|EXHIBITORS & SPONSORS
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|EXHIBITORS & SPONSORS
Julia Bonner is the founder and president of Pierce Public Relations, a company she established in 2015 that’s known for its communication and PR strategies that help businesses and nonprofits create greater brand awareness and stronger positioning. Under her leadership, the agency has grown to represent many leading companies in their sectors, including Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Wold Architects and Engineers, ServisFirst Bank and many others. Bonner believes in investing in the community and using her passion for communication to make a difference. She has served on numerous nonprofit boards during her career and currently serves as board president of the Nashville Film Festival and chair-elect of Young Leaders Council. Bonner has been recognized for her leadership and noteworthy contributions to her clients and industry as a recipient of the Nashville Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 and Women of Influence Awards. She was also named to the Nashville Post’s 2022 “In Charge” list, an annual compilation of Nashville’s foremost leaders driving change across the PR & marketing industry. She earned her M.S. in Public Relations & Corporate Communication from New York University and B.S. in Journalism from the University of Tennessee.
Nichole Foster, MEd, MBA, CPhT-Adv, is the Program Director of the Pharmacy Technician Education and Training Program at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN. She has more than 19 years of experience in many facets of pharmacy practice and is very committed to growth and advancement of pharmacy technicians. Her efforts to advance pharmacy practice for technicians at the state and national level earned her the honor of being the first pharmacy technician to receive the distinguished service award from ASHP in 2020. Foster has earned her MEd, MBA, and CPhT-Adv. She is a member of the Pharmacy Technician Accreditation Council for ASHP and the Certification Council for PTCB.
Kelsey Frederick, PharmD, is an Assistant Professor at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) College of Pharmacy within the Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Translational Science and the Office of Continuing Professional Development. She is a graduate of Auburn University in Auburn, AL, where she played varsity volleyball and received her PharmD degree from the Harrison College of Pharmacy. Following graduation, Dr. Frederick completed an ASHP-accredited PGY-1 community-based pharmacy residency with Kroger Health and UTHSC in Nashville, TN. She then went on to complete an academic community pharmacy fellowship at UTHSC College of Pharmacy prior to joining the College in her role as faculty. Dr. Frederick currently lives in Brentwood, TN with her husband Codey and enjoys painting, playing volleyball, spending time with family and friends, and exploring Nashville.
John A. (Jake) Galdo, PharmD, MBA, BCPS, BCGP, is a co-founder and CEO of Seguridad. Seguridad’s Choose My Pharmacy develops and implements quality measures specified to evaluate the quality and safety of a community pharmacy. Dr. Galdo also spends his professional time staffing in a neighborhood community pharmacy, developing innovative clinical services, and representing the profession of pharmacy on various boards and advisory committees for regional and national organizations. Dr. Galdo has previous experiences in association management, quality measure development, continuing education, academia, and community pharmacy practice. He received his Doctor of Pharmacy and completed PGY-1 Community Pharmacy Residency training from the University of Georgia, earned a Master of Business Administration from Samford University, and is board certified in both pharmacotherapy and geriatrics. He lives in Birmingham, AL with his wife, daughter, and parents.
Jenny Gau, PharmD, graduated with her PharmD from Drake University College of Pharmacy in 2002. She began her career in community pharmacy and joined Park Nicollet Health Systems in Minnesota in 2005. Dr. Gau has practiced in various settings, including operating a clozapine program in a clinic pharmacy, overseeing an outpatient discharge pharmacy, and leading a team working in an underserved community. Dr. Gau has a strong understanding of how pharmacist interventions can improve medication use and health outcomes. Implementing pharmacy services in the ambulatory environment is something she has always explored. In 2016, she made a career transition to practice integrated medication management in primary care. Dr. Gau is currently a practicing clinical pharmacist in family and internal medicine, as well as the MTM Program Supervisor for Park Nicollet Clinics.
Jason Kotecki is a talented artist, and his presentations are packed with his colorful paintings. His art has been collected and licensed all over the world, and his insights have been featured in publications like Inc. and Woman’s Day. As an author, Kotecki has written five books, including A Chance of Awesome: How Changing the Way You See Changes Everything. Some of his books have been translated into languages he can’t even read. When he is not helping us escape adulthood, he enjoys all things Star Wars, pretending to be a superhero, and spending time with his beautiful wife and three weird kids.
