Tennessee Pharmacists Association
Lucy A. Shell

The Tennessee Pharmacists Association (TPA) is excited to announce the newest addition to the TPA Team! Lucy J. Adkins, PharmD, joined the TPA staff on July 1, 2015, as the Director of Pharmacy Practice Initiatives.

Originally from Hopkinsville, Kentucky, Lucy earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Mars Hill College (University) in Mars Hill, NC. While at Mars Hill, Lucy played on the women’s soccer team and was selected as the 2010 Frances S. Nelson Presidential Scholar. Upon graduation, Lucy went on to earn her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy at East Tennessee State University in 2014. Dr. Adkins served in many leadership roles during her student pharmacist career, including participation on many committees and service as Secretary/Treasurer for all four years while in pharmacy school. Upon graduation, she was chosen as the recipient for the Baeteena M. Black Leadership Award, which recognizes one student for his or her commitment to leadership at the state and national levels.

Dr. Adkins began her pharmacist career as TPA’s Executive Resident in Association Management and Health Policy. “During her time at TPA, Dr. Adkins has consistently demonstrated the drive, expertise, and resourcefulness necessary to help the pharmacy profession thrive in this rapidly changing health care environment,” says Micah Cost, TPA Executive Director.  “As Director of Pharmacy Practice Initiatives, Dr. Adkins will bring her unique skills and qualifications to our association, which will be vital as TPA continues to work to improve patient care by protecting and advancing the profession of pharmacy. Our entire TPA staff is excited to welcome Lucy as our newest team member!”

Since she joined TPA, Dr. Adkins has built relationships with TPA members and partners, and provided support and resources to them while managing several grants and opportunities aimed at increasing patient access to pharmacist-provided care and elevating the standards of care within pharmacy practice in Tennessee.

“I am beyond grateful for this opportunity to continue to serve pharmacists and pharmacy team members in Tennessee. Over the past year at TPA, I have seen the commitment that pharmacists and pharmacy team members across the state have to drive health care forward and serve their patients’ health care needs. I look forward to working with our pharmacists and partners to continue building upon innovative health care models,” Dr. Adkins states. “I am excited to see the opportunities that the association and the profession will have as pharmacists continue to gain recognition for their integral role in the health care team.”

Dr. Adkins currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee.