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Katelyn Alexander

Katelyn M. Alexander, PharmD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice at East Tennessee State University (ETSU) Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy and began her current role as Interim Director of the Office of Experiential Education in Summer 2021. She received her PharmD from The Ohio State University (2011) and completed a PGY1 community-based pharmacy residency at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy. She is in her nineth year at the Gatton College of Pharmacy, joining the faculty in August 2012. In addition to other teaching, Dr. Alexander coordinates the longitudinal IPPE courses that fall within the didactic curriculum and serves as a facilitator in the interprofessional education experience. Dr. Alexander has sustained service within the College’s Experiential Education Committee and maintains a high degree of service at the local, state, and national levels, particularly within APhA and AACP. From 2017-2020, Dr. Alexander served as the program director of ETSU’s PGY1 community-based residency program. She enjoys interacting with students and preceptors, and enjoys managing highly detailed, complex projects

Tuqa Alkhateeb

Tuqa Alkhateeb, PharmD, MS, PhD, is the inaugural critical care pharmacy fellow doing ICU clinical research at the Critical Illness, Brain Dysfunction, and Survivorship (CIBS) Center at Vanderbilt University Medical Center along with teaching activities at Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. In 2015, she earned her 5-year Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy (honors with Distinction) from the University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates. Shortly after, she obtained her Doctor of Pharmacy and became a U.S. licensed pharmacist after completing her pharmacy equivalency in Tennessee. Her research interest led her to pursue her Masters of Science and subsequently her Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Sciences with a concentration in immunology from East Tennessee State University in 2020. Dr. Alkhateeb was recently awarded the Star Research Achievement Award from the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) at the 2020 Critical Care Congress. She is a Member At Large at ACCP National Resident/Fellow Advisory Committee and is a Senior Charge Lead in the Membership Committee of the Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmacology (CPP) section at SCCM. Her research interests include sepsis immunology, effects of medications on immune response in ICU patients, managing and preventing delirium, and long-term ICU outcomes.

Hillary Blackburn

Hillary Blackburn, PharmD, MBA, is a clinically and business trained pharmacist who has been practicing for almost a decade in a variety of healthcare settings. She has experience in healthcare strategy, business development, formulary development and management, consulting, and establishing successful medication access programs. In her current role, she serves as the Director of Pharmaceutical Services at Dispensary of Hope, a national non-profit medication distributor hosted by Ascension, where she oversees the formulary, leads research initiatives, and manages the network of strategic advisors on Dispensary of Hope’s Pharmacy Advisory Council. Dr. Blackburn was selected to serve in a national leadership position on the American Pharmacists Association’s (APhA) – APPM Executive Committee for 2021-2022. Additionally, she serves as Co-Chair for the Advocacy Committee for APhA’s Care of the Underserved Special Interest Group and as a member of the Membership Engagement and Legislative and Policy committees for the Tennessee Pharmacist Association. Dr. Blackburn also precepts Belmont University College of Pharmacy student pharmacists and serves on the Dean’s External Advisory Committee. She is a graduate of the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy and completed a PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Dr. Blackburn is passionate about promoting the pharmacy profession and delivering expert patient care, leading her to found the Pharmacy Advisory Group, which provides pharmacy expertise in consulting and education. Her popular podcast, Talk to Your Pharmacist, has over 170 episodes highlighting successful pharmacy leaders and sharing about current healthcare trends. In 2012, Dr. Blackburn returned to her Tennessee roots and met her wonderful husband, Chad, in Nashville, where she enjoys staying involved in her community through volunteering, living an active lifestyle, traveling, spending time with friends and family, and welcoming their baby girl in August 2020.

