tailored text messages to improve diabetes self-care activities among underserved African American adults with diabetes, and examining oral anticancer medication adherence and its initiation on chronic disease medication use. Currently, Dr. Gatwood’s work is focusing on improving herpes zoster and pneumococcal vaccination rates in community pharmacies by testing technology-assisted and communication-focused mechanisms among pharmacists. His team is also focused on better understanding adult vaccination and the social determinants that may influence this behavior. His research has been funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the State of Tennessee, the Community Pharmacy Foundation, the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), Merck, and GlaxoSmithKline. Dr. Gatwood has a BA in Economics from Cornell University, an MPH from Ohio State University, and a PhD in Social and Administrative Pharmacy from the University of Michigan. Prior to joining the UTHSC faculty, he worked in sales and marketing for Sanofi-Aventis and US Pharma, and in analytical consulting for Truven Health Analytics.

Andrew Lanier
LANIER, Andrew

Andrew Lanier, PharmD Candidate, is a rising third-year student pharmacist from Bruceton, TN who attends Belmont University College of Pharmacy. Andrew is currently serving as member-at-large for the Tennessee Society of Student Pharmacists (TSSP). He developed a Belmont Health Law Discussion, that was co-hosted by their local TSSP chapter and the Belmont Health Law Journal. He is also an active member in Kappa Psi and the American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP), where he currently holds the position of policy and advocacy chair. This is Andrew’s first time presenting.

Sara Layman

Sara Neil Layman, BS, PharmD, attended Decatur High School in Decatur, AL, and received a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from the University of the South in Sewanee, TN. She then went on to earn her PharmD from the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy. During pharmacy school, she served as PSGA President and was also an active member of APhA-ASP, Kappa Psi, Phi Lambda Sigma, and Rho Chi. After graduating from pharmacy school in 2017, she completed her PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at the Memphis Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) and is currently finishing her PGY-2 Pharmacy Residency in Ambulatory Care at the VAMC. Her main pharmacy interests include ambulatory care and transitions of care. During her free time, she enjoys exploring Memphis and trying new restaurants with her husband and friends, playing with her goldendoodle, visiting family, and traveling. After completion of her PGY-2 year, she looks forward to working as a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Memphis.

Bob Lobo

Bob Lobo, PharmD, BCPS, FCCP, completed residency training at the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy in 1989 after graduation from the University of Nebraska College of Pharmacy. Following his residency, Dr. Lobo joined the staff at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis, TN. During his tenure at Methodist, he provided clinical pharmacy services to adult inpatient psychiatric, geriatric, neurologic, and internal medicine patients. In addition, he served as a part-time faculty member at the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy. Dr. Lobo was Board Certified in Pharmacotherapy in 1993.  In 2008, he was recognized by the Tennessee Society of Health-System Pharmacists with the Distinguished Service award and elected Fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy. Also in 2008, he moved to Nashville, where he is Director, Clinical Programs, in the Department of Pharmaceutical Services at Vanderbilt University Hospital. In this role, Dr. Lobo is engaged in clinical program development, medication use policy, and oversight of educational programs for students, residents and staff.

Elizabeth Miller
MILLER, Elizabeth

Elizabeth Miller, PharmD, is the Vice President, U.S. Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs, for the United States Pharmacopeial Convention (USP). She leads USP’s strategic engagement and collaboration with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other domestic regulatory agencies and stakeholders. Dr. Miller returned to USP after nearly 10 years with the FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER)—where she most recently served as Director, Division of Nonprescription Drugs and Health Fraud, in the Office of Unapproved Drugs and Labeling Compliance. Prior to her FDA service, she spent nearly 10 years at USP, where her work focused on drug nomenclature, labeling, packaging, and patient safety standards to prevent medication errors and adverse events. Dr. Miller’s extensive experience in health care and medicines-related work also includes several years as a clinical pharmacist at the Washington Hospital Center in Washington DC. Dr. Miller earned her Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Johns Hopkins University, and her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy.

Jonathan MoodyMOODY, Jonathan

Jonathan Moody, PharmD Candidate, is a fourth-year student at Union University College of Pharmacy (UUCOP). He has been an active TSSP delegate and member since 2017. This is the third TPA Summer Meeting he has attended. Jonathan has held leadership positions in his class, as well as in the UUCOP chapters of the Student Society of Health-System Pharmacists and the Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group. He was inducted into Rho Chi last spring as a result of academic diligence during the didactic portion of his training. This is his second time presenting at a TPA event.