Rachel Lazim, PharmD, BCCCP, BCNSP, received her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2000. She then completed a PGY1 with emphasis in Oncology at the University of Tennessee Medical Center Knoxville, followed by a PGY2 in Critical Care. From 2002-2019 Dr Lazim worked as a clinical pharmacist at Blount Memorial Hospital in Maryville, TN, developing clinical practice in both critical care pharmacy services and nutrition support pharmacy. She obtained board certification in Pharmacotherapy, Nutrition Support, and Critical Care in 2002, 2004, and 2016 respectively and maintains certification in Nutrition Support and Critical Care. She has served as clinical preceptor for PGY1 pharmacy residents in critical care medicine and nutrition support and pharmacy students in critical care medicine. In 2019, Dr. Lazim joined South College School of Pharmacy (SCSOP) as assistant professor of pharmacy practice and coordinates Pharmacotherapy V. She teaches the Pharmacotherapy of Oncology curriculum and takes APPE students in critical care medicine at her practice site, Morristown Hamblen Healthcare in Morristown, TN. In 2020, Dr. Lazim was awarded “Distinguished Pharmacy Practice Faculty of the Year” by SCSOP class of 2021. In 2022, shje was designated “Faculty Preceptor of the Year” by the SCSOP class of 2022. Dr. Lazim enjoys travelling, reading, cooking and spending time with friends and family when not at the hospital or the college.
Mitchell Lingerfelt, PharmD, BCACP, currently serves as a pharmacy practice coordinator for Kroger in the Memphis area. He graduated from the UT Health Science Center College of Pharmacy in 2011. Dr. Lingerfelt began his career at Kroger in 2007 as a pharmacy intern and has held several positions with the company. As a TPA member, he is currently on the TPA Collaborative Practice Committee and serves as the Chair-elect for the Tennessee Society of Chain Pharmacists. He has been married to his wife Kayla for 12 years, and they have 3 boys: Sam (9), Teddy (7) and Joey (3).
Sarah T. Melton, PharmD, BCPP, BCACP, FASCP, is Professor and Vice Chair of Pharmacy Practice at the Gatton College of Pharmacy at East Tennessee State University (ETSU). She is the Clinical Pharmacist at ETSU Health Internal Medicine and the ETSU Center of Excellence for HIV/AIDS Care. Dr. Melton received her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy (1991) and Doctor of Pharmacy (1994) degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University/Medical College of Virginia School of Pharmacy (VCU). She completed a Fellowship in Psychiatric Pharmacy at VCU in 1996. She has been a board-certified psychiatric pharmacist (Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties) since 1997 and a board-certified ambulatory care pharmacist since 2011. Dr. Melton is a Fellow of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists. She performs comprehensive medication management in the areas of psychiatric and neurologic pharmacy, substance use disorders, and other primary care disorders. Dr. Melton currently serves on the Virginia Board of Pharmacy, the board of the Virginia Department of Health Professions, the Virginia Opioid Abatement Authority, and the Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services Pharmacy and Therapeutic Committee.
Scott Nelson, PharmD, MS, CPHIMS, FAMIA, is a pharmacist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical Informatics at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Dr. Nelson is the Director of the Master of Science in Applied Clinical Informatics (MS-ACI) online program, and currently works in Medication Safety Informatics in HealthIT, with a focus on medication reconciliation, e-prescribing, and clinical decision support at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. In addition, Dr. Nelson’s practice and research interests include medication warnings, knowledge management and engineering, medication standards and terminologies, EHR design, and CPOE.
Grayson K. Peek, PharmD, MS, BCPS, currently serves as the Director of Adult Clinic Pharmacy Operations at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) in Nashville, TN. In this role, Dr. Peek is responsible for considerable COVID-19 operational and clinical planning through oversight of pharmacy services provided to Vanderbilt’s onsite and offsite clinic enterprise. Prior to VUMC, Dr. Peek served as the Manager of Business Development and Integrity within the Department of Pharmacy at Duke University Hospital (DUH) where he also completed a 2-year Health-System Pharmacy Administration Residency. Dr. Peek earned a PharmD from the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy and a Master of Science in Health-System Pharmacy Administration from the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy.
Katie Vandenberg, PharmD, is a Community Outreach Pharmacist, pharmacy owner, and creator of Tennessee Vaccination Services LLC. Most recently, she is the founder of a vaccination outreach non-profit, TNVAX Health Inc. Dr. Vandenberg is a pharmacy preceptor for the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy and Belmont University College of Pharmacy. She enjoys sparking the entrepreneurial spirit in the student pharmacists she teaches. Originally from Franklin, TN, Dr. Vandenberg earned her microbiology bachelor’s degree from Middle Tennessee State University. She continued her education and went on to earn her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Belmont University College of Pharmacy. In 2019, after several years as a retail pharmacist, Dr. Vandenberg left retail and founded her first vaccination outreach pharmacy. Lately, she has been busy providing in-home vaccinations to patients with disabilities and coordinating pop-up vaccination clinics across middle Tennessee.
James S. Wheeler, PharmD, BCPS, is an Associate 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 Health Science Center in 2011. He completed residency training 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 drug information, medication safety, and pulmonary medicine coursework at UT and serves as the Director of Continuing Education and Professional Development for the College of Pharmacy. His research interests include the opioid crisis, interprofessional education, continuing professional development, and workforce development. In 2020, he was promoted to associate dean of the UT College of Pharmacy Knoxville campus.
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