Richard Breeden
BREEDEN, Richard

Richard Breeden, PharmD, BCNSP, BCPS, is an Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice and the Assistant Dean of Student Services and Experiential Education for South College School of Pharmacy. He is a graduate of Mercer University Southern School of Pharmacy, where he earned his PharmD degree in 1993. His background includes clinical pharmacy training and practice in the areas of critical care and nutrition support, with board certification in both pharmacotherapy and nutrition support. He served as residency program director for both community and pharmacy practice programs in the past. He currently teaches clinical nutrition courses in the pharmacotherapy curriculum, in addition to his role as Assistant Dean. He was recently appointed to the Tennessee Board of Pharmacy by Governor Bill Lee, to serve as a member for the term of 2019-2025.

Courtney Butterfass

Courtney Butterfass, PharmD, completed her Doctor of Pharmacy at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy. She is currently a PGY1 Pharmacy Resident at the Memphis VA Medical Center. She plans to complete a PGY2 in Internal Medicine at the Memphis VA.

Kacie Clark
CLARK, Kacie

Kacie Clark, PharmD, BCCCP, currently works as an emergency medicine clinical pharmacy specialist at Methodist University in Memphis, TN. She completed her PharmD at the University of Florida College of Pharmacy in 2016. After completion of pharmacy school, Kacie completed her PGY1 pharmacy residency at Baptist Health Jacksonville in Jacksonville, FL and her PGY2 Critical Care residency at Advent Health Orlando in Orlando, FL. In addition to being board certified in Critical Care, she is an active preceptor for pharmacy students, PGY1 and PGY2 residents at Methodist for the Emergency Medicine rotation. Dr. Clark also is an assistant professor with the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy, serving as a lecturer for both the Emergency Medicine and Toxicology electives.

Angela Clauson

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. She then completed a PGY-1 residency with an emphasis in ambulatory care and psychiatric pharmacy at Shawnee Mission Medical Center in Shawnee Mission, Kansas. After completing her residency, she became clinical coordinator at Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. 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, Florida, where she developed an Ambulatory Care Practice site at the West Palm Beach Community Health Center. She later became the Director of Experiential Education at Palm Beach Atlantic University. In her current role as 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.

Catherine Crill
CRILL, Catherine

Catherin 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, Tennessee. 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.

Will Cromer

Will Cromer, MBA, is Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Tennessee Hospital Association, prior to which, he most recently worked at a venture capital firm in Nashville that focuses on launching tech-enabled healthcare service companies. Previously, he served as deputy director and chief of staff at the Division of TennCare, where he assisted now THA CEO Dr. Wendy Long in managing and driving the priorities of the $12 billion Medicaid agency. Prior to TennCare, Cromer served as Governor Bill Haslam’s special assistant for strategy and policy director. In this role, he led the development and implementation of Haslam’s policy agenda and served as a key advisor and member of the governor’s senior team. Cromer developed legislation, oversaw strategic initiatives, assisted with budget development and served as a liaison to various state agencies and stakeholders, including TennCare and other healthcare-related agencies and organizations. Before state government, he was a senior member of Haslam’s successful gubernatorial campaign and spent time in public policy roles in Nashville and Washington, D.C. Cromer received a Master of Business Administration degree from Vanderbilt University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Belmont University.

Tyler Dougherty

Tyler Dougherty, BA, PharmD, BCACP, received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Biochemistry from Maryville College in 2011, and subsequently went on to receive his Doctorate of Pharmacy from the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy in 2015. He then completed a post graduate residency with the Kroger Company and South College School of Pharmacy, where he focused on new community pharmacy services, research on medication adherence, and educating pharmacy students.
Currently, Dr. Dougherty holds a dual position with Clinton Drug Store and South College School of Pharmacy as a Clinical Community Pharmacist and Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice. He precepts South College pharmacy students and teaches about immunizations, point-of-care testing, medication adherence, new reimbursement models, and pharmacy law. Along with his students, they meet with patients one-on-one to help optimize medication regimens, perform house calls, and set up immunization clinics. Dr. Dougherty lives in Knoxville, TN with his wife Stacie and two children Xavier and Peyton.