Brooklyn Nelson
NELSON, Brooklyn

Brooklyn Nelson, PharmD, BC-ADM, is from Terre Haute, IN and completed her pharmacy education at Purdue University College of Pharmacy. Upon graduation, she completed a PGY-1 focused in Ambulatory Care at Campbell University College of Pharmacy/Wilson Community Health Center in North Carolina, followed by a PGY-2 Ambulatory Care Residency at East Tennessee State University Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy. She now serves as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy’s Department of Pharmacy Practice at ETSU. Dr. Nelson also holds a Clinical Pharmacist position with Ballad Health Medical Associates in both Johnson City and Elizabethton, TN, where she has a collaborative practice agreement with six physicians and two nurse practitioners. Her areas of interest include transitions of care, practice reimbursement, and chronic disease state management. She is Board Certified in Advanced Diabetes Management and a member of ASHP and ACCP.


Robin Parker, PharmD, BCGP, attended the University of Mississippi, where she studied pre-pharmacy. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy in 2013. Dr. Parker has completed a community pharmacy residency and ambulatory care pharmacy residency through Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy and holds board certification as a geriatric pharmacist (BCGP). Since joining Lipscomb in 2015, she co-coordinates the drug literature evaluation course, as well as pharmacotherapy coursework focused in geriatrics. Most recently, Dr. Parker practiced at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in a transitions of care clinical trial aimed at reducing polypharmacy in the elderly.

Zac Renfro

Zac Renfro, PharmD, currently serves as the Senior Manager of Quality and Technology for Pharmacy Quality Solutions (PQS), the makers of the EQuIPP dashboard, an electronic quality improvement platform for health plans and pharmacies. In this role, his responsibilities include training, educating, and providing insights into medication-related performance metrics for pharmacies and pharmacy organizations to engage in quality-based patient care. Over the years, Dr. Renfro has served on the stakeholder advisory panel for the Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA), along with the measure development team for PQA. He is also actively involved with the American Pharmacists Association, primarily assisting with topics such as quality measure-based payment and how best to assist pharmacists in partnering with other members of the healthcare team to improve the overall quality of care. Dr. Renfro attended the University of Tennessee-Knoxville for his undergraduate studies and Belmont University College of Pharmacy for his PharmD. He then completed the Executive Residency in Association Management/Health Policy with the Tennessee Pharmacists Association. Following his residency, he joined GlaxoSmithKline as a Community Pharmacy Account Specialist, supporting community pharmacists regarding how best to educate their patients on respiratory products to improve patient adherence and health outcomes. He joined PQS in February 2015.

Shaun Rowe
ROWE, Shaun

A. Shaun Rowe, PharmD, MS, BCPS, BCCCP, FNCS, is an Associate Professor of Clinical Pharmacy and Translational Science at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Pharmacy, Knoxville Campus.  His practice is in the area of Neurocritical Care at the University of Tennessee Medical Center. Dr. Rowe has practiced in Trauma or Neurocritical Care since 2004. He received a Doctorate of Pharmacy degree from Campbell University School of Pharmacy in 2003 and a Master of Science degree from University of Tennessee Health Science Center in 2018.  He completed an ASHP – accredited Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Tennessee Medical Center from 2003 to 2004.  In 2005, Dr. Rowe received Board Certification from the Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties as a Pharmacotherapy Specialist, and in 2016, he received Board Certification in Critical Care Pharmacy.  In 2016, the Neurocritical Care Society awarded him the Fellow of Neurocritical Care designation.  Dr. Rowe is active in several professional organizations, including the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, Society of Critical Care Medicine, American College of Clinical Pharmacy, Neurocritical Care Society, Tennessee Pharmacists Association, and Tennessee Society of Health-System Pharmacists. Notably, he is a Past President of the Tennessee Society of Health System Pharmacists and has served as chair or co-chair of several committees at the national, state, and local level.  Dr. Rowe has given multiple national presentations, and he has authored several peer-reviewed publications and book chapters pertaining to the care of critically ill patients with acute neurological conditions. His research interests include population health, hematologic dysfunction secondary to neurologic injury, neurologic trauma, ischemic stroke, and interprofessional education.