Azur Eckley

Azur Eckley, PharmD, BCPS, is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy. She completed her PGY-1 training at Tennessee Valley Healthcare System (TVHS) VA and stayed with TVHS to pursue specialty training as a PGY-2 in Ambulatory Care. During her time as a PGY-1, Dr. Eckley was able to give back to her residency program by creating the Resident Resiliency Committee that will continue as a functional component of the program even after her graduation. As a PGY-2, she was able to create a long-term, transitions-of-care bone marrow transplant clinic as an addition to the transplant service at TVHS. More recently, Dr. Eckley has pushed herself clinically by obtaining Board Certification as a Pharmacotherapy Specialist. She is passionate about giving back to the pharmacy profession and is excited to pursue her career as a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist.

Meagan Frazier

Meagan Frazier, Esq., is a Dickson County native and has a solid reputation for her hard work on hospital, health care, business, and transportation issues. She is well known for her knowledge of the Tennessee General Assembly’s rules and procedures, as well as her relationships within all three branches of state government. A licensed attorney, Frazier graduated from the Nashville School of Law after earning a B.S. in Public Relations at Middle Tennessee State University. She arrived on Capitol Hill in 2001, by working for the Tennessee House of Representatives and the state Treasury Department. Frazier joined Harris Frazier Government Relations in 2003 and became a partner in 2008. She is married and has three young daughters. Frazier and her husband are members of the Walnut Street Church of Christ in Dickson.

Wes Geminn
GEMINN, Wesley

Wesley L. Geminn, PharmD, BCCP, earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Memphis and is a 2011 graduate of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Pharmacy. Following graduation, Dr. Geminn trained for a year in the PGY-1 Managed Care/Mental Health Pharmacy Residency Program at the UTHSC College of Pharmacy/Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services in Nashville, TN. He also received his Healthcare Informatics and Information Management Certificate in 2018 through the UTHSC College of Pharmacy and is board certified in psychiatric pharmacy. Since 2015, Dr. Geminn has served as the Chief Pharmacist and State Opioid Treatment Authority for the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. In December 2021, he accepted an appointment to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Center for Substance Abuse Treatment National Advisory Council. He will be serving on a national panel on addiction treatment over the next four years.  During his career, Dr. Geminn has chaired many committees and has held various professional offices. He has also authored publications and presented many posters at various state and national conferences and meetings. Dr. Geminn currently resides in Castalian Springs, TN and enjoys spending time with his wonderful wife Anna and two daughters, playing games and watching movies. He is also an avid reader and often listens to true crime stories.

Elisa Greene

Elisa Greene, PharmD, BCACP, is an Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Belmont University College of Pharmacy, where she practices in the area of Ambulatory Care. She earned her B.S. from Auburn University and PharmD from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, then completed an ASHP–accredited Pharmacy Practice residency with an emphasis in Ambulatory Care and a Teaching Certificate program at Palm Beach Atlantic University. In her current role, she teaches in the classroom throughout the curriculum in Pathophysiology & Therapeutics and Pharmaceutical Care sequences. Additionally, she provides clinical pharmacy services and experiential student training at Siloam Health, a faith-based nonprofit that provides medical care for the underserved, community health for marginalized immigrant populations, and student education for the next generation of health care providers. In addition to a passion for providing accessible financial education for pharmacists and other healthcare professionals, her practice and research interests include interdisciplinary collaboration with medical interpreters, cross-cultural care provision, and quality improvement, where she often collaborates with student investigators. She serves on the Board of Directors for Immunize.org and was honored by the Nashville Business Journal as a 2022 Women of Influence recipient in the category of Inspiration/Mentor. Other honors include participating in the Child Family Health International Global Health Immersion Program in Tropical Medicine and Community Health, being a finalist for the Frist Foundation Salute to Excellence Team Building Award, and receiving the Tennessee Pharmacists Association Distinguished Young Pharmacist Award.

Nathan Greene
GREENE, Nathan

Nathan Greene, CFP®, is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ with more than a decade’s experience in the financial services industry. He runs his own financial planning practice – Cairn Financial Group – with the sole purpose of empowering wealth success in his clients’ lives, no matter their definition of “wealth,” and through that experience has seen first-hand the toll that lack of financial-preparedness can take on healthcare professionals, especially in (but not limited to) early stages of their careers. As such, he also co-founded Cairn Education Group with the hope of extending what he does on a personal level (with clients of his financial planning firm) to the entire healthcare industry. Greene is a graduate of Auburn University and is a regular teacher, speaker, and commentator on financial matters and was recently named one of Nashville’s Top 40 under 40 by Nashville Business Journal. He is a leading educator in the industry who has served in local and national leadership positions, taught CFP® education at Belmont University, is currently teaching CFP® requirements at Lipscomb University, and coordinates/teaches the Personal Financial Planning course at the UTHSC College of Pharmacy. He has met the extensive experience, education, ethics, and training requirements of the CFP Board of Standards required to hold the prestigious CFP® certification. In addition to being passionate about facilitating personal-financial excellence (through education and directly with clients), Greene is an avid outdoorsman and a retired endurance athlete. If he’s not in the classroom or office, you’re likely to find him off the beaten path with his dog in an obscure corner of your favorite wilderness.

Terry Grinder

Terry Grinder, DPh, began working in an independent pharmacy as a teenager. He has owned and worked in independent pharmacies for many years, in addition to working in hospitals and nursing homes. Dr. Grinder has also managed chain pharmacies, eventually becoming a district manager for parts of Tennessee, Alabama and Mississippi. He has been an investigator for the Board of Pharmacy (BOP) since 2004, working closely with DEA, FDA and law enforcement agents. Since 2004, he has served four terms as acting Executive Director of the BOP.

Paige Gundrum

Paige Gundrum, PharmD, is currently a PGY-2 ambulatory care pharmacy resident at Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Pharmacy with her Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2020 and completed her PGY-1 pharmacy practice residency at Ascension Saint Thomas Rutherford in Murfreesboro, TN in 2021. Currently, her primary practice site is with Maury Regional Medical Group at a FQHC primary care clinic in Columbia, TN. In addition to clinical practice, she also precepts APPE students, provides didactic lectures at Lipscomb University, and assists with student labs. Her professional interest areas include chronic disease state management for diabetes, hypertension, and heart failure.

Tracy Hagemann

Tracy M. Hagemann, PharmD, FCCP, FPPA, is Professor and Associate Dean-Nashville, at the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy. She received her PharmD degree from UMKC, completed a pharmacy practice residency at Regional One Health in Memphis and a pediatric pharmacotherapy residency at the University of Oklahoma. She has practiced in acute care pediatrics specializing in pediatric hematology/oncology. Prior to coming to Tennessee, she was Professor and Director of Clinical Affairs at the University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy. Dr. Hagemann was the residency program director for the PGY2 Pediatric Residency at OU Medical Center for 12 years. In addition to authoring over 70 journal articles and 30 book chapters, she is co-editor of Pediatric Injectable Drugs: The Teddy Bear Book. She has served on many state and national committees and organizations championing pediatric pharmacotherapy, including a term on the Board of Directors for the Pediatric Pharmacy Association (PPA) and the Board of Regents for the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP). She is a past president of the Oklahoma Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists and was named Pharmacist of the Year in Oklahoma in 2008. Dr. Hagemann is a Fellow of ACCP and PPA and an alumnus of the AACP Academic Leadership Fellows Program.

Amy Ham
HAM, Amy

Amy Ham, PhD, received her PhD in Pharmacology and Toxicology at the University of Arizona and did a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Currently she is an Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical, Social and Administrative Science at Belmont University College of Pharmacy in Nashville, TN, where she teaches pharmacogenomics and precision medicine to pharmacy students. She began teaching at Belmont University in 2012 after spending 9 years at Vanderbilt University doing research in Proteomics and Cancer, where she still holds adjunct appointments in the School of Medicine and the Department of Chemistry. Her research at Vanderbilt focused on using proteomics to find protein biomarkers for precancer detection, therapy prediction and guidance. Her current research interests are in the development of protein biomarkers for cancer and cancer therapy resistance utilizing proteomics. Dr. Ham has authored many peer-reviewed manuscripts, presented posters/platforms at a variety of national and international conferences in the areas of toxicology, proteomics, and cancer and has authored a chapter of a book on Pharmacogenomics. She has given multiple talks/continuing education courses on pharmacogenomics and has been an active member of the American Academy of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Pharmacogenomics Special Interest Group.

Eric Hartkopf

Eric Hartkopf, PharmD, received his Doctor of Pharmacy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2009. For the last 10 years, Dr. Hartkopf has worked as a pharmacist analyst for PAAS National®, a company that assists community pharmacies with third-party insurance audits as well as Fraud, Waste & Abuse and HIPAA compliance. Prior to joining PAAS, he obtained experience as a pharmacist in chain, independent and LTC pharmacy settings. His current responsibilities include providing direct assistance to member pharmacies to prepare for and respond to audits, developing tools & resources to support accurate billing of prescription claims, and reviewing PBM contracts for PAAS members. Dr. Hartkopf has personally assisted pharmacies with more than 7,500 audits and helped members save millions of dollars. For 29 years PAAS National® is the industry-leading advocate and defender of community pharmacies fighting for fair audit treatment.

Rachel Kile
KILE, Rachel

Rachel Kile, PharmD, BCPS, is from Hixson, TN, and is the Market Pharmacy Clinical Manager for CHI Memorial’s Tennessee and Georgia campuses. She provides vision and strategy for clinical program development and prepares content for Pharmacy & Therapeutics committee meetings both regionally and nationally for CommonSpirit Health. She serves as the preceptor for the Drug Information learning experience for the PGY1 pharmacy residency program. Dr. Kile earned her Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Marketing from The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 2009 and graduated from The University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy in 2013 with high honors. She completed a PGY1 pharmacy residency at CHI Memorial in 2014, where she remained as a clinical pharmacist and served as a residency preceptor as well as the anticoagulation team lead. Dr. Kile has remained an active member with TPA and TSHP since 2009. She has been married to her husband, Jason, for 11 years and they enjoy traveling and fitness. She currently serves as the president of the Chattanooga Area Pharmacists Society and has been an active member since 2013. She is a volunteer and immediate past board member for the Pet Placement Center in Red Bank, TN.

Ron Kirkland

Ronald H. (Ron) Kirkland, MD ,MBA, retired from The Jackson Clinic, at the end of 2015, a multispecialty group practice where he practiced Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery for 31 years. He served on the Board of Directors of The Jackson Clinic for 10 years, 5 of those years as Chairman. He has also had active leadership roles in local political, business, educational, medical, community non-profit, and religious organizations, including President of the Jackson Rotary Club and President of The University of Tennessee National Alumni Association. Twice he has served as chairman of the deacons at his church. Dr Kirkland is a member of the American Medical Association, the Tennessee Medical Association, and the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. He served as a U.S. Army counterintelligence agent in Vietnam from 1970 until 1971, during which time he graduated in absentia from the University of Tennessee at Martin. In 1977, he received his medical degree from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, where he received the Distinguished Service Award. In 1982, Dr. Kirkland completed his residency in Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) in Memphis, and he has been certified by The American Board of Otolaryngology since 1982. Dr. Kirkland subsequently earned his MBA from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 2009. He was an unsuccessful candidate for Congress in 2010. Dr. Kirkland has been honored by UT Martin with its Chancellor’s Award for University Service, and by the UT College of Medicine with an Outstanding Alumnus Award. Dr. Kirkland was also honored by Tennessee AAU Girls’ Basketball as “Volunteer of the Year”. He has served as Chairman of the UTM Development Committee and has served on the UT Athletic Board, the UT Development Council, and the UT President’s Council. Dr. Kirkland was Chairman of the Board of the American Medical Group Association and subsequently was Chairman of the Board of the AMGA Foundation. For ten years he served as the AMGA delegate to the American Medical Association. In 2016, he was honored with a Legacy Award from AMGA. Today he is on the boards of Aspell Recovery Center, the Jackson Rotary Club, and the Tennessee Medical Association, where he serves as President. Dr. Kirkland and his wife, Carol, have four children and eight grandchildren.

Ray McIntire

Ray McIntire, DPh, is the Director of Pharmacy Operations for the Bureau of TennCare. He has been working with the TennCare Pharmacy Program since August of 2009, and prior to his tenure he worked in the Pharmacy Benefits Management industry, most recently as the Manager of Clinical Services for RESTAT, and the Director of Sales and Marketing for Serve You Prescription Services. From 1981 – 2000 he was working in Community Pharmacy as a Pharmacy Manager, Pharmacy District Manager and Pharmacy Key Account Manager for Kmart Corporation. Dr. McIntire received a B.S. degree in Pharmacy from the University of Louisiana at Monroe, is a member of the American Drug Utilization Review Society, and has practiced Community Pharmacy in Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin and Michigan.

Jillian Morgan
MORGAN, Jillian

Jillian Morgan, PharmD, completed her Doctor of Pharmacy at Belmont University College of Pharmacy here in Nashville, TN. She is currently a PGY1 Pharmacy Resident at the Memphis VA Medical Center. She plans to complete a PGY2 in Ambulatory Care at the Memphis VA.

Lindsay Orton
ORTON, Lindsay

Dr. Orton is a clinical pharmacist practicing in Adult Stem Cell Transplant and Cellular Therapy. She received her Doctorate of Pharmacy from West Virginia University School of Pharmacy in 2019. She then completed both her Pharmacy Practice Residency and Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Practice Residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, after which she transitioned into her current position. In addition to patient care responsibilities at Vanderbilt, she serves as the stem cell transplant pharmacy representative on the Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy and Therapeutics subcommittee.

Jay Phipps

Jay Phipps, PharmD, FAVCP, has served as the President and CEO of Phipps Pharmacy since 2004, which has now expanded to four locations in West Tennessee. Dr. Phipps is also the current TPA President-Elect. He graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy before completing a Drug Information and Pharmacotherapy Residency at the University of Tennessee Drug Information Center. In 1998, Dr. Phipps served as the first national APhA-ASP President from Tennessee and the first student voting member of the APhA Board of Trustees. Throughout his career, he has been actively involved in numerous professional associations, including TPA, APhA, NCPA, ACA, ACVP, WTPA, and Kappa Psi. He is also actively involved in his community and currently serves as the Commissioner of Carrol County, Tennessee, and is on the McKenzie Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, where he serves as Secretary/Treasurer.  Dr. Phipps’ commitment to his community is not only seen by his active involvement, but also by the expansion of pharmacy services that are offered to the patients he serves. 

Traci Poole
POOLE, Traci

Traci Poole, PharmD, BCACP, BCGP, is a 2009 graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy in Richmond, VA. Upon graduation, Dr. Poole completed an ASHP/APhA-accredited pharmacy practice residency with an emphasis in community care at VCU School of Pharmacy and Kmart Pharmacy. Immediately after residency, she joined the faculty of Belmont University College of Pharmacy in August 2010. Dr. Poole is board certified as an ambulatory care and geriatric pharmacist with a primary practice focus of developing clinical services within the community setting and innovative health care models. She has an established practice site at Riverside Village Pharmacy, an independent community pharmacy located in East Nashville, where she is also the Director of Clinical Services.

Anthony Pudlo
PUDLO, Anthony

Anthony Pudlo, PharmD, MBA, graduated from Drake University in 2007, and completed the University of North Carolina (UNC) community pharmacy residency in Chapel Hill, NC. He has served as a clinical coordinator and regional clinical manager with Kerr Health in Asheville, NC, where he worked directly with patients and physicians to prevent and treat chronic diseases. Prior to his current role, Dr. Pudlo had served as vice president of professional affairs at the Iowa Pharmacy Association for almost ten years. In this role, he provided clinical resources to pharmacists across Iowa and served as liaison to state agencies and healthcare organizations to promote safe and effective medication use. In August 2021, Dr. Pudlo started in his current role as Executive Director of the Tennessee Pharmacists Association. In this role, he leads an organization that advances, protects, and promotes high-quality pharmacist-provided patient care in the state of Tennessee.

Jessica Robinson

Jessica M. Robinson, PharmD, is Assistant Professor at the Gatton College of Pharmacy, East Tennessee State University (ETSU). She earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at ETSU prior to pursuing post-graduate training at the University of North Carolina, where she completed the Community Pharmacy Practice Research Fellowship at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy and the Interprofessional Geriatrics Fellowship at the Center for Aging and Health at the UNC School of Medicine. Dr. 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 the Community Pharmacy Foundation to administer the Flip the Pharmacy® initiative. In this role, 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 in South Central Appalachia. Dr. Robinson is the lead network facilitator for the Community Pharmacy Enhanced Services Network (CPESN®USA) in Tennessee, a clinically-integrated network of community pharmacies that provide enhanced pharmacy services across the state. She is also the president of the First District Pharmacists Association, which sponsors continuing education and networking programming throughout Northeast Tennessee. At Gatton, she teaches topics relating to the expansion of community pharmacy clinical services. She is a preceptor for Gatton’s Practice Transformation APPE, as well as for the community pharmacy residency program. Her areas of interest include community pharmacy practice and management, rural health, and interprofessional geriatrics care.

Jesse Samples

Jesse Samples, MBA, has over 35 years of health care experience with over 25 years dedicated to long-term care. Mr. Samples has a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of West Virginia College of Graduate Studies and has a Bachelor’s of Science degree from West Virginia State College. His diversified experience includes government relations, business development, financial management, regulatory compliance, strategic planning, operational reviews and reimbursement. As the Executive Director of the Tennessee Health Care Association (THCA), he also has ultimate responsibility for the oversight of the Tennessee Center for Assisted Living (TNCAL). Mr. Samples is responsible for assuring that both organizations achieve their missions, goals and objectives through various planned activities, initiatives and programs. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the American Health Care Association (AHCA) and is president of ASHCAE, the organization representing the CEOs of all state associations of AHCA. Prior to THCA, Mr. Samples served as the Chief Executive Officer of the West Virginia Health Care Association (WVHCA) from 2003 to 2010 and as the Director of Government Relations from 1993 to 1999. He is a former Chair of the West Virginia Medical Services Fund Advisory Council that provides the Medicaid agency with input on issues related to payment and policy. Mr. Samples served four years as Vice President of Planning and Development for American Medical Facilities Management, Inc., a company that owned and operated eleven SNFs. His other health care experience includes serving as a health care consultant for a large public accounting firm and board chair for a hospice organization. Mr. Samples began his career working in various areas of financial services for the Charleston Area Medical Center from 1983 to 1989.

Lucy Shell

Lucy A. Shell, PharmD, recently began as the Executive Director of the Tennessee Board of Pharmacy. Originally from Hopkinsville, Kentucky, Dr. Shell earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy at East Tennessee State University and served as Tennessee Pharmacists Association’s (TPA) Executive Resident in Association Management and Health Policy. For the past seven years, she has served as TPA’s Director of Pharmacy Practice Initiatives, including a term as Interim Executive Director. Dr. Shell has led numerous grant, practice, and education initiatives, leading to publications and the development of training materials for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. She has not only authored chapters on pharmacy law in publications released for student pharmacists and foreign pharmacy graduates, Dr. Shell also updated the Association’s publication, Tennessee Handbook on Pharmacy & Drug Law, an annual compilation of applicable state and federal law for pharmacy professionals. In addition, she worked in the community chain environment for five years as a floater pharmacist. She is a current member of multiple state and national pharmacy organizations. Dr. Shell currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee, with her husband, Eric Shell, a fellow pharmacist.

Mark Stephens

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.

Kyle Swift

Kyle Swift, PharmD, is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy. After residency training, he spent several years in clinical practice as a critical care pharmacist. Subsequently, Dr. Swift transitioned to the pharmaceutical industry and has over 20 years of experience in field-based medical roles. His area of concentration is cardiology, including anticoagulation, arrhythmias, and hyperlipidemia.

Brad Tice
TICE, Brad

Brad Tice, PharmD, MBA, FAPhA, is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of RxGenomix. Dr. Tice received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1994 and PharmD in 1996 from the University of Kansas. He also earned an MBA from the Vanderbilt University Owen School of Management in 2012. His career has spanned the pharmacy spectrum, working with independent, chain and hospital pharmacies through Cardinal Health and Humana; with entrepreneurial start-ups through PharmMD, Aspen RxHealth, and others; with community pharmacy practice through Osco Drug; and with academia through Drake University. Over his career, he has been focused on advancing the profession of pharmacy through pharmacist clinical services and getting pharmacists paid to deliver clinical services. He has served numerous positions across the profession, including serving as president of the American Pharmacists Association from 2019-2020. 

Jasmin Valentin

Jasmin Valentin, PharmD, is the clinical pharmacist at Gibbs Pharmacy. She is originally from Puerto Rico and completed her pharmacy degree at the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy. Dr. Valentin is passionate about clinical services and finding innovative avenues to practice at the top of her license. During her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, hiking and photography.

Drew Wells

Drew Wells, PharmD, BCPS, is a Tennessee native and resided in Jackson, TN until he moved to Memphis in 2021. He graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree from Union University before receiving his Doctor of Pharmacy with Highest Honors in 2020 from Union University College of Pharmacy. He completed the PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Methodist University Hospital (MUH) in Memphis, TN. Currently, he is completing a PGY2 Internal Medicine Pharmacy Residency with the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) College of Pharmacy. In addition to his residency activities, Dr. Wells serves as a Clinical Instructor for the UTHSC College of Pharmacy, in which he precepts third- and fourth-year pharmacy students and facilitates Applied Therapeutics as well as an Intro to Patient Care course. His areas of interest include antimicrobial stewardship, hepatology, and pain and palliative care. In his free time, Dr. Wells enjoys spending time with his family and being on the golf course.

Kelsea Woolfolk

Kelsea Woolfolk, PharmD, BCPS, is currently a PGY2 Ambulatory Care Resident with Ascension Saint Thomas. Dr. Woolfolk attended pharmacy school at Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy in Nashville, TN. After graduation, she completed PGY1 residency training at Ascension Saint Thomas Rutherford in her hometown of Murfreesboro, TN. While in her second year of residency, Dr. Woolfolk earned her Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (BCPS) certificate and plans to pursue Board Certified Ambulatory Care Pharmacist (BCACP) upon completion of her PGY2 year. Additionally, Dr. Woolfolk is passionate about serving underserved populations. She was very active in medical missions in her time at Lipscomb University and is currently working with rural patients at her resident managed pharmacotherapy clinic.

Greg Young

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.

February 25-28, 2023
Hilton Nashville Downtown
Nashville, Tennessee