Alex Schwaner

Alex is a rising third-year student pharmacist from Franklin, TN who attends the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy. Alex served as Member-at-Large for the Tennessee Society of Student Pharmacists (TSSP) this past year and is currently serving a second year in the same position. He is an active member in both Kappa Psi and the American Pharmacists Association – Academy of Student Pharmacist (APhA-ASP). He was recently inducted into Phi Lambda Sigma due to holding leadership positions in both organizations. This is Alex’s first time presenting and his second time attending TPA Summer Meeting.

Rebecca Snead
SNEAD, Rebecca

Rebecca Snead, RPh, is the Executive Vice President and CEO of the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations (NASPA), an organization dedicated to enhancing the success of state pharmacy associations in their efforts to advance the profession of pharmacy. Prior to assuming this position, she was the Executive Director of the Virginia Pharmacists Association for over a decade. Her pharmacy practice, prior to transitioning into association management, was focused on serving to improve outcomes for seniors and individuals with chronic disease. Dr. Snead is also the Secretary/Treasurer for the Alliance for Patient Medication Safety Pharmacy (APMS), a non-profit supporting entity to NASPA. In addition, she serves on many national boards and alliances focused on advancing the profession of pharmacy and has been recognized both at the state and national level for her contributions to the profession of pharmacy.

Jeanne Sun
SUN, Jeanne

Jeanne Sun, PharmD, JD, is a Manager and Scientific Liaison at the United States Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) in Rockville, MD. In this position, she is responsible for coordinating the volunteer efforts of the Compounding Expert Committee in the development and revision of standards for nonsterile, sterile, and veterinary compounding, as well as for handling hazardous drugs. Dr. Sun also works with analytical laboratories in the development and validation of stability-indicating methods to establish beyond-use dates for extemporaneous preparations that get published in the USP-NF. She assists in outreach efforts to inform stakeholders of new standards development related to compounding. Prior to joining USP, Dr. Sun held various positions, including Research Associate for Advancis Pharmaceuticals and Biological Aid for the United States Department of Agriculture. She has over 10 years of experience in a community pharmacy and has received certification for immunization delivery. Dr. Sun earned a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from the University of Maryland, College Park, a PharmD from the University of Maryland Baltimore School of Pharmacy, and a JD from Georgetown University Law Center.

Jimmy Torr
TORR, Jimmy

James Torr, PharmD, MS, is an Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN. He received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center – College of Pharmacy in 2006 and his Master of Science in Medical and Healthcare Simulation (MSMS) through Drexel University in 2018. He completed a Community Pharmacy Residency through the University of Tennessee and Reeves-Sain Drug Store in Murfreesboro, TN in 2010 and a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Accounting from Lipscomb University in 2001. Dr. Torr has completed additional compounding training in sterile and non-sterile compounding through the American College of Apothecaries (ACA), Professional Compounding Centers of America (PCCA), and the United States Pharmacopeia (USP). Prior to entering academia, he practiced independent and chain community pharmacy. His teaching responsibilities include sterile and non-sterile pharmacy compounding, pharmacy calculations, self-care, immunizations, and patient assessment with an emphasis on the use of simulation-based education. In 2009 the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) recognized him through their One-to-One Patient Counseling Program.  Dr. Torr served as a consultant to the Tennessee Board of Pharmacy in 2012–2013 when revising their rules and regulations related to sterile compounding. He has developed and implemented training programs, delivered invited lectures, and authored book chapters on pharmacy compounding. Since 2015, he has served as Treasurer and on the Board of Directors for the Tennessee Pharmacists Association (TPA).

James Wheeler

James Wheeler, PharmD, BCPS, is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Pharmacy and Translational Science at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Knoxville campus. He received his BS in 2007 from the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, and his PharmD from the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy in 2011. He completed a Pharmacotherapy Residency at the UT Medical Center in Knoxville from 2011 to 2013. Following residency, Dr. Wheeler spent 2 years on the faculty at Wingate University School of Pharmacy in Charlotte, NC, then in July 2015, joined the UT College of Pharmacy faculty. He teaches the drug information course for PharmD students and directs continuing education activities for pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and other healthcare professionals.